Tuesday, January 6, 2015


Q&A a Day Journal | 365 Questions | 5 Years | 1,825 Answers

This is by far one of my favorite gifts that Bryan got me for Christmas. Not only does it look awesome, it is awesome. You answer one question a day, every day for a year and then start all over with the same questions the next year and so on for five years. FIVE YEARS. Seeing that I just started it on January first, it's hard to imagine where I will be and what my answers will be from year to year. I love that you get a new question every day and that while some are simple, others make you think a little more. I'm only on day six, and somehow a few of the questions have actually been spot on to things that are happening in my life! (It actually freaks me out a little sometimes, haha.)

I know that there are people in this world who are really talented and motivated to journal or blog consistently, but I am not one of these people. I've had the same cat-adorned journal since I was 12 and I don't even think it is filled up half-way. I can't even remember the last time I wrote in it and, if I'm being honest, I'm sure that every entry would illicit at least five cringes. With only one question per day and only four lines to answer it on, I know that I can actually commit to this journal and (hopefully, fingers crossed!) produce far less cringes for those future generations who might happen upon it. 

As for 2015, we have some pretty big goals ahead of us and decisions to make. While it's kind of daunting, it's also really exciting! I'm looking forward to a new year, new goals and accomplishments and new experiences. (You know, all of that classic, cheesy "it's a new year and a fresh start!" stuff.)

Wednesday, November 19, 2014


READING | Sisterhood Everlasting by Ann Brashares. It is the conclusion to the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series and it is so good. This may or may not be my third time reading it. I'm a re-reader. 

WATCHING | About A Boy on Netflix. Sadly, there are only 13 episodes available. Of which I am on number 10. (AAAAAAAHHH)
LISTENING TO | Love in the Middle of a Firefight by Dillon Francis (feat. Brendon Urie) On repeat. Let's be honest here, I'm obsessed with this song.

CRAVING | Kneader's french toast. Please and thank you.

WISHING | I could pull off a middle part.

DREAMING OF | Traveling. This is how I feel pretty much all of the time.

WANTING | A pedicure.  

WONDERING | If I should cut my hair.

NEEDING | A good Fall/Winter wardrobe.

ATTEMPTING TO | Get back into healthier eating and exercising habits. (Aren't we all?)

WORKING ON | Christmas shopping! Because, Christmas. Guys, CHRISTMAS. 

CURIOUS ABOUT | What the future has in hold for us.

FICTIONAL CHARACTER CRUSHING ON | Ben Wyatt from Parks and Recreation.(Played by the wonderful Adam Scott) I don't think it's possible to not love him.

NOT UNDERSTANDING | Why everyone is so obsessed with Beyonce.

LOOKING FORWARD TO | A girl's day with Starrie this Saturday. (We can talk for hours and hours and hours and it's the best.) And...another girl's day next week with my mom, Lis and her cute babies Kayla and Sarah.

GRATEFUL FOR | SO MANY THINGS. I need to stop complaining.

Thursday, September 25, 2014



(Great song, great artist, definitely one of the coolest lyric videos I've seen!)

Bryan and I are in the stage of life where we are still trying to figure out what we want to be/do when we "grow up". Which roughly translates into, "What do I want to do for the rest of my life that will A. Be something I thoroughly enjoy, and B. Provide a comfortable living for us and our future family." While logically I know that there are lots of people our ages who are going through the same dilemma, the not so logical part of me (aka my emotions...) only sees those who seem to have it figured out. The ones who have known who or what they will become for years, possibly since childhood. Those people who easily cruise through school and life never seem to lack money or confidence. 

Over here though, we lived with Bryan's parent's for a little over a year and a half, and are currently living at my parent's house. Let's be honest here. Most people would assume it's because we are poor. Yeah we're not, as Jean-Ralphio on Parks and Rec would say, "flushed with cash", but we can comfortably pay our bills on time and enjoy a good life. Our problem is that we have debt. Due to some failed schooling attempts, cars, and not always making the wisest of choices with our money. For a while, we had settled into the thinking that we would just pay all of the minimum payments for however many years it took to pay them off. Thanks however to Dave Ramsey, we saw the fault in our ways and are working hard to budget, reduce our spending, and put any extra money we have towards becoming debt free. We realized that we need to sacrifice now, so that we can live better later. 

One of our favorite things to do is talk about our future. Where we see and want ourselves to be. Home, cars, jobs, family, travel. It makes us so excited to imagine where we can be someday if we are patient, smart, positive and hard working. Which brings me to my choice for Song of the Day. My favorite line is, "NOW WE'RE HANGING FROM THE STARS WE WERE REACHING FOR", because it makes me imagine what it'll be like once we're there. When we have finally accomplished all of those goals we were reaching for. I know we can get there. We'll get it all figured out eventually. We've just got to keep reaching higher.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

a discovery

First, a disclaimer: About 90% of the books I read are Young Adult Fiction. It's just what I'm naturally drawn to when I have the time to read. (Or listen, because audio books are the best.) It's my jam. Because I work at a library, and have for over five years, lots of people tend to assume that I am extremely well read and that I should be able to recommend any book on any subject. Let's just say that there's a reason I work in the processing department and not at a reference desk. 

But anyway, Young Adult Fiction. I just finished reading The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green. (Yes I cried and no I haven't seen the movie yet!) There was one line that stood out to me the most, right near the very end of the book:

The second I read it, it clicked with me. As with most things that stick out, it's because it related to my life. (duh.) It made me realize that one of the reasons that I struggle with blogging/writing so much, is that even though I have lots of thoughts and ideas and words in my mind, I have trouble getting them out and into coherent sentences and paragraphs. Or, if you will, fathoming my stars into constellations. And even if I can get it all written out, I have to read and re-read it over and over again to make sure that it sounds right and makes sense and doesn't sound stupid. Once I have sufficiently read it to death, I still hesitate to click the Publish button because I get scared. Scared that no one will read it, or care about it. Then I start thinking, "Hey, why should I even care what people think? I should be doing this for me! Screw people!" But that turns into, "Really though, when you get down to it, no matter what people say, on some level everyone wants their words and ideas and creativity to matter. It's human nature to seek approval..." On and on until I have the common sense to dig myself out of the deep thought hole I've created before I start thinking about space, time, the universe, the depths of the ocean and other mind boggling things. Once I'm on that thought train, there's no getting off until my brain is fried! So yes, it did take me three days to finish writing this post and I've read it about 20 times, but that's okay. It's something that I plan to work on and am hoping to get better at. Wish me luck...

(But don't expect me to ever become a daily blogger, I'm crossing my fingers for weekly!)

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

fresh start

I'm finally doing it!
I have been playing with the idea of breaking up with my old blog, (aka turning it into more of a private journal) and starting over fresh. I have been in a blogging rut for the past year (or two...) and am hoping that a brand new space will make me more excited and inspired to write and create and share. I want to be happy with all of the content that I put on here, because in the past, that hasn't always been the case. Let's be honest, past Anna embarrasses me sometimes... (we've all been there, right?) (right?) (Bueller?) (cliché movie reference anyone?) And no, that's not a secret way of saying that I'm going to try and make it seem like I have a perfect life. Because I don't. And everyone knows it. Because NOBODY has a perfect life. (hard as it is to believe sometimes.) I know that some people get all up in arms about those who do decide to portray their lives like that, and I get it. I've been there. I've seen those people who seem to have mastered every facet of everything you can only dream of doing and being. Those people who's imperfections don't actually seem like imperfections and, even on their "bad days", look better than you on a good day. I'm just saying that I feel like I have the right to pick and choose what I put out there into the internet universe. And I am choosing to only put content out that makes me happy. Because, as we all know, but too often forget, happiness is key.

One thing that makes me happy and that I am very grateful for, is that technology was not quite so advanced back when I was a teenager. As much as I love my smart phone and Instagram and other social networking sites, I'm glad that I didn't have them in Jr. high and high school. (with the exception of Facebook which I got four months before I graduated.) I'm glad that I got to live in the age of chunky Nokia phones that you could play Snake on. And then later, flip phones, where the coolest thing ever was just the fact that you could text, and if you were lucky, have a camera! (on which you could take tiny pixelated selfies before selfies were actually a thing.) And, crazy as it seems, I'm glad that I got to experience the terror and anxiety of having to call my crush on their parent's land line and then trying to play it cool when a family member answered and I had to ask for them. And judging by my very first blog, I can't even imagine how awkward and embarrassing my Instagram feed would have been as a 13, 14, 15 or even 16 year old! I don't know how kids these days do it. 

I guess what I'm getting at is this; I'm glad for my life. Past, present and future. And I'm excited for a fresh start in the blogging world.