A September Update

My life has been a bit of a whirlwind lately, and with only a little over 6 weeks left until the wedding I certainly don't expect it to slow down! SIX WEEKS, you guys. ohmygosh. Crazy.  Anyways, I thought I'd catch you all up on the exciting life of yours truly. I was back in Indiana for the whole week last week, with two weddings bookending the week on each weekend. Tis the season, right?! 

Being home for a full week allowed me to get so much done wedding-wise, which was great. And as a nice relief from all of the wedding to-do's, my aunts threw me a shower! It was so beautiful, and I am beyond thankful for all of the work they put into it.  

Below is a quick photo recap of the whole shebang - rehearsal dinner, wedding, shower! (and I was a complete photography wedding failure at wedding number 2, so forgive me, but there is no documentation of it below)

the happy couple!!

Bridal Shower!
with my grandmas :)

I really liked the oven mitt, ok? ;)

The Secret

Pass on some useful advice or information you learned and always remembered.

Have you read or heard of The Secret?  While literally tons of great advice has been given to me throughout my life, the advice that I obtained from reading this book is the first that came to mind. I don't know that it's the most important or useful advice, but it's something that I think about on a daily basis.  

To enlighten those of you who haven't read the book, the premise of it revolves around the idea of being positive and always thinking good thoughts. It teaches you to envision your life and think about it as you want it to be. In turn, you will attract these things to you through the law of attraction.  It sounds a little bit (or a lot) bonkers when I explain it here, and I thought it was too, but if you read the book, you'll get it. Promise.

While I don't have a vision board for my life and don't follow everything the book lays out for you, the key piece of advice I took away from it is to BE POSITIVE, and I make an attempt to do this every day.  I take the approach that my attitude and outlook on life will eventually become my reality. I don't know about you, but I want my reality to be a pleasant one, so I try to keep my thoughts positive.  Of course, I'm realistic too, and I know that life isn't always a bowl full of cherries.  But overall, if we greet life with the positivity that we want to receive back from it, there's a pretty good chance it will happen. Here's to positivity!

Has anyone else read The Secret? Thoughts?

Three Months on a Mission

Happy September! For this lovely month, I've decided to partake in Blogtember with Jenni over at Story of My Life.  Seeing as though I've fallen off the wagon here recently, I thought this would be a great way to really get back into blogging.  Check out all the deets {here}. And yes, I missed the first day. But the first rule is that there are no rules :)


If you could take three months off from your current life and do anything in the world, what would you do?

Number one on my list? Go on a mission trip. Of course we can all take a step back from our hectic lives every now and again and soak it all in. We can take a moment to think about how good we really have it - to think about how fortunate we are.  I want to see how the other half live, though, with my own two eyes.  I want to see these people who are so full of joy and so incredibly grateful for the simple things that we take for granted every day - for water, food, a shower, a smile, a place to lie their heads at night.  And I want to help them in any small way that I can. Because they deserve it. Because I am no more deserving of the life that I have been blessed with than they are.   


I want to do it for these deserving people, for God, and perhaps selfishly, I want to do it for myself. I can't even imagine what an amazing and life-changing experience it would be.  I do know one thing for sure - it would absolutely put things into perspective.  How can you really worry about what new fall boots you're going to buy (an admitted current concern of mine) when you have actually met someone else who is worried about whether or not they will eat today?

It's hard to say where this would take me geographically as these kinds of needs stem far and wide, but it would take me to a place in my heart and in my life that I have never been before. And that would be a great enough journey for me. 

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