Category Archives: Life

40 Days + 40 Nights

First of all, WELCOME to my new little space in the world. The reason why my posts stopped was because I got this sudden urge to hurry the process from Blogger to WordPress along and in the mean time skipped on making sure my posts were going through. Shame on me I know. Well take a look around and let me know what you think. Also, please note this is a work in progress. I am not coder so it will be a learn as I go adventure. Okay no back to the regularly scheduled post.

No this post is not in reference to the movie, although I will say I am sad Josh Hartnett kind of disappeared. I had a serious crush on that guy in middle school. Anyways, this is about what I am giving up and also adding to my life for Lent. I have participated in Lent before, but it has always been in a more selfish manner. Examples, no chocolate, no cursing, no alcohol…that type of thing. Well this year I decided that I wanted to give up something that has created some self doubt in my life and add in some quality time with the big man upstairs.

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I am not going to go into my full blown reasons for this decision or talk about faith right now for a few reasons but the most being I am just not ready. So for now I will tell you what I am giving up and adding.

Starting on Wednesday, February 18th, I will no longer be reading blogs or watching YouTubers. This is not to discourage any of you from this and probably seems hypocritical coming from a blogger. Well you see I am having trouble not focusing on how much better other bloggers are in comparison to myself. I need some time to reflect on myself and my life and realize my journey is unique and amazing in it’s own right. This will free up at least 30 minutes if not an hour a day of free time. In that free time I plan to add bible studying. I have already purchased my books and am excited to see where this journey takes me.

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Do you celebrate Lent? Even if you aren’t Catholic, because I am not. If you do, tell me what you are giving up this year or adding as well!

Vloggng…Do or Don’t

So until about 4 months ago, I didn’t even know Vlogging was a thing. I know…I know I am so behind the times. Well after a few months I saw the benefits that vlogging can bring to a blog and just to a person’s life in general. Imagine having snippets of your life in video form. It’s pretty awesome in my opinion.
 
I am personally a fan of vlogging because I like the insight it gives me to the blogger/youtuber. Two of my absolute favorite vloggers to watch are Lily Pebbles and Viviana Does Makeup. They are both from the UK and they are both hilarious and serious beauty bloggers to follow.
 
So this leads to me the point of this post…would you watch someone’s vlog? Do you currently? Honestly I think for me, it will be a personal decision but I am always interested in seeing what you guys have to say. So let me know your thoughts and any other good vloggers to follow.
 
 
 
Not that this is at all what my vlogs would look like but I took this video while at the beach with my sister and told her I would post it on here and I keep my word. Also just so you know I had to crop the video to send from my phone since I couldn’t find my card…vlog fail! haha
 
 


Fall In Love With 36 Questions

So if you don’t already know I have a serious blogger crush on Hallie over at  Corals + Cognacs. I read her blog religiously and let me tell you if you haven’t read it before well you will love her afterward.
Funny I mention love because Hallie wrote a post on Wednesday about how you can fall in love with anyone after answering a simple 36 questions. If you check out her post, she answered some of the questions on the list in true Hallie humor fashion (told you, serious blogger crush) and then invited fellow bloggers and readers to do the same. 

The article is based on mutual vulnerability and how being completely open can create a level of intimacy. So instead of the already scheduled post, I decided to slip this one in today. Let’s see if this works out…will we fall in love? 😉 

Given the choice of anyone in the world, whom would you want as a dinner guest? My great-grandmother Me-Me. She was my best friend for 9.5 years and I would like her to see me as an adult and give me advice…she always had the best advice. 

Before making a telephone call, do you ever rehearse what you are going to say? Why?  It depends, work call, yes because it is usually a conversation I need to have down pat, but otherwise no or I would over think it and just get tongue tied. 

For what in your life do you feel most grateful? My relationships with my friends and family. They are biggest cheerleaders, my constant moral compass and the people who ground me when I need it. 

If you could wake up tomorrow having gained any one quality or ability, what would it be? I wish I was less uptight. I always envy those who can go with the flow when things don’t go as planned but I am currently not one of them. I am a planner and I want things to go as planned. 

If a crystal ball could tell you the truth about yourself, your life, the future or anything else, what would you want to know? If I was going to get married and when. It is hard for me to say this but I fear that I won’t ever find the person I am supposed to spend the rest of my life with. 
Is there something that you’ve dreamed of doing for a long time? Why haven’t you done it?  I want to go abroad and work with women and children to show that they too have a voice and right to be heard. I believe this world would be a better place if more women spoke up. 

How do you feel about your relationship with your mother? I am lucky to have a mom and a step-mom. I get told I am like both of them and that is the biggest compliment I could get. 

When did you last cry in front of another person? By yourself? The last time I cried in front of another person was on Jan 3 while watching The Hobbit. By myself was right now as I type this and watching Scorpion’s Christmas episode. 

If you were to die this evening with no opportunity to communicate with anyone, what would you most regret not having told someone? Why haven’t you told them yet? Gratitude. While I know the people in my life know how thankful I am for everything they do for me, I do not think I express it enough. 

Tell your partner something that you like about them already. I like that so far those who have commented have been kind. As a new blogger, I am terrified of that first comment that screams hatred so I like your kindness. 

Your house, containing everything you own, catches fire. After saving your loved ones and pets, you have time to safely make a final dash to save any one item. What would it be? Why? My external hard drive. It has all of my pictures and files that I treasure. 


Would you like to be famous? In what way? Yes, I want to be famous in a way that inspires others to help those less fortunate. 

Take four minutes and tell your partner your life story in as much detail as possible. I was born on November 3. My great grandma, Me-Me, kept me after my mom had to go back to work. My parents divorced when I was five and I lived with my mom until I was 12. We moved around a lot and I grew up pretty quickly. I won’t say that my parents didn’t put me in the middle because they did, but I hope in hindsight they realize the tole it took on me as a child and person. My little sister was born when I was 9.5 years old. I didn’t want her at first but grew to love her. I moved to Michigan when I was 12 and lived there for a month before coming to visit my dad for Christmas and he told me he filed for custody. I definitely went through a mom/daughter struggle in my later teens. I lived with my dad and Teresa until my sophomore year of college when I moved on campus at Young Harris College, one mile from my house. I joined a local sorority and met some of my best friends. I also played golf at YHC. After graduating from YHC, I moved to Athens and eventually graduated from UGA. I got a job in Charlotte and moved there knowing absolutely know one. I lived with a wonderful roommate who has become one of my best friends and introduced me to my current employers. After working for them for 1.5 years, they asked me to move to Mobile and handle our bank relationships. 

Share with your partner an embarrassing moment in your life. I was out with some friends and we were dancing. I started dropping low and then all of sudden I lost my balance and fell on my butt. There was probably a good 25 people who saw my fall…I wish I could say I was graceful but truth is I trip and fall  A LOT! 

No Spend January

Well guys, I did what I always tell myself I won’t do each Christmas; I spent way more money than I planned. I bought everyone exactly what I wanted to buy them BUT I didn’t stop there, I decided I needed some things as well. I can talk myself into almost anything, especially it comes in a pretty package….I am such a sucker. 😉
So what does this mean for January? Well it means that unless it is an actual necessity I can’t buy anything. This includes using gift cards to make a purchase. I need to learn to say no, so what better way to start off the year than by budgeting. The bigger picture reason for this is that I have a few friends getting married this year and with showers, gifts and traveling I need to save all the money I can.
My other big focus for saving money is my 28thbirthday. I know, I know my birthday isn’t until November but guys I am a planner and I LOVE my birthday so…..I already picked out the place…NAPA VALLEY. I sometimes change my mind so don’t hold me to it but I will definitely be traveling somewhere.
So what that means I can spend money on is groceries, gas and any toiletries I run out of (which is highly unlikely).
Anyone else cutting back for the month of January? Any tips for keeping strong when you want to try a new product or see a good sale?
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New Year…New Goals

I have to confess something….I am one of THOSE people. As 2014 came to an end and 2015 started I reflected on the past year and all the ups and downs I have gone though and what I wanted to accomplish in 2015. So I thought well maybe you guys wanted to know what I want to accomplish in 2015.
1.   Live A Healthier Lifestyle
In past years I have always started the year off with I want to lose ___ pounds or I want to follow ____ eating regimen. This year I decided I just want to make healthier choices on a daily basis and not set a certain weight to reach or a certain food plan to follow. I did purchase Focus T25 from Beachbody, which will allow me to workout on work travels (which happen a lot) and doesn’t require equipment.
2.   Take More Photos
I am such a bad picture taker guys. Partly because I don’t want to tote around a camera and the other part because I tell myself it is better to live in the moment and really absorb it. The last statement is a good reason BUT I also want memories to keep and so 2015 will be the year of pictures!
3.   Explore Locally
I haven’t truly embraced local finds in Mobile so my goal for 2015 is to find fun local gems in Mobile and anywhere else I might live in 2015.

4.   Learn Needs vs Wants
Am I the only one here who constantly says I want this or I want that? Well I hope not but I also hope we can join together in 2015 and learn to realize we don’t NEED half of what we want and learn to love what we already have.
5.  Less Comparing
I am an avid blog reader and vlog watcher. Overtime I have realized the comparison issue it has brought about in me so this year I vow to compare myself less to the lives that I see on blogs and vlogs (because we all know that isn’t 100% their life). I will give a few more details on how I plan to do this at the end of the month (hint: it involves Lent).
6. Become A Morning Person
I am a night owl…END OF STORY! However the older I get the more I really want to be a morning person. I tend to stay up late and sleep until the last possible minute and that creates stress for me in the morning. So I plan to take the year to get that routine in gear.

7.  Blog More
I started this blog for fun and I quit due to some personal conflicts I was having but I vow this year to blog because I want to and it makes me happy. 
Do you set goals or make resolutions for the new year? If so, let me know 1 or 2 of yours.

Friday Fancies

 
Seriously swooning over this closest/office combo.
 
Why can’t every ride in the New York Subway be this awesome?
 
If you live in Georgia, please run here now!
 
Such a wonderful concept. I want to stop in and grab a meal.
 
In honor of college football starting up, here is a seriously upstanding and honorable player I am happy to say plays for my Alma Mater!! Go Dawgs!

Take some sound shoe advice from a blogger who has a closet full of lust worthy shoes.

An instagram account that will make you start daydreaming of traveling.

Maybe one day I can have my table set with some of these pretties.

Alright loves it is officially Friday and I am looking forward to a long weekend. I hope to explore Mobile some and perhaps travel to the beach or New Orleans for a day. What are you guys doing for Labor Day? Whatever it is have a fun and safe time.

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Friday Fancies

 
 
A serious kitchen makeover.
Week long Italian festivities and wedding.
Stunning photos in black and white.
Serious girl power, this is a female to admire.  
Stunning headphones with rose gold accents.
Fancying these copper + mirror trays from West Elm.
Loving this shorts + blazer combo.
 
 
Might be adding this leopard beauties to my shoe collection soon. Thoughts?
Such a touching video on how animals help people heal.
 
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Have a great weekend!

Down South

So radio silence over here for almost a month. I kind of stopped posting, well if I am honest, because I didn’t think I or this blog were good enough. I was constantly comparing myself to others out there. Thankfully some good friends of mine convinced me that you have to start somewhere and so that somewhere is here and now. I’ve read that a blog needs to have a clear purpose, if you want fashion post fashion, food post recipes, travel well travel, but the problem is I am not sure what I want to write about. I really want a way to look back at my life and have a diary of it almost. That includes fashion, DIYs, decorating, food and life in general. So I can’t promise xyz, Monday through Friday but I can promise you will always get me.

So to start off, let me update you on where I am currently typing from. As of July 6th I am resident of Mobile FREAKING Alabama. Did I ever imagine myself saying that….hell no, but here I am and I am happy I did it. My job offered me a new position in a more sales like role, it is kind of a trial run for us all. For me to discover if I like sales and for them to determine if they need someone permanently in Mobile. So what do you do when offered a position in Mobile, AL? You say yes, drop head first into it all and try your hardest. That is seriously all you can do.

I drove straight from Savannah, GA where I spent the 4th of July with some friends. Which by the way, if you have never been please put it on your must see list. The city is beautiful and historic and full of real southern charm. I have been a few times and each time I love it more. This time might have been my favorite and one filled with countless memories. Window singing to people at midnight, so much soccer watching, fireworks, Wet Willies, good food and friends.

 
At the end I had to say goodbye to all of them which proved to be hard, and some tears were shed but I am lucky enough that regardless of distance they are still pretty great.
 
 
Christina, Travis, Katie and Bruno went on a tour and stumbled upon a man in Forsyth Park with some birds, so naturally they asked to have the birds sit on them as they snapped some pictures.

 
The birthday girl in her birthday shirt! This picture is definitely frameworthy….best friends forever!

 
Thomas, please forgive me for this but it was too good not to post. This guys is one of my favorites and definitely a hard one to say goodbye to. He is constantly making me laugh and let’s be honest….that is the best thing to have in a best friend, well that and someone who is willing to drive you all over the place! 🙂
 
So there is my life update! All thoughts, opinions and recommendations are appreciated.

 

Dominican Trip Part 3

 
 
On our way back to Fuente de Vida to hike the mountain, we passed a truck being carried by another truck. Strangest thing I saw while there for sure.
 
Once we arrived at Fuente de Vida we were met by Pastor Mario, two guides, one of the guides son and a dog. Abby and Josh didn’t think we needed a guide at first but once we started hiking and they started to use a machete to clear our path it became obvious we need a little assistance.

 
Half way up the mountain there is a cave that we decided to stop at and check out. When I say check out, I mean I gave JP my camera and let him take some pictures. Once you view below you will see why I was happy I stayed outside.

 
Yes those are coach roaches just hanging out…..YUCK!

 
Samuel the most precious little guy ever!

 
 
The views were stunning and the peacefulness of it all was breathtaking.

 
That moment when you do something kind of stupid like make a face and the camera snaps just in time.

 
 
Josh found an old mortar while hiking down the mountain.
 

 
 
After we stopped and left the mortar back on the trail (most of us were a little scared it would go off and I wasn’t quite ready to blown up just yet. But don’t worry right after leaving the spot where the mortar was dropped off, I slipped and fell creating this awesome scrape. Best news……I didn’t even cry (if you don’t me, that is a seriously big deal for me)!!

 
Overall this trip was one for the books. I enjoyed getting to see the future site of Fuente de Vida, to see how others live and work and to meet such friendly and welcoming people.
 
Come back tomorrow for some super exciting news!

Chasing

 

 
Let me start by saying that as you read this I am either a moving (most likely in the rain) or unpacking. Either way I am probably already over the whole process. Also this is a lengthy post about my thoughts….just a warning.
 
My roommate sent me the above quote a few weeks ago when I was having a rather rough day and for some reason it really resonated with me. I can admit that in high school I chased people. I chased friendships that were never going to make it. I chased relationships that weren’t going to happen. I did it all because I was so terrified of letting go, being alone and mainly because I thrived on relationships.
When I got into college I realized most of the friendships weren’t going to make it through my four years of college. I instead found new friends and made a pact with myself to never chase after someone. If they didn’t want to be in my life then why should I want them there? Note this is far easier to say that to actually do but I did my best.
Fast forward to now, I graduated college, weeded out the so/so friends, added a few more awesome ones to the list and now I couldn’t imagine my life without them. The only problem is I, without meaning to, went back to my old habits. I am chasing people but in a different way than normal. I chase the idea of being close to them. Secretly I am afraid that if I move too far away I will lose them and let me tell you I have some of the most amazing girlfriends ever. I chase the idea that if I don’t move things won’t completely change. While I thrive on change in some areas of my life there are others that if possible I would freeze forever. Problem is time doesn’t stop. More and more of my friends are getting married, starting their lives and continuing their story.
I realized when my roommate sent me that quote that I somehow made my dreams second to my friends. Don’t get me wrong my friends’ happiness, love and life are of the up most importance but not above my dreams and my happiness. I may lose a few more throughout the years but regardless of my location, job, marital status or anything else those friends would have left anyways. Besides I know who my true friends are. I know, that no matter where I decide I want to move to next or what new and crazy future plan I have for myself or none of the above, they will always support me and make to visit no matter where I end up in life.  
 

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So now I start looking toward the future, which may call for a few drinks to be chased as well (the future is seriously scary and unknown). I have to make my dreams come true; no one else can do that for me. So while right now no changes are in the works, I think I need to quit looking at what it would be for everyone else and start thinking about what it would mean for me.
Does anyone else ever feel this way? Ever have that moment when you realize you can’t live hoping things stay the same? If so, I would love to know I am not the only out there like this.