daniel fast reflections

We recently participated in the Daniel Fast with our church. It is a challenging diet…In times of hunger and naught, you are encouraged to spend that time in prayer and the Bible. It’s basically being vegan without any sweeteners or leaveners.

Let me tell you how this actually went down:

Thinking about food I can eat.

Thinking about food I can’t eat.

Thinking about food I’m going to eat when it’s over.

We spend a lot of time in food, because of the blog, and because I love it. Reading about it, cooking it, eating it. I’ve heard that whatever you spend the most time thinking about is where your heart is. I started to worry that food was becoming an idol. It’s probably the most common thing I think about every day. I still planned what we were going to eat on the fast, but I ceased blogging. At first I had started with blogging the Daniel Fast, as a resource for others. but then I decided against it. I will pick up where I left off and blog about my favorite fast meals, but it was a nice break.

I realized that all the time and effort I was placing into the blog was not worth what I was putting in. I came to a crossroads where I could either abandon the blog altogether or choose to make something of it.

Then this week at church, Alex talked about satisfying work. Although I love my job, I believe an incredible passion lies in food. For this reason, I plan on pursuing the rebranding and monetizing the blog in upcoming months.

It will take more work and time than i ever have spent before, but if I treat it as a job and seek to excel in it, I believe it will be worth the time I put in.

We’ll see.



I just used the word “guesstimate” over on SkinnyCookProblems and now feel so silly. Mostly because I use that phrase all the time, and it’s about time that I realized that estimation is guessing, and guessing can be estimation…

I don’t want to give up my stupid words yet. #notgrowingup

i can guesstimate I haven’t been here since I got married. Happy 3.5 months to us.

Whoops, i haven’t been here in a month!
Not much to report. I started my real person job, including real person salary and real person benefits and real person BILLS.

I started running, kind of. But then I rolled a chair over my toe and it bruised the inside of my foot and it hurts to walk. So maybe running is out for the week. At this rate (every other week), I”ll be trained to run a 5K by next January or something…haaaaa

new name and that’s it

I’ve had a consistent viewership of zero views for the past three days, and I thought it was about time for a shoutout on the lifestyle blog? Maybe?

I received a notification last week that told me it was my 2 year WordPress anniversary. Which is both hard to believe and easy at the same time, because when this blog began over on tumblr, it was the summer after my freshman year of college.

Here I am now, in the middle of the summer post-college. I picked up my diploma today. Lots of things have changed, but for the most part, I still feel like me.

I’m married now! To the most wonderful man in the whole world. 🙂


People keep asking me what it’s like to be married. It’s honestly a whole lot like when you have a birthday and people ask how you feel. We don’t have to sleep in separate homes anymore, and we have a home together. That’s probably the biggest thing! We’ve been doing a lot of cooking with all of our new gadgets over at SkinnyCookProblems and I’m also blogging about crafts and home organization over at TheSparkleSisters. I have definitely enjoyed the downtime, but am kind of excited to start my job in a couple of weeks.

Biggest pain in the rear about becoming another person with a new last name: changing it. on everything.

I have to go to the DMV next week. SOOO SAD.


but for the most part, just Hillary is hanging out with just Justin and having a great time so far! 🙂

this is my real life.

So I’ve officially started real life I guess!

We got an apartment (!) to live in a few weeks before graduation. Nobody lived here but we slowly moved in all of our stuff. Mostly Justin wanted to get all of this out of his closet:


Then we GRADUATED and stuff! Oh man!




On the 11th (the day after graduation!), I drove with some friends to Leavenworth, KS for a wedding of Justin’s old roommate! I wish I had been more actively blogging then (like I would have had time, laughable), because everything we found there would have been a story of its own!

That night of the 11th was the first night I stayed in the apartment as my very own! Justin has been coming over during the daytime and studying and unpacking/cleaning/sorting. The evenings he has spent at his job training! Monday and Tuesday we went out to eat afterwards and watched basketball. We are gonna go broke doing that, so he ate before he left today.

Since being a REAL adult:

1. The Cox man came and installed our internet and cable.

1a. I discovered we ordered the wrong cable package. Apparently FSN Oklahoma is a super fancy channel… not amused.

2. I met with the caterer, had a phone call with the videographers, ordered the cake, finished our guestbook!

3. I hit someone with my car. OH YEAH. Yesterday was a goodie.

4. I’ve ironed a bedskirt.


That’s where we’re at. Also, my face has had weird flare ups so it’s really unpredictable. So that sucks. La la la.

Here we go, life.