Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Insta Life.

Glimpse of my life in instagram shots...
Kimster and I at a Philly's game this summer.

Jason Aldean and Luke Bryan Concert.
Beautiful people.
first tat.
Road trips to New York with this girl are my favorite.
lovin the fairs.
beautiful weekend at the lake
hiking with the cousin and brother.
I have no explanation for this.
a beautiful walk with the sister after breakfast and antiquing. 

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

So it is a new year and I a new start for this girl. 2012 was both one of the best and yet hardest years of my 26 year life. I have lots of dreams and goals for this next season, a season in which I must take life experience from this past year to live up to expectations. Nothing grand or lofty, just simply living my life according to God's will and a projection of creativity. So I am going to take this moment to reflect on snapshots of the past year to push me in a forward direction towards new opportunities and relationships.

Canandaigua New York
Last summer we spent quite a bit of time as a family at my grandmother's lake house. It is a time that was so meaningful and quiet, a time in which I won't forget. I love this place because it reminds me of earlier days with those who have since passed on.

This girl is getting married!! One of my best friends and my roomie got engaged... So thankful for these people in my life.
Traveled to Switzerland for SueBees wedding!

I lost this beautiful lady. My gma went to be with the Lord in September, and her absence has been gravely felt. I will miss her of the most wonderful ladies I have ever met.

So heres to 2013! 

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

caramel salted brownies.

I have been wanting to make these caramel sea salt brownies since seeing them on olivia-rae's blog. She has a lovely blog which documents her travels, creativity, and scrumptious food as she lives in Charleston, South Carolina. Her daily endeavors often inspire to make my own sometimes unsuccessful adventures of my own. So today I dressed myself in a an flowery vintage apron, invited the company of Billie Holiday and Bessie Smith, and set out to make Caramel Sea Salt brownies.

 I made a batch of fudgey milk chocolate and a batch of dark chocolate brownies.
(due  to time constraints I am ashamed to say they were from a box)

 I believe this experimentation may have been a success...we shall see what the peanut gallery says at the pool gathering tomorrow.

please ignore my tired look, I was trying to capture an image of me in my apron....obviously I failed.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

wam bam thank you mamn.

It is hard to believe but I have finally graduated! What a long and beautiful journey the past
three years at Temple University has been. It has been enriching intellectually, socially, and spiritual. A time of extreme growth and understanding more and more of myself. A time filled with special moments that will be remembered the rest of my life, here are just a few snippets of my life during college...

The snow apocalypse coming to Philly... two of the most amazing girls and I walking to reading terminal market.

Fun cabin trips with high-school friends...

The stephens humble abode for two years.
studying abroad in Roma...miss these days!

getting to visit my best friend in Switzerland

helping my little sister get ready for this beauty!

what a beautiful and blessed life I have had thus far...looking forward to the memories and adventures yet to come!

Friday, March 25, 2011

Spring Cleaning is about to commence!

So spring has sprung (at least on the calendar) and it is time for a good ole fashion cleaning. I have since moved rooms since taking these pictures but you see what I am getting at, either these are pictures of what I hope my room to look like or I just needed a room to express the theme of what I am getting at. 

Monday, March 21, 2011

glorious weekends

ok so I know I have complained once or twice about living in Lancaster County, but the truth is despite some flaws it is an absolute gorgeous place to live. Surrounded with acres of farmland and people who honestly do try to live for the Lord. Sometimes I forget about the beauty that this place offers. However this past weekend I was able to visit it again. I have begun my monthly ritual of running on a 2.5 mile trail near my house, remembering every lovely detail of nature that I had forgotten over the winter. Also my sister and I embarked on Saturday on a photography walk where we attempted to capture some of the remarkable scenery found in Lancaster county. Here are a few of the pictures from our relaxing walk...

Monday, February 21, 2011

Springin into an new routine...

ok so there was a time in my life where I had devos everyday in the morning, went on a run, cut out bread, and only ate sweets on the weekends. During this time I felt better about myself, had a different relationship with God, and was able to concentrate on what is important. Don't get me wrong this time wasn't perfect, I still had issues and my friends will attest to this, but making those small changes in my life made a huge difference.
    After moving home from Cali I started to let things slip. Concerns for school and the worries of the world clouded my views and I became lazy in the areas that were most important. I don't however want to discount the growth I have made in other areas. Being in a University challenged my beliefs and put me in some very uncomfortable situations. But going through those times reaffirmed how much I do believe in Jesus Christ and how much I want my life to be about Him. Health wise I am continually blessed with a functioning body. During the warm months I find myself in a routine of running five miles a day, and during these cold months although I am no where near where I should be in my fitness schedule I do try to shake what I've got every week in Zumba. 
   I feel though there are times where you need to step back and assess the choices you are making. I am idealist, I believe people can change. We just need to start small and believe in the God who is capable of making the BIG changes come true. We must play our part...
  Over these past couple of years I have started workout routines, diets, weekly devotionals, but all have failed due to the fact that my focus has not been completely on God. So as I examine what needs to change in my life I am committing to starting to make the changes in my relationship with God and then stemming from that making other healthy commitments. 
SO... Here are some goals for 2011 no scratch about for the end of february into march.
1. Spend time in prayer and reading least 10 minutes.
2. Cut back on sugar and carbs
3. Fill my time with productive things instead of hulu 
4. Exercise more
5. write 3 letters a month

alrighty so this is the beginning of my springing into new healthy routines in the months of february and march. I will keep you abreast on my progress.