A Few Changes

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Changes to my little space on the internet have been a long time coming.

I started WithInMyLens over two and a half years ago and from the beginning I tried to have my blog and brand self-titled, but with a name like mine and the internet this many years into existence, it just wasn’t tangible. At that point in my life, I hadn’t thought at all what it would be like to change my brand when I got married because all of that still seemed so far away. But last year, a friend gifted me with a URL that was my first name with Kevin’s last. We weren’t engaged at the time, but it must have been obvious. So I held onto the URL with hopes of being able to use it someday soon.

JacquelineReape.com stayed vacant until earlier this year when Kevin proposed. Then, he helped me turn it into a countdown until the wedding. I thought it was absolutely wonderful but with growing blog goals and the wedding date drawing near, I decided that using it sooner might be the most efficient way to start my tiny business online. I went back and forth between creating a whole new website without my name and using this one but it just didn’t seem practical for me to buy and (have Kevin) create a whole new website just for formality’s sake. Using this URL and a private server will allow me more flexibility and less restrictions, as well as being easier to locate on the internet. All good things when trying to start an online business!

Over the past two and a half years, I have thoroughly enjoyed everything about this space. I have shared everything from the ins and outs of college living to photography to exciting events that were happening in my life. From the first post, I promised myself that I would be real and honest so that this would be a place for me to look back and remember the things that have made me completely happy. I plan on continuing to blog about similar things, but I’m also determined to be step it up and bring my passion to the next level. I am currently working on e-courses, more tutorials and even some products that will be available down the road. My new blog will make it easier to create and share all of that with you, and I am very excited about that. More information on when it will all be available will be coming soon!

If you currently keep up with my posts or would like to start, I would love for you to check out JacquelineReape.com and sign up for my emails by clicking here (when my e-course and products launch, those that receive my emails will get bonuses and special offers!).

Thank you so much for all of the love and support.
Jacqueline

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Life Over Lattes

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The more that I complete each weeks pages for Get Messy, the more that I realize how apparently important it is for me to have deadlines. I have that set up for myself as far as the Weekly Wrap Up posts goes, but other than that, nothing is getting done on my blog or otherwise. I have so many great ideas for blog posts, project life spreads and just to-do list items in general but I feel particularly bogged down by all of the things that I “have to” do and at the end of the day, I don’t end up doing any of them.

So, after listening to Elise’s August 20th podcast, I came to the conclusion that the only way I would sit down and write would be if I scheduled time during my week to do it, and thus, Life Over Lattes…with myself. Just for an hour and a half to get my brain figured out. I mean, what screams productivity like caffeine, coffee shop chatter, and sitting in the only spot left which happens to be right next to the beverage bar where every single person goes to add milk, sugar and whatever else to their frappachino. 

After I sat down, I started with the new planner that I got. It is Lilly Pulitzer and I love it because it has a month-by-month calendar both in the front and before the weekly pages. I dedicated the first section as my editorial calander. It is the perfect size to just write the title and to keep myself accountable for the number of times I blog each week. (Some people like it to be bigger, but I’m not keeping track of numbers or anything else.) I’ve been posting at about an average of 3x per week in August, but I’d really like to change that to four or maybe even five. 

As far as my to-do list, I knocked out a big one the other night with repotting all of my plants. I had been dreading it since it first showed up in my to-do list about 6 months ago, but when Kevin gave me my birthday gift, it gave me the perfect excuse to buy a huge bag of potting soil and actually use half of it. More on the new look soon.

As far as work, it’s going really well. I so enjoy talking to customers and interacting with the general public although many people seem to be completely clueless about the vitamins/supplements that they are actually taking which kind of scares me. With working both jobs, my schedule is kind of pressed for time – hence the need to sit down at a coffee shop to actually get a blog post written out. I will be very happy when I am finished at MizPub so that I can dedicate my mornings to running and photos and blog posts and other fun things.

Journals

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Yes to this moment. To the new paper smell. To the freedom of pen – always pen – scratching on paper.

Journals are my thing. I’m kind of obsessed with them – I probably spend about 5 hours a week writing in them, really. My absolute favorite moments are those where the words flow so freely that I could write for pages and pages without stopping, and sometimes I do. Then I close it up and wait until the next bout of inspiration hits.

Sometimes, I even go through my old journals. I read my struggles and joys, and even moments where I made a huge fool of myself, there are plenty of those. Writing things like that always provides a little comic relief and a lot of lightheartedness. I laugh at myself a little too often.

Yes to inspiration. Yes to laughing. Yes to these moments.

 

Weekend Wrap Up

This weekend was all about…

…celebrating our last weekend before school starts back up.

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…realizing that “normal” pictures are overrated.

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catching up with some of my favorite people.

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relaxing and watching football.

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finding beauty everywhere.

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capturing togetherness.

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and silly kisses.

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happiness that accompanies a new journal from my bff.

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One Little Word for 2014

Last year, I had such an easy time choosing my word for the year, joyThis year, it wasn’t so easy. I have tons of big things coming up this year – graduation, finding a job, making a home somewhere. I mean this stuff is big and totally affects the rest of my life. It’s the foundation that I will build my life on. Pretty scary-awesome to think about. When I thought about foundation though, it reminded me of Colossians 2:6-7:

And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to follow him. Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.

That verse has so much wrapped into it, but mostly, I want my life to be built on Him.

My roots digging deep where He has so graciously placed me.

ROOT:

n. the part of a plant that attaches it to the ground or support, typically underground, conveying water and nourishment to the rest of the plant via branches and fibers.

n. the basic cause, source or origin of something.

v. establish deeply and firmly.
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I want to be thankful.

I want to be full of joy.

I want to be nourished by The Word, good conversations, family traditions, experiences, and simplicity.

I want to be deeply in love with my life.

I want to be firm in my faith and confidence in myself.

I want to lay down a foundation for the rest of my life – doing what I love and spending time with the people that I love.

I want to be rooted.

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Since I was a little girl, summer has always been my favorite. Summer always meant no school and plenty of time to relax by the pool with friends. Even in high school, my jobs took up around 20-25 hours and summer still had the same magical feeling. Well, after working a full time job last summer, things kind of changed. It was still summer, but it seemed more hot and miserable since I was inside all of the time. Last year, fall became my new favorite. We got very lucky with mild weather into December and now that summer is over, I’m getting pretty excited for warm drinks, football games, sweaters, boots, and leaves changing colors. Since things outside are getting prettier, I thought it would be the perfect time for a photo challenge.

Each week in October, I am going to choose a word and then take photos of things that describe that word. Then at the end of the week, I’ll post the pictures + the next week’s word! If you would like to embark on this challenge with me, link your blog below!

Week one: Light

READY..GO!

Kevin and Jacqueline Taste Columbia: Flat Branch

For my birthday, Kevin took me to one of our local favorites. It’s a birthday tradition to celebrate at Flat Branch–I’m pretty sure we have done it every year since we started college. Flat branch is a pub and brewery so for an appetizer, we decided to go for the beer bread.
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By this point, I’ve tried many things on the menu but have recently chosen this multiple times in a row. It’s a southwest chicken salad and there is always so much on the plate that it ends up falling off the sides and I end up looking like a toddler who plays with their food. But who cares, it’s delicious.

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Kevin always ends up getting the philly with chicken when we go. It’s pretty amazing.

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Since it was my birthday, I got to pick between a free beer or free dessert…and look what I chose:

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A huge freshly backed cookie with vanilla ice cream and tons of whipped cream. Holy cow. That thing is enormous. Last birthday I got that and it took four of us to eat it. This year Kevin and I put a decent dent into it but there was no way we could finish it or even come close.

So far, Kevin and I have yet to find something that we like better. So for that reason:
Rating: 5/5

If you live in Columbia or are visiting, this is definitely the place to go!
Thanks for reading!