31 December 2014

Out with 2014, In with 2015.

2014 was most definitely a year of change, growth and learning for me.  I moved out of my parents house and moved on from pursuing a degree in something that I no longer had interest in. I had a second job for a few months and learned that it's okay to stand up for yourself when you're being treated unfairly & it's okay to throw in the towel when you don't get the respect you know you deserve from coworkers.  I've understood more than ever, how much my work family has my back and wants me to succeed and cheers me on just as much as my real family.

One of the very first pictures I took in 2014. 
I'm hoping 2015 will be a year of laughter, joy & more growth.  I pray that I smile more than I cry, give more than I take & not take a moment of my wonderful life for granted.  

For the first time, I've chosen a word for the year, which is going to be prosper.  I want to prosper in my faith, my relationships, my job & my dreams.  I haven't been more excited for a new year since 2010 which was the year I graduated high school.  I think God has big plans for me this year, ones that I hope I can embrace with open arms.  

One of the very last pictures of 2014. 
I also have 15 goals I'd like to accomplish in 2015. 

1) Read my Bible daily and finish reading it cover-to-cover by 2016. 
2)Complete the 52 week savings challenge
3)Finish Handwritten Love.
4)Blog 3x a week
5)Read 100 books
6)Celebrate my 5 year work anniversary
7)Pay my Mom back for helping me with my student loan deal.
8)Take at least 1 out of state trip
9)Start a gratitude/prayer journal. Along with a daily journal. 
10)Complete project 365. Blog about it.
11)Drink more water.
12)Write at least 4x a week(books or whatever my WIP is)
13)complete NaNoWriMo.
14)Be more active in #fireworkpeople, the peony project & the blog love project.
15) Save all of my $5 bills.

29 December 2014

Grateful Heart V.4

I'm back for my fourth week of Grateful Heart with Emily, this may be my favorite way to start the week, it makes me see just how much I've been blessed with!

my work momma//I would be so lost without this amazing woman.  She's not perfect, but not one of us is, but she's one that I can count on for a needed heart to heart or a good laugh.  We make a good team her & I. & I wouldn't be who I am without her love, advice & support.

the flashlight on my iphone//I've been waking up in the middle of the night lately & it's nice not having to turn on all my lights just to get a drink of water ;)

my family//Over the last week, I spent 95% of my time at my parents, which is why the blog has been bare, spending time with my loved ones, especially grandparents will always trump my online presence #sorrydefinitelyNOTsorry.  They leave to go back to Arizona on New Years Eve and then they'll be gone until May again.

traditions//My grandma and grandpa and parents and my brother Ryan always come pick me up on Christmas Eve whooping it up, jingling bells, my brother had a goose call this year & just embarrassing me all in good fun when they arrive.  We then go look at Christmas lights.  Christmas Day starts with reading the story of Jesus' birth & then we open presents.  I usually head to my mom's at some point during the school Christmas vacation, but my days off just haven't worked with their plans yet, so hopefully within the first few weeks of January I can head out there.

Hope you all had a wonderful week of Christmas, I'm excited for the last few days of 2014 & all that 2015 has to offer!

Ember Grey: Grateful Heart

19 December 2014

2014 in Review.

What did you do in 2013 that you’d never done before? I moved out & saw Garth Brooks in concert..TWICE! 
Did you keep your new years’ resolutions?
Will you make more for next year?
I didn't really keep any of them, no.  & I think I will make a list of goals this year & have a word.  
Did anyone close to you give birth? Some blog friends did! 
Did anyone close to you die? Yeah.  
What countries did you visit? Just USA.
What would you like to have in 2015 that you lacked in 2014? I would love to say a significant other, but that may be asking a lot :) 
What date from 2014 will remain etched upon your memory? May 1st, when I moved out on my own for the first time! 
What was your biggest achievement of the year? I'd say moving out on my own! 
What was your biggest failure? Probably not giving my two weeks before leaving Panera.  
Did you suffer illness or injury?Nothing too extreme.  
What was the best thing you bought? Garth concert tickets! 
Whose behavior merited celebration? My parents for not kicking me out when I revealed I had been lying for a year.  
Where did most of your money go? Rent.  
What did you get really, really, really excited about? Garth Brooks.  & having my own place. 
What song will always remind you of 2013?
People Loving People--Garth's first single in forever.   
Compared to this time last year, are you:
Happier or sadder?
Thinner or fatter?Thinner
Richer or poorer?Richer … in all the ways that money can’t buy!
What do you wish you’d done more of?Relaxed.  
What do you wish you’d done less of?Being upset over stupid stuff.  
How will you be spending Christmas?
With family. 
Did you fall in love in 2014?
How many one-night stands?Zero.
Who were your best friends? Jayme, Rachael, Lora, Cass, Karen & Lynn.  
What thing did you do that was meaningful to others?I had Karen's back all throughout the work drama.  
What were your favorite TV programsGrey's, HTGAWM, Nashville
Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?I try very hard not to hate anyone, so I'd say no.  
What was the best book you read in 2014? Asking me to pick a favorite book? HA HA HA. 
What was your greatest musical discovery?I love Cole Swindell, thanks Lora! 
What did you want and get?More time with my family.  
What did you want but did NOT get?Not much.
What were your favorite films this year?I loved Mom's Night Out! 
What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?I was 22 and I went out to eat with my family (:  
What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?I could have done without not having my work momma having  another couple mini strokes.  .
What kept you sane?
Faith, Family & Friends.  
Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Brantley Gilbert & Aaron Watson. Garth too.  
What political issue stirred you the most?
Who do you miss?Nobody at the moment. 
Who are the best new persons you met this year?I loved meeting Jayme's hubby this year. & new work friends.  
Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2014.Rent is expensive!   
Quote that sums up your year:Enjoy the small moments because you'll look back and they'll be your biggest memories.  

17 December 2014

Meghan's Top songs of 2014.

I love music.  You've been around this blog for any amount & you'll know this.  Helene put together her top ten songs of the year & I've gathered 9 of my favorites as well, I'm a country music kind of girl and that's where all of my favorites came from. #noshame

16 December 2014

Confession Session.

I confess//I love when my Dad calls me just to check and see how I'm doing.

I confess//I'm seriously considering buying my work mom a bottle of wine just to drive her daughter crazy. #sorrynotsorry

I confess//my grandparents come home tomorrow & this girl couldn't be more excited!

I confess//I may be crazy for agreeing to pick up one of my days off, that'll be six days in a row leading up to Christmas. #oyvey

I confess//aforementioned work mom is working the same six days with me, so we will have fun & get into lots of trouble.  Bwahaha.

I confess//Charter is about to get an earful about how my wifi is being all temperamental. #aintnobodygottimeforthat

I confess//instead of eating the homemade lasagna I was given, I ate the cookies I was also given.

I confess//I laughed way too hard at this:

15 December 2014

Grateful Heart v3

I'm back with another volume of Grateful Heart, I love starting my week out like this!

Ember Grey: Grateful Heart

Running Errands with my parents//I've said it before, but one of the things I miss the most about being out on my own is the little moments that happen in the day-to-day.  I spent the morning running errands with my Dad & Lynn one day last week before work and I was grateful for that extra time with them.  

My Dad's safety//My dad is part of the law enforcement community & he's had a crazy week, and it's the middle of a crazy season for him & I'm just so glad that he comes home every night unharmed by the day's events. 

Heart-to-heart conversations//I've had a few deep conversations with a few of my closest friends the last week and it's done my heart good.  

What's one thing you're grateful for? 

linking up with meg & emily

12 December 2014

They (Usually) don't call me Meghan.

Whoa. Hold the phone, what do you mean, they usually don't call me Meghan? Has my blog been a lie the whole time? No, my name really is Meghan, I pinky promise you that! But so many people have nicknames for me that, I usually only hear my name when I'm in trouble or someone is upset with me.  

So what do people call me then?

Miss Meghan//My momma calls me this, my front end manager calls me this sometimes, and random acquaintances call me this at random. 

Megs//Most of my mom's family calls me this, mostly my Aunt Jenny and her family, along with my little sister Olivia. My younger brother Ryan calls me this sometimes too. 

Meggy//This is one that I really cannot stand, but I tolerate it from a select few, my Grandpa Gray was the only one to call me this for the longest time, then my Grandma H calls me this sometimes, not lately though & Mady calls me this sometimes too.  I had a cashier call me this on my way out of work the other day with Karen and I told her not to call me that, and Karen's like whoa, what did she call you? I said Meggy, she's like oh ick. I'm like yeah.  

#2//This one probably has you thinking bathroom duties, but it's actually a nickname one of my managers gave me because I told her she was my second favorite and then I got a second job and my employee number was 2, so that's what Renee calls me.  She also calls me Boss.  

Squeezebox//This is something that only Karen is allowed to call me because she's the one that came up with it & I'm the only one she calls this. I feel quite special that I have my own nickname.  She also calls me little one, little bit, lovebug & shadow.  

Do you have a nickname? Is there something people try calling you and you have no part of it? 

11 December 2014

30 before 30

I have failed miserably multiple times at the the 101 in 1001 craze, so I'm going to try something new, the thirty before thirty, which I realized was closer for me then 13 is.  I of course shared that little tidbit with Jayme, so we both are feeling a little old.

1. Fall In Love.

2. Publish a Book//This one ties into my ultimate dream which is to have a book on the bestsellers' list.

3. Get a Tattoo//Many ideas for this one, just have to nail down the one I want first.

4. Finish a Coloring Book.

5. Adopt a rescue weim//Everyone knows how much I love my Coop baby && I want one of my own!

6. Get my Goodreads to 1500//I'm at 172 I believe at last check.

7. Ride a Mechanical Bull.

8. Go to Nashville//This has been on my to-do list ever since I was 15 or 16.

9. Go skydiving.

10. No soda for a month. 

11. Become a Partner in Hope//this one actually is already in motion.

12. Complete NaNoWriMo//this probably should have been before publish a book, but oh well.

13. Have 1500 posts on They Call Her Meghan.

14. Go on a cruise.

15. Have a no-spend month.

16. Get my braces off//I have most definitely hit that point where I want them off!

17. Read the Bible cover-to-cover. 

18. Put $5000 into savings

19. Treat myself something expensive//Ipad, coach purse, new computer, SOMETHING!

20. Be able to plank for ten minutes straight. 

21. Go to ten new concerts.

22. Start & keep a journal//Yes I have this blog, but I want something that is just for my eyes only & I can possibly give my hypothetical daughter down the road.

23. Move someplace new.

24. Go to Vegas.

25. Go see the National Finals Rodeo

26. Watch AFI's 100 years....100 movies

27. Write 50 handwritten letters.

28. Make 50 vlogs. 

29. Write my will//This isn't morbid much is it?

30. Go 24 hours Media free.  

A few of these are more open-ended, but most of them are pretty cut and dry.  Do you have a bucket list of sorts? Leave me a link to it and I will go check it out!!

09 December 2014


I was sitting in church a few weekends ago with Lynn, which by the way I'm LOVING the series we just wrapped up.  Anyways, I wanted to share a couple of my takeaways from the series, because I think there are a few things that not only we as bloggers can take away from it, but we as women as well.


The first thing that stuck out to me was when our pastor said what would happen if you & God took a selfie and instead of your outside appearance showing up, what your inner most thoughts and feelings were on display, would that be a selfie you'd want to be shared? That took me down a peg or two.  

Then he shared that when asked my generation of millenials, which depending on who you ask ranges from 1981 to 1996, what was one thing they strived to be, it was authentic. I was like those bobblehead dogs, nodding my head up and down.  Then he said, well, that's what their parents and grandparents generations said when they were asked as well.  


So what does this mean for me? It means that I'm still going to post selfies & strive for authenticity, because ever since I started blogging it's always been about showcasing me and my family's life in the most real and honest way possible, without sacrificing our privacy.  I am working on myself each and every day with God's help to say yes, that I would be happy to post that hypothetical selfie of God & I where only my inner most thoughts and actions were revealed.  

What is the biggest things you strive for? 

08 December 2014

Grateful Heart v.2

I think it's a great way to start my week sharing a few things I'm grateful for, so I'm going to do that again this week!

Early morning conversations//I woke up around 6:55 this morning, and was scrolling through my facebook feed and commented on one of Amanda's posts which led to a short conversation, she's one of my blog tribe and I absolutely love her!

Not the best picture, but it'll do

My new haircut//Thursday was pay day & I haven't done anything crazy with my hair in awhile & I ended up chopping a lot of it off & I absolutely LOVE IT!

My coworkers//We're in the busy season now at work & it would really suck if I had coworkers I didn't like or work well with.

linking up with emily for grateful heart & meg for mingle monday!

05 December 2014

Fun Facts.

Nicknames people call me//
Anything from Megs to little bit to Miss Meghan. 

Favorite thing in my house//
I love my couches, they were my grandparents' before they were mine and there have been many memories sitting on these couches in their living room.

Pet peeves//
when people don't follow through among other things. 

Worst habit//

Go-to drink//
Sex on the beach or a mudslide

First celebrity crush//
Dean McDermott.

My guilty pleasure//
Spending a copious amount of time on Pinterest. 

Three all time favorite TV shows//
Greys, Army Wives & Friends.

Fictional character you would want as your best friend//
Roxy LeBlanc or Meredith Grey. 

If you could take only one candy to a desert island//
Reese's cups.  

04 December 2014

By the Numbers.

7 Months I've lived in my apartment.
23 the age I'll be in just under 4 months
1,030 the amount of words I wrote for NaNoWriMo this year. Next year will be better.
11 days I worked before having Tuesday and Wednesday off.
4 days I've posted in a row, which is only 3 less posts then I did all of November.
21 days til Christmas
0 presents I have bought
13 the age my youngest brother will be in 15 days
12 days 'til my grandparents fly home for Christmas.
4 the age the dog up there will be on NYE.

03 December 2014

Smiling's My FAVORITE!

This week's topic? Favorite Christmas movies!

My number one favorite Christmas movie?

Elf of course!

Mady came over last night and we watched it, and we've both seen it so many times we both can quote it together, but we also noticed parts we hadn't before! 

We will randomly text each other "Buddy the Elf, what's your favorite color?" I think my favorite part though is, he's an angry elf! 

So tell me have you seen Elf? What's your favorite Christmas movie? 

Also, if you want a fun new print for the New Year, go check out the giveaway on Dawn's blog! 

02 December 2014


...reading all the blogs I'm behind on.  

...watching, one of my CSMs recommended Rookie Blue. I need to catch up on Nashville & Chicago Fire as well!   

...trying to get over this cold that I've got going on. 

...eating nothing at the moment.   

...pinning lots of random things.  

...tweeting nothing too interesting as of late. 

...going to do absolutely nothing that requires me going outside these next two days. 

...loving life.  

...discovering that I can work 11 days in a row without going completely crazy!  

...enjoying my first cup of coffee this morning. 

...thinking about how I have over six months til my next concert :(   

...feeling stuffed up.  

...hoping that I can survive the Christmas season at work without going completely insane. 

...listening to Pandora 

01 December 2014


How is it already December? As of today, I've been in my apartment for 7 months, I can't believe it!

I also can't believe that I'm showing up to blog on a Monday and semi-early!

Joining up with Emily from Ember Grey to share what's on my grateful heart this week.

Grateful Heart Monday

Today I'm grateful for//

My Blog//

I was reading through my 2014 & late 2013 posts and there were so many little things that I had forgotten about & I'm so grateful that I recorded them here!

Since Rachael is in China, she can't text regularly, so that's how we keep up with stuff not shared on the interwebz.  I also love the group option, where Rach, Lora & I spew our brain matter without judgment.

My Person//
There is nothing better then having a completely weird thought & you text your best friend & she's like OH EM GEE me too.  So grateful for Jayme & how we are like one person in two bodies.

I love love love the Pandora app on my phone. I'm constantly listening to music & it's nice I don't have to buy songs because I have music ADD.

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