Friday, August 30, 2013

Where I share too many pictures in an...ODE TO SUMMER

September is like 5 minutes away... How did this happen? I'm pretty sure it was just the first day of summer where life consisted of bonfires, swimming, picnics, late night bicycle rides,flowers, birthdays, fireworks, short shorts&sunnies, gardens, drive-in movies, beautiful scenery,wedding season, hiking,  and all such summery things. I suppose now it's time for Autumn things... Which should consist of things such as but not limited to...more bonfires, cozy oversized sweaters, boots...oh my gosh boots season, playing in leaves,scarves, corn mazes, baking apple things and pumpkin things, sipping hot cocoa... The list goes on and on.

So ok, Autumn isn't SO bad. It's what follows this Fall season that my heart can't handle. But we won't speak of that just yet.

Summer you were good to me. Full of quality time spent with the people I love and then full of new adventures. I think you are pretty great and if you could stick around, well, I just might ask you to. But alas, until next year my dear dear Summer.

So here's to September and here's to Autumn or Fall..whichever you prefer. And here's to it taking everything in me to hold myself back from buying an entirely new wardrobe for said season. Because, well my bank account says no thank you.


Sunday, August 25, 2013

There is Beauty All Around

Some days just do not turn out the way you have planned. Then there are some days that just SERIOUSLY do not go the way you planned. The kind where you question the fact you even got out of bed that morning. It's inevitable. These days will always happen. I was reminded this weekend that when those days happen you have two choices. You can choose to let it ruin the day you had all so perfectly planned and were excited for. OR. You can choose to be happy and look at it all as an adventure. The later is definitely not easy. It's easy to feel disappointed. It really actually makes sense to be disappointed. 

However, I was reminded to see the beauty around me. Even through the series of unfortunate events. 

The day was supposed to go as planned : Wake up, look cute, venture to the Farmer's Market {I L.O.V.E. farmer's markets}, Spend the day with someone fun(which thankfully was the case no matter the situation) and then go to work for the night.

This is how the day went.... Wake up late, leave late, (don't worry I did look pretty cute), Car breaks down, have to track down the trax and ride it to who knows where, then try to find our way to the Market which is closing in about a half hour. Walk a million miles in shoes that are less than awesome for this. Then some how we find our way to Temple Square. Temple Square in Salt Lake City is more than beautiful in the summer. It is gorgeous. 
On a Saturday in the summer you can imagine just how many weddings were going on. 
I was definitely reminded to see the good in everything and to just be positive even when things are going wrong. 

Then just as I got a burst of optimism the trax back was running late, there was road construction on the way back home and it was pouring rain...and I was late for work. Not to mention I realized my stomach was imploding from hunger and my grocery situation was...unfortunate to say the least.

I worked...I drove home wishing there was a rogue granola bar or something around my vehicle.nope. 
When I got home there was a note attached to some wonderful groceries. I was again reminded to see the good. To be grateful for my blessings.

It was a hard day. A long day. Yet, it was a great great day.

Hoping your weekend left you in happy spirits no matter what happened.


Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Welcome To Utah

I'm falling in love in Utah...yet...

Change is hard.
Moving is hard.
Driving twelve hours in to the unknown is hard.
Starting a new job is hard.
Being seriously disorganized is hard.
Leaving loved ones is hard.
Especially leaving my little man and my very best friend, is SO stinking hard.

You know what makes things less hard...

The beautiful view.
New adventures.
A very bright future.
Following dreams.
And most of all....
Amazing people. I'm very blessed to have the friends that I have here and also the welcoming families that have taken me in.

Change is hard.
But I'm falling in love in Utah.
I'm excited for things to come.

Stay tuned will ya!


Saturday, August 3, 2013

I wanna see you be brave.

Sometimes life is scary.

Sometimes making big life changing decisions is even scarier.

What I think is even more scary is not living a life full of taking chances and risks and following your heart and your dreams.

A safe life is safe, but an adventurous life, now thats a life worth living.

So here I go. I'm taking a big leap of faith. I'm trusting in my Heavenly Father and most importantly I am finally trusting in myself and in my dreams and my decisions.

Oh how grateful I am to have family and friends that are supporting me and helping me make this happen.

So glad and excited to have you all along for the ride.

Utah here I come. Get ready for me.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Facing disappointment with cheerfulness

sunnies: ThreadSence

"When God gives you a no, give him a thank you. He was protecting you from less than his best."

The word "no".. As a toddler can send you in to a downward spiral of a temper tantrum. As a child it's a pouty lip and some tears. A first it's the batting of eyes probably followed by the words "you are ruining my life!"

As an adult I have learned SO much more about the word no. I learned to, of all things, trust in the word no. Three years ago I got the biggest,hardest, most disappointing no...but as time has gone on and life has carried on as it does, I have realized that that no was the biggest blessing and provided the most and necessary learning. Does this mean that that two letter word that sometimes feels like a four letter one might actually be a good thing? It can't be... Or can it?

Looking back as a toddler "no" was usually protecting me from something I didn't know would harm me.

A child... "No" was usually preventing me from doing something that may harm me.

A teenager.. Oh where to begin..."No" was always protecting me AND preventing me from doing things that would harm me.

In the moment we think those said no's are holding us back or potentially "ruining" our lives.

Yet, "NO" is a good thing. It is a blessing. It is protection from less than His best for you.

I am so extremely grateful for the no's that I have gotten in my life that without knowing it at the time, have helped get me where I am and make the decisions that I am making now. So excited for the all the yes' that I know are in the future!

Try to remember that at the sting of the next NO in your life. I am.
Because let's face it...things fall apart so something better can fall in to place.

And really...when all else yourself something nice! Like a new pair of sunglasses..because I mean

there isn't much that a cute accessory can't fix.