Nostalgia: Old Posts From The Truth About Blondes

I’ve had this blog now for a long time. It has become more of a thing for me now than it used to be. I started it when I was in college and would just post every now and then. Below are some of my favorite old posts:

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What I Plan To Let Go Of This Year

Let it go, Let it goooooo! Oy vey… you’re all terribly sick of Frozen, I know. I, amazingly, have yet to even see the movie. Perk to having no kids, I guess. I didn’t watch many of the Youtube renditions of the song either, and didn’t have to search every store in town for the next best Frozen themed toy. All this aside, this post isn’t about Elsa. It’s about me. Are you surprised? I mean you’re reading a blog about me… so, naturally, it makes sense that this post is about just that.

With the new year, I’ve gained a bit of energy. It seemed to happen almost exactly when the clock struck 12 on New Year’s Eve. Technically, it was a few days before that, the antibiotics kicked in and my sinus infection finally stopped pounding me with exhaustion, headaches, and fevers. Surprisingly enough, my stomach problems waned as well. I still have to be careful with my diet, but it feels like I’ve been blessed by some magical, fairy godmother of sorts with some happiness and energy that I’ve been desperately needing. It’s like, all the sudden I can focus again. I’ve written tons of posts in advance, I’ve even cleaned and dejunked most of my house. I’ve been putting together my woman cave (AKA the Fox Den), and I just keep going. It’s like the old me is alive again. She’s been sleeping for 18 months. She ran away while her heart was breaking, and suddenly returned. Maybe my mom went and found her and asked her to come home.

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Thoughts On My Amateur Writing

When I was a kid, I used to write stories of love, YA Romance Novelettes, if you will. Since then, I’ve still written a lot. I have several rough drafts, or starts to books that I want to finish. I always get a bunch of it down on paper, and then filling in the cracks to create a full-length book seems to be difficult. Then, I get another small start down, and the process continues. Start, stop, pause, switch gears, start, stop, pause, and so on and so on.

This is an excerpt from a recent one I started writing. I won’t tell you what it’s about, the working title, or where I plan for it to go, because well… I am not that far yet. Enjoy, and let me know what you all think!

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Year 2015 Goals + Winter Bucket List

I’ve thought a lot about the way I want this year to go. I don’t make resolutions because I don’t need the beginning of a new year to change my life. But, this year is a bit different. Having it change from 2014 to 2015 has given me a fresh perspective and energy that I haven’t had for a while. It’s like my brain and heart know that it’s a new year, and I don’t need to be who I was last year. It’s like I’m subconsciously shedding my depression, and I LOVE IT. I don’t know how long it will last, or if it will last at all, but right now, it feels incredible. I don’t have any specific resolutions for this year, but I do have ideas of how I want to be and feel during it.

I decided to best explain how I want 2015 to go by using the following three words.

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According to Instagram: December

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I know we’re all celebrating the new year and have forgotten Christmas already, but it’s only been a couple weeks. And I got some really amazing gifts from family and friends. So without further ado, here’s my list of some of the great things I was spoiled with.

  • A dress form so I can start altering my clothes and getting creative!
  • A Barnes and Noble gift card. Let the reading continue! GIVE ME ALL THE BOOKS!
  • A new couch. It’s pretty. See the gallery below for a picture. The best part about it was, J surprised me with a completely rearranged living room and the new couch. He had a day off and picked up the couch and rearranged the living room with the help of his brother all while I was at work! I had been working with a nasty sinus infection and came home to a beautiful new space and a great big comfy couch to lounge on. He’s the best.
  • New cookbooks. Thug Kitchen, One Pan Two Plates, and The Truck Food Cookbook. CAN NOT WAIT TO MAKE FOOD.

I was thoroughly spoiled this year. Really and truly. I haven’t even listed everything because there was more than I deserve!

Also, here’s my month according to Instagram. It’s pretty fun to look back at these.

 Photos L to R:

1 & 2. My Christmas Tree without and with lights // 3. A sunset on my evening commute // 4. An exceptionally warm December walk // 5. A friend left me this ornament on my porch, with my mother in it. I am loved. // 6. It’s winter. The season of sickness. And Sinus Infections. Bleh. // 7. Life got you down? Get new booties! // 8. THE NEW COUCH & LIVING ROOM REVEAL!!!! // 9. Another evening commute sunset. (the winter sunsets here are incredible!) // 10. J in his Christmas PJ’s… or whatever he’s doing. Who even knows. He’s a crackup! // 11. Christmas Eve Sunset. No filter. It really looked like that. // 12. Us // 13. Rex just blending in // 14. No explanation needed

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What was your favorite Christmas gift if you have one?

Current Truths: 1.02.2015

One of the reasons why I have this blog is to treat it like a little journal of sorts. This post will be the simple little things that bring me regular bits of excitement, be it a new band I just discovered, a new food or restaurant, a quote that got me through the week, products I love, or a book I can’t stop reading. Every Friday I’ll put together a short list of a few things that I think are great, and that you might enjoy, before we all take off into the freedom of the weekend!

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Currently…
EATING:

SOUP. I have made so many soups this cold wintry season that I’ve become a pro. I use recipes sometimes, and other times I just wing it. My favorite method is the wing-it method. All you need is broth, meat and/or veggies, maybe  a rice or pasta or not, and some seasoning. EASY PEASY. Every time you cook, is a new recipe. It’s great! Stay tuned for a recipe post on the blog.

LISTENING:

One of the songs I’ve had on repeat this week is a few years old and by the Foo Fighters. It embodies how I feel about starting a new year. Bring on 2015!

LOVING:

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J and I got ourselves Just Dance for the PS4 for Christmas. Let’s just say I’ve already won a few matches against people on the other side of the world. Oh, and J got us a treadmill for Christmas, too. These legs have been moving a lot more than usual, and I’m pretty excited. I can see vast improvements in my moods and health on the horizon! I’ll be back to running 5k’s soon enough. And it sure beats trying to bundle up and run in the frozen tundra that is my neighborhood.

READING:

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Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann. This year I foresee a lot of reading to occur. I got some fat Barnes & Noble gift cards for Christmas, and I intend to put them to good use. My Goodreads Reading List is MASSIVE. I plan to attack it full speed ahead.

What about you? What’s going on in your world today? Leave a comment below with one thing you’re currently living from any of the above categories. I’d love to hear it!

Goodbye 2014, Hell-oooo 2015!

WHAT A YEAR 2014 WAS!

I’m so  thankful it’s over. It was trying until the very end. Sometimes I would lay in front of the tv for hours because I felt like I’d been given a repeated beating from the universe. There were amazing things that happened amongst all the garbage, though. It is definitely a year to write down in my history books.

Here’s the long and short of what I experienced and learned in the past year.

Milestones and Major Events:
  1. I hit the big 3-0.
  2. My mother lost her battle against her glioblastoma brain cancer
  3. Her battle with cancer for 12 months and eventual death stressed me out so completely, my career of the past 5 years fell apart and I ultimately left the company
  4. Sunk into a deep depression (deeper than I already was in because of her sickness)
  5. Lost 10 lbs because of it
  6. Took a 3 month sabbatical from working to pull myself together
  7. Started a new job that allowed me to be a contributor to our financial situation without the burden of exhausting work
  8. Because of all this, my health plummeted and I was sick or injured from August-December and just NOW am finally over the sinus infection that took me down for most of December.
  9. Opened my Etsy store
  10. Started writing two books
  11. Had a major chunk cut out of the back of my scalp
  12. Created a lot of artwork
  13. Read 14 books
  14. Attended a Sara Bareilles concert with J (She’s my favorite singer/songwriter)
Photos from 2014:

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What I learned in 2014:
  1. Even in depression, I can laugh, and have now earned smile wrinkles.
  2. Life experience shows in our eyes. I can see it when I look in the mirror, J says I look a little older than I used to as well.
  3. I have learned that while my religiousness suffers during times of hardship, my spirituality gets stronger. They are not the same thing.
  4. That being said, I have learned that God will allow us to have more than we can handle (those who say he won’t give us more than we can handle are wrong), but if we keep trudging along, He will help us out of the mud. He will send us angels to help, or provide the materials needed to drag ourselves out of it. We just have to be willing to look and ask for it and then do the work.
  5. And with THAT being said, I’ve learned that you can destroy yourself by wallowing. You have to let your body run it’s course with depression, though, it will do what it will regardless of what you do, however you have to keep going and keep  moving or it will consume you. Your body will stop working. Your immune system will disappear, and you’ll injure easily. You’ll weaken from sadness. Your mind can destroy your body. J always tells me that if you’re ever in a situation where you have to fight to survive, you’ll die if you stop moving. That’s true with depression too. If you don’t keep going and moving on with life, you will disappear.
  6. You can love and want to “save” someone that’s drowning, but if they won’t grab the life preserver when you try to help them, or put on the vest, and start to pull you under, you have to  let them drown. You’re not helping anybody by letting them pull you under.
  7. Life is great, even when it sucks.

So, with all that out of the way, I can finally breathe and usher in a new day, and a new year. I feel very optimistic about the goals I’ve set for myself. They are not New Year’s resolutions. They are New Life Resolutions. They are vital to my survival. Not just to stay alive, but to really live. I am thoroughly excited to usher in this new year. 2014 can stay in the past. I am over and done with it. It beat me down, and broke my heart. I will forever miss the beginning months of the year, they were the last ones that I got to see my mother. I’ve reached a point where I understand now that she’s gone from my view, but lives on in the heavens, and with all of us everyday in every thing we do and in all of our thoughts. Her face is reflected in my young niece, my brothers, and me. Our family all has a part of her with us forever. Because we can’t go back, we must always move forward, that will have to be enough.

BRING ON 2015!

What did you learn last year, or what was a major milestone of yours? What are you looking forward to in 2015?

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