5 reasons I won’t do the bachelor.

believe it or not, I have never watched the bachelor. I may have seen 5 minutes of an episode the very first season. but c’mon, does that count? no. unfortunately, I feel it is my duty, as a born + raised iowan, to watch chris soules. he’s from a tiny iowa town, one hour away from the one I grew up in. [*it’s important to note, my iowa town is way bigger. we’re talking almost 70,000 people bigger]. and by watching one full episode, I was inspired to write ..

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5 reasons I won’t do the bachelor.

[besides the fact that I’m married].

and by “do,” I mean the show. not the man, for those of you with your mind’s in the gutter.

1. oh, the limo introductions. 99.8% of them make me cringe. like crawl under the covers + hide. so awkward. and I would totally be within that category of awkward intro’s.

2. I’d be the token drunk girl on the first night. 30 girls in 1 hour, fighting for 1 man’s attention. given mere hours [or an hour, does anyone really know?] to make a strong impression + earn a rose. it could just be me, but uncomfortable situations tend to increase my alcohol intake. this situation would top that list.

3. the same reason I was never in a sorority, I could not live with that many girls in one house. I don’t know that for sure, because I never tried. but I could imagine it’d be a struggle .. #CloggedDrains.

4. who likes sloppy seconds thirds fourths fifths sixths? and so on.

5. moving to a farm in iowa. hell no! as previously, mentioned I am an iowan. I had a short stint spent living away, but I came back because I truly love it here. I support + appreciate iowa’s farmers; they truly do feed the world. but if my husband, who I love more than any of those girls will love the bachelor anything in the world, told me we were moving to a 6,000 acre farm with the nearest town having a total population of 400 ..I would say “no thanks!!”. prince farming may be easy on the eyes, but the miles of nothing but corn + soybean fields aren’t, for long. best of luck to the ladies of hollywood, chicago + D.C. ..you’re in for a rude awakening.

who is watching the bachelor tonight?

if you do, let’s talk about it @LLinaBC.

resolutions of 2015.

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so, this year I didn’t make any resolutions. per se. 

2014 was amazing + really could be called “the year of the wedding”. it may just be me, but when you’re planning a wedding [especially two; a destination + hometown] your free time + thoughts revolve around just that. I feel like I accomplished so much and so little. most of what I worked for in 2014 could be summarized into 8 days. [7 for our wedding in the dominican republic + 1 for our hometown reception]. the rest of the year was not a wash though. the highlights: marrying [J], adopting a kitten, purchasing a car, & moving into a new place.

now that we’re married and our days of planning a wedding are behind us, we can get back to focusing on life. so that’s my resolution for 2015, making it the best year yet by taking advantage of every moment + developing myself. I want to become a student again. not by enrolling in school, but by learning + studying regularly. turning the unknown in the known. refusing to be satisfied with the skills I’ve already developed, but by developing them further + adding on to my repertoire of expertise. just to name a few: I want to learn calligraphy, enhance my photography skills, take a photo-editing course, and further develop my social media skills. when you’re in school, you’re constantly expanding your knowledge. some may apply + some may not, but you’re developing. when you enter the “real world,” it’s easy to become complacent in one job with a fixed skill set. I have not + will not be satisfied with that.

cheers to making 2015 the best year yet!

[get the “this will be the best year yet” printable here].

2014: year in review.

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oh, 2014. you were one for the books.

we moved into a new apartment in des moines. • I accepted a new job in march. • in april, I attended go blog social [a blogger conference] in kansas city. • we had the most magical engagement photographs taken. it was my pinterest dream come true. • I got married. which I’m sure you probably didn’t even know, because I barely spoke about it. not here, or here, and surely not here. I may have even forgotten to share our wedding video. insert: an overload of sarcasm. • we added a sweet, little furbaby to our family + named him Sir Rigby. • we spent the holidays in chicago. •

top four posts of 2014:

hot buttered rum • 10 things you must do in des moines • DIY coasters • bridal sparkle •

honorable mentions:

apple cider moscow mules • DIY housewarming basket • the opening of pinot’s palette • date night at malo •

I cannot wait to see what 2015 has in store. I am hoping for an amazing first year of marriage. filled with loads of traveling + adventures. more exploring the great city we live in. much health + happiness. and a lot of time with friends + family.

what were your favorite moments of 2014? what are you looking forward to in 2015?

happy monday!