September 17, 2014

Things You May Not Have Known

 I've seen these posts floating around the blogosphere lately, so I'm sharing my own set of random facts for your enjoyment.

• I graduated from high school over 6 years ago and I can honestly say that I've never had the desire to go to college. That's mostly due to the fact that I still can't pinpoint what I want to be when I grow up. There's just too many options and I can be indecisive at times.

• When I was younger, I was allergic to bananas. I've since grown out of it, which I find rather strange.

• I've only been to the emergency room once. It was after a fishing incident in which my friend (at the time) accidentally hooked me in the eyebrow as she was casting her line. It only took a shot to the forehead, a couple tugs and a tiny band-aid to fix. No stitches!

• Dahlias, orchids and wildflowers are my favorite.

• I have a really bad habit of overbuying journals, scented candles and coffee mugs. In other words, I shamelessly hoard them.

• Two of my favorite movies growing up were The Sandlot (I had the biggest crush on Benny "The Jet" Rodriguez) and Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century (ZOOM, ZOOM, ZOOM - MAKE MY HEART GO BOOM, BOOM - MY SUPERNOVA GIRL)

• I may or may not have named my pet lizard "Benny" after Benny Rodriguez (I did), which further helps me prove my point. #obsessed.

• My all-time favorite television shows are Fringe and Doctor Who. What can I say? I'll always be a lover of science fiction.

• I feel closest to God whenever I'm outdoors, around nature; exploring and soaking in all the beauty that He has created.

• I was a surprise baby and my mama was 38 whenever she had me, which makes my big brother over 18 years older than me.

• Top 5 most-loved music artists (in no particular order): Sleeping at Last, Copeland, Lucy Schwartz, Needtobreathe + Lindsey Stirling.

• Whenever I feel embarrassed, my neck starts to itch. It started happening about 6 years ago, give or take. I know, I'm weird.

• I have the biggest soft spot for newborn babies and elderly people.

• I'd take a tiny house near the seaside over a mansion in the countryside any day. It's been my dream for a long time now, actually.

• Over the years, I've grown more fond of simplicity. I like the thought of leading a less materialistic and demanding lifestyle.

• I can be a bit shy and awkward whenever I'm around a big group of people, but I've come a long way. Once I realized that everyone has their own set of insecurities, I was less concerned about how others perceive me.

• My heart is happiest whenever spring and fall roll around each year, for obvious reasons.

• I'm slowly turning into a coffee snob and I have my best friend to thank for it. Ever since she became a barista, I've started learning all of the ends and outs of my beloved beverage of choice. I still have a lot to learn though.

• Most days, I prefer to listen to instrumental music over anything else. Violin, cello, piano, acoustic guitar, banjo, harp. I love it all.

• I have dreams of working as a freelance web designer + photographer, becoming a mama, traveling around the world, mastering the piano + violin and writing a book before my life comes to an end. But, as of this moment, I am content with the season I'm in.

September 15, 2014

Weekend Rundown


While half of my weekend was spent working at Target, the other was spent doing things that I actually like doing. Ha, I'm kidding (kinda). Friday is somewhat of a blur. I would have been heading to Orlando for Jennifer's bachelorette party if it hadn't been for getting sick again and having car trouble. I had tons of housework to catch up on throughout the day, but I was able to sneak away for a couple of hours to hang out with Lauren. Shopping, lunch at Evos and pumpkin spice lattes at Starbucks. After I got home, I went out and did a little more shopping with my mama. I scored a few new blouses plus an awesome gray utility jacket that I couldn't pass up.

I was only scheduled to work Saturday evening, which left most of my morning/afternoon free. So whenever Lauren shot me a text to tell me she was lounging by the pool with the kids, I jumped on the opportunity to soak up some sun as well. She was even nice enough to make lunch for me and whipped up one stellar cappuccino (with the help of her dad's Nespresso machine) too. Work wasn't too shabby either. It was really busy and I had to close, but I don't think people have gotten the memo that we are open until 11:00 on Saturdays now. Once 10:00 rolled around, it was like a ghost town up in there. Not that I'm complaining because it allowed me extra time to make sure my areas were nice and neat. I was still ready for a glass of wine whenever I got home.

I wasn't scheduled to work on Sunday, but I was asked to come in and help close that night too. I didn't mind since I knew I'd have the majority of the day to relax and spend time with my family, which I did. I slept in, stayed in my pajamas most of the morning and went out to eat at Smokey Bones for lunch. When I went to leave for work, our car wouldn't start (hello, dead battery). Thankfully, I was able to borrow my mom's car. Those 4 hours were a breeze. It was even slower than the night before, which made for a very peaceful shift.

It turned out to be a pretty good weekend. What were you guys up to?

September 14, 2014

Quotes That've Helped Our Marriage


I love a good quote just as much as the next gal. I can't remember a time in my life when I didn't draw inspiration from the words of others. With that being said, I wanted to share a handful of the quotes that I've found to be very helpful in our marriage. It's amazing how much truth (and wisdom) a single sentence can pack! These quotes have made me think and I've even found myself referring back to them time and time again over the past 4+ years. I hope you'll draw the same amount of inspiration from each of these.

(1)
"The greatest marriages are built on teamwork. A mutual respect, a healthy dose of
admiration, and a never-ending portion of love and grace."
Fawn Weaver

(2)
"The first to apologize is the bravest. The first to forgive is the strongest. The first to forget is the happiest."
 — Unknown

(3)
"A long-lasting marriage is built by two people who believe in -and live by- the solemn promise they made."
Darlene Schacht

(4)
"Love is a partnership of two unique people who bring out the very best in each other, and who
know that even though they are wonderful as individuals, they are even better together."
Barbara Cage

(5)
"A successful marriage isn’t the union of two perfect people. It’s that of two imperfect people
who have learned the value of forgiveness and grace."
Darlene Schacht

(6)
"You don’t love someone because they’re perfect. You love them in spite of the fact they’re not."
Jodi Picoult

(7)
"Marriage is a commitment- a decision to do, all through life, that which will express your love for one’s spouse."
Herman H. Kieval

(8)
"Don't aim for a perfect marriage. Instead, aim to have one that models God's love in the midst of imperfection."
Unknown


Are there any others that you could add to this list? I'd love for you to share!

September 11, 2014

Currently


Hey, guess what? I'm sick ... again. I'm pretty sure that super long work days and very little rest can really do a number on one's immune system. A handful of coworkers were coughing and sneezing up a storm the other day. So, naturally, G and I came down with it too. I'm about 3 days in and I'm hoping it won't last too much longer. I've fallen behind on so much and I'm in dire need of a vacation.

READING — Honestly, I haven't even had the time to read anything lately. There's so many books I wish I could read at the moment.

WATCHING — Jaws. Believe it or not, I had never seen Jaws before. We've been having somewhat of a marathon ever since Sunday evening. Jaws, Jaws 2, Jaws 3 + Revenge of Jaws. I believe the first one was the best. They get a little cheesy after the second.

LISTENING TO — 'You Make Me Brave' by Bethel Music and 'Multiplied' by Needtobreathe have been on repeat for a few weeks now. I really can't get enough of either song. Both are extremely anointed in my personal opinion.


DISCOVERING — Just how two-faced some people are and how to deal with those kind of individuals without going completely insane.

PLANNING — Our guest room makeover. We're going to be creating a game room / workspace for G and myself. I'm excited to see how everything comes together, eventually. It's a work in progress, like the majority of our house.

CRAVING — A chicken burrito with all the goodies from Chipotle. I can't remember the last time I devoured one of those bad boys.

WISHING — I were on vacation. We still haven't had a chance to sneak away for a little bit. FYI, sometimes running your own business / family business (depending on the line of work) is not all it's cracked up to be! It's so hard to go anywhere.

FEELING — Physically, I feel lousy. I've been sneezing and coughing up a storm. Mentally, I feel worn out. And, spiritually, I feel like I'm in a rut. But, I'm hanging in there and trusting that everything will start to straighten out soon.

PRAYING FOR — Tons of things, but mainly peace of mind and a quick recovery.

TRYING — To finish washing, folding and putting away my laundry before I get too tired to do it.