6/18/94, my date of birth & a day that not until recently has snuck up on me. As a child I would have my birthday list planned out a month in advance for my parents, and my party planned as early as I could possibly have it. But this year felt different.
Priorities have heavily shifted this year, and I find myself reminiscing a lot on my birthdays past. I have fond memories of my Sweet 16 surrounded by everyone I went to high school with singing me happy birthday. My 18th I spent the day on the beach, my 21st out at bars with my close college friends, and my 22nd again on the water. This year taking a day off of work to relax and enjoy time with family and Philip seemed to trump all of those. I can’t tell if I’m becoming wise, or just really boring.
With this, here is some advice for those of you turning 24.
1.) You do not have to have your entire life figured out. In college I assumed my life would be ticked & tied at this point (let’s all laugh together….). It’s okay to still be in progress.
2.) Social media is a morphed reality, and is everyone on their best behavior (lol bc I am the QUEEN of this) . I so often find myself comparing my life to others through Instagram, Facebook etc. but seriously, no ones going to post them fist deep in some toll house cookie dough on their third binge hour of KUWTK (aka me once a week)
3.) It’s okay to not be okay sometimes. Key word, SOMETIMES, this is not to discredit getting help where help is due. Surround yourself by people who make you happy, who comfort you, and who support you (here’s looking @ you Philip). There’s nothing more important than having someone there to talk to after a straight up terrible day at work (don’t pretend you don’t have them, we all do.)
My heart aches reading the news of the passing of one of my favorite designers. I’ve drawn so much inspiration from Kate Spade, and fell in love with her work at an early age. I remember shopping the Kate Spade New York store on Fifth Ave during my first trip to NYC was one of the highlights of the trip. Her colorful and clean design, wit, and disregard for others opinions always left me in awe. She was truly revolutionary, and was one of the first female designers to shatter the glass ceiling.
Mental health is important. Loving yourself & knowing that others love you is important, and seeking help when you feel you’ve lost control is important. Although a bleak day, I hope this is able to shed light on the stigma of mental illness, as it has no discrimination on who it targets.
Live colorfully, always. ♠️
Flannel: Madewell (ex-boyfriend fit), Sweater: PacSun (dupe: Urban Outfitters ), Boots: L.L Bean
Colorado was nothing short of breathtaking this week, with my second trip to the snowy state wrapped up! Traveling is always exhausting, but I feel nothing short of grateful for the fact that I get to see so many beautiful places thanks to the career path I chose.
The ART hotel in downtown Denver was like staying in a museum. Modern, clean and contemporary this was by far one of the most unique hotels I’ve ever stayed in. Breckenridge may quickly become one of my new favorite cities traveled. It’s quaint mountain town feel, mixed with its gorgeous scenery was the perfect combination, although my body FELT that altitude change hard.
Pictured: Lynd’s Fruit Farm, The Scioto Mile, The Book Loft of German Village.
This weekend had me fondly looking back at our engagement photos as we continue to prep for arguably the biggest day of our lives. Sometimes it still blows my mind that I’m already twenty three, about to get married, and start a new chapter of my life. Life has been busy, and I realized I forgot to post something for Valentine’s Day! So Philip, here you go!
Philip and I met in college via mutual friends, and it’s sometimes strange to think about the events that had to take place for us to meet. Life really does have a funny way of working itself out. After talking to him the first night we met I knew instantly that we wanted the same things out of life. For those who know us personally, they can speak to how opposite we are in personality. Philip is reserved, even tempered and extremely considerate, and I’m, well….me. The polar end of extroverted, high strung, and overly ambitious. We both have a strong dedication towards our families, a desire to see the world, grow in our careers, and someday have a family. And we both exhibit a deep passion for tacos (@ Conado).
I wanted to share my three favorite engagement shots, as you don’t utilize nearly all of them through save the dates, etc. and as a late Vday tribute. My wonderful friend Megan Logsdon took them (hit her up if you’re in Columbus, she’s amazing!) in some of our favorite spots around the city.
So here’s to you my Valentine, I sure am thankful that everything fell into place to meet you.
I have so much to reflect on with the closing of 2017, this year has been quite a whirlwind of different feelings, with massive changes coming out of this year. Things have been insanely busy (as always!), but 2017 seemed to be the year of excessive busyness.
The year started with an exceptional amount of travel, for both work and for personal reasons. I was able to be in my home state of Michigan multiple times, visiting both Ann Arbor and Grand Rapids. I then hit Minneapolis, and experienced my first trip (solo) to the Mall of America, as well as Gainesville Florida. Philip and I also were able to treat ourselves on a post-graduation trip to Orlando, for Philip’s first ever trip to Disney World. I rounded out with a trip to Georgia to visit UGA, and was able to visit family who lives in Atlanta. And as always, multiple trips to NYC for work, and the best food on earth. I am optimistic that 2018 will be a year full of seeing new places.
My personal life saw an immense amount of change this year as well. The largest by far being our engagement! Philip and I have been together for three years, and he proposed in September on my paren’ts wedding anniversary, at one of our favorite spots at Ohio State where we met. Our wedding will be in early October and we couldn’t be more excited! I also learned that I will be welcoming my first nephew come April, he will be incredibly well dressed. I also moved into a new apartment closer to downtown Columbus, with Darby dog of course by my side.
Here’s to a year of happiness, change, and growth!