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Pay it forward.

Posted by Anna Kate Saturday, January 29, 2011 2 comments

I intended to publish several posts this week, but that's the funny thing about life -
it never goes as you plan.

First of all, this week made me  realize how dependent on technology I have become.  I'm not exactly sure how I feel about this discovery, but I do know that I will always back up my computer files from this point forward.
On Wednesday I was taking one of my last college exams of my undergraduate history (that doesn't seem real) when I grabbed my laptop while rushing out the door and before I knew it - wham!
A small part of me crumbled inside watching my laptop die.  Pathetic, I know.

To make a long story short (and not play the "woe me" card) there seemed to be a black cloud stalking me this week.  Of all the things that didn't seem to go well,
I kept reminding myself that it was just stuff and that
life is too short to sweat the small stuff.
I decided to head down South for the weekend for a little R&R and a shopping trip
to replace my other half (a new laptop, of course).

I was cruising along with a new playlist when my check tire light came on, and the next thing I know I hear a whomp, whomp, whomp as I pull into the nearest gas station.
Sure enough, my tire was as flat as could be.  This should first teach me a lesson in learning how to change a tire, but it also taught me a lesson in the generosity of others.  I am thankful for the strangers who stopped to assist me, and for my Mama and Aunt who were 2 hours away and still managed to get someone there in less than 10 minutes to change my tire.  Praise the Lord!

As I continued my drive home I began to think back on the week and all of the small misfortunes I had encountered.  But you know what I did?  I began to laugh.
How could I capitalize on these small ripples on the relatively calm surface of my life when there are so many others whose hardships I can't even begin to comprehend?
Everyone is fighting some kind of battle.  Use the bouts of bad luck in your life as an opportunity to realize how fortunate you are and how you can, even in some small way, enhance the lives of the people that you encounter each day.

This, that, and the stuff.

Posted by Anna Kate Monday, January 24, 2011 2 comments

If you don't know me, then I should probably tell you that I am extremely organized.
I like everything in my life to be just so.

Over the holiday break, I made it one of my top priorities to get everything in my life organized to a tee before I went back to school.  It was one of those times where I had to take everything apart and make a huge mess before I could put everything back together.  After countless hours of organizing everything from notebooks to make-up essentials, there was one lonely pile of stuff left.

This stuff was an assortment of random things that no matter how hard I tried, would just not fit into a group with anything else.  I had to come to terms with the fact that it was going to have to stay together.  So, I finally made a "stuff" box.
I tried to find the most attractive storage unit I could so hopefully no one would notice that it was housing a bunch of random items.

Do you have a "stuff box" for the things that don't fit into your nice, neat life?

Stylish blogger award.

Posted by Anna Kate Sunday, January 23, 2011 2 comments

I have to say a very special thank you to the lovely Ally,
or you may know her as Medical Prepster!
She has helped me so much in launching my blog and
motivated me to hop on the Blogger bandwagon.

I am especially thankful to her today for awarding me the Stylish Blogger Award!

If you haven't checked out her blog before, please do. You won't regret it!

The Rules
1. Link to the blogger(s) who gave the award
2. Share 7 facts about yourself
3. Pass the award on to 15 8 ladies

Here are my 7 facts:
1. I am (God-willing) graduating in May with a degree in Early Childhood Education
2. Ireland is #1 on my "places I want to visit" list
3. Azure blue is my favorite color
4. I live in my sorority house with nine other girls
5. My arms are currently sore from playing Wii Just Dance 2
6. I do my best thinking in the shower
7. I have never been able to pinpoint my favorite type of flower

I'm passing this award on to:

What's in a name?

Posted by Anna Kate Sunday, January 16, 2011 0 comments

What is one of the few things that's truly ever your own?

Why, your name, of course.  Although we don't get much choice in the matter, our name is what identifies us.  Your name appears countless times throughout your life on paper, electronic forms and, of course, anything that you can get your monogram on.

Being from the Peach State, I was given a traditional Southern name.  The alleged history behind this custom is that all good Southerners felt obligated to please both sides of the family by honoring them with a name chosen from each family tree.  Otherwise, you would have to deal with your mother and/or mother-in-law.
Make no mistake about it, manners matter in the South.

Now lucky for me, I get to decode the meaning behind two names.  The first, Anna, means grace or gracious.  The second, Kate, means pure.  Some people like to think that your name influences your character.  I suppose in my case, having a double name isn't so bad after all.

What does your name mean and how does it identify you?  How can you use this to your advantage in social media outlets, the professional world, or in creating your own personal brand?  And, the question we are all asking ourselves, what else lying around is now subject to being monogrammed?

Keep calm and blog on.

Posted by Anna Kate Friday, January 7, 2011 1 comments

Who knew starting my own blog would be so much trouble?

Maybe I am much more technology-challenged than I realized,
but I definitely have a much greater appreciation for all bloggers out there now.
It was each of you who inspired me to start my very own blog.

My hope is that I enjoy writing my own blog entries
as much as I enjoy reading all of yours!