The One Where I Updated You About My Life

Wow! Is life crazy right now or what?! No matter how many times we talk about how fast time is flying, I still can't get over it... zooming by at the speed of light might be a more accurate description. 

Saddest of sad news, I weighed myself last week and discovered what my pants have been telling me for weeks -- I've gained weight. Ugh. I blame winter and cold weather and holiday feasts. Placing blame doesn't change the fact that I want to look smokin' hot when Santa crawls down the chimney this year though. 

I'm now on day 4 of this workout plan I discovered [and pinned!] on Pinterest. Depending on your fitness level, this is a piddly little amount of exercise [ha. I hate people like you] OR this is a grunting, sweating, hot mess of sore muscles and heaving breath [can you guess which side I'm on?]. The tightness in my abs and thighs has made a believer out of me. I can see how after a few weeks, the benefits of this 20-ish minute daily plan may level off, but for now I feel fit-er, stronger, and good about making some kind of effort to take care of my body. Perhaps it's a gateway workout.... 

I'm also now officially on the moving-to-the-beach-without-a-job-lined-up budget. i.e. Please don't invite me out for a drink or to dinner or to bring cookies to office holiday parties. I'm attending Friendsgiving again this year at Leslie's and it looks like I'll be heating up whatever canned veggies are already in the cabinet and hoping for the best. I'm also trying to figure out gift ideas for Christmas with the fam that can be made quickly and cutely from my giant stash-o-yarn. It's sad, kind of, until you consider why the budget is necessary. ;)

I also got really excited just now because I realized how many of my 25 in 25 I get to check off in the next month and a half!!! HOORAY! Have you created yourself a list of doable goals to accomplish in a reasonable amount of time? According to my graduate classes, making *S.M.A.R.T. goals is key. The one I'm most worried about not completing is still #6. How will I make this happen?! Any suggestions are very welcome.

Finishing up some homework this week and actually feeling pretty good about the workload for the rest of the my very last ever semester. In the mean time, it's been **cold** in the Midwest this week. Frosty car windshield every day now. I don't mind. It gives me plenty of time to be super cute warm in my snowflake pajamas.  

I can't seem to stop admiring myself in my new glasses these days....  Glasses pretty much rock my socks. Maybe I also did an entire self-portrait photo shoot sporting the bf's extensive sunglasses collection as well..... Oops. 
Christmas is coming! Graduation is coming! The Dress Dare is coming! The Beach is coming! 
Just call me Pollyanna Revere, hanging up two lanterns on my door post. 
[+2 for catching American history reference]

Rock on, My Plucky Piquettes.

--Your Plucky Picaroon

*Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Time-bound 

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In all of the upcoming holiday/grad school/moving craziness, it makes sense to set aside a particular time each day to be very intentionally thankful for these gifts and blessings and opportunities in our lives. Getting bogged down is easy enough. Griping may just be a guilty pleasure of mine and perhaps rephrasing those "gripes" into a more thankful light is just the thing to bring joy and love and light to this potentially stressful, hairy time. Maybe this will nip it in the bud?

That's a long explanation to say keep your eyes open for at least 22 days of Giving Thanks, right up to Thanksgiving Day. :) 

22. Gripe: I am soooo sleepy! I wish I had more time to nap/sleep.
22. Giving Thanks: I am incredibly lucky to have so many friends and so much life in my days that there is so little time for sleep. I'd rather be sleepy and loved than lonely and wide awake.

21. Gripe: Having to keep living on a college budget 3 years out of college sucks. I wish I had more money!!
21. Giving Thanks: I am more than capable of paying my bills and living comfortably, and that is a luxury not given to everyone. No one in my house goes hungry or is cold at night. My income is a bigger blessing than I recognize most of the time. So thankful!

20. Gripe: Why is it so hard to look like a Victoria Secret model?! My thighs and belly and flabby arms are gross. Waaa.
20. Giving Thanks: I am healthy! All of my body parts work and work well. I am strong and able and young. What a great way to live, right? Such a lucky girl.

19. Gripe: Cleaning out the litter box is disgusting. Car food and vet visits and other supplies are expensive! Ugh.
19. Giving Thanks: I happen to know the cutest, fiestiest, bestest cat on the planet, Ralph. I cannot believe it's our one year anniversary already!!

18. Gripe: Families are loud and noisy and often embarrassing.
18. Giving Thanks: My family may be a bit nutty but they're mine and I wouldn't have it any other way. I often feel like the most-loved girl on the planet thanks to them. 

17. Gripe: Some people just really rub me the wrong way. In fact, there are a couple of people who make me want to scream/cry/run away/etc just by looking at them. Go away.
17. Giving Thanks: Every experience with a person who tests our mettle is an opportunity for growth, an opportunity to live our principles, and a chance to be the bigger person. These experiences are actually gifts, if you think about it.

Sarah :: Plucky in Love

Sarah, aka "Plucky", blogs on the reg, unless she's on vacation or there's a Pretty Little Liars marathon or she's mulling over the implications of the phrase "on fleek." She can't live without iced coffee, a portable phone charger, or equal pay. Say hello!

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