5 Things I Did During My Blogging Break

Hello again! I know I said that I want to write more text-heavy posts, so let's just consider this a part-two continuation of yesterday's post! Since I've been out of the loop for a bit I wanted to share a quick photographic look at what I've been spending my extra time on-

1 // Attending The Heritage in HHI (aka fan-girling over Jordan Speith, bragging on my Dad, and hanging with fun people)

2 // Relaxing at my parent's house home (sidenote: do I stop calling their place "home" now that I'm an "adult" ??)

3 // Continuing the new tradition of post-work happy hour(ssss) with my favorite foodie, May

4 // Hanging with fellow bloggers at the gorgeous Candy Shop Vintage opening party

5 // Enjoying springtime in this beautiful city aka Charleston-ing (yes, it's a verb!)

What have you been up to lately? I'd love to hear! 

-Lanie W.


4 Things I Realized During My Blogging Break

I cannot tell y'all how good it feels to be typing right now! I think this little faulty technology-necessitated blogging break was just what the doctor ordered. Ever since I've been without a computer I've felt this incredibly primal need to write that I haven't felt in a long time.  Blogging had become an energy-drainer aka the opposite of what it should be. I began my blog because it was an exciting outlet for self expression and creativity and that's what I always want it to be. During my time off I had a few epiphanies that I thought I'd share with you today!

Some things I realized while I didn't couldn't blog:

1 // I love to write. 

Okay, so this isn't so much a new realization as it is a resurfacing of former passion. Have you ever had that feeling where you just need to write? There are times when I have so many thoughts and feelings rushing around that I can feel this actual physical craving to put pen to paper (err- fingers to keys). So many blogs go heavy on the photographic aspect and stay light in text. Sure, this makes creating posts a bit easier, but I'm too much of a writer at heart to let go of the copy side of things. Therefore, I've decided not to edit myself down simply because I'm worried a post is too long and no one will read it.

There's a true beauty to the act of crafting words and thoughts and feelings together in a way that connects with others. I love to write, and if I'm going to take the time to sit down at the computer I'm going to write something real and meaty and imperfect and worthwhile.

2 // I want to share deeper, more meaningful, more personal content on my digital space.

Have you ever scrolled through Facebook (aka links-R-us) or Instagram and become overwhelmed with the sheer amount of content there is out there? Sometimes I sit and wonder what value all these click-bait-y posts are bringing to my life. Do I really need to read a 100th blog about a sale that's going on? Why am I wasting my time by taking a quiz on what city I should be living in? What value am I adding to my life by reading another post on the top 12 reasons Friends is the best show of all time? 

The internet often feels like a constant machine that operates to churn out post after post. I don't want my contribution to this crazy-saturated space to be white noise that I'm not proud of. I don't want to look back and wonder why I wasted my time talking about a trend in depth. I want to make my voice and point of view mean something. I want to use my brain and write/share content that challenges me and my readers. 

3 // I don't want to make my blog a business

I started this space as a passion-project; an outlet for my creativity. For a while I wondered if I should move into the world of sponsored posts, side-bar ads, analytics, etc. Lately, though, I've had this voice telling me that's not truly something I want (or need) to do. I don't want this blog to be work- that's what my real job is for.

This blog is here to house my brain's constant ramblings, to share where I am in life at this particular time, to be a living, breathing digital memoir of sorts. I want to enjoy blogging and keep things simple, therefore this space will (likely) always be an amateur in a sea of professionals, and that's perfectly okay.

4 // I want to remain a part of the blogging community

One of my favorite parts of living in Charleston is being a part of the Charleston Blog Society. This community is full of talented, encouraging, passionate ladies who I'm happy to call friends. Our monthly gatherings are always something I look forward to attending. I'll continue to blog because I definitely want to continue being a part of this wonderful group. I met one of my best friends (hayy Em) through the blogging/social media world and am always grateful for the IRL relationships this digital world can bring about. 

Phew, okay- I'm done! If you're still reading, thank you! I'm grateful to you for continuing along this (up and down) journey with me and, as always, I'm excited to see where this space will go in the future. Cheers! xoxo

PS: If you want a peek at what I've been up to lately check out these posts from Emily and Annie! :D

-Lanie W.



Hi yall! So, I'm afraid my 5 year old laptop may be officially on the way out. The mouse and trackpad won't work which makes using the computer pretty much impossible. :( It's pretty frustrating, especially since I use it so much for work.

I'm hoping I'll be able to get it fixed, but in the meantime I just wanted to give yall a quick update on where I've been!

Hope you're doing well! Xoxoxo

-Lanie W.


Life Lately via iPhone

To quote Brittany- "oops, I did it againnn". I know it has to be so annoying that I'm such an inconsistent blogger lately (trust me I'm annoyed by myself), but real life continues to get in the way of online life, and honestly I will always choose to put real life first when it comes down to it, that's just the way it is around here. I love my blog, but I'll be the first to admit that I love the real stuff more! Okay, enough with my lame apologies, time for the post- I've got a lot to catch y'all up on! So much has happened over the past 10 days that my head is still in a spin (warning: lots of photos ahead).

I celebrated my birthday and Easter in Charleston/at home with friends and family:

Sat outside and soaked up the sun while enjoying a post-work happy hour with my awesome friend May:

Got an iPhone 6+ (and birks!) for my birthday and fell in <3:

Had a work photoshoot on a gorgeous sunny afternoon with my favorite model/God-sister:

Traveled to heaven Clemson for the spring football game to reunite with a few of my sweet college friends:

Sigh, I'm a very content girl this Monday morning- ready to journey through this week and tackle whatever comes my way! Hope life has been fun and full for you as well, friend. xoxo

-Lanie W.


A Great Good Friday

So it's a pretty big day around here.... I'm turning the big 2-3!!! Jk, 23 isn't technically a big birthday but I can still pretend ;). The day has barely gotten started and I've already felt so much love it's unreal. So many calls, texts, tweets, Instagrams, Facebook messages, flowers from my sweet boyfriend, cupcakes from my work fam- like, can it be my birthday every day? #wishfulthinking :D

I was planning on writing out 23 things I'm grateful for, but time got away from me so I'll just say this: I'm incredibly humbled by this beautiful life the Lord has given me. I've lived 23 wonderful, healthy, full years on His earth and I'll never be able to thank God enough for everything he's provided me both earthly and spiritually. With today being Good Friday I'm especially mindful of/thankful for the unthinkable sacrifice that was made for my benefit. God is so good y'all!

With that said I'm off to enjoy the day! Thank you to EVERYONE who has wished me happy birthday so far- you've made this girl feel incredibly special and I can't express that enough. Cheers to the next 23 years! xoxoxo

-Lanie W.