30-Day Blogging Challenge: Day 1

I wrote this 30-day challenge a while back in hope that it would get me going. It’s only taken over a year for me to finally get a crack at it. I thought with the new month here (even though it’s 31 days) I would finally delve into this series. Feel free to join me, let me know if you do! So first day here we go!

About Me:

My name is Mary (duh) I am a recent college grad with a love for the internet (obviously). I like to drink decaf coffee at night time to prepare for bed. I have the greatest cat in the world. I aspire to be a freelance writer and blogger.

I went to college in Frederick, MD and never wanted to leave, so I didn’t. I got a job outside of DC and take a hellish commute every day two times a day, but it’s honestly worth it to live in a place that holds such a big piece of my heart. I’m originally from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, and while that will always be home, it was not a place I wanted to move to post-grad. I love my family and friends back there, but I needed something different, aka I wanted to be closer to Target.

I love Jesus and my friends call me mom, which is the perfect segway into my next point: the suburban soccer mom without the kids.

My Blog: Mary’s Average Adventures

Formally called: Mary’s Completely Average Adventures, later shortened because to be quite frank I forgot about the completely part of it, also it flows better now. When I was leaving for college I wanted to start to better document my life and thoughts and feelings, so here is all of that. I kept it a secret from my friends and family for a good bit, then decided to do a year of daily blogging, which is when I started sharing on Facebook, Twitter, etc. Originally, I planned to literally record the most mundane of adventures; hence the title. However, it morphed into its own niche over the years. From college blogger, to what I would call lifestyle, I’ve blogged about it all.

I have a lot of thoughts about a lot of things and I like to think people care about what I have to say, so it’s all here. I would say 99.9% of my thoughts over the past 4 years are documented right here on this site. Blogging has brought me a community of friends, support, and amazing people that while I have never met them face to face, many have impacted my life significantly.

My blog was created as an outlet for my creativity and thoughts; when it reality it has turned into much more than that.

What brought you to blogging?

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30 Day Blog Challenge: Day 21

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There’s this beeping in the hallway and no one seems to be concerned about it except for me. Anyway, besides the point. I guess you could call me a collector- my mom would say I’m a hoarder. I collect everything from movie tickets to books.

It’s something I’ve always done. Growing up I constantly had a rock collection- there’s probably still part of it in a shoebox in my closet. Beanie babies were also really popular for me, I had a shelf in my room with them piled up on it, as well as other various stuffed animals scattered around any bedroom that I occupied.

More recently, I’ve been keeping every movie stub whether or not I like the movie. I don’t know why this started but it’s something that I’ve really grown to enjoy. I put them in a travel mug and I look at all the different movies I’ve seen. That sounds really lame but I really like movies.

I’ve also kept every book since elementary school. I don’t know what I plan on doing with them but there’s something about books that I just love. Even books that I hated or never read- I just love to be surrounded by them. I hope to either make a library when I have a house or share them with the less fortunate. We shall see.

I love to collect things. There’s something about a collection that makes me happy and I love it when other people have collections. What do you guys collect?

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30 Day Blog Challenge: Day 21

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This challenge is getting super cheesy and I can’t say I’m really a fan anymore.  The original question was if I had a smartphone and if so why. Well, first, there are not many people who don’t have smartphones in this day and age. Anyway so I guess at this point I should just explain why I like my iPhone rather than complaining about the prompt again.

  • Great security blanket. Whenever I’m uncomfortable I can at least pretend to be busy.
  • Everything is right there. I don’t have to wait to look something up anything I need to know is literally in my hand. There is no excuse to not know something.
  • Entertainment. It’s great in any situation where I’m bored. I can play games or check twitter or respond to emails. It’s everything I need.

That’s it because I don’t like this prompt.

What apps should I be using?

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30 Day Blog Challenge: Day 20

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Here’s the thing with this day. I don’t pick days, I don’t focus on days, mostly because I really believe that there is good and bad in everyday. I also couldn’t just go in my life and pick a single greatest day. I also believe that our memories do this thing where we really only tend to focus on the good things.

I’m 20 and I’ve had a lot of great moments- like the beach last week, I definitely think that’s something that I’m going to remember for a really long time. Our mind are always really going to focus on what happened that was good, at least for me. This is why I think so highly of people who are in my past- I forget what they did wrong and the reasons they’re in my past until I really think about it and I tend to really focus on the good.

I could easily tell you the worst two days of my life: when Hannah left for Ethiopia and when my Grandmom died. However, the best day of my life is hard to pinpoint because so many great things have happened to me, there are so many great memories I could focus on.

I’ve had so many great moments in my life I don’t want to focus on any specific memory or day that I would consider the best… Maybe one day I’ll get married or have kids and I’ll be able to do that. At this point I have a lot of perfect memories, not a perfect day that I can think of off the top of my head. I can’t complain about that though. I’m really okay with not having a best day of my life, I really like having a lot of really great days.

What about you guys?

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30 Day Blog Challenge: Day 19

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If I could have 15 minutes with any celebrity it would definitely be Taylor Swift. I’m pretty sure there’s no other celebrity that I’ve liked as long as I’ve liked her. Also, could you imagine meeting Taylor Swift? Like I honestly find her very inspirational and very empowering- especially to young women. I cannot think of a time in my life (since the 7th grade) where at least one of her songs did not directly correlate with my life. There is always a song where I’m like “Oh my gosh this speaks to me in this moment.” Currently her song that speaks to me in the moment is “I Wish You Would”.

If I had 15 minutes with Taylor I would definitely go into how her songs have helped me get through any bad thing- whether it was a break up or friendship mishap or anything that made me upset, her music made it better. Also obviously when I was happy. Like she has A LOT of happy songs and I love them all.

Doesn’t she seem hilarious though too? Like do you follow her on tumblr? She’s hilarious. Also SNL like what can’t she do?

I think 15 minutes with Taylor Swift would be amazing, so if I could spend 15 minutes with anyone famous it would without a doubt be Taylor.

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30 Day Blog Challenge: Day 18

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This one says “something about your shoes” what does that mean? I’m not a huge fan of shoes- well more like shoe shopping so I usually stick to a pair or two. Right now, since it’s starting to warm up m grey Target converse have been broken out of the closet. They really smell because I go through a lot of periods where I just essentially refuse to wear socks even though I now I will regret it.

I’m really not a shoe person though.  I know that most girls (and a lot of guys) have like shoes for outfits but as long as they kind of match I just go with that they’re good enough. I’m a converse/flip flop kind of girl. Shoes aren’t my thing. I’d rather spend my money on other things, I don’t see the need for the world’s greatest shoes. The basics will always do for me.

There are times where I wish I spent the money on better shoes- mostly when it snows or rains because I’m pretty sure my rain boots are broken since my feel always get wet when I wear them.

I have to ask though- what shoes should be my go to pair? If you have any reasonably priced suggestions I will definitely look into them.

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30 Day Blog Challenge: Day 17

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I really like to laugh. Like put me with the right people and I have the worst laugh in the world- very loud and obnoxious. There are a lot of things that make me laugh, starting with myself obviously. I honestly think that I am my biggest fan when it comes to my jokes, no one laughs harder than me. Sometimes I think that I laugh more at my own joke than anyone else’s, but that’s okay.

In a manner of saving you all time from long explanations of what makes me laugh I think it’ll be best for me just to make it a list.

  • Weird voices, but not the annoying ones
  • Myself. I’m freaking hilarious.
  • Weird things people say
  • Weird people (I know it’s mean but I can’t help it)
  • What’s a way to say funny people without saying funny people because that’s what I want to say in a way that makes me seem not so average?
  • Stupidity
  • Childhood memories
  • Shows like The Office and Parks and Rec

A lot more but mostly myself. It’s hard for me to think of things that are funny because I would say most of it is in the moment.

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30 Day Blog Challenge: Day 16

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I’m a person who loves to travel, like there is not a place in the world I don’t think I would say no to visiting.  I want to see the world by any means necessary so almost everywhere is on my travel bucket list.

This post is actually falling on a very appropriate day. By the time this goes live, I’ll be packing to leave for Florida around 10 p.m. for most of my spring break. Travel is something that I hope is eventually an active part of my life. Right now it’s based on opportunities given to me and hardly ever found, I hope that soon it will become something I can do myself on a regular basis.

There are a lot of places in this world that I would love to travel. I would like to visit every continent- including Antarctica, as well as all 50 states. There’s no where that off the top of my head I think “No, I don’t think I would go there.” I think that the world has so much to offer and that’s why I want to travel. I want to find all that it has to offer. I want to see everything it can give me.

Right now I would say my travel dreams include going back to England, which hopefully I can do while I’m hopefully studying abroad next fall. I would also say that Charleston NC is still pretty high up on my list, it just looks so pretty. I would also really like to see things like the Great Wall of China, the pyramids in Egypt, and the Leaning Tower of Pisa.

I want to adventure with my life. I really enjoy not knowing all there is to see because that means there’s more out there for me to discover. I don’t know what the world has to offer me.

So my dream travel destination is really no where specific because it’s really just my dream to travel.

Do you have a dream travel destination?

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30 Day Blog Challenge: Day 15

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I miss my family, both immediate and extended. I miss my friends back home. I miss my dog. I miss chips. I miss french fries. I miss people that used to have a special place in my heart and no longer do. I miss my grandmom. I miss summer. I miss reading. I miss a lot of things.

Here’s the thing, while I miss a lot, I also would rather spend my time appreciating what I have right now. Right now, I have my friends here, some so close they’re more like family. I’m receiving a great education. I appreciate that I have such amazing people currently in my life. And I am enjoying the freedom that is healthier food without the crappy fried food weighing me down- well not really but I’m trying to.

The point is there is a time that I reserve to miss people and things, but I try not to dwell on it too much. Last year I spent so much time missing my family and friends that I forgot to enjoy the time I had with the people who were around me. That’s such a waste of my time and it really discounts the time I spend with those around me. There’s a time to miss my mom, and that’s when I wish she was here, but I can’t wish she was here all the time. I don’t plan on living near my family my whole life, I have to adjust to life without them and then appreciate the time I’m with them.

To me spending excessive amounts of time missing things is spending excessive amounts of time not living in the moment, and that’s just something I’m trying to do. So yes, I miss all of those people and things I listed at the beginning of this post, but I’m not going to waste time thinking about how much time I miss them, I’m going to try and spend my time living in the moment.

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30 Day Blog Challenge: Day 14

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For me, this is pretty easy to answer. The biggest problem I’ve faced in recent years especially, is my anxiety. It’s a problem that’s affected a lot more of my life than I would care to admit. Not only has it been a problem but it’s caused me more problems.

Looking back on my life I think I was anxious longer than I realized. It’s problem that I often choose to ignore- which yes is very stupid, but it’s the biggest problem I face on what I would say a daily basis. It has gotten a lot better since I’ve been making sure that I don’t put myself in situations where I feel unsafe or uncomfortable. In situations where I do get anxious it has gotten harder to stop it since it hasn’t been happening as often.

There are definitely things that I have not been doing because of my anxiety. I won’t do certain things, especially by myself. Yes, I try to challenge myself with things like trying to study abroad, but there are things like driving to new places with bad directions that are making me very anxious still that I’m unfortunately choosing not to deal with.

I am very well aware that this is my biggest problem and it’s probably something that I am always going to have to deal with. There are always going to be triggers and things that make me snap and go into a full out panic, but I will hopefully continue to get better and not be in the place I was this time last year and throughout the summer. It comes in waves of good and bad, which I think this is most likely how the rest of my life will pan out. Unfortunately I will make my problem other people’s problem as well which doesn’t seem fair. I hope that I will get to a place one day where a panic attack and an escape route is not something constantly on my mind.

Anxiety is my biggest problem. I don’t know if it will always be because life has a way of throwing curveballs at people but for right now I think it’s something that I’m always going to have to deal with and I’ve finally accepted that. It’s a part of me- not a part of me I’m proud of but it’s me and it’s what makes me who I am and helps me to make decisions. Unfortunately it’s a part of me that I have to form my life around and plan around but as long as I’m surrounded that I’m comfortable with I’m fine.

Also just a disclaimer, right now for the most part I’m fine. So  if you know me in real life no need to check up on me because I’m all good!

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