Thursday, September 25, 2014

These days!

Things are going great this month, busy, but very fun so far! Just a quick photo unload real quick like...

I hear you Angus & Edie, it's been a long week! 

Tina coordinated my bachelorette party last weekend in CLT, and it was so much FUN!

Then we went shopping. :)

Dinner was amazing, Nan & Byron's.

My best friend got this hanger for me. It's feeling so real now! Come on wedding day!

The girls took us to a wine/painting place, so much fun to learn how to paint, as I have no artistic skill whatsoever.

Planning and attending celebrations for our upcoming marriage is just delightful. So much love swirling around us every day.

Ohhhh, it is FALL. I love this season, but boy would I love to put the brakes on winter coming soon behind.

Jeff and I picked up our marriage license, and it felt like the biggest relief to know that we are just counting down the days at this point. It's all been a dream!

This post was mostly for memory's sake, and for my loving fiance who's out of town working this week.

Have a great day!

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

An update.

So, the last few months have been completely insane, and it's finally caught up to us - there are no extra minutes left. Not one. Let's go down the list.
1. Getting married.
2. He got a new job.
3. I got a new job.
---------------------------    We like to keep it interesting.

We're getting married. In 40 short days.

I can't wait for the day to arrive, and honestly, the only thing lingering over my head are things like: what jewelry am I going to wear? What shoes will he wear? The rest of the detail will fall into place, and just like Jeff assures me, we'll be married that night when we go to bed, and that's all that matters. 

Last week we got to take a vacation - I went for five long days, but Jeff started his new job so he couldn't join me until the weekend came. It was so nice to unplug together, even if just for a few days. Even more excited about our upcoming honeymoon together. 

Tina came over to help me work on our wedding invitations. Tina designed my invites, which I'll share after the event has come and gone. She's amazing - and so talented. If you need invites, holla

We worked really hard to get Jeff moved out of his bachelor pad a few weekends ago. It felt great to finish that project, and get him living in one place finally. I know he feels better knowing that to do list is complete.

In between moving, I took a trip to Loft and got a few much needed items. Shrinking out of your clothes is awesome and awful at the same time. Nothing feels good! Happy to have better options now. And super excited to finally be a MEDIUM!

                           Sweater // Skirt

I'm still working hard to eat right/exercise, in between crazy spurts of our schedule. It's tough, but if you make time for it, it's always worth it!

Life has changed so much, and I am so so happy about what is happening. It looks like this blog will be the first thing to suffer. I promise to be back eventually, but you can always follow along on Instagram! audrasally

See you soon!
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Monday, August 25, 2014

How I figured out what I wanted: Part II

This is a continuation of Part I.

The next summer, (last summer) I was still going strong with my new plan. At this point it wasn't even an active plan, it had just become an integrated part of the way I live my life. Things were good. The dream of meeting someone was still very much on the forefront of my mind, but I knew that it wasn't in my hands. What a relief to come to terms with the idea that what is ahead of us is beyond our control.
When a friend called about a co-worker she wanted me to meet, I was unsure. I wasn't willing to risk losing the momentum I'd gained since November. She said she'd prayed about it for days before she came to me. When I agreed to meet him, I knew it would be different than any time before. I knew what I wanted in my life, and what kind of person it would require as a partner. That could quickly reveal if this would be a good fit for me. {Not in a way that would come off as rude, or unaccepting, but that we just weren't looking for the same things, or headed in the same direction.}
When I met Jeff, one of the first things I learned about him was that he attended church on his own. I can tell you all of the wonderful things that followed, but the important thing is that he was already the man that he was meant to be before I ever came into his life. He knew what he valued in his life and was all that much more appreciative that I also knew what I valued in mine. We were the people we wanted to be, which meant that neither of us were fighting with a feeling or desire to be someone else. With that out of the way, we were able to find out quickly if we were compatible, and easily navigate our feelings for each other.

With everything else pushed out of our focus, we were able to actually see each other.

We could see that we were physically attracted to each other, we could have the difficult, revealing conversations that allowed us to know each other better, and were able to move forward at a faster, but healthier pace than I'd ever experienced. It was rejuvenating. Like taking the biggest, deepest breath of my life. The ability to pinpoint my needs and wants in my life allowed me to see things clearly, without all of the fog from before.
Suddenly it felt so easy. Why was it always so hard? I wondered. How could I search for the thing I wanted without knowing what that thing actually meant to me?
I don't know how I could explain it any clearer. This isn't the catch-all method to snatch up the right guy. I don't know what that is. I just know, in my heart of hearts, that had I met Jeff in 2012, I would have blown it. I might have misread his best qualities, that I'm able to cherish now, as something I wasn't able to comprehend. I may have been unsure about getting so involved so quickly. I may have blown it. I may have missed out on him completely.
I can't put into words how great it feels to know that the woman I'm meant to be is in love with the man that he's meant to be.

Anybody remember this clip?

If you made it to the end of both those posts, buy yourself a vanilla cone. Thanks for reading.

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