• Freelance,  Personal

    Monthly Goals – August

    Over the past few years, I’ve learned a lot about myself – from going from being a college student to a military wife. And from moving to a new city to working from home (and blogging!) One thing I’ve learned that increases my productivity by 1000% (give or take) is to simply write things down. So now, every day I have a checklist on my phone of what I want to accomplish for the day. Like, seriously, everything I want to accomplish. Water plants – check. Laundry – check. Answer emails – check. All of this to say, I’ve realized throughout these various seasons of life, that I’m a very task-oriented…

  • Personal

    Friday Favorites

    Just a few of my current favorite things this month.   Book: I wrote earlier this week about some of my favorite biographies and mentioned the one I’m tackling this summer – Bonhoeffer by Eric Metaxas. All 542 pages of it.    Blog: The Motivated Millennial. Hannah’s blog is incredibly helpful and inspirational. She provides a ton of great resources for entrepreneurs, millennials, students, and military families. I’m super glad I found her blog in the beginning stages of my blogging experience.   Recipe: This Corn Dip. I loooooove this corn dip recipe. I’ve made it a few times for parties (including today!) and it’s always a big hit. I like it best…

  • Books, Movies, and Music,  Faith

    7 Essential Biographies

    Reading has always been an important part of my life and learning, but while I used to read a ton of fiction, over the past few years I’ve switched to reading nonfiction almost exclusively. Novels hardly hold my attention anymore. I’ve come to really appreciate how biographies give you a picture of the lives of actual people throughout history. So, while it’s only been a few weeks since I’ve shared some recommended reading, I wanted to dedicate an entire post to some “must read” biographies. So here it goes:   1. Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand This is one of my favorite books…

  • Military Life

    13 Things I’ve Learned in 13 Months as an Army Wife

    Today is our 13 month anniversary. And no, I’m not one of those people who celebrate every single month’s anniversary. But this year we weren’t able to celebrate our one year anniversary, so we are celebrating 13 months instead. 13 has always been a good number for us – we met on Friday the 13th, and this past weekend we celebrated our anniversary on Friday the 13th. Since 13 has traditionally been a good number for me, I thought this would be a good opportunity to share a few of the things I’ve learned in the past year of being a military spouse by giving you this list of 13…

  • Travel

    Highway 1 Honeymoon

    Last week we celebrated one year of marriage! It’s amazing how fast this year has flown by. We have had so many adventures over the past 12 months, and we have been able to see so much of our little part of the world. So to celebrate our one year wedding anniversary, I thought I’d take some time to tell y’all about our first married adventure – our California Roadtrip Honeymoon. My main goal on this trip was to take in as much of the Pacific Coast Highway as we could practically do in a short trip. I had seen this scenic highway featured in old movies and photographs countless…

  • Faith,  Military Life

    3 Reasons to Get Involved With a Local Church (even if you move around a lot.)

    The absolute best decision I made in college really had nothing to do with college. That decision was getting plugged-in to a local church. I really didn’t make the decision of my own volition, as two of my siblings went to the same college and same church years before I ever arrived in town, but it still proved to be a very important part of my life. When I arrived in Auburn, I knew that I would only be living there for two years, so I felt like I didn’t really have time to waste when it came to involvement. I began working toward academic and extracurricular goals the year…

  • Military Life

    10 Things To Do When You’re Home Alone (To Avoid Going Crazy).

    I’ve learned a lot about being a military spouse over the past year, but the lesson that I just keep having to learn, is how to enjoy solitude. I’m an introvert, so in some sense this comes naturally, but I really just don’t enjoy being home alone. This is especially true when I know I’ll be home alone for several weeks at a time. And being home alone in a new house, in a new city, far away from all your family and friends only adds to that dread. To combat this, I’ve created a list of 10 things to do when I’m home alone. Hopefully some of these things…

  • Books, Movies, and Music,  Faith

    7 Books Every Christian Woman Should Read

    I read a lot. And I read a lot of Christian books. And I read a lot of Christian books for and by women. This list is a compilation of some of those books that have made a significant impact on my life and faith. I believe that each of these books have something unique to offer Christian women, and that is why I’ve named them my 7 Books Every Christian Woman Should Read. 1. Lineage of Grace by Francine Rivers This book is one of my favorites, and I really think it captures the entire idea behind a list of books for Christian women. It goes through a dramatized…

  • Travel

    48 Hours in New Mexico

    I had a sweet friend come to visit me a few months ago while my husband was away for training (army life, y’all) and let me tell ya, we had a blast! She was in town for a week so we decided it would be fun to take a quick little weekend trip to see a few of the sights in New Mexico. Because we were starting from El Paso, TX, we could drive to pretty much anywhere in New Mexico in less than 7 hours. So we mapped out our route and hit the road. After much planning about how to most efficiently see all of the places on…

  • Military Life,  Travel

    Old Friends, New Town

    5 Days In and Around El Paso. March was a field month. That’s just the army way for me to say, my husband was gone for training. In reality, he was probably only 20 miles from El Paso, but because he was doing training he wasn’t able to come home for a few weeks. This would honestly have been a really not fun (read: lonely) time for me, if not for the fact that I was able to have friends come visit me. I feel so incredibly blessed that not one, not two, not three, but four friends (including my sister!) were able to come stay with me while my husband was…