Memories

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Fear can completely cripple you, deprive you of happiness, and keep you from going after your hopes and dreams. Not only that, but did you know that fear can make you physically sick?

Each time you feel fear, it triggers something called the “fight-or-flight” stress response in your body. If there is a cumulative buildup of the stress hormone, it can lead to disorders in our automatic nervous system. This can cause IBS, headaches, high blood pressure, etc. I don’t know about you but this makes me afraid of fear! How is that even possible?

The time that I feel the most fearful is at night, right before I fall asleep. Sometimes I can lay there and the thoughts of my deepest fears creep to the surface. It’s not the darkness that causes this fear, it’s the silence of the night. When I start to worry and let the fear come in, that’s when I start praying. I pray that my husband comes home safely after his shift, I pray for my son, I pray for my family members and friends, I pray for peace. If all else fails, I turn on Nick at Night and watch episodes of Full House, Friends and Fresh Prince of Bel Air until I drift off into sleep.

I like to call fear a four letter word because I tend to make situations ten times worse in my mind because of it. I can get myself all in a tizzy worrying about things that are out of my control. What I’ve realized is that most of the time you just have to let go and let God take care of you. Let your faith carry you.

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Happy Monday Y’all!

xoxo,

Lauren

Happy Love Day!

I’m about to get real cheesy on y’all but what’s a better time to get all gushy than valentines day?! I’m marrying the love of my life and best friend in less than 3 months. Here’s a little montage of our relationship:

 As you can tell:

  1.  We obviously love to sing to Luke Bryan.
  2.  We love summer and being on the water.
  3.  Brian loves his Gamecocks.
  4.  We are goofy as hell.
  5.  I love him.

 Have a happy love day tomorrow! Xoxoxo

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Peanut Warehouse

As soon as Brian, my fiancé, said the words the “Peanut Warehouse” as a venue for our wedding reception, I immediately started googling, like I always do. What I found was not what I was expecting. I’ve driven through Conway, SC, many times.  I’ve always thought the downtown was simply beautiful but I never expected that our wedding ceremony and reception venues would be in my future husbands’ hometown.

Little quaint store fronts, giant longstanding oak trees with spanish moss hanging down, old churches, historic buildings with the Waccamaw River all in sight paint the perfect picture of a small coastal town with southern charm. Time seems to run slower there. Most people traveling to the beach drive through missing the picturesque scenes from another perspective of Conway.

Our ceremony will be on the river walk, which I’m completely obsessed with. What I am probably more obsessed with though is our reception location, the Peanut Warehouse. I am utterly in love with old vintage things and the Peanut Warehouse is exactly that.

When you look on the outside of this historic building, you wouldn’t be able to picture the beauty that is on the inside.  It was built around 1900 and has had everything in it from peanuts, to lumber and cotton, to some kind of something called super rainbow plant food. It even still has the old oak hardwood flooring and the old scale where the rail cars used to measure the goods that they brought into the building.

As soon as I walked inside, I could literally feel my excitement building up.  With each step I took, I could imagine our reception come to life in my mind. The day we got to look inside was May 3, 2013 and coincidentally  the date we are getting married is May 3, 2014. I would say, “In exactly a year, we will be having our first dance right” as I was standing on the dance floor.  Looking around, the place became alive, I was imagining what it would be like in one year with all of our most treasured friends and family all around us.

If you want to learn more about the peanut warehouse, click HERE.

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Memories……

Sometimes in life we all get down and discouraged from our day to day routine. Bad hair day, spilled coffee on my favorite dress, alarm didn’t go off, forgot to return the movie at the Redbox machine, wore my shirt inside out for half of the day…..These are just a few little things that could add up to ruin my great day…if I let them…

One thing that helps to not let these types of situations spoil my day is to think of good memories and remember that there are still good times to be had! Instead of remembering my failures and my disappointments, I try and remember everything that I have accomplished and my great memories.

There are certain days, certain memories that I like to replay over in my head, may be just a random day with a friend or a huge accomplishment…either way they make me smile. Here are just a few:

  • The day I got my letter of acceptance into college (It was a miracle from god that I got in!).
  • The day I got my puppy—Anna Belle.
  • Driving around with Christina in Cullowhee singing “Girlfriend” by Avril Lavigne at the top of our lungs.
  • Sunset at the Santa Monica Pier with my Seth…
  • The day I hit 50 pounds lost on the scale (Literally jumping for joy).
  • Learning how to make homemade pesto with Dad…
  • Dancing with mom (That woman can dance!—Cupid Shuffle is her favorite).
  • Spring Break 2004…From what I remember (just kidding Mom!).
  • EVERY single beach trip with my family at Ocean Isle…
  • Singing Karaoke with Natalie (first time ever singing karaoke).
  • Shooting a shotgun with my little brother, Kyle…
  • Learning to play Roulette in Vegas.

Memory is a way of holding onto the things you love, the things you are, the things you never want to lose.  ~ The Wonder Years