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. ūüėČ

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 Рbe 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.

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I’m sick of my closet.

Sorry, random thought. Don’t you wish you could just trade it all in for something new? Like a closet swap… someone should look into that…

Anyways…

Whew! How’d we get to Thursday already?! I think I may or may not be headed to the zoo today! Eeeeks! They just had two tiger cubs and I seriously can not wait to see them once they are out and about – I could sit and watch the tigers all day long, yea, I’m that weirdo. #catlover And tonight Amy is hosting a clothing swap {no, not a closet swap – but it’s close, kinda.} ¬†we have these once a season or so and they really are brilliant. Great way to get rid of old clothes and get new ones… for FREE!!! It’s also fun to hang out with the ladies and chat – it’s a nice, cheap girls night! {Don’t worry – I’ll post all about it later!}

So today I’m linking up with¬†Neely¬†and¬†Amber¬†for It’s Okay to be Thankful Thursday. I think this is one of my favorite linkups!

Its Ok Thursdays

It’s okay…

for a thought to cross your mind and you instantly think “OMG – I’m my mother!”

to experiment with cooking – like putting honey in an avocado sauce. {It turned out delicious, btw!}

to get beyond excited that The Wizard’s of Waverly Place Movie is on right now. Love me some Alex Russo.

to get bored with Pinterest.

to get homesick even when your family is only an hour away. {Next weekend – I’ll be there! Can’t wait!}

to remember that it was about a year ago that Dad called to tell me that Snickers passed away – and that I still miss him terribly. #ripdoodles {He was my old cat that lived back at my parents.}

to kinda suck at life this week. Being a girl allows that – once a month. ūüėČ #tmi?

to still need to blog about vaca with my momma. {I promise, it’s coming soon}

to start watching Dallas 4 episodes in…

¬†I’m thankful for…

the moments that I think “OMG – I’m my mother!” – because truth be told, she’s pretty amazing. I hope to be the woman/wife/mother that she is one day.

Starbucks blonde coffee – that shiz is delicious. I haven’t drank this much coffee in I don’t know how long!

friends that forgive me for sucking at life this week.

the break in the 100 degree weather. Who knew 88 degrees could feel so good?

my bed. It’s soooo comfortable. And cute.

being able to see Bub, Hollie and Leah randomly this week. If only for a minute.

Dad’s texts telling me he misses and loves me.

Cowboy boots. They go with everything. {Stop rolling your eyes, Mom} I can’t wait until it cools down some and I can wear them more often!

Welp, kiddos – I’m off to cuddle up in bed with Tric and watch some random TV. Or read… who knows, I’ll probably just play on my phone for far too long if I’m being honest. Happy Thursday – hope it’s grrrrrrreat!!


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??