Be grateful.

I know – it’s been a minute since I’ve actually been good at blogging.

Shit Life happens.

But Thankful Thursday is floating around in blog world today and I thought it was a good time to make an appearance. 😉

One of my sweet, sweet friends is dealing with something pretty huge right now. And I’m trying desperately to be there for her as much as I can – but it’s made me take a step back and look at life a little differently.

Life is fleeting.

So today {and everyday} I’m deeply thankful for the people in my life. For my family, my friends, for the core people that I have. Yes, I’ve mentioned it a time or hundred on here before but I don’t think you can ever be too thankful for those people.

You can never enjoy those little moments, too much.

I have been blessed with some of those most extraordinary people, however, I think sometimes we get so caught up in “life” that we forget to say “thank you” or “i love you” or to just bask in the simple, silly moments.

Like I said, life is fleeting – be thankful for those you have.

God knows, I am. 

I’m linking up with Mustache Mama for a Coffee Date and Thankful Thursday. And sadly, I just finished my first cup of coffee – I think I’ll have to refill after lunch. Y’all, I’m seriously addicted to hazelnut coffee… this morning I have caramel vanilla creamer in it… YUMMMMM! What are you thankful for? What kind of coffee are you enjoying this morning?

Have a good one, loves.

Perspective and good friends.

The state of Ohio was hit with a massive storm (last) Friday evening. We had winds of 85 mph and it came and went within an instant… and destroyed most things in it’s path. I had no sooner gotten home from second shooting a wedding, 2 hours away, on one of the hottest days of the year… when all of the sudden the sky became black and what could only be described as hurricane winds ripped through the city. I watched our porch furniture go flying, my screen door almost ripped off it’s hinges, trees and limbs were swirling around. The vacant parking lot across the street looked like it hadn’t been touched in years, it was covered by tree branches. And this massive wind… it took most of Ohio’s power with it. Friday night we took it in stride, had fun with it, drank on the porch, in the dark, grilled pizza for dinner… we were all assuming it’d be back on by morning. However, once my phone died and it was time to go to sleep {or attempt to} I think I began to have a mild panic attack.

I’m used to and quite love the quiet in the country. It’s peaceful. But in the city… it’s eerie. It’s creepy, and honestly… it’s downright terrifying. I could hear sirens echoing for miles, people talking, tires squealing… not to mention it was stifling hot and humid. The stillness didn’t settle well with me.

In that moment, all I wanted to do was call my Dad, cry, and have him come pick me up.

I’m a child sometimes. A 29 year old, child. I didn’t feel well, I was beyond exhausted because I had been up since 4am, and I was just in a pissed off mood. And sometimes, it’s all I can do to talk myself down from just throwing a temper tantrum. So, I pouted for a bit {not so secretly} and tried to make do the best I could… at least for the night. After a very, very restless sleep… a new day began.

I was positive we’d have electric by this point… we didn’t. And my phone being off was killing me – how sad, right? Needless to say – I was in an even more pissed off mood than I was when I went to bed that night. How we were supposed to survive in this heat wave, with zero power? Clintonville was like a ghost town. The bar and grocery store were open. That’s it. We spent the morning in search of food and battery powered fans {which we didn’t find}. However, our dear, sweet friends Amy and Alex offered a source of relief. They opened up their house to Missy {my roommate} and I. And our pets. So we packed up enough for the night and made a makeshift bedroom in their basement. We thanked them with Jack Daniels, pizza, and a night of card games. Again – I was assuming the power would be back on by Sunday – again, I was wrong. It is now estimated to remain off until July 7th. JULY 7TH!!!! Instant bad mood. This threw off my weekend, my week, my days. What were we gonna do for 7 days? I contemplated going home, and that wouldn’t have been a problem – but driving back and forth from the grove to downtown everyday would be hefty on the gas tank.

Amy then offered her home to us for the duration – words couldn’t express how thankful I am. She and Alex opened their door and let us practically move in. It’s moments like these when you become truly grateful for the people you have been blessed with.

Being without power and invading someone else’s world for 5 days puts things into perspective. It makes you grateful for the little things – for good friends, a roof over your head, food on the table. The rest is just stuff. Stuff that you don’t really need. It forced everyone outside of their comfort zones – outside of their normal routines. And yes, many of us bitched and moaned about it {that’s just human nature} but we all survived it. And like my mom said has said many times “it could always be worse”.

Happy Monday, loves. I’m hoping this one is far more normal than last week.

 

 

It’s okay to be thankful…

I love this blog link up “Hey it’s okay and Thankful for…” wrapped up into one post. Join Neely at A Complete Waste of Makeup, Amber at Brunch with Amber, and Tracy at Then I Got to Thinking for this fun Thursday mashup.

Its Ok Thursdays

It’s okay…

to skip the gym two days in row. Everyone needs a break, right?

to write a cheat sheet of photog tips to remember while second shooting a wedding tomorrow.

to loathe the 99 degree weather AND the 20 degree weather. I like a nice 70 degree day, I don’t think that’s too much to ask for.

to kindly ask Tric if he could clean up all the fur he seems to be shedding. #damnlonghairedcats

to enjoy some J.D. in my rootbeer this week. It’s been my only real indulgence. I think it’ll be ok.

to not put away my clothes today even though they’re all nicely clean and folded.

to suck at blogging every once in awhile.

to eat a chocolate covered oreo AFTER you’ve already decided to skip the gym.

I’m thankful for…

my amazing family and friends.

Starbucks iced tea and red bull.

my job.

old friends becoming new again.

lazy summer days.

the opportunity to be creative everyday.

my gym membership – I love getting back to working out again.

What are you thankful for today??

Friday Five.

My Friday five… things I’m thankful for. {not in any specific order}

Life lessons…
I think sometimes we forget all too often that these are the things that are forming us each and every day. Whether they are big or small… they make me, me. I’m thankful for every laugh, every tear, every new friend and every old friend, every dumb question, every moment, every broken heart, every lesson that has brought me to where I am…and more importantly, who I am.



Fashion…
It’s my escape. Everyone has their “thing” – and fashion is without question, mine. Perhaps superficial to some… but it’s mine nonetheless. And I DIE for this woman. She is the epitome of style and glamour.



Home…
Having the best of both worlds is something I’m beyond thankful for. I can be in the city and I love my life here but having the ability to go home to the country is a good escape. The friends and family I have back at home are some of the most amazing people in the world. {I know, I say it a lot – but they are.} And I’m so thankful that I when I get to spend time with them.

Nail Polish…
I’m very thankful for this little gem. Whoever came up with paint for your finger nails was a genius, really. C’mon ladies, you know you are with me. Thank you beauty gods, thank you! 😉 p.s. I really want this Chanel shade… #dearsanta



Texting…
Seriously, what did we ever do without it? Ten years ago I barely had a cell phone, now… I can’t imagine being without it. Like right now… I’m texting, tweeting, and blogging… oh the multitasking that can be done. *sigh* Wait, is it sad that I’m so thankful for technology?! 
Happy Friday pretties!
What are you thankful for???
Love always.

Guest Post: Meet Morgan from Gypsy Soul!

Ever have one of those days where you really have nothing to say? Nothing has inspired you, nothing exciting is happening, just kinda blahhh… 
Well, one of the BEST things about blogging is coming across other AWESOME bloggers who want to share a little bit of themselves in your little bloggy bubble. It’s the cool thing to do, kids. So, get on it. 
I came across Morgan on Twitter actually – one of those “similar to you” sidebar things. And as it turns out, she’s pretty cool and she’s got a pretty cute little blog. She chats about fashion, travel, and all things girlie. What’s not to love?
So she and I started tweeting and thought it’d be fun to do a little blog swap… Without further ado, meet Morgan…

Hey everyone! Im Morgan from Gypsy Soul!  

I’m somewhat new to the Bloggy world but, I recently became a reader of JacMarie and I’m hooked! Such inspiring and creative posts from this babe! I am particularly in love with those knit scarves of hers.

Ok so today I am going along with Jac’s November theme, Being Thankful! 

I think it is easy to forget about all the small things that we take for granted everyday: So, here’s my list… What are you all thankful for? 

Health: Health is something that most people (including me) take for granted, until something happens and brings it back to reality. I am thankful to be healthy, as well as the health of my family and friends!

My Parents/Family: I am so thankful to have the most supportive parents in the world!  They always put up with my craziness, and for that, I am thankful.


Puppies: I have a slight obsession with dogs.  Especially mine. I continually have to remind myself that she is not human.  I just want to take her everywhere, I constantly find myself talking to her in a baby voice (absurd, yes).  She brings so much joy, and I am so thankful for my little nugget!

Avocados: Ok, if your still reading this, you are probably like, this girl is crazy. But I love these fruits? Or is it a veggie? Not sure. But I eat them plain, but them on a sandwich, smash them up to make guacamole, (always order extra at Chipotle) it really doesn’t matter what form it is in, I’m in love and I’m so grateful that they exist.


Lastly, I am so thankful for my friends: I have met some pretty amazing people on this journey, some from super far away. And some really close to home.  Each one has a special place in my life.  I am so excited to grow up with such a fun cast of characters!



If you aren’t completely bored at this point, be sure to check out my Blog! I capture some fun moments traveling abroad, and my latest fashion obsessions! 

Xx Morgan 
Pop on over and check out this lovely doll’s blog. You won’t regret it. 
Happy Wednesday, pretties. 
Love always.

Friday Five.

5 things I’m thankful for… {in no specific order}

Starbucks Peppermint Mocha
Seriously, what in the world was I drinking before this??? I pulled up to Starbucks this morning and was getting ready to order the usual {venti iced black tea – yea, I’m real boring} and then I saw all the new Holiday signage and me being me, I was intrigued… and so I ordered a skinny peppermint mocha. And my life was changed. Seriously people. In. Love.

My family and friends.
Yea, I know… it’s the typical thing to be thankful for, right? Well, I have to say I have a pretty amazing one. It’s this great group of people who are always there, always. Whether we are doing something great or if something catastrophic is happening, we have this support system that doesn’t quit. It’s a blessing {and sometimes a curse when you are trying to date guys and introduce them to these overprotective amazing people}. I thank my lucky stars everyday for my family and friends.

A roof over my head.





Tric.
Who doesn’t want to wake up to this adorable little face everyday?? Yea, yea, yea, I don’t care if you aren’t a “cat person” – he’s flippin’ adorable. {Go on, you can admit it.}  😉

Blogging.
It’s become a passion, an outlet, a love of mine. I enjoy writing. I like sharing things I find interesting and pretty. I like to share what’s inspiring me right now or what projects I’m working on at the moment. Whether it’s read and enjoyed or not – I can’t control – but I like to freedom of doing it. And saying whatever I want and not having to apologize for it.

What are you thankful for today??

Happy Friday, kittens. Hope you have an amazingggg weekend!

Love always.

Embracing what it’s about.

I’ve posted this little note before, I know. {I’m like an elephant, I always remember… You’ve heard that, right? Or am I crazy?! ;-)}

But it’s perfect right now. 
I have always thought that it’s uber important to make sure people know how much you appreciate them. I believe the simple words “thank you” can make someone’s day that much better. It’s good to know your actions are noticed, or that you’ve made a difference to someone. It’s heartwarming
Last November I made it a point to post on my Facebook something I was thankful for everyday.

And since it’s almost that time of year again – month of Thanksgiving – and instead of just enjoying the delicious food and gatherings that come from this season I have decided to embrace what it’s really about: Taking a moment and being thankful for the things I have in this life.

I urge you to as well. It’s all too often we take the things around us for granted; I don’t think it’s too much effort to take a step back and appreciate them. Even on your roughest day – it could be much, much worse. 


On that note – happy Friday, lovers! Hope you have a FABULOUS Halloween weekend! {I’m headed to a costume party tonight! Eeeek! I’ll post lots of pictures, don’t worry!}

Are you dressing up for Halloween? What are you going as?!

Love always.

Thankful.

I apologize to those of you who are friends with me on Facebook and follow my blog… because you have already seen this quote…

But it really struck me when I saw it on pinterest the other day.

Do you take time everyday to thank God for the amazing things in your life?

Or do you forget? Do you take those things for granted and dwell solely on the negative?

I know how easy it is to forget to take that time and thank Him for the blessings… how life happens and consumes us and sometimes our pitfalls seem to outweigh the good things. I know its so easy in those moments to throw ourselves a pity party and think the world’s against us.

But I urge you to take a moment and think about this… and take an even longer moment and thank God for all the blessings in your life. Every day.

I’m thankful for…
My family.
My friends – both near and far.
My pets.
My job.
My car.
My health.
A roof over my head.
Food on the table.
Clothes on my back {although I have an excessive amount ;)}
You… the ones that read this and support my ramblings.
My phone – sad, but so true.
My creativity – I wouldn’t be me without it.

What are YOU thankful for?

Happy hump day, pretties!

Love always.