Appreciating the moments

Hello, hello! Long time no talk on my part.  I really marvel at how time flies.  The last two weeks were some of the busiest I’ve had since I returned home, and while they were jam-packed with some very exciting things (and some not-so-exciting things like exams), I tried my very best to appreciate each and every moment as it came. Lately I’ve felt like I blink and suddenly a day is over, a week is gone, or a month has passed, and I just don’t like it!  So I made myself a goal to simply slow down and appreciate more moments. When I slow down, everything else seems to fall into place and I just feel happier.
Things that I try to do to savor special moments include taking pictures, tapping out of technology, and just ‘being present’. Also, I find that no matter how busy I am, if I make a list and plan accordingly, everything seems works out.  Here’s some special moments I appreciated the last couple of weeks:

Moment One:
Brandon came home to the USA for a visit (and coincidentally he needed a t-shirt (my t-shirt) to sleep in LOL!)
He was home to be a groomsman in his best friend’s wedding and I was fortunate to be invited to attend with him. It was honestly the best wedding I’ve ever been too. The love in the air just made me smile and my feet still hurt from dancing 5 days later! Congratulations Katie and Michael!

Moment Two:
Mimosas with my boss after a great accomplishment of his. I’m so happy we did this because it was necessary to take a moment and celebrate. Plus, mimosas always seem to hit the spot!

Moment Three:
Walks and talks and down-time with my parents. After living so far away, I’m just loving being back together.

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(Please note it’s only October and my Dad is dressed for freezing temperatures already!)

Moment Four:
Quality time with my second family. When I say it never gets easier to see Brandon head back to Australia, I mean it. It never gets easier. However, being surrounded by loved ones certainly helped, and fried clams helped our sad moods, too! We were just missing you, B!

Moment Five:
Alone time/retail therapy. When I’m down, my go-to cheer-up reliefs include shopping, baking, and exercising. If anyone has a few other alternatives that won’t have me spending money or eating copious amounts of chocolate, I’m all ears! However, even though I really shouldn’t have been shopping, I couldn’t help but be psyched that I scored a new dress with a gift card(that I wore to the wedding) and a striped hoodie, both of which I’m loving!
A much-needed run
Dress shopping
Loving this nautical hoodie.

I hope you have a special weekend, friends.

How do you slow down and appreciate each moment?
Does anyone else shop, bake, or eat chocolate to cheer yourself up?
Do you like weddings?

I seriously LOVE them. I officially have wedding fever!


11 thoughts on “Appreciating the moments

  1. I am loving that dress – it totally suits you!

    I’m feeling mopey and overwhelmed today so naturally I went for chocolate haha. It totally works – I couldn’t care less if it’s a bad habit.

    I LOVE weddings – especially my own :p

  2. I just love how your hair looks all on top of your head! SO cute, and so is that dress omg you look gorgeous! I am so glad to hear things are going well for you!! <3

  3. After living away from my family, I have come to appreciate the moments with them much more as well! So glad you got to spend some time with your honey! Where did you get that adorable dress?

  4. so happy to see an update!! glad to hear that things are going well! Life can be crazy, so I do try very hard to soak in the simple moments- sometimes I do a better job than other times! LOVE the hoodie!

  5. You are so cute! So is your family and so is your man! I never really slow down to appreciate little things but I definitely live in the moment – which is something I’ve worked on having.It’s important to just go with the flow for the most part and it’s taken a while for me to understand that. :) Glad you got to see Brandon even if he had to go back. :( Mimosas FTW!!

  6. You are gorgeous in that dress! And you and Brandon make one hot couple!! I am guilty of not stopping to smell the roses. Every time I’m at the beach, I always wonder why I don’t go more often, vow to make it a habit, and then get wrapped up in x, y, and z all over again. Vicious cycle :) Thanks for the reminder… I’m sure you needed the down time after your exams. And mimosas. Obviously.

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