In the next Ten Years

I want to focus on happiness. No expectations, no limits, all change and acceptance. Ten years ago, I lived a much different path. But the path that led me to where I am today, has been the best experience of my life.

I think it’s important to understand an open mind when considering the way we WANT to be and live rather than how society tells us to be.

Ten years from now, I want to focus on the journey. Live everyday, live in every moment with my husband, children and family. Take walks while I look around rather than just at the ground, laugh more, cry less and remember to take my vitamins.

I want to completely invest myself in my family, forget materialistic items, status, money and judgement. No longer will I take time for granted and I will write as much as I can. I want to take photos of the little things that I could soon forget and practice patience rather than pace. Slowing down to breathe in silence and noise as I watch my children sleep and play.

Why create boundaries and limits, let social media influence our lives and miss every moment we’ve been waiting for?

Here’s to the next ten years.


Wedding Day


Haaave you met Jon?

We finally tied the knot on November 17, 2018!

Our wedding was a dream come true! I am so grateful for the family and friends we had to help us throughout the entire process. The day began with my best friends by my side, calming my nerves and reminding me to breathe. My favorite part of this entire experience was our vows. When we first became engaged, Jon told me that he wanted us to write our own vows. At first I was hesitant. How in the world would I be able to come up with the words to explain my love for him? It came much easier than I thought. I was able to write down words that flow through my heart then chose to sing him a song that was near and dear to my soul. His words were amazing, with tearful eyes he paused and expressed the most beautiful love I have ever heard. It was truly breathtaking.

Were are currently awaiting our professional photos and I can not wait to share!

Around the Sun

whoa. I nearly fell off the face of the planet.

Since: I’ve successfully completed my math class. (well, barely)
I haven’t gone on any hikes, I still don’t work for NASA, it’s too cloudy to see the stars and all the local ice cream shops are closed for winter.

On the upside, great things are happening in our family! Our wedding is next weekend and the weather is predicted to snow! While I would rather snow than rain, my mother is less than excited. ha!

While we’re on the note of NASA, the Geminids Meteor shower is coming soon! The peak of the shower will be from December 13 through the 14th. I plan to dust off my telescope and look for some shooting stars. The last time we did, Cailey and I witnessed the brightest, longest, most beautiful meteoroid ever in Yuma, Arizona.

Proportional Reasoning

WHYY? Please don’t ask me why I agreed to take math soon rather than later. This is probably my fourth college math class, and I still have two left. What’s my major you ask? Elementary Education.

It’s okay though, it will all be worth it – someday. Don’t mind me for the next seven weeks as I wither away in sleepless nights. I  L O A T H E math. It’s just never been my niche.

Oh, then my math textbook was lost in the mail. Is this a sign?

I do however absolutely LOVE my college. I attend the Grand Canyon University, in pursuit of my Bachelor of Science. I began college in Havelock, NC at Craven Community College, then shortly after completion of my genEd classes, I transferred to Liberty University. What I was seeking in college, I just wasn’t finding there; so I transferred to GCU in Spring 2017. This was by far one of the best decisions I have ever made!

LUNCH TIME (sidenote) – – – – –

I enjoyed lunch at an adorable little diner today in Saluda, NC called Ward’s Grill. There was even chili on my cheeseburger! Now if that ain’t a taste of heaven, then I don’t know what is.

If you’re interested to visit, here is the link –

Sense of Adventure

Our recent move to North Carolina has introduced us to the raw beauty of the Appalachian Mountains!

(Mountains in our town)

We have found gorgeous hiking trails, fished in the lake and caught lightening bugs at night. Moving from the high-stress desert life was a relief for me; the daily traffic and rush was overwhelming. My soul finally feels at peace here as I soak up the trees and life.

My mountain bucket list:

Watch a Smokey Mountain Sunrise
Walk behind a waterfall
Climb to a waterfall DONE x2
Hike a small portion of the Appalachian Trail
Camp under the stars

I want to grow this list by dozens! Suggestions on places and ideas, please let me know!




You are capable of amazing things.

Yes, you. In the midst of our crazy and insane lives, opportunity is one of the last things we look for. Our day to day routine is so permanent that often times we forget to think anew.

Take some time to slow down, reflect on your most favorite activities this week. What do you enjoy? What sets your soul free?

Mine consist of fishing, being surrounded by mountains and trees and gazing into the night stars. (I’ve always had a passion for astronomy and astrophysics) Start setting goals for yourself, small and large. Find what makes your heart rush and go for it! Today is not just another day. It is a new opportunity, another chance, and a new beginning, embrace it and love the change.

Your Mountain

You have been assigned this mountain to show others it can be moved.

We all have our “days.” Where we feel nothing is right or wrong, we are there.. but not in the moment. Something similar to autopilot. Senses are dull, our minds are blank and feelings unknown. I’m here to remind you that on ‘those days,’ you’re still strong. You’re still breathing, you still have purpose and you still belong.

It’s important to remember these few things:

  1. Love Yourself
    You have purpose and are on this world for a reason. Whether you realize that reason or not yet, you do.
  2. Take a Break
    Step away from the world and breathe. Take your shoes off, go outside, turn the lights off and just breathe.
  3. Share your Story
    During this time, it is important to remember you are not alone. Somewhere, someone is also working through a situation and by speaking your experience, will not only help them but yourself too.

Understand and know your worth.

Sometimes it takes an overwhelming breakdown to have an undeniable breakthrough.

The Grocery Mission


I enjoy long, quiet walks down grocery aisles.

A kid free moment that left me feeling vulnerable when looking at every bucket of ice cream alone. I made it out though, with only cheese, meat and poison ivy creams for Jon. (don’t ask)

Ok well, now since you’re probably wondering, he was attacked by the garage floor, or a plant.. to be honest I’m not really sure how it happened but I’m almost certain he got into sumac or some sort of poisonous plant. Either way, I bought two types of cream and Benadryl, just in case. (because manflu)

Anyway, since moving, our grocery store is now Ingles. We’ve had WalMart and Fry’s for so long, of course I had those stores memorized. I get in, get out and that’s it. Now, it’s a man hunt, even for cotton balls. I have no idea where anything is. So, I call my mom, thinking she would know where everything is (because she’s mom) but no. Not this store. My quick ten minute trip to buy dinner, turned into an hour.

But I was kid free, so maybe I just took my time. 😉

The Secret to Joy

My first meaningful task for you is to seek God where you doubt He lives. You may be thinking, why? Because where you least expect to find faith, is right where it is. Often times we assume the worst of places or things that have no relation to happiness or joy, simply because we do not see it. This is where the light you keep must shine. To bring warmth to the cold and welcome a new growth.

My family and I have just recently moved to beautiful North Carolina, 2200 miles away from where we’ve lived the past several years. Uprooting wasn’t the difficult part for me honestly, I felt like I couldn’t leave that place soon enough.. but now the re-establishing element is what has thrown me for a whirlwind. I am digging deep to find the light I have to shine in our new lives and new jobs.

Follow me along my journey to becoming a teacher, raising our daughter and spreading the light we all have within!

Welcome to Magnolian Cottage! Consider this blog your home away from home. My goal is to inspire and share tidbits about my world in hopes to bring meaningful thought to yours!

“the secret to joy is to keep seeking God where we doubt He is.”