And the other reason is because it's really awkward to type this stuff up when your family is talking at/about/with you in the same room.
But I digress. Let's do a little catching up, shall we?
Work, Budgets, and all that. First up, the boring stuff. I've been doing more spending more during the summer since I have time/energy to shop (true story) so it's nice to have a little extra cushion that I've saved from working over the school year. My budgeting system is still being refined, but just writing every purchase down has really helped. Does anyone buy apps for this kind of stuff? I've heard of a few and would love to hear your thoughts!
Photography. I'm a little rusty in the portrait department and I really want to change that. I want to take more photos and just push myself to try new things (all thanks to Pinterest, of course). I'm hoping to schedule a few photoshoots in and in the meantime, I've been shopping for new lenses to ooh and ahh over. Speaking of which, do any of you know anything about Sigma lenses? I've heard they're pretty amazing and am thinking they might be my next big purchase.
Singleness. Well first things first: I'm still single over here, surprise, surprise! And I also still struggle with it now and then (do I sound like a broken record yet?) but I've realized that I need this time to work on my relationship with God. And that I really just need to work on trust, truly believing that He can do all things. And while I have the verses to prove it, it often takes me time to let the truths fully sink in. Does that make any sense? And are you even still reading?
I'm still writing letters to my future husband, keeping a list of dating/boyfriend/husband standards that I'm going to stick with and then wondering if guys that enter my life are "the one" all while just trying to really just live and not think about it all too much. It's not that I'm avoiding it, but I'm trying to keep myself from dwelling on what I don't have in life right now.
Community. I've been having a lot of deep desires to connect with people--and not just on my blog. I hear a lot of bloggers talking about church families and I can't help but feel the tug to be better connected at my church. I know people through teaching Sunday School as well as people who have known me since I was a kid but I lack the relationships with people who are my age and in my life stage. The fearful side in me, however, falls back on my introversion to take that plunge and take the first step.
Blogging. Well, I'm still sticking with this thing called blogging. I did a last minute update to the old design (click here if you're on a blog reader), took the plunge and bought my own domain, and I'm brainstorming new post ideas (anyone else run dry every now and then?), too. I've also been Skyping with other bloggers and trying to learn new things. I really feel like I've been learning a lot through trial and error and am finally getting to a point where I feel like this blog has found its niche and its home (and amazing community, too!).
So what's up in your life lately? Any new life experiences? Any summer adventures to share? I love living life with you guys and love all that I've learned from you, too.