It’s My SITS Day!

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Well hey, look at that.

Two posts in one day.

That’s because it’s a really happy day around here. Not just because it’s Friday, or Valentine’s Day (those are both pretty cool), but because it’s my SITS Day!

Not familiar with SITS? It’s an amazing community where you can connect with fellow bloggers and learn all sorts of blogging and social media tips. If you haven’t already, you should definitely go check it out.

If you are stopping by from SITS, thank you so much for visiting! I’m thrilled that you took the time to stop by my little piece of the internet. Check out this or this or this to get to know me a little better. I love making new friends, so be sure to say hello!

Want to stalk me a little more? I’m on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest, or you can follow Rural Rookie on Bloglovin’.

Thanks for stopping by!

 


Meet Raewyn from Be a Warrior Queen!

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Happy Friday, everyone! I’m still in NOLA for my bachelorette party. (If you aren’t following me on Instagram, you should be. That’s where I’m documenting all of the shenanigans.)

Today, the lovely lady behind Be a Warrior Queen is taking over the blog. She’s got a beautiful, positive attitude, so I know you guys will love her.  Meet Raewyn!

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Hello!! My name is Raewyn and I blog over at Be a Warrior Queen where I’m all about being me – a strong, independent lady stumbling through life while attempting to be graceful. I like to blog about finding your inner strength, life things and always trying to be on the positive side. Check out the Warrior Queen movement and feel free to join us!

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Let’s talk about recognizing the positive aspect of a not-so-positive event or situation. This one’s a hard one, but bear with me because I know we can turn it all around. Here’s a couple of hypothetical situations [or maybe some situations that happened to me…]

 

So you’re at a concert that’s supposed to be the time of your life. There is a really fun friend by your side. She’s always down for an adventure and you never seem to run out of things to talk about. You’ve only known each other for a little bit, and this is your first solo outing as friends. You get there and the two of you are giddy beyond belief. You’re actually shaking from excitement. Since you’ve been planning this night for awhile, you saved up enough money to buy that super expensive but delicious meal and a lot of drinks. When you get there, you make a beeline for the food and drinks to get a handle on that shake you’ve got going on. Then you head to the merch table because what is THE BEST CONCERT EVER without a shirt. Plus, the merch boys are usually pretty cute. While you’re at it you hit up every single merch tent you see. Even the opening bands you don’t know. You blow your cash on shirts and CDs because theses guys are just so cute. Your friend has hit it up with one of the guys and when it comes time for you to go get ready to watch the bands, she decides to stay behind at the merch tent. This is your favorite band. What in the world do you do?

I bet you are feeling pretty bad right there. She just let you down and you’re probably questioning your whole friendship.So you head to your seats alone, feeling defeated because who in the world are you going to sing all of the words with? You don’t have any more cash to drink until you no longer feel socially awkward.

Go to your seat anyway! 

Girrl, I guarantee the people sitting around you are there for the exact same reason you are – they love the songs! Even if you’ve got a lovey-dovey couple on one side and are surrounded with people you’d rather not talk to, somewhere in that mess of hundreds of people there will be a kindred spirit waiting to talk to you and become your friend – if only for the night.

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But when you’re standing there in the moment it sucks. It sucks to feel alone among a bunch of people. It’s easy to get sucked into only thinking negatively and not enjoying a concert that you were super duper uber excited to attend. So make that decision to enjoy yourself. Push it out of your mind.

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Here’s a hint. One time I went to a Panic! At the Disco concert with my exboyfriend. He broke up with me a couple of days before the concert but insisted we still go together. I cried the whole time. There was no stopping that, he was my high school boyfriend. But I still found myself getting lost in the music…talking to the people around me and generally ignoring him. There may have been tears on my face, but I wasn’t having the worst time of my life.

Other situations that this is useful for: any sucky situation. 



Seriously, when things are feeling not so great, take a look around and find that one thing you can focus on that can make it a little more positive. It could be a smile from another person, the smell of delicious food or flowers, seeing a heart on a billboard and remembering to have hope…anything!

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Meet Brittany from Happy Is A Choice

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If you missed all of my frazzle-brained excitement earlier this week, I’m in New Orleans for my bachelorette party! (Stalk my Instagram if you want to follow along with the debauchery.) But, dear readers, I would never leave you hanging! Today, Brittany is taking over the blog. She is the adorable lady behind Happy Is A Choice. I think you guys will adore her as much as I do – even her blog title radiates positive energy! (And how stinkin’ cute is she with that new husband of hers?!)

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Hey friends! I am excited to be here while our girl Nikki is out celebrating her bachelorette weekend with her girlfriends! I had SO much fun the night of my bachelorette, and I know Nikki will too!

 

Let me tell you a little bit about myself! My name is Brittany, and I am a newlywed, I married the love of my life, Ronnie on October 5th, so I am just over the moon with excitement for Nikki as her wedding day approaches. It is such a sweet time, preparing for that day, so Nikki, if I could give you one piece of advice it would be to enjoy every minute! I sometimes got caught up in the stress and planning and details, but our wedding day was so fun, and even if something goes wrong (it will) you will just be so happy you wont care!

A little more about me: I blog over at Happy Is A Choice so I  would love for you to come stop by so we can get to know one another more. I work full time in Human Resources, and my husband works in Hospitality at our church. I am a big fan of running, mostly because I love food so much, in order to avoid only fitting in yoga pants, I have to burn off those lattes and pastries some how.

Because it’s November, and Nikki has a running Gratitude theme going on this month, I wanted to share some things that I am thankful for in marriage, things I think Nikki might have to look forward to, and maybe if you are married you will be thankful for some of the same things!
1. I am thankful to go to sleep next to my husband every night, and wake up together every day. Ronnie and I didn’t live together before we got married, so this big “every night is a sleepover with your best friend” thing is still fun to me!

2. I’m thankful that my husband makes me breakfast in bed on Saturday mornings. Seriously, a huge perk for me. I hope your husband makes you breakfast in bed regularly , Nikki!

3. I am thankful for someone to pray with when life gets messy, and also when God is so good to us that we can’t help but thank Him! Its really encouraging for me to watch my husband trust Jesus so well and lean on Him for wisdom, strength and support.

4. I am thankful to have a husband who doesn’t expect me to do it all. As a woman, I sometimes feel like I need to be working all day, cooking a balanced meal, doing the laundry, serving people in our home, serving in church ministries, spending time with my family, exercising, etc. and for me, more often then not, I feel like I am FAILING at all of those things. But luckily for me, Ronnie doesn’t expect that, and he helps me with things like preparing meals and keeping the house clean. It is SUCH a blessing to me!

5. I am thankful to have someone to take outfit pictures for the blog. He always puts on a happy face and tries to pretend like hes hving the best time, even though we all know he’d rather do, well, anything else.

6. I am excited to send out Christmas Cards! I’ve always equated that with something you get to do once you are married, and this year, one sweet friend I have met through blogging is designing ours and I can’t wait to send them out!

7. I am thankful to get to share life together! I am so excited to start our own Holiday traditions, to invite people over for good food and conversation, to go on weekend trips and dinner outs with friends, to do home projects and snuggle up on the couch after a long day. I love this part of marriage!

If you are married, what are you thankful for? If you’re not married, what are you most looking forward to or hoping for someday?

Please stop by and see me at Happy Is A Choice! I would love to meet you, new friends!



The Thankful Project {Something I Was Taught}

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I remember a short conversation I had with my father when I was a child. I don’t remember how old I was or any other details about that day, but the words he spoke are crystal-clear in my mind.

In typical whiny, small child fashion, I had asked my dad “why do you have to go to work?”

His reply: “I don’t have to go to work, I get to go to work.”

I barely understood his meaning at the time, but those words have stuck with me. That one simple sentence has lingered in my mind, as a verbal representation of a lesson he taught me through his actions every single day: Find something you love to do, and do it with everything you have.

My dad has worked in the car business my entire life. He’s had different roles, titles, responsibilities, and customer bases along the way, but one thing has always been constant for me: my dad sells cars. I’ve always known – even if I wasn’t really aware – that he loves what he does. And that the satisfaction he gets from spending his days doing something he truly enjoys makes him great at his job.

He hasn’t always been in the business; he dabbled in other trades before finding his niche. It was such an odd thing to learn as a kid, that dad used to do something else. I’ve realized that this wasn’t odd to me simply because it was different from what I knew, it was odd because I can’t imagine my father finding such joy and satisfaction in any other career.

It was such an important lesson to wrap my head around. I don’t recall him ever lecturing my brother and I on the importance of doing what we love, in fact, I don’t remember him saying much about it at all. Instead, he showed us every day. As I’ve come to understand all that it means, I’ve noticed how true it is in my own life. I do my best work when I’m truly happy with what I’m doing. I’m happiest in all aspects of my life when I enjoy how I spend the bulk of my day.

So, Daddy, thank you. I know I haven’t said it enough, but I appreciate all that you did for us every day. You did so much more than put food on the table and a roof over our heads. You taught me a very important lesson, one that, sadly, too few people ever learn. Sure, the paycheck matters, but we need to spend our lives doing what makes us happy. If we are going to spend most of our hours, days, weeks, years doing something, shouldn’t it bring us joy?

Because of you, I know how important it is to be able to say: “I don’t have to go to work, I get to go to work.”

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A Role I Play {The Thankful Project – November 2}

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This month, I am joining Kenzie for The Thankful Project. It won’t be everyday, but I will be following these writing prompts to talk about the many things in my life that bring me a feeling of gratitude. Today we are talking about how thankful we are for a role that we play…

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Unearthing recipes, new and old. Making the grocery list. Clipping coupons. Scanning the aisles and filling the grocery cart. Stocking the pantry, the refrigerator, the spice cabinet. Planning meals. Preparing each dish. Baking, grilling, stirring, boiling, mixing, kneading, seasoning – in our home, I do it all.

It’s one role that I play in our little family; it’s what I do for us.

It never ends. We will always need to eat. Some days it feels like a dreaded chore. Really? I have to go grocery shopping again? I need to make another dinner? Ugh. I have “better” things to do, other items on my list that are vying for my time and attention, and sometimes, I just don’t feel like doing it.

Other days, I love it. The planner in me loves making lists, organizing meals, and searching for deals and discounts. The wanna-be chef in me loves trying new recipes and playing in the kitchen. The foodie in me loves to eat, sip, taste, savor.

No matter my mood, I do it with pride. It is an important role that I play, and it is about so much more than food and cooking. I plan our week, manage a budget, run the errands. I provide the comfort of a warm meal to the man I love at the end of his hard day. I make decisions about the healthy options in the cupboard, the delectable treats in the candy jar. I show my love through these choices, through the work that I do in the kitchen, both at the stove, armed with olive oil and fresh vegetables, and at the counter, armed with a calendar and a calculator.

It is only one role I play, one hat I wear of many. I do it for love, for our family, to help and to provide. It is an important role and one for which I am profoundly grateful.

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Someday I Will…

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Someday I will…

…spend less time wishing I was playing with my camera, and more time actually taking photos.

…be one of those girls who looks “put together”. (As in, I’ll actually do my hair and make-up and put on real pants everyday. Or at least most days. Let’s not get carried away.)

…figure out what sparks my creativity. Until then it’s trial and error and inspiration dry spells.

…catch a little air on my wakeboard, and – this is the important part- I will land on my feet instead of my face.

…actually get some fruit off of the grape vines I planted and turn it into wine. Maybe next year I’ll get more than 4 grapes? Maybe?

…read Harry Potter. I’d love to know what all the fuss is about.

…have less to stress about…

…or at least manage my stress better.

…make a comfortable living doing a job that is creative and fulfilling and makes me endlessly happy.

 

What will you do someday?

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Five Little Grins

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I’ve been in a bit of a funk the last few days. Nothing bad really, just a general feeling of “blah”. It’s probably the weather’s fault. (Stupid cold. Stupid short days. Stupid naked trees. BLAH.)

Anyways, I stumbled across this link-up over at Be a Warrior Queen and knew right away I needed to join in. Since I really do make it a priority to keep my eye on the positives in life, it seemed like a great chance to re-focus my mind.

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The idea is share five little things that are making me smile, so here goes…

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1// My cousin Tyler came to visit us this weekend. I love that he lives closer now; it’s always great getting to see him.

2// This little snuggle bug. Joey isn’t much of a cuddler, but I can always count on Daisie Mae to curl up with me when I’m cold or just need some lovin’.

3// This super cute little notebook for jotting down all of my lists and thoughts. Bonus: it was on clearance for $3.

4// My camera. The more I use it, the more I love it. It seems to have unlocked a love for photography that I never knew I had. I find myself taking it everywhere I go these days, which is how I got this photo on a walk with the pups.

5// Mr. B’s little cousin making friends with Joey. Isn’t it just so stinkin’ precious??

What are you smiling about these days?

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7 Deadly Sins

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Happy Friday! I’m hooking up with Shane today to celebrate Halloween with the 7 Deadly Sins link-up!

 

seven great things in your life.
1.  My relationship with Mr. B
2. My pups
3. This blog
4.  My amazing friends
5. The new relationships I’m building with other bloggers
6. My family
7.  My ambition and drive

 

seven things you lack and covet.
1.  Patience
2. Focus
3. The ability to turn off my brain and unwind
4. Flawless skin, or the skills/tools to fake it
5.  Time
6. Enough energy to conquer the world – or at least my to-do list
7.  Better social skills

 

 

seven things that make you angry.
1.  Selfish people
2.  People who act like the whole world is out to get them when their own choices bite them in the ass
3. Going to Walmart
4.  Bad drivers
5.  Amish buggies on busy, winding roads
6. Having to deal with idiot tourists and not having a beach, lake, or decent weather to make up for it
7.  When someone hurts a person I love

 

seven things that you neglect to do.
1. Reply to texts and/or emails in a timely fashion
2.  Take my makeup off every night (I know, I know!)
3.  Take clothes out of the washer in a timely fashion
4.  Keep my car as clean as I would like
5.  Make the bed every day
6. Fold and put away the clean laundry (anyone else noticing how this list is showing off my ah-mazing housekeeping skills??)
7. Make “me time” a priority

 

 

seven worldly material desires.
1.  A few new lenses for my DSLR
2.  A colorful stand mixer
3.  Slouchy gray boots
4. A home somewhere warm
5. A cellphone with decent storage space
6.  An endless travel fund
7. New camera accessories (camera bag, tripod, strap)

 

seven guilty pleasures.
1.  Stolen afternoons with my horse and my camera
2.  ABC Family movies
3. Wine
4. Garlic-y pasta
5. Caffeine.
6. Lazy summer days on the water
7. Fancy dinners and Broadway shows with my guy

 

seven things you love about love.
1. Forehead kisses
2. Bear hugs
3.  Movie night snuggles
   4.  Getting to spend my life with my best friend
5. Having a teammate
6. All the laughter and smiles
7.  Not having to take out the trash
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The Boy Behind the Blog

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Today I’m linking up with Mal Smiles and Never The Same Spice Twice for The Boys Behind the Blog link-up!

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Every month they have five different questions for the man in your life to answer, so we can show off our guys and get them a little  more involved in the blogs.

Allow me to introduce my fiance, Ryan. Around here he goes by Mr. B, but in real life, he’s known as Ryan.

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[Mr. B’s answers are in plain text, mine own words are in italics- because let’s be real, I can’t just keep my mouth shut.]

1. Describe yourself in 5 words.

Easy going, hard working. There, that was easy enough.

That’s 4 words.

Close enough.

…AND hard working. There you go. That makes 5.

2. What is your biggest fear?

Snakes…and wolves. I don’t know why but wolves freak me out.

No joke about the snakes, girls. He’s my fierce and loyal protector, but homeboy won’t be saving me from any snakes. He’ll be running away with me.

3. What is your favorite candy?

Well…see…it could be Reese’s pumpkins, Reese’s peanut butter eggs, or Reese’s Christmas trees.

They make Christmas trees?

Yep. They make hearts, too.

My boy loves some peanut butter and chocolate.

4. What was the best Halloween costume you’ve ever worn?

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Probably that year we went as Pebbles and Bam-Bam. Now don’t be putting this on the internet.

Really, darling? I just explained the whole link-up to you. What do you think we are doing this for?

5. Who is your favorite football team?

Probably Steelers, huh?

He doesn’t really follow football, so he phrased this as a question- as if he was asking me if this was the correct answer. (It is.)

 

After answering these questions, Mr. B (jokingly?) said he was passing the baton to Joey, as he is not sure he wants to be “Boy Behind the Blog” if I am going to put embarrassing photos of him on the internet. So next month, I may be interviewing a Corgi. We’ll see, I guess.

Thanks babe for being such a good sport about this post and for supporting me with this whole blogging thing. I love you! 

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