Blog Everyday in May Challenge...Days 1, 2, and 3

Friday, May 3, 2013

I'm jumping on the bandwagon two days late for this fun little challenge, but I have been struggling to come up with blog content like my good friend, Sara from Running From the Law, so I thought this would be a fun way to show off some new stuff...let's see how well this goes (P.S. the thought of posting every.single.day for an entire month makes me a little nervous, so be kind if I "forget" a day or two) - this challenge is hosted by a new blog I found, Jenni from Story of My Life
So, to start things off, let's start with Day 1: The Story of My Life in 250 Words or Less
I'm Natasha...born and raised in Nashville. I'm walking the thin line of my twenty-something life and turn 30 in July...lord help me. Growing up, I did the normal things kids do...ride bikes with friends, studied dance from the age of 3, and played softball. I loved everything related to English, History, and socializing, and loathed Math and Science. For college, I ventured off to The University of Tennessee to sport some orange and white and carry on the family tradition...joined Delta Gamma, was active in all sorts of organizations, moved to NYC for a summer to work at one of the top advertising agencies, and graduated with a Communications degree. I loved everything about college and wasn't too keen on growing up. Oh, and the love life...I dated a guy for almost 3 years, but then called it quits after I moved home. 
I started my career as a Marketing Coordinator for a big consulting firm, and then Meg (the BFF) and I lived together for 3 wonderful years. After a few more-let's say unhealthy-relationships, I ended up with one of my college friends (Jeff)...in the span of 3 years, we dated, got engaged, planned my dream wedding, got married, and then had our daughter, Caroline, 9 months later...can you tell we like things hectic? She is 14 months old, and here we are, expecting another baby girl, Carson, in June. It's crazy how things turns out, but I love my life, and I wouldn't change it for anything!

Day 2: Educate Us on Something You Know A Lot About or are Good At
I have the hardest time when asked questions like these...highlighting something I'm good at when sometimes I don't feel like I'm all that great at any one topic/subject. I do think I am good at time  management/staying organized and tackling to-do lists so here are a few tried and trusted bits of advice from lessons learned...
a. Keep a Planner: write everything down you have going on, and make sure you check it daily...this helps you know when your deadlines are approaching, when you have a big event coming up, or a task that needs your attention. My favorite planners are from Target...less than $10, too! 
b. Make Lists: I don't do anything without a list...whether it's cleaning, grocery shopping, organizing, packing for vacation, or whatnot, I make a list for anything and everything-it drives my hubby crazy, but he knows I've always got it under control and it keeps my stress levels to a somewhat manageable level. 
c. Plan in Advance: Have something important coming up? A birthday party to host? An event to attend? Don't wait until the last minute to buy a gift or find the perfect outfit to wear...plan ahead. It'll make things easier in the long run and you won't be in a tizzy running around like a crazy person. 

And Day 3: Things That Make Me Uncomfortable 
1. Confrontation...I hate it and I'm not good at being upfront and communicating my feelings
2. Checkups at the OBGYN...once you have a kid, all modesty (not that I had any before) goes out the window, but I still hate those annual checkups. I'm supposed to have a friendly conversation while you're down there?? Ummm no thanks. 
3. Opening Gifts...if you've gotten married or had a baby, surely you feel me on this subject. I love to give gifts, but I feel so strange sitting in a room full of people opening gifts as they all stare at me...it's so weird! 
4. Public Restrooms...I don't think I have to tell anyone why this makes me uncomfortable. And now when I have to change Caroline's diaper in one I get all germ-a-phob...pure grossness. 

- 12 Comments

  1. Love this. I should jump on the bandwagon too! Maybe I'll have time to catch up. It's so fun finding out these things. That family pic is the cutest!! I can't get over Caroline's sweet little face. She has the best smile!

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  2. I've been trying to keep up with the daily challenge, too! Love following your blog!

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  3. Natasha - I enjoy reading your blog! I may have to hop on the bandwagon on this challenge. I had forgotten you did that internship in NYC. Those advertising days seem like a lifetime ago!

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  4. Haha! I absolutely hate public bathrooms, so gross!

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  5. New to your blog..came across from Carolina Charm:) I look forward to getting to know you in the blog world;) I actually just made my 1st trip to Nashville for the Rock n Roll 1/2....loved your city!
    I am a planner too and def relate to all the things that make you uncomfortable! Look forward to your "everyday in May" posts! Oh, I am somewhat new to blogging and a bit of a slacker, but follow me at:http://sweetbandsunshine.blogspot.com/
    Happy Weekend!

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  6. So neat that you lived in NYC - I love these little recaps of peoples life.
    Amen to the opening gifts - SO awkward!!

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  7. so glad you are doing this challenge! i cant wait to read your posts as we go on!
    xxo

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  8. What a fun experience living in NYC for a summer...kinda jealous ;)
    That photo of you and your hubby and kiddo is super cute! :)

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  9. I already learned something new about you. Excited to read more. :)

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  10. This is SO fun! I might have to hop on the bandwagon too! Maybe this will be the kick in the pants I need to be a better blogger. I'm finding lack of time due to a little boy that I know. :)

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  11. I am so glad you and Sara are doing this- I am loving reading the posts. I am on the fence about joining myself- I don't think I will follow through!

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  12. Hey, I envy you on the excellent organization as I'm always running around like a crazy person, but yet feel I don't get as much accomplished. Too funny about the opening gifts. I always worry that I might have a "what the heck is this" face slip when opening presents. I'm so transparent in my facial expressions. lol. Have a terrific week!

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