Blogtober14 – Five Days in One Post!

I’ve been slacking on the blogtober challenge. Let me answer them in one fell swoop.

Best/Worst Halloween Experience…

Halloween isn’t a favorite holiday of mine. The idea of dressing up always stressed me out to the point that I usually “dressed up” as a college student (wore my campus sweater), a muggle, or a fox (I own a beanie that looks like a fox). I don’t have any memorable experiences of Halloween, except for dressing up as Bell from Beauty and the Beast. That was fun. Oh, and a random neighbor giving out money instead of candy and circling the neighborhood just to get another quarter. Hey, that was a lot of money as a kid.

I Never Thought Blogging Would…

Bring me closer to God.

If I Were President…

Hmm… it’s never really been an option for me. I know I would be praying all of the time and receiving advice from trusted advisers. But what I would actually do? My best. (See how I got around this answer? Maybe I should get into politics.)

Best Advice I’ve Been Given…

“Run to Jesus.” As simple as that may sound, it’s incredibly difficult to do but ultimately the best advice I’ve ever been given.

Favorite Fall Recipe…

I do a variation of this recipe:

Blogtober14 – Letter to Yourself in 10 Years

Dear Tawny,

You will be nearing 40 years of age. I know. It’s a big number. Remember when you thought 30 was the scary number? Oh, how little did I know, right? You’ll give me grace though for thinking 30 was the seminal year (and maybe it was).

As someone who can still claim their 20s, I wanted to remind you of some things. I know you call yourself an old lady, and while it reigns true for the majority of who we are, I want you to focus on your young spirit that you carry in everything that you do. Don’t forget your curious, kind heart. Don’t let age or circumstance rob you of that. Continue to smile and laugh at everything, especially the ridiculous burdens of adulthood.

There was once a time you detested singlehood. You may be married and have kids, or maybe not – I don’t know your life at 38 – but if you do, remember how much you have prayed for them. How much you longed for your own family. I know you may be tired. We’re introverts and we like our time alone, but I know that it is bringing you joy and I want you to concentrate on that. Sure, you’re sacrificed the majority of your life for them, but it’s a beautiful sacrifice that brings your heart joy beyond measure and glorifies God.

I want you to do two things for me. First, I want you to put on Mumford and Sons (you may need to do some investigative work to track down some music) and I want you to dance around your place. Put it on loud, put it on proud, and go crazy. That band spoke to your heart when you were in your 20s, when you were going through tough times, and when you were going through happy times. So, put them on and reflect where you once were and who you are now.

Second, praise God for all the blessings you have received. He’s generous, isn’t He?

I know sometimes you forget this, but you’re pretty fantastic. I enjoy being you, even at 28 when I have no idea what I am doing.

 

Love,

Tawny

 

P.S. I have enclosed a photo. This is what you looked like at 28. Oh my gosh, right?

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Blogtober14 – Best Vacation

I think some of the best vacation stories need to two things: besties and road trips.

This is the one about a weekend getaway with my besties to Santa Barbara to see Mumford and Sons.

This trip was one of the best adventures. We stayed the night in a hotel near the beach, enjoyed an amazing show of Mumford and Sons, then decided to stay another day and drive up to Solvang. On the way we listened to Laura Marling as we drove through the winding roads of Central California. We were all experiencing really hard financial times but we made the best of this trip.

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This is the one about the time my bestie and I drove all of Southern California (and a little bit of Central).

When my friend got the news I was moving to Chicago, she drove to California and we did a CA Farewell Tour. We drove to the places I had either never been or would desperately miss. It was a week and a half of traveling to Death Valley, Yosemite, Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, San Diego, Orange County, etc.  It was a lovely trip of hellos and goodbyes.

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Blogtober14 – 10 Things I’d Tell Myself

The question of today’s blog is: “10 Things You’d Tell Yourself Before You Started Blogging…”

Let me preface that I am not a professional blogger and I do not plan on becoming one. So, this question is probably best for other bloggers, such as Helene In Between.

But! I will still write some since I am doing this challenge.

  1. This is supposed to be fun. Don’t turn it into a burden.
  2. Write for yourself.
  3. Do you find this interesting? No. Then don’t write about it.
  4. Blogging has its own community. Don’t feel afraid to join in.
  5. This isn’t your job. This is your hobby. So, enjoy it.
  6. Post at least weekly.
  7. Did I mention this is supposed to be fun?
  8. Add photos!
  9. Your blog is public. Be kind to yourself and the future you.
  10. Just because nobody is reading it doesn’t mean it’s not important. Remember Tawny, you love writing for the sake of writing.

Blogtober14 – My Fall Bucket List

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Fall is definitely my favorite time of the year. So, here’s a list of things I want to do this season. I’ll scratch out the ones I’ve already done (just so I feel accomplished).

  1. Enjoy a Pumpkin Spice Latte
  2. Make a cheddar apple pie
  3. Go to a pumpkin patch
  4. Drink apple cider
  5. Decorate my home
  6. Carve a pumpkin
  7. Play in the leaves
  8. Make my mom’s stew
  9. Go to a Halloween party
  10. Watch Harry Potter

 

Blogtober2014 – Dream Jobs

What was your dream job when you were little? What is it now?

My dream job when I was younger was to be an astronomer. I blame Jody Foster in Contact. I wanted a job where I could study the stars and work in remote places and pull all-nighters studying the vast universe.

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This dream died when I realized my inability to do maths.

My fall back dream, which is the dream I have to this day, is to be a published, successful author. My problem? I am horrible at finishing things. I am so good at beginning projects. Like the best. But when it comes to actually finishing something, well that’s a whole-nother story (pun intended).

Blogtober2014 – If I Won the Lottery

If I won the lottery…

My dad plays the lottery every day. For years. He always says, “If you don’t play then you’ll never have a chance to win.” It’s true. And I don’t play. I hate giving money to something that doesn’t provide a quick and certain return.

BUT. If I did win the lottery…

I would first pay off all my student loan debt. I know, I am pragmatic.

Next, I would buy my parent’s a house and pay off all of their debt.

Then I would set aside money for my niece’s college fund, and also pay all of her private school tuition until she graduates.

I would buy my brother a house.

And I would also buy my cousin a house too. Why not!

If there is money left over, which to be honest, this is my fantasy so I could have as much money as I want, right? So! I would buy a home for myself, save quite a lot of it, and then! And then! Buy me and my friends and all-inclusive adventure. I am talking Europe, New Zealand, and wherever else people want to go.

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Oh, and most importantly, I would tithe this money to my church. How amazing would that be? We could buy a building! (I see a house theme happening here…)

Yup, that’s what I would do.