This year has been one of the most memorable of my life, so far. So many amazing, yet petrifying things have happened! I can’t imagine what is in store for August- December, but I can tell you that some major life changes have occurred, and I have in addition found some new favorite things ever! I am going to share with you all about my favorite 2015 moments/things, right now!
Getting A Puppy
Oh my goodness. GUYS. Maggie is my first pet, ever! Jon has had a dog his whole life, and sadly, lost his dog in late 2014. So at that point, we kind of knew we would be looking into getting a dog ourselves. And, so … on my thirtieth birthday, the search began! Well, low and behold, we got Maggie! Maggie is a beabull, which means she is a mix between a beagle and an English Bulldog! Upon seeing her in person, you can really see this, but pictures she likely looks more beagle. But getting Maggie wasn’t the point. I had NEVER known how much I could love an animal until I had this little butterball! She is a terror at times, she is still only 8 months old, but she is SO sweet, and so fun, too! I absolutely ADORE having a dog, and I will NEVER not have one again. I am so thrilled that this was thrust upon me and I got to experience the pure bliss of being a pet owner! I’m in love with having her come on car rides with me, to the boardwalk, and basically anywhere I can take her! She is a trooper, adapts VERY easily, and she is a little ball of love! I didn’t know I would love her this much, but HEY, I DO. SO, yes, being a dog owner is A FAVORITE of 2015.
Planning A Wedding
Holy crap! As you saw with My Love Story, on 4/25/15, Jon and I got engaged!!! I am absolutely thrilled to spend the rest of my life with him, but hell, no one warns you the insanity behind planning a wedding! Its only been a few months, and I have had a few minor issues [mostly with the list, guest #, venue selection] but I am feeling SUPER productive! We have: a date, venue, florist, DJ, and caterer. We have selected our bridal party and I have purchased my wedding dress! In addition, we have chosen our honeymoon location but still have to actually plan that part! While there are definitely LOTS of things to do, I am at the point where I can slow down a little, and enjoy the rest of the planning! I am really, really excited to not only marry Jon, but to put the day of our dreams into motion! We are having a barn style wedding, and I am super excited to put our own special stamp on the day!
Plus, in case you are wondering why my Instagram has been FLOODED with brush script photos, I decided to teach it to myself! But I did it for a reason. I am going to attempt to do the place cards for the wedding, as well as a few of the DIY elements that require text put on! Of course I didn’t NEED to do this, but it felt like something special I could do for the day, and I am really loving it, so that’s a plus!
Re-Igniting My Love of Kindle
Before 2015, I had read about 90% via audiobook since late 2013. It happened because of my job, and it stayed that way because I love them super, super amounts. However, the past few months I found myself reading more Kindle and physical books again, and I have to say, I felt like I was coming back to an old friend. It was great to be able to highlight, dog-ear, and have fun while reading, and go at a nice pace! Whether that meant slow to savor or fast to find out answers, I got to dictate that, and I really loved it!
I am loving my Kindle [it IS summer!] because of its incredibly lightweight form factor, and I think that my ratio of audio/print is going to come down significantly in the next few months! But hey, that is exciting news!
Finding Fit Happiness
Just to say real quick, that doesn’t mean I am where I want to be, but it means I understand what I have to do to get there. I have been ENJOYING the gym, and found some really great, tasty healthy recipes! Participating in the CSA program has helped with this significantly, I look forward to getting my fresh box of produce every Wednesday! And as I have discussed before, having an accountability partner, helps a TON. I have Estelle, who is doing FANTASTIC herself, and I am so grateful for her! I look forward to the rest of this journey, and to a day where I can tell you I AM where I want to be and that I am a pro at cooking all healthy meals! [Find my Summer Slimdown posts]
After a 3 year journey, I have found my blogging stride, hit it, and run with it! Granted, the past few months I haven’t posted as much as when it was cooler out, but I’m allowing myself the slack. I finally am at a point where I ALWAYS have a running list of fun posts I want to create, and I am backlogged on only non-review books! So, I am really enjoying that, and mostly, I am enjoying creating awesome content for you guys here at The Casserole! It took a REALLY long time to find what I was best at when it came to blogging, but now that I have, I am really grateful that I switched over from Books With Cass, allowing myself more creative freedom! ALSO, going hand in hand with this 2015 love, is my blogging organization which DEFINITELY helps me every week! To see more on that, check out my 2015 Organization posts!