The Truth About Being Engaged in College

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If you told me at 12 I would be engaged at 22 I would’ve said - I hope so! But if you told me my freshman or even sophomore year of college that I would be engaged before I graduated I would’ve laughed right in your face - no wayyy.

A little background: I grew up with lots of cousins on my mom’s side who are older than me and was so lucky to see them find love, get engaged, married and have babies young. My parents were engaged right out of college and married a year later. So growing up ‘21’ felt like the time you just got married and then you had babies. I don’t think I realized that I was surrounded by that culture and in mainstream culture today there is no “correct” timeline for people to be engaged and have babies.

So here I am having my 12 year old dream come true, but I will admit sometimes it is a bit crazy. For one, being engaged is something that I thought would make me feel grown up. Like, BOOM ring on the finger my life is figured out. That couldn’t be further from the truth. I know I love Jon. I know I can’t wait to call Tulsa home, but last night I also ate a family size bag of pretzel M&M’s for dinner? AKA I am working on the grown up thing.

That being said I love that not a lot has changed. Yes I now have something that is a promise forever on my hand, but when I started classes this quarter it was business as usual. I defiantly caught myself being conscious of my ring (especially in my mostly freshman art class) but overall no one seems to pay much attention to it - or me!

While a lot of my family may have gone down this path it is defiantly rare at the University I attend. I know of one other girl who was engaged in college and married shortly after graduation. My friends are SO supportive but a lot of them still want to just be seniors in college (which I do too, I just don’t need to hit up the single bars). I was talking to Jon’s sister about her southern school sorority and how there are at least 10 girls engaged before graduation and it defiantly made me think - would I even be writing this post if I didn’t attend my school?

Bottom line for me is I truly don’t care what other people think about this. I am so confident in Jon and I’s decision to take the next step that all the negative thoughts in the world couldn’t bring me down about this one. I also have been overwhelmed with the acceptance and excitement I have been greeted with about this step from my friends, family and especially my sorority. In times like these the positive over shines ANY negative.

This was a bit of a mash up of thoughts, but I wanted to be honest with you guys. I am 22, engaged and HAPPY but I am also just a college student trying to get to graduation so I can start my life with my fiancé.



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SHŌR - Skip the Plastic Wrap

I am SO excited to talk about SHŌR a reusable beeswax wrap that allows you to skip the plastic wrap and save the ocean shores! They are reusable and come in a wide range of patterns (all of which I am dying to buy) + bonus points for the creators not only being a family I look up to but also my cousin whom I love and adore.

I am wary to even tell you guys about our connection because these products speak for themselves! Each wrap can last up to a year with regular use and simply need a rinse with water if they get messy! You can cover anything you would normally store with plastic wrap such as fruits, veggies, bread, baked goods and more.

If you are as passionate as I am about 1) products that save you money 2) products that save the environment and 3) Supporting family entrepreneurs then pick up your own wraps here.

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Did I mention that a set is only $15?! NO EXCUSES guys! Which pattern should I get next?



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How He Asked

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It has been two weeks since Jon got on one knee and I said yes, and even as I type out this post I can’t help but stare at my ring and tear up at these pictures. The love story that is Jon and I’s relationship is another post, but it all led us to December 23rd - here is that story….

We started the day off by sailing in Tulsa with Jon’s friend Rob and Rob’s girlfriend plus Jon’s brother Michael and his girlfriend Gabby. We were mostly floating due to a lack of wind but I was truly just enjoying the day. After a few glasses of wine and a couple hours on the sailboat it was time to head back home and I was EXHAUSTED. I fell asleep in the car on our way back to Jon’s parents house and I had one thing on my mind - a nap.

Quick intermission to remind you all that in this moment I truly had ZERO clue this was happening on this trip to Tulsa or even in the next few weeks - this is evident in the next few events and my lack of painted nails/general care about my appearance. Alright back to the story.

When we got back to the house around 4:30 I knew there wouldn’t be any serious plans for making a move towards an activity until dinner therefore I had plenty of time for my nap. I grabbed my Stella out of her kennel and jumped into bed. Jon walked upstairs and started insisting we take a walk - again guys I reallllllyyyy wanted to nap. I put up a bit of a back and forth on this nap situation but eventually I could tell Jon really wanted to walk for some reason ?? and I gave in.

The Tulsa Rose gardens are a short walk away from Jon’s family home and a place that we really have loved visiting whenever we are in Tulsa. Once we got to the building holding all the cool plants Jon started getting weird and made us walk around to the back of the building - turns out there were a few people standing around and he didn’t want to get on one knee with a crowd (don’t blame you Jonny).

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When we walked back to the front of the building he stopped me and in his face was either a heart attack coming or this was it. And holy crap you guys I realized this was it and I was SHOCKED and so happy and so overfilled with love in this moment for everything. I am so lucky to have Jon and Stella as my little family and to have said YES to marrying the love of my life.

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Jon’s sister Erica was hiding out to capture these pictures and I am so grateful she did - this is my new favorite day. I can’t wait for the future and for more “yes” with Jon forever and everrrr. Who wants to hear about the ring next? Jon did SOOOO good with the help of Kaeleigh from the Diamond Reserve - post to come!!



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Giveaway + Whiskey Memories

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Ok maybe not whiskey memories exactly since most of them take place over the course of my childhood and I truly haven’t been legal long enough to make too many new ones, BUT I did want to tell you guys about one of my favorite things. Every year my dad would take my three sisters and I to the National Western Stock Show in Colorado. You get to eat fair food, see animals and watch a rodeo - truly my dream. And sorry Jon, but I 100% thought I was going to marry a bull rider when I grew up.

This year Firstone & Robertson is a proud sponsor of the show. The gorgeous bottle I am holding is their TX Whiskey which I got both Jon and I hooked on. As a fun giveaway for you all I teamed up with them to give two of my followers tickets to the show this year! You can enter and find all the information on my instagram here or in the image below!

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