Category Archives: Kentucky

RailRunner 10 Miler

Nate ran the RailRunner 10 Miler a few weekends back. It was a crisp and beautiful morning to be out and about so early. I rarely see that time of morning as a fully dressed and presentable human being on the weekend. No matter how many Friday nights I spend telling myself that I will wake up early the next day to clean, read, blog, take photos, etc. Nope, it almost never happens. So when I do have a reason to get a jump start on my weekend – it feels so refreshing. Nate’s races are always a great reason for me to get outside with my camera in a new setting.

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Lately I’ve been needing the extra push when it comes to finding my creative energy. I’m not sure if it’s because I’m focusing my efforts on other creative outlets in a way that I never have before or what, but it’s frustrating for sure. While I waited on Nate to finish the race I had a good bit of time to myself to just be. I had no where to go and no one to converse with. It was just me and my camera… and it was nice.

Now that the weather is warming up I can feel some of the creative juices starting to flow. I feel excited to share again, to get organized, to be more thankful. It’s been a cold past few months. I’ve been a little bit sad, too. Just a little – not like, woe-is-me depressed. But to the point where every blog post I tried to write felt laced with some type of underlying emotion that I seemed to need people to acknowledge. So I stayed a little quieter than usual and took some time to reflect. I think that was a good choice.

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I’m looking forward to sharing a beautiful, fun filled spring and summer with you guys! Nate and I have quite a few fun events coming up over the next few months that I wont want to miss out on documenting. His birthday is this week, we’re seeing Bruce Springsteen on April 8th, we’re going to a small Saves The Day house show in May, and my cousin is coming to visit in July to sight-see and attend the Forecastle Music Festival with us! Those are just the few things I can remember off the top of my head. Oh, and the University of Kentucky basketball team is headed to the final four on Saturday. !!! Life is looking pretty good!

Ashland and Celebrating Little Victories

These pictures are from January. This was the last day I can remember it being truly warm enough to walk around outside without a coat on before the extremely freezing temps swept through Kentucky. We’ve made it through the worst of the cold days and we’ve even had a 70 degree day or two this month, but it sure felt like a long stretch of I’ll never be warm again. I can’t wait to venture back out to Ashland on a warm spring day. We’ve taken photos there before (remember these?) but never in the gardens. What better place for spring outfit photos, right?

I’ve been working on some ideas for this little blog that I’m pretty excited about! Oh man, how many times have I said that, right?! ;] There’s actually some progress to be seen this time though! I’ve started on a revamp of my design – enough so that it’s up with just a few things that need to be added. I have 4 or 5 half written posts, a sheet of to-do’s/goals, and motivation like I’ve never had before. I think *maybe* I’ve finally realized that I have control over my successes and my failures. Everyone acknowledges that in their mind, I think, but then you have to actually apply that logic to your life. It’s not always as easy to take action on what you know. Sometimes it’s easier to binge watch episodes of Breaking Bad and wake up 30 minutes before work. Actually, that’s always easier. ;]
I feel like my mid to late twenties will truly be some of the best years of my life. I’m finding out more and more every day who I really am and that I am a capable, strong woman. I’m not such a pushover and I don’t accept being treated poorly. I have more confidence. I chase my goals and I actually believe that I can achieve them. Sometimes it feels like a small out of body experience when I’m following through with something I never would have done on my own previously, even just a year ago. This isn’t all to say, OH WOW GUYS, LOOK AT ME BEING A NORMAL HUMAN ADULT. It’s just that I’m so happy to be knocking down walls that held me in for so long.
I want to challenge all of you to think of something that you’re struggling to do and write down ONE goal that you can complete over the course of the next week that will get you closer to doing it. It could be anything. Doesn’t really matter if it’s something that everyone else does without an issue; if it’s hard for you then it’s something to work on and feel accomplished about when you make progress! It really helps to think of something that you can do NOW to move in the right direction because if not now, when?! I recently drove on the interstate for the first time, ever, in life. That’s not a huge accomplishment for most people. For me, it was a milestone in my battle with anxiety. So write down your small goal, accomplish it, celebrate even the tiniest victory, and then write down the next one! Baby steps, friends!

What I Wore:
Cardigan: LOFT // Christmas Gift
Dress + Boots: Express
Ring: Vintage // Thrifted
Necklace: Vintage // Family heirloom
Belt: Forever 21
Headband: Aerie

365 Days of Marriage in 2014 – Day 4

365 Days of Marriage 2014 - Day 4
Today turned out to be a pretty busy Saturday. When I woke up this morning I thought it would be a pretty slow day at home. We had plans to meet a friend at 4PM to sell my Nikon D5000 (I just realized I never blogged about my *new* camera- what!?), but that was about it! I woke up full of motivation around 9AM and started working on Excel spreadsheets/budget goals, because I’m insane (SLEEP IN WHEN YOU CAN). Nate’s Mom called and invited us to go out to lunch a little later, so we did. Later on we took the Christmas decorations down, sold the camera, ran out to buy a “use your own coffee” filter for our new Keurig (INSTANT COFFEE. HOORAY!), visited the “Lincoln” Mural downtown, took lots of photos at some of our favorite spots around town, played Trivia with friends (WE WON FIRST PLACE!!!), and now I’m in bed. PHEW.
Lincoln Mural - Lexington, Kentucky
Our photo was taken at the “Lincoln” Mural here in downtown Lexington, KY. It was painted by Eduardo Kobra, a Brazilian artist who has painted community relevant murals in New York, Los Angeles, São Paulo, and Moscow. Abraham Lincoln was born in Kentucky and is the only President to date who was born here. I think it’s so fitting that they chose this image for the mural! If you’re ever in Lexington, make sure to stop by and see it! It’s sort of hard to do it justice in a photo. I feel like you can’t fully grasp how large and colorful it is until you see it for yourself in person!

Do you have any cool street art in your town/city?

What I Wore: Exploring Autumn

A Cornfield Kind of Autumn
The older I get the more excited I get about simple things, like exploring nature and taking walks in the crisp fall air with Nate. This evening we discovered a beautiful biking/running trail near our house that we didn’t even know existed while exploring tiny little roads near our house. I was ecstatic – kicking up piles of leaves and having a good ol’ time. I don’t think I will never get used to having seasons. I’ve come to realize that the changing leaves and the snow on the ground will always feel foreign and special after growing up in Florida. And I love that I still feel that way after living here for seven years! After strolling down the trail for a while we ventured off the beaten path and found ourselves in a cornfield. It was such a scenic view at dusk.
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I feel like I always say things like this, but this weekend was one to remember. A perfect fall weekend comprised of things we both love – entertaining family at our house and baking treats for them, visiting our favorite local coffee shop, an afternoon at a football game, naps, running, photo shoots, delicious breakfasts, talks of the future and all of our big ideas… so many good things crammed into one little weekend! I always feel nostalgic every Sunday night but you know, I’m just not sure I’d appreciate these times as much without the work week!
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Striped Dress: c/o Cute Vintage // Cardigan: Target // Leggings: Clothing swap // Boots: c/o Blowfish Shoes // Bicycle Necklace: Vintage // Bag: Vintage Coach via Still Chic Boutique // Cameo Ring: Target // Socks: Forever 21 // Navy Bow Headband: Aerie
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I’m so thankful to have a husband who believes in me and my blog. He’s always willing to to go on little photo shoot adventures with me and help me in any way that he can. Like I said.. I’m appreciating the simple things lately. They make the world go ’round.

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