I have learned quite a lot now in my 26 years of living, most of it as an unemployed student who stresses a bit too much–and I’m starting to realize I’m doing things wrong. There’s not always a right way to do things, but I’m pretty sure I can do things more effectively.
And since today is a new day, I am going to try something new. Not try, but do. Do something new. And to start with my first goal is to learn to manage my time better. I have created myself a checklist of not only things I want to accomplish, but how much time I should dedicate to each task. This way, I am not spending too much time on one thing and zero time on other, some even more important, things.
So I, Angela Giaco, hereby commit to the time management schedule I have set for myself to improve my quality and way of life on this day of December the third in the year 2013. Have you tried something as simple as a time management schedule? Do you have any ideas to improve your quality of life?
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Today is a day of thanks. It may also be the day that the pilgrims destroyed the indians, but we don’t have to dwell on the past, right? Instead, I think it’s important to just recognize today as an extra special day to give a shout out to what you are thankful for. And me? I have so much that I am thankful for this year.
I think the main thing that I am thankful for is love. The love from family, from friends, of traveling. What would I do without love? That’s what keeps me going and hoping and believing. So I collected a small list of the things that I love the most and am most thankful for this year.
1. My family
I am incredibly thankful for my family. They are always there for me to provide a laugh, a smile, an honest thought and so much more. They have traveled to visit me from an hour away to across the country. I am so thankful that my parents supported my love of travel, making it possible for me to see things that they have never seen themselves. My little sisters are two wonderful women, who even though we pick on each other and they can make me yell louder than anyone can, I love them and am thankful for who they are. For many, many reasons I am so thankful for the family that God has given to me.
2. My boyfriend
I honestly couldn’t have created a better partner to have in my life than my boyfriend, Jeremy. I am incredibly thankful to God for pushing me to go to the bar to celebrate a friend’s birthday on that dreary Monday night. Because if I didn’t go, I never would have met the totally talkative stranger who decided to sit next to me and talk my ear off. I am thankful to God for giving me the courage to invite him to join us to our next bar and for everything that followed. He is my complete opposite in so many ways, yet he has became my best friend and the person I most want to spend my time with. He is incredibly selfless in the way that he treats me, cooks for me and takes care of me. He has taught me so much in my life and I know that there is so much more to learn. I cannot wait to continue this journey with him.
3. My friends
Friends come and friends go, and I am thankful for the friends that have stayed by my side and been there for me during some tough times. I am lucky to have both old friends and new friends in my life who bring such laughter and insight to me everyday. I am thankful for the friends that I have met, whether through school, travel or work. I don’t get to see my friends as often as I would like, but it doesn’t make me any less thankful for them. Throughout the last year I have found myself interacting with some insensitive, rude, selfish not-so-great friends, and it makes me thankful for the ones that I do have. It is important to remember that it’s about quality, not quanitity. And I thank my friends for being there to teach that to me.
4. My dogs
I am so thankful for the two crazy dogs that I can call mine (and my boyfriend’s). Penny has been my rock, my best friend and my travel buddy. She’s the sweetest, smartest and cutest dog I ever could have asked for. And I am so thankful we found her match in a 50 lb pitbull. He is so gentle and loving; he is just a big pillow pet. I grew up believing that I couldn’t have a dog because of my allergies, and I admittedly would cry about it quite often. I am so thankful for the opportunity to own these two cuddle buddies, something that has literally made my dreams come true. I couldn’t be more thankful for what they have added to my life in just a short amount of time.
5. My grandparents
This year is definitely the year to be thankful for grandparents. Although I lost one three years ago and I miss him very much, I am still thankful for the memories and lessons that I am constantly reminded of. I am so thankful my grandmother has found the strength and courage to continue on with her life: finding herself a manageable & affordable condo, a job which she loves and so much more. I am thankful for my paternal grandparents who allowed me to live with them throughout my time here in Ohio to be closer to my work and for them to be so supportive and caring in everything that I do. I am thankful that they adore my dog and that they love her about as much as I do. My grandfather is unfortunately very sick but he is handling it with such strength and courage and laughter, and he is far exceeding the doctors expectations. I am thankful to be able to celebrate the holidays with them this year and for all of the love they have given me.
6. My new home
I knew as soon as I walked into the duplex that I wanted it. It has been a tough year for me (and it continues to be) and getting a place to live was a big accomplishment that I believe I worked hard for. It meant my long distance relationship would finally come to an end, meaning that my boyfriend would come live with me. And it meant having our own place. I am so thankful that everything went smoothly in successfully renting our new home: the landlord accepted our two crazy dogs, I successfully rented my first place without a cosigner, and it is in a wonderful neighborhood close to everything. I’m thankful to two of my wonderful aunts who took their time to help me in my search and to everyone who has given us furniture and cooking wear and all of the fun stuff. I am so excited to explore our new community and, of course, decorate our new home!
I am so privileged and thankful to be able to have experienced and traveled to such a variety of cultures. My travels have provided me with new insight, some great friends and some unforgettable memories. I have celebrated St. Patrick’s Day in Dublin, Easter in Rome, and so many wonderful days in Sicily. I have been a camp counselor for children in Korea and backpacked Europe without a backpack, but with a very large pink suitcase. I am thankful for God and my parents for giving me the opportunities that I have been given.
What are you most thankful for this year?
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I love sunsets, long walks on the beach, and my puppy, Penny. But who doesn’t? I also love diy decor & crafts, which I find it fun to share with you on this blog! I’ve recently began an obsession with organization & personal transformation. I strive to maintain stable health, which can be difficult for me at times. I find inspiration daily through love (& sometimes my crazy family), which helps me make the most out of life. I adore and love Jesus Christ, making him and my faith a daily part of my life. And of course, I’m never too busy to enjoy a pink sunset!