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That Friday Feeling: Playlist Edition

It’s the weeeeeeekend!

Y’all! I love Fridays! Probably because I always have an early start to the weekend with a four day workweek schedule, but there’s also just something about the day itself. I call it That Friday Feeling and I’ve made a little playlist HERE of 5 of the top songs that give me Friday Feels. (You can also use these on Mondays to hype up your week 😉) OKAY, Okay I’ll stop. I know Monday isn’t a word that should even be breathed today. 

XOXO,

C

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The Night I Would Never Forget

Exactly one year ago today I experienced a night that would change me forever. Looking back, I couldn’t know that a full year later, I would remember this night as the defining moment, one of the paradigm shifts of my life. 

The Day: August 30, 2016

The Location: Iceland

I’m not sure if it was the mysterious mist that clang beautifully to the mountains, or the small dirt pass that ran between them, but something in me changed that night. A short hike on a narrow path led us to one of the most serene places I had ever seen. 

Built in 1923, Seljavallalaug Pool is the oldest swimming pool in Iceland. Walking through the mountains only to come upon a pool in the middle of nowhere is quite a feeling. Sat beside the pool is a small concrete changing room with pegs on the wall and not much else. Although the pool is manmade, the geothermal water that heats the pool trickles down the mountains from the Eyjafjallajökull volcano.


It was getting late, around 8:30 PM, and the mist was sweeping lower and lower down the mountain and covering the valley beside the pool. We were huddled in the corner of the pool where the hot water was coming in from one lonely pipe. To be honest, we were in an almost 100 year old pool so the algae/slime sitch was real, but I realized that day that the world is so much more beautiful than I had ever imagined. 

I realized that I want to see as much of it’s beauty as I possibly can before my time on this earth is finished. And I realized that above all else, God created these mountains, this volcano, and this moment, and He knew that one day, a girl from Texas would be covered in algae, slightly shivering and admiring the beauty that He created. 

What an incredible God who created the universe and the galaxies. Who filled the oceans that I dream of and who spoke the beauties of this world into existence. I love Him with all of my heart. And despite the hardships, the trials, and the messy days in my life, I will praise Him. I will thank him for the beauty He created for my eyes to see. I will thank him for allowing me to experience more of His beauty than I ever thought would be possible. And I will chase His beauty to the furthest corners of the earth. 

XOXO,

C

P. S. Tbh I almost forgot how to blog, I’m so rusty. Here’s to turning 25, to adulting, and to chasing His beauty! 

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Before and After Us.

My life was once so tiny

Four corners and four walls

And you and me went round and round

And I thought that it was all

It was all I could imagine

It was all I could ever want

And now I visit those old places

And my thoughts, they only haunt

Because now my life is so very big

Bursting out of those four walls

It’s full And overflowing

And I want to see it all

See the mountains and the deserts

The forests and the trees

And I know deep down

It never would have been 

with only you and me.

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Iceland

I remember the way the stars looked when we stopped on the side of the road and leaned our faces out the car window on our midnight search for the Northern Lights. 
I remember the way I felt that week. Like adventure was always just beyond my fingertips and all I could think was to reach reach reach and take all I could wrap my fingers around. 
I remember the rushing of the water as it poured over the falls and the way my breath froze over and over and over again until we had to go back even when we could have stayed there forever. 
I remember the city streets and the colorful buildings and the view from the top of the church tower as we took in all we could and pushed it deep deep deep into our memories so we would never forget this moment. 
I remember the way my heart ached when I thought about leaving the only foreign country that actually felt like home because it’s been aching since I’ve gone. 
I remember these things as the weather gets colder here and I long for the brisk clean air and a long drive down a singular highway and the greatest desire to be lost but somehow found among the beauty and the stars and the dancing lights and the magic of it all. 

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The Unseen River. 

There’s a river held behind my eyes.
Blocked by an unseen dam,
I feel unseen, I don’t feel alive.
If you can’t love me, then who can?
I’m ready for this holding force to give way,
To break, to rush, to scream.
For emotions to spill and pour and leak away.
It’s so easy to block the things not wanted.
It’s so easy to shut the door on pent up feelings and desires.
It’s so easy to sweep the pieces into little corners and crevices, out of the way,
Until they aren’t.
Until a small sliver, a tiny crack in the dam, a drip of water, and
Suddenly
Overwhelming thoughts and hopes long forgotten and dreams once hidden are exposed, raw, vulnerable.
And it’s not easy anymore. It’s not effortless. And you’re so afraid that if you see yourself for who you really are, for all those dreams that haven’t come true, for all those desires darkening the hidden corners of your heart,
Everyone else will see them too.

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The Year of Twenty-Two. 

11:58 PM found me locked in my bedroom, earphones in, my face covered in LUSH Ocean Salt Facial Scrub (trust me, it’s magical),  and having the time of my life jamming to T Swift’s 22 for the last time while actually twenty-two. 

Twenty-two has been an incredible year for me! From graduating college and moving back home, to getting a successful business job (yay for adulting!), to traveling the world, I have seen and grown and explored to my heart’s content. 

I have road tripped the entire East Coast, explored Maine, NYC, and Boston with my best friend, and checked three continents off my list (Europe, Asia, and Africa). 

I have discovered the pure joy and fascination one can get from growing and watching plants and flowers as they thrive under your care. Green living things have taken over my apartment like you wouldn’t believe and I’m totally okay with it. #crazyplantlady 

There have been struggles, heart break, and hard times this year but through it all, I’ve learned a couple of things:

  1. Being able to afford all the clothes and coffee and home decor I want can never feel as good as being broke and traveling the world. 
  2. Try new things even if they scare you! The first thought I had when my mum bought me my first house plant (on my birthday no less) was utter terror that I would kill it off faster than it could grow. I look back at that moment and can’t help but laugh at myself. (I also want to cry when I think about not having a house full of thriving plant children…) But, seriously.  Also, if anyone needs some ivy cuttings hit me up, yo. I can’t bare to trim them and throw them away. I know, I know, I’m crazy. 
  3. Never ever ever refuse someone’s help when moving. Lesson learned. 
  4. Give God all you’ve got, and more. I have never in my life been as blessed as I have this year. You can hear it as many times as you listen, but until you truly sacrifice of yourself (time, money, energy, etc) for God, you will never know the true value of living for the Lord.  I could tell you of so many things this past year that have really made this statement ring true in my life! 
  5. All the iPhone pictures in the world will never be able to compare to the beauty of seeing that view from the cliff overlooking the clear turquoise ocean, or the giraffes bathed in the first light of morning and mist in the distance while driving through a safari, or the spectacular view of the River Thames and the sparkling city lights of London. So don’t forget to take in the moment, put down your phone, your camera and all other distractions, and breath in the fresh salty air, let yourself feel like the tiniest part of the universe while taking in the views from the London Eye, and enjoy the ultimate feeling of freedom in the majestic African wildlife while pretending to be Queen of the Safari. All the pictures in the world will never be worth the memories, I promise. 

As I drove to work today (yay, adulting?), I may or may not have been belting out Queen Bey’s Grown Woman with my front seat filled with flowers and succulents (the fam bam knows me too well). I am so blessed and can not wait to see where The Year of Twenty-Three will take me! No need to fear, I will still be dancing and feeling 22, my wanderlust will continue to grow, and I’ll still be overwhelming your instagram accounts with my plant babes. Happy Thursday! XOXO

  

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