My new digs // 2

Hello!  Today I’m sharing a few more images of the new place and how we have decorated it!  I can’t wait to own a house someday and turn it into a home, but right now in my life, it’s nice to have my landscaping taken care of, a pool I can go to in the summer, and maintenance issues that get handled as part of my rent cost.  For now, I am happy to be in this two bedroom apartment with Lauryn and our crew (she has two cats + my corgis Bruno and Oliver!).

Here is a peek into Lauryn’s room! She always has the cutest things (and the best makeup – but that’s for another post)! Her “Bushel & a peck” wall is from her grandmother singing the song to her when she was a little girl!

All of Lauryn’s decorative items come from Steinmart, Kirkland’s, Home Goods, and TJ Maxx – and her furniture is from IKEA. 

Here is my bedroom!  It took a lot of elbow grease to move all the furniture up the stairs, but we got it all in, and Andrew put up all my shelves and put my whole room apartment together for me – such a gem!  All of my furniture is from Ashley Furniture, and I don’t mean to brag, but my mattress is e v e r y t h i n g. My odds and ends are mostly from – you’ll never guess it – Target, and the rest of my things are gifts from friends or bought at TJ Maxx/Marshall’s/Home Goods.

My bathroom is smaller than at my last apartment, but I still have plenty of space to organize all of my things.

My closet is where I keep all of my jewelry, and even though I don’t have a lot of room for activities in it, I do like to keep it feeling homey like the rest of my space.  I spend plenty of time in there deliberating back and forth on what to wear and which jewelry or shoes to pair with it (I’m a libra, after all).

That’s the tour!  I’m sure we’ll continue to change things up and add items as time goes on, but for now, this really feels like home!

Pictures by Whitney at J Parker Photography

My new digs // 1

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Home sweet home!

If you ask me, moving is one of the worst things.  EVER.  I guess I’m “good” at moving since my type A brain won’t let a box go unlabeled or packed nicely and neatly…but it’s still a task I dread.  I have moved so many times since college and beyond, and I’ve found a few tips over the years to make it easier, and even a few ways to look at the bright side of things!

With a new place to live comes the opportunity to get a few new things to spruce up the place and make it unique, comfortable, and feel like home.  However, one of my absolute favorite things about a move is that you get the chance to really de-clutter, clean out your closets, drawers, and cabinets – and donate items to someone who may need them.

About three weeks ago, my mom, her best friend since 9th grade, and my sweet boyfriend came for the weekend to help me move out of my one bedroom apartment and into a two bedroom.  We.  Worked.  So. Hard.  So hard.  But we did it!  The new place is perfect.  My boyfriend deserves a huge medal for all the work he put in…it’s so nice to have someone help with the heavy stuff (up two flights of stairs!), hang all your shelves, pictures, and wall decor, and make sure everything is level when you’re too tired and just want it finished.

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Enjoying some food after a long, nasty day of work! Super sweaty and looking really good.
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Aunt Judi (left) and Mom (right) – typical!

My new roommate is my dear, d e a r friend Lauryn from college (Meredith College girls represent!  She’s also a teacher!).  We both need to save a few bucks, and this way we can have a permanent sleepover.  We are both a little anal when it comes to having things finished right away, so we were completely moved and unpacked in one long weekend.  It had to be done.  But we’re loving the new place!  It overlooks the pool, has a screened-in porch, updated appliances, and it is full of natural light.  Here are some pictures of the common living areas (click to see them in full size) – more to come in the next apartment post!

As you can see, Bruno and Oliver are adjusting well, too 🙂  They LOVE the porch and enjoy checking out all the people at the pool.  That’s Oliver on the right with my roomie Lauryn!

Stay tuned for the next post on the apartment – our bedrooms!  J Parker Photography took so many beautiful pictures, I wanted to use as many as I could 🙂  I already feel like I broke the internet with this post!

Twenty-eight.

Happy fall, y’all!  (Why do we love saying that?  Well…maybe you don’t love saying that if you’re not from the south, but I am…so I do).  I can’t believe that summer has faded away, and the crispness of leaves falling will be coming soon.

I love this time of year – there is so much transition, so much letting go and opening up to new possibilities.  Along with change, fall brings hope.  It’s a clean slate, a time to reset.  You can rewrite your whole life while you sip a pumpkin spice latte.  All jokes aside, though, I’ve really been in a transition mindset lately.  I took a yoga class last night at my studio and the teacher gave the most beautiful transition theme throughout class (side note:  it was also one of the most physically challenging fitness classes I have taken, ever.) It hit me right where I needed to be hit, as usual.  How do they always know?!

It’s my birthday tomorrow, and I’ll be 28 years young.  I’m really not worried about getting another year older.  I spent a lot of time in 27 trying to force myself into some type of mold.  I was doing everything I could to be this way, to look like this, to be better, and to be more.  But somewhere around January or February, I started to get really tired of trying to ‘fix’ myself.  I started to realize that maybe I wasn’t even broken.  That’s when I started practicing yoga.  That’s when everything started to shift in my life and that is when I started to choose joy.  I have always been a happy person and I guess people would describe me as bubbly, but 27 was tough.  I had to make some difficult and devastating decisions, and I found myself in a place I never thought I would.

The beginning of 27, with the same fantastic people I will ring in 28 with.
The beginning of 27, with the same fantastic people I will ring in 28 with.  Yep, that’s a tiara.

But you know what?  Here I am.  28 is here at midnight, and I feel alive, thankful, blessed, loved, and stronger than ever.  I have so much to be grateful for; don’t we all?  We just forget to realize it.  We let all of these fabulous moments pass us by without ever really noticing them or taking time to have gratitude for them.  I’m making a promise to myself to notice the fabulous moments.  A day is the same day, whether we approach it with joy and optimism or negativity and defeat.  We get to make that choice every day when we wake up.  One of my dearest, true blue friends has a sign on her office door that says, “Today is a good day to have a good day.”  It really, truly is.  Stuff happens and sometimes shit gets real, but every day is a good day to have a good day.

I love birthdays, and I love getting another fresh start just as the seasons are changing each year…but the truth is, you can start fresh at any moment if you are willing.  Let go of the things that came in the last season of your life (see what I did there?!) that no longer serve you.  Let those things go and embrace whatever is coming your way.

I have had a request to post about Yoga Teacher Training, so look for that coming soon, along with other, not-so-serious posts…but this is my obligatory fall/seasons of life post.

 

28, I’ll see you in a couple of hours.  🙂