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Blog posts I’ve almost written

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I remember now why I wasn’t blogging as much.  Because when I blog frequently, I get this annoying little voice in my head (do you guys get this?) that starts narrating things as blog posts as soon as they are happening.  It’s really annoying… and makes you not want to write blog posts.

For lack of a better subject-matter and because HONESTLY THIS is what has been on my mind of late, I give you: Blogs I’ve almost written.

1. STUFF my Mom says

In this imagined post, I was going to write down five favorite phrases that my Mom says along with a cute “translation” or unpacking of what they’ve come to mean in our family.  Really, I just wanted to talk about her saying, “It’s okay to have baggage [emotional baggage].  Just as long as it fits in your overhead compartment.” I’m pretty sure that’s an Ellyn-original.

2. Why Soulmates Do Like FOR SURE Exist

I have not figured this one out yet (which is why I didn’t write it).  Also because the only evidence I’ve got here is either a) experiential (And I have cold hard proof for this one guys. Signed and dated. IN WRITING.) or b) a gut feeling: these articles that I keep reading against the idea of soul mates? There’s something missing there. I don’t think you can marry just ANYONE and have it work out.

That’s my story and I’m stickin to it.

3. “On Failure”

Pretty sure I’m still going to write this one.  This was one of those completely weird, providential moments when a personal failure that had been bothering me for a really long time spontaneously came up in conversation and was the precise catalyst for a moment of intimacy with a complete stranger…. and that’s all I have to say about that.

4. Book Review: “Freeing Your Child from Anxiety”

Which I still am going to review, because I’m pretty sure there’s a high likelihood that at least ONE of my future children will have some form of anxiety issues.  And this book is darn good at giving practical advice on that subject.

5. The Most Influential Event of My Childhood

Jennifer Fulwiller did a post on this a few months back, talking about how often her family moved when she was a kid.  I wanted to write about breaking my leg when I was three years old, which I still remember very vividly.

Ya see, for most of my life, I’ve been a very cautious person.  However, I happen to know that a few seconds before I let go of the monkey bars and broke my femur (FEEEE-MURRRRR) in half, I thought to myself pretty deliberately, “I wonder what will happen… if I let go?”

Oh. Eons of unpacking to do on that one my friends.

6. On growing up in a single-sex family (all sisters).  The other day I was talking with an acquaintance about siblings.  She told me she was the oldest of four.  I replied, “Oh yeah?! Me too!! Wait no I forgot — my mom had two more.”

And I really did forget for a sec.  I’m the oldest of six for sure (count em) but by the time Joseph came around, I’m pretty sure my psyche or whatever was already pretty well-formed (See #5).

7. On our vacation in Seattle and how it was the most amazing experience of my life ever. 

8. On how Dan and I are house-hunting and it’s the most fun thing ever ever ever.

9. On what I want to be when I grow up — oddly this is something that was inspired by my arch-nemesis.  My arch-nemesis is a 60 something lady who comes into my life unexpectedly every few months and really annoys me.  If that sounds vague, it’s supposed to, but trust me she’s out there.  Anyway, so this lady and I were having a conversation about the future and she started asking all these questions about where I wanted to be in two years, five years, ten…. really got me thinking.  Then after that, we got into this whole talk about NFP! (She’s not really my arch-nemesis).

10. On NFP.

(What Should We Call NFP)

Friends (by which I mean, Rachel, Meredith, and anyone else who read to the end): cast your votes. Which blog post shall I write? TELL ME PLEASE.

xo

Reesa

Blogs Worth Reading with a Glass of Moscato

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Blogging and coffee

Or coffee, or tea, or other delicious beverage. Reading in bed is a plus.

Note: These are blogs that are so good they merit being read with a delicious beverage.  Not so bad that they need Moscato to mitigate the effects.

Not as much time for a long blog post today (I have lots of “real work” to do!) but I’ve been wanting to direct people to some of the blogs I read on a daily basis (and boy, DO I).  These writers are well worth your time.

Blogs I Read Daily/Weekly (in no particular order, and not including all of them!)

Conversion Diary: Obviously.  I only reference this blog every single post.  So often I’ve opened Jen’s site only to read a post that gives me the encouragement or advice I needed.  Favorites include: 21 Survival Tips and Openness to Life (never understood this concept until I read it here).

Gal Meets Glam: I’m not going to put you through the sheer number of fashion blogs I check every day, but this one is by far my favorite.  Julia describes her style as “classic, feminine, and colorful.” Her outfits are unique but not too out-there.  You’ll love her. I promise.

The Evangelista isn’t really a fashion blogger. She does cover style but she does so in a way that reminds readers (and I need it sometimes) of its proper place in our lives.  She also writes very honestly about her own faith journey.  Really, really good stuff.

Mysteries and Manners is my best friend Maura’s blog.  She writes so beautifully, and her insights make me miss sharing a room with her so much! So lucky to have her as my friend.  This post alone completely revitalized my prayer life.

Speaking of friends, Verily is not a blog, but a fashion magazine with some opinions and articles I seriously respect.  For one, it’s literally the only publication I’ve ever read/seen that has addressed how difficult it can be to maintain friendships with girlfriends after you get married.  I mean, am I the only one with this problem?? I don’t think so.  Verily writes for “the woman you are, not the woman you should be.” Amen. Plus, they say everything you want to say to your daughter one day but sound way cooler doing it.

La Luz de Fe: Oh my gosh.  I feel a little like a stalker when I read this blog, but a stalker who is being turned into a saint because of how wonderful the person she’s stalking is.  Teresa (shares my name, which is an honor) went to UD with me and has since married and had a teeny baby.  I don’t think we’ve ever spoken, but her posts are joyful and beautiful. They make me want to live better!!

Wellness Mama: Only just now getting into this health/lifestyle blog but it has some of the best writing on the Internet!! That’s a bold claim.  Read this article about coconut oil and tell me if you could make it sound half as good.

Other blogs I should read with a glass of Moscato? (Or some other wine. Maybe I’ll do a wine and blog pairing series.  Only problem being I don’t know anything about wine). Blog and/or wine suggestions are welcome!

7 posts in 7 days

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It’s Reesa!

It’s been quite a while since I’ve blogged, and I’m a little bit hesitant to return to the blogging world after so many awesome posts by (my better half) Rachel.  However, I was inspired to come back by (who else) Jennifer Fulwiler, who not only hosts the Seven Quick Takes series, but also has come up with the brilliant idea of:

The Seven Posts in Seven Days Challenge.

Long story short: Jen has been blogging less than usual because she’s been working on getting her book published.  She came up with this way to get herself quickly back into the swing of things now that it’s all set to come out the chute of IGNATIUS PRESS (Whoo-wee!)

Like I said, I was hesitant to jump on this band wagon.  Not least of all because I have a lot of other things on my mental and spiritual plate right now, so adding rapid-fire blogging into the mix didn’t seem like the most prudent decision I’d ever made.

Then, this morning, Jen posted a few reasons to jump on the bandwagon, one of which is “It will help you overcome Perfectionism.” Since this is the #1 thing on my mental/spiritual plate right now, this whole blogging thing suddenly didn’t seem like such a departure from my spiritual path.

So here I am.  Buckle up for 7 posts from yours truly Reesa, filling in for the riveting Rachel as she rollicks out her remaining raptures through Rome.

You have so much to look forward to.

Seven Quick Takes Sunday

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I stole the idea for Seven Quick Takes from Jennifer Fulwiler, one of my favorite bloggers EVER. She usually does them on Friday, but since I am an ENFP, I don’t get around to it until Sunday. Like, the 17th Sunday since we started this blog. Ah well!

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Speaking of Jennifer Fulwiler, I’m going to listen to her talk on Friday!!!!!!! AHHHHHH I’m so excited! Brianna and I are going to the Catholic New Media Conference in Arlington at the end of this week.

So yes, I’m excited, BUT. At the same time. It’s one of those things that I REALLY did not want to do.

Why?

Because I am deathly, deathly, deathly afraid of writing. So yeah, I didn’t want to go to this thing because I was afraid. Afraid of what, exactly? Um… being inspired to write more? Maybe? Finding out that I don’t have what it takes to cut it as a writer? Finding out that the glamorous world of writing is actually not glamorous at all?

(Btw, this is a still from a movie that Rachel has probably seen and I have never heard of. Per usual).

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I don’t know, but what happened was that at three different times over the past month, three individual people have approached me specifically to tell me I should go to this Conference — my sister Selina left me a note by my coffee pot (DARN HER THAT IS MY HAPPY PLACE), my friend Brianna emailed me about it (enticing me with the fact that she would be there too), and my friend Gabbi called me immediately after seeing a church bulletin advertising the Conference.

Now, I don’t want to be reading into this or anything… but when I’m, like, super scared to do something… and it’s probably related to my career/vocation… and three wonderful people suggest I do said activity… and (again) the only thing keeping me from saying “yes” is fear… well, I’d wager it’s God’s will that I go.

Maybe. I make these things up sometimes, but… better safe than sorry??!?

— 3 —

Anyway, I don’t know quite what this Conference is going to be like OR why precisely I’m so afraid to go.

What I do know is that when and if I meet the famous Jennifer Fulwiller, I am going to tell her three things: 1) I happen to know that you have a significant following of college students and recent graduates that you may not know about, 2) Do you know about the University of Dallas? It rocks, 3) did you know that you follow me on Pinterest?? I’M LIKE, SO HONORED. I FOLLOW YOU TOO. YOU’RE SO FUNNYYYYYY

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Speaking of Pinterest, I have a Pinterest Rule that (if you are on Pinterest) will change your life.

Sidenote: When we first started this blog I was convinced that Pinterest and how awesome it is would be main topics of my writing. Since then I have been having horrible internal crises about how I feel about Pinterest because I like to check it like, 5-10 times a day, and, well

Sigh. So, I end up wasting I-don’t-even-want-to-think-about-how-much-time on Pinterest a day. Seriously upsetting. End Sidenote.

Anyway, the Pinterest Rule that Will Change Your Life Is:

The Olson Rule

The rule is simply this: ANYTIME you see either Mary Kate or Ashley Olson on your Pinterest newsfeed… you’ve been on too long… and you have to get off IMMEDIATELY.

Ah the Olson Rule. It’s saved me many an hour.

You may be thinking, “This rule cannot be so effective as Teresa is saying, because, seriously? How often can the Olsons be on Pinterest??”

Oh. Oh my. You pnovice.

They’re everywhere.

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Okay okay I gots to wrap this up because my family is awakening and taking over the gym. And how am I supposed to stay in shape for DECEMBER 15TH if I don’t hit up the gym?

What’s December 15th? Um, if you’re reading this blog you probably know but I’ll say it anyway. December 15th is

My wedding day.

AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH.

I’m so excited. We’ve got: the dress, the bridesmaids’ dresses, the photographer, the DJ, the venue, the church, the priest, the NFP class (whoop!), the sponsor couple, the wedding party, the processional music, and the honeymoon. All bought, booked, decided or certifiedddd, as the case may be.

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We are pretty stoked. And I think I could get a whole lot of blog content out of the wedding preparation process– how to save money, how to not go crazy, how to tell people that you are not currently living together, how to tell people that you are planning to use NFP, how to not compare your wedding to other people’s weddings…

The list goes on. For now, I want to tell you about how my baby brother thought my parents spent all our money on my wedding.

My brother Joseph is 7. His eighth birthday is in October, and he is PRIMED and READY to go. He wants a DS, which as I understand it is some sort of video game? Or… video game platform?

I digress.

He wants a DS, and Thursday morning before school he told my Mom that he would give up his allowance for an entire year if he could have one. She told him that he did not HAVE to give up his allowance for a year, because she and my dad WANTED to give him a gift for his birthday. And he said, “But… you don’t have any money…”

Turns out he’d heard us talking so much about budgeting for the wedding (um, D-town is swanky! We’re just figurin’ it out over here!) that he thought my parents had spent 100% completely totally every last penny of their life savings… on Teresa’s wedding.

L.o.l.

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Speaking of Joseph and video games I promised him I would play Mario Cart with him before I worked out. I hope he does not choose one of those games with the cliffs everywhere. I fall off every time!

Love,

Teresa