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I’m 25

24 was a great age for me.

23 was allowing negativity to build up all around and inside me. 23 was about realizing that mistakes were made. 23 was about learning lessons. So 24 was about embracing those lessons and changing my entire attitude.

At 24 I healed. At 24 I opened up. At 24 I stopped letting negativity decide my choices and started finding ways to produce positivity.

I learned that silence is wise, but responsible confrontation is healthy. I learned when to use either of these methods.

I learned a great deal from working with young girls; about how my actions and choices affect others and how I allow others’ actions to affect me. I learned that justifying wrong actions for wrong actions is life-draining. I learned that I had changed, not at my core, but just by opening up and allowing myself to grow into a better version of myself.

At 24 I learned to dance unexpectedly, be happy with being dorky, be healthy.

I learned to get rid of the ‘things’, learned what it means to leave everything and everyone behind, learned to not let fear stop me.

25 will be something else entirely. Mistakes will be made, like at 23. Personal growth will happen, like at 24. And we’ll see what else I can learn and see and do at 25.


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My Year of Adventure
25 Things To Do at 25

 


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Christmas in Canterbury

cc1Yet another holiday has come and gone in Canterbury, England.

We absolutely enjoyed ourselves by learning old English Christmas traditions and mixing them with our own. We missed our families but enjoyed many new things we’ll remember for years to come.

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We wanted to start by incorporating our traditions into our celebrations. My mom sent over a gingerbread house, which is a super fun Baker Cousin tradition. Usually it involves several small children and a table covered in icing. We also commemorated a Langford tradition with hot chocolate. At my dad and step mom’s house hot chocolate is handed out to all my brothers and sister filled with marshmallows. This year we added mulling spices and wine to our hot chocolate! Christmas eve was spent carrying out these traditions, watching Christmas movies and eating English mince pies and chocolate covered oranges.

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Christmas day wasn’t as exciting as spending it with family, but we made it enjoyable with more hot chocolate and opening some packages we received from family. Taylor and I also popped Christmas crackers, which is a very popular tradition in England. We then prepared for our Christmas lunch, which we reserved at La Trappiste. The food was delicious, although the meal lasted a very long time! We popped more crackers, ate several courses, played charades at our table and enjoyed live piano music.

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The day after Christmas, or in England, ‘boxing day’, was spent shopping at the massive Christmas sales, and going to the Marlowe Theatre to watch the pantomime, ‘Aladdin.’ It was a cute show!

We enjoyed our Christmas very much. Old and new traditions were made, making our first Christmas away from home lovely!

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Happy Blog-iversary!

Today is my ‘8 year’ blog-iversary. I wish I could say I had 8 years of riveting posts, but I can’t say that I do.

I’ve used this blog (under two different names) as a means to journal and share creativity. I haven’t always needed that outward form of expressing myself, so there are many empty moments through the archives. However, I thought I’d share some interesting times in my life as I go through college, marriage and career changes in the span of 8 (more like 5-6) years.

2009: One year into college, 2009 is the year I really start blogging!

I discover my love of Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen’s fashion and get my first non-restaurant job. 

I am faced with the horrible choice of being forced to get my first touch screen and data-mandatory phone! (Back when phones were phones)

I realize I want graphic design to be my career.

I made many, many t-shirt d.i.y.’s. This one is a dress from a 4XL t-shirt. 

I get engaged in a surprise photoshoot.

2010: The year I decided to link my Tumblr and Twitter to my blog and almost all my posts have NO TITLE. What an archiving nightmare.

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I realize what a hoarder I am

I get super into Photoshop (some more)

I made my brother this adorable Max from Where the Wild Things Are costume

I get into photography.

I get obsessed with fashion photography and move to Chictopia for. a. while.

2011: I graduated college (mid-2010) and move somewhere with no Internet until I got married so I

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Post about my bridal portraits

Self-designed wedding invitations

Getting Ready

My awesome wedding party

A beautiful ceremony

And the reception (that I starved at)

2012: Working at an exhausting daycare job and feeling so creatively unfulfilled, I began blogging again!

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I opened an etsy store selling vintage purses. This later turned into designing flyers

I tried blogging something more meaningful for the first time on the blog. (I’m still struggling with this, but I have so much to say these days that the hard topics must be given a voice!)

I got a job as a secretary which quickly moved into managing websites! 

I started noticing some sad realities in my life. Mainly the gradual decline of friendships and relationships. 

I tried my hand at d.i.y. journals!

2013: The year I blog fairly consistently! 

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I start (and fail to finish) and 365 day Photo Challenge

I tried (and fail to succeed) to organize my blog

I hint at all the friendship struggles I was having (but still try to remain positive and not get too deep)

I try my hand at recipes! Yum! & Coffee

I “win” a fun blogging award and answer questions about myself!

My husband graduates with his Master’s degree and I realize what that means for us

I finally get promoted from managing websites to managing and designing websites! Finally using that college degree to the fullest extent! Except, my creativity for blogging leaves me. 

I learn the hard way about friendships. And, of course, give a vague nondescript version of the story.

2014: After a short lull (only like 6 months, no big deal!) I decide to start blogging again! 

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I’m trying to find my focus for 2014. I love d.i.y. and photography projects, but I really want to try my hand at writing more serious posts. I’m a quiet person and have let that affect my opinions on topics, so as not to offend or hurt feelings, but I don’t think that’s a good reason to keep quiet anymore. I hope I can find my path as I begin this blogging thing over again. Every year seems like I’m starting over, because I’m just trying to find my way. Here’s the beginning: 1, 2, 3


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Telling A Story: The Reception

 

My Mamaw, who passed away just four months after our wedding from ovarion cancer got to be at the wedding. Two nurses were able to take her from the nursing home to the wedding, which I am so glad for! It was really special having her there.

I loved the photos from the loft above the reception area.

I loved our dessert bar! The groom’s cake was a peanut butter cake, the wedding cake was lemon cream. My step mom also made some awesome cupcakes. Chocolate coffee, almond, and lemon cupcake. Amazing!

Oh, and our cake topper. 🙂

Taylor’s best man, Zackary, giving his toast, which was so great!

This is my sister. Lunging, violently for the bouquet.

This is my sister, Victoria’s, boy friend.

Yes, they both won.


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Telling A Story: The Wedding Party

We had the best wedding party! I love all of them so much and am so thankful for their supportiveness. These ladies and gents made our wedding hilarious, fun, and so much more memorable.

Memorable Moments:
My girls–Tori, Katy and Charity using all their talent and love to help me look special
Groomsman, Nathan, looking depressed in every photo
The two guys from Tay’s band, Modern Miracle, playing Modern Miracle songs on guitar and keyboard
Best Man, Zack’s amazing speech which meant the world to us
My girls and I scrunched up on a couch that was next to a window which gave us the perfect view of the guests finding seats outside

Don’t forget our wonderful flowers girls and ring bearer–my two second cousins from my mom’s side and my little brother. They were awesome!


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Telling A Story:Getting Ready

At the beautiful wedding site, Enoch’s Stomp Vineyard and Winery, the bridesmaids and groomsmen got ready–in separate rooms. This was so fun–I loved being with my close friends and family as they helped ‘do’ me up. They were so supportive and caring and I only wish I could repay the favor in their future!


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Telling A Story: Paper Goods

For the wedding I designed all the paper goods around my bird/vintage/wooded theme. I am so glad I did this. This was such a lovely personal touch.

To start off my wedding paper planning, I designed a “wedding logo”. According to all the wedding websites I obessed over for two years, creating a custom wedding mongram is all the rage. Well, I jumped right on this, of course. I didn’t actually use the full mongram at the wedding, but creating this small ‘W’ with two love birds on a branch actually helped shape my entire wedding theme.

The lovely wedding invitation. (Note the two love birds and branch from my monogram!)

I SO enjoyed getting these response cards mailed back to me once I mailed our the invitations. On the back of each postcard-size response card was beautiful and hilarious wedding advice and inspiration from all of the friends and family we invited!

 


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Telling a Story-Bridal Portraits

The marvelous Lindsay Steele of Lindsay Steele Photography shot me, all did up and giddy, a month or so before my wedding. My lovely bridesmaid, Charity, came along, which I was so grateful for! We traversed through the downtown area through the streets and in front of store fronts and in a large and beautiful field. It was so much fun, albeit windy. Lindsay has a keen eye for photos and finds beauty everywhere she photographs.