My Rules for Living

Happy Friday! Fri-yay!!

But I'm only working 4 hours, so it'll be okay...right?

But I'm only working 4 hours, so it'll be okay...right?

Speaking of yay – we’ve made it to 15 subscribers. Woohoo! Thank you so much to everyone who’s following along and providing feedback. If you haven’t left any feedback yet, please do. What works for you, what doesn’t, what would you like to see? I do have a future post planned already based on some feedback from someone, so your opinion matters to me!

Before we dig into the meat of this post (my stomach hurts, so typing that actually made me nauseous), let's catch up with some recent happenings. 

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Chicken Shawarma platter for lunch yesterday. So so good. So so garlicky. Breath so so stinky. So so worth it.

Pretty baby with a full diaper, unbrushed hair, and Christmas pajamas this morning. The dog leash is her new favorite toy. I'm so glad our living room looks like the toddler department at Babies R Us threw up all over. #moneymanagementismyforte

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Filtered to crap post-workout picture from this morning. I was and still am feeling kind of crappy and did NOT want to workout, but I knew I'd feel better after I was done. The good feeling only lasted about 60 minutes so that's no bueno, but it's better than nothing and I got a great kickboxing workout in. 

Flashback Friday to Justin at his cake smash for his first birthday. He obviously ate some cake, but hated it? How is that even possible?!?

This text was from Wednesday night, which was the night I was inspired to write my post from yesterday. Literally nothing was working that night!

Moving on...

Jamie’s Laws of Living

Now you may not care at all about what I have to say, but I feel like this needs to be said and if you don't like what I have to say then why are you hate-reading my blog? Be gone and take your haterade with you!

  • Karma is a B. What you put out into the world will come back to you, so live life the way you want life to treat you. I always try to live by the golden rule and in those times when I haven’t, I have definitely been hit with the bad karma. I’m fairly certain my mid-to-late 20’s were all payback for being such an asshole in my teens (sorry mom!). And don't do nice things for others but keep a running tab and expect reciprocation because I promise you'll never be happy if you do that. Be genuinely nice without expecting anything in return, have empathy for others, and for God’s sake, tip your server!

  • This leads us to our next rule – TIP! I was a server and bartender for years and absolutely loved it, but regardless of how hard I worked I was subject to terrible tippers on the regular. Those people who are running around like chickens with their heads cut off getting you food and refills and who will have to pick up all of the food your sweet little terrorist toddler has thrown on the ground are making practically nothing. They live off of your tips, so don't shortchange them. I never tip less than 15% and in order for me to tip less than 20%, the server has to have forgotten refills or something. Yes, I’ve had bad service where the server is total crap, but you don’t know what battle they're facing right now and you shouldn't leave them with nothing. Also, if you’re one of those people who tip pre-drinks and pre-tax, please stop - your server is getting taxed on what you leave them so if you tip pre-tax it's like they're being double-taxed. It’s 20% off the total of the bill, and if you were extra demanding, have a child throwing food all over, or had excellent service then please tip more. Don’t forget to tip your dog groomer, barista, hair dresser, masseuse, mail carrier, etc. And one last thing, if you have a coupon/groupon/living social deal, for the love of Pete, please tip for the value of the services given and not what you paid. If you can’t afford to fully tip, then STAY HOME.

I’m off my soapbox now and moving on to something way more important.

  • What is the correct way to hang toilet paper? How about I tell you and provide a link to prove it? Please go here and learn the most important thing you will learn all week. 
  • This goes back to my karma rule, but if you’re in traffic please let people in. I promise that letting a car in front of you is not going to add much if any time to your drive. And in doing so, someone will smile and wave at you, which tugs at the heartstrings #amiright

Don’t forget to smile and wave at people when they let you in too – it doesn’t cost anything and it’s contagious!

  • Wash your hands when you go to the bathroom. #nuffsaid

  • Don’t use just one type of mascara. I always use two different formulas, usually a volumizing one and a lengthening one. I’ve found that one mascara by itself is never enough to give me the look I want (full, long lashes) but by combining two I'm able to make it happen.

  • Stop texting and driving! Just don’t do it! Guess why your car insurance is going up…because of people getting in accidents due to distracted drivers. A lot of these accidents involve serious injuries or fatalities, so this is serious business my friends. It’s not worth it. Oh and to those of you snapping while driving…Imma just leave this here.

  • Be the person you want your kids to want to be - you have to be the example in everything you do. Make sure your kids see you eating well, eating crap (in moderation), exercising, getting upset and dealing with it, fighting with your spouse and making up, doing something you don’t want to do but do anyway and with a smile because you have to, having fun, showing self-love and not calling yourself fat/ugly/hideous, dealing with a huge problem and fixing it, etc. Our kids are sponges that soak up everything we say and do. The older I get, the more I realize I’m just like my mom and luckily, my mom is awesome so I’m okay with that. So make sure you’re awesome and that you’re okay with your kids turning into you. If you’re not okay with it, make some changes to get where you need to be.

  • Last but certainly not least, carpe diem. I’d be remiss if I didn’t include this! You only have one life to live and who knows when it will end – make sure you really live your life. Don’t hesitate to take chances here and there, smile and laugh, eat that doughnut, run that 5K, roll around in the grass with your kids, and live your life to the fullest extent possible (but don't forget to pay your bills too...you can't just be all willy nilly all the time).

So that's it - no big deal, right?

Do any of you have rules that you live your life by? Does anyone have any fun plans for this weekend? I get to meet my husband's old bestie from his Army days who I've never met this weekend and I'm nervous! I always worry that his friends won't like me or something. And then he'll have to get new friends. 

Oh I do have a humblebrag today #soblessed #idneverusethathashtagseriously 

I did a full teaser yesterday (pilates move). That ish is not easy and I haven't really been able to hold one for any extended time since having Jules. So 13 months postpartum I can kind of do pilates again. Wooooo!

Have a great Friday!