A little back story.

Life has taken a complete 180, seriously. I went from someone who could get eight hours of sleep and leave the house in two minutes if needed, to someone who is responsible for another life. Babies are a whirlwind, a beautiful one, but a whirlwind none the less. I am finally getting around to starting this blog that I have been wanting to start since September. I use to have a blog a couple of years ago but I didn’t tell anyone. I would wonder “what if someone thinks it’s dumb” or “what if I get made fun of” and deleted it. I saved all of the post and figured that one day they might come in handy. Then one day, my favorite podcast started a blog and asked for fan submissions, I took a risk and figured the chances of anything getting accepted were pretty slim. A couple of weeks later I saw that I was tagged on Instagram in a post and noticed that they posted my story. I freaked out. You don’t even understand how bad I freaked out. I texted my husband and my sister and told them the news and they both said how proud they were of me. That was probably the biggest and most important thing, was that two people who I am proud of were proud of me. After an internal struggle with myself I decided to post a link to the article on my Facebook and got some super nice responses, the ones I really cared about were from my parents. I had recently been feeling like I didn’t have something that was just mine, an outlet for me to pour my heart into and be creative with. I realized at that moment that it was time to start my blog up again. I had prepared the site and was ready to start posting when we found out that my son came into this world. Suddenly life was completely different. I find myself up two to three times in the middle of the night rocking him to sleep and changing multiple diapers at a time with my husband by my side. Life is completely different and I couldn’t be happier.
Now where does my blog fit into all of this? I have so many ideas and I am so excited to see where life takes me and where this blog fits into the picture. I have lots of ideas floating around in my head, and written down on my phone, I cannot wait to get it all out of my mind and into the world. I, by no means have anything close to figured out and I’m sure I will make some mistakes along the way of this carousel called life (Grey’s reference you’re welcome) but I am so excited to finally commit to this and give it my all. I am truly bummed that I gave up the first time around and hid due to the fear of what others might have thought, but as my best friend once told me, as made famous by Dr. Seuss, “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.”

ian

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24 Things I learned by the time I turned 24.

Let me first say that I, in no way, have life figured out. Not even in the slightest. I do however feel like I have made my fair share of mistakes and have had that “what am I doing with my life” moment. Twenty Four is such a random age really, you’ve already turned 21 and gone through that “woo I’m drunk bitches” phase. 22 was your “post college, where do I go now” phase and 23..well 23 was just like 24. I feel like when you are in your twenties it is perfectly normal to have absolutely no idea what you are doing with your life. You spend your mornings sleeping in and drinking coffee, and nights are spent going out to dinner with friends and catching up on Pretty Little Liars on Netflix. Is that just me? I decided to put together a list of 24 things I learned by the time I was 24. All of the following are things that really stood out to me as important little lessons that I felt were worth sharing and maybe could resonate with someone out there.

1.If you’re not a wine person, you’re not a wine person. Don’t try to make it happen. Beer is an acceptable choice.
2.Have at least two nice “wedding appropriate dresses” in your closet. Your twenties are the times of 10 weddings in one summer so be prepared.
3.How to properly “social media stalk” someone…make sure your finger doesn’t accidentally press the “like” button on a picture from last October or you’ll be caught and extremely embarrassed.
4.You can give yourself up to 7 days to get over an ex…after those 7 days put that box of chocolate away, hide the romantic comedies, and start your new journey. If they aren’t upset, you shouldn’t be either.
5.Netflix is always a good answer for “what to do on this Saturday night?” Don’t feel ashamed if you’re not at a bar or out partying.
6.Living with your parents isn’t always a bad thing. Sometimes it is the best option, and your parents aren’t as bad as you think they are. You might realize how cool they can be.
7.You don’t have to be the most confident person in the world, but you need to love your body. Truly love it, treat with the respect it deserves and learn to appreciate it.
8.Tattoo’s and piercings are addicting…really. You can’t just have one, or two, or five.
9.It’s okay to confess all of your troubles to your cat, sometimes they are the only one’s who will listen.
10. Most people don’t have a great job right after college, or a fiance, or the answer to the question, “So what are you going to do after you graduate?” Don’t rush life, take your time with it and let it happen.
11.Never go for the bad boys…ever. Even if they tell you everything you want to hear. They will never be worth it.
12.Find one friend who will always be there for you. Don’t let them go. Tell them how much they mean to you and make sure that they know it.
13.Always have ice cream in the freezer, you want to be prepared for any unforeseen circumstances.
14.Never miss the opportunity to make a great “Mean Girl’s” reference. “God Karen you’re so stupid!”
15.Theme parties are the best kind of parties. Never pass up an opportunity to dress up for a “white trash bash” or a 90’s themed party.
16.It is possible to write a paper the night before it’s due. Just make sure you have lots and lots of coffee to keep you awake.
17.Trust your gut.
18.Don’t compare yourself to others. It won’t be the easiest thing but you need to, be happy with the way that you are.
19.It is ok to sing along with the radio as loud as you can. Miley Cyrus and Taylor Swift are perfect karaoke partners. It’s not your fault that “Wrecking Ball” is one of the best songs ever.
20.You’re going to hurt someone, its unavoidable. Let time heal that one.
21.Spend time with your grandparents. The more time you spend with them the more you can see how funny they are and how much you can learn from them.
22. Take a selfie, as many selfies as you can.
23.Try not to take things so personally, some people are in bad moods. Don’t let their bad moods affect you.
24.Don’t be afraid to take a risk. Sometimes that thing that scares you the most is worth it.

** This post is from a blog I had a few years ago, I got super self conscious and got rid of it but kept all of the articles. I submitted this one to a blog that belongs to my favorite podcast and they published it! I figured it would be a great first post to have on my new blog.**