Oh the Places I've Lived

in , by Lavender Elizabeth, March 27, 2018
This summer, I'll be moving into my twelfth place. At only 26, that's a lot of different spaces to call "home." I've been lucky enough to live in a multitude of places, in Ontario, Canada, and California, and now Illinois. I spent some time sketching each of the places I've lived, which made me realize just how special each place was. Since I've lived in so many places, I thought it'd be fun to share a little piece of each home with you.

Decorating for Easter

in , , by Lavender Elizabeth, March 25, 2018
Easter is officially one week away, which means it's time to decorate! Get ready to break out the pastels, bunnies, and tulips! Below are some of my favorite items to get your house Easter-ready.

My Spring Shopping Essentials

in , by Lavender Elizabeth, March 20, 2018
Happy first day of Spring! Sadly, it's not feeling too much like spring here - we're still dealing with 30 degree weather. But that's not stopping me from bringing out some of my favorite spring pieces. Below, I'm sharing my twelve fashion essentials everyone needs for springtime.

Trusting in God's Plan for my Future

in , by Lavender Elizabeth, March 16, 2018
"Truth is, You know what tomorrow brings
There's not a day ahead You have not seen
So let all things be my life and breath
I want what You want Lord and nothing less."

If you've been reading my blog for a little while, you know that I've been in limbo with my job and where I want to start building my life. Back in June, I started a 3-month HR internship at my current company. It was continually extended a month at a time, until January. The team that I was working with thought I'd be offered a full-time role during that month, since I had been in talks about it since December. However, that wasn't the case. I was, instead, offered a 3-month contract.

My Love Language

by Lavender Elizabeth, March 14, 2018
While I was in California, my friends and I decided to take the Five Love Languages quiz. I thought it'd be fun to share my results on the blog today.

What is the Five Love Languages? Simply put, the Five Love Languages is a book and quiz that measures how you give and receive love. There are five primary ways that each person communicates love: Quality Time, Words of Affirmation, Receiving Gifts, Acts of Service, and Physical Touch.

My Scores (out of 12):
Quality Time = 11
Words of Affirmation = 8
Receiving Gifts = 7
Acts of Service = 2
Physical Touch = 2

My Primary Love Language is Quality Time. This means that I communicate love with undivided attention. To show your love and care for me, I need people to show that they're there for me. Spending uninterrupted time talking with someone or doing activities together deepens my connection to others. Sharing time is key to building a lasting relationship with me.

Why this fits: I love spending time with people. Throughout high school and into my adult life, I've always loved hosting gatherings. Being surrounded by people and building relationships through deep conversation or a shared event is something I thrive on.

My Secondary Love Language is Words of Affirmation. This means that I love to hear the reasons behind an "I love you." Unsolicited compliments can mean the world to me, while insults aren't easily forgotten.

Why this fits: One of my favorite things to receive are handwritten cards. In my last relationship, we would always write each other letters on special anniversaries or dates. It was exactly what I needed to feel the love from him. The same goes for friends. Hearing the reason behind their love for me fills me with happiness.

My (other) Secondary Love Language is Receiving Gifts. This doesn't mean that I love the things, but rather the thought that goes into them. A gift or gesture that shows me that you know me and listen shows me that I'm cared for. Gifts are heartfelt symbols of someone's love and affection.

Why this fits: I love to give gifts. Coming up with the perfect little something for someone, whether on a birthday or just because I'm thinking of them, is something I truly enjoy. It would make sense, then, that I appreciate when others put in that kind of effort for me.

My two minor Love Languages are Acts of Service and Physical Touch. This means that I don't feel love through people helping me with things or giving me hugs or thoughtful touches.

Why this fits: I'm not going to lie to you, I'm a control freak. I don't particularly like it when people do things for me. Don't get me wrong, when someone makes me dinner or helps me in little ways, I appreciate it, but it's not something I need often. The same goes for personal touch. For instance, I'll hug my friends hello, but I don't want to sit too close to them on the couch.

Interested in learning what your Love Language is? Take the quiz here!

Influential Women in My Life

in , by Lavender Elizabeth, March 08, 2018
Throughout my life, I've had the blessing of being surrounded by some really incredible women. Women who have loved me, encouraged me, and shown me what true femininity looks like. Today, in honor of International Women's Day, I'm sharing five of those women with you.

My February Recap & March To Dos

by Lavender Elizabeth, March 04, 2018
My oh my, February was busy - but in the best way. I turned 26, saw friends every weekend, and took a trip back to California. With March officially beginning, I know I'm looking at a less hectic month; and I'm kind of glad. See below for what I have going on this month!

Start "Mission Get Back Into Shape" by eating healthier and working out.
This has effectively moved to March.

Start my new job as a Talent Engagement Specialist.
I have officially been a TES for one month!

Go on a weekend ski trip with friends (and learn to ski).
I fell a few times, but it was amazing! You can read about it here.

Celebrate turning 26.
Celebrated with friends and a 26 Things at 26 list.

Test my artistic skills at Paint Nite.
This is how I celebrated my birthday - painting and drinking wine with friends.

Host a Galentine's Day sleepover.
What a blast! You can read all about our festivities here.

Spend time with friends while visiting California.
Spending almost 2 weeks in California was a dream.

Visit my endocrinologist while in San Francisco.
We determined a new strategy to combat my illness.

See a movie in theaters at least once.
It wasn't a new movie, but I did attend a Little Mermaid sing-along.

Start a bullet journal.
I never ordered one! Still planning on it, though.

Accept one of two full-time job offers.

Attend downtown Naperville's Spring Fashion Show.

Celebrate my mom's and Bethany's birthday.

Celebrate the women in my life on International Women's Day.

Begin sorting my things into: keep, donate, trash, garage sale.

Celebrate a friend and her baby boy at her baby shower.

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day in style.

Start working out twice a week.

Move my sister's fiancé into his new apartment.

Enjoy the weather as we move from winter into spring.

Happy March everyone!