Friday, May 31, 2013

The day I said yes!

Day #31, the LAST DAY, of the challenge: a vivid memory

December, 2008: The Proposal

We had spent that afternoon visiting some of the WDW resorts looking at the holiday decorations, and had eventually made it to the Boardwalk to look at the gingerbread gazebo.

After looking at the gazebo we wandered out onto the Boardwalk area. Now this particular venture was to serve two purposes (well, it turned into 3 but we'll get to that ;) ) One to go check out the ESPN Club because we were planning on eating there later that week, I'm a HUGE sports fanatic (especially NASCAR and football) and wanted to eat there on Thursday so we could watch the Colts-Jags game. I love all the sports memorabilia they have there (some of it would look great on my walls ;)  )

The second reason we were out on the Boardwalk was to check out Sea Breeze Point. When we were planning our trip to WDW we knew we'd have to stop and look at the location, and this was our opportunity.  So we walked from the ESPN Club over to the location, which I loved even more after seeing it in person.

As we stood there enjoying the view (it was about 5 o'clock so the sun was starting to go down) Chauncey reaches into his bag and pulls out this book. It turns out to be this scrapbook that he's been working on since we started dating. Every page showed a different thing we had done together (movies, band competitions, a fondue party at his place, etc.) After we had looked through the entire book (and my mom was snapping pictures the entire time) Chauncey said that he had something else he wanted to give me. So he got down on one knee and pulled a ring box out of his pocket, opened it up and asked me to marry him! I had an idea that he might propose, I was still surprised and amazed. Of course I said yes and then after mom took more pictures we called/texted everyone we knew to tell them the wonderful news!

The view

Us looking through the scrapbook

A HUGE thank to you everyone who stuck around the entire month to read my posts, and to my new followers, HELLO! I promise to try and post on a semi-consistant anyone hosting a blog every day in June? LOL!

Thursday, May 30, 2013

A leap of faith

Day #30 of the challenge: React to this term-Letting go

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By now you all know about my job search woes and the effect it has had on me both physically and emotionally. So today's prompt fits in well as letting go is something that I've struggled to do during this process. Some may hear "letting go" and think "giving up" as in quitting. But that's not what I'm talking about here, in my case letting go is turning all my stress, fear and anxiety over to God. For so long I've been focused on finding a job with my nose to the grindstone spending hours upon hours networking and applying for positions. But I haven't been listening to what God wants me to do, what HIS plans are for my career and in turn I've found myself depressed with each week that goes by with no prospects. However several weeks ago after leaving church, the hubby and I were talking about the sermon and how it spoke to both of us. I honestly don't remember the specifics of the sermon or our conversation, but I remember telling Chauncey how I was so tired of waiting and how I wanted results for my efforts. But as the conversation progressed I realized that I had been making it all about me! I don't tend to be self-centered, so this realization was a bit of a shock. So over the course of the next few days I turned to God, praying for guidance and support in turning my job search over to him. Between prayer and talks with my husband, I feel better. Am I 100% okay with my current situation, of course not, that isn't the point. The point is that I'm okay with allowing God to be in control. That doesn't mean I'm just going to sit on my rear and wait for the job offers to come in. I know it isn't that easy. But obviously the approach I was taking wasn't working, so now I'm coming up with a new approach. Will this new approach get results? I don't know, but it isn't my job to know. Am I going to get frustrated, probably, I'm only human. But at the end of the day my life is in His hands, which I think a great place to be.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Music to my ears

Day #29 of the challenge: Five songs or pieces of music that speak to you or bring back memories

Clair de Lune by Claude Debussy: One of the pieces of music from my first year of marching band

Hey Jude by The Beatles: The Beatles (and their solo works) have been part of my musical upbringing for as long as I can remember. I've been lucky enough to see Paul sing this live twice (will be three in a few months!) and it's amazing.

Under The Sea from The Little Mermaid: I from the generation that saw the renaissance of Disney animation with The Little Mermaid, Aladdin and Beauty and the Beast. I remember watching The Little Mermaid as a kid and even getting together with some friends one day and performing this song in my grandpa's yard with some of the adults in the neighborhood watching us.

I Want It That Way by The Backstreet Boys: I admit, I was a boy-bander with The BSB being at the top of my list (I was in love with Brian AND Nick). I hear this song and it takes me right back to high school (plus watching the screaming girls in this video makes it look like Beatlemania all over again).

Bless The Broken Road by Rascal Flatts: This is song is probably overused by so many couples (it was our first dance song at our wedding reception), but the lyrics really do describe my husband and I's journey to finding one another.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Bike dress

As seen in my most recent Road Trippin' post

Dress: eShakti, Shoes: Crocs, Purse: Vera Bradley (old), Jewelry: Fossil watch, Earrings and bracelets from Icing/Claire's

Road trippin': Columbus and Edinburgh. Zaharakos Ice Cream Parlor, The Commons, Exit 76 Antique Mall and the World's Largest Rocking Chair

Day #28 of the challenge: Only pictures

Thank you!

Day #27 of the challenge: A letter to your readers

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Dear readers,
This little blog of mine has been in existence for less than 3 years, yet I think I've grown so much in the time I've been posting. I was so skittish about posting on a blog and YouTube, the Internet can be a scary place! But with each post I've become more and more comfortable with sharing myself with all of you. So here is my chance to say thank you.

Thank you for letting me vent about my job search woes (more than once, or twice, or thrice, or more)

Thank you for watching my armature (i.e. filmed all by myself) made videos

Thank you for thinking about me when I'm not feeling well

Thank you for letting me indulge myself in my various fandoms

Thank you for letting me post an ungodly amount of Disney vacation photos and videos

I may not post as often as I would like, after all real life doesn't stop because I want to make a video or write a blog post (where is Zack Morris' ability to call a "time out" when you need it?) But if you need me, I'm always a Tweet, email or Instagram away.

Until next time,

Sunday, May 26, 2013

The conversion is complete

Day #26 of the challenge: Share something you read online

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I found this via Pintrest, but consider my undying love for all things Disney I thought I should share it here (especially since I've happily completed all 8 stages): 8 Stages of Becoming a Disney Superfan

Saturday, May 25, 2013

A simple compliment

Day #25 of the challenge: Something someone told you about yourself that you'll never forget

Chauncey and I a few months into dating

Let's go back to May 1st, 2008. It was a Thursday which means I had my audio editing class. It was the last class of the semester before summer break, and we were showing our final projects. After class was finished people were packing up and chatting about what their plans were for the summer. I tended to be a loner and hadn't made any real friends in the class, but as I was packing my things this guy approached me. I don't remember what he said exactly, but it was something along the lines of "Hey Rachel. You seem like a really interesting girl and I'd like to get to know you better." Then he asked if I might want to go see the new Indiana Jones movie with him later that summer to which I said "Sure." Then he asked if I was on Facebook and said that he'd find me on there and be in touch.

Now at the time I was not looking to date, I was focused solely on school. So when this guy approached me I was shocked, I didn't even know his name! Yet when he asked me out I didn't hesitate to say yes. Something about his approach seemed genuine. Obviously the relationship blossomed and I now call that same guy my husband. So that short conversation and compliment paid off.

Friday, May 24, 2013

I'm not perfect, but I'm adorable!

Day #24 of the challenge: Your top 3 worst traits

1) I tend to internalize stress. I try not to complain so I let things sit and fester until I blow. Granted I tend to not get angry, but I'll get so worked up I'll burst into tears. Tears are my way of releasing stress.

2) I easily get distracted. I don't do it intentionally, I just don't multi-task well (but really, who does?) It's not like I'm going along and suddenly I'm all like, "Oh something shiny!" It's more like I'll be working on something and I'll get a phone call and then completely forget what I was doing.

3) I don't do well with sudden change. I'm a planner to a T. I don't "wing it" unless absolutely necessary. From a trip to the grocery store to a week's vacation, I need to have a plan, otherwise it stresses me out.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

What I know now

Day #23 of the challenge: Things you've learned that school doesn't teach you

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*Time goes by way faster the older you get.

*There may be some things you learn that you may never use, but learn them anyways because you can't predict where life may take you.

*Cherish your free time, recess was a privilege.

*True friends will show themselves in times of trouble. Do not take those friends for granted.

*It is okay to change your mind.

*Naps are amazing.


Day #22 of the challenge: Rant about something. Get on your soapbox and tell us how you really feel.

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My mother-in-law was in town last weekend for my mom's wedding. While we were out running errands we got caught up and of course my job hunt came up. One of the things that I mentioned to her was my frustration at the lack of communication from companies. I understand not hearing from certain companies if I applied for a position that I may not have been a good fit for. Or some companies may just be overwhelmed with applicants and mine never gets seen. I get that. 

My issue is with the companies that actually brought me in for an interview. I hate to sound like I am bad-mouthing anyone, the job search is tough for both the applicant and the company. However, if you bring someone in for an interview and then tell them that you'll be contacting them in a said period of time, there is a reasonable expectation that you'll follow through with that promise. I understand that sometimes you may not get through all the interviews as soon as you thought. But if said time passes without word, don't leave the interviewee left wondering. It's even worse if the interviewee took the initiative to follow up after said time period, and you still don't bother to give them a heads up on what it going on. If you decided to go with someone else, or not fill the position at all, please let the interviewee know. I would hope that you are not so overwhelmed that you can't take a minute to make a phone call or send an email with an explanation, after all you took the time to bring the person in for an interview. Again, I don't want anyone to think that I am trying to bad-mouth anyone, but there is a certain expectation of professionalism. I don't think it makes a company look very good if this is how they treat potential employees. Do you do the same thing with your current employees when they interact with their employer? They come to you with an question or issue and do you string them along? It's only fair that if a professional interaction is begun that all parties are expected to do their part until the interaction is complete, regardless of the outcome.

I'm not a professional by any means, but that's my opinion in the matter.