Hurray, hurrah, yippee, tahdah: today is my first guest post! Every 1st and 15th I will be letting someone else share ten things that bless, inspire and impact their selves. My first guest is, appropriately, a lass who daily blesses, inspires, and impacts me: Miss Genevieve. She is a sweet and spicy, everyday saint, and I adore the truth she shares and the love she exudes. She’s an English major and, naturally, a magician with words.
220. My Fiery, Sweet, Hilarious, Caring, and Absolutely Beautiful in Every Way Friend, Allie.
So Allie graciously asked me to do the first guest post on the Thankful Blog. Clearly, this confirms that I am, in fact, her favorite human, which should, in and of itself, be number 220. This is Allie and me at Java Monkey on a study date. I lav her. Over the past almost 2 years she has truly become one of my best friends.
221. Being an Aunt.
A friend that I fiercely love, Zohra, just had a baby girl. (She named her after a super awesome video game. )
This child is magical. And best of all, Zohra gave me the honor of not only being her Auntie, but I get to be her godmother!!!!
It’s my goal to get Zelda to call me “Fairy Godmother” throughout her entire life.
222. Being in love…. Like, real love.
How appropriate, number 222 just happens to be about the man that I share a birthday with on 2-22!
Dustin sent me flowers recently, and they were the most beautiful thing I’d ever seen.
(The card read, “The Earth laughs in flowers. -Ralph Waldo Emerson” 🙂 )
The fact that someone is not only your best friend,
but romances you on the regular is definitely something to be grateful for.
I am blown away by the honest and real love that we share,
And I honestly never thought that I had the capacity to truly love someone like I love him.
His love has opened my heart up and pushes me to be the best, most alive, version of myself. It’s hard work, but it’s freeing.
It is a beautiful thing to push through fear and insecurity
to be vulnerable enough to be known and loved for exactly who you are,
and to invite another human being to journey with you as you grow.
223. Studying what you love.
I get to read and write about things that I actually am passionate about for my major.
The picture above is of the process I went through while writing a 10 page research paper
on Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra.
I learned SO much throughout the few weeks of research, and I ended up really loving my finished work.
Hurray for being an English Major and actually loving school.
224. Discovering great quotes while doing a research paper.
225. Being a wedding singer.
I travel around the country and sing songs for a living with an event band called the A-Town A-List.
This job makes me speechless with gratitude.
We get to visit the coolest cities in our country, meet really interesting people, and perform concerts and make people happy.
Helping people make memories is one of my favorite things about the job,
to the point where it doesn’t seem fair to get paid to have these types of experiences.
Needless to say, I am extremely taken aback and grateful for this opportunity.
One of my other favorite things that I get to experience with this job: creative decor!!!!
And sometimes the wedding receptions we play turn into crazy, joyful mosh pits…
so there’s that.
226. The Secret Garden
The girls of Adair Street are lucky enough to explore a magical garden on a weekly basis.
My bestie, Nicole, and I, discovered it on a walk.
The owner of this secret garden is a pretty big deal. He’s worked for celebs like Audrey Hepburn as a landscape designer.
This garden was also featured in that “Timothy Green” Disney movie.
We watch the sunset, hang out with the owner and his 5 dogs (one of which is Wishbone’s great granddaughter),
and we get to hear stories about this amazingly creative man’s life.
It’s the most incredible thing. It still makes my heart flutter even thinking about it.
227. Thinking Man Tavern
Hidden gem of Decatur. We LOVE this place. (A two minute walk from our house!)
Try the fried green tomatoes, and make sure you get Ashley to serve you!
228. Vegas with Best Friends
I’ve known these girls since I was 14. We had a blast in Vegas this past weekend!
Here’s us at prom, our senior year.
Great, isn’t it? (Another thing to be grateful for? Losing 30 pounds since that photo was taken. hahah)
Now here’s us this past weekend, reenacting the above photo in Vegas.
229. Hiking in Vegas while most people are sleeping.
oh, and socks with Sunny Side Up Eggs on them.
So there you have it.
Wow, Allie. I didn’t realize I would fall in love with guest-posting. Thanks for sharing the love.