As promised in my last post, I'm so excited to share the senior portraits I shot for my sister-in-law. I've known Sam for almost seven years, so obviously this was a lot of fun. We shot on our property in Marion, in Austin, in Gruene, and a few at Canyon High School in New Braunfels. Sam loves animals and working with children. She is proud to be attending Texas Lutheran University in the fall and plans to pursue a career in education.
I honestly thought that was what my college years were for and that I would have my shit together by now, but I was very, very wrong. College gave me a clear-cut path for what my life was supposed to be. It gave me structure with deadlines, course catalogs, assignments, applications, schedules, and attendance policies. And then I graduated, got married, went on my honeymoon, looked around at all my choices and said, "okay, now what?" And the universe gave me white noise.
I always see cute date night ideas on Pinterest, but so many of those require money or living in a bigger metropolitan area than we do. It's easy to feel like you have to have more money to have a good time, which isn't true. We decided this weekend that we’re not going to do the same routine: Friday night dinner date, Saturday errand running, Sunday cleaning. We still did those things, but found new ways to throw in some quality time together.
1. When I wake up too early on a Sunday, but there's soft light filtering through the blinds, so I get up to watch the sunrise, drink coffee, and listen to the silence before the rest of the world wakes up. 2. When someone plays with my hair, running their fingers smoothly from the base of [...]
Last night, my husband and I were discussing our future. (Casual, I know.) He suggested we each make lists of goals we want to accomplish within the next ten years. Not going to lie, the idea of that freaks me out. Ten years is such an intimidatingly long time. And the idea of writing down things like, "buy a house" or "have babies" gives me much more anxiety the older I get. But since my birthday is a little less than two weeks away, I figured setting mini goals for my 25th year of life wouldn't be the worst idea. I started my quarter-life crisis at 24 so I'm hoping turning 25 will be slightly more graceful.
So, elephant in the room: it's been awhile... I've noticed I do this thing where if my life isn't going well, I shut down. I've heard of fitness bloggers or people who are dieting that do something similar when they have a bad week. They fall off the wagon, don't workout for a week, splurge on pizza, and [...]
I've been stalking various blogs this week for a little inspiration and came across the "a photo an hour" trend. I'm already obsessed. Google it and you'll see what I mean. I attempted to do my own yesterday, taking a photo (sometimes two because I'm a rebel like that) every hour from 9 a.m. to [...]
In honor of my mom visiting this weekend, I thought I'd reflect on the life lessons I've learned from her in my life so far. It's funny how things we learned in childhood become stronger as we get older. I appreciate everything my parents did to shape me now more than ever before. I am my mother's daughter and [...]
Let me say right off the bat that I can only speak about my own experiences. I'm not a fan of articles with lists that tell people how to BE happy, as if there were some magical formula for happiness. I'm not here to preach religion or exercise or some new age book that you [...]
The first thing everyone asks when you get married and come home from your honeymoon is, "how's married life?" If, like me, you were already in a committed, long-term, monogamous relationship and living together you don't really know what to say. You might feel relief from the stress of wedding planning and possibly a bit more touchy-feely [...]