January 3, 2017

Capsule Wardrobe? My 2017 Fashion Renaissance Begins!

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Every year I do a list of things I want to accomplish based on my age's number as a way to grow each year, continue habits and set up new ones, and keep goals accountable - ie my own life homework I assign myself because I miss school.  One item I placed on my "27 Things To Do Before 28" list is to get serious about my style / wardrobe (again) in hopes of setting up a capsule wardrobe or two for 2018.  I'm gonna thrift and donate and purge until I can say "Feast your eyes 'cause THIS -" (gesturing to the open closet proudly) " - is 100% me."  Sounds fine and dandy now, but it's going to take the whole freaking year - NO SHORTCUTS.  No more "closet decor" (ie keeping an item I never wear only because it looks good hung up / visible).  Hello, human decor!

November 1, 2016

Accepting My Values: Tattoos

In order to fully embrace the positive, most important values in my life to downgrade and ignore the negative ones, I've pledged to spotlight each of my greatest values through writing to remind myself of their importance and hopefully inspire others to embrace theirs.  This love letter of acceptance is for tattoos.

Dear Tattoos,

With all my silly skin allergies to metals, what do I have left to decorate myself but a lifetime piece of art to take everywhere with me such as yourself!  I've always wanted you, or several versions of you to be accurate.  Now I have two - going on four - and counting.  The phrase "they're like potato chips, you can't have just one" is wonderfully accurate with you.

March 1, 2016

How To Prep For Your First Tattoo

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I finally did it, guys: tattoo number two is done and DONE!  (Shout-out to Che at Current Tattooing in San Jo.)

Each tattoo I have / plan to get will have at least two meanings.  "ODD SOUL" in this case has the first, most obvious meaning for the Mutemath fanatics out there: the song and title of the band's 2010 album, all about going your own way when you're pressured to conform.  The second meaning is one I've always wanted in at least one of my tattoos: pride in my personal uniqueness.  I like how it looks like a stamp or brand on me like I'm labeling myself to the world before anyone else can.  I always have been an odd soul, and always will be.

February 2, 2016

5 Tips To Transition Back To Office Life (Again)

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Most of my 2015 was spent working from home.  My boss was gracious enough to let me work from home to be readily available for more time zones than my own, which meant pj days ALL THE DAYS and crocheting during conference calls.  I took naps during the afternoon and submitted project requests at midnight between an eating schedule of "whenever I got hungry" and "happened to be awake."

When this boss moved on at the end of the year, my from-home days were numbered.  Now I'm told I have to... *shudder* drive during commute hours to sit in an office?  Dressed in normal person clothes and normal person makeup?  Away the whole day without naps?!  Like a NORMAL PERSON?

My cat, pajamas, and crochet hooks are sad to see me go as I'm back to the old grind after the gloriously lethargic year.  How am I dealing with going back to reality?

1) Making use of all my separation time between work and play.  I'm getting up earlier than I'd like to have more alone time awake in the morning.  I'm eating lunch in the office kitchen at a socially acceptable time to watch silly videos on my little screen so I'm not tempted to work and eat simultaneously.  I'm taking a walk outside at the lull of mid-afternoon to keep my motivation up throughout the day and get some fresh air.  I know myself well enough that I'm gonna burn out of if I have too much of one thing for a long stretch of time, so keeping things separate frequently like this utilizes each piece of my day to its fullest.

January 5, 2016

What A Start To The New Year

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If my newly-2015-self, who just went through a lethargic New Year's to send off 2014, was told my next New Year's would be exponentially better for 2016 - and the way it was better was because of a BOY - 2015 Mandy would laugh you out of the conversation then secretly sign up for online dating again because WHAT IF IT'S TRUE?

2016 is starting off strangely wonderful, and I didn't see it coming.  I'm the most oblivious person I know excluding my family members (genetics are strong), so the position I'm in now is foreign territory; scary, exciting, new, fast, mushy, and the best thing that's happened to me in the past year if not the last few.

Ok, I'll cut to the chase: I've started dating one of my best friends!  And if you can guess who it is already, you knew more than I did back then.  I was just trying to be a good friend who wanted to also use the friendly "social situations" (now known as the "practice dates") as an excuse to make myself feel better over the anxious year that kept getting worse and self destructive.  Long story short: I swooped in to help heal an unfortunate situation without realizing I was healing us both.  We're so much better as a duo than we ever were being two separated introverts flanking the more extroverted friend group with social awkwardness and unintentional quiet moments.

Did we ever spend any alone time together to realize this?  In the EIGHT years that we've known each other?  Pff, of course not.  Why would we find this happiness so easily?  (Do you sense the sarcasm?  Ugh.)

2015 was hectic, overwhelming, and should have been so much easier if I wasn't so hard on myself.  He wasn't having the best year ever either to be nice and vague.  Now we're figuring things out and trying not to "blow up."  By this I mean our current happiness has a lot of risk involved but a worthy reward.

P.S: The new year is the greatest excuse to reflect on all the craziness in life and filter through it to be a better self.  Part of my filtering for this year is pairing down my blog schedule for What Mandy Thinks from a handful of posts a month down to at least one.  My value focus is off the screen more lately - ahem, you can now understand partly why after reading this post - so I'm making it easier on myself to not stress over blogging.  Don't hate me because I'm starting to get a life for once haha!  See ya next month. :)

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