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5 Rules For Acceptable Bragging

Did You Know?  In a survey of 2,000 people, more than 75% admitted to lying about themselves on social profiles.  Only 18% said that their Twitter and Facebook profiles accurately represent them.

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There’s something about being a badass bragger that I love.

If you do it wrong, than bragging is horrifically obnoxious.

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I love hearing people talk about what they’re passionate about, what makes them happy.  Whether that was a time in their life or an event they’re currently going through.  To see them get excited & feel comfortable enough opening up is exciting.  Conversations like these really get me going.

 

But there’s also people that don’t know how to brag properly.  They’re more focused on being a show off than sharing good news.  I think if you have to glorify every part of your life & constantly talk about it, there must be some self-confidence issues going on.  (LOL I’m laughing at my physiological conclusions here, but stay with me)

 

I broke down 5 Rules To A Good Brag because I think at some point bragging is awesome, but you have to do it correctly.

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5 Rules To Being A Badass Bragger

  1. Wait for someone to ASK YOU about something.  This rule is a little tricky because sometimes people don’t know what to ask.  But, for the most part, always wait for someone to ask about you & what you’ve been up to. If that’s your children, dog, career, vacation, relationship, boyfriend – wait for them to ask.  “How’s work going?”  “I saw you ran a marathon, was it hard?” “How’s Bernice?”  If they never ask, that’s pretty telling, they don’t give a shit. HA!  Send them to my post on: LISTENING.
  2. Shut Up.  Conversation tip across the board – Shut Up.  Don’t go on forever about anything, ever.  No matter who you are or how important the info you’re sharing is, remember to cut it off. Or at least stop, breathe, and ask for questions?
  3. Think about the WHY.  Why are you sharing?  Are you sharing because you want to feel better about yourself?  That’s not the right reason.  Are you sharing because you’re excited & want others to feel excited too?  Then brag away! But don’t brag simply so you can feel cool, or better, or special.  Brag because you’re overjoyed & want others to feel overjoyed too.
  4. Always express your GENUINE gratitude & appreciation.  This is the most important one to being a good bragger.  You have to always make sure you express how lucky you are to be married to the top RE Agent in the U.S. ( 😉 )  Or how grateful you are to travel through the African Safari for 6 months of the year.  Or how appreciative you are that you have the career of your dreams.  I don’t know what you’re bragging about, but it’s important to ALWAYS be humble while bragging.  Then others know, you know, you’re lucky.
  5. Try to include your audience.  Sometimes you might be bragging about something huge.  You’re getting married, you’re having a kid.. That’s big stuff, and likely your audience isn’t going through that large of an event to equally be able to brag about it… Still try to include them, rather than talk AT them forever.  If they have kids, or got married, try to relate or ask questions.  Help them remember those times.  Bring them in, because talking AT people is really annoying, so do your best to include them somehow.5 Rules-for-Bragging

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What do you think about Bragging?!  Funny topic right?  Bragging is weird to admit because it’s so much conversation about yourself!  But it’s fun to be excited with people who are excited, so if you brag correctly – then brag away!

 

I’m off to brag to Wafiq about how I was paid today and have yet to blow it all online shopping!  I’m sharing with him because I’m excited & I’ll ask him how he’s doing on his savings so we can be proud together!  HA!

 

Have a great weekend everyone! Go out, brag away, and be thoughtful…

 

Xx


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Fresh Air In The Rain

Happy Wednesday! Happy back to school! Happy end of summer!

I’ve been savagely cooking out of Chrissy Teigen’s cookbook & unfortunately not the healthy recipes.  How she remains skinny is truly unfair, although I’ll admit my choice of recipes have definitely been the ones calling for TBLS x TBLS of butter.  I haven’t eaten butter since 2004.  I need to change my strategy with that a little bit. She’s so funny & honest in her book about the fat you’re about to inhale or the salads you should be eating – which is why I’m obsessed with her.  The real deal.

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Besides cooking I haven’t been busy doing very much, the rain we’re having in Texas is extreme.  I never complain though, I love the way rain gives you an excuse to stay inside, cook, watch movies & light candles.

The rain outside inspires a calm & relaxing morning.  I’m the type to get increasing anxiety as the morning goes on, meaning sleeping in is no longer as easy as it once was.  The saying: “My brain during the day: Potato, potato, ching chong tomato. / My brain at night: I wonder why the Earth was placed exactly here and allowed us to provide a perfect climate to sustain life”, applies to me.

After two weeks straight of rain and staying indoors, me & my B Unit were getting a little cabin fever.  I feel bad when a dog has to stay inside through bad weather.  I saw (one of my many) girl-crush’s walking out from the trail with her two dogs in pouring down rain & feeling so envious.  She looked like how I imagine Michael Phelps felt when he kicked that South African man’s ass.  (Anyone see that?) And I was wanting to let out my inner water badass too.

Like any jealous girl, I then proceeded to my own adventure in the rain, with the B.  I told myself & Wafiq we’ll pretend we live in Portland & rain is what we do best. (?)

The adventure went well, it was wet + sweaty + muddy + buggy BUT being outside & breathing in fresh-ish air was so necessary after being cooped up for the past week.

Not to mention burn off at least a small portion of the 10lbs of Chrissy’s Mac & Cheese.

Another reason it’s totally necessary for you to adopt a dog.  You’ll feel guilty if you skip outdoor time.

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Hat for the sun, turned in to hat for the rain

In other news, I’m really excited because I’m going to Minnesota for a long weekend soon… Last time I was there I was suffering from major culture shock, yikes! I laugh now because I remember how uncomfortable I was driving & talking to strangers (aka, the checkout lady at Whole Foods).   The whole American thing was freaking me out, I try to remember how grateful I felt & remind myself to continue being grateful every single day.

Which I absolutely am.  I think almost every day Wafiq and I literally smile and remind ourselves how lucky we are. We bought the Costco size package of laundry soap and toilet paper.  Don’t even get me started on being able to do our own laundry! Living posh as fuck right now.

Life is good today!

Have a great rest of the week, be thoughtful. Talk soon!

Xx

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A Little Check In – The Bright Side to Hard Times

Checking in!

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My latest obsession is getting into bed around 8:30pm.  I’m a night person. NOT a morning person.  So going to bed this early never made sense, however I’m pretty obsessive with it these days.

I don’t go straight to sleep, I work on my computer for a while… {Maybe long term this will end up being a bad habit?}

I used to stay awake on my computer foreverrr in the living room, or kitchen, whatever was available at the moment. But never my bed!

So here I am, new obsession. Comfortable & cozy.  Anyone else been doing this all along?  I know in college that would have been a death sentence, I would’ve slept immediately upon hitting the sheets.  These days – it’s working.

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Speaking of beds – (I’ll use this as my transition.)

Last weekend, Wafiq & I were remembering how lucky we are.  It’s so silly.

I was complaining about not having money for something ridiculous & we stopped and kind of laughed with each other.

We didn’t have toilet paper before. I remember telling Wafiq to sneak into our clubhouse bathroom and grab a roll to bring to our apartment. OMG.

Now we have an apartment! Our own key, to our own door!  That made us the happiest people in the entire universe less than a year ago. We felt sooooo ecstatic to sit on the floor, probably eating Chic-Fil-A with a coupon, and no TV, barely even a phone <– We were so fucking excited.

I caught myself bitching about something so silly, but I love that it brought up our memories of a year ago.   It’s insane to me how much can change in a year & also how some of the harder times can make seriously the best memories. I love it. I loveeee ittttt so much. YUM.

So if anyone is not perfect & struggling a little, live in that moment.  It won’t last forever.  You’ll be perfect again someday. (LOL I wish).

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If I could just find a way to get Bernice working, that would truly be all dreams made.  She absolutely hates the camera so there’s no dog modeling in her future, maybe she could win an eating competition? We’ll see.

Wafiq’s life is moving forward.. still.  I have to use the word life because it’s too much.  TOO MUCH EXPLANATION, when we don’t even know what’s going on.

And I’m happily blogging away.

How’s everyone else?  Anyone stop and smell the daisies? No? Too hot outside? Me too.

Ok off to beat the crowds at this Blues On The Green music concert Austin puts on.  First time I’m going this year, and could be the last.

 

Xx

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Trader Joe’s Must-Have Groceries

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I now live approx. 10 minutes away from Trader Joe’s so it’s my number one stop for a quick grocery shopping trip. I’m very particular about the grocery list’s I have. It’s taken me a while to cultivate a badass list.

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I read every single label.

At first, this sounds high maintenance, but once you get through the tough part and have your staple grocery items in place.. It’s a breeze & totally worth it.

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I have a list for each of the grocery stores I live close to. Wafiq was NOT a happy camper shopping with me the first couple of trips, but we made it through that hurdle together and no one got hurt.

Waa-la! Now grocery shopping is easy peasy.

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I LOVE every single item on this list. {Especially the treats.. I know, there’s too many}.

I could easily write a post about each item individually and all the ways I use them + why I love them so much – but let’s not be boring.

On to the Trader Joe’s Must-Have Grocery List:

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Did I miss any Trader Joe’s staple grocery items?! Let me know your go-to grocery store + items so I can check them out!

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By the way, it’s very 2001 to bag your groceries with paper or plastic.

It’s 2016 – we’re much cooler than that. We bring our own grocery bags now. Get on board or starve!!  …but really, start bringing your own grocery bags, if you don’t already 🙂

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Why I Named My Blog: MissBassmaster

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HAPPY HAPPY FRIDAY!

It’s finally here! We made it to the end! Miracles do exist.

EEEEEEEEEE!! I hope something spectacular is planned for your weekend. I want you to know up front, if you have a weekend planned all by yourself on the couch with pizza and Netflix, I consider that spectacular. Or if you’re going to a glamorous New York Fashion Week party, that’s very spectacular as well.  Either way, sounds exciting.

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Sooooooooo MissBassmaster.

What’s up with the name!? Well, allow me to explain.  I thought of the name MissBassmaster before I moved to Dubai, when I was starting this blog as a fun journal for my adventures across the pond.

When I was in elementary school I went with my parents to an Outdoor Expo. {Imagine: fishing boats, snow mobiles, tackle boxes, and maybe some grilling tools or ice houses.}

I know there was a “casting contest” at the expo, because my dad made me sign up and participate.

Participants had to compete in 3 or 4 different styles of casting, all of which the goal was to land on the bulls eye ahead of you some distance. Then you receive points.

Anyways, I did a fantastic job.  As you would expect.

I hold this memory near and dear to my heart because it’s HUGE bragging rights if you ask me. (Ask me to cast a fishing pole today, I’ll run the other direction)

I love this story because it reminds me of how I grew up.  Basically, not a pussy.

We (my brother and I) went fishing. Meaning, we hooked the bait (worms, leaches, ect.) and grabbed the fish when we caught them, pointing them away from us in case they peed.  We chopped wood for our fire at the cabin from time to time. We didn’t miss school, ever.  We drank water. We learned to water ski when we were fresh out of the womb. We never wanted to have sleep overs and we rarely cared about what clothes we were wearing. (Unless we were tortured at school by evil alien kids)

No matter where I go, or where I feel like living tomorrow, MissBassmaster reminds me of home. And growing up how we did.  I’m glad we’re built like strong Vikings, that don’t cry when they fall. They get back up and catch their supper.

HOOOOO – RAH

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Now, I’ll forever be known as MissBassmaster in the world wide web. <3

XxMiss Bassmaster

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5 Things You’re Grateful For Right Now

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I mentioned this a looooong time ago and I always wanted to wrap back around to it because I know I didn’t give the idea enough attention.. and I definitely wanted to.

5 things you’re grateful for R I G H T N O W !

When I was living in Dubai, doing this saved my life.  Probably not really, but it felt like it at the time.

The idea sounds small, and simple but it’s a game changer in having a positive day, and a positive outlook 🙂

Whenever you’re in a strange mood. Whether that means you’re angry, hormonal, sad, nervous, anxious, exhausted..  Say 5 things you’re grateful for out loud.

(And yes, the out loud part is an important part of these instructions)

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I challenge you to say 5 things that you’re grateful for that have meaning in that moment. Rather than saying: “I’m grateful for my dog. I’m grateful for my house. I’m grateful for my shoes. I’m grateful for my TV”.

Put some meaning behind them: “I’m grateful I was able to wake up early and do my workout so I feel better throughout the day. I’m grateful I spoke to both of my parents at lunch today and they sound so happy. I’m grateful my dog had a stellar vet appointment that didn’t cost as much as I was expecting.  I’m grateful the sky is clear blue and the air feels so cozy. I’m grateful I don’t have to work today.”

You get the drift?

**In case you didn’t get it the first time –> Say them out loud, even if it’s a whisper to yourself, say them out loud!

If you’re with a friend or dog or partner, you can each do 5 things you’re grateful for and you’ll notice the energy will quickly lift. Smiles!  Even Wafiq liked doing this. Eventually he would bring it up.  We’d be in the car on the way home from work and he’d say, “Let’s say the 5 things we’re grateful for right now”.  <—- Awwwww.. Because it makes you feel good! Simple as that!

Give it a try! #gratefulrightnow ! ! !

 (* Let me know how it goes)

XxMissBassmaster

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