Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Recent Finds No. 9

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1. Mail art. Why in the world haven't I thought to do this before?

2. I really want to adopt an Australian Shepard someday. So, so cute.

3. This "I am fearfully and wonderfully made" tee is now on my wish list.

4. Sliced avocado with salt, cracked pepper and spices on toast. Delicious.

5. I have a thing for painted pianos. Too bad we have no room for one!

6. Stunning black and white photo of the beautiful Audrey Hepburn.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

8 Tips for Bloggers

Just humor me on this one, people. I'm not the best blogger in the world, but I've learned my fair share of tips and tricks over the past year and a half. Now it's time to share them. Hopefully these pointers will help some of you too.

1. Don't feel like you have to blog every single day. Quality over quantity, guys. You can tell whenever someone put serious thought into a post verses just whipping something together in a few minutes for the sake of posting. I've been guilty of this in the past. But now I know skipping a few days isn't that bad (unless, of course, you get paid to blog).

2. Never, ever, ever start to compare your blog to the blogs of others. One thing I love doing — call me a creeper — is hitting up the archives of some of these bigger blogs. And you know what I've found time and time again? Their content looked like mine. They started at the bottom just like the rest of us. It takes everyone time to get the hang of this junk!

3. Pick a name and stick with it. Okay, alright. So I really shouldn't be talking whenever it comes to this one since I've changed my name 2, 3, 4 flipping times! Haha. I promise I won't be changing this one (though I've been tempted to).

4. Don't feel bummed whenever people don't comment. Most of the time, people are reading what you have to say. They just aren't taking the time to respond. And you know what? That's okay. You aren't always going to have someone there to give you a pat on the back after you post something. Just remember why you started writing in the first place — as a means of self-expression. Once you realize that, the lack of comments won't bother you as much.

5. Don't focus all of your attention on trying to build a vast following. Instead, focus on your content. The rest will come, eventually. If people like what you're dishing out, they'll follow. If not, oh well. This can kind of tie in with point #4. Just remember why you started blogging in the first place. For you, not for the attention and approval of others.

6. Stay true to yourself. Seriously. I cannot stand seeing others try to be something they're not. Find your niche and stick with it (says the girl who doesn't have a niche herself). Don't misunderstand what I'm trying to get at. I'm all for venturing out, believe me. However, if you've tried something and it was a bust, just move on. Don't try to force it.

7. Keep giveaways and link-ups to a minimum. There's nothing more annoying to me than visiting a blog where every other post is a giveaway or a link-up. I mean, c'mon. It makes you look follow-hungry (the giveaways, not so much the link-ups). I enjoy a good link-up here and there, but I'd also like to see some original content too. It's all about balance!

8. Never be afraid to put yourself out there. Personally, this has been the hardest to overcome. I've been too afraid to share certain things or talk about particular topics in the past. I have so many posts saved to my drafts that haven't been shared for fear of judgement. Don't let fear hold you back from saying what you want to say. Just press publish.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

It Was More About the Promise

He was nineteen and so was she, the night he asked her to be his forever. It was a whirlwind romance, one that swept them both up and tossed them about like the raging sea. Two teenagers who were deeply in love. Two teenagers that were completely in awe of one another. Two teenagers who were ready to conquer the world together.

The emotions were raw, the promise real. After only 4 months of dating, he felt that the time was right. He had prodded and planned and thought for weeks. But, that night, that night in early April was the one he had chosen. He mustered up the courage and asked her hand in marriage (in the most unlikely of ways, might I add).

Okay, enough of that. If you haven't caught on by now, I'm sharing our engagement story. It's certainly not one that would be shared in a fairy tale book, but it was perfect to me. It's a funny story, really. The way he proposed to me that night. It wasn't fancy, nor romantic, but I'll always treasure the memory. We were at home, getting ready to read our Bibles and I got up to grab something. Whenever I returned, there was a packet of Taco Bell hot sauce laying on mine.

My first reaction was what the heck is going on, until I started to examine the little packet. It read WILL YOU MARRY ME? in big letters. Everything was kind of a blur after that. All I could manage to say was "are you serious?" over and over and over again as he got down on one knee, spilled his heart out and asked me to be his bride. Then came the big, cheesy grin and a huge YES (all while my parents smiled and clapped with excitement).

They knew he was going to ask me that night. Wish they would have given me a heads up, though I'm guessing that would've ruined it. I was in my sweats, no make-up on and my hair was a hot mess. But, I wouldn't have had it any other way. Because, when it came down to it, it was more about the promise and less about how it was presented to me. I'll never forget it and that's what matters most. I had my guy and he had me, and in that moment, that's all I cared about.