Schmidt Talk: 25 Things I Want Myself to Know at 25

maryschmidt:

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Me on my 25th birthday.

I turned 25 this year and I had a bit of a quarter life crisis. I felt like I didn’t know what I was doing and I was looking for advice on how to navigate this crazy adventure that is my 20’s. So for my birthday I asked my family to write a letter to themselves…

40 days and 40 nights

for lent this year i’ve decided to give up eating carbohydrates (except quinoa and couscous) and dairy.  So my diet will consist of eggs, chicken, fish, veggies, fruits, and nuts.  i’m trying something similar to the paleo diet but on my terms.  I know I personally wouldn’t do well without carbohydrates completely so I chose to keep couscous and quinoa in my diet.  i’ve been doing alot of research on diets of this type and feel that the most important key to sticking to this diet is planning my meals and snacks each week.  I looked up plenty of healthy meal ideas on pinterest and various food blogs.  I’m going to keep track of what i eat in my food diary and will be sharing some of my favorite recipes! good luck to everyone with their lenten promises.

xo Bridget 

this is a picture of my college roomie, allison, and i! we used to row at penn state. this picture captures the epitome of our relationship - i heart her.

this is a picture of my college roomie, allison, and i! we used to row at penn state. this picture captures the epitome of our relationship - i heart her.

country.

it has taken me a solid 24 years (i’m 24 years old) to truly appreciate country music (three of these years which i’m pretty certain my college roommate played country music to me in my sleep).  anyways, it’s phenomenal. i literally cannot stop listening to it.  ever since i moved to philly, i’ve been listening to the country radio station here.  i know philadelphia isn’t in the deep south and it’s odd that 92.5 XTU is my go to radio station here but listening to the station has calmed me down a lot.  i moved to a new city, worked a couple new jobs - it was stressful in the beginning.  but country tunes did the trick, they’re real lyrics that everyone can relate to unlike some genres (cough cough rap cough cough).  yes i did go through a rap stage in high school (who hasn’t?) for about 2 years but i quickly grew out of it (thank goodness).  i’m starting to appreciate songs more for the lyrics than bumping beats.

and let’s be honest (because we’re completely honest on the internet), country musicians are studs.  absolute studs.  and they’re manly men (facial hair and all), not afraid to get their hands dirty.  prime examples: blake shelton and luke bryan.  helllllllo - they look so good it hurts.  even the ladies aren’t hard on the eyes.  carrie underwood and faith hill are beautiful and class acts with great voices, they don’t need to perform nearly naked for people to come to their concerts.  but i must say, if i could trade legs with anyone it would be carrie underwood, her legs are fierce.

although i’m new to the country music game, i’m absorbing as much as i can.  i’ve been listening to any song i can find on the internet and researching artists - yes dorky but i want to one day consider myself a legit fan not one that just knows the songs on the radio.

lastly, all country musicians love the USA. enough said.

this is one of the kittens my brother’s cat had.  my aunt linda took him and named him boo! this picture is too cute - looks like it’s professionally done.

this is one of the kittens my brother’s cat had.  my aunt linda took him and named him boo! this picture is too cute - looks like it’s professionally done.

meet duncan! he’s a german pointer/lab mix! he’s 8 months old :) my roommate adopted him and i’m helping her out! he started his own blog http://diaryofduncan.tumblr.com/ - check it out!

meet duncan! he’s a german pointer/lab mix! he’s 8 months old :) my roommate adopted him and i’m helping her out! he started his own blog http://diaryofduncan.tumblr.com/ - check it out!

diaryofduncan:

dear diary,
today was an awesome day! i didn’t have to go in my crate at all! my aunt bridget played with me until my mom, katy, came home and then she played with me! a really nice lady that works with my mom gave me a present, it’s a goose that honks! it’s so much fun! my mom and aunt bridget went shopping for human things and came back with some presents for me - i got a penn state bone shaped tag! and a bone! and a harness (it’s kind of weird but i know they meant well).  i also got a meat filled bone from my bff, Notorious P.U.G. - what a great friend! well, i’m off to chew on my new toys :) until next time!
love, duncan

diaryofduncan:

dear diary,

today was an awesome day! i didn’t have to go in my crate at all! my aunt bridget played with me until my mom, katy, came home and then she played with me! a really nice lady that works with my mom gave me a present, it’s a goose that honks! it’s so much fun! my mom and aunt bridget went shopping for human things and came back with some presents for me - i got a penn state bone shaped tag! and a bone! and a harness (it’s kind of weird but i know they meant well).  i also got a meat filled bone from my bff, Notorious P.U.G. - what a great friend! well, i’m off to chew on my new toys :) until next time!

love, duncan

diaryofduncan:

dear diary,
today was my second day in my new home.  my mom and aunt had work so i had to stay in my crate all day.  i was a little difficult going into my crate but once i was in it i was fine with it because my aunt bridget gave me some treats before she left.  my crate is so comfy, i have a soft pillow and a university of tennessee blanket to keep me warm.  my mom came home from work first and took me on a playdate with my bff, Notorious P.U.G., at the park! it was so much fun! i met a really pretty girl named, Bailey, at the park.  she was a lot of fun to play with, i think i might have a crush on her.  i also met my aunt morgan today! i gave her so many kisses! now i’m going to watch tv on the couch with my aunt and my mom! until next time.
love, duncanp.s. the picture above is me refusing to go in to my crate - hehe.

diaryofduncan:

dear diary,

today was my second day in my new home.  my mom and aunt had work so i had to stay in my crate all day.  i was a little difficult going into my crate but once i was in it i was fine with it because my aunt bridget gave me some treats before she left.  my crate is so comfy, i have a soft pillow and a university of tennessee blanket to keep me warm.  my mom came home from work first and took me on a playdate with my bff, Notorious P.U.G., at the park! it was so much fun! i met a really pretty girl named, Bailey, at the park.  she was a lot of fun to play with, i think i might have a crush on her.  i also met my aunt morgan today! i gave her so many kisses! now i’m going to watch tv on the couch with my aunt and my mom! until next time.

love, duncan

p.s. the picture above is me refusing to go in to my crate - hehe.

diaryofduncan:

dear diary,
today was my first day at my new home.  my mom Katy and Aunt Bridget are super nice, I give them kisses every chance I get.  I love my new home, I love it so much I had two accidents in it (oops).  I heard my mom telling my aunt that I was just marking my territory - let them think that.  I met so many new friends today, too! I met Lola, she scared me a little bit but I think we’ll be great friends. I also met my neighbor Notorious P.U.G., we’re already bffs.  my mom is making me go to bed now.  until next time!
love, duncan

diaryofduncan:

dear diary,

today was my first day at my new home.  my mom Katy and Aunt Bridget are super nice, I give them kisses every chance I get.  I love my new home, I love it so much I had two accidents in it (oops).  I heard my mom telling my aunt that I was just marking my territory - let them think that.  I met so many new friends today, too! I met Lola, she scared me a little bit but I think we’ll be great friends. I also met my neighbor Notorious P.U.G., we’re already bffs.  my mom is making me go to bed now.  until next time!

love, duncan

some of my favorite ladies and i in NYC :)

some of my favorite ladies and i in NYC :)

my sister and i celebrating AMERICA!

my sister and i celebrating AMERICA!

one of my dear friends got married on june 3rd! i was asked to be one of her eleven(!) bridesmaids! it was such a beautiful ceremony and an extremely fun reception! enjoy the pictures :)  to anyone getting married in the near future: get a limo bus! drive around for pictures and jam out to awesome tunes - you won’t be let down, i promise!

hey there stranger.

so it’s been an extremely long time since i’ve posted anything or even looked at my tumblr. and I feel like today is the perfect time to catch up.  a lot has happened since I last posted.  I moved to a new city, got a new job, met some new people, left my new job because it wasn’t for me, and am trying to survive in my new city while job hunting.  it’s been a crazy, stressful, fun ride and i don’t regret any of my decisions.  i’m just learning how to survive as a young adult in the real world and it sucks some of the time.  i’ve been applying to jobs like it’s my job.  and trying to have a social life with a nonexistent income is tough but doable.  having great friends and family is the number one reason i am sane during my job drought and i appreciate them all so so much.  being in a new city is exciting - so much to do! but without an income it’s impossible to do.  my job search is looking up and i’m remaining optimistic.  everything happens for a reason and i know the perfect job for me is out there, just have to keep searching :)