Thursday, September 7, 2017

Our Trip to Roan Mountain (My 1st Tent Camping Experience!)

 {Me at the end of the Grassy Ridge trail}

 {I think this is Golden Rod? Either way, these were some beautiful flowers on our Grassy Ridge hike!}

 {A little peaceful reading time with Jesus. Nothing like it!}

 {Me at the very tippy top of Roan Mountain!}

 {The start of the hike up Roan Mountain}

 {View from the highway of Roan Mountain}

 {Holding hands with hubby during a quick break on our Grassy Ridge hike!}

 {Instant coffee is not your friend... but these cups are! Available at REI}

 {Trail marker indicating which way to go! Hubby is now dying to hike the AT!}

 {Hubby at the end of the Grassy Ridge trail! While sitting here, the clouds were just pouring through us. It was such an unforgettable moment!}

 {Hubby during that short break on our hike of the Grassy Ridge trail!}

 {Hubby viewing the beauty God has blessed us with. This is one of the balds on the Grassy Ridge hike.}

 {The view of Roan Mountain from the Grassy Ridge hike! So beautiful!}

 {Travis signing the AT book at the shelter!}

 {Beautiful flowers from our hike up Roan Mountain. I believe these are Rhododendrons?}

 {Our little home for the five days we were there!}

 {I'm obviously really bad at carving... but it says "Travis + Megan 5 year anniversary Aug. '17"... I'll have to show you guys how Travis reads this on IG stories! It's hilarious!}

 {Travis took this with our drone! This is a view from the top of Roan Mountain of the shelter!}

 {Standing together at the top of Roan Mountain! This is the elevation marker indicating it is the very top! Next stop... Everest!}

{Lastly, this is one of the first views that you see when coming out of the woods from the beginning hike of the Grassy Ridge! That's some pretty darn good motivation to keep going!}

Hey y'all!
If you've been following along with my new Instagram, then you've probably seen a few of these photos already! I've been sharing as much as I can without overloading you guys from our beautiful trip to Roan Mountain! It is on the border of North Carolina and Tennessee (about 30 miles from Johnson City, TN). I have to say it's one of the most beautiful places I've ever visited! The views were all so breathtaking and the peacefulness of being on that mountain was unreal. 

We decided to do this to save money (aka no Disney World this year) but also to just get away from the world and be alone with each other. This was the first vacation we had ALONE in two years. Since my husband is in the military, we are always going in to visit family on our vacation time and never actually getting some quality time with each other. Being in close quarters (a two person tent) with my hubby for five days was exactly what I needed! It was pretty interesting though. I'm not a huge fan of bugs and we had quite a few of them visiting us on the daily in and around our tent! Yuck! I can't even explain to y'all what it felt like to be on this mountain with no noise to distract from the peace and beauty surrounding us. Sitting on a mountain holding hands with this guy was a dream that I never knew I had until now.

This trip was not only so fun and adventurous for this girl but it also opened my eyes to see what's really important. I saw that I don't need fancy things or clothes to feel good. I don't need a phone in my hand 24/7 to be entertained. I don't need to be so busy all of the time to make the most out of my life. I found that simply spending quality time with the one I love, embracing the journey ahead, and meditating on the beauty of nature brings so much more joy than anything else. 

There are two different spots we hiked while here. The first was up the actual mountain! (about 3 miles round trip) We did go to the very summit of the mountain and got to sign the AT book in the shelter! The second hike we did was to the grassy ridge to the left of the mountain across the street (for reference in case you ever go!). This was about a 5 mile round trip hike! Not too bad but this out of shape girl was about to die! My husband had loaded up my backpack with what felt like 50 pounds but he said it was under 20 for sure. (insert crying/laughing emoji here) I got over that fairly quickly though as we started to take in the beautiful views throughout the hike! It's definitely worth it, y'all! 

The rest of our trip we just relaxed and spent time together! We played cards, watched a few documentaries (pre-downloaded to the iPad), and read in our books! If you are looking for a break from the crazy busy world we live in... go lose yourself in the mountains with someone you love. I promise it will heal you!

Love y'all!

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Beautiful Cravings: Must-Have Booties for Fall Transition

Hey y'all!
Long time no blog, right? {insert laughing emoji here} My summer break turned into three months but I'm officially back! You can see new content every Tuesday + Thursday here on the blog! Topics will stay the same as usual - fashion, faith, lifestyle - and I'm always open to suggestions from y'all as well! PS if you're not following me over on my new Instagram account, you need to get that smart phone into your hands (oh wait, it probably already is), tap on your Instagram app, type @bloomintobeautiful into your search bar, and then (well duh) hit that follow button. Love y'all!

I've put together my favorite booties for fall transition in the post today! I have to say that they are all AMAZE! I personally own the Vince Camuto Fileana Split Shaft Bootie in French Taupe Suede and am OBSESSED. They are so comfy and give your feet some breathing room! I also have been wearing the TOMS Majorca Peep Toe Bootie in Forged Iron Suede religiously to church (no pun intended). Overall, all of these babes are beyond gorgeous and will have your feet (slightly) cool while we transition into the beautiful season of fall! Ahhhh... only 17 more days! 

Thanks for reading and I'll see you babes on Thursday! I'll be sharing our trip to Roan Mountain (my first tent camping experience!) and tips for first timers! Until then...


Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Three Tips for College Freshman // New Instagram Account

Duffel Bag: Vera Bradley c/o || Top: Nordstrom (sold out, similar options here) || Denim: Banana Republic || Shoes: Converse || Sunglasses: Ray-Ban

Hey y'all!
It's officially official. I'm back on Insta. You can find me here ---> @bloomintobeautiful
A lot of you babes have already tracked me down either via name search or my personal IG! I love that! Thank you so much for supporting this little blog of mine and hanging on for dear life as I take us on a roller coaster! ;) 

If you're going to be a college freshman... let me give you some advice. To be honest, my first semester of college was completely insane. I learned a lot and I grew, but if I could go back, there are definitely some things I would have changed! I've put together three tips that I think every college freshman should know before they even step on campus. 

1. Don't take out student loans
I know, I know, I know. You've probably heard it a million times from fifty different people... but let me tell you... they are the most horrible thing you could ever accept! At the time, you think, "Oh perfect. I can live off of my loans and not have to work while I'm in school." But babe... let me tell you. This is only going to cause you financial strain in the future when you have to begin to pay off those thousands of dollars in student loan debt. My advice? Save. Work and pay out of pocket for your tuition. This may mean only going to school part-time and living off campus - but that's okay - you will be grateful you chose to do that in the future. You may even get some amazing financial aid, grants, or scholarships - which is the dream! - and if you do, then you can attend full-time with a part-time job to pay for the other expenses. Plan for your future - it's the smart thing to do!

2. Studying over Netflix binging
Netflix hadn't been around for maybe six months when I first started college. Can you imagine? Oh, how I longed to just binge watch my favorite shows and movies instead of study late at night. I've had a few F's in my college career and each one resulted from putting something else above studying. When you're in college, besides attending class, studying should be your number one priority. I'm not saying don't have any fun but put your studying first and then go hang out with your gal pals / boyfriend. There are so many great studying methods out there too! I suggest looking some up on Pinterest - or if you want to know mine, I am happy to share them with you!

3. Get out of your dorm room and meet people
I know I just told you to not put other things before studying... but you can still have fun afterwards! One of my biggest regrets of my freshman year was that I didn't get out much! I wish I would have joined a club or went to more social gatherings in my free time. I'm a pretty shy person - well, I was at that time in my life - and I have a hard time putting myself out there. I know, I'm basically writing my every thought and feeling on the internet... you got me... but it's different! So when you want to just hermit away in your dorm room, remember that there are so many opportunities just beyond that door - so many friends and connections you could be making that may change your future forever! You can do it!

I know these aren't the greatest of tips... BUT I have to say these would be the top three I would have wanted someone to tell me before I made that leap into college life. You live and you learn... so you're still going to make mistakes... and that's okay! But you will grow from them and may be someday you'll be telling college freshman your tips. ;)

Thanks for reading!