Friday Feels

Hey folks! So I decided to start a new series on Fridays called "Friday Feels" that delves into my past week and looks forward toward the next one. I will be sharing what's on my heart, what I'm enjoying, what's inspiring me, and more. Most of my blog posts are geared toward weddings (you know - planning tips, real wedding features, vendor interviews, style inspiration, and the like) or the business. However, these "Weekly Musings" posts will be more about me the person instead of the business. I enjoy writing out my thoughts (I am a deep thinker after all) and this will give me a place to do just that! 

Being Thoughtful

I think as the only species with the ability to reason, we should place a high value on the practice of being mindful and thoughtful. I want to be a person that doesn't merely accept what is presented to me, but always strives to find the authentic truth at the heart of things. I want to think deeper into matters of faith, love, and life. I wrote this down last night before bed, "We should not merely be conduits of thought, but should ask ourselves in all things, 'Is this truth? Is there more? Is this the best for the common good?' If the answer is no, keep exploring. If the answer is yes, keep exploring." The point here is that in all things we should strive within the best of our abilities to be explorers and avid seekers of truth and justice. We are never too old to learn. And it is the act of learning that stretches our imaginations and thus our creativity. 

Rain

If you live anywhere in Richmond or the surrounding area then you know it's been raining for like, I dunno, 1,894,555 days in a row now. Okay so that might a bit of an exaggeration. But you get my drift. And as an avid gardener, I feel torn about the rain. On the one hand I find myself being entirely over it, ready to get out in my garden again and get dirty, and totally ready for some sunshine. And yet I see how much my tomatoes, basil, and peppers have shot up in just a little under two weeks. I see how green my oregano is and how lively my lavender is.  And then I realize that rain is life from Heaven for much of Earth.

I also think about places like Cambodia that are experiencing the worst droughts seen in decades. Read this article from the Guardian to learn more. This drought is affecting disease, agriculture, animal life, and education. According to the article, "In Ratanakiri province in the northeast, Unicef has found that 136 out 203 primary schools are facing water shortages, with “high absenteeism” of both students and teachers being reported." So each time I catch myself wanting to complain over the rain, I think of the people and animals that are desperate for it, and I remind myself to be thankful for this life from Heaven. 

The People Vs. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story

Okay so I know I'm coming to the game a little late on this one, but I am ENTHRALLED by this show. Have you seen it? In the past when I have taken aptitude tests I typically get one of two answers as to my career type: Investigative or Artistic. And I can clearly see both of these traits in myself. There is something about a good puzzle or mystery that just gets me going. The test results said I would have been a good Forensic Scientist (until my first semester of Chemistry in college when I said, "Nope, not for me"). And even though I know how this particular case with OJ ends, I am gripped by all of the small details. I find myself thinking, "How in the world did he get away with this?" I still remember the Bronco chase when I was very little and my mom talking about it as it was happening on live T.V. But even past the evidence, the trial, and the courtroom shenanigans, I am appalled by the lack of justice for Nicole Simpson and Ron Goldman. The system failed them. To watch full episodes, visit FX

Property Virgins

My husband Don and I have begun the lengthy process toward being home owners! We are still at the very early stages, and it could be a year before we are ready, but we started this week by meeting with a mortgage guy. We have been renting since we were married and neither of us has owned a home before so this is a scary step. We have been so blessed by affordable rent at our house which has allowed us the opportunity to pay off some debt. And since the interest rates are so low, and since housing prices in Richmond are going up fast, we figured it was a good time to buy.

However, I find myself playing Jekyll and Hyde in my mind about it. I love the freedom renting provides and the lack of responsibility when something breaks or needs replacing. The downside to this though is having to rely on a landlord to make repairs, the lack of freedom to make changes to the property, and not building any equity for the money you spend each month. Sometimes, I think I just want to lease forever, and then other times I tell myself that responsibility is not always a bad thing! What do you guys think? Is it better to lease or buy?

Well that's it for this week! Thanks for stopping by! Have a wonderful weekend!

~Maggie ♥