10.01.2014

Welcome back, October!

One of the greatest quotes I've ever read comes from Anne of Green Gables: 

I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers

This is easily one of my most favorite months.  If asked, it would be impossible for me to give a quick list as to why.  Once I would start ticking of the reasons, I wouldn't be able to stop.  The clothes, the smells, the flavors, the weather (not including today...high of 84. I can't even...), and just all the awesomeness that is this month.

Also, today I was reminded that this is the month 1989 (Taylor Swift's new album for those not in the know) comes out! I love this month.

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I'm not always the best as keeping the goals I set, but I believe in well placed tenacity, so may as well keep trying.

October Goals
+ I believe in the written word, handwritten notes, and the opportunity to brighten someone's day. I totally want to be the person to make someone smile when they find a "just because" card in their mailbox.

+ Sometime during July, I truly had the though "time to start brainstorming what Christmas presents to get people!" Then I realized I may have a problem.  Sanity question marks aside, I am super hopeful about getting Christmas presents either bought, or know what everyone is getting by the end of this month.  

+ Baking.  I have no quantifiable measurement for this, because, seriously, can you bake too much?  And the aforementioned flavors fall offers beg you to get in the kitchen.  One thing I am going to attempt are Pumpkin Pots de Crème with Maple Bourbon Whipped Cream.

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Pray for our kitchen.

+ Apple Picking! Three years makes a tradition, right? This is something I look forward to every year with these sweet friends. AND it totally goes hand in hand with the whole baking goal because no one can eat a bushel of apples without them being covered in caramel and cinnamon. Just me? Okay, good deal.


+ I planted some mums and pansies this past weekend, and I am really hoping to keep them alive. Try as I might, I do not have a green thumb, but again, well placed tenacity.

+ An exciting new addition in our lives is Andrew's new car! This has been a long time coming, and I am so thankful for it, but that means I really need to check myself on buying things unnecessarily. So, the most important goal for this month is to keep spending low!

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Truly, I could keep going, but I'll stop here and just say, hello, October. I've missed you.



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9.30.2014

A {Re}Introduction of Sorts

As I am currently trying to work myself out of a severe blogging drought, a reintroduction post seems not only fitting, but easy.

Just keeping it real.

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name // Hi. My name is Maggie.


what you should know about me // I am thankful to be a Southerner, but prefer cold weather over hot.  Fall and Christmas are synonymous with happiness for me, but try my hardest to not rush either. My feelings towards Taylor Swift crossed over the "this is not normal" line a loooong time ago.  I often say reality has no place in my world and that I prefer dogs over people...I can neither confirm nor deny these are resoundingly true most days.  I blame my mother for my obsession to collect Christmas items, coffee mugs and candles.

loves of life // Above all else, Jesus. My husband. Our dogs. Our friends & family. My nephew.


home // Charlotte is where our roots are, but in my heart it's Nashville.  Remember the reality not having a place in my world...

dream job // Ideally, a guitar playing sportswriter.  Wish me luck.

other half // My sweet husband, Andrew, holds my heart fully and completely.  We said "I do" over six years ago and I still have moments where I have to blink and remind myself this is my life.  It's not always sweet, but it's always real and it's ours.


favorite food // I love groups of food...Mexican, all pumpkin flavored things, really good pizza, breakfast food. You get the point.

books // This is above and beyond the hardest thing for me to put into concise sentences. Ever. Books are my escape from the "real world." Also, I am a preteen when it comes to some of my favorites; The Divergent series, Harry Potter, Hunger Game series, etc. The way I see it, life is serious enough.

favorite quote // To me, fearless is not the absence of fear. It's not being completely unafraid. To me, fearless is having fears. Fearless is having doubts. Lots of them. To me, fearless is living in spite of those things that scare you to death...Be brave, and you'll have the time of your life. - Taylor Swift

why I blog // When I started blogging, I really wasn't sure where it would take me, if anywhere, and so I really didn't have a direction.  For awhile, I focused too much on comments, number of followers, etc.  I have finally realized, and have stated many times in various posts, this blog is for me. I have never had a sponsored post, probably never will and that's okay.  I don't do outfit posts (y'all really don't want to look to me for fashion tips) or show of Pinterest worthy decor/recipes. What I do do is ramble, make grammatical errors and post a lot of pictures, and I must say, I do it very well.

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So, that's me...tell me about you! It's easy to get wrapped up in reading someone's words and forgetting there is a person on the other side of the screen, and truly, "meeting" people is easily one of the best parts of blogging.

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9.29.2014

Weekend Recap (x2)!

How in the world we just finished the last weekend in September is beyond me.  But, nevertheless, that is supposedly what just happened.  I may or may not sometimes believe calendars lie.  I have no proof, but I'm working on it.

The past couple of weekends have been pretty great and I hate I didn't make time to write more.  Eh, par for the course at this point I suppose.  However, this is no time to sit and stew on "what could've been," so moving on to the recaps/the most pictures you may have ever seen in a post!

The Friday before last, I met my mom at my grandparents for the night before heading up to Boone for the weekend.  I always love spending time with my grandparents and I am so unbelievably thankful for them.  Also, loved having this view to start what would be an awesome weekend.


We got to Boone a little before 10 and spent the better part of the morning walking through King Street.  My mom hadn't spent a lot of time in Boone prior to this, so it was fun pointing out different things to her and showing her the stores I visited all to frequently for four years of my life.  We didn't buy many things, but I did buy these beauties!


I had been wanting some true cowboy boots for awhile and they have not disappointed.

After a thorough tour of King Street, we went to Cafe Portofino (yum) for lunch before walking on campus for a bit.  I'm pretty sure my mom's favorite part was visiting the ducks.


That evening was spent doing what I believe is a must anytime I go to Boone; driving on the Blue Ridge Parkway.  I can't explain it, but despite not living there for over six years, I feel home when I am in Boone and I think being on the Parkway is a big part of that.  It may sound odd to some, but as I said, I can't explain it. This time, one of the best parts of being there was spending it with my mom, who was so clearly having fun, it just made my heart happy.


It was a truly wonderful weekend and I consider myself beyond blessed to spend this time, in this place, with my amazing mother!


Now, on to the second weekend recap (take heart, this past weekend's recap will have significantly less pictures)!

I often joke that Eric Church is Andrew's Taylor Swift.  For some reason, he hates this comparison. Not sure why, but regardless, he is a big Eric Church fan, and this weekend's main event was his concert Saturday night.  But before that happened, we finally got Andrew a new car!  This was a long time coming and very much needed.  I didn't get a shot of the car itself, but in this picture that is mostly us, you can see it :)


Eric Church, no surprise, was amazing.  He is always so pumped and seems to genuinely love what he does. If not, he missed his calling and should be an actor.


 If you made it this far, I applaud you and leave you with this final picture that encompasses all things cute.


Happy Monday and second to last day of September, y'all!

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9.15.2014

Oh Hey September

So, we're halfway through the ninth month of 2014, and though I'm normally a little indifferent towards September, I am kinda loving it this year.  This unofficial start to fall started a bit too warm for me, but as I write this, the windows are open, football is on the t.v. and all is right in the world.

This past week could not have been more awesome and should the rest of the month goes as planned, it may just go down as one of my favorites for the year...

 
Boone, football and friends
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Ed Sheeran
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Kayaking
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Fun with our nephew
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Most of September may technically be summer, but it surely produces autumn dreams.  Fall is such an awesomely delicious, beautiful season and Pinterest does little to nothing to lessen my love for this next season

Essie Bahama Mama//Pumpkin Pots de Creme//Creamy Tomato Soup//Plaid Shirt

I said here that I wanted to be more brave and to exercise my ability to be selfish with this blog, and I have high, hopefully realistic, hopes I will take full advantage of it this coming season.  There are so many fun things fall brings with it, I will be nearly impossible NOT to write.  I often view this space of mine as a digital scrapbook and I believe it will invaluable for the next several weeks.

This quote pretty much sums up the mindset I want to take for the rest of the year


Happy Monday, all!
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8.29.2014

Lately...and Exercising the Opportunity to be Selfish

Sometimes I write...sometimes I don't, and it's the times in between I think "lately" posts are more than necessary.  So without further adieu...

Lately...

...I've been trying to enjoy the positive aspects of summer and not rush it along 
as I typically do around this time of year.

...despite not trying to rush summer, I've been on the hunt for the perfect oversize cable knit sweater at a price I deem appropriate.  It seems as though this will be a long, often painful search. Wish me luck.

...I've been playing it safe with books which results in reading the Divergent series for the fourth time.

...being more organized is high on my "to-do" list.  See what I did there?

...I've wanted to be outside as much as possible. I cannot get enough of early morning/evening walks 
with the pups.

...I cannot stop listening to "Shake It Off."  Though I've never made my love for Ms. Swift a secret, 
this song is not going to be remembered for its lyrical substance.



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A somewhat mid-year resolution I unofficially made was to be more free with my words.  I don't mean to not recognize their worth, but to not over analyze every syllable to the point of making them worthless.  Writing and reading can be liberating if approached in the right way, and really, I shouldn't care as much as I do if everyone reads my words.  This is where I can be selfish.  This is my space. It's my voice.

I want to carry through on my promise to myself to be brave.  I will be more purposeful with writing in this blog and exercising this opportunity to be selfish.

Happy Friday and cheers to a long weekend!

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8.18.2014

Short & A Bit Scattered

Every day, we're reminded how fleeting time and life truly are. And I think we have all learned time flies regardless of whether you're having fun or not. It's elusive, much like a rare creature, and those of us lucky enough to catch a glimpse, should hold on as tight as possible.

I'm baffled knowing there are less months left in 2014 than there has ever been, but that's the reality.

Reality, I say much of the time, has no place in my life. The older I get, the less I choose to acknowledge it.  I understand it's there, but often times, I overlook it.

As most of us, I was shocked and saddened by the news of Robin Williams taking his life. It's heartbreaking anytime I learn of someone choosing to leave this world in that way. I cannot begin to fathom the hurt one must feel constantly to the point of thinking it's their only way.  I beg you, if you're reading this and having an inkling of those thoughts, please talk to someone. You are loved. You are wanted. You are needed.

Life and time.  Fleeting and precious.  We don't get enough of either, but we choose how they're spent.

Don't ever use time, or lack thereof, to not do something.  Each day is an opportunity--don't waste it.  Be hopeful and have dreams.  They are so wonderful and necessary.  Last week, I realized, these three things, albeit slightly ambiguous, are true hopes of mine...

+I have dreams of being a wordsmith. 

+I have hopes to be more than I am today. 

+I desire to be apart of something, even for just a little while, 
that has an extraordinary history and an exquisite future.

Realizing this post may seem a bit scattered, I should offer some sort of explanation for it's origin, but I'm not going to.  I just hope it serves as a catalyst to someone for something.

I leave you with these words...

Carpe diem...seize the day, boys. Make your lives extraordinary! 
- Robin Williams
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7.30.2014

Being More Than Ordinary

When you're kid, you form an idea or picture of what you believe it will be like to be an "adult" or how you think your life will play out.

If your picture is still standing strong, kudos.  If it's a little, or a lot, different than you had once imagined, welcome to the club.  I used to think curve balls and detours made life harder and by default, hated them. Now? I believe they make life interesting and offer possibilities that may have otherwise gone unnoticed, and have begrudgingly developed respect for them.

I've discovered I am a person that needs structure, but can't embrace it.  In the same breath, the idea of multiple possibilities is slightly terrifying.  I'm a walking conundrum.  I am, by most measures, an ordinary person, and for the most part, this doesn't bother me.  But, at some point, I have to choose to not settle for ordinary. 

Now, let me be clear; I have no misplaced dreams, or skills, to become the next technological trailblazer or a 104 time Grammy winner, but lately, I have had a growing desire to make a difference.  I can't change the world and truly don't think it's a burden I could shoulder; what I want is to make a impact that's more than fleeting.  And with that desire comes a feeling of restlessness and being unsettled.  I have no idea what this next season of my/our life is going to bring, but I do know both of us need to be ready to be pulled farther out of our comfort zone than we have ever ventured.

For as long as I can remember, I have believed that 30 is the age in which you're supposed to be an adult. You know, have your life all together and figured out the next 50 years. Seriously. However, now that I'm fast approaching the final year of my 20's (2 months, people!), I can say with confidence I no longer believe that.  I have no idea what I want to do or be when I "grow up."  In some ways, that's a scary realization, but it's also somewhat liberating because I'm learning just how little I am in control.  I know that what happens in my life and when it happens is totally in God's hands (Ecclesiastes 3:1), which, if I'm being honest, is equally scary and liberating.

The past few days have been a time of learning, and for lack of better word, examination of myself and life, and as with any learning experience, small amounts of bitterness and anger worked there way in.  And though there are many things I am not good at, being unhappy is at the top of the list.  It's exhausting and I just don't like it, so I am choosing to put my energy towards something more than feeling angry because I am one of those annoying people who truly believe something beautiful can come out of every situation.  Happiness, is not found nor is it given; it's a choice and it's one each of us gets to make every day.

My could-be-best-friend-if we-ever-met, Taylor Swift, says it perfectly "You don't find happiness from living your life looking ahead or back...you find it when you look around."

Life is notoriously known for it's constant fluctuations.  No two moments are the same and if you don't fight to see those moments as they truly are, you stand to risk missing the blessings.  I've stood still long enough. I've been anything but fearless for too long.  There is not a shadow of a doubt in my mind that where God is taking me and Andrew won't be difficult and trying.  And despite the age old saying, I know there will be moments that will be way more than we can handle.

But, because of His grace, we will be given enough to make it through.  All we have to do is trust.

::For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, 
which God prepared in advance for us to do::
Ephesians 2:10 (NIV)
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