I think morning shoots are my favorite. I do love a good sunset, but there’s nothing quite like a morning sunrise.
Here recently, I am learning about the little things in life. The seemingly ordinary things that are actually sweet, sweet moments — like the stillness of a summer morning. I am learning what it looks like to cherish those moments and not let them pass me by. What a beautiful thing it is to recognize those sweet moments — the seemingly little things in life and go on changed.
Well I’m overwhelmed with the amount of new faces around here so I thought I’d say HELLO and provide a few fun facts about myself for your amusement and curiosity. ⚡️⚡️PS: I challenge You to share 1 fun fact about you in the comments!
1. I HATE both watermelon and peanut butter
2. I went on my first rollercoaster just 4 years ago
3. I live in Chicago and I’m headed to South Carolina to study interior design
4. I’m the only on in my family who can’t roll their r’s
5. I’m an Irish twin, which means my sister and I were born very close in age (14 months). We were in the same grade and are headed to two seperate colleges
Sometimes I like to dress up... other times I’m in leggings. •Wearing Casey from @kimandproper•
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A few months ago, my husband and I signed up for Moviepass accounts with the idea that we’d have an easy date-night go-to. But I’ve discovered a new, unexpected love: going to watch movies alone.
It started one night after a long, challenging day at work. As I walked to my car and considered being home alone for the rest of the evening, the strongest urge bubbled up out of nowhere: go see a movie.
I followed my gut. Instead of going home and turning on Netflix to once again rewatch "Grey’s Anatomy" or "The Office," I bought a ticket for “Annihilation” (which, with its all-female leading cast of scientists and military badasses, was empowering in its own way).
I felt conspicuous walking in alone; like I wasn’t supposed to be there. But inside the empty theater six, I had my pick of seats—the perk of going on a Wednesday at 7:15. I pulled my hood up over my head, ordered a bottomless bowl of popcorn and a 24 oz. beer, turned my phone off and let myself sink into the reclining seat. As I leaned back into the darkness and let the booming speakers drown out my thoughts, I felt the day dripping off me like mud.
Over the next two weeks I saw four more movies solo. I watched all the Oscar nominees back-to-back the week before the award ceremony. I saw movies I hated and movies I loved. Mostly, I relished the feeling of it all. There’s something delicious about being alone and also surrounded by people in a loud, dark room, with all eyes facing forward.
Learning to do things alone is good. Learning to sit still for two hours is good. Learning to detach from reality for a few moments is very, very good. Movies are supposed to help the world disappear for an evening—but it turns out, they can help you disappear too. And sometimes on a Wednesday at 7:15, that’s exactly what you need. -Heather 📸: @karinaaragonbuchanan#babeswhohustle
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what’s cookin’ good lookin’⚡️things are looking up ☀️ tell me about your day!!!
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“The window is shattered, they broke in,” was what I heard from Caleb when I called him at 6am this morning. Caleb about to drive to his first day teaching the new school year with students, when he saw glass covering the back seat, and one of our windows smashed in, and car rummaged through. This marks the 8th or 9th time our car has been broken into since me moving to California.
We now never leave any valuables in the car (thanks to them stealing some from another time of someone breaking in), but we have to get our car window replaced and it’s such a terrible and violating feeling.
It’s got me thinking today of the temptation to let circumstances steal our joy and peace. I was tempted to have hate in my heart towards the person who did this. But I realized that as soon as I let hate enter my heart, my joy would be taken away, I quickly replaced tempting thoughts of hate with feelings of compassion. What must that person be going through to be so desperate to break into an old car?
I started counting our blessings and thanking God that because of God’s goodness, love, grace and redemption: circumstances no longer need to define my peace and joy. Yes, emotions are normal, there is pain in the destructive things in this life. The battle is raging, but the war is won.
Are there any circumstances in your life today trying to steal your joy? How can you replace hate with love & compassion, and grumbling with gratitude? I’m in the midst of the battle of practicing this myself right now, and love to hear from you!
Outfit details: dress: @likeittoknowit, watch: @danielwellington Use code: STEFANIEROUSE to get 15% off order #ad#danielwellington
Officially en route to autumn🍁 who else?! I’m in sweater weather, Halloween decor and PSL mode🎃 even though we won’t have that weather for another two months. I just love the feeling of fall! Would you believe this cute ask blouse is from @walmart and it was under $13 ?! YES HONEY