Learning to Look Beyond What I See

The last month has been quite interesting for sure. During college I wanted to be a writer, I became an English Writing major and was told I was no good at it. I decided that English Writing was then not for me. I didn’t appreciate the criticism then and felt that no one in the department was willing to help me. I gave up writing at that point, cold turkey. I stopped keeping a journal, I stopped writing stories and poems and most importantly, I virtually stopped reading for pleasure.

I then decided that Politics was my next passion. I have always loved politics and I love talking about issues and trying to figure out how the government works (while yes, it is messed up and confusing… it’s interesting to try and figure out what way they will go). I took a wide variety of classes once I chose my Political Science major (I know I know… Beth is cringing as she reads this. 1. Because I studied poli-sci. 2. Because I studied poli-sci at Concordia.) But alas, I realized how much I enjoyed politics and I was able to at least attempt to devote myself to each of my classes even though there were required classes that I absolutely hated taking.

I wanted to be in the government but guess what, that’s really hard to do. Especially being young. Yes it has been done, but it costs a bit of money (that I don’t have). So I settled… for Walgreens. I wish with every fiber of my being that I had never settled. That I had just pushed thru and looked for something right when I got out of school in my field.

Now I’m regretting most decisions I made. I miss writing, I miss being part of political classes and I miss actually emerging myself into the politics of our nation. I regret staying at Walgreens for as long as I did but there were good things that came from it. Beth, my other friends, good connections with a few bosses and some very valuable lessons from co-workers, both positive and negative.

But as I sit here and I write this post, I feel the writer coming back to me. The one who likes to put her feelings, emotions and thoughts on a page and be able to express the ideas that I may not be able to put into coherent words in a conversation but can manage to write out with less trouble. Words are my thing, I miss the idea of writing and how it made me feel to hit submit on a site even like fanfiction.net.

I am slowly learning to realize that I may be 25 and out of school now for three years almost, but I am certainly in a good spot to be able to start over. It will take a while to find something that I will accept, something that will suit me in what I want to do but I know something is out there for me. There is nothing that can stop me except myself and I have more support than I realized at the beginning. God wouldn’t put me into any situation I can’t handle and this is just my next trial in this game called life. And just like everything else, I will make it through this.

Alas, I must now figure out how I am going to pursue writing, and politics and scentsy (my newest attempt to find something that I’m good at). Good luck to me I do suppose.


❤ Nina

Beth’s Hidden Talent

So anyone who truly knows me might already know this, but I’ve got a special hidden talent. It’s not something you would guess by just looking at me, or by lookin at my grades or anything like that. I, am a master procrastinator. Now I know this isn’t something I should be necessarily proud of, but I DID graduate high school with highest honors so obviously something worked well for me!

Over the years I’ve noticed that when I’ve been given a deadline weeks in advance, I will still wait till a few days, or even the day before something is due to finish it. Along with this, I have also found I tend to work better under pressure. Before I go any further, THIS IS NOT ADVOCACY FOR PROCRASTINATION!! Procrastinating has caused me much unneeded and avoidable stress, so try not to do what I do. On the flip side of that, don’t be so quick to judge someone who does procrastinate. Perhaps they are like me.

I’m also that person who never seems to study. Now this isn’t because I think I’m super smart and already know everything; it’s because my brain physically doesn’t allow me to sit and “study” like normal people do. Generally, if I am going to learn and remember something, it will stick with me when my professor says it or I read it in a lecture. Going back over my notes or making flash cards just don’t seem to help me remember things. Once again, I don’t recommend doing this! The amount of times I have wished to be able to study on a regular basis rather than cramming the night before and hoping something sticks are innumerable.

I guess my point in this post would be don’t let someone’s study habits judge how you see them as a person. Yes I study like a high school drop out, yet I am on the Dean’s List. Yes I push off my homework until the last possible minute (even now as I write this I have homework I should be doing), yet I almost always get it done and turned in. Nobody is perfect and no two people learn the same way, so don’t treat everyone the same way.

Hope you enjoyed my slight rant guys! Love you!

❤ Beth

It’s All Just a Matter of Time

Well now that Christmas season is over in the retail world it is time to get back to the normality and the simplicity of life. Trust me when I say that I am so thankful the holidays are over. There was so much stress and anxiety surrounding the season this year and it made it completely unbearable. I could not wait to take down my Christmas tree and get the house back in order. And most importantly, I couldn’t wait to get back to writing.

Obviously Beth is now back in classes and she is working full time as well (I know, she’s nuts in a good way). But my hope is that in some spare time we will get an opportunity to try out some life hacks we have been gathering from the internet over the last few months for us to really try out and be able to share with everyone. We have saved everything from baking ideas to pan cleaning tips for caked on stains and even some cleaning hacks and DIY cleaning product ideas that look to be fairly cheap and work almost as good as the name brand expensive stuff from the store.

Until then, I am sure we will fill up time with doing homework and cleaning and being us. But I am hoping to try and get a regular posting schedule back on track once again. This week will be difficult because Beth is working a few weird shifts in order to complete the cosmetics resets at Walgreens. But hey, maybe she’ll write a sleep deprived post about the experience of that. Who knows.

Until next time my friends,

sorry it’s short.

Nina ❤

Some Days Are Harder Than Others

As Beth said… we aren’t dead and I figured it was about time I wrote something to share with you guys. My title sounds a lot more ominous than it actually is but it’s a theme that seems to be recurring in mine and Beth’s lives almost every day. 

When we are kids and growing up, being an adult is such an appealing thing. No more house rules, no bedtime, no being told what to eat, what to do, or anything else. I know as a kid I always wanted to be older than I was… but now that I am going to be turning a quarter of a century old (that’s 25 for those who had to stop and think) I find myself wanting to be young again. To sit at home and not have responsibilities. To play with stuffed animals, color, listen to kids bop  (yeah I know… it’s horrible) and watch Disney movie after Disney movie. 

Those were what the older generation calls “the good old days” for me. When I was able to just be a kid and not have a care in the world. But both Beth and I were forced to somewhat grow up really fast. Beth more so than me. My dad had back surgery when I was in third grade and so I was really asked to step up around the house and help with chores and cleaning and even asked to help with random odd tasks. However, I wanted that. I wanted to help (well when I was young. Teenage me wasn’t as helpful as I should have been) and I wanted to be around to see my dad back to full health. 

Oh goodness that was so many years ago… 15 or so now. But i remember how much my dad tried to push the pain away so that he could do things to support us around the house, to be able to help with homework or sports or anything he could. 

I remember moving to the apartments in St. Cloud and my first few years playing sports at St. John’s. My dad used to lay on the couch in our tiny living room and let me hit headers at him so I could practice aiming (which was funny because I was a goalie so I never needed that skill). And he used to help me with my softball batting skills by making me take practice swings in the still tiny living room. 

But through all of that my dad taught me one very important lesson that I live by even now. Some Days are worse than others… Some Days are more painful, some days don’t make sense, and some days… Some Days will always be worse than others but it is the family and friends we surround ourselves with, the little things that happen and the moments that happen before our eyes that make every single second worth while. 

Thanks for reading, 

Nina ❤

Hey We Aren’t Dead!

Hello! Guess what? We aren’t dead!! At this point our blog pretty much is, but hey! We came back! Anybody who works retail can understand how busy Nina and I are at the store right now; we’ve been drowning in Christmas junk for over a month already, and we are just getting started. We are going to be busy until next year (yes that’s only like a month and a half away, but I love those corny New Year’s jokes).

As for me, I’m FINALLY not sick (for now). I got rid of my nasty sinus infection for maybe a week before I managed to catch another one. That’s how my luck goes! I’m now feeling better and starting to get my life back on track again. My grades are decent, I’m working a ton, and I’m volunteering every Tuesday at the retirement home. I’m busy, but not too busy.

Both Nina and I are trying to keep our heads high as we head into this horribly busy season while still being short-staffed. We’ve started to get some fresh faces in who are doing well (aside from a few hiccups) and our original staff members (those who needed it) are starting to show some improvement 🙂

I’m super excited because we are doing Secret Santa this year! And we are having a holiday party with (almost) all of the staff outside of the store. Hopefully this will help bring our store together as we head into this busy holiday season!

Hopefully we can start posting more, but there’s really not much going on with us besides Christmas right now. Love you!!!

❤ Beth

Home Ownership Pt. 2

Well well well…. yeah it’s been FAR too long! With work and all randomness that life has brought on to Beth and I, we are just now finding time to both post in our blog. We lost some staff at work so both of us have been super busy picking up more hours there and then of course we both got sick too.

I digress:

Home ownership! I had a request for some pictures after my last post and so I figured I could post a couple pictures and oblige our readers!


Last post, I wrote about some of our home repairs and one of those was adding a storm/screen door to the front of our house. To the left above is the before picture and the right is the picture after the door was installed (complete with a picture of my goofball husband ❤ ).



We also fixed our fence that day (which had blown over in a storm 2 weeks after we moved into the house). Low and behold, as above, the left photo (complete with goofball again) is the before picture, and the left side is what it looked like after the repairs. Thankfully we had a coworker who knew how to fix the fence so we didn’t have to go and spend tons of money in order to have someone fix it for us. Plus, now we don’t look like trash for having a broken fence anymore.  😉

My favorite thing that we have done so far though….. is by far the beginning of upgrading our kitchen appliances. We had all white appliances before in our kitchen. They were pretty basic and yes, they all worked. But they were not what we wanted and they were something that we wanted to work on changing. With the help of family (as in the fact that we got married so this was a wedding present), we upgraded 2 out of our 4 kitchen appliances thanks to an extremely good sale. Below are the before and after photos of the kitchen!


This is the before picture (the best one I have). Lots of white and dark brown. Clean but not my style at all (and I would like to think Kyle hated them too).


And the after picture (please ignore the mess… I’m still sick and have been in bed the last 2 and a half days).

After a LONG debate and asking for help on facebook for suggestions on whether to go with black, white, or stainless steel…. Kyle and I agreed that stainless was going to be the best in our house for us (plus I got my glass cooktop!!! — I REALLY hate coils and drip pans).

So to finish off the post, I am going to post a random collage of multiple photos of the house, some before paint and some after. There is nothing really in the photos because it was all before we started moving stuff in but you guys can at least get an idea for the inside of our house.



And that, ladies and gentlemen, is the Frith House!

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Love you always!

Nina ❤

Life is a Balancing Act

So we are now a couple weeks into the school year, and let me tell you it is not easy balancing school, work, social life and fun! I am a full-time student, but I only have class two days a week because I also have two online classes for a total of five classes. I also have a full-time job where my two days off during the week are Tuesdays and Thursdays. I also volunteer at the local nursing home when I have extra time. Outside of school and work I also have homework to do (and there’s quite a bit since I have online classes). Now assuming I still have energy (which I often don’t) I have friends and family I want to talk to and video games I want to play.

Now I would say that I’m a perfect student and always get my homework done on time and do all of it before I do anything fun, but anybody who knows me would see how big of a lie that is! I eventually get my work done, it can take a while sometimes though.

I’m not going to say working your way through college is easy, nor am I going to say it is for everyone, but it IS doable. If you have the dedication and determination, you can definitely pay your own way through school. Budgeting is the key to balancing life; budgeting your time, budgeting your money, budgeting your focus. It is better to take a few extra minutes to plan out when you are going to do everything rather than just diving right in and figuring it out as you go. Your plan doesn’t have to be set in stone because life is unexpected, but following some sort of plan helps you stay focused and accomplish everything you set out to do.

Well I’ve probably ignored my homework for long enough, but I felt bad that Nina and I haven’t been updating lately! It’s Halloween time in retail meaning we are going to be busy until after Valentine’s Day (Halloween turns into Christmas turns into Valentine’s Day). We both love you guys!!!

❤ Beth