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Throwing in the Towel

I have a confession. I consider myself a fairly decent cook and baker. But I cannot hard boil eggs to save my life. And I eat a lot of eggs. At the beginning of the year, doing the Whole 30, I started eating hard boiled eggs for breakfast every day because I needed the protein, and realized that it was a delicious breakfast. So since then – yes, about 7 months – I have boiled eggs every week for breakfast. It’s not like they have been inedible – they’ve been ok…most of the time. But 90% of the time they are overcooked or undercooked or half the egg comes off in with the shell. It’s embarrassing. So I have decided to throw in the towel. I still want eggs for breakfast, but I bought an electric egg cooker.

I know it sounds silly, but not only is it difficult for me to admit that I suck at cooking good eggs, it is difficult for me to throw in the towel. I took 7 months to throw in the towel…on cooking eggs. Maybe I’m a little stubborn or very determined or maybe I just didn’t know that egg cookers existed until a few days ago. Regardless, it’s never easy to throw in the towel and admit defeat.

How long does it take for you throw in the towel? Calling in reinforcements to help you build that piece of furniture. Finally looking at the map when you are lost. Asking God to take over so you can sleep at night. Moving on from a relationship that just isn’t the best. And what in your life needs the towel thrown in right now? Now that the great egg dilemma is solved, there may be some other things in my life that I need to just let go. Not all things are as easy to put together as they may seem. Not all food is easy to cook. Not all relationships are meant to last a lifetime. And not all things are meant to be handled on our own.

Throwing in the towel is not necessarily a bad thing – it’s accepting a change or a truth that you have probably already worked to make right, or just relinquishing control. It can be good, time-saving, and healthy, even though it may not be so obvious right away.

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And by the way – the egg cooker is possibly the best kitchen item I have bought. If you eat a lot of boiled eggs, I highly recommend it (I bought the VonShef egg cooker). It takes some trial and error with water amount and time to get them exactly how you like them but once you figure that out, it’s a breeze! 


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Hiatus

So it’s been a while! I know everyone has been wondering where in the world I have been. 😉 It’s been a crazy month of traveling, buying a condo, packing, moving myself, moving work offices, and other miscellaneous fun summer activities. Want a peek??

A friend introduced me to this app: 1 Second Everyday. So here’s what my April 17 – May 18 looked like (yes, I know that was even a while ago – where is this year going??). You’ll catch a glimpse of some travels, packing, and moving. And this is exactly how the past month+ has felt….like a blur! I have a slew of post drafts, so I’ll go into more details about some of these. Definitely a cool app to check out if you are into video/photo stuff.


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Lows

What do you do when you’re at a really low point? Either in life in general, your job, your relationships? How you handle it can make a big difference, right??

I was a very low point last week. It was the week leading up to our big high school spring break mission trip, which I had been planning/working on since I started my job in October. I worked numerous 12-hour days. The days were filled with making copies of paperwork, finalizing lists, packing materials, weighing materials, making notebooks, changing airline flights, canceling airline flights, shopping. And that was just for the trip in general, not to mention myself trying to get ready for the trip. Oh, and my laptop crashed (which actually I really didn’t care about much by that time).

Needless to say, as the end of the week inched closer, I was exhausted. I was not even yet excited to go on the trip, but knew I would be once we got on the plane and I could breathe, not having to worry anymore about flights, kids, packing, and prepping. It would be a week of camping in my beautiful new blue sleeping bag, 75 degrees during the day working on building a house, spending quality time with my work family, and just being. Well, apparently someone upstairs had other plans.

On Friday afternoon, about 16 hours before our trip call time, I had severe abdominal pain. I went to my general practitioner and she immediately sent me to the ER. To make a long story short, I went to the ER, they ruled out appendicitis (which they really thought it was), admitted me to the hospital, and now, 5 days later, I am finally being discharged to go home. Did they figure out exactly what it was? No; never got much more an infection somewhere. Thanks, doc.

I knew I needed to rest, I was just preferring to do it in a sleeping bag under the stars in Arizona (if that doesn’t sound like a country song lyric….). Now that I have been in a bed for 5 days, I am more rested. Still recovering and it will take a little while (I haven’t been able to eat a full meal since Thursday lunch…). Unfortunately my resting and escaping had to be at the hospital, but maybe God knew that was only place I would do it (not that God wanted me to be sick, but I have to think there’s a plan behind it somewhere). And at least I didn’t get sick on the trip (wayyyyy more miserable.)

 

Anyway, what do you do at your low times? Simply rest? Escape? Go to a certain place (hopefully not the hospital).


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It’s ok.

I am a woman with a plan. Usually. However, 7 months ago, when I completed my masters program, I was lost. No job. A kind-of, sort-of, general idea of what I wanted to do. For 3 months, I applied for jobs, interviewed for jobs, was rejected for jobs, turned down jobs, and found things to do with my free time. Actually, if it weren’t for those 3 months, I never would have trained for and completed a half marathon, a personal life goal.  But it felt like my life was going nowhere. I eventually found a part-time, temporary job in research at Vandy. Then I found another temporary summer job at a day camp, which I never thought I would be doing at 24 years of age.

Now, exactly 3 months from turning the big 25, my life still feels aimless. Sometimes. I was recently asked to fill a position at the church in the youth department. I am definitely excited about the opportunity, but it will definitely not be a stress-less job and there will be a learning curve. Luckily, I get to ease into it and for the next 2 months will be at the church part time and still at Vandy part time. I am anxious to get into a routine with the two jobs and begin really learning my new position, which will eventually be full time. I have done pretty much the same thing for the past 2 years in the research world, so I am ready to work on something new.

I have learned a lot. Although our parents may have “had it all figured out” by their mid-20s and were on their way to earning, saving, marrying, and children-having, most of us do not. We live in a completely different time and most of us in our mid-20s have no idea what life is going to bring. And that’s ok. That doesn’t mean it’s not going to be hard or stressful. And it certainly does not mean that’s the way I prefer it. But it’s ok. It’s ok. It’s ok.


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Bueller…..Bueller……

I have serisouly sat for at least 3 days trying to think of ANYTHING to write about this week for my blog. I still have come up with nothing. Seeing as my life is SO exciting, here are just a few things that have been going on in my life lately.

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Still training for the half marathon!! I’ve done two 5-mile long runs and survived….this week is 6 miles, dun dun dun. I had to get new running shoes, which has turned out to be a saga. I know I should have gone to the official running store, but the shoes there are twice as expensive and this girl still has no job. I also should have done more research ahead of time. Needless to say, I’m not quite sure I have the right pair of shoes, but that’s my own fault and I’m trying to make them work seeing as how it’s too late to return them and I can’t drop another $50+ on a new pair. Pray they work out.

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I DO have a job for summer!! Oak Hill Day Camp is know as a great camp, and I am going to be a special needs counselor and get to have one kid all to myself for each session!! I’m really excited, cuz I love one-on-one time with kids. But don’t worry, we’ll also be with a group so it’s not like the kid is isolated with me (boy, that would be a barrel of monkeys).

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My parents visited last weekend for a basketball game and various other Nashville activities. It’s getting harder to keep them entertained and do new things. But we went to the Country Music Hall of Fame, which I had never been to either, and it was awesome!! My parents enjoyed more than I did simply because it was all the music they grew up on, but I really enjoyed it too. I like all the history-type crap. Nerd in me. We also rode the Big Pink Bus for the Nashtrash Tour, which I highly recommend if you live here or are visiting. It’s a little pricey, but it’s definitely one of those things you need to do once. It’s more entertainment than tour, but you will not stop laughing the whole time.

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Also while my parents were here, we visited the fairly new Belle Meade Winery, located at the plantation. We toured the plantation a few years ago, but I love wine, so we had to go back just for that. There’s no charge to go and you can try all 4 of their wines for free! All the wines are on the sweeter side, from the crisp Carriage House White to the super-sweet Blackberry dessert wine. We bought a bottle of the Muscadine wine, which is sweet but not too sweet. I can’t wait to share it with the roomies! The labels are beautiful and I’m looking to buy a label frame so eventually I can frame the labels of all 4.

That’s about all from me. Not thrilling, I know, but I felt the need to post something. Here’s to hoping my part-time job starts next week!


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Thoughts

“Of course I’m not happy, she said to me, but I’ve got a degree in psychology so at least I can explain why.” (storypeople.com)

I can’t decide whether it’s a good or bad thing that I have a background in psychology. I definitely end up analying myself way more than other people. This can be good in that I can figure out what causes some problems and try to fix them, but then again, it also sometimes causes me to hold things in instead of talking to someone else. A couple months ago I finally gave in and started seeing a counselor on campus. Our society gives such a stigma to seeing counselors and psychologists and therapists, but let me tell you, it is one of the best decisions I have ever made. Having someone who is completely nonjudgmental and is there for the sole purpose of listening to you and helping you work through things is the best thing I could have in my life right now. For people my age, life can get tough sometimes with these transitions of deciding a career, graduating and finding jobs, going to grad school, moving, can be hard. I am lucky because I have a service available to me, but if the thought of needing someone to talk to about things has ever crossed your mind, don’t completely disregard it!

[On another note, the site linked above, Story People, has some great quotes and stories. Check it out!]


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Past in the Past

Sometimes people are too focused on the past to even notice the present or look forward to the future. The message in church last night got me thinking about it, but it is also something I have personally been trying to work on in my life.  It is so easy to think about the what ifs and should haves.  But there is absolutely no reason for it and nothing can be done to change it.  Although we can and should learn from the past, it does no good to spend time dwelling on it. The present is now to be enjoyed and the future is what we have to look forward to (although worrying about the future is also not a worthwhile way to spend time either).

Sadly, though, this is so much easier said than done. Is it just in human nature for our minds to wander backwards? Am I alone in my fight to keep focused on the present? Although I feel I do a lot better at this than I used, to, are there any strategies for doing this or is it just training your mind to push those thoughts away?