Friday, August 31, 2018

The good, the bad, and the ugly.

Good morning from North Carolina! I've been all over the place recently and kind of MIA for a little bit so I wanted to do a lil catch-up post! So do you want the good news or the bad news first? Let's start with the bad.

The bad and the ugly:

+ I lost my job with Chatbooks. I'm trying to throw this in here nonchalantly but it's honestly been really hard. They simply downsized their customer support team and I was one of the unlucky ones. With this news, I've felt a lot of different emotions - sadness, anger, hurt, confusion, and gratitude to name a few. Sadness and gratitude because I loved my time with Chatbooks so, so much and feel very blessed to have worked for them for 2.5 years. Anger, hurt, and confusion because we pretty much planned this year of medical school and our travels (not to mention so much of our future in general) around this job and my ability to work remotely and this news literally came out of nowhere. It's still a shock and I'm still processing it but I'm hopeful that there is something else out there that I am supposed to be doing that will bring me even more joy and fulfillment. God is testing me and I'm doing my best to learn what He wants me to learn and that's hard. It's been such a weird week since I heard the news. If you know of any legitimate jobs that I can do while bouncing around the country, please let me know! And please, please, please no MLM recommendations. Please. I respect that if that works for you but no thank you.

+ We won't be sharing a 'How We Wore It' post for the month of August after all. It's been a super busy month for all of us and we will most definitely be back and better than ever in September! Stay tuned, my friends!
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The good and the happy and the totally completely random:

+ We still technically have 22 days of summer left :).

+ Jordan Kimball from the Bachelorette and Bachelor in Paradise is the greatest ever. I am so invested in him finding love (hopefully with Jenna) that I smile through every episode. Parker and I both love him. His one-liners are everything and we literally LOL every time he's on the screen. #TEAMJORDAN

+ We are headed to Bald Head Island for Labor Day weekend and I CANNOT WAIT! Picture of a Nicholas Sparks movie/novel - esque island that is filled with happiness and dreams come true and you have Bald Head Island. It's incredible.

+ I've been listening to 'Girl, Wash Your Face' by Rachel Hollis these last couple of days. I'm not even halfway through the book and I already want to scream about it from the rooftops. Every girl needs to read/listen to this book. Men, too. Every human.

+ Big Brother this summer has been bomb. I love Tyler and Haleigh. My family draws names and we each have two people that are 'ours' throughout the season to cheer for and if one of our people wins, we get bragging rights. Haleigh is one of my people and Tyler is one of Parker's and I think, as of right now, they have played the best game. Or at least they've tried to... Also, Fessy made the dumbest move in all of Big Brother history IMO. And Angela is the worst. (I am one episode behind so if one of the above people is out now, NO SPOILERS!!)

+ Do you follow @TheAlisonShow? You know how she always says "sharing is caring"? I'm gonna come out and say that I would so, so, so appreciate it if you would share my blog (or even my Instagram) with your friends. If this thing could somehow earn us some money, that would be huge. Yes, I'm playing the sympathy card a little bit because I just lost my job but in all seriousness, if anything I've shared or written here tickles your fancy or does so in the future, please share it. I would be forever grateful and you would make my day! And yes. I feel really awkward asking this.

+ This season of So You Think You Can Dance was a bit of a snoozer at first so I slacked on watching. I watched the first episode with eliminations from the top 10 last night and I swear I had a smile on my face the entire episode. Slavic is blowing my mind. There were so many good dances that it's hard for me to pick a favorite!

+ Our GPS pronounces Waterstone Drive as Watastone and it makes me smile every time I turn onto that street.

+ God loves you and you are doing great. I felt like I should remind you of that.

I'm grateful that there are more good and happy things in my life than there are sad things even if the sad things are pretty significant. Counting my blessings and noticing the things that make me smile always helps me feel better. What is something you do to feel better when you've received bad news or are simply have a blegh day?

Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you know how much I appreciate you!

xoxo, Chelan


  1. Oh, I'm so sorry you were laid off - especially during this well-planned & thought-out travel. I hope you're able to find something else soon.

    "Girl, Wash Your Face" is on my to-read list, though a few people have told me they don't think I'll like it. Guess we'll see?!

  2. Thank you! I hope you like "Girl, Wash Your Face"! I'm still not finished but it's been so applicable to this stage of life I'm in recently. Let me know your thoughts when you get to it!