Shara’s Backyard Bridal Brunch

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My beautiful sister in law, Shara, is getting married next month. Being her matron of honor alongside her best friend, Heather, we had the opportunity to host her bridal shower last week.  If you didn’t know, I did online school for event planning and design and am a certified event planner. Party planning and designing events is where my heart is at. Once Derek and I decide to settle down a little more, owning my own event venue/ lodge is the ultimate goal, and what I’ll be working towards. Since I am currently not doing events full time at the moment,  I really enjoyed planning and hosting this shower for her.29315023_1583531175033299_740001514818371584_n29342235_1583531598366590_4565571920937877504_nSince Heather and I had a budget, we decided to keep things very simple, but still looking classy. Bridal showers should never look cheap, but I will tell you a secret, you can get away with doing them for very cheap. Especially if you like DIY projects. We took a few trips to Target and Michael’s crafts. And with a can of spray paint, a few decor pieces from the dollar store, a couple items borrowed from friends and family, and tables and chairs from my grandpa’s business, we had a simple, but beautiful bridal shower brunch.

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29342549_1583531585033258_8626788611150315520_n29389499_1583531451699938_4651706467856941056_nOur bride to be was very happy with how the shower turned out, and so were we! We enjoyed yummy food, mimosas, coffee, good company, and gifts that Shara could use at specific hours of the day.

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We also had a few games for the ladies to play, including this DIY ring toss that Heather made.29387115_1583531601699923_7880821734650150912_n29339585_1583531588366591_8985818920426405888_nHere’s to the little celebrations that leave lasting impressions, here’s to very happy days, and here’s to finding our passions. One day I know that I will party plan and design events for  living, but for now I will enjoy doing it every once in a while for my nearest and dearest and soak in every minute I get doing so.              29342499_1583531651699918_1561021235419152384_n  29356122_1583531165033300_1620300786355404800_nOnto the next adventure, Wren

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24th Birthday Shenanigans

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I’ve been 24 for just over a week now, and this last week has been so busy and full of celebrations and love. I started this last week by celebrating my birthday and ended it on Saturday with Shara’s Bridal Shower (which will be in a later post.)

You all know by now that holidays are a big deal to me, and especially birthdays. This life I am living is a beautiful one, and I love to celebrate the day it all began. I am not much of a gift person, and would rather spend money on experiences with the people I love. Since my birthday was on a Sunday this year, I decided to celebrate all weekend and squeeze in enough time with most of my favorite people, while also doing something that I enjoy.

29103475_1576762465710170_4590238266011156480_nOn Saturday morning, Derek, Ali and I went to breakfast with Dad. I’ve gone to breakfast with my dad for my birthday for just about as long as I can remember, and it is one of my favorite annual traditions. 28577261_1570407406345676_6350136539396476279_nOn Saturday night, we went to dinner with our friends who feel like family and then like most special occasions, had a little celebration at Garrett’s house after. These people are my people, and I am so thankful for each one of them. We’ve grown up a lot these past few years and have found our own interests, moved away, had a couple marriages, and break ups, but we stay together through it all. I felt so lucky to ring in another birthday with them by my side. 28795046_1570411473011936_46196879728127239_n

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28685671_1570410233012060_4062352365210773743_n(The two girls on each side also celebrated a birthday this week! I love my Pisces babes.)

On Sunday, Derek and I woke up early to head up to Brian Head to go snowboarding.  I couldn’t decide what to do for my birthday this year, and snowboarding was something Derek suggested. Slowly but surely, we’re getting better at this hobby that we love to do together. I wish we could do it more often, so it was the perfect idea! Our friends Ryan and Amber also joined us. It snowed the night before, so the snow was amazing. With great weather, great snow, and great company, it was hard not to have a great birthday.28472334_1570411899678560_9079969585630229877_n29136544_1576762475710169_7820484470707847168_nWhen we got home, we had our families come over to our house for ice cream and brownies (because I do not like cake) and spending time with the people who make this life worth while was the perfect ending to my birthday celebrations. We don’t get to choose our family, but if I had the choice, I’d still choose them.

(Harvey had to join in the photos, of course.)

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28576523_1570407409679009_9337029184834851_n28783054_1570408796345537_7531500233029817248_n28685830_1570408473012236_7675780340455735467_n28576742_1570408726345544_8016327661831338556_nThis handsome man, who is my grandpa, also celebrated his birthday this week. (I told you so many celebrations!) Most people guess he is about 65, but he turned 79 and is looking better than any other 79 year old I know. He is one of my favorite people, and I wouldn’t want to share my birth week with anyone else.

28685698_1570407803012303_1021394840581021329_nI am ready for you 24. So far, I love you and I think I can thank the people who I am surrounded with for that. I am feeling a little older, but not feeling any less blessed.

Onto the next adventure, Wren

 

23 Lessons I learned at the Age of 23

28783239_1573593302693753_5723329812123090944_nThey always say time goes faster the older you get, but I know that isn’t true. Time just becomes more precious. I started my 24th journey around the sun this week, and for the first time in my life I said “I feel so old” and actually meant it. I said that at the age of 13, but knew I was practically still a child. I said that at the age of 17, but knew I wasn’t even an adult yet and far from old. And I said that at the age of 21, but was always surrounded by people who made me feel like the baby.

I know I am not old. Being in your early 20’s doesn’t make you old. But boy, did 23 make me grow up. And in a sense, I feel so much older than I did at this time last year. I learned more at 23 than I have any other year of my life. I had the most self growth and learned more about myself this past year than I have in all of my other years combined. Not too mention, I had some of the best experiences, and made so many memories that I know I will hold onto forever. I loved 23, and I am sad to see it go. But since it was such a big milestone for me, I decided to share 23 lessons I learned at the age of 23.

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  1. Happiness comes from the inside some place between your head and your heart.
  2. Everything else that “makes you happy” just adds to the happiness that is or isn’t there.
  3. Traveling will be the greatest teacher you’ve ever had.
  4. This world is big, and witnessing it will make you feel small.
  5. No body will ever have the same outlook as you, accept it.
  6. You’ll be surprised who makes an effort when you stop making an effort.
  7. You’ll be even more surprised by who doesn’t.
  8. Just because someone tells you they’re “doing good” doesn’t mean they are.
  9. Self love will be the hardest lesson you’ll ever learn.
  10. You may not ever fully learn it. That is okay,  don’t ever stop trying.
  11. Surrounding yourself with people who have the same interests as you will make you feel connected.
  12. Surrounding yourself with people who have different interests than you will make you learn.
  13. Beauty standards are just made up by society.
  14. Everyone has a different perception of beauty and success.
  15. Marriage should never feel like the end. It should always feel like the beginning of something amazing.
  16. If it starts to feel like an end, there is usually something that can fix it. Try hard, it’s worth it.
  17. It’s okay to constantly change your interests and passions to find what makes you happy.
  18. Growing older is no excuse to stop doing something
  19. Communication and honesty is key in every relationship; friends and family included.
  20. Good music or a good view are the two cures to just about everything.
  21. It’s okay to be vulnerable and sensitive about your feelings.
  22. There is always something that can make life feel more beautiful. Look for it.
  23. There is never a right time to do something you want, do it now.

 

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Onto the 24th year of this beautiful life I’m living, and onto the next adventure, Wren