Leslyn's Lovely Life

Monday, October 10, 2016

30 before 30 - revised

Two years ago, I posted this list. Since I posted it, plenty of things have changed. I've removed things that I COULD NOT CARE LESS ABOUT (*insert eye roll emoji). So here's my revised 30 before 30 list.

1. Begin doctoral work (I can't decide if I want to get a D.M.A. in Conducting or a Ph. D. in Music Education) Not gonna worry about that for a while. Would rather get more experience before I pursue this. 

2. Learn to play a new instrument. COMPLETE (guitar)

3. Take a trip at least once a year. So far, COMPLETE (Mexico, New York, Beach trip)

4. Learn how to make fried rice (like the good, Japanese steakhouse kind of fried rice) Still wanna do this. Working on it.

5. Sew a minimum of 3 articles of clothing for myself (and actually wear them) But for real? Why? Heavens no. 

6. Learn how to paint with oils. Still need to learn. 

7. Grow a garden (flowers or food... doesn't matter). 

Still wanna do this. I kept a basil plant alive for a month, does that count? Also- the rabbits in our neighborhood keep eating the flowers I planted. So this probably won't actually happen unless I have a little potted herb garden in my house, but does this even count? Why am I rambling about gardening? WHO AM I?

8. Create a successful blog brand (this blog has come a long way, but I think it could grow a lot more) We allll know this hasn't been a priority. Ha.

9. Become more proficient in photography. Totally have become more proficient, still want to learn more. 

10. Open an Etsy store. Still wanna do this.

11. Go to New York. COMPLETE

12. Watch a movie at a drive in theater. Working on it...

13. Host a dinner party. Still to come.

14. Run a half marathon. I hate running. No.

15. Go to a vineyard. DYINNNNNG TO GO.

16. Disconnect from the world for a weekend (no phone, email, social media, etc.). Seriously need to do this. 

17. Visit an orchard or a pumpkin patch. COMPLETE

18. Master the eight-angle yoga pose. Maybe? I dunno.


20. Be a published or paid writer (or maybe both??) Don't care about this anymore. 

21. Start (and stick with) a skin care regimen. I've been doing a good job washing my face and wearing sunscreen. So yes, I would say this is a good start. 

22. Improve my posture. Lol totally need to focus on this one.

23. Learn how to bake a delicious (and pretty) dessert. COMPLETE.

24. Have a post go viral on social media. Lol my sister has had several posts go viral. I have a post that has like 20k pins... Does that count? But in all seriousness- I don't care about it. 

25. Go to a high-end restaurant and eat a dinner that I cannot afford. COMPLETE.

26. Learn how to do pretty coffee art with lattes. Why did I even care about this? No. 

27. Learn how to play a piano piece more challenging than any other piece I've learned. Would still like to do this. Is it realistic? No. 

28. Participate in a 30 day challenge (photography, whole 30, etc.). COMPLETE (30 days of yoga)

29. Find the perfect LBD. Workin on it...

30. Upgrade my camera. Ditto...

So that leaves us with:
7 completed items (in two years.... get it together, Jacks).
3 that are in progress
8 new goals I need to make
12 that I haven't even started on.
So technically that's 20 I haven't started working on.

And I have a year to do this.


Here are my eight new goals:

1. Narrow my wardrobe down to things that fit my lifestyle (aka get rid of the dozens of dresses I bought at The Limited in college when I wanted to feel like an adult so I bought dresses that I've worn maybe three times in my whole life but whatever)

2. Reach my goal weight. I started working towards it in 2013, but got pregnant with E. Then I started working on it again in 2015, and got pregnant with MLJ. So I'm reeeeally hoping to meet this goal (and we're not planning on having more kids for a while... So maybe it will happen this time?). If we count my heaviest weight (delivery day when I had Emmett), I will have lost 75 lbs by the end of this. I am down 53 so far. I'll probably blog about this some more very soon.

3. Create a simple system where I can easily plan healthy, delicious meals for my family. Meal planning is soooo annoying, but it saves time and money. So I need to figure out a way that works for me.

4. Start a new habit of not laying my work clothes on the floor when I change after I get home. I just need the put them in the hamper. 

5. Fill my days with the things that matter most to me. Looking back on the past few years, I've wasted so much of my time doing things that don't matter. I'm going to change that. This basically means drastically cutting back on social media time.

6. Buy a gift for my husband that he absolutely loves... I've learned that I need to think about stuff I would never want as a gift and buy it for him because he'd love it. Cleaning supplies are his fave. And don't get me started on fancy kitchen objects. 

7. Get my kids' baby books filled and completed. Mercy in heaven that is a LONG process. 

8. Create a habit of reading my bible and praying every day. Separate post coming soon. 

Okay people, I'm making this last year in my 20s count! Here we go!

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Monday, September 12, 2016


I swore up and down that I wasn't going to blog anymore.

Then I had kids.

I started this blog for all the wrong reasons. I wanted money (which I ended up losing over this blog), attention (have you SEEN the amount of tweeting I did about my blog posts? Good grief), and I wanted people to envy me (I have no words).

Then I had kids.

Once E came along, I wanted to document life with him. I'd like to think that I was pretty successful. I suppose having him changed my perspective, because I stopped caring about the money, attention, envy, etc.

And here I am, with a 2 year old and a 5 month old, wishing I would have documented so many more memories in 2015 & 2016. I only have Instagram posts, but not the little details that matter to me in the moment.

The purpose of this blog is no longer to make money, receive attention, and is most certainly not to place myself on some imaginary pedestal.

I want to remember the day to day occurrences that too quickly slip out of my mind.

So here we are.



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Friday, November 6, 2015

*tap tap tap* is this thing on?

I haven't written on this old page in a while. There are so many things I want to talk about, but because I'm very scatterbrained at the moment, the best way for me to do this is to talk in bullet points. 

- I feel the need to deeply apologize for being "That annoying girl with a blog" for many years. I will confess that one recent sleepless night, I went through my twitter account and deleted a ton of tweets that were basically begging people to read my posts. I was trying to turn this thing into something that would bring in a significant amount of income. As you can guess by my many recent posts, it never happened. But stepping away for a long time helped me realize the value of what this blog could be.

- From here on out, this is going to be a space for me to document the little moments that happen in our lives. Not because I'm trying to advertise them to the world, but because I want to look back and remember sweet memories. No more obnoxious, self-promoting social media blasts (unless it's something super important. Then obviously I will shamelessly blow up your twitter and facebook feeds). 

- I started a new job, and it's the best thing that has ever happened in my career. I'm an elementary music teacher, and I couldn't love my job more. I nearly stepped away from teaching last year when we moved down here, but I knew God was telling me to give it one last shot. I'm so glad I listened. 

- It took a really long time (almost a year) for me to get into a groove here in Houston. In hindsight, I really think I struggled with depression the first few months we were here. I guess having a baby, selling your house, leaving all of your friends, and starting fresh can do that to some people. But I'm in a much better place now, by God's grace.

- I can't wait to post about Emmett in the near future. He's talking, walking/running, and doing the most hilarious things ALL THE TIME. His daddy and I are more smitten than ever with this kiddo.

- Speaking of kiddos, if you aren't following me on social media, you're the last person to find out that we're having another baby! Due date is May 5th, but today I learned that this one will be a scheduled C-section, so it will probably be born in April. We find out in a few weeks what we're having, so I'll be sure to give you an update.

Okay, I think that's everything for now. Have a happy weekend! 
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Sunday, July 12, 2015

Emmett: 12 Months

My sweet Emmett,

You are one today! I'll never forget the first time I saw your sweet face in that operating room- I felt like my heart burst with a love that I had never quite experienced before. And ever since that first moment, my love for you has grown exponentially. 

You have a crazy huge head (and you did when you were born), so you sometimes look like a little baby to me. Bless your heart, you're still trying to grow some hair, but it's just not coming in yet (except for the back of your head). Maybe you'll have your first hair cut by the time you're two? We'll see. 

You have 4 teeth, and you love to use them to eat yummy big boy food like chicken, spaghetti, watermelon, peaches, and sweet potatoes. You started drinking apple juice last month, and Daddy wanted to be sure that it was organic and didn't have any added sugars- and you didn't seem to mind one bit! Remember when we were so worried that you were too little and not gaining enough weight? Well let's just say we aren't worried anymore- your little leg rolls are my favorites. 

You've been to Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas, and right now, you're on your first international trip to Germany, Austria, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, and Italy (just wait until you try real Italian spaghetti next week- it will rock your world). 

You sleep through the night 95% of the time- you sure took your time to get to that point! It wasn't until we introduced protein to your diet that you decided to sleep all night long. You crawl everywhere, and you love to pull up on anything in sight. 

You love our dogs, Luna and Chip, and they love you too- they give you sweet puppy kisses and you don't seem to mind one bit. You make a grunting "ooh" sound whenever you see any animals- I think that's your way of communicating to them. We'll work on animal sounds this year. :) 

You enjoy playing with your friends at church, and the sweet ladies who keep you a few times a week can't get enough of you! Most of the time, they say you're one of the best-behaved little ones in there, and they tell me that you rarely cry for more than 30 seconds after mommy and daddy drop you off. 

I hope that you grow up to be a man who loves and serves the Lord and people. I hope that you are courageous, have integrity, and that you will have a great work ethic like your daddy. I hope that you love to play outside and read books every night before bed time. I pray that you never forget how much we love you.


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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Firmoo Glasses

I am so excited to partner with Firmoo for this post. They were kind enough to send me a complimentary set of glasses for review.

I've worked with Firmoo in the past, and they are a wonderful company. Their customer service is excellent, and their website is very user-friendly. It took me a couple of days to decide what pair I would like to review, and after using their special "Try On" feature (where you upload a picture of yourself so you can see if the glasses work for you), I was able to select the perfect glasses for me.

One of the things that I love most about these glasses is that they are a fun burgundy color. I usually stick with brown or black frames, so I wanted to break the mold a bit with a different color. I also loved the fact that the glasses fit me perfectly, and that the ordering process was easy (and the shipping was speedy).

I think that the best thing about Firmoo is that their glasses are affordable for anybody, but the price of the glasses does not compromise the high quality of the product itself.

Do yourself a favor and order some glasses from Firmoo the next time you need to add some frames to your collection!
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