Megan’s Month: July 2017

july.PNG

Oh July..such a good month..why’d you have to go so fast?

I’ve been looking forward to July for a couple of months now..

My sisters baby shower, another major league baseball game, the fourth of July, our annual trip to California, this month was packed with things to do and I was so excited.

I really love the summer, although everyone in my life knows how much I love the fall time, summer has a special place in my heart.

Summer is the time that my husband and sister get some well deserved time off, when you see families walking around the neighborhoods and playing together outside, and when you can stay up late and the sun stays up with you.

July started off with a bang..I watched 6 seasons of Game of Thrones in 16 days.

Exciting stuff I know.

I tried watching it last summer and gave up after a few episodes because it was super hard to follow. Knowing that one of the last seasons was premiering soon and that my husband loves it I decided to give it one more try, and if I still wasn’t sold I would just give it up. Needless to say that after the end of season one I was hooked.

Now I look forward to Sunday nights watching it with my husband, its turning into one of my favorite things.

We got to take a day trip to Seattle on the 9th, and cross another stadium off of my list. In case you’re new to the party, my goal in life is to see a game at every baseball stadium and buy a hat.

My fantastic family watched Ian for the day while we took this trip and I was so thankful. Jason and I hadn’t been away from Ian that long and knowing he was in good hands made it so much easier. It was so nice to just drive and talk to Jason about anything and everything. Besides the insane sunburn I got, the trip was definitely a great one!

The biggest thing this month however, was our trip to California to visit Jason’s family. This trip has become an annual thing and always a highlight of our summer. This year was different though, it was the first with Ian! I was nervous for the flight, not because of Ian though, that kid is a champ, but because of myself.

I hate flying.

I hate flying so much.

But something about flying with Ian and knowing I had to help and comfort him made me handle this plane ride better than I ever had. It could be the fact that the trip is never more than an hour and a half down to Oakland, or the fact that Jason is always great to have by my side, but I deserved a gold star for this one.

This was our first trip down where we got to see every member of the family and see everyone we planned on seeing. I know it’s important for Jason to get to see his family but its so important for Ian as well. I want him to grow up and be excited every year to go visit the Zellicks in California, I want him to see the importance in it and be excited to travel and see new the world. I want him to have this great attitude towards everything and be excited to do new things and meet new people.

And he already is.

This kid approaches everything with a smile and optimism and I am so in awe of it. He inspires me every day.

I want to approach things like Ian, and this month I did.

I want to continue to be hopeful, excited, and optimistic.

Like Ian.

That’s what this month taught me, to be optimistic.

To approach things with a smile and a good attitude.

I was so excited for July and to go on these different trips, to make new memories and to not spend the whole time worrying.

I was nervous to leave Ian for a whole day, but I knew that he was in good hands and ended up crossing something off of my bucket list.

I gave a show a chance and it ended up being one of my favorites to date.

I took a plane with my family to go visit more family and it turned out to be our best trip yet.

If you have an optimistic attitude, great things can happen.

That was my theme this month.

Optimism.

That might seem like common sense to a lot of people but to someone like me who  tends to worry about things I can’t control its more difficult.

Some other things I loved this month..

Friends from College on Netflix

Making coffee at home

Working out more

My nose piercing

Weekend walks with Jason and Ian

Big Brother..like every other summer..

I don’t have any music that I was loving this month, because every day while I was at work I was listening to podcasts. I was either listening to The Lady Gang or the Fantasy Footballers…I know I know..two completely different podcasts but August is around the corner and I take fantasy football very seriously.

This August I challenge you to try something new. Try something that you’re afraid of or might have doubts about. Close your eyes and jump into the unknown, because if you do, great things can happen.

Quote of the Month:

“Always believe that something wonderful is about to happen.”

 

Advertisements

Age is just a number.

 

8835bf8e4409c9ffaf064a14fd74030f

“You’re only old if you think you’re old.”

Some wise words spoken from my best friend recently while texting each other. She had sent me a screenshot of a Facebook memory of us from three years ago, we were both in awe of the fact that it was three years ago. It felt like just yesterday.

I responded with “I feel so old” a phrase I’ve said so frequently in my twenties, and that was when she hit me with some truth.

You’re only old if you think you’re old.

Her words stuck with me.

Especially in a situation that came up last week.

I wanted to get my nose pierced and I asked my mom to come with me, with an ulterior motive to try and get her to have it done as well because I knew the thought was in her mind.

She was nervous.

Not for the pain or anything like that.

She was nervous because she thought she was too old for it.

My mom is so many things, but old isn’t one of them.

My sister and I were trying to convince her otherwise when the woman doing our piercings spoke up and told us that she just pierced the belly button of a 78 year old woman the other week..

and to do whatever you want and f*** what anyone else thinks.

Words of a genius if you ask me.

My mom ended up getting it done and let me just say she looks fantastic, she realized how much she wanted it done and that it was worth it to not worry about how she would look to other people.

Hearing that a 78 year old woman got her belly button pierced amazes me. I love knowing that someone at that age still feels young and is so happy with themselves and just wants to pierce her belly button. She didn’t care what anyone else thought, she just did it.

I hate the thought of people thinking they’re too old to do something, but there I was calling myself old to my best friend, and I’m only 27.

I have so many years ahead of me to do whatever I want.

Great things, stupid things, big things, small things.

And I’m not too old to do any of them.

I’m not going to book a flight tomorrow to a different city just because. I have priorities, but they don’t make me old.

I think one of the reasons we worry about how old we are on a daily basis, is that we get so caught up in our daily “grown up” tasks.

Working 40 hours a week, changing poopy diapers, maintaining the over flowing laundry basket, or paying student loans.

All things that are necessary to get through the day, but aren’t things that should make you feel old. Tired, but not old.

Since when did getting older make us old?

The older I get, the more responsibilities I have, but that’s something that comes with growing up. It shouldn’t hold you back from doing whatever it is that you want to do.

If you want to go skydiving, go skydiving.

If you want to listen to the Frozen Soundtrack all day, listen to the Frozen Soundtrack all day.

If you want to get a tattoo, go get a tattoo.

If you want to go back to school, go back to school.

I don’t think anyone’s too old to do anything, I think it’s the mindset that you feel old.

 That you have to live up to this thought that since you’re getting old you have to act old. That life gets too busy and hard so you simply can’t get out of your comfort zone and do something that you feel you might be too old for.

It feels good.

To feel young.

To forget your age and do whatever you want simply because you want to do it.

I swear sometimes I still feel 22, and that’s what I told my best friend when I was telling her how old I felt.

Her response?

“Then 22 it is, T Swift and all.”

If you feel 22 but you’re really 27 what’s wrong with that?

You still have those daily life things that happen but what happens when you’re done with them? Nothings holding you back from doing whatever you want, especially not your age. You just have to do it.

Drive with your music loud and sing terribly.

Sign up to take a new class for something you’ve never done before.

Stay up late and watch Netflix till you get that “are you still watching” message.

Laugh all night until your stomach hurts.

Go get your belly button pierced.

Sometimes it’s fun to forget your age every once in a while.

Give it a try.

 

Megan’s Month: June 2017

June2017

June was so good to me, and I know I say this every month, but I can’t believe it’s over already.

One month closer to Ian’s first birthday.

One month closer to Christmas.

One month closer to meeting my nephew.

I swear the older I get the month’s go by faster.

How do I make it stop?

There was something different about this month, it marked the end of an era.

The end of the first seven years of my twenties.

Pretty Little Liars ended.

All month I’ve been thinking about how much closer I was getting to the finale of Pretty Little Liars, I just kept doing what I do with a lot of things..thinking it’ll never actually happen until it does.

Tuesday rolled around and I texted my sister to come over and watch it with me, Ben and Jerry’s and all. She agreed, because who can turn down Ben and Jerry’s? The more the day passed the more I thought about it, a huge part of our twenties was almost over.

Seven years ago brings you back to the summer of 2010. Pretty Little Liars was coming back from their mid season break and I begged Janelle to start the show with me, at that point the only show I had ever been obsessed with was Lost, but I didn’t expect what would happen next.

Every Tuesday during the winter and summer for seven years Janelle and I would gather around the TV and watch the drama unfold in the town of Rosewood. We would get so into it, discussing fan theories as to who A was, and gasping when something dramatic happened..

which was always fyi. 

This show was the only show that Janelle and I watched exclusively together. It was our thing. Even when I moved out, she came over to watch it and when she didn’t come over we would text about what was unfolding. I didn’t realize until Tuesday just how big a part of our lives that show was.

It was our ritual, it was us.

I get super attached to things, and I hold on to them and the memories they make.

It’s what I do..and this was no exception.

I texted Janelle asking why I was so weirdly emotional about the ending of Pretty Little Liars.

Then it clicked, it was ending.

Our Tuesday ritual.

Yeah we have other shows, but that was the first. It was the first seven years of our twenties.

And after that two hour finale we would never get it back.

Yes I know..

I’m dedicating half of my monthly review to a teenage drama tv show..but it was such a big part of our lives.

It was our early adulthood turned into our late twenties.

It was all of our summer nights glued to the tv genuinely happy to be in that moment with each other.

Things will keep getting different sooner than  later.

Janelle will be a mom, and a great one at that, and we might not have that one show that captivates us as much as Pretty Little Liars did, and that’s ok.

I’ll always cherish those new memories and the ones we will soon make watching our sons grow up together less than a year apart in age.

I know it’ll be magical.

I just get so attached to the smallest things, holding onto them, fearing that things won’t be the same once they’re gone.

My favorite senior just graduated and I’m no longer her coach.

Ian is growing closer and closer to a year old and I can’t figure out how to pause it.

Time won’t slow down even though I keep asking.

That’s the most fascinating thing to me, how fast life happens.

I’ll never stop being amazed by it.

June brought more to me than just Pretty Little Listen, I promise.

June brought summer, and summer brings summer vacation. Jason gets to spend time with Ian and I can’t wait to hear about the days they’re going to have.

June reminded me how much I miss running, and the last week of the month was spent running every day.

June reminded me that I need to let go sometimes, that it’s okay.

Some other random things that I’ve been into this month..

The Office

Iced Coffees with Almond Milk

LANY

Running

Talking with my sister on the phone 

Hanging out with friends I haven’t seen in a while

Boomerangs on Instagram

Thank you June, thank you for reminding me that sometimes you can let go of things. That it doesn’t mean its the end, just the start of something new. Thank you for pushing me to start running again and giving me 80 degree days.

You da real MVP.

Soundtrack to June 2017…the entire LANY album because I’m obsessed and it’s seriously everything that I’ve listened to this month.

LANY

Quote of the Month:

“Life is a collection of moments.”