February 2018 in Review + Goals for March 2018

Dear Blog,

I know, I missed posting yesterday… But I’m making up for it by combining my review of February and my list of goals for March! Please say you love me, readers, because chances are at the end of this post, you won’t. 🙃

February has come and gone (and rather quickly) which means it’s time for a review!

The Highs:

  • It was birthday month and I was treated like a queen by my family, boyfriend, friends, and coworkers. I couldn’t have asked for a better way to celebrate!
  • I finally have a handle on managing my depression better than ever before thanks to a vitamin D supplement and journaling. It feels great to have control over my emotions!
  • My relationship with my boyfriend is now better than ever thanks to Valentine’s Day and a conversation that we needed to have!

The Lows:

  • It snowed a lot… Driving a Fiat in very heavy snow was no easy feat! I’m hoping March brings some spring weather to Chicago because there’s no way I want to slip and slide my way to work or back home ever again.
  • I was back in that dark place, briefly, and it was terrifying. Glad to be out and in a better place thanks to some much needed self care.
  • I had a lot of anxiety this month about the future and my career. I will always be nervous about this, but there were a lot of sleepless nights this month thanks to insecurity, nervousness, anxiety, and an overall feeling of missing my opportunity and not being good enough.

My Goals:

You can read the goals I set for February here.

Key: = accomplished; = not accomplished; ~= made progress.

Cut back on blogging: I changed my schedule from three times a week to two, so yes I did this, but cutting back didn’t help me in any way, shape, or form finish what I needed to get finished… It just gave me a lot of free time to do other things.

Get at least 50% done with my classes: I worked on my classes, but I didn’t hit the 50% mark. I’m driven by passion and, honestly, I’m not passionate about my online classes as much as I’m passionate about my blog, making memories with my boyfriend, and working on my resume and cover letter.

Finish reading The Handmaid’s Tale: I think I read one chapter… It’s safe to say that I’m in a reading rut.

Journal: I consistently made an effort to journal in February and I learned so much about myself and my mental health that I plan on journaling more throughout my life!

Learn more about fitness and nutrition: I’ve learned more about the FODMAP diet and low FODMAP foods. I’ve also found Nerd Fitness’ free articles which basically answered all of my questions about working out, strength training, and nutrition in an easy-to-read and easy-to-understand format.

 Go to the gym on a weekly basis: I think a lot of my anxiety this month stemmed from feeling overworked and stressed. Not to mention, this month gifted me with the flu and a popping/clicking shoulder. With everything already going against me, it was easy to skip the gym and just go home after a long day at work to hibernate until the next day. I know these are all excuses, because I do want to make a conscious and consistent effort to be active… I just need to be able to manage my time better.

February Overall:

February’s the shortest month of the year, but it definitely felt shorter than what it actually is! The month came and went, and although it was filled with fun and good times, it brought me the settling realization that I need to get my sh*t together. I’m ready for a fresh and more productive start in March!

Goals for March:

I only have one goal for March and you may not like it… Or you may really like it depending on how much you like me and my blog, but my one and only goal for March is:

 Take a break from blogging for two reasons:

(1) Like I said, I’m driven by passion, and I’m very passionate about writing and sharing with all of the wonderful bloggers and readers I’ve met through this blog every thought that goes through my mind and every experience I experience. What I need to be passionate about (school) has been put on the back burner because I’d rather be writing, reading blogs, and making connections with all of you. At this point (and kinda like Rapunzel from Tangled) I need to finish these classes so I can follow my dream.

(2) Not only have I been in a reading rut, but I’ve been in a creativity rut. I feel like I’m not putting my best foot forward when it comes to creating content for my blog. Recently, I’ve posted a lot of tags when beforehand I never posted any! I think a break will do me some good and will get the creative juices flowing again.

Questions you may be asking your internal monologue right now:

Does this mean you’re going away for forever? No, of course not! My plan is to come back in April with new content and completed coursework. Of course I’ll be back to read and catch up with some of my favorite blogs (I just can’t stay away), so you’ll see me occasionally liking and commenting on blog posts.

What will I ever do until April? Here’s a list of my favorite blog posts I ever wrote that never received the traffic that I think they deserved:

You can check them out if you so wish! I also have a list of my most popular posts (by reader’s choice) on my right sidebar that you can check out if you already haven’t.

How can I keep up with your shenanigans? You’re more than welcome to follow me on Instagram or Twitter! Yes, they’re private accounts, but don’t be shy… Just send me a follow request. I also have a contact page if social media isn’t your thang and emailing is!

Alright, friends! I’ll see you all in April hopefully a changed woman! I love you all so much, and thank you for your constant support and friendship. Until next month!




Friends Tag

Dear Blog,

Erin over at Makeup By Erin did the Friends tag a couple of weeks ago on her blog (check out her post here). As a Friends enthusiast, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to do it as well! Here is my Friends tag:

Source: Wattpad.
  1. Favorite episode: There are so many to choose from! I think my all time favorite episode is “The One With The Candy Hearts” (S1, E14) when Monica, Rachel, and Phoebe’s anti-men Valentine’s Day party and end up scoring a date with some hot fire fighters.

    Source: GramUnion.
  2. Least favorite episode: All of the episodes focused on Chandler’s love for Joey’s girlfriend, Kathy. Like, we all knew it wasn’t going to work between Joey and Kathy, and Chandler and Kathy, so I feel like it was just a waste of time when they could’ve made better episodes and story lines.
  3. Favorite friend: Rachel.
  4. Least favorite friend: Phoebe.
  5. Friend that best represents me: I think I’m a little bit of all of them, but I’m the most like Chandler.
  6. Favorite romantic pairing: Ross and Rachel. I know, I know… But they were always meant to be! Their relationship is the central focal point of the show and the reason why they all come together to be friends, so how can you not be rooting for them?
  7. Favorite quote: I just watched “The One With The Lottery” (S9, E18) the other day and found my new favorite quote! I’ll set the scene: Joey wants to buy Powerball lottery tickets, so everyone except Ross pools their money together to split the ginormous prize. Phoebe visited her psychic before the winning numbers were announced and split a wishbone with Joey for good luck. Ross, thinking this is all a bunch of crap and that they’d never win in a million years says all sarcastically, “A psychic and a wishbone? Guys, give someone else a chance!” I about died laughing at this scene because that was such a picture perfect Ross moment!

    Source: TV Time.
  8. Favorite Phoebe song: Smelly Cat, duh!
  9. Favorite season: I love the first couple of seasons the most, but I also love season 9. I think it ties everything together perfectly before the final season.
  10. Favorite episode(s) not set in New York: “The One In Barbados, Pt. 2” (S9, E24) when super frizzy Monica and Mike compete in a very intense game of ping pong.

    Source: Make A Gif.
  11. Favorite guest star: Rachel’s sister, Amy. Gotta love her even though she’s absolutely vile!
  12. Favorite secondary character: Phoebe’s husband, Mike… Or should I say Crap Bag?
  13. Least favorite secondary character: I can’t decide between Ross’s ex-girlfriend, Charlie, or Ross’ ex-wife, Emily… They both suck, so it’s hard to decide.
  14. Favorite wedding: Carol and Susan’s wedding (“The One With The Lesbian Wedding”–S2, E11). I just think it was so sweet of Ross to walk Carol down the aisle when her parents rejected her for being a lesbian even after everything they went through together as a couple (e.g., marriage, a child, divorce). It was a very heart-warming moment and it showed that love never truly dies even if Ross was totally uncomfortable.

    Source: AfterEllen.
  15. Favorite birth: The hot mess birth of the triplets (“The One Hundredth”–S5, E3)! The replacement doctor was obsessed with Fonzie, which upset Phoebe, and baby Chandler ended up being a girl… Things just couldn’t go right, but it was still the best kind of miracle.
Source: Giphy.

If you love FRIENDS, I tag you to do this post! Please link back so I can read about your favorite episodes, characters, and moments in the show.



Let’s chat:

What’s your favorite episode? Who’s your favorite character? Let me know in the comments below!

Ancestry DNA Test Predictions

Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored in any way by Ancestry. This is just an account of my experience purchasing and using their DNA test kit.

Dear Blog,

If you read my post on how I celebrated my 27th birthday, you know I received an Ancestry DNA test kit as a gift. I have been wanting to know what cultures and traditions mixed together to create me since the day I was born. Okay, not that far back… Since the day I could question my genetic makeup (let’s say kindergarten aged because I remember doing a family tree history project type of thing). Here’s why I’m so interested in what cultures and heritages play an influence in my genetic makeup:

  1. All my life, my maternal grandparents have said “We’re German,” and that was pretty much the end of any discussion about cultures, nationalities, and heritages. Well, according to my old world history teachers, in WWII Europe, it was a means of survival to say you were German rather than what you really were, and since both of my grandpa and grandma survived WWII in Europe, I’m thinking they packed that German mentality up with them when they immigrated to the United States.
  2. Although I love German culture and traditions, there is no way our family (on my mom’s side) can be 100% German. My last name is a very popular Hungarian last name (in my research, I’ve found that it’s Hungary’s version of the very popular American surname Smith)… What kind of true German would have a Hungarian last name?
  3. On top of that, my grandpa was born in Romania and my grandma was born in Poland. Fortunately, for my grandpa, this whole German facade sticks better with his story as all of his records indicate that he is a German Romanian and they’re even written in German. As for my grandma, all of her records are kept in Poland and are written in Polish. Suspicious? I think so!
  4. Now on to my dad’s side of the family. He was actually adopted in Nebraska, and unlike most Nebraska folks of the time (ca. 1948), he was tan… Like, really tan. Tan to the point where his mom nicknamed him her “little brown berry.” His adoption papers indicate that he is of German, Irish, Scottish, and British decent, but I’m not buying it. He is simply way too naturally brown to be of such naturally pale decent. Even saying his family comes from Southern Germany is a stretch at debunking his skin tone. Because my dad doesn’t want to meet or know about his biological family, this is the only way I can get at least a glimmer of insight as to what my dad is genetically (on top of me figuring out what I am).
Source: Giphy.

With that, I am very excited to finally see what I am and I can barely wait the 6-8 weeks it will take for the people at Ancestry to analyze and test my spit! I’m so excited, and my family is, too; we’re all already speculating what my results are going to be. Here’s what I think is going to come up on my test results:

  • Predominantly Polish. Chicago has a massive Polish community, and a lot of people mistake my mom and I as Polish Americans. People have come up to us, in public, and just started speaking Polish to us until we tell them we have no idea what they’re saying. It’s happened at the deli, in public parks, at the gym, at my school, at work… The list goes on. I’d even put money down to bet that I’m more Polish than anything else.
  • Hungarian. This should be obvious because my last name is Hungarian. How can someone that has a Hungarian last name not be Hungarian? We’ll find out.
  • Teensy tiny bit Irish. Like I said, my dad is tan, but he has blue eyes which makes me think his adoption papers may be somewhat correct. The man loves his Irish whiskey and having a good time, which is basically the Irish way of life. I wouldn’t be surprised if he had a little bit of Irish in him and he passed that along to me.
  • Mediterranean of some sort. I feel like a broken record, but my dad has always been tan. On top of that, he has almost black hair. I wouldn’t be surprised at all to see Greek, Italian, Iberian, or even Turkish come up on my results.
  • Middle Eastern influence. Again, with my dad’s darker complexion and darker hair color, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Middle Eastern results thanks to him… But also thanks to my mom’s side of the family. My grandpa told us once, at a holiday dinner, that someone in our family (from way back when) tried to set up colonies in Kazakstan…? I’ve always been fascinated by the Middle East, so I would be thrilled to see some Middle Eastern decent on my results!
  • Ashkenazi Jewish. A long time ago, I watched the Try Guys do one of these DNA test kits and three out of the four Try Guys that predominantly European results also had a small percentage of Ashkenazi Jewish decent. My best friend has always said I should go on Birthright with her, so maybe after this I could actually make a claim to go!
  • Native American roots. I really don’t know what to make of my dad, so I’m covering all of bases. Native American decent makes more sense that Mediterranean and Middle Eastern if you consider the fact that he was adopted in Nebraska in the late 1940s. Not saying Italians, Greeks, and Middle Easterners can’t and don’t live in Nebraska (because I’m sure they do), but at that time, I think it was more likely that more people of Native American decent inhabited Omaha.

Until I get my results, these are all just speculations and predictions. Check back in 6-8 weeks to see if I hit the mark or missed it completely!



Let’s chat:

What are your roots? Do you know where your family comes from exactly or is it a mystery? Let me know in the comments below!