a few announcements (and a confession)

Hello, my loves! It's been a while, hasn't it? Over a month, in fact. I've read that in order to be a successful blogger, you should post on a regular basis. Welp. I have broken that rule many times.  But the blogging gods are obligated to forgive my absence, because I have some pretty damn … Continue reading a few announcements (and a confession)

ring in the new year

We made it. We actually made it through 2017. I don't need to remind you that 2017 was an exhausting year, right? Even on a personal level, a lot happened--I mean, I got married, which is a pretty big deal. But in the wake of extreme political turmoil and anxiety, the Internet has decided that … Continue reading ring in the new year

Newlyweds, Part II: Honeymoon Adventure!

To read about our wedding ceremony, read Part I here!  It is no secret that I love all things Disney. But when I added 'Disney World' to our list of honeymoon options, I didn't think it would actually happen. Fortunately, Drew loves theme parks and roller coasters as much as I do, so he agreed to go … Continue reading Newlyweds, Part II: Honeymoon Adventure!

Newlyweds, Part I: Celebration!

Last February, Drew and I decided to take advantage of our long weekend and take a trip to Nashville. It's a relatively short drive from Atlanta, after all--why not? We had so many adventures planned: coffee shops, live music, a day at the library...little did I know that our weekend getaway would become a pivotal … Continue reading Newlyweds, Part I: Celebration!

3 Financial Attitudes You Need to Adopt After Getting Engaged to Keep Your Sanity

This article was originally published as a guest post on Britt & The Benjamins, but Brittney has kindly allowed me to post on Quills and Crystals as well. As always, feel free to leave your thoughts in the comment section. I'd love to hear about your own wedding planning experience--or what you imagine it will be like!  … Continue reading 3 Financial Attitudes You Need to Adopt After Getting Engaged to Keep Your Sanity

Rethinking Animal Advocacy

Like many young girls, I used to dream of being a veterinarian. Then, of course, I learned that vet school required far too much math, science, and handling blood--none of which I consider my strong suits. I later realized I wanted to be a writer, but I still love animals and often wish that our … Continue reading Rethinking Animal Advocacy

Change the World, One Step at a Time

For every tragedy or major political event, I spend hours reading the news. Headlines and Twitter threads become my bedtime story; my heart breaks for people I will never meet, and they become my prayer. And so often, that's where it ends. I whisper kind words and send happy thoughts out into the universe, and … Continue reading Change the World, One Step at a Time

March On, Sisters

This post was inspired by Samantha Chaffin's blog post about the Women's March in LA. The title is not meant to exclude the wonderful men or gender non-conforming people who attended marches, and I love each and every one of you who showed up to support the cause. November 8, 2016:  Election Day. It's finally … Continue reading March On, Sisters

Endorphins Make You Happy

Perhaps it is because I have always been relatively healthy, but fitness is usually low on my list of priorities--if not last. Exercise and I didn't always have such a bumpy relationship. Growing up, I was always involved in some kind of sport (whether or not I possessed the necessary talent is another matter entirely.). But … Continue reading Endorphins Make You Happy

Land of the Free

My first real introduction to politics was the year 2000. I was eight years old. Our teacher had just given a lesson about the two presidential candidates: George W. Bush and Al Gore. He then handed us a worksheet with a short, kid-friendly version of each candidate's platform. I didn't know anything about those two men, … Continue reading Land of the Free