A Magazine Reminder

A Magazine Reminder

I feel like singing a little Adele.  “Hello, It’s Me.”  I haven’t been gone for a couple of years, but it’s been quite a while. I could say all the cliché lines like, “I’m sorry I’ve been neglecting this space.”  “I’ve been so busy.”  “I didn’t have time,” etc.  But it just isn’t the truth.  The truth is the longer I didn’t type a word, the longer I thought I had nothing to say.  I lost my confidence that my words mattered to anyone, most of all me.

That’s why I started writing in the first place.  Because I needed the words.  I needed them to flow out of me.  There were things I needed to say and it seemed like the best place.  And then I got caught up in wondering if anyone else was reading.  Why weren’t more people reading?  Did anyone even care?  And then I got a magazine in the mail.

My grandpa sent me his copy of “Writer’s Digest” and said that if I liked it, he’d get me subscription for my birthday.  That gesture spoke volumes to me.  He knows I love to write.  He figured I’d enjoy reading about writing.  He sees me as a writer.

I might have two half-finished books on my computer and a blog I’ve neglected for months, but I’m still a writer.  My guitars may live in closets, lonely, but I’m still a writer.  My lack of self-confidence isn’t going to change that.  The desire is still in there.  The drive still speaks to me at times when I’m not expecting it.  It whispers, “you could write about this.”  Even if I think there’s no one reading, there will always be that one person that finds that I’m speaking to them.  That one person that believes in me enough to send me a magazine.

Tell Me About Your Hometown: A New Home

Tell Me About Your Hometown: A New Home

I’ve lived in Tennessee for seven years now but have always called California home.  It’s where I was born. It’s where I grew up.  It’s where I got sick, made some of my best friends, had my first kiss, and drove a car for the first time.  As my mom got ready to sell my childhood house where I was raised, I mourned what felt like the loss of my home. Even though my husband and and I were buying a place of our own, it still didn’t feel like Tennessee was “my” place.

But yesterday as I drove to a friend’s house I past the place where my husband and I had our first date.  It’s just a rundown bowling ally.  Really no place of excitement.  Except I remember the exact feeling I had when I looked at him and knew he was special.

There are places like that sprinkled all around Nashville.  The dorm room where my best friend and I met.  The parking lot where my husband and I had our first kiss.  The lake where he proposed.  Our wedding spot. And now the house that we own together.  Places where little moments have had life-changing impact.

And that’s what home is, isn’t it?!  It’s not always the place you grew up or the first place you fell in love.  It’s the place that you want to come back to every day.  It’s the place where what’s most important to you can be found when you walk in every evening.  It’s the sound of your husband telling you he’s glad you’re home after a long day.

California will always have a special place in my heart.  I’ll probably continue to miss it and my family every single day.  But my husband is my new family and as we continue to make new memories, this is our home together.

Where is your home?

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I am so honored that Amanda has allowed me to co-host her last Tell Me About Your Hometown.  To celebrate, we have put together a little giveaway, where two winners will be receiving a few goodies from our hometown.

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Marriage And Relationship Goals: Exciting Times

Marriage And Relationship Goals: Exciting Times
 

If all goes as planned, my husband and I will be homeowners in 10 days.  It’s been overwhelming, stressful, and emotional.  But as Zack likes to say, “These are exciting time.”

As a child of divorced parents, a house has symbolized to me something to eventually be fought of over.  It was the one last tie holding the end of a relationship together.  From the first time we talked about buying a house way back when we were engaged, it terrified me.  More than marriage itself, because that was all I knew.  A house was something that two people ended up having to split.

But Zack keeps reminding me, we are not our parents, and our relationship is not theirs.  And I know that.  I’m trying to keep myself from being hesitant and allow myself just to enjoy this time.  Yesterday I started browsing Pinterest to decide on what paint colors would be nice for our living room and bedroom.  It was the first time I had imagined us really living there.

And it is exciting.  It’s the next step in our life together.  I would hate to miss all the excitement because I’m too busy dwelling on the past and worrying about the future. So my goal this month is to enjoy the process of buying our home, moving in, and making it our own.  I will not spend that time in fear.

What’s your relationship goal this month?
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An Update On Life Lateley

An Update On Life Lately

I’ve been MIA lately, and for that, I’m sorry.  So much has been going on that this little space of mine has suffered.  But I missed you all, so I thought I’d give you an update on my life lately.

My Chloe + Isabel business has been going really well.  This month I was promoted to a Merchandise Manager, so now I’m helping a team of women run business of their own.  After hearing their goals, their dreams, and their reasons for starting with Chloe + Isabel, I feel so invested in them and passionate about helping their businesses grow and be all that they want them to be.  It’s incredible how connected I feel to a group of women that I haven’t met in real life yet.

Zack and I are under contract to buy a house that we have absolutely fallen in love with.  We are closing next month and just praying that everything works out the way we hope.  We keep dreaming about being in our very own house by Christmas and how we will be able to hang Christmas lights on the outside.

Both my jewelry business and buying a house have my quite busy in addition to my normal work and regular life schedyle.  But I am going to try to manage my time better so I can be here more regularly.

How is life going for you lately?

Quality Time – Marriage And Relationship Goals

Quality Time

August was a month full of quality time with my family.  My mom came to stay with us for almost a week, and then we headed to Jamaica for a vacation with my dad and his girlfriend.  There was very little television or phone use, just relaxation by the beach, good food, and good conversation.

It got me thinking how rarely that happens when we are home.  Too often we are distracted by the television, our computers, or the latest book we are reading (ok that last part only happens to me) and we don’t spend a whole lot of time just being together without other distractions.

Zack is really good about turning off the tv at a certain time and spending a few moments just to catch up together.  But this month, I really want to dedicate to finding those moments everywhere.  I want to eat dinner at our dinning table and have a conversation.  I want to spend some time being with one another without feeling like we also have to be doing something else.

Our 2nd anniversary is at the end of this month, so I think that makes September perfect for some extra quality time together.


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New to the Marriage & Relationship Goals Link-up? Goals help our relationships grow stronger and get better with time as well as help us to continue moving forward and avoid the “ruts” of life. This link-up was created in hopes of inspiring your relationship with your significant other no matter your chapter in life and love. We would love for you to join us in making the things we do in our relationships intentional. If you would like more information, click here.
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