Guys! I’ve been quiet around here the past couple of weeks, but I’m back! We have a full start to fall with events going on, including a week - and some change - back in the best place Alabama + Mississippi. I was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama, but my parents have since partially resided in Perdido Key, Florida (and more recently Ono Island, Alabama). Though we weren’t “home” this past week, it sure feels the same because my people are there!
We are newlyweds on a budget, with limited time off from our jobs (Though it may seem different with all my “travel” posts! Here me now! It ain’t!). We quite literally SQUEEZE all the time out of our work days and off days that is humanly possible, from flying out (or driving!) post work and flying back in the morning we have to be back in the office. It’s nuts. While we’re in our twenties and single, why not! It may not work for us forever, but while it can, we’re maximizing our times and efforts, especially since we both live away from our families.
We flew in post-work Friday night into Birmingham and drove to Starkville, Mississippi for my first Mississippi State football game since 2015 (!!!) and Joel’s first SEC game (!!!). The stoke was high, and it was the best Saturday. It was great to be back, and I love that place so much. We drove from Starkville to the beach, where we head each year to spend some time with my family.
I don’t know if anyone can relate, but I can pack an entire suitcase when I go home and end up wearing the same 5 things for 9 days. Anyone? This happened this past week, but there were still a few fun outfits to be had. I soaked up the 80s temps, because we traveled back and landed in Denver to 30s temps and rain. I pretended it was August and not October for 7 days.
Just a few quick inspo photos to recap our days in the South [Starkville, MS + Orange Beach, AL + Fairhope, AL + Pensacola, FL] :
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I was struck recently by Carrie Underwood’s interview on CBS Sunday Morning recently. Did you see it? The interview is amazing, but her emotions about “home” during the interview really stuck with me. While she’s a megastar who’s life has been majorly altered by fame, can’t we still meet on the point of what “home” means to us? What are the places you hold onto and love to get back to whenever you can? Where can you totally turn off and just be?