I'm Back! (With Pictures and Some Exciting News!)


Welcome home, me! GUYS, you have no idea how much I missed you and your awesome blogs! I’m trying to get caught up on everyone’s lovely content today, but don’t toss tomatoes at my head if it takes me a couple of days. Your friendship and follow-ship means so much to me, so I want to make sure I give you all quality affection back. ;)

LET’S TALK ABOUT MY VACATION. (But not too much, because pictures say thousands of words and I may or may not have a photo dump below…) We trekked from VT to VA, toured the gorgeous homes of former presidents and explored Charlottesville. Then we headed on down to Florida for a couple of weeks.

Since I’ve been away, I have:
  • eaten not nearly enough ice cream :(
  • but definitely had Krispy Kremes and WAFFLE HOUSE YESSSSSSS (we lack this in the north. #waa)
  • read most of Scarlet, all of Cress, and half of Winter. (SERIOUSLY, I NEVER READ THIS MUCH WHAT HAPPENED??)
  • rewrote the plot for my current book, and even started rewriting/writing it again
  • experienced the grand opening of a Whole Foods (!!!)
  • tried surfing for the first time (with a legit instructor.) I STILL HAVE BRUISES but it was fun/torturous??
  • saw The Jungle Book with my sis <3
  • started devising a plan to revolutionize this blog and ultimately make it more wonderful…


WHICH LEADS US TO THE EXCITING NEWS. Don’t worry, it’s not that exciting – what I mean to say is, not too much is going to change around here. BUT! I’ve been feeling really convicted lately about knowing how to truly express myself and inspire y’all. While I love making entertaining content, I want everything I say and do to have meaning. You got me? I want my blog to reflect what I believe and who I am.

That being said, I’ve been thinking about being multi-talented. LOTS MORE THOUGHTS TO COME ON THIS, but for now I just want to leave you with this thought: I am a multi-talented person. YOU are a multi-talented person. One thing doesn’t define you. God hasn’t created you to fit into a box.  We are multifaceted, beautiful beings who are capable of doing amazing things – LOTS of amazing things. *squeals* THAT’S ALL I’M GOING TO SAY FOR NOW, but expect cool things to come soon!

As an fyi, I will still be posting series (like How to be a Better Blogger) and weekly updates (like Real Life Saturdays) – so never fear!! I know how much you like hearing me blab about my life/how much I know/don’t know about blogging. ;)


OKAY THIS IS A BIG QUESTION SO BRACE YOURSELF: WHAT HAVE YOU ALL BEEN UP TO?? 
Do fill me in, because I feel like I’ve fallen off a rather steep precipice. Ahem.

 ↠ Jame's Madison's Montpelier ↞
  ↠ historical downtown Charlottesville, feat. my hair ↞
  ↠ Charlottesville, feat. Robert E. Lee ↞
  ↠ Thomas Jefferson's Monticello
  ↠ Destin, Florida ↞
  ↠ Seaside, Florida ↞
  ↠ Henderson State Park ↞
  ↠ Post Office at Seaside *drools* ↞

  ↠ Armament Air Force Museum ↞
 ↠ goodbye, sunshine state ↞

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  1. WELCOME BACK!!! So glad to see that you are back on your blog! The photos you took look amazing! I know right, you can never really eat enough ice cream! The message of not being just one thing needs to be pointed out to more people more often. I am glad you reminded me about it. Nothing really to new going on in my life. Just trying to get by with school! Glad your back, it's been to long!

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    1. THANK YOU, VANESSA!! *tackle hugs* I'm sooo happy to be back. :D EEEP yay, I'm super glad you got something out of that thought ♥ thank you. I really believe it needs to be talked about more often, too! It's like...so many of us have been taught to pick one thing to be/do and it's sad how many talents get ignored in the process.. BUT I'LL TALK MORE ABOUT THIS LATER. XD *offers waffles*

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  2. I think I just screamed..???? SO HAPPY YOU'RE BACK, SUNSHINE!!!

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    1. GAAAAH YOU'RE THE BESTEST MY DEAR. ♥ thank youuuu

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  3. *Squeals* I'M SOO HAPPY THAT YOU ARE BACK! I love reading your blog, and those pictures are GORGEOUS. (Please, can I go back to the beach???) GAH. So much prettyful things. :):) <3

    ~Megan (megans-journals.blogspot.com)

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    1. MEGAN HIIII! *squeals with you* I'm so happy to be back!! :D Thank you so much, girl! I'm super happy you liked the pictures. AND I KNOW RIGHT LIKE I NEVER WANT TO LEAVE THE BEACH AGAIN OKAY. Dx ah well. ♥

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  4. WELCOME BAAAAACK!!! whew, life was way too quiet with you gone! Your vacation looks amazing and so historical and full of learning and it just crazes me out how much of your country you must have seen by now! Wow. I want to see more of Canada over the next few yesrs... but we'll see :)

    What have I been doing?? Working less, editing more, deciding sadly that like 67% of my book is going to need to be scrapped and rewritten (never a nice realization to come to, I'd rather write perfect things all the time. But I'm not perfect, SIGH, so there we go.) Other than that, uhm, not much?

    WHEW.

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    1. OMGGG LIFE WAS QUIET WHEN I WAS GONE?? YOU'RE TOO SWEET *hugs and gives chocolate* GAAAH I love traveling so much it's just wonderful and wonderfilled and basically it is Oreos. XD I still need to see Canada, though!! I think we are planning a trip to Nova Scotia in a couple of years?? *SQEUAK* so that should be awesome. x) I've seen BC from across the water in the San Juan islands and man it looks sooo beautiful. *all the heart eyes*

      I KNOW RIGHT?? THE STRUGGLE IS SO REAL WITH EDITING. *bangs head on desk* I've been tearing apart a manuscript, too, and so much of it has to go (aaaaaah) but we shall survive. ;) Can't wait to get caught up on your blog!! ♥ thank you again dear.

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  5. The picture of the two birds on the sand is so pretty! (Along with all the others...but that one's probs my favorite.)

    I so get you about having multiple talents, as I'm just like that! God DID make us to have more than one talent, and I love that! In Austin Kleon's book, Steal Like an Artist, he says something along the lines of, don't worry if all your interests are different - what connects them is YOU! I really like that.

    Hmm, what have I been up to? Welp, I drove my sister and I all the way to Maryland for camp counselor training, I finished a painting I've been working on since January (it looks pretty great, if I do say so myself), I finally put ads on my blog(!), I've kept up all the way with this letter writing challenge I'm doing for the month of April, and...lots more I'm sure! Glad your vacation was such blast!

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    1. EEEP THAT ONE WAS MY FAVORITE TOO SO THANK YOU DEAREST. ♥ *bounces around* YES, YOU'RE EXACTLY RIGHT -- I think we're all a bit like that, but some of us have agreed with people who tells us that we're only destined to be one thing. :/ Oooh, I love that quote!! That is so right on and very thought-provoking!! Also that book sounds really cool. (Love the title! haha)

      EEEEP it sounds like you've been up to some pretty awesome stuff!! I can't wait to get caught up on your blog, Maggie!! Thank you for reading as always you ARE TOO AWESOME OKAY. <3

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  6. THAT LOOKS AMAZING.

    Also, what is Waffle House?

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    1. Abbiee, she doesn't know what Waffle House is. Help the dear.

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    2. AAAAAAH OMG WHAT YOU'VE NEVER BEEN TO WAFFLE HOUSE?? *weeps* Basically it is a place where waffles are born and they are the best of ever. ♥ XD

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  7. I was LITERALLY just wondering when you were coming back from blog break!! BOOYAH! It looks like you had a radical trip. :) The photos are so pretty. And I totally agree with what you said about people being multi-talented. There should be no limit to the passions we can craft and pursue :) Welcome back!!

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    1. Hey, same! I was just thinking today it'd probably been three weeks!

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    2. EEEEP hey there Erin!! *hugs ya* aw you people are so nice to me I can't even right now... :') I'm so glad you like the photos! We did have a lovely time, but it's good to be back home. ^.^ GAH YES YOU'RE RIGHT ON, GIRL. There is no time limit. ;) preach it! & thank you for reading, dear! ♥

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    3. ALSO GAH. Y'all were like...thinking about my blog and missing me and I can't handle the loveliness <33333

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  8. WELCOME BACK SOUL SISTER

    YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY IS LIKE WHHHHOOOOAAAAAAAAAAA

    also that private gate has got me cracking up 'cause like I would literally just climb on the fence railing and walk around it??? Like, no worries, I won't tamper with your gate I wiLL LITERALLY WALK AROUND IT YOU GUYS DIDN'T THINK THIS THROUGH

    I HOPE YOUR VACAY WAS LOVELY

    And yeah, I'm multi-talented. I can pet a dog and eat potato chips AT THE SAME TIME.

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    1. EEEEEEEEEEEEP HIIIII SOUL SISTER!! *crash hugs* gah omg thank youuu! ♥ HAHAHA RIGHT?? I DIDN'T EVEN THINK ABOUT THAT WITH THE GATE HOW COME. XD THAT IS PERFECTLY BRILLIANT OMG. *wipes tears*

      And yeah, I'm multi-talented. I can pet a dog and eat potato chips AT THE SAME TIME. << YOU CRACK ME UP LIKE NO OTHER HUMAN BEING YOU KNOW THAT

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  9. *screams my heart out* what am i SUPPOSED TO DO WITH ALL OF THIS LOVE FOR THE PICTURES. ouch crying because they fill my soul. yikes. xx lately i've been up to healing from a head-cold and working on a new book for camp nanowrimo. right now thunder is rolling through the heavens and the earth is enjoying a fresh drink. otherwise the weather has been slightly cloudy.

    i am so glad you are back and i can't wait to see the changes. squee. hoping you are enjoying the rest you get in your own home. it's always good to be back. xx

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    1. *screams with you* EEEEEEEEP GIRRRRL <3 HIIII! I'm sooo glad you like the photos!! ^.^ aw, I hope you're feeling better! colds are definitely no fun. :( but NaNoWriMo is exciting!! GAAAH your description of the weather is gorgeous. POETRY JUST FLOWS OUTTA YOU, GIRL. it's awesome. ;)

      I'M EXCITED TOO EEEP! Yes, it is really nice to be home, and it's even better because I have some fresh things to implement! :D thank you for reading, dear! <3

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  10. 1. You're back! :D

    2. Those photos are really nice - you must've had a splendid time.

    3. I'm really excited about the plans you have for your blog! While I love making entertaining content, I want everything I say and do to have meaning. You got me? I want my blog to reflect what I believe and who I am. Yesss. And those things that have meaning tend to stay with us longer too. Anyway, I'm totally looking forward to reading everything you've got coming. :)

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    1. 1. YES! EEEEEP.
      2. THANK YOUUUU SO MUCH. <3 I did indeed!
      3. I'M SO EXCITED TOO! AND EXCITED THAT YOU'RE EXCITED. Thank you for being such a loyal friend and supporter of my stuff, girl. It means so much to me. :)

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  11. heyyyy you're back!

    ALSO GORGEOUS PICTURES well i've gone into all caps land...

    and i can't wait to see the plans!

    about me? well i'm just getting through school, getting ready for summer, dancing, writing, and being the same as usual :)

    xx

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    1. HEEEYYYY EMILY!! MEEP thank you so much!! ahh and all caps land is the place to be, my dear. I'm glad to hear you've been doing well! I neeeeed to get caught up on yo blog like asap. ;)

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  12. I MISSED YOUUUUUUUUUUUUUU. I have mostly been up to not blogging as much as I would like (maybe hiatus from your vacation, idk XD) preparing a big final presentation for my art class on Realism, and taking tests, and aflsdkjfl-ing all over the place, and screaming because SUMMER is close (there's a post for that) and generally waiting for your blog to come back to life ;)
    SOSOSO EXCITED FOR THE CHANGES THAT WILL BE HAPPENING. YES. SUCH SUPPORT. <333

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    1. DUUUUUDE I MISSED YOU TOOOO!!! SO SO MUCH. gah. *hugs* oooh well it sounds like you've been super busy!! coping with lots of coffee and the right playlists, hopefully. ;) muahah. OMG YOU'RE TOO KIND. ♥ ILY SO MUCH GIRL.

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  13. I love your photos! Especially the ice cream truck. :) I've never been to Monticello, but I have been to Mt. Vernon, which was really cool. Also to the Von Trapp Inn in Vermont, which had some of the best food ever. I've mostly been getting through exams, reading, and writing a bit. Pretty boring stuff. Can't wait to see what you'll do with your blog!

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    1. EEEEP THANK YOU SO MUCH. <3 Yes, Mt. Vernon looks sooo cool I would love to visit there sometime. :) ALSO FIHDSLJLSA I'VE BEEN TO THE VON TRAPP INN TOO AAAAAH *shrieks a little* this is cool. #connections XD Thank you for reading and the lovely support, Alex!! You rock. ;)

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  14. Every time I visit your blog I am more inspired in both blogging and life. You have this special way of connecting with people that comes across as authentic and engaging.TEACH ME YOIR WAYS! All that to say, I have full confident enough that this new wave of inspiration you have had for this space will do marvelous things.

    Your vacation looks so splendid! The photos are great and I loved following it on social media! I especially like the Downton pics and the beach. BEACH!

    Life is wondrous. A little burdened by the normal load of school, ballet, and the random other things that demand my attention, but this normal teaches me grace. Grace not to do EVERYTHIG that I want to do but do everything that I do do in GRACE. I just had my Recital and now finish up school. I will be more actively blogging and innovating soon!

    Welcome back, dear! *gives cookie* *and ice cream*

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    1. OH MY WORDS GIRL I'M CRYING. ♥ "You have this special way of connecting with people that comes across as authentic and engaging." <<< literally can I ever thank you enough for this???? PROBABLY NOT. gaaah. *flails and melts* THANK YOU. You are so inspiring to me, you know that?? Like, for real. Your words of encouragement and incredibly wise and beautifully written blog posts always always give me a lift. <3 so thank you for everything omg

      EEEEP I'm glad you liked these photos and following along on social media!! We did have a splendid time. :) "Grace not to do EVERYTHING that I want to do but do everything that I do do in GRACE." < SO TRUE RIGHT HERE THO. I need to learn this lesson very badly. x) the urge to over-achieve is just too great sometimes, but the burnout is real. :/ and I know it's neither spiritually or physically healthy. but ah well I'm still a student in this interesting thing called Life. XD *eats cookies and ice cream* THANK YOU AGAIN DEAREST. ^.^

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  15. Amazing pictures abbiee! I have been blogging and doing a munch a of school stuff. Blah. I'm happy your back!

    Nabila // Hot Town Cool Girl

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    1. Thank you so much, Nabila! I can't wait to get caught up on your blog!! :D

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  16. Hiiiii I'M SO GLAD YOU'RE BACK BECAUSE I MISSED YOUR BLOG AND EVERYTHING AND AFDJAKSLD IT'S NICE TO BE READING IT AGAIN. *shrieks happily* Also I love your photos. Basically adore them. Just so you know. :') And I'm also excited for these spectacular things you have in store for the blog!! I mean, I like it as is, so I know whatever else you plan will be BRILLIANT.

    What have I been doing lately...ermagerd. NOT MUCH. XD I wrote a book for Camp NaNoWriMo and also just realised my blog turns 5 (!!!) at the end of May AND I NEED TO PLAN SOMETHING. AHHHH. SCARY.

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    1. HIIIII YOUUUU. *shrieks in unison and crash-hugs* GAH THANK YOU SO MUCH YOU LOVELY PERSON. "Basically adore them." < fkjsdslkja you're sO NICE I CANNOT HANDLE IT. *squeaks quite like a small tree frog* THANK YOUU. I'M SO FREAKING EXCITED FOR NEW THINGS HERE AAAAAAAAAH.

      OMG "NOT MUCH" LITERALLY TRANSLATES TO: "A SUPERHUMAN AMOUNT OF AMAZING THINGS" WHEN YOU SAY IT. xD YOUR BOOK (!!!) AND YOUR BLOG IS TURNING FIVE (!!!!) Hmmm I can't wait to see what you come up with!! :D (At least I know for sure that cake will be involved... ;)

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  17. I'M SO INCREDIBLY HAPPY THAT YOU'RE BACK OH MY GOSHHHH. I've missed you sooooo much. LIKE YOU DON'T EVEN KNOW GAH. Anyways. Your photos are seriously so gorgeous. I want your skills.
    My life lately...insanity. But a beautiful insanity. The last month has had so many ups and downs, lots of bittersweet, but so full of happiness.

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kind words are like raindrops on the desert. they make me bloom with happiness, as absolutely cliche and cheesy as that sounds. even if it's just a simple alt+3 i will heart you for it. so, go ahead! MAKE MY DAY. literally.