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The tragedy that took place today at the Boston Marathon leaves me somewhat speechless.   As both a runner and a spectator, I took this tragedy to heart. I’ve been to over a dozen races ranging from 5Ks to Marathons, some of which I ran in, while in others I supported my family members who were running.  I couldn’t help but think of my family, what if it had been us.  If this was a terror attack, it was the most brutal kind.  Attacking innocence and simplicity.  No one was making a political statement, no one was declaring a religious claim, no one was being discriminated against.  There are no words that man can say that will ever explain the events that took place today.  It is at a time like this, a time of uncertainty and a little fear, that we must not put our faith in the government or in the evening news.  These things will not protect us or comfort us.  Turn to the Lord for comfort and compassion.  Turn to the Lord for answers and healing.  Pray everyday for peace in our world and for the victims and the families of victims of acts of violence and terror.

Bon Voyage part 2


I still can’t get over how far a 10 hour plane ride can take you!



View from Sugarloaf Mountain.

IMG_5023Downtown Rio de Janeiro- a view of the Cathedral


I’m back from Brazil!! I had the most incredible time! Here are a few of my best pictures from the trip.  Since arriving back in the US yesterday, I’ve been trying to catch up on school work and fight jet lag.  Two feats that really aren’t meant to ever be attempted together.  I hope you all had a super Easter holiday with your families!! I’ll do my best to post more pictures this week!

Bon Voyage part 1

I can hardly believe that tomorrow afternoon I’ll be getting on a plane and flying to Brazil.  I’ve never ever been out of the country before and am feeling a weird mixture of excitement and nerves (which is only normal I assume).  The trip is sort of a “field trip” for a class in my master’s program. My classmates and I will be in Brazil for eleven days full of business meetings, plant visits, and lots of exploring! Eleven days abroad with multiple outfits needed per day means a heck of a lot of thoughtful packing.

While I am allowed to check in two 70lb suitcases for the trip, I know that there is absolutely no way that I could keep up with over 100lbs of luggage by myself in the airport.  No thanks!  I decided to figure out a way to pack as much as possible in a medium size suitcase.  Keep reading for a few tips of how to pack the most in your suitcase:

1. Get organized.  Use a notebook, an excel spreadsheet, or whatever you fancy for list making.  Plan out each day (as best you can) based on the activities that will take place.  This will guide the choices of clothing you make when packing.

2. Mix and Match.  Style your outfits in advance and snap a picture with your phone. This way you’ll already have an idea of what outfits you can make with the contents of your suitcase.  Try your best to use pieces more than once.  This is especially useful on a long trip.  By day 9, no one will care that you are wearing the same dress from day 1.

3. Pack Smartly.

  • Line it- Line your shoes around the bottom perimeter of your suit case.  I prefer to use shoe bags to protect my shoes and clothing from one another.  I’m lucky enough to have a custom made set of shoe bags from my sweet sister, but they are available for purchase at most superstores.
  • Roll it- Rolling clothes into neat little bundles not only saves tons of space in your suitcase, but it also prevents some wrinkling.  Roll delicate items in sturdier pieces for ample protection.
  • Layer it- Fill in the bottom layer of your suitcase with the most durable pieces (i.e. denim, trousers, jackets, etc.) Next, create a second layer with your second most durable items (i.e. shorts, t-shirts, yoga pants, etc.) Next, add any extra accessories like hats and purses. Finally, top your suitcase with the remainder of your clothing items. I folded my hanging bag on the top layer to finish off my suitcase.


Here’s my first layer


Second layer


Final layer

IMG_4898 She’s stuffed, but she’ll do.

In this suitcase:

  • 4 dresses
  • 3 pairs of trousers
  • 3 blouses
  • 10 shirts (t-shirts, polos, etc.)
  • 4 pairs of athletic shorts
  • 3 pairs of chino shorts
  • 3 fishing shirts
  • 1 blazer
  • 1 cardigan
  • 4 pairs of shoes
  • 2 swimsuits
  • 2 belts

By now you’ve probably realized that I’ve only talked about packing clothes in my suitcase, but don’t fret I haven’t forgotten about the rest.  Since I’ll be on an international flight, I’ve decided to pack all of my toiletries, cosmetics, and hair tools in my carry on.  This way I can freshen up after my flight and have everything on hand. Plus, this method freed up lots of my suitcase space. I opted for a toiletry hanging bag, a large cosmetics bag (for the TSA check), a makeup brush roll, and a small cosmetics bag (for my purse).

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I Can’t Help Dreaming of…

I can’t help dreaming of a life on a farm. I don’t if it’s the allure of living on a remote piece of land, the simplicity of a quaint farm house, or the possibilities of self-sufficient living, but I’ve been finding myself day dreaming (ok, may all-day dreaming is more like it) of living in the country.  Any by the looks of these farm houses, can you blame me?

Life Lately, continued

Hellooooo! To all of you who have been patient with my sporadic absences from this blog, I appreciate you more than you know! I am hoping to start posting pretty regularly.  I am back in business in terms of technology.  My computer arrived yesterday afternoon, and I have been trying to catch up on school work ever since! But, I couldn’t wait any longer to get back on the blog! So, here’s a photo recap of my life lately:

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1.On January 2nd  I moved to Houston for another 10 week internship

2. My first day working in a sky-scraper

3. Bought the BEST yoga mat and started practicing again

4. Worked across the street from Nordstrom for two weeks (so awesome!)

5. Ate wayy too much Mexican food with lots of new friends

6. Moved back to Louisiana (sadly, I’m still unpacking…)

7. My fridge is filling up with sweet Save the Dates

8. Our family welcomed a beautiful baby girl

9. My dishwasher is revolting

Currently, I’m back at school finishing up my Master’s.  I’ll graduate this May and cannot wait to be finished!! Luckily, I had some free time toward the end of my internship and was able to try out some new recipes and craft a few things that I am super excited to share with you!  I think it’s about time to take a break from the busy day and go outside to enjoy this beautiful Spring day!

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