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Blogtember Challenge- Post Ideas

          Favorites : App, Disney Movie , Drink
          A skill you want to learn
          What Podcasts do you listen to?
          Your Top 5 Played Songs
          Letter to Freshman College Self
          Favorite Places to visit in your state
          A moment that changed your life
          What do you want to be when you grow up?
          Tips for beginner bloggers
Favorite Twitter Chats , #hashtag , Day and time 

Blogtember Challenge- A Friday Night In

Oh how I love a Friday night in. A night in is actually what I enjoy more than a night on the town. If it is fall then it’s even better because that means football season. Although my dawgs don’t play till Saturday ill watch some college football, preferably a SEC game but if not ill live with whatever is on. I would then try to get some stuff done depending on what season I am in it could mean different things. While at college it might mean catching up on reading and writing essays. Right now it means catching up on reading and working on my blog. I would also try to catch up on a tv series or two on Netflix. If not I could always just put on any Harry Potter movie for background noise.
I would then make dinner. It would be something easy because I am all for easy and tastes good. Or I would just go out and get Moe’s or something else. I would also bake something because that is something that I always find relaxing. Sometime during the night my friends would call me to come hang out with them and tell how it’s bad to be by yourself all the time. I would eventually go but still have time to have my alone time.

While I am at it I will probably debate texting or calling one of my guy friends with whom I had something going on with. What exactly I am not sure, but it was definitely something. I would eventually settle on a movie and fall asleep to it. It’s not much but it’s what I would enjoy. 

Blogtember Challenge – 10 items off my Bucket List

  1.          To write a book: This is a recent addition to my list. Actually am I not even sure of why, I just have on my heart to write a book. Oh and I also have no idea what it is about either. I have some thoughts but I am not sure. Right now though I am trying to get into the habit of writing more; both for others and myself. 
  2.          Travel to Ireland: I am 25% Irish, enough said.
  3.          Learn how to drive: this one kind of obvious. I have to stop letting fear get in my way. That and making excuses for myself why I haven’t tried in a while. Excuses like I don’t feel good, I cant concentrate when I don’t feel good.
  4.           Get into Grad School: I want to be able to research for my job and for all the jobs ive looked at , a masters is greatly wanted. So in order to make what matters happen; using public policy to help other people in a positive way, it’s just something I need to do. If I want to help people be able to live more easily with the economy and give those that have rare or orphan diseases a voice in order to help get more research and the money to do so.
  5.           Live in DC: Another obvious one because if I want to work in public policy on the Hill its where you need to live. Sure I could work on the state of local level but congress is just so interesting to me; I enjoy watching CSPAN for fun.
  6.           Go to a conference either influencenet, CPAC or some other conference to help me live my dreams: I just recently joined Influencenet and am excited to catch up on my classes and it would be great to be able to meet people who have the same goals as me.
  7.          Plan a girls weekend
  8.           Do archery: I used to enjoy when I went to camp as a kid and I also had a knack for it. I have a bow and stuff I just need to get better and gain my strength back.
  9.           To start riding again and eventually get my own horse……. I know this is a long shot but I love horses and being around them, it makes me so happy. When I ride I feel like I am unstoppable.
  10.           To read 100 books in a year: I miss challenging myself to read so many books in a year like in school. I started this year a little late but there is always next year. I also have an ever growing to read list.  
  11.           Contentment Challenge 

Blog- Tember Challenge: Blog Name Inspiration

How I came up with blog name is really easy. I love Politicsand I love pearls. It was the perfect way to describe one of my passions and me at the same time. I wear pearls most of the time so it was a no brainer.
I have also thought of calling it “Daring Grace”. This is because I want to be daring and not play it safe, not live inside my comfort zone. I want to live the dreams it feels that God has given me, I want to help others but I cannot do that in my comfort zone.
I want to be more daring in my blogging and being honest and the same person I am online and off. I want to be vulnerable which at this moment seems like a dare to me. Dare to open and let people in, dare to let people see the real you, the crazy most of the time ADHD self.
Grace. Grace is a word that keeps poping up. I want to live in the Grace of God and give other people the grace when they needed. We all need grace because we are not perfect and trying to be perfect all the time is not going to cause us to be. Grace in my words in what I say, grace in what I do and what I don’t do, grace in opening up and then retreating, Grace in EVERYTHING.

So that’s how I came up with blog name and also something I just can’t get out of my head which I feel the need to share. 

Blog-Tember Challenge: Things I am Passionate about

This is an easy question that does not get asked often enough in my opinion. Most of the time people ask what you do for work or what you are studying in college. But without further ado, 1. God 2. Politics 3. Making a difference.
I am passionate about God because I have come to realize he always has a plan and our best interests at heart. He longs to meet us where we are at. And one thing I love about being #Catholic is ADORATION. I love hanging out with Jesus.

Politics is one I bet many people are like “How?” but for me it’s easy. I have always been interested in since high school and ever since I had to live through the 2009 meltdown it has been a large part of my life.  I can also watch CSPAN and enjoy it which I have learned is not a skill that many have. I believe I can use it to help people which is the othe
 I know these are serious so on other side,
 Not serious side I am really passionate about
1.      Harry Potter – Because he is what got me reading and what allowed to escape to another world when I needed.

2.      Lilly Pulitzer – Well this is more borderline obsessive, I love it because her clothes are bright and cherry and it makes even the worse days seem better when I have Lilly on. The prints are amazing and remind me to be happy. And its nice to save my money for something I know is well made and I know I will get a lot of use out of.

3.      Books – This is about the same reason as #1. Im a nerd and I know this and embrace this. My #wishlist has stuff from #thegeekycaldroun and #fandomofthemonth club.
4.      Disney – Well how can anyone not like Disney ?? I actually know of some people, these same people believe I am too old for Disney but I believe otherwise.

5.       College Football, preferably SEC and UGA.-Once football season starts………….Im a very different person. Go DAWGS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

About Me- Blogtember Challenge

About Me, this shouldn’t be hard but it is. The simple common knowledge stuff is I am a 25 yr old college graduate and I still live at home. This is not something I am proud of but it’s the truth. And quite frankly while I have had health problems for the past year it is a blessing in disguise. I currently work at Kohl’s and dreams of going to grad school to earn my Masters so that I can go and work on the Hill. Oh and I graduated with a Political Science BA.
I enjoy reading and writing. I found out in college that I love to research. This is actually what I want to do on the Hill. Right now my life isn’t that interesting because my DBA is acting up. DBA is Diamond Black Fann Anemia, it is really rare and only about 500 people in the US have it. I don’t produce enough red blood cells and they die off early. It’s always been a part of my life but I try to not let it control it. In college I enjoyed helping out at blood drives and getting people to donate. If it weren’t for blood donations I would not be here today.
Oh and I am an also an INTJ/F. I alternate between Judging/Feeling. I’m talking about Myers-Briggs personality types. This is important because I am a girl it makes like a unicorn because in men it is really rare and in women it is even rarer. When I found this out it made me realize why I have always been so weird. Now I love to read about my type on the internet.

So that’s all about me, I hope to get to know my readers better….through this Blog-tember challenge and writing more consistently after this challenge is over. 
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101 in 1001 newly updated to start in 2015……

Since my new mantra since graduating is: JUST DO IT , I have been making a lot of lists.Most of these lists have to do with how I am going to get what I want and my brain in the right place……And this is my 101 in 1001. A 1001 days is about 2.75 years so that means having everything done by 9.2017. And it’s a list of everything I have really ever wanted to do so it’s a mixture between a bucket list and goals list. The time frame is perfect long enough to do the bigger things without the pressure of a year …. and short enough to grow with me while I check them off and finish it.

Start: Januray 15   2015
End: September 30  2017
So here they are….. 101 in 1001

101 in 1001
1.       25 by 25
2.       Do one thing that scares me a week for a month
3.       Learn how to drive
4.       Take the GRE
5.       Get into grad school
6.       Move to a new city
7.       Plan a Dinner Party
8.       Learn about wine
9.       Pay for the person ahead of me
10.   Write an email to collegeprepster
11.   Go a day without technology -mostly my phone
12.   Buy a Michael Khors bag
13.   Pay off student debt
14.   Work on a campaign
15.   Read 100 books
16.   Eat a meal with chop stick s
17.   Make a thankful list weekly
18.   Get a Puppy
19.   Save all my pictures from fb
20.   Delete my fb
21.   Buy  personalized thank you cards
22.   Go to CPAC
23.   Go to a concert
24.   Figure out my go to drink
25.   Figure out my go to recipe
26.   Meditate for a month
27.   Inspire someone
28.   Do a bible study for a month – not procrastinate and do it all at the same time , at least weekly
29.   Say a rosary a day for a week
30.   Learn more about DBA
31.   See my college friends again
32.   Buy a statement necklace
33.   Buy a monogram necklace
34.   Send out a month of handwritten thank you
35.   See 10 classic films
36.   Grow my hair past shoulder length
37.   Have a picnic
38.   See five Audrey Hepburn films
39.   Write an editorial calendar and stick to it
40.   Invest in coffee table books
41.   Be published
42.   Throw a party entirely off pinterest
43.   Drink 8 glasses of water daily for a week
44.   Attend a blogging and /or social media conference
45.   Read 5 books on Presidents
46.   HP movie marathon
47.   Reread all the HP books
48.   Explore Athens, GA  
49.   Learn how make Periogies and make them
50.   Go camping
51.   Build classic / preppy wardrobe to update my current wardrobe
52.   Go to some museums in ATL and give them a chance
53.   Write a letter to myself
54.   Use my blog to improve my writing
55.   Learn how to wear scarfs
56.   Move into  my own apartment
57.   Buy a Pantigonia
58.   Get an Android
59.   Decorate a room using Pinterest
60.   Go to Ireland
61.   Eat a salad daily for two week
62.   Make amends
63.   Buy something that is Kate Spade
64.   Go to Local Levo ATL Event
65.   Completely unplug for a weekend( No phone, No laptop, No TV)
66.   Try something outside of my style in clothing and accessories  
67.   Do Lumouisty for a week straight 
68.    Read the Matchbook reading list
69.   Go to a concert
70.   Start my own  business
71.   Update my blog design
72.   Get business cards that correspond to my blog and personal business
73.   Learn about 5 artists that aren’t country that I like
74.   Make a budget and stick to it
75.   Start a young adult group at Catholic Church
76.   Scrapbook College
77.   Visit 5 colleges for Grad School
78.   Take a trip to a new city and explore
79.   Memorize the Constitution
80.   Read the Federalist Letters
81.   Learn to walk in heels
82.   Get my license
83.   Read the YAL Reading list
84.   Go on a weekend in southern cities to see if I want to live there
85.   Go on a girls weekend with my college girl friends  
86.   Throw out 25 things and not replace them
87.   Put $10 for every goal accomplished
88.   Go on a weekend with my mom and sister paid for by me
89.   Do stuff my sister wants to do paid for by me for a day
90.   Buy my parents a big present
91.   Get a digital camera for blogging and personal use
92.   Find my best beauty routine
93.   Better define my style for my blog and fashion
94.   Do my first Real Estate Deal by August 2014
95.   Go zip lining
96.   Buy something Cheetah print
97.   Go to 5 new cities
98.   Learn more about my Catholic Faith
99.   Buy a truck / Car with my own money and pay it off
100.                        Meet 5 blogging friends
101.                        Log 500 Service Hours

Life Update Post…….Tries to think of a cool name and fails

So sorry about dropping off the face of the earth lately. I have dropped off the face of the earth because the past three months I have been going through a major health change. I am not going into detail other than I just feel like I got ran over by a truck all the time and have no energy and motivation to do anything, blogging has been no exception.

But the past two days have been one for the books in the good way. I know that for Lent I said I was going to do the #SheReadsTruth Lent study, that was an epic failure. But I have caught up mostly and am to the part about confession and studying. The study that I really enjoyed though was the Jonah study. It spoke to me.

The thing that stuck out the most is the verse which is currently my lockscreen, Jonah 4:4.

And God said , “ Does it do well to be angry?”

And then I finally went to confession for the first time in about 6 months, of course it felt much longer than that though. And after that and hearing something I realized there has been a reason for everything and I believe that finally figured out why I didn’t get the jobs that I wanted or the internships I wanted in DC, it all happened for a reason. If you actually read through this I am impressed and I think I will leave the reasons under wraps for now.

So for now that’s all… I am alive and back to blogging in the month of May in full force. Thank you for all who follow me I seriously don’t think I am that interesting.

Week In Review

Whew. Its been a week. I feel like I always say that though. The past couple of weeks have been a learning experience about what works and what doesn’t. I guess that is part of being a part of new business.

The good news is that through all of this I am learning new skills.

I have just started my grad school search and process. So YAY.

I’ve been given more opportunities to use my skills at my internship so another YAY.

I am just tired and still lacking a routine which is annoying me. I like routines. I like knowing what is going on. It must be the type A in me. I guess if I really want to get my stuff done I just need to organize my time better and just do it.

I was thinking of going to CPAC once I found the great deal from YAL, but then airfare is killing me. So I think that’s a no go for this year. Mostly because I am broke.

Another thing that I have found: when the days aren’t looking that good and I do my SheReadsTruth devotion I feel much better. It’s a nice reminder that we are not in control and that HE has a plan for us. This is not to say we shouldn’t work with what we have and the opportunities we have been given.

 

That’s it for now.

Hopefully next week I can post some more. Or maybe schedule some posts this weekend. Now time to clean and do some research.

So having no phone…….

Is hard. Not just because it has apps on it like twitter and stuff but because I do not have the ability to text my friends and right now they are my support / friends because I have still not met a lot of people who live close to me and are my age.

And I also use my phone as my camera. So all through the snow day fun I was not able to get that many pictures. I have some on my sisters computer but I have yet to upload them.

Its been a long week without my phone and makes me realize just how much I am attached to it and use it when I should be in fact talking to people in the room with me.

It feels weird not being completely on top of the news either which is the main reason that I use twitter.

Funny thing was on my #101in1001 list is to go an entire week without my phone. Guess I can mark that one off the list.

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