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

 

#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

 

 

Wedding Video

Today is the seventh valentine’s Day Derek and I have spent together, but it is our first of being husband and wife. I decided to share our wedding film, because I have never felt so much love watching any other video, as I do this one.

I hope you all have a wonderful day filled with love, and joy. If you are not spending your day with a significant other, remind yourself that you are loved and appreciated.

Happy Valentine’s day loves!

 

Wren + Derek | Utah Wedding Video from Mark Keysor on Vimeo.

PS if any of you are in need of a great videographer, check out Mark Keysor videography. He is amazing!!

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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