Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Wedding Wednesday: 490 Days

490 days is the length of my engagement to Mr. Young. 490 days of wedding planning. 490 days of being asked about wedding planning. 490 days of researching vendors, making decisions, and having a few of them back out last minute. 490 days of countless stamps, thank you notes, and trips to the post office. 490 days of incredible family and friends who have helped to pull everything together. 490 days of attempting to "get in shape", realizing that I'm fine the way I am, gaining five pounds in the month leading up to the big day, and not caring one bit.

Engagement pictures. Three showers. A bachelorette. And cake, so much cake.

Photo by Sean DeWitt Photography
About 90 days of being asked if I'm getting excited. Which by the way, what do you expect a bride to be to say when you ask that question? And why does it need to be asked so frequently? I think I'm more excited to no longer hear this question than I am to get married. Just kidding...maybe.

After sleeping, eating, and breathing this wedding for just about 490 days we have three days left. And I really couldn't be more excited for it be here and just be married. I can't wait to read some books for pleasure again and start training for my second half marathon. And I really can't wait to have some money back in my bank account.

But I promise I'm not wishing it away, I'm just so ready for it be here. I'd like to compare engagement to purgatory--and I have just been waiting so patiently to get to the other side and be married. As excited as I am to see 490 days of my blood, sweat, and tears (literally, all three have been present in this endeavor) come to fruition on Saturday, I still often have fleeting dreams of a simple and sweet elopement in a little white dress with our closest family and friends nearby. Focusing on what really is important when it comes to a wedding and not the nitty gritty details that I can't wait to stop thinking about.

However, it's going to be so worth it because every bone in my body knows that Saturday is going to be the best day. All of our best friends and family in the same place, our favorite foods, our favorite drinks, and our favorite music to celebrate spending the rest of my life with my favorite person. And I don't think it gets any better than that.

490 long days, all for one big day. It's time to get married y'all!

Friday, June 13, 2014

Powerful Beyond Measure

Keeping these words close to me lately and excited to have time for some projects after this wedding...

Our worst fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure! It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, 'Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous?' Actually, who are you not to be? You are a Child Of God: your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We were born to make manifest the glory within us. It is not just in some of us, it is in everyone, and as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.

– Marianne Williamson