4.30.2014

what I've learned in college

With my second year of college one week away from being over, I've been reflecting. I only have one semester left here, and this morning I was thinking of all of the things that I've learned in college. I've taken classes of all sorts, ranging from calculus 2, honors chemistry, and psychology to art and Spanish. With that being said, here are some of the things I've learned in college.
I can't speak Spanish. I've taken Spanish all four years in high school, and then in three upper division college classes. This semester I completed my minor. Guess what I know how to say? Hola. Me llamo Brianna. And that's basically the most of it. This semester my professor was a cute little Chilean woman that spoke really fast. There was one day all year that I understood what was going on. Why did I understand what she was talking about that day? Because it was food. We read a poem about food and you bet I understood that shit.

I can't spell. You would think that my spelling capabilities would've gotten better in college. And that my vocabulary has improved. But really if it weren't for spell check I don't know what I would do. Thanks, Apple, for helping me get through college by not making me have to learn to spell. Also, I called my roommate "unresponsible" and just so you know, that isn't a word.

Iguanas don't change colors. Or at least thats what they say. I'm not convinced. But yes, during these two years that I've been in college, this is one of the most valuable things I've learned- if that tells you anything.
"An OBEr is someone that experiences an OBE." Before I explain, here's the picture that accompanied this sentence in my textbook:
If that isn't a quality textbook drawing, I don't know what is. But basically this was in my psychology text for my consciousness class. We were learning about OBE's, or Out of Body Experiences. It's actually pretty interesting stuff. But our textbook had the statement "an OBEr is someone who experiences an OBE" Oh. Now I get it! Thank you, $30,000 quality education.

Coffee is absolutely necessary. I've become addicted. Mostly to Starbucks. Last year I got a $100 gift card to bring to college with me. Guess how long it lasted? Two months. #Yolo

Partying gets old fast. First semester was all about going out and having fun. But at my school, unless you're 21 (which I'm not) its all about the frat parties. Which is fun at first, but honestly I don't get how girls can do it every weekend all four years. One semester was enough for me. I'd much rather stay home and watch Mean Girls (happy 10th anniversary Mean Girls).

Driving on campus is not fun.  People walking around campus are idiots and don't watch where they're going. This + tons of foot and bike traffic = sorry, but I'm going to hit you.

Your friends will change. The friends you had in high school will leave, the friends you thought would always be there aren't, but you also meet some of the best friends you'll ever have.

There are some crazy people out there. AKA Brother Dean.

ALWAYS AVOID EYE CONTACT. When you're walking around campus and there are people trying to stop you to preach about religion or hand you a flyer- avoid eye contact at all costs. Never stop and talk to them because you'll be stuck in a 30+ minute conversation.

Straight A's were definitely a high school thing. I got straight A's in high school. In college I've gotten everything from an A to a D, and I'm totally okay with it. No one expects you to have a 4.0 here.

Well, obviously I've learned tons of valuable things in college, huh? What did you learn in college?
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4.29.2014

loving myself

I can't do diets. Especially since I've started blogging, I see tons of people doing a bunch of different diets. Which is awesome for them. If you don't want to eat sugar or carbs or anything but water you go girl. But I can't do it. I love brownies and hot cheetos. I like to binge eat chocolate and eat In-N-Out. It's hard enough for me to give up dairy and gluten, and I cheat more than I should. But I would never do it by choice. If my stomach didn't feel like it was going to explode when I eat dairy, I would have pizza  for breakfast, grilled cheese for lunch, macaroni for dinner, and ice cream for dessert. And like I'm not even joking. I could do that every day. PS as I'm writing this I'm eating goldfish. Yolo.

I've tried dieting. I've tried giving up sugar. Guess how long that lasted? Maybe an hour. Yes. An hour. I suck. Before I had to give up gluten, I tried it for dieting purposes. I tried no bread or pasta. Guess how long that lasted? Two days. Look at me making progress. But really I hate the term "diet." I like to eat healthy, but I don't think that I need to diet. If I want hot cheetos, I'm going to eat hot cheetos. I don't want to feel guilty when i eat a donut. I exercise and I eat healthy-ish for the most part, so why do I feel so guilty when I eat crap?

I'm really bad with the negative self talk. Every time I eat something that I "shouldn't" because it isn't healthy, I complain that I'm being "fat." I can't even tell you how many times I've sent DJ a text saying "We're going to In N Out…kill me" or "Ugh I just ate a donut I hate myself." Obviously I don't actually "hate myself" so why do I always say that? I'm starting to realize how bad that negative self talk can be. I'm no model, but I'm not overweight, yet I always feel guilty when I eat crap. But really, who cares? I'm really working on this because I know I shouldn't feel guilty if I have something that isn't healthy. It's not like the way I eat is so bad that I'm putting my health at risk. I don't have fast food every day. I don't eat so much sugar that I'm going to lose my teeth. Sure, I like my share of junk food once and a while, but who doesn't?

There are some days when I look in the mirror and all I can think is, "Get it together Brianna, you really need to work out." But then there are other days when I think "Dayum girl." You know. But I'm really trying to love myself. When I feel "fat," I'll workout. When I feel good, I'll complement myself. I've been catching my tongue when I start the negative talk, and I remind myself that I'm done with that. No more body shaming. No more feeling guilty. If I want a damn brownie, I'll eat a brownie. If I'm feeling like I have some self control (which is rare) I'll say no to ice cream.

I'm now just focusing on sticking to my "diet" of gluten and dairy free. I'm focusing on loving my body. I'm focusing on exercise. And I feel good. DJ and I are going to workout a lot over the summer, and I'm excited that it'll actually be cool enough for me to run outside there. We're going to eat healthy, encourage each other, and motivate one another. 15 days guys. I can't wait! :)

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4.26.2014

I can't do diets. Especially since I've started blogging, I see tons of people doing a bunch of different diets. Which is awesome for them. If you don't want to eat sugar or carbs or anything but water you go girl. But I can't do it. I love brownies and hot cheetos. I like to binge eat chocolate and eat In-N-Out. It's hard enough for me to give up dairy and gluten, and I cheat more than I should. But I would never do it by choice. If my stomach didn't feel like it was going to explode when I eat dairy, I would have pizza  for breakfast, grilled cheese for lunch, macaroni for dinner, and ice cream for dessert. And like I'm not even joking. I could do that every day. PS as I'm writing this I'm eating goldfish. Yolo.

I've tried dieting. I've tried giving up sugar. Guess how long that lasted? Maybe an hour. Yes. An hour. I suck. Before I had to give up gluten, I tried it for dieting purposes. I tried no bread or pasta. Guess how long that lasted? Two days. Look at me making progress. But really I hate the term "diet." I like to eat healthy, but I don't think that I need to diet. If I want hot cheetos, I'm going to eat hot cheetos. I don't want to feel guilty when i eat a donut. I exercise and I eat healthy-ish for the most part, so why do I feel so guilty when I eat crap?

I'm really bad with the negative self talk. Every time I eat something that I "shouldn't" because it isn't healthy, I complain that I'm being "fat." I can't even tell you how many times I've sent DJ a text saying "We're going to In N Out…kill me" or "Ugh I just ate a donut I hate myself." Obviously I don't actually "hate myself" so why do I always say that? I'm starting to realize how bad that negative self talk can be. I'm no model, but I'm not overweight, yet I always feel guilty when I eat crap. But really, who cares? I'm really working on this because I know I shouldn't feel guilty if I have something that isn't healthy. It's not like the way I eat is so bad that I'm putting my health at risk. I don't have fast food every day. I don't eat so much sugar that I'm going to lose my teeth. Sure, I like my share of junk food once and a while, but who doesn't?

There are some days when I look in the mirror and all I can think is, "Get it together Brianna, you really need to work out." But then there are other days when I think "Dayum girl." You know. But I'm really trying to love myself. When I feel "fat," I'll workout. When I feel good, I'll complement myself. I've been catching my tongue when I start the negative talk, and I remind myself that I'm done with that. No more body shaming. No more feeling guilty. If I want a damn brownie, I'll eat a brownie. If I'm feeling like I have some self control (which is rare) I'll say no to ice cream.

I'm now just focusing on sticking to my "diet" of gluten and dairy free. I'm focusing on loving my body. I'm focusing on exercise. And I feel good. DJ and I are going to workout a lot over the summer, and I'm excited that it'll actually be cool enough for me to run outsie
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4.24.2014

ten favorite things! travel edition

Happy Friday! I hope everyone had a good week- it went by so fast! 19 days until I head to the airport and board a plane to Great Falls! I'm beyond excited (if you couldn't tell by countdowns in each post). The first day I get there is always the best! I love traveling and I love seeing his smile for the first time again. So I know that'll be a good day. Speaking of traveling….

It's time to announce May's topic for Ten Favorite Things! I figure since I'm headed to Montana and summer is starting, this month's topic would be travel! So, grab the button, get your post ready, and come on back May 5 and link up your posts! Feel free to take this in any direction you want- your favorite things about traveling, your favorite places to travel- whatever floats your boat!

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My ten favorite things about travel:

one. The experience of actually traveling. Like waking up early, heading to the airport, getting Starbucks while waiting to board, people watching in the airport. I love everything about it. Maybe it's because doing all of that means I'll be headed to see handsome (usually) but I really really love the whole experience.

two. Seeing new places. I guess this one's pretty obvious. But there are so many places I want to see. All I've ever really been exposed to is either the beach or desert, so traveling to Europe was a huge deal for me. I saw things I never imagined I'd see. I toured castles, saw snow on the mountains in June, drove through the prettiest countrysides I've ever seen. It was amazing.

three. Experiencing new cultures. This isn't necessarily just for travel out of the country. Sure, I experienced a completely different culture in Germany and the other countries in Europe I visited, but this happens across the US as well. The way we do things in AZ, the people, the city- they're so different than what you'd find in somewhere like New York or Georgia. Even going to Montana the "culture" is so different. Its fascinating!

four. They have Heineken vending machines in the hotels in Amsterdam. If that's not a reason to travel, I don't know what it.
five. Traveling with someone you know is a whole new experience. Traveling to see handsome is fun. But traveling with him is the best thing ever. We got to tour Germany, Amsterdam, Belgium, and then we got to go to California together last year. Long drives, walking on the beach, finding new places to eat- I love it all!
six. The food! If you're traveling to Arizona, you get In-N-Out. If you're in Germany, you get some of the best chicken and waffles ever (not kidding if you're ever near Landstuhl, Shawingz is the shiznit.) If you're in Belgium, you get amazing waffles and chocolate.
seven. The stories! And the memories. I love love love looking back on my trip and reminiscing. It makes me so happy to think about all of the amazing experiences I had last summer and it makes me so excited about the places I can visit in the future.

eight. The anticipation. I mean the wait sucks, but having something to look forward to is always fun. I'm three weeks out from seeing my man and I keep rewriting my packing list, imagining what our hello will be like, and all that good stuff. Sometimes its tough waiting but really the anticipation is so fun!

nine. Luggage. Okay maybe this is just me, but I love having cute luggage. I got a really cute pink suitcase when I went to Germany but it got ruined on the plane. Not okay.

ten. Pictures! I love taking pictures but there isn't much to take pictures of around here. I love looking back on all of the pretty pictures I took on my trip!

What're your ten favorite things about traveling? 
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4.23.2014

late night ramblings

Oops I did it again. I changed my design. Every time I stray from the pink + gold + black combo I end up missing it, so here we are. As I'm writing this post I'm planning on redoing my love story and about page next, so check those out and yell at me if they look the same because that means I got lazy. I really haven't had the motivation to blog lately, so I thought maybe another face lift is what I needed. But we'll see. I don't know what happened, but I've just been so out of it lately when it comes to the blog. It really bothers me because I love this space and I'm sad that my motivation seems to be somewhere else.

With finals coming and everything, I've been stressed so for now I'm blaming it on that. My life has just been so uneventful I feel like I have nothing to talk about. I'm really hoping that when I get to Montana I'll be so excited to share all of the fun things we're doing and I'll be super motivated. Fingers crossed guys. Speaking of Montana, I officially leave in less than three weeks! Three weeks from yesterday to be exact. It couldn't come faster- I'm going crazy without him! Life is so much better when I'm with him and I'm beyond happy that I get to spend all summer with the man I love! This is the time in the countdown where I start making packing lists which I never actually look at while I'm packing. I start planning the outfit I'm going to wear on the plane which usually changes the morning of. I plan my Starbucks run at the airport. I picture our sweet hello over and over again. It makes my heart so happy. But this is also the point where time seems to slow down. The past two months have sped by, but  I can already feel these last few weeks slowing down and it drives me crazy. All I want is to be there. It's so hard to live in the present right now. All thats happening at the moment is studying, homework, work, and counting down until summer. I just have to get through these three weeks (20 days yay).

Oh, also. I gave up giving up gluten. Aka I'm eating it again. I've been so bad about both dairy and gluten, and dairy really kills me. So I'm focusing on that and in the meantime I'm going to go back to a little gluten. I've been having trouble finding things to eat for lunch that you don't need bread for. So I'm back to sandwiches sometimes and toast with my breakfast. Yolo. And I bought smores pop tarts. If you don't like smores pop tarts we can't be friends, sorry.

So there we have it another post about my two favorite things- my boyfriend and food. What have you been up to lately?
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a blating profile // meet Anne

Well ladies and gents, it's your lucky day and you probably didn't even know it. Why is it your lucky day you might ask? Well, I have someone very special to introduce you to! If you're looking for a new friend in the blogosphere, look no further because I have all of the info you'll need right here for one of the coolest ladies in all of Blogland. Today, I am introducing you to Anne from Love the Here and Now! She has an amazing blog where she shares the stories of her day to day life.

She's awesome, right? Well, if you want to stop by and meet Anne (which I can promise will be worth it) here's where you can stalk her:

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4.21.2014

this could be that moment


In high school, I was a really good student. I graduated with a 4.5 GPA as valedictorian with honors and blah blah blah. So naturally I had high hopes for college. I wanted to go somewhere great. I knew I wasn't Ivy League material or anything, but I wanted to go somewhere prestigious. I had my sights set on Washington University in St. Louis. It has like the #4 medical school in the country, and the campus is B-E-A-UTIFUL. I was obsessed and I decided that it was the only place I was going to apply because I knew that I wouldn't be happy anywhere else. But guess what? I got put on the wait list. I cried. A lot. And I was so mad. But I had that little ounce of hope that they would take people from the wait list. But guess what? They didn't. So I got stuck going to U of A, which (and this is embarrassing to admit) I felt I was "too good for." God I was annoying. But honestly, getting rejected from that school where everyone is an A student and studies 10 hours a day was one of the best things that ever happened to me. I'm barely getting a good GPA at UofA and I'm so over school, so I know if I was there I would be miserable. If I was in St. Louis, I probably wouldn't be with DJ. I wouldn't have been home when he came home that first time, and we probably wouldn't have started a relationship. I wouldn't have some of my best friends that I met here at UofA. I wouldn't have been in Arizona to meet C Town and K Camp who are the shiznit.

It amazes me that a day that I thought was the worst day ever ended up being life changing in the best way possible. At the time, I would've never believed that getting rejected from the school I'd dreamed of going to would be a good thing, but looking back it honestly changed my life. It's crazy how something can be so life changing without you even knowing it, right?

Like when I added DJ on Facebook a year and a half ago. I clicked a button on the computer and it changed my life. What if I hadn't added him? Or he hadn't messaged me? I remember being hesitant to add him because it had been so long since we'd seen each other, and I didn't know if he still remembered me. But I did it (yolo). I didn't expect anything to come out of it- it was just a friend request to a cute guy on Facebook. But here we are, over a year later, and we've spoken every day since. We dream of our wedding and talk about our future kids and we're madly in love. Who would've thought?

Its crazy to think that something happening right now can be life changing and we don't even know it. Writing this post could change me life. Maybe the spaghetti I'm eating right now will change my life. Maybe the trip I'm about to take to Sonic to get ice cream will be life changing. Who knows! Everything happens for a reason. Something that might seem terrible could end up being the best thing thats ever happened. I'm trying to keep that in mind these next couple of weeks as I'm counting down the days to see DJ. I think about how badly waiting sucks, but in all honestly, being apart from each other was probably the best thing for our relationship. It has made us so strong and has proved to us that we never want to live without each other. It's honestly been a blessing.

So, the bad things don't always end up being so bad, the small things might not really be so small, and this could be the moment that changes everything.

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4.18.2014

fake friends suck

My best friend lives in Ohio. Which is far. I hadn't seen her in months and she finally got to come visit me on Thursday! I was so happy to see her. We can go months without seeing each other, but when we're together it's like nothing has changed, and I love it.

I've been thinking a lot about the friendships I have. I'm going to be moving away this year, and I'm not going to be seeing a lot of my friends every day like I do now. It makes me wonder who I'm actually going to stay friends with, and who I'll lose touch with. It sounds bad, but I'm not good at keeping in touch with people when I'm not around them. I know that I have some really good friends that will always be there for me, but when I think about it, there are some people I just don't care to have in my life.

I think about what makes someone a "friend." There are some people I consider friends, but I probably shouldn't. I have some friends that abuse our friendship. I have friends that act like they're my friend, but when it comes down to it, they aren't there for me. Some of those people are people that I thought I was really close with, but they've proved me wrong. I'm really good at giving second chances. And third chances. And fourth. But at what point do I just stop trying? And how do you tell someone you're done?

I complain to DJ about it a lot, and he always tells me that they aren't worth my time. That I shouldn't let it bother me. That at this point, I should expect it from these people. He's right. I don't need people in my life that are only going to cause me stress. I'm tired of having fake friends. I'm tired of people being my friend only when they need something. I'm tired of getting my hopes up thinking, "Okay, this time she'll change," and being disappointed. If someone can't take that time to text me back ever, or come see me when we live five minutes away, why should I be there when they need me?

What is a real friend? To me, a real friend is there for you as much as you're there for them. A real friend makes you laugh, makes your day better- not stresses you out or makes you sad. Sure, people aren't perfect. I'm sure I'm not always a great friend. But a real friend tries.

I'm so thankful for the friends I do have. The friends that are there for me and will be there for me even when I'm not living here for a while. I'm thankful for my amazing boyfriend who's also my best friend. I'm thankful for new friends like C Town and K Camp (who really need to get their asses to Tucson!).

what do you think makes a real friend?
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4.17.2014

the boy behind my blog!

Happy Thursday! I can't believe this week is almost over already....crazy! It's already half way through April which blows my mind. Where is the time going? Anyway, its that time of the month again...my favorite time of the month...where DJ gets to take over the blog! I'm linking up with Stephanie and Mallory for The Boys Behind the Blog link up!
Mal Smiles

1. Your girlfriends blog- a blessing or a curse?
Well its not a curse, so I'll say its a blessing.

2. Do you read Brianna's blog?
I don't read every post, but I read most of them :)
hehe I didn't think he read any of them!

3. What's one thing you do better than anyone you know?
Drive! I'm just really particular about how I like to drive so when people don't do it very well I get frustrated.
Which is why he always drives when we're together... :)

4. What's your favorite TV sitcom from the 90's?
The Fresh Prince! No doubt.

5. If you could open a business/shop what would it be + what goods/services would you sell?
I would want to do something with my hands. Maybe do construction or something with cars!

Well there you have it! Thanks Handsome! Did your man link up this month?
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4.16.2014

social media pet peeves

I'm addicted to social media. But aren't we all? Bloggers without social media is like macaroni without cheese. Which is just pasta. Which I guess is still good so that was a bad example. How about a blogger without social media is like a fish without water? That's dramatic. But I think you get the point. So where were we? I'm always on social media. I have a routine. I check Facebook which usually has nothing new because I just checked it like five minutes ago. Then I check Twitter which usually has some funny tweets from Whale Facts or Antijoke apple because they're my favorite. By the way I'm so happy because DJ is following Pizza on Twitter and I think thats so funny. Anyway, then I check the Insta which usually leads to me stalking myself and wishing I was back in Germany. Woof. That was a lot. But where am I going with this? I forgot and had to take a break because I literally couldn't remember what this post was supposed to be about. Tuesdays are not my days. Anyway, being on social media all the time, there are those people that really bug you. You know who I'm talking about.

The constant selfie instagrammer.
A few selfies are fine. We all have those days where our hair is on point or we just want everyone to know how good we look, right? But three selfies a day? NO. We know what you look like. We've seen your duck face. We know that the caption "I look so ugly today" is a cry for attention. Oh, your boobs just happen to look HUGE in that picture and you didn't realize it? Yeah, okay. Multiple Instagrams a day are annoying, but if its multiple selfies- get out.

The giveaway tweeter.
Okay who doesn't love free stuff? I sure do. I even entered my first Instagram giveaway yesterday which I NEVER do because I don't like posting those kinds of things on the Insta...but free Starbucks? Count me in. Tweets are always worth more points in giveaways, I get it. But if you tweet ten giveaway links in a row, buh-bye *hairflip emoji* I don't want your spam crap on my news feed. Or whatever its called on Twitter. Tweed (twitter+feed) see? I'm funny.

The pity poster.
These are the ones that are clearly posts for attention. You know, the dramatic "everyone hates me, my life sucks" posts. Then when someone asks whats wrong they suddenly don't want to talk about it because they're too busy being a drama queen. "Everything is falling apart. I can't do anything right." Translation: Feel sorry for me and tell me how amazing I am. Or that song lyric thats super dramatic and clearly they posted it for a reason, but when no one comments on it and asks whats wrong they post another "life sucks" status because that'll surely make someone comment. They're the ones who post the "I'm ugly" pictures just so people will tell them they're pretty...attention seeking whores.

The over-sharer.
I understand that you're excited that you just had a baby. I'm happy for you. But I don't want to know how much you're bleeding still or how well your child is latching or how much your vag hurts (I have too many of these on Facebook...this is not a drill.) I'm sorry you have a kidney infection, but please don't post pictures of your urine on Facebook. (Also a true story.) I'm all for a tweet about pooping and other funny things, but some people share way too much and its gross and I can't handle it.

The boyfriend basher.
I can never understand this one. Not every relationship is perfect, obviously. But who would bash their husband/boyfriend on Facebook? If you have issues, deal with it. When you post about how guys suck we obviously know you're talking about the guy you're with. Like how embarrassing would it be to go on Facebook and see that your boyfriend/girlfriend posted a status about how you better start treating him(her) right?! Not okay. It's embarrassing and rude and you're obviously immature if you think a tweet is going to solve your relationship problems. Oh, and we can see what you "Like" on Facebook so every time you like a picture with a cheesy quote about how you deserve better, we see it.

The hashtag whore.
#too #many #hashtags #are #annoying #and #we #dont #care #if #youre #wearing #nomakeup #and #theres #nofilter

What're your social media pet peeves?

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4.15.2014

things I can't live without + a cute picture of DJ holding an umbrella

This post is going to make me sound so materialistic and probably really ridiculous, but yolo its Tuesday. Which literally doesn't mean anything but I do what I want. But really there are just some things you can't live without, right?

I can't live without my phone. Sorry not sorry, I'm addicted. If I didn't have my phone I wouldn't be able to text DJ and then I would be sad. If I didn't have my phone I wouldn't be able to check Twitter and find out that US Airways is tweeting nudies. If I didn't have my phone I'll miss all of the important phone calls I get (you know, because I get so many). If I didn't have my phone I wouldn't be able to text in group chat with Kailey and Carissa and that would make me sad because they're the shit.

Starbucks. Like honestly I tried to give it up because I spend too much money on it. But I think I only lasted like...a week. I don't know what it is about Starbucks, but I really love their coffee more than anyone else's. It tastes better. Starbucks is the way to my heart so if you want me to love you just get me an iced soy chai. PS this picture was in Germany at the end of the trip when we finally got to go somewhere that had a Starbs. I was dying without it.

I can't live without countdowns. I love countdowns. They make the time go by so much faster and when I'm away from DJ we love having countdowns until our next reunion. Its so fun seeing it turn to "29" (like it did today) when it feels like just yesterday it was at 60.

I can't live without music. I'm always listening to it. I can't drive in the car without it, I listen to it in the shower, and while I'm walking to class. After a long day, loud music is the best stress relief. I love finding new songs I love, and I usually listen to the same song over and over again until I'm sick of it though.

I can't live without my boyfriend. Sorry but we all knew that was coming, right? Like I literally don't think I could live without him. Even when he's at work and I can't talk to him all day, I'm sad. When we're apart, life is so not as fun. He makes me happy when I'm down, he calms me when I'm stressed, and when I'm freaking out or going crazy hearing him tell me everything will be okay makes me feel so much better. He's my rock and I cannot wait to be with him forever! He makes everything so much more exciting. He's perfect for me and I'm so beyond happy I never have to live without him!

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4.14.2014

Going out takes a lot of work. Showering, spending an hour getting your hair and make up just right, and trying on a million outfits even though your make up (and maybe your clothes) will be off by the end of the night. Is it worth it? Maybe. But I'm so over it. Maybe it's fun to get dressed up and go out once and a while, but I don't understand how girls can handle it four nights a week, every week. Especially at my school, being under 21 there aren't a lot of options unless you want end up in the middle of a frat house with sweaty guys and slutty girls with no way to get home. No bueno my friends, no bueno. So, here are fifteen things I would rather do than go out.
girls night
I love this. Staying in, watching movie, Facebook stalking, and some moscato. Plus, you can wear your pajamas- no real clothes necessary.

netflix binge
Sorry not sorry but I'm a netflix binger. I could lay in bed all night and watch Scandal.

late night baking
cookie dough + not cooking it all the way + ice cream = pazookie > going out. 




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it's like I have friends or something

Well guys, I did it. I was social (woo hoo!). This weekend I drove home to Phoenix to visit my mom. So while I was there, I met up with some lovely ladies that I "met" here in blogland! We've had this planned for a couple of weeks, and I've really been looking forward to it! After my first blate was a success, I knew that this one would be just as fun. I met up with Mo, Carissa, Kailey, and Kayli this time, and let me tell you, these ladies are awesome! It was so fun to get together and talk about blogging, work, school, and of course we shared our love stories. :)
(why is my mouth open..)

Since this was my second blate, I was a lot less nervous. On the first one, I was so worried about what to wear and what to talk about and all of that "first date" nervousness that is blating. But this time, I was definitely more excited than nervous. Except I'm awkward so I thought everyone was going to hate me or something but I think it turned out alright. Also, I hate walking into restaurants and looking for people- it gives me anxiety. So when I walked up to the hostess and told her I was meeting some girls and she said "Okay, go look around!" I wanted to cry. But then I saw Kayli sitting all cute on the couch and I totally recognized her and then I felt better because I didn't look like a complete idiot. Ugh, I'm crazy, I know.

We met at a super cute restaurant in central Phoenix called The Yard. I've been there before and knew it would be perfect for the blate because it has such a fun atmosphere. BUT when I got there it was even better than I thought because they had a super cute lounge area with ping pong tables and couches and stuff, so it ended up being the perfect place for us to hang out!

After we sat around and chatted for a while, we had funny food. I got grilled cheese sliders (oops) and Carissa had a salad so we split them half and half. YUM. Seriously, if you're in Phoenix, go to The Yard. Once we ate and took pictures like good little bloggers, Kayli had to leave (boo) but Carissa, Kailey, Mo, and I went to the cutest little ice cream shop in all the land- Churn. The place is so cute, it has tons of novelties and the ice cream is homemade and delicious! So basically- with grilled cheese and ice cream, it was a bad day for my stomach. Yolo.

It was such a fun day and I'm so glad I made it down to meet them! Now they just have to get their butts to Tucson to visit! Like I said before, if you have the opportunity to meet local bloggers, you totally should. I've had nothing but great experiences meeting some awesome ladies, and I definitely recommend it! Also, if you're in AZ, let me know!

How was your weekend?
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4.13.2014

People always say that you should fall in love with your best friend. Sure, it sounds cheesy, but I honestly couldn't agree more. I love that DJ and I can goof around and make fun of each other all the time, but then we can also be serious when we need to be. I mean who wants to be stuck in a relationship with someone who they don't have crazy fun with? Not me.

I love that we can make fun of each other. He has a huge forehead and he's not funny. And I tell him all the time.
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4.10.2014

it's the little things

Happy Thursday loves! Wow, this week went by fast! Time is surely flying by, which is good, because I seriously need to be in Montana already! It's been a busy week. I started my internship, which I'm really excited about, and I got all of my work done for the weekend! I'm headed to Phoenix today for the weekend! I'm meeting with some lovely Arizona bloggers for lunch tomorrow and I couldn't be more excited! Be on the lookout for another blate recap soon! :)

While I'm counting down the days until summer, I'm trying to remind myself to find happiness in unexpected places, to find beauty in everything, to enjoy the little things. So here are some little things that are making me happy right now!
I finally updated my spottily playlist. I always listen to the same songs over and over again, and I get tired of them so fast. So I made a new playlist with all of the songs from my favorite artists. If you'd like to follow along, you can do that here!
I mentioned that DJ sent me flowers on his birthday. I've had this little milk jar for a while and I've been desperate to find a use for it. So I picked a few flowers from the bouquet he sent me and put them in the jar with some twine, and I love it. Now I just want to buy a million jars and fill them all with flowers!
I did my first Wordpress design yesterday! It was for Haley over at The Business of Blonde. She's new to blogging, and I actually know her in real life, so it was so exciting to help her get her blog started! Go say hi and show her some love, she's the best! If you're interested in a design of your own, you can see my design site here!
Chipotle. Enough said. I'm eating leftovers from last night as I write this and it honestly makes everything more enjoyable. Also, I'm sad because there's not one Chipotle IN THE ENTIRE STATE OF MONTANA. So I don't know what I'm going to do this summer.
Its almost summer. Have I mentioned that I'm excited about that? It really needs to hurry up, so I made this cute little countdown yesterday. I have 8 classes left, and 34 days until I get to see my boyfriend! Which is not too bad at all. :)
I'm also really getting excited about spring nail polish. You probably know that I'm obsessed with nail polish (I have 90+ bottles) and its finally time to whip out the spring colors! I'll admit, I miss the dark colors (I love my OPI dark purple + black) but I'm really obsessed with this OPI "Toucan Do It If You Try" and "Bare Bones" from Revlon right now! 
And what makes me happiest of all…sweet texts from my sweet man. Being apart is so hard, but he sure knows how to make me happy and feel loved every single day!

What're the little things that make you happy?

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4.09.2014

cheap + fun date ideas you have to try!

As you all know, I'm headed to Montana this summer to spend three months with my man! I'm beyond excited and its only 30-something days away! Three months is the longest we've spent together at one time, even though with work he'll be gone for half of it. But being together all the time means we're going to do lots of fun things. Last summer, we were in Germany where there were so many fun things to do but in Montana- not so much. So, we have to be a little more creative with our dates. Plus, going out on dates can be expensive, so I've been brainstorming some things that are either free or really cheap that we (and you!) can do for fun with your loved one!
Go for a hike
I'm especially excited for this one. Montana has a lot of good hiking spots, and it's going to be beautiful this summer!

Watch the sunset
How romantic! Blankets in the back of the truck, some wine, country music, and the sunset!

Watch the sunrise
"You ever watched the sun go down from the bed of a pickup truck? Ever been so into somebody you're still lying there when it comes back up?" Exactly.

Order in and watch movies
Pizza (or if you're stomach hates you like mine does- Chinese) and some Netflix. It doesn't get much better than that! Plus, movies = cuddling.

See a matinee showing of a movie
This is great if you want a daytime date that's cheap but still just as fun. Most movie theaters have early showings for a discounted price. Some cities even have dollar theaters that play older movies!

Craft/build something
Do something Pinterest inspired! The DIY section has tons of good ideas for that stuff.

Cook dinner together
Make something nice and don't do all the work- make him help! Cooking together can be so fun. Set up a table with candles, some wine, and good music and it'll be even better than going out to eat!

Bake cookies
Baking together can be so fun- maybe even start a flour fight ;)

Work out together
Not everyone is into this, but going to the gym together is a good way to stay healthy but still spend time together.

Go for a walk
Unless you live in sketchy Tucson like me. But going on a walk on a nice day can be so relaxing and gives you a chance to focus on each other and talk.

Walk around downtown
If your town has a little downtown area, grab dinner or coffee and walk around! Visit some boutiques and just enjoy each other's company.

Go (window) shopping
If you're trying to save money, but the mall is the only thing to do where you're from (like in Montana ugh) then go window shopping! It never hurts to look around! Walking the mall hand in hand can be more fun than you think!

Volunteer
Giving back to the community is always rewarding, and it can be so fun if you find a cool opportunity and share it with the one you love!

Visit a farmer's market
If you're going to make dinner together, try getting the ingredients from a local farmer's market! If you're not planning on cooking, its still a fun place to walk around. Free samples anyone?!

Build a blanket fort
A blanket fort that includes a TV, wine, and some dessert can make for a cozy + romantic evening!

Have a movie marathon
Is anyone else a Netflix binger? Have a marathon of your favorite movies or TV series.

Surprise each other
Surprises are always fun. Make him a surprise dinner, or plan a surprise date! The element of surprise always makes things more exciting.

Play board games
Or video games. Anything where you can have fun and compete! Loser buys froyo!

Have friends over for dinner
You decorate, he mans the grill. Having friends over for a BBQ is always fun.

Have a picnic
Make some lunch or pick it up, pack some blankets and a frisbee, and head to the park!

Get coffee together
Coffee is just a cheaper alternative to getting lunch, and you can walk around while you drink it!

Try out a local restaurant
Exploring your city and finding new places to eat is the best! Who knows, you might find your new favorite lunch spot!

Drive
Just drive. Go somewhere random. Blast some music, hold hands, and don't stop driving until you find somewhere fun to stop!

Explore a new city
I'm excited to do this this summer. We're planning to go to one of the bigger cities and explore. Shop, find good restaurants, visit the zoo! A new city means new adventures!

What're your favorite date ideas?
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4.08.2014

my first blate!

I mentioned last week that I was meeting with Mo and Emily on Friday for a little blate. I've never met another blogger in person before, and quite honestly, I didn't really think I wanted to. Not that I didn't think it would be fun to meet some of the lovely ladies I interact with here in the blog world, but I just felt like it would be awkward. I'm an awkward person and people can be so different online than in real life, so the thought of meeting someone that I really don't know scared me.

But anyway, we planned a big Arizona blogger meet up for this next weekend in Phoenix (if you're in PHX and want to come I'll give you the deets, let me know!) but Mo, Emily, and I decided to do a mini Tucson blogger meet up before-hand. So we decided to meet up at La Encantada on Friday. It's basically just a little shopping center with restaurants in a nice part of the city.

I honestly felt like I was going on a first date. I didn't know what to wear, I was thinking about what we could talk about all morning, and I was crazy nervous. I even sent DJ pictures of like three different outfits because I didn't know what to wear. I was super excited though. Of course, I got lost on the way there but once I finally got there it was all good! Emily's boyfriend is in the Air Force too, so we talked about that a lot. We all shared our love stories, talked about school, work, and blogging. It was really nice to get to know them and I'm excited for us to get together again! And I didn't get kidnapped or anything so that was a plus, too.

If any of you ever have a chance to go on a blate (blog-date if you didn't know), I would definitely suggest it. As long as the other blogger isn't creepy or sketchy or something. But really, its a great opportunity, and who doesn't love making new friends? I'm super excited for this weekend. I'm headed to Phoenix for the whole weekend, and I'm meeting with some of the other AZ bloggers Friday for lunch! That will be awesome because there's a bunch of us going and I've been looking forward to meeting these girls for a while!

PS I have 9 days of class left + 37 days until Montana! :)

Have you ever been on a blate?
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4.07.2014

I love holidays- I'll celebrate any holiday. I also love presents. Yep, I love getting presents and I'm not afraid to admit it. If you say you don't like getting birthday presents you're a liar. But I also love giving presents. If I had the money, I would do every pinteresty gift idea out there for my friends on their birthdays. But I'm a broke college student, so really the only person I get presents for is DJ.

When we first started dating, I thought buying presents for him would be easy. He loves all of that typical guy shit- watches, shoes, cologne. So thats what I always got him. But now we've been together for what feel like forever and I'm running out of ideas.
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ten favorite things about blogging!

Happy Monday loves! This was the first time we really had to wait practically a whole week for the link up! But it will be well worth it because I'm so excited to read your responses to this month's topic! If you didn't hear, this month we're sharing our Ten Favorite Things about being a blogger! So, grab this button, come link up, share with your friends, and read each other's posts! :)

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