• Mr and mrs.

    One Month Until The Big Day

    I’d be lying if “Today I Met The Boy I’m Gonna Marry” hasn’t been stuck in my head on repeat this last week. I’d also be lying if I said my stomach wasn’t full of butterflies everyday, too. We are ONE MONTH AWAY from our big day. Where did the time go?! How is it only 30 days away?! It feels like yesterday when I met Nic. I still see him sitting by that bonfire and I still remember taking a seat next to him. I also vividly remember knowing, in that exact moment, I had just met my future husband. People often ask me if I really knew in…

  • Hearts

    Valentine’s Day Reminders

    It’s Valentine’s Day, a day I truly love. I love reminding people how much I love them and hearing it in return. As Nic brought up today, this is our first and last Valentine’s Day as an engaged couple… next year at this time we’ll be married! It’s crazy to think how time flies and where you’ll be a year from this exact moment. This Valentine’s Day, my heart is bursting with excitement for the year to come. I get to marry my best friend and say I Do in the town where we met almost 5 years ago. I am so lucky to be living life with someone I…

  • Don’t Let The World Change You

    Have any of you ever been in a great mood and then one person just acted really rudely to you and it changed your whole mood? Maybe someone honked at you because you didn’t hit the gas pedal the EXACT second the light turned green, or someone yelled at you because you weren’t walking fast enough for them. Or, maybe someone yelled at you because you were walking behind them and they didn’t like how close you were to them. That situation happened to me the other day. I was having a really nice day and decided to go for a run along the lake. It was a gorgeous day…

  • The 10-10-10 Rule For Stress You NEED To Know

    Hey, everyone. I don’t know about you, but sometimes I’ll overthink little situations and get stressed over things I shouldn’t stress about. I  will realize this a few hours or days after I get stressed, and try to tell myself not to worry so much in the moment next time. This is where the 10-10-10 rules comes into play. I get Daily Shine texts as I mentioned in a previous blog, and I got one a few days ago that REALLY stood out to me. It started off by saying this: “A new study shows when we *think* we’ll be stressed (ex. those mid-commute worries) the floodgates open for stress,…

  • Worrying Less = A Better You

    Have any of you heard about Daily Shine Texts? About a week ago, one of my best friends Molly (hey Molly) told me about it. It’s a site where you can sign up to get texts at a specific time with motivational quotes, ideas and actions to take to make yourself be as positive as you can be and the best version of yourself. Anyway, today, I received one that really resonated with me. The exact words were: “TGIF, Christiana! Each year, we spend the equivalent of *2 months* worrying. This weekend, ease up on predicting the future.” Did anyone else read this and just go, wow? I did. I…

  • It All Starts With Us

    The other day I was driving home from work in the pouring rain. I saw an older man crossing the street, without an umbrella, and he was completely soaked. All I could think was that I wish I could have given him an umbrella. If I had one in my car – it would have been his. A few weeks ago, I was at a stop light when I saw a women drop her suitcase. She was having a hard time getting it back up on her rolling cart, and she struggled for a bit until she got it back up. I was in my car, and all I could…

  • Three Things You NEED To Remember During the Holidays

    Christmas is only a few days away and I can’t believe it. Christmas is my favorite holiday, and I would keep our Christmas tree up all year if I could (not kidding). I love everything about Christmas time, from the decorations, to the traditions, to seeing loved ones and the warm feeling that fills the air. It’s easy to get caught up in the hectic nature of the holidays. Christmas shopping, wrapping gifts, getting those great sale items and so on. I get it, we’ve all been there. Heck, last week, a lady rammed her shopping cart into me on purpose because I wasn’t moving quick enough for her –…

  • Knowing Your Worth + Speaking Up

    Blogging has taught me many things – two of those things being knowing your worth and speaking up for yourself. Many times, we don’t speak up for ourselves or speak up for what we know we deserve. Recently, I had a blogging experience with a brand that opened my eyes to knowing my worth and speaking up for what I believe in (especially with blogging). I will not name the brand, but to put it lightly, they took advantage of me and my work. They wanted me to talk about about their new collection and I agreed, because experience is a good thing to have. However, after I posted my…

  • Fireworks + The Spark Inside Us All

    I have aways loved fireworks. I always get so excited for them on the 4th of July and for other fireworks throughout the year. I don’t know what it is, but I’ve always loved the feeling I get watching them. As a kid, fireworks always seemed so magical. My family and I would all sit together on a blanket by the lake, listen to a live band and watch the beautiful fireworks over the bay. I’d always be giddy waiting for the finale, and once it ended, I couldn’t wait to see them again next year. I loved everything about it. Growing up, I’ve always loved fireworks for the same…

  • 5 Things To Remind Yourself Today And Everyday

    It’s easy to get caught up in life and forget to take time for yourself – it happens to us all. But, it is SO important to make time for ourselves, even if that’s giving ourselves some positive words and self motivation. After all, we deserve it. With this being said, here are 5 things to remind yourself today (and everyday), no matter how busy you are. 1. You Are Doing Great You are doing great. You are doing great with work, school, life… everything. You are doing great with it all. Give yourself the credit you deserve and give yourself a pat on the back. Often, we feel like we…