thank you, next (2018)

It’s been a while since I last posted on this site. Lately, it’s been extra therapeutic to take pen to paper and journal the old fashioned way — plus I’m out of photo memory here and don’t want to pay for more. For some reason online journaling requires images??

 

I really enjoy reading back through my yearly highlights so I know it’s March but, Imma do it.

 

2018 here we were.

January

We celebrated Dallin’s 29th Birthday with a quiet dinner in Prospect Heights. Earlier in the day Dallin thought he was dying of an allergic reaction, so dinner was a pleasant reminder that sometimes it’s just nice to be alive.

The world coined a new term: ‘Bombcyclone’. Dallin and I worked from home in our pajamas and tried not to freeze. It was so cozy.

Dallin started a graphic design program in Manhattan.

 

February

In February my Commodity team nominated me as a 2018 Notable for the Fragrance Foundation. I was so honored!! My mom even traveled to NYC for the awards ceremony.

While my mom was here we laid in bed and watched the entire season of Big Little Lies and honestly it’s in my top 10 favorite memories with her.

 

March

I started to think about maybe applying for graduate school.

We started to think about maybe finding cheaper rent to pay for said graduate school.

March was a lot of thinking and talking.

 

April

Dallins’ sister, Aubree, came to visit us! This is when she told us she’d be marrying the love of her life that coming summer. It’s a moment I won’t forget, especially since it wasn’t the first time she told me.. I just ignored the first time!! Damn text messages.

Dallin graduated from his graphic design program.

We moved! Yay cheaper rent!

May

We went to the “Honorable William Wall” with some of our favorite friends. Highly recommend – an amazing NYC experience.

I submitted my application for graduate school (late, but I did it).

 

June

We celebrated my birthday with my BFF Sara not the country singer Evans in NJ by laying in the sun all. day. long. Subsequently, I suffered the worst sunburn of my life – my shins are still red!!

Dallin and I took a random Friday off work to see The Heavenly Bodies exhibit at the MET. It was a the most perfect NYC day.

I saw Kacey Musgraves and Harry Styles live so I can check that off the bucket list. She was a spiritual experience I wasn’t prepared for.

 

July

WE GOT A PUPPY!! Definitely the highlight of my 2018 was finally convincing Dallin that we needed a furry friend. We rescued Zini and our lives have been forever changed. We love him!

Basically the rest of July is us planning our lives around going to the park with Zini + his auntie Sara Ma.

 

August

We visited Utah to attend Aubree’s wedding! It was such a beautiful ceremony. It was so nice to see so many friends and family gather to support both Aubs and Justin.

Commodity threw a big party on a boat!! It was such a fun night celebrating with all the people who have helped get this brand where we are today. #teamcommodity

I was accepted to grad school and started classes late August! It was a crazy month, but it’s been wildly worth the crazy.

 

September

CONSUMED with school work!! The adjustment of full time work + part time school was something that took some getting used to.

 

October

I traveled to Europe for the very first time and it was truly a dream come true. Commodity is quickly making moves in Europe which allowed me to travel to Paris for a few meetings. It was magical. #teamcommodity

Dallin and I celebrated 6 years of being married! Year 6 has probably been my favorite yet.

I read Educated by Tara Westover and it was by far my favorite book of 2018. 10/10 would reco forever.

I saw Lily Allen live – after having just read her memoir My Thoughts Exactly – she was amazing.

 

November

I hosted my very first Thanksgiving! It was filled with love and friendship and I’d do it again.

I also attended the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade for the first time ever – so magical.

Dallin and I attended a #myplmorning at the pier and it was probably the best day of D’s life.

 

December

I finished my first semester of grad school without dying!! I have truly enjoyed this program so much and I’m loving all the great friendships being developed because of it.

Dallin, Zini and I traveled to Utah to spend the holidays with our families. It was a great way to end the year doing some of the things I love most in life. Hiking, skiing, shopping at suburban Target, spending time with friends and family, etc..

 

Thank you to everyone who made 2018 one to remember. There were some not so fun times too – generally I’ve included some of those not so fun times in my highlights – but I decided to leave the drama for my mama this year 🙂

 

Here’s to 2019!! The year of the Dog is predicted to be very prosperous for the Monkey (me) so cheers to this glorious year. #chinesenewyear

 

xoxo

– Maggie

 

 

7th Grade Megan

The other night Dallin asked me to tell him an embarrassing story. It didn’t take me long to think of one to share, I embarrass easily. Dallin and I have been married for 6 years this month and I love that we are still learning about each other. Dallin got a kick out of this one so I decided to share.

Let me take you back to the year 2004, I was 12 and I was weird. I didn’t have a lot of friends, I mostly hung out with my siblings and my books. I loved my books. I still love my books. Moving on, before this turns into an erotic post about my books.

I was in 7th grade and my Jr. High was participating in a mock presidential election. I was pretty confident I was the ONLY person at my school, whose student population consisted mostly of conservative mormon farmers, voting for John Kerry. The mock election was being held during our lunch hour. To save myself from further ridicule (remember I was already the weird girl) I decided I needed to get to lunch super early so I could get it over with, even then I was all too aware of the anxiety political disappointments can elicit. As this was my first time voting, I’m not sure I understood how it all worked. I think I thought I would have to stand up on stage and declare my vote in front of a panel of political judges??

It was five minutes until the lunch bell would ring. I started packing up my book bag early, something I never did because #teacherspet. I made sure my keds were tied tight in preparation for my sprint to the lunch room. The bell rang and I was off to the races. I ran all the way from the science hall which was on the opposite side of the school!! By the time I made it to the lunch room I was the 3rd person in line to vote. Out of breath and slightly sweaty (I hadn’t made it to puberty yet so yes, only slightly sweaty) I felt relieved and a little silly once I saw the voting booths provided enough privacy that no one would see who I was voting for.

At the end of the school day the voting tally was announced over the loud speaker.

  • George W. Bush – 19304937 (I don’t remember the number but it definitely felt like this)
  • John Kerry – 2

I wasn’t alone. I never found out who the other rebel voter was but I was glad to know I wasn’t alone. (I’m also just now realizing that it’s possible they inflated the Kerry votes to two as to not make me feel completely alone).

Over the last few years I have been inspired by those who wear their political and religious beliefs like a badge of honor… maybe not those who are clearly in the wrong tho. I still hold mine pretty tight fearing I’ll spark contention or that I’ll sound ignorant and uninformed. I’m hoping to conquer this fear by defending my beliefs with compassion. I’m not nerdily running to vote in secret anymore.

Stand for right, even if you stand alone – Thomas S. Monson

https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2011/10/dare-to-stand-alone?lang=eng

Who else is looking forward to General Conference this weekend?!

Death to anyone who calls a migraine a ‘headache’

img_4523.jpgI am a chronic headache and migraine sufferer. Notice how I say headache and migraine sufferer. They are different, I promise. Generally these ailments are brought on by stress or not eating right so I can usually manage them. However last year, I finally decided to take action because they were ruining my life.

In 2016, I logged 13 migraines that kept me at home sitting in the dark unable to move let alone make it to the office. I can usually tell right when a headache is about to reach migraine territory. It’s right when my closing my eyelids feels like starting afire in my scalp. My vision starts to blur and I start to feel nauseous, then my neck feels sore and I can’t open my eyes unless there is total darkness. It’s so miserable.

My mom was visiting me in June last year when I was struck with a particularly outrageous migraine brought on by too much fun at Coney Island. When she saw first hand how miserable I was she suggested something called a daith piercing. She went on and on about how amazing it is for people with chronic headaches. At first I was just annoyed she was talking because I HAD A MIGRAINE. Then once the migraine subsided I was able to hear her out. I was visiting Utah in July for my friends wedding so I told her we could go check it out together when I was home.

Mom basically drove me straight from the airport, jk not really the airport, to Iris to get see about getting my daith pierced. I found a pretty piece and I thought the piercing was cute so I didn’t protest when the woman said they could pierce me up right then and there. I used the excuse that it could possibly help my migraines to get over the cost and my #mormonguilt. So I did it.

For the first few hours after getting the piercing I had a terrible headache, it didn’t cross into migraine territory, but it was a doozy. I was starting to regret my decision thinking it was going to do the opposite of what I thought it would. However, after about 2 months, it was still tender but healing nicely and I hadn’t had a headache since that initial ‘doozy’.

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Right after I had done the deed. 

Yesterday, about midday I started to get a headache. It started off pretty normal, I didn’t think much of it. By 3:00pm I knew we were headed straight to migrainville. I took off a little early from work trying to get ahead of it. I came home, took a hot shower and went straight to bed. I laid in bed for hours suffering! I felt like that scene in 500 days of Summer where they both just stare blankly and say “suffering” over and over again.

 

One doctors appointment and one cheap groupon massage later I’m now leaving migraineville and headed into headache town. I didn’t realize how nice my non-migraine life had been. I lived 8 glorious migraine-free months because of this piercing!! Now… you’re probably wondering why this news warranted a blog post – it didn’t. I’m just this happy about my piercing and the life its allowed me to have.

If you live a migraine-full life – I highly recommend 10/10.

xoxo

Maggie

boy bye, 2017!

boy bye, 2017!

2017

January

My family spent New Years in the Dominican Republic. See post here.

 We met our newest nephew, Remy!! He did not disappoint. You can see a cute pic here.

Dallin celebrated his 28th year on Earth with friends at our favorite SLC spot – David’s Kitchen! I posted some love for him here.

February

We experienced several snow days in Brooklyn. Something we thought we could handle being from Utah. It’s different here. Very different.

 

Dallin began his career as a stand up comic.

I went to Canada for Commodity to participate in a Sephora Store Leadership Summit. It was one of the highlights of my Commodity career.

March

We moved. Same building, different unit. We upgraded from a studio to a 1 bedroom! We’ve made it!!

I read 3 really great books in March. They were so great I feel the need to include them in my highlights.

– Jo Malone’s My Story: I loved learning the intricacies of her sell to Estee Lauder

– The Anatomy of Peace: Beginning of 2017 I was feeling *very* angsty (politically mostly), so I needed to reread this so I could learn to function like a normal human again.

-Mormon Feminism Essential Writings: Look, there is so much I find unsettling about my religion but this book actually helped me recommit to my LDS faith. I would highly recommend. 

April

April was a busy month. We had so many fun visitors: Mikey and Emi, Kourtney (my oldest friend), Katelyn and Colton and finally, Andrea! I loved showing off my city.

– May your home always be too small to hold all your friends (pretty easy to do when you live in a 500 sq ft apartment). You can see some photos from all our visitors here. –

Like I mentioned, April was busy. I was about to have a true Bridesmaids level mental breakdown so I bought a ticket home to go on a girls trip with my mom and my sister. We surprised my cute grandparents in Arizona and it was just what the doctor ordered! You can see more from this trip here.

May

In May, Dallin took my to see my hero, Sara, perform in her musical “Waitress”. It was magical. You can read about our funny (and star filled) experience here.

We got a bidet. 10/10 would recommend.

June

I celebrated my 25th Birthday and it was genuinely the best birthday I’ve ever had. My mom and my sister flew in and we spent the weekend in Coney Island. You can see photos here.

Team Commodity started to grow! We added 6 hires this year, starting in June. I’m lucky to be learning from some of the finest the industry has to offer.

We got bikes!!

July

Our bikes were stolen 😦

My best friend got married!!  You can read a silly post about a letter I wrote to Sar in 2010 here.

We went to our first Yankees game.

August

We saw Dave Chappelle live with Solange at Radio City Music Hall. A life highlight for Dallin!

Melanie, my sister, got engaged!!

September

Maddy and Terry came to visit me and we knocked off one of my NYC bucket list items: bus tour!!

Sara and Colby also came to visit in September… Colby interviewed for a position in NJ and got it!!

October

Probably the highlight of my year – Melanie got married!! We got pictures back a few weeks ago, and she still won’t let anyone share them on social media. It’s killlling me.

Commodity partnered with Rose & Ivy. It’s my favorite Commodity partnership yet!

Dallin and I celebrated 5 years of marriage.

November

We spent Thanksgiving with my Aunts in Washington DC.

MY BEST FRIEND MOVED TO NEW JERSEY!! She’s only a 2.5 hr train ride away.

December

We spent Christmas in NYC! It’s the most magical place to be for the holidays.

For Christmas dinner we went to Joes Shanghai with our good friends Jon and Whitney. I think we found ourselves a new Christmas tradition.

Dallin quit his job. He will be starting school in January to become a graphic designer. I’m so excited for him!!

 

2017 was a learning year for me. I learned how to battle my negative self talk, I learned I don’t have to react to every tweet I read (I’m looking at you Donnie) and I learned how to be present. All of which I am still working on.

I don’t generally set New Year’s resolutions as I feel they set us up to fail, however, this year I did set one. My goal is to have more physical reminders of goodness in my home. Reason being – I’ve never loved my apartment. I adore the location so that’s the trade off. However, due to me not liking my actual apartment, I’ve never made much of an effort to make it a sanctuary like I have in other places I’ve lived. So this year I’m changing that.

Dallin, being the supportive husband he is, already helped me accomplish this goal by gifting me the most amazing artwork pieces by mormon artist Kristen Anderson @kinoelleart . I’m obsessed!! You have to go check out her work.

You can read my 2016 recap here.

Thanks for reading! Wishing you all a Happy New Year!! Good luck 2018!

xoxo

-Maggie

Man, I feel like a woman

Man, I feel like a woman

You may have seen on my instagram (@meg.greenhalgh) that my Grandma and Grandpa won Christmas this year with this amazing vintage suede two piece. I’m seriously so in love… so of course, I made Dallin take a million photos of me wearing it.

There’s something about a new outfit and hair do that make a lady feed damn powerful! *cue Shania Twain*

I get asked all the time why I change my hair so often. There are a few reasons –

  1. why not?
  2. it’s cheaper than therapy
  3. nothing makes me feel more confident than having complete control over something (shout out to the rest of my psycho Gemini twins!!).

Thank you Gma and Gpa for your endless encouragement of me expressing my individuality. You created this. I love you both!

 

 

– Maggie