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Welcome to the first edition of Fancy Nancy Friday. In case you don’t remember what Fancy Friday is all about here is a picture of Fancy Nancy… my inspiration for talking about something FANCY on Fridays!
So this afternoon I was walking back to my desk and I noticed that there were beautiful flowers sitting on top. I have never received flowers at the office before and while Tim is really good to me flowers just aren’t our thing so I was pretty certain they weren’t from him. I opened the card and found a note from the VP of our organization thanking for me a job well done this week.
This week at work I was BUSY. Actually busy is an understatement. We had around 400 extra people on our campus from a new company we recently acquired and I was in charge of being a bus captain, a tour guide, and a general brand ambassador. It was a lot of hard work that really paid off when I saw how smoothly the meetings went and how much every single one of them appreciated the hard work put into every little detail. I won’t go as far as to say that I did nearly as much work as a handful of other people but I tried to do my part to make the week a success.
I’m a big fan of volunteering for extra things and doing your best 100% of the time. So when I offered to take on some tasks and when I was asked to do others I did it because it was the right thing to do… and because I find a lot of that stuff fun. So you can imagine how surprised and thankful I was when I realized the flowers were from our VP who clearly valued and appreciate the amount of personal and professional time I had put into the week.
Just another example of how there really are truly thoughtful and wonderful people in this world. I thought he was pretty thoughtful and wonderful before the flowers but it was another reminder of just how great he is. Just another reason, I love my job I suppose… I get to work with amazing people every single day!
I think you could agree right?… Flowers from a VP are FANCY!
Welcome to the first edition of Thoughtful Thursday! I figure once a week is probably a good time for me to reflect on some random things and to filter through some of those thoughts that float around in my head… a scary place I’m sure!
So my thoughts today are centered on how at 25 years old I feel like Tim and I (as a unit) are getting to that point in our lives where we really start to think about the things and people that matter most. Additionally, in case I haven’t mentioned this, I am in Confirmation class at the church Tim and I will be getting married at. Casey is also in these classes with me so it’s pretty great. These classes have, as you probably imagine, challenged me to star to prioritize my life and make sure that my life is filled with the right people who care about me and that I truly care about. So although these are things that I should probably think about all of the time and I think to some extent I do but these confirmation classes have certainly started to put things into a different light for me. I have just really been enjoying that.
So the last week or so have been interesting. Schedules have been insane, relationships have been tested, and it is has become so clear to me that friendships and relationships are truly about quality and not quantity. I know in college it is a great idea to have 100 friends… 100 people to drink with… 100 people to eat pizza with… 100 people to do group projects with… but usually most of those 100 people didn’t really know what you liked, your hobbies, your family, and just you. I have been really lucky to have a few key people in my life that have shown me what true quality relationships are all about. It is those people that are there for you NO MATTER what… they aren’t afraid to struggle when things get tough; they speak their mind but respect the opinions of others. They are really impressive people that I love. What has been really nice is that Tim and I have been able to find quality relationships with people as a unit. So we have friends who are so wonderful to us and that we enjoy spending our time with.
I have also really been thinking about the value of accepting others and being a non-judgmental person. That is far easier said than done, I won’t deny that for one second, but it certainly is a good quality to hope to have. Tim and I have both realized that every relationship we have is different and that those relationships we have are different for the people that are our friends. People just live their life in different ways, lifestyles are different, expectations are different, planning happens differently, communication happens differently, and I I have just really been thinking about how important it is to understand that just because someone’s lifestyle is different from mine doesn’t mean it’s right or wrong… it’s just different. The friends we have right now just get that ya know. We all have different marriages/relationships, we handle conflict differently, we love differently, but we accept each other for who we are. We don’t assume that just because the relationship is different than someone has got to be unhappy or disappointed. It’s important to accept and understand without assuming you know more about someone else’s relationship than they do about their own! Just another life lesson I guess!
Overall, I guess my random thought for Thursday is simple… I’m a lucky girl and that I LOVE my friends!
So I love the idea of creating “theme” days and a friend and blogger over at A Busy Mom of 2 has some pretty inspirational and fun theme days so I decided to update the blog a little and do sort of the same thing! So thanks Busy Mom of 2 for your brilliant ideas!
Here are my “planned” themes… I use the word planned carefully here but I will update AS OFTEN as I can but life sometimes does get in the way! Work has certainly been in the way of most of my life over the last week or so- but I will try my best to get at least something posted every day!
Savvy Sundays- where I hope to share some “short-cut” to life’s many challenges that I have learned through the week (and 25 years of my life since I just recently started blogging)
Getting Married Mondays- wedding updates on what we have accomplished (or not accomplished) for the week! Hopefully I’ll have some voting polls and fun stuff to view on this day!
Tasty Tuesdays- I’ll update my food for the past week on Tuesday and try to include my favorite meals! I know I have been slacking on updates- but that is a direct reflection of how bad I have been slacking at making healthy eating part of my daily life- but I am ready to get back on track!
Worrisome Wednesdays- One of my favorite post (and one that got a lot of feedback) was about body image and the importance of accepting yourself. I LOVED this post because I felt like I was really addressing something that a lot of people worry about and don’t love to talk about so I am hoping to use Wednesdays as an opportunity to talk about all the stuff that worries us!
Thoughtful Thursday- where I will share some random (but hopefully insightful) things I have been thinking throughout the last week. I hope to have some personal things to share but at the very least it will be random thoughts/shout-outs/thank yous or something similar
Fancy Nancy Friday- Do you know Fancy Nancy? If not, read out her here. She is a wonderful character in Children’s book that I really grown to admire. In my previous job with Rubbermaid, I had a manager that challenged us to be Fancy Nancy – which essentially meant always take things to the next level… to MAKE IT FANCY! So I am reserving Fridays to talk about ways I stepped up during the weeks, maybe it was some grand gesture at work, or maybe it was just stepping up my wardrobe. We can be fancy is ALL aspects of life and I believe we should celebrate life in a FANCY way.
Suck It Up Saturday- I would be crazy to think that I can update every single day so Saturday will just be left as my catch up day!
I hope you all enjoy the new format (and I hope it works out for all of us)! If you have any recommendations for any days let me know =) Stay tuned for Thoughtful Thursday!!