Spin Off: What's your biggest and smallest best decision ever?

posted 3 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Biggest:

1. Moving to Switzerland for my Husband’s job. It’s really different, espically traveling. In Canada, it’s expensive to travel, and for his poisition he’d make so much less. But in Switzerland, he makes way more, hes in a top lab and in the last 6 months we’ve been to Paris twice, Rome, Barcelona, and Amsterdam – all on different trips. (Plus, he gets 25 paid vacation days 😉 ) 

Smallest:

2. Abercrombie screwed up my last order so I ended up getting something like 90 euros off when I was only suppose to get 40. 

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

Big:

1. Going relatively far away for college (about 9 hours from home). It really allowed me to become independent and to grow as a person away from my parents. I think if I had gone to school close to home, I would have spent a lot of weekends at home and I wouldn’t have gotten the full “college experience,” nor would I have been forced to deal with problems that arose on my own. Plus, I wouldn’t have met FI if I hadn’t gone to school there 🙂

2. Joining (and quitting) Teach for America. I learned a lot about myself, my goals and what I want out of my life, for better and for worse. It was the toughest, most miserable year of my life, but it made me realize that sometimes, you need to put yourself above the expectations and desires of others. Which, for a people-pleaser like me, was a huge life lesson.

Small:

1. Finding the apartment we live in now. It’s really underpriced for the area AND allows dogs. A win/win that allows us to save money and live in one of the best neighborhoods in our city.

2. Getting our dog. I guess this is kind of a big thing, since she’s basically our child, but I didn’t really want a dog when FI and I first moved in together. He did, and I went for it, and I’m SO glad I did. I can’t imagine my life without her.

 

Post # 5
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

Big:

1. Leaving my ex once and for all. It was toxic, and once I finally made the decision to break it off for good, my life started to improve.

2. Kinda goes hand in hand with the last one – choosing my FI (happen a year or so after I left my ex for good).

3. Finishing my degree (it was tough and I didn’t want to do it at the time but I stuck it out) and networking while in university. I always had my eye on a job at the end, and because of my networking I got a good one.

Small:

I am pleased I chose to buy two mini watermelons this week because I am eating it now for breakfast lol.

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo

Big: Getting my first job at the company that I did (or at least taking the leap to interview for something I wasn’t terribly interested in).  It wasn’t great, but it led me to my best job within the same company, with awesome benefits and the ability to move in with DH.  I think I’ve been fairly lucky career wise, especially since the job market was starting to decline when I graduated!

Small: Bringing my hedgehog mug to work.  Perfect for tea and I feel soooo cuuuute carrying it back and forth from the water cooler haha~

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

Biggest: Obviously marrying DH, so I’ll choose another one.

Attending Texas A&M University. Those were some of the best years of my life, and I made lifelong friends. DH went there too, but four years before me, so when we met it was an instant connection. A&M is still very much a part of our lives. We are active with the alumni group here in town and we are both huge sports fans. A&M really brings us together.

Smallest: Investing in nicer workout gear. When I started my weight loss efforts earlier this year I was walking/running in old shorts, big tshirts, or old tank tops, and old shoes. I finally broke down recently and bought myself nice running shoes, dry fit shirts and fitted capris. It really makes a difference!

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Big:

Choosing to move out of state by going to a college 400 miles away from home and FI’s college. I had a great college experience and I definitely picked the right college for me. By doing an LDR with FI we both learned to be independent on our own and created our own circle of friends while still having the support of our relationship. It greatly improved our communication skills and made our relationship stronger.

Small:

Paying an extra $2 per person at the zoo to get into the pet-a-stingray exhibit. FI and I were in there for at least 45 minutes because we were having a blast. It was seriously the best date we’ve ever been on and one of my favorite experiences. We both have a special spot in our hearts for stingrays now. There was one little guy in particular with a crack in his wing that would arch up into your hand to get pet just like a cat. We still remember him fondly even though it was about 4 years ago now.

Post # 9
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

Biggest: DH! And leaving my abusive ex, and deciding to finish college!

Smallest: I got an amazing deal on 10 bags of designer baby clothing for only $25! Gotta love Boston Craigslist!

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2014 - Rebar

@chillinchillin:  Excellent question! 

Big: 

I made a trip for the summer to italy back in 2010! For an internship I went with my best friend and we rented an apartment right in the heart of Florence! I fell in love with the city and the people. Made so many friends that till this day still keep in touch. We stayed there for 8 weeks…our last week we only had $500 lol! we were eating pasta with whatver we were able to afford. I cant imagine having it done any other way. I had the time of my life there and i only have fond memories of that trip that honestly changed me as a person. After 2010 i promised myself i would be making a trip outside of the US at least once a year. So far i have done it!! 

Small:

I cooked really late last night (i didnt want to!! but i am glad i did) yummy chicken with some yummy rice. I am so looking forward to it for lunch which will be in an hour. 

Post # 11
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

Biggest, Best Decision:  The best, most important decision I ever made was deciding to follow Jesus Christ and make Him the Lord of my life. I’ve been on an incredible journey with him that began when I first accepted him as a young child but did not really begin to transform my life in radical ways until I decided to surrender my life to Him fully while I was a freshman in college.  I’ve been walking with him as an adult for more than 30 years now, and I continue to be amazed at what He has done in, for  and through  me. Best, Decision. Ever.

Smallest, Best Decision: As silly as it may sound, I regularly thank God for a high dresser that I purchased along with the rest of my bedroom furniture about three years prior to marrying my DH.  I loved this tall dresser, but I thought I might be going overboard by buying it along with the rest of the pieces, and I originally had been worried that I may have to put it in a guest room, because it might not fit in my bedroom in the house where I was living at that time.  However, as it turns out, not only did it fit my lifestyle when I was single, and not only did it become my favorite piece of furniture in this set, but also, after I married my DH, it became his dresser. I am SO thankful that I bought it when I did, because that particular line of furniture is now discontinued.

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

Biggest (1): NOT quitting law school when I was going through my divorce. Thank you, mom and dad for forcing me to stick it out!

Biggest (2): Taking a risk and quitting my first job to move with my mentor. The new job is ONE MILLION TIMES better 🙂

Smallest: Getting my car last year on black Friday. I love it even with the payments and it brings me so much more happiness than the crappy lease I had before.

Post # 13
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

My biggest best decision I think has been my university degree/career path. It worked out SO well. 

Smallest best decision lately… I’m glad I forced myself to go get groceries after work Monday so now I actually have good fresh food in the fridge instead of not feeling like cooking anything in the freezer for dinner. I hate cooking to begin with, but having more ingredients makes it much easier to make a decent meal for dinner – especially when my fiancé has been traveling and it’s only me! Cooking for one seems so pointless… 

Post # 14
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671 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Biggest: breaking it off with a lying, cheating, complacent jerk, ans meeting my husbnd a month later.

W2. Getting my degrees.

Smallest: um, getting a haircut. Stylists are the best conversationalists.

Post # 15
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

Biggest decision: when I was 7 my mom left me alone in a store at the mall.  Some random stranger tried to abduct me and I decided I wasn’t going quietly, so I bit him.  I could’ve been a victim, but this turned out to be one of the most empowering experiences of my life. 

Smallest decision: Going to go see Pacific Rim in 3D (it was awesome lol)

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Lodge

Biggest:

1. Deciding to be a single mom and have my children anyways even though it was tough and I had to make a lot of sacrifices.  I don’t regret one minute of deciding at 20 years old to keep my baby even though a lot of people were against it.

2. Taking money out of savings to go to a convention.  It completely changed my perspective on how I look at life, deal with people etc.  I feel like I’m a different person and great things are going to come my way now.

Smallest:

1. Deciding to start being serious about losing weight and being healthy.  I feel great, I look great and I hope to never go back to the place I just came from again.

2. Taking the job I currently have.  I love the people I talk to everyday, I love most of my co-workers.  I love that I will be able to move up in this position since I am the youngest in my dept by at least 20 years.  I don’t think I’ve ever been in a better job where I can use both my nursing AND bachelors degrees.

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