Reflecting on a Year of Marriage

This past weekend, my husband and I celebrated our first wedding anniversary. We kept it really low-key and enjoyed a much-needed staycation! We’ve never been the type of people to do anything extravagant for celebrations, and we made no exception for our anniversary. We’re both introverted homebodies, so he cooked us a lovely meal and we had a quiet night in. It was very “us.” As I think back on the past year, I remember the question we got asked the most at the beginning: “How’s married life?” My honest answer was: “Not much different than before!” Cam and I…

Paper Anniversary Gift Ideas

It’s crazy to think that my husband, Cameron, and I have been married for almost one year! (It’s even crazier to think I was in the midst of planning a wedding at this time last year…) Upon doing a little research, I found that the first anniversary gift theme is paper. My initial thought was: Paper?! But don’t worry, it isn’t as daunting as it sounds – it can actually be simple and fun! In fact, I’ll make it even easier: here is a list of six paper anniversary gift ideas. Notebook/Sketchbook If your spouse is a creative type, a…

The Benefits of Alone Time

Shirt & cami – H&M | Shorts – American Eagle | Sunglasses – Lulus | Shoes – Red Dress Boutique It seems up until recently, being introverted was viewed as a negative quality. Humans, by nature, are social creatures and it seems to go against the natural order to want to be alone. In reality, however, there is much to gain by giving yourself some quiet time, introverted or not. Spending time alone is not a new concept for me. While my childhood friends spent their summers away at camp or on vacation, I spent mine drawing, building small websites,…

Why You Should Always Have Something to Look Forward To

Ahhh, monotony…boredom’s ugly cousin. Ever have those days where you feel like you’re running on autopilot? Well, you’re not alone. Sometimes the “blah” of our daily routines can set the tone for our week and make it hard to focus on the tasks at hand. I believe one of the biggest mistakes we make is neglecting our mental health. We know that exercise and eating well are important for healthy bodies, so why don’t we ever think to care for our minds as well? Just as it’s easy to get bogged down by stress, it’s easy to feel down because…

Authenticity in Social Media

It’s hard to be a stranger to social media. Some people manage to stay disconnected, but the majority of us that own any type of smartphone or computer participate in it in some form. Those of us that do partake in these little digital worlds find ourselves checking them several times a day. It’s fascinating that it has very much become a part of our lives. Clearly social media has evolved over the years as well. All of the platforms started out as a place to share photos and updates with people you personally knew or knew of, but the…