Our Everyday Adventures | Edition 3

Oh, hey!

If you didn't notice, I took a little break from blogging last month...and let's be real. The month before that too. I justified it to myself because we moved and then there was the holidays and then I left for a week for the Delight Intensive in Washington and then there was a thousand boxes to unpack when I got home... but honestly, life is just crazy. All the time. No matter what. So my little blogging break is over, and I thought the best way to break it is to share what I've been up to lately! If you're new to this series, you can head over here or here to get caught up!

Our Everyday Adventures — January 25-31:

— When we moved into our new home, I loved the bones of the house, but I knew there were a lot of things that I wanted to change cosmetically. I also knew that if we didn't do them immediately, while we still have no furniture, they probably wouldn't get done. So I've spent a borer-line crazy amount of time staring at about 15 shades of gray that I've plastered on every empty wall in the house and at flooring samples scattered everywhere. This is the first time we've lived somewhere that we're able to make permanent changes to, and I'm so excited to make it our own. And so terrified that I'm going to choose something horrible and hate it.

If I wanted to have lunch with other people in my industry when we lived in Arkadelphia, I'd have to drive at least an hour to find the closest real network of photographers. So, naturally, one of my favorite things about living in northwest Arkansas is that there is a community of other photographers who are close by. And ya'll. There fantastic. Since moving here, I've been constantly blown away by how kind and supportive everyone is, and how our peers are viewed as friends and colleagues instead of competition. I spent a good amount of time this week getting to know other professionals in the area, and I truly feel so blessed to live somewhere with such an amazing community. Northwest Arkansas brides have a pretty wonderful group of photographers to choose from. :) 

— I also love Northwest Arkansas because of all of the things. I've grown accustomed to needing to drive an hour to get to any real store, and it's still super exciting to me that I can be at any number of very cool places in a short amount of time here. There are legit, quality coffee shops. And home improvement stores. And Target. And HOMEGOODS. And not just shopping, but quality trails and museums and art and culture and our families and just truly all of the things.

— And while there's been a lot of exciting things, the day to day stuff has not even remotely been glamorous. It's winter outside, but I feel like I've also been in a season of winter personally. A time of forced stillness and preparation for what's to come. It's looked a lot like setting up systems and setting goals and learning new things and doing all of the messy, hard things that come with running a business now, so that when Spring comes, I'll be ready. Winter is never the most glamorous season, but it's a necessity in order for things to grow.

— Over the weekend, I traveled a very very long way to attend Hailey's wedding shower in Gurdon. It was so good to see her and our friends and church family that we've missed so much since leaving. There are a lot of wonderful things about moving, but there are also a lot of hard things about leaving people that you love. It's definitely bittersweet, and I'm excited for the next time we'll be back in just over a month!!

Happy Monday, friends!!