Tuesday, March 31, 2015

I got this post idea from the wonderful and lovely Kayla.  I thought it was such a fun way to get all the things going on in life currently down in one post! So here I am trying it out!

I went to Moab this weekend with Zac and my best friend Emily. Zac had to go down for a week of work, so Em and I decided to tag along for the weekend. It was so nice being someplace so warm, and just spending all day outside. It was a much needed mini adventure, and I already want to go back!

loving: being able to wear shorts! I don't know what is happening with Utah weather right now, but I am all about it. It has seriously been so nice outside, and I spend all the time I can sitting outside on the hammock enjoying the sunshine and fresh air.

working: on getting through this current semester without completely going crazy. I only have 15 credits left until I graduate, and I am just so beyond ready to be done!

obsessed with: the new sheets I convinced Zac in letting me get for his (soon to be our) apartment. We recently made a quick stop at Ikea, and the sheets I have been eyeing for like a year now were on the most perfect bed looking so pretty, and I decided they finally had to be mine! They have yellow flowers on them, so obviously I am all sorts of happy!

cooking: lots of annie's mac and cheese. For some reason Smith's has decided to have like a super sale on them for like a month now, so Zac and I are all sorts of happy about it!

reading: Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Anne Fowler. I actually just finished this yesterday. I listened to the audio book in my car, and I have to be completely honest... I wasn't really a fan of it. I didn't hate it and at times actually enjoyed it, but it isn't a book I would recommend to a friend. I was pretty bummed, because I really wanted to like it! Oh well, you can't have everything.

listening to: Hozier's album. Zac bought it a couple of weeks ago, and I just barely downloaded it onto my phone to listen to while exploring Moab. Zac and I have family sharing on iTunes, and it is pretty wonderful. Thank  you family sharing!

a little sad at: Zac being in Moab for the entire week. I swear it is even harder knowing he is only a four hour car ride away! Like anytime I have ANY free time I think about just driving down just because I can. It is terrible you guys!

wasting time: on Instagram as always. I swear, I am always checking it! Mostly looking for new places to add to my list of places to explore. I probably need to stop seeing as the list is getting a little long. Anyone want to help me get cracking on all these hikes I have piled up?!

laughing at: Scrubs, Scrubs, and SCRUBS! Zac has gotten me hooked, and with him out of town (and our watching of Friends being put on hold until he gets home) I have been watching ALL OF THE EPISODES!

looking forward to: spending my REI dividend! New camping stove, and sports bras anyone?!

appreciating: best friends who take a break from homework to go search TJ Maxx for rompers even though all the ones they have are horrible, and instead having wonderful conversations on the car drive home.

excited: that the wedding date continues to get closer, and we are now down to 163 more days!! It finally feels like it is getting close you guys! Save-the-dates are currently being made, and it is like totally real now!

experiencing: horrible stomach shenanigans caused by dairy, and pretending that it isn't caused by dairy because cheesecake.

grateful for: a weekend spent with my best friend hiking around Moab, and Zac being able to sneak over and camp with us the one night we stayed. Also for my family (mostly mama) who took such good care of our plants and kitten while we were gone. I seriously have the most incredible humans in my life you guys.

Stewart Falls

Monday, March 23, 2015

I figured it was time to start documenting adventures once again. I sort of stopped after our San Francisco trip, and I am just now realizing how many travel photos I have stocked up. For the sake of your sanity, I am just going to start from the latest. No need to go through ALL the pictures. 

Life has been pretty wonderful lately. Zachary and I are currently laughing on the couch at our "under the influence" cat. It is the little things I tell you. Other than that I am just trying not to fail at school which at times is difficult seeing as my brain is daydreaming about trips to the beach and mountain adventures 96% of the time. My list of places to visit is growing rather long, and I am just so ready to start exploring. Zac and I have been really into hiking and camping at the moment, so I have all sorts of camping spots to try. We also got backpacks for Christmas, and are trying to find some cool places to go backpacking. If any of you have suggestions, pretty please share them!

Our latest hike was Stewart Falls. I knew going into this it was a popular one, but it really was so worth it. I am not always the biggest fan of crowded trails. One of the best parts of hiking is the peace and quiet you get from being away from the city, and that doesn't always happen on crowded trails where people are constantly blasting music through their iphone speakers. However, it wasn't really this trails season yet, so it was a lot less crowded that it usually would be I assume. It really was such a perfect hike, and easy enough for really anyone to enjoy. It is generally flat, but you still feel like you have accomplished something at the end since it is 4 miles out-and-back. 

One of my favorite parts of this trail were all the twisted aspens. I can't even imagine what this view looks like later in spring. I might have to go back just to check. That is the one thing I love about hiking. If you like a trail you can hike it a million times, and see a different scene every single time. Everything is always changing, and it always seems to get better with time. 
I don't know about you, but I am pretty sure any hike that ends with a waterfall is worth it. 
No I am going to complain for .02 seconds. My biggest pet peeve on the trail is how much GARBAGE people leave behind. Seriously you guys, it is ridiculous. It is not that hard to just pack your garbage in your backpack. Zac and I have started to collect garbage we see on the trail, and we have realized we now need to bring plastic garbage bags in order to even make a dent in it. So pretty please humans, pick up your trash. Because if you don't I end up doing this. 
What are some of your favorite waterfall hikes? What are you looking forward to most now that the weather is getting warmer? 


Thursday, January 15, 2015

So here I was thinking that I was going to be graduating this coming fall, and then I go and do something stupid like pick a new major which will push it until Spring 2016. Obviously I am completely going crazy over here! I just knowingly signed up for more school. Lets hope I don't regret this in like a day. I am not going to crazy though. I still have the same base major (Human Development and Family Studies), but I am changing my emphasis from Child Life to Early Childhood Education. This is in hopes of one day being able to teach preschool. One of my classes this semester is helping out in the universities preschool, and I am already obsessed. It is such a fun age, and their creativity is through the roof. It just makes me HAPPY!
Other than that, life at the moment has been a nonstop roller coaster of BUSY! I am currently working three jobs, and going to school full-time, so life at times gets a little overwhelming. I thought I was fine, but I watched a lecture by Tal Ben-Shahar on happiness for one of my classes, and it has completely changed my outlook on overbooking ourselves. You know those moments where you have heard something a million times, but all the sudden it just clicks in your brain, and the wheels start turning? That is what this video did for me. It made me realize that I was putting my relationships with others lower on my list of needs, and replacing it with busy schedules and social media.

So here I am trying out something new. That video has all sorts of wonderful advice to give, but my favorite was about taking time to take a break. Basically what Tal suggests is that anytime you do an hour of work you should be taking a 50 minute break to focus on yourself. This could be anything from taking a yoga class, meditating, taking a bath, or reading your favorite book. What it shouldn't be is checking every social media site that exists or staring at a screen (I personally am not counting tv towards this, because for me being able to watch an episode of my favorite tv show is a great stress reliever. Checking how many likes you have on Instagram isn't).

I decided to give it a try today after doing some homework for an hour. I decided to make myself lunch, take my dog for a walk, and write thank you notes. I can't even describe how great I felt after spending 50 minutes doing things that I WANTED to do instead of doing things I thought I needed to do. It made a significant difference in my overall happiness and attitude about the day.. and this was only the first time!

Now I know that this isn't something that I can do after every hour of work. Some days are just busier than others, and it just isn't possible to fit in 50 minutes of free-time after each one. However, I think it is definitely possible to fit it in at least once a day, so that is going to be my goal. I am going to find a time to fit 50 minutes of "me" time in my day every day this year (and hopefully forever more). If I have the time to do it more than once I am obviously going to take that opportunity up, but my minimum goal is once a day. I really feel like this will help in my goal to achieve an overall greater sense of happiness and satisfaction in my life.

What do you guys think? Is this something you could add into your own daily lives? Is it worth it? What are some things you would do if you had a little "me" time?

*if you are interested in watching Tal Ben-Shahar's lecture you can find it here
*image via pinterest


Monday, January 5, 2015

Friendships have been on my mind a lot lately. It is so strange to me that even after 22 years of living I still have a hard time realizing that friendships come and go. I mean, this is something I have dealt with my whole life, and something I always was able to remember when things just weren't right anymore. I think this time it is different, because I see friendships fading that I never thought would. I feel hurt, but I know it isn't their fault. Friendships come and go, and you can't always be in charge of the going.

Ever since Zac and I got engaged I have seen a shift in my friendships. There are those friendships that have become closer and more intimate, and then there are friendships that have slowly started to disintegrate. For a while I was so angry about this. I didn't understand what had changed, and why things had changed so quickly. I started noticing that all effort of rekindling these somehow broken relationships was on my shoulders, and I was caring all the weight.

I guess the new year came with a new perspective in realizing that even though I thought nothing had changed, things indeed had. I am getting married this year. I am moving on in my life. I am opening a new chapter, and things are going to be different. Being married is different than being someones boyfriend or girlfriend. It is a solid relationship. Although Zac and I had always talked about getting married with our friends it is a whole different scenario now that it is a reality.

So I guess I would just like to say thank you to those friends that have stuck by. I am so excited to share the next year with you! I know this is going to be a year to remember. I feel like I have always valued my friendships, but going through this experience has shed a new light on how truly important my friendships are to me. This year I am going to strive to be a better friend, and to make more time for them in my life.

For those friendships that have faded, all I can say is every single person in my life has impacted me in such incredible ways. I have been so blessed to know such amazing humans, and I understand that sometimes lifestyles change, and with that friendships change as well. I am so grateful for the friends that were such a big part of my life in 2014, and I hope that I will always remember that.

So here is to a new year. A year of continuing friendships growing stronger, and hopefully some new ones along the way.


Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Because the low today is 1 degree, and the wind won't stop howling. Dreaming of road trips, and the California sun. Also, because I forgot to post these months ago, and better late than never.

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