The Worst Job I’ve Ever Had (Part 1)

I’m about to go rogue on this post, ya’ll. It’s Thursday night and we’re going to a concert that doesn’t start until 11 and I’m freaking out about how tired I will be tomorrow. HOW OLD HAVE I GOTTEN? So what am I going to do in the meantime? Write this post with some liquid courage by my side.

Everyone has that one job that was just bad. Well, I have two. I’ll start out with the not as bad one AKA “Part 1”.

It was the end of my first semester freshman year in college. I hadn’t had a job since coming to college so I was down for some money! I also didn’t have a car in town so I didn’t have a million opportunities coming my way. However, one of my friends mentioned that she worked at an office downtown at night and just calls people (so basically it was a call center) and it paid A LOT, like we’re talkin’ like $12-14/hour, and that was a fortune compared to 2007-’08 minimum wage of around $7-something. I can’t remember the exact amounts here but let’s just say this job paid a ton more than what I was used to. (Just wait till you hear how I spent these doll hairs…!)

Anyway, I was definitely going to try and get this job. So I went to interview and it was downtown Lincoln in the Gold’s building (found out later it was walking distance but my little freshman legs still found a way to hitch a ride every night). Here was the job. Are you ready for this?

Here’s what you do at this job.

  1. Sit in front of a computer with a headset. Okay, I got this. That’s easy.
  2. The computer will call someone automatically and you better be ready to read that script verbatim in front of you requesting money for a politician or political matter that has to do with something independent and/or progressive.

That’s all you did. Basically just calling people all over the country and asking for money. Guess what? On one of my interviews I had to call someone, read the script in front of me, and by golly, this person actually gave me money! WTH. Come to find out this would never happen again…

None the less, they hired me on the spot. EF YEAH.

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So I worked for about two weeks following. It was awful, you guys. I do love talking but I’m not the biggest fan of talking on a phone, especially to people who don’t even want me calling them! To make matters worse I have to ask for money. Ah, I hated it so much.

Looking back now I do wish I tried harder. Not because of the job but because of what they were doing. I remember some politician guy doing a live video conference with everyone because the team helped raise so much money for him. For all I know, it could’ve been Ralph Nadar! I dnk! But everyone was freaking out about it but I had no idea what was going on.

Anywho, I was bad and did not like the job. I just didn’t fit in and I was becoming exhausted having to work every night. My last night there the manager pulled me away about an hour in my shift, took me in the office and agreed this just might not be a good fit, but to let me decide what I wanted to do. It was also time for winter break and I was leaving to go back to Omaha for a few weeks and work at my beloved PacSun. She let me wait it out and give her an answer when I was ready.

Side note: I worked at PacSun for a couple years and it was my first job where I actually called my coworkers my best friends so I had high expectations going into this Lincoln establishment.

A week or so into winter break PacSun job I realized, ya know? Why work somewhere you hate? I know what it’s like to work somewhere you actually love so this job in Lincoln just wasn’t worth it.

So I called my manager during my lunch break and she sounded almost as relieved as I did that I wasn’t coming back. So she set up my check to be sent my way. I hadn’t worked long enough to get more than one check at this point. But here’s the catch… I get my check and it was a good chunk of change. So what do I do?

Purchase a roundtrip flight to Arizona to see my best friend and book tickets to my first (of many) Lil’ Wayne concerts in Phoenix. OMG my mom was so pissed that I just spent all my money like that. Looking back though, it was worth every single penny, I still think of that trip all the time!

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So moral of the story: Try new things, you might hate it, but at least you can get Weezy tickets out of it!

Best of all: Once I returned from Arizona, almost a week to the day: Lil’ Wayne announced he was coming to Omaha. ROUND TWO!!!!!!!

Fate has a funny way of working, huh?

Also, shout out to all the workers at that place – they were super nice people who really cared for what they were working for. I wish I could remember the name of the place, but it’s somewhere in the Gold’s building. Not sure if they’re still around but if this sounds like your line of work – go find them!

Trying to Keep Yourself in Control When Nothing Makes Sense

Oh man.

Ugh.

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I know I’m not alone on this and I hate that I’m even writing a post about this to share with the world but I know I’m not alone but man guys, life has been a little rough the past few days, huh? I can’t read Twitter without my blood boiling, Facebook is actually (how? I have no idea) but not horrible, but still nothing to run away with just yet. It’s still crappy. Then I turn to Insta and things start to make sense again. I look through Snapchat and my god, people are living and… wait, are they smiling too?

Okay, so not everything is falling apart like I thought.

*Apple watch dings* New CNN article: “Trump… wall… abortion…” Omg.

Aaaaand I’m back to the beginning again.

This past election was ROUGH, everyone knows that, even people across the world who aren’t U.S. citizens. Then once the dust (sorta) settled, things started to get normal again. Then Mr. Trump began presidency. Things started to feel warm and fuzzy again once we marched in the streets with love for the Women’s March. Then, BAM! Horror struck. In so many unimaginable ways. Is this what it felt like back in the day when history was totally backward*? (I’m lookin’ at you slavery, pre-LGBT freedom of marriage, that was sadly only over a year ago, and the KKK walking around like they owned the place (still do)). *It’s still backward

I truly feel scared that my brothers and sisters are going to begin suffering unlike they have ever suffered before. AND THEY ARE ALREADY SUFFERING.

This world is cruel, man. And this is coming from a white kid who’s had everything handed to them in life. I DON’T EVEN UNDERSTAND to its fullest extent how bad it can be and I’m PISSED.

I’m so mad and I want to scream from the rooftops.

But here’s the thing, I don’t know how to feel because 1.) I need to do my duty and stand up for what is right (but this is consuming and makes you mad and irritable almost all the time) or 2.) Find the positivity in life and don’t let everything consume you (but, hey that’s what I get to do because I’m WHITE). But then there’s the perfect balance:

1.) Always care about what’s going on and pay attention. 2.) Speak up when something is wrong and speak for those who don’t have a voice. 3.) Shine in your community and change lives right in front of you (Holla, TeamMates! Which everyone should join).

I can tell you one thing that I’ve learned. YOU can make a difference. I hateeee how people are against politics being shared on social media, yes, to an extent be kind and don’t share #fakenews but ya gotta stay WOKE, know what’s going on. It’s so important and you can really make a difference. Just look at what’s already happening around us! A crappy Nebraska senator resigned because of a Tweet he retweeted about the Women’s March. That happened because of the march! And go ahead and beat me up for calling him crappy, but he is. He wants to talk about morals and thinks he knows what’s best for people but yet he can’t keep his personal life together. Also, how did he get his job basically taken away when Trump earned presidency from Tweets? Ah, that’s just a discussion for another time I suppose.

Okay, this rant is over. I was never going to revert to politics on this blog but writing this out makes me feel better and connected with people. Who knows, I might even get super uncomfortable about this and remove it. But until then, here it is.

I love all of you human beings! Let’s make this world a better place.

P.S. When is the next Women’s March?

All of the Thoughts I Have While Watching The Bachelor

This might become a 20-part series because of all the thoughts that run through my brain while watching The Bachelor. Before you knock it and tell me it’s brain damaging, let me tell you something. It keeps you on the tip of your toes! (Even though you start to realize it’s also way over-dramatized like every season that came before it). Oh well! I’m just going to sit here and pump out a blog post while watching tonight’s episode. Enjoy! Please share your favorite moments in the comments so we can laugh together and make fun of this show.

Thoughts:

How does everyone look so healthy and skinny? Don’t they just drink a lot and they have to share space with all these people, how are they maintaining such great hygiene? I would have like 10 pimples, be bloated, and have greasy hair from avoiding trying to steal the shower from someone else. I bet there’s always cold water.

Girl #1: “You just have to get competitive to get time with him. That’s what we signed up for.”
Girl #2: “Hi Nick, can I steal you for a second?”
Girl #1: “OMG! I hate her. I can’t believe she thinks she can just take time with him. We have to share.” *cries*

When Nick goes back to his hometown do you think he really personally knows all those people in his hometown? It’s Milwaukee that’s a big city and you just so happen to know the pastry chef? No.

WAIT. An ex just appeared right after I typed that! NO WAY. This just can’t be real. Have you seen the movie The Interview? Where the fake grocery store appears in North Korea? That is how this town “date” feels.

I want to like Nick but then he says stuff like, “Uh, I had a couple firsts here… with girls”. Really? Are you trying to brag? That might not be first date material. 

I honestly just don’t know what to say about Corrine. I just needed to say at least something here because she can’t be ignored. Don’t you think she’s just forced to stay on this because she makes it drama filled? I wouldn’t be surprised at all if that’s how this show works. Correction, that is definitely how this show works.

I can’t believe some of those people are in their early 20’s. That is just insane to me. It’s like the Real World. I can’t watch it anymore because they are younger than me and I used to look at them like they were super old. 

The awkward moment someone reads your name on a date card… “Woooo!”… “Wooo” …”Yay!” …”Woo!”

“Oh, I’m so happy for you… you have a one on one!!!!” – a girl hiding behind so many angry feelings 

I love how the million dollar question whenever they are on a date is asking why they are on this show. It’s like they lowkey know that this show probably won’t help and they have to be crazy to think it will.

One of my pet peeves: “I have a surprise for you!” FALSE. The producers of ABC paid lots of money for you to do this one thing.

Question. Someone please answer this for me. How come when they go on those dates where there’s a huge audience, someone doesn’t spill the beans and spoil it? I’m assuming a contract, but that’s a lot of people! 

How awkward is it to dance and kiss in front of 1,000+ people? No thanks.

Corrine at the farm just reassured me that she is being paid to be on The Bachelor. There’s no way this is real life.

“We’re in Wisconson and I couldn’t be happier.” – an actual girl on this show. Yeahhhh keep telling yourself that!

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“Do you call this immature? *While grabbing her boobs*” – Corrine
Wait, what?

Fake laughs. Fake laughs everywhere!

Oh hell no. She just called herself a Cornhusker (Corrine). NO! You can’t be!!

Vanessa has already won. I call it. 

How long do you think they sit around drinking while Nick talks to each person individually? How are they not wasted.

Dawg. Christina. I LIKE HER!!! Where did she come from???

“I had a lot of fun,” – Corrine *who actually said the date was the worst and ran away and hated life on the farm*
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The amount of girls who run and jump into Nick’s arms… #CORNY

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“Nick go skate around by yourself for a bit” – producer 

“Okay, everyone clear the floor and watch these adults make out.” – producer to the kids at the skating rink

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Ohhh the drama when someone who already has a rose asks for more attention. 

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That’s all I got, folks! Next week I’ll be sure to drink vino at the same time to get better enhanced thoughts. 

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Visiting The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Diagon Alley

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Ah, Harry Potter. One of the greatest things on earth. I don’t know about you, but I pretty much breathe everything Harry Potter. I’m constantly reading the series, watching one of the movies at least a couple (or few) times a month, scroll through multiple Harry Potter Facebook groups, you get the idea… So when Brandon agreed to go to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter during our quick stop in Orlando before heading to Aruba for a honeymoon, I was pretty much in heaven.

Universal Studio’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter did NOT disappoint. We only made it to Diagon Alley for lack of time, but still worth every penny galleon. We even waiting in line for almost 3 hours to board the ride “Harry Potter and the Escape From Gringotts”. You guys, I almost cried after this ride because it was like a childhood dream coming true! (More on that below).

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So first, I would plan on at least one entire day or two just to be safe that you cover all grounds at both parks! There are two parks connected by the Hogwarts Express. Diagon Alley is inside the park and Hogsmeade is out on the island. Since we only had a limited time we opted for just Diagon Alley so we could explore it with the rest of the park. If you have to choose, I would suggest Diagon Alley because you have to pay for the Hogwarts Express as well, so it’s definitely the cheaper option.

You enter Diagon Alley from the streets of London feeling like a true muggle turning eleven and discovering that “yer a wizard ‘Arry”! It’s SO COOL! Here’s what it looks like on the outside:

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Next thing you know, you’re in Diagon Alley! Now go get yourself a wand ya wizard! Stop at Ollivanders Wand shop and choose a famous wizard’s wand or opt for the interactive one!

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This is something I wish I would’ve planned ahead of time. Here’s why: I thought that if you were buying a wand that you could do the whole “the wand chooses the wizard” thing. But it’s actually chosen at random sometimes for a quick show while everyone is in the shop. The other thing is you can only buy wands from other famous witches and wizards, where I thought it would be all kinds of wands you could choose from. So I went for Harry’s wand and to this day I still wish I would’ve gone for Dumbledore’s wand (the Elder Wand). That’s okay, though, looks like I will just have to start collecting them all… 😉

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The wand isn’t cheap, I believe it was $40 and not interactive. You can buy an interactive wand which is SUPER cool! Basically, it comes with a map to interact with things around the park. For example, there might be a feather in a shop window that you can make levitate. I would suggest this if you’re planning on spending a lot of time there to give you optimal time to explore all the secret wand places. Oh, and I suggest getting your wand early on to start your wizarding experience right!

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One of the best parts! Bring an appetite and empty belly because there are a LOT of food and drink options everywhere you look. They have lots of little pop-up shops for drinks and candy that are so much fun to check out! I of course, snagged a butter beer with an upgrade to a collector’s cup! Gotta be honest, I wasn’t a huge fan of it but I still drank it because I just wanted to sip out of that cup! We also had lunch at The Leaky Cauldron which was one of the coolest experiences. The entire place is so realistic, it’s incredible what they did to build that entire park. So many details and it just feels like everything you’ve watched and read is right in front of you.

Expect The Leaky Cauldron to be pretty busy all the time, but they actually move quick and get you in fast. It helps that there was just two of us so we could squeeze in. So if you’re in a larger group, you might need to save a little extra time for it. I had fish and chips and they were DELICIOUS!

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Bahaha! That meme will never get old. Diagon Alley is one heck of a place at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter! The shops, food, everything. It’s just pure perfection! They do have one ride, “Harry Potter and the Escape to Gringotts” and holy crap it’s so awesome. You will most likely wait awhile in line to get in but it’s worth the wait. They use holograms and… I don’t want to give away anymore! But let’s just say you will feel like you are in the movie. It’s amazing. I almost shed a tear after it.

I don’t really have much more to say other than YOU NEED TO GO IF YOU HAVEN’T YET! I would be sure to plan lots of time if you can (it’s a busy place) and save money so you don’t have to hold back on anything like an interactive wand and trying all the foods you see 🙂

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I want to hear! Have you visited the Wizarding World of Harry Potter? What was your favorite part?! Any tips?

2016: The Year of Wine, Britney Spears, & Unforgettable Times

I think it’s because I’m getting older but HOW IN THE WORLD IS IT 2017? I don’t understand how the world keeps moving so quickly. It feels like 2002 was five years ago and don’t even get me started on how college feels like it was last month (really five years ago). HOLY CRAP.
Anyways, one of my fave bloggers, Helene In Between, put together an “End of Year Review” link-up and I had to participate! So here it goes (in no particular order):

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1.  Driving around Laguna Beach while blasting Hilary Duff’s “Come Clean”. (And making Brandon super annoyed.)

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2. Experiencing NCLS games at Wrigley Field. GO CUBS GO!

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3. Singing “Friends in Low Places” in front of the actual songwriter of that song!!!!

Now this one I will never live down. This was straight up destiny. Here we are just hanging and listening to music in Nashville at the Winners/Losers bar (can’t remember which one we were at), and of course, I want to go up there and sing karaoke with the singer, then he nonchalantly says, “That guy is one of the songwriters of “Friends in Low Places”. UM WUT. So I sang with the other singer in front of him!!! Then I was able to tell the songwriter (Earl Bud Lee) that I’ve always butchered the lyrics “slip on down to the oasis” to “old aces”. *facepalm*

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4. Playing on the same piano as Tom Cruise in Top Gun at San Diego’s famous place, KC BBQ (also from Top Gun). 

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5. Falling in love with the Las Vegas High Roller

I didn’t think I would fall for such a huge tourist attraction but this thing is so much fun! Here’s the thing: You get in there for a happy hour and you’re of course about to have a great time!

Here I am sad that I have to leave…

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6.Visiting the Unsinkable Molly Brown’s house!!

Those who know me know I loveeee the history of the Titanic, so visiting the famous “Unsinkable” Molly Brown’s house in Denver, Colorado was quite the experience! I learned a lot about her and grew in more love with her story. She was a huge activist for women’s rights and votes among her other philanthropic work. Highly suggest checking it out if you’re in the area. Beware though, the house is old and doesn’t have air conditioning so if it’s hot out… be prepared!

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7. Visiting the Oklahoma City Memorial

I actually visited this place shortly after the attack when I was younger and this summer I had the privilege to see the memorial they have built. It’s beautiful and so peaceful. It’s a must-see if you’re in the OKC area.

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8. Touring the Shedd Aquarium solo

2016 is the year I stopped being afraid to do things myself. I’m no longer afraid to go see a movie by myself, so I thought what the heck when I wanted to visit another museum in Chicago’s museum campus. IT WAS AWESOME!

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9. Seeing the one and only Britney Spears!

There’s really not much left I can say about this other than OMG. SHE’S FANTASTIC AND MY CHILDHOOD WAS THANKING ME!

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A Weekend in Chicago…

The Day I Became a Wine Expert – My personal favorite of the year!

20 Reasons Why 2016 Wasn’t So Bad

The best recipe of the year goes to… Vegetarian Buffalo Cauliflower Wraps!!!!

Visiting the Chicago Field Museum (I hope to do more posts like this in 2017 #Travel)

The Best Part of “Back to School” Season – These were my favorite photos of the year AKA my only photo shoot sesh thanks to Brandon’s photog skills 😉

Goodbye, 25. Here’s to another year!!

San Diego and L.A. Recap

The Stars I Saw in California

and the one, the only! “The Weirdest Weekend of My Life”

Welp, cheers to 2017! I can’t wait for this year. I am pumped for this year you guys.
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‘Twas the Night After the Holidays…

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Oof. The days we all dread. The Holidays (Christmas and New Year) are officially over and it’s time to get back to reality. My decorations are put away and I’m really sad about it. I never realize how bare this apartment can be without a Christmas tree taking up an entire corner with lights and bling. I feel like our living room just went from full-on “winter candy land” to “simplistic spring”. No joke, there’s flowers and white colors everywhere and I feel like it should be spring now. Too bad next week 8 degrees tomorrow… EEK.

This holiday season was an unforgettable one, we spent almost an entire week living in a small Nebraska town. Working from home and bowling at a bowling alley where you keep your own hand-written scoring!! NO JOKE. More on that in a bit.

Starting on Friday (12/23). Brandon and I started our own little tradition where we spend the holiday alone together. We made pasta, drank wine, and shared presents. It was great and nice to hang out before the madness of the week began!

img_6878On Christmas Eve, I was back home for the first time in two years. My fam has an amazing tradition of day drinking so you know I participated! It was so much fun and still managed to get home in time for dinner, fun, and sober up in time for bed. Which was good because we had an early A.M. wake-up call for a drive to western Nebraska!

Christmas day we headed to Paxton and holy crap it was just like tornado weather outside! We had to pull over a few times because it was nuts outside. Very, very odd weather. It definitely did not feel like Christmas day. There was one point lightning struck close to us and it was the loudest boom! It made it feel real ominous with slow Christmas jams playing too. NO THANK YOU.

But, alas, we made it!

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Just in time for Christmas celebrations at the bar! Yes, you read that right… at a bar! If you’re ever in Ogallala, Nebraska, might I suggest stopping at the Underpass?

It was another great day full of family and fun!

The rest of the week, we worked from Paxton and spent the nights having more fun! One night, we wanted to go bowling and got shut down by two separate bowling alleys in surrounding towns because of bowling leagues. So we had to drive an hour away to a tiny town to go bowling and what an experience it was! YOU HAD TO WRITE YOUR OWN SCORING! No computers here, folks! It was nuts! I’ve been bowling my entire life and never had the chance to keep my own hand written score, it is an experience every bowler should have at least once lol.

Here’s how it works: You get a projector screen to write the score on and it projects it up on the screen over the lane! MIND (BOWLING). See what I did there?

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My mind was about to get even more mind blown because I realized that Colorado was extremely close to where I was. I had no idea. I promise I passed Geography but I didn’t realize that the panhandle was that close to me! We could literally see lights from Colorado and even went to a restaurant for dinner in Colorado! WHAAAT.

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Next up: NYE!

For New Years we went to Kearney… Yup, Kearney. And it did not disappoint! I have to say Kearney is pretty fun and have great bars. We went to the Stars/Storm hockey game (Brandon’s idea) haha and might I add that we had glass seats – BOOYA! We also hit up Mac’s Creek tasting room (last wine of 2016)!!!

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Then headed to dinner at the one, the only, Chicken Coop, and then bar hopping! Bonus: The close bars at 1am in Kearney, which was very good for my liver.

We also decided that every new years eve should be spent in a small (or smaller) town! Next year… any recommendations?

Which brings me here… Watching Harry Potter for the 4th time in two days (Thaks Freeform channel). Getting ready to head back to work tomorrow and crush 2017!

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20 Reasons Why 2016 Wasn’t So Bad

As 2016 unraveled before our eyes, we felt all kinds of feels, some bad, some really bad, and some were just downright awesome (yup, awesome)! Unfortunately, the negative tended to lead the race this year, but in the midst of the grossness that 2016 gave us, there was a lot of greatness.

In fact, throughout 2016, I kept channeling my inner Countess Luann.

Me in 2016 to just about everything:

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The good news is that there was a lot of cool in 2016. Not only did you just live through another year but the world did change in great ways. It might be hard to see it, but I promise, this list will help you see the silver lining in what seems to be one of the most brutal years of our lives.

1. The amount of homeless veterans has been cut in HALF!

Read more about this here.

2. AIDS is declining!

Read about it here and here.

This fund alone has saved 20 million lives!

3. People rallied together for a homeless teen who biked 6 hours to get to college classes.

Read about it here!

4. Texas inmates broke free from their jail to save a prison guard.

Read about it here.

5. A group of people found out that their Uber driver had a son in the Olympics so they rallied together to send him to Rio.

Read about it here!

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6. An all-female pilot crew landed a plane in a country that women aren’t even allowed to drive in!

Yay! Women empowerment! 

7. One man donates his kidney to his college friend and all eyes were leaking.

8. Thanks to the Ice Bucket Challenge that swept Facebook in 2015, scientists were able to make break-through discoveries.

Check it out!

9. Cell phones are helping to lift hundreds of thousands of Kenyans out of poverty.

Read about it!

10. Woman with cancer wins 6 games of Jeopardy and donates winnings to cancer research.

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“What is… awesome?”

11. Have you seen the priest and imam Amazon commercial? They are actually BFFs IRL!

Read about it.

12. Remember the first bit of 2016 good news I shared? Well, homelessness in total is down!

Great news!

13. THIS man.

Read his story.

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14. A high school creates a yearbook in braille for a blind student.

Check it out! 

15. This school raised money for new shoes for a student!

Watch it here.

16. Boy wearing plastic bag meets his hero!

17. Black man befriending KKK members has led to 200 people quitting the organization!

Awesome! < Read it!

18. Subway passengers come together to prepare anxious man for his job interview.

Check it out!

19. High school student gives new shoes to other student being bullied.

These stories get me every time! Watch the feel-good clip here.

20. Refugees had their own team in the Olympics!

Check out more about them here!

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This barely cuts it when it comes to how many awesome things happened in 2016, but to be honest, I was lazy and realized that 2017 is literally a day away and this post needs to get out and make people feel good!

Want more good news like this? Here are a couple positive sources:

  1. Sign up for the Goodnewsletter! This is my favorite. Each week, Branden Harvey will send you inspirational and uplifting stories.
  2. Check out the GoodNews Network!

Cheers to 2016 and cheers to making 2017 better. I saw a quote today that said, “2017 will be different. Not because it’s inevitable. Because we say so.” Veronica Roth.

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The Ultimate Wedding Day Survival Kit

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My mom #blessed us with this on our big day and I’ll admit I busted out laughing at her when I saw her roll in with this giant tote, but half way through the morning, we actually needed this stuff!! *GASP*

I stole the epic list from my mom to share because this thing was LEGIT. Just grab a medium-sized Rubbermaid tote and stock it with this list. BONUS: You can print this baby off and use it! Also, this makes a great bridal shower/wedding/engagement gift!

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What I Learned From Watching Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life

*Spoilers do appear in this article, so read carefully or come back and read once you finish! 🙂

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I swear it wasn’t “the time of the month” when I watch ‘Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life’ on Netflix this past week, but I was bawling numerous times (mostly through the Fall episode). I think it struck a cord a bit with me and let me explain why:

Because their life was moving on and changing, and so was mine. 

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Now let me explain further (pull up a chair, we might be here for awhile)…

The Winter through Spring episodes were great, I loved them and felt like they did an awesome job bringing in characters and keeping their identity. The Fall episode is the one where I just broke. I literally wondered if I was having a quarter-life crisis, but then decided the next morning it was just the drama of the show that got me.

Throughout the seasons, we watch Rory struggle as a super-smart 32-year old finding her place in journalism and it’s refreshing in a way because it’s like, hey – here’s a Yale graduate who is broke and technically homeless. You’re doin’ alright, Stephanie. It was important, though, because I’m sure I’m not alone in every-so-often feeling like you’re not where you should be in life or that OMG you’re over 25, why do you have so much student loan debt? But, cmon. It’s life. It’s what happens. You’re okay – just keep doin’ you and working hard (this is my inner therapist talking right now, she hijacked my blog real quick).

Let me back up real quick: I’m currently reading this book called Slipstream Time Hacking (BONUS: You can get this fo free if you have a kindle or download it as a PDF!) and it has made me think a lot about time. What it means to actually live your life and spend your time wisely. I’ll save this positive rant for another post, but it has me realizing that a week that goes by fast is not a week well spent, you need to savor your time. Have you ever noticed that a vacation might feel like it’s going slow at times? That’s a good thing! I had no idea. But now everything makes sense and I think about time throughout the day to slow down and live in the moment more. Which is why when I was watching their year fly by and knowing that it was about to be all over in less than 90 minutes, I was starting to realize that my life is already over 26 years done. WHERE DID IT GO. It made me realize that we don’t really let ourselves turn the page and live for the next moment smartly.

When Rory and Logan were having their official goodbye: I translated this into all of the relationships and memories I’ve made that I never really closed, I just moved on and kept letting life happen. There are people we will never see again in our lives and we don’t want to believe that nor do we want to think about it so we just keep living. What if we actually got to give someone we will never see again a hug and a proper goodbye? Can you imagine what life would be like then?

Now you can see why I was an emotional wreck and poor Brandon was like, OMG, I have officially married one of those girls who is crying at the TV screen because of a fake show. All that was missing was a pint of Ben and Jerry’s, guys.

Richard’s death didn’t help either (of course). Watching Lorelai come to terms with herself and calling her mom on her “Wild trip”, I was completely melting down. It just stuck a dagger in my emotions of me realizing I didn’t properly get to tell people in my life goodbye because I wasn’t ready and now it’s too late. For those who don’t know, I lost my Aunt Diane the day before college started and I’ve had lots of time to cope, but it still doesn’t get easy. Including the fact that I got to move on quickly because I began an entire new chapter of my life the following day called college! So it hit home a bit.

With my puffy red eyes, Brandon attempted to ask me why it was sad and I couldn’t even explain Richard’s actual death without choking up. DAMNIT GILMORE GIRLS.

So that’s pretty much my emotional ‘Gilmore Girls’ post. Now onto the future of ‘Gilmore Girls’.

WTF.

AMIRIGHT?

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Those last four words. NOT what I was expecting. Throughout the entire season, I was trying to put it together. I can’t tell you how many times I said words out loud while counting to four on my fingers… I thought someone was going to ask Rory to marry her! UGHHHHH

The issue here is we know it’s Logan (who I LOVE) and that he will be what Rory’s dad was to Lorelai, so Rory will raise the child by herself and maybeeee Jess will be her Luke?

Guys, talk to me. What are your thoughts on all of this???

 

Addicting Vegetarian Buffalo Cauliflower Wraps!!

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I am addicted. Addicted to these (easy-to-make) buffalo cauliflower tacos/wraps! You guys, I don’t joke right now. The cauliflower turning into wannabe buffalo chicken is the greatest thing since cold brew coffee. I was a wee bit skeptical because nothing on cauliflower but I tried “rice” cauliflower once and it was a little nast-ay.

But the grace of the hot sauce and BUTTER make these little nuggets so good! Add a little ranch to the mix and you’ve got yourself crack. Also, the recipe is SUPER easy and quick! Even for me. I’m no cook, guys. Seriously, keep me out of the kitchen. These are easy, yummy, and really healthy (despite the butter and hot sauce) because you can serve them in lettuce wraps like I did or in taco shells like I also did. Both equally delicious!

INGREDIENTS

1 head of cauliflower
2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup of hot sauce (I’m not a spicy person, but I’ve been using Frank’s Hot Sauce Buffalo)
2 tablespoons of butter, melted

For the taco part:
1 head of butter leaf lettuce or taco shells
halved cherry tomatoes
avocado cubed
blue cheese or ranch dressing

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DIRECTIONS

1. Preheat the oven to 425ºF

2. Cut the head of cauliflower, pick apart florets with your hands, and trim bottoms. (I find this part almost therapeutic, it’s fun! I don’t know if this does anything but I try to cut as close to the floret as I can.)

3. Toss the cauliflower in a large bowl with the garlic powder, salt, hot sauce, and melted butter.

4. Spread the cauliflower on a baking sheet and roast for 40 minutes, while mixing after 20 min.

5. Put together your tacos, fixings, and ENJOY!!!!

Side note: If I don’t have to make the taco, I just dip the cauliflower in ranch!

Have you tried other cauliflower recipes? Share them with me because I’m craving it right now!