5 Tips for Keeping Up With Your Long Distance BFF

How I Met My Best friend

Growing up and maintaining friendships is HARD! If you’re anything like me, once I put years into a friendship, I do not like to simply say goodbye when one of us moves away. So why does it have to be so gosh dang hard to keep in touch?! Schedules never seem to line up and before you know it, 5 years have past.

Let me back up a little, well a lot. All the way back to age 8 when I first met by BFF, Deej! It all started at my cousins 7th birthday party. It was a “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” themed party, naturally since my cousins name is Tiffany. There were (what seemed like at the time) a million girls there! This was kind of unusual for me because I didn’t really have any true girl friends at the time, especially not a whole house full! While we were all eating breakfast together, this spunky girl sat across the table from me. She was one of those- befriends everyone and immediately makes you feel loved and comfortable in your own skin- kind of people. Her name was Danae Rose, but is now known to me as Deej. I remember us hanging out at the birthday party and no one else even being around. We were just off doing our own thing! HA! (Oops). Soon the party was over and we said goodbye. I’m not sure why, but instead of having our parents talk and discuss a way for us to keep in contact, we both just kind of accepted that we lived too far away to hang out, I think.

Fast forward 4 years, I was sitting in class at church with the other girls my age (12 yrs old) and you will not believe who walked in the door…. You guessed it!! None other than miss Danae Rose!! From the second she walked in the door, I knew exactly who she was. She sat down next to me and I immediately said to her.. “Is your name Danae?” She said “yes!” And then in unison we both said, “From Tiffany’s Birthday party!!” I remember feeling a sense of appreciation that this friendship was truly destined.

It later became know that Deej had newly moved into my neighborhood and from that moment on, we were inseparable. We did everything together. I mean everything. Luckily, we even lived within walking distance from each other! We went through it all: boys, dances, fights, summers, sleepovers, getting grounded, etc, all the way up to moving out together! We used to have slumber parties every single night in the summer when we were teenagers, even when she was grounded for being a “trouble maker.” Her mom used to allow me to come over even when she was grounded because I was “a good influence on her” Haha! Every best friend’s dream come true! That is when we developed the nicknames for each other- Monster & Munchkin (inspired from the Mary-Kate and Ashley movie called Billboard Dad).

Since then, we have each gotten married and both moved away to different states. There have been times where we don’t get to catch up for a while, but we have always had one of those “pick up where you left off” type of friendships. Two beautiful babies later (her, not me), we both felt this shift in our lives where we realized we truly have a one of a kind friendship that needs to be preserved! We realized we wanted to be present in each others lives more than just once a year to call on a birthday, etc.

So these, ladies and gents, are our own personal tips for keeping up with your long-distance BFF!

5 Tips For Keeping Up With Your Long-Distance BFF

1.) The Marco Polo App!

I’d like to think that pretty much everyone has heard of this app by now, but I’m always telling people about it and finding that some still have no clue what it is. So listen up! Marco Polo is a video chatting app. “Don’t those already exist??” You may be thinking. But this is different in all the right ways. Our schedules NEVER line up. Between the three hour time difference and her being a busy mother, how are we supposed to just drop it all and talk on the phone for hours like we used to? In other words, this app allows you to be in a video sending conversation that gives you a way to listen and respond at your convenience. Sometimes we will send an hour long video just catching up and multi-masking, doing our everyday life stuff. It makes us feel like we are right there with each other! And then add the perk of getting to watch it, pause it and respond to it whenever you are available! Two minutes later, or ten days later! It has completely changed the way we keep in touch and improved it 10x.

2.) Scheduled show watching!

Can you guess what this means? What I’m saying is you pick a show or movie that you are both equally interested in and turn it on at the same time to watch “together.” We are totally crazy in our efforts of turning it on at the EXACT second as each other! Ha! And then we text our commentary about it!!! It is actually the best thing ever! It’s almost like watching it together. Definitely a fun way to “hang out.”

3.) Share a Pinterest Board!

Are you one of those people that is constantly tagging your BFF in posts/memes on Facebook that remind you of each other? This is perfect for you! Sharing a pinterest board together allows you to keep connected through pictures and ideas that maybe you wouldn’t otherwise have the chance to talk about. Some of our Pinterest boards include: BFF tattoo ideas, girly outfit inspo, BFF picture ideas, quotes, etc. It’s such a fun way to share ideas with each other!

4.) Fit Bit/Apple Watch workout competitions!

There are several ways you can go about doing this. Whether through your device or through an app, this is a fun way to stay connected and healthy at the same time! And who doesn’t love a little friendly competition?! So get to it!

5.) BFF Book Club, party of 2!

Choose your book together that you both equally want to read. Then, have a chapter rehash discussion! This concept can be tweaked according to what you and your BFF need. For example, you might not always be able to read the chapter and finish it in the same day as them, that’s ok! Make it work in the way you need to! The fun part is having someone to share your thoughts with that is reading the exact same thing as you! Hearing someone else’s perspective is always enlightening as well. A great way to bond!

A Trip Out to California!

Recently, I flew out to California to see Deej IRL! I got to surprise her with our new custom made BFF necklaces, sent to us by the amazing shop called Soufeel Jewelry!

These particular necklaces are Rose-gold (our fav) and have our childhood nicknames on them!! Of course, inspired by the movie Billboard Dad, as I mentioned before. Hers says “Monster”, mine says “Munchkin.”

To purchase your own custom made jewelry, visit Soufeel and be sure to use code SJrpy15 to receive 15% off your order!

Meeting up and getting these necklaces definitely called for a fun photo shoot together in our natural element, which usually entails hanging out on the back balcony or porch and talking about life till 5am. Sometimes dressed as spice girls perhaps, or sometimes in our jammies, but always on the back porch. 🙂

We want to hear from you!

Maintaining friendships is hard, but using these 5 tips can make it feel effortless! A BFF gained is a BFF worth keeping, so don’t let them slip through your fingers! <3

We’d love to hear your experiences using these tips with your bestie. OR, if you have any further ideas that you use to keep in touch with your BFF, send me an email- sj2themoon@gmail.com. I’d love to hear your ideas!

Stay strong besties!

XOXO,

SJ

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“Where it all began” -Mapiful Wall Art

Mapiful Wall Art

In our home, our front room is my office and creative area. The “She shed”, so to speak. The place where I can paint it, spill it, decorate it, redecorate it however the heck I want! As for the rest of our house (which is studio style), Kent and I decided together that it would be very clean, simple, efficient and minimalistic in the way we built and styled it. I knew this specific wall art from Mapiful would be the perfect fit for that room! All I had to do was pick a place to show on the map! Hmm.. it way harder to choose than I realized it would be…

Do I pick from the obvious ones? ..The place we met? The place we got married? Our favorite travel destination? If I’m being honest, right off the bat I had the subconscious thought that India would be the LAST place we hung on our wall. Yikes! Why you might ask? Would YOU want a place that represented a trip full of hard lessons right there on your wall? Of course you wouldn’t!

Where It All Began

I carefully went through every single place we’ve been together, but none of them felt like the right fit for some reason! As I sat and pondered which place I wanted on our wall map, you wouldn’t believe it but I started to think about India again! However, something shifted in my mind this time and I realized that India WAS the place to be on our wall after all. And this is why:

India: the place that brought a tremendous amount of excitement and butterflies during our planning. The place we were so determined to make happen that we practiced extreme frugality, prioritized it above all else and with no shame, asked for all of our wedding gifts to be cash to make India happen! No physical presents please! 😉 (Sorry if that offended anyone btw). It was the first and only time so far in our life that we would have the opportunity to vagabond for 3 months together.

“Sounds amazing, so why the hesitation of putting it on your wall?” Right?!

Here is the honesty of what happened in India.

The rest of the story…

During our time there, we experienced much stress, frustration, hard lessons, trials, and struggle of ALL kinds. We got very ill multiple times, got mal-nourished, got trapped in a bad business partnership, witnessed a cash recall by the government that made all our money worthless. You name it, all kinds of troublesome things!

The “cons” are the types of things we as humans tend to remember about our hard experiences in life, wouldn’t you say? If left un-evaluated, they are the things we dwell on and choose to see negatively for the rest of our lives. But almost always, if you look close enough, you can see the silver lining in hindsight. THE WHOLE PICTURE. 

So now, I have the opportunity to reflect once more and really evaluate what the “pro’s” were while in India together. 

India: the time we got to experience what it was like to be in a foreign place and solely rely on each other. The time in our life that we got to put ALL of our attentions on each other and progressing in our marriage. The place that gave us the experience to learn the importance of communication and team work. The place that gave us self-discovery and helped us realize what we want out of life together. The place that through the hardships, brought us closer than ever! A place where we found new friendships, new purpose, and a never-ending desire to see the world together for the rest of our lives. 

A New Perspective

As I read this to Kent and presented him with the map, I may have cried like a baby…. but overall, reflecting on our experiences in India with this new perspective reminded me that even in the darkest of times, there can still be light. This map shows the silver lining of those experiences we shared together. As it hangs on our wall, it will always remind us how far we’ve come since then and how we truly got to experience the opportunity of a lifetime!

And THAT is what this map represents to me. <3

To purchase your own map with a story significant to you, visit Mapiful! Be sure to use code sj2themoon10 to receive a 10% discount on your order!

Do you have any experiences in life that you could re-evaluate and try to see the silver lining?

Email me at sj2themoon@gmail.com

Xoxo,

Sj

My Sister Hired Me To Be Her Personal Stylist!- Wardrobe Makeover

My Sister Hired me To Be Her Personal Stylist

This very well might go down in history as one of my favorite requests ever asked of me! I cannot explain the depth of excitement and honor it brings me to have somebody trust and respect my sense of style enough to have me redo their entire wardrobe!

My sister Elise has recently received her “Mommy Makeover” to rejuvenate and restore her body after having 4 children, and man does she look fantastic! Her and her husband decided it was time to get a wardrobe that matched! Elise called to tell me their idea and before I knew it, I was on a plane to Arizona!

Wardrobe Makeover

To prep, I made a special Pinterest board where I collected ideas for what I wanted her new wardrobe to look like. Right before I flew out, I added her to the Pinterest Board to ask her opinion on everything and make sure we were on the same page. Luckily, she loved all of it!!

We started the experience by talking about expectations, styles and a budget! A budget was decided upon by her and her husband of $1000 to make this happen.

Next up, assess her current closet and see if any of it is salvageable! Luckily, some of it was! I believe she just needed me to show her how to “reinvent” some of the pieces into new and stylish outfits.

We spent a total of three days shopping at Nordstrom Rack, Pacson, Forever 21, H&M and…. GOODWILL!

After all the shopping was done, we made a huge spread of outfits put together on her bed so that we could take pictured/videos for this look book! During that time, I was also able to teach her my theories about putting a good outfit together, how to shop in the future according to what flatters her body type, how to mix and match pieces, how to utilize your “forgotten” accessories, how to tie your shirt in the “correct” knot according to what you’re wearing, how to pose in your outfit for pics/videos and much more! It was such a good time!

Before & After

The end results were outstanding! It brought me so much joy seeing the results of all our hard work! (And it was hard work… I mean we really did shop till we dropped).

Here are the “After” pictures from our time together!

*To see the full experience, watch my vlog/look book here:

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10 Unique Tips To Help you pack for your next Road Trip!

10 Unique Tips to help you pack for your next road trip!

As you may know, I have set out on a 3 week road trip up the East Coast! To some, packing for such a trip might be a daunting task, but not for me! I know it sounds crazy, but I actually enjoy the packing part! (It’s okay if you don’t believe me. It’s true!) As you know from my other posts on packing, I have certain methods I like to use that help make packing easier, more efficient, and even fun! So lets get started!

Road Trip Packing Tips

1- Make a list of all the places you will be going on this road trip and include how many days & nights you will be there.

This will help you know how many outfits to pack for each specific place!

2- Next to each place/location, write down what type of daily activities will be done during your time there.

This is SO important because it helps break down each type of clothing you need to be packing according to all the activities you will be doing there! An evening out- fancy dress. A day of hiking- workout clothes and tennis shoes! The beach- Swimming suit and beach towel! See what I mean? Nothing gets left out.

3- Next to each location, write down the daytime weather/temperatures & night time temps for your time there.

Keep this weather and temperatures in mind while packing for each place on your road trip list! Sometimes I get a certain style in my head for packing and I fail to realize it might be super chilly at night or rainy, etc! It also helps you plan out if you need light weight jammies or full blown footie pajamas for those potentially cold nights!

4- Establish if your hotels or Air bnb’s will have an accessible washing machine.

If not, plan on bringing a pair of jeans that you can wear multiple times to conserve packing space. Or you can pack lighter, more compact things. Sun dresses are always a good idea! (Unless this is a winter road trip, of course)

5- Go down your list of places/activities/weather and start trying on outfits that “fit” that criteria.

Pay attention to all details you have written down up to this point! They are all important! Reflect back to the list each time you think you have decided on an outfit, just to double check.

6- Take a picture in each finalized outfit to reflect back on what exactly you packed later on during your road trip!

You know how we pack all these cute outfits and then get there and BLANK. What did I even pack??? *Proceeds to empty out entire suitcase and throw clothes everywhere. This step is for you!!

7- Once all outfits are put together and all pictures taken, create different photo folders on your camera roll and title them the names of the places you are going. (Put outfit pics in each folder accordingly)

For example: DC outfit pics, New York Outfit pics, Canada outfit pics, etc. Make it easy on yourself, do a little organization of your outfit pics and you will have an easier time getting yourself dressed and out the door!

8- When packing, place the outfits that will be worn last all the way down in your bag/suitcase. Put your outfits for the beginning of your trip up at the top so you don’t make a huge mess when trying to get ready!

It’s all about efficiency! This one seems obvious, but yet, we all forget to do it! If you have already forgotten which outfits come last in the road trip, look at your list of places and then look back at your outfit pictures! See how that is already coming in handy?

9- Bring an empty spare bag to put your dirty clothes in along the way!

No need to mix the dirty with the clean! This can be as simple as packing a grocery bag, a garbage bag, or even a collapsible sports bag.

*Pack the rest of your stuff as needed!

10- While enjoying your road trip, don’t forget to reflect back on your outfit pictures each day so you recall how to wear & style each outfit with ease!

You’ll be the quickest one to get ready! After all, no one likes a slow poke when they are ready to go out and start their exploring!

Where are you going on your next road trip? I hope these tips help!

Xoxo-

SJ

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France Vintage Clothing Haul

France Vintage Clothing Haul

Hello, fellow thrift and vintage lovers. It’s about that time again! I now present to you, my France vintage clothing haul!

 

A Magical Day in France

It truly was a magical day in France when destiny brought me to Strasbourg the same day that the vintage street market was being held! We only had one full day in the area before we would be heading to the next town. My sister had gone out earlier than me to grab us some breakfast. When she came back, she was like “You are not going to believe this! I’ve got a surprise to show you!” At the time, I really had no idea what I was about to see. In fact, even my sister did not know the extent of her own surprise! She walked me to the beginning of the vintage market, which she thought was only one or two streets long. What she didn’t know, was that it basically went up and down almost every street in the whole town!!!! The most beautiful true-vintage clothing I had ever laid my eyes on!! Racks on racks on racks! AND SO inexpensive!!! I had obviously landed in my own little piece of paradise.

Honestly, if I had known that I would stumble upon this glorious vintage market, I would have come to France with two empty suitcases!!! Unfortunately, I came to France with one very full backpack. Three streets deep and one bag full, we agreed we had to peel ourselves away from the market before we got in over our heads! I cannot believe I am actually saying this, but the clothing was so good and so cheap, we literally couldn’t even LOOK anymore because we did not have the willpower to just window shop!!! We walked away in amazement…and concern for how we would be able to carry all of our new finds!

The Goods

Now that I have given you the full backstory, I would like to show you the goods! I will say, it is a MINI haul! (For the reasons I explained above. ^^) I hope you enjoy.

90’s denim jacket with snakeskin print- A fun statement piece to have!

 

Cropped Red jacket from the 50’s- Could be worn for a casual or dressy look.

 

1800’s style blouse from the 80’s- This can be buttoned in a few different ways to create different looks!

 

Saddle shoes from the 60’s- In mint condition!

 

Cream Colored Beret- Perfect accessory to wear in France 😉

 

Vintage Camera- Had to have this for obvious reasons.

 

Faux fur bolero jacket from the 50’s – For a night out on the town!

 

Fringe dress from the 60’s- (Excuse the selfies, I haven’t worn these next ones out quite yet 😉

 

Mini Skirt with pockets from the 60’s- Cute with a casual outfit or even a bathing suit cover up! (Oh, and here is the bolero jacket again too)

Thanks so much for your interest in my France vintage clothing hall! I tend to do a vintage/thrift haul every new place I travel to, so be sure to subscribe to my blog below if you want to see the next!

Also, if you would like to see some of my favorite views and places from this France trip, shop my France photography Prints for sale.

AND subscribe to my Youtube channel! 

Xoxo,

Sj

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What’s inside my backpack + Packing tips

What’s inside my backpack

+ Packing tips

Every time I travel, I always bring my handy dandy backpack! I have been asked so MANY times how the heck I fit everything for a trip inside there!?! I will get to that.

 

Picking out the right outfits for your trip

I’ll be honest, I love wearing pajamas almost as much as I love dressing up (I said almost!) You can usually find me wearing comfy clothes while hanging out around the house, running errands too! So when do I get the chance to give my “pretty clothes” the time of day?! I would hate for them to feel left out, ya know? Well, traveling is the answer!! I already love traveling for 8 million reasons, which makes getting to wear creative outfits the cherry on top!

I consider it a great joy to pick out outfits that “match” the theme of the place I am traveling to! Going to Scottland? Wear Plaid. Going to France? Pack a beret! Etc. It’s so fun!!! It’s like playing adult dress up! I don’t always wear what that place is known for, sometimes I just wear what I think will look good in the pictures I plan to take there!

 

 

To start this outfit planning process, I blast music and put on a fashion show for myself! (You heard me). I pull over the extra clothing rack I have and set it right next to the body mirror. Next, I rummage through all of my clothes, pulling out and hanging up anything that might be a potential fit for the trip!

 

 

Next, try everything on!!!

Check every outfit combination along the way in the mirror and ask yourself these questions.

  1. Do I feel confident in this?
  2. Will this look good with a particular monument or place where I am traveling to?
  3. Is it comfortable enough to wear all day and do a lot of walking in?

*Don’t fret! If you are just dying to get a picture in a certain outfit and it just ain’t that comfy? Plan to wear it for a quick pic and bring a change of clothes with you that day to change into afterward! Yes, this is as extra as it gets, but sometimes it is just worth it!

Go through each day in your mind and find an outfit that works for the events you have planned for that day! For example–> A fancy event, a hiking day, a rainy day, a swimming day, etc. These are all things you need to think about while packing for THAT day. If you do not have set plans for your trip, just try your best to plan for a variety of potential activities and weather.

Don’t forget the add on’s! With the outfit on, take note of what else you need to complete that outfit. Don’t just guess what you think will go with it, try it on to be sure! Nothing is worse than packing blindly, thinking something will look good together and then getting there and realizing it doesn’t! Gasp! Try it with earrings, a belt, a hat, special socks, a certain style of bra/underwear, anything you need with that outfit! You don’t want to show up with a strapless dress and realize you didn’t think to pack your strapless bra! I’m sure you see my point.

Take Pictures

After you have pulled everything out of your closet and have a set idea of what you’re going to bring, put each completed outfit on (accessories and all) and TAKE A FULL BODY PICTURE in the mirror! Do this for each outfit you want to bring. Why you may ask? Simple, when you arrive on your first day and you can’t remember what the heck you packed and everything is all rolled up and hard to see in your backpack, you just look at your outfit planning pictures! Like this, “Oh yeah! I forgot I packed that amazing outfit with those earings. Cool!” It may sound ridiculous, but it works!! You can thank me later.

Once you have designated the correct accessories, underwear AND have taken your final picture of an outfit, set all of it aside in a “ready to be packed” pile.

 

The art of packing

Yes, it is an art. Packing it all in a backpack does require you to be somewhat minimalistic. But not as much as you would think!! People always ask me how I manage to fit cute clothes in my backpack… Like I’m sorry, what? Cute clothes fit in just the same as grungy clothes! Haha, silly people! Yes, you have to get creative with certain things though. Like maybe try not to pack heavy duty jeans with every single outfit! That would take up a lot of room! Try throwing in some lightweight dresses that roll up really small into the mix! You could also do leggings! OR, just be ok with wearing the same pair of jeans more than once.

 

 

I have mentioned this “rolling” thing a few times now. I think most people know this packing trick already, but just in case you don’t, I will go over it. ROLL all of your clothes tightly and then pack them in as tight as possible! This is a more efficient way to pack compared to regular old folding! The bag will fit way more items in this way!

 

What’s Inside?

As for my actual packing list, it looks a little something like this.

Main Carry on Backpack:

-Day 1-7 outfits (including accessories and underwear)

-Laptop

-Electronics pouch (Holds chargers, SD cards, earphones, camera battery, etc)

– Shoes. Pack the flat ones into the side pockets, wear the chunky shoes on my feet for the flight.

-Hats. Giant one goes on my head for the flight, smaller/compactable ones go in the bag.

-Minimal makeup (powder, brow shadow, blush, lipstick)

-A couple meds. -A few Ibuprofen, Sudafed, anti-acid chews, etc. Just in case.

-Mini liquids. (Shampoo, soap, toothpaste, hairspray, dry shampoo, face lotion)

-Neck pillow (hangs on top of the backpack)

-A mini camera tripod (put inside the other side pocket)

-My camera (although this is actually hanging around my neck, not in my bag)

Side note- I try to never bring hair tools. Well, I do bring a brush actually! But most hotels & Airbnb’s will provide blowdryers though! Luckily my hair does fine just air drying. But if yours doesn’t, you can get creative with your hairstyles that don’t require heat! OR….just shove it in the bag.

 

 

Next, there is the “personal item” as it is referred to on the airplane. This can be a purse or a small backpack! But keep in mind, this is another thing you will have to carry around from place to place, so don’t make it too heavy! (Been there, done that!) For me, this looks like one of two things- a small backpack or side satchel that carries a small number of necessities to go out for the day with.

An alternative option that I try not to do too often (because it can be a pain in the butt) is to bring one of those sturdy produce bags! I will use this if I am planning to do a promotional photo shoot in certain items that don’t fit in the main backpack. Ex- giant hats, multiple purses, big jackets, etc. It works if you need to do it, but if you don’t, I suggest making your personal item as light and small as possible.

In the small satchel version of my personal item, this is what you will find inside:

-Passport

-Credit card

-Chapstick/lipstick

-Band-aid

-Pocket tissues (necessary because other countries don’t always provide toilet paper in their bathrooms!)

-Feminine products, because you never know!

-A little cash

-Phone battery pack

-A couple Ibuprofen

 

Why a backpack?

Lastly, I would just like to clarify that I am NOT lugging my backpack around with me all day every day. Wherever I check into for my stay, I leave my main backpack there for the day while I go out and explore! All I bring out with me is my small day bag (satchel or fanny pack) that has the small things I need while out and about. Oh, and I bring my camera everywhere with me of course! This means I only have to “lug around” my backpack in-between changing hotel/Airbnb locations. It’s really not so bad!

I prefer backpacking compared to rolling around a suitcase because it’s just more convenient for me to have something strapped on my back rather than it dragging/rolling behind me on the floor! Especially when you are in a huge crowd rushing through metro stations. The rolling ones tend to trip people…

 

Answering IG Story questions about Backpacking:

(There are a ton of similar questions, so I will condense and answer)

Q: How do you fit everything you need into one backpack?

A: Outfit plan with precision and be sure to roll up everything! Bring mini and compact items. Not huge, chunky ones!

 

Q: What is better, backpack or a roller suitcase? And why?

A: Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but I personally love having the backpack. It just feels more efficient to me. Plus it doesn’t get super in the way like a rolling suitcase does! And stairs!!! I would much rather have a bag on my back for walking up all those steps in the metro station!

 

Q: Do you get tired lugging the backpack around everywhere?

A: Sometimes, but if the backpack fits correctly, it should have a buckle latch that connects in front of your stomach that holds most of the weight of your backpack on your waist (which is not as tiring). Also, you shouldn’t have to bring your backpack everywhere. Just bring it when you are changing hotels and whatnot. Don’t bring it out with you every day.

Also, if you are not able to check into your hotel right when you arrive, or maybe you are at a hostel that doesn’t have big enough lockers for your backpack, you can usually google “coin lockers” in the area you are staying and that way you have a place to drop your bag safely for the day. You should never have to carry it for too terribly long!

 

Q: Do you have to do make due without some stuff that you might normally want to take in a regular suitcase?

A: I don’t! A lot of people overpack when they bring suitcases…which is fine, just a personal preference. But when I put the proper time and planning into my packing, I always have everything I need!

 

That’s about it, folks! Hopefully this helps the next time you are packing for a trip! Thank you all so much for your questions. I hope I answered everything you wanted to know!

Enjoy your travels!

Xoxo,

Sj2themoon

 

[ALL pictures edited with my personalized sj2themoon presets. You can purchase those here.]

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Flight Attendant Wife Life

Flight Attendant Grad

He did it!! ….WE did it! Okay ok, I know he is the one who did all the work to become the Flight Attendant, but I feel like I get to say “we” because I had to go without my Kent being home for two whole months!! Luckily, his training was in Atlanta still, so if his class was ever let out early, Kent and I would be able to meet up occasionally! (Gotta love that forbidden romance. Lol jkjk) But still! He had to stay there in a dorm even though we live only 35 minutes away! I get it though, they want everybody to be able to remain as focused as possible. For a good reason too… their training was intense! Like holy cow!

The actual Flight Attendant Graduation was so lovely! Getting emotional wasn’t really something I anticipated on happening, but of course, I did! I freakin missed my husband like crazy, so some emotions were bound to break free! Not only that, but it was also a mixture of me being super proud of him! PLUS, they were showing all these sentimental Airline videos which reminded me of how Kent purposed to me ON an airplane in front of everybody! So obviously I caught a tear or two! After the videos, they had some lovely speakers, a graduation ceremony where each new flight attendant graduate walked the stage, the cutest brunch for everyone, oh! And my favorite part, I got to pin his wings on him! Such a cool feeling to get to do that!

The Flight Attendant Wife Life

I’ll be honest, I did pretty well with maintaining a positive attitude while he was gone. However, you could say I indulged a bit to keep myself happy and distracted there for a while. Hehe! A little ice cream eating and binge-watching goes a long way! So yes, I let my good routine and healthy eating slide for those two months, but it was worth it. I deserved it! Don’t ya think?!

Now that Kent is back home with me again, I have re-committed to my goals with myself and I am back at it! Zero regrets throughout it all, just some much needed TLC while he was gone! Or, you could refer to it as ICBW (ice cream & binge-watching). It definitely feels good to be getting back into my groove though!

I have a ton of learning to do as far as what this flight attendant wife life will be like, but compared to him being away for two months during training, this will feel like a piece of cake! Yes, he may be gone a night or two here and there which sucks, but do you know what that means?! It means I get him all to myself after that for a couple days straight!! THAT makes it all worth it to me in the end.

….Can you tell I have a super crush on him? <3

As most of you know, we took a celebratory trip to a beach in Florida after Kent graduated! It was much needed, to say the least!  We will have our Florida vlog up for ya’ll very soon!

Meanwhile, here are a couple pics from his graduation! (And I say “a couple” because apparently, something has happened to most of the pics from the event. It says they are damaged so they can’t be posted. Sad day. But at least a couple were saved!)

Ps. Thanks to everyone who has been asking about Kent’s training and rooting us on the entire time, it means a lot to us to have your support!

More updates coming soon <3

Love, Sj girl

Valentine’s Day 2018

Happy Valentine’s Day!

It’s Valentine’s Day ya’ll!! I really enjoy holidays because it gives me an excuse to celebrate! Let’s just say every time there is a holiday, we usually end up celebrating all week long! Kent and I are considered untraditional (per usual) in the sense that we don’t get each other gifts on holidays! I’m not opposed to gift giving… and it’s not like we are Valentine’s Day haters! We just really enjoy getting each other gifts throughout the year instead! This way, by the time holidays roll around, we can just spend time together and go out to do something fun! I like it much better this way because there is no pressure or stress for finding “the perfect gift”. It allows us to just focus on each other!

This year for Valentine’s Day (week), we have a couple things in mind that we wanna do! But who knows what the actual day will bring! So far, we know for sure we are not celebrating V-Day on February 14th like everybody else! Kent and I are still long distance right now while he is away at flight attendant training! But obviously, we are not going to just let the big day come and go while we are apart, no! We will just move it to a different date!! Hello! So this year, Valentine’s Day will be on February 17th! (And like the whole entire week, of course)

On the big day, we are likely going to have a movie marathon of our favorite V-Day movies! …We are big movie people! Then, we will likely find somewhere special to eat for….breakfast, lunch and dinner. We like food, okay?

Later that day we are also planning on hiking Tallulah Gorge to see the waterfall! That’s what our plans are for now, but we always try and go with the flow and see where the day takes us!

I’ll be sure to post pics later for ya’ll from the hike/waterfall!

 

Meanwhile, here are our mushy gushy Valentine’s Day pics!

Enjoy the day of  lovin’!

 

xoxo, Sj

 

Kent & Sj V-day 2018

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Entry #2 Dear Diary, So this is what it’s like

January 8th, 2018

Dear Diary, 

So this is what it’s like

So this is what it’s like to be alone! Well, technically I’ve been alone before, but not long term. Especially not while being married! Some people may consider it easy to be away from their spouse, but it is definitely not easy to be away when your husband is your best friend in the whole entire world! Kent= BFFE

I guess I should catch you up. My husband, Kent, just started his training as a flight attendant! Which is so fantastic!! Couldn’t be more excited for him! However, this requires him to be away for two months at flight attendant boot camp. Ugh! Two whole months!!

My respect for flight attendants has definitely skyrocketed since he has started this whole process. The amount that they get put through?! It’s intense! In case you didn’t know, flight attendants are not put on planes just to help fetch you drinks, they are there as practiced and trained professionals to keep you safe in the event of an emergency. A lot goes into this!! Hence, the need for the boot camp! (It’s not really called that… I don’t think)

I am only in the first week of being alone while he is in training. It’s going ok so far. I just hope it goes fast because I feel it will get harder each week.

It was super rough dropping Kent off at training, knowing I wouldn’t see him for awhile. Let’s just say, lots of tears! But I am also very proud and happy for him! He is a hard worker and he will do so wonderful with this new opportunity!

How I can Grow From This

Being alone gives me a ton of time to think and reflect on life, who I am and what I want. Kent and I have a strong belief that a person should know how to be happy on their own first, and then an added source of strength and happiness (aka a significant other) can only make it go up from there.💕 I don’t believe that all your sense of belonging, happiness, and hope should be in the hands of one person. But, I do believe that one special person can add to that already existing happiness, a joy more special than any other kind!

“Fall in love with yourself first and then find someone to share it with” -Eartha Kitt

This frame of mind will definitely come in handy while he is away. I get to be reminded that I am independent, I am happy, and I am capable! I knew how to be happy in my own company before, and I can do it again. (Hopefully!) But that doesn’t mean I won’t miss him every single day and have an occasional emotional breakdown.🙃 I know I will, and that’s ok. That’s what love does to ya ♥️

I am confident that during this time, I can work on myself and things that bring me joy, rather than focusing on being sad that he is away. This all feels very familiar, considering he and I dated for a while doing long distance, back in the day. People would ask me why we tortured ourselves with long-distance dating, and I always told them, “When HE’S worth it, IT’S worth it”. I still feel that way! He will always be worth it to me.

Let the long distance- face timing begin!

Love,

Your Girl SJ


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Entry #1- Dear Diary, am I really going to do this?

December 28th, 2017

Dear Diary, Time to get Real

Dear Diary is not something I would have ever expected myself to say! I’ve never really been good at this journal writing thing. As long as I can remember, I have always loved writing stories, so you would think I would be more eager to record my personal stories! BUT the honest truth? When I was a little girl, I remember overhearing my parents talking about how they “had to” read my sister’s diary (Gasp)! This did not sit well with me, even at such a young age! You could say this is the reason I never wrote in my journal much growing up… (sorry mom and dad!) The truth comes out! Don’t worry, I still love ya. But anyway, I guess I just really valued my privacy. So why am I now ok with making my diary public you may ask?!

Beats me.

So here ya go, Mom and Dad! …the diary of mine that you never got to read! This sounds pretty contradictory I realize, but I think I am ready for this change.

Up till now, my IG & Blog have remained pretty neutral and fun-lovin’, but there is so much more that goes on behind the scenes! Obvi! So let’s get real, shall we? It’s time for me to open up! In this journal, I imagine I would like to share my inner thoughts, relationship experiences, life updates, and anything else one might pour into their diary! Oh! And things I learn from Kent!! …Did I already mention that? Because I’m pretty sure he deserves a category of his own!

Recently, I made friends with a lovely gal that reminded me how important it is to be brave, be you, and not be afraid to tell people what you believe, even if it is the “unpopular” opinion. This really impacted and inspired me to make an effort to speak my opinion and show my truest self! I guess you could say this is my New Years attempt at being more open with the world about who I am, even if they might not agree, like it, or care!

So, here I am World!

“I have come to believe over and over again that what is most important to me must be spoken, made verbal, and shared, even at the risk of having it bruised or misunderstood.” -Audre Lorde

For starters-

My name is Sj! I am 24 years old. I’m married to my soul mate and #1 inspiration, Kent. I am a Blogger, Youtuber,  Instagrammer, and Stylist! I crave new adventures 85% of the time. The rest of the time I am perfectly satisfied staying home with my hubby and puppy, snuggling and watching Anime. Or GOT.

I have a hard time fitting a niche because I’ve got my hands in all the baskets (is that how the saying goes?). I’m very happy that way though. Not everyone can be comfortable living life in a box, as some find themselves doing. The last thing I want to do is try and fit a mold that doesn’t work for me!

So “Me” a: Lover of God, fashion, craft making, singing, dancing, adventures, home decor, progress, cooking, traveling, dream following, writing, self-expression, empowerment, people, relationship observation and motivation, performing, bohemian lifestyle, ever-changing hair colors, and being married! So why choose just one? Live each day doing the things you love. I believe you can be all that you set your heart on becoming. <3 WE can live in a world that we design.

Hmm.. what else?

I have a precious doggo named Lucy. She is a Yorke!

We live in a renovated Cotton Mill apartment downtown.

Lucy and I walk everywhere together now that I have decided to leave the car life behind and use my legs! Best thing ever.

Kent and I have strong goals and plans to retire in 6 years! ( Yes, that’s right! More deets on this later).

We are in the middle of renovating and decorating our new apartment!

Kent has just been hired as a flight attendant and we will be balancing our marriage with some occasional long distance and lots of travels together soon to come!

We have lots in store that we would like to share with you this year!

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Love, SJ