2017 Reflections // 2018 Goals and all about intentional living

When I was in high school, my best friend and I would hangout on New Years Eve and write out what we wanted to do differently in the coming year. We would make a bullet list on a note card, then seal it in an envelope until the next NYE only to open it and reflect on what we had written as goals and aspirations from the previous year. Then we would add another note card to the envelope on that NYE, and the cycle would continue ❤ We did that for years! And it was so amusing to open up that envelope each year and reflect on what I had written the previous year, checking off whether or not I lived up to my resolutions.

Last year, I thought nothing could top 2016 – after all, I planned a colorful and dreamy bohemian wedding, honeymooned to Ireland, got my masters degree, visited New York for the first time, AND we found out we were going to have a baby. So many of my dreams and ambitions were checked off! 2017 was a more mellow year for us, but one of the  most amazing blessings that came out of it was our beautiful baby girl!! Elizabeth June was born on July 7th, and the rest of the year after that we’ve spent adjusting to being a family of three (say whaaat!) – which meant adjusting our marriage and relationship around now being “mom and dad.” It hasn’t been easy, but it’s the best hard thing I’ve ever done 🙂

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A new mom’s tips for building solid friendships

Since having our daughter this past July (how has it already been 3 months?!), I’ve made a huge attempt to widen my circle of girlfriends by putting myself out there using the tinder-for-moms app: Peanut. I never got a chance (thank goodness LOL) to use any dating apps or websites,  so the idea of meeting someone online, chatting it up, and making a date to meet for the first time was heavily new (and a bit scary) to me. I kept reading these articles about “building your tribe” and how hangin’ with like-minded mamas is the key to sanity in the midst of motherhood, but I didn’t really know where to start…it’s not like you can just hop over to a bar grab a drink and start mingling with other moms (but they really should invent one of those omg…like a mommies + mimosas bar. But with childcare). So after hearing about this mommy dating app, I thought what the heck I’m on maternity leave and stuck inside most of the day, so I might as well give it a shot. Continue reading

5 things you need to tell yourself every morning

I was thinking the other afternoon about the journey I’ve been on the last several years, and more so where that journey has brought me – from a fiance to a wife to a mother all within two and a half years. Recently, since becoming a mom, I’ve had my work cut out for me – not only do I have to stay on top of being a wife to my husband, I also have to be 110% on top of my mom game since I currently stay at home with my baby. Oh, and let’s not forget about trying to maintain a social life…It’s a lot of work! For others who are in the same boat as me or who are learning to adjust to the transition of wife > mom…here are 5 things to say to yourself every morning that will help encourage, uplift, and refresh your spirit ❤ Continue reading

What I learned during my break from blogging

I was pounding out blog posts several times a week when I started The Mini Apartment, and had all kinds of fresh topics I couldn’t wait to write about. I started this blog right as Summer approached, and I thought I had all the time in the world to devote to it. I soon realized that would not be the case, when I started my new job after grad school, I soon realized it was going to consume all of my free time (and sanity). So cue my unintentional and unplanned blogging break, which lasted roughly 6 months.

THE MINI APARTMENT break from blogging

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7 Days to Becoming a Better Person

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So often we can get caught up with getting ahead of everyone else, making that money,  having it all together, getting engaged first, getting married first, getting the most likes, getting more followers, etc… The trend here is that all of these things are focused inward, on ourselves. This mindset is unhealthy and can leave us feeling empty inside, never fully satisfied or content without own lives.

The great thing about this is that we can turn that mindset around by changing our perspective from “how can I benefit me,” to “let me benefit you.” Because who wants to be someone who only looks out for their own best interests? What fun is there in thinking of how just you can personally benefit from situations all the time, instead of how we can be a benefit to others? Nope. Life is not about focusing on ourselves, it’s about being compassionate to others, looking out for others, and being a blessing to others! This is how we will get to experience the fullness of living a good life. And, you can do so in just seven days 🙂 So if you want to become a more selfless human, take these steps into action over the next week and see how it changes your life: Continue reading