I was having a conversation with someone earlier this week about my age, though this isn’t going to be about my age…
This isn’t exactly where I thought I’d be when I was 22.
Where did you think you would be?
I don’t know.
That’s a total lie. I do know. You see, I wasn’t one of those kids who went to college and thought about what they wanted to do. I went to college knowing exactly what I wanted to do. I wanted to graduate ASAP. I wanted to major in English and either become a writer or an editor. I wanted to move to New York. I wanted to venture into publishing and explore the world of books that I already knew and loved. I wanted so many things, so many life changing things.
But life has changed me. Life has given me new perspective. Life has given me new dreams.
And until this moment when I was asked that question, I hadn’t recollected on those old dreams very much since the day they died. Now don’t get me wrong, I am very proud of what I do, who I have become, and where I am headed. I have poured my heart and soul into something that I never planned on doing. But there are days when I wish I had followed my heart in every single fork in the road.
But there are dreams that cannot be And there are storms we cannot weather
A few days ago, Chris and I booked our hotel for my (middle) big sister’s upcoming wedding! At long last all three Burns Girls will be married and in lieu of their upcoming wedding, I thought I would take some … Continue reading →
So now that it’s warmer and Spring (er?) I think I’ll get back to outfit posts! Hip Hip Hooray for warm weather! The last few weeks we’ve still seen bits of snow and below freezing temps, but the next few weeks are looking promising with highs of 50 and 60 degrees! I guess it’s time to stow away all the winter frocks and transition to Spring. (geez time flies, wasn’t it just Christmas?!)
Aside from the warm weather, things here are just dandy. Chris and I are continuing the grind (work, eat, sleep: the struggle is real.) and continuing to love our lives and one another. This Valentine’s Day was probably the most interesting that we’ve had together. No flowers, no cards, no night on the town, just me, my man, a GIANT pizza, and a movie. It was so peaceful, so appropriate, so beautiful, there are times when I forget to slow down, but that was not one of them. I’m a lucky girl, to say the least. Get the look:
I know that I’ve been gone for awhile, but unfortunately I don’t really have a reason. I don’t have any big news to share or reason to explain why I’ve simply been, gone.
The end of the year brought on so many changes. I’m not planning on talking details, but there were a few shifts in my life that I was totally unprepared for. The beginning of the year tested me. It tested who I was and my ability to withstand the actions of others. Therefore, January became a month of retreat and strength. For an entire month, I attempted to strengthen my mind, my soul, and my happiness. With a few adjustments, this month has brought sunshine to my life that has been darkened for so long.
Books: I’ve talked before of how much I long to read books more. In the past, I used to read all of the time, but I claimed that my marriage and work were preventing me from reading. This month, I made reading a priority. On my days off, I decided to trade in my phone and laptop and cuddle up with my kindle instead. Page after page, word after word, I took in so much knew knowledge, so many new stories. I can actually feel my imagination coming back to life.
Music: When you don’t work out (sorry that’s not for me) and you only drive 3 min to work everyday, you don’t really hear much music. When I was in school, I listened to music as I walked to class, while I “worked out” and while I drove to and from work (20 min each way). Honestly, I miss music. I like the way it fills my soul and makes me want to get up and shout. Music makes me feel, free. This month during all the wee hours of the morning when I was awake, I would plug in my headphones and parade around the house listening to whatever felt good, right. I filled my cup and now have a few songs that I just can’t stop, won’t stop loving.
Work: I spend 40+ hours a week at my job. Although there are parts of it that I am quite successful at, I still have many flaws that need time and attention, practice and flawless execution. I am no longer content with being “bad” or “terrible” at certain things, I want to know it all! Over the past few weeks, I’ve tried to master a few of them. Trial and error, I know I can be better. My hope is that with continued practice, I will succeed! I already love being at work, but mastering a new skill makes me love it that much more!
Marriage: My marriage with Chris is undoubtedly the most important thing in my life. January has done nothing but make us better. It has made us better friends. It has made us better lovers. It has made us better for each other. January has proved that I am apart of a great team, I am the other half of someone so special. And as that other half, I owe so much love to Chris, love that is to be shared constantly, every second, of every day.
So there you have it, getting lost in books and songs, days spent at work, and hours spent loving my husband. That’s exactly where I’ve been.
With the turn of the new year and the end of Christmas, I’ve been yearning to spruce up a few neglected rooms in the house. The first on the list? My dressing room. (I am aware of the vanity and … Continue reading →
This year’s Christmas was little unconventional for us all. In the past (or at least since I’ve been with Chris) we’ve gone down to Houston to shack up with his parents and sister to enjoy all that is Christmas. However, … Continue reading →
2013 was a pretty incredible year. There were some highs, there were some lows, but in the end I look back and smile on every memory. This year some pretty big things happened: I got married, I changed my last name, I flew to a different country, I saw a blue ocean for the first time, I swam with dolphins and sharks, I made new friends, I got a job, I saw several broadway shows, I moved into a house. I could probably go on for days. 2013 was a year that I was incredibly blessed.
Looking forward to 2014 I don’t have any resolutions really. I only want to continue to live. 2013 was a year of life. A life I knew was mine that I’ve finally tasted. That’s how I’m heading into 2014, armed & ready, I’m here to live this life.
I couldn’t think of a better time to share all our (so adorable) Christmas photos for 2013, than on the eve of this Christmas. So much love, I can only hope that in the years to come when (if) I have children of my own that Chris and I will still look as in love as we are now, just like my parents. They share a bond that few people in this world will ever know, and I am so blessed to have seen and known that such a love exists. Merry Christmas Ya’ll! Bless each and every one of you!
And last but not least, the best one from the group and the love of my life….
With Christmas (literally) just around the corner, I wanted to take some time to share with you my most favorite Christmas experience. Each and every year, my family has traveled (together & sometimes not) to my Aunt Mickie’s for a wonderful family Christmas! We order pizza, wings, calzone (honestly probably too much food, but we get amazing leftovers to take with us!) and lots and lots of dessert. We eat, we talk, we reminisce on good times, it truly is a wonderful time. Later, we clear the table (except for dessert!) and fill it with gifts for one another. We make each other things, we bake each other things, we buy each other things, my family absolutely loves gift giving. After dessert and presents, we linger and chat, taking in the last of the family time before we all go our separate ways. In the past, we’ve always had an (immediate) family Christmas, but with each of us taking on a partner in life and new in-laws, along with my dad’s travelling job, we don’t get that extra time anymore. This time at Mickie’s has become our family Christmas and each of us stay late and attempt to make it last as long as possible. There is just nothing like family I tell you, nothing.
After some time of talking and thank you’s, Mickie slips away to cover her dining table in amazing cosmetics and bags for all the ladies to dig through and fight over. This year I scored about 7 packages of Estee Lauder makeup and a cute little bag to go with it! (sorry mom! ;)) This year we missed quite a few people, but I’m certain they were there in spirit.
What a wonderful way to kick off Christmas, a celebration with the ones you love. Merry (almost) Christmas everyone!
As is tradition, Chris and I (along with Kala & her beau) headed to Tulsa to the Rhema Bible Church to see the Christmas lights. Although Chris and I have gone every year since we met, I’ve made many trips there as a child with my family. If you live in the Oklahoma area, I strongly encourage you to check it out! It’s absolutely amazing and so much fun. Tis the Season!
This year they lit up the campus with more than 2 million lights and nearly all of them are LED, a switch the church has made over the past few years. This years new additions included a gingerbread set up and an amazing giant swirling piece of candy thing (see below!) We had so much fun, I can’t to wait to see what next year brings! Merry Christmas!