July 2, 2014

music city

Woah. I can't believe it's been almost a month and a half since I last blogged. Let me tell you, life has been crazy since graduation. I feel like I'm busier now than I ever was in school. Between working six days a week at the restaurant, trying to find a big girl job, being in the middle of planning two big events, and trying to prepare for living on my own in five weeks...I've been crazy stressed and, I have to admit, I've kind of let myself get caught up in the day-to-day and lost sight of the big picture of all the things I am thankful for in life right now.

One of those things is that (without a big girl job) I was able to actually travel a little bit after graduation. The first of my two trips was a road trip to Nashville with my friends Angie and Casey for our other friend Lizzy's birthday. Nashville is a city I would absolutely love to live in so I couldn't have been happier to take this road trip.

Our first night was spent listening to live music and enjoying a few drinks with friends at Tootsie's. Our second day started with Bloody Mary's and a beautiful lunch at the Pineapple Room followed by hours of exploring Cheekwood Botanical Garden. It was incredibly beautiful, almost overwhelming. We also got to walk around inside of the Cheekwood Mansion which was home to the family that created Maxwell House Coffee (but we weren't allowed to take pictures in there). Then it was time for a night out on the town! Our last day was spent relaxing and line dancing at Whiskey Dix Saloon with friends in Murfreesboro. We did a little shopping downtown the next afternoon and then hit the road back to Wisconsin.

It was a whirlwind of a trip and I can't wait to go back sometime in the near future. All in all, I am completely and utterly smitten with Nashville.

May 21, 2014

graduation day

Well...two days into post-graduation life and I'm already bored. It's so weird to have so much free time on my hands until I find a job when I'm so used to being overly busy all the time. I will admit that I'm still kind of in a graduation high though.

Sunday was so much fun between my graduation ceremony in the morning, my little brother's Spring band concert in the afternoon, and dinner at Joey Gerard's. Part of me still can't believe that school is done and I'm being launched into the "real world" whether I'm ready or not, but I'm really excited. Things have been going so great recently and I'm anxious to see how everything ends up in the next year or so.

Thank you so much to everyone for your words of support and congratulations this week. It means so much and I am so blessed to have so many people in my life who love me so much. Please know that it's mutual. Also, congratulations to all my friends who graduated this year as well! We made it!
"Good things take time, but great things happen all at once."

May 13, 2014

mix tape .004

001. All of Me by John Legend
002. Sweet Child O' Mine by Taken By Trees
003. Lay Me Down (Acoustic Version) by Sam Smith
004. The House That Built Me by Miranda Lambert
005. When We Were Young by Lucy Schwartz
006. Fireside by Brett Bixby
007. Cannonball by Damien Rice
008. Tomorrow Is Gonna Be Better by Joshua Radin
009. Forever by Ben Harper
010. Use Somebody by Kina Grannis
011. She's So High by Tal Bachman