Happiness and Bridal Showers

One of the best feelings in the world is just being purely happy. Hopeful, excited, optimistic. For reasons that I’ll likely share soon, I’m just feeling really good about things right now. Good changes are happening, and I’m excited about them. Not that my life is perfect by any means, but overall I’m pretty darn lucky. It’s easy to lose sight of that sometimes, but then something happens in your life that just makes you feel so joyful again.

Aside from my wedding day itself, when I look back on the last year or so, the one day that stands out to me the most that I felt that same joy was on my wedding shower this last April. Now, I hafta say, I’m one lucky lady because I only wanted one, but I got THREE showers! I know, right? My childhood best friend’s mom wanted to throw me one in my hometown in Indiana, so I had the first over Thanksgiving weekend, and then my new sister-in-law offered to throw me one in my husband’s hometown in Minnesota for his side of the family. I felt honored that I even got to have three showers and had so many people in our lives showing us their support.

The shower that I had in April was in Fargo, where we live now, and where the majority of my friends are. I was astounded at how many people even came to it! At one point, I remember looking around the room and just feeling overwhelmed in a good way. It hit me that I have made some amazing friends at different points in my life, and I am incredibly grateful that so many of them came out to celebrate with me. I felt so loved and so special that this many women cared enough to take time of out their days to be with ME! Wow!

I have to give a shout out to my maid of honor, Meredith, for organizing the whole thing–seriously it was one of the best experiences in the entire engagement. And to Jenessa for making the best cupcakes–she’s so darn crafty and even made little toothpicks with our faces on them!

I’ve become quite the sap in the past year, and everything makes me cry now. I tried to hide it at the time, but I’ll admit, when one of my floormates from college showed up, I almost lost it. I hadn’t seen her in literally years, despite our many attempts at getting together, and to see her again made me so happy. Plus, I found out that she was pregnant! And now she had her baby, and little Griffin is so adorable. (Congrats, Nikki!). It was like the cherry on top of already amazing day full of food, fun and friends. Some of those ladies I’ve known longer than my husband even, and some I’ve only known a short period of time, but seeing all of them together was an amazing experience. I am blessed to have great friends.

And of course, I’m super excited to see what new friends I make in the future, and I look forward to continuing to spend time with these existing lovely friends.

The whole group of my awesome friends

The whole group of my awesome friends

My mom and I with my long-lost college friend!

My mom and I with my long-lost college friend!

Jenessa's amazing cupcakes

Jenessa’s amazing cupcakes

My new sis decorating

My new sis decorating

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Writing and New Passions

Well, here’s the first ramble from me, but it’s what was on my mind. I just have to say how incredibly much I am enjoying this blog thing. Confession: I used to dislike writing, despite my degree in journalism. I had always considered myself more of an editor than a writer. I was that person in high school who corrected my classmates’ incorrect grammar (“No, you mean you SAW that at the store, not seen.”). I kept a diary in jr. high and part of high school, but I was awful at it. I rarely wrote in it, and when I did, it was just about the boys that I had crushes on.

I always loved English, which I credit to my dad’s side of the family. My dad loves literature and reading, and my grandma on his side encouraged my spelling abilities by giving me quizzes, and she was so proud when I placed second in my third grade spelling bee (I’ll never forget the word that took me down!).

Later in high school, I considered going into broadcast and went between radio and TV. Neither worked, really. So I settled on a degree in English at college. Being forced to read about a book a week that you hate, then write paper after paper on, stifled that ambition. But I knew I wanted to be in journalism somehow. I applied for the student newspaper, but was denied due to lack of experience. ‘Umm, it’s college, no one here has experience!’ I was so distraught about it that I transferred to a nearby college that gladly let me on as an editor at their paper, and I was so excited about it. I LOVED it. I got to be a copyeditor, and eventually a columnist.

See, I figured out the problem pretty quickly after my transfer. I only hated writing when I was forced to write something on a subject I didn’t care about. But give me free reign to write about what interests me, and I can’t stop. So, in my previous jobs at the local newspaper and a trade magazine, I got through writing because it was my job, and some assignments I liked more than others, but I got through them.

And then just a few months ago, BOOM! Blogging came into my life. I started as a blog contributor for a local company that makes and sells custom dog products like collars and bowls, and it was fantastic. For the first time, I LOVED writing. I got to use my journalism skills, but apply it to writing on topics I cared about, and suddenly this passion for it came flowing out of me.

Hence my decision to start this blog. I had so many thoughts and emotions and lessons I took away from my recent experiences planning my wedding and being a newlywed, that I couldn’t contain them, and I had to get it out there! A diary wouldn’t do; I wanted to shout it from the rooftops. That wouldn’t be safe though, and I can be clumsy, so this blog is my answer.

After that long ramble, the point is that I feel so fulfilled and so happy just to be sharing what’s on my mind with the world. I want to make connections, and I want people to take away something from this, but also, I just really want to share, and sure, sometimes ramble. Between my doggy blogging and this personal blog, I am incredibly happy, and I wanted everyone to know that!

So … what makes you happy? What passions have grown on you?