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Day Twenty-One-ish: Nicknames

Nicknames you have; why do you have them

I am a woman of many names. My given name is Sarah, but rarely does anyone actually call me by it… I am

  • Meech/Meecha. From what I understand, Meech is a nick name of my middle name Michelle. I’ve been called this by my sibs and my mom since before I can remember.
  • Bear. A short version of Sarah Bear of course.
  • Sweetie Pie.
  • Smarsma. I created my own “SM” language in elementary school and this was my name.
  • Mom. I was given this nickname in high school for what I am going to call leadership qualities. Some might argue I was more of a bossy ring-leader.
  • Pookie. Another high school nickname.
  • Sar. That is a given.
  • Ryck. This one sort of sucks as it makes me out to be a man.
  • Sarita. People began calling me this once I went away to college. It has been passed and adopted by my friends in different circles.
  • Sarah Michelle. Only if I’m in deep shit.
  • Sas, Sasibell. Same as above. It grew out of the college years. Two friends started it and it has stuck.
  • Babe. What the boy calls me.
  • Rochester. Because people have to highlight what makes you different. Apparently, I have an accent that makes people wonder where I am from.
  • Smiley. This is primarily a work nickname. I’m always trying to be happy and smiling. I’m honestly not that damn happy. I just want your money. Smiles get tips!
  • Palin. I was at a party and once again someone was talking about my “accent.” A dumb girl thought I was from Alaska. Everyone laughed but then someone chimed in I kind of look like her. It stuck.
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Day two-Proud of…

I knew this blog was coming up. I’ve honestly thought about it all day. The truth is there isn’t much in my life I am NOT proud of…

I’m proud of my family and friends, where they’ve gotten themselves in their own lives and our relationships.

I’m proud of myself. I took a giant leap leaving my hometown when I went away to college. It wasn’t the popular thing to do in my circle of friends at the time and I was the shy one back then. I’m proud that I had an amazing college career while still getting my work done and doing it well. I have fun but I work hard too.  I’m proud I was accepted into graduate school months before I was even 21-years-old. Today, I learned I got a 4.0!

I’m immensely proud of my relationship. Relationships are difficult especially throughout the college years when both people tend to change and grow into themselves. I truly love my boyfriend. I’m proud of him.

I know it’s weird, but I am also proud of my animals. I love my little Lillian. That dog is the sweetest, cuddliest dog in the whole world. Her love for my family makes me proud. I’m proud my chinchillas too. They are so cute & becoming friendlier everyday (they’re still babies). My animals are my babies!

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Day One–This month’s goals

I’ve always had this obsession with trying to be a well-rounded human. My definition of a well-rounded person has, of course, changed and evolved as I have grown into who I am, but mostly it just never stop learning and improving.

That being said, this next month I am taking a break from both jobs that claim me 7 days a week and my graduate night classes. I’m going upstate to Western New York for an entire month, so I have set up a number of things I want to do. I’m really looking forward to take the time to work on me.

1.       Get back in shape. Working and being pretty busy has distracted me from my own well-being. I’m going to focus on eating the right things and working out on a regular basis. I need to get back into the habit of making my health a priority. I’ve stopped cooking and have resorted to take-out because of its convenience. That is going to change. I LOVE to cook. I’m taking all my cook books home with me. My father and I are going to enjoy home cooked meals!!!

2.       Read. Read. Read. There is nothing more frustrating than craving a good book but knowing you don’t have time to read the books assigned for class and the ones you crave. I have a list of books I want to read as long as Santa’s naughty list! I cannot wait!!

3.       Work on my career. I am pretty young for a graduate student. I love school, but it can only do so much in terms of real world experience, networking and social media. I’ve created a Twitter (@SarahRyck) a few weeks ago and I am working on building a PR network. I have met so many nice people who are willing to mentor a newbie. I want to be involved, start conversations, learn about PR and continue to meet wonderful people.

4.       Write. If I had to choose one thing as my passion I would say writing. I’ve wanted to be a writer since I was in first grade. My father used to have to take all the notebooks and pens out of my room when it was time for bed otherwise I would be up all night writing elaborate stories and diary entries.  Lately, I’ve fallen out of the practice of writing every day.

5.       Enjoy my friends and family. Being so far away, I haven’t spent nearly as much time as I’d like catching up with my friends and family back home. I’m really excited to take this opportunity to spend some time with them.

6.       Zen. I’m really interested in learning more about being Zen and Buddhism things like meditation. Being so busy can sometimes mix up my priorities. I’d love to learn to be more aware. Right now, I am completely clueless, but it is something that interests me.

Those are just a few examples. I am going to be busy back at home, just busy in a different way. I’m uber excited!

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