Sunday, November 13, 2016

I Never Thought I Would Live In This America

   Oh hi, I never wanted to bring my opinions on Religion and Politics to my blog. I hate the idea of creating any sort of confrontation on something that I'm working hard to build. But in light of what happened this past week, it's what I feel inspired to write about. I didn't write this to change your mind, so feel free to be completely honest in the comments.


Chicago teens beat man while screaming "don't vote for Trump." 
I never thought I would live in this Country and see the things that I have seen. I never knew America was filled with such hate and violence. It feels like we have taken 50 years of progress and threw it in the trash can, and believe me, it is not because Donald Trump was elected President. If you think that who lives in the White House makes this Country great, well, I'm sorry to tell you this but you are wrong. He may have a big part of it but it's the people that make it great. It's the hard work of the American people that make this country great. It sickens me to know that people feel that it is their right to walk down the street and break windows of hundreds of vehicles, set business' on fire, and pull an elderly man out of his vehicle, rob him, and beat him. You know what is even scarier? People are defending it by saying oh it's "their right to protest." Since when did a protest involve all of that? What is the point? Because you didn't get your way? Maybe I was raised differently but I think that is called "throwing a fit." Except America's "fit" is extremely dangerous and violent.



I never thought I would live in this Country and be afraid to say that I am a Christian. Everyone has a right to believe and practice whatever religion they'd like to, thanks to Freedom of Religion, but as a Christian I feel like I have to keep my religion hush hush because I might offend someone. I've seen comments from people on social media comparing Christians to ISIS because everyone thinks that us expressing our love for our faith is us shoving our religion down their throats. I accept whatever you believe in, we can be friends, but don't force your opinions on my religion on me and expect me to sit and listen and not say anything. I definitely think our Government needs God more than ever because in case you have forgotten, this Country was built around the word of God. I am a Christian and I am proud of that. Out of all the countries in the world, I never thought I would live in the U.S. and have to think twice before I said that.

Police Officers who were murdered during a protest in Dallas, Texas.
I never thought I would live in this Country and fear for the life of our police force. I understand that their job has always been dangerous as their job is to deal with the most awful humans that walk among us. But numbers don't lie and the number of police officer's that were murdered this year is up by 44% than last year. 44%!!! I can't tell you why that is. All I can say is this Country is more dangerous than ever and sadly it is coming from people who live in it. I don't understand why you would want to kill those who protect and serve you? I am not ignorant, I know they have bad apples in law enforcement but that doesn't mean it's okay to kill any of them. I don't know about you but I like having the option to call someone with a gun to come save me if a crook breaks into my house. I would hate to live in this world for one day without our police force. So thank you to all the men and women who protect and serve.

I never thought I would live in this Country and have to fight for my constitutional rights. I believe everyone should own a gun. I promise you, just because you own a gun does not mean that one day you'll just wake up and decide to shoot up a movie theater. And if you do decide to do that, your gun is not the problem, your mental illness is the problem. Like I said in the last paragraph, I like the fact that I can call a person with a gun to save me in a horrible situation but I also like the fact that I don't have to wait for him to show up if my life was in danger.


I never thought I would live in this Country and see people divide this Country more than ever. What happened to Love thy neighbor? Oh right, I shouldn't bring up the bible. Or maybe that is the issue? We are all dividing into two sides because we refuse to listen to what the other person has to say. We post our opinions on Facebook for the world to see but delete any comments from those who don't agree with us. You are entitled to your opinion but you are not entitled to shut mine out. If we continue to divide and not unite, we don't have to worry about anyone coming in and destroying our country, we are on the path to do that ourselves. Or is it going to take another 9/11 to unite us again?

I never thought I would live in this America...

Monday, November 7, 2016

Hello November | I Have Nothing For You

I've been blogging for a little over three months now and I haven't had a more difficult time of putting a post together than this one. Hence why it's "Monday Night with Megan" this week. I know I am suppose to update you on my life at the beginning of each month but I really don't have much going on to be honest. Okay, I lie. I have a lot going on, just not the things I want to discuss in finer details. I keep looking for things to write about in my house, on social media, and in my head but I have nothing. I don't want to write a post just because it's Monday and I feel like I have to, I want to write because I am feeling inspired and I have something to share with the world, which is why I started this blog in the first first. So instead of trying to force a blog post on you, I thought I would do the 50 random facts about me tag. Thank you for reading my pity post and I challenge everyone to do this tag as well! You might learn something about yourself.

50 Random Facts About Me

1. I never attended college, never plan to.
2. I met my husband on Facebook.
3. I prefer Apple over Android.
4. I have two fur babies, Chewy and Bear.
5. I have more siblings than actual friends.
6. I've only bought two vehicles my entire life.
7. I work in the Car Business, Internet Sales, going on 4 years.
8. I attended over 10 schools growing up.
9. I have never been to an airport or on an airplane.
10. I have only visited 10 states in the United States.
11. The quote I live by is "everything happens for a reason."
12. My eyes are hazel.
13. I love to swim, if I could live in water I would.
14. I've never lived in a two story house.
15. I asked my husband out on our first day.
16. I have no issues with tattoos, I just don't have one myself.
17. I always fall asleep within 5 minutes of laying my head on my pillow.
18. I don't talk to single person from High School.
19. I love to read, currently reading The Girl on the Train.
20. I am left handed.
21. I love someone I never met , miscarriages suck.
22. My favorite food is Mexican food.
23. I hate repeating myself.
24. I suffer from social anxiety, mainly when I am around people I don't know well.
25. I hate when people call me Meg.
26. I am terrible at making plans.
27. When I was little, I thought once I got older, I could change my name.
28. My husband started a vacation planning business, with a twist, your vacation is a complete surprise. www.gorandum.com
29. My favorite song is, Fast Car by Tracy Chapman.
30. I hate writing with a pencil.
31. I love bubble baths.
32. I hate blow drying my hair, it is such a pain!
33. I paint my own nails, I have only had my nails professionally done twice in my entire life.
34. I hate hate hate math!
35. I love taking pictures of people. (not in a creepy way. lol)
36. My favorite TV show is 7th Heaven, Eric and Annie are relationship goals. <3
37. I am addicted to the app/game, Temple Run.
38. I got married on the beach.
39. I don't have a favorite superhero.
40. I am afraid of heights.
41. I am an Aries.
42. I am very very very shy.
43. I love board games.
44. I work well under pressure.
45. I overthink everything.
46. My favorite blogger is http://sprinkleofglitter.blogspot.com/
47. I crave milk by itself almost every night.
48. I sleep with at least 3 blankets at night.
49. I have two cats, Booboo and Pickles.
50. I always make my husband's birthday cakes, I never buy them. Our first family tradition. :)

There you have it, 50 random facts about me. It really wasn't as hard as I thought it was going to be!

Sorry for not putting as much effort as I usually do in my posts, I just couldn't find the inspiration this week.


Sunday, October 30, 2016

Why I Never Babysit My Niece and Nephew

Being an Aunt is the best thing that has ever happened to me! I have a 12-year-old niece, Brooklynn, and an 8-year-old nephew, Boston, whom I love to pieces. I never thought kids who weren't mine, would make such an impact on my life. I might be the only 23-year-old who gets so excited when my weekend plans go from relaxing at home to getting a text from my niece that asks "Can we (her and my nephew) spend the night this weekend?" I usually respond with "Absolutely! I'll grab the cookies to bake and the craft supplies and I'll be right over to pick you guys up!" I love that they only live 2 minutes from my house! My brother-in-law works out of town majority of the year so that leaves my sister at home alone with the kids, so I know she won't mind an opportunity to unwind and relax!



We always have a blast when they come over. We do crafts, make pigs in a blanket, bake cookies, and play goldfish. I tease Brooklynn about boys and Boston and I end up falling asleep to the Little Rascals on the T.V. They also really enjoy picking on their Uncle Hesten while they are over too! I wouldn't trade our weekends together for the world! My favorite memories from my childhood come from weekends at my Aunt Shelly's house so I knew I would create the same memories for my nieces and nephews! I know how much it meant to my Mom that my Aunt always went out of her way to be a part of our lives! I know a few Moms and Dads out there would like it if more people made the effort to make their kids a priority in their lives, but I won't go into that. Just know that it takes a village to raise a child and just because you aren't their parent, doesn't mean they don't need you around.

You see, I see people constantly posting on social media "babysitting my niece this weekend!" When I hear the word "babysitter" I think of a 15-year-old girl trying to make extra cash for the weekend, not someone's family member. I'll never babysit my niece and nephew! I'll spend time with them, I'll make memories with them, and they will always have a place in my home! I may not have given birth to them but they are my family, my brats, and a big part of my life. I wrote this post because I have another nephew on the way, and when I got the news I was reminded of how much I love being an Aunt, it is the best! So choose your words wisely Aunts and Uncles, you're not their babysitter, you're their crazy Aunt and goofy Uncle!


I know this is a short post but I hope I got my point across? :D

H A P P Y   H A L L O W E E N

P.S. Do you like the new blog name? I only post on Mondays and I really couldn't stand my original name "Mrs. Megan Leigh" anymore. I thought I would simplify it! <3












Sunday, October 23, 2016

15 Creative Halloween Costumes

Hello, Lovelies!

 My husband and I have been debating on what we should be for Halloween this year. I knew I wanted to do a Halloween post so I thought since I am already searching for costumes, I should put a list together for you all on the most creative costumes that I find! ENJOY!

Stay away from clowns ;)

Happy Halloween!



1. Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump

Obviously, you can create a presidential campaign costume that represents who you are voting for but this is the funniest one I have came across so far. You can find all the items you need to make this costume at your local department store.




















2. Life Alert




















3. Paula Dean + Butter




















4. icloud!
Perfect for those who want to show off pictures
of their kids or their awesome selfies.




















5. 50's housewife is pregnant with the Milk Man's baby





















6. Shark Week











7. S'mores




















8. Beanie Babies




















9. One Night Stand




















10. Now that's Flo!

11. Planters' Mr. Peanut

12. Ramen Noodles

13. "Cereal Killer"

14. Microsoft Paperclip
(If she doesn't understand this, she is too young for you bro.)

15. Have you seen her dog?


What are you going to be this year? Can you guess which one we picked? It is on this list!


Simply click on the photos to see where I found these awesome ideas!






Sunday, October 16, 2016

Take On The Intimidating Opportunity

There will be a time in your life when an opportunity is put into your hands. You may ask yourself, "Am I ready for this?" You may even find an excuse to not to, "but I have this and this going on! I can't do this right now."

 Why not ask yourself this: "why not?"





An intimidating opportunity has been placed in my hands and when I was asked the question, "So do you think you can handle that?" I wanted to scream, "WHAT HELL ARE YOU THINKING? I AM ONLY 23 YEARS OLD! I CAN'T DO THIS. I'M NOT READY FOR THIS. I AM TRYING TO HAVE A BABY AND I WAS VERY CONTENT WITH MY LIFE AND HERE YOU ARE, THROWING A BIG CURVE BALL MY WAY!" But instead of saying that, I took a deep breath and 2.3 more seconds to think about it and simply came back and said "Yes." Because if you don't try, you'll never know. Life is too short to be stuck in the same place forever.

Think about all of the people who changed the world by taking on very scary and intimidating opportunities.. Rosa Parks, Miep Gies, Bill Gates, Martin Luther King JR, etc., The world would be so different without these brave people who took on very difficult challenges. Will my opportunity change the whole world? Probably not, but it will change my world and we are all a part of something much bigger than ourselves.

You have to stop being so scared of the "what ifs" in life and make things happen the way you want them to happen. Don't compare yourself to others and how they would do it, don't let people with big egos intimidate you, and find your swag and roll with it. Most importantly, ignore those who doubt you, because trust me, someone is doubting you. Show them how wrong they are. Take that leap of faith, keep your fingers crossed, and never look back.

So here I go. Taking on a new role, learning the things I've always been scared of messing up, and growing a bit of a backbone. 










Sunday, October 9, 2016

Hello Thoughts | What it's like for me to live with Social Anxiety


What is Social Anxiety?

"It's the fear of  interaction with other people that brings on self-consciousness, feelings of being negatively judged and evaluated, and, as a result, leads to avoidance."
Source: socialanxietyinstitute.org





15 million people in the world deal with social anxiety on a daily basis, I happen to be one of them. If you were to interact with me on any given day, this is something that I would hide very well from you. I'd do my best to go with the flow, but on the inside, I'd be dying to go home. It's not that I don't like you, I just can't be around you. Please, don't take that personally. It's not you, it's me. Don't worry, it won't be like this forever. Once I get to know you, you won't be able to get me to stop talking.

Trust me, I'd love to be the girl that can walk into a room and strike up a conversation with anyone. But I am the girl who walks in behind her friends and lets them do all the talking. I ignore unexpected  phone calls because I'm not mentally prepared for the conversation.


 Before I get ready to go to a social gathering, rather it is dinner with my husband's friends or a birthday party, I overthink everything. "Who is going to be there? Have I met them before? What will they ask me? What if I say something dumb? What if they don't like what I'm wearing? What if they don't like me?" When I am out around people I don't know, my shyness is stronger than ever, my blood boils, and I can feel that nervous feeling in the pit of my stomach. Ugh, it's the worst. I am so shy that most people assume I am a stuck up b****. When in reality, I'm so afraid of what they'll think of what I say or afraid of messing up, I choose to stay silent and remove myself from the situation altogether.



Here is a great example of how social anxiety affects my day to day life. Yesterday my husband sent me to grab Subway for dinner. Instead of going to the Subway 5 minutes from my house, I decided to drive to one that was 20 minutes away that has a drive-thru. Why? So I wouldn't have to go inside and interact with a stranger about what I wanted on my sandwich. Like I said, I overthink everything.






I bet you didn't expect the girl who typically holds the #1 spot at her job, which requires me to, ya know, talk on the phone to strangers all day, to have a socializing problem. The best thing about my job is I get to do what I love without dealing with customers face to face. It's almost like I have two different personalities when I am around people I know vs when I am around people I don't know. I've been at my job for almost 4 years. My co-workers are my family. I'll but into their conversations, make witty jokes, and state my opinion and not care if anyone agrees or not. But when a new person starts, I'm typically the last person to introduce myself.


I'm very lucky that my husband is the complete opposite of me. He does all the talking when we are out. Although he doesn't understand why I am the way I am, he doesn't pressure me or put me in situations he knows I won't be comfortable with. If you know someone who deals with social anxiety, I suggest you do the same. It will only make it worse if you force them to get out of their bubble. They need to step out of their comfort zone every now and then but it has to be on their terms, or else the party won't be fun for either of you. Trust me, they don't like feeling like a huge spotlight is on them every time they are out in public. So don't make it worse by expressing how annoying it is that they have to give themselves a pep talk before walking in anywhere, up to and including the grocery store. So just be patient with them and tell them how awesome they are!


Here are some great memes for anyone dealing with social anxiety!







Could this one be any more perfect, though? 

Don't forget to look to your right and follow me on my social media accounts!

Thanks for reading!










Thursday, September 29, 2016

Hello October | I'm going to be an Aunt Again


Seriously? How is it already October? This. Is. Crazy! I haven't even thought about my Halloween costume for this year! Have you? 



Welcome to my very first post of the month where I update you on what's been going on in my life for the past four weeks! 


So there are a few major things that happened..

1. I'm going to be an Aunt again!


(Yes Syd, I took your picture from Facebook today! You look adorable!)

I could not be more excited to be welcoming another baby! It has been almost 7 years since we had a new addition to the family. If you have me on Facebook, you'll know this pregnancy announcement was a huge shock to us. Why? Well, because it's my baby brother who will just be turning 18 in January that is expecting this baby. Teen Parenting can't be easy but this baby is coming one way or another so we are all supporting and embracing this journey Joey & Sydney are about to go through! We will find out if we are welcoming a boy or a girl very soon! Please pray for strength for them during this journey to parenthood!

Cheers to babies!

My husband lost his wedding ring.. 


We don't know how, we don't know when...
He was at work one morning and realized it wasn't on his finger. 
We looked high and low for it with no luck!

So we ordered a new ring online, and he picked out a completely different ring than what I thought he would have! I didn't take him for rose gold kind of guy but this ring is beautiful! 

Now I'm dying for a rose gold wedding set to match! 


I'm thinking about having a message put inside of it. Hesten and I have this tradition where he tells me a reason why he loves me every night before we go to bed, I'd like to put "I love you because.." inside. I think it is a great reminder of the bond we have.

Shit Friends Are The Worst-Story Time

Is it just me or does everyone have that friend that only contacts them when they need something? I have this "friend" well not so much a friend anymore, that literally only contacts me when she needs a favor. There isn't one message in my inbox where she generally asks how I've been without asking for a favor in the end.

This is so frustrating to me! Especially since we were such good friends before. I mean spent weeks at a time together, spent hours on the phone together kind of friend.

It's really sad how someone could attempt to use someone over and over again. 

I hadn't heard from this "friend" since the last time she messaged me and asked me to send her money because she was stranded and had no gas to get home. That was two years ago, and before that I hadn't heard a word from her in over a year.

So here are the messages that I get on Facebook from this "friend."

 At this point, I still haven't grasped the reality of what she is asking me to do so she just has to come out and ask...




She knew I was at work and had the nerve to ask me to do something illegal at the place that ya know, supports my family. What kind of person does that? Do people really ask favors like "Hey pee in a cup for me" from people that haven't talked to in 2 years? Like what the actual F***! 

& for anyone wondering, we are no longer Facebook Friends. Sorry girl, you'll have to find another friend to bum off of.

Sad.

What. A. Shit. Friend.


Welcome to our house

On a more positive note, Hesten and I got to spend the past weekend with my niece, nephew, and little sister. I love when they come over!
I bought Boston, my nephew, a wood race car that he can put together and paint. When I showed him he said, "No thanks, I have my computer." LOL
I made them put down their phones and computers to make memories. :)


My sister said they were waiting all day for me to pick them up. :)


Race car in the making! Thanks Maddy for your help.



My niece got a birdhouse to paint! My sister and brother-in-law are building a house so I thought she could paint it and find a tree to put it in when they move into their new house.


Break time, you can never go wrong with pizza.


Paint away!


Movie time! Boston and I watched The Little Rascals. Brooklynn and Maddy ditched us for "Musicly" (whatever that is) and Hesten was busy watching football. 


Back on the phone and computer they go! lol


Thank you, September for reminding me how much I love being an Aunt, and I am even more excited to be an Aunt for the third time again!

Blog Update

September was my second full month of blogging, it is going great! My page is almost at 5,000 views and I enjoy reading all of your comments! Thank you all so much! I have a new idea for my blog that I will be introducing next week so look forward to that! 

Thank you for letting me share my September with you all. I love that one day I'll have my blog to look back on, on all these memories!

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