Hudson’s Birth Story

*Maternity & Newborn photos by Sana Ahmed Photography

I can’t believe it’s already been over 5 weeks with our sweet babe! My husband and I welcomed our son on April 19, 2019 and that day will forever be one of the most magical, divine, challenging days of my life. I love birth stories so I thought I would share mine. I go into a lot of detail so just beware if that’s not your thing! 🙂 Continue reading

Let Go and Let it Flow: 5 Lessons in the Midst of Uncertainty

I thought I’d write today to give an update of what’s been going on in my life and to share the beautiful lessons that have come from a time of uncertainty. Throughout my life, I’ve found that difficulty often presents us with the perfect opportunity for growth (though I’d much prefer to learn through joy rather than struggle, but that’s a whole other topic I need to cover soon). Continue reading

Wedding Registry Items I Actually Love & Use Daily

When I first started putting together my registry for my wedding back in April, I had no idea where to start. I felt like, since we already had a home together for several years, we had pretty much everything we needed. But after looking through my kitchen, I realized I could use an upgrade on a lot of outdated, frustrating-to-use products.

I’ll admit that I don’t use everything on my registry as much as I’d hoped (totally my fault since I’m the one who picked them out!), but I’d love to share with you the products that I actually LOVE and use almost every single day. It really makes life a lot easier when you’ve got these things around! Continue reading

5 Books to Add to Your Summer Reading List

I’ve always been a little book worm. But as I get older and busier, I find that I have less patience for books that don’t hook me right away. This means I spend a lot of time researching books and starting books to see if they’re my style. Thank goodness for public libraries!

Summer is the perfect time to catch up on some reading so I wanted to share what I’ve read so far this summer. I tend to gravitate towards more lighthearted, fun reading, rather than heavy or thrilling subjects. There’s too much horror going on in the world already so when I escape away while reading, I like it to make my heart smile.

Let’s start with the books I’ve enjoyed and finished this summer! Continue reading

Our Magical Country Wedding

As many of you know, I got married this April (yay!) and I’m excited to share details of my special day. I won’t lie, I was incredibly stressed and anxious leading up to the wedding, as well as on the actual day. I honestly just wanted to get it over with so that I could relax. But anxiety aside, it was truly the most amazing, heartwarming day of my life. Having so many people I loved in one place was almost too overwhelming!

All in all, I’m beyond happy that I finally got to marry the love of my life and our new life together couldn’t be sweeter. Here are some details of our wedding day with mostly Austin-based vendors, and lots of pictures 🙂 Hope you enjoy! Continue reading

A Short Morning Routine for When You Don’t Feel Motivated

I’m working with a private client right now who struggles with anxiety and depression, and the hardest time of the day for her is in the morning. No matter if her evening was pleasant, she always seems to wake up with a feeling of dread and has a hard time motivating herself to get out of bed to start the day. Often, she lays there and wallows until she has to head to work.

I realized that we needed to incorporate a healthy morning routine into her day. Having something productive and positive to do right when we wake up can be incredibly helpful in breaking us out of old patterns. Our bodies and minds can get stuck in habits, expecting certain things at certain times of the day, but when we can introduce something new and helpful, we can begin to break those automatic responses.

I created a yoga and meditation sequence for her to do immediately upon waking which takes less than five minutes and can be done in bed (super easy!). I thought I’d share it with you all in case you also find mornings difficult and want to bring in some positivity. Continue reading

Dublin, Ireland Travel Guide

My husband and I were so excited to have Dublin, Ireland as the first stop on our European honeymoon this spring. We’ve both always wanted to visit Ireland (him for the beer and me for the landscapes), and it did NOT disappoint.

With only four days in the country, we felt like we barely scratched the surface and realized there was so, so much more to see. We’ll definitely have to go back to check out all the spots we missed. Here’s a travel guide based on our amazing time in Dublin! Continue reading

Use Your Voice & Speak Your Truth, Even When it’s Hard

I’ve always had a difficult time expressing myself and an even more challenging time standing up for myself. It seems that, growing up, I never really learned how to use my voice, or that my voice was even important and that it’s okay to be heard. So when confrontation arose, I would just stay quiet, even when others were attacking me. It breaks my heart to think about all the times I SHOULD have stood up for myself; all the times I WANTED to say something, but I didn’t quite know how. Continue reading