Friday–Late Night Thoughts.

Hey all,

I’m sorry I haven’t posted in awhile! I thought that I would have more time on my hands (considering its summer and what not) but boy are my Biology and Economics class being super needy and time consuming *rolls eyes* (haha just kidding Professor Layton if you’re reading this!) This post is a short one–as I am just here laying in bed on a late Friday night, reflecting my thoughts and all that good stuff. 

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It’s so insane how every action, every moment in our lives, has a purpose. The hard days, the great days, and even just your average days–they all play a purpose into God’s plan for us. 

Some nights, as I’m falling asleep, I think about this and I feel so small. I feel so small because there are over a billion people on this earth, and each of us are going through our own trials–we each set out every morning with different agendas, different mindsets, and different challenges to tackle. I feel so small because sometimes I truly wonder what my bigger purpose in life is. On the really rough days, I second guess myself because of the challenges that are thrown at me, but, then I am reminded of how far I’ve come, and who has been by my side through the journey, and I find the strength to persevere. 

If you were to tell high school  Megan what she would be accomplishing now, six years later, I would have told you “you’re crazy.” I’ve always been ambitious, but to see the fruit of hard work is a true reminder to never give up. (I’m guilty of just staring at my Aggie ring during class just because I’m still in shock that I have MY VERY OWN Aggie ring…like with my name engraved on it and all! I still remember my first tour to A&M like it was just yesterday) 

In a few months (which I’m sure are going to FLY BY faster than I would like,) I’ll be off to student teach, and before you know it, I’ll be walking across the stage to receive my Bachelors in Science and I’ll be certified to teach 4-8 grade. I definitely could not have gotten where I am without the love, support, and sacrifice from my parents, family, and friends. Mom, Hector, Dyl, Grandma, Grandpa, Tia Diana, Uncle Javier, Tia Dalia, Erick, Vivian, Karina…I love you guys and thank you all for believing in me :) 

Life is just so crazy, and as I get older, I feel like days just go by faster and faster, but I’m enjoying the ride. I’ve also learned to let the silly things go, and just be happy! Forgiveness sure is a tough thing to practice, but it plays a big role in self-happiness and peace. I mean, we’re only human, and we all make mistakes, right? But as one of my favorite professors once shared with us…just (clap clap)…let it go! 

I’m just eternally grateful for all the amazing people in my life, the memories I’ve made, and the opportunities I have laid out in front of me. And truthfully, I really can’t wait to give the world back to my parents one day for all they have sacrificed for my brother and I.

The best is yet to come :)

So, yes, this was a very random post, but welcome to my deep thoughts. I hope you all enjoyed the read, and if you’re going through any trials in your life, just know that you’re never alone; at the end of the day, remember that the big Man upstairs has a master plan for you and everything will work out for the best in the end. 

Until next time lovelies! 

Megan. 

5 Ways to Get a Grip When Stress Takes Over

If anyone knows stress, it’s me. Right now I am taking two summer classes this Summer I  (Biology and Economics…two subjects that I have been putting off since my freshman year of college…my advisor said it was high time to take them already, whoops!) on top of trying to get some hours in at work, ON TOP of trying to maintain some kind of exercising into my weekdays, plus Lola. Jeez, I’ve found myself hardly able to make time to eat. Not even kidding! It’s okay though. One day at a time, am I right? Right now I probably shouldn’t be writing this blog, I should be studying for my first biology exam on Friday, but this is my stress outlet, plus it’s a lot more fun than biology (Haha!)

So as I sit here with my 33 page exam review tossed to the side, I want to touch on some of my favorite things I do when I am feeling overwhelmed and stressed. Whether you work, go to school, are an intern, or just need a break (because let’s be honest, we all need a break from life in general sometimes) you should consider doing something on this list. They sure help me. Take 15-20 minutes out of your day to devote to “you time,” and I promise, the stress won’t be as bad as it seemed before :)

 

1. Go for a jog/exercise.

Have you ever gone on a run when you just need to get your mind off of something? If you haven’t, you sure have got to try this. Even if you’re not an avant runner–this is AMAZING. Preferably, go sometime during the day when it’s not excruciatingly hot outside (like early morning/late evening.) Tune into your Spotify, plug in some headphones, and run, run, run! This is my personal favorite. I like to go out for runs by a park near my house back home–just the setting and the environment gives me good vibes when I’m running. Plus, once I’m done running, I’m way too tired to be worrying about what was stressing me out before.

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^^^I  saw this the other day when I was running. Seeing beautiful skies like this out on runs definitely makes your problems and stress seem so small.

This also ties in nicely with working out. Hit the rec/gym, ladies and gents! Exercising gets the endorphines moving and active (ha, see how I included some biology there!) thus, you feel good and satisfied with yourself. If you’re on a time crunch, even just 15 minutes can make you feel good and can surely get your mind off of things.

2. Watch Netflix

I don’t mean binge watch, but more like watch an episode here and there. What I do to motivate myself to get through homework is once I get to a certain point, I reward myself by watching an episode of my favorite show–and so forth. This is great because it’s like a “brain break” for yourself. You know, kind of like pressing the pause button and indulging yourself into something more interesting…like McDreamy on Grey’s <3 If you need new shows to watch on Netflix, One Tree Hill, Parenthood, Breaking Bad, Parks and Rec, Army Wives, and How I Met Your Mother are among my favorites and I highly recommend!

3. Social Media

Alright, so we are in the generation of technology and this super wave of social media, which I’m not complaining about because this is where I do a lot of my “quick” stress forgetting. Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, and Snapchat are among my top. Usually, I’ll just scroll by and briefly catch up on other’s lives, BUT, my all time favorite are the funny videos and recipes on Facebook. I’m that person on the bus who laughs randomly/by herself and its probably because of something I’ve seen on my Facebook feed. Anyways, I know we are all guilty of the social media craze, but it isn’t too bad sometimes. Pinterst is also really great and I recommend you getting an account if you don’t have one already! You can find tons of cool DIY ideas, quotes, recipes, workouts…the list goes on.

4. Adult Coloring Books

I was very iffy about this at first, because I tend to very impatient and can’t really sit still for too long, but once I got my hands on one of these adult coloring books, my opinion was proved wrong. THIS IS SO RELAXING. Especially if you put you’re favorite jams on (even just working in silence is relaxing as well.) It’s cool because you’re just coloring, but really, you’re brain is still being put to great use. These go for about $12-20 at bookstores, but I found one at Target for $4! Just as great! I have also hear there are apps??? You guys should try this out though, it’s awesome.

5. Listen to Your Favorite Band

Out of all 5, this one is probably my favorite because you can do it anywhere and at anytime. If I’m at home, I’ll usually just plop myself on my bed, and jam out to Local Natives for a good while. It doesn’t matter what you listen to, as long as you love it. Music has a way of sometimes making bad feelings go away–the beauty of music, am I right? If you’re stressed, press that pause button on life, and listen to some music that makes you happy.

As for me, I have found that blogging is one of my new favorite stress relievers. I’ve mentioned this before, but something about writing just allows me to escape reality for a little while–plus, I think it’s fun and I like to think if I can write this much for fun, I can do it for my classes (ha!)

I hope you find at least some of these things helpful, and if you already do some of these things, kuddos to you for treating yo’self!

For me, it’s time I get back to the fun of Biology and prepare to BTHO this exam Friday.

 

Thanks for reading…until next time!!!!

Love,

Meg <3

Why Diamonds Aren’t Really a Girl’s Best Friend–Her Dog Is.

I’ve always been the type of person who, probably far too often, gets excited and happy when I see a dog walking my way. I mean, who wouldn’t?! Dogs are adorable and always so happy to see people. Simply put, their joy is contagious. I also like to believe that the big Man up stairs put dogs on this Earth specifically to show us how to love, care for others, and most importantly, how to enjoy the simple things in life. Dogs are so selfless, and as I was once told, they spend their entire lives loving US. Isn’t that crazy?! Think about it. From the first day you bring your dog home, to its last, it spends its life loving you. From the slobbery kisses, to the warm cuddles, to the jumping around when you’re reunited with them after a long day of work and school–dogs live to love.

I am writing this blog to talk about why I think dogs are a girl’s best friend–from my personal experiences. I am a senior at Texas A&M University (let’s be honest, the best university in the world) and I can vouch that my dog, Lola, is my best friend. Some quick background on Lola…my boyfriend and I adopted her from the Aggieland Humane Society about a year ago, and she has been the biggest blessing. Sure, adopting a dog while in college may have not been the wisest decision, but somehow, things have always worked out. I know God put her into my life for a reason, and he definitely brought her into my life at a time when I needed her love the most.

Here are 6 reasons why I think dogs are a girl’s best friend:

1. The best snuggle buddies.

I don’t know about you, but one of my all time favorite things is when my dog falls asleep on/near me. It’s the sweetest thing. Lola does this huge *sigh* when she’s found her comfy spot, and that’s when I know she’s about to fall asleep on me…restraining me to move for probably the next hour haha. C’mon, don’t tell me you don’t think a sleepy dog is the cutest thing–I’m sure we are all guilty of attempting to take pictures of our sleepy companions as they’re asleep near us! It’s nice waking up to a face that’s always happy to see you. Plus, if you’re like me and are constantly cold, they make the bed a little warmer. I like to warm my toes on lola when my feet are cold!

2. They’re always ridiculously happy to see you get home after school/work.

After a long day of school or work, it’s always nice to open your front door and see your furry pal so excited to see you. It doesn’t matter how long it’s been (you can be gone an hour) and they act like you’ve been gone for eternity! It’s the greatest feeling seeing something so genuinely happy to see you. Personally, I always look forward to opening my front door as I walk from the bus stop because I know my Lola will make a really bad day into a good one, or just make an already good day even better. I’ve always wondered what dogs think when we leave them for the day…because for them to always be so genuinely happy when we return, means they must really love us.

3. They make for great co-pilots!

There’s nothing more entertaining than seeing your dog have the time of its life as it sticks its head out of the passenger window on a drive. It cracks me up when the wind is blowing so hard against Lola’s face, that her mouth flops all which directions. See, it’s the little things in life like sticking their head out the window that make dogs so happy. I take Lola with me whenever I can. If I’m making a trip to Sonic or driving to put gas, or dropping something off at a friends house, Lola is my go-to-girl. Plus, she loves my taste in music–or at least I like to think so (haha)

4. Need a workout partner?

If you’re needing some motivation to go for a run, but don’t want to go alone, trust me, your dog will LOVE you if you take them for a run. Not only is this great for you, but exercising is great for your dog. Perhaps knowing that a good run can help improve your dog’s immune system and get their heart stronger can be an even bigger motivation for you to go out on a run with them. But, at the same time, your dog won’t judge you if you just want to stay on the couch binge watching Grey’s all day–they’ll join you :)

5. Dogs always know when you’re feeling sad, and they’ll gladly share their favorite toy with you, lots of hugs, and slobbery kisses.

If you think dogs can’t read human emotion, you’re wrong. Dogs can sense when we’re mad, happy, and even sad. And this is why I think a dog is a girl’s best friend because if you’re feeling alone or just really down in the dumps, your dog will be by your side until things brighten up–see, you’re never really “alone.” They don’t care about your faults and they’re not there to judge. There’s nothing more comforting than knowing your dog cares about you. Whenever I’m sad, Lola usually stays right by my side and gives me lots of kisses. It’s the best. I wouldn’t trade my puppy loving for the world.

6. They’ll give you something to laugh and smile about everyday.

Life is so much more enjoyable when you have a dog to turn some serious moments into goofy ones. They do the silliest things, and boy can they give you a good laugh. Recently, Lola had a bad itch on her neck that she constantly kept scratching, so to prevent her from hurting herself, I had to put one of my leg warmers around her neck. IT WAS SO FUNNY! She didn’t care about how funny she looked because her extra skin hung out around leg warmer like a lion’s mane, she just kept going on with her life like it was no big deal. But, it always gives me a good laugh seeing her walk my way with that leg warmer on. I don’t know about you, but my dog does something new each day that never ceases to make me smile.

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Here you have Miss Lola not too happy with her leg warmer & tshirt on lol!

I think dogs are pretty much the sweetest blessings. Whether you’re 4 years old or you’re 54, a dog is your forever friend. It’s our job to make sure that we make our dog’s short lives on this earth the best years ever, because they sure make our lives better. A six year old once said that

“People are born so that they can learn how to live a good life–like loving everybody all the time and being nice, right? Well, dogs already know how to do that, so they don’t have to stay as long.”

Enjoy the simple things that your dog can teach you about life, like a good belly rub, a joy ride around the block, and to stop and smell the roses. But most of all, love them because they sure do love you!

 

 

Thanks for reading! <3

xoxo,

Meg

Life: One Piece At a Time

So, there is some reasoning behind my blog name, and I think there is no better way to give it some justice than through my first post!

Life is something extremely peculiar. You’re told to live everyday like it’s your last, love each other like there’s no tomorrow, and to worry about about the now. How true these words have proven to be. I’ve learned that life is entirely too precious to hang over the mishaps of yesterday, earlier that week, or even earlier that month. If you don’t watch out, life is surely going to pass you by. That’s just it though, as humans, we feel like failures when we don’t accomplish our goals or when things don’t go the way we’d like. But, you know what, it’s okay to make mistakes, it’s okay to struggle. Little stumbles on the road don’t necessarily break you; they’re what MAKE you.

So by little puzzle pieces, I mean that every accomplishment, every struggle, every experience you have had in life so far is leading up to something so beautiful and wonderful. Something beyond our wildest imagination and dreams. I was sitting down in front of my laptop yesterday, thinking about everything that has happened to me from senior year of high school, to now, my junior year in college. I’ve lost loved ones; I experienced my first heartbreak with a high school boyfriend, but I also met the man of my dreams a few years later in college; I’ve lost best friends who I thought were going to be my life long friends, but I’ve also made friends in the last two years who have proven to be by far the best friends I could ever ask for; I’ve lived pay check to pay check, but I also got my first serious research-based job; I’ve felt lost, but I have also felt extremely proud of who I am slowly becoming. And then I realized, every little experience in my life has played a role in creating who I am today; they were all little puzzle pieces!

On that note, I hope you all know every experience you have had is slowly piecing you into who you were meant to be. It’s all mental. You can either let it make you or break you. But God created us to be strong; He would not give us something we cannot handle. So, just remember that.

Earlier last week, I came across a Thought Catalog article that gave it’s readers 20 pieces of advice for 2016. Number fifteen was my favorite:

“If things are bad right now, it’s probably because you took a chance on something, and that makes you a cool, fearless badass, even if it didn’t work out this time.”

If there’s one thing I’ve learned over the course of the last 3-4 years, it’s that taking chances is important! Be the kind of person who isn’t afraid to take risks! It’s infinitely more important than living a life full of “what ifs.” If you fail, that’s okay. Get up and try again! Trust me in that you will become a stronger person. Do what you love. Go for runs, read for fun, or just lay in bed watching Netflix! You do you, boo! There are 7.125 BILLION people on this planet; all of us are living our own lives, facing our own struggles, but also experiencing the beauty of life!

With that being said, I would love to base my blog on the count that every day is a puzzle piece to something beautiful. Be patient, be kind, and love life. We only get one so make it YOUR life. Live without regret, don’t go to sleep mad at anyone, and most importantly, don’t ever give up!

 

-Meg