This weekend was wonderful because we got some of the nicest weather!
It was a mere 50 degrees outside, but you would have thought it was 80 the way everyone was out and about. After all of the snow and gloomy weather I think we were all just thankful to see the sun and for not having to wear a coat everywhere we went!
J. L. and I decided to be tourists in our own town and kind of explore downtown Nashville a little bit.
Here are a few shots we got:
The beautiful Ryman Auditorium (my favorite venue for shows)
Something I've learned, when you're dating a guitar player, they will ALWAYS go inside the guitar stores no matter how many times they've been there before!
I just realized with all of the excitement of Laura's engagement I forgot to blog about my own Valentine's Day!
I'll start by saying it was great! J. L. is a wonderful boyfriend and I definitely had the best Valentine's Day of my life.
(Last year I had two dates on the same day... one with the sweetest guy I wasn't into and the other with a guy who turned out to be a psychopath (no exaggeration)... and all of the Valentine's Days prior have been really lame and aren't worth mentioning)
He brought me these beautiful flowers (I asked him not to get me roses and I think he did a good job!)
Then we spent the day hanging out and I made him fondue for dinner and he brought Cheesecake Factory cheesecake!
We ate at my place and then watched Pride and Prejudice. It was so much fun!
Also, I got these precious crotcheted love birds from an etsy shop:
AND he got great seats and took me to see John Mayer.
(Yes, this is the show where he apologized for the Playboy article and where he cried. It seemed genuine, but he still kinda grosses me out... I hate that I love his music so much. John just needs to know what love it. He's confused. End of rant.)
I was disappointed that Taylor Swift didn't come out during "Half of My Heart"... that would have been awesome, but no.
He also did some awesome acoustic remixes of a bunch of his songs.
I got some not-so-fun news regarding a job recently and it left me feeling like this:
But then I realize that it's time to pick myself up and get working again. God is good and He's brought my too far to leave me now. So, I decided to put together a list of things to accomplish in the next six months and it made me feel better.
Here is my big-picture to do list for the next four months (and in no specific order):
Get a job for post-grad... hopefully one that will pay for my grad school
Get published... preferably in Relevant Magazine
Get 100 followers by May 1
Keep my sanity
Eat better/lose weight
Compile professional writing samples
Find a place to live post-graduation
Double my savings account
I love To Do Lists because they help me control my ADD tendencies and accomplish everything I need to accomplish while staying organized. However, I want to encourage you in your day as well as remind myself that today, tomorrow, and every day hereafter is not about achieving or earning anything. It's about loving and living a life of service. So, while achievement isn't bad, I want this to be my focus:
"But the point is not just to get by. We want to live well, but our foremost efforts should be to help others live well." - 1 Corinthians 10:24
I always write my best work/articles/songs/poems when I have homework due... I don't know WHAT it is, but I do!
I always take disappointments in life as a lesson learned. I haven't found any better way to benefit from them!
I always get excited when I see a dog. I might as well be five again :)
I sometimes get creative spurts and decorate my apartment/make random thing.
I sometimes get a little bit too competitive for my own good! I sometimes skip class on sunny days just to sit on the grass and read.
I never turn down a free cookie!
I never say no to a challenge.
I never would change anything about my life so far. Despite a lot of pain and hurt, it's made me who I am today and has built my relationship with God and my loved ones in such a way that I wouldn't trade any of them for the world.
Sorry I've been so bad about updating lately! With midterms looming in the not-so-distant future, I've been one busy bee!
I've been doing a lot of thinking lately about my future and where I'm at in life.
I'm about to graduate from college and I'm in the process of applying for jobs...
one job I really, really want and the rest I'm kind of "eh" about.
However, the reoccurring thought I keep struggling with is not just "What if I don't get 'the' job," but "What if I don't even get a job!" And, I know that is probably irrational and kind of silly, but I have to think that I'm not the only one who feels that way.
I realize that thinking like this isn't going to get me anywhere, so I've resolved not to be afraid of the uncertain and the unknown, but to put it aside and be brave. I know God's got a plan for my life and He hasn't brought me this far to leave me. He never has and I have no reason to believe he is going to now!
Is there something in your life that is stressing you out or scaring you? Be brave with me and let's face it!
SO, one of my best friends got the surprise of her lifetime this Valentine's Day.
Craig proposed to Laura!
However, what she didn't know that I knew the whole time! Craig approached me in early January and asked me if I would *mind* helping him pick out a ring. (Would I mind? What kind of a question is that?) With a big smile and a childlike squeal I said yes!
So, after asking around, Craig made the decision to go to Shane & Co. in Cool Springs.
Craig knew Laura wanted a white gold ring, but other than that, he didn't have any direction. Thankfully, I was crafty and found out what she liked and we told the oh-so-helpful Brian who pointed us in the right direction.
(Turns out he was born in the same hospital as me! Yay Aurora, Colorado!)
After looking at several rings that fit under the guidelines, Craig spotted THE one. And this one came with a matching wedding band (when I heard them say "wedding band" it really hit me they're getting married not just getting engaged!) Next we picked out the diamond and the halo to go around it.
This was the end result:
I was so surprised how quickly the whole process went! We were probably only there for two hours, but with all of the help we got and a good idea of what we wanted it wasn't hard. I was so pleased because this ring felt "very Laura."
Craig was pleased too :)
So after purchasing it came the wait...
Craig emailed me and called me a lot over the next few weeks. He was nervous and the toll of keeping this secret from Laura was really hard on him (precious). We planned that Laura and I would get our nails done the day before so she could have nice looking nails for the pictures and a few other things. While getting our nails done, Laura told me that she hoped that Craig wasn't going to get her anything "too big" because she got him the This Is It DVD for Valentine's Day. I just nodded and smiled and said, "Yeah, I'm sure he won't make a big deal out of it either." Muahaha :)
So here's how the proposal went down:
On Valentine's Day Craig picked up Laura around 2 o'clock to take her over to his house to "hang out." Once they got to his place they exchanged gifts. Laura gave him her gift and, being very nervous, Craig said 'thanks' really quickly and kind of threw it aside. Then he pulled out the scrapbook he had been working on to give to her. Laura actually started this scrapbook and gave it to Craig on their first Christmas together documenting their relationship up to that point. This time, however, Craig had finished it and filled it with pictures of their adventures over the past two and a half years.
However, on the last page, Craig wrote something to the effect of "And then Craig knew he couldn't spend another day without her ever again..." and he got down on one knee and proposed.
She said yes and the rest is history! I'm so happy for them!
Stay tuned for the future Mr. and Mrs. McClellan! :)