Happy Holidays

I never cease to me amazed by how quickly things can change and how fast time flies. It seems like just yesterday we were ringing in 2014, but in just a few short weeks we’ll be celebrating a brand new year—celebrating 365 days of new possibilities and resolutions.

It also seems change is the only thing that remains constant in my life these days. If you looked up the definition of change in the dictionary, I’m pretty sure you would see this past year of my life.

It’s been a while since my last post – October 8th to be exact. It would only be a few weeks from that day that I would accept a new job and decide to move to Charlotte, NC. In less than a month from the time I accepted, I not only had a new job, but a new job in an industry I have zero experience in. On top of that, I got a new apartment and roommate, and was given the opportunity to experience a brand new city

For those who’ve followed along with me on my journey up to this point, you know I’ve longed for a change of this kind for some time now. I was beginning to think it would never come. It was only fitting and ironic that this long awaited change came all at once. Most days I look around me and find it hard to believe I’m finally where I want to be… for now (wink).

But I’d be lying if I didn’t also admit that while this change is an answer to my prayers, it’s still pretty scary.

This move happened so quickly. I’ve barely had time to slow down and soak it all in. It still doesn’t feel real. It sort of feels like I’m just here on vacation or something.  But I’ve had a few moments when I look around and think, “this is really happening!”

The night my roommate and I put up our first tree was one of those moments. I’m not one to go super crazy over Christmas. I believe in the meaning behind the holiday, I like Christmas music in small doses, and think all the lights are beautiful, but I typically despise all the work that goes into it. I’m no Grinch or anything, I just don’t really enjoy it. Especially not the cleaning up and breaking down part.

But this time was different. It was different because this was my first tree in my first real, grown up place.


The entire time I was decorating I couldn’t help but think about all those who helped me make it to that point – to that very moment in my life. My parents, my friends, extended family, and family friends. So many people have stepped in and helped me follow my dreams. I wouldn’t be here if it hadn’t been for several key people. As stressed as I still feel with this transition, this particular holiday season has made me more thankful than I think I’ve ever been. I knew as I was hanging my cheap plastic ornaments and trying to cover up all the holes in our old inherited family tree, I had to do something for those who made such an impact on my life this past year.

That’s where came in to save the day once again! I knew that if I wanted to make a card special enough to send to those closest to me, this was the only place to go.

treat post

Some of you may remember the last card I sent using Treat. This go ’round, in true Treat fashion, I found a card that was perfect once again. I love that Treat lets you customize every aspect of your card and they even provide an option to mail your cards for you. I know this is such a relief during the holiday season, especially if you’re trying to complete all your holiday shopping AND moving cities.

As crazy as this year has been, I can’t be anything but thankful. I’ve made a lot of mistakes, but I’ve learned a lot of valuable lessons. I’ve cried many tears, but I finally learned to let those tears be my teacher rather than sucking it up and pushing my feelings aside. I had many moments of fear, but I’ve also been very brave and took a lot of risks.

It’s been a beautiful year and one that wouldn’t have been possible without the amazing people in my life.

Whatever you’re doing for the holidays, friends, I hope you will take some time to reflect and be thankful. Happy holidays!


Stockpile: Vol. 2


I was introduced to this website this week and think it’s really cool. Scroll to the bottom to find out how it works!

Might be a little obsessed with this mug.

Good To Know: Coffee

Insane, sassy steals! Wowza. (Hit escape when the ad pops up)

Support Autism Speaks and shop for  a cause.

Fun and easy DIY gift idea!

Prints, on prints, on prints. In love with this woman and her creativity!

I just discovered Etsy’s shop local feature on their website. A great way to guarantee staying loyal to your hometowns.

This 13-year-old led her team to the Little League World Series after pitching a shutout.

Ran across this article, which led me to this awesome site.

All cards over on are just 99 cents using code SUMMER99. Sale ends on 8/19. You’re welcome.


What fun things did you come across this week? Any plans for the weekend? Share, share, share with me! 

A Friendship Day Treat from Treat

For those of you who’ve kept up with my blog over the past few months, you know that my friends are my world. We’ve truly been through it all together. As we approach the dreaded quarter life crisis, we’re all more confused and scared than ever. A lot has happened since we left college: engagements, weddings, new homes, new jobs, heart break, death of loved ones, annual girls’ trips, lots of tears, lots laughter and lots of changes. It’s been difficult for all of us to go through this transitional period without being five minutes apart from one another, but we’ve made it work. I’ll never be able to thank my friends enough for loving me the way they do. They’ve loved me at my worst and have always inspired me to be my very best self.