Monday, August 31, 2015

pretty paper packaging

pretty paper packaging
I love kraft paper for wrapping because it provides the perfect blank canvas to decorate however you please. I wrapped a few small gifts with it and personalized them with some craft supplies I had in my stash. Don't underestimate how pretty a simple and minimal package can be!

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Sunday, August 16, 2015

sunday morning

Slow Sunday mornings are my favorite. Waking up early before the rest of the world has opened their eyes. Laying in bed with a cup of tea and listening to a quiet album. It's exactly what I need at the end of a long week.

I think we all need to remember to slow down every once in a while. Take time to enjoy your solitude. Your life may be messy, but that doesn't mean you can't still appreciate the beauty around you. Make sure you have at least one morning every week where you can put your responsibilties to the side, forget about all your worries, and just be. Buy yourself flowers, take time to make a delicious breakfast, enjoy the hazy sunlight coming through your window.

Song for early mornings: "Emissary" by Keaton Henson

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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Saturday, July 25, 2015

planner decorating // a fresh start

planner decorating
Sometimes with no warning, life knocks you off your feet. And you're left to pick yourself up, brush off the dirt, and keep heading down your path.

I've been working on doing the things I love, to aid the process of picking myself back up. I've been sick in bed all week so that has given me an excuse to take a much needed break from work and do the things that really make me happy. Although I usually like to heal my body naturally, there comes a point where you just need a little extra help. So as my new stock of medicine the doctor gave me is helping heal my body, I am working on healing my spirit. I'm sorry I'm keeping this vague, just know I am healing.

The first step to a fresh start can be as simple as buying yourself a new planner. I found this one at Target, and was inspired by Abby's beautiful planner to start decorating my own.

I gathered together some of my favorite craft supplies and sat in bed while I started decorating my planner.

planner layout
I like the idea of treating my planner like a scrapbook that I can look back on and enjoy even after it's all filled up. I taped in the wrapper of a new tea I tried this week, included a note that my sweet cousin Jade gave me, and wrote in random thoughts from my days (since they weren't too eventful spent all day in bed).

planner note from jade planner layout
I started planning out next week, leaving some blank space so I can continue adding little pieces from my days.

planner planner
This planner is the perfect way to stay creative everyday, even if I don't have much time to craft. I'm excited to continue decorating it, and see what it turns into!

Wishing you all lots of peace and love

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

recent favorites

Today I'm sharing with you guys a few of my recent favorites. To start off, if you follow me on instagram, you might already know that I got my nose pierced! So of course my new jewelry is one of my favorites.

I also got a new set of watercolors, and have enjoyed playing around with them. I have been so busy lately I have not been making time for myself to be creative, so these paints are helping me get back into it.

book and tea
I've been trying to set a nighttime routine for myself of drinking tea and reading for a little while before I go to bed, to calm my mind and bring a little peace before I sleep. My mom lent me the book "Quiet" by Susan Cain a while ago but life got crazy and I'm just now picking it up again. This book has been helping me feel so understood as an introvert. Also, I've been drinking this St. John's Wort tea that I found at my local health food store, which is especially calming when I'm feeling a bit blue. You can read about the benefits of St. John's Wort tea here.

This is a more personal favorite, but looking through old photos and memories has been bringing me a lot of joy lately.

And finally, planning future adventures is a favorite, because I have something to look forward to and daydream about when I'm working long, tiring days. (Ps. I have a video tutorial for making your very own adventure jar if you'd like one for yourself!)

Sending lots of love to all of you, I hope your week is going great. ♥

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Colorado Roadtrip

CO roadtrip
Four short months ago Dylan found out the exciting news that he landed the job he had been hoping for in the city he had been dreaming about. Fast foward to June, where we packed up his belongings, squeezed ourselves and a dog into his car, and began the 20+ hour drive from Tuscaloosa, AL to Denver, CO.

We drove. And drove. And drove some more. We did the whole trip without stopping overnight. We had good music, a large dog, and each other to keep ourselves going.

dylan and coop
The sun began to rise as we drove through Kansas and neared Colorado.

Finally, we reached the border. It was early in the morning but we excitedly pulled over, stretched our legs, and took lots of pictures. As we continued driving, the mountains came into view in front of us. We were in Colorado.

A few hours later, we arrived in Denver at Dylan's new house. We spent the day napping, getting a few new home essentials, and cooked the first meal.

That evening we went downtown, exploring Dylan's new home.

Denver is beautiful. You can be in the middle of the city and look to the horizon and see the snow capped Rocky Mountains surrounding you. For every few blocks of buildings, there is a green park somewhere nearby. There is a perfect mix of the historic beginnings and modern life.

The rest of the week was spent exploring Denver, hiking everywhere, lots of picnic-ing in parks and mountains, eating so much good food, and enjoying the last few days we had with each other.







It was an absolutely beautiful week and I am so grateful I was able to tag along with Dylan for the beginning of this exciting new chapter of his life. Bittersweet goodbyes were said, one last hug in the airport before I traveled back to Tuscaloosa. But only temporary goodbyes, only until next time.

I put together a video of our adventures, a memory of our perfect first week in Colorado.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

a photo diary

Hello friends, yes I am still alive and well. Thank you all who have kept checking my blog and who sent me such sweet messages these past few months, I've missed you! My life has been so full, I feel like I haven't had a chance to pause and catch my breath. So many adventures, lots of studying, roadtrips and concerts, a few heartaches, but always good company to come along for the ride. My camera stayed in my hands throughout it all, so I put together a photo diary of my life since last time you heard from me.

dylan // film
Photography and hiking on an unusually warm winter day

A spontaneous weekend trip to Atlanta

Walking home after class on a late Monday afternoon

A perfect Valentine's day- picnic-ing, a cheesy dinner, drive-in movie, and a night with good friends

magic man
Magic Man concert at a small venue in Nashville

Druid City Arts Festival on a sunny Saturday afternoon

A walk through the arboretum on a warm Spring day

Turning 20 and celebrating with beautiful friends

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A wonderful week at the beach to start off the summer

Saying goodbye to Max, who lived a beautiful 15 years with our family

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Tame Impala show at the end of Shaky Knees music festival

Roadtripping from Alabama to Colorado with Dylan

I'm so happy to be back and blogging. I just got back from a roadtrip to Colorado, which I can't wait to put a post together about to show you all! Thanks for sticking with me through these crazy few months.

xoxo, Jordan