Category Archives: My Life

Meet Ellie: The Rescue Dog That Stole Our Heart.

Untitled design (1)It’s officially been one year since we picked this crazy pup up at the SPCA in Dallas. I’m not quite sure what got into Justin and me when we decided it was time to adopt a dog, but one rainy Sunday morning we visited 4 different shelters looking for our new best friend. What we saw and experienced over the next few months was more than either of us knew to expect when we brought home our very sick and abused 2 year-old lab/australian shepherd/collie mix from the shelter. These are the reasons why rescuing a pet is one of the most important things I have done in my life and why you should consider rescuing if you’re thinking about getting a dog anytime soon! (more…)



23 Things I’ve Learned in my 23rd Year.

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I finally turned 24 this week and am excited for this next year of my life. 23¬†was one of my more confusing years, but it was also filled with so many firsts and many unforgettable memories. Here is a list of some things I learned this year: (more…)



My Next Chapter

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Twenty three years on this planet hasn’t taught me very much yet, but what I have learned is that life will never be easy. Justin’s favorite thing to say when I’m having a hard day is, “The only constant in life is change.” I try to remember this every time I’m wondering if I’ll ever get a break from the madness. The truth is that the madness never really stops though, you just start getting used to the constant day-to-day movement that is reality.

I’ve been struggling with something for a while that I’ve finally come to a realization about, I’m not quite as happy as I used to be. It was a hard realization to face and made me feel like I haven’t been true to myself lately.

About a week ago, I was talking with one of the wisest photographers I work with about life being filled with chapters. He told me that you live many different lives within your lifetime. Childhood is your first life where you learn to walk and talk, enjoy the smallest most insignificant things: like a cardboard box or stuffed animal. It’s also the only time that magic seems real. High school is for endless summer nights, friday night football, prom dress shopping, young love, and beginning to learn who you are as endless opportunities are headed your way. College is your first freedom to do anything you want, even if it’s to stay out until 4 AM, pick up pizza on your way home, and eat it cold for breakfast the next morning. It’s the four years where you can become anyone you want to be.

For me, I chose to lose weight in my college life. My junior year, I decided that I wasn’t happy with how I looked and so my new chapter began. That year, I proved to myself and others that I could do anything I put my mind to. I was also able to help friends and tumblr followers make the same decision; all they needed to see was that it was possible.

Since graduation in May of 2013, I haven’t quite found my place in the biggest chapter yet- adulthood.

No one ever told me how quickly time would begin to pass once out of school, but there are days I feel like it was yesterday I packed up my life and said goodbye to Bloomington. As the years begin to pass, I can’t help but force myself to constantly be thinking about my next move. We have been trained for so long to meet deadlines, and study for tests that are on their way. I’ve had a hard time living in the moment and appreciating what I have today. Without any big milestones, or graduation dates, the future seems endless and intimidating.

At the start of this year, I promised myself that things were going to change. I’m ready to live each day to the fullest and appreciate the little things. Every day counts.

This is my next chapter. This blog will be a place for me to share all I’ve learned since I have been thrown into adulthood. In the past year and a half, I have started a full-time job, moved into a town home with my boyfriend, adopted a rescue dog, had numerous health issues, gained and am trying to lose 10 lbs, travelled to Alaska, been to music festivals, eaten out at too many Dallas restaurants, wrote and photographed for a Central Track, and have questioned my happiness too many times. That stops now.

This will be a place for sharing health tips, favorite recipes, Dallas suggestions, happy thoughts, motivational quotes, friendly reminders, and my own personal photography and words. I promise not every post will be this lengthy and personal, but in honor of starting a new chapter hopefully these lyrics will speak to you as much as they have to me:

“We build new traditions, in place of the old because life without revision will silence our souls.” -Snow, by Sleeping at Last.

Until next time,

Melanie