Sweet, Sweet Summertime

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What is it about summer that makes it possible to feel so free, so brave, and so uninhibited? How quickly we forget the frozen winter, the months spent curled up in layers upon layers where we sat cursing mother nature. Is it the sun? Does she make us drunk on heat and hope and on wearing the bare minimum of clothing? 

It lures us in with the promise of rest and relaxation. A time to renew yourself. In the winter we look at the weeks ahead spread out in front of us, days upon days of sipping cocktails on the porch while getting lost in good book. Of early morning and late nights that seem never-ending. Then, just like that it’s gone. 

Just like that. It’s July. Where did June go? 

Our summer has been overflowing. With fun, with trips, with disappointment, with weddings, with celebrations, and with low bank accounts. With wine, and books, and long walks and talks on Adirondacks. 


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In June we celebrated our first anniversary and my parents 40th anniversary. We celebrated a bachelorette party and my dad’s birthday and Father’s day. Crabcakes, and wine, and cake, and champagne, and martinis, and cheese, and ice cream. 

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We went to a wedding and danced in a field. I celebrated with good women friends with dinners and talks in the kitchen and long walks in the park. We played tourist in our own town and visited a new winery. We bawled our way through The Fault in Our Stars. We laughed our way through the second season of Orange is the New Black. I loss brain cells by getting addicted to the horrible I Wanna Marry Harry. But it made me laugh during a time when I just wanted to cry. So I said it was a win. 

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This past weekend we cleaned and I crafted and designed for another wedding. We went to a local theatre production of Les Miserables. I think this was about my 5th time I’ve seen Les Mis on stage. I’m obsessed. This show was a huge part of my childhood. I’d listen to the cassette tape for hours. I’d sit at the piano and play and sing every song over and over. I have every single line memorized. In case you’re wondering, no this did not make me hugely popular.

I enjoyed this smaller production with Ryan and even more so because one of our friends was part of the ensemble. It rivaled Broadway productions in heart and soul. Afterwards we hit the town for a few drinks. Sunday, we sat for hours outside reading. This weekend I finished “The Paris Wife” and “We Were Liars”. Both amazing. Later we enjoyed dinner with my parents out our neighborhood bar and grill.

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This summer has been beautiful. We enjoy lingering out on our deck for as long as possible. Talking about every little thing and making dreams for the future. We are filled with hope.  Above, the stars light the country sky, demanding attention. But, don’t they know that all that is worth celebrating is right down here on earth, right here, between the two of us? 

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xoxo Katie

Currently

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Hello friends, life this Spring is flying by. I’ve been busy enjoying the sunshine and being outside and doing less computer work and blogging, as it should be.  

My biggest news is shown above. Yes,I went and got a big girl car! This past Saturday,Ryan and I purchased a Kia Sorento. I feel so adult! Ryan’s old Corolla wasn’t going to make it another year past inspection, it was time to say goodbye to it and get a car we could grow into over the next few years. So far I’m liking the space and the ride.

Here’s a more of peak into my current world:

Reading: I’m currently reading Tell The Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt. I’m only about 50 pages in but already love the writing and characters.


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Before starting this book I read the Divergent Series…and was completely disappointed in the three books. I didn’t really even get invested in the story or characters until the very end of book two. You know how sometimes you want to prolong a book because you’re not ready to say goodbye to the characters yet? I experienced the opposite with Divergent series. I couldn’t wait for it to be over so I could move on to another book. The writing was dry and I just didn’t care too much about the characters.  Am I in the minority here? 

Watching: All my favorite shows finales. Revenge left me gasping, Nashville had me all emotional, Reign had me wanting more teenage ancient history drama, The Mindy Project had me bawling and smiling at the same time, was that not the cutest episode ever?

Wanting: The weather to make up its mind, one day it is beautiful and 70 and the next it’s 60 and pouring all day. But I do have to say that there have been more warmer days lately than not. Other than small things like the weather, my wants are more centered around where we’re going to be in the next year or two. But I’m coming to terms that whatever will be will be.  

Thinking: Why do the winter months have to drag and then once the sun comes out the days fly by? I can’t believe that it is almost June…and our one year anniversary on June 2. I’m reflecting a lot back on our first married year these days. Also about how cute and happy Maggie is to be running free outside.


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Needing: To get away. Really looking forward to our first anniversary trip to the Finger Lakes in two weeks. A whole weekend of nothing to worry about except what wineries to go to and what book to read lakeside. 

Smelling: All the loveliness of outdoors (and the unloveliness too, fresh manure in the fields anyone?)

Loving: Having Ryan home in the evenings since he is not taking any classes this summer. Also ice cream. I can’t get enough ice cream these days. My favorite is at a local creamery with over 20 flavors. 

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Cooking: Really not cooking anything too intricate these days. It’s been busy busy busy leaving less time in the kitchen. Prepping some of my basics like my favorite chicken salad, sweet potatoes, and spaghetti squash and enjoying fresh fruit. 

Listening: To soft folksy music like James Taylor as well as to my heart.The music is easy on my soul and gets me relaxed and happy feeling. “Up On The Roof” as been on repeat lately. I’m trying to slow things down and really be in the moment rather than constantly just thinking about what’s next and being anxious about our unknown future. 

Planning For: All sorts of summer fun including our one year anniversary trip, my best friend’s bachelorette weekend, summer weddings, and our family trip to Jamaica! And for my mom to recover from her surgery so she can be out and about and we can do things together again. 

I’d love to hear what you’ve been up to lately! Let me know below!


xoxo Katie

 

 

 

My Writing Process (part of a blog tour!)

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A little while ago my blogging friend Amanda, from Notes From  Newlywed,  asked me to take part in a little writing theme that has been making its way around blogland lately, the Writing Process Blog Tour. Similar to Home Tours that allow you to peak into people’s private homes and get ideas or tips or to learn something new, this blog tour allows fellow writers to take a peak into other writer’s minds.  The idea is to learn about various thoughts on writing and the writing processes and to be introduced to new blogs and writers. 

I’m always happy to talk about writing, reading, and words with people who share my enthusiasm so I was very happy to participate. Writing has been a part of my life since my teenage years. Whether it’s keeping a journal, writing poetry or stories, or studying as an English major in college. I can’t imagine a world without books and writing.

We were all asked the same questions about writing and here are my answers:

What am I working on?

Other than writing for this blog, I do some freelance editing and writing for a small publishing company as well as the writing I do for my full-time job. At the publishing company we are currently editing the final touches to a non fiction book on how to fundraise for non profits. The book is written by a developement  industry veteran who currently teaches at NYU. It’s been interesting to get to know him and to learn all the ins and outs of the industry. He has some great and hilarious stories involving mob members, celebrities, and other awkward situations.  As a former employee of a struggling non-profit, I’m learning so much of what went wrong. Once the book is published I’ll share a link to buy it on Amazon – if you work/volunteer for a non-profit or if you job has anything to do with fundraising I’d recommend it!

At my full-time job my day is full of a lot of technical and promotional writing. Although this may sound boring, I work for a consulting company that specializes in creativity training. We teach people how to think more quickly and creatively on demand by giving them easy to use creativity tools. These easy to learn skills can very easily change the way your brain processes and thinks. It’s really amazing to watch the changes happen in our clients work and personal lives. Since I love the work, the technical writing is fun and I do get to be a little creative. 

In my free time I write this blog. My most favorite posts are those about trying to be the best you that you can be, like finding and using your voice, respecting your own dreams and goals, following your bliss, and celebrating you! I love writing reflective and sensitive pieces. Behind closed doors I write poetry and a little fiction as a stress reliever and hobby.  I use writing as a way to work through thoughts and issues. My blog has proved to be a very cheap form of therapy. In all honesty though, I hope I am relating to others in my writing and giving them that satisfying “me too” moment. 

How does my work differ from others of its genre?

The genre that is lifestyle blogs? Is there such a “genre”? I think not.

I think we all have our own individual voices and that is what makes blogging so appealing. No matter what “type” of person you are you will find a blog or blogger that speaks specifically to you. My blog tends to be a little bit more serious and reflective. I’ll never be one of those funny bloggers. I don’t set rules for myself in this place. In blogging I try my best for my writing to sound like my speaking voice as I like my writing to feel like a conversation I am having with you over coffee. I don’t write for everyone. I write for myself and for those that can relate to me. I truly hope to build a community with those that do. Some may not care for it, and that’s okay! 

Why do I write what I do?

I write to connect. Words make the world a smaller place. There is always at least one other person out there that can connect with the thoughts you are sharing. Your words may make them feel inspired, angered, uplifted, or happy. I write to feel human – to document my never-ending journey or learning and growing.

I’ve always been fascinated with words and the power they have over people. Words give us the power to inspire, to not feel alone, to connect with strangers, to provide hope, to believe in love and to change the world.

How does your writing process work?

I have a similar writing process for all the types of writing I do (creative, blog, technical, non fiction). I have a long list of ideas or thoughts that I want to write about. If I need inspiration I can find it by going for a walk, listening to music, or browsing the internet, but the most common way I find inspiration is through reading. I try to read about 2 -3 books per month. Once I have an idea my next step is to  find my writing spot for the day/afternoon/night.

First, I need complete silence, no music, no TV, no background noise. I can get very nit picky about this! Once I’m in a quiet space, I start with pen and paper. Always on pen and paper. I either curl up in bed or on the couch and write out my thoughts, usually just little snippets. I then try to find the main theme of what I’m thinking. After I have my theme I construct an outline of how I’m going to structure my post, article, story etc. Then I simply let it flow from there.

Somedays it takes me a whole month to craft and polish a post. Others I write on the spot and throw it out there, errors and all as it was something I needed to simply put out there. I never guarantee perfect grammar or spelling all the time, I’m only human, and this is only a personal blog.

That said, my favorite posts are those that I take time to craft and mull over. I follow the advice of Coco Chanel. She famously said, “Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take one thing off.”   I try to do that with my writing, omitting and rewriting until I feel my writing is ready to walk out the door. Brevity is an art form and one I struggle with. My blog challenges me and I strive to continue to develop and strengthen my writing skills over time. I’m so thankful for all my readers who have come along on this adventure with me. 

Continue Your Tour!

Now I’d like to pass the torch onto another writer. Please continue your blog tour withAllie at Everyday Adventures 

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and Lisa at Two Martinis

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and hear their thoughts on writing and their writing process.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on writing and writing processes. Please share them below to start the dialogue. 

xoxo Katie

 

Go Big or Go Home

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Some people wonder why I blog…

I started this little blog about 3 months ago and it has already taken me to places I never knew I’d go – or even knew existed!

I started this blog because a colleague suggested I write about newlywed life. I was hesitate and put it off for a month or so. And then, I started writing. At first, it was strictly going to be about wedding planning and newlywed life and my colleague was going to sponsor me. Very quickly, and I mean very, as in 3 days, it turned into something completely different.

The more I wrote, the more I read.

Before starting this blog, I never knew there was such a thing as the blogging community. I knew nothing about blogging – nothing about sponsorships, guest posts, giveaways, or how to best use social media to connect. There are millions of bloggers out there, connecting with each other on a daily basis. I have about 200 blogs in my bloglovin feed and there are many out of that list that I look forward to reading on the daily.

I love hearing others people’s stories, reading their words, and connecting. I love how I feel like they are speaking to me. Three months ago I had no idea how welcoming this blogging community was – that in just a few short weeks I’d be swapping ideas and connecting with other women across the country.

The more I wrote, the more self-aware I became

As a lifestyle blogger, I force myself to look at my day-to-day activities with a very intimate lens. I have learned to appreciate the small things more. This blog allows me to think more about my past, my future, and my choices.  Writing 4-5 posts  a week  forces me to be more creative. It has certainly slowed down my life and has brought a new perspective.

The more I wrote, the more I realized that I wanted to share.

Writing allows me to express myself.  This little corner of the internet serves as an outlet for me to be true to myself. The more I wrote, the more this little part of the internet felt like home to me.

I like to share my story because I believe in the power of words to connect people. If one person can relate to my story and have it make her (there aren’t any men that read this blog are there? If yes, then I’m sorry, keep reading!)  feel not so alone – that is enough for me.

I was inspired to write this post after Sarah at Venus Trapped in Mars discuss being open on the blog and asking her readers which type of blog they would rather read – “A blog without a face, so to speak, or a blog all about the face?”

My opinion?

Go big or go home.

This is my space to share my story and I’m going to be as personal as I can be. I want to connect.  I’m sorry but I just don’t connect with those bloggers that always have the perfect outfit on, with perfect makeup and talk about how perfect their lives are on the daily.

I’m not perfect and my life is far from it.

Sometimes I’m messy. Sometimes I’m broken. Sometimes I’m selfish and immature. Sometimes I’m insecure. But, I am me and this is my story. I titled my blog “A Beautiful Little Adventure” because everyone’s life is an adventure-there are going to be bumps in the road and you are going to get lost. But in the end, it’s always more about the journey and those moments when life’s little bumps turn into something beautiful.

I wrote a very personal post yesterday. It was my most personal post yet and it was also my most read post yet. A few family and friends may not understand why I want to put so much personal information out their on the internet. They just don’t get it, and that’s a okay! But this is my story to tell, no one has to read it. But some people keep coming back each day and it makes me smile.

I’ve committed myself to this little lifestyle blog – so I’m going to give it my all. Why only give little snippets of the story or allude to what really happened? Why mask the truth?

My most personal posts are the most rewarding to write. They make this big scary world into a smaller place. They celebrate the little messy puzzle pieces of our lives and connect them into a beautiful thing.

I’m committed to go big, to share it all, and to continue to write my little heart out.

Thank you.

xoxo katie