When I first started blogging, I had no idea what to write about. So I blogged about everything. My blog became an online diary of sorts, a snapshot of what I was interested in, thinking about, or doing at any given time.
Then I started sharing what I knew and learned as I grew both my blog and my business. As my blog gained traction, I did what every blogger does — I looked to my most popular content and tried to create more of it. All of it had to do with my business. I didn’t think anyone would miss my lifestyle content.
But as it turns out, someone did. Me.
As time marches on, faster than ever it seems, I’ve begun to realize what a gift it is to have a written record of my life somewhere, mundane as it can be. Two years ago, I could recall with certainty what year I visited Portland for the first time, which days were perfect snow days, and what year I brought home Dobby. Now the dates and years come to mind slowly, with a question wavering in my voice.
For many of these events, I have old blog posts to remind me. But then there’s a gap of a few years where I kept it all about business. I don’t really know how to blend personal and business like I used to — but the truth is, I didn’t know what I was doing then either.
So I thought I would start a new series here on the blog to document the everyday happenings of my life. I’m a little worried I won’t have anything to write about in the future, especially since I’m kicking this off after one of the biggest months in my life, as you’ll see. But that’s the beauty of blogging — despite what the experts may say, I still believe publishing the rough drafts is what makes blogging truly special.
So here’s what happened in October, for the record.
We got married!
Jesse and I got married on October 4 at the Aquarium, here in Tulsa. We chose to have a small ceremony with family dinner afterwards at a nearby restaurant we love, Andolini’s.
There is a lot I want to say on the subject, and definitely a lot more photos to share — but I think such an event merits its own post. What I will say now is that I really wasn’t sure what to expect, but it turned out to be a very special day that will always make me smile. More to come!
We went on our honeymoon
For our honeymoon, we chose a cruise to the ABC Islands (Aruba, Bonaire, and Curaçao) out of Miami. This probably merits its own post as well, though most of my photos are of flamingos! Easily my favorite was the day we spent at Flamingo Beach in Aruba, swimming in crystal clear water, sipping on Aruba Arribas, and watching the flamingos strut around. I also loved snorkeling in Bonaire — we were among the last back on the boat, and I still could have stayed in the water for hours.
After our honeymoon I felt more excited to get back to work than I’ve honestly felt in a long time. While I might be able to relax on the weekends, I forgot the power of getting away from it all for a bit. I was able to relax and recharge in a way I haven’t been able to at home. Now I’m thinking about how I can recreate some of those conditions on the weekends, and also short trips we can take for the sole purpose of relaxing (I tend to only travel for business).
Other everyday happenings
After we returned home from our honeymoon, I’ve been getting out of bed just a little earlier in the mornings. Though I’ll never be a morning person, I do like the feeling that I have more time to settle into the day. And now with gaining an hour from Daylight Savings Time ending, maybe I can make it stick? We’ll see what happens.
It may be cliché, but post-honeymoon I’m finding myself in the kitchen more and more. I’d love to check out your favorite food blogs — share a link in the comments! We received an InstantPot as a wedding gift, so I’ve been experimenting a lot with that. Loving it so far!
Though our timing isn’t perfect, we’re finally working on our patio space. Apparently the last person who lived in this house had a green thumb, and we definitely don’t. We’ve struggled for a long time to find someone reliable and knowledgeable to help us clean up our garden spaces, but we’ve never been quite happy with the results. We finally found someone who completely transformed our backyard so that it not only looks great, but also won’t turn into an overgrown jungle again (shoutout to Carlos, if you’re local!). Now I’m excited to finally get some patio furniture and enjoy our backyard — if we’re lucky, we might even get a few weeks in before the weather changes.
It’s hard to believe, but my little house elf came home 5 years ago on Halloween! Here’s to the next 5, Dobby.