CWS Happenings


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Hey there, fam!! What’s up? Gosh, I am so sorry things have been so quiet here on the blog. Life has been a whirlwind lately. There’s just so much going on and I’m going to catch you up on everything today.

– HAPPENINGS –

MOVING…

Over the past month, I’ve been sharing about how Michael and I will be moving closer to his work (our church) soon. Well, tomorrow’s the big day! The day we’re getting the keys to the townhome we’ll be renting. We’re in love with it and the location is perfect – just 3-5 minutes from the church in a safe neighborhood. We’re excited about this next step but it also brings a bit of stress to our plates since we’re going to be putting our home on the market soon.

This move is going to be different than any of our other moves because we’ll be moving in two stages. The first stage is to get all bedroom furniture and anything that we’re not using for staging out of our home and down to the new place. We’re planning on starting to stay there at some point this weekend if all goes to plan. The second stage of moving will be after we sell our home when we get to clear out what we used to stage some of the rooms. 

We have peace about this entire transition and we’re praying that our home sells quickly so we won’t have to carry our mortgage and rent for long. It’s so bittersweet to be leaving our first home but we’re excited about the future. Please, join us in prayer that our home sells quickly!

I’M AN AUNTIE AGAIN…

My younger sister, Bethany, went into premature labor at 26 weeks almost 3 weeks ago with her baby girl. The cause is still unknown but praise be to God that both my sister and her baby girl are doing amazing! It was definitely a scary day and the fact I couldn’t be in Massachusetts with her rattled me but through it all, we all had peace. Please be praying for my sister and her baby girl. It’s a long road with the NICU but God’s got this!

I SAID “GOODBYE” TO THE AIRBNB…

Many of you know that for the past year, I was an Airbnb property manager. I took care of a very large home and managed all of the communication between guests. It was definitely a huge growing experience for me. It brought me out of my comfort zone more times than I can count. It was a great side job for me but I said goodbye to it the other weekend. I was able to pass it on to an amazing lady so I know it’s in great hands!

Coffee, Cat, Sunday Morning

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I am so sorry that I’ve been slacking on getting new content out. I promise I’ll get better once the moving is over. 🙂 Thanks for hanging in there with me.

– CURRENTLY –

EATING… Like I mentioned in my most recent bumpdate post, my cravings have been all over the place. I definitely keep to healthy foods but I definitely have some of my cravings, too… like, McDonald’s nuggets with honey. Yum!! I actually used to eat them like that as a kid and I totally forgot about nuggets with honey until another mom posted about it in a FB group that I’m in.

OBSESSED WITH… Packing. Seriously. I really enjoy packing… probably because I’m in control and know where everything is. It’s like Tetris in real life! 

EXCITED TO… Share what Baby T is very soon!! 🙂 What do you think? Boy or girl? I’m also excited to slowly start on Baby T’s nursery once we move.

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WATCHING… All my fall shows that have started up! Grey’s, Bull, NCIS, SVU, and Seal Team starts this week. So, so happy my shows are back on because I hit a point where I had nothing to watch!

WEARING… All the sweatpants! But, for real. I’m home most of the time so you bet I’m going to be as comfy as I can be. When I go out, I either reach for a t-shirt dress or one of my only pairs of athletic leggings that fit still, haha. It’s tough, you guys. Even before my baby bump was showing like it is now, I had to pack away most of my favorite leggings because they’re all high-waisted and were too tight. These leggings from Aerie have been my favorite for TWO years now and they still fit me! YAY. I’m highly considering getting them in a size or two up just to have.

The fact that these leggings are still being sold even after two years speaks volumes!! Okay, I could go on forever about them, haha. I love them! They’re having a cool deal right now, too!

Thanks for catching up with me today! How are you? Tell me what’s going on in your life. Are you excited for fall to arrive? Let’s chat!

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Hey friends! How is it already the last day in July? I can’t believe the summer is quickly coming to an end. Though, I don’t mind. I much prefer fall weather. It has been SO hot here and I swear, it shouldn’t be allowed to get so hot up here in the Northeast. Anyway, can you tell that I’m just very eager for fall to arrive? Who’s with me?

I know that I have been a bit quiet around here and on social media lately. If you’re a regular around here, you already know that in the spring I was dealing with blogger burnout. I started to overcome it throughout June but I didn’t want to force myself out. Instead, I chose to be patient with myself and the process.

When July rolled around, Instagram decided to roll out some changes that started to negatively affect those of us who use the platform for business. It completely sucked. I’m talking… engagement cut in half or more than half. It’s been very, very bad. Anyway, I’m not here to complain about Instagram all day, haha. But with all of IG’s changes and things I was noticing on social media in general, it all just became too much for me. So, I accidentally took a step back from social media, especially Instagram.

Social media can be a very toxic place. I have always strived to keep a healthy relationship with it but something in me just got so aggravated with it all this month. So, a break was in order. I only posted a few times this month on Instagram and you know what? It felt pretty dang great.

I wasn’t overwhelmed or stressing about what to post next. I wasn’t focused on finding new ways to combat IG’s silly games. I felt free. I felt peace.

I’m glad I took a step back, gave myself grace, and decided to just focus on life. I’ll be easing back into everything blogging and social media over the next month. I want to give myself space and time. Don’t worry, though – I do have tons of ideas in the works. 🙂

As always, I appreciate your support!

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– HAPPENINGS –

  • This past Saturday, July 27th, marked 5 years since I started CWS! I am so proud of how this space has grown and I’m forever grateful for it.
  • Michael and I are going to be putting our house on the market soon. We bought our house about 2 years ago and we love it, but Michael now works 2 hours away at our church. So, commuting 4 hours to and from every day or every few days is exhausting for him. We love our church and are excited about the future, so we’re looking to sell our home to move out there. There is still lots to be figured out but God has always been faithful and we know He will be again. Please, be praying for Michael and me during this season.
  • Speaking of putting our house on the market, we’re working on some little fixes before we do so. We have put so much love and intentional work into our house the past couple of years, so it’s all about the finishing touches now.
  • I’m looking forward to moving! Even though I’m an introvert and I enjoy alone time, living in the Poconos has just been extremely lonely for me. We already have some friends in the general area of PA that we’ll be moving to and we’re excited to make new ones, too.

Well, that’s a wrap for today, friends! Once again, I appreciate you and I’m so thankful for your support through all the seasons of CWS. I have some fun stuff coming up soon. 🙂

Thanks for catching up with me today! How are you? Tell me what’s going on in your life. Are you excited for fall to arrive? Let’s chat!

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Hey, CWS fam. How are you doing? I’m glad to be spending some time today sharing about some of what’s been going on in my life. I always want CWS to be a place full of light and truth, and sometimes truth means sharing the not-so-fun stuff, too! 😉 I’m choosing to stay positive in all things (which isn’t always easy!) but I wanted to share where I’m at.

Life has been a rollercoaster lately with lots of good things happening but also some bleh things, too. In early April, I opened up and shared how I was struggling to create and that I learned that giving myself grace was more important. Being open and honest here, it has still been a struggle for me over the past month. Sure, I have been publishing new content that I’m proud about but I still have felt stifled in my work.

I have had many great ideas flood my mind for CWS and I have days of high motivation, but for some reason, when I go to sit down and write, I can’t get everything out. It’s weird.

I know that from the outside my job as a full-time blogger must seem blissful and an absolute dream. While yes, it is a dream and one that I’m so grateful to be living out, let me tell you — it is NOT always blissful! It’s hard work, just like any other job. There’s so much that goes into it that you don’t see.

There’s so much pressure on me to create. And it all comes from me. So if I seem a bit quiet online, I’m just giving myself space. It’s not easy! But I’m trying to be gentle with myself.

RECENT HAPPENINGS:

  • April was an insanely busy month so I mainly focused on getting back to my normal routine. Lots of rest was required!
  • I have started filming more outfit try-ons for Instagram Stories and I’m having a blast doing them! I have a “Try-Ons” highlight on my Instagram you can check out and recently, I have a dedicated highlight for my “Pink Lily” try-on hauls. Be sure to follow me on Instagram so you can get in on the action!
    • The red floral 2-piece set in the photo above is SO fun for summertime and it’s only $40! That’s a huge deal considering this set comes together and not separate like most stores. You can shop it HERE.
  • I got to be a part of a Blogger Closet Sale in Philly where 100% of proceeds went to the Northeast Animal Rescue. It was a blast! We raised over $1,000! It’s so awesome to get together with other bloggers but even cooler when it’s all for a good cause.
    • Mike came with me to the sale and he had a great time, too! He’s the best blogger husband ever. 😉
  • Little Miss Juniper… is the most expressive cat ever, haha. May 27th marks her 3-year adoption anniversary. She has brought us so much joy over the past 3 years. I don’t know what I’d do without her!

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CURRENTLY:

WATCHING… Jane The Virgin! I am hooked. Jane The Virgin has been recommended to me for years now and I love it. I’m also, of course, watching The Bachelorette! Are you watching? What guy are you rooting for?

EATING… Yogurt & berries! YUM!

EXCITED FOR… A super awesome opportunity that I have next month! I got invited to hang out with the members of Runaway June and sip some Duke Spirits cocktails at the Carrie Underwood concert at the Giant Center in Hershey! I’m getting to take my sweet blog friend, Amanda with me. It’s going to be so much fun! Meet & greet and after party, here I come. 🙂

PLANNING… A trip to NYC towards the end of June! I have a partnership opportunity with a brand that I love and I get to attend Her Conference. This is going to be my first blog conference ever and I’m beyond pumped.

WEARING… All. The. Graphic. Tees. I am seriously addicted to wearing graphic tees, haha! I was reorganizing my closet the other day and I couldn’t believe how many I have. I have some of my recent favorites linked below for ya!

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Thanks for catching up with me today! How are you?! Tell me what’s going on in your life. What are you looking forward to? Can you believe it’s almost summertime? Let’s chat!

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2-Piece Floral Set

What’s going on, CWS fam?! How in the world are we already halfway done with 2019? My mind is blown. Anyway, I’m glad you’re here to catch up with me today. 🙂

Last month, in my CWS Happenings post, I started to open up about how I was having a tough time with some personal matters and also with blogging. Then at the start of June, I opened up about how I truly hit blogger burnout for the first time. Writing and publishing my blog post all about my burnout experience was definitely helpful to me. Though, I can’t say it necessarily helped speed up the process of me coming out of burnout. Am I fully out of burnout now? Not quite… but I’m just choosing to be patient with myself and the process. I am, however, feeling inspired and excited for what’s to come, so that’s a start!

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RECENT HAPPENINGS:

  • Even though there weren’t a ton of blog posts out this month, I did work on a ton behind-the-scenes!
  • I was interviewed for 2 different podcast/interview series and I can’t wait to share the episodes with you when they’re up and live. It was definitely a step out of my comfort zone but I’m so glad I did the interviews. 🙂
  • I got the opportunity to attend the Carrie Underwood concert as a VIP guest thanks to Duke Spirits and I brought my sweet blog friend, Amanda with me! We had a blast. We got to meet the ladies of Runaway June before the show which was so fun. Seriously, it was an incredible concert from start to finish!
  • This past weekend I went on a work trip to NYC! I got to partner with GoDaddy for Her Conference and it was such an inspiring experience. I’ll be sharing more later this week.
  • Mike and I’s 4th wedding anniversary is this Wednesday, June 26th! It feels like we got married yesterday… time is so funny. Sharing more on our anniversary. 😉

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CURRENTLY:

WATCHING… I’m still watching Jane the Virgin on Netflix and I’m obsessed with it! I’m also watching Queen of the South, So You Think You Can Dance, and Big Brother starts tonight. I’m not a fan of the new SYTYCD audition process at all – it’s overly produced and it’s completely lost its grit and transparency, in my opinion. I hope it gets better as the season goes on. Big Brother is one of Mike and I’s favorite shows so we’re pumped it’s back on.

WEARING… All the leggings, as usual. Truth… if you see me out and about, I’m almost always in athleisure. I have been loving my leggings from Lovely Fit Yoga – they’re made specifically for petites!

EATING… All the fresh fruit, please!

PLANNING… Nothing. Really… nothing, haha! The truth is, Mike has an incredibly busy summer with work, as our church is getting ready to move into its brand new building. I’d go into all of the details of Mike’s job but it’s a lot to explain. So, anyway, we’re keeping things low key this summer. No huge plans, just a go with the flow kind of season. As much as I love to travel, I’m okay with a laid back summer. 🙂

Thanks for catching up with me today! How are you? Tell me what’s going on in your life. What are your plans for the summer? Let’s chat!

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