I hope you are all having the most amazing holiday season so far. For the first time in my life, I am still not 100% in the Christmas spirit and it totally stinks so I am sharing some life updates with my people just because! I have totally been MIA from Instagram and my blog for a few weeks because it has just been wild around here! If you know me, you know I am the Christmas queen and go all out for the holidays. This year we have had more going on than we have in our entire lives, so I am really struggling trying to get into the spirit. I truly love doing all the Christmas things, from ice skating, seeing movies, shopping, seeing light shows, to just hanging out with everyone I love. I pray that all of you are doing everything that you love and enjoy this holiday season! I did decorate early so I have been enjoying the comfort and spirit of my trees in the house since early November.
SO, here is what is going on in the life of Taylor and Lindsay lately….we put an offer on a house and have been negotiating back and forth on all of the house things. Buying a house is NOT easy, ha! We did get lucky to have found an amazing real estate agent and mortgage company, we could not have done any of this without them. Being first time home buyers, we definitely did not know a ton. I knew a little bit about real estate from college and Taylor did his research too, but there are so many dynamics to purchasing your first home and being smart about it. My advice would be to do your research, save up as much as you can for a down payment, ask your family for advice, and then do some more research! We know that everything is going to work out in the end with the new house, it is the perfect starter home and in a great location… and it is only 6 minutes away from Target but let’s not remind Taylor. We have a publix too though and I am super excited about that. What we are trying to figure out right now is if we should paint the entire house ourselves, or hire someone to do it for us. Let’s be honest here, I think painting ourselves would save so much money, but there is no telling how long it would take us to paint a four bedroom house. We have plans for a kitchen remodel, and to knock the wall between the kitchen and living room out. I am excited to get everything going and join the Anniston/Oxford community. I am most excited about being a little closer to my family, we will be super close to the interstate and only thirty-five minutes down the interstate from my parents. Stay tuned for lots of home projects, DIY’s, and decor coming soon to my blog! I plan to share as much of this process as possible with all of you. Maybe it will help some of my first time home buyer friends out and answer some questions that anyone may have!
I recently changed jobs and am now a Marketing Specialist for a company in Anniston called Civilian Marksmanship Program. I will miss my JSU and Sodexo family, but will of course stay involved with campus events and ZTA Alumnae. I’m thankful to have made forever friends at JSU Dining! This transition has been amazing and I already love the work environment here at CMP. I’m super close to our new home, and will have tons of opportunity for growth within my career. I’m most excited to learn more about the Marketing world, and the culture of a new company. I was 100% terrified to transition into a new job only one year after starting my first full time job, but opportunities are endless, so I just went for it!
We officially set our wedding date for December 12, 2020! I know this next year will fly by, so I am soaking every minute of planning in. I was actually worried about planning at first but it has been pretty fun so far, it’s just VERY hard to make final decisions on wedding details. Venues, catering, and all of the above are so hard to choose between. There are so many choices when it comes to planning a wedding these days, too many to narrow down! It also does not help that I am indecisive, ha! I do love what we have planned so far though, and I know it will all come together on our wedding day perfectly. It is going to be a winter wonderland dream!
I’m not going to lie, I have let all of these new home things and planning and deciding add up and stress me out, but I am working on it! God is so so faithful and I am undeserving of Him, as we all are. Everything that we have going on right now has all fallen into place at the right time, and we know that is all because of Him. I could not be more thankful for this season of life, and I am taking a few minutes each day to take a step back and realize how lucky I am. Moral of the complete story – let’s stop letting stress and phases of life steal our joy! I know that I am working so hard to not let all of the things that worry me steal my joy and the spirit of the season. Sending all the love to my friends this season!
Linds (& a little bit of Tay)