Monday, January 27, 2014

I CAN'T RESIST

Ok, brief life update before I jump into the good stuff. After an overall good weekend littered with sleepless nights about wedding logistics, I am admitting that I need to let go a little. For those of you who have planned weddings and are Type A, my hat is off to you for surviving. I'm currently learning the lesson that my wedding will be beautiful but I will not get everything I want. When you factor in location, logistics, budget, and (ahem) reality, it's not possible, nor is it supposed to be. So that is that. 

Regarding my resolution of more me time I would give myself a solid C for this morning. I did not go to the gym. But I did get up earlier than usual and--wait for it--I put my make up on at home. In front of a mirror. Not in my car. I think that is a win right there people. And, as I try to remind myself, be gentle... that was progress for my first day. :)



Now what I really want to talk about today is THE BACHELOR WEDDING!!!!! For those of you who don't know, The Bachelor and The Bachelorette are my guilty TV show pleasures. I can't do The Real Housewives or even Bachelor Pad for that matter, but The Bachelor. Yes. Sign me up. And then watch me weep. 

Last night Sean and Catherine, who met on The Bachelor got married (video footage). Live. During the Grammy's. Obviously I am ABC's target audience... I watched the actual wedding live while furiously texting KJ and Allison and then I went back and watched the wedding pre-show on DVR. It was glorious. 

For those of you who don't get it, I don't blame you. There are plenty of reality TV phenomenons that I just can't watch. I respect you. As long as you don't judge me. ;)

For those of you who do get it, WASN'T IT AMAZING!?!?!?!

Minus her earrings and the phrase 'grown sexy' happening every five seconds, I thought it was really quite lovely. Props to both of them for memorizing their vows. Although my text convos made quite clear that I am not to talk about bugs or glitter or sprinkles at my wedding. Don't worry. I love Josh, but we are sticking with the traditional Catholic vows. Catholicism: guaranteed to prevent you from sounding like a turd at your wedding!

My favorite thing about Sean and Catherine is how happy they seem together. There are a thousand things that America can pick apart about their wedding or their relationship. But, if ABC offered to pay for my wedding if I did it live on TV, I would 100% say yes. Come on people.... those flowers alone cost more than I make in a year. Way more. Catherine and Sean still had the personal wedding they wanted while getting it all paid for. I applaud them. 

Lastly, I will just say that I love seeing humanity. From her shaking as she stood on the altar to him crying, nay weeping, twice during the ceremony, I adore them. They seem real to me. And I like that. 

To all the cynics out there who are probably giggling and saying, "Oh Maureen, they seem real because that is how they are written. It's all fake," you might very well be right. But I would still rather watch this crafted reality that is beautiful and loving then some of the other disheartening crap on TV. And that just is what it is. I am ABC's target audience. And I loved it!

Friday, January 24, 2014

REEL IT IN

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Y’all. I am a major grump face lately. 

Let me just put this into perspective for you. Yesterday, I didn’t wear make-up to work. I showered but that was about all I could muster. I don’t really work out, I wear jeans most days, and haven’t been taking an interest in really making myself the best I can be. 

I have been spending my time working really hard at work, planning the wedding, eating and sleeping. Now don’t get me wrong, these are all really important things, but let’s be honest… it hasn’t left me with a lot of self pride or much of anything to write about on this blog. 

So where does that leave me? Well, shit happens. It’s easy to get bogged down by responsibilities and overwhelmed by obligations. However, that does not give me an excuse to just neglect myself. I walk a fine line on this—I don’t believe that people need to look like supermodels every day. I love days where I don’t have to wear make-up or where I can just put my hair in a wet ponytail. But those days shouldn’t be every day. There is so much value in taking pride in myself and how I look and it helps me to feel good about myself and my work. 

Let’s be honest, even when I do my make-up nicely, I’m not going to look like an overdone model. But I am going to feel just a tiny bit better about myself. That is invaluable. 

This post is mostly for myself, so if you’re bored, I promise to start putting up more pictures and yummy recipes. However, if you happen to feel this ways sometimes, you are not alone. It’s easy to get bogged down and easy to be lazy and even easier to do these things when it’s 16 degrees outside. Am I right?!

My goal for 2014 is to be present so I am getting back on the train of being fully committed to where I am right now. 

How can I (and you if you so choose) achieve this subtle mind shift and get more motivated in the present?

Great question. :)

Here’s what I plan to do. (And please feel free to share your comments and suggestions below.)

I am going to create guaranteed “me time.” It’s not going to be easy, because I don’t have a lot of time that I can guarantee won’t be used in another way. But I do have the mornings. For the next 30 work days, I am going to get up at 6:45am. This will give me 1 hour and 30 minutes to shower and get ready and do whatever I want in the mornings before I leave for work at 8:15am each day. 

For those of you who are morning people—I am so jealous you have no idea. This is not going to be easy for me. And I will likely complain a lot about it (sorry Josh) because I’m a baby and need a lot of sleep. But something has to be done. With an hour and a half each morning I can work out, eat breakfast, actually dry my hair and put on make-up, and choose an outfit that makes me feel good about myself. Maybe I can even have a cup of coffee and leisurely read a magazine. The thought is just so exciting. 

There are many things I can’t change about my life like where my office is located or how it can be difficult to coordinate with a big family. But I can make room for more time for just me. And I’m sure going to try. 


Monday, January 13, 2014

KAZAXE!



Ok, I've been hogging this gem for long enough. It's time that I shared my favorite way to exercise with all of you: Kazaxe.

Let me start by saying a few words of thanks. To my roommate Katie, thank you for opening my eyes to the wonderful world of Azuka. And to Beth, thank you for making the Sunday pact with me!

Now, what is Kazaxe you ask? It's like the club version of zumba. For those of you in the DC area you should definitely check it out. This post is not sponsored, they are giving me nothing, except hopefully amazing abs. :)

Katie has been going for a few years and Beth even longer than that but this high-energy zumba class run by a girl named Azuka has become a DC phenomenon. For $5 a class you can walk in and dance your butt off and it's basically one of the hardest workouts I've done. 

The BEST thing about it though is that it's fun! There are no mirrors anywhere in the studio (read: warehouse) and it's just 200 people of all shapes and sizes shaking their booties and sweating like crazy. It sounds not as appealing when I say it like that, but you know what I mean. Because there are no mirrors, I also feel like I look like the super talented instructors rather than my non-rhythmic self. It's awesome. 

Anyway, for those of you who might hate working out like I do... give this (or something like it in your area a try) you might be surprised. 

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Friday, January 10, 2014

BRIDE DAY FRIDAY: WEDDING COLORS

Well 2014 is here and wedding planning is in full swing. Honestly, I don't know how everyone makes it look so easy. I have been eaten alive by wedding planning. I pretty much go to work, and then come home and work on the wedding. And sometimes on the way home I spend 45 minutes talking to my family or vendors about the wedding.

It's a lot but so far I'm having fun. To be candid, I don't think I'm very good at making decisions. I tend to go back and forth a lot which is not helping my planning work load. Hah! Josh and I have made some solid progress though and he is a huge help and really wants to be involved which I just love. It is our wedding after all.

Major things we have done:
  • Booked a reception venue
  • Put two churches on hold
  • Booked a DJ
  • Booked a Photographer
  • Met with one florist
  • Scheduled a meeting with another florist
  • Narrowed down the bridesmaid dresses
  • Started our Save-the-Dates
  • Picked wedding colors
Picking our colors was actually a hilarious process. Josh and his sister Hannah (one of the bridesmaids) were over last week for dinner. Picture me in sweat pants and the two of them looking normal, all sitting on the couch, and going through hundreds of Pantone colors. We had my laptop hooked up to my TV and so it was hilarious. We were all screaming at the TV and had some pretty funny reactions. Some colors were a definite "NO" others had potential, and to be honest, most looked quite similar. 

Here's what we landed on...

Primary Colors: [a blush pink] and Greengage.

 

Accent Colors: Sugar Coral, Greenbriar, Whisper White, and Peach Melba.

 



Now you'll notice that our primary blush color is missing. That's because while typing this post I got all caught up in the Pantone search again. Heaven help me!

So I'm putting the question out there to you... which of these pink blush Pantones look most like the "blush" Donna Morgan bridesmaid dress that I have loved from the beginning of this process?





 

 



Thanks for your help - I need it! (And now you see why I'm losing my little mind. :) )

Friday, January 3, 2014

REFLECTIONS AND RESOLUTIONS


I was incredibly blessed in 2013 and now that I've taken time to look back on all of the beautiful memories I created, I also wanted to carve out time to reflect on my resolutions from last year and set some goals for 2014 as well. Oh and to of course share some pictures of New Year's Eve. Duh.

2013 Resolutions:
I will hold myself to a standard of grace, not perfection.
I will prioritize singing in the choir in the 6pm mass.
I will let myself relax.
I will document my life in a reasonable and non-pressured way.
I will do good things for my body.
I will love myself. 


2013 Reflections:

Well y'all I think I did pretty well. Good for me that I set kind resolutions! I feel as though I did really well with relaxing, loving myself, and documenting my life. First, I learned that when I work hard, I tend to relax hard as well. Switching jobs twice in 2013 and learning new skills and new people taught me so much but most of all it challenged me. I've never worked so hard. So when I come home at night, I don't feel guilty about relaxing. In fact, I feel damn good about sitting on the couch and watching Netflix. It's a really nice feeling. 

I also think that I was more gentle with myself last year - an accomplishment of which I am very proud. I mostly did good things for my body... until I didn't. But even when I wasn't exercising, I was still nice to myself. I loved myself which sounds completely silly to type but is so very important. Weight goes up and down, hair looks pretty or I hate it, but I'm still me and I deserve to hear nice things from myself. I encourage you to try this one. 

And documenting, well shucks, I couldn't ask for a better little blog. Yesterday marked one year of She is Moments and I couldn't be happier. Most importantly, I'm not killing myself to meet some forced standard I set. I blog when I can and I enjoy it. I didn't post for my one year bloggaversary yesterday. Did I feel a little bad? For a minute, yes. And then I continued eating Chipotle with my fiance and future sister-in-law and laughing about Pantone colors for the wedding. Because that is more important. 

I did fairly well at singing in the choir. Man do I love it when I'm there but it is hard to motivate myself to get off of the couch and go an hour early! My choir director will be leading the music at my wedding this year (one of the elements about which I am most excited!) so I have good reason to motivate myself to go now!

All this is to say that I am getting better at holding myself to a standard of grace and not perfection. It will be a constant battle for me, but it's definitely something worth fighting for.




2014 Resolutions:
Be present.

2014 Reflections:

What? Only one?

Yes. In 2014, I will be. I have so many exciting things coming up this year and I will not miss any of them because I will live each moment fully focused on where I am.

The obvious one is my wedding. I am already dedicating so much time and intention to the big day that I can feel myself getting nostalgic already. It hasn't even happened yet! But I don't want to miss it. So, each day, each stress, each vendor and color and piece of lace I will really enjoy. 

I will savor the little details and each once in a lifetime experience. I will relish the magazines and I will even enjoy eating extra veggies and exercising. I will glow with excitement and anticipation and feel every inch of gratitude for the support and love I receive from my family.

I will also be fully present in my everyday life. I will look at my phone when I can focus on it. I will be fully engaged when I visit Grandpa. I will be calm and present in the car to and from work. I will enjoy my job and dedicate my energy to each task. I will be in each moment. 

2014, I love you already. 

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