It’s Been Real, 2014

Real good and real bad. Mostly real, real good.

2014 was full of LOVE, celebration, adventure, happiness, spontaneity, color, learning, growth, new friends, community, new ventures, creativity. 2014 came with the greatest moments of my life (the very greatest, marrying my best friend) and moments that brought me to my knees.

We got alllll of our friends and family together in one place during our wedding week. It was a blast & will probably never happen again because everyone is so spread out.10881518_10152736890772933_7622477251185212697_n

I married the love of my life. (and my sweet sister, becca, shared her birthday with our wedding day…bec, does this make up for it?)

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Our incredible honeymoon to Jamaica & Mexico.

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We came back from our honeymoon and two weeks later Lily joined our little family.

















Both of our sisters graduated from high school, Erin & CheyAnn!


I launched my company, Rise!


ooof, and so many more trips and fun celebrations with our family and friends – I just now realized how crazy jam packed full this year was. woah. I loved 2014.

I have never been one to plan or make resolutions for the New Year or make a big deal of it but I want to change it up a bit. I set aside time just to pray about and plan for 2015 and what it will look like and I am now a raving fan of  preparing my heart for the New Year. I’m a planner, goal setter, obsessive list-maker, so I feel like I’ve been missing out on like, the best part of life- it was so refreshing to sit down and plan out the year.

I came up with a couple of themes/goals. One HUGE theme I want to be consistent in is embracing my age and right where I am. I know this sounds silly but I wasted a lot of time this year feeling inferior because of my age and how people perceive me which totally shot my self esteem so I definitely want to focus on, or rather take the focus off of that and shine a giant light on seeking wisdom and knowing God more. I’m so excited to journey through the Bible from start to finish and actually finish it and I invite anyone who wants to join reading with me! Growing Rise – there’s a heartbeat! It’s a light thumping but it’s there and I can’t wait to report back at the end of 2015. In growing my business comes being creative, part of me that I didn’t know that I had so I’m totally falling in love with that. I’m developing a real passion for what this business does and means and I’m incredibly excited about that. I’ve really enjoyed documenting through this blog and sharing with my friends and family along the way. It’s another layer of accountability and community that I have been so blessed by and I am eager to continue to do that in 2015.

My primary prayer is that my dreams for this year line up with the Lords will because I know that what He has in store for me is far greater and better than anything that I could ever dream up.

ALSO. We’re really looking forward to moving into a new home this summer but there has been very little up for grabs – still in our favorite little town just somewhere a little bigger & with a back yard for our Lil (yes we have her back!). So, prayers in the house hunting process would be immensely appreciated!

Oooo, and I had to share some totally amateur photos from a camera my dad got Justin & I for Christmas. So excited to play photographer everywhere I go 😉



I’d love to invite you to share your goals and plans for 2015. How can I be praying for you and your dreams for the New Year?


Keep On, Keepin’ On, Keepin’ On

In this season of life right now, I feel all over the place. Nah, let’s be honest – I am all over the place. Remember that part in Bambi where he is trying to catch his balance on the ice? Allow me to refresh your memory:


That, right there, is me on a daily basis. I’m feeling these ridiculous insecurities that are all being fed to me by the enemy and I’m just struggling to catch me breath and regain my balance. Rise hasn’t taken off like I’d like it to and I wanted to give up. I brought a new idea to Justin to start with and he encouraged me that I needed to continue with Rise, trying new things, until it works {thank God for him, seriously, I would get no where without him – actually I’d probably be even more all over the place and get into too many places without him}. Not that I thought that I’d launch and clients would be knocking down my door, I knew that it wasn’t going to be easy but I guess I just wanted it to go a little bit faster than it has been. Overall, I’ve just been feeling super insecure about what’s next for me. Then in addition to that, I am questioning every step of the way what people think of me and all that’s happening in my life. Oi. But then, I look at Jesus’ life on this earth. And I realize that all HE wants from me, is to love His people well and know Him more. He wasn’t living life in search of the next thing; He was present. Loving people right where He was, meeting people right where they were. Whatever it is that I have been searching for, I’m doing for myself – and  as long as I am searching after things of the flesh, I will never be content.

So, I feel crazy encouraged because I am not enslaved by being held to a standard of this world. I’m so grateful that these insecurities have crept out from the ugliest parts of my heart because now I have to face them. Repent. Lay them at the foot of Jesus. And move on. I still look {and feel} like Bambi. I still have no idea what tomorrow or a year or five years down the road looks like for us. But, I feel real good about it because it’s there that I fully rely and rest in peace that I can only find in my Savior. Instead of stressing over what’s next, I will work on being present and loving right where I am at every step of the way. Because my life is beautiful and I am so so so grateful for it.

P.S. for all who find themselves in a similar situation: listen to this song – it has been on repeat lately.

 To the dreamers
Wide-eyed believers
Hanging onto hope by a thread
To the soulful
Heart open hopeful
Keep on charging ahead