Mike’s Engaged! (Plus Pictures!)

This is my chance to pretend I have a photography blog.

My oldest friend got engaged today. I’ve been friends with Mike since the sixth grade. If you do that math, it’s nine years.That would be 45% of my life. So when he called me and asked me to take pictures when he proposed, there wasn’t even a “no” option. I was so honored that he asked me to be there to document the most important moment of his life. (Until the wedding, of course.) Image

One cool memory I have of Mike actually involves another bestie of mine (who was not my bestie at the time). He had gone to Costa Rica with the middle school on a mission trip, and when they got back, Mrs. Becker said she thought Mike would love it if I went with her to pick him up from the airport. So I hitched a ride with her and Logan, who I was not a fan of at the time. Sometimes I’m still not a fan of you, Log. Just kidding, just kidding, I like you much more now than I did when I was 12 years old. (It’s a long story, and my feelings were unfounded anyway. But I was a middle school girl, let’s cut me some slack here.) Again, it was just a moment that I was excited to be a part of. I guess it was a bit of foreshadowing for today!

Mike has always been a constant in my life. Even if we don’t talk for awhile, he’s always there if I need him. He’s trustworthy, kind, and loyal, which is why I know that Jillian is lucky to have him. I knew Mike before Jillian, and he’s a better, happier man with her. I’m so excited that I’ll never know a Mike without her in his life.

ImageWhen I met Jillian for the first time years ago, I was firstly surprised by her outer beauty: the girl is a stunner. She’s gorgeous. What’s great about Jillian is that her inner beauty manages to outshine her inner beauty. I haven’t spent a ton of time with her, but you don’t need a lot of time to figure out when someone is that legitimately genuine, sweet, and Christ-centered. I just love her. She’s one of the most adorable people in the world: you meet her and you just want to be her best friend. Mike really got lucky with this one.

Anyway, the engagement story is not mine to tell, I will leave that up to the future Mrs. and Mr. I will, however, share a few pictures from the day because they’re just so cute and wonderful. They fill my heart with happiness, and I know that they’ll do the same for anyone else that knows and loves Mike and Jillian. I can’t wait for this wedding. Check out the pictures below! Continue reading

For Those With a Love of Sugar

Hello, world! Since you read my blog, you must be literate. And if you’re literate, there is no reason why you shouldn’t be reading my friend Taylor’s blog. She’s narrating for you- in her wonderful, funny, sometimes totally inappropriate way- … Continue reading

How I Really Feel About Love

Do you believe in love at first sight? Nick Miller does.

In “Exes,” Nick tells Jess that he fell in love with her the second she walked into the loft. (I’m talking about New Girl here, if you live under a rock or are deaf and blind- the only two valid reasons not to watch it.) While, yes, of course, it’s a sitcom and he has to say that so the audience falls in love with him, it made me think about what love really is, and when you really know you feel it.

And that’s perfect, because Valentine’s Day is tomorrow. How timely my thoughts are.

I believe that you can feel attraction at first sight. Interest at first sight. Even connection at first sight. They’re all very viable things to feel when you first see a person. But is it love? That’s the question. Continue reading

New Year’s Resolutions: Fail #1

I don’t know what I’m worse at doing regularly: blogging or journaling. Both of the above are on my New Year’s Resolution’s list, which you wouldn’t know, because I haven’t posted in over a month. Whoops. Fail #1. So onto … Continue reading

It’s Time I Write Again

My life has been CRAAAAZY. I’m interning at Baltimore Style Magazine, and it’s amazing. Since I’ve posted last, I’ve been published in the magazine, (on multiple pages…whoop whoop!) been to a fashion show, done a ton of other really cool … Continue reading

Writers Block?

I’m not going to write a blog.

I just had like 3 paragraphs of nonsense typed out that I was going to elaborate on in this blog post. That’s when I realized: I am way too tired to write anything of decent quality. College has been rough the past couple weeks, and I’m a month in and I am feelin the pressure.

I’m exhausted, and I have nothing particularly worthwhile to talk about. So if you have any ideas or topics you want me to write about, throw them at me! Truong, I’m talkin to you! You’re the one who always gets on me about writing another post, so help me out with ideas.

Goodnight from me, xoxo.

Here’s To An Amazeballs Semester

It’s been 7 days, and I already feel like an adult.

I love it! I hated staying in my apartment originally because there was no furniture and I was alone and creeped out. However, with furniture, a busy schedule, and a roomie, I’m loving living on my own.

My 3 day school week turned out to be more interesting than I thought it would be.

My first day, there was no parking, so I wound up being late for my first English class. I also had to leave campus immediately after my last class to attend the Luke Bryan concert. Rush rush rush rush. My life consists of rushing around like a crazy lady. I won’t go into deets about Luke, because that would open a whole different can of worms. I wore my Sperrys for walking around campus, because of the massive TU campus. What I didn’t know was that I hadn’t totally broken in my Sperrys. Long story short, I got, walked on, and still have some hardcore blisters. Continue reading

Real Vacations vs Fake Vacations

When are you ready to vacation with your significant other?

A question Miss Carrie Bradshaw herself would have pondered, I’m sure. But she was a little more…unchaste than I (no offense SJP!) so I think we might have different answers here.

As I sit here writing this, it’s day 2 of vacation and I have already been visibly irritated with or mad at the BF probably about 5 times. Only child syndrome- but that’s a whole separate can of worms. When you spend a week with someone, you get to know them very well. You get to know the real them. And in relationships, especially young adult relationships, that comes with good and bad.

My boyfriend and I went on our first vacation about 7 months into our relationship. Should I go all “Glamour columnist” and call him by an initial or something? He’ll probably be humiliated that I’m revealing all this info for the world to see. At that time, we were both 17 and I had just graduated high school, and he was coming up on his senior year.

I think that first vacation together was a false test. We just talked about this at the beach this morning. The first year of our relationship consisted of maybe one fight about “you should have texted me first!” or something ridiculous- and that was it. So except for a few moments of irritability with one another, we were basically fine. But that’s because it was based on lies and new-relationship fever.

But here’s how the first one went for us.

1. I wore makeup to bed.

2. I put on makeup before I saw him in the morning.

3. I showered the minute I got back from the beach and not a second later.

4. Oh yeah, I wore makeup to the beach.

5. I was passive, sweet, and ever-indulging.

6. He was passive, sweet, and ever-indulging.

“Hey, what do you want to do?”

“I’m good just laying here on my towel.”

“Oh okay, I thought you might want to go to the water.”

“You want to go to the water? Let’s go to the water.”

“No, you want to lay there. Let’s stay here!”

“No no no you want to go to the water, come on, let’s go”.

I could continue, but you get the point. 

7. He was so focused on impressing my family that he wasn’t even himself.

8. This really has nothing to do with it, but I love it. He got a henna tattoo with my name. How hilarious!

9. We spent every waking second together. It’s like that terribly annoying phase where you can’t go ANYWHERE without that person- God forbid they go to the bathroom without letting you know via smoke signal.

I’m summing it up- when you’re 17 and you’re 7 months into a relationship, you are careful how much of yourself to reveal.


Vacation one on left, vacation three on right. See any difference?

Fast forward TWO whole years to today. I’m sitting in the kitchen of the beach house by myself, his sister and her boyfriend are asleep on the couch, he’s in the basement doing homework, and his parents are scattered about somewhere.

I am wearing no makeup, I haven’t washed my hair since I went under in the ocean, and we’ve already had a tiff over riding bikes- twice. What is there to fight about over bike riding? Nothing. It’s just the real world that we’re in now.

We still don’t fight over anything serious, but being together for as long as we have (years wise, not vacation time, obvi) and just being real with each other, we can bicker over the smallest things. It’s hilarious, and most of the time we laugh while we’re doing it, but nonetheless, it is a far cry from our first vacation together.

While our first vacation was fun with the butterflies and the thrill of a new relationship, I would much rather have the real life relationship that we have now, and I know he feels the same. Because we talked about that on the beach today too. We talk about everything. We’re 75 and married, basically.

So what all I’m saying about vacationing with a significant other is this: if you’re going to do it, don’t fake it. Just go all out and be yourself. If they don’t love you after seeing you without makeup, they’re a buttface. But I’m pretty sure they will. Teenage relationships are the most interesting, because you’re still changing and growing as a person.

I have loved growing as a person and in turn watching my relationship grow also. Vacation has been an important part of that too- but only the real vacations. Not the fake ones.