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8 Things That Happen As Soon As You Get Engaged

Fresh manicure – check. Phone call to all of the family members- check. Thoughtfully crafted Facebook update- check. Handsome man to spend my life with- check! These were the things that went through my mind as I scrolled through my mental list of “engagement to-do’s.” It was a whirlwind of a day, but it was blissful, and magical, and wonderful. As the first few weeks of being engaged passed by, I noticed a pattern in the things that kept happening to me. With engagement season in full swing, here are a few things that you can expect to experience right after you get engaged. 1. You will find your gaze randomly shifting to your left hand at any given time.  During your nana’s Christmas play. (10 times, to be exact. My fiance counted.) Driving down the highway. Updating spreadsheets at work. All of the sudden, your left hand becomes the most interesting thing you’ve ever seen. The ring on your finger just looks. so. good. And everyone wants to see it, too. Better keep that mani fresh. 2. You will constantly think your ring has fallen off.  Once you get past the “OMG, I can’t stop staring at my left hand” phase, in comes the, “OMG, has my ring fallen off? I don’t feel it. Okay, it’s still there, phew!” phase. Six weeks later and I think I’m finally starting to get used to it. (Don’t worry, I still find […]

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Embracing Your Inner Lion

Magestic. Fierce. Courageous. Brave. Mighty. Beautiful. Intimidating. Leader. Loyal. These are words I think about when I think about a lion. These are not words I think about when I think about myself. If you know me, (or if you are reading this), you know how much I love my cat. They are such funny creatures. My cat often acts big and tough- all 14.5 pounds of him. There is a picture on the internet of a cat looking in the mirror and seeing a lion, and I can’t help but […]

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7 Lessons I Learned From My Childhood Pets

I felt her wet nose against mine as I blinked open my brownish-green eyes. I was staring into the face of an 8-week-old, precious baby girl with a red bow around her neck. She was the best Christmas present I had ever received in my seven years on this big planet. For the next 16 years, I had so many beautiful memories shared with Coco May. She was the most stubborn dog I have ever known, but she was my little girl. We celebrated her birthday every year, she got Christmas treats, and she was our “Cokie Girl.” She became part of our family. A few years after getting Coco, my family got me a two-year-old cat named Jen, and she fit right in with Coco, and us. Growing up with these two well into my 20s was a gift I never knew was possible to receive. For anyone who has ever loved and formed a bond with a pet, you understand the way they can make your heart swell with joy, or the comfort they give by sitting in your lap and letting you know they are your number one fan. Although they are no longer a part of my life, I have learned many things from two of my childhood pets. 1. They will always, always, always be there for you – even when the rest of the world forgets you. In seventh grade when I tried out for […]

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All About The Incline

The last month has been a whirlwind of my favorite thing: change. (Insert sarcastic emoji here.) Between parting ways with my former job of nearly four years, taking a spur of the moment road trip to Colorado, and beginning a new career, it’s safe to say that the change has been a little overwhelming. I have lately found myself realizing how much of an extremist I truly am. I like being in control, but change doesn’t really allow it. And when change won’t allow it, I discover how much of […]

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Calmness In The Chaos

I was sitting in bed during a power outage recently, amazed at how still, how quiet, how dark it can all be. There isn’t a moment when I’m not moving, whether it’s physically or mentally. I’m a busy person, an extremist, a “go-getter”. A mentor of mine thinks I occupy my time and energy so I can run, run, run from my feelings, but the truth is that I feel them all too deep to actually escape them. You might not see it from looking at me, but the thoughts, the […]

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