June 29, 2010

One Way I Make Work Bearable is…

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , at 9:34 pm by Gina

I am a friend of the workingman, I would rather be his friend than be one. -Clarence Darrow

HEY LADIIIEEEESSSS (and gentlemen)

Okay, sorry about the absence of Sunday Wrap Up this week, I was busy enjoying life and Salerno was recovering from getting her wisdom teeth removed.

I didn’t have to work till I was three. But after that, I never stopped. -Martha Raye

The sentence this Tuesday comes after two weeks and two days of work that I once enjoyed, and now complain about constantly. I don’t know what it is but I don’t want to be there (who does?) It’s not just that, its the fact that I once didn’t mind my job overall and in reality it is a pretty cushy job. So why am I so exhausted after work everyday? Why do I almost dread it every morning and count down the hours during my shift?

HAM AND EGGS – A day’s work for a chicken; A lifetime commitment for a pig. -Anonymous

This kind of negative energy isn’t doing any good for anyone involved. Not the people I work for, not my coworkers and definitely not for me. So help me out! What do you do to make long days better? To move past the lecture your boss just gave you or the rudeness received by a client etc? Can you find positives about your job besides just the money?

Every day I get up and look through the Forbes list of the richest people in America. If I’m not there, I go to work. -Robert Orben

To make my day bearable I think I first have to go in with a slightly more positive attitude. Then I find that if I can find some way to have fun, to talk to others and laugh and enjoy the indiosyncracies that come with working with children then I can at the very least respect my job and make it through the day less Oscar the Grouch-like. Tell me your thoughts!


Hard work spotlights the character of people: some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses, and some don’t turn up at all. -Sam Ewing


June 24, 2010

I Love Summer Because…

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , , at 2:26 am by Gina

Sorry Loves!!

This week has been hectic and fun and too long for only being half-way over 🙂 Needless to say I forgot about Finish the Sentence Tuesday…BUT since you are all loving, empathetic, awesome readers I know you won’t hate me forever! haha

The first day of summer was this past Monday and for many of you I imagine it simply came and went like any other day. I know its not a national holiday and we don’t get presents, food, fireworks or any of the other positives that come from such holidays, but it is an important day nonetheless!!

If you’re anything like me than summer vacation is a slew of happy, fun, deliciously joyful moments and images. Perhaps it’s because of our summer vacations when we were children, but it seems summer often makes us think of the little things that give us pleasure– strawberries, flowers, outdoors, swimming etc etc etc. The list could go on.

This is the reason it’s important!! Despite the fact that we all have responsibilities and to-do lists longer than our arms, don’t let the first day of summer pass without acknowledgement! Tell us your favorite things about summer! The little pleasures that you envision when you close your eyes and think of the word “summer.”

Now for the final part. MAKE THOSE THINGS HAPPEN AGAIN!! Catch fireflies (if you can find them!) play in the sprinkler. Actively work to get that deliciously joyful moment again (while remembering that high expectations can often ruin the awesome moment you’re already having) and take back a little bite of your summer. (what’s with all the food references? I must be hungry.)

When I was a kid I would make lists in my notebook during the last few weeks of school of all the things I loved about summer. It made me very happy and hopeful and helped me to survive the last few weeks of being locked up inside all day– tell me yours!!

p.s. don’t judge the video too harshly, I’m still learning and threw it together quickly 🙂

Happy Summer!! xoxo

May 25, 2010

My Dream Place To Live Is…

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , at 7:00 pm by Gina

HI readers!

This Finish the Sentence Tuesday is not what I was originally planning on asking, but I was much more excited about this sentence than my original so lets go with it!

I am in the final stages of my process to study abroad this Fall 2010. Friday I officially registered for classes and yesterday I secured my financial aid. I will be studying abroad in Florence, Italy from September 1 through December 18th this year. It is absolutely my dream come true- from as far back as I can remember! Countless old journals can be used as proof of my Italy obsession and my dream to not only visit, but stay!

While all this is very exciting, after getting the numbers back on the cost, I couldn’t help but be demoralized. The expense is STAGGERING! I am paying for college on my own, something I am completely understanding of, and loans are truly the only way to make that possible. Next year I will be taking out $25,000 in loans (something I wasn’t sure I should share but thought I’d go for anyway.)

Thus the sentence of the week. Italy is my DREAM place.

Dream- • a cherished aspiration, ambition, or ideal
• an unrealistic or self-deluding fantasy
• a person or thing perceived as wonderful or perfect

Yes, it is all those things!! It is unrealistic to take out that much money (on top of three other years) when I know I won’t make much as a writer. It is also something I perceive as wonderful, perfect, completely ideal. It is my aspiration and I’m going for it! Would you?

Let me know what you think! and don’t forget to finish the sentence! Where is your dream place to live?

Love you all,

May 18, 2010

I Feel Beautiful When…

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , at 8:16 pm by Gina

Ciao everyone!

This “Finish The Sentence Tuesday” is a hard one for me, so I figured it was perfect! Sometimes forcing yourself it’s necessary and beneficial to think about things like this and to confront yourself with something positive instead of negative. I don’t know what makes me feel beautiful when asked right away, as I’m sure many of you don’t- but give it a try!

I feel beautiful when…
1. I’m not thinking about my body at all, and just enjoying the moment for once
2. I’m laying with the person I love
3. I’m doing something I know I’m good at.
4. When I’m smiling!!

This list is certainly not all-inclusive, but they were some instances I thought of that I tried to have the guts to share! So let me hear you! Even if you don’t want to comment and share, I encourage you to think of the moments when you feel most beautiful, because like I said, its important to realize that and to realize that you ARE beautiful! Love you!


p.s. For those of you who are new or just for a general recap: “Finish The Sentence Tuesday” is exactly what it sounds like. We’ll choose a sentence and we wanna hear your ending! As always, if you have an idea/sentence/anything- comment! let us know and we will probably use it for a Tuesday! Thanks!

April 27, 2010

Three Blessings I Have In My Life Are…

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , at 2:09 pm by Gina

Hi all!

Wow, first let me say I’m sorry it has been an entire week since our last update, I promise that won’t happen again (anytime soon at least.) Anywho we are back to finish the sentence Tuesday and I would love to hear from all of you again! and your friends!

Today it is rainy and dreary and only a Tuesday. I didn’t get much sleep and I have a lot to do. In response to this I think its time to remember our blessings, the good things we have in our lives and the reason they are good. While it won’t make the rain go away, perhaps it will clear the junk out of my mind and at the very least remind me of something positive, something sunshine-y 🙂

I’m going to make just one stipulation- no putting “family, friends, my health.” BORING! We are ALL thankful for our family and friends and health (and various other “duh” blessings) so I challenge you to think of something a little different, make it specific if it’s about these things, tell a little story, contemplate for longer than the normal three seconds. I’m sure it will be good!

So here goes,

Three blessings I have in my life are…

1) Ohio University:
I know that many students struggle with their first year of college. Sometimes they don’t fit with the school and often they don’t know what they want to study- it’s a big decision for a 17/18 year old, and not an easy one. That’s why I feel completely blessed when I’m reminded over and over again that OU is the right school for me. This doesn’t mean that there haven’t been problems, stress, or other issues, what it does mean is that Fall, Winter, and now Spring I have found myself walking down the streets of Athens and realizing that I love it here, problems, stress, issues and all.

2) Open-minded parents:
This might seem like a weird one, but I guarantee you my mother understands. I am like my mom in a whole lot of ways- a “free” personality being one of them. In the past few years I have scared them by almost choosing a school in New York City, taking a flight to Ghana by myself and telling my mother I would be teaching English as a second language soon. I signed up to study abroad in Italy and I’ve thrown numerous parties at my house while they are away. What I’m saying is, I know that sometimes I dream big, and I am blessed that I have parents who not only are getting used to it, but are supporting me as well. I think everyone can understand, whether you have it or not, a parents support makes a difference.

3) Internet:
Sweet, sweet internet. I use the internet daily, 5 million times a day probably. I stay connected with my friends and family (thank God!) I read blogs, I update blogs, I do my homework, I check the weather, I read the news. While I am always an advocate of going outside, being active, doing something that doesn’t involve technology, I also am constantly amazed at the numerous positive things the internet can help one accomplish. It can start movements, change elections, share ideas. It can serve as a link for every internet-accessing person on this earth. I don’t watch T.V. anymore at all (really, the last thing I watched was the Cavs game and I had to use a friends T.V.) and I can’t say I’m upset about that. I am blessed to have internet connection to seek out positive media messages instead!

These are three blessings that I have in my life right now. Obviously I have many, many more, including my friends, my dad, sister and nephew, my health, my strikingly good looks (hahahah just kidding!) But for now ima focus on these three!

Have a blessed day!