The Truth

The truth is… I put off blogging for years. It has always been a dream of mine to start something on my own and to do something I was passionate about, but several things hindered me. I feared failure. What if I was terrible at it? What if no one wanted to read anything I had to say? Having a Type A personality led me to believe that starting The Southern Trunk was something I had no control over. It wasn’t something practical. I feared being egotistical. Social media has created such a perfect avenue for people to live out their insecurities. Posting only the glamorous, extraordinary and perfect, leaving others to comparison, judgment and insecurity. Did I want to feed this craze? I feared the unknown. Like I mentioned, I am not great at taking risks or doing something that doesn’t make perfect sense. I wasn’t sure where the time or the resources would come into play. But the real truth is… None of that matters. Something that my husband and my role models have taught me is that…

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Snowpocalypse Round 2

I’ve lived in metro-Atlanta for 24 years now, and I still can’t predict any type of consistency in the weather. Besides living through the blizzard of ’93, this years double blast of snow and ice has been the most interesting weather I’ve been in. But the 2nd time around, V and I were a little more prepared, so we got to enjoy it a little better. We woke up early this morning, assuming it would be another icing, but to our surprise, we got a little over 4″ of snow! With that, we got dressed quickly and went out on a little adventure. Below are a few of the shots we took with our friends Jason & Erin around our neighborhood.

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Valentines Day for the Guys

Let’s face it, Valentines Day isn’t so much for the guys. It’s more for the lovely ladies. Victoria and I have done many different things over the past years, including everything from the super fancy dinners to just staying at home with takeout and watching a movie. Each year has always been different and depends on what we have going on. For instance, this year has been hectic with the launch of TST last Monday, so we decided to do something a little more low-key (which I would share, but I don’t want to lose our seats at the restaurant since it’s a first-come first-serve establishment…) With that being said, I do believe in celebrating Valentines day. Of course, I don’t need a special day each year to treat my wife, but I do enjoy the experience and excitement I can give her by participating in it. It brings me joy to make her happy and I love the surprise. Lets just say, there’s nothing wrong with celebrating a day that has grown into celebrating the love I have for…

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Puppy Love – Happy Birthday Chuck

I can’t really say I have ever been an animal person. We never had dogs growing up, and the one cat my family had was never really attached to me. So you can imagine when Ian asked if I wanted a dog, what my answer was. A few short months later, I found myself looking through the eBay pet ads for puppies. I would send Ian pictures of sweet puppies and joke with him about getting them until one day, he responded with ‘lets pick that one up.’ Totally against my risk taking nature, I told him ‘Okay! Lets go tomorrow.’ I had a feeling the moment I met the little guy in the picture, there wasn’t going to be any way I wouldn’t take him home. And that’s exactly what happened. And thats when we met our little puppy Chuck. And yes, we did name him after Chuck Bass, (Charles when he’s bad), from Gossip Girl. He is a Yorkie Maltese mix (Morkie), although we joke that he looks like a toy German Shepherd sometimes. Since then, I am…

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When it snows in Georgia

As you probably know, we don’t get a lot of snow in Georgia. And a lot of the time, we end up turning our pajamas inside out for a cold day with no precipitation. This year, snowpocalypse hit the south and we weren’t expecting it. My stomach was in my throat for about three hours as I attempted to drive home on the icy roads. I ended up pulling off the road and walking two miles to get home. Ian’s commute is about 50 minutes, but this day, it took him 7.5 hours to get home. We were extremely lucky compared to others. Some children were stranded at schools and on buses while others abandoned their cars and walked miles to find shelter. Hotels were completely booked and many people spent the night in their offices without food or warmth. But, what was a very terrible experience, was also a very beautiful one. Hundreds of citizens opened their homes for those who were in need. On the road by my parent’s house, people lined the streets handing out spaghetti and hot…

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What is The Southern Trunk?

When I was a little girl, I remember playing in my parents bedroom and being mesmerized at the huge trunk at the foot of their bed. As I got older, I asked my mom what was inside. When she told me, it was better than I could have ever imagined. Hundreds of love letters between her and my dad lined the bottom. Along with the letters were my first ballet shoes, a stuffed animal from when her and my dad were dating, pictures of my sister and I from when we were babies and special gifts that my mom had kept sacred over the years. It was magical. Like you were opening up a real life story book. That is why I started The Southern Trunk. I wanted to share with you not only what is in my trunk, but what is in the trunk of others. Sometimes a trunk comes in the form of pictures and images that capture special memories and moments that slip away too quickly. Or sometimes it comes in the form of a trunk stamped with…

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