Love

Don’t worry. Be happy.

My husband is about to officially begin his career as a law enforcement officer. I’m so proud of him and I’m so excited for him.  I’m not afraid to admit that I am understandably nervous about him and his new career. One of my biggest flaws is that I am a huge worrier about the things that I cannot control. I worry waayyyyy too much and often wonder how i can I get past this.

I’m going to do some things to try and stop these worried thoughts. I will call this my “worrier bucket list”.
–          Stop thinking about the “what ifs?”
–          Be positive and don’t dwell on the negative.
–          Find a hobby. Maybe I’ll learn to knit. Or at least learn something new.
–          Find a church and PRAY A LOT.
–          Read more. It will take your mind of things.
–          No emotional eating.
–          Take more gym classes. Endorphins make your happier right?
–          Make new friends and keep up with the old.
–          Work harder.
–          Be present with the people in my life when we are together. Less iphone time.
–          Remind myself that everything is temporary.
–          Listen to positive pod cast.
–          Smile more.

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Happy Weekend 🙂

XOXO

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It was the Best Day of Our Lives…So Far..

Invitations had already been sent, RSVPs were rolling in, and my vision of our peanut warehouse wedding was set in my mind. THEN BAM, out of nowhere, I get a message that we had to move our wedding venue from the Peanut Warehouse in Conway South Carolina due a structural issue to another location!!!!

 What I didn’t know was that God had a plan for Brian and me to get married somewhere else. 

Like any bride would, I had my freak out moment. Just imagine me, pacing around our house, calling every person I know venting about the situation. After my freak out session for about an hour (or five), I immediately started googling, where in the heck is going to have an opening with only a month in advance?!

Then…out of nowhere ….I find..THE THOMPSON FARM. I picked up the phone right away and somehow they actually had an opening! I was SHOCKED. Something so beautiful could not have an opening on our weekend. I booked the venue right away.  I will say this, If I had known about the Thompson Farm before the peanut warehouse, I would have chosen that spot immediately. I couldn’t imagine a more perfect place to get married to the love of my life.

It was the best day of my life so far and here are the pictures to prove it:

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Special special THANK YOU some great vendors for making this day a day we will NEVER forget!

Thompson Farm / Elegant Occasions / Brooke Christl Photography / Croissants Bakery /

 David Bryant Florist / Little White Dress / Tru Sol Band

XOXOXOXO,

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Comparison is the Thief of Joy.

It’s so easy to get down on yourself sometimes. Life can get you down but I want you to remember that you are something special. I know we all have those days where we beat ourselves up. Yesterday was mine. As my husband says, sometimes you just have to pull up your pants on one leg at a time and just get going. Do something to make yourself feel better.

One thing I can be really bad about is comparing myself to others. This is a huge flaw and I hate it.  I know a lot of people have this problem but I have to tell you something that i’ve realized and that is…. Comparison is the thief of joy. It’s true. Someone is always going to be doing more than you. Someone is always going to be skinnier than you. Someone is always going to be smarter than you. Someone is always going to have more than you. Remember, this does not mean that they are better than you in any way.

When you start to have a pity party on how everyone is soooo much better than you, think about how far you’ve come. Think about how lucky YOU are.  Think about everything you’ve accomplished in your life. When that doesn’t work, think about how your best days are in front of you and not behind you. Put away those tissues and put on a smile, dear, because you are one of a kind.

Just a reminder on this Monday, everyone is fighting their own battle. Be thankful that you are alive because tomorrow is not a guarantee.

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Happy Monday!!

XOXO

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Saying YES to the dress…

So i’m still a little bit on a wedding high….One of my favorite experiences of the whole wedding planning deal was finding that perfect dress for me. This was one of those experiences that I had to keep secret for a whole year, and that was some hard work. If I can give any advice, find a bridal boutique that will make your experience one that you won’t forget. I found a great one..and if you’re anywhere close to South Carolina ( heck even if you’re not)  and you’re looking for that perfect wedding dress, go to The Little White Dress in Myrtle Beach.

As soon as I walked into the LWD, I felt comfortable. They truly made me feel like a bride and I will never forget that. Lauren was my wedding gown stylist. She is so awesome. That girl has some strong arms because she helped me lift dress after dress until I found the right one.  All of the girls there are great. They are busy bees running around helping soon to be brides feel like princesses.

I tried on A LOT of gowns but I made up my mind that the designer, Watters, fit my body the best and I stuck with that designer. When I tried on MY dress I pretty much made my decision the moment I put it on. I mean look at my face here ( it was the first time I tried the gown on):

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I didn’t leave buying the gown that day. I decided to wait and come back after a couple of months. I spent a lot of time looking at the different pictures online but my gown was still on my mind. It was just so comfortable and made me feel pretty.

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The thing I loved most about the whole ensemble was my sash. The sash was made by Sara Gabriel. I feel like it brought the whole thing together. I know it sounds crazy but I don’t think I would have bought the gown if it weren’t for the sash.

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My wedding dress shopping experience was so special because both times I went, I brought my entire possy. I had my mom, mother in law, sister in law, two nieces, my cousins, both grandmothers, and aunts get to come with me. I know that sounds overboard but I would have had it any other way!

brother  Don’t forget to visit The Little White Dress website!

XOXO!

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