Love, Despite

Tell It Slant Mama

 Before I married my husband, I told him to make sure that he was marrying me for who I was that day, and not for any future changes he hoped to have wrought in me through the “transforming” power of marriage. Though we were both young, I had seen enough unhappy marriages to make me wary of the institution, and who wants to be institutionalized, really?  I had no question that I wanted to spend the rest of my life with him, but I wanted us to start off with as little illusion as possible.  I wanted to know that he saw me, and not some airbrushed version of a girl to be placed on a pedestal.  It is easy to fall in love if you believe all the fairy tales and movies.  Beautiful women with flowing hair and flawless skin meet muscled men with pure hearts and chivalrous intentions and they ride off to his manor with servants aplenty…

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Tips to Waking Up in the Morning

WM MAGAZINE

There is no best part to waking up in the mornings and especially a Monday morning! But you have work, school, meeting, perhaps an errand? As much as you wish you can sleep all day, it is time to rise, shine, and get your day started. The “five more minutes” you promise to yourself every morning is over!

Get back into your morning routine with these simple tips:

  • The placement of your alarm clock can help you get out of bed. Place your alarm clock across the room and away from your bed.
  • Consider different ring tones music, or something extra-loud. Try to avoid low soothing music!
  • Place a glass of water next to your alarm clock. Drink it as soon as you turn off your alarm. This will give you a reason to get out of bed and use the restroom.
  • Open the curtains, face the light, and count…

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355. Off The Wall @ The Post East

365 Days of Music City

It’s smoothie season. Oh yes, for us, when it feels amazing outside we celebrate with a fresh smootie. Today, we are purchasing the Off The Wall from The Post East over on Fatherland St. in East Nashville. This creation is a mix of blueberries, spinach, banana, walnut, and almond mix blended together to offer a nice refreshing drink perfect for a sunny day. Just like today.

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http://theposteast.com/

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Roots and Wings

Love these lyrics 🙂

Anniewhere she goes

RootsWings_logo(pp_w1200_h872)So Many places, I want to go
So many people, I want to know
I want to stay
But I want to leave
I want it all
Got to believe

You can have Roots and Wings
You can have everything
You can know where you’re from
And still want to fly
Two feet on the ground
Two hands in the sky
You can have roots and wings
At the same time
At the same time

From the Tv Show Nashville, featuring Sam Palladio & Gunnar Sizemore.

Thanks to Bryan Wang for uploading this song with the lyrics completed!

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Newest Addition – Lucy

So first things first…We added a new pet to the Neely family last September and we named her Lucy.

I had been wanting and researching mini pigs for over a year when I came across an add on Craigslist for a female mini pig and fell in love. For anyone looking to do the same, I definitely suggest you do the same amount of research if you plan on getting a pig. Don’t be fooled by breeders telling you they will stay under 15-25lbs full grown because that is the hugest load of crap I’ve ever heard haha. Unless you plan on starving your pig and having it die extremely early from never getting the proper nourishment the smallest you can hope for is about 50lbs and that’s still pretty small for a pot belly pig. Mini’s can live for up to 20 years if you care for them properly and become extremely attached to their families.

Lucy had been taken in by a friend of someone who had bought her without doing their research. Not all cities allow or are zoned for mini pigs as indoor pets (since they are considered livestock) and have very strict rules. Lucy’s previous owner only had her for a few weeks before learning this and was told to get rid of her or move. When I saw the post for her online I knew I had to jump at the opportunity and knew I wanted to give her the chance to live with our loving family.

She has the personality of a toddler and constantly tries to get into everything…extremely nosy 🙂 Pigs are extremely smart so we’ve been able to teach her things and she was potty trained within a few days of being with us. Lucy goes outside with our dogs (Kira-Rottweiler/Piston -Yorkie) and loves roaming the yard with them. She sleeps with me occasionally which my husband doesn’t always like haha but she is the biggest cuddle bug. She loves being held and is the hugest attention “hog” I’ve ever seen.

I’m sure I’ll have tons of stories to add on here about her but thought I’d at least introduce her for now.

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Back at it…

Ok y’all, I’m back! LOL

I’ve decided I’ve been slacking on my blog and it’s about time I start writing again. There have been quite a few happenings in the past year that I have been feeling the need to write and express my feelings about. As usual, please bare with me and my extremely bad grammar skills 🙂

I’m hoping that I will once again be able to use this as my way to get things off my chest and see what everyone else thinks as well.

Let’s see what happens!

fruitful emptiness: a beautiful life

The Lunch Break Diaries

Scripture reflection: Philippians 4:8

If you’ve ever tried to get pregnant, odds are you’ve experienced disappointment at least once. Your body feels different one month and you’re thinking, this could be it, only to be disappointed a day or two later. Actually, if you’ve ever wanted anything in your life, odds are you’ve experienced disappointment one way or another, at least once. Sometimes twice. And then there are those of us, the lucky ones, who experience it more times than we care to remember.

I had an experience like this not too long ago. After being disappointed so many times, you get a little glum. Last week, I wrote about what the word hope has meant to me through this journey, but even with that kind of mentality one can’t help but feel sad every now and then. One can’t help but be human. Faith and hope makes one resilient…

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