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The beauty in seasons

November 21, 2016

Happy Monday, all! I’m a bit late with this today – story of my life lately, haha. But, I’ve learned over the last few months that going with the flow of life seems to be less stressful than trying to cram ALLTHETHINGS into schedules and routines that just kind of don’t always fit like they used to. I’m learning that there are a lot of things that can feel like top priorities but to really grow any of them, you…

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Parenting Yourself

August 10, 2016

“You parent yourself really well,” Christian once said to me. A funny thing for him to say and even funnier considering I am not yet a parent, but the more I thought about it the more I realized, I really do parent myself. Whether you are a momma or not, you’re familiar with what might go into parenting. Discipline, honesty and love are just some of the things that are often instilled. Even when it’s tough love, it still comes…

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Someday, when

July 26, 2016

Truth: I am one hell of a planner. Call it Type-A, or perhaps just a strong love for lists and Daily Planners, but I truly am a pro. Christian would tell you that 90% of the time, I enjoy the planning more than the actual end result. Has that ever happened to you? Where you had more fun planning a party than you did at the party itself? There’s just something about the dreaming of it all and the crossing…

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Why I’ll be watching the 2016 Olympics

July 15, 2016

[if you have trouble viewing this video, click HERE] Imagine me in a puddle of tears after watching this video. I hadn’t clicked on it thinking – oh, this is really just going to destroy me today. Instead, I clicked on it as I took a break from paying bills, making a million phone calls, and eating a late breakfast on a morning that said it was Friday but was sure feeling like a Monday. Truthfully, the tears started to…

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Saying YES to the New

July 5, 2016

My husband and I love to travel together but I will tell you, our travel adventures can get a bit crazy. You see, there’s this girl who always seems to tag along with us on just about every trip we take. She’s really annoying in the sense that she’s really fun, adventurous, fly-by-the-seat-of-her-pants kind of gal. She doesn’t go by an itinerary and she’s always up for trying something new. She talks to strangers and within minutes has made a…

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Put the Camera Down

June 8, 2016

… It was the most perfect spring day in a little town outside of Milan… Christian had ventured off to find an ATM machine as I walked into the cutest, most colorful gelato shop. It was a quiet, slow day in Italy – a Sunday – and I was the only customer in the shop. The owner, a middle-aged man wearing a white apron, offered me a kind smile as I held up my hands to make the international sign…

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Take Back Your Mornings

May 23, 2016

Why is it that the busier life gets, the earlier the days seem to begin? It was a kind of revelation on my part, about two years ago, after I’d experienced one of “those” days. You know the one I’m talking about… I’d woken up late. Immediate heart-attack as I stared blinking at the clock in shock and then literally ran to the shower. I’d have to skip doing anything other than throwing my hair up into a wet bun…

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Inspiration for a Backyard Oasis

May 13, 2016

Happy Friday!! I am gearing up for a fun weekend with Christian and my dad; my pops is coming down to help me plant a few trees and flower beds in our backyard. Prayers I’m able to keep everything alive! ha! We have a fairly large backyard at our new house – enough space for multiple spots for flower gardens – and we have a deck (still no table though after our second one was destroyed by a storm!), and…

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Your Life’s Story.

May 4, 2016

I’ve been thinking a lot about my life’s story and what parts of it and me I would want others to remember and know. I mean, thinking about this sort of thing is typically something that is done towards the end of one’s life, I know this, but sometimes I have to remind myself that my story has already begun. I’ve had some pretty big moments in my life so far that hold large chapters, like the time I signed…

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Going With the Flow (and Embracing Life’s Adventures)

April 26, 2016

I am most definitely a recovering perfectionist, still very much a planner, and sure do love to feel like I’m in control of my life. (I mean, doesn’t everyone?) But if I may be honest… most times it’s completely exhausting to live this way. Not to mention, there is absolutely NO fun in planning for every moment. We are creatures of habit, of routine. Even those of us who are free spirits or adventurers – we like for our adventures…

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