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Hi there! I’m back! I can’t believe I completely skipped the month of May on posting on this blog… well, actually I can. May was probably the busiest month of our lives.

Because I love a list and I’m getting back into the grove of being organized here’s a list of updates on life:

01: I quit my day job

With much sadness May 9th was my last day as the assistant director of graphic design at Southwestern. I LOVED my job and I’m still having withdrawals from it. I miss my co-workers and projects so much. I know we are suppose to be in Little Rock but I still get sad when I think about it. Hopefully, time will help.

02: Matt graduated with his masters

Could not be more proud of my husband. On May 10th he graduated with his Master’s of Divinity. It was a huge 100 hour masters degree that he finished in 2.5 years. He amazes me!

03: We went to Europe

If you are friends with me on Facebook or Instagram you probably saw a few Europe photos from the trip. Well we had a blast and that goes without saying! It was a very busy trip and I plan on giving you the full run down here on the blog with pictures from my “real” camera.

04: We moved to Little Rock

Within 24 hours of landing at DFW we had our entire apartment and Uhaul packed and we were on our way to Little Rock. How?! My crazy husband, brother-in-law, neighbor and friends. They were a BEAST at packing. I was told I held my own but I don’t really remember from the jet lag… and suddenly we live in Little Rock again! It’s weird and wonderful all at the same time.

05: My new day job

So after all this change what’s next for me?! Well… THIS! I’ll be right here on this site designing the logos, branding products, wedding invitations and more that so many of you have requested. I’ve also got lots of ideas and changes for my little company and website but all that will come in due time. So in the mean time check this blog for more updates and contact me for a design project that you may have!

Peace
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Umm wow! It’s already half way through the month of April. Where did the time go? I think I’ve mentioned before but life is kinda crazy! Now don’t get me wrong… I LOVE the right kind of crazy. Like the controlled kind of crazy. The one where you are very busy and it almost seems like too much but yet you are getting things done right and left and doing it well. I LOVE that kind of crazy. Seriously, it’s the best. But currently I am not in that state of crazy. I’m in the unknown state of crazy. The one where life is about to make a lot of changes. All the changes I know about I’m really excited about! However, the unknown changes have been a process. I can finally say I’m very excited about the future even though it’s not completely clear to me what that looks like.

The verse above has been on my heart the past couple weeks. I hope it brings you peace too! And don’t you want to just go jump on those clouds?! Me too.

2013 :: First Quarter Wrap-up
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Wow what a first quarter of 2013, the good and the bad! But mostly good!

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01: Moving

We found out are moving back to Little Rock, Arkansas. We are SO excited but there is SO much about Texas I’m going to miss. Mainly the people from work and church but we are also just going to miss our daily lives here. However, being near family (mine and his) is a priceless gift that we could not be more grateful for. PLUS I can’t wait to get to know and spend more time with our new church family.

02: Website launch

Well y’all already know about this one. This is a biggie! This new site and blog is something I’ve been dreaming of for awhile and I’m so happy it’s finally live. Sometimes I forget it’s already done and I’ll go check my site out just to be sure and I’ll be like “oh yeah! It is true!” Silly, I know!

03: Neenah Award

I was SO thrilled to find out I won bronze for the entire south region in the Neenah Paperworks Contest. Ya’ll I was speechless when I found this out and was literally on cloud 9 for like 3 days straight. WOW. Special thanks to my sweet friend and paper rep from OK Paper, Blakeley Warner, for the nomination.

04: We are going to Europe

You’ve probably already seen this mentioned on here before but it’s a big deal and it’s a really big deal when you start booking and paying for things! We are SO excited but with so many other things going on (graduation, moving, new jobs, etc) I don’t think about it as much as I would expect. My dad always says part of the vacation is the anticipation leading up to the trip! Always so true!

05: Featured on Oh So Beautiful Paper

Being featured on a website you literally visit everyday is a big deal folks. I honestly could not believe my eyes. I absolutely LOVE my business cards and to have them featured on OSBP is a dream come true!

06: Wedding invitations and more

I’ve been busy, busy designing at work and freelance stuff. (I’m so lucky to love my day and night job!) But there’s nothing more exciting than seeing a pretty wedding invitation come together perfectly!

Life is really great right now. Yes, it’s a little stressful mostly with moving, transiting jobs, back problems and being sick. But the good so out ways the bad. I am so grateful!

Also, I think I’ll spare you any kind of April Fools jokes. You’re welcome. Mostly because I haven’t had any luck with them today. I tried to tell Matt his jeans looked like bell bottoms (it drives him crazy) but still it wasn’t a good one.

Happy April ya’ll!

Europe Must Haves 01
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This is my first post on a few Europe must haves. I’ve got lots more to say on this subject but above are a few things I want to start with.

01: Camera

For Christmas we got ourselves a Canon Rebel T3i. We’ve loved it so far and it was definitely a must have for our big trip. We didn’t have to get something quite this nice but we plan on using it for years for all different reasons.

02: Kelly Moore crossover bag

I’ve been eyeing these Kelly Moore bags for years. I’m a huge fan of her work and she photographed several of my friend’s weddings. Such a talent! When the 2 Sues Bag came out I knew this was the bag for me. I could totally see myself with this crossover bag on and whipping out my camera as we adventure around Europe.

03: Rick Steves books

Matt and I are huge Rick Steves fans. Like for real… we watch his show every Saturday morning. When we really started planning this trip it was a no brainer for us, we were going to get his books. We have Rick Steves’ Italy, Paris and London 2013 books. They have been SO helpful and they’ve already paid for themselves. I’ve mentioned his books in all my hotel bookings and most of my hotels have given me 10% off. I highly recommend his shows and books to anyone traveling overseas.

04: New luggage

I got a luggage set as a college graduation present. It was a great present at the time because I didn’t even realize I didn’t have a luggage set and that was just one less thing I had to think about as I was planning a wedding. After our honeymoon and few more trips we started to see the wear on our luggage. Well over 4 years later our luggage is barely hanging on SO the mission is on for new luggage. Unlike everything I’ve mentioned above we have not settled on the luggage we want. Pictured above is a set Matt really likes. I totally get why he likes it but I’m not a huge fan. Weight is a big issue since we only have 50 lbs a bag. Anything under 10 lbs is doable. Stay tuned on this one!

05: 220v Straightener

When I studied in Paris in college I quickly learned about the straightener issue. The first day I plugged my Chi in it burnt out immediately. Then I found out a few of my other friend’s straighteners had the same fate. For most girls this is a livable issue, but for me it’s a disaster. Seriously, my hair gets huge if I don’t straighten it or blow it out carefully. So I was not going to let this happen to me again. I’ve been searching ebay for different 220v straighteners. Right now I’m leaning towards this one but I haven’t purchased it.

Featured on Oh So Beautiful Paper
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WOW! Today my business cards were featured on Oh So Beautiful Paper. I mean hello bucket list item!

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This really is a dream of mine come true! With so many changes happening in the next few months and so many unknowns I’m very grateful for the extra pep in my step.

Thank you Oh So Beautiful Paper!

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