8.20.2014

#WordlessWednesday - This month has been a roller coaster!

Where has the time gone? I can't believe I haven't posted my wordless Wednesday post for the past few weeks, major blogger fail! Here's a quick photo recap of the month so far:

 {our doggie visitor last week}

Nobody likes me, Everybody hates me.... #TheStruggleisReal

I need to vent about something. I know my small personal situation is insignificant when it comes to the burdens the entire world has to deal with... but it's weighing heavy on my heart today and blogging is therapeutic so I'm sharing my thoughts.

Let me start by asking:
Is your calendar full of activities with friends? How did you meet your friends? How many friends do you have?

{found via deviant art}


Well, I have none. This is not supposed to be a pity party, this is a fact. I don't even really have many friends in the "blogosphere". This is not about a fog or depression I am experiencing, I am not seeking a diagnosis. I have a very supportive husband, a pretty rad mom, and long distance friends in my hometown but I don't have any friends near by and I'm starting to feel pretty rotten about it.

Making friends as a semi-introverted adult is hard, I struggle with social anxiety at times and really just hate being "new" to a crowd. I know it's my insecurities getting in the way and once I get to know someone I think I make a great friend but putting myself on the line in the beginning, now that I am a little older, is hard. I can't be the only one feeling like an outcast in this "grown up" world we live in, can I?




I recently noticed that I just don't "click" with others like I used to... Making friends used to be second nature to me; a smile, a friendly hello, and some chit chat and a new friend was made... I moved a lot as a kid and after the initial adjustment I was always able to find a really great friend and we stuck together.  I moved to Florida years ago and it's like moving here broke my ability to make a friend. Now I feel like I'm alone most of the time, not really sure how to randomly reach out to another person, and be like "Hey, you're cool. You should be my friend" without feeling like a complete idiot and making the person uncomfortable, because who does that?! I don't want to "force" someone to be my friend so over the past few years I've just gotten used to it... but lately, I crave a real, true friend.


I know lots of people are busy, we're all just trying to get by. I don't expect a friend to drop everything all the time to "be there"... I just wish I had someone to rely on every once in a while to go grab a drink with... or to spend some time at the beach... or even just to sit on the couch with a pint of ice cream and watch movies. I want a friend that wants to be my friend and until I moved to Florida, I didn't think I would ever have trouble finding that.

Maybe it's the fact that I'm a truly awkward person; I try not to be, but it happens. Maybe it's because I'm a little overweight and that makes people uncomfortable. Maybe it's because I come off as rude because I'm a little less chatty when I first meet someone (I promise, I'm just shy). Maybe everyone in Florida already has enough friends. Maybe I'm not Floridian enough. Maybe I come across as a weirdo. Am I walking around with a "loser" sign on my back? Is my insecurity costing me friendships? I have no idea. I'm not really sure what's happening... After a day contemplating the issue, I'm starting to think maybe it's just WHO I am, maybe people don't like me.

Am I a negative person? Somewhat. I'll be working on that for my benefit, but maybe it will help me make a friend.

Do I avoid social situations? Yes, I have social anxiety... but if you invite me somewhere from now on I will make an effort to attend.

Do I offend people? I try not to, but maybe that's the issue. Maybe I appear guarded because I'm constantly worried about offending. I'll be working on this too.


I kind of feel like I'm singing the infamous "nobody likes me, everybody hates me, I'm gonna eat some worms" kiddy song.I suppose I could go on and on with my inability to make friends, but then that would be a complete pity party and no one likes that so I'll stop here. I know this post is a bit dramatic, I apologize for that... I just so badly needed to vent.


So I have to ask, 
am I the only one feeling friend-less as an adult?


This is me kind of putting myself on the line.


Would you like to be my friend?

8.19.2014

$500 Southwest Gift Card Giveaway - Back to School Transportation event! {ends 9/19}




Welcome to the MPM BTS Transportation Sweepstakes
Organized by: Mom to Bed by 8



It's time to head back to school for some of us, but that doesn't mean you have to stop traveling! I've got a bad case of wanderlust lately and I'm dreaming of flying back to my hometown for a friends wedding one weekend in September. Lucky for one reader you'll be able to win a $500 Southwest Gift Card to use toward a trip to anywhere you please!

If you win, where will you fly?


One winner will receive a $500 Southwest Gift Card.

Giveaway ends September 19th at 11:59pm, open to US and Canadian residents, ages 18+. Excludes Quebec. Only one entrant per household, per address. Winner is subject to eligibility verification. Enter using the giveaway form below. Good luck!
Disclaimer: The participating bloggers were not compensated for this post. No purchase is necessary to enter. One entrant per household, per address. Void where prohibited by law. Winner(s) will be contacted by email and have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. The sponsor(s) will be responsible for product shipment to winner(s) of this sweepstakes. This event is in no way administered, sponsored, or endorsed by, or associated with, Facebook and/or Twitter, Google, Pinterest. Contact teri@mompoweredmedia.com if you have any additional questions or comments.

8.18.2014

#2Cool4School Giveaway Hop - #Lavishy Nina Embroidered Wallet {ends 8/24}

Welcome to the Too Cool For School Giveaway Hop  hosted by Blogger PR
August 18 - 24, 2014


We all know going shopping is part of the "Back to School" tradition,
school supplies, new clothes, book bags, lunch boxes,etc - it's all needed each & every year!
As a college student & a future teacher, back to school time is full of delight (and currently a little dread, eeeeeek for having to take public speaking this semester)! I love snagging deals on back to school items and using my rewards cards at certain stores to earn bonuses. I also love having a cute place to keep all of my belongings in, thanks to Lavishy Boutique I was able to rock back to school shopping this year with an adorable wallet in hand and one other lucky lady will be stylin' while spending the dough with a bohemian Nina embroidered wallet from Lavishy!



 This wallet is gorgeous, the stitching is absolutely lovely, and the best part is it feels like real leather but is made of eco friendly materials! It features 1 pocket for your ID, 11 card slots, a zipper for change, 4 long pockets for cash or a check book, and a magnetic clasp that keeps all your goods safe!



I've teamed up with +LAVISHY Boutique to bring you
a pretty rad giveaway for teenagers, mama's, or college students -
One lucky winner will win a beautiful 
embroidered wallet made of vegan material!!

Needing some $$$ to go in that wallet? 
Be sure to enter to win my Amazon gift card giveaway here



Please use the giveaway tools form below:






Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. This contest will run through August 24th at 11:59 pm EST. You must be 18 years or older to win.  This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Twitter or any other company mentioned above. You understand that you are providing your information to Lauren Paints | a beautiful life and not to Facebook, I will not use your information other than to e-mail you a winning notification if you are the chosen winner. Enter using the Giveaway Tools form above. Void Where Prohibited. Please note that Lauren Paints | a beautiful life and all other bloggers participating are not responsible for sponsors that do not fulfill their prizes.



Be sure to enter to win all of the other great giveaways:




8.17.2014

Back to School Palooza Giveaway {ends 9/2}

Welcome to the Back-to-School Giveaway Palooza

Sponsored by: Failing Perfect, Dibsies Personalization Station, Zazzle, Fundanoodle, and Educational Insights

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Hosted & Organized by: Failing Perfect

Co-hosted by: Here We Go Again, Ready?, Intelligent Domestications, Heartbeats ~ Soul Stains, Spaceships and Laser Beams, Peace and Chaos, and The More The Merrier

 I can't believe it's that time of year again! It's time to get those kids ready to go back to school. It seems like just yesterday when we were looking forward to the start of summer. Because we love our readers - and their kids - we want to help you get ready for back-to-school by helping one lucky reader get the year started with a bang. That is why we teamed up with our blogger friends and a few generous sponsors to bring you the chance to win this fantastic giveaway! One winner is going to receive a prize package worth over $430! This giveaway includes something for everyone in the family from preschoolers through college students.

Here is what is included:

  • Kindle Fire HD 7" Tablet, Wifi, 16 GB  & $100 Target Gift Card from Failing Perfect (Retail Value: $269.00)
  • Personalized Lunch Box & Personalized Backpack from Dibsies Personalization Station (Retail Value: $78.00)
  • $50 Zazzle Gift Code from Zazzle
  • Hot Dots Laugh It Up! Math Vocabulary Cards for grades 1-3, Hot Dots Reading Informational Text for grades 4-6, Hot Dots Pen, & GeoSafari Jr. My First Microscope for ages 3+ from Educational Insights(Retail Value: $79.95)
  • The winner's choice of one activity kit:  I Can Bead, Lace, Rip, Trace!, I Can Pound!, I Can Build Uppercase! or I Can Build Lowercase! from Fundanoodle (Retail Value: $32.99) 
Back-to-School Palooza Giveaway: The Details
  • Giveaway will begin on August 18th, 2014 and will end at 11:59 PM, Mountain Time (US) on September 2nd, 2014.
  • Open to residents in the continental US, 18 years or older.
  • One entrant per household.
  • Void where prohibited by law.
  • No purchase necessary to enter or win.
  • Winner will have 24 Hours to respond to winner notification email, or prize will be forfeited and another winner will be chosen.
  • Winner will be chosen via random.org.
  • The winning entry will be verified.
  • Sponsors will be individually responsible for prize fulfillment.
If you agree to the above terms, then enter using the Giveaway Form below. Good Luck!! 

Good Luck!

Disclosure:  This blog did not receive compensation and is not responsible for prize fulfillment. This post may contain affiliate links. By participating in the Sweepstakes, each entrant unconditionally accepts and agrees to comply with and abide by these rules and the decisions of Failing Perfect ("Sponsor"), which shall be final and binding in all respects. Failing Perfect is responsible for the collection, submission or processing of Entries and the overall administration of the giveaway. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram, andor any other social media. Please contact michelle@failingperfect.com with any questions, comments or problems related to the Sweepstakes. 
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