Goodbye Social Formula, Hello Free Me

Most people think I’m a rule follower, but at heart, I’m actually pretty wild. Ian and I have always said that we would make decisions based on our faith and what we believe is best for our family. Even if it doesn’t fit norms or flow with what/how we are supposed to do things. And most of the time, it’s difficult, but in the end, it’s completely worth it to stay true to what we believe. With that being said, my education has made it difficult in allowing me to be ‘free’ with The Southern Trunk. If you are a marketer or blogger,…

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Take a chill pill

True story, I am a busy body. Most days, I cannot sit still. Even when we don’t have stuff to do, I fill up the time with things I feel like I need to do. I have a full time job, a part time job (which is more like a full time job,) a house to maintain, relationships to foster, and that is only the beginning. While being a hard worker is a great thing, not resting well is not. It leaves me restless, emotional, and empty. Ian and I woke up and realized two years into our marriage that we…

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A Place to Dream

Last fall, we asked our friends to build us a bed similar to the beautiful one they built for their own room. This past weekend, we finally moved it in to our master bedroom. I couldn’t be more in love. It turned out so much better than I had even imagined. Since we were getting a new bed, we decided to upgrade from our queen to a king mattress. Although the cuddling was good for some time in our queen, I don’t think I could ever go back. Here are a few pictures of the bed after we moved it…

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The Joy of Missing Out

It’s Thursday night. You’ve just got home from a busy day at the office and you sit down on the couch with your thrown together dinner. Earlier that day, you made serious plans with yourself to not do a thing and before you dig into your meal, you log on to Instagram. You start scrolling through and see: One #OOTD (Outfit of the Day) post that is dramatically cuter than your sweats from high school. Two #foodporn pictures with meals that are way more extravagant than your omelet and toast. Three #superposed #selfies of girls in fields, coffee cups, friends in a hipster…

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The Balance of a Digital and Analog Life

My day job consists of designing and building things on the web and phone. I create 100+ page wireframes on my computer, design graphical interfaces for websites/apps and sometimes code the backend of those sites and apps. But what I really do is predict what you and other people are going to do when you go to a website or use an app on your phone. It’s my job to make it seamless and easy so that you can accomplish everything you need to do without frustration and confusion. With that being said, I am engulfed in technology and on my computer/phone…

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Wedding Dress Tea Party

I am so excited to share this post today! My friends and I all get a little giddy when we start talking about throwing a good party with an even better theme. We have so much fun planning, dressing up, and celebrating anything we can come up with. My good friend Lily, who you can check out here, decided to throw a wedding dress tea party because “who says you can only wear it once?!” So we all pulled those big gowns out of the closest and reminisced on those special days we all experienced. Our pregnant friends even got…

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The Perfect Weekender Tote

I had been on the lookout for a perfect bag for small trips and then Ian surprised me with this PoCampo bag a few months ago. It works better than I imagined. It has enough room for a weekend stay and special storage for your shoes, to keep them from getting your clothes dirty. Not to mention the versatile straps make it easy if you need to carry it for long amounts of time. The bag is made from a canvas-like material and is weatherproof so it prevents dirt and stains from collecting. If you are one of those super organized…

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Proverbs 31 – Gone Wrong

To some, this may come off offensive, but I want to clarify in the beginning that my intentions are not to insult :). You see, I was raised in church and went to a private Christian school, which meant the list of a Proverbs 31 woman was thrown around lot. I never really gave much thought to it, besides thinking once, “This is a really long list of things to check off!” I even remember feeling intimidated by the women who were thought to embody this list. As I got older, I began to dislike the Proverbs 31 woman. It seemed like anytime…

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New York City

New York City is truly a magical place to visit. There is nothing else like it. I was given the privilege to attend the Click Z Live Marketing Conference for work, and Ian got to tag along. We ended up extending our stay a few extra days to make it a mini vacation. Below are some photos and the things we did on the trip.     One of my favorite memories on the trip will be going to get macaroons one night from the Macaron Cafe. As we were leaving, I told Ian I felt like Blair Waldorf from…

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Who’s the fairest of them all? – The Battle of Comparison

We’ve all been there. You sit staring at screens all day and the weight of everyone’s awesome trips, award winning career, perfect marriage and spotless house is too much to handle. You immediately pull out your measuring stick and begin evaluating your own worth, or at least what you think it is. And when things don’t add up, you cast judgement or spiral into a pity party with no fancy Pinterest cake or blog worthy decorations. I know, it’s heavy, and while you may not battle with it, the majority of the population does. We hide our insecurities behind our…

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Sweet Sentiments

Grandmother’s Gifts If you know me, you know that I am a pretty sentimental person. There is so much to treasure in life. Some new additions were added to my kitchen recently. My grandmother has been going through her treasures and decided to give my sister and I a few things that she’s collected over the years. This included old tin canisters, a wooden rolling pin and old canning jars. I love each of them so much because there’s so many memories attached to each item. I decided to frame one of my favorite recipes she gave me when I…

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Tapestry: Ladies Retreat | Chattanooga, Tennessee

I had the opportunity to be a part of my church’s ladies retreat this year. We hosted the event in Chattanooga, TN, and our theme for the weekend was Tapestry, with an emphasis on Ephesians 4:1-3: “I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” The weekend was a great reminder of how we as women are like different chords being woven together to create a greater…

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Andrew Belle – The Vinyl, Atlanta

Last week, Ian and I went with our friends Jimmy and Jen to see one of my favorite artists at The Vinyl in Atlanta. I’ve been listening to Andrew Belle a little over a year now, and still can’t stop. This tour, accompanied by Diane Birch, was a stripped down version of his Black Bear record. The Black Bear album depicts raw and beautiful truth. After growing up in a Christian home and going to church, Belle began searching for answers on his own. He then learned something about himself. He didn’t choose God, God chose him. And that is what…

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When Your Milestones Leave You Unsatisfied

I spent a lot of my time as a young girl waiting and trying hard to get to the real world. People would always say, “When you get into the real world…” And though I am blaming no one but myself, I had this idea that if I could only get to the “real world” my life would start. I don’t believe I am the only person with this idea though. I think that many of us have jumped from milestone to milestone and thought, “Is this it? Is this what it’s suppose to feel like?” It’s not that you…

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Our Love Story

If you don’t like sappy posts, I wouldn’t scroll any further… It is hard to share our love story without sharing how we first met. Circa 2006, Ian was playing in a christian rock band that would often come and play at my school for chapel. I remember sitting in the bleachers in the gym auditorium watching them play. My friends were all drooling over the lead singer and guitarist, while I was too focused on how cute the drummer was, shaggy hair and all. I loved how he sang with every song, and was so passionate about his music.…

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