As someone who heavily relies on guided bible studies, I’m always looking for short, free studies that keep me focused and learning. That’s why the study I’m doing now is my favorite so far. It’s a 7 day study on the book of Ruth. Of course Ruth is one of the shorter books, but I especially think that it’s a good book to do a guided bible study for when you’re new to the scene.
This study was created by one of the few influencers I absolutely love and adore- Milena Ciciotti. She’s a wife, mother, YouTuber, and podcaster. I’ve been following her for a couple years now and I can’t get enough of her. When I learned about her seven day study, I was so excited to dive into it. I waited a little while until I was a bit more familiar with bible studying, and now I’m so ready to explore her guide!
Something that I especially love about her study is that she starts off with tips on how to get the most out of your studying and keep on track to a seven day goal! I definitely needed those tips because I’m not the most consistent!
On top of all her tips to stay on track, I’m going to come back the Sunday after next to share all of my notes with you in the next installment of FAITH. So be sure to have your notes ready too!
If you like my Facebook page, you might have seen my post yesterday saying “due to unforeseen circumstances, there will not be a new post this week.” Well, I decided I would sit down and write anyway. I mean, being stuck in our apartment for the next 10-14 days gives me plenty of time to write, so I might as well take advantage of it.
From the title, I’m sure you can gather why we’ll be hanging out at home for a while. Earlier last week, Colt tested positive for COVID-19. He’d been sick for a couple days and we both assumed after a while that it was just the flu. I wasn’t showing any symptoms and I had just gotten the flu shot a few weeks prior so it added up. But we encouraged him to get a COVID test just in case, because in the back of my mind something seemed off. For a while, I kept telling him it seemed like he had COVID, but it was one of those “that can’t happen to us” things where we just brushed it off. Note to self: don’t do that.
His first test, he tested negative. I wanted to stick with that result for peace of mind, but I knew that was wrong. He was told to come back in a few days and get tested again just in case he had it and it was too early to detect. So that’s what he did. His second test, unlike his first, was a lab test. So after a couple days of waiting, we got the results we were really hoping not to hear- positive.
Not much changed after that, other than being locked in the apartment. For me, that’s pretty much the regular routine- Colt goes to work and I stay home every day- but having Colt by my side 24/7 is a bit of an adjustment. While it’s given us plenty of time to work on wedding planning, it’s also given us time to get on each others’ nerves. It’s a good thing Colt’s learned to laugh at me whenever I’m angry because that cools my hot head down quite a bit!
At the end of the day, Colt and I are both very lucky to be able to be home while this blows over. I’m glad he’s such a good sport about everything, but his “if I die” jokes are getting stale. Both of us have amazing parents who have already done so much to help us while we’re cooped up, and we can’t thank them enough.
Like I said, Colt and I are lucky that this isn’t worse. We’re lucky that we can manage everything from home. But there are so many others who can’t say the same. Just because our story isn’t “hospitals and ventilators” doesn’t mean that it couldn’t be yours. Continue to stay safe and follow CDC guidelines.
There are a lot of really cool posts from 2020 that I’m proud of. One that I did in August entitled Answering the Most Beautiful Questions is one of my favorites. Although it really wasn’t all that long ago, when I read my responses the other day, I was amazed at how far I had come in such a short time. So I thought it would be cool to bring that post back at the beginning of the new year to mark the progress that I had made in four months.
What would you do if you knew you could not fail? Write a book, invest a boatload of money into my blog, and maybe start a family right away.
How are you, really? Right now, stressed. I’ve been dealing with a health issue for a few weeks now and it’s been really concerning. I’ve cried to Colt a lot recently and I know it’s started to affect him too. But I’m still grateful for so much. I just think the bad is overpowering the good right now.
Are you finding your dream job or are you creating it? Right now I have plans to create it. I haven’t acted on them yet, but trust me- I have plans. I’m thinking 2021 is the year for them to be put into action.
When was the last time you did something for the first time? I tried deer jerky… never again.
Why are you worth knowing? This question will always feel intimidating. I have no idea. Colt said because I light everyone’s day up. I think he’s just trying to butter me up.
What or who lights you up? Writing. Reading. Learning. Church. My family. My fiancé. My fiancé’s family. Honestly, time with anybody at this point.
How do you treat people who can do nothing for you? It depends on the person. As long as they are enriching my life, I treat them with kindness. But if they’re not benefitting me or- at the very least- treating me nicely, then it’s out the door for them.
Happy New Year everybody! Man, it feels so good to leave 2020 behind. New beginnings are always refreshing, and this one was so needed. That’s why I’m celebrating with an unexpected post!
In the last year, I learned the importance of setting goals and sticking to them. I was always one to make new year’s resolutions, and forget about them within a week. Drive hasn’t always been my strong suit. But I feel like 2020 was a huge year of growth and self-reflection for me, so I decided that I would make this year one of action. I actually want to stick to my resolutions this year.
To do this- I decided to give myself a bunch of little resolutions or goals in different aspects of my life. I spent a few hours and just brainstormed. I thought of things I didn’t like that I wanted to change, things I liked that I wanted to stay the same, and things that I’ve wanted to try but could never find a good enough reason to. I think I was able to create the best list that way. I really recommend you guys try it either for your new year’s resolution, or maybe even a random life audit. Here’s my list.
Stick to my upload schedule (Mondays and every other Sunday)
Redesign my site to something I love and will commit to
Work on sharing more photos with my posts
Spend more time with family and friends (COVID permitting)
When I was in elementary school, we celebrated 100 days of school by making posters with 100 of something (100 cheerios, 100 smiley faces, etc.) and hung them in the hallway. I think that was the first time I realized that 100 was a big important number. Now I’m 22, and I’d much rather not acknowledge 100 days passing BUT, 100 posts on my blog is also a really cool thing to celebrate, too!
I created this website when I was 17. When I first started posting here, I didn’t expect myself to continue writing on this platform for as long as I have. I thought this would be a short experiment that would end like all of my other old “blogs”- deleted and long, long gone. I mean, I’ll admit that I’ve deleted countless posts here as I’ve tried to figure out what direction I’ve wanted to take this site in. But now I’m confident in myself and my work here, and I’m so so happy to celebrate what feels like the realest 100th post.
When I started to realize that this was something I really wanted to pursue, I promised myself that I would get my act together and make sure I was always doing something that I loved. Whenever I felt like I was forcing myself to write, I knew it was time to put my computer down. I needed this to be a creation that I was proud of. And I am.
So I just want to say thank you…to everyone who has stuck around, to all of my new readers who have been showing constant support, to my friends who encouraged me to keep writing, to my family who wouldn’t let me give up. In the last four and a half years, I grew a platform I truly love. I am so grateful for the experiences I have been given and I can’t wait to see what the next 100 posts bring!
Well, shit. 2020 was an eventful year, can we all agree? So much has happened globally that I can’t even begin to think about what has happened in my little life. But I guess I can round up some little things that made this year a little easier for me.
In March, my sister and I took a trip downtown to take pictures and explore Cleveland, which was something we hadn’t done since moving in August of 2019. It turns out that we went out at a perfect time because the city started closing down the next day due to COVID! Ah, the start of this hell-year. At least we got some pictures of us genuinely happy since those are rare now!
My sister and I chose to move back home once COVID came around and classes became remote. We still came back to the apartment from time to time but we stayed home for the most part. We didn’t expect the virus to be around for long, so we figured it wouldn’t be too long until classes resumed and we’d be heading back to the apartment. I considered it to be like an extended spring break. Boy was I wrong.
In August, my sister and I got new roommates! We knew one girl already, but the other was a total stranger. Now I can say that they are all some of my closest friends. Well, when you’re trapped in a small apartment together, I guess that’s bound to happen. Together we made the apartment a home. It feels so good to live with people who are respectful and not spiteful.
In May, I got a DM from a cutie and decided to pursue it. I wasn’t really thinking about dating, especially during a pandemic, but for some reason I decided to throw caution to the wind and give him a chance. Turns out that that was the best decision I made this year. That was how I met Colt. He was the first man to take me out on a first date, believe it or not. And although it was awkward as hell at the beginning, by the end of the day we felt like we had known each other for forever. And that feeling has carried on throughout our entire relationship.
September 24th- a day that I will always remember. It was the day that my boyfriend put a ring on it and became my fiancé! He had this whole plan for the proposal, but like we’ve been saying since the beginning of our relationship, “when you know, you know.” He ended up throwing all caution to the wind and proposing early because it felt right, and I don’t know about you, but I think that’s the cutest thing ever. Now we’re planning a wedding and we couldn’t be any more excited to share a last name!
In the final week of September, Colt and I began discussing moving in together since we had been doing somewhat long distance for a while and it was starting to put some stress on us whenever we were apart. We started loosely looking around on Facebook Marketplace and Zillow, but we couldn’t find anything that met all of our needs. We needed somewhere no further than 1 1/2 hours from his job, close enough to my campus, and at a good enough price range that we could still be saving some here and there for our future home. Everything we found that met the criteria didn’t look like places we’d be too happy to call home. The stress of finding a place to live while also planning a wedding was getting to me. I was losing my cool. But then we finally found somewhere that we both loved. AND NOW WE’RE ALL MOVED IN!
I found my beautiful wedding dress in early October. My whole life, I thought I would go for a really intricately detailed gown with lots of glitz. But I think my style really changed in the last year, so I opted for something way different. I chose a gorgeous lace gown with just the right amount of bling. I wish I could share a picture, but Colt reads my posts (especially the ones about him) and he refuses to see the dress before I’m at the other end of the aisle! Just take my word for it though- it’s beautiful.
In November, Colt and I found our wedding venue. It’s absolutely gorgeous and I’ve already been thinking about everything I’m going to write about it once the big day has come! We were so defeated in trying to find a perfect venue for our wedding because our families come from two different ends of the state. We wanted to give everyone an equal opportunity to make it out, so we narrowed our search to right in the middle, which made things even harder. But right when we were about to throw in the towel, Colt found the most perfect place ever on Google! And I have to say it- we couldn’t have picked a better location! The owners are the absolute sweetest people and their team has so far proven to be very helpful. Colt and I got a package from the owners not long ago and they had sent us a sweet letter, a marriage prep book, and a beautiful leather journal! Colt and I plan to make that the book of our adventures! I can’t wait to start filling it up once we’re finally husband and wife!
December rolled around and I finished the last semester of my junior year of college! It’s so hard to believe that I’m almost done with school. I finished this last semester with a 4.0, which was insane. I worked so hard to make sure that my schoolwork wasn’t falling behind with everything else going on outside of classes. I’m extremely proud of how everything turned out. It was the perfect high note to end 2020 on.
Although 2020 has not been the best year for many reasons, I have to say that it was a good year for me. So much greatness came out of this year for me personally. I think for the first time in my life, I am finally seeing who I am. I am no longer a girl wearing a mask to hide from the world (and even myself). I see who I’m supposed to be and what I’m supposed to do. After a year’s worth of self reflection, I’m so excited to see what 2021 will bring.
Thank goodness this is my last post of this bizarre year!
Everyone stay safe, healthy, and optimistic for the years ahead!
I know I’m a few days late to the Christmas Post Party, but I still had to make an appearance with two posts today (stay tuned for Paying Homage to 2020 coming at noon EST)! Also, while I’m thinking about it- happy last Monday of the year!
Usually, we have a big family Christmas party with all of my aunts/uncles/cousins, but with COVID that wasn’t possible. So, just like families all over the globe, our Christmas looked a little different this year.
On Christmas Eve, Colt and I decided to drive up to my parents’ house before the weather got worse and left us stuck at our apartment. We live damn near country roads, so even with the terrible snowfall the roads weren’t even touched. It made for a scary drive, so I’m glad we chose to leave when we did.
We spent Christmas Eve and Christmas Day at my parents’ house; opening presents on Christmas Eve when my grandma was available, and having family dinner on Christmas Day. It felt so nice to spend time with my family since most of the time I’m only able to visit for a couple hours. We also got to spend lots of time with the puppy, which was probably the highlight of the holiday season for me.
On the 26th we took a long drive south to see Colt’s side of the family. It’s always so great to see them, especially because we don’t get the opportunity to go down often. That’s in part because of my terrible car sickness every time we start driving around the hillier parts of Ohio. Every time we visit, they start to feel more and more like my family. Which I guess is the point, right?
While Christmas was different, it was definitely the most memorable year for me. I loved that we still got to see our family and spend some much needed time with them this holiday season. Hopefully next year we’ll get back to traditions and be able to safely spend Christmas time with all of our family members!
Well, technically my family got a puppy. I just get to puppy-sit for them sometimes. But that’s fine by me because she’s an absolute menace so far!
Everyone meet Nova!
She’s a red and blue heeler mix, which was awesome since my dad has been saying for years how much he would love a blue heeler. She loves play time, but gets tuckered out pretty easily and goes right to sleep (lucky for us). She’s quite the biter- I’m currently writing this with a little bloody indent in my hand, but that’s ok. She’s itty bitty and still teething so I’m giving her the benefit of the doubt there.
So far she’s been a handful. I think the biggest challenges right now are potty training and co-existing with our cat as he’s getting pretty territorial. But overall, I know this cute new addition to the family is so loved and we can’t wait to watch her grow up!
I’m super excited to share our first session of engagement photos!
We planned to take pictures the weekend before last because it was supposed to be sunny and relatively warm, but it ended up being cloudy and 45 degrees, so that was a fun little twist. We were frozen solid and spent any chance we could get warming up in the car between locations.
We were lucky enough to have my dad as our photographer so we were able to comfortably talk about things we liked and didn’t like. We also got to take as much time as we wanted in different locations. There were really no limitations! He had some cool ideas and so did we, so we spent a lot of time bouncing ideas off each other.
I really love our photos because I see so much more than the picture. I remember all the fun moments we had between taking them, which were all super special to me.
I can’t wait to take more pictures and share them all with you all! Most of all, I can’t wait to show our children these pictures one day so they can make fun of us!
Hi everyone and happy Sunday! Wow, posting on a Sunday feels so weird.
Welcome to the first installment of FAITH. I want to gently ease into things so I thought for our first FAITH post, we could take a little visit to my worship playlist. Music is a language that everyone speaks, so I thought it would be a good start.
For me, my worship playlist is for any moment when I am feeling particularly grateful, stressed, or alone. It gives me a great deal of comfort no matter what situation I’m in. And lately, I’ve been playing it much more than any other playlist I have.
Let’s be honest for a minute- there are SO many songs about bitches, money, and drugs. And for the longest time, I didn’t think that my opinions or personality were being skewed because of those songs I was listening to. But recently I realized that a lot of who I am is based off of the music I listen to. I also realized that I let the music I listen to dictate my mood. So I started to change up my listening habits. Now, most mornings I listen to my worship playlist while I get ready for the day and I’ve seen a drastic change in my mood. I’m always feeling ready to take on the day, and a lot more positive about whatever thoughts I’m having.
A lot of my favorite songs on the playlist have lyrics that have spoken to me. They’re lyrics that have changed my outlook and gotten me to think about things a little deeper. It’s hard to explain, but it’s like they hit me in the chest when I hear them and I immediately feel a deeper connection to the song.
Some of my favorites are:
“You will never stop fighting for me When I can’t fight for myself Every word is a promise you keep ‘Cause you love me like nobody else” Fighting For Me, Riley Clemmons
“Before I spoke a word, You were singing over me You have been so, so good to me Before I took a breath, You breathed Your life in me You have been so, so kind to me” Reckless Love, Cory Asbury
“So when you’re on your knees and answers seem so far away You’re not alone, stop holding on and just be held Your world’s not falling apart, it’s falling into place I’m on the throne, stop holding on and just be held” Just Be Held, Casting Crowns
Click the photo below to be taken to my Worship playlist on Spotify. It is regularly being updated with more of my current favorites!
I always want to be transparent with everyone, and there has been something on my heart quite a bit recently. I’ve spent the last couple weeks working really hard on something that I think will be one of my favorite additions to this site!
For the last year, I have found myself diving back into my faith, which I had abandoned for most of my life. Don’t get me wrong- I’ve always had faith, but I haven’t practiced my faith much at all since I was a child. I’m not sure what exactly brought me back to a place of wanting to know God again, but whatever it was, it hit me like a truck.
I started watching videos, reading books, and referring to the Bible in times of confusion or worry. As it has become such a huge part of my life now, I thought I should let that reflect in my work.
I am extremely excited to start my next series- FAITH. Yeah, I spent the last two weeks coming up with that super creative name. Just kidding, but I had to acknowledge how basic it is.
FAITH is made up of just about literally anything faith based- makes sense, right? That includes everything from bible studies to church notes and personal reflection. It’s my way of sharing my thoughts with you in a new and meaningful way.
I’m super excited to start this series and share this part of my life with you guys. I think this is something I was meant to do and although I feel a ton of pressure, this will be something I look forward to doing.
So stay tuned for new FAITH posts every other Sunday, including this Sunday at noon!