Adventure Wednesday's, Life, Love

Adventure Wednesday’s: Duffey Wedding

Happy Hump Day everyone!

Today I figured I would write a post that quickly touched base on the marriage of two of my closest friends. After 8 years together on June 14th they finally tied the knot. I couldn’t be happier for Karen and James and I wish them both all the love and luck in the world, they deserve the best and are truly blessed with one another.

To kickstart their wedding, Karen and James hosted a Wedding Party weekend at a beautiful home in Southern California between Santa Barbra and Oxnard. The weekend was in the beginning of May and was for the bridal party to spend time together, getting to know one another and celebrating the commitment our friends were about to make. As this was a joint thing with the groomsmen and bridesmaids on Saturday the ladies made sure to sneak away for some lady time. Us ladies took off for Santa Barbra to do some wine tasting and give the bride a nice little bachelorette gift.

Here are a few pictures I was able to capture of the Wedding Party shindig.

Then there was the Wedding on June 14th which was absolutely beautiful. I wish I would have been able to get more pictures than I did, but, here is what I was able to snap while we were eating dinner!

I am so happy/over the moon with joy for this beautiful couple. James and Karen have been friends of mine for about 5 years now and it has been such a pleasure getting to know both of them. Best of luck you two! I love you!

– CT 

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Life, Love

Choosing Happiness…

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Today I choose this quote because I realize there are a lot of things I have been questioning in my life and a lot of the time my go to question is am I going to be happy with this decision.  So when I stumbled upon this quote this morning, I felt it was a perfect fit for todays inspiration.

I think right now where I am fighting the most at making decisions of happiness is within the relationship I am involved in.  The relationship I am currently involved in is an interesting one. We have been hanging out for about 6 months now and doing relationship involved things since. We at one point decided we were dating and then a couple of month later he decided it was best for him to not be in a relationship and that our time spent together would basically just be as friends, every once in a while, when we had time. However, since that time things haven’t really changed from the “relationship status” time. We still do everything boyfriends and girlfriends do, we hang out all the time, we text daily, etc  I guess we just don’t have the title.

Anyways, the questions that come up for me are; Is this healthy? Are we boyfriend/girlfriend? Do I want to be boyfriend/girlfriend? Do I talk to him about my feelings? If I talk to him about what I am feel will it end what we have?

All of these questions have one other question that goes with each of them, am I happy and or will I be happy with the outcome or answer? At this point my answer to that is always I don’t know. But at this current time what we have going makes me happy, the time we spend together makes me happy and he makes me happy.

So today I continue to choose to be happy in the moment. However, in the near future I need to take the step to figure out what is really going on between us whether it is going to make me happy or even sad, I need to be happy in the fact that I know what this is.

Do you have any advice? Do you have anything that you’re struggling to find happiness in? What makes you happy? I want to hear from you, please comment on my post, I love to connect with my readers.

Happy Monday –

– CT 

 

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Monday Inspiration

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As I have started a new part-time job waitressing I find myself answering the same question over and over again. “What are you doing with your life?” Meeting new people has its perks but answering this question over and over again to every new person I met and continue to meet has become daunting.

My answer is always, “I am finishing up my Bachelors this next academic year and then I want to take a semester off to study for the LSAT and apply to Law schools!” People’s responses are always something along the lines of that is amazing, but at 24 aren’t you tired of being in school?”

When reading through quotes this morning to find my daily inspiration I came across my new answer. This quote, I have to say it says it perfectly for me.

It’s just time and for me I love to learn new things so being in school really isn’t killing me because of the amount of time its taking and in the end the time it takes to accomplish my dreams is all going to be well worth it.

So today, I challenge all of you to take a second and stop stressing about the time it is taking you to accomplish something. We have our whole lives ahead of us and everything we are working towards now will be well worth the time spent on it once we accomplish what we set out to do.

 

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Happy Father’s Day

Today I want to wish my Daddy a Happy Father’s Day! I wish I wasn’t so far away on days like this so I could show him how much I love and cherish him.

Thank you for everything you have thought me, everything you have dealt with on my behalf and thank you for just being there. I love you so much and miss spending time with you!

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Milestone Reached

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Picture curitous of Bug (my sister) ~ Picture was taken in April 2012 a windy day (when I had bangs) ~

Today marks a huge milestone for me and I am so excited to share my excitement of reaching it with you. First I’d like to share a little about me to help y’all understand why this “milestone” is such a huge feet for me.

I was born in Portsmouth, VA, my Mom and Dad were in the Navy and based there. At the age of two, we drove cross-country and moved in with my grandparents in Enumclaw, WA. After living with them for a short stint, my parents got a place on their own but divorced shortly afterward, I was around the age of 4. My mom moved to California and remarried. I stayed with my Dad in Washington who also remarried to his High School sweetheart, when I was 5 or so.

Every school break, 3-day weekend and summer I would come to California and stay with my mom. It was the best part of my younger years, I got to go to California all the time, which was a dream for everyone I grew up with and not one that came true for many. So I was pretty rad because my mom lived in California.

My mom made it a habit that at the end of every summer trip, we would come new school clothes shopping in San Francisco and that was by far my favorite part of every summer. And it wasn’t because I was getting a rad new wardrobe it was because I was getting to go to San Francisco. This is where my “milestone” comes into play. After my first visit to the city I was in love and my heart was left in San Francisco. I made a promise to myself that before I died I would live IN San Francisco for at least 6 months of my life.

So to continue on with my quick life story, about a year after graduating High School, I moved to California to live with my mom and start my adult “grown up” life. I made it to Davis and Sacramento and that was as close as I was getting to San Francisco, unless I was taking a day trip to the city.

As the years passed, the dream of living in SF never faded away. It was always there in the back of my head. However, I was starting to begin to think of it as only ever being a dream and not ever becoming reality. The way things were moving along in my life didn’t place me ever-living in San Francisco.

It had been about 4 years that I had been living in California and I was about to transfer from a community college to a state college. It had been recommended to me that for my Major (Communication) that I apply to San Francisco State.  I was a little hesitant at first because my life (relationship, and job wise) was all in the Sacramento area and I was comfortable there. But one day it hit me, that this was my opportunity to make my dream come true. So I applied to San Francisco State, along with Sacramento State (wasn’t getting my hopes up).  But when my letter arrived in January last year saying I had been excepted to SF State, I was on cloud 9.

In June last year I packed my bags and moved to the bay area for school.  I moved to Daly City which was right outside of SF city limits and close to campus. It wasn’t the greatest place to live but it was convenient for school. As of this month, I have been living in the bay area for a year.

BUT, today marks my 6th month living IN San Francisco.  On December 10th, I moved into a small studio apartment in the Tenderloin district of San Francisco City, to be closer to my friends and job at the time. So today June 10th, marks my milestone. I turned my dream into a reality. I have lived in SF for 6 months.  I have absolutely continued to fall in love with this city. There are so many wonderful people, things to do, places to see and it’s all-around just an amazing place to live.

Best part of this is my life has completely changed paths, and for the next couple years, maybe forever (depending on Law School), I am here to stay.  So, here’s to my 6 months in San Francisco. I couldn’t be a happier girl!

 

 

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I know donuts are no good for me and I’m normally not a huge fan but since its National Donut day how can I not participate.

My favorite donuts are either the one pictured above and more often then not the powered donuts with jelly filling. Yummy!

What’s your favorite donut?

I hope everyone partakes in this very fattening, well deserved day!

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Happy National Donut Day

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101 in 1001, Adventure Wednesday's, Life

Adventure Wednesday – June 5th

Today, I thought I would finally sit down and write out a long over due post on my trip to Disneyland at the end of March. I’m not really quite sure why its taken me this long to do so.

Anyways, before I start I want to note that this trip to Disneyland also counts as a 101in1001 days achievement #28 Travel alone somewhere at least over night, Yay!

Disney Land – March 27th – March 30th 

My little sister’s, who I’ll refer to as Bug, school made it to Nationals in Dance and this year it was held in Southern California. Bug called me right away and asked if I could make the trip, 2 days in Disneyland and 2 days watching her dance (which is something I never get to see). Of course I said yes!

I flew down to Anaheim on March 27th and stayed at the Hilton in a beautiful room, all on my own. It was actually my first time staying in a hotel by myself. I have to say it was totally awesome.

We spent the first two days Wednesday and Thursday running around the two parks California Adventure and Disneyland and then Friday and Saturday were long days of dance competition.

Shout out to Bug and her dance team as they received a 2nd place award on both Friday and Saturday. This is such an amazing accomplishment and I was so proud and happy to be there to witness it.

Below are most of the pictures from the trip! Enjoy! *The tall girl is Bug’s best friend A

 

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