Bedroom Tour at the Dursteler Abode

IMG_0992I think absolutely loving the space that you start and end your days in is so important. I’ve always loved decorating and creating a space that feels like me and growing up/ living at home, my bedroom was the only place that I could accomplish that in.

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IMG_0995IMG_0990IMG_0994I remember as I grew up, I realized I could make this space of mine feel however I wanted it to. When I was  really young, I would hang all of my art and drawings on my walls and organize all of my favorite stuffed animals to “decorate” my bed. As I grew older, I went through a red and gold room, an Asian style room, a room that I covered my walls from floor to ceiling with photos of all of my favorite bands and magazine photos, and a Paris themed room. Looking back, every single “style” I had in my room represented myself at that time in my life.IMG_0998When Derek and I moved in together, we had to find a common ground with how we were going to decorate our bedroom. Just like most things that have to do with style and decorating, Derek always said “you decorate it..I don’t care. I think it will look good whatever you choose to do.” I remember being a 20 year old and shopping for new bedroom decor…No pink, No floral, No purple, no “it’s a women’s world” quotes, no posters of Ryan gosling with his shirt off..damnit. (looking back, Derek probably wouldn’t mind. 😉 )IMG_0997However, it was always important to me to have a space that represented us both, and our relationship. Derek might not get the happiness high that I get when I wake up in a space that I created, but at least he won’t feel like he doesn’t belong. That was always important to me. In our first apartment, we had a green/ nature themed bedroom. When we first moved into our home, I decorated our bedroom with a lot of our wedding decor,  and it evolved into more of a farm house themed room. And even though I loved it, it has never felt like exactly like “us” until now.IMG_1003IMG_1004

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IMG_1002Our current bedroom is exactly what I’ve always wanted since I’ve shared a bedroom with Derek: photos of our wedding day, accompanied by our hand written vows on our walls, bright colors, books, candles, souvenirs from our travels, and my favorite part- furniture that was handmade by Derek himself.IMG_0996IMG_0991It’s bright, it’s cozy, it’s peaceful, it’s comfortable, it brings nostalgia and happiness, but most of all it’s US. Every morning I wake up to Harvey snuggles, and every night I go to sleep with Derek kisses. Both take place in a small space that I love that is filled with reminders of our life together.

Onto the next adventure, Wren

 

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Highlights of Summer 2018- Video

To say this summer was the best one yet would be an understatement. I am a winter lover, and am usually stoked when the days get colder and the leaves change color, but this year I was actually sad to see the summer season come to an end.

It was filled with sun burnt skin, care free days, so much adventure, live music, starry nights, and the best people. If I was to think of the perfect summer, I think it would look just like the last few months.

Places I visited:

  • Jaco and La Fortuna, Costa Rica with the greatest travel group
  • Newport Beach, CA with my mom and sisters
  • Yellowstone National Park, Montana/Wyoming with my in laws
  • Preston, Idaho with my in laws
  • Salt Lake City, UT (twice) for the greatest concerts with my best friends
  • Huntington Beach, CA with my non blood related family

Things I accomplished:

  • Got promoted to my dream job position
  • Focused and progressed so much in self love
  • Stopped looking for validation in others
  • Cut off relationships that weren’t helping my self growth

Memories made:

  • There are way too many to list, but I am so glad I captured them all.

So long sweet summer. I’ll remember you forever.

Onto the next adventure, Wren

 

Road trippin’ to Yellowstone-Video

I wasn’t planning on making a video from our road trip to Yellowstone, but as I was going through my footage from this summer,  I realized I had a lot more videos from this trip than I thought I did. And I couldn’t help but want to relive it all. I mean, look at those beautiful views! (The best in laws in the whole world are jut a plus.)

We had so much fun on this trip enjoying each other’s company and making memories. I love this world, I love this country, and I love my Durstelers.

Thanks for watching!

ps- Summer video coming soon!!

Onto the next adventure, Wren

Soul mates, and the search to find them

Soul mate:

The one person who is the perfect match. The perfect fit. The person who fills in your empty spaces and fits into your life like a perfect puzzle piece. The one person who is destined to be yours. Who at one point in time, you’ll meet and you’ll think “Oh, it’s you.  Here you are. You’re the one.”

IMG_0626Do you believe in such a thing? For some reason I’ve had a lot of conversations lately regarding soul mates and I have had a lot of different opinions and feedback on them. Some say there is no such thing; you fall in love when you’re ready for commitment with someone who is also ready, shares similar interests, and who you have a mutual attraction with. This could be anyone, it might last forever, and it might not-and that’s that.7Others say there’s only one person, it might take a life time to find them or you may never find them, but when you finally do, you’ll know. You are complete, you’ve found your perfect fit, your ONLY match and you’ll live life by their side for the rest of your days. They are your soul mate, and even though there are billions of other souls in the world, this is the only one that can complete you. You two were destined to be in each other’s lives, to fall in love, to complete the other.810IMG_E0622Hearing so many different theories has left me to figuring out my personal opinion and feelings on the matter. And in good ol’ Wren fashion, I decided to share mine. Because what if I told you, I believe in neither of the above theories?

Hold on tight, it’s about to get deep.

We all have bodies, but I believe we’re so much more than just our bodies. Just like our bodies, we all have souls that are unique and only our’s. Our souls aren’t made up of cells and atoms and body parts, they are made up of energy, light, and stardust. And when our brains (bodies) react to situations, things, and especially people, our souls react too.IMG_0624When I walk into a room and feel a certain energy, when I listen to certain songs, try new things, or when I am surrounded by certain people, my soul reacts (positively or negatively). Which brings me back to my soul mate theory.IMG_0625I believe in soul mates. However, I do not believe in the theory of only having one soul mate. I think we will all have many soul mates, some more than other’s, but everyone has more than one. Our blood related family members become our soul mates the day we are born. And even though we may feel like we don’t always need them, or aren’t always on the same page, our souls will always have a connection with them. In apart from family members, I believe we have many different soul mates. We have our romantic soul mates, musical taste soul mates, travel soul mates, our once a week coffee soul mates, our dance party soul mates, our cry on the shoulder soul mates, etc.IMG_0621You see, in my opinion, the idea of soul mates doesn’t mean that there is only one soul out there that completes us, because I think our souls need many souls to feel complete. Every once in a while, when you’re not looking for it, you’ll meet someone and think “wow I need you in my life at this time, you fill in my empty spaces, you complete me.” They will become one of your soul mates, and good news!! this will continue happening through out your life.IMG_E0623Our souls live off of connection and energy, but just like our brains, our souls are ever changing and growing. Which means there will be soul mates who may drift away from us, grow apart, or be replaced. These people just don’t complete you anymore, or they never did. And that’s okay, because you have a billion of more souls to connect with and you have your whole life to find them.9We’re all searching for happiness, to feel whole, to feel connected in this world. One of the most important things we can do to accomplish this, is to surround ourselves with the people who complete us, who give us happiness highs, who we call our best friends, our people, our family, our soul mates. I’ve found mine and I have never felt more complete.

 

I hope you all find your’s.

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Onto the next adventure, Wren