Thursday, March 3, 2016

breaking the silence.

It's been a very long time since I wrote anything on this space. But today, I'm ready to break the silence.

Last fall, I moved home permanently after being away at school for two years. At the time, I was devastated, but also thankful that I would get to spend more time with my family. I was sad at losing my friends and losing my community that I had grown so fond of. But I was so hopeful that the Lord would provide me with a new community of believers here at home.

But nobody told me it would be this hard. Putting myself back out there and trying to make new friends. This season I'm in is so awkward. I'm college aged...but not exactly in college. I'm not married and don't have kids, but it seems that everyone in this town is.

Needless to say, nobody prepared me for how difficult it would be to make new friends and a new community. It's like freshman year all over again, except you're the only freshman.

After reading over this, I feel like I'm just complaining. But this is just me putting my flag in the ground and saying, "this is where I am."

I'm struggling and relying on the Lord and believing that the good is only to come. I know He will provide for me, in His time.

I will always have the chance to look at the good or bad in every situation. I can dwell on my season of loneliness, or I can give thanks that I get to spend these days with my family, that I get to live on a freakin' island, that its 70 degrees in winter.

He is still good, always.

Sorry this post was so botchy. Just my thoughts and ramblings..but I guess that's what this space is for, anyways. 

Monday, October 12, 2015

how to beat the travel blues.

what to do, instead of traveling.Whenever I'm not traveling (which is about 50 weeks out of the year), I find myself wishing I was traveling.

I know, it's quite the conundrum.

I've diagnosed myself with the Travel Blues.

It's when you wish you were out exploring someplace new (preferably a new country) and you can't help but daydream about your next adventure.

Please tell me I'm not the only one who has the travel blues...

So, here are some of my favorite ways to get out of my travel funk.

Explore Your Town.

This is something I am so quick to push aside. It's easy for me to forget about exploring my own town when I live there and drive around in it all the time. But the reality? There are so many places I have yet to discover or explore. So, take a drive and find a place that's new this weekend!

Make a Weekend Trip.

For the past few weekends, I have made a trip to visit friends or family in nearby areas. Don't discount this as not traveling (I'm easily prone to doing that)! Even if it's just a few hours away (or less), it is still traveling. Getting out and going someplace new (or familiar) helps me realize that adventure really can be in my backyard. 

Save, save, save.

This might be the hardest one to do. It's easy for me to save money for a trip I'm planning. But when I don't actually have a trip planned, saving money can be really difficult. It's like saving for a figment in my head. A trip that I might take one day. But, if I'm being honest, with my track record of traveling, I'll probably be headed somewhere exciting soon. So, it only makes sense to start saving now.

Plan it.

This one is also hard for me. I love planning things out, but during this season in my life, it's hard to plan anything past December. Which can kill me. But, that doesn't mean I can't create a new Pinterest board for things to do in said city. This is one of the best parts about going on a trip, after all. Planning out all the possible adventures!

So, tell me if you've ever been hit with the travel blues! And if you have, what do you do to get out them? I wanna hear!

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

fall favorites.

One of my favorite things about the fall is the clothes that we get to wear. When I was growing up in California, I never knew anything other than a 70 degree fall. But, when we moved to Nashville, this whole new season was introduced to me, and I never looked back.

I thought it would be fun to put together a little post about my favorite fall styles for this year. I always love looking at my favorite JCrew catalogs and going through stores to see what they're coming out with. Naturally, I usually can't afford it, but its always fun to look, right?

That's why a few of the items on here are from H&M. That's the stuff I can actually afford. Everything else just gets put on my Christmas list. (Mom, look here for ideas :)

For this season, the biggest things I'm looking at are sweaters, distressed jeans, vests, and boots. I can never get enough of the boots. That's why there are 3 pairs on here.

Usually, I would probably fill my fall favorites list with scarves and more scarves. I literally have so many scarves. This year, I have my eyes on this handmade scarf...cause who doesn't love handmade warmth?

Anyways, take a look around and get your fall shoppin' on.