November at a Glance

Monday, November 30, 2015

Helloooo my sweet friends :)

Another month come and gone. Like...what? I'm not complaining, though, because November was filled with fun (and a little bit of craziness) and I know December will be even better (can you say WINTER BREAK *insert hallelujah hands emoji right here*).

Here is my November at a glance:

We went to see Zac Brown Band for Adam's birthday! This was in mid-November and yes, it is STILL warm enough to wear shorts. And NO I am not happy about it.

Speaking of sweet (read: wild) boy, Harley, turned 1! He is SO different from Buck. Buck is calm, cool, and collected and Harley...well Harley is hyper and the poor boy doesn't realize how big he is and just doesn't have that mind/body control connection thing down quite yet...I still love him to pieces though!

And while we're talking about pups, I'm sad to say that we lost our family dog, Majesty, this month. He was 12 years old and such a loving dog. I really just need to dedicate an entire post to my love for dogs because guys...IT IS REAL. We miss Maj every day but we know that he is in a better place now, running in mud holes with his sister and breathing easy. RIP my sweet Majesty.

It was cool enough to wear boots for a whole 2 days and you better believe that I took full advantage of that.

My bestie had her baby shower! It's SO crazy to me that I'm at the age now where my friends are having babies...intentionally. Still having trouble letting that one sink in. Can't wait to meet the sweet babe though :) (Despite my cup saying that it's a boy...that's unknown. She's waiting to find out the gender until the day the baby is born. We all had to guess what we thought at the shower!)

I experienced my first "fancy" coffee. And by fancy I mean that there was a design in the foam. I know, my elegance is astounding.

And of course the day after Thanksgiving, Adam and I busted out the Christmas decor...YAY! Can you believe that I didn't take one single picture on Thanksgiving? We had family in from Colorado and had a big family get-together and I was so busy catching up with everyone and just soaking in the family time, that I didn't even pull my phone out of my purse!

It's finals week for me now...I took my physics final and statistics final today. I have 4 more to go this week. I'll be done (and HOME FREEEE...well until January) on Saturday. And you better believe I plan on doing a whole lot of nothing productive during my winter break because this girl needs some good R&R on the real (okay I say that but I am the worst at the worst).

Anyway, just thought I would do a quick November update since tomorrow we will be graced by December :)

xo, Jess

10 Harry Potter Quotes That Will Give You All The Feels

Sunday, November 22, 2015

I've been an avid reader for as long as I can remember. Getting lost in the pages of a good book, getting to know different worlds and evolving characters is one of my happy places.

I recently finished reading the Harry Potter series (I know, talk about behind on the times. I read 1-4 in elementary and middle school but once I got to high school I was to cool to finish them...eye roll).

I told Adam that I started reading them and he was like, "Oh wow good, that should last you a few months at least since those books are so long." Except I finished all 7 in like 6 weeks...oops.

While reading these books, there were certain little nuggets of wisdom that jumped out at me. Today I give you - 10 Harry Potter Quotes that Will Give You All The Feels.

1. Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of time, if one only remembers to turn on the light.
- Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

2. If you want to know what a man's like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals. 
-Sirius Black, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

3. It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities."
-Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

4. It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live, remember that.
-Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

5. We've all got both light and dark inside us. What matters is the part we choose to act on. That's who we really are.
-Sirius Black, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix 

6. It matter not what someone is born, but what they grow to be. 
-Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

7. What's comin' will come, an' we'll meet it when it does.
-Rubeus Hagrid, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

8. My mum always said things we lose have a way of coming back to us in the end, if not always in the way we expect.
-Luna Lovegood, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix 

9. It's a curious thing, Harry, but perhaps those who are best suited to power are those who have never sought it.
-Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

10. Differences of habitant language are nothing at all if our aims are identical and our hearts are open.
-Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Now on to watch all of the movies ;)

xo, Jess

The Importance of Creating a Cozy Space

Monday, November 16, 2015

Hey y'all! Just stopping in to give you my little spiel on creating a comfy space. I've probably driven Adam crazy using the words "homey" and "cozy" since we've moved in together after getting married. I am OBSESSED with creating a comfy space. I think it breeds creativity, productivity and positive moods.

I like to keep our living space rustic, making sure to keep the super feminine details to a minimum so that Adam feels like it's his home, too. Clearly I like natural colors and wood textures.

We don't have a very big decor budget, but I've found a lot of these pieces at craft shows, Etsy shops, and lucky for me...Adam is pretty handy and actually built the shelves hanging on the wall.

Right now we're renting a small house, but we're hoping to take the leap and buy our first home once I've started grad school (fingers crossed that will be in August 2017). I used to think that it wasn't important for me to make our rental home "ours" since's not, haha! But we've been here for almost 2 years (and will probably be here for another 1-2) so I've finally taken it upon myself to try to make our home ours.

Do you think it's important to make your house a home? 

xo, Jess

On Waiting (and not the good kind)

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

The word "waiting" is such a loaded word, isn't it? It can be a very good thing or a very bad thing. It's sometimes associated with patience and sometimes associated with complacency. Lately I've been thinking a lot about waiting...and not the good kind.

I'm guilty of spending a lot of my time waiting. 

"When I finish school I'll make time for _______________."
"I'll save my favorite outfit to wear for a special occasion."
"When I make more money I'll be smarter with it."
"Next year I'll go all out and be really into every holiday."

Do I need to go on or do you get the picture?

Why am I waiting to do all of these things? Why am I not doing them now? Every day is not promised to us and I need to stop wasting so much time waiting around for xyz to happen before I take action. 

Right here, right now, I am committing to breaking the chains of busyness. Instead of waiting to do things because I am so consumed with what is going on right that second, I am going to seize more moments. Make the little things count. Do instead of just say.

Who's with me?

xo, Jess

For the Days You Feel Like a Crazy Person

Thursday, November 5, 2015

I try to wake up with an optimistic attitude every day (after I have my coffee of course). It keeps me happy + sane (Adam too, I'm sure) and actually helps me stay more productive. Even though my schedule is jam-packed I remind myself that I chose this path. I remind myself that I'm thankful that I'm back in school. But to say that every day is all rainbows + butterflies is just a load of crap.

So this is for the days that I feel like a crazy person...

You can do this. On the days that you doubt yourself and question the path that you've chosen remember why you chose it. Get yourself another cup of coffee in your favorite mug, step outside and breathe in a nice breath of fresh air (I mean really what better way to calm down than fresh air + coffee?). When you feel overwhelmed and unsure if you can make it through the day, stop what you're doing and go give your husband a big hug. Remember that some days taking mental breaks are more beneficial than plowing through yet another night of endless studying. Remember that you are capable. You are smart. You CAN do this. Keep the end goal in mind. You've got this, girlfriend.

Oh and rest assured, you're not the only one who feels like a crazy person some days ;)

xo, Jess

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