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7 Life Hacks to Fake Patience

Patience is a virtual, or at least so I’ve been told. Personally, I have very little of it. This hasn’t served me very well in life and it’s something, that while aware of, I still struggle with.

What does this mean for me day to day? It means that I have little tolerance for traffic, lines at the grocery store, and commercials. Worse yet it means that I have little patience for things that I don’t do well. I love to learn but I loathe not mastering things immediately.

Recently I purchased a new camera, all pimped out with HD filming capabilities and fancy functions. I thought I knew what I was doing, took it to the hospital to take pictures of my brand new niece, and then full of excitement I uploaded them to my computer. Only, it didn’t. The pictures were gone, not formatted, and I couldn’t make them appear no matter what I did.

They were the first pictures of her and they were gone…just gone. I was so upset I put my camera away and didn’t touch it for another couple of months. That’s how pissed I got. I couldn’t understand it and I had NO patience to try and figure out what I should have just understood. The same thing happened with my camera card port on my computer-it stopped reading the card at all but the card works in other computers. That’s still not fixed and I’m not even trying to fix it—I give up.

It’s a horrible trait, being so impatient and easily frustrated. It’s hindered me in a lot of areas. The following are just some of the instances where my lack of patience has proved detrimental:

  • Grocery shopping while hungry and eating part of something before it’s paid for.
  • Hanging up the phone before the other person is done talking, without realizing it.
  • My anticipation of a wild night often led to me day drinking in college and
  • When something changes the plan I had in my head I get so angry. Change and I don’t sit well together.
  • I hate being late to anything, so if I’m running late and something further delays me…forget about it, I will be livid.

More than anything, I’ve been short on patience with people; with their excuses. Don’t complain to me that you can’t get your work done and then tell me you’re napping. Don’t tell me that you feel like crap and then light up a cigarette. Don’t look me in the face and say “I wish I had your stamina” because, honey, I’m exhausted! Don’t even get me started on people who suck at life and pass on tasks they are fully capable of onto other people.

The only way I stay sane, if that is what I am, is to remember that everything is relative. Keeping things in perspective is pretty key to keeping my blood pressure at bay.

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Let’s Catch Up

Hey gang! Long time no talk, but it’s only because I’m either working or having an insanely active social life (yay!!). Don’t laugh, it’s true, I actually do have a social life lately. Shocking, I know.

I had some tasty Halloween drinks while carving pumpkins and hanging with the incomparable Kat. My goal was turn my pumpkin into a stunning Mockingjay. I failed but at least I did so epically. My pumpkin broke off, I fixed it with toothpicks, and my bird was physically incapable of flight with the body I gave it. It was sad, but it was fun.

Hell, they even got me to watch some scary movies. I have now officially seen Saw 1-3. I had nightmares, mind you, but I was a brave big girl. Yay me.

10454304 10204836278328536 6246020230537145305 n Lets Catch UpHowever, it was my Sunday that was truly epic. It’s the day that I found Indie Chick on the shelves of Barnes & Noble, had lunch with my sisters, and went to a wine and candy pairing at a local winery. Yup, it was an amazing day!

 

IMG 20141019 115537 1024x1024 Lets Catch UpFirst stop was clearly to Barnes & Noble once I realized the magazine was on the shelves, selfies were taken and posted with the required #ICselfie tag and the smile was not going to come off my face.

You’d think I’d be less of a geek about finding it there, but I wasn’t. My sister and I went to the counter with our copies (or two each) and got a bit of a strange look. The clerk asked “Okay, what’s up with this magazine?” It was my great pleasure to let her know it was my company’s magazine. I’d say it was a highlight of my day, but my day was pretty amazing.

Follow that up with a lunch at a farm to table restaurant with a killer turkey chili and turkey burger sliders while chatting with my sisters, yeah, it was great. The lunch was made more memorable by a completely random horse and buddy that was cruising the parking lot taking shoppers from one side of the shopping center to the other, with no explanation. Amazing.

After lunch we went to a wine tasting we were all really excited about. We picked up our complimentary wine glass, complete with little bat decal, and went to the tasting tables. Luckily for us it was chilly, windy, and completely outdoor (they really need a sarcasm font). Actually, that wasn’t the worst of it-the wine was awful. I was honestly shocked by how nasty sweet the majority of the wine was. Add to the sweet wine the candy we were supposed to pair it with-literally a goodie bag of snickers, tootsie roll, laffy taffy, and the like-and it was just kinda nasty.

My sisters and I all agreed we weren’t a fan of the wine tasting experience but it was still great to spend time together.

That was one crazy weekend, but it’s not to be outdone by the ones to come. I have game nights planned, heading to Atlantic City to see Motley Crue, a Fleetwood Mac concert and flying to NC for an Indie Chick partner weekend all in the next week.

I gotta say, it’s nice to have a life again, one that isn’t all work and has a bit of balance. A part of that balance is talking to you guys more. Look for me…I’ll see you soon.

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