To The Guy who Called Me An A**Hole

Today I decided to drive to a health food store to see what kind of goodies they had. I was at this particular store once before and thought I knew where it was.
As I drove into town I realized I wasn’t so sure. I pulled up to a red light and tried to say the name of the place to my phone to get directions. As usual, it picked up nothing near the health food store’s name I was trying to reach.
I decided to try to type the name of the store quickly and as I was I heard yelling from the car next to me, “Hey asshole! Get off the phone!”
I looked at him, saw the light was green, and drove away. At first I felt hurt but quickly realized that he was right. I was an asshole for doing that.
Not only was I not paying attention to the road, I was jeopardizing my life and the lives of others even though it was only at a red light.
The moral of today’s story is that it’s not cool at all to be on your phone even at a red light, even if you’re just trying to find directions, even if you’re taking a call. Just don’t do it.
Thank you to the guy who made me aware. I don’t know who you are and even though you called me an asshole, you were right.

Being Young Does Not Mean Being Invincible.

In some fields, it is expected of you to put your body through physical, mental and emotional exhaustion for a paycheck. I’m all for hard work – don’t get me wrong- it’s just that I’m not willing to put my wellness at stake and do crazy shifts.

“Oh, well you’re young. You can do it!” That’s something us “young” people hear all the time when it comes to working more. Let me ask you something: Don’t we all need sleep in order to function? And more than three hours of it during those crazy work days.

What the higher-ups usually fail to realize is that just because we’re young doesn’t mean we can jeopardize our health and well-being to stay and do a double.

When I overexerted my limits by working over 50 hours in four days, I had a splitting migraine that impaired my hearing and vision while driving home, had numbness in both my arms, and couldn’t catch my breath. I don’t know how I made it home without crashing my car.

My body was not just telling me – it was screaming at me that I was exhausted and out of fuel. Not to mention, I was feeling panicked because of all of the symptoms of exhaustion I was experiencing. I didn’t know what was going on – I didn’t know if I should go to the hospital or lay in bed.

To think just an hour before all of this I was asked stay another eight hours of nightshift. When I declined I was told, “Oh, but you’re young – you have tons of energy! You can do it!”

Really? So let me ask this, because I’m “young” means I should have all of this energy to work 64 hours in four days? I don’t think so.

Moral of the story is next time you think someone can do extensive work (some along with school) because they “are young and have a lot of energy,” take into consideration the fact that every human being needs sleep in order to function. These “young people” you think do nothing are actually working hard and struggling.

In today’s day and age, being young does not mean being invincible; being young means being a slave to the society created for us to live in.

What do you think about this topic? Do you think because a person is young that they should push themselves to the exhaustion point? Or do you think that age shouldn’t matter – that no one should be pushed to that point? Let me know in the comments below!!

xoxoAngelMaie

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By The Time You Turn 25

By the time you turn 25, you start to realize that everyone has been through at least one shitty relationship, has had some type of very traumatic experience happen to them, and has experienced some deep sadness. Before you realize that, you think you’re the only one who has went through that stuff; and then you turn 25.

I’ve spent most of my life thinking that I really went through some hard and daunting times. What I failed to see was that most, if not all of my peers were going through challenges and scary things as well. The only difference was the types of things and how we let them affect us.

That’s the funny thing about life. We all live it differently. By the time you turn 25, you really start to accept “to each his own”.

When I started working at the age of 15, I realized that life is no longer whatever I wanted to do that day. I hated the responsibility. I hated the confinement. I hated the tax money taken from my paychecks.

After I graduated high school, I realized that the school I graduated from was a joke and that the education I received there was far below fair. I was happy to get out of there and start a new chapter in my life. I was happy to graduate at 17 with honors. I was happy to be free.

Free. That’s what you think when you’re young. You think that when you leave high school or finally move from your parents house that you’re free. When you turn 25, you realize that freedom is not what you thought it was.

Once you enter college and live a lie of freedom, you graduate and try to get a job. If you are lucky enough to get a job in your field, you work 40 hours a week and have your days off. You’re probably still mad about the tax money they take out of your checks, and at this point, you’ve probably went through something traumatic and life changing.

By the time you turn 25, you start to see what’s really important to you. That might be taking your dogs for a walk or traveling to new places. It can even be reuniting with family or old friends over a nice lunch rather than a keg and bonfire. Your days off start to become the days you unplug from the world and be with your favorite person – yourself. On those days off you might also catch up on your laundry, go grocery shopping, or do one of your favorite things to do as an adult – nothing.

You see, being 25 doesn’t mean you’re boring, old, or out of touch. Being 25 means standing strong in your power and having a strong sense of self. Being 25 means loving yourself and everything around you even if it’s not ideal. Being 25 means you’ve reached level 25 of life – you’ve beat the underwater level, you’ve thrown fire balls at anything that got in your way, and you’re still alive.

All of my people who are 25 (or older), give yourself a high-five because you’ve probably gone through some crazy shit and guess what? You survived.

Last week I turned 25. I’m on an awesome level in this game we call life. Remember there’s no destination – so please, enjoy the ride.

xoxoAngelMarie

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The Little Things That Aren’t So Little.

Look around you. What do you see? How do you see it? Does it make you happy? Sad? Angry? Indifferent? When you see your life, the environment in which you live, the people around you, and material things in your possession, do you feel grateful?

Last night I had the pleasure of going to dinner with a good friend of mine and this topic was brought up. It was screaming at me so loud that now, I just have to share it with you.

We spend so much of our lives wanting more.

You know how it goes. We want want want and when we finally get it, how do we use it? How do we appreciate it? How do we perceive it? More importantly, how do we use, appreciate, and perceive the things we already have?

Now, I’m not talking about that flat screen TV you waited in line hours for last Black Friday. I’m talking about your ability to clap and cheer at your favorite sporting event. I’m talking about being able to lift your hand to scratch your itchy nose. I’m talking about being able to open your toothpaste and brush your teeth on your own.

How often do you really deeply appreciate those things? It sounds silly, doesn’t it? I’m grateful that I can brush my own teeth. But really, think about how your life would be if you couldn’t.

I go to wrestling events in my town every month and the last few months I’ve been seeing this boy. He is in a complex wheelchair and can not talk, scratch his face, or clap his hands. Each time I’ve seen him there I’ve taken a few moments to watch him. This may sound weird, but he definitely puts my life into perspective each time.

When the crowd would get loud and cheer and clap, this boy would try his hardest to cheer and clap with us even thought he could only manage to make some grunting-like sounds and wave his arms around. He broke my heart because despite all of his “limitations”, he looked like he was enjoying the show and his life so much. He was grateful.

Sometimes I find myself complaining and thinking things like, My life would be so much better if I had a good career and could afford nicer things. In the same breath, I’ll turn around and think, I really wish we didn’t have so much junk cluttering up the house.After witnessing this boy at this month’s show, I went deep inside myself and really saw for the first time in a while how blessed I am.

I can walk. I can talk. I can clap. I can scratch my face. I can type on this computer. I can sit at my desk in my comfy chair. I can cook breakfast, lunch, and dinner in my fully functioning and ascetically pleasing kitchen. Not to mention, I can afford to food shop the way I want to (for the most part). I never go without anything I need (except when I run out of paper towels), and I always have exponentially more than the bare necessities in all aspects of my life.

The things is, most of us are like that too. We wake up every day, go to the bathroom, shower and brush our teeth like we are entitled to those things – like they can never be taken away. Truth be told, those things can be ripped away from us in an instant.

Now let’s try this again. Look around you. What do you see? How do you see it?

xoxoAngel Marie

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5 Things To Help That “Stuck In A Rut” Feeling

Stuck in a rut and feeling down? We’ve all been there before. With all of the crazy twists and turns the ride of life takes us on, it’s no surprise that we sometimes find ourselves stuck in a rut without motivation. I’m going to share with you some tips that might help motivate you enough to get out of that funk.

1. SOCIALIZE!

I know, I know. Who wants to socialize when you’re down in the dumps? I fall victim to the “I hate everyone” mentality too, but just being around a friend or two may help lift your spirits. Force yourself to get out of the house or have a good friend or two come over and surprise you. You’ll thank me later.

2. Channel Your Feelings Into Something Creative.

My favorite thing to do when I feel down and out is write. I usually always find a lot of inspiration when I’m going through a rough patch. Recently, I’ve been loving making YouTube videos. But it doesn’t have to be something so public for you. Maybe you like knitting or painting. Or maybe even cooking can be something to help turn your angst into creativity. Whatever it is, you’ll find that your creative side benefits from times like these and ultimately helps lift you out of that funk.

3. Make It A Point To Brush Your Teeth And Get Ready.

This sounds weird, but when you’re really really feeling down, this can be one of the hardest tasks to complete (next to actually getting out of bed). I find that if I can at least get out of bed and brush my teeth, then I can at least make it down stairs and have a better day than I would just laying in bed. If you’re really feeling wild, take a shower, put on some makeup, and do your hair. As superficial as it sounds, if you look good, you’ll most likely start to feel better.

4. Cry.

It’s okay to cry. Sometimes we just need to. Go ahead. Don’t be afraid. Crying cleanses the soul and usually makes you feel a bit of relief once it’s out. There is no shame in the crying game every one in a while.

5. Seek Professional Counsel.

If you are rely struggling (or not), there is nothing wrong with seeking the help of a professional. Let’s be real. Sometimes talking to your friends and family makes you feel judged and guilty. Sometimes you just need a neutral party to listen and give guidance. Even if you think what you’re dealing with isn’t big enough for professional attention, go anyway. You might be surprised to see how much it can actually help you and how much that little thing was really affecting your life.

 

And there it is, ladies and gents. If you really can’t seem to find a way on your own to get out of that rut, remember that asking for help is not a sign of weakness. It actually shows strength. What are some things you like to do that help pull you out of a funk? Let me know in the comments below!

Have a lovely day!

xoxoAngel Marie

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Why I’ve Been Away

Happy Monday, Everyone!!!!

So I’m sure some of you have noticed that I haven’t been posting frequently. Since I’m out of school for the summer I have more time and should be posting more, right?

Well as always, you can count on life to throw you some things you don’t really expect. With that said, let me fill you in on what the heck has been going on.

I finished my semester at the state university I was attending for Journalism. During the course of that semester, I lost my passion for why I was in school in the first place. The main reason was because I didn’t feel like I was learning at my full potential. A few of the classes I was in were like refreshers from courses I took while earning my Associates Degree in Journalism. That was disappointing considering I was in junior and senior level journalism classes.

What really had me questioning again was the battle in my head that is: “Nursing vs. Journalism”. For those of you who have been following me for a while, you know a little bit about that. Actually, here are a few past posts if you’re interested:

https://thegirldish.wordpress.com/2015/01/13/day-9-courage-is-not-the-absence-of-fear/

https://thegirldish.wordpress.com/2015/01/09/the-journey-within/

https://thegirldish.wordpress.com/2014/10/21/broken-castle-by-the-shore/

So if you want to read the roller-coaster that is my brain, you can read those above and stalk my blog for more cause Lord knows there are more ;p

Very long story short, I’ve decided to pursue once again my degree  in nursing and my fear of coming out with that for the second time is pretty great. I know people will look down on my decision and probably think that I am all over the place but I’m very excited about it and I’m looking forward to a new chapter in my life. This change will require me to take on a new job and I’m extremely happy for the change.

Also, throughout the course of the next eight months, I will be taking on yoga teacher training which I am so pumped for. I’ve concluded in my head that I would love to focus on holistic healthcare after I receive my degree and work experience in the nursing field. I plan to use my yoga teacher certification to aid that dream in big ways.

And lastly, I just started my first day of my third 40 Days to Personal Revolution Program at the yoga studio I go to and I’m so excited to be sharing that journey with all of you again. Be on the look for my first journal entry!

xoxoAngel Marie

 Twenty-Something’s Anonymous

http://youtu.be/ARk9p09aJGQ

Here it is! I tried posting this the other day but ran into a bit of an error. This is a video I recorded with the focus being people in their twenties. 

I think everyone struggles, but right now, I’m a twenty-something struggling with strange feelings and such and I needed an outlet to express it. Normally, that’s writing, however, I woke up from my sleep the other night with this video idea and wanted to share it with the world.

These things don’t just apply to people in their twenties – I think it’s good advice for people of all ages. Check it out and let me know what you think. If you like it please share!

Thank you and I hope you all have a beautiful night ❤