Washington DC

Monday Motivation

This hit right in the feels. It applies to everything i have been felt like i have been told to say yes and just do it. My word of the year is ” YES” Yes i am going to write this blog even though i am kinda afraid to put my writing out there. And then there is Shonda Rhimes  ” The Year Of YES” just came out and she just had a TED TALK.  

Blogtember Challenge- Books are my Friends


Well when it comes to books I have to say be prepared for a long list. 
Oh and they are Color Coded: 
Green Is Religious 
Purple is Fantasy/Fiction 
Blue is Political/ Economical 
Currently Reading:
Just Rise Up By Sarah Francis Martin
The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel: The Alchhemyst , The Magician , The Sorcerress by Michael Scott
Restless: Jeanie Allen
Game of Thrones By George R. R. Martin
Have read lately:
Seventh Son Books 1 &2 by Joseph Delaney 
Make It Happen by Laura Casey 
To Read List:
Plunder and Decit by Mark Levin
The Paradox of Choice by Barry Schwartz
Throne of Glass: Sarah J. Mass
All Creatures Great and Small  by James Herriot
The Fringe Hours Jessica N. Turner
Lets all Be Brave By Annie F. Downs 
Zen and The Art of Happiness by Chris Prentiss
The Selection: Kierra Cass
John Adams: David McCullough
Bitterweet by Shauna Niequist 
Wild and Free by Jess Collony 
Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
Warm Bodies by Isac Marion 
Lean in by Sheryl Sandberg
This Town Mark Leibovich
Rand Paul: Taking a Stand 
The Shock Doctrine: Naomi Klein 
The Founding Conservatives  David Lefer
The Presidents Bankers by Nomi Prinz

The Best Yes by Lysa Terkeurst

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: 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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Thankful Thursday

1. Music…….. because it explains my emotions so much better than I can ever. Yes, I actually have them, even though I act like don’t. For that I have my reasons…mostly being what is their use?

2. My education- Lame as that sounds. These past four and half years have taught me so much and I have met some amazing people along way. It has definitely solidified my passion politics. I mean I knew in sophomore year of high school when I took a trip there with my class. And my AP US History teacher who would go on about ATF and ICE…….I enjoyed every minute of it.

Sure, right now I have no idea what my job is going to be after I graduate or my plans after. But I am sure somehow someway I am going to make a difference. Given all the hell I get about the government from my father………..Ill figure out a way. Cause end of story.

3. All my new twitter conservative girls……..who I am not even sure who you all are. basically that convo saved my sanity.

4. Blogging. It has kinda changed my perspective on stuff and made me actually sit down and think, and then write my thoughts logically. That process would be great to happen for any of the papers I am currently writing.

5. Family and Friends – The select few that I have when it comes to friends- I wouldn’t trade them for anything. This kinda goes back to all the awesome people I have met these past four and half years. And for the ones I have known since 7th grade who no matter how long its been since we talked we pick up right where we left off. And even though in these conversations it seems I have all the #awkward stories. #StoryOfMyLife

And family— Well we have our differences and rough patches but I know you only want what is best for me. Wouldn’t trade them for anything either.

Waiting

I am absolutely horrible at it. I am waiting to hear back from so many internships including the one I had the interview for. And I keep checking my email like every hour on the hour. And because I do not like not knowing I keep applying but if given the opportunity I would totally accept the one that seems most promising.
What makes it so hard is that basically I have slowly realized over this semester that I have never really wanted anything more. And that I just feel like its where I belong, crazy as that sounds, Washington DC.
Until I hear back I have a couple more internships to apply to, two papers to write, a Spanish test to study for………… I have stuff to keep me busy but its so hard when you feel like you are so close to something that you have wanted for ever, or at least until sophomore year of high school.
And I have to not get ahead of myself………..it may be a little late for that. I already spent two hours on google maps exploring DC.

I just checked my email again……Its all I have been doing. And I am now waiting to hear back from three different internships. But oddly enough I am really relaxed and feel like i could sleep all weekend, but unfortunately i cannot. I have stuff I need to be doing…..but i keep checking my email. I am not supposed to hear anything till next week.

This is harder than I thought it would be.

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