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The Things I Never Knew I Needed

Recently, for those of you who do not know, I purchased my very first home. And, I could not be prouder myself for achieving this amazing feat and doing it almost entirely on my own. The last year has  been spent pinching my pennies, working two jobs, communing two hours daily, seeing my friends and family minimally, and sacrificing my sanity for the hopes of becoming a happier and more sane individual. Throughout this last year, I realized there were a lot of thing in my life that I never knew I needed: time at home with my family, working harder than I ever knew possible, crying a lot, making time for friends when there was no time, and most importantly understanding the need to just let go.

I am one of the luckiest people in the world, as I have been blessed with two parents who love me unconditionally. My parents, Mom and Dad, have been the two most monumental people in my life-my rocks. Together they helped me overcome my inability to communicate with people as a young child,  they taught me to trust, to love, and to never give up. They taught me that failing is just God’s way of telling me to find another way to achieve my goals. For example, when I put an offer in on what I thought was going to be my first home and the bank denied my loan, they knew that God was telling me that it was not my time to make such a huge decision. They knew that something better was right around the corner and to have faith in myself, as I have never let them down, even though I feel like I am constantly letting myself down.

The thing is, I never knew I needed more time at home with my family. As a 28 year old adult living at home, I felt ashamed that I had not achieved as much as it had seemed that my friends had: marriage, amazing jobs, home ownership, traveling, etc. However, after living away from my family for four years while attending college and moving away to Chicago briefly, I did not realize how much I needed to be swaddled like a baby again by, not only my parents, but also my siblings. I missed them, all of them. I would be lying if I said that there weren’t times that I wanted to stab my eyes out with a knife when I was back at home, of course. However, I truly never knew that living back at home would give me the strength that I needed to work two jobs and save every penny earned, so that I could achieve my goal of home ownership, a dream that I never thought would be possible.

Working two jobs has probably been one of the most challenging things that I have ever done in my life. After I graduated from college, I had  the most difficult time becoming gainfully employed due to the economic down turn our country was facing. Like many, I was barely working full time and was unsure if I would have a job on a daily basis. However, as the economy took an upswing, I still found it necessary to work two jobs. I was fearful of not being able to pay back my nearly $50k of school loans that I had taken out to cover the cost of tuition. For almost five years, since I graduated from college, I have been killing myself working two jobs, being exhausted daily, and almost having zero time for myself, but I cannot complain.  Working like a dog for almost five years has given me a perspective on life that I never knew I needed.

Working two jobs has shown me what my Mom and Dad had sacrificed in their lives in order to give their children a brighter and more rewarding future. Working two jobs has shown me how blessed I am to even have one job! There are so many people in this world who would love to work and be employed, but are either not physically or mentally able to work. How blessed am I that I get to have two jobs to complain about? Working two jobs has given me insight as to what single moms and dads must go though regularly, but with children. I cannot even imagine. I complain about having to work two jobs just to ensure that I can party hard during my limited down time, but what about those people who have nothing after they punch their time clock at the end of the week? I really never knew I needed to work two jobs to feel compassion and empathy for those who have it way worse than I.

With that being said, I will say that I have spent a lot of time crying over the last year. Rightfully so, I have been physically and mentally exhausted at times. There have been days when I did not think I would even be able to make it out of my bed because I was so emotionally drained, but I did. I got out of bed. I would go to work. I would listen to sad songs on my way home and I would ball my eyes out like a three year old who did not get his or her own way in a candy store. However, I am absolutely not ashamed of this because crying is awesome.

Over the last year, I have realized how beneficial crying regularly can be for my sanity. I will cry when I am happy. I cry like an absolute loon when I am frustrated and I cannot find the words I need to express my emotions. I cry when I am sad. I’ll cry if I find a commercial to be overly sentimental, but I love it. I will say, that I have also found swearing often and aggressively to be equally therapeutic, but I enjoy a good tear fest way more than a good cuss word. After a long day of work or an equally stressful personal day, I never knew how much I needed to let myself express what I am feeling, especially when it comes to tears. I no longer hold back my tears, and I will especially not hold them back when I am sharing a conversation with a close friend.

I have always had a small group of close personal friends that I could turn to no matter what. I have a few friends from high school and a few friends from college and thereafter who I would be terribly lost without. Each of them provides me with a unique and diversified perspective on life and if I am being honest…men. However, the best part about each of these girls who have decided that I am just sane enough to be friends with, even in public, have all been sounding boards for some of the toughest decisions in my life. Each of them has encouraged me to break connections with unhealthy relationships in my personal and professional life, they have taught me the importance of understanding that my path is different from theirs, and that they can be strong for me when I am feeling weak, which is exactly what I needed this year.

The time I have spent with my friends over this last year has been some of the best quality time I have ever shared with them. In high school or college, many of our conversations would be superficial or unremembered due to a high intake of alcohol. However, the older we get,  I am finding that our conversations are becoming that much more valuable. We take time to listen to each other speak, we hear what one another is saying and we respond thoughtfully. Our conversations are filled with disgusting information about each others bowel movements, children’s vomit, breast feeding, poor hygiene due to a lack of time, and how much sex we may, or in my case, may not be having. This year, my friends, inadvertently, made me realize that I never knew I needed to understand how insanely beautiful their paths are, so that I can understand how unique my path and my future can be too.

This year, I really learned that my path is my own. In order to walk my very own ‘yellow bring road’, I needed to learn how to let go. For the longest time, I have been holding on to so much that should have been let go of many years ago. Old relationships, college life, mistakes I have made, things I have said and done that have hurt others (intentionally and/or unintentionally), and regrets that I still think about to this day, they should have all been forgotten about many moons past. Spending more time than anyone should living like a troll in my Mom and Dad’s basement has given me the opportunity to become very introspective and this is something I NEVER knew I needed. Now that my eyes are open to the things I needed to let go of, I can see the beauty in the things I never knew I needed to happen this year.

I think that if I did not let go of old relationships that I was weirdly still grasping onto that I would not have been able to create new, and amazing, adult relationships with my exceptional family. If I had not let go of my anger towards having to work two jobs because my friends did not have this same responsibility, I would not have understood how blessed I am to be able to work at all. I definitely would not have understood how great it is enjoy my own version of therapy, in the form of tears. I am confident that if I was still holding on to my youth, that I would have no idea how to appreciate my friends for who they have become, instead of who they use to be, even though both have been equally wonderful. Over this last year, If I had not learned to let go of the things that have been negatively impacting my life, I would have never known that what I needed all along was to rediscover who I was as a daughter, a person, and a friend and that is what has given me the strength to buy a home, all on my own.

 

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#TheHashtagLife

Below is basically a running list of what my life has been like for the last month, via the #hashtag.

#noshame

One of these precious days I will begin to get my life together. However, one of those days if not going to be today. Instead, today I am going to leave my clean clothes fresh from the dryer all over the floor. I am going to leave my flat sheet in a bundle at the foot of my bed where it has been comfortably hanging out for nearly a month. And, I will most certainly wear my already twice worn gym clothes to the gym tonight…with no shame. Yes, I am officially an adult child.

Luckily, my motto is the same as that of Planet Fitness, which is my basement life is a ‘judgment free zone’.

#IndependentLadies

You know it is going to be a long day when you are not even out of your bed and you are already singing Destiny’s Child, Independent Women quietly to yourself and your cat.

Throw your hands up at me.

#WhenYourFriendsReallyGetYou

Move

“I hired this guy to help you move. You’re welcome.”

-Sent by my dearest friend on Facebook, who clearly understands me all too well. She also knows that I will surely need help moving into my new pad next month, by hiring very well dressed men, who also sport the proper “moving day” attire. Take note of Spike’s gloves and back support belt–top notch.

#SingleForLife

Crackers

Cheese and cracker plate for dinner, per my usual. I’m not gonna lie, I am going to make some man VERY UNHAPPY someday.

This is what I eat almost every night for dinner. And…if I am being honest, I eat this for breakfast more than anyone ever should. So, yes, I eat cheese and crackers for breakfast, lunch and dinner. As I said, someday…maybe I will make some man very unhappy.

#CatInTheBag

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 When the love of my life, Huck, tries to be a very literal “cat in the bag”. Either way, what a stud!

#TheTinderImapct

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About three weeks ago my sister encouraged me to get back into the dating scene via Tinder. After hours of cohesion, I decided to give Tinder a try. After all, God forbid I meet a man at the grocery store, the gym, at work or even a damn bar, who is emotionally and physically available has basically been nearly impossible. You know, it has been something like learning how to grow a second head or learning how to climb Everest. Simply, not happening.
I mean, what ever happened to being at a dinner party and accidentally gently grazing a man’s hand as you both reach for the same slice of cheese?
Based on the meme I have created above, I think that it is safe to say that I am off of Tinder and all social media dating for that matter. In fact, I am contemplating never dating again. I might just be one of those people who should die old and alone while my cats feast off of my cold dead carcass.

#ShitISayToMyFriends

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#NervousPoops #FullerHouse #BikeRiding #BlueMoons

#TheRealReasonIColorMyHair

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For real, look at how beautiful little baby Nixon is with that freshly washed mane of hair! After this photo was taken, I realized that I am not the kind of person who should really be going three months without touching up my roots. Never again.

Hope you guys enjoyed this little dive into my week and the curious things that go on in my brain!

The Postpartum Break Up Recipe

The Postpartum Break Up Recipe

Over the past few years, I have become somewhat of a sounding board for my girlfriends, co-workers and family members who have gone through heart breaking separations from their significant others. After having a very tumultuous, on-and-off, relationship with my ex for almost eight years, I can truly relate to my grieving counterparts. In fact, I have had so many people reach out to me over the years for guidance and advice during their break-ups that I basically consider myself “The Break Up Expert” and I have created what I like to a call “The Postpartum Break Up Recipe”. The recipe contains, what I have found, to be the most efficient ways to try to move forward with your life after a break up.

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Of course, I am sure that many of my findings can also be discovered in any Cosmopolitan magazine or self help book, but trust me when I tell you that I have actually been there. The pain is real. The crying is gut wrenching. The tears are whale sized. The tissues become the sea, for which the whales now belong. Not a single friend of family member has the magical words that will ease the feelings of despair, or even bring your appetite back to life, for that matter. And, as you lay there, on the floor, or in your bed, crying alone…the only thing you want is that one person, the one you love, to come back and tell you that everything will be okay, even though deep down in your gut you know that he or she is not coming back. But, trust me when I say that everything will be okay again–it will.

Everything will be okay again because you are going to get your ass out of bed. You are going to eat again and your fucking appetite for food, and men, will be insatiable. And, you are going to laugh, laugh really fucking hard…I promise. Just follow a few of my simple rules!

 

Postpartum Break Up Recipe 

The recipe must be followed exactly according to directions if one wishes to achieve the most optimal results.

Step One: Cry, Let It the Fuck Out

Do you remember that exact moment that you and your ex broke up? That moment when you swallowed your stomach? Yeah? Me too. That is the first moment when you realized that you are going to be alone. The first moment that you realized that your life is going to change drastically moving forward. It sucks. So, now what?

So…now you fucking cry, let it out. The best release for a break up is allowing yourself to feel the pain. Crying, for me, is one of the most therapeutic ways to release the anger from within. Even if you are a guy, I firmly give you permission to just let it out. Breaking up with someone, or having someone break up with you, is awful. Just release those tears, let the sadness flow out of you like fountain of chocolate on a hot summer day. Purge yourself of all the emotions running through your body. Later, you will want to vocalize all of those pent up feelings that you are keeping inside to your friends and/or family and you will not want to sound like you are drowning in those whale sized tears. You will need to keep your head above water because the next step will involve you taking a deep breathe of positivity in, and a exhaling a huge FUCK YOU.

Step Two: Take a Deep Breath, Talk About It

After the feelings of total sadness subsides and the black hole that you have been momentarily spinning inside of throws you out, you will need to take a deep breath and talk about it. Or, if you are like me, you will want to scream about it. After a break up, you will need to talk to your friends about how you are feeling, or actually just talk to anyone who will listen, for that matter. People understand what you are going through. We have all been in a position where we have had to crush someone’s soul, or have had our hearts walked all over by someone we loved. I do not care if you are a hottie like Brad Pitt, we have all been emotionally hurt by a loved one. Everyone has gone through a traumatic break up during the course of a dating lifetime and talking about those feelings is the key to successfully moving forward.

Talking to others, especially those who love and support you most, will not only validate your feelings, but they will almost always make an effort to point out how amazing you are as a person. This will, no doubt, bring a partial smile back to your sobbing face. And, even better than the half smile, remember one crucial thing: misery loves company. I guarantee that someone will want to share their equally miserable story with you too, which will make you feel a little less lonely.

Step Three: Text Your Friends

The feeling of loneliness after a break up, in my opinion, is by far the worst aspect of separating ways with someone you love. Who will I text? Who will I eat dinner with? Who will hang out with me on Saturday night? Who is going to laugh at me when I say something stupid? Feeling like you have no one to turn to during a break up is absolutely soul crushing. As if it was not bad enough that the person you love(d), tells you that he or she doesn’t want to be with you any longer, you now feel like you do not have a single friend within a 100 mile distance to call. However, you absolutely do!

After my ex and I broke up, I had friends and family who came out of the deepest parts of hidden lands to support me during my time of need. I know you have this too. When my ex and I broke up, I called a friend who I had not spoken with in months because we were fighting. All it took was one call to tell my friend what I was going though and before I knew it the two of us were eating pizza together in her new apartment, just like old times. Since then, we have continued to grow our relationship, which actually made me grateful for my ex and I splitting.

My point is that if you are feeling the urge to text, call, or see the one person who just caused you monumental pain, reach out to someone else! Other people want to be there for you. People love to feel needed, so it is okay to be needy. That is what friends are for-support. Someday they will need you too, so let them give you the support you need. Trust me, you do not want to be the person who initiates the first text, call, or attempt at hanging out, after being let go from the someone’s life. The person who should be attempting to make plans with you is the jerk who JUST broke your heart and left you for an emotional death. When you are in a state of utter fucking loneliness do not hesitate to text your friends and tell them how angry you are at that jerk!

Step Four: Go Ahead, Get Mad!

Yeah, that is right! The person who you love, just tore out your heart, stomped all over it, and threw it in the trash. That person who you have told your deepest secrets to, shared your dreams with, and thought that you would spend the rest of your life with, just stole your future from you with just seven little words, “I think we should take a break”.

Who the cuss word does he (or she) think he (or she) is…telling me, “We need to take a break”?

Seriously, it is okay to  be mad at the person who you thought you loved more than anything. After all, this person probably knows more about you than anyone else. And, this person has all of this juicy information on you because you told him or her because, let’s be honest, you trusted this person. Being angry is normal and you have every right to be really fucking angry. When my ex and I broke up, I drop kicked a gift he purchased for me because I was so infuriated when I saw him on a date with another woman only eight days after our split. Obviously, violence is not an appropriate way to unleash the “Emotional Beast of Anger”, as I like to call it, but I do not regret breaking that damn present. In fact, it felt amazing when I imagined his face planted all over it when it violently smashed against my dorm room wall.

Let that anger out, maybe not with violence, but rather with a really loud and fulfilling scream in your car. Then call up your friends. You know, those friends that you did not think you had because you felt insanely lonely? Call them. It is time to fucking paint the town RED!

Step Five:  Following the Doctor’s Orders

Going out for a night with your friends is exactly what any smart doctor would prescribe, especially after some miserable jerk tore out your heart and sold it to the lowest bidder. You need to call your closest friends and demand that drinking cocktails and scoping out hotties should commence immediately. You need to tell your friends that the fictional “doctor” who you saw earlier that day, wrote you a very real prescription for a bomb ass time out. Listen, even if you don’t want to go out yourself, you need to do it. Trust me, I get it. Who would want to go out after not showering for seven days on end, after solely eating saltine crackers for two weeks, and having a face that looked like it has just been freshly pruned from Dwight Shrute’s Beet Garden after weeks of endless crying?

Nobody!

However, if you think that your ex is sitting at home crying over you and the separation of ways that he or she initiated, you have been highly misinformed. Your ex is out having fun, trying to forget about the pain, and attempting to get laid. You need to be doing the same thing, minus getting laid. Seriously though, you should be out and making some amazing new memories with your friends. With that being said, if there is any hope that you and your ex actually will get back together, going out with your pals has never been more important because you are about be an INDEPENDENT PERSON once again.

Step Six: Reestablish Your Independence

Listen to me, and listen clearly: If there is even a shot that you and your ex may get back together, you need to reestablish your independence. If you ask me, half the reason that so many relationships end is because one person becomes too dependent on his or her partner. Somewhere along the way, someone in the relationship usually starts to use his or her significant other as his or her sole reason to be happy-not healthy. So, when I say go out, go out and get that damn independence back!

Spend a night with your friends flirting with people at the bar, forget about your ex, enjoy a few adult bevvy’s (but not too many), take pictures of yourself having fun, post those pictures all over social media, give out your number, go on a blind date with your friend’s friend, and just have fun. When your ex realizes that he or she chose to give up such a precious commodity, and there is a higher bidder at the table, he or she WILL want you back…I promise. And, if you still want this person back after you have reestablished your friendships, regained your independence and learned how to have fun without the one person who made you feel like you were dying a sudden death, then do it! And you can do it because you are independent enough to make those decisions for yourself again because finally–you trust yourself again.

Step Seven: Trust Yourself

Dating is hard, but break ups are are fucking terrible. I know it is hard to believe people when they say that they have “been there”, but I have really been there. If there is anything that I have learned from the most challenging break up I have endured , it is this: Trust yourself.

I cannot tell you how to live your life, only you can decide what is best for you-obviously. Therefore, you need to really listen to your gut and trust what your that tiny voice inside your head is telling you to do, especially after a deeply moving separation. Listen, if your gut says to get mad, then do it. If your gut says, it is time to go out and have drinks, then do it. If your gut says, stay inside with your dog and eat every cracker you can get your grubby hands on, then do it. Don’t trust me, trust yourself in all the things you do in life, but always trust yourself when it comes to matters of the heart…always.

However, do trust me when I say:  I am here to make sure that you get out of bed, eat a fucking meal, and laugh…laugh really fucking hard. Yes, my name is Nichole and I am here to solve all of your postpartum break up issues one awkward story, or recipe, at a time.

Step Eight: If All Else Fails

And if all else fails, just look at my cute little Hucky dressed up for Halloween, as a cow. If this does not bring a smile to your face, then you are heartless and there is no help for you.

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Random Thought Bubbles

I suggest reading my random thoughts aloud to yourself in a quiet and creepily whisper them to yourself, just as I do when I am presenting these interesting ideas to myself, looking out onto yonder. I am imagining you reading these thoughts to yourself a little  like Zack Morris did when he called “time out” during Saved By The Bell, which was one of the most amazing shows of all time. Just imagine me calling a “time out” on myself, looking deeply at the horizon, while little thought bubbles emerge from my brain, as I whisper random thoughts quietly into my personal space, pretending that no one else can hear me.

Random Thought Bubble One:

I should start using LinkedIn as a means of dating. I mean…right? I can go home after a long day of work, enjoy a glass of cheap red wine, graze LinkedIn for attractive business professionals and send them private messages. If I do this between the hours of 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., as far as I am concerned, I could basically just call it happy hour. And if I do call it happy hour, that will make it seem totally normal, which will then make it seem totally socially acceptable. Right?

I think my opening line will be, “Hi, my name is Nichole. May I endorse you for a professional skill?”

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Random Thought Bubble Two:

I wonder if my cats, Huck Finn, H. Keller and Thomas would like their names if they became real people for a day? Oh, I sure hope they would. If not though, I wonder what they would want me to call them? Probably something simple and mundane, like: Mittens or Mr. Kitten. So generic.

Ugh…ungrateful felines. They can’t even enjoy their birth names that I graciously bestowed upon them. Maybe I should become a dog person?

Random Thought Bubble Three:

So what if I don’t shower for four days in a row, even after sweat has been dripping profusely from my hair, after an hour of vigorous exercise? Not showering for a couple of days is just my way of protecting our planet. Right…that is it! I am not a disgusting adult for not showering on a regular basis. I am actually an environmentally conscience citizen who is conserving our planet’s water supply!

I am a water conservationist, not an uncleanly adult-clearly!

Random Thought Bubble Four:

I think if Leslie Knope, from Parks and Rec, and Liz Lemon, from 30 Rock, made a baby…I would be the result of that procreation. I would be their love child. Like the lovely Leslie, I am a mad woman who is upbeat, a relentless friend, and eager to change the world with one wickedly odd sense of humor. And, like Lemon, I am also a workaholic, high strung and tend to seek unnecessary approval from my elders.

Yeah, I would definitely be the product of a Knope-Lemon affair.

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The proof is in the Meme! Am I right?

Random Thought Bubble Five:

Are dreams real? I wish they were. If my dreams were real…I would be a mermaid who is also an undercover bad-ass for the S.L.I.A. (Sea Life Intelligence Agency). In my dreams, my mermaid fins become invisible to the human eye and I am responsible for protecting the “Leg People”, which are also known as humans. If my dreams were real, I would live on a beach, in a mansion, near the the “Killer Beach Whale”. The whale is not really a killer, rather the whale is the one who flaps his/her fins so tremendously that he or she is the sole creator of the most magical, and calming, beach waves…and hurricanes.

Don’t worry, in my dreams, both the waves and the hurricanes are a splendid delight. Well, except for that one time when one of the waves killed Brad Pitt…That is an entirely different dream you do NOT want to know about.

However, if my dreams were real, my Mom would live in a one bedroom apartment with a very old Asian man, who doesn’t speak a lick of English, who she also recently started dating. My mother dating an old Asian man in my dreams would be strange because she and my Dad are happily married. And, if my dreams were real, all of my teeth would have fallen out of my head, with the wad of gum I usually try to pry out of my mouth while climbing mountains. Both of those dreams, or should I say night terrors for the latter, usually end in tears. I am not sure I would want these dreams to be real. I mean, I don’t even chew gum anymore, as a result of these terrifying nightmares.

Maybe these dreams shouldn’t come true…?

March

 

Keeping it Fresh

Here is my current dilemma:

I work out to keep my body looking young and fresh, like a young spring chicken.

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However, after I exercise my muscles, my body doesn’t feel so young and fresh. Instead, after I get my blood flowing, via the treadmill, it feels a lot like how the Crypt Keeper looked, from Tales from the Crypt.

 

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I am not even 30 and I can barely walk down the stairs after a good gym sesh’!

What is a girl to do? Keep it looking good, but feel like death? Or, stop busting moves at the gym and actually look like the Crypt Keeper?

Getting old is seriously rough!

 

 

Sisters With Voices

So, I when I was about ten years old, my Mom and Dad allowed me to make a recorded tape of myself singing at Cedar Point (which is a theme park that set up singing booths throughout the park to generate some extra chedda’)  because I thought that I was going to be a professional singer. However, they wanted me to make a recorded tape of myself, so that they could prove to me that I needed to really start exploring my other talents, as they did not believe that my vocal chords were on par with Janet Jackson’s singing abilities. Their efforts proved fruitless because after I heard myself singing Weak, by SWV (Sisters With Voices), I knew I was destined to be an award winning vocal artist.

Years later, turns out my parents, Jack and Peg, were in fact correct about my inability to sing well. I mean, eventually, I was going to have to come down to reality and accept that being tone deaf is probably not helping my ability to accurately judge the tunes coming out of my mouth.   However, there is a small part of me that will always want to close my office door, turn the lights down low, grab a hair brush, and sing with my ‘sisters’ when Weak plays on my Paula Abdul Pandora station, which I rock on a regular basis.

And, even though I could not carry a tune if my life depended on it, that still has not stopped me from preparing my speech for the Grammy’s for when I win my award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.

 

*Side Note: I loved SWV. I owned the cassette tape (if anyone even remembers what a cassette tape was). The album was called,  It’s About Time, and listened to this gem on a regular basis. Trust me when I tell you that I knew almost every word to almost every song. Man, I miss my sisters.

Today on: My Life in Memes

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You know…we all have that one friend who passes judgment, or a friend of a friend who passes judgment, and you have that one friend who tells you about the judgment, and you just want to say…”Really? Have you seen your social media lately?”

I mean, we are all going to make judgments at some point in our lives, but don’t you just hate it when other people tell you about the judgments others are passing on you?

Lord knows I do.

This Week On: My Life in Memes

VDay Meme

Right? Who is with me? I mean, I just do not understand why John Krasinski and Jason Sudeikis have to be married? I was really hoping to spend my Valentine’s Day with one of those two hunks.

 

Bettlejuice

Check out that hair! Thank you sea salt spray, a bad night of sleep, and a 5 am work out for my Beetlejuice hair style. Jealous?

 

Cat Meme

Our new puppy sure is cute, but she is by far the wildest animal our family has ever had! If she is not busy tearing everything up that she can put in her mouth, she is harassing my three precious cats. No joke, I think she wants to eat them and they hate it. Poor babies!

Screaming Like a Homicidal Maniac

Ok, so I am not gonna lie, there are times during the day, that I feel an extreme urge to lock myself inside of a closet and scream like a homicidal maniac, in order to function like a normal adult. I do not even have enough hands and/or toes to count the amount of times that I actually have locked myself inside of a vehicle, an office room, a bathroom or a garage and yelled at the top of my lungs to get out my ongoing aggression towards a frustrating day. If you have not yet tried locking yourself inside of a quiet room to expel your daily anger, I highly recommend it-trust me it worksv . However, on the days that locking myself inside of a weird and secluded place has not worked, I have taken to releasing my anger through other outlets, which have worked quite successfully, if I do say so myself!

I would like to share those outlets with you!

Please see below for other ways to successfully release your daily anger below:

  1. Happy Hour:

    If you are not into screaming in order to to let our your aggression, might I refer you to a little thing called “Happy Hour”? As I have stated before, and as I will continue to loudly preach, Happy Hour is the perfect time of day between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. when the most amazing restaurants offer food and spirits at a lovely discounted price. Whenever I am having a rough day, there is nothing like meeting a good friend for a serious vent session, while enjoying some cocktails. Or sometimes I find myself just going alone for a drink when the thought of chatting with someone makes me want to pull my hair out of my head happens. Either way, I always relax after a smooth glass of inexpensive wine enters my body with a plate of food that did not cost me my arm and leg. Please, next time you feel like you are going to lose it, take my advice and hit up Happy Hour. You will not regret it, pinkie swear!

  2. Work It Out:

    When I feel myself really getting down and out about life or having a serious case of the “why me’s” I need to hit the gym. For those of you who do not know, the “why me’s” is what I like to call the feeling that I get when I think that I am the only person in the world that has anything bad or stressful has ever happen to.  So, when the “why me’s” strike like a bolt of lightening, I find it insanely helpful to take my tail feathers to the gym and run like the wind. Exercising always helps me fell better. Sometimes, if I cannot force myself out of the basement, where I currently live like a troll, and I am in serious need of a mood booster, I will exercise my right to pretend to really work it out with my Dad’s five pound dumbbells that I have confiscated from him (not that he was even using them, to be clear). When I do decide to wallow in the basement, I will usually lift a few weights and call it a day. Seriously though I find that my meager attempt to get the endorphins going really helps. If you are not a gym body, like myself, just do a couple of push-ups at home, in your basement alone. I promise you will feel loads better!

  3. Enjoy A Good Laugh:

    You know that saying, “laughing is contagious”? Well, laughing is definitely contagious! I have found that watching Friends, The Office and/or Parks and Rec have become the only three shows, in my life, that create belly aching laughter even after the most stressful of days. Nothing brings a smile to my face more than watching Chandler from Friends make a bad joke, or Dwight from The Office doing something creepy to Jim while plotting to become the next office manager, or Leslie Knope, from Parks and Rec, obsessing awkwardly over her friends. Each of these shows has created a special place in my heart that brings out child like laughter that is unlike anything else, especially when I am in a bad mood. If you have not watched any of these shows, please do yourself a favor and “Netflix and chill” with these three shows as soon as possible, so that you too can enjoy a belly aching laugh, instead of sitting wallowing around in anger!

  4. Cry!:

    I am sorry, but sometimes it is just therapeutic to enjoy a good cry! If I have just endured a day that felt like I was punched in the gut, crying at some point is absolutely inevitable. Sometimes during a dreadful day, I find it very rewarding to hold my tears in until I get home. I truly enjoy coming home after a long day, putting on my fat pants, tearing off my bra, pouring a glass of wine, making myself a cheese plate, turning on a romantic movie and balling my eyes out like a baby. Crying, for me, is one of the best ways to let go of the emotions I have been holding onto for far too long. If you need to cry, just do it. Lord knows that I cry on a regular basis and damn does it feel good!

  5. Talk To Yo’ Parents:

    I have been very blessed in my life to have been created by two very amazing people. My parents, Jack and Peg, are almost always willing to lend an open ear when I am ready to lose my mind and go ape sh** crazy. If you are as lucky as I and you have the ability to consult with your parents when you are feeling meaner than the Grinch, you should do it. My parents always let me vent to them, complain about the most minute things in life and then give me  advice, that I usually am frustrated with, but almost always end up following! I know that we all think that our parents are dumb, but boy do I feel loads better after verbally releasing my rage while my parents listen does wonders for my psyche.

 

I hope you have found one of the five stress relievers listed above sufficient for your relaxation needs. If not, however, I formally apologize. I would then fully recommend that you find the nearest vacant closet, scream from the bottom of your lungs, until your face is beet juice red, take a few deep breaths and come back down to reality before you hurt someone! Tonight, I will be taking my aggression out with a stiff drink at Blue Point Grille with a gal pal and hopefully dancing the night away to some awful jams at a local dive bar!

 

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