It’s the time of the week again. I know it’s impolite to brag, but coming from someone who typically thinks pretty low of herself (I’m not going to lie, this girl’s got low self-confidence/self-esteem), finding reasons to celebrate the person I am helps me to recognize my strengths helps! Especially on Thursdays, which are long, long days for me!
Physical: Ok, you all. I am not going to lie, and I know I’ve said it before, but I gained about 30 pounds after stopping competitive swimming + then not being able to exercise due to mono. And it kills me. But recently, I lost approximately 10 pounds. It was ten, but then this weekend I went to Olive Garden and ate a ton and have just been stuffing my face this week. So it’s probably more like 6 at this point haha. But still, I started the weight loss process finally, and I hope to continue it for a least a few more pounds so that I feel more comfy in my skin as well as my clothes 😉
Mental: Not knowing what lies ahead for me is stressful. Applying for jobs in a nearly jobless market is stressful. Having less than a month left of graduate school is stressful. But you know what’s pretty darn awesome? I have an empty slate ahead of me. In one of my current classes, there are 4 students. And I am the youngest by at least 10 years. And the one thing that the professor and my peers have told me is that they wish they were in my position. Young, educated, and free to pick and choose and explore careers. Mentally, I’m ok with the stress I have right now because it will help me in the future. Make it through this tough month, and I can have adventures and explore the world until I find something that I want to wake up for every day. And hopefully, I will have the mental strength to leave a job that’s not satisfying if that day should ever come. On Tuesday, at the Joseph Gordon-Levitt/hitRECord show I went to, he asked us about the road. What does the road mean to us and how are we traveling on the road? I tweeted this as a response:
It’s so true. I am mentally proud of myself because I have been making an effort to try and turn the stress into excitement. It’s hard, but I hope it lasts through any potential interviews, etc.
Brag: I had the best meal before the hitRECord on the road show. I mean, I will be giving you a full recap of the night when I get around to uploading my pics/videos to my computer, but I just want to give a shout out to Chef Geoff’s. I started off with a drink (what?! I barely drink!!). And then I had to have another because the Candy Apple Sangria was to die for. Followed by a black bean burger with deep fried jalapenos on it and sweet tater fries (for only 6 dollars during their 3-7 happy hour…). And the real kicker was the dessert: Oreo bread pudding with chocolate ice cream and CHOCOLATE POPROCKS. It was amazing. Heavenly, really. There were explosions of candy in my mouth as I ate ice cream, cookies, and bread pudding all rolled into one. Poprocks made me reminiscent of my childhood and sitting around my grandparent’s house with my cousins. Sadly, no pictures were taken because the lighting at the bar was really dark, but if you’re in the DC area, you must go! It’s definitely brag-worthy.
Found this picture of the dessert on Yelp:
Thanks to Hollie for her weekly PMB posts! These have really helped me pull positives on days that may not be so happy!
One last thing: good luck to all of my Ship swimming family at George Mason this weekend! First shave and taper meet of the season, and I bet my bottom dollar that I see some PRs by the end of the meet! Ship Swim for life! Red Raiders in a State of War! Bring it! (PS, I miss being part of that team!)
Go on: brag! I insist that you do! 🙂