Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Posted by Catie May at 6:04 AM
Saturday, January 7, 2012
Posted by Catie May at 9:49 PM
Tuesday, January 3, 2012
It's crazy to think how quickly this year flew by. There were definitely its amazing ups, and very low downs but all in all it was a fantastic year!
I set my expectations for this year a lot higher than I had in past years, and for good reason! It was time to get out of my funk and start enjoying life again. Last year my resolutions to help aid in my 180, were:
1) Get healthy.
2) Continue the search for my career
3) Enjoy the little things
Lets start from the bottom, enjoying the little things. This year I taught myself to stop and enjoy whats around me. I was able to be surprisingly content over a cup of tea and a book for hours. Being able to just stop was a huge win for me in itself.
My career search wasn't so fruitful. I did go to a couple interviews with a large Richmond based Marketing firm, which was eye opening. Looking back, I've realized I am a little too by the book and in order to break into marketing I need relay everyday Catie more into interviews.
And now number one: Getting healthy seemed like the most daunting resolution every, as well as one of the most popular, but this one I give myself an A- on! It took a pretty hard kick to the soul, and my Father nursing me back to tell me it was time to put some gym shoes on. This year I joined the gym and (outside of retail hell holiday) I have been going on average every other day to get a work out in. It has lifted my spirits and dropped my weight! So far I have lost 6 lbs, and 17" off my body. It feels amazing, and people are definitely starting to notice. The changes to my body are really just a bonus, because my main intention was to get my mental health in check. And now I can safely say I feel better than I have in years. I am happy, and for that I think 2011 has been the best year yet.
Stay tuned for my new 2012 resolutions.
Posted by Catie May at 9:08 AM
Monday, December 26, 2011
The biggest gift I received this year was being able to put my life in perspective. Those tumultuous four years are starting to fade, and I've begun to look forward to the next phases of my life.
Posted by Catie May at 8:46 AM
Sunday, December 4, 2011
How could I have almost forgot about Best Day Ever this year! I tell ya, when my grandparents told me, beware time goes faster than you think, I wrote it off as a crazy elderly person thing to say. This was back in the days when a 3 month summer break felt like a year. Now I don't even have a summer break, or know what summer is for that matter!
Posted by Catie May at 4:36 PM
Thursday, November 24, 2011
With all the hustle and bussle of the holidays fast approaching, it never occurred to me that in an instant they would be here! Working in retail is so highly focused and strategic around the holidays, that I forgot to look up and see what all of the work is for.
This year is a little different. This year I am finally seeing what it is all about. In the past I have driven home early Thanksgiving morning just in time to toss together my famous clover rolls and a pumpkin pie, sit for a few hours and then make the long drive home. While I enjoy seeing my family, it is so hard when I'm having to work 13 hours the next day. So this year I opted to stay in Richmond.
I thought it would be lonely, but so far, it has been wonderful! Slept in, made a sweet potato casserole, did some online christmas shopping, and set up my tree! The whole day I have been calling and getting texts from friends and family making me feel just as loved as if I was in their own living rooms. This is what I'm thankful for. I am thankful for these people in my life, all of them. The ones who are thinking about me while they are off doing their own celebrating, those who I will be celebrating with later, and those who can no longer be here. I am thankful because this year I realized that family is what you make it. Friends, animals, robots... This is a day to appreciate all that people bring to your life, and let people know how much of an impact they have on yours.
Hope everyone has an awesome Appreciationgiving Day!
Posted by Catie May at 10:57 AM
Monday, August 15, 2011
In a few days my Dad's fiancee's children will be coming to stay with me! Since I moved into my new home, I have only had Carl as a house guest, but I have felt no need to go out of my way to impress him- he loves me and my dirty dishes. New family is a whole different story. While I have only met them once, I still feel like I am in "first impression" mode. This is the first time they will be seeing me in my city, my home, and my comfort zone.
I'm very weird about my home, it is extremely personal. I often wish that there would be people over all of the time, but I shy away because my home is an exact reflection of me. If it is orderly and clean then I am doing well. If it is chaotic and a hurricane zone, something is wrong. All of my belongings are displayed around me like an out pouring of reminders of who I am. Family photos, coveted knickknacks, books, things that just put me in a better place. Opening my home to someone new is a big deal, because in that moment they will know exactly who I am.
Granted, my home has been slightly chaotic, but they don't have to know that. I have gone so far as buying new towels with matching wash cloths ( I have no wash cloths, they are so strange to me!) so they can see that I have my life together. I know what you are thinking, "These kids are teenagers, I think you are fretting too much about this, dear." True, I know I am. I even have our agenda planned down to the minute- but after September, when our families combine, I will be the older step-sister, and I take that very seriously.
Until then, I will pamper them with ice cream and take them to Busch Gardens for the day. After all, I want to be the fun older step-sister.