where we are.

So I was in conversation with a friend today and she made a comment about next week being March, and I had to do a double-take… can you believe that we’re already moving full steam ahead toward spring? (Of course, for those of us in the South it has felt like spring for a while … Continue reading

mama always told me.

Hi, friends! You may have noticed when you made your way over to the site today that this blog now lives under a new URL: thisbeautiful-life.com. Welcome! “This Beautiful Life” came to me so effortlessly when I started this site, and now seemed like the perfect time to make that the focus and the namesake … Continue reading

the good fight.

It’s been a heavy few days in the blogosphere, guys. I’ve seen a number of well-written posts about what is going on in our country (and by very clear extension, our world), and I’m not here to add to the noise or use my little corner of the Internet to make sure you know how … Continue reading

days like today.

January has always been one of those dreary-all-the-time kind of months for me. As the weather gets colder and crisper throughout the fall, I try to soak in the fun and the holidays before the dullness that is January and February hits me. And with the added layer of having to leave Charlotte after spending … Continue reading

moving forward.

Happy 2017, friends! After an eventful year filled with milestone moments and personal growth, it is still refreshing to ring in a new year and look forward to all that it has to bring. I’ve been fortunate to spend the past two weeks in my hometown with my family, meeting up with friends from high … Continue reading

for all of my life.

I really wanted to write this post as soon as we returned from our honeymoon, but now that I’ve finally gotten the opportunity to intentionally think through what I wanted to say here, it seems even more appropriate that I get to write this several months into marriage instead of immediately after. I like to consider … Continue reading

when fearless.

Well friends, despite all of my efforts to not be “that bride,” I have found myself completely wrapped up in the wedding planning process these past few months: from menu selections to vendor meetings to seating charts, it has been so fun and so overwhelming all at the same time. Anyway, that brings me here. … Continue reading

along the way.

Happy New Year, everyone! (Can you say that almost 20 days in? Hope so.) Part of me is still trying to adjust to the fact that the lovely time that is the holidays has already come and gone, and a new, refreshing chapter of life is awaiting as we move into 2016. This is a … Continue reading

with all of my heart.

I have to say, I’ve wondered for a long time what it would be like to get to marry the person I had fallen in love with. I wondered how I would feel, what I would say, how life would change after that moment, and so on. This post is long overdue, but on August … Continue reading

make war.

Can I simply begin by pointing out that it’s already August? I don’t know where the time is going, but I am in complete disbelief that I’ve been a member of the “real world” for more than a year now. The other day I was thinking back on how uneasy I felt at this time … Continue reading