I’m just going to hop on board and call these intentions instead of New Year’s resolutions. I like the word better anyway, so let’s go with that. In my opinion, the key to intentions is to make at least some of them 100% attainable so that you know you can reach these goals and not stress too much over them. (Baby steps guys, baby steps). Then there are those intentions that borderline on manifesting – your big dreams, the things that get you out of your comfort zone, may be a little more difficult to reach and give you something to strive for. It’s still January, so I thought I’d share some of mine with you.

  1. Read at least 6 books this year.
    To be fair, I stole this one from Cody. But I’ve been meaning to read more anyway and never seem to make the time. This gives me two months per book – which is totally doable. I plan to switch out end of the night TV with reading and hopefully have a better state of mind from all of the amazing books I have started but never finished as well as a better wind down and good night’s sleep. And don’t worry, I’ll be sure to share what I’m reading in case you need some inspiration.
  2. Practice meditation daily.
    Even if it’s only 5 minutes in the morning or evening, I want to commit to this one because I really feel that it has the ability to help calm my mind and teach me to more easily center myself.
  3. Complete a workout and/or yoga flow at least three times a week.
    I hate working out. I’m not a runner, I hate the feeling of sweat until those endorphins kick in and I’m a super busy person. But I feel that three days a week isn’t too much to ask, and I know that it will help me feel better in the long run.
  4. Blog more consistently. 
    Starting off with once a week, then moving to two, then we will see where we end up with all of my work and life commitments but I am making an effort this year to ease myself into consistent blog posts!
  5. Keep it cleaner/simpler.
    That goes for everything. I want to keep the apartment neater, my life and schedule to have more flow, what I put in my body to be more clean and simple and organic when possible. I want to simplify and de-clutter my life, mind and body. So this intention is basically continuing what I’ve already started, but with even more flow and effort into some of the aspects. I’ll have to keep you updated on this one, seeing as I have a weakness for processed carbs and I’m pretty much as messy as it gets. But I have faith, I can do this!

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So going into this year these are the main intentions that I’m setting for myself in hopes of leveling up some aspects of my life. Watch out 2019 – I’m comin’ for ya! I’d love to hear what you all have in mind for this year so feel free to share in the comments below!

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Happy New Year! I know I haven’t posted in a while – I took a bit of  a holiday hiatus but I’m back and ready for a fresh new year! First, let me catch you up on just a little bit of what’s been going on since I last wrote.

We went on an anniversary trip to Carmel, CA (and took Cooper with us of course for his first trip to the beach!)

We took our first real family photo (shout out to my sister-in-law for her crazy good photography skills!)

Cooper was the cutest pumpkin for his first Halloween and my aunt went all out and threw a Harry Potter themed Halloween party.

We went on an couple’s trip with our cousins to DISNEYLAND! (And had an absolute blast of course.)

We celebrated Thanksgiving with both of our families, Cooper loved his taste of turkey leftovers and my sister-in-law and I figured out how to make gravy from scratch!

We took holiday card photos (again, thank you to my awesome sister-in-law!)

We picked out our Christmas tree and Cooper was a bit confused about it being in the house at first.

We attended Cody’s company holiday party at Levi’s Stadium – a dream come true for him!

I turned 27, and among other things, relaxed and had pizza and wine in the trunk of my car with my boys then, stemming from a joke, had a pink dachshund themed family get together (thanks to Cody and my mom haha.) Oh, and Cody made me a chocolate cream pie from scratch!

We celebrated Christmas!

And now here we are in the new year, ready for what 2019 has in store for us!

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Oh my how this past year has flown by. As I’m writing this, Cody and I are a few days away from our one year anniversary. It’s crazy to think that a year ago I was at work for my last few days before becoming a wife. We had moved into our apartment and everything was getting very real. Now a year later, we’ve almost made it through that first year that everyone warns you is going to be insanely difficult. (Stay tuned for our post about what we’ve learned during our first year of marriage.)

In honor of it almost being time to celebrate one year as husband and wife, I thought I’d share some of our favorite photos from our bridal party and newlywed shoots.

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Professional Photography: Karey at Hazy Lane Studios

Related: To the Struggling First-Time Wife

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Let’s have a little chat about breaking hearts.

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If you are going to hurt someone emotionally in any way, there is a way it needs to be handled. Whether you were in a serious relationship, just talking, having a casual relationship, etc. You need to man or woman up and handle it respectfully. From my experience, I’ve come up with a few guidelines to go by if you’re in the position to break someone’s heart or hurt them emotionally. I’ll refrain from using any vulgar language although some of these points might be better made to some people if I did.

  1. Be a man or woman about it and tell them yourself. Face to face if possible. If not, then a serious conversation via phone or text if necessary. Do not let them find out via Facebook or Instagram. Do not let them hear it through the grapevine. It needs to come from you. Don’t be stupid about it and hide like a little baby. You made this decision so you need to own up to it and let them know. It hurts worse finding out via social media or another source and not from you, trust me.
  2. Do NOT ghost them. Disappearing with no real explanation is awful. And what’s even more awful about ghosting someone is that it makes them feel like they were never worth your time or energy and you’re just throwing them out like used garbage. Like I said, man or woman up and deal with the mess you made. Otherwise, you’re just a coward.
  3. If they have questions, ANSWER THEM. Don’t be rude and just cut it off. If you were talking to this person and claiming to care about them or if you were in a relationship – you owe them your time and answers. Closure is important to most people.
  4. Listen to what they have to say. They may be angry, they may be hurt, or maybe they’ll be hurt but understand. Maybe they’ll want to be friends or maybe they won’t. Maybe they put so much time in caring about you that they just need to know they weren’t a total failure and that’s why you’re walking away.

So just keep these things in mind if you’re ever in a position to hold someone’s heart in your hand or even just their emotions. Respect them, own up to your decisions and be kind. It makes it a lot easier on everyone.

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Autumn is one of my all time favorite times of year so when I saw this tag I just had to do it. I got this from Katy so be sure to check out her post too!

What signifies the start of Autumn for you?

When the leaves start to change color and fall, the air gets a bit cooler and of course when all the seasonal decor, drinks and food start coming out.

What is your favorite Autumn scent?

Probably either the smell of pumpkin bread or pie baking, a good stew or casserole, or just the crisp fall air.

What is your favorite Autumn color?

Either burnt orange or sage green.

Are you a fan of a PSL (pumpkin spice latte)?

I am! But they do make them pretty sweet so it’s hard to finish one these days. But I get mine decaf with almond milk.

What is your favorite Autumn drink? 

Mulled wine! Or hot caramel apple cider.

What’s your favorite coffee shop and their drink of choice?

Either a local coffee shop and a chamomile tea or Starbucks and either a pumpkin spice latte or a caramel apple cider.

Apple pie or Pumpkin pie?

I like both but if I have to choose its pumpkin pie all the way.

What TV show, new or old are you looking forward to in the next few months?

We just started watching A Million Little Things and Single Parents and so far we love them both. They seem like they’re going to be good shows.

What is your favorite Autumn fashion trend?

I love infinity scarves, cardigans and leggings and boots.

What is your favorite comfort food to enjoy in the colder months?

Stew or chicken pot pies are my go-to’s. I love a good crock-pot stew or soup. Coming home to the house smelling so cozy and yummy is amazing.

What is your favorite Autumn activity?

Going to a pumpkin patch, Halloween parties, or an evening walk crunching on leaves.

Are you a fan of horror movies?

Nope. Not one bit.

Do you ever do anything fun for Halloween? 

Halloween is my uncle’s birthday so we’ve always gotten together. But my Aunt throws a Halloween party every year close to the end of the month and that’s always fun.

What was your favorite part about Halloween as a child?

My costumes. I just loved making them as perfect as possible and my mom always really helped.

Are you a bigger fan of Bonfire night or Halloween?

I haven’t been to a bonfire in forever. I’d love to though!

Where is your dream destination to visit in the Autumn?

Colorado or Boston. I’ve been to both in the fall and they’re just absolutely gorgeous. I love it.

Do you always forget about the clocks going back?

All but one of my clocks are digital so they do it on their own.

When do you usually start preparing for Christmas?

After Thanksgiving, usually December first or the weekend before.


I’ll follow Katy’s lead and tag anyone who wants to do this tag!

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