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2017, let’s do this!

I love the excitement and hope that a new year always seems to bring. We are very much looking forward to this 2017 year and all of the possibilities it brings. Like a lot of people, I always try to start out my new year with a set of goals rather than resolutions. Oftentimes, these goals build off of previous goals I’ve had, because I truly believe that we should never stop seeking to become better people. I read this the other day and thought it was a good mantra for me this year: “The proper response to the grace you experienced in the past is thankfulness, and the proper response to grace promised to you in the future is faith. We are thankful for the past grace of the last year, and we are confident in the future grace for the new year.” (Full quote can be found here.)

Annual New Year's hike had to be moved to New Year's Eve. We got snow flurries, mini hail and rain on our hike! So exciting!

Love the Sawnee Mountain hike! It never gets old. Last year’s New Year’s hike photos here.

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A long weekend & thoughts on friendship

I just got back from an amazing long weekend back home with my family and friends, celebrating Mother’s Day and one of my best friend’s gender reveal parties (she’s having a girl and I couldn’t be more excited!!!). Some of my favorite things in life are getting to celebrate my friends’ big moments in life. Like having babies, new jobs, getting married, graduating from grad school and living out their dreams. I really can’t imagine life without friends who put so much meaning into your life and help show you pieces of your own heart. And this past weekend just left me feeling so grateful. Continue reading

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Our 1st Anniversary

This past Monday, Matt and I celebrated our first year of marriage. I just can’t even believe we’ve been married for an entire year already. It’s been the sweetest year with lots of challenges, laughter, joy, growing and learning. There’s no one I would rather have by my side as I try to figure out life. Here’s a look back on our wedding day and what I had to say about being married for 6 months! Also, here’s a video of our wedding day. It still makes me cry a bit 😉

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My Quarter Life & Lessons Learned

This weekend marks my 25th birthday. How do I feel about turning 25? Well, since you asked…honestly…I’ve been a little nervous about it. Twenty-five is a big deal. It’s a quarter of a century, it’s officially old in the eyes of kindergartners and it’s a little too close to thirty. But, then I remember that age is just a number and it’s all about making each day count. When I was a teenager, I really thought I’d have it together at 20 or 22 or 25. But, the older I get, the more I realize you actually never truly get it all together. And that’s kind of a relief. I do know that you never stop learning new lessons and you never stop needing God’s grace.

So, in honor of this very big birthday of mine, here’s a look at what I’ve been learning over the past year and how God’s been working in my life. I promise, it’s worth reading. 😉 Continue reading

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Life Lately

Life lately has been really sweet, quiet and…normal. Matt and I have waited a long time for that and we are both so thankful. After long distance dating, two years of him being on the night shift and our wedding festivities, we finally have time to invest in our new city together and live life on the same schedule. I never thought I’d be so excited to just have a normal life with a normal schedule. I’m grateful for what we went through over the last few years, because it taught us both a lot about trusting God’s timing and showed us what we’re made of (the good and bad). When I wrote my New Year’s goals last month, one of the main things I wanted to focus on was trying to do a better job of keeping a life balance and I think now is the best time to start working on that. I realize this is a big goal, because it’s part of so many areas and aspects of daily life. Continue reading

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2016, let’s go!

I always love how the new year makes everyone feel so hopeful and full of possibilities. I always find it a good time to reflect on the past year and what I’d like to see come out of the new year. Hope you all are having a wonderful 2016 so far. We sure are! We spent the new year with some of our best friends, relaxing, hiking and doing what friends do best. :) More on that later!

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By the way, I believe 2015 turned around my view of the outdoors. I used to be someone who really wasn’t a fan of the outdoors, but something changed. So, I’m looking forward to more time outside in this beautiful city in 2016!

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1 Year Atlanta Anniversary

One year ago this month, I packed up my things and headed north to Atlanta for what would be one of the sweetest (uh, maybe I should say “peachiest”) chapters of my life so far. I hesitated to write this post for a while now, because it’s such a daunting topic for me. I’m not even sure how to begin to explain the ways moving has changed me and what it’s taught me. Honestly, I would encourage almost every young couple or young twenty-something person to try moving to a new place. Yeah, you do that in college, but moving as an adult who is solely responsible for themselves and maybe even their spouse is a huge bonding experience. In fact, I’m convinced that Matt and I have a better relationship because we were both moved away from everything that was familiar to us for over twenty years and had to figure things out on our own. Moving to a new state changes your daily life in one fell swoop and leaves you trying to decide how to get your feet back on solid ground. It leaves you having to decide what’s important, what relationships you’ll pursue, how you’ll portray yourself and where you’ll find your source of joy. And that is often where the real learning begins… Continue reading

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Hello, friends!

A few months ago, I decided that this new chapter in my life deserves an updated blog space and a new name. My old blog was a bit outdated and needed some work. So, my husband and I decided to do something about it once all the crazy wedding stuff calmed down. As some of you know, a lot has changed over the last few years and more rapidly over the last few months. It’s absolutely insane how quickly life changes after college. There have been new jobs, adjusting to grown up responsibilities, moving to a new state, new family members, a wedding and traveling a lot in between.

All of this is to say that life moves incredibly fast and seems to present its fair share of challenges along the way. For me, the best way to deal with a fast paced, constantly changing life has always been to write about it. I’m sentimental, so I like the documentation and I like the fact that it helps me reflect on where we’ve been. I’ve also found that when we write about things, we tend to be more honest with ourselves. And when we are more honest with ourselves, we’re much more likely to impact and help others who may be going through the same challenges. That’s exactly what I hope to do with this blog. Continue reading