Soul Friends

19 October 2016

In life I think you get lucky by meeting a handful of friends that just get you. Allison is definitely one of those friends for me. She has an infectious positivity that radiates off of her. One of the most challenging aspects of our friendship is the physical distance between us on any given day. See, Allison is currently a flight attendant and is based in Dubai. She is a world traveler! She has been to so many countries and I love following her experiences on Instagram

Somehow though, when she flies back home she feels like the girl-next-door that you've been friends with for a lifetime! This trip we met in Woodstock for some lattes and to catch up for two hours. My only regret is that we never quite get enough time together. It's hard to believe we've known each other for over four years now... Time is flying and half of that time we have lived in different countries. Yet we come home and always manage to grab some coffee and do some photoshoots. We enjoyed just walking through the streets of Woodstock on a morning before class. We stopped and enjoyed the textures on the different historic buildings and tried to catch some falling leaves. 

It's wonderful how easy it is to fall back into friendships. I'm thankful that we can be apart for so long and then step back into the relationship like we didn't spend any time apart. Each time we meet she instills that love of adventure in me and I leave wanting to be a better person. So I'm going to go out invigorated and with purpose and try to keep that spirit alive.

Some Past Fun:

Kelsey's Wedding

10 October 2016

This weekend was spent in Richmond, Virginia celebrating my sister and her marriage to her long-term boyfriend Ryan. It feels like I've known Ryan forever and I am very excited to officially be able to call him family. He is so kind to Kelsey and they are such a good match for one another. 

Noah and I were lucky enough to stay with his Aunt for the weekend (in the fan district) and travel back and forth to the venue. They were married at a beautiful Country Club venue which also offered room for the reception afterwards. Due to rain over the course of the weekend the ceremony was moved indoors, but with the beautiful venue this was of little concern. 

The ladies were getting ready in a back room from 11:30 onwards with a professional hair stylist and make up artist, all while wearing lavender-colored robes. This combo was our bridesmaid gift and it was a great idea! We took turns getting ready, ate Jimmy Johns for lunch, played some Heads Up, and chatted until it was time for pre-ceremony pictures. 

The ceremony went smoothly and they exchanged rings, vows, and a kiss. The reception was a lot of fun too with good food, an open bar, toasts, and dancing. I was so busy dancing I didn't even get a slice of cake until the end of the night when the bridal party was packing up! 

It was a great way to celebrate their many previous and upcoming years of partnership. It makes me so happy to know my sister has such a great husband! I'm looking forward to seeing their many future adventures together. 


09 October 2016

"On the other side of pain, there is still love."

What inspires you?

04 October 2016

What inspires you? 

I find myself moving through day-to-day life wondering where to find inspiration some days. Most days I find myself looking to my friends and loved ones. Other days I find it in nature, harkening back to my younger (and perhaps more appreciative) self. I used to find inspiration in novels and books, some poetry - I still swear by Sermons We See and Donald Miller's A Million Miles in a Thousand Years. Just now there is not quite as much time to immerse myself in such things, and thus I turn to people and the world around me.

Seeing people wear their heart on their sleeve. That is inspiring to me. Each day I want to live as openly and honestly as I can. When people share themselves with me I feel so connected. Sometimes I think back to high school or undergrad and I feel like those experiences cropped up much more often. Now it feels like people are either guarded or don't have enough time for introspection to even know what they want to say. 

Mottled sunlight. We've entered those perfect fall days where the morning is chilly and the afternoon warms you with the sun. As I walk Odin around the neighborhood I find myself admiring the sunlight as it streams through the leaves, which are slowly changing colors and brightening (and dulling). 

Dedication. My friends are very driven people. I see their drive for success, their dedication, and their passion and it is an inspiration to me. On days where I feel the swells rising against me I look to their guidance and their stance. I know that as a team we can do anything. Their drive will push me to better myself. 

Love and kindness. I see this in so many places, yet feel that somehow there is a shortage in the world. My husband is kind. He has this positivity about him that I hope to drape myself in. It flows off of him as if his spirit is no effort. All in all I feel quite positive on the whole and I wonder how much of this aspect of myself stems from him, from my friends, and from my parents. Having those people with a light in their soul... we all need to surround ourselves with them. 

There is inspiration abounding if we take the time to look. I think the biggest struggle at some points in our lives is stopping to really take it all in. It used to be a breeze for me to look at the world through rose-colored glasses. It's why I'm so grateful for this blog; I can feel myself in it. I know that soul is still here, it smolders. I just need to give it a little more air. 

The Words You Need to Hear

11 September 2016

It's okay to not know what's coming next. I know it's so hard to give up control and let life carry you along, but in some areas, there's no helping it. Things will work out for you as long as you work hard and carry kindness in your soul. 

You will be an incredible mother one day. It takes time to get there and it's okay to feel pulled in two directions. If you have children you can still pursue a professional career. It feels like you will receive judgement for choosing to be a mom when you are in graduate school, residency, or early years of your profession but only you know what is right for you and your family. And you should be honest with people because, really, wouldn't you want to work with people who see you as a person? I want to surround myself with people who value me as a human being with motivation and dreams. Along that same line, if it takes longer than you want that is okay too. Just because you lost your mom so young doesn't mean your children will lose you in the same way. 

It's okay to be honest about what you want in life. I know it's scary to tell people what you want because if you fall short it feels like people will judge you or shake their head, but all you can do is try. If you don't aim for your dreams there's no chance you'll achieve them. 

You are still you. Some days it doesn't feel like it. Some days it doesn't feel like you're a person at all but rather some sort of being that just exists to push through daily routines. This won't last forever. Take the time to find your spirit - that is who you are. You are someone who cares for others, wants the world to be a better place, and who fights for people when they are down. You see the best in others and try your hardest. Don't let the challenges or tediousness of certain days take that away from you. 

You are strong and you are smart. It seems impossible to not let your confidence waver when you go through a difficult time, but sometimes life just throws punches your way. Get back up and keep moving forward because it's how you'll improve. You can do this.

One day, in the not-so-distant future you will be a compassionate and caring pharmacist. You will make your patients lives better by listening to them and counseling on the the best therapy for them. You will be good at it. Don't doubt yourself.

Life is a path made up of a variety of choices. You get to dictate that path. 


10 September 2016

Did you know that there is a reset button for your soul? I didn't. This past week has been full of challenges and there's no way to easily talk about it. So I won't. Today though, I went home, to my alma mater James Madison. When I drove through the valley with the blue mountains rising on either side of me with grains and farm houses lining the highway I started to feel a little nostalgic. Driving up to my school, my home for five years, was like throwing off the cloak of despair that has been wrapped around my shoulders. I was home. JMU provided me many years of joy and growth and some incredible friends, but I never knew the power it had to turn around even the darkest of times. Some days it feels like I'm just slogging through a variety of challenges, but after today I know that I'm still me. Life can throw you down and run you over, but you have to take it one day at a time and just know that you will come out the other side. 

Weekend Dreams

07 September 2016

{Asheville from The Atlantic}

I'm starting to work on vacation plans. Burn out is real ya'll! I'm in my final didactic year of pharmacy school and I'm learning a lot, along with how to keep going when your will power starts to fade. The thing is... there is no such thing as motivation, it's just people who do and people who don't. And I'm going to be a woman who does. So I'm working up a reward for myself at the end of the semester. I'm looking into cities where I may want a residency and will start planning trips to visit some of them. It's a big world out there.
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