Wedding Reflections (and photos!)



     I’ve officially been married to the man of my dreams for 17 days now! It’s crazy to me to think that now my wedding day is a thing of the past and I’ve loved unfollowing every pinterest wedding board I’ve ever followed (except for my best friend’s, who got engaged the day after my wedding!). From the moment I walked into the rehearsal to see almost all of my extended family waiting in the church foyer for me and giving each one of them big hugs, I felt so much love and felt so very blessed all weekend. There’s been so much celebration and joy and anticipation in my life for months, and now it’s calm and quiet and peaceful (and oh so happy). 

     My wedding day was absolute perfection. There were like, maybe 2-3 bumps in the day but they’re so not even a big deal. Whenever people would ask me if I was going for any kind of theme, I’d simply say that my goal was for it to be one big celebration. And it was! I feel pure joy when I think about it (and when I re-watch my wedding’s highlight reel for the 1094235094094th time). Additionally, however, I just feel so incredibly grateful and humbled by the love and support which surrounds me. To see so many people come to my wedding to support our marriage and celebrate with us was so touching. Every moment was something sweet and every person was some one I was happy to have there. 

     It’s funny how everything works out. If you’ve been following my blog for some time at all, you probably know that there were a whole lot of obstacles on the way to planning everything. From my dad losing his job (and starting a new one), to me quitting a job I hated, to changing venues about 2 or 3 times… there were so many things that happened along the way that led us to have all of the details fall into place better than I could have imagined it. But everything worked out – a lot because it actually did, and a lot because I learned to let go of things and relax my controlling behavior. 

     I know, I know — pictures! Here comes the fun part! (I don’t have all of my photos in from my hired photogs, but I have some, and then also some great ones from family!)


My bridesmaids! My best gals!


Me, my parents, and my sister. We always look like this.


The whole wedding party. This was right after I shouted “Everyone, pretend you’re a spy!”




This is quite possibly my favorite picture from the whole day. It totally captures exactly how I felt the whole time.


Us, pretending we knew what we were doing while cutting the cake (why are there no rehearsals of that??).

ImageAt the end of my first dance with my Daddy!



Dancing with my Momma!


This was at the very end of the night. Luke and I had changed into our getaway clothes, and ran onto the dance floor for onelast song (Journey, of course), where everyone just surrounded us dancing. Right after this, everyone went outside to the front of the church for our sparkler send-off! 

Wednesday Things


1. First and foremost,  I know I missed my weekly post last Wednesday. But it was a dreary and busy week last week. I have no excuses, nor do I need any. Planning a wedding is hard, guys!

2. Secondly, do you see that photo up there? My inbox is EMPTY. Not a single email!  Holy cow, does that feel amazing. I instantly feel lighter.

3. Countdown update: my Graduation ceremony is in 17 days.  THE WEDDING is in 25 days. 25!!  I remember when I first programmed it into the countdown widget on my phone, it was like, 83. I can’t even believe it’s coming up so soon. It’s going to be such a great party, guys.

4. Today, my only responsibility has been a simple presentation in one class. I slept in, didn’t shower till like, 1 PM, got coffee, a great lunch, and drove on the highway to great music with the windows down (is there anything better?). Do yourself a favor and get out of the house today, everyone.  I earnestly believe that the secret to happiness is living someplace where it’s always sunny.

5. Please tell me you’ve seen the slam poetry Samuel L Jackson did about Boy Meets World? It’s ridiculously funny. Ah, my childhood! 

6. I’m SO happy the weather is getting warmer. It’s a real thing that everything is 28474829138 times better when It’s sunny and warm. I’m a completely different person with the sun out.

7. Can we go back to the part of how soon the wedding (and also every other huge life change for me) is? This weekend I have a concert, next weekend is my bridal shower, the next weekend is my graduation ceremony,  the next weekend is the wedding, the next weekend I’ll be on the honeymoon,  and the next weekend, I’ll be adjusting to a new home/routine/commute/life. Crazy! I don’t even know anything about what my life will be like at this point next year – except who I’ll be going through it with. And that will just have to be enough.  =]

8. It’s really hit me lately just how much I need to let go of things and release control. For the group presentation I had today, I have been kind of the group leader all semester (as usual) and I just had to email the group last week about how I really need them to band together and finish everything because I had about 672 wedding appointments and just needed something off my plate. Do you know what happened?  It turned out great.  They all did their things and made the video and power point and everything.  It was beautiful.  On the same note, practicing delegating wedding tasks is the best decision ever. I’m so looking forward to the day of when I have absolutely zero things to worry about getting done except being happy and living in the moment!

9. I saw Captain America 2 this past weekend and I just have to admit that I totally have a crush on Steve Rogers.  Officially my favorite Avenger. No shame. None.

That’s really all I have in the form of a quick update. Go enjoy yourselves and take care of yourselves. Listen to good music. Say no sometimes. =]

What’s your go-to feel good method?


January is a month where we hear just SO MUCH about what people feel they need to fix, what changes they want to make, what they need to do more of, what they need to do less of, how much weight they want to lose, and the list goes on forever.

Recently, I’ve stumbled across the Unlost. It’s a site that has many articles, seminars, podcasts, etc, about being happy and loving the person you already are and the life you already have. The concept that we are already enough is a radical one in this day and age. After all, if we are already enough, then how would people sell things?

How would marketers sell things to women without telling them they’re broken and need something to fix them?

Men and women according to advertisers

But I’m trying to see this concept in my life. When I feel like a mess, I just remember that this is normal and there’s no one that can be happily and robotically successful.


This is my last semester of college. I’m writing and updating To-Do lists like it’s my job. I’m tempted every moment to look around and think of all the things I should be doing, even if it’s not homework, and every morning criticizing how many things I didn’t complete on yesterday’s to-do list.

But I am so tired of this. This is no way to foster a happy brain or mental and emotional wellbeing. In six months or a year, what am I going to remember – the items on my to-do list that I didn’t check off, or feeling so guilty and insufficient my senior year of college?

Time for a happy change. =]

What Healthy Living Means to Me

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What healthy living meant to me in High School

  • Basically, “running and broccoli”
  • Being a gym rat or on the track and field team
  • A diet consisting of things like kale, chia, quinoa, dragonfruit, etc…

What healthy living meant to me my freshman year of college:

  • Watching portion sizes
  • Weighing yourself regularly
  • Lifting weights and running
  • Inspiration boards!
  • Never feeling stressed
  • Routine

What healthy living means to me now.

  • Wellness
  • Treating your body right – by moving it more, nourishing it better, and listening to it.
  • Doing research before considering jumping on a new diet or health fad
  • Mutli-Dimensional (physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, environmental, social)
  • Saying “no” sometimes
  • Self-love (or at least practicing it!)
  • Knowing it’s okay to be stressed out, and learning effective stress management methods
  • Improving cardiovascular health, muscular fitness, and flexibility in your training
  • Learning that health and wellness is a spectrum, and you’ll be balancing your way along his spectrum througought life. You will probably (almost definitely) never reach a state of perfect or “ideal” healthy living.
  • Along those lines, learning to let go of a pursuit of perfectionism
  • Taking time to meditate, or at least allow your body and mind quiet-time on a regular basis
  • Learning when relationships are unhealthy, and finding strength and support to get out of them
  • Knowing what you like. You don’t know whether or not you hate a food you’ve never heard of. Do you pay attention to what topics and fields of study really pique your interest?
  • Knowing your learning style/how you learn things best.
  • Caring for your brain – turn off the constant notifications, feed it information, let it play, write whatever you want, read books and articles, do puzzles!
  • Follow impulsive urges. If you see an easy DIY project, try it! 
  • Allowing yourself to indulge sometimes, in moderation (sweets, watching TV, retail therapy)
  • Being friends with your family and putting effort into your relationships.

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12/12/12 (with 12 Days ’till Christmas)

In spirit of the day, here’s 12 things I… well, just 12 things.

1. It looks like I can start working through the application process to go to London next fall to study for a semester!

2. I swear the Thought Catalog knows my life and publishes pieces that are eerily applicable to my life all the time.

3. Parenthood, the TV show, is perfect and gives me all sorts of feelings and I think everyone should be friends with my friends who are the characters on the show.

4. I don’t think I’m the only one who can say this, but I really wish I still thought Christmas is magic and that it brings miracles and that everything is magically okay and easy and no one feels out of place anywhere including me.

5. I really hope 2013 beings better and more promising that 2012 did. I am looking forward to that.

6. Random fact: I need to get back to focusing my health after exam week. New Year’s resolutions to jump start and all that.

7. Oh yeah! EXAMS ARE OVER. I made it. I don’t know my grades just yet but I’m done with this semester and I’m so very much enjoying having no responsibilities when I’m not at work and being able to sleep in until unreasonable hours.

8. Should I be done with my Christmas shopping? Are normal people done with their Christmas shopping yet?

9. I want more money but I don’t want to work more. Hrmm.

10. There’s a play I want to audition for and the role that I am best suited for as far as description, but… “she is age 18-40: Very pretty, kooky, with large horn-rimmed glasses. Quick to strip down to her underwear, and then runs around wrapped only in a sheet.” Yeahhhhh. That last part won’t fly. Shame.

11. It’s time for bed right now but I have to finish this list.

12. Today was rough. This week/month/semester has been rough. Time for a sleep coma.

And goodnight.

All We Can Hear

Sleep can wait tonight,
(as can the nervous hypotheticals)
In this moment,
in this hereandnow
our minds
towards  our hearts
the whatifs
and the pleasedon’ts lose poignancy
and all we can hear is the love
in our words.