It’s ok to feel unsettled

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Hi everyone! Long time, no talk. Just popping in on here to provide a quick life update and hopefully give myself some accountability to get back to posting on here.

Since the last time I posted (2 months ago), a good bit has happened! I’ve begun wedding planning, we started a new year, Cameron and I moved in together – lots and lots of changes!

I’m weird because I have a love/hate relationship with change. On one hand, I love it because I love growing and adapting but on the other hand I despise it because I want to instantly get back into the groove. And friends, it just doesn’t happen that way!

Moving, even if it isn’t a far distance, is a lot of work! Not just the packing and unpacking and carrying loads of boxes. But the actual act of sharing a space with a person (and a crazy cat). And trying to go with the flow when you have not one but TWO washer/dryer sets fail you and you are forced to purchase a brand new set. And facing your unhealthy anxiety of raw meat and trying to get your fiance to teach you how to cook (I’m trying!). And trying to loosen up and be less of a Type A clean freak.

What I’m trying to say is that when you’re faced with a lot of change, no matter how significant, it is easy to feel unsettled. And while that has brought me a good bit of stress, I’m trying to teach myself that not everything needs to be settled and perfect instantly. Not every picture has to be hung. We don’t have to have every kitchen utensil (heck, I don’t even cook). Everything doesn’t have to have be so put together.

Being unsettled is beautiful. It is messy. It is exciting. You are plucked from the comforts of your routines and given the opportunity to change and grow from it!

This post is for any of you who are unsettled by the idea of being unsettled, and this post is for me. I’m working on enjoying this process of settling in and creating new routines, new “normals” and new traditions. Don’t get me wrong, we’ve had an absolute blast so far! From our weekly grocery shopping dates on Sundays to our nightly Netflix indulging in The Office, coming home to one another has been absolutely wonderful.

I’m really loving this home we’re creating together.

Happy Saturday, friends! Get out of your comfort zone this weekend and do something that unsettles you a bit. Shake it up!

See you soon!

P.S. I’ve been brainstorming a new approach to this blog – how I can narrow my focus and make my posts more intentional. If there are any posts you’d like to see, feel free to reach out! Excited to get this space back up and blooming 🙂 

 

It’s ok to feel unsettled

Here’s the story…

It’s officially been a week since the most exciting, fun day ever.

What I thought was going to be a fun weekend filled with birthday and graduation celebrations for friends, turned out to be even more than I could have ever imagined. And I think that’s what caught me the most off guard, I was already having such a great weekend – this whole thing was just the cherry on top!

Last Sunday, December 11, my little, Kasey, invited Cameron and I to come to Greenville for her graduation dinner. I’ll never pass on an opportunity to day trip to the mountains, or to celebrate one of my favorite people, so of course we were in. She also suggested we go up earlier in the day with her and her boyfriend, Jake, to hit up some fun places and go to the mountains. Sounded perfect to me!

Jake and Kasey picked me and Cameron up and we started out on our little road trip – me and Kasey catching up in the back and Cameron and Jake DJ-ing and doing whatever in the front. It seemed totally normal. Nobody seemed weird or sketchy all day!

Kasey wanted to stop at her mom’s house to pick up her step dad’s nice camera to catch some good pictures when we went to Bald Rock that day, so we stopped by there. Her mom talked about what we would be having for dinner that night and what time we needed to be back, and then we headed out for our little double date day.

Around 4 p.m. we started our drive up to Bald Rock. Cameron and I did a day trip last year to Greenville and hung out on Bald Rock for a bit. The views are gorgeous and even though you’re only about an hour and a half away from Columbia, it feels so much further. It’s so nice.

We parked and grabbed the camera and rushed over to the rock to try to catch the sunset through the cloudiness of the afternoon. I snapped some pictures of Kasey and Jake and then we switched off. Here’s where it gets funny and SO typical. Cameron told me to look out over the ledge and flap my arms like a bird. He then proceeded to tell me he would run up behind me and it would be a super cool picture. At first, I told him how stupid that sounded, but he’s pretty stubborn so, whatever, I did it.

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I didn’t want to get shoved off the ledge when he “ran up behind me for the picture” so I turned around and totally was not expecting to see my cute boyfriend down on one knee.

I can’t explain to ya’ll how shocked and excited I was. I couldn’t even cry I was so shocked. I just kept saying, “are you serious?” and “is this for real?”. So romantic, Hannah, geez.

It was perfect.

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It only then sunk in that there was no graduation dinner and this whole day was planned around this proposal happening. They all really got me and I couldn’t believe how our families had been in on the whole thing and I hadn’t caught on. Cue me freaking out on this mountain about how they all lied to me all day.

I’m still trying to piece together how they pulled it off and all of the comments that I should’ve caught on to. Like how Kasey told me to dress “snappy casual” and how my mom suggested we go get manicures a couple weeks ago. My scarf actually had spaghetti stains on it and my nails weren’t done because I passed on that mani. I obviously wasn’t expecting it – and that’s what I love about it.

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It will always be one of my favorite memories and I am so thankful Cameron asked my little to be a part of it. Kasey, thank you so much for helping Cameron and for sacrificing your graduation weekend to celebrate me.

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I could say Christmas came early this year, but my favorite gift has been by my side for the past five years – here’s to starting this new season in our lives as an engaged couple. Can’t wait to be Mrs. Cameron Armistead!

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Here’s the story…

What I’m Loving | November 2016

I’m writing this about a week late because it’s just now sinking it that it is actually December (Thanks for telling me I need to write this, Sarah). Don’t get me wrong, I’m PUMPED for Christmas (more than usual, actually), but November just flew by. I had to take a second and really think about what I loved about this past month, and here it is just for you!

ONE | A Low-Key Football Season

Just graduating this past May, this fall was my first football season as an alum! Pro: being able to enjoy my Saturdays without the stress of upcoming school projects and homework. Con: no more free tickets. That’s a big con. 

Cameron and I attended the South Carolina vs. Missouri game this November with one of our good friends, Steven! It was so much fun getting together and actually seeing our Gamecocks get a win. And I actually enjoyed being able to sit down during the game without being hassled about it – which would happen in the student section. Call me a granny, but I gotta take a break!

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I only attended one other home game with my mom and sister, but other than that Cameron and I watched most of the games either from my living room or Buffalo Wild Wings. We are obsessed with that place. Snack size honey BBQ boneless wings, side of fries and a Blue Moon for me. Usually a Screamin’ Nacho Burger for him. And of course a Blue Moon. Best atmosphere and food for some football watchin’!

TWO | Knock Knock Pads

I’ve been high key eyeing these forever. On a trip to Home Goods to pick up a salt lamp for my office, I came across this pad and couldn’t resist. I hardly ever buy things for myself, but if there’s one thing I’m passionate about, it’s lists. It honestly helps me look forward to Monday when I can plan out my week so visually, AND it doubles as a mouse pad. Win. Win.

P.S. These would make a great last minute gift for the list makers in your life…I know I’m not the only one out there!

THREE | Biore Blemish Fighting Ice Cleanser

It takes me forever to go through a bottle of face wash, so when it was time for a new one I was stoked. I just grabbed this one from Walmart knowing nothing about it, and let me tell you…it is AMAZING. So sudsy and it leaves your face with such a cooling sensation. It makes my face feel so clean, and I think it may actually be doing some blemish fighting too! Highly recommend.

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FOUR | A New Do

I needed a change. I’ve always been the type of person to just do whatever with my hair. I have no emotional attachment to the cut, color or style. Most of the time, I just go into my salon and tell my wonderful hairdresser to just do whatever. She probably hates me for that, sorry Leah. I just trust you.

I’m now brunette for the winter and I’m really feeling it! Here’s the only picture I have of it thus far. Shout out to Carly for being the most adorable little mommy-to-be ever.

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FIVE | Blogs

I wanted to highlight one of my friend’s blogs because she’s doing such a fantastic job with it and we could all use some encouragement, right? Check out Ariana’s blog here. She’s such a fashionista and is literally killing the blog game. If you love fashion, adorable photos and just some fun lifestyle posts, this is a great one for you.

That’s it for now! I’m totally in the Christmas spirit currently and can’t believe it is less than 20 days away!!! In the meantime I’ll be finishing up some Christmas shopping, drinking all of the holiday coffees and trying to end 2016 with a bang.

Anything fun on your radar this past month? Let me know!

What I’m Loving | November 2016

The Dreaded Slump

The past couple weeks or so I’ve been in a slump. Do you know what I mean? A rut. A funk. Whatever you want to call it… I’ve just felt off my game.

I’m not quite sure how it came about, but the other day I just acknowledged it and asked some people around me about it and they were feeling the same way! I thought maybe my daily routine was becoming too mundane, or maybe I was starting my days off with a negative mindset. All in all, I haven’t felt too inspired and just… blah.

So, I wanted to do something about it! I asked some people around me what they thought about the slump, and how to get out of it and our thoughts boiled down to this:

  1. Just acknowledge that it’s a slump! It’s only temporary.
  2. Use this as a way to figure out what isn’t working in your routine and find ways to spruce it up!
  3. Be mindful of the media you consume. (I don’t know about ya’ll but all this election talk seriously overwhelms me… this could definitely be a source of this slumpy feeling)

Here’s what I’ve been trying to implement to overcome this little slump. Any other ideas that help – feel free to comment!

  1. Post on the blog more regularly! Hopefully weekly. It makes me so excited to write just for fun and to share what’s on my mind.
  2. Try to read more. I think reading does so much good for the mind, and is definitely a great way to stay inspired.
  3. Be more intentional with my nightly routine. I can’t tell ya’ll how many times I fell asleep with my lights on over the past couple of weeks. I’m really trying harder to unwind at the end of the day, so my next day is a fresh start… not a hazy blur because I was too lazy to prepare the night before.
  4. Incorporate some spontaneity into the week! As a frugal gal, I try to pack my lunch every day, but sometimes you just gotta get out of the office! Something as simple as going out to lunch or dinner during the week makes a big difference in my mood.
  5. Get off social media. I’ve been trying to unplug more, but I’ll admit… it’s tough. It’s just such a time waster and often makes me feel quite discouraged. Less screen time = more in-person time.

Thanks for reading, and I hope this helps if you’ve experienced the same feeling!

The Dreaded Slump

What I’m Loving | October 2016

Can we all agree that October went as fast as it came? Time flies! Life is somewhat getting into a rhythm and it feels good to have things settling into place and have some time to discover cool things like I’ve listed below!

ONE | Podcasts

The Minimalists podcast

This podcast was recommended to me a few weeks ago and I’ve been listening to it nonstop since. The episodes are lengthy but I usually listen while getting ready for work and during my morning commute. It’s a great way to start your morning! The conversations are really intellectually stimulating for anyone interested in minimalism. And while many people tend to think that minimalism only pertains to clothes or personal belongings, it totally doesn’t! It’s all about living with intention.

Millennial

Another great podcast that I stumbled upon via Pinterest! This one is super raw, honest, and just what a gal, or guy, in their twenties needs to hear. I just finished listening to the first season and am excited to dive into the second. Great listen for anyone who’s feeling a little bogged down in this new post-grad life. I often find myself almost saying out loud, “girl, I feel you”, almost every episode. May or may not have almost cried on my way to work listening to it…

TWO | Netflix

New Girl | Remember last month when I said I was excited for season six of New Girl? Well, I didn’t realize i hadn’t seen season five yet! Cameron and I have been watching an episode…or two…or sometimes three at night and it has been the best season yet, in my opinion. Zooey Deschanel is goals.

Fixer Upper | Love. I watched a lot of this over the summer, but got my mom hooked a week or so ago and I’ve been indulging in it. Something about the show just soothes me. Don’t know if it’s Joanna’s design style, the adorable chemistry between Chip and Jo or the shocking transformations they are capable of…I love it all. Also, can I just say I have major style envy of Joanna?  Her outfits are so classic and effortless!

Side note: has anyone read Chip and Jo’s new book? I want to know if it’s worth the read!

THREE | #Project333

I did a MAJOR closet clean out this month. I’m talking six trash bags worth of stuff to donate. While that felt good, it was also pretty upsetting that I even owned that much stuff…some items still had tags on them and I wondered why I ever bought them! I’ve been following the #Project333 trend for a while now and am really interested in giving it a go! (Haven’t heard of it? Read this.) Definitely would create my own rules, though. No need to be extra strict. I like how it challenges you to be creative with your outfits.

I made a shopping list for a few key items to incorporate into my wardrobe this fall/winter and I was very deliberate with what I chose. I want to challenge myself to really invest in versatile pieces and actually love everything in my closet. However, I’m wondering if I even need any true fall or winter pieces seeing as tomorrow is November and it’s 80 degrees out. Womp womp.

What has been on your radar this October? I’m always on the hunt for something new and inspiring, so let me know if there’s something you’ve been loving.

Thanks for reading and cheers to the fresh start of a new month!

What I’m Loving | October 2016

Like books? Love lists? This one’s for you.

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As you may have seen here, I recently got hooked on Estée Lalonde. Just around the time I started following her, I realized she was about to have her book Bloom released. I ordered the book the day it was released and was super excited to dive in.

Admittedly, I’m not a bookworm…I want to be! But I just can never find the types of books that really speak to me. Bloom, however, was amazing. I curled up with it on a rainy Saturday morning and before I realized, I was halfway done! After that, I paced myself because I didn’t want it to end and finished it this past weekend.

It’s aesthetically pleasing with gorgeous photos, the content is varied and there are LISTS! I don’t consider myself to be fashionable or into beauty necessarily, but she approaches those things in a totally different light. The whole book essentially is how to build your personal brand and navigate your life in the way that works best for you.

I highly recommend! If anyone has any book suggestions that are anything like this, please let me know! I would love to get into reading more.

Estée is ALL about relaxation. One of the lists she included in the book was her “Legal Highs”. The simple things in life that are an instant pick-me-ups. I decided to make a list of my own. You should do it too! It’s a great way to reflect on the little things in life that really can make a huge, positive impact on your day.

My Legal Highs

  1. Sleeping in a cold room with lots of blankets
  2. Putting on my comfy clothes and putting my hair up after a long day (bonus points if I have my favorite headband on)
  3. The feeling of sun hitting your skin…especially after a cloudy bout
  4. The smell of coffee brewing (it is truly intoxicating to me)
  5. Getting a new haircut
  6. Getting chills from a really great song
  7. The smell of grills in the summer and campfires in the winter
  8. A good back scratch or massage
  9. A perfectly organized space
  10. Having slow mornings on the weekends

Thanks for reading! See you next week for my October favorites!

Like books? Love lists? This one’s for you.

Stop and Smell the Roses

If you’re anything like me, you’re in go, go, go mode all the time. For as long as I can remember I’ve been that way and felt like I needed to do everything all at once. I’m constantly creating personal goals for myself, and as a fan of instant gratification (who isn’t these days?), I feel like I have to achieve all of those goals immediately.

Here’s a little reminder to myself and anyone else who experiences this intense desire to do it all, SLOW DOWN. STOP AND SMELL THE ROSES. Whatever it takes, just enjoy the process.

It’s great to have goals, and I’m thankful to be so goal-oriented, but part of achieving those goals is the process is takes to get there. Lately I’ve been trying to take it more slow and not be so hard on myself with these personal deadlines I assign my to-do’s. Does it really matter if I do my laundry a day later than I planned? Who’s going to care that I haven’t packed up those clothes from this past weekend when I cleaned out my closet? Nothing detrimental is going to happen if I put off scheduling that hair appointment a little longer.

Open up your windows and get some fresh air! Take notice of the leaves changing colors around you! Listen to a new song and really listen to the lyrics. Drink your coffee slowly, enjoy it and don’t guzzle it down to turbo-charge yourself into an actual human. Take your makeup off slowly and put it on slowly, and think of it as an art, rather than a chore.

What I’m trying to say is just enjoy the process of things and don’t be so stuck on the outcome. I’m challenging myself to try this, and just let go of the notion that I have to do it all. If you have the same issue, I challenge you to try this as well!

Take it easy, my friends!

Stop and Smell the Roses