For today’s part of the May challenge, I’ve got a few of my favorite posts that I’ve done in the past.

My favorites right off the top of my head were the ones that featured the past year. There’s only been two so far but they’re definitely goodies.
A Look Back: 2011
A Look Back: 2012

These posts are ones where we really had a lot of fun so sharing the experience added to it’s adventure.
A Causey Weekend
Memorial Day: Moab
Bear Lake

Then of course, my all time favorites are the “Over the Weekend” posts so here’s a few favorites of those.
Over the Weekend: Fall
Over the Weekend: Winter
Over the Weekend
Over the Weekend
Life as of Late
When two become one
Over the Weekend: Halloween Party

Some favorite recipe posts.
Baked Mini Donuts
Cinnamon Granola
Angel Food Cake
Coconut Caramel Popcorn
Four Juicing Recipes
Creamy Peanut Butter Pie

I figured out which flower is my favorite. It was so easy I don’t know why I hadn’t realized it before. These “popcorn balls,” as I like to think of them, are only around for a short while after they bloom but every spring I find myself looking forward to them. We have a few of these bushes in the backyard of my parents house and I remember thinking once that when I got married it was going to be in the backyard right when these were big and white. They are just so perfect I wish they were around all year long.

That engraving up there? Those are my initials that I put there back when I was twelve. My friend and I were riding by and saw that it was wet so of course being the rebels that we were decided to inscribe our initials into the pavement. My friend said it was illegal so I left off my middle initial (just in case they could trace it back to me) and I won’t tell you where this is (just in case they really can). But, I love that it’s there. I stopped and admired it on our walk, showing the Gooch my proud markings as though I’d left a small piece of myself behind, proving that I belonged somewhere, even if it was just here in this little town.

Today is the farewell luncheon for one of my bosses. He has been one of my favorites so far and I’m really sad he has been reassigned. It’s been a lot of fun getting to know him, talking to him and listening to his stories. He’s such a kind man and has taught me, unknowingly, to embrace my complacent role. It is something that I’ve always struggled with and as I was sitting in his office for my annual review he simply said a few keys words and my mind was opened. I knew he was teaching me a lesson that I had been craving to learn. Suddenly it made sense as to why I was here and the true importance of my assignment. He changed my perspective and helped me learn to be grateful for who I am and my role as a woman.

Quote of the Day:

Me: “This water tastes like a gym bag.”
AJ: “Really?”Me: “No not really.”

AJ: “We should name out kids awful, awful names.”Me: “Okay!”

Today for the challenge, I am sharing something that I am struggling with right now.

Flat out, the thing I am struggling with the most lately and have been for the past few months are my own career aspirations. It may seem frivolous compared to cancer or something more life threatening but it’s something I worry about regardless. I mean we’re talking about the rest of my life here {insert deadpan stare followed by sarcastic laugh}.

For those who didn’t already know, I currently work full-time as an executive secretary. How I wound up here in this position is a story of it’s own but I know that this is where I’m supposed to be and it is literally the best job I’ve ever had.

The question comes, “What do I want to do for the rest of my life?” and this is where the struggle comes in. As much as I enjoy my job, I am the type of person who always has their hands in several other cookie jars. I blog, and with my blog I cover a vast assortment of topics including, hair, makeup, fashion, recipes, my lifestyle at home, and many other things. I enjoy all of it. I could never narrow it down because I would get bored too quickly with only one topic.

Add on top of that the fact that I tutor twice a week, a sixth grader and occasionally an 8th grader, and I volunteer for my church during the week and on the occasional weekend. All of this is to say that I keep myself busy and yet still struggle with knowing what I want to do for the rest of my life.

Sure, I wish my blog could grow a little bigger a littler faster. I would love to work from home and do all these things that I do as hobbies and in my spare time as a full-time job but in my case, slow and steady wins the race; that is how I’m handling it. I’m sure in the future my life will take some different turns, like when we start our family, but for now I’m trying to handle it day by day.  Waking up every morning to go to work, planning posts for this blog in my down time, spending my evenings tutoring and volunteering as a youth leader.

Yet, despite my own struggles (or goals as I like to see it) when it comes to my daily life and career aspirations, I’m taking it slowly. Reading other’s tips and tricks, keeping up on the newest trends, practicing my hand at new makeup and hair styles, taking it step by step, slowly figuring out what my true interests are. All the while making sure that I am still loving it, enjoying every minute of it, because that is what’s really important.

For today’s topic in the Blog Everyday in May challenge, I am listing my five favorite blogs and what I love about them.

Marshall’s Abroad
I love this blog so very much and always look forward to Amanda’s posts. Besides her gorgeous photos and to-die-for recipes, I love her blog because she lives on Okinawa. When I first found her blog and ran through her older posts I started getting teary-eyed because memories from when I used to live there came rushing back to me. Whenever I would tell people I lived in Japan they wouldn’t quite understand it’s true beauty and how wonderful it was to live there. Amanda portrays Okinawa with such perfection that it’s easy to see how it’s a paradise. It’s so gorgeous and the people there are so kind and sweet. Reading her blog is so wonderful because I can still enjoy a little bit of Okinawa and remember my experiences from when I lived there.

Love Taza
If you’ve ever read Love Taza then you really don’t need any explanation for this choice. If you haven’t ever read Love Taza then go there now and you’ll completely understand. Naomi literally has the cutest family in the world. Her little girl Eleanor and little guy Samson are so darn cute that you can’t help but want a little family of your own; not to mention her husband and those bow ties. They seriously have their own little style and reading about their adventures around New York, Washington D.C., San Francisco, and now Chicago is just a ray of sunshine on a rainy every day.

This girl has style. Hands down, that’s really all you need to know. I found this blog a while ago, when she only had a couple thousand readers (I know, I’m a crazy stalker). Her blog has literally exploded since then and for good reason too. She just puts outfits together like it’s second nature and it’s truly amazing.

Cupcakes and Cashmere
This was one of the first blogs I ever found when I started following blogs. I’ve kept following it because I think it is truly amazing that Emily has made this her full-time job merely by blogging about the things she loves in life. I know a lot of other people do this too but for me Emily is the pioneer. Her pictures are so beautiful and her recipe posts are by far my most favorite. Jewelry is delicate, closets are perfect, stationary is clean, nails are painted, party planning is easy; she makes just living so peaceful, cozy, and happy. If there’s anyone I look up to as a blogger it’s Emily.

Yellow Bird
I chose this blog because this is Emma’s blog and she is one of my best friends. Emma is my sister-in-law and I feel like we’ve become better friends in the past few months than in the last three years when she dated and married my brother. I love reading her blog because I enjoy hearing how she’s doing and what adventures her little family is up to. Not to mention she’s started writing about makeup and clothes and that is one of my weaknesses. I hope she continues to blog more and more because it’s truly one of my favorites to read.

[P.S. That’s a tv that we use as a second computer screen for netflixing.]