lighter

DSCN6873Yesterday I shared a new fun little fact about myself, I’ve lost 86 lbs. It’s crazy, you can look back at last year and I’m actually wearing (and sort of bursting out of) these jeans. They used to fit like a glove, but now I had to hold them up just to get a photo. It’s incredible how much has changed, how much is gone, and how wonderful I feel.

I wanted to take a second to thank all of you for your kind words, sweet gestures, and comments. I feel awesome thanks to each and every one of you. :)

This has been a very surprising and interesting journey. I’m curious to see what another entire year will bring. Who knows maybe I’ll be sporting my size 7s from Jr. High. Thanks for the encouragement y’all, couldn’t have done it without you!

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some things are mint to be

DSCN6857Today is Monday, the beginning of a new week and this week also begins a new month! Can you believe it’s already almost April? This time last year Chris and I were planning our wedding and now we’re coming up on our ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY!? My oh my, time really does fly! Anyway, (off of that subject, you’ll get plenty of wedding throwback spam starting in April!), I actually have a few wonderful things to share with all of you!

First, I got a raise at work! Per my end of the year review, I exceeded the bar in enough categories to score myself some extra pay! High fives all around, ladies and gents!

Second, I won Assistant Manager of the Quarter! Again, more high fives, that right there is some hard work paying off!

Third, I’ve lost 86 lbs since this time last year. EIGHTY SIX POUNDS. This one gets a pat on the back! Yay, me! (don’t hate, it is a celebration after all…)

Just like that 1, 2, 3, big accomplishments, plus an upcoming marriage milestone, plus I’m in heels and spring colors again. What’s not to love?

Happy Monday folks! DSCN6848DSCN6844DSCN6845DSCN6860Shirt, Ring: Old Navy, Shoes: Payless, Jeans: American Eagle, Scarf: Pier 1 Imports
DSCN6863P.S. Don’t you just love this scarf?! It’s from Pier 1 Imports and I can’t tell you how many cute scarves and jewelry they carry! Don’t trust my opinion though, see for yourself, here.

complaining in peacock

DSCN6838This week has sucked the big one, a lot. I am so over this week and it is only Tuesday and tomorrow is hump day, it could be the death of me. The only thing good about this week has been the weather. The wind is blowing, the sun is shining, and I’m in open toed pumps with my new peacock Modcloth top, but I’m still pissed. (haha!) A slew of ungrateful customers, an unhappy conversation with my boss’s boss, working too much, and finally a review coming up about my performance! I can’t wait! I suppose I should look at all of this as the glass half full, but let’s face it I’m just not that type. So….. my glass is almost empty, just sayin.

So today, I have a (old) story for you:

Once upon a time, I was a sonic car hop (awesome, I know). All day, every day, Sonic paid me minimum wage to scan a badge and carry food out to a stall number. I didn’t take orders, I didn’t cook food, I didn’t make drinks, I walked to the car and exchanged your order for money.

Well, there once was a man who was allergic to tomatoes, who came to my sonic with his grandson and ordered a burger with no tomatoes. Upon arriving at the stall, I gave him his food and BEFORE he paid me, he checked his burger. Once he flipped open the bun there were two giant slices of tomato staring at his face. He then proceeded to throw his burger, shake, and fries at me, claiming that I was “an idiot who clearly deserved to be working in such an industry” and he drove away leaving me drenched in vanilla ice cream and ketchup. 

Until today I have chalked that story up to “the customer is always right” but I was wrong. The customer is not always right and to be completely frank, that type of behavior is totally unacceptable. People get frustrated when a two year old is screaming for a candy bar in the line at Walmart, but I am equally as frustrated with the ADULT who is pitching a fit and acting like the two year old to get what they want. I hear people complain all the time that children are “getting out of hand” and “what will our future be like”, well I’ll tell you that as long as their parents AND their grandparents teach them that throwing a controlled fit (the only difference is using profane language and not throwing yourself on the ground) is ok, then you should absolutely be worried about the future. Imagine a world where everyone screams to get what they want and when they can’t have it, they’re willing to burn you and your whole company down in the name of I GET WHAT I WANT.

Therefore, this week I come to you with a plea. When you travel, when you shop, when you go anywhere or see anyone, even if bad things happen and the customer service makes a mistake, be kind and choose joy. Do not be hateful, do not be mean, because you have NO IDEA what the person you’re talking to is going through or if they even had anything to do with your problem. Life is hard enough as it is and you don’t need to make it more difficult with your attitude, especially if you’re…. I don’t know…. 54 years old.

This rant has been brought to you specially by: Tiffany Marie

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a dream I dreamed

tiffany-71I was having a conversation with someone earlier this week about my age, though this isn’t going to be about my age…

This isn’t exactly where I thought I’d be when I was 22. 

Where did you think you would be?

I don’t know. 

That’s a total lie. I do know. You see, I wasn’t one of those kids who went to college and thought about what they wanted to do. I went to college knowing exactly what I wanted to do. I wanted to graduate ASAP. I wanted to major in English and either become a writer or an editor. I wanted to move to New York. I wanted to venture into publishing and explore the world of books that I already knew and loved. I wanted so many things, so many life changing things.

But life has changed me. Life has given me new perspective. Life has given me new dreams.

And until this moment when I was asked that question, I hadn’t recollected on those old dreams very much since the day they died. Now don’t get me wrong, I am very proud of what I do, who I have become, and where I am headed. I have poured my heart and soul into something that I never planned on doing. But there are days when I wish I had followed my heart in every single fork in the road.

But there are dreams that cannot be
And there are storms we cannot weather

“I Dreamed a Dream” Les Miserables

 

a little weekend

DSCN6817So now that it’s warmer and Spring (er?) I think I’ll get back to outfit posts! Hip Hip Hooray for warm weather! The last few weeks we’ve still seen bits of snow and below freezing temps, but the next few weeks are looking promising with highs of 50 and 60 degrees! I guess it’s time to stow away all the winter frocks and transition to Spring. (geez time flies, wasn’t it just Christmas?!)

Aside from the warm weather, things here are just dandy. Chris and I are continuing the grind (work, eat, sleep: the struggle is real.) and continuing to love our lives and one another. This Valentine’s Day was probably the most interesting that we’ve had together. No flowers, no cards, no night on the town, just me, my man, a GIANT pizza, and a movie. It was so peaceful, so appropriate, so beautiful, there are times when I forget to slow down, but that was not one of them. I’m a lucky girl, to say the least. DSCN6814DSCN6822DSCN6823Get the look:

Top & Booties: Old Navy

Jeans: AE

Scarf: Pier 1 Imports

where I’ve been

DSCN6821Hey there.

I know that I’ve been gone for awhile, but unfortunately I don’t really have a reason. I don’t have any big news to share or reason to explain why I’ve simply been, gone.

The end of the year brought on so many changes. I’m not planning on talking details, but there were a few shifts in my life that I was totally unprepared for. The beginning of the year tested me. It tested who I was and my ability to withstand the actions of others. Therefore, January became a month of retreat and strength. For an entire month, I attempted to strengthen my mind, my soul, and my happiness. With a few adjustments, this month has brought sunshine to my life that has been darkened for so long.

  • Books: I’ve talked before of how much I long to read books more. In the past, I used to read all of the time, but I claimed that my marriage and work were preventing me from reading. This month, I made reading a priority. On my days off, I decided to trade in my phone and laptop and cuddle up with my kindle instead. Page after page, word after word, I took in so much knew knowledge, so many new stories. I can actually feel my imagination coming back to life.
  • Music: When you don’t work out (sorry that’s not for me) and you only drive 3 min to work everyday, you don’t really hear much music. When I was in school, I listened to music as I walked to class, while I “worked out” and while I drove to and from work (20 min each way). Honestly, I miss music. I like the way it fills my soul and makes me want to get up and shout. Music makes me feel, free. This month during all the wee hours of the morning when I was awake, I would plug in my headphones and parade around the house listening to whatever felt good, right. I filled my cup and now have a few songs that I just can’t stop, won’t stop loving.
  • Work: I spend 40+ hours a week at my job. Although there are parts of it that I am quite successful at, I still have many flaws that need time and attention, practice and flawless execution. I am no longer content with being “bad” or “terrible” at certain things, I want to know it all! Over the past few weeks, I’ve tried to master a few of them. Trial and error, I know I can be better. My hope is that with continued practice, I will succeed! I already love being at work, but mastering a new skill makes me love it that much more!
  • Marriage: My marriage with Chris is undoubtedly the most important thing in my life. January has done nothing but make us better. It has made us better friends. It has made us better lovers. It has made us better for each other. January has proved that I am apart of a great team, I am the other half of someone so special. And as that other half, I owe so much love to Chris, love that is to be shared constantly, every second, of every day.

So there you have it, getting lost in books and songs, days spent at work, and hours spent loving my husband. That’s exactly where I’ve been.

looking back on 2013

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2013 was a pretty incredible year. There were some highs, there were some lows, but in the end I look back and smile on every memory. This year some pretty big things happened: I got married, I changed my last name, I flew to a different country, I saw a blue ocean for the first time, I swam with dolphins and sharks, I made new friends, I got a job, I saw several broadway shows, I moved into a house. I could probably go on for days. 2013 was a year that I was incredibly blessed.

Looking forward to 2014 I don’t have any resolutions really. I only want to continue to live. 2013 was a year of life. A life I knew was mine that I’ve finally tasted. That’s how I’m heading into 2014, armed & ready, I’m here to live this life.

Happy New Year!