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Summer Reflection

Looking back on Summer 2018, and I am honestly speechless. This was truly the best summer of my life. I married my best friend (!!!), traveled to some amazing places, spent time with great friends, and grew so much as an individual. I found peace where I used to have anxiety and fear, I discovered where I truly want to be in the future, and I learned there is nothing stopping me from chasing my dreams. I know a lot of you are probably thinking “duh, nothing’s stopping you,” but I really had to let go of some limiting beliefs before I could say this. 

As I’m sitting here trying to wrap my mind around starting my senior year of college tomorrow, I just want to take a minute to look back on the amazing past few months.

May

On May 12, I married the love of my life. We had our dream wedding at the most amazing venue, The Side Porch. It was a gorgeous and sunny day filled with flowers, love, and friendship. Our friends and family went above and beyond to help us and make sure everything was perfect. After a long morning and afternoon anxiously waiting for our 5pm ceremony to start, I walked down the aisle to Alex, and in that moment I knew all the stress of wedding planning was completely worth it. We had the most perfect ceremony followed by a night of dancing and laughter. I absolutely love being Alex’s wife! 

The very next morning, we were up bright and early (I’m talking 3am) to catch our flight to Punta Cana. We had quite a stressful time getting through the airports. Neither one of us had ever been out of the country, so it was much different that any other time we traveled. After finally making it out of the Punta Cana Airport, we still had a 45 minute shuttle ride to our resort. All the chaos was worth it, because our resort and the entire honeymoon was a dream come true. We stayed at Excellence Punta Cana where we were treated to all the food and drinks we could imagine. We spent the entire trip relaxing, soaking up sunshine, and enjoying being husband and wife. This was definitely a trip of a lifetime, and I am constantly wishing we could just go back already. 

The rest of summer

While I will say the rest of summer after returning from our honeymoon didn’t come close to being as good as how our summer started, it was still one for the books. We traveled to Atlanta in June for a Def Leppard/Journey concert. Alex’s wish, but I really enjoyed it too. Aside from that trip, we just spent time back in our hometown hanging with our friends, working, “adulting,” and enjoying time together. Alex is finishing school up in Murfreesboro, TN (about 4.5 hours from where I live) so we really just soaked in all the time together we could this summer. After spending the past year apart, driving back and forth on the weekends, just having him home all summer was so special.

Aside from all the time I was able to spend with Alex, I also grew so much personally this summer. After our honeymoon, I just knew that I hadn’t been living to my full potential. I’m not sure what flipped the switch in head, but I knew I wanted to be better. I began reading books to further my knowledge and search for some inspiration. Intuitive Eating and You Are a Badass are my two favorite reads from the summer. I also began doing things that I wanted to do and that made my happy that I had ignored for so long. I found peace with uncertainty about where I’ll be after graduation. I let go of limiting beliefs that were holding me back. I’ve always felt that I had to stay in the small town of Elizabethton, but after this summer, I know I’m ready to move to a new town (at least for a little while). I’m ready to move on and step out of my comfort zone. All of this self growth led me to finally start this blog, and I am so thankful. While I don’t know exactly what I’ll be doing after graduation, I do know I’m excited to see where the future takes me.

I am so grateful for this summer full of love and growth.

Looking forward

Now it’s the night before my senior year of college starts, Alex is back in Murfreesboro, and I’m stressing myself out about the new year. Instead of focusing on all the negative, I’m trying to be optimistic and focus all my energy into bettering myself further (in school, with this blog, and personally). I’m ready to give this final year my all. Here’s to senior year!!

With love, 

Kayla

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