A day for reflection

As the daughter and granddaughter of Veterans, I am very proud to recognize and honor this day.

My dad was a Marine – he left college his junior year to enlist in the United States Marine Corps as the Vietnam War was underway.  He served in the Marines and took after his dad, my Grandad, who was a career Marine, a pilot.  My Uncle Paul served in the Air Force, my cousin Allen served in the Marines.  My mom’s dad served in the Army and fought hard for this country.  I am so blessed to have known so many amazing Veterans.

I often think about the challenges that I have in my daily life – studying, fitting in one more paper, what I’ll cook for dinner, how frustrating it is to let the dogs out 1000 times a day… My daily challenges are nothing compared to the daily challenges of our active military men and women.  These people are fighting so that we can take for granted (ok, not everyone does) the freedom that we have in this country.

I found this website circulating around today on Facebook and I couldn’t avoid posting it.  I cried, smiled, and cried some more.  Take some time to enjoy, reflect, and say a prayer for all of the active, retired, and deceased members of our military.

The Real Veteran’s Day

Thank you to all who serve.

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My dad and uncle outside of their home on base. (1949?)

My Dad - Marine Veteran

My dad – Semper Fidelis

ctrl+s

While in hour 4 of Skype meetings this morning, I managed to look down at my keyboard and see this.

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Looks like a normal keyboard, right? 

Now, take a closer look.

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That’s right, my S decal is almost completely gone…. hence the title of this post, ctrl+s.  As a grad student in the social sciences I am frequently writing papers, posting on discussion boards, having Skype text conversations, etc.  And with that comes multiple, multiple strokes of the good ol’ ctrl+s.  If you’re not saving your work, your dumb.  If you’re not backing up your work, you’re dumb.

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Why yes, that is two external hard drives.  And yes, both of them get used for my backups every week.  Additionally, I have two flash drives and two DropBox accounts.

Some may call this paranoia, I call it INTELLIGENCE.  

Here’s your funny of the day :)

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Related Links – Check them out! 

http://oncirculation.com/2013/04/26/phd-golden-rule-1-backup-your-work/

http://www.phdcomics.com/comics/archive.php?comicid=382

 

What’s your style?

Learning style – the PhD topic of the day. 

I am now in 19th grade, scary to think about.  I completed high school, obtained my bachelor’s degree, my master’s degree and I am currently pursuing my PhD.  I think this categorizes me as a life long educational learner.

The one thing I am always working on is how to study/learn.  You’d think I’d have this down pat in 19th grade… but I don’t.

I know that I am a hands-on learner and a visual learner.  I am best at studying when I can write, rewrite, and write something again.  Things don’t stick the first time around.  I need time to think, apply, think more, and write it down!!

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The hardest part about being this kind of learner is that life is changing.  Technology is taking over the world.  I have textbooks on my Kindle, all my class powerpoints are posted online, and I try to use electronic note taking programs, like Evernote.

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Yet, there’s just something about writing things down – it’s just how I learn.  So, yes, I am that person in class, with an adorable, giant, colorful 4 subject notebook frantically scribbling down every word my professor says.  But, that’s okay.  I think it’ll be a slow process before I am able to move to technology for all my notes.  I did change from a planner to an online planner! That’s a big step! :)

While training for my last half marathon, this is how I had to study.  Did I mention I had a knee injury? That sucked.  Additionally, it’s pretty hard to train for a half, keep the house together, take 3 doctoral classes, and have 4 part time jobs (yes, you read that right, and that’s a story for a different day).

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I don’t study well this way.  Some people are able to stay up late at night, reading in bed.  Nope, not me. I fall RIGHT asleep.  But I usually bring a textbook in, for wishful thinking.  I really think I need to start sleeping with a book under my pillow. Especially this statistics book, woof.

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This picture usually represents how I study…. with a dog in my lap, while working on statistics, and in a Skype study group.  This is my life.

These girls are typically really good when I am doing work, but as soon as I get talking to someone on the phone or get into a Skype conversation, of course they want attention. Of course.

Can we play mom, please?
Can we play mom, please?

My learning style has definitely developed over time and for that I am grateful.  Maybe the older I get the wiser I really do get? (I’ll have to keep thinking about this one).  I’m very grateful to be able to complete my PhD full time but in semesters like these (Quantitative, Qualitative, and Leadership Theories) I wish I would have only enrolled in one course.  If anything, it’s a challenge for my organizational skills, my learning style, and most importantly, my drinking skills.

What’s your learning style?

 

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Here’s a little funny for you – BuzzFeed is a grad student’s best friend.  What an amazing distraction.

 

 

beYOUtiful

I work for this incredible organization, Girls on the Run.  The mission of Girls on the Run is to inspire young girls to be healthy, joyful, and confident.  Wouldn’t it be nice if we could inspire all women to be healthy, joyful, and confident?

This weekend I was representing Girls on the Run at a local health and wellness fair.  This is the first one I have worked and while I didn’t know exactly what to expect, I really enjoyed sharing this mission of Girls on the Run and meeting women in my community.  I’ve been dwelling on one conversation that I had and I’ve been trying to put it into words…so here it is!

As I was giving my spiel to one lady, telling her all about our 2x a week, 10 week long, 90 minute meetings with 3rd-5th grade girls…. the woman was disappointed that we didn’t start the program younger.  She explained to me that her daughter, in 2nd grade, can’t walk past a mirror and not stop and look at herself.  She said that her daughter looks at herself and says, “I’m so fat”, despite her small frame.

2nd grader.  Probably 7 years old.

Isn’t that amazing?

I have 20 more years of experience in this world than this young girl.  I struggle every day with how I look, what I have and don’t have, and what I wish I was.  I haven’t always fit in, I was never the skinniest girl, I am covered in freckles (that are oh-so-easy to make fun of) and I have always preferred to wear sweatpants over cutesy dresses.  I have been made fun of and I have been unhappy with my appearance, on more than one occasion.

But now, as an “adult”, I accept who I am.  I am me.  I have worked incredibly hard to be able to accept who I am and what I have.  Of course, I have dreams, desires, and wishes (I think that makes me human), but I love who I am, who I have become, and I am comfortable with where I am in my life and my “inner me”.

I know what I look like in the mirror, I know what my “inner me” thinks about that reflection in the mirror, but I have no idea how the rest of the world perceives me.  That seven year old looks in the mirror and thinks she’s fat.  I wonder what that 7 year old will say in 20 years? 

Now, I’m not putting blame on this mother, by any means.  I know nothing about her as a person or as a mother or their family dynamics.  But, as I have thought about this interaction, I can’t help but think about the power of influence

I know that I’m not old.  I’m not young either.  I am still influenced by the internet, the media, my family, my friends… aren’t we all? But children have the potential to be impacted so greatly by these sources of power and influence.  Children (like this 2nd grader) are learning about the world, about their family, about their bodies, about the best way to act/dress/look/be.  Influence is incredible.  Don’t you think? 

At some point, through some social media site, I came across an article talking about “things to not say in front of your daughter”.  Think I could find that article when I went to find that post? Heck no, I’m not that internet savvy I guess! However, I was able to scrounge up these links:

Great advice for moms and dads – those who have direct influence over their children.

Now, let me throw this out there.  I don’t have kids.  I plan to have kids, we’re just not there yet in life.  So yes, I don’t have the experience with raising a child – I am sure it’s 10,000 times harder than I am imagining and that the things in those links aren’t always that easy to talk about or do.  But I hope, one day, I’m able to have a daughter and be able to tell her that she is beYOUtiful, just how she is.  She is a warrior, strong, intelligent, brave… And if I have a son, I hope to be able to say the same.

We are all beautiful just how we are.  We just need to learn to accept that.  We need to be able to tell our “inner me” we are just the way we are meant to be.  We are beYOUtiful.  When we accept that within ourselves, I believe the rest of the world is able to see that – we shine from the inside out.

Be you. Be beautiful.

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Finally ready for October!

love decorating for any holiday! Last year I was pretty busy with wedding planning (and realistically, no room to bring one more box out of storage) so I didn’t do a whole lot of decorating.

Well – wedding is over, time is all I have (haha) and I got in the decorating spirit!! (which translates to: I have a lot of work to do and this is an awesome way to procrastinate). 

So – here’s some pictures of how we are celebrating this October – fall and Halloween!

Fall wreath! Love it!
Fall wreath! Love it!
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Just a little fun :)

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Porch close up!

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front window

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kitchen table
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kitchen table 2

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This picture really isn’t the best – but there’s a surprise Stella!

Anyone else think it’s weird I was able to up-cycle a ton of my wedding decorations as Halloween decorations?? 

 

Finished off the night with some warm soup, beer bread, and a Woodchuck Pumpkin cider. Delicious!

2013-10-07 19.38.02-1Soup:

Started with a soup mix, then added more!

  • Bear Creek Cheddar Potato Soup
  • 3 potatoes, diced small
  • 1 can white kidney beans
  • 1 large white onion
  • 1 package bacon bits
  • shredded cheddar cheese

Sat in the crockpot for about 7 hours! So easy to manipulate and make yours!

Bread:

Started from this recipe, very easy!

  • 3 cups organic all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder (make sure it’s fresh!)
  • 1 teaspoon salt – (as I wrote this up, I realized I forgot this – makes a lot of sense…)
  • Garlic powder
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Italian seasoning (no, I didn’t measure any of these)

Bake in oven at 375 for 45 minutes, let cool for 10!

 

25 things every woman needs to know.

Jenny:

What an awesome list!! My personal favorite is #14… “You’ve got to embrace what you bring to the table”

It’s okay to be working on who we are, but we also need to be comfortable with who we are, where we are.

Originally posted on Hannah Brencher:

1) Life is a steep, uphill battle but it’s fierce & it’s beautiful & you’ll be sad to see it go if you live it right.

2) New people won’t stop coming into your life and opportunities won’t stop knocking on the door but you need to have the space for them. In all you currently have– be them relationships or obligations– step back and ask yourself “why.” If you can find the answer, hold tighter. If the answer escapes you, it’s time to let something go.

3) You should resolve to be awesome for the rest of your life. Right now. Do it.

4) Leggings, no matter how much we wish, will never one day magically transform into pants. Wearing them with tops that don’t cover your bum is not cute. Please, please, please stock up on pants.

5) Goals are not a January 1st kind of thing. Set…

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