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Something Borrowed

Did you borrow something for your wedding? A book from a friend? A movie that you forgot to return?

What have you borrowed?

If We Were Having Coffee…

If we were having coffee right now I would tell you that this week has been hard. I would tell you that though it was hard, it’s gotten better.I’d tell you that I am trying to remain thankful above all.

This week I’ve gone through fear and pain, yes, but I’ve also felt great joy, gratitude, and love. I am trying to remain thankful, grateful, gracious.

I am thankful for my family, friends and loved ones. You are my light in this time of confusion and darkness.Thankful for this blog for giving me a voice, an outlet, and some direction. Thankful for the simple things; the breeze, the birds, music, sleep. These simple pleasures are so beautiful.

My Morning Inspiration: The Shampoo Bottle

Every morning I wake up and I start my morning ritual. On the slow weekend mornings [my favorite kind of mornings] I take a warm shower and enjoy the comforting hug of warm water. On those slow mornings, I also get to enjoy the shower reading. I’m talking about shampoo bottles; the natural reading material of the bathroom.

My favorite shampoo bottle essay [so far] goes to Amazing Grace. For me, it is just the little spark of inspiration I crave in every morning.


“philosophy: life is a classroom. we are both student and teacher. each day is a test. and each day we receive a passing or failing grade in one particular subject: grace. grace is compassion, gratitude, surrender, faith, forgiveness, good manners, reverence, and the list goes on. being the smartest, the prettiest, the most talented, the richest or even the poorest can’t help. being a humble person can, and being a helpful person can guide you through your days with grace and gratitude.” -Amazing Grace shampoo by Philosophy


My runner-up for favorite bathroom material would have to go to another Philosophy bottle. [What can I say? The scent, the writing, I’m in love with it all] My Amazing Grace emulsion sits on my bathroom counter in between the toothbrushes and bar soap.

 


” philosophy: the natural aging process may cause our bodies to descend, but our spirits need not descend into worry. with time comes wisdom, character, strength, and perspective. our bodies are teaching us flexibility and the glory of embracing change on our beautiful journey. we can fight against the flow, or we can yield to knowing our bodies, gaining our souls and finding our grace.” -Amazing Grace emulsion by Philosophy


 

I hope these inspire you as much as they inspire me. What inspires you? Comment below!

P.S. photo found on Pinterest but from this amazing review “Best Body Lotion, Ever” is right.

24 Hours Ago…

This time yesterday I was in my comfy pajamas, getting ready for bedtime. I took my medications drank some cool water and slid into my blankets. My body craved sleep like a long-lost friend. My mind didn’t get the memo because my thoughts were racing.

I started coughing as a pain started in my throat. As my mind drifted to think about work and the cat purring on my feet the pain began to spread. It drifted down my throat as is there was a hot pill I was swallowing at a snail’s pace.

The pain radiated from my chest and seemed to leech the energy from the rest of the muscles in my upper body. Giving up on sleep and growing more concerned about the strange pain; I got up to go get some water and sit on the couch. Suddenly, I was nauseous and dizzy.  I had no clue what was happening to me.

I sat on the couch for an hour, waiting for the pain to go away. It did the opposite.

My partner, Kanoe, drove us to the closest emergency room in Dallas, Oregon. The lobby was empty and we were seen after I filled out some paperwork and was questioned by a nurse. It felt like an interrogation and I was up for it. Why did they need to know so much information? Couldn’t they just help me?

A few minutes a nurse dressed in black scrubs [notable to me at the time because I had never seen black scrubs] took me back to a different room with four beds. The bed was so comfortable, I really wanted to sleep.

After questioning from the nurse in black scrubs the doctor came in to see me. After more questions, she prescribed an EKG and some numbing medicine to my itchy throat.

Apparently, I have a very healthy heart.

The doctor sent me home with a Motrin, an itchy wrist band, and an informational packet about nonspecific acute chest pain and the direction to follow-up with my doctor if anything like this happens again.

Finally, at 5 in the morning, we arrived back home. I had successfully [and unhappily] pulled my first all-nighter since 2014. Sleep came at 6 after I emailed my boss to request a sick day.

13+ hours of sleep later I am still in pain, and I still don’t know why.

All I can say is that I am grateful to have health insurance [and that my sleep schedule is officially ruined].

 

#TravelTuesday

This #TravelTuesday I went to one of my favorite parks. The Riverview Park in Independence, Oregon. The park is located on C street between a nice selection of local food eateries and the Wilammette River.

The park itself is lush and green in the daylight, however I went tonight seeking the starlight. 

Sadly, the stars were barely visible through the city light. Looks like I’ll have to find a park farther off the beaten path to stargaze. 

Oregonians, any recommendations?

Oliver

Dear World,

I would like to introduce you to one of my favorite fuzzy creatures on this earth. His name is Oliver. He will

Olive – Exploring

respond to “Olive” or just “O” if you say it nice enough. [He likes to know that there will be treats involved]

My little Olive likes to play with straws [leave one unattended and you are in for some trouble] and laser pointers mostly. He gobbles up attention of any kind. He will follow you from room to room and twine in between your legs if you stand in one place too long.

Olive – In The Sink

Don’t close the bathroom door too fast because he will dart in before you know it, and his tail is last to follow. He will perch on the counter and watch you brush your teeth; don’t mind him if he sits on your lap while you’re on the toilet, he really just wants some behind the ear scratches.

I love him to pieces and I hope you do too.

Look out for more pictures of my little Olive.
~Madison

 

Three Tips for College Students: How to Balance Work, School, and Life

School, for me, has always been a struggle. I would be studying five different topics at the same time. All taught by different teachers with different teaching styles and methods. It’s always been hard for me to wrap my brain around so many different topics.

Starting college I was determined to get straight “A”s and be better than my “B” average high school self. That determination worked for me for a while. Though after three years of near constant school [including over the summer] my determination is at an all time low.

My goals have shifted from “A”s to include time for my job and my personal life. My education is still important [I don’t want to accrue all this debt for nothing] but I’ve come to find a balance in my work/school/personal life. Working and going to school at the same time has taught me the value of my time.

So I celebration of starting my fourth [and final, yay!] year of college, here are my top three tips for being successful in school.

  1. Study often instead of hard

    I like to study for short periods of time through out my day. I carry my flash cards with me wherever I go. So if I’m waiting for a class to start, or walking somewhere I can review the information from class. If you study often you can avoid cramming before the exam, and you can avoid all the stress that comes with it.

  2. Keep Organized

    Find a system that works for you! There are plenty of options to get organized but the most important factor is to find a system that you will stick with. My two favorites are planners and Google.

    • Planners are great because they are physical. You can write things down in different colors, use sticky notes and highlighters. The sky is the limit when it comes to planner personalization. The biggest downside for me is that they are little books with your life written in the pages. Somehow I always manage to forget my planners at home.
    • Google has some amazing apps that can help you organize your life. I use Google Calendar [literally color coded and everything, I seriously love Calendar], Keep [think digital sticky notes], Gmail, and Drive [docs, sheets, slides, all easily accessible wherever you are]. If you are a person who is always on the go or, like me, forgets things, then Google might be for you.
  3. Focus on your goals

    Recognize that there are only a limited amount of hours in a day and budget your time. First, make time for the necessities [sleeping, eating, exercise] then add everything else [work, school, extracurriculars, etc.]. Don’t forget to set time aside to do something that makes you happy. Find the time to relax and unwind, you won’t regret it.

So that’s it! The three things I have learned in my three short years of college.

Comment below with any study/life tips you would like to share. Is there something I mentioned here that you also do? Something you do instead? Let me know!

If we were having coffee…

I would look down at my steaming cup of cappuccino and brush off my worries like crumbs on the table. Everything is fine, I would say. Maybe then, just for a moment, I could believe it too. 

 

If we were having coffee right now I would tell you that things aren’t always so great. I would smile and laugh so my worry would seem trivial.

I would tell you that my job is good for the most part. Though talking with angry clients really hurts my heart. One bridezilla and I cry my eyes out for the entire day. The burden of the perfect wedding is falling on their shoulders and to them, it seems okay to place it on mine too.

I would tell you that even the thought of going into work on Monday causes my shoulders to tense, my back to ache. Their big day becomes my big day too. Maybe I don’t have thick enough skin for this.

I would look down at my steaming cup of cappuccino and brush off my worries like crumbs on the table. Everything is fine, I would say. Maybe then, just for a moment, I could believe it too.