Lovely Sunday : Summer Vacation Has Come to a Close

Summer is over with and the call of Autumn sounds so sweet. I wrote this post a few months ago though, about the few lovely things that I experienced this summer. I was looking back last night on the past few months and I am glad I wrote this when I did because if not I would have forgot the pieces of happiness I gathered in from such an awful time in my life. So for my first Lovely Sunday post here are my summer dreams.

 

Place: Oklahoma Wildflowers
Last month my boyfriend and I took a road trip to Texoma and Colorado. We pulled an all-night driveathon, something that was awesome to begin with and nauseating by 6 am (16hrs) from Ohio to Burkburnett, TX where some of our family live. We cranked up the mix CDs we made and sang our hearts out all night just to stay awake. We got to see St. Louis glowing and flashing and reflecting off the Mississippi River at about 2am. The drive took an ugly turn as the sun came up but we pushed through and when we finally got to Oklahoma I saw something I didn’t expect to be so affected by. Wildflowers. They were blooming along the side of the road amid burnt red dirt. Bright oranges and yellows and blues. This simple pleasure of watching them as we drove by was intoxicating. And every time we passed them on our vacation, my day brightened. No wonder people are so darn friendly in the south!
Space : Bookstore Showcase
When I first saw this I didn’t realize it was a part of a bookstore. I thought it was some wonderful person’s reading nook. Someday I will renovate a closet and put a cozy little getaway right in my house! I love all the wood panels, reminds me of being in secluded cabin, which is also something I hope to have someday! A lovely idea.
Taste: Angel Food Cake
Angel food cake must be more of a summer time food because I have had it at just about every get-together I have been to since may. It seems silly but it has really grown on me. Light and fluffy and sweet. Under icing, strawberries, whipped cream, chocolate… {drool} its deliciously lovely. The best part is that it is usually served with fruit which reduces the why-did-I-have-four-pieces guilt factor.
Never forget the little things

:-My Strengths-:

It is the dreaded question asked in interviews right after they ask to know a little about you… “Very well then, can you tell us about your strengths?” No I cannot  *flips table and walks out*. Honestly though, it is so difficult for me to ramble off my own talents. But in an effort to complete the list I must dig deep and gloat a bit. I took a class last year, Recreation Leadership…I cannot tell you why except that it was required, my personality isn’t suited for leading people. Anyway, our teacher made take this test that would tell us our strengths and I was pretty excited to see the results so I could know for once what I was good at. According to Strengthsquest.com my strengths are as follows:

Empathy- can sense the feelings of other people by imagining themselves in others’ lives or others’ situations.

Individualization- are intrigued with the unique qualities of each person. They have a gift for figuring out how people who are different can work
together productively.

Developer- recognize and cultivate the potential in others. They spot the signs of each small improvement and derive satisfaction from these
improvements.

Input- have a craving to know more. Often they like to collect and archive all kinds of information.

Strategic- create alternative ways to proceed. Faced with any given scenario, they can quickly spot the relevant patterns and issues.

There I am. Perfectly sliced in 5 brilliant categories. I sound pretty good huh? Nah, just be glad I’m doing weaknesses {yet!}. To be honest I really think they pegged me good. All of these play into my life in very different, very strong ways. After learning these and realizing the qualities I have, my viewpoint changed drastically. Not only did I see my potential but I learned a better way to use them with other people to build relationships. Strengthsquest.com is a very accurate, helpful sight. Sorry, it isn’t free but I think everyone should take some kind of strength finder test. I would love to hear some of yours!

strengths

:-To Win My Heart-:

If I could go back and give myself a word of advice it would include something like this. I would stress the importance of knowing what you want in a guy. It gives you the ability to hold yourself accountable. Plus finding someone with the qualities you are looking for is such a satisfying feeling! Have fun with this one and be true to your heart.
Husband Material
– All the obvious things like drivers license, no criminal past, hasn’t slept around too much, can’t be more that 5 years older than me and 2 years younger
– Humble but confidant in his abilities
– Passionate and affectionate
– Is respectful, is the bigger man even if that person doesn’t deserve it
– Never stops trying to charm me
– Spiritual, must actively seek God
– Creative in love, fun and spontaneous
– Is classy but not too good to goof off or get a little dirty
– Friendly to everyone even when peeved
– Thoughtful enough to be spontaneous and plan things without my advice
– Honest. Sticks to his word.
– Doesn’t promote or boast about himself and doesn’t embellish stories
– Has a 5 year plan
– Must have a clean and professional appearance
– Driven and hardworking
– Loyal, beyond all things
– Must be mostly conservative
– Must be an active listener and a great conversationalist
– Loves my family
– Is protective of me and my feelings. Will stand up for me and care for me when I am hurt/upset
– Knows how to defend himself and protect me should we get in trouble
– Knows how to manage money
– Reads the fine, print and is detail oriented because I am not at all
– Knows how to make me smile and feel better
– Drug free and knows his limits when it comes to drinking
– Doesn’t mind babysitting me when I drink too much haha
– Active healthy lifestyle
– Gentle and Articulate
– Not afraid to share his feelings
– Thinks I am funny and cute
– Knows when to tell me I am beautiful
– Frequently sweeps me off my feet in a romantic or sexy gesture
– Someone I can have fun with without trying
– Will kill all the scary bugs in our house
– Loves to travel and learn new things
Pluses
– Reads often
– Cooks delicious meals
– Can pick me up
– Buys tampons and Kit Kats for me
– Doesn’t mind my messy habits

:-Twenty Random Facts-:

IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER
1. I am a curious student that is unsure of my future, hopefully it will be somewhere beautiful and in the tourism or event planning field.
2. In that beautiful place I would like to be a writer, not necessarily and well-known writer, although my heart beats faster when I think of millions loving my work. I want to write a particular novel series. That has been my biggest dream in life so far.
3. I don’t know a lot about politics and honestly it frightens me. Some may call me ignorant but I would rather ignore the news and presidential campaigns because I find no truth in them. Hopefully my future husband will be semi-interested in those events so he can inform me of what the heck is going on in this country.
4. I believe with all my heart that we are souls with a body, not just and brain with skin and bone and no meaning.
5. I am very interested in people and the way we all connect. Figuring people out is one of my life’s endless chases. This is why I am so interested in astrological signs. Though most people laugh at these, I really find truth and patterns in people’s behavior according to each zodiac personality. So I love reading them and how I relate to each of them. BTW I am on the Aquarius/Pisces cusp.
6. The Tennessee Smokey Mountains are my second home. Serene and a great place to make music and other creative things.
7. I love my family. It is not the most spotless group of people and it isn’t even whole but whether I see them everyday or once in a few years I love them, cherish them and learn from them. You want to see me lose my shit, mess with someone I love. You wont get very far.
8. This goes for friends as well, I don’t have a ton of close friends, a lot of friendly acquaintances but not close friends. I guess I am kind or particular about who I trust.
9. I have been in the same relationship for 4 years. Not married yet, just doing our thing.
10. I am SUCH a romantic, love all the sweet gestures. Flowers, poems, letters, (wink wink)
11. Series are the best things. TV shows and novels. They are so engrossing provide hours of procrastination entertainment 🙂
12. Smelly things like scented candles and body spray make everyday brighter. I could literally spend hours in Yankee Candle, Bath and Body works and Victoria’s Secret just choosing the scent I want for that month. It is important to create the right atmosphere at home. Plus I love when people tell me how good I smell. Some of my faves: Soft Blanket from Yankee, Amber Romance for VS, pretty much anything with Shea or the wood-cabin smell.
13. I have a secret craving for fantasies and myths. Anything imaginary and outlandish.
14. Music is a big part of my life and my sanity. It is so therapeutic for me. I grew up singing around the campfire with my dad. I used to be in musicals in high school, it was one of the best times in my life. I never played any big roles, too shy, but I loved to be in the cast dancing and singing along with my friends. I also used to sing acoustic covers with my brothers at a local coffee shop before it closed. Good times.
15. I’m kind of a Kit Kat and Netflix junkie. Especially when combined.
16. I em ah whorable schpellar
17. I know the names of all my future children. Haha. Someday.
18. I also have this thing for old abandoned places like buildings, houses and city loft apartments. It started when I was in high school working for the law firm but that’s a story for another time. They are so historic, nostalgic, and magical as if I am peeking into another person’s life or perspective. I love collecting things from them like old letters, books or cds lying amidst the remnants of someone’s past. I have a very interesting stash from places I’ve visited.
19. I ❤ mixed drinks + good friends+ dancing
20. I believe good conversation could truly change a life, or at least the outlook of the day.