Life Lately

2018 has already felt like such a year of promise, settledness, and hope for the future.  Here's what I've been up to the last 3 months!

IN WORK:

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IN LIFE:

  • Spent the weekend at The Fearrington with some of my dearest friends
  • Establishing better rhythms in our home and life
  • Read Animal, Vegetable, Miracle again, The Maker's Diet, The Magician's Nephew, A Simplified Life, and Souvenirs of Solitude.
  • Enjoying work-together dates with friends.  Sometimes ya just need to be around people while you do your work!
  • Focused on health - did The Maker's Diet for the 40 days of Lent (mostly!) and also have been doing acupuncture.  It has helped so much with anxiety, and is specifically for helping infertility.
  • Date nights with John
  • Went to the Helser Worship Night in Greensboro with Steffany Gretzinger
  • Spent Easter with John's family - we played with bubbles, did an easter egg hunt with Milly, flew a kite, and ate yummy food - including a cake I made after 40 days of cakelessness
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WHAT'S NEXT:

  • Doing hair and makeup for the next Cultivate What Matters shoot (I'm a huge fan of their Powersheets and Write the Word journals!)
  • 2 more weddings this month
  • going to the mountains to celebrate one of my best friend's 30th birthday
  • going to the beach to celebrate our 6 year anniversary!
  • going to the beach again to spend time with one of my other best friends from TN!  Gonna show her the NC coast
  • Enjoying spring!  Here's a list of fun things I want to do this season.
  • Going to the Farmer's Market
  • 3 weddings in May
  • Enjoying Wellness Wednesdays at North Hills, as well as yoga classes at a local yoga studio (I won it at Unveil's silent auction!)
  • Get a new financial advisor and begin monthly budgets again
  • Create for fun!

 

What is on the calendar next for you?   What are your goals over the next two months?

Love, Sam

2017 Year In Review Pt. 2

Ok, so you got the backstory of my year in Part 1, so I thought I'd keep this part casual and share a few fun roundups!

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Books Read: 

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Music Enjoyed: 

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Trips Taken:

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Weddings Worked: 25!

Bridal, Maternity, & Engagement Sessions: 16

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Corporate Photoshoots: 8

Bridal HAMU Trials: 18

Lulette Gazettes Sent: 9

2017 Trends I Loved:

  • Bright lips, Wavy/messy hair, all-natural/non-toxic beauty products

Most Loved Beauty Products:

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Most Visited Local Date Locations:

  • Boulted Bread - for the best pastries and a cup of coffee in a cool neighborhood
  • Brewery Bhavana - for the yummiest dim sum in a hip atmosphere, with locally brewed beer
  • Raleigh Raw - for when we wanted to be super healthy, we highly recommend the Complete Breakfast (a CBJ smoothie and Crack Coffee)
  • Foundation - for the best drinks in Raleigh
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Top Lessons Learned

  • Stay true to yourself.  No one else's life or business should be your goal or standard.
  • Share your story.  The road you've walked is unique, and God is doing something in it.  Opening up in vulnerability can be one of the most powerful tools in your healing and connecting genuinely with others!
  • LAUGH - laugh in the face of anxiety, failure, and fear.  Laugh through it.  It is healing!
  • Busyness does not equal success
  • Friendships are worth investing in and saying yes to!
  • You are worth respecting - your health, what you feed yourself, who you spend time with, and the activities you do.

I can't wait to see what 2018 has in store for us!  

What has your year been like?  What are you looking forward to in the new year?

Here's to a great 2017!  Thank you for all of your love & support! 

Sam