One of Many.

Before you even think it, I will admit it…I didn’t stick to my one post per month goal. However, I did have this post typed out in the month of February, so we can go ahead and give me an “A for effort.”

One of the best things you can do for yourself is to travel. It’s one investment that betters you as a person, not only for your daily, routined sanity but more deeply for your soul, mental health, and gaining life experiences. I’ll be the first to throw it out there that money is a factor but that’s the perfect opportunity for us to start small. Explore your current state while saving spare change for a bigger trip. Incorporate long weekend trips as opposed to weeks at a time.

So with that being said, this past weekend Chris (aka the boyfriend, babe, etc.) and I took a weekend getaway to St. Augustine, Florida. As current Florida residents, we chose a place that gave us a feeling of being away but still commutable (3 hours) without losing “vacay” time and not too harsh on the wallet. Not that anyone needs a reason to travel, but this was a perfect spot for a Valentine weekend. Each state in the US of has a history of course, just like people do, but I’d rate Florida being one with an interesting story. Our main point of attraction was the Castillo de San Marcos fort. A remarkable structure that endured battle after battle, but continued to stand strong. Now this post isn’t going to be a history lesson, however I would certainly recommend visiting this historic landmark at least once in your life especially if you ever 1. live in Florida, 2. vacation in Florida, and 3. if you love learning. From there we explored the nearby town which is conveniently within walking distance of the fort. If you enjoy handmade gems, crafts, and such then this town would be a delight for you. Another hot spot we hit was the San Sebastian Winery which offered a free self-guided tour through the cellar and free wine tastings along the way. Who can say no to that? Not this wino.

Below you will find some of my favorite moments from our little visit to Saint Augustine. If it isn’t already, please add this town to your must-see list.

Their new addition.

My 2017 is off to a great start and I hope yours is too! I’m not much of a “resolutionist,” but I do believe in setting goals & chasing dreams. This year I am going to post AT LEAST once a month and push myself to get out of my comfort zone more. So with that being said, this past Sunday I had the privilege of taking photographs for two of my dear friend’s baby announcement. I haven’t taken on the challenge of this type of photography before, but have been eager to expand my photo horizons. I was more than happy to start with them. For starters, the weather conditions were a tad harsh for us. Don’t get me wrong, because I love cooler weather. Living in Florida seems like paradise, but when your thin skin experiences 40-degree weather with occasional gusts of winds near the water can make for some kind of feelings about being outside.

Alright, back to the main topic. I’ve known the momma-to-be, Ashley since we were about 13 years old. To be embarking on this journey alongside her is pretty exciting, considering I haven’t entered this chapter yet and it’ll be the closest scenario for me being an auntie thus far. The daddy-to-be, Jeff, actually has been around since our younger years too and attended the same high school as us. Although we weren’t all connected during that time, it is always fun to see how and where our paths cross later in life to end up at this moment. The two of them are beyond excited to be adding to their family. This baby is going to be one blessed child with humble, hard-working, and most of all, loving parents. I look forward to capturing more of this journey for them when the time comes to find out the gender. Below you’ll find some of my favorite moments announcing “baby Rogers.”