After two kids and 18+ intermittent months of being a milk machine for my offspring, I’ve learned some things.

One of my 2021 goals was to shoot at least one roll of film each month. My real mission was just to shoot more film in general, but I gave myself an arbitrary quota for the year because I read that if you make goals actionable and reasonable, they're more attainable.

Lots of articles about work this time around... and then one fascinating bonus article at the end. πŸ™‚

I got an old roll of film developed from earlier this year, and also tested a new (to me) point and shoot I found for $5 at the thrift shop. 

My sweet boy. So grateful I get to be your mom.

July started out strong over here in the TAS household. We were vaxxed. I was freshly waxxed. We did our annual trip to the beach. All was well.

Then the second half hit, and we have been fielding daycare germs left and right - up and down. I type this with sore hands thanks to a nasty case of Hand, Foot and Mouth. Do yourself a favor and don't google it if you've never seen what it looks like. Just trust me: it's not cute. I really am feeling electric tonight, because my hands and feet are tingling! πŸ’₯πŸ’₯πŸ’₯

Four years ago, I showed Amelia Island in technicolor

This year, I took pictures on Fuji Superia X-tra 400... and wow. i'm in love. It may be my new favorite film stock for landscapes.

One thing about me: I'mma make a list.

I have a running list in my mind for multiple tasks at any given time. I have a grocery list, a Costco list (different from the grocery list), a to-do list, a goals list, a wish list, a watch list, a work list, a creative ideas list... you name it! When I was pregnant, both times, I kept a running list of all the things I needed to ask my doctor at the next appointment, otherwise I'd forget. Right now I keep a list of baby firsts to compile into a scrapbook I'll make once Christian turns one. Am I clear enough here? Ya girl loves her some lists!

About seven (!!!) years ago, I made a 30 Before 30 list. I never wrote a follow up after I crossed over to the other side, probably because I had my hands and my brain full of new-mom responsibilities, but I accomplished majority of the action items. 

Instead of making another one for 40, I've been doing more reflecting on the things I've learned in life thus far. It's wild to look back at all the ignorance, naivety, and cluelessness of my 20s. They weren't horrible by any means, but they sure were full of lessons. So today, on my 32nd birthday (technically the day after because I couldn't find the time to post!), I'm sharing 32 things I've learned over these years. I've been writing this list since January, adding items as they popped in my head - no matter where I was or what I was doing. Some of the stuff is super small and simple; some are bigger life concepts.

Grab a cup of something. This is a long one. 

One thing nobody every really calls out about getting older is how intentional you have to be with your time. If you tell yourself you'll do something "whenever I get the time," you'll probably never do it. You have to make the time - and sometimes take the time - to do all the things you want, while reconciling it with all the things you need to do.

So this past Friday, I knew I'd have a nice window to myself in the early afternoon. I really needed to do a load of laundry. I also needed/wanted to walk the dog. However, I really wanted to grab a bougie latte from a millennial's daydream of a coffeeshop. I let Raven run around in the backyard while I put the load in the wash; then I asked J to put the stuff in the dryer while I was gone (spoiler: he forgot). Off I went. 

Keeping it brief today:

Picture it: blogspot, 2013.

You log in on Monday to make a post about your weekend. It's filled with candid snaps of all the fun things you did, and random text tidbits for context. You hit publish. People who follow your feed tap in, read, comment, and otherwise engage. There is little-to-no pressure. Life is good.

The first time I tried Maple Street Biscuit Company was about a year and a half ago when the fam and I took a trip to Chattanooga. They opened up shop in Atlanta a while ago, and I finally got the chance to check it out.

We had a mild winter this year.

I was clearing out my iPad photos and found a few old photos that I don't remember posting. Maybe I did, maybe I didn't? Either way, here they are - from the archives. Just a few slow moments from this past rollercoaster year.

Summer 2020 was a blur.


- Drinking the most water I have ever drank in my life. Breastfeeding is making me thirstier than ever this time around. BUT. Every morning I've been waking up to the smell of freshly brewed coffee, and it's absolutely heaven. Water, coffee, wine, repeat.

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