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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Versatile Blogger Award

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Today I was nominated for The Versatile Blogger Award by Getting Through Anxiety. Thank you so much, I really appreciate it! It really makes me feel better about my blog when I start doubting it with my bloggers block and all. However, we must get on with this post!

The Rules:

•Thank the person who gave you this award and include a link to his or her blog.
•Select fifteen (15) blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered and/or follow regularly. (Choose blogs you find excellent!)
•Nominate those fifteen (15) bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award, including a link to the original VBA site.
•Notify your nominations!
•Finally, don’t forget to tell the person who nominated you seven (7) things about yourself.

Nominations:

  1. Katie from Blooming Through Dirt
  2. Loz from Girl In Between
  3. Tori from Tori’s Stories
  4. Getting Through Anxiety (you deserve it)
  5. Logan from Leaves of Logan
  6. Izzy from Anxious Izzy
  7. Hiba from Trying Novelty
  8. Anyone else who wants to this and if you do please tell me because I need to find more bloggers!

Facts about me:

  1. I find making the bed the most tedious chore of all.
  2. I’ve actually lived in another country for a whole month and it has flown by.
  3. I’m on a cleaning spree of everything. I just want to declutter my life.
  4. I think peanut butter is better in Ireland
  5. Netflix isn’t working right and they aren’t helping me and it’s very frustrating.
  6. I want to work for IHOP one day (like for the social media team).
  7. I dropped my first class ever this week.

Thanks again for the nomination! Again let me know if you decide to do this award to or if you have a blog I should check out or if you know of any blogs I should check out!

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General Goals.

First and foremost if you have any questions that you have ever wanted to ask me plop them in the comments for the next time I do one of those question posts and I’ll start adding your questions to that!

The end of the year is coming soon and I’ll be recapping my 2014 goals and sharing my 2015 goals (holy cow, 2015?!?) but there are goals that I have like all the time, not just for the new years. Goals that I’ve had for a while and they deserve more than just a year to be completed so they are on a list in my head, I should probably write them down, but they will just got done as they get done, no time limit.  I thought since I don’t have them listed anywhere why not do a blog post on them?

  • Figure out what I want to do with my life besides travel.
  • Graduate college.
  • See at least one country on every continent.
  • Live in a different country for at least 6 months.
  • Make a big decision on an impulse
  • Don’t let people take advantage of me (I tend to be a pushover, especially for people I really care about)
  • Inspire someone
  • Help people around the world
  • Make a difference
  • Create something amazing
  • Remember to relax during stressful times
  • Write a book, even if it’s just for me.
  • Always be appreciative of what I have.

These are just a few of mine, what are some of yours? I’m always looking to add to my list and I’m sure I have more that I’ll add eventually. Goals are a great way to achieve things and who doesn’t want that?

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Lazy Questions Part THREE

First and foremost (this mostly directs family and friends, mostly family) I did not get a tramp stamp that says “I’m a babe” and I’m slightly saddened that you would think that I would do that. If I was going to get a tattoo I would obviously get a lightening bolt on my forehead to be the girl that lived. Secondly, I am yet again doing more tumblr questions because it’s a busy week and I’m giving myself a half an hour to do this and work on my paper that’s due Thursday before I get a shower and go to bed, so yes onto the easy stuff yet again. If you are confused about the tattoo things in was in one of my other two tumblr questions posts which you can read here and here.

41. Where was your last bruise? My leg.

42. What is it from?  I’m not sure, I probably ran into something, I have a terrible tendency of doing that. 

43. Last time you wanted to be away from somewhere really bad? Last night at dinner I was uncomfortable, anxious, and wanted to leave. 

44. Who was the last person you were on the phone with? One of my managers at work, trying to figure out my schedule for next weekend.

45. Do you have a favorite pair of shoes? No, I honestly would rather be barefoot, but I’m in college and that’s how you contract diseases. 

46. Do you wear hats if you’re having a bad hair day? No, they don’t fix my bad hair days. 

47. Would you go bald if it was the style? I would consider it but I probably never would considering I haven’t gotten my haircut in over a year because I don’t want it to be short.

48. Do you make supper for your family? No, I wish I could say sometimes, but I don’t really cook and no one ever asks me to. If someone asked me to I would.

49. Does your bedroom have a door? Considering I live in a dorm room I would really hope so.

50. Top 3 web-pages? 1: YouTube 2: WordPress 3: Netflix I think this also tells you a lot about my life. At least now my own blog isn’t in the top three, over the summer it was. 

51. Do you know anyone who hates shopping? My youngest sister  used to, now I think she likes it. If I need something I do, if I don’t then I love shopping.

52. Does anything on your body hurt? My leg hurt but then I readjusted so it’s all good now.

53. Are goodbyes hard for you? It really depends on the person and how long we’re saying goodbye for. Like when my best friend left for Ethiopia for two years it was really hard until she got back, but when we leave for college it’s tough but I don’t cry or anything. I don’t cry as much as I should really.

54. What was the last beverage you spilled on yourself? Water or coffee. I know I spilled coffee on myself earlier I just can’t remember if I spilled water before or after that.

55. How is your hair? Disgusting. 

56. What do you usually do first in the morning? Make sure I woke up on time and check my email. 

57. Do you think two people can last forever? Yes, my grandparents and my parents have both in relationships for a very long time and that makes me know that two people can be together forever.

58. Think back to January 2007, were you single? Considering I was in the sixth grade, obviously I was single.

59. Green or purple grapes? I don’t like grapes.

60. When’s the next time you will give someone a BIG hug? I’m not really sure, I’m not much of a hugger really. Honestly not much of touchy person. There are certain people that I can be touchy with and I’m still comfortable but there are other people that I just am never touchy with. For example, Hannah and I hug every time we see each other, Lindsay and I have maybe hugged twice in the two and a half years we’ve been friends. 

So yes more Mary facts for you. I hope you are having a great day, pick your favorite question and leave it in the comments.

Just a heads up for people who read regularly, I do typically follow people who comment so if you leave me a comment there is a higher chance that I will look at your blog and follow you. I’m not sure why I do that it’s just the way I’ve always kind of done it.

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Tumblr Questions… Again.

So this is what happens when you decide to blog everyday and then you make the decision to stay out until 2 am, you get lazy and you answer more of those tumblr questions from the other night and readers deal with it (sorry readers). I would promise tomorrow’s will be better, but who knows maybe I’ll be social again. I’m getting better at leaving my room so I’m considering this an accomplishment that I have to answer these questions. I’m also being a very bad roommate right now and I’m trying to type very quietly because I know she has to be up early and I already feel bad about coming back late. If you’re reading this, I’m sorry! Anyway if you didn’t read the first 20 questions go check that post out too!

21.  If you knew you had the right person, would you marry them today? No, I need Mary travel time alone for a while before I get married. I honestly can’t see myself getting married for at least another eight years.

22.  Would you kiss the last person you kissed again? Again, whens the last time I actually kissed someone is the better question?

23.  How many bracelets do you have on your wrists right now?  One unless you count hair ties, then two.

24.  Is there a certain quote you live by?  Not a quote but I try to live by the mindset that you have the power to create your future and a lot of that is up to you not God or chance or anything, because there’s that whole free will thing. The future is what you make of it. 

25. What’s on your mind? Oh boy, where do I start? 

26. Do you have any tattoos? Yes, I just got a trampstamp that says “I’m a babe” and this is how I’m deciding to tell all of my family and friends.

27. What is your favorite color? I don’t believe in favorite colors.

28. Next time you will kiss someone on the lips? Good question, I don’t have the answer. My prediction is never but who knows maybe I’ll meet someone. Probably not. 

29. Who are you texting? No one. It’s 2:15 in the morning every other person I know is in bed.

30. Think to the last person you kissed, have you ever kissed them on a couch? What is with these kissing questions? Honestly! I wish I could remember the last time I kissed someone other than family! Well I can and the answer is no, but I’m trying to forget about them and their existence. 

31.  Have you ever had the feeling something bad was going to happen and you were right? Yes. But I’ve also had the feeling that something good was going to happen and then it didn’t. 

32. Do you have a friend of the opposite sex you can talk to? Yes! I would say two of my best friends are boys and they’re both great to talk to!

33. Do you think anyone has feelings for you? No. Boys don’t like me. 

34. Has anyone ever told you that you have pretty eyes?  Yes,  all boys tell girls that so they like them and that’s a fact.

35. Say the last person you kissed was kissing someone right in front of you? I wouldn’t care. I haven’t had feeling for that person in years.  And now everyone knows about the last time I was kissed, cool. I’m too alone. 

36. Were you single on Valentines Day? Obviously.

37.  Are you friends with the last person you kissed? No.

38. What do your friends call you? Pal, Marebear, and Marygold. I’m not sure if they call me anything else other than Mary though really.

39. Has anyone upset you in the last week? No, not really that I remember. 

40. Have you ever cried over a text? Yes, I’ve unfortunately cried over a lot of texts. 

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Lazy Tumblr Questions

I don’t know how it’s already midnight, I feel like I’ve been productive. Maybe it’s just because Tuesdays and Thursdays are my most busy days, I’m not sure. Anyway, I’m very tired and feeling very lazy so I’m going to use some more questions I found on tumblr, again for times where I feel lazy like this. I give it a week or two until I use them all. Take my advice and never promise yourself that you’re going to blog EVERYDAY for a whole year. It’s nice and all but it’s a lot of work in addition to work and school which is what I’m doing this week.

  1. Is there a boy/girl in your life? HAHAHA good joke. The fact that I was considering signing up for Tinder tonight shows how alone I am, I’m not doing that by the way.
  2. Think of the last person who hurt you; do you forgive them? I already did, just because I forgave them though doesn’t mean I can trust them again.
  3. What do you think of when you hear the word “meow?” Cats. I like the orange ones I decided.
  4. What’s something you really want right now? Cuddles and chocolate. I always want chocolate, I don’t usually want cuddles though. I’ve been in some weird cuddly mood lately I’m just going to blame the weather.
  5. Are you afraid of falling in love? Of course. I don’t like the idea of being in love. It’s like trusting someone and I don’t really do that, it’s not my thing. 
  6. Do you like the beach?  I like the idea of the beach. I hate sand, I hate how sticky it is, I hate how hot it gets, I hate how humid it is. I just don’t actually really like the beach at all. 
  7. Have you ever slept on a couch with someone else? No, the couch is my place to sleep alone.
  8. What’s the background on your cell? Balloons and a quote that says “You will never be crowned if you always back down”
  9. Name the last four beds you were sat on? Mine, Becca’s, Chloe’s, and I honestly can’t remember who else’s room I was in recently. Also this is kind of a creepy question.
  10. Do you like your phone? I love my phone. Not as much as everyone thinks though. I think  some people think that I’m always trying to stay connected when really I just use my phone to avoid social situations when I feel anxious. It’s a grown up security blanket. 
  11. Honestly, are things going the way you planned? No, things never go the way I planned. If things were going the way I planned, I would be at  CUA because that was the school I wanted to go to until I actually visited, I would be dating this guy who will remain nameless, and I would be really good at writing. 
  12. Who was the last person whose phone number you added to your contacts? The lady I’m babysitting for this week. 
  13. Would you rather have a poodle or a Rottweiler? Neither. I want a small dog that I can hold and cuddle with.
  14. Which hurts the most, physical or emotional pain? Well if someone cut off my arm that would hurt a lot more than emotional pain, but a paper cut doesn’t hurt as much as a broken heart.
  15. Would you rather visit a zoo or an art museum? If it’s the perfect temperature outside, the zoo, if not an art museum.
  16. Are you tired? Yes, that’s why these questions are being answered.
  17. How long have you known your 1st phone contact? My whole life. It was my dad. 
  18. Are they a relative? Yes.
  19. Would you ever consider getting back together with any of your exes? Yes.
  20. When did you last talk to the last person you shared a kiss with? The better question is who did I last share a kiss with. 

Okay that’s it. There’s a lot more questions that will eventually be answered. I’m going to bed now, good night!

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50+ Facts About Me

So for those of you who don’t know (which I’m assuming is all of you) I would like to confess that I am YouTube obsessed and not only that but I owe a lot to these YouTubers. I don’t have a dramatic story like I was suicidal or depressed when I started watching these people who made me smile no matter how I was feeling, but I do have a lot of anxiety and they did always help ease that. Anyway I’ll give you some of my favorites at the end so you guys can look them up, but some of them do tags so their viewers can get to know them better so I thought I would do the same sort of thing just fifty some odd facts about myself so I hope you enjoy and laugh at my little quirks!

  1. I still sleep with my stuffed rabbit that has a rattle in it from when I was a baby. Its name is Chew Bunny because I used to suck on its ears when I was sad so it’s really mangy and gross. (If this post gets 5 likes I’ll post a picture in the comments!!)
  2. Junior and Senior year of high school I carried a briefcase instead of a backpack to class.
  3. When I was about 9 or 10 I fell of my scooter to save a frog and a chunk of my skin came out of my elbow so I have a scar because my mom didn’t know I needed stiches. There was too much blood to be able to tell.
  4. I love to crochet, but I have never actually made anything for myself.
  5. I met my best friends on a People to People trip, I haven’t even known them for two years but it feels like I’ve known them forever. We do absolutely everything together.
  6. When I was checking my email today Caspar Lee (my favorite YouTuber replied to my comment) and I sobbed for ten minutes because I was fangirling.
  7. I can’t sleep if it’s silent.
  8. My newest obsession is Grey’s Anatomy.
  9. It looks like I take a lot of pictures but I take a lot in one day so it looks like I do but I really don’t.
  10. I hate sleeping I think it’s a waste of time.
  11. I have a lot of nice clothes but I’d rather wear t-shirts all the time.
  12. I have the most random collection of music ever because I have not deleted anything since the fifth grade and only added.
  13. My inspiration for starting a blog came from a YouTube video and I guess that’s kind of why I started a vlog too but I believe that I’m much better at writing than I am at talking.
  14. During my senior year of high school I was President of Quiz Bowl (as well as MVP), President of Science Olympiad, Vice President of Model UN, Treasurer of my class, and I was also in a leadership club and National Honors Society.
  15. I have two little sisters, a dog, and I had a turtle up until about a week before I left for college when it died.
  16. I’m a coffee addict.
  17. I work at Starbucks and Burger King.
  18. I love to read but I haven’t read a really good book in a very long time. (Any suggestions?!?)
  19. I’ve been to Canada (three times), Ireland (twice), England, Wales, France, Netherlands, and Belgium. (I really like traveling.)
  20. My favorite places include Seattle and London because of their gloominess, I don’t like the sun.
  21. I love rain, it’s so inspiring.
  22. I’d much rather be cold than hot.
  23. People think I’m a hipster because I wear “hipster” glasses but they’re real and they were not my first choice, but my first choice were way too big and the optometrist said I couldn’t get them.
  24. If I’m around someone too long I pick up their mannerisms and it drives me insane because I don’t feel like an individual anymore.
  25. When I graduate I’m going to join an NGO and help people because that’s my dream. I don’t really care if I won’t make any money.
  26. I don’t really want to get married or have kids, it’s never been a goal of mine.
  27. The biggest thing I miss about my hometown is the stars. I don’t know if you just can’t see them here or if I’m never out late enough, but I miss the clear skies at home.
  28. I have not worn matching socks since the first grade.
  29. If I am home alone I will not wear pants, and I will not wear them to bed.
  30. I love Netflix, I like to watch the super weird movies.
  31. I love converse but my mom said that they were too worn to bring to college so I think that’s an excuse to buy another pair.
  32. I am very good at reading people, I can tell if I’ll be able to be friends with someone just by looking at them. I am a very good judge of character and I am never surprised by someone’s personality. Sometimes I fall for their tricks, but my first opinion of them is always right.
  33. I hate texting unless it’s with my best friends, if someone wants to have a conversation they should call me.
  34. I can’t be with most people for more than a day without getting annoyed.
  35. I am very introverted and I don’t like to go out.
  36. People in high school called me “Mother Mary” and “Mamma Mary” because I liked to take care of everyone.
  37. I was commencement speaker at my high school graduation.
  38. I am extremely honest and I don’t like to sugar coat anything.
  39. I don’t like keeping secrets about me or anyone else for that matter. If you want to know something about me all you have to do is ask and I won’t have a problem telling you. I am an open book.
  40. This is the first time in years that I do not have a crush on anyone, I do however still have feelings for a guy that played me. I do not like him, but yes I still have feelings for him.
  41. I had my first boyfriend in ninth grade and we “dated” for over a year.
  42. The only sport I genuinely like watching is baseball, I did go to my best friends volleyball games occasionally to be supportive.
  43. I am an awful speller and spell check is my best friend.
  44. I am horribly impatient.
  45. I love cardigans and they are my favorite winter wear.
  46. Sports bras are my favorite because I don’t like how big my boobs are.
  47. If I don’t like someone they usually can tell, I’m not going to try and hide it.
  48. If a boy gave me flowers I’d be pissed. They’re just going to die. It is not romantic. Buy me chocolate and I will love you forever.
  49. I have a vat of useless knowledge.
  50. I know a lot about animal sex habits for some reason. (Like I don’t actually know why.)
  51. I seriously appreciate every single one of you who reads my blog. I hope I entertain you in some way.

Thanks so much for reading guys, if I can I’m gonna try and do daily uploads. Let’s hope I can do it. I love writing to you guys I feel like I’m putting a smile on at least one person’s face. If you guys have any questions about my facts or you want to let me know anything about you go for it in the comments! I would love to read about what you guys have to say and know more about you!

As promise here are some of my favorite YouTubers: Zoella, PointlessblogTV, MarcusButtlerTV, dicasp (Caspar Lee), ThatcherJoe, and so many more. These guys have literally changed my life and there’s really no other way to put that. It’s probably super lame and cliché but they really have and if they ever see this I hope  they know the differences they have made in my life.

Thanks again guys you mean the world to me, I love you all so much.

XOXO

Mary