Hello!

by Julie on December 25, 2013

in Life

Hi blog world!

It’s Christmas Day and I am at home with the flu. My temperature of 102 started yesterday and I’ve been a mess ever since. Isn’t that a great way to spend the holidays? It goes without saying that I’m super bummed that I am home ill.

So, the White Elephant in the room: I haven’t blogged since August! I really have no explanation other than I must have needed time away from social media. After blogging for almost 6 years, needing a break was expected. Every time I went to pick up my computer to blog, I felt like nothing would come out of me. I needed time to relax, get acquainted with my new job, and enjoy  time with my amazing fiancé. Todd is officially in the Coast Guard Reserves and therefore isn’t gone all the time anymore. It’s really nice having him home.

My job is going really well! It’s a lot more exhausting than I realized but I love it. I feel like I’ve found my “calling” and going to work everyday is a joy.

That’s it for now, I just wanted to pop in and say “Merry Christmas!” I hope to be back on a regular blogging schedule again soon. Until then, I hope you enjoy your holidays!

xoxo,

Julie

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Life Updates

by Julie on August 27, 2013

in Deep Thoughts

Hello, hello!

Wow, it’s crazy to see that the last time I blogged was July 31. A LOT has happened since then and my mind has been elsewhere. Sometimes with blogging, I tend to become super Type A with things and can become stressed if I didn’t cover everything that happened since I last blogged. This time around, I’m going to try not to stress. It’s just a blog, after all.

During the month of August, this blog celebrated it’s 5 year anniversary. Have I really been blogging for 5 years? It’s crazy to think about. There’s been so much I’ve poured into this little corner of the internet and I am thankful for the random day I decided to start Wearing Mascara.

I also celebrated my 29th birthday. I figure that I can post something super deep next year for the big 3-0, but for now, I will say that I’m content going into my final year as a 20-something. When I started my 20s, I never thought I would learn so much about myself by age 29. Cliche as it may be, my 20s have truly been and continue to be the decade of finding myself and who I am. I’m comforted in my relationships with people who truly matter. I’ve learned to forgive and forget, to not only other people, but to myself. This decade is a time to make many mistakes, and I’m sure you have as well. But, it’s also a time to learn how to let go. Let go of my past, who I was, mistakes I’ve made, and mistakes other people have made. Life is such an interesting and fun journey. I can say with total certainty that my 30s will be the best decade ever.

This month, I started a new job, which is the primary reason for my blogging absence. Most nights, I’ve been emotionally drained, which is common in new transitions. I am truly loving my new position. Every day, I am being reinforced for my decision to leave my previous job. Every day, I am motivated to do good. I recall the days of graduate school and how every day, I would be motivated in my classes just imagining what the future would bring as a future school psychologist. When reading articles, I was truly entertained and thought of ways I would be able to apply my new skills. Unfortunately, in the past year, my motivation for my work started to trickle away. Most days, I would look deep in my heart for the love that I used to have, only to come up empty handed. I need to do more and when my dream job opened up, I decided to reach high, and ended up being offered the position. Now, every day, I am reminded of why I became a school psychologist. My passion has returned and I’m completely fulfilled.

So, what else? Todd and I are deep in wedding planning. As of now, we have the church, reception, and photographer booked. Next is the DJ {any recommendations?}. Todd and I set the date for October 4, 2014, which I’m sure will come super quick. I think that eventually I will like wedding planning, but for now, I can tell you that I’m not a fan… The guest list is stressful as well as other etiquette-like question marks. I swear, if I didn’t have to deal with the etiquette piece, wedding planning would be a no brainer.

That’s about it for my life update.

More soon!

xo,

Julie

P.S. Have you seen this article, 23 Signs You’re Secretly an Introvert? I saw it floating around the internet and have never read an article that was so me before. Many people meet me and immediately assume I’m an extrovert because of my outgoing personality. The truth is that I tend to have a lot of social anxiety and all of these points, except for #11 and #21, are me. #11 would mean that Todd is an extrovert {he’s not!} and I’ve never had a problem with #21 {I am outspoken, especially when there is a forum, like a classroom.. I think #21 contradicts with #8}.

 

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Random Wednesday

by Julie on July 31, 2013

in Deep Thoughts,Food,Life,Restaurants

Good morning everyone!

This post is going to be a super fun bullet point post since my mind is everywhere this morning.

  • As we speak, I am enjoying a tasty cinnamon bun from Elmwood Bakery in Lakewood. This morning, my apartment complex offered Elmwood’s baked goods and coffee for free. Have I told you how much I love my apartment? If you are looking for a good apartment in Lakewood, Ohio, with reliable and caring management, please email me and I’ll give you all the details.
  • On August 6, my friend Sarah and her boyfriend Fernando are debuting their short film, Deployment, from The 48 Hour Film Project. Written, filmed, and edited in 48 hours {woah}, Deployment is a short film about a young Marine father who is about to be deployed and his struggle with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Tickets are only $10.00, and you get free parking if you validate your ticket at the box office. Get your tickets here.

48-hr

  • Have you seen the new Stella & Dot fall collection? If not, you are missing out! New jewelry, new bags, new gloriousness. I highly recommend checking it out!
  • Is it possible to travel too much? I am definitely feeling it. After being in Florida for 3 weeks and then going to Chicago for a week, I am OVER traveling for awhile. Luckily, I just have one day trip left for a Pittsburgh bridal shower in August {cannot wait!} and Deer Valley in September.
  • Last night, Todd and I checked out El Carnicero in Lakewood. It was so good and we are excited to go back, especially since it’s in walking distance {score!}. Our waitress was so nice and very accommodating. You can tell there is the excitement of a new restaurant opening. We ordered the machaca and el cordero taquitos with a side of their traditional guacamole. I don’t know about you, but I love dipping. I love making my own taquitos and dipping chips into salsas and guac.

el carnicero lakewood

  • Todd and I are currently in the process of picking out a reception hall for our fall 2014 wedding. Can someone just do this for me? Can you go and talk to the representatives, look at the menus, and tell me what tastes good and make sure they aren’t screwing us when it comes to hidden costs? Can you make sure our guests will be comfortable and our day will be memorable? I’m seriously sick of it. Unfortunately, I did not get the “wedding planning” gene that most women have. Although, I do believe after we pick the reception hall, things will be a lot easier. {Even if that isn’t the case, will you just lie to me and tell me they get easier? Thanks.}

Have a really great day, everyone!

xo,

Julie

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Florida, Part 4: Saying Yes

by Julie on July 30, 2013

in Relationship,Travel

Todd’s uncle has a few condos/apartments on Siesta Key Beach, Florida. Last year, when we were visiting, he showed us a really nice apartment that directly overlooks the beach. I remember whispering to Todd that I hoped we could someday stay there because the view was so spectacular.

On Sunday, June 30, Todd and I packed up to drive to Siesta Key. I knew we were staying in one of his uncle’s places, and assumed we were staying in the same place as last year, which was really nice. Todd just responded by telling me that he had a surprise for me.

When we arrived at the beach, his uncle was there to greet us and immediately took us upstairs to the really nice apartment overlooking the beach that we toured last year. I was in heaven and very surprised! The apartment is gorgeous and I figured that was the end of Todd’s surprises for the day.

We decided on sushi at Jo To that night and had a really good meal, complete with saki for two. We both love sushi and this was a perfect way to begin our Siesta Key trip.

saki

sushi

We got back to the apartment around 7:45 and Todd wanted to go for a sunset walk. Sunset was at 8:29 and we left around 8 pm. I took this picture on Instagram right before we left.

photo 4

Our walk was very normal. Walking is our thing – we love walking in the evenings and having a beautiful sunset beach just fed our ritual.

photo 5

Looking back, I’m really happy I brought my iPhone to take some random pictures. I was very Instagram happy and knew I would want to post these later.

photo 6

About 20 minutes into our walk down the beach, we turned around and headed back to the apartment. There were a lot of people along the beach, trying to capture a good picture of the sunset. Right when the sun was about to set, a lot of clouds shielded the glory. Photographers and families were visibly disappointed by the lack of perfect, but Todd and I didn’t care. We knew we could come back the following day for another chance on the sunset.

When we were about half-way back to the apartment, my left hand in Todd’s right hand, he started rubbing my left ring finger. At first, I didn’t mind, but then I kept looking at him and was like, “Um… what are you doing?” He would stop and then start again. He kept doing this, randomly, until we were pretty close to the apartment. I looked at him again and asked, “Why do you keep doing that?”

Todd said, “Soon, I won’t be able to rub my finger there easily.” All the sudden, I look to my left and Todd is down on one knee holding out a beautiful white gold, pear shaped ring.

At this point in the story, I want to type out exactly what Todd said and how I romantically accepted his proposal and there were unicorns and butterflies on the beach in response to our major turning point, but that’s not what happened.

I do not remember what he said. All I remember is tearing up and exclaiming, “Is this thing for real?!”

“Are you sure?”

“Is that ring real?”

“No really, are you serious?!”

Yep. Apparently, that is how I respond to someone asking me to marry them. :-) After what Todd describes as an extra long time on his knee, he interrupted me and said, “Julie! Yes or No?”

“OMG YES!”

And finally, he put the gorgeous ring on my finger and I was balling my eyes out and hugging and kissing him. Once the initial shock was over, I realized what time it was: 8:45 pm. I had to call my mom before she went to sleep. From the beach, I called her and told her the fantastic news. Then, we washed off our sandy feet and went inside to call everyone.

We opened champagne and proceeded to have the best family and friend conversations ever. Besides committing to spend the rest of my life with my best friend, having these conversations are probably the best part about getting engaged.

champage

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Surrounding the setting that Todd picked out is my grandmother‘s diamond. Every time I look at it, I think of love. Love for Todd and the love my grandparents had for each other all the way to the end. Their relationship was the type of true love you can only hope for and one that I have found.

engagement ring

grandparents love

us

<3

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Hello,

Before I go into Part 3 of our Florida trip, I first wanted to say a friendly HELLO to anyone I may meet at BlogHer this weekend. I am here for the week, visiting my sister, Valerie, and friend, Nidhi. It’s my first time attending a BlogHer conference and I’m just a tad nervous and overwhelmed :-) Registration is tonight and I’m so excited! If you are reading this and attending BlogHer, please let me know – I would love to meet you and make new blogging friends.

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After Disney, Todd and I headed back to Placida, Florida to stay at his mom’s house for a couple days. Soon, we would be heading to Siesta Key for some lazy beach time. His mom and step dad have kayaks so we decided to take them out one day. The best part is seeing a ton of wildlife, including dolphins.

See that little guy in this picture? I wish I could have gotten a better shot!

kayaking

kayaking

kayaking

florida kayaking

florida kayaking

It was really fun and a nice arm workout :-) Plus, the scenery is GORGEOUS in Florida.

The night before leaving for Siesta Key, we had some wine on the back lanai overlooking the marina. My favorite part about our relationship is the talks we have about whatever. This talk in particular centered on what we want in the next couple years, and when we got back to Ohio… aka, our future, without being too specific. It was an ironic conversation considering what was to come…

wine

More on Monday. <3

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