Monday, January 14, 2013

One Time I Was 13....It Was The WORST.

My too cute for her own good friend, Kristen, did a cool blog post called What Were You Doing. I have been thinking about doing something like this for awhile but no time like the present time right? Ok, here we go.

What were you doing 10 years ago? 
Ugh kill me. I just turned 13. I was the lanky tall girl with the braces, the glasses and although didn't have boobs (hey....I still haven't gotten those yet...WHAT THE HELL?), or my period, acne decided to show up on my face. I was super quiet and shy and awkward. I spent most of my days in school trying to plan a getaway. 
I was used to pants too short and being asked "Where's the flood?" and if you were one of those people, yes, you made me cry, I hope you got fat and you're on your first divorce.
I wanted to go to Law School and be a lawyer. I did not want to get married or have kids. 
I tried to be as invisible as possible, and I did not know the beauty of sarcasm yet...that would come in about a year or so.

Ok...awkward picture sister looks gorgeous. I look sickly, and my hair is hilarious. I wanted to look like Reese Witherspoon in Sweet Home Alabama. 
My poor skinny little arms. They never stood a chance.

What were you doing 5 years ago?
I had just turned 18. I am almost done with high school. I found that sarcasm was the best defense and found some truly amazing friends, whom I am still friends with today and always will be. I found confidence through debate and really didn't care too much about boys. I still didn't want to get married or have kids. I wanted to live in Disneyland and be a princess. You think I'm kidding. The only man I had loved or trusted at that point was my beautiful blue Ford Explorer named Optimus Indiana Jones Prime. I had lost the braces and glasses a few years back and kiiinda knew how to do my hair and makeup at this point. I had lost my childhood friend my dog Ebony a year before and was devastated. My mom and I had a crazy idea to adopt a kitty cat and we got the one who was on methamphetamine, just kidding. Not really. by this time 5 years ago, she would have ventured out from under the couch a few times. NOW SOME PICTURES FROM PROM!!!

That's Optimus in the background! I cried when he got hit by SOME IDIOT SCRATCHING HER EYE AND RAN A RED LIGHT!!!

 Back story of prom: my best friend made her boyfriend ask me out because no one else would. Yeah. I was suuuuper popular with the boys.

My new addition to my family!

What were you doing 2 years ago?

I had just turned 21. I'm probably in Wendover at the Styx concert and getting SMASHED! Just kidding. I am about 6 months away from meeting a man who will change my thought on having babies and spending the rest of my life with one person. But now I go on ALOT of first dates...not too many second dates. I have made a ton of mistakes by this time but do not regret a single one of them. I am still a work in progress after a pretty bad battle with some serious self esteem issues. See the girl in the pretty purple dress above? In a few months she will vomit every time she sees her face in a mirror. She will hide it from roomates and from family and friends. She will learn to do her makeup without using a mirror. She'll pull out chunks of her hair and her eyelashes. One day a few days after she turns 19 her and her girlfriends will want to go see Princess and the Frog. She'll have a meltdown in the bathroom trying to put on makeup, she'll look in the mirror for the first time in 3 months and it will make her puke. Because she can't stand to see her face. She'll put on a really good show at the movies until a friend wants a picture. This will be the first time her friends will get a clue as to the pain she had been feeling for months. Her best friends mom, who has been a second mom to her, will give her a book called The Secret. It will be the best thing that will ever happen to her. She'll spend nights in the bathroom and in front of the mirror crying, forcing herself to say "I'm beautiful." "I'm worth someones love." Sometimes she'll even scream it. By the time she's 21 she will still have many of her old friends, and she'll make new ones that will have a profound effect on her life. 21 is a hell of a lot better than 13, 18 or 19. And I discovered pudding shots this year too. That was a life changer. And I learned to not give a flying fuck as to what people think. I will also be working on learning to say "no". Particularly to my bosses.

 These goggles smelt like bacon....just so you know
This is before I had 7 Long Island Iced Teas and 2 kamikazes.....oh 21. 

What are you doing TODAY?
I am in my apartment with the love of my life and my best friend...Taffy. Oh and Brody is here too. JUST KIDDING! I love that man more than anything. He has taught me to love myself and to love and trust others. I cut back on the drinking (you know what's NOT attractive? Puking in bushes in front of a church and not having any clue where your car keys or your shoes are....) Right now I just finished a dinner Brody and I made together (my favorite thing that we do together...well....second...heheheheh) And listening to Brody laugh at an episode of South Park (the night I met him I heard his laugh before I saw him and I melted like butter...super cheesy yeah?) I am working towards my real estate license and LOVE all the amazing things we have coming our way. 

Where will you be 2 years from now?
SOMEONE SHOULD have gotten SOMEBODY an ENGAGEMENT RING by then. At least an engagement ring. Hopefully we know where we will be permanently since Brody will be done with school. Maybe my last name has changes and we're starting to have babies? I hope so. Taffy will still be a really grumpy cat I'm sure. And I am making money by blogging in my pj's. YAAAAAYYY!!! 


  1. Love the blog...I am forever your BFF and I am proud to say that noone can take that away. Meeting you was definitely one of my best memories and was thankful God finally sent me a friend that I can relate to, laugh with, cry with, get CRAZY with, and always have in my life. I love ya!!! :)

  2. Hi Arielle! I am Brody's Aunt. I just wanted to say that I think you are an amazing person. I can so relate to the "mirror" thing. I hate looking in the mirror because I look like my mom, (bad memories). I had my daughter, Shilo, read your blog because she thinks she is the "ugly fat twin". She was truly inspired. Thank you so much for inspiring me and Shilo. I hope you don't mind, but I will be reading your blog occasionally and will follow you on twitter.
    Thank you, Thank you, Thank you.

    Rhonda Eddy

  3. Omygosh thank you sooooo much for sharing this with me! You really have to take rebuilding self confidence on a day by day basis. When you have a day just force yourself to look in the mirror and scream "I am a hot piece of gorgeousness!" Somedays I still have to do it. But it does help that your nephew is amazing and tells me more than once a day that I'm pretty cute :). I am SO glad that you are a reader. And I hope Shilo realizes, when she starts to believe in her beauty, she will have all the power in the world and she can do anything she wants! If I didn't think I was something special I couldn't write this blog!