July Progress & August Goals

Welp July felt like it lasted 4 seconds.

There was a lot that happened in 31 days. My tending list was lighter than usual which had me feeling a little uneasy to start the month. But doesn’t it mean I’m not making as much progress if I only have a handful of things on my list?! Maybe. It also meant that I was focusing on what was most important and being intentional about not burning myself out.

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With a more focused mindset, I was able to accomplish some big things and dedicate the time and energy I had towards what was most important.

July Progress

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Monthly Goals

  • Anniversary Celebration — Eric and I celebrated our 1 year wedding anniversary on July 9th! I cannot believe how quickly that first year flew by!! It’s been quite the journey so far. Unfortunately the celebration came smack dab in the middle of school and studying, but we still were able to go out for a date night. We had dinner (and champagne of course!) at a yummy spot in Apex and enjoyed the time together. When we got married we decided that we would take an anniversary trip each year… that didn’t happen this year, so hopefully for year 2 we can do that!
  • Pass Real Estate school — check! Did it!! I’m so grateful I was able to pass both the class and the state exam on the first try. It was no easy feat, but it’s now behind me and the hard work definitely paid off!
  • Budget & Tithe — Our finances have been a big focus as we’ve gotten married and are learning how to do life well together. It’s important to us that we’re setting ourselves up for a flourishing financial future. Budgeting isn’t much fun or exciting, but it’s worth it.

Weekly Goals

  • Unplug — I’m still making it a point to unplug, even if just for a couple hours. This was very beneficial when I was studying and in class because I wasn’t distracted by the dings and notifications happening on my phone. It’s so good to step away from that regularly and be present.
  • Meditate — I didn’t do this as often as I would like, but I was still able to do it a bit. Quieting my mind and bringing peace into my world was challenging in July with everything I had going on. I could feel the difference when I was able to meditate and I look forward to doing more of it in August.
  • Encourage a friend — I was definitely needing encouragement in July and it was given abundantly. I believe we should give more of what we’re needing (love, encouragement, time, etc).
  • Learn at work — There is still so much to learn, but with another month under my belt I’m feeling a lot more comfortable and confident at work. I understand it’s going to take time, so I’m doing what I can to learn and absorb.

Daily Goals

  • Study!
  • Pray with Eric
  • Journal
  • Spanish

Paring down my daily goals to just 4 helped me make progress. I did great with studying and praying with Eric. Once I passed my exams, that opened up a lot more time and brain space! I still have more progress to make with journaling and practicing Spanish, but I can see that those habits are becoming more established.

I’m so excited for what’s going to be cultivated in August!

August Goals

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Monthly Goals

  • SJ’s 21st Birthday Celebration
  • Learn at work
  • Budget
  • Tithe
  • Gratitude
  • Intentional time with Eric

Weekly Goals

  • Meal plan and prep
  • Meditate
  • Friend date
  • Unplug
  • H2O only

Daily Goals

  • Exercise
  • No extra spending
  • Devotional
  • Pray with Eric
  • Journal
  • Spanish
  • No phone AM

Sometimes we need to bring it back to basics and bare bones like I did in July. If you’re struggling setting goals and accomplishing them could it be possible that you’re trying to do too much? Are you spreading yourself too thin and then becoming frustrated when it doesn’t happen? Narrow your list down to the most critical items. What will make the biggest impact in your month?

So often I’m trying to think so big picture that I miss what is right in front of me — this day, this month. Our days and months add up and bring us to those future goals. Focus on taking the smaller, meaningful steps that’ll guide you towards what you want 1 year, 3 years, 5 years down the road.

There’s more on my list for August, but I made sure that each item was going to move me closer to my major goals for the year. I’m trying something new by color coding the goals to coordinate with my 2017 goal list — little by little progress adds up! ❤

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First Anniversary — 7 Lessons

July 9, 2016.

That date will forever be etched into my mind and heart. It was the biggest day of our lives up to this point and I still have beautiful flashbacks to that gorgeous summer day.

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It blows my mind how much planning, stress, anticipation, excitement, and coordination goes into one day. One huge day. But often times much less thought goes into the marriage. If you’re not careful it’s real easy to dream and discuss your wedding day, but what about all the days to come??

We grew so much during our engagement, but have grown even more in our first year as husband and wife. We’ve celebrated, we’ve fought, we’ve loved, we’ve cried and that’s what I want to share with you — some lessons we’ve learned so far in our journey.

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#1: Communication is key

This has been and always will be the biggest factor when it comes to marriage, but even relationships in general. Communication is so key! Everything is rooted in communication and often your marriage will be a reflection of how well (or poorly) you and your spouse are handling this critical component.

During our premarital discipleship, we identified communication as a major area to focus and work on improving. We still struggle at times, but have made great progress in the way we communicate with one another. As a married couple, I believe nothing is off limits to communcation — you should be able to talk about any subject, no matter how uncomfortable or seemingly insignificant it may seem. Two people chose to become one, so everything you do affects your spouse. You should be making decisions together and in order to do this, communication needs to happen.

This tends to have a negative connotation with it — if a husband needs to check with his wife he’s “whipped” or vice versa, she’s being “controlled.” Whatever the case may be, I don’t think it’s a negative thing at all! A team can only work when communication is involved. I want my husband and I to be the best team. This is a partnership.

#2: God must stay at the center

Marriage can be challenging. It’s a daily choice to love, serve, and support your partner. Some days are much easier than other, lets be honest. I am selfish and imperfect. If it was just up to me, I would not be able to honor and serve my husband well. But Jesus. He is the perfect example of how to selflessly love, honor, and serve one another and I strive to follow His example. I mess up. A lot. But He is quick to forgive and guide me.

Faith has been an important area to both my husband and I and we wanted to be sure that God remained at the center of our marriage. The world can try to tell us many things and try to pull us in many directions, but we strive to keep our eyes fixed on Jesus.

We recently have gotten back into the habit of praying together every night before bed. It just takes a few minutes, but it makes such a difference! I love hearing Eric’s prayer requests, especially when he’s praying for something specifically for me. It’s such a gift to be able to serve and support one another in this way.

#3: Choose your battles, but fight fair

Fights will happen. There has been no way we’re able to avoid this fact, but I’ve noticed fights happen a lot less often when we’re understanding and not quick to become offended. Easier said than done, right?

I’ve learned more about myself. When I’m stressed I’m much quicker to become offended — I’m not as understanding and it’s not a good combo for peace. Sometimes stress will pop up unknowingly, but if there’s a stressful situation approaching I try to keep my cool and distance. Doesn’t always work, but that’s a huge part where communication comes in.

Most every fight we’ve ever had has been productive in the sense that we’re able to move forward from it. Each one teaches us something and molds our relationship. I’m not saying it’s fun or preferable, but it’s a necessary evil at times. I’m still learning how to bite my tongue and let things go — not everything is worth an argument. But when it’s something important I’m willing to set aside that comfort and get into the mess if it means we will ultimately be better for it. It’s can be a tough call to make, especially in the moment, so don’t be afraid to take a step back.

#4: Maintain your individuality

In a marriage I believe it’s important to be focused on your spouse. It’s great to spend time together and find things you enjoy doing together to bond and create memories. Just as important, though, is continuing to do your own things. Having your very own hobbies and interests allows you both to continue to explore your own uniqueness while ultimately allows you to grow as a couple.

It’s beautiful to allow that space to grow and explore — it builds trust. You’re able to see different qualities in your spouse (and yourself!) We can get so caught up in the “normal” day to day, but don’t be afraid to step out and try something new that’s just for you!

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#5: Date nights!

There’s the cliche “date your spouse,” but it’s so true! There are times we fall into the rut of work, bills, chores, errands. We get tired and it can be easy for date nights to fall to the wayside. We decided early on that we would strive for a weekly date night. There are seasons where this has become more challenging and we may not make it happen, but we do our best.

Intentional time spent together is crucial. Sometimes it’s grabbing Chinese from our favorite spot and enjoying a relaxing night in or maybe it’s going out for drinks. One thing you can guarantee is that food will always be involved 😉

Date nights provide the time and focus to really connect. Talk, check in, and learn what’s going on in the other person’s world. There are some nights during the week that we may only have 30 minutes together before bed, so date nights are cherished. If you and your love don’t already have a regular time on the calendar I challenge you to figure out a time to set aside just for the two of you ❤

#6: Lean into your circle

We were not made to do life alone and the same is true for marriage. Remember those loved ones at your wedding?? They were there to celebrate for your special day, but they are also the ones to walk the marriage journey with you. Don’t hesitate to ask for help and share the journey.

Seek out their wisdom. Ask for their prayers. Share the moments. Life is sweeter when we’re in community. 

There will also be many amazing people that come into your life after the wedding day. Each person comes along your path for a reason, so cultivate those relationships. Eric and I have been immensely blessed with new friendships that have come into our lives over the past year. We may not have known them long, but they are impacting our lives and strengthening our marriage by encouraging us and being great support systems.

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#7: We are a team

At the end of the day no matter what happens, we are a team. #TeamTorres

I have a best friend for life — that’s what I agreed to on our wedding day. That means he will always have my back and I will always have his. Early on, this wasn’t easy. We would feel against each other if a fight would arise and that only made things worse.

He affects me and I affect him. We are both playing for the same team and we want each other to win. That mindset helps us when things are challenging. I trust that we will be able to make it through anything because we are working as a team. We each have individual gifts, talents, and abilities that God placed together and I’m so grateful.


Thank you for coming alongside us on this journey! My hope is that this will be an encouragement to you and your current/future love. It’s not an easy ride, but it’s definitely one that’s worth it!

What have you learned along the way!? I’d love to read your wisdom!

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June Progress & July Goals

Officially halfway through 2017 — how!? Time seriously flies, so I’m grateful that I’m being intentional with what I want to accomplish in these 365 days.

June was much crazier than anticipated. If you’ve been following along with me here you’ll know I started a new job AND started real estate school. Both exciting things, but either one alone would be hectic. Combined?? Crazy! But we’re getting through it!

Day to day during the month felt like I wasn’t getting anywhere. I felt like I was slacking because boxes weren’t getting marked off… until I looked at my progress over the entire month. I realized even though I didn’t do as much as I had originally planned, I did still take steps forward while experiencing some life changes.

June Progress

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Monthly Goals

  • Pour into marriage – This month was challenging. Both Eric and I are experiencing changes in schedules and newness that we’re trying to adjust to. We haven’t had the ability to spend a lot of time together, but we have been more intentional about using the time we have. Most days that means a walk with Stella together in the morning and catching up together before bed. We’re making it work and being supportive of one another throughout the process.
  • Budget (pay of Chase) – Finances has been a major focus of ours since we set up our joint bank account. We were both in decent financial places independently and we want to continue to improve as a couple. Chase card was paid off early June! Woohoo!!
  • Biz growth – Well you can see this one got crossed out. Priorities changed and that’s totally okay.
  • Matt & Serena’s wedding – It was such an honor to walk through the engagement journey with Serena and get to stand beside her for their big day. The wedding was gorgeous and we had so much fun!
  • Graceful job transition – This tending item probably had me the most anxious. Starting a new job is stressful and nerve wracking. Leaving a job also feels a bit like breaking up with someone. It was an interesting time, but I couldn’t have asked for it to go better. I had a week in between quitting my old job and beginning the new one which was perfect to reset!
  • Real Estate School – 4 weekends down, 2 weekends to go!!!! I’m powering through it and praying everyday that I absorb the information and do well on the final exams.

Weekly Goals

  • Unplug – This goal has actually been really beneficial when it comes to class and studying. I’ve relied on it more to help me cut distractions and focus.
  • Prayer & meditation – Crucial as I’m experiencing a lot and trying to keep my head on straight!
  • Make plans with friend – Despite the craziness, I’m glad I followed through with this goal. As a busy adult it can be really easy to move through your days without connecting with friends outside of work. Relationships need time and attention to be cultivated. It was so good to reconnect and step outside of my world for some time.
  • Meal plan & prep – So this one was a flop. Honestly, I’ve been much lazier about my nutrition. My focus has been on school and work and really the last thing I want to do is cook. Whoops!

Daily Goals

  • Sleep 7+ hours
  • No snooze
  • Exercise
  • Journal 
  • Handletter/blog
  • Spanish lesson

It’s pretty easy to see what items fell off. I have some daily goals that I feel comfortable discontinuing from my future tending lists because they’ve become habit! Sleeping 7+ hours, no snoozing, and exercise are a part of my routine, so I don’t feel they need to make this list for months to come. That’s an awesome feeling! Although they were on the list for many, many months, the tending has paid off and they’re cultivated habits.

Now, what’s to be tended in July!?

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Monthly Goals

  • Anniversary celebration
  • Pass Real Estate School
  • Budget & Tithe

Weekly Goals

  • Unplug
  • Meditate
  • Encourage a friend
  • Learn at work

Daily Goals

  • Study!
  • Pray with Eric
  • Journal
  • Spanish

I’m keeping the tending list light this month by focusing on the few things that are extra important in July. I don’t want to overwhelm myself by trying to do it “all” and then end up burnt out. As my encouraging words for July puts it, I’m going to “do less with more focus.” I want to take what’s in my hands right now and treat it well.

What big goal do you have for July!? Share it below so I can be cheering you on this month.

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Overcoming overwhelm

I’ve been wanting to write this post for a bit now and I finally found some time tonight. So welcome — here’s a little update of life in the Torres household.

Both Eric and I are trying to find a “new normal.” Figuring out schedules and how to best support each other in this season. We don’t get to see each other as much as we used to, but I can tell we’re in such better places now even though at this moment the places are farther apart. Goals are being realized and it’s incredible to live them.

Eric’s still enjoying working full time at the restaurant and although I haven’t been able to see him in action, I know he’s doing an awesome job. He’s the most hardworking person I know and if he’s committed to something, he’s going to give it his all.

My sleep schedule has gotten funky {mostly} because of his restaurant hours — even though I’m tired I love hearing the stories about his day. The funny things that happened, the kind words a customer said, how he made a difference in someone’s experience. He’s proud and excited for the new opportunities ahead. I’m proud and excited with him!

Last summer was happily consumed with wedding activities. Preparations, celebrations, and of course, the special day. I thought this summer would be so much calmer. Silly me.

The last 2 weeks have been a bit of a whirlwind.

I’m halfway through my real estate class with just 3 weekends left (including this one!) Plus I started my new job on June 12th. Bring on all the new info! My days lately have been spent in class, at work, or learning (for both class and work).

Each day has been getting a little easier. More information is sticking. I’m becoming more comfortable and confident. I’m answering more questions correctly on exam preps.

Despite the craziness, I still feel like I’m where I’m supposed to be. As I look back over what got me to this point, there’s no doubt it was God’s doing. His perfect plan. He’s been weaving my story and aligning it all to get me here. So grateful!

You know when you’re starting something new and you all of a sudden have that overwhelming doubt? It’s too hard. I’m not ready for this. I can’t do it. Those thoughts have flashed through my mind on multiple occasions over the last few weeks.

What have I gotten myself into!? 

But I’m confident. I can do this. I was brought to this point for a reason. It’s going to be uncomfortable for a bit — that’s normal. Understandable. But if I can just push past it, it’ll be worth it.

So lately as I’ve been feeling this overwhelm, I’ve decided I’m going to overcome. I am an overcomer. I will not let doubt hold me and I won’t get in my way.

How have I been working on that?

Prayer

I’ve accepted that I’m overwhelmed and anxious at times. That’s okay. But I don’t have to face it all in my own strength. I pray for His wisdom, His peace, His comfort. I pray that I’ll be an example of His light and love to those I interact with. I pray that a little bit more will stick and I’ll feel more comfortable and confident than the day before. I pray that I’ll do my best and allow Him the space to fill in the gaps.

They’re simple prayers, but they do so much good. I talk to Him when I can — in the car, in a quiet moment, and anytime my heart needs a boost. It makes a difference.

Let go

I have a page full of goals for the month of June: good habits I want to develop and things I want to accomplish. I started off the month strong and even tried to keep it all up once classes started. But I quickly realized I can’t keep up with everything.

That bothered me. I wanted to continue to do it all. But I also knew that wasn’t reasonable. By continuing to push through, I was spreading myself way too thin. So I’m having to find the balance. Not everything will get checked off each day and I’m okay with that. I’m letting that guilt go. I’m making progress on the few most important things. Yes, that means many empty boxes, but that’s good enough.

Guilty pleasures

Episodes of Friends and Blue Bell Cookies ‘n Creme. That’s been the jam. That is my mini escape. “Free time” isn’t exactly a thing lately, but I try to find some time to unwind #nodaysoff. Admittedly I’ve probably had ice cream more nights this week than not. Whoops. I suppose that’s a part of the letting go.

This isn’t a season I’ll be in forever. If that means a few more ice cream nights, then fine. I’m not holding myself to a level of perfection. I’m extending myself more grace because I need it. It’s more about getting through in one piece. And my philosophy is that it’s better to have a treat here and there than to just crazy splurge later. Craving the ice cream?? Eat the ice cream. Give yourself what you need right now. Ice cream isn’t always the answer, but sometimes it may be. 


Friend, can you relate?

You may be reading this in the midst of your crazy. Or maybe you just got through that season. Or maybe you’re getting ready to enter it. No matter where you are, I’m cheering you on. You are doing amazing things and your best days are ahead. Lets encourage one another and lift each other up ❤

You’re doing great!

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Life’s changes lately

3 weeks ago I gave my two week’s notice.
1 week ago I worked my last day at CS.
Last weekend I started Real Estate school.

It’s been a time of transition. Eric and I made the decision a few months ago that I’d leave my current job and completely change paths. My current job that provided security, insurance, benefits… To go into something that I was completely unsure about.

When we made the decision we had no idea how things would go. We just knew that a change was needed and it was time to make it!

I spent over 2 years at my job. The company was great. My pay had increased over the years. I liked the people I worked with and I felt supported by management. On paper someone might wonder why I would leave that??

It wasn’t a fit for me. I had learned a lot and gained valuable knowledge and skills, but I wasn’t in my best fit. I found myself drained and frustrated. I know that’ll happen from time to time with a job (it is work anyway!) but that’s not a good daily place to be.

So the decision. The unknown. The worries.

But we trusted and went for it.

I’ve never really done anything like that before. Made such a jump without knowing the next move. It was scary, but it felt good to trust. It’s amazing how God works and how He moves things to work for our good.

The day I nervously gave my two week’s notice, I wasn’t sure if I’d actually gotten the new job yet. I gave my notice and my heart leapt — with excitement and fear in the same beat. But later that night I got the phone call I had been waiting for. I laughed and cried once the call ended because that’s such a God thing. He just wants me to trust His plans and He takes care of the rest. That trusting may look like stepping out in faith and allowing Him the space to catch you.

A lot of people have been asking what brought me to real estate.

It’s mostly due to the encouragement of my husband. For some time I knew I wanted to venture down a different career path, but I had no idea what. I didn’t have any set job in mind, but I’d look through the jobs posted on LinkedIn and other sites. I came across one for a real estate agent that sounded ahhhmazing! Only problem, I didn’t have my license. I sent the posting to Eric anyway and dreamt about being a real estate agent in the meantime.

I didn’t expect his response, but he immediately told me to go for it! And that set the wheels in motion. I used to work as a leasing agent in college and enjoyed working with people and helping them find a place to call home. I didn’t love the college apartment leasing, but homes?? That’s something I could definitely see myself doing.

Use my psychology degree, interact with people, show beautiful homes. That’s my style.

But one big career change isn’t enough, right??

A few weeks before I was planning on giving my notice, Eric told me he was seriously considering leaving his job. He had mentioned it out of frustration before, but this time was different. Without hesitating (too much), I assured him he should do it if he was sure… he’s not really the impulsive type (that’s me) so I was pretty confident he was already sure.

He’s had big dreams for a while and I knew leaving his job would happen eventually, just wasn’t planning on it being in the same timeframe. Talk about trust!

Team Torres was potentially unemployed. But we were also creating the space to move into something much bigger and better! And that’s exactly what’s been happening.

I am beyond grateful for the decisions that we made and the opportunities that have come our way because of them. We are a happier, stronger couple for it and we’re working together to make things happen.

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More to come soon about our new adventures and how they’re panning out, but for now I just wanted to fill you in and encourage you. You have the power to change whatever you need to in your life. Is it a job? A relationship? A habit? A choice?

Whatever it may be, it’s worth the jump! If there’s something you’re complaining / stressing / worrying about day after day, maybe it’s time. You’re not a tree… you don’t have to stay stuck. Move! I know it’s scary, but if you’re making the leap with good intentions and a pure heart the world has your back.

So do that thing! Stop wishing and start making it happen.

We are so appreciative of all the love and well wishes we’ve received and any that are to come! Change isn’t easy, but it’s a lot easier with your support. Thank you

Can’t wait to fill you in on what’s ahead! The best is yet to come!

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May Progress & June Goals

June 1st so you know what time it is! It’s time to look back at my progress over the last month while also looking forward to what’s to come! Before starting this process of intentional goal setting I didn’t care either way much about a new month. Now a fresh month excites me because it’s like a mini reset!

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Note to self…

May brought lots of changes and with that some pivoting was needed. Progress was still made though! Instead of steady forward progress the changes turned our steps into a bit of a cha-cha, but that’s okay with me.

May Progress

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Monthly Goals

  • Love Eric well — This will be a constant work in progress as love is a verb. You’re never really “done” (and if you think you are, check yourself and your relationship). Craziness of life can make this challenging at times, but it helps to have as a goal so I can remain focused and intentional. I’m not always great at this, but I do check in with Eric weekly to see how I did. I’m open to his feedback and want to allow space if he does have a suggestion on how I can be a better wife.
  • Budget – communicate/reduce debt — Another work in progress! We are still openly communicating about our budget and where we stand financially. We don’t have a structured communication plan, but really just touch base as needed. That seems to be working well so far, so we’ll keep at that! Time to update the budget for June!
  • Serena’s bachelorette weekend — Check! What a fun and special weekend! You can read more about it here
  • Bridesmaid dress alteration — This one goes unchecked, but I’m actually about to do it after I finish this post. Time snuck away from me, whoops!
  • Margin – space & days — I’m doing better at allowing open space in my schedule. I can breathe and that makes a huge difference!
  • Anniversary gift complete — Check! Huge thank you to my talented friend, Catryn. I can’t wait to share the finished product with you! In the meantime, if you want to check out her work (which I highly suggest!) you can visit her here
  • Biz growth – samples out — Getting into a new business has been an interesting journey so far to start, but it’s going well!! Thank you to those that have supported me ❤
  • Procedure — So nothing serious, but earlier this month I did get a “skin tag” removed. I say that with quotations because it was much larger than your average tag. Regardless, it’s removed and the report from pathology came back as just a fatty tissue, so no worries there! And it’s healed nicely, so I’m happy!

Weekly Goals

  • Unplug — This will continue to be a goal until it becomes a true habit. Unplugging has been so good for me! While I understand the positive effects, I’m worried I’ll let it slide if I’m not focused.
  • Self care – meditate — I’m finally getting into a meditation habit! Quiet the mind and breathe. Definitely needed.
  • Cultivate relationships — We aren’t meant to do this life alone, so I’m definitely focused on growing my important relationships. As adults with busy lives and hectic schedules it’s crucial to be intentional and be the one to reach out.
  • Be my own health success story — I wasn’t exactly sure what I meant when I wrote this down, but I felt led to include it. Week to week it looked a bit different, but I’m taking complete responsibility for my body and health. If it’s not where I want it to be, it’s up to me. I’m writing my own success story!

Daily Goals

  • Pray/journal
  • Sleep 7+ hours
  • NO SNOOZE
  • Exercise
  • Espanol
  • Be creative

Lots of repeats, but that’s okay. These daily goals are positive habits I’m working on cultivating in my life and habits take time to really stick. I’m proud of the progress that was made in these areas and I’m getting closer to creating those lasting habits.

June, I’m so excited for you!!!

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Monthly Goals

  • Pour into marriage
  • Budget – pay off Chase
  • Biz growth
  • Matt & Serena’s wedding (yay!)
  • Graceful job transition
  • Real estate school

Weekly Goals

  • Unplug
  • Prayer & mediation
  • Make plans with friend
  • Meal plan & prep

Daily Goals

  • Sleep 7+ hours
  • NO SNOOZE
  • Exercise
  • Journal
  • Handletter
  • Spanish practice

I’m ready to dig in and cultivate beautiful things in June! Since there have been so many changes in our world, be on the lookout for a life update coming your way soon! I promise ya, it’s good and I’m so grateful! ❤

What’s a goal you have for June? I’d love to know and encourage you along the way!

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Charlottesville — Fine as Wine

While so many are away on vacation for Memorial Day Weekend, I’m soaking up some relaxing time at home and looking back on last weekend’s adventure in beautiful Virginia. I love traveling and it’s so fun to be able to share my trips with you!

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2017 has been the year of travels and I was able to check another new place off the list: Charlottesville, VA. Not your usual Bachelorette weekend destination, but the gorgeous wineries were calling our names.

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7 ladies. 
4 wineries.
1 day.
Mission accepted and accomplished. 

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If you ever find yourself in Charlottesville, definitely be sure to check out the wineries! We chose 4 that were relatively close to one another so it was possible to visit all in one day {a pretty big accomplishment!} Our vino adventure began around 10am leaving the hotel.

King Family Vineyards: This was a great first stop! They opened at 10am, so it wasn’t too busy by the time they arrived, ideal since they don’t make reservations. The tasting was wonderful and they have a lovely seating area out back to enjoy a glass of your favorite. Polo matches are held every Sunday beginning Memorial Day weekend.

10 min to Pollak 

Pollak Vineyards: We were able to make reservations here. The tasting was actually in a side room that overlooked the side of the property with some water, trees, and benches. We chose 2 of our favorite bottles to enjoy out at the picnic tables and took advantage of some more photo ops, of course! 

9 min to Veritas

Veritas Vineyards & Winery: Again, no reservations, but no worries! I actually booked/prepaid for a tasting and tour prior to our trip and gave an estimated time. It was interesting to see and learn more about the wine making process. 

25 min to Pippin Hill 

Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards: We had the least amount of time here due to an event, but wish we were able to be there longer. The vineyard sits on top of a hill, so the views were stunning! Next time this is probably where I’ll like to pick back up. 

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It was an honor to be able to be a part of this weekend. The blushing bride, Serena, was a bridesmaid in my wedding and a year ago we were doing all these activities for my big day. It’s so fun to return the favor and get to experience the joy, excitement, and love again as her and her future hubby’s day is approaching!

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Don’t you just need a girl’s weekend from time to time!? This was the perfect excuse! We had a blast getting to know each other and I can’t wait for the group to reunite on June 17th! Until next time… ❤

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