The guest list debate…

The guest list debate…

Planning a wedding is more stressful than I thought it would be. I decided to hold the ceremony at a destination and the reception back home so I am having guest list stress. I wasn’t planning on inviting everyone out to the destination due to the added cost of travel and hotel. I figured it would be our immediate families, wedding party, and best friends. We then plan on showing the video of the ceremony as part of the reception dinner about two weeks later. The venue has already been picked and deposit placed but I find myself pulling my hair out over the invites.

This is part of my fear complex. I am afraid of offending people when there is no intention to do so. It is a money issue more than anything. If thought everyone would come out to the destination ceremony I would say screw the second party but that isn’t reality. I am in love with the venue but I know not everyone can attend. Yet I want to be able to include everyone so splitting the wedding into two separate parts seemed like the best option (and surprising more affordable… the venue was a great deal).

I am seeking advice on how to deal with guest lists!

B is for Break #atozchallenge

B is for Break #atozchallenge

If there is one lesson that I have learned time and time again is TAKE A BREAK. This goes for if you’re at work, at home, in traffic, or (most importantly) if you are in-between relationships. TAKE A BREAK! Continue reading

Why You Need to Start Meditating 

I don’t know if anyone noticed but I was having an aggravating day yesterday. It takes me sometime to come down from it. I started by eating cheese and crackers when I got home. I know I am pretty much a mouse and I love a good fresh mozzarella! Then I put on the television and caught up on the last 5 episodes of Supernatural. Anyone watch this show? Crazy stuff! Finally my boyfriend came home and I vented about my day as we ate dinner and watched Bob’s Burgers. I then cuddled up into my happy place and tried to relax.

Even though my heart stopped racing I still felt a little anxious and kept taking deep breathes and releasing it. This helps a bit. It’s just the thought of coming back to the craziness had me in a twist! Anyhow, I keep hearing that mediation helps reduce stress and I believe it does I just fail to become regiment about it. I give up quickly because I can’t shut my brain off. So when I opened up my WordPress reader I came across this well put together blog post about meditation. It was just what I needed to read today and I am going to give meditation a serious look once more.

The Messy Minimalist


Meditation is kind of like fitness: it’s very difficult to explain how great it is to someone who doesn’t do it. Meditation can mean different things to different people. I think the best general definition is reigning in your thoughts in a way that brings your focus entirely to the present moment. What if there was something that could give you:

  • Lower cortisol levels resulting in more weight loss
  • Improved lung capacity.
  • Lower blood pressure and fewer heart problems.
  • Better communication between the two hemispheres of your brain.
  • Increased creativity and willpower.
  • Better sleep.
  • Increased compassion.
  • Less stress.
  • Less fear.
  • More focus.
  • More calm.

and even more benefits for free! I could go on for thousands of words about all the wonderful things meditation can do for you, but if you’ve probably heard it all before. Here’s a list of 100 benefits of meditation if you’d like to start there.

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