2018 is beginning so different than the last couple years. This year I have my career, my relationship is growing better each day, and I feel secure with who I am as a person. So I finally feel like I can just flourish in new hobbies and finding the time to appreciate the people around me better. This year my biggest focus is being more private, but staying raw and authentic. It’s so easy to start getting sucked into wearing your heart on your sleeve. Telling everyone everything, and then it starts to feel as though you’re lying to your friends when you don’t update them on every single detail; and because you’ve been so open they kind of start to expect it from you. Not in a bad way they just have become more accepting of you being so open, so becoming private could make them feel iced out. Last year I answered everyone’s questions about my life. But why? Why did they need to know? The knowledge of how my life was floating did not benefit, nor hurt them... so why did I feel obligated to answer them instead of saying it’s something I’m keeping to myself, or it’s something I’m figuring out on my own? This year being more private may teach me to be more true to myself. Plus constantly talking about my problems or what’s going on in my life with so many people brings in so many outside opinions that don’t matter. So much overthinking from all the different opinions as well. It welcomed so much confusion in my head, and I’m now realizing some things were blown so out of proportion because of how open I was being. It’s brave to be so open, but I think there is a perfect balance on what to share and what to keep to yourself. This year I will learn to find that balance to better myself.
Cole and I flew home for Christmas vacation on 12/20 and we’re here for just a short 6 days that are cram packed with family visits and lots of yummy food. Being home for the holidays is so important to me. Growing up Christmas has always been a time filled with being surrounded by as many family members as possible. We weren’t gonna come home this year because it’s so expensive to fly, but we decided family is more important than anything. The last few days we’ve been constantly Christmas shopping and the whole time I’m shopping I keep reminiscing about the moment when I get to put on my pajamas and wrap all the gifts. Wrapping is somewhat therapeutic for me... maybe I’m weird. But I just enjoy it! So I wanted to share how I’ve been wrapping my gifts this year. Since I enjoy it so much I decided to take my gift wrapping to the next level. Of course I used Pinterest to find some ideas and I settled on this clean simple wrapping style and wanted to add in the pine branches to bring the Washington feel with me to Arizona. I got my black and white wrapping paper from Party City. I thought michaels or Joanne’s would have carried them but to my surprise they only had regular white or brown craft paper and the white was see through. (Found that out the hard way :/ ) I bought the brown twine and the red and white twine from Michaels as well as the pine branches. I was going to bring some real branches from home but was afraid all the pine needles would break off while traveling. The tiny gold and silver ornaments I found at Michaels but I saw sooo many everywhere. You could even get them at the dollar store. And last but not least I used two different types of gift tags. I got these cute little plaid shirts that when you flip over say “to:” and “from:” that I found at Marshall’s. I got the white gift tags with gold accents from Target as a back up for when the shirts run out. Anyway, it was so fun to wrap all of these I was pretty impressed with how they came out and so far I’ve gotten a lot of compliments. Hope everyone has an amazing Holiday Season.
Thanksgiving is a time to reflect and truly feel so full of every aspect in your life. It’s a day where the sole purpose is to divide the positive and negatives in your life and place the negatives in a box in your closet that you don’t have to deal with until tomorrow or until your food hangover wears off. How cool is that? We get to spend this whole day cooking this big dinner and gathering to share a meal with those you love with a full heart. If we didn’t have this one day out of the year, when would we take the time to reflect on all that we have? Or would we at all? Life gets so busy, and when you’re going through a tough season of life it’s hard to just say “okay today I will forget the negatives”. Thanksgiving is such a neat holiday. We announce the blessings we have been given to us this past year and then we feast over it. Feeling grateful is such a good and warm feeling. It makes you realize your purpose all over again and see your progress. Thinking back as a child thanksgiving holds only good memories for me. The times I spent with family and each year as I’m asked what I’m thankful for I have noticed my list has grown longer and longer. I am thankful for this holiday that forces me to stop and take a breath and really remember the beautiful life I have been blessed with. If you can only think of a few things you’re thankful for pull out a piece of paper and start writing I bet your paper will start to overflow with all your blessings even down to the simplest little things such as the clean shirts we have on our backs every single day. Happy Thanksgiving everyone. Be Thankful and Be Grateful.
The last couple of days I've had an itch to keep my hands busy. So I started bringing my creativity back to life. I also reintroduced myself to journaling. Something I have done my whole life but for some reason when life gets hard, writing gets even harder. I loathe having to be raw and real with myself when I'm at a low point. But I've pushed writing back into my life so you'll probably see a lot of journaling in my blog! I also gained a new found love for wood burning! I'm sad I didn't try this sooner! I don't know if I have the confidence in my pieces enough to sell them yet, but maybe some time in the future!
Honestly these last 2 years of marriage have been so intense! Moving states and into our own place, him deploying, building myself a career, then him coming back and figuring out how to live together again.. it's been a true test of love. But I couldn't imagine conquering each test with anyone else! These last two years have flown by and I can't wait to make it to our 50th anniversary! Marriage is such a beautiful thing. And I'm so glad I get to experience it so young. We get to watch and help each other grow into the adults we're going to be. It's amazing. God has blessed me with such a great husband. ❤️
My heart has been craving to travel more than ever lately. So I last minute took a short trip took St. George, Utah to see a friend I hadn't seen in soo long! And I had never been to Utah, so why not?! I flew in to Las Vegas airport straight after working 8 hours on a friday, and landed at about midnight! We got to St. George at about 3am! So we went to bed right away.
The next day (saturday) we woke up and went to this super cute cafe called Xetava! It's pretty healthy and has the cutest outdoor seating! Then we headed to Zion National Park. Which blew my mind. The hike was barely anything and it was seriously gorgeous being up there! I couldn't take enough photos. It was so insane! And then we pretty much just hung out the rest of the day.
On Sunday I was flying home that night, so we relaxed and just watched Zootopia and then drove to Vegas to get dinner before my flight! Although I was only in Utah for 1 full day. It was beautiful and I will definitely be going back to explore more!