here we go

I am dedicating my first blog post to providing a bit of info about myself, why I’ve decided to finally have a blog, and what you can expect to see on my site.

Let’s start with me, myself, and my day job. I am a 27-year-old, recently married, high school Language Arts teacher in Gwinnett County, Georgia. I grew up in a small, southern town in Georgia, and studied education at The University of Georgia. I have been married to my darling husband, Jake for about 8 months now, and we have the absolute best dog on the planet. His name is Goose.

2017 makes my 5th year in the profession, and I am happy to say that I truly enjoy it. I am lucky because I am doing something that I love and feel passionate about. I do not love teaching in the conventional way of “I love kids. I’m creative. I love sitting criss-cross-applesauce on the floor and smiling and laughing and reading classic Literature with 35 teenagers who would rather be anywhere but sitting criss-cross-applesauce on the floor with their overly-energetic, weird English teacher.” By the way, I’ve never sat criss-cross-applesauce with teens, and I can confidently say that I never will. Anyway. I love teaching because I love learning and I love teaching others how to learn. I have a passion for curriculum and educational practices – learning is something I’ve been fascinated with for as long as I can remember. There’s just so much to learn and read and I want to learn it all, which I think is mainly due to the fact that my father loves to learn and grow as well. Thanks, Pops!

Then there’s the question of what I enjoy doing when I’m not teaching. EVERYTHING.

I love eating, drinking, working out, cooking, being outdoors, traveling, watching movies/documentaries/trash TV, decorating, hosting, reading, talking, cussing (which I should stop doing, I know), shopping, laughing, baking… the list goes on. That’s why I call myself a ‘professional enthusiast’ – I love almost anything and everything. Once during a shopping trip with my mother, she pointed out that I said I LOVED everything she pulled off the rack for me. “What don’t you love?” she asked. In another instance, at a brunch date with girlfriends, I noticed that everytime someone read a dish or item off the menu, I responded with: “OMG, that’s one of my favorite foods.” I don’t even think they noticed, which either means they don’t listen to me, or they’re desensitized to my overzealous ways. Which brings me to another fleeting thought. I hate the question “What’s your favorite __________?” How and why could I possibly just pick one thing to love when almost everything is so great?

I’m indulgent. I’m passionate. I’m fierce. And I always have been – I literally do not know how to do something half-assedly. I believe it’s because I’m a Leo, but I won’t get into all of that quite yet.

So blogging. Am I right?

I decided to create this blog out of frustration. Picture this: I’m on Pinterest looking for Christmas party ideas or whatever upcoming holiday/event, and EVERY picture (that speaks to my aesthetic at least) is unrealistic. Too expensive. Too difficult. Too time-consuming. I have nothing against Pinterest. I LOVE Pinterest and understand that the entire purpose of the site is to inspire us and contribute to our never-ending journey to perfection. I GET IT. But as a full-time teacher, I do not have the budget nor the time to host a Pinterest-perfect party. I do not have the $$$ nor time to transform my 1300 square foot apartment into a custom home that belongs in a Southern Living magazine. I am just a 20-something trying to live up to the expectations that social media has put in place for me, dammit! I am a dreamer, but I’m quickly brought back to reality when I begin to shop or plan for the party, vacation, or outfit of my dreams. I have champagne taste on a beer budget, so until I can afford the champagne, I’ll just keep churchin’ up my beer and making the best of it.

In order to satiate my ever-present champagne taste, I found myself saving pictures and links to the expensive, unrealistic things that I wanted, and then finding ways to achieve the same aesthetic with less money, less space, and less energy. Fortunately for me, it’s worked out quite nicely thus far, so I want to help others do the same.

Side note: I LOVE to host. My mother is a fabulous host, and I have always loved watching her making our home beautiful and entertaining guests, all while remaining composed, delightful, and gracious. One fall day in 2006, at the ripe age of 16, I decided to host my very first event – all by myself. It was a Christmas-Movie-Marathon-Sleepover. I invited my closest friends and spent weeks planning, decorating, and prepping for the event. I even bought a chocolate fountain for the occasion. I was extra before we even had a term for it. I still host this Christmas ‘party’ every year. As a matter of fact, I just hadFirst blog post my 11th annual Christmas sleepover last weekend. The guest list has changed, but my extra has remained. 

Back to why I’m blogging. The morning after my aforementioned Christmas sleepover, I was cleaning our apartment and bragging about my party-planning skills to my husband. Wife Tip #1: Do this often to remind him of how #blessed he is to be your husband. He agreed, and said, “You should create a blog.” And I was like YES I WILL.

So I’m creating this blog to enthuse for those who don’t think they can enthuse. For those who think they can’t afford to have a Pinterest life. Whether you think you can’t afford the time or the money, or even if you think “I’m just not good at stuff like that” – I’m going to teach you my tricks of the trade so you can live the life you want, not the one you think you’ve been dealt.

Expect to see it all – from recipes to hosting to travel to fitness to family. I’m going to share the many facets of my life in hopes of inspiring yours. YAY I’M SO EXCITED.

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