The Scamp and the Gratitude Challenge Week 4

I’ve got a nasty flu that seems to be going around, so my want to do anything other than lay in bed with DayQuil, tissues, and Netflix has been next to nil.

The theme for the gratitude challenge this week is a family member. I have decided that this coveted honor (okay, I am pretending that all of my family and friends would like a mention on my blog of awesomeness) is going to my sister-cousin, Mckenna.

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This 20 year old stunner is my oldest cousin on my dad’s side of the family. I remember when she was born. My aunt and uncle lived down the street from my dad, so my sister and I used to go over to their house and play Barbies or run around outside. When they moved to a bigger house, I remember playing in the yard, and playing hide and seek in the house while babysitting. As long as I can remember, Kenna wanted to ride horses. My aunt and uncle paid for lessons, leased a horse for her, and drove her all over the place for horse shows.

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When she was getting ready to apply to college, she asked me to help her with her admission essays. She got into the school of her dreams, and moved 3,000 miles away on her own to pursue her riding career and study business. She is getting ready to graduate soon, and I cannot wait to see what she decides to do after college.

She is the focus of my gratitude this week because she is like a second little sister to me. We text and laugh, and Skype, and when I was living in Scotland we talked a lot. When David and I broke up and I was miserable, she let me cry to her on Skype and made me laugh with pictures of her pup. We share the common plight of the single gal, and she has already pledged to be a cat lady with me. She makes me laugh, she’s fun to hang out with, and I know that she is destined for great things.

I am one lucky sister-cousin.

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I go back to work next week, and while I am ready for that, it feels strange to no longer be a student. As happy as I am to be free of the misery that was the EDD program at Cal State Fullerton, it is a bit strange to have all of this free time. I feel like I should reading more, or doing more research, or working on applying to the large number of full time jobs that have suddenly presented themselves to me. Instead, I am watching bad reality TV, and trying to find pictures of my family that are suitable for the internet. I’m hoping that once I get back into work mode things will settle into a routine, but in the meantime, there are so many options for bad reality TV, I can keep myself pretty busy.

The Scamp’s Happy Challenge: Day 3

Today I was at a loss. It is only day three of the challenge, and I could not for the life of me think about an activity I could do that would make me happy.

I went to work and then conducted some focus groups for a research project, and while my brain was full of work mode until about 5 pm.

This is where my amazing teammates come into play. As we were walking away from an eye opening session, I made the comment about my quest for one bit of happiness a day, and told them that I was at a loss for what to do.  They asked me about my favorite meal, or movie, and then suggested that we go across the street so that I could have ice cream for dinner.

The fact that they wanted to partake in my challenge meant a lot to me. I really value their friendship, and I welcome any chance I have to spend with them outside the confines of class. Instead of ice cream, we ended up at a tasty taco shop and shared stories of travels abroad, issues we have with our program, and how horrible UK Mexican food is.

I’ve realized lately that I crave human connection. I crave social activity, and time away from my own thoughts, which tend toward the negative. I’ve been doing a lot of thinking in the time between doing things that make me happy, and I think I am finally starting to understand what I want, who I want, and what changes I really need to make to be happy.

Some of the choices that I have to make are starting to seem like they are going to suck.

Really really suck.

The Scamp’s Happy Challenge: Day 2

I had the day off from work today, so I got to start my day doing something that made me happy: sleeping in. I love not having to wake up to an alarm, and it was a rare day where I had absolutely no where to be. That is a new thing for me lately, and I loved it. I answered emails from bed, cuddled with my cat, and took my time getting dressed.

I was also able to get a bit of research done for the case study project, and although it really only amounts to about half a written page, it is a start, and I feel a bit better about it.

The activity for that I designated for the day though was a shopping trip with my mom. I really wasn’t expecting to buy much, but the day seemed to be made for me. I ended up with some nice shirts, new yoga clothes, two dresses, a bathing suit, and three pairs of shoes.

My favorite purchase of the day is the new flamingo print dress. I’m nuts about flamingos, and the white dress has a fun cut and great pink flamingos all over it. I cannot wait to wear it in public. I even have the perfect necklace and a cute pair of shoes to wear with it.

While finding joy in material things is not really something I do often, there is something to be said about some fresh new styles for the coming summer. I think the best part of the trip was the first bathing suit I tried on. It was awful. The cut of the top made me look like I was trying to separate and bind my boobs. I looked horrible. So horrible in fact that the only thing I could do was laugh hysterically at it. My mom hasn’t laughed that hard in awhile, so I am pretty sure it looked even worse than I thought it did.

I have work and focus groups tomorrow, so I am not sure what my happiness activity is going to be yet, but I am looking forward to the night off from class and being home and at a decent hour.