Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Life Update Vol. 1

Hello! I'm pretty sure I've done a life update before, but I'm starting to number them by volume with this one! I wanted to take some time to update y'all on some stuff going on in my life. There's some happy news and some frustrating news. But I always like to start with the good news first, so here we go!

The happy news: I'm engaged!! Jake surprised me Saturday. Well, when I say surprised I mean I didn't know what the ring looked like until he popped the question. I was a little suspicious starting a couple days before, and I really hoped that he would propose that weekend because we were with my parents as well as his. I included a few pictures from the proposal at the bottom of the post!

Super briefly, here's the story: We went to Metamora, Indiana to their Canal Days Festival. Jake, myself, and his parents met up with my parents, and we spent the day walking around all the shops and eating ice cream. I had initially thought it would have been a great idea to propose the night before so we could celebrate with them all day Saturday, but that wasn't his plan. I was a little disappointed when my parents said they needed to head back home, but little did I know what Jake had planned. We stopped at a park in Richmond, Indiana on our way home and he drove us around until we got to the rose garden in the park. He convinced me to go walk around it and take some cute pictures. But as soon as we got to the entrance, I saw our friend Brandon playing his guitar under the gazebo. That's when I knew what was happening. We stood under the gazebo, Jake said some sweet words that I actually forget because I was slightly in shock, he got down on one knee, and asked me to marry him. After our celebration, he asked if I wanted to tell my mom immediately. He spun me around, and I saw my parents and his parents walking toward us cheering! That was so sweet! We celebrated with dinner that evening and even got a jump start on planning!

We're full steam ahead on planning at this point! I haven't decided how much I'll share about everything on here. If you think it's something you'd be interested in, let me know! But I'm also not jumping at the bit to share every detail of our wedding planning either. 

Now the frustrating news: I still don't have a job. This whole process has really tested me. I mean, I spent 8 years in school only to end up with no job? That's not cool. I'm either overqualified because I have a PhD and they only want someone with a bachelor's, or I'm underqualified because I lack job experience. I'm trying to be patient and wait on God's timing, but not having an income is getting more and more difficult. I recently became a licensed substitute teacher and I have my first subbing job tomorrow at a local elementary school. I'm trying to be thankful for what little income this will bring me, but I'm getting to the point where I'll likely hit up local retail stores for open positions just to have something closer to full time.

I try to tell myself that this free time should be welcomed because I've been able to easily edit my dissertation, and now I have lots of time to meet with venues for our wedding. But money has always been the one area of my life that stresses me out the most. Thinking about not having enough money to pay bills will literally bring me to tears. So I'm trying to see this situation as the Lord calling me to trust him to provide. I'm definitely not perfect at it, but I'm getting there!

Other than that, my life is pretty much the same. I'm becoming more involved in my new church with Jake, making new friends in the area, and settling into a great routine. Some days it's hard realizing I'm committing to living 3 hours from my family, but Jake's family has been so wonderful at including me! Also as promised, here are a few of my favorite pictures from Saturday (and yes, I absolutely love my ring!):


Monday, October 9, 2017

Fall Trend: Tied Details

One trend that was big last year was tie-up sweatshirts. And it's a trend that's still around this fall! I've rounded up a few options below. They're great to pair with skinny jeans and sneakers for a casual look. Or add heeled booties and some fun earrings for a fancier look. Tied details are all over on tops. They can be on the bottom, like what I'm wearing, on the sleeves, or up the side. The tied detail gives these tops a fun surprise!

A super quick life update: I got engaged this weekend! Jake proposed under a gazebo in the middle of a rose garden in Richmond, IN complete with our friend Brandon serenading us and Logan taking secret then not-so-secret pictures. Plus, our parents were watching from behind a bush and surprised me after I said yes! We celebrated with dinner together and got a big jumpstart on wedding planning!


Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Fall Bucket List 2017

We're a couple weeks into fall and four days into October meaning fall is in full swing! I actually made a fall bucket list on my phone so I thought I'd share that with y'all today! 

Some of the things are pretty typical of a fall bucket list, but other things are a little more personal as a way to keep myself accountable. I really need to donate part of my closet. I have wayyy too many clothes! J and I decided we're going to at least start walking but I really want to do more. I've found a few workouts I think I would like so we'll see how this goes! Plus I still don't have a job so my days are pretty free meaning there's no excuse to not workout! 

So tell me: what is at the very top of your fall bucket list?


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