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2014

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You might remember last year’s big Two. Five. post. And how I had all the tears and then the realization of just HOW GREAT the past twenty-five years have been. Interestingly, I’ve cried again – this time about turning 26. Because twenty-six feels nearly thirty. Which basically means you’ve lived your life. And now you’re […]

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My Birthday || Gratitude & Turning 26

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Sometimes life get’s pretty cray. This is one of the posts. As you might have gathered from posts or conversations, Stephen also has a regular day job. And for the last year and a half he’s been privileged to be a part of a rotational program. Read: his job changes (rotates) every four months. New […]

We’re MOVING (temporarily) to CHICAGO!

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  You know what it’s like.Be it a first hand experience, your present situation, or the observant view of your best friend going through it: planning a wedding is unlike anything else. And I mean that in the best,most endearing,yet quite-possibly-most-stressful-thing-you’ve-ever-donekind of way.  When Stephen and I decided to1) not have a super long engagement2) […]

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PERSONAL || Our Boho Backyard Wedding Reception || Rensselaer, Indiana

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  I’ve never ever cried about a birthday before…until this year. But also, I’ve never felt more exciting emotions too…Read: “OMG! I’M IN THE PRIME OF LIFE!” type of feels.Clearly, I’m a tad mixed up about it all.  So I’ma gonna ride the coat tails of the latter statement and share a few thoughts that […]

IT’S MY BIRTHDAY || Why I Can Finally Be Proud Of Turning 25

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  Today marks one year my life changed forever. June 12th. A new date to celebrate each year. My fairytale began again whenhe dropped down on one knee.It seems like yesterday, and yet eons ago. For those interested, here’s our full proposal story from both of our perspectives! Ah!  “I paced. Adrenaline caused a tremor […]

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1 Year Later –> The FULL Story : Stephen’s Proposal [I said yes] || Belle Isle, Richmond VA

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  I’ve nothing profound to offer today. All I can say is this:You matter. The impact you have on those around you is significant.  Let me explain… For the past 6 years, the month of May has become a month of apprehension. In the month of May,I grappled with & ultimately decided to not go back […]

PERSONAL : What it Means to Be Human – A Tribute

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  Just start.Just do the next thing. The underlined words jumped out at me from that dear old book. Actually, it isn’t an old book. But it’s that type of beloved book you keep and reread over and over because it’s life-giving and soul-renewing. It’s called, “Let’s All Be Brave.”  One day I’ll probably get […]

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Unassuming Bravery

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  The lipstick is on.Coffee partially steaming, kind of. Chopin is playing his masterpieces once again in my living room.  So, we’ve moved. It’s almost been a month. Today is just me saying, hi. I’m alive and well.  I feel like I’ve changed in so many exciting ways, it would be difficult to truly express all that […]

Personal: Fiddle Fig Trees & Bone-in Chicken

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  I’ve deliberated immensely of how to share this news.Tears rolled down my face at first.Then slowly, as days passed, joy illumined in my heart. I see the possibilities.The clean slate.Adventures to be had. And now, a vigorous hope has arrested my mind and heart in all of this newness. I’m more creative than I […]

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WE’RE MOVING : Meet Me in St Louis

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  Your head’s spinning.The only warm place is your bed. And you’re not quite sure what’s next, what you should do next, or even what the next hour might bring. Not in a particularly ominous way, always. Sometimes it’s joyful surprises. Sometimes it’s life-altering ones too. Regardless, you still don’t know what’s next. You feel […]

PERSONAL : When Life Changes, Reheat The Coffee

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