A Big Ol’ Monthly Roundup

April and May came and went, and I’m sitting here thinking how the heck is it already June?! Fortunately I can say I actually did things the last two months so they weren’t just withered away binge-watching Netflix, which is more than I can say for those winter months…

Like I said in my previous post, one of my goals for April was to start running consistently. Well, I started running and I’m happy to say I’ve been able to stick to a schedule and do it regularly each week. This may not seem like such a big deal, but it is for this girl. I was worried I would start wheezing and coughing up a fit like every other time I tried to run, but thankfully I’ve been fine! Seems like that surgery is paying off after all!

Also in April news, D graduated Ranger School! This was a big, exciting accomplishment. He likes to act like this was no big deal, but it’s huge. He also got his airborne wings in May, so that was another accomplishment checked off his list, and I am so so proud of him.

I made my way down to Portland in May for a weekend. It was…honestly super weird. I know that’s Portland’s claim to fame/thing, but I really was not expecting it to be as weird as it is. I’m not entirely sure what I had expected, but it caught me off guard. I think it came down to how empty it seemed. It felt like there weren’t any people around us, and we were staying in the middle of Downtown Portland! Aside from that though, I did enjoy the few touristy things there are to do there. This list is great if you’re planning a trip to Portland any time soon. I recommend Voodoo Doughnuts. It is popular and busy but the lines aren’t as bad as you’d expect. Also, the tax-free shopping doesn’t hurt either. I also really enjoyed all the food trucks everywhere. That was pretty cool. Overall, I probably won’t be going back to Portland anytime soon, but it was a nice experience.

I surprised my family and went home for Mother’s Day, and the look on both my parents’ faces when they saw me was priceless. Unfortunately I was only there for 36 hours, so it was a quick trip, but it was still great to see my crazy loud family and spend some time together. Traveling back and forth across the country is not easy, and with my dearly beloved boyfriend staying in Georgia longer than the Army first said he would, it’s safe to say I’ll be racking up those frequent flier miles in the next few months; starting with next weekend when I travel to GA for D’s birthday! Woohoo!

And for the last bit of news, I’m excited (and slightly terrified) to share that this week I completed my first week of graduate school! Going back to school has always been on my mind since graduating two years ago. For a while, I just gave up on it and figured it wouldn’t happen or be a good option for me, but thankfully I have an amazing boyfriend and great friends who encouraged me to pursue my goals and take the leap of faith. So I did! The program is completely online, which fits in with my lifestyle, work and commute schedule. The first week was challenging, and I know it’ll only get hard during the next 10 weeks, but I am thrilled to be starting on this new chapter in my life. That’s going to be taking up most of my life now to say the least!

 

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So I suck at this…

If there is one thing I’ve learned since I started my journey as a so-called blogger, it’s that I suck at this. There are so many things I want to write about, I have all these ideas flowing through my head. They’re great ideas too, but I always have such a hard time sitting down and just getting them out onto paper, or in this case, onto the keyboard. I don’t know why it is but it is such a struggle for me.

However, with this constant struggle in mind, I’ve dedicated some of my time to updating my blog during the next few days. I can’t say when I’ll actually post something interesting enough to even be read but I’m working on it!

I’m also trying to figure out how to work bloglovin’. This is seriously so complicated and it’s making me questions my capabilities but I am going to figure this ish out! http://www.bloglovin.com/people/marimarte-12830107

So keep an eye out for an update on this poor, desolate blog very soon! (Or don’t, that’s cool too, I understand)

37 Years Strong

Yesterday was my Mom and Dad’s 37th wedding anniversary. It is so crazy to think that they’ve been together for so long and it is so great to be able to say that they are genuinely still happy with their marriage. That is a rare and beautiful thing.

I am so grateful for their marriage. They’ve gone through some difficult times throughout the years, but they overcame those obstacles together. Thanks to them, I know what true love is really all about. Love is sacrifice, putting the other person’s needs before your own. Love is being a team, working together to become the best versions of yourselves. Love is waking up next to the same person everyday and being happy about it. Thanks to them, I know that it is possible to be totally and completely in love with someone for the rest of your life.

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My super adorable parents on their 37th anniversary 

A Typical End of the Year Post

2013 was a wonderful year for me: I learned so much about myself, I grew to love myself as I am, flaws, quirks and all…and best of all, I fell in love and learned the meaning of true love. I faced one of my biggest fears and let someone new into my life completely. And I am so glad I did. Throughout the year, there were a few things I learned about life, love and beauty that really made a difference for me, so I figured now is the best time to share my newfound knowledge with you all.

Life:
When you feel like things can’t get any worse in your life, think about all the good that has happened recently in your life. It can’t all be as bad as you think. If it is, maybe it is time to find a way to change that.

• Family: though they can drive you crazy and it may seem like they just don’t care or understand, your family loves you and wants what is best for you, especially when they tell you things you really don’t want to hear.

• On that note, your family isn’t just those directly related to you by blood. Your family is your group of friends, those you can trust with your life and you know will have youf back, no matter what.

• If you want something, go get it now. Don’t expect hand-outs. Life just doesn’t work that way.

Love

• Before you can be loved by someone, you have to love yourself. If you only see your flaws and mistakes, how can you expect someone to see and fall in love with your good and besutifyl qualities. It might take some time before you love yourself, but focus on that first. Become the version of yourself that you can love. When time is right, someone will fall in love with you, warts and all.

• Loving someone can be a terrifying thing. Being loved back is even more terrifying, but when that love is real and true, it is the best feeling in the world.

• Though it is beautiful, being in love can require sacrifice. Being apart from J is not easy, especially during Christmas since that is our holiday but we make it work. It sucks most of the time, but it could be a lot worse. We are confident in our love, and we trust eachother. I think that is the key to surviving a long distance relationship: trust.

Beauty

For the first two years of college, I wore makeup everyday. I wouldn’t always wear eyeshadow, but I had to have foundation, eyeliner and mascara on before I stepped outside. If I ever went out sans makeup, I felt like everyone was seeing my pale, acne-prone face under a microscope. It was awful. Thankfully, that isn’t the case anymore at all. I’ve learned to embrace my natural face, and a few beauty tips along the way.

• I no longer wear foundation everyday, but I’ve discovered that tinted moisturizer or BB cream can be life savers. I use Garnier Fructis BB cream on my face everyday. I recommend this one to every girl I know. It provides a bit of color while also hydrating my skin. Win, win situation.

• Red lips are a classic. A great red with some mascara and you’ll feel like a 1950’s beauty queen.

• Not much is necessary to look and feel pretty. It is all about confidence. If you think you’re beautiful, that confidence will radiate and everyone will see your beauty as well.

• Mix two different shades of lipstick. You’ll have a new color lipstick without having to pay for it. Plus, it makes changing this up a lot easier and interesting!

• Not to sound clique or like a broken record, but drinking plenty of water throughut the day can go a long way. Staying hydrated will help your face stay zit-free or at least help reduce the appearance of those little suckers. Its also just important to stay hydrated for health reasons, ya know. 

These are just some things I learned this year. They may seem obvious, but you know what they say: experience is the greatest teacher. Okay, I don’t know if that’s a real thing but I’m making it a thing now! I’m looking forward to the new year. I know it probably won’t be all wonderful, but if life were great at all times, how would we be able to appreciate those extra special moments?

I hope everyone has a great New Year’s Eve. Tonight, I’m doing things out of the norm for me and putting on some glitter eyeshadow.  I hope you do, too!

Counting down the days

21 days. Three weeks. That’s the amount of time left before J ships off to basic training. I knew this time was coming and now that it is almost here, I feel eerily calm. Sometimes, when I let my thoughts run wild, I freak myself out but I want to believe that I’m fine with it all. Honestly, I want the day to come already. The anticipation and talk of it all can be so overwhelming at times. I know it is going to be very difficult when he leaves, but I’ve been (trying!) to mental prepare myself for it. I’m imagining how it will feel when he’s actually gone but I guess I won’t know what that feels like until he’s shipped off.

And it is oh so scary. I know we’ll be okay, and I’m not worried about our relationship or anything like that, but I think what I’m scared about it starting this new chapter in our lives. His departure affects both of our lives in different ways, and we will have to deal with all the change while we’re apart. We won’t see each other or speak as often as we do now, but I’d like to think that somehow, that will make us stronger. At least I hope and pray that it does.

One thing I do know is that we will be fine. We won’t be in the same state anymore, and we won’t be able to talk everyday or even every week, but we’ve had these wonderful 10 months that we’ve been dating. We have beautiful memories together. Every moment spent together has been special to us, especially since we knew the day for him to leave would be coming soon enough. So after 10 months of getting to know each other, making memories and falling in love, what will a few months without seeing each other be?
Difficult. Painful. Lonely. But worth it.