Blog, I’ve missed you!


Why is it that I have such a difficult time keeping up with my blog? I saw that I last wrote something at the end of January! And I think it is safe to say that I am not going to be completing the gratitude challenge that I was previously so excited about. I have been expressing my gratitude more, just not writing it down for the world to see. So in case you were wondering, I am still a grateful person.

Since the last post…

I figured I would give a brief update on my life, because I am sure everyone is very curious about my exciting life! Well, actually several exciting things have happened!


I finally got my first big girl job. I’m working in a nonprofit organization that serves women/girls who have been victims of sex trafficking. I am only working PRN (as needed) so I cannot use my new job to blame for my blogging hiatus. I probably work, on average, a couple of days a week. I may not work as much as I would like or need to, but I’m gaining experience and it has been a rewarding experience so far! I have also applied for my licensure exam and am waiting to hear back from the licensing board, giving me their approval to schedule my exam. I am waiting patiently impatiently to hear back because I am eagerly awaiting that LMSW title! I’m hoping that will open up some more opportunities for counseling positions.


My boyfriend took me to Disney World for the first time in my 24 years of life! It is truly one of the most magical experiences, and needless to say, I was a little kid again for that day! We only had one day to spend so we went to the Magic Kingdom. It was alot of fun, and I even rode one of the roller coasters! If you do not know me very well, I am terrified of roller coasters, so this was a big achievement for me. We got to see two different parades, one of which we were right up front for. We ate overpriced food and bought overpriced souvenirs that are awesome! It was definitely a blast and I cannot wait to go again one day! We were fortunate enough to be able to stay with Chris’s aunt and uncle who live in Florida. They were amazing and I can’t thank them enough for their hospitality. Since we were staying there, we were able to go to Clearwater Beach. Unfortunately, it decided to rain the day we went so we didn’t get to lay out on the beach. I was able to collect a few shells along the shoreline when there was a break in the rain. It began pouring before we made it to the car though so we got drenched. His aunt surprised us with a trip on a dolphin cruise the following day! And luckily the weather was beautiful! We got to see several dolphins jumping along with the boat; it was very cool! I also got very sunburned on the boat so at least it looked like I had been to the beach. 🙂







Actually, I went to the Georgia Aquarium twice since my last blog post. My aunt and uncle came into town so my dad and I went to the aquarium with them, and then, my partner in crime from grad school had never been so we went one day when we were both off from work. I love the aquarium! I definitely didn’t mind going twice within a short period of time because even though I was seeing the same exhibits, I was really seeing them differently each time. And when my friend and I went, it was a week day so the crowds were considerably smaller and we got to get right up close to most, if not all, of the exhibits. I would definitely recommend going on a week day if you are like me and like to avoid crowds. I really loved the sea otters and the dolphin show! After the dolphin show, we had the opportunity to watch them from the lobby. A man was standing outside of the glass and he was leaning on his cane. Well, the dolphins thought his cane was awesome! He began to pick it up and move it around and the dolphin would follow it and act like he was trying to bite it! It was alot of fun to see them playing like that. And the sea otters are hilarious and adorable, so of course I loved watching them.






My boyfriend’s parents gave him and I tickets for Christmas to see the Blue Man Group at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, and that day finally came last weekend! It was an AMAZING show! I knew who the Blue Man Group was, but I had no clue what to expect from their performance. There was comedy, there was dancing, and there was awesome music! I would recommend their show to anyone. We had great seats, but if you can, I would try and sit in the first few rows. You will be wearing a poncho because there is a chance you will be splattered with paint during the show! And at times, the guys will come out into the audience and either select an audience member to come on stage, or will stare into your face awkwardly. Oh, and you will not want to be late to the show either…but I will keep that a secret! It was a great date and a fun time, even though I was recovering from a nasty sinus infection (thanks pollen). Afterwards, we went to Texas Roadhouse to use a giftcard that we were also given as a gift along with the tickets. I had a delicious steak and sweet potato, and a strawberry margarita. I have apparently outgrown the years of drinking because after my ONE margarita at dinner, I took a two hour nap after getting home. Is that growing up or what?





We celebrated my boyfriend Chris’s birthday in March. And I made him wear this headband with a party hat on it that said “happy birthday” to Longhorn. And now that my birthday dinner with his family and my dad will be this weekend, he is trying to force the hat onto me. I have had some fun times with friends, made some good memories. Chris and I celebrated Valentine’s Day by helping my friend, Sarah, move and then her and her boyfriend joined us for a yummy dinner at Village Tavern! Nothing like being able to help out your best friend and then getting an amazing dinner in the same day! I celebrated Easter with Chris’s family! It was an awesome Easter weekend. It started with an amazing Good Friday service at church and ended with a delicious meal at his aunt and uncle’s house! I feel like I’ve done so many other things too. I know I’ve done dinner with friends, and shopping with my shopping-addicted friend. I’ll let her remain nameless though so no one will know who I am referring to ;). I also joined a gym and have yet to use my membership! Go figure. I won’t even begin with my list of excuses though, I will save you all from feeling obligated to read it.

Well, I am currently at work and had all sorts of spare time because I am working the overnight shift! So I figured I would write an update about my life! I really do want to write more frequently because I get alot built up that I want to share! I hope all of you who are reading this are doing awesome and if you’re not doing awesome at this moment, I pray you will be soon! Thank you for reading, and feel free to comment! I want to connect with my readers, even if it isn’t many at this time!


Sorry for the hiatus!

Hello everyone! I promise I haven’t forgotten about my blog, but I have had some technical difficulties lately. These difficulties have been in the form of hackers who have NOTHING better to do with their time than mess things up for me and my blog. Thanks to my awesome, technology-savvy, computer programmer dad, my website has been switched to a new domain! So hopefully, fingers crossed, there is no more hacking! I’ve been working on getting my blog back up and running the way it was before switching domains, which means finding all of my old plugins, making sure all of my settings are correct, blahblahblah. But I think it’s almost back to the way it was! I know I’m behind on my 52 weeks of gratitude challenge, and there are a couple of recipes I want to share with you all as well! I will be working to get everything caught up as soon as I can! Thank you for bearing with me and continuing to read my blog! If you subscribe to my blog with your email, you’ll be notified when my new blog posts arrive. I hope everyone is having an awesome week so far and that it continues to be amazing!


52 Weeks of Gratitude – Week 2

Week 2: Significant Other

It has been said that you cannot fall in love with somebody else until you learn to love yourself first, nor can you be happy with another person if you cannot be happy by yourself. I have always brushed those two sayings aside, because I wrongly believed it did not matter if I was able to love myself or be happy by myself in order to be in a relationship. I was under the false assumption that my significant other would make me happy and love me, so it did not matter if I could do these things for myself. What I did not recognize was the amount of pressure I would place on someone else to make me happy, nor how I was hurting myself by relying on others for one of the most important things – self-love.

I have operated in this fashion since my first “serious” relationship in middle school. Rather than focusing my energy on loving myself and doing things that made me happy, I focused on what my significant other could do for me. If I could go back in time and tell my 14-year-old self one thing (okay, let’s be real…there are MANY things I wish I could say), it would be to love myself fully and NOT rely on someone else to give me feelings of love and happiness. I was allowing other people to have entirely too much control over my life, and it eventually began to tear me apart.

I am not going to go into the full story of my past in this blog post because I want to focus on my current relationship and the gratitude I feel towards my boyfriend everyday. However, I do need to mention a few things to provide a backstory to how I got to the point I am at today. Typically, the guys I have dated in the past have never built me up, but rather have torn me down. I cannot place all of the blame on them because, like I mentioned before, I placed pressure on them to make me happy and love me, so that I could be happy with and love myself. There is one particular relationship that was so emotionally draining it caused me to lose myself. I became someone I never knew before. I did not know how to be happy and I certainly did not love myself. Dealing with conditional love for over a year left me feeling like I could never do anything right again.

One thing I realized that had happened was that I left God out of my life during these bad relationships. After the above-mentioned relationship ended, I was lost. I wanted to stay in bed all day and not do anything. I grew more and more depressed and began thinking I would never find a decent guy. One of the best things I could have done during that time was begin going back to church, doing devotionals, and growing closer with God. I prayed that God would guide me to the right man and put my faith in Him. Instead of spending energy searching for a relationship, I spent the energy on finding the things that make me happy again. And most importantly, I began to love myself again. One realization I had was that God loves me even though I sin daily and am unworthy of His love. Because of His unconditional love for me, I grew to love myself again. And because of His forgiveness towards me, I was able to forgive those who had hurt me in the past. This forgiveness brought me peace, because the hurtful people in my past were no longer allowed to have control over me and I could move on to the next chapter of my life.

I had to share the above antecedent so you could understand (somewhat) the journey I’ve gone through when it comes to relationships. So now, here comes the good news: I’ve met the guy of my dreams, the man I want to spend the rest of my life with, and I have no doubts in my mind that it was God who brought us together. His name is Christopher, but I only call him that when he is in “trouble,” other times I just call him Chris. When he first asked me on a date, I could not believe it. Here was a handsome (okay, HOT), tall, firefighter with a dazzling smile and an incredibly cute puppy, and he wanted to take ME out on a date.

Chris and I

My boyfriend Chris and I

We had planned to go to the movies on a Saturday in June. I had butterflies in my stomach the whole week before the date was set to happen. I was so nervous but so excited at the same time. We had been texting beforehand and I felt like I had already known him for months. Then, I received a disappointing text saying he could not make it on Saturday because he was having problems with his truck. My heart immediately sank and I thought I must have scared him off. But, we made plans for Sunday afternoon instead, and I remember just praying he would show. Well, my worrying was for nothing (which I have learned it always is), because Sunday came and we went to see 22 Jump Street and laughed and laughed. Something happened during the movie and about halfway through, the screen just shut off. About 15 minutes later it came back on, but it just gave us something else to laugh about.

Chris and I on a date

Chris and I on one of our first dates

After that first date I knew that I wanted him in my life. It is hard to explain that feeling you get when you go on a date with someone but it does not feel like anything you have ever felt before, and it is just like a “you know this person is different and special” feeling. We continued hanging out, almost every day, and we had fun hanging out and doing nothing because it felt like everything I had ever wanted. On July 6 of 2014, we “officially” became boyfriend and girlfriend, but we were also becoming best friends as well, which is something I have always wanted to be with my significant other.

Silly photo of Chris and I

Chris and I being goofy

Words cannot even begin to describe how grateful I am to have Chris in my life. He does not belittle me, he does not tell me I need to diet and exercise, and he does not make me feel like less of a person for being myself. I can be as weird as I want around him and he still loves me (which he better because he is pretty weird himself, hehe). I prayed to God that He would send the right man into my life and I truly believe He has. I am no longer relying on Chris to make me happy or to love me, but rather I do those things myself and think of how I can make Chris happy and feel loved. And that is how a relationship should be. It took me a long time to learn that but I am so glad I did.

Chris and I dressed up

Chris and I dressed up at my cousin’s wedding

In a way, I am grateful for my past and the way it worked out. It taught me a lot about life, love and relationships. And allowed me to become a better person, as well as to realize what I deserve – which is a man exactly like Chris: caring, generous, kind, funny, loyal, family-oriented, sweet, considerate, etc. (I could list a bunch more positive adjectives to describe Chris but I will not make you read anything too mushy). He builds me up and encourages me when I feel down. He cooks for me (c’mon now, you are lying if you say you do not love a man that can cook). And he loves me unconditionally, for which I am incredibly grateful.

Chris and I at Cumberland Falls

Chris and I at Cumberland Falls

I thank God every night for placing Chris in to my life. I cannot wait to see what our future holds together as I am sure God has something amazing planned (I can feel it). I have gone through trials and tribulations to get to where I am now but I believe it was all worth it. God has placed Chris and I together, to begin a journey together, and I know with Him guiding us, we will make it an incredible one. To end this blog post, I just want to give a big THANK YOU to Chris, for not just being the man I want in my life, but the man God knows I need. I appreciate every little thing you do for me, and for loving me just the way I am. I look forward to tackling and enjoying life by your side, no matter what is thrown our way. I love you!

Chris and I on Christmas Eve

Chris and I on Christmas Eve

Thank you for reading my blog post written for the second week of my gratitude challenge! I look forward to sharing more with you in the following weeks. Stay tuned!