Busy Bee.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Simply put, life is beautifully chaotic! I've been pretty busy focusing my attention on different aspects of my life, but there are times where I just miss blogging. I haven't been able to devote as much time to writing as I would like, but that doesn't keep me from reading other blogs. I love to see where everyone has been, the new additions to the family, and the most stylish fall accessories. So fret not, I'm still popping up here and there.

In between your goals, priorities, obligations, and everything else that might appear on one of your upcoming to-do lists, there are moments called life that still have to be lived and enjoyed.

I took my first trip to the west coast in September to watch Joseph graduate from Field Medical Training Battalion. I've never been more proud to be an American! It was great to spend time with him and explore the beautiful city of San Diego!

I bought a horse?! It still seems so surreal! Horses have always been a passion of mine, and after years of being out of the equestrian lifestyle, I figured now was as good a time as ever to get back in the swing of things. Her name is Annie, she's a registered APHA, and she's such a lovable creature. I adore her "in-your-pocket" personality!

Signed up for Netflix, finally! It changed my life. More specifically, Friday Night Lights changed my life. Oh Tim Riggins, how I love thee!

I also took a drive from Tellico Village to North Carolina on the Cherahola Skyway, spent weekends watching sunsets, hiking mountains, and bonding with Austin. 

After years of tweeting/texting, I drove to Nashville to meet up with Laurel and spent the weekend listening to country music and eating fried green tomatoes! 

That's about all I have for y'all today.

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Raw Emotion.

Monday, July 8, 2013

I'm at an incredibly happy, yet surreal, place in my life. I can't even conjure up the words to accurately describe it, but this is an attempt to do my very best. And if you find that you, yourself, have been in a similar situation - please feel free to leave your thoughts/comments.

I learned a lot about myself in the past six years. I learned a lot about life and relationships, too. 

I realized what it is that I expect out of a life partner, and what I'm willing to give in return. I realized just how vital trust is between two people, and unfortunately I realized how difficult it is when that trust is broken. I realized what unhealthy compromise looks like; therefore, I have a pretty good idea what healthy compromise is supposed to look like. I experienced hurt, grief, and annoyance, but I also experienced love, satisfaction, and contentment, too. So I can't complain too much, because through it all, I was taught a great deal.

As I stand face-to-face with the possibility of a new and exciting relationship, 
I feel as if I'm prepared. 
I'm determined. I'm ready.

As I so casually explained to a friend the other day, I don't need another six years to figure out what I'm looking for, because six years in a relationship has taught me a lot of what I need to know. By now, I know the difference between a turn-off and a turn-on. I know what behaviors warrant a red flag and what behaviors are worthy of a green flag. My expectations will be no secret and I will more than likely conduct a very thorough evaluation that may or may not be evident. That's simply to ascertain compatibility sooner rather than later. This time around, I'm straightforward and raw. No sense in beating around the bush - this girl isn't getting any younger! I ask honest questions and expect honest answers. I lay my feelings on my table for the simple fact of "take them or leave them". Unlike last time, I'm not waiting years into the relationship to weigh the possibility of forever. I don't have years to waste. If I commit at this point, there is no question that forever is feasible.

Part of me is cautious, careful not to make any rash decisions. 
But the other part of me is anxious.

Let it be known that before I gave myself over to my feelings, I prayed intently. I prayed that I would be shown the path that I was destined to follow. I prayed for His will and plan for my life. And in the midst of it all, I was sweetly reminded that it was God's intention from the very start to bless His people. He ultimately wants what we want, provided it is in our best interest. I think God saw what I saw and is slowly leading me to my heart's desires. 
I continually pray that it be revealed to me in time.

So there you have it. Raw emotion.

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Blate Night.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

After tweeting back and forth for what seemed like an eternity, the Knoxville blogger girls finally met up! For sushi and wine, no less.

Thanks to Jill for the picture - pictured left, counter clockwise: 
Jessica, Rebekkah, Jill, myself, Erin, and Nikki.

We talked about relationships, family, school, weekend life, and future endeavors. You know, the usual conversations you have when you get six girls consuming wine around the same table. To be honest, I thought we were going to have it out with some women in the restaurant a time or two, because their stares were boring holes into the backs of our heads. But I digress..

After we said "good-bye" and I was headed home, I got to thinking about the different personalities that were brought together by the wonderful world of blogging. First and foremost, we surfaced the fact that we shared the greatest similarity of all; We have each found great pleasure in pouring our heart and soul into blogging and are determined to share our stories, good times and bad times, advice, recipes, and outlooks on life. We understand the transparency that it takes to do what we do and write what we write, which ultimately sets us apart from others and unites us together. But then on the flip-side (there's always a flip-side), we had moments where we shared our differences. We discussed hot topics like Paula Deen, the military, gay rights, our President, gun laws, and then some.. and while it may have gotten intense at times, it was really beautiful.

It makes me thankful that we are able to be independent thinkers and speak freely about our thoughts. It just goes to show that no two people are alike and our opinions range all over the spectrum; But at the end of the day, when push comes to shove, we can still remain friends. Of course that is contingent upon our understanding of the phrase "agree to disagree". We don't always have to see eye-to-eye on the controversial topics that the world consists of. We just have to agree on the fact that life is too short to pass judgement. Life is complicated enough as it is. What's really important is that we care for one another, are kind and supportive, and realize that despite the small differences that we may have, we are simply here to LOVE.

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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Words, whether written or spoken, have a way of resonating in our minds. In our hearts. And in our lives. They can lift us up, drag us down, wound us deeply, or mend a broken heart. Words have the power to break confidences, construct life long friendships, or ignite a war.

So choose wisely.

You never know the impact that your words have on others.

Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the words to speak against yourself or gossip about others. Use the power of your word in the direction of truth and love.
-    Miguel Ruiz       

lake days and margaritas

puppy visitor and a sunset
sushi, bailey, and the miami heat
a quote and a sailor
playful dogs and trail runs
boat rides and brotherly love
flying squirrel and sweet smiles
the freshly graduated corpsman, his mom, and america
zebras and funny faces
breezy days and buggy rides

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