Hello, hello friends! You know the drill… grab a cup of coffee and get cozy. I have a lot of life to fill you in on, so it’s high time for another coffee date!
If this is your first time visiting a Coffee Date post, let me fill you in on why they’re a little different from the run-of-the-mill around here. Posting outfit inspiration is so much fun, but what I really love is connecting with and getting real with y’all. So that’s why every once in a while, I take a day to fill you in on all of the updates in my personal life!
You’ll find a roundup of my blog Instagrams, a (usually longwinded) update on what I’ve been up to as of late, and a few personal photos. So let’s get started, shall we?
In thinking through this recent “season” I’m filling you in on today (basically, life since my latest Coffee Date post in November) there’s one word that really stands out… NEW. So much “newness” has taken place over these past 3ish months, friends, and that has been such a good, fun, happy thing! Let me fill you in on some of the specifics…
Those of you who have been following along on Instagram know that towards the beginning of January, I made the move to a new apartment! Here’s the backstory:
After graduating from the University of Texas, I moved in with my parents in order to give the “full time blogging” thing a shot. I spent a wonderful year there (which I loved, I’d move back in right now if I didn’t need more space haha) I decided it was time for a place of my own!
That took me to my very first apartment, a cozy one bedroom with white walls and a view of the pool and the cutest neighbor across the hall. (Hey, Emily!) I absolutely loved it. It’s where I really learned independence, figured out the “adulting” thing (somewhat, not totally there yet), and made countless memories. (If you’re curious, you can see how I decorated it here, here and here.)
But over the following year and a half, that apartment started turning into a big office, and I found it impossible to separate work from normal life. Imagine shipping boxes piled up all around your living room, photography equipment lining every wall of your bedroom… there wasn’t any place to rest and truly disconnect from work.
It wasn’t just a “clutter” problem, it really started affecting me personally. I would get so overwhelmed at the amount of “stuff” everywhere and really lamented not having a place for everything. I wasn’t nearly as efficient as I wanted to be work-wise, because I would have to spend so much time looking for things, cleaning and arranging spaces, etc. Towards Christmas time, I really was feeling down about work and knew I wasn’t doing the best job I could because of the space I was in.
And then it hit me… I needed more room! Goodness, that sounds so simple to type out, but the really realization came on slowly. And right as it did, the Lord put the perfect place in my path. A darling two-bedroom townhome right in my same apartment complex!
It was an intimidating decision to take on higher rent and move all of my belongings after getting so comfortable in my first apartment, but y’all, the leap of faith has been so worth it. My new place allows me the room to separate work from “real life,” and that balance has been so healthy, inspiring and enjoyable!
I’m so close to finishing the decor, and can’t wait to share a full reveal with y’all soon.
Before you get too excited, let me clarify… my parents technically got a new puppy. In my mind, though, that means he’s mine as well! :) Y’all… meet ERNIE! The most precious little miniature schnauzer you have EVER seen in your life. After losing our sweet Rufus before Christmas, our hearts have been so healed having this new addition to the family around! Ernie loves to jump, yawn, climb under my parent’s coffee table and is the most relaxed doggie you’ve ever seen. (You can literally do anything with him, he just hangs out and loves being with you!) I’ve been waiting to share him with y’all in this post… get a load of this cuteness!
This is one update that I’ve hinted at over the past few weeks (Did you catch it in this update? Skip to 13:10), and am so excited to finally spill about here with y’all! This past fall, someone stepped into the picture, and it has been SO fun.
Friends, meet Andrew! Fun fact… we went to the same high school (he’s a year older and we had zero clue who each other was) and reconnected at a big dinner our mutual friends put together a few months back. It was one of those hit-it-off-right-away kinda things, and after about a month of going on dates we made it “official.”
This all happened during a season in which I wasn’t really seeking anything new, and was one of those pinch-me things that happened so fast. You know how people say it happens when you least expect it? That’s exactly how it was for us! (If any of y’all are George Straight fans, it really makes me think of the song “Blue Clear Sky.”:)
Here are a few fun facts to get you acquainted with the boy… name is Andrew // one grade & two years older // loves hunting, fishing, football and all of those guy things (which, as you can probably guess, has resulted in quite the learning curve for me) // in his fourth year of med school // randomly has the best Cuban accent I’ve ever heard // Baylor bear // deathly afraid of birds // worked at the same summer camp I did (Kanakuk) // is the most fun wedding date (his dance moves, y’all)
Up until the new year he was living in Dallas doing interviews for residency, but is now back in San Antonio to finish out his last semester. Can we all take a moment to laugh at my long distance streak? I will say, now that I know what it’s like dating in the same city (haha!) I get why people really don’t like long distance. But we’ve decided to proactively love every season of dating instead of wishing things away, and are definitely making the most out of this one!
There are about a million and one other things I want to blab about him, but I figure I’ll share more with time! Hopefully, this gives you a pretty good introduction. If any of you can think of a nickname to refer to him as on the blog, I’m all ears! ;)
With this season consisting of a new year, a new relationship and a new apartment, I’ve settled into a new mindset as well that has been incredibly life-giving for me. It looks like this…
I’m going to work my very hardest at all that I can.
Ok, so that’s not profound. That’s something I’ve always done. But here’s where the “new” comes into this mindset.
When I work my very hardest and still come up short, or feel like I’m not good enough in a certain area, or fail at something I try really hard at, I’ve started making the mental decision to hand myself grace. I’ve stopped beating myself up for not making it to spin class on a crazy day. I’ve stopped beating myself up for not growing my following on Instagram as fast as others. (How silly is that?! But something I really have to work at contentment with.) I’ve stopped beating myself up for past mistakes when something triggers my memory of them.
If I claim that God’s grace is sufficient for me, it’s sufficient for all areas of my life. And let me tell you… taking ahold of that grace has brought a peace and contentment and happiness into my life that no amount of striving, doing or achieving ever has.
So, friends, maybe you’re in a season of lots of happy new things. Maybe you’re in a season of lots of hard new things. Or maybe you’re in a season of monotony, feeling overwhelmed and uninspired, craving something new to come into your life. Wherever you find yourself today, remember that nothing stays the same forever. The bad things. The good things. They all change with time.
My encouragement to you today, and something I’m trying to practice myself, is to take hold of whatever season you’re in and live it out in light of the fact that everything changes. Savor and appreciate the good things in your life knowing they may not be forever things. Persevere through the hard things in your life knowing they, too, won’t last forever. Above all, take ahold of the glorious gift of grace God has given you if you believe Jesus is your Savior. His grace is sufficient in the sparkly new, in the humdrum monotony, and in every single season.
Love from Texas,