That word makes me think of a lot of things at this point in my life. But, it mostly makes me think about who I am and what I let define me. The thing I have been struggling with most lately is not letting others define who I am to myself. Other people will always be ass holes, be selfish, unable to be happy for anyone and think what they want. There is nothing I can do about that, something I have to remind myself of often. I've also continued to keep reminding myself of all of the good that I have in my life, how truly fortunate I am and that one shitty person or 100 cannot ruin that unless I let them. I define myself and how I feel about myself. I've worked very hard to get where I am at as a mother, as a wife and as a person. I'm not ashamed to say that I am proud of what I have with my family and the people I am so thankful to have closest to me in this life. No one should ever let anyone else define who they are, listen and believe in you.
I've pretty much stopped reading the news and I've never been one to watch it either. There are certain issues that I keep up on but for the most part let's be honest; the news is sad, depressing, disgusting and horrifying. I feel like the good things that happen in this world have little room to shine through. Those are the stories I want to read though. The ones about all of the strength and goodness in us humans that is still thriving. Each Friday I want to share an inspiring story or two. Hopefully it helps to end the week and start the weekend off on a good note.
I came across this story of Laxmi, an acid attack survivor and was just immediately inspired by her bravery and strength. A man threw acid on her face an body when she was 16 and soon after she suffered the loss of her beloved father. Most people in her position would, understandably, lay down and accept all feelings of defeat and depression. She felt those and then moved forward! She just landed her dream job as a TV news anchor and also found one babe of man that is the love of her life! It's people like Laxmi that prove that anything is possible no matter what you think your set backs may be! Read her full story and about her other achievements here!
I stumbled upon London Grammar while listening to some random playlist on Spotify the other day. I was instantly put in a trance by their sound. They have such a sultry, mellow vibe. Their described as trip-hop which I would say is pretty accurate and would explain why I loved them so quickly. They do have a bit of a 90's, nostalgic sound to them as well. Hannah Reid's voice is so immensely powerful yet could lull me right to sleep. Stay Awake and Wasting My Younger Years are two of my favorite songs. Worth a good listen for sure, I hope you like them!
Listen to their album here.
Well, we are signed, sealed and moved into our new house! I posted a photo that Gray took of the new house on Instagram if you want to take a look. I want to get out there and take a photo with my real camera soon though. We got everything moved in on Friday and on Saturday had people constantly in and out of the house through Monday. All the new appliances are delivered and installed and internet and cable are running. Things are starting to feel normal and our house is feeling more and more like home every single day. We are about 75% unpacked and that feels really good! But, there is still soooooooooooooooo much to do. Logan and I got his room painted but I still have seven other rooms to paint. You can see the diamond pattern on the wall in the photo of the fire place mantel. That covers almost our entire living room. I cannot tell you how much I am looking forward to getting that painted so our living room doesn't look like a sweater anymore. I basically looked like a cave dwelling troll all weekend long. I took a shower and put make up on to unpack yesterday just because it made me feel better. I love wearing comfy pj's all day long but after so many days it just feels gross. Amazing what putting on a pair of jeans and mascara can do for a girl!
I have to say one of the best parts of moving into our home has been the neighbors! We knew that the street/area we were moving into is well known for it's sense of community and closeness and that was proven the minute we pulled up. We had 6 neighbors come down and introduce themselves to us on the first day. Everyone has been so amazingly kind and welcoming. We aren't used to that and it has felt so nice and comforting. We are really looking forward to getting to know everyone better and block parties in the summertime!
I'll post more updates as the house starts coming together. We still have massive mountains of crap everywhere and a project list a mile long. We'll get there. Thank you all so much for all of your love, support and sweet comments through this process. They have meant more to us than you know! I hope that you all had a great weekend!
1 // moving troll in my bedroom 2 // closet with a view, it has a window in it, haha 3 // random things in random places 4 // logan's room, done!