in anxious times.

Friends, it is mid-May and the weather is warm and I just took advantage of Sonic Happy Hour, which is always a sign that summer is near. I love this time of year for so many reasons, mostly because it makes life feel so much more free and colorful. Even though this working girl no … Continue reading

simple joys: easter weekend.

As many of you sweet, loyal readers know, I have a tendency to be a bit long-winded. The other day I was thinking about so many of the simple, joyful moments that take place throughout my life, and I don’t take a lot of time to reflect on them here because they don’t seem to … Continue reading

a plea for more.

It wouldn’t be right if I didn’t kick this post off by saying: GO. HEELS. We are National Champions, y’all! Monday night was amazing in so many ways — I screamed my head off and freaked out and became way too emotionally invested in college basketball, but I do believe it comes with a territory … Continue reading

proper pie & park views.

This morning was a good one, y’all. Oddly enough, it has been a day that went not according to plan at all. While I am not one for changing plans at the last minute, I’m grateful for a husband who goes with the flow and pushes me to let go of my tightly held plans … Continue reading

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