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Posted on: August 6, 2013

If you followed any Olympic gymnastics last year, check out this post about McKayla Maroney.


I had a busy weekend! I took Thursday and Friday off work to be at the grand opening of Fashion Outlets Chicago. I was a greeter and had to work Saturday and Sunday too.  It was decent, though. I met a girl named Allyssa and we are currently trying to set up a date outside of working together to continue talking. We had about 28 hours to get to know each other! The mall is really nice. It was pretty crowded that opening weekend, though! I tried to do some shopping on Sunday, but it was too tough with so many people around. I did manage to drop $100 at The Limited Outlet.. no lines what can I say. I met Victoria at Ra Sushi in Yorktown Mall on Friday. It was so fun. We have been talking through texting or gchat, but haven’t seen each other in a long time! We spent a good 3 hours at Ra. The sushi was awesome too! Our waitress was really nice. On Saturday, Kit and I ordered Chinese and watched 500 Days of Summer. Loved it. It was fun to be with him and relax. We watched Shark Week on Sunday and I’m sorry, but Megalodon does not exist.


Here are some quotes and things I’ve been writing down lately:

  • One of the hardest decisions you’ll ever face in life is choosing whether to walk away or try harder.
  • Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities have crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with you old nonsense. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • You are only the person you allow yourself to be.
  • We work hard to disown the parts of our lives that were painful, difficult, or sad.  But just as we can’t rip chapters out of a book and expect the story to still make sense, so we cannot rip chapters out of our past and expect our lives to still make sense. Keep every chapter of your life intact, and keep on turning the pages. Sooner or later you’ll understand why every scene, every chapter was needed. – Sandra Kring
  • It is in spending oneself that one becomes rich. -Sarah Bernhardt
  • We are all works in progress, moving along the trajectory of our lives learning from our mistakes and distilling our preferences as we go. And yet, at every point in that process, we are a person who is: whole, thoughtful, intelligent, beautiful, and worthy of a wonderful life. – Mara Glatzel
  • If you want to succeed, you should expect failure along the way.
  • The longest and most expensive journey you will ever make is the one to yourself. – Jill McCorkle
  • To be responsible, keep your promises to others. To be successful, keep your promises to yourself.
  • There are certain things about life, too many things, that we simply can’t change.  You see, our lives are stories that have already, at least in part, been written. I’m not sure who the writer is, or the director, or the editor.  Try your best to embrace the mystery of not knowing. Truth is, we’re not in control.  We don’t always get what we want, what we hope for, what we’re expecting. Sometimes, not even close. Sometimes, the opposite.  With practice, we might control how we react to what happens, but even this is difficult.  You’re not really giving up control. You can’t give up what you never had. But you can give up your false belief in control. You’re afraid that you’ll have to feel something painful, that you won’t be able to handle what happens.  Here is the only thing you can do: hold your fear in one hand and your commitment to act fearlessly in the other. That we fall, that we fall apart, are givens.  Our goal might be to fall with grace. to sit in the dark.  Don’t shake your fist at heaven; it will do you no good.  Truth is, anything can happen to anyone at any time.  There’s virtue in loving one’s fate. When you accept the world on its terms, you are living a brave life. Better to greet life with an unconditional yes. Don’t ask why, ask now what. -Nicholas Montemarano
  • The state of your life is nothing more than a reflection of your state of mind.

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  • BFF: LOVE this post. The third picture is my favorite and really resonates with me. Instead of comparing our lives to those of others, we should be immense
  • Cindy Friesen: Im so glad you are having fun! I cant wait to see pictures! Have you had a Paini yet or a Crepe?! How about Tapas and Paella? Or Sangria!!!! Are you g
  • Kiersten Trillhaase: You can have this AND a Mastiff or Great Dane, but you cannot choose it over the other dogs- I will not let you. P.S. Love the post about skyping


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