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post #64: friday five - what i've been up to

04 April 2014

Hi friends! Happy Friday!

I know I've been gone from blogging for a long. long. long. time. So much for that New Years Resolution (which was brought to my attention yesterday by a coworker.) Oops. Blogging has taken a backseat to a lot of other things recently, as it should. Things like work, sleep, and the return of some of my favorite TV shows (duh). 

I spent the month of January going to the gym almost every day. Then there was the ice storm(s), and that dwindled a little. Then it dwindled a lot. Oops again. Another New Years Resolution down the drain.

But today's focus isn't on what I haven't been doing. It's on what I have been doing! Here are my five favorite things of the past few months...

1. Girls Weekend #1

One of my best friends from college is moving across the country with her military husband to California. We've all loved going to her house in Beaufort, SC for the past several years and having girls weekends, where we eat, drink, and play in one of the cutest towns around. We decided to have one last hoorah before her big move. We're counting down the months until we plan a girls weekend in Cali! (Maybe the boys can come too. But probably not.)

[will miss this sweet friend so much!]

2. Girls Weekend #2
I also got together in Charlotte with more besties for another girls weekend! We were celebrating the engagement of my friend Katie, and just enjoying being together - something that we don't get to do often enough since we're all in different cities. After an awesome weekend of wine, shopping, wine, mani-pedis, and more wine, we all left thinking life was great and couldn't get much better.


Then, I got a call a few weeks later from Meghan...she was engaged!! We couldn't be more excited for one of our favorite couples, and I'm thrilled for all of the wedding fun to come! I know that Katie and Meghan will be two of the prettiest brides!! 2015 is sure going to be a great year.

[2008 st. pats throwback with the brides. you. are. welcome.]

3. Greenville Wedding
We had so much fun getting to spend time with another group of our college friends at a fabulous wedding in Greenville! Stacy was a beautiful bride and the couple was so sweet. We knew the wedding would be one to remember when the bride and groom were introduced at the reception and immediately started singing a top notch karaoke rendition of Journey's "Don't Stop Believing." Congrats to this sweet couple!


4. Carolina Cup
We had a blast at Carolina Cup again this year. Even though the weather was overcast with morning rain and we didn't have as large of a group as we have had in the past, a day of tailgating with friends and wearing sundresses in March (combined with morning drinks, a personal favorite) is always fun.

5. Milly's Birthday

This little princess turned 4. Love. 
[they just grow up so fast.]

It feels great to be back! Come back soon - I [hopefully] know I will! :-) xo

post #63 - five resolutions for 2014

02 January 2014

Hey y'all! Happppppy New Year and happy Friday! Today, I'm going to open up a bit about my 5 resolutions for this year. I'd love to hear what you think, or see links to your resolutions, too. Keeping New Years resolutions is hard. I'm admittedly very bad at it. But, I hope by making this years goals attainable, I'll be more likely to keep them.

1. Stop holding grudges
After lots of life reflections recently, I realized that I hold grudges. Bad. So often, I let little mistakes, comments, or situations build and build until I either 1) hate someone or 2) think that someone hates me. This year, I'm going to make a conscious effort to let things go more easily, to forgive and forget, and stop dwelling on yesterday's happenings. I know I've changed and have made plenty of mistakes in my day, so I need to start giving the benefit of the doubt and stop being so quick to escalate.

2. Be a great friend
Whether this means more snail mail, catch up phone calls, being a better listener, or reaching out more often, I want to be more supportive of my friends. During law school, I wasn't a great friend. I had a lot on my plate and cared more about school and less about keeping in touch and what was going on in my friends' lives. Recently, I've realized that true, genuine friends are tough to come by. Somehow, I've been so blessed to have such amazing friends, both new and old. This year, I'm going to make up for lost time the past 3 years and be the best friend I can.

3. Be awesome at my job
I never want to look back in 5, 10, or 20 years and regret not throwing myself into my work while I had the opportunity during my first full year on the job. This year, I know I have fewer non work obligations than I probably ever will. I hope to work as hard as I possibly can and make the most impact possible so that I can feel proud of my work and what I'm doing.

4. Exercise 2x a week for 30 minutes
I'm pretty sure that last year, my resolution was to run a half marathon. I am pretty positive that I can't run half a mile right now and I've come nowhere close to a half marathon. Wanna know why? I hate distance running. Always have. With this resolution, I can walk, bike, jog... Whatever. Basically, get off my butt two nights a week. That's doable, right?

5. Blog twice a week... For me
I've had a ton of fun with this blog. It is crazy to look back at a previous post and remember exactly where I was when I wrote it. More importantly, I remember how I felt. Some of my greatest memories are in these posts. I also remember my anxiety during my bar studies, my happiness spent with friends and family, and all of the various celebrations since I started this blog in May. Reading these posts make me realize that I'm a pretty lucky girl - something that is all too easy to forget. I want to blog twice a week so that I can look back and remember the good and bad times. So, although I'll try to keep the content to stuff that you actually want to read, I need to make this blog for me and not for other people.

That being said, I'd love to have you along for the ride in 2014! Follow along... It will be fun! And, I'd love to see your resolutions this year! Comment at the bottom if you're sharing yours today, too.

Xoxo, y'all. Cheers to making 2014 the best year yet. (Oh, and Clemson beating Ohio State tonight in our bowl game. You didn't think I'd forget about that, did you?)

post #62 - Christmas Recap

28 December 2013

Merry belated Christmas, everyone! I hope you're all recovering from the hustle & bustle of the holiday.

I was so blessed to head to Philadelphia and West Virginia this year to be with my extended family. After splitting our 10 hour drive and spending the night in Richmond, we finally arrived in Philadelphia on Christmas Eve. We spent Christmas Eve playing games and eating with my cousins, aunt, and uncle.

{driving through DC}

{brother and me}

Christmas Day was spent helping my aunt prepare to host all of the family at her house. I love going to Philadelphia for Christmas not only for the family time, but also for the delicious Italian food! I'm more than happy to embrace this part of my heritage.

{jo & me}

{my brother & me}

{my cousin doing one of the most important christmas preparation...fixing nails!}

{tomato pie...not the same type of tomato pie we have in SC!}



{tons of pork}

{crab claws}

{shrimp, antipasto}

{roast beef}

{endless food}

Not pictured...copious amounts of appetizers floating around + more desserts than anyone could ever eat.

It was so much fun spending time with family that I rarely see, especially my cousin's two precious children.

The day ended with only one minor snafu (a large parmesan cheese down), but it was definitely a great time that we'll look back on for years to come.

{improvising on a dust pan}

{God's work}

After that, we headed back to my hometown - Morgantown, WV. It was quite a long drive back, as we had to take a few detours through Amish country while we were in PA. I've been there before, but it was fun to see my husband's reactions.

{my brother & I loving what we're seeing}

{horses and buggies, anyone?}

It's been great to hang here and just be at home again. Even Milly fits right in!

{out with my brother...I'm getting too old to hang with these youngins!}

Now, we're headed to the mountains for New Years with some of my college besties. We're going to ski and celebrate all of the big happenings of 2013 (including an engagement, yay!) and enjoy being together.

I'm looking forward to blogging more regularly in 2014 - here's to what will hopefully be the best year yet!