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Apparently the thing I was thinking about when I woke up and as I was hanging out at my apartment by myself were one in the same. It was my little guy, Gibbs.

This morning was an early morning again. That meant that my alarm clock was going off at 3:45am. Yay! Ok…so, not really yay. The “Yay!” part comes in the fact that I have a job to get up early for instead of not having any job at all.

Anyway, this is the little guy cuddled with me this morning. He loves to help me wake up gently in the morning.



He was just so cute snuggled up with me that it was super hard to leave this morning, BUT I had to.

On my way to work, I figured I would take a picture of proof that I was up and on my way to work that early.



See…I told you so!

Tomorrow morning I get to sleep a little later. 6am, here I come!

Night, y’all!


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Early Mornings

Today was an early day. I had to be at work at 5am today, so I had the privilege of seeing the sun rise. It was a beautiful morning and it turned out to be a nice day. I always love seeing the pink, blue, and purple in the sunrise, however I don’t like seeing power lines in the sunrise…sorry for that.

As I was on my way to work this morning I began feeling grumpy for having to be up so early. When I say early, I mean that my alarm clock went off at 3:45am.

Yes, that early.

When I began griping about having to be at work so early, I began thanking God for my job as well as having a short commute to work. I also began thanking God for the fact that I can drive to work, rather than walk, and for the woman I work with at 5am because she is always so chipper in the mornings. She is a pleasure to work with and I appreciate her.

When the sun came up, I decided I wanted to take a picture of the sunrise to remind myself to be thankful for the sunrise and all that it brings. The fact that it mean the start of a new day and new opportunities is amazing.

What are you thankful for today?


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New “Do”

I’ve been thinking for quite some time to donate. That is…donate my hair. A few years ago, I donated my hair and LOVED it. Let’s take a bit of a flash back for a moment.

I went the traditional bob route that was simple, basic, and classic.

I loved it.

It was a great change from the long hair that had no character. This time around, the end result was a bit different. This is what I started with…

Here I am, waiting in the the salon for my stylist, named Ryan by the way, to come get me and take 10 inches of hair off of my head. I went in with a picture of a cute, but edgy bob that had long bangs that could be curled and be whispy.

Well….that’s not what happened…take a look.


Does this look like a bob to you?

Nope. Sure doesn’t.

Well, I had a moment…okay, okay…an entire hour where I was on the phone with my mother, father, and sister bawling my eyes out because it was not cut the way I wanted it to be cut.

Then, of course, I finally smacked my face, looked at myself in the mirror and realized that I was crying over something super silly. There was no point in making such a fuss over something so simple and something that will grow back.

So, I hopped into the shower so that I had the opportunity to fix my hair myself. Once I was done with that I strutted myself into work and rocked it. With a little bit of encouragement from “Mama Lynn” and my family, I rocked it. It was my only choice and I have finally decided that I like it.

I like my haircut.

I has taken a couple of days, but I can now confidently say that I like my haircut. It is a little bit on the rocker style and it is most certainly sassy, but cute all the same.

I’m going to say it one more time, 10 inches down and I now like my haircut.

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On Thursday night, my friends and I decided that we were going to go to a country concert at Coyote Joe’s. It was a reunion of sorts of folks from college and a collision of new friends. A group of girls and a guy. The only guy, a husband of a college friend. All I have to say, is BRAVE man!

This was on our way into the bar. You know, anytime is the prime time for a photo opportunity and our professional photographer is…drum roll please…Ryan, the only guy who came with us.

Once inside, we danced a little, hung out with each other, and sat is saddles.

Ok…I sat on a saddle. The bartender was quite nice and he gave me maraschino cherries and for anyone who knows me, they know that I’m a sucker for cherries. Yum!

Finally, Easton Corbin came on stage and I never realized how DARN cute he is!

I mean, you can’t tell me you don’t agree…

And he put on a good show, we had a great time and we will be heading back for other concerts in the near future!

I LOVE these girls! We always have so much fun together!

Until later!

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As I shared before, my New Years resolution is to do things for myself that allows me to meet new people and to enjoy life.

Well, this week was the beginning of a new thing. My new “thing” is learning how to make pottery. I have been thinking about taking a pottery class for a few years, but there never seemed to be enough time or money to go around…I had to quit thinking that way.

So, I signed up for a class and signed up and paid for it.

There I was waiting for the instructor to arrive and strolling through the retail area looking like a complete knuckle head.

Everyone else strolled in, acknowledged the owner and continued into the studio and gathered all of their belongings ready for the class. I felt like a fish out of water, but I was determined to get comfortable because I was going to be there for a while.

So…I finally met my instructor who gave me a 25 lb. bag of clay.

Then, I chose a potter’s wheel.

After having a one on one with the instructor, Leon, I look back through the class and see what I made (of course I had a little bit of help).

This was my first bowl. I’m pretty excited and proud of it.

Then….I made another several messes and collapsed a lot of bowls, then this was the following result…

I think I might end up being a potter, yet!

I’m looking forward to going back next Thursday!!

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After living in Charlotte for several months. I have finally gathered the courage to begin my search for a church to attend while I live here. Finding a church is always such a difficult process for me because I have grown up in the same church, and though there is so much drama and annoying things about the church I grew up in, it is my own. I grew up there. I know everyone, and everyone knows me. It is a home for me.

I mean really, tell me how you can top the beauty of my home church. This picture was actually taken after the Christmas Eve service. Its amazing to see how peaceful a church is after everyone has gone home.

However, I don’t live in Shelby anymore. This changes things because driving home every Sunday simply isn’t an option.

So, the search ensues.

Today, I visited a Dilworth  Church. It is United Methodist Congregation which is the denomination in which I grew up. The sanctuary is GORGEOUS. There is lots of stained glass and details along the ceiling and windows that I find incredibly beautiful. The people were friendly and I was personally welcomed by several of the church members.

You know, the members can make for break the church and the experience.

I plan on going back and soon.

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I rarely make New Years resolutions because they don’t usually turn out well. Most people don’t succeed with their New Years resolutions because it is such a sudden change to their routines, and I refuse to be one who pretends that a spontaneous lifestyle change will work for me.

However, this year, I decided to make a change.

Oh yes, I have put a New Years resolution into place and I think this is one that should have been put in place a long time ago.

Dum, Dum, Dum!!

My New Years resolution is to do more for myself.

For those of you who know me, I am a bit of a workaholic. I have two jobs and I’m working kind of crazy hours and have a high stress level. Nevertheless, I am thankful for where I am in my life and I am looking forward to finding out where this path leads.

So, because I work hard, I have recently decided to play hard as well. My first order of business is to begin a pottery class where I learn how to use a potter’s wheel.

That class begins next Thursday. A week from today. And apparently I misheard the beginning date because I went tonight to try to begin the class. When I pulled up, there was no one there and the store was dark. Only in my life would I make such a silly mistake!

This happens to be a regular occurrence though…I should be used to it by now.

Another thing that I’m doing for myself is preparing for a run…

…the Cooper River Bridge Run in Charleston, SC that takes place at the end of March. It is a 10k and I plan to do this run with my roommate and best friend Amanda.

I probably will never classify myself as a runner, however I have participated in multiple races over the past 8 months or so and I have begun to enjoy running…WHAT? Enjoy running?? I know, I said it.


Anyway, my roommate is a runner, but she also had ankle surgery about 2 years ago that she has been unable to return from like she expected. So, we are going with the mentality that when we run, we will run hard, but if we have to walk, then so be it. I’m beginning my training in the morning. That is because Fridays are rest days in my running journal.

Oh boy! Welcome to the New Year!

What are your New Years Resolutions?

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