A Letter To Me

On the verge of my 26th birthday last year, I wrote ‘a letter to me’ and sent it back in time to the younger version of myself. I would say my former self, but if I’m being honest, I’m still that malt drinking, oversized t-shirt wearing, early to bed, and early to rise girl in a lot of ways. With turning 27 on its way next week, I thought it would be fun to make a spin-off of last year’s post and this time send it to the future version of myself.

So, to the future me, SURPRISE! You’re still perfectly imperfect. Once you start laughing, it’s hard to stop, you usually spill on yourself at least once a day, you don’t wash the sheets as often as you should, you’re embarrassed that your dogs aren’t better behaved, and you sweat more than the average person. And although it doesn’t always feel like it, those are good things, because they make you who you are.

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Take chances, even when they feel scary, because most likely, they always will. More often than not, those leap of faith moments are the most empowering. And if you fail (which at times, you will) keep going.

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Know and recognize the value in exploration, through travel, walks on the beach, conversation, reading, and writing. After all, “It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.” ― Ernest Hemingway

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Believe in yourself, protect your marriage, invest in relationships, follow your intuition, express gratitude, and try not to spend too much time worrying about what other people think. Live, laugh, and love. You’ve got this.

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Reader Question(s) – What advice would you give to your younger and/or future self?!

Happiness Exists in the Journey

Tonight I find myself kneeling by the bed to pray
I haven’t done this in a while
So I don’t know what to say but
‘Lord I feel so small sometimes in this big old place
Yeah, I know there are more important things,
But don’t forget to remember me

A couple days ago, this Carrie Underwood song came onto my Pandora station at work. I would be lying if I said that I didn’t get a little teary eyed listening to it. I can appreciate the feeling of being lost in this world at times.

I have a one bedroom, one bath dah apartment, and a very average wardrobe, car, appearance, and lifestyle. Unlike Carrie Underwood, I could probably get lost in a crowd.

Yet still, when I really think about it, I am, in many ways, living my dream. Not the dream, my dream.

I have an amazing family.

ImageIncredible friends.

ImageThe most precious dog, who even signals for touchdowns.

ImageAnd the world’s best fiancè. In what tourist shop can I find that shirt?

ImageI can make eclair cake in 10 minutes flat.

ImageAnd sand and water are less than an hour away. Hey, happy place.

ImageSo, in my moments of sheer and utter panic of ‘What am I doing with my life?!’ I must remember that happiness exists in the journey.

Reader Question-What people, places, experiences, or little things make your life amazing?

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