Birthday (week) Shenanigans

 

For those of you who know me, you know that my birthday is a big deal. I love celebrating, I love life, and I love celebrating the day that I was given this life.

I celebrated my birthday over four days this year, because I wanted to do all of my favorite things with my favorite people.

On Thursday, I went out to dinner and drinks with a group of friends. There was fifteen of us. I am so blessed when it comes to “great friends.” I love each one of these people like family.12832370_968425536543869_1891409765959177310_nAnd I obviously love mixed drinks and Mexican food, as well.

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On Friday, It was my actual birthday! I woke up to the house being decorated, presents on the table, and breakfast waiting for me. (Shout out to the best husband, and mother in law!)

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Next on my agenda was pedicures with my mama, lunch with her and my grandma (Derek tagged along) and then grandma, mom, and I went shopping.

I had a a couple friends over for a BBQ that night with my family, and in laws.  I am not a fan of cake, so I had brownies instead.

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On Sunday, we woke up to rain, went to breakfast at Oscar’s, and drove home. (More pictures, and video from our weekend getaway coming soon!)

I love my birthday for some many reasons. I get to reflect on how much I have grown in the last year, I get to set new goals for myself, remind myself of how grateful I am to have the life I have, and the people in it. And best of all, I get to have an excuse to do my favorite things, and spend time with my favorite people.

Onto the next adventure, Wren

 

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#CHOOSINGTOLOVEMYSELFCHALLENGE

One of my favorite instagrammers, Hailey Devine, posted that she is doing the #CHOOSINGTOLOVEMYSELF challenge last month, and asked her followers to join in.

 

The challenge is to go 18 days without saying a negative thing about yourself. Lately, I have been stressed, and very insecure with the way I look, so when I saw this post, I thought I would give it a try. I have decided to do the challenge for 22 days and end on my 22nd birthday. I know that this will be hard for me, so I decided to say and write down one positive thing that I love about myself each day, to cancel out the negative thoughts.

Day 1: I love how petite I am. Sometimes, it can be frustrating when I can’t find the clothes I want, because at certain stores, even size X-smalls drown me. But I am so happy that I do not have the opposite problem. Plus, sometimes I find cute clothes in the kids’ section, and I save money.

Day 2: I love that I am naturally blonde. I work at a beauty supply store, and just about every day I have a customer say “well I want to be as blonde as you, or I have a client who wants to be your color, but I don’t want to do too much damage.” People pay hundreds of dollars every six weeks to up-keep their blonde highlights, and every day I feel so lucky to be naturally blonde.

Day 3: I love my big heart. I care for people, and love them so deeply. The strong relationships I have with people make life so much better.

Day 4: I love my smile. Two years of braces was so worth it.

Day 5: I love my love for life, and that I am able to find beauty in the simplest things that constantly change the “bad days” to good ones.

Day 6: I love my blue eyes.

Day 7: I love my motivation to set goals, and achieve them.

Day 8: I love that I am not materialistic, and that I don’t need fancy things to make me happy.

Day 9: I love my health. Sometimes I get discouraged when I am running on a treadmill, because I get tired and feel out of shape, but hey at least I have a good-working heart, and a body that can run, climb mountains, and swim in oceans.

PS-Can I say that I am only half way through this challenge, and I can already feel a huge difference with the way I feel about myself?

Day 10: I love my healthy, young skin. I used to have horrible acne, and ever since I was on medication for it, I have loved my skin. I wear sun screen every single day to prevent wrinkles, and luckily, I have never had a stretch mark in my life. (knock on wood)

Day 11: I love my jobs. I know that this isn’t something about appearance, or personality, but I did choose the jobs that I have right now, and I love the decisions I made to get there. Both of my jobs are in fields that I love, and I love my co-workers like family.

Day 12: I love that I don’t need to be fake to feel beautiful. Yes, a lot of make up, fake eyelashes, and hair extensions do make me feel sexy and confident, and they are fun every once in a while, and more power to the women who wear them everyday. But I love that I have never had eyelash extensions, or been to a tanning bed, and I still like the way I look.

Day 13: I love that I don’t hold grudges, and my ability to forgive so easily. I know that everyone makes mistakes, I accept that and move on. Life is too short to stay mad at anyone.

Day 14: I love my honesty. I learned at a very young age that lying about something gets you hardly anywhere, and it makes you feel horrible. I’ve got in trouble sometimes with the truth, but it’s paid off a lot more than a lie would have.

Day 15: I love my relationship with my husband. I know how cheesy, and cliche? But honestly, it is hard to find a trust-worthy honest kind of love now a days. Marriage is something that we both work on, but it’s one of the things I know I am good at, and I love that about myself.

Day 16: I love my legs. Yes, some days I wish I had long legs like a super model, but other days when I am in a hurry, and need to shave, I am so thankful my legs are only as long as they are. They keep me moving, and constantly going, and I love them for that.

Day 17: I love my optimism. Sometimes my husband tells me that I am negative, but that is just because he is the one who hears me complain. I am always looking for the positive in a shitty situation, and always reminding myself that things could always be worse. Life is so much better when you surround yourself with positive feelings.

Day 18: I love that I take photos of everyone, everywhere, and everything. It is part of who I am. I know a lot of people who say they take enough photos, but I have never had that problem. I love time traveling through photographs.

Day 19: I have the best memory, and I love it. I can remember certain days in Pre School, I remember people’s birthdays and the littlest details of someone else’s stories.

Day 20: I love my curly hair. Some days it’s an annoying mess, but on the days that I feel lazy, I can wash it and go. And most of the time it works out. It also gives me a lot of volume when I flat iron it.

Day 21: I love my talents. I used to get so discouraged when I would watch people sing, or dance, or draw. I wish I had a talent like that. Why wasn’t I born talented? Or why didn’t I stick to playing the piano, or gymnastics? But I realized that you don’t need to be artsy to be talented. I am talented when it comes to expressing my feelings, planning out my weeks, catching up with old friends, or decorating my home. We all have certain passions and talents, and I am glad that I have finally noticed mine, and have learned to love them.

Day 22: I honestly love myself. I know that some days I will get discouraged with the things I say, or the way I look. We all do it, especially in this day of age, where we are constantly comparing ourselves and our lives to others, but I love who I am, and who I will become.

This challenge has opened my eyes so much. I know that I am still learning, I am still growing, and there is always room for improvement of who I am or how I feel about myself. Whenever I have a negative thought, or look in the mirror and want to cry, I will remind myself that I am strong, I am beautiful, and I am healthy, and life is way too short to want to be anyone else other than that person in the reflection. I hope you all learn to love yourself. and if you find it challenging  to do so, I hope you try the #choosingtloveyourselfchallenge .

Thank you Hailey Devine for the inspiration, and my new found confidence.

I am so excited for year 22!

Onto the next adventure, Wren

2nd New Habit

I don’t know how many of you read my post last month about my 12 new habits, but instead of making new year’s resolutions this year, I decided to make a healthy new habit each month to improve my lifestyle. Since it is the last day of February, I am going to share with you all what I have been working on.

Derek and I decided that we wanted to buy a home at the end of November. To do so, we needed to start saving money! Derek has always been great with budgets, and numbers,  so this was easy for him, I on the other hand enjoy spending my paycheck as soon as my bills are paid, which leaves me with nothing extra.

This month I decided to work on my personal budget, and work hard towards saving my money. Every morning, I check my bank account, and enter in my income and money spent on the day before into an excel spreadsheet that I have organized into categories. (Food, Bills, Fun) Sometimes, like bill day, I spend a lot of money, and other days I don’t spend any. Watching my money closely, and knowing exactly where it’s going has helped me not carelessly spend on things that I don’t really need.

For example: I spent $100.00 on groceries last week, and instead of spending money on food for lunch, I made a lunch for work. Why would I spend more money on food if I just barely spent $100.00 on the food in my fridge? This is something I would not ask myself last month. Instead, I would think “I have the money to spend, so I might as well.”

I am so thankful for my math genius husband who has helped me with my budget plan, and I am so excited to see how this new habit will affect my lifestyle.

Tomorrow is a new month, which means a new habit. I can’t wait to get started!

Onto the next adventure, Wren

 

 

This week’s adventures

For those of you who know me, you know there is nothing I love more than time spent outside, with my camera, and good company. Luckily for me, I live in a place that is 80 degrees in February.

On Sunday, Derek and I went hiking on a trail, five minutes away from our house, that we both hadn’t been on. It was a beautiful day, and we got to indulge in Super bowl snacks when we got back home. I will never get over how beautiful my own backyard is.

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Today, my friend Alyssa, and I went to Snow Canyon State park, which is about ten minutes from my house.

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I will never take this beautiful world that we live in for granted. I hope this inspires you all to get outside more and explore your own backyard. It’s fun, beautiful, and most of the time free!

Onto the next adventure, Wren

I got to be a bride again, and all of my dreams came true

Last month, I was asked to model my wedding dress for a friend who is building her photography portfolio. If you know me, you know that I was honored, and that I would never say no to being a bride again! I got to wear my dress (that I thought I’d never wear again) , get my hair and make up done, hike a mountain in Zion National Park, and hold a beautiful bouquet of flowers. It was a great day, and these pictures turned out beautiful. I finally got them all back, so I am posting them here. Enjoy!

Photography- Ashleymeaganphoto

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12 New Habits

Hi friends, family, and followers! Thanks for stopping by my new and improved blog. I am so excited to finally have an (EASY TO USE) place where I can share all of my stories, adventures, videos, photos, and posts. I started to get frustrated with my other blog, because it wouldn’t allow me to do everything that I wanted to do, so onto new things!

I decided to write my first post about the changes I have been making this year. Even though it’s six weeks into the new year, it’s never too late to start your resolutions, or in my case, to share them.

This year I decided to do something different when it came to “new year, new me” goals. Instead of making a long list of all of the things I wanted to accomplish this year, I decided to make one healthy habit each month. I saw a blogger post on Instagram that she was doing this, and I thought it was a great idea! They say it takes 21 days to make a habit stick, and well we have about 30 days each month, so I decided to give it a try.

In January, I focused on cooking. I had a horrible habit of wanting to go out and spend money every time I felt hungry, instead of looking in my fridge or pantry and cooking what I already had. I hated this habit, so I broke it.  I started looking at recipes on Pinterest, I made weekly meal plans, shopped for all of the ingredients, and Derek and I cooked dinner just about every night.  I used to think cooking was so complicated, but then I realized that I was just lazy, and making it complicated. If Derek and I got invited to go out to lunch or dinner, we wouldn’t deny it, but eating at home and spending time in the kitchen together is one of my new favorite things.

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We are saving a lot of money, spending more quality time together as a family, instead of with random strangers, and servers who interrupt our conversations, and, it is easier to watch what we eat when we cook it ourselves, so we feel a lot better.

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I am excited to share with you all what I have been working on for the month of February, but it’s only been 8 days, and it’s not a habit YET, so I will wait. I am so excited to see all of the changes I make this year to improve myself, and my lifestyle. Remember, it’s never too late to start a habit, or make a goal. And it’s never too late to become the type of person you want to be.

Thanks for following along.

Onto the next adventure, Wren