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Be There in 5 (aka 15)

May 18, 2016


So I’m addicted to Veggie Straws, I have warts on my right knee, my husband says my hobbies are grandma-like, and I was once entirely convinced that I was going to marry Nick Jonas (Don’t tell me you weren’t too. YES, he was WAY cuter than Joe. Kevin was taken. End of argument.)

And girl, I am always late. Not by two hours, but almost always by two minutes. Sometimes I can make it up by running instead of walking or taking a few liberties with the speed limit, but I hate even typing that because I try SO HARD to be on time. Maybe it’s due to my lack of navigational skills driving and constant wrong turns or my desire to do five million tasks in 5 minutes and obviously never getting it done, but somehow, the clock always revels the unfortunate news that I’m late. I can usually get to work right on the dot and not one second too soon, but any casual appointments just don’t happen right when they’re supposed to.

I’m the girl you tell to be there 5 minutes before you are planning on hanging out so that I’ll actually be there around when we say we will be. Oh goodness! I don’t mean to be rude or inconsiderate or too busy! Thank you, Lord, for forgiving friends and a patient husband.


Being late causes rushing that I also despise.

Rushing makes me blow past people.

Rushing causes stress.

Rushing decreases my work’s quality.

Rushing makes me frustrated.

Rushing is dumb.


Last week, I pulled one long and wiry grey hair out of the side of my head. WHAT THE HECK?! Hello little hair follicles, are the organic veggies and magical sulfate free shampoo not enough to help you keep up your game? I’m trying here! Give me a few more years! Is this inevitable? Can I just make the hard-switch to total grey hair?

Being fully prepared, traveling to a destination without going exactly six miles per hour over the speed limit, and arriving with a few minutes to spare is just the BEST feeling. Maybe one day I’ll figure it out. When teleportation and time travel is a thing. For now, just give me my own time zone.

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  • Leah May 18, 2016 at 1:35 pm

    I know EXACTLY how you feel!! What you said about wanting to do 5 million things in 5 minutes and (obviously) failing, I was just like, “Oh my goodness, I am not the only one!” I’m almost always late and always rushing! It’s so frustrating. I also tend to forget stuff. So with that AND my lack of promptness I feel like I’m not loving people well. And it’s such a struggle. Cause I don’t mean to be a pain or inconsiderate and I really DO love people and want to show them that.
    I mean, I’m really bad. Like I can clearly remember the times I’ve gotten to church on time, and gotten other places on time and just being like, “Wow! I can breathe for 2 seconds–I’m EARLY!” (more like just on time like a normal human being!) Oh my. The struggle is real!

  • Casie Lamb May 19, 2016 at 1:54 pm

    I can relate to you Nina. I tend to be late getting to my friend’s house, or being at dance class at 6:30. I tend to rush through things just so I can do what I have plan. Usually I fail, but when I don’t rush and get there in enough time I get to breathe. It is indeed a great feeling to feel when you arrive early. I hope for me I can get better at this as well. And thank you for sharing your story on it. ^-^ it’s always great to read about other peoples experience on being late getting somewhere and other things as well ^-^

  • Shanna May 19, 2016 at 7:10 pm

    Girl, 14 year old me would’ve said “you can have Nick Jonas.” Joe was the cute one. 😉 hahaha.

  • Shanna May 19, 2016 at 7:13 pm

    Girl, 14 year old me would’ve said “you can have Nick Jonas.” Joe was the cute one. 😉 hahaha