#SomethingNew April: Magnolia Market in Waco

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I’ve been attempting to write this post for weeks nows, but friends, April has been chaotic. I will hopefully get to explain more about my crazy schedule and what the LORD has been teaching me this month in another post, but for now let’s just focus on my #SomethingNew!

This month (a couple weeks ago), I went to Chip and Joanna Gaines’ store in Waco, TX with a group of girlfriends for a day trip that turned into a little weekend getaway. Since Waco is only about an hour and a half outside of Dallas, it makes for an easy day trip. We left Dallas early Saturday morning in hopes that we wouldn’t be waiting in line forever, and we certainly lucked out because there was NO WAIT when we got there. It was definitely good timing considering most of the reviews I read said people were waiting close to an hour. We were off to a great start!

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Once we got inside Magnolia Market, I was in interior design heaven. The place was filled with so many beautiful home goods that I nearly wanted everything in the store. It took a lot to stop myself from going overboard and sticking to my pre-determined budget.

There were so many gorgeous items in the store. They had the best fake flowers and plants I had ever seen. They felt and looked so real that it took you a second to realize they weren’t. Then they had a slew of décor, kitchen items, serving items, pillows and throws. I would call the décor a mix between Pottery Barn and Anthropologie with surprisingly reasonable prices (because you know how those places can get). I could have stayed in there for hours looking at everything and getting ideas for future rooms.

In the end, I purchased the Magnolia wreath which I had been eyeing for some time, a handful of fake tulips and a mini chalkboard. There were so many other things I wanted, but I felt like these items were the most versatile if I end up moving again in the next year or two. I will definitely want to make another trip when I get a house!

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Outside of the store, there is a grassy area for kids (and dads) to play while the ladies shop. There are food trucks and picnic tables too, so you could really make a whole day of it! Currently, Chip and Joanna are working on opening an on-site bakery and plant shop (I think this is now open, but it wasn’t when we were there). There are lots of things to do and see at the market.

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After we left Magnolia, we ate lunch at Olive Branch (a local sandwich place) and walked around Spice Village. The best way I can describe Spice Village is a huge space filled with little Etsy shops, kind of like the Dallas Flea if you’ve been to that. It was a really cool place, and I also found a little something there.

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After a day’s worth of shopping, we drove to my friend’s ranch, about an hour away from Waco. To summarize our night there, we got a truck stuck in the mud (and attempted to get it out for an hour), rode four wheelers, drank too much wine, laughed until we cried and ate lots of food and birthday cake. It was super fun and one of those weekends I will never forget!

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Needless to say, it was definitely a great trip to the Silos, and I will definitely be going back!

2016 #SomethingNews:
January: Skiiing
February: Flower Crown Class
March: Houston Rodeo

Things To Do in Dallas

I have lived in Dallas for almost four years now (CRAZY!), and the longer I live here, the more I realize that Dallas is a perfect place to live in your twenties. There is so much to do and so many fun places to go (not to mention all of the young people that live here) — the opportunities are endless. I’m lucky to get to spend my young adult years here.

Over the past few years, I have developed a list of favorite places to go and things to do whatever the circumstances. So here they are:

Places to Go on a Sunny Day

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Katy Trail Ice House

The weather in Texas is one of the major factors that got me to move here in the first place. One of the first things I noticed about Texas weather after moving from Chicago is how sunny and mild the climate was all the time (mild, until about June that is). I love the sunny, warm weather here because I love being outside as much as I can and you are able to enjoy the outdoors almost year-round.

When I feel like being active, I like to walk around the Katy Trail or rent bikes and bike around White Rock Lake. If I want to “brunch” and shop around outside, I like to go to West Village or the Bishop Arts District, both of which offer a number of restaurants and places to shop. If I feel like having a drink outside, I go to Katy Trail Ice House or Deep Ellum Brewing Co (I went for the first time a couple weeks ago and loved it!). They both have outdoor areas to hang out and grab a beer.

Best Outdoor Patios for Dinner + Drinks

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Eating outside on a patio has to be one of my favorite things, and thankfully is something you can do for a majority of the year in Dallas. A nice glass of rosé on the Toulouse patio is something I dream about all the time. Not only is their food my favorite in Dallas, but you feel like you are in a bistro in Paris whenever you eat there.

HG Supply Co. has one of the best rooftop patios/bars in the area. They have a great view of the Dallas skyline and always a good crowd. The only downside is that they do not offer their full dinner menu on the rooftop, so I prefer to eat dinner inside to get the full menu and then grab an after-dinner drink on the rooftop.

Saint Ann is a magical place. I am tempted to put this in not only the best patio category, but also the best “Date Night” category because not only is the food amazing, but the atmosphere is one of the best in Dallas in my opinion.

Places to Read or Study

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Ascension Coffee

I have been going on a “Dallas Coffeeshop Tour” for a while now, trying to find the best coffeeshops in the area. After all the places I’ve visited, my favorite by a long shot has to be Ascension Coffee. The food and coffee is amazing and the atmosphere is good for working on my Bible study or a blog post.

Oak Lawn Coffee also has good coffee and a good environment for getting things done. It’s a lot less “social” than Ascension, so it’s a better option if you get distracted easily.

When I’m in the mood for a really good scone, I love going to Village Baking Co. They recently opened a new location on Greenville that has great seating and a lot more food options than the one by SMU. They truly have the best French pastries and bread in the area.

Things to do on a Rainy Day

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Bowl & Barrel

The first “rainy day” activity that always pops into my head is to go to a movie. I’m pretty particular about movie theaters because I have a hard time relaxing during the movie when the theater is gross. So my favorite theaters are Magnolia in West Village and Highland Park Village Theater. They are both small and clean. And even though they only offer a few movie options, they are definitely worth it for the ambiance.

I also love to go bowling even though I’m terrible at it. Bowlounge and Bowl & Barrel are two fun places to go bowl. They both offer dinner options that aren’t pizza and wings and an overall experience that’s a little nicer than a typical bowling alley.

But if I’m being honest, usually on rainy days I have no motivation to leave my house, so I will grab a Coal Vines pizza and stay at home to watch TV or a movie.

Girl’s Night

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Central Market Cooking Class

Now that Sangria is no longer (I’m truly devastated), my favorite place for a girl’s night is Si Tapas. Sharing a bunch of dishes and a pitcher of sangria is the ultimate girl’s night in my opinion, something that the man in your life just doesn’t understand. (Anyone else’s boyfriend not like to share food???)

Another favorite girl’s night idea is a cooking class at Sur la Table or Central Market. What could be more fun than drinking wine and attempting to be domestic?! Both places offer a wide variety of classes to choose from, so even your pickiest friend will find one that sounds good to them (I’m speaking to myself here).

Lastly, Truth & Alibi is a great bar to go to for a girl’s night out on the town. They have good music and lots of dancing as well as places to sit and talk when your feet get tired.

Grabbing a Bite On-the-Go

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Eatzi’s

EATZI’S. Anyone that knows me knows my obsession with Eatzi’s. It is ALWAYS my go-to when I want something fast and easy. They really do have the best food and a slew of different things to get. WARNING: If you are going for the first time, it can be a little overwhelming, but my advice would be to go for a the salad or sandwich lines (make your own salad or sandwich) or for the hot meal they are offering that day (I always get the salmon and two sides). The carrot cake is also phenomenal, so don’t leave without grabbing it or some other dessert!

If for some reason I don’t go to Eatzi’s, I usually end up at Start. They have a lot of healthy (and vegetarian) options as well as a drive thru. I particularly like the hummus and veggie appetizer or the veggie burger with sweet potato tater tots.

Date Night

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Ziziki’s

While I would highly recommend all the of the places I mentioned in the “Best Outdoor Patios” as good places for a date, there are tons of great date spots in Dallas.

Ziziki’s has amazing Greek food. Last time I took my friends there, everyone licked their plate clean. It’s that good. Filament is a new restaurant in Deep Ellum that offers amazing Southern-inspired food and delicious cocktails. We went a few weekends ago on a double date, and I couldn’t have asked for a better experience. Hibiscus also has great food and a romantic ambiance.

If you’re looking for something a little more out of the box, here are some other date night ideas in Dallas. 

#SomethingNew December: Six Flags

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I have lived in the DFW area for seven and a half years and have never been to Six Flags Over Texas. WHAT ON EARTH HAVE I BEEN DOING!?

NOTE: There is a Six Flags in Chicago (Six Flags Great America) that I have been to a couple of times as a kid, but it had been a while (probably ten years or so).

Because I had been wanting to go for years, I tried to make this particular #SomethingNew happen in October (Fright Fest), but there were monsoon-like rains the weekend we were planning to go. It was a big bummer because I was really looking forward to all the rollercoasters and getting freaked out by the scary people and decorations. But It all worked out in the end because we able to use the tickets for Holiday in the Park instead, and it was absolutely MAGICAL!

What made Holiday in the Park so cool was how festive the park becomes with all the Christmas lights, Christmas music and Christmas décor everywhere. As with all things Christmas, the park had a more magical (and dare I say romantic) feel when we were walking around. There are also fun “holiday” activities, like sledding, pictures with Santa, live Christmas music and drinking hot chocolate, in addition to the INTENSE rollercoasters and rides that the park is known for all year round.

One HUGE benefit of going to Six Flags in December is that it is a lot less crowded than during the summer. This may seem obvious, but I was really surprised by how uncrowded the park was. The longest wait time we had was about 45 minutes (and 20 minutes of that was because there were technical difficulties with the ride). For most of the rides and rollercoasters we only waited about 10-15 minutes.

As for the rides themselves, they did not disappoint! The rollercoasters were what I was looking forward to the most on the way there, and I was pleasantly surprised by how intense they were.

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We started out on the Texas Giant — meaning we started off with a bang! It was fun, but that first drop is a killer! We next went on Shockwave, which was my favorite ride! The drops weren’t as big and you went upside down twice — definitely my kind of rollercoaster! Then, we rode some of the smaller rollercoasters and rides to get our bearings back, although my biggest takeaway was how old I felt on some of the rides that were bumpy and jerky. I now understand why my parents don’t always like going on rollercoasters because they don’t feel very good on your body. #AmIRight?

We ended the night on the Titan, which was the longest line we waited in the entire night. I think the waiting made my anxiety a lot worse because I was anticipating the 255-foot drop with each step as we inched closer and closer to the front of the line. When we finally made it on the ride, I was terrified of the giant drop. At some point, I was actually crying — although I’m still not sure if it was the cold air blowing in my face or just being so scared. We survived though, and I actually really enjoyed the ride after that initial drop. I was a little dizzy after getting off, but quickly recovered as we made our final lap around the park. We definitely started and ended the day with a bang!

Overall, we had a wonderful time at Holiday in the Park! The rides were awesome. The atmosphere was great. And the company was even better. I’ll definitely be back next year!

Here are all my #SomethingNews from this year:
January: Ballet Class
February: Knife-Skills Class
March: Juicing
April: Biking White Rock Lake
May: Watercolor and Brush-Lettering Class
June: Trip to Fredericksburg  
July: Barre, Spin and Yoga
August: Perot Museum’s Social Science
September: LAUNCH Retreat
October: State Fair of Texas
November: Pie, Custard and Macaroons

#SomethingNew November: Pie, Custard and Macaroons

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Let’s face it, November is the month of unhealthy eating. Between tailgate food, all of the delicious pumpkin things out, not to mention Thanksgiving (the most caloric meal of the year), I think November takes the cake as being the month of decadent eating. So what did I have in mind for my #SomethingNew this month? Trying three dessert places, of course! I mean there is no better month to appease my sweet tooth than November.

Something you should know about me is that I don’t only have a sweet tooth, I have sweet teeth. I seriously LOVE all things sweet — cookies, cake, candy, ice cream, brownies — you name it, I love it. So I was super excited to get to try some new dessert places!

My go-to dessert places have always been Eatzi’s (for their carrot cake — it’s AMAZING), Sprinkles (for any of their cupcakes — I truly love them all) and any frozen yogurt place in the area. But for this #SomethingNew I decided to try three out-of-the-box desserts options: pie, frozen custard and macaroons.

I have had my eye on each one for a while now, but hadn’t gotten around to actually going to any of them. It takes a little push for me to try new things (as we have learned), so this was exactly the push I needed to get out there and go!

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JOY Macaroons

I had heard about JOY Macaroons’ ice cream sandwich macaroons back in July when I went to the Bastille Day celebration in Bishop Arts. But by the time I got to their cart, they were all sold out of the sanwiches. The thought of a macaroon ice cream sandwich intrigued me, so I put it in the back of my mind to try later.

Fast forward a few months, and here we are! JOY Macaroons is right outside of Bishop Arts (only a few streets down). The interior of the shop is very “hipster” and cool, and they have a lot of interesting macaroon flavors, like bourbon pumpkin and cranberry orange. But I was there to try the sandwich.

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The ice cream sandwich flavors were also very different: there was a fig one and a sesame one as well as a few others that were out-of-the-box. I ended up with the milk chocolate orange and my friend Kim got the vanilla.

I really enjoyed the texture of the sandwich — it was a lot lighter than a normal ice cream sandwich and the macaroon itself was delicious. My only qualm was that you couldn’t pick your macaroon or ice cream flavors separately, and they had some pretty obscure flavors. You had to be adventurous.

Overall though, I think they make a great macaroon, and I would definitely eat the ice cream sandwich again if I was in the area. I just don’t know if I would drive all the way out there for it.

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Wild About Harry’s 

I lived right down the street from Wild About Harry’s for two years and never made it in there. I had heard so many great things about their frozen custard, especially from a lot of local Dallasites, so I finally made a point to try it this month.

Walking in, I was immediately reminded of a place back home we used to go when we were kids, called Cock Robin. It would kind of be like a dairy queen, but with a little more of a hometown feel. Wild About Harry’s had this same vibe. I could see it being one of those places where you go after a high school football game or after riding bikes on the Katy Trail with your family.

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I got a toffee crunch ice cream cone, and it was really good. The custard was definitely a lot creamier than frozen yogurt or “normal” ice cream. My only complaint would be the lack of toffee pieces in the scoop, but overall it was really good. If I was ever in the mood for a good ice cream cone again, I definitely know the place to go.

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Emporium Pies

‘I truly saved the best for last. While all of the dessert places were great in their own merit, Emporium Pies hands-down won the battle of the best dessert.

I tried their Cloud 9 pie, and it was unbelievable. I didn’t really know what I was getting into when I ordered it, but I thought ‘I like butterscotch and caramel so we will give it a try.’ And WOW. This seasonal pie is their most popular during the fall, and I can completely understand why.

IMG_5108I typically go for fruit pies, so it was definitely different than I was used to pie-wise. But different in the best way. The crust was flakey and delicious, and the filling was gooey and rich. You couldn’t stop eating it, even though it was very sweet and filling. It tasted just like caramel and butterscotch. Truly to die for!

My boyfriend, Peyton got The Nannerz (Emporium Pie’s version of a banana cream pie), and that was really good too. I’m usually not a huge fan of banana desserts, but I ended up liking that pie as well, just not as much as my slice of heaven.

I will definitely be going back to Emporium Pies. The atmosphere was adorable — you felt like you were at grandma’s house, and the pies spoke for themselves. No wonder there was a line out the door and around the corner. I can’t wait to try one of their fruit pies in the spring!

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Do you have a favorite dessert place in Dallas? I would love to try it! Comment below.

#SomethingNew October: State Fair of Texas

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I have officially checked something off of my fall to-do list! If you follow me on social media at all, you’ve seen that I have had my fair share (pun-intended) of fun at the state fair this year. Before this year, I had briefly been to the state fair once during my freshman year of college, but wasn’t able to get the full “fair experience.” This year however, I was determined to go and get the full experience to see what all of the hype was about — think rides, fried food and Big Tex!

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bringing out the selfie stick

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The first weekend I went during the day with some friends from college. Even though it ended up being super hot (90° in October, people!), we had a wonderful time exploring and people-watching (the people-watching at the fair is awesome). We spent the majority of the time looking for various fried foods, like the infamous Fletcher corny dogs, fried Oreos and fried mac-n-cheese. Everything we tried was delicious! Fletcher’s even had a vegetarian option this year, so I was able to have a corn dog for the first time in years! I’m not one to typically eat a whole lot of fried foods, but when in Rome (or the State Fair of Texas), do as the people do. And I loved nearly everything I ate! I left full and probably five pounds heavier, but it was well worth it.

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vegetarian corny dog

My favorite fried food that I tried was this year’s “Big Tex® Choice Award” winner, Fernie’s Holy Moly Fried Carrot Cake. And HOLY MOLY is right — it was delicious! We spent nearly the entire day looking for the booth that sold the carrot cake and after some detective work found it at the very end of the day. I’m so glad we did! I’ll be dreaming of this carrot cake until next year.

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so excited we found it!
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The second weekend was a lot of the same, lots of eating and people-watching, but with a whole new group of friends. The main reason we went to the fair this time was to go to the MercyMe concert. And they did not disappoint! MercyMe played an amazing concert and had a great message that resonated with the whole audience. I am amazed by all of the great artists that play at the State Fair every year (I’m looking at you Lecrae). Also, the outdoor venue at the fair was great because you were not packed in like sardines. Our big group was able to stand together and have room to dance. I will definitely be hitting up another concert next year at the fair next year! It was a really fun experience.

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another day at the fair, another corny dog
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at the MercyMe concert

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My favorite part of both weekends though was getting to go on the Ferris Wheel. I know it sounds super cliché to ride a Ferris Wheel at a state fair, but it truly was a magical experience! And because we went at night, we were able to see over the fair all lit up, as well as the Dallas skyline. It was really cool and so much fun!

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on the Ferris Wheel (excuse my crazy red-eye-corrected eyes)

Overall, I couldn’t have asked for two better weekends at the fair! I can’t believe it’s taken me seven years to go back, but now that I’ve gone, I will definitely be going back next year. The fair has so much to offer — crazy fried foods, fun rides and great concerts. And although it can be a little bit of a money pit, it’s an experience well-worth having the once a year it’s here.

Until next year, Big Tex!

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The Big D: Fall To-Do List

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It’s finally starting to cool off here in Dallas (80° seems cool when it’s been 100º+ for the past few months) and just in time for all things fall! Dallas has so many fun events and activities to offer this time of year, and here are the ones I am most looking forward to:

  1. Eating fried carrot cake and taking in the sights at the State Fair of Texas. I’ve only been to the fair once (seven years ago), so it’s definitely time to go back!
  2. Watching a scary movie or venturing through a haunted house. Sounds like the perfect way to celebrate Halloween!
  3. Picking out pumpkins at a pumpkin patch. I haven’t been to a pumpkin patch since moving to Texas, but this one looks worth the trip.
  4. All of these Oktoberfest celebrations have me wanting to go on a brewery tour (maybe here, here or here). I have never done one before, and I feel like the fall would be the perfect time hit one up!
  5. Going on a bike ride at White Rock Lake. Usually the weather this time of year is gorgeous, and I love seeing the colors change.
  6. Going to Fright Fest at Six Flags. I’ve lived in DFW for seven years, and I still have yet to make it to Six Flags. I think Fright Fest would be the perfect time to go!
  7. From all of the pictures I’ve seen, I need to go to the Autumn at the Arboretum event at the Dallas Arboretum. It looks like it’s the best time of year to go!
  8. Going apple picking. Even though we don’t live in the northeast, there is a place to go apple picking in DFW. I went a couple years ago and the apples were amazing!
  9. Nothing says fall like FOOTBALL. I have a lot of football games on my calendar for the next few months and I’m okay with that.
  10. Now that pool season has come to a close, a coffeeshop sounds like the perfect place to cuddle up with a good book (this, this and this are on my reading list right now).
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#SomethingNew August: Perot Museum’s “Social Science”

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This post is late, about a week and a half late. Sorry, blogger fail on my part. I went to the Perot Museum’s “Social Science” event the night before I left for Chicago, which didn’t give me much time to write this post until now. As you can imagine, going to an event the night before my trip wasn’t my best decision (considering I still hadn’t packed by the time I had come home that night), but because it was so fun I definitely think it was worth the lack of sleep that night and the scramble in the morning to make my flight!

I have wanted to go to a Perot Museum “Social Science” event ever since I have moved to Dallas (noticing a trend here with these resolutions?!). These events typically get sold out pretty quickly, but I managed to figure out my plans and look up this date far enough in advance to go! So I was pumped!

I had been to the Perot Museum once before, but it was on a day that there wasn’t school, so the place was packed. I enjoyed the museum, but I wasn’t able to do all of the activities because there were so many little kids running around. Welcome to the beauty of the “late night.” It is an adults-only event and if that wasn’t enough, there is a full bar on every floor! What more could you ask for!?

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I went to the “Social Science” event with my friend, Meredith, and we had a wonderful time! We sipped champagne as we toured through the different exhibits — my favorites including the sports hall, the gems and minerals hall and the earthquake simulator. We raced each other and a T-rex to see who could run the fastest (yes, I have a video). We did an experiment involving DNA and had to wear a lab coat and googles (although I’m still not quite sure what we were trying to do. The wine was not helping my “science skills”…). We listened to a presentation on bourbon and learned how to make an old fashioned (this was part of the sponsorship for the night). We walked, talked and had a great time!

And the museum was PACKED. This was definitely the place to be that night. Even though it was crowded, it was really nice to be able to enjoy the exhibits without little kids around. I felt free to do all of the activities I wanted (i.e. the experiments, racing the T-rex and the earthquake simulation) without feeling weird because everyone else was doing it. It was fun to be a big kid for the night!

Because they are constantly changing the exhibits (each “Social Science” event has a “theme” and sponsor), this would definitely be an event where I could go again and again and enjoy it each time. So mark your calendars for October 23 and buy your tickets now. I promise you will have a wonderful time! I’m so glad I finally made it to this event (thank you resolutions!), and I will definitely be back!

In case you are interested in my other “#SomethingNews”: January: Ballet ClassFebruary: Knife-Skills ClassMarch: JuicingApril: Biking White Rock Lake, May: Watercolor and Brush Lettering ClassJune: Trip to Fredericksburg and July: Barre, Spin and Yoga Classes.

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#SomethingNew May: Watercolor and Brush Lettering

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I have been wanting to take a calligraphy for a while now. I just thought it would be something fun and interesting to try. Every time I looked for a class though, the times were not good with my schedule, and I couldn’t seem to make it work. Finally, I was on the fullosophie website, and I came across a Watercolor and Brush Lettering class. This sounded similar enough to the calligraphy classes I had been wanting to try, so I decided to give it a shot.

I think I wanted to try calligraphy because I always seem to be drawn to lettered prints (i.e. here). Also, I don’t consider myself to be very artsy or creative, so I thought this would be a good way to stretch myself and truly “try something new.” I hadn’t touched a watercolor paint set since probably elementary school, so this was going to be interesting.

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When I got to the class of roughly 15 people, I had a spot with my name on it and all of my supplies ready to go. The first thing we did was play with the watercolors, seeing how much water we needed to add and how adding different amounts of water really changed the color of the paint. I felt like a little kid again, just playing with the paints and scribbling lines. Then, we started “blending” colors together to create other colors.

Next, we started creating the flowers, which was an interesting process to create. See, there really is no rhyme or reason to the shape of the petals. I kept asking the instructor what shape they should be or what they should look like because my particular and detail-oriented mind wants to be exact, wants exact direction and instruction. She laughed me off every time, telling me to just be creative and that they weren’t supposed to be a shape necessarily. Eventually though, I came to the conclusion that these “petals” were cloud-shaped and that helped me to understand what I was supposed to be doing a little better.

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After we practiced our flowers, we moved onto lettering. I was so excited for this part, since this was what I truly came to the class to learn. And it was hard. Yes, I think I partially expected it to be hard, but I also set very high expectations for myself. I found it especially hard for me because you kind of just let your brush move. There was no direction or rhyme or reason as to why letters looked a certain way. AND THIS WAS HARD FOR ME. I needed direction. I needed something to copy off of. I couldn’t just creatively come up with a font all by myself. Who did these people think I am?!? Are you noticing a trend yet?

But I pressed on. After multiple attempts of poor lettering in my opinion, we were ready to work on our “final project” of the class. We were supposed to create something to take home. I was terrified. To the average person, this seems ridiculous, but to me, I was terrified of failure. I was terrified of making something that I would be disappointed in, and therefore defining my self worth by that disappointment. Why do I do this to myself?

I did create something though. I took a deep breath, took my time and went for it. The result: something I can at least be proud of. I tried to create something that was uniquely me, and I didn’t even have to copy anyone else’s lettering to do it. Was it perfect? No. But it was a starting point.

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Have you noticed that I have a problem with “gray-areas”? I see things so black and white that anytime there is not a set next step or set direction, I freeze. I panic. I don’t know what to do. During the class, I became so frustrated with myself and so hard on myself when I couldn’t perfectly match the instructors lettering or flowers that I wasn’t allowing myself any grace or freedom to be creative. You would think at this point, I would have learned my lesson after months of “trying something new.” But no, I still am my worst critic.

This “gray-area” issue isn’t just an issue in new things, but it affects my professional and personal life as well. In relationships, I see things as either good or bad — we are talking or we are not talking. We are friends or we are not friends. I have a hard time with the unknown; when I’m not really sure where I stand with someone. It just eats and eats at me. I tend to grasp at straws, trying to draw conclusions that truly make no sense, but to me at least I’m coming to some sort of conclusion. I have a problem just “being” and not really knowing.

I think God has really been trying to teach me these past couple months that HIS GRACE is sufficient. He has been teaching me that I don’t need to always know everything. Because the reality of the matter is, I don’t. HE is all-knowing. HE has a greater perspective. HE is in control. I am just here to obey daily. Abide daily. Trust him daily. (Remind anyone else of my new year’s resolution?)

Back to the class: I definitely think brush lettering and watercolor painting in general will be something I continue to practice and perfect. Because, truth be told, I found the actual painting and practicing part to be very relaxing when I wasn’t being so hard on myself. I would highly recommend the class! I know I will definitely be taking another fullosophie class in the future!

In case you are interested in my other “#SomethingNews”: January: Ballet ClassFebruary: Knife-Skills ClassMarch: Juicing and April: Biking White Rock Lake.