Year in Review: 2016

This year has been a whirlwind of milestones – graduation, getting married, moving to a new city, my husband’s new job, getting a kitten, and going vegan to name a few. While these were all joyous moments for me, I had my fair share of stress and suffering. But don’t we all?

Before I go any further with my year in review, I want to say that I am so tired of hearing people say that 2016 has been a terrible year. I’ve been hearing people say they are ready to put this year in the past and never mention it again. Really? While there have been some devastatingly heartbreaking events this year, the year itself is N O T bad. I would encourage you to focus on all of the good that happened in 2016 rather than dwell on the bad. A negative attitude will get you no where and accomplish nothing in life. Don’t be fooled into thinking that things will instantly get better in the new year. Just like losing weight and getting in shape, it takes hard work and dedication to make a change. So let’s learn from the mistakes of 2016 and move forward to a more positive and uplifting 2017.

In order of events, here are some of my highlights from 2016:

  1. Getting to live with my Maw for the first half of the year – Growing up I always thought it would be fun to live with my grandmother. And it just so happened that I needed a place to live while I worked in Lynchburg and my Maw so graciously let me live with her for a year. God really blessed me during that year and I will always treasure the time I had living with Maw.15801304_1291306717575341_47967898_n
  2. Working as Editorial Assistant for Lynchburg Living and Lynchburg Business Magazines – Right at the start of the year I had the opportunity to work part-time as the Editorial Assistant for two local magazines while the Managing Editor was on maternity leave. It was a wonderful two month experience and just the right amount of work while I was also juggling wedding planning.
  3. Furthering my yoga practice – During the course of the year I completed three yoga challenges and even won a prize for the first challenge I did! These challenges helped get me into a routine and encouraged me to do yoga on the daily.
  4. Premarital counseling – Brendan and I did premarital counseling from February-May this year through Thomas Road Baptist Church. I was a little skeptical about it at first and thought it would be a bunch of mushy gushy stuff, but it turned out to be an awesome experience for the both of us. Not only did we lay it all out on the table and learn more about one another, we learned what marriage is really about that it takes a lot of faith and hard work to make a marriage great. So thankful for Pastor Jay and the time he invested into us.
  5. Bridal shower – On April 23 my Aunt Sarah threw me a wonderful Bridal shower and her new house. It was such a sweet time with friends and family and totally helped ease some of the wedding planning stress. 15820778_1291307190908627_387934203_o
  6. Bachelorette Party – My maid of honor Krista planned the sweetest and most thoughtful Bachelorette party for me on May 7. Since I’m not into the party-scene and alcohol drinking, we spent the afternoon at the cutest Irish tea shop where we had tea, finger sandwiches, and desserts. Then we went to do some pottery painting and ended the evening with dinner at Isabella’s Italian restaurant. So thankful to have that time with my girls. 15820555_1291307377575275_2008136560_o
  7. Graduation – I technically graduated from Liberty University in December 2015, but on May 14th this year I was able to attend my commencement ceremony. And the best part? I was able to be with Brendan who was also graduating. Both of our families were there and we were all able to celebrate together. It really made those 4 1/2 years of studying worth it. 15800964_1291307520908594_1669025728_n
  8. My Wedding Day ❤ – On May 21 I got to marry the love of my life and have my dream wedding! Yes there were a couple of hiccups here and there, but I couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful day. Even though it was calling for rain, we had some blue skies and were able to have the ceremony outside in the garden of Oak Ridge Estate, just as I had envisioned. It was a beautiful, God honoring day filled with friends and family to help us celebrate. Truly the best day of my life. 15801169_1291307894241890_1048087388_n
  9. Honeymoon in New York City – Brendan and I spent 5 glorious days in my very favorite city for our honeymoon! I’ve always known that I didn’t want to spend my honeymoon at the beach or on a cruise, and we both love cities so much that New York City just made sense. I couldn’t think of a more romantic place to spend with my love. We were able to go to the top of the Empire State Building, see The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway, go to the top of the One World Trade Center, spend an afternoon in Central Park, walk the Brooklyn Bridge, etc. The only downside was that I got food poisoning on our last full day in the city and I spend the day in bed. But hey, I’m focusing on the positive here. I survived and Brendan took good care of me. What a wonderful husband. ❤ 15820129_1291307777575235_1810800617_n
  10. Moving to a new city and into our very first apartment together – On June 1st Brendan and I moved to a new city and into our very first apartment together in Roanoke. I got the downtown apartment I had been dreaming about and we had fun exploring the city this summer.15785554_1291308680908478_692262730_o
  11. Birthday Getaway to Richmond – For my birthday this year Brendan took me to Richmond for the weekend on a little getaway. While our time there was short, it was honestly one of the best birthdays I’ve had in years.
  12. Adopting Cheetah – Mom and Dad always have a lot of kittens at their house, and this summer there was a very special little orange tabby that I had my eye on. Brendan and I debated whether we should wait to get a kitten, but once we saw Cheetah I knew that we needed to bring him to live with us. Adopting Cheetah has taken a lot of adjustment, sometimes he’s downright annoying, but we are so thankful to have this little fur ball in our lives.15857231_1291309717575041_748629662_o
  13. Going Vegan – I’ve been vegetarian for 5 years now and have been feeling the pull towards veganism for quite some time now. On November 1st, World Vegan Day, I decided to go vegan for a week to see if I could do it and how my body would react. It’s now the end of December and I’m still vegan. While I’m not perfect, I want to try my very best to stay on a plant based diet and adopt an overall plant based lifestyle. Right now I’m going strong and don’t want to turn back!
  14. Traveling to Georgia – In mid November Brendan and I had the opportunity to travel to Georgia (my first time) to visit our friends Brady and Lora. Brady and Lora got married just a few days after we did and moved to Georgie in May. Brady is now the youth pastor of church in Georgia and we were able to see his ordination when we visited. What a blessing these friends are and I am so proud of everything they are doing for the Lord. 15824602_1291309580908388_645042082_o
  15. First Christmas together – And last but not least, Brendan and I were finally able to be together on Christmas as we celebrated our first Christmas as a married couple with Brendan’s family n Delaware. We had a wonderful few days spent with his family, and we were even able to bring Cheetah along with us! 15820736_1291310160908330_1489587202_o

I know for some 2016 has been a very trying year. I had my ups and down as well, but through it all God has been so good to me and my family. We have had great health and so many blessings to celebrate. My prayer for 2017 is that we would all show love and kindness to one another, treat others as we would want to be treated, and focus on all of the good and positive things in our lives. Don’t fall into a pessimistic attitude where all you can focus on is the bad and the negative in this world. Remember, we live on a fallen planet full of sinners and that’s why we all so desperately need Jesus. He is the Light of the world. Right from the start, I want to place 2017 into God’s hands and have Him strengthen me and guide me.

I will be posting my goals and intentions for the new year on the blog later this week. I would love to hear what some of your New Year’s resolutions are! 🙂

Goodbye 2016, you’ve been grand!

Until next year my lovelies ❤

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Weekend Wanderings

This past weekend was just the right mixture of adventure and relaxation. Between football games, adopting a kitten, and having both of my brothers stay over, the past few weekends have come and gone without much one-on-one time with my husband. So on Saturday we slept in and enjoyed the fact that we didn’t have any set plans or company coming over.

Since it was such a gorgeous autumn day, we decided to get out of Roanoke for awhile and head to Lynchburg for the day. We spent the afternoon wandering around the streets of Downtown Lynchburg and visiting some of my favorite local shops like the Farm Basket.

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This city holds a special place in my heart and continues to grow on me with each passing day. There was a time when I hated living in Lynchburg – I was starting the second semester of my freshman year of college and was tired of being in Lynchburg and just wanted to go back home. But, as time went on I came to know more about the city and I got to know the people that lived there and my heart changed. I also met Brendan in Lynchburg and that’s where our relationship blossomed. So as much as I tried to fight getting “stuck” in the Lynchburg bubble, the truth is I really do miss this beautiful little city.

Sunday was our day of rest. After getting about 5 hours of sleep and then getting up and going to church, we were both pretty tired. When we got home from church, Brendan decided to take a nap while I curled up on the couch so I could finish reading The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. We originally had nothing planned for the evening, but as I was finishing up the book and telling Brendan how I really wanted to see the movie now, he said “Want to to go see it tonight?”. So we did! We ordered pizza for dinner (we had to do some research to make sure I could order something that was vegan friendly at Dominos) and then got dressed and ready to go to the movies.

I thought that The Girl on the Train was brilliant and the movie adaptation did not disappoint! Emily Blunt did an amazing job playing Rachel Watson and I was pleased that the plot, dialogue, and characters stayed true to the book (very rare to see these days). The only problem I had with the movie is that it was placed in New York instead of London, but I was able to look past that detail and enjoy the movie anyway.

After a refreshing weekend, I’m feeling motivated and ready to be productive. First on the to-do list this week is tidy the apartment! Having a 3-month old kitten living with you can be quite messy sometimes.

Have a great Monday!

 

 

 

Welcome Home Cheetah

This past Saturday Brendan and I welcomed a new furry member into our little family! Cheetah is a sweet, playful 3-month old kitten that was born at my parents’ house earlier this summer. Brendan and I had been talking about possibly getting a pet, and since raising and training a puppy would be a lot of work, time, and money we decided to get a kitten to start with.

The thing about cats is that people either seem to love them or hate them. I grew up out in the country on farmland and we always had lots of animals, so from the time I was 5 years-old I’ve loved just about every animal there is. But cats always used to be my very favorite and I had one kitty in particular that will always hold a special place in my heart. Brendan grew up having cats as well, so it seemed fitting that our first pet be a kitten.


At first I was a little hesitant to bring Cheetah home with us – having a cat can sometimes limit your ability to travel, they get into all kinds of mischief, and you have to clean their litter box. But then I thought about the fact that if we took him in he would be getting the love and individual attention he needs and would be safer here in our little apartment than out in the country where my parents have had coyotes attack our animals. So with these thoughts in mind, I gladly took Cheetah in.

Our first week with Cheetah has been fun, exciting, frustrating, and annoying. While I was so excited to shop for him and buy him little treats and toys to play with, I kind of forgot about how much work it would be to train him and get him into a daily routine. Granted, training a cat is nowhere near as difficult as training a dog, but we did have to teach him to use his litter box (not a problem), not claw at the furniture, to stay on the ground while we are eating, and sleep when we are sleeping.


I had a mini anxiety attack the other day when I started looking around at my nice little apartment that was now cluttered with toys, had litter scattered on the floor, and the couch covered in a bed sheet so Cheetah wouldn’t claw at it. And then to add to all of that Cheetah got sick and threw up all over the floor! I thought to myself “well, this might be the end of having a nice clean apartment”, but that’s not true. As Cheetah gets older, he will learn how to behave and I’ll find a place for his toys and learn to clean up the extra little unexpected messes. In the moment it can just be frustrating.

Getting a kitten has taught me one thing: I’m definitely not ready to have kids yet!

Keep an eye out for more updates on my blog about Cheetah and how he’s adjusting to the city kitty life. 😊

Chase the Blues Away

I’m starting my day off with some Norah Jones and a big cup of coffee! I just got her new cd Day Breaks in the mail yesterday and so far I am loving it – I was so excited to hear that she’d be returning to her jazzy roots. Jazz music is good for the soul.

After a somewhat emotionally draining weekend, this week has been refreshing for me physically, mentally, and emotionally. Do you ever have those days where you just feel like you’re in a funk and you don’t know why? Well, that was me Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

For starters, last Monday my car Gypsy decided to give me a scare. As I was on my way home from the gym, the check engine light came on and the steering wheel locked up on me. Luckily, I was almost home and was in a good spot for it to happen. Brendan was able to leave work and run over to help me out (so thankful he works close by!). I was so worried that my car was dying and that would be the end of her, which upset me because I love my old car and don’t really want a newer one.

Physically speaking, I haven’t felt the best this past week. I’ve had some obnoxious headaches that just won’t seem to go away. I used to get headaches regularly, but over the past year or so haven’t really had one. I don’t like to take ibuprofen or acetaminophen unless I’m dying, I’d rather use more natural pain relievers (drinking a cup of ginger tea which helps with inflammation, essential oils, etc.) and finding the root of the problem. I think these headaches could be a combination of not getting enough sleep, going three weeks without taking my vitamin d, vitamin e, and evening primrose oil supplements, and watching/reading the news. No joke on that last one. Saturday I was SO stressed out over all of this presidential election crap. I really hate seeing friends and family members arguing back and forth about which candidate they think should be president. It’s frustrating, tiring, and so draining (mentally, emotionally, and spiritually). I have temporarily blocked several people from my Facebook newsfeed until the election is over because I was getting tired of seeing all of the hateful posts about either or both candidates.

So, to get away from the stress and negativity for a while, I deleted the Facebook app off of my phone and Brendan and I went to get my engagement ring and wedding band cleaned. We also went to a puppy shop, Barnes and Noble, and Starbucks – so by the time I had had my fill of puppies, books, and coffee I was feeling better.

Another thing that has had me stressed out recently is the fact that I still haven’t been able to find a job. God has been so good to Brendan and me and has graciously provided for all of our needs since we got married and moved earlier this year. Brendan has a wonderful job in his field that is close to home and he makes enough to comfortably support us and I am so so thankful for that. However, there is this part of me that feels incomplete because I currently don’t have a job. I used to feel this way during my first couple years of college when I wasn’t working. I like working and staying busy and feeling like I’m doing something beneficial with my time. And I know I shouldn’t care what other people think, but I’m always worried that people will look at the fact that I don’t have a job and think that I am lazy and don’t care. But I know that God’s timing is perfect, I just need to keep searching and trust that an opportunity will present itself when it’s meant to be.

In the meantime, I am continuing to blog, journal, and read almost daily so that I can keep in the practice of writing and keeping my mind sharp. I always feel better after writing and/or blogging and reading helps me relax. I have found that if I set aside a certain time every day for reading and writing, regardless of whether I feel like it or not, I am forced to create and get my imagination and creativity flowing.

Vegetarian Awareness Month – My Journey to a Vegetarian Lifestyle 

October is Vegetarian Awareness Month, so I thought this would be the perfect opportunity for me to share my story about becoming a vegetarian.

This December I will have been a vegetarian for 5 years. I’ve learned a lot about health, wellness, and nutrition since giving up meat. And I’ve also learned a lot about the livestock and meat industry. All of what I have learned has only helped me confirm that I made the right decision to give up meat.

My journey to vegetarianism was a somewhat gradual one. I started eating healthier at the age of 14 and took small steps in the direction of becoming a vegetarian such as giving up red meat. For those of you that don’t know, between the ages of 14-16 I went through what could probably be considered an eating disorder. I severely restricted my calorie and fat intake, ate the same fat free foods every day, and lost a lot of weight. Anyway, it wasn’t until I was 17 going on 18 that I started intentionally eating healthy.

In the summer of 2011, I checked out a book from the library on vegetarianism. It was a short book, and while it was interesting, it certainly wasn’t life changing. But, in a sense it did change my life. After I read that book, I secretly decided that I would give up meat for a while and see how it went. I say “secretly” because I didn’t tell my family that I was giving up meat. And the reason being is that I knew they would kind of freak out, not understand why I was giving up meat, and give me a hard time about it. So, I simply kept it to myself, because I knew that it was something I wanted to do for myself.

It wasn’t always easy, but I ended up going a month without eating meat. I opted for meatless side dishes when my mom cooked dinner, and I actually did get in the kitchen and cook some of my own meals and try new recipes like homemade hummus wraps. For me, this was a crucial turning point in my journey to a healthy lifestyle after going through some dark days with my eating disorder. I was finally trying to eat healthfully for every meal and I wasn’t feeling guilty about eating. I even ate peanut butter for the first time in years, a food I had sworn off of because of its high fat content.

I could have gone longer than a month without meat, but I was starting my freshman year of college and moving into a dorm, which was a big change for me. My dad wanted to take me out to eat at Red Lobster for my first (and only) time the day I moved into my dorm, so we went together and I ordered shrimp scampi. My dad didn’t know that I had been avoiding meat for the last month, so instead of trying to explain it to him, I just ordered the shrimp. And it was here that I kind of fell back into my old ways of eating (meat that is). I went back to eating meat (chicken and turkey) for the next 3 months, because the dining options on campus were new to me and I was always going out to lunch and dinner with friends and other girls on my hall. I just didn’t want to have to worry about always finding something meatless to eat.

When December rolled around and I was finishing up my first semester of college and about to go home for Christmas break, I decided that I had had enough of meat. So on December 14th I ate my very last piece of chicken in a salad from a restaurant on campus and I’ve never looked back.

To be honest, I don’t remember when or how I told my family that I decided to give up meat. But I remember that my brothers gave me a really hard time about it and made fun of me, and my dad went from thinking I was silly, to generally being concerned for my health. I remember one day he walked in the room and was telling me that I couldn’t NOT eat meat, because I would die! He said he knew a lady at work who was a vegetarian, her skin turned green and she got really sick and almost died because she wasn’t getting the nutrients and protein she needed. Another time, dad said he was concerned that I would become anemic because I wasn’t getting iron from red meat. I tried explaining that I had done my research and read up on the foods that were important for me to eat to get the nutrients I needed from dairy products and plant sources, but he didn’t seem convinced. And to be honest, it upset me that nobody seemed to believe me or care that I wanted to be healthier.

Left: Me in 2012, I had been a vegetarian for 6 months. Right: Me in early 2016, vegetarian for a little over 4 years. Since becoming vegetarian I have dropped two jean sizes and gained a lot of confidence. 

I brushed off my family’s negative reactions and continued to educate myself on nutrition and a vegetarian lifestyle. As people found out that I was vegetarian I would get asked questions like “But why did you give meat up?” and “Are you one of those weird vegetarians that does it for the animals?”, and I couldn’t help but laugh. I would always respond with “I gave up meat for health reasons. And no, I didn’t quit eating meat ‘for the animals”. Years went by before I had a better, more educated response than that.

I said I gave up meat for health reasons, not because I was allergic to meat or anything drastic like that, but because I had gone a month without it and I knew that I felt physically healthier without it. And as much as I love animals I didn’t quit eating meat because I felt guilty for eating them. I didn’t get upset that my friends and family still wanted to eat meat, I just knew that I didn’t want to and I didn’t want my family judging me for it.

Over the past 5 years, I’ve learned a lot about health and nutrition, and I’ve slowly been incorporating more vegan foods into my diet and avoiding dairy when I can. I’ve stopped using cow’s milk, I no longer buy yogurt, and I’ve almost given eggs up (about once every two months or so I might buy local organic eggs from the farmer’s market). I would love to go fully vegan someday, but for now I am listening to my body and only eating dairy every now and then. I have thoughts I would like to share about veganism, but I will save that for a separate post.

What started out as something new to try just to see if I could do it, became a lifestyle. As time went on, I realized how easy it really was to be a vegetarian and opt out of eating meat dishes. I have gotten more creative in the kitchen with the ingredients I use and the dishes I make, and have even gotten my husband’s approval on some of my vegetarian meals (which is a huge win). I know becoming a vegetarian isn’t for everyone, but I highly recommend going meatless for at least a couple meals a week. Not only could it save money, but you might just be surprised at how tasty meatless meals can be!

Me at a wedding this past August. Luckily for me, most events have plenty of fruit and veggie options even when the main course is not vegetarian friendly.
If you have any questions about going vegetarian, or would simply like to know some great meatless recipes, feel free to let me know and I’d be happy to share.

Happy Vegetarian Awareness Month to all of my veggie lovers out there!

 

 

Parched by the Summer and Thirsty for Fall

With September coming to a close, I feel the last little bits of summer quietly slipping away, and while this would normally make me feel a tad melancholy, I feel nothing but sheer delight. I have pulled out my sweaters, scarves, and boots and am ready to deck the apartment with pumpkins and autumn décor. These rainy days have been exactly what I needed – while the ground and plants were getting parched from the summer heat, so was my imagination. The rain has served as a refreshing nourishment to my soul and imagination and I feel renewed and motivated for a new month and a new season.

My body is finally getting accustomed to going to bed and waking up earlier. And while finding myself tired around 10 p.m. can make me feel old sometimes, I honestly think it’s good for my body. I feel happier and more energetic. And I’m finding out the perfect recipe for a goodnights sleep. And the ingredients are 1) Reading a chapter of a good book in bed, 2) Watching a funny/cute video and having a good belly laugh, 3) Running my diffuser with a mix of tea tree oil, lemongrass oil, and lavender oil to help cleanse the air, 4) Drinking a glass of Apple Cider Vinegar water with Lemon, and 5) Praying with my husband before drifting off to sleep. Having a regular “bedtime” routine is a lovely thing.

Waking up earlier allows Brendan and I to start our day in the quiet, reading our own devotions and spending time in God’s word before getting on with the demands of the day. I was reflecting on the past few months the other day and realizing how much happier and at ease I feel since first moving in June. While it hasn’t been easy, especially since I’m still not working, Brendan and I have continued to grow closer together and learn more about each other since getting married and moving in together. Never could I have imagined how absolutely wonderful it is to marry your best friend and live with them. God has blessed me well beyond what I deserve. We both strive daily to wisely use the provisions that God has so graciously blessed us with. It’s a learning process, but I’m so thankful to be in this stage of life.

For me, it’s been so much fun learning how to grocery shop and meal prep for the both of us each week. And I also love cleaning and keeping our apartment tidy and cozy. I know that we don’t have kids and it’s just the two of us now, but I hope that having a positive attitude about these chores now will help ease the stress of them once we do have kids.

I’m so excited to be wrapping this month up with most of my personal goals met and a few healthy habits formed. I will sit down at some point today and make my list of October goals and healthy habits that I want to work towards over the next 31 days. I’ll make sure and share them on here once I get them all in order. 🙂 

While it doesn’t look like there will be any rain this weekend, it is raining today, which I think is the perfect type of weather for a cozy Friday afternoon. Brendan and I are going to see “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” this evening and I am both excited and nervous at the same time! I finished reading the first book in the series by Ransom Rigg the other week and it was such a wonderful book. I’m excited to see that Rigg and Tim Burton are working together, which is sure to make it a great film. However, as it always is with the movie adaptation of a book, I’ve already seen some stark changes they have made with the movie. But, I’m hoping I can look past that for tonight and just enjoy the movie.

And now it’s time to write out my very last lists for the 30 Days of Lists Challenge! This was such a fun exercise to do and it has been wonderful motivation for me to blog more often. I’m hoping to come up with some more fun writing prompts for the month of October. 🙂

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30 Days of Lists Challenge

Day 29: Things I’m looking forward to

  • A trip to IKEA
  • Halloween movies
  • Finding a big girl job
  • Fall festivals
  • Thanksgiving
  • Christmas (Too soon? Maybe, but I’m still looking forward to it :))

  

Day: 30 Highlights of this month

  • My birthday weekend
  • Day trips to my parents’ house
  • Getting to visit with my Maw
  • The arrival of autumn
  • Lots of rainy days
  • Getting into a regular routine

 

 

 

Changing Seasons

These first few days of autumn have been so delightful. I’ve been taking advantage of the changing seasons to clean, organize, and de-clutter Brendan and my apartment. I’ve cleaned out my drawers and am so ready to swap my summer clothes for all of my comfy sweaters, scarves, and boots! I’m also itching for a visit to IKEA so that I can get some new plants, pieces that will help tie the look of the apartment together, and some more items that will help with de-cluttering our small space. 

While the temperature on Saturday ended up being 90 degrees, both Sunday and Monday were cooler with temperatures in the upper 60s and low 70s. Both days were shrouded in clouds and fog and made for the coziest of autumn afternoons. We even got some much needed rain on Monday! After Brendan got off work we went on a short drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway before dinner so that we could enjoy the mist and the rain.

These rainy days are literally some of my very favorites! I love to spend rainy days curled up with a good book or journaling with a big cup of tea or coffee by my side. I also love to go out in the rain, taking walks through the woods and daydreaming up all kinds of short stories. 🙂 There’s just something about a bleak, gloomy day that inspires and motivates me to get things done. 

Now on to some lists! It’s hard to believe that my 30 Days of Lists Challenge is almost done. September has gone by so fast. 

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30 Days of Lists Challenge 

Day 25: Words that I hate 

I love words! As a writer and a lover of classical literature, I enjoy learning new vocabulary words, especially words that have gotten lost over the years. But, as I was thinking about words that get on my nerves, I quickly realized that southern slang is just something that doesn’t sit well with me. Hey, just because I live in the south doesn’t mean I speak like a southerner!

  • Y’all – this one just gets under my skin!
  • Hanker
  • Whatchamacallit (if that’s even technically considered to be a real word)
  • Reckon

 

Day 26: Stuff I’m allergic to

I don’t know of a single thing that I’m allergic to.

 

Day 27: Obsessions 

  • Books, books, books
  • My husband 😉 ❤
  • Coffee
  • Animals, specifically Otters right now 🙂
  • Looking at healthy food pictures on Instagram

 

Day 28: Favorite Plants 

  • Succulents
  • Little cactus
  • Snake plant
  • Echinacea
  • Aloe vera
  • ALL OF THEM! 🙂