Thursday, November 2, 2017

Connect + Disconnect: Our Trip to Gatlinburg




Hey ya'll! Happy Thursday! I am so excited to share this post because it's a little different than my previous ones. I love writing about fashion, beauty, etc., but every now & then it's nice to share some of my personal life with ya'll. 

One Year. That's how long me and Matt have officially been together. I can't believe a whole 365 days has gone by, but it truly has been the best days of my life! On October 11, we celebrated our first anniversary together by going back to the pizza restaurant that we had our first date at. The weekend of our actual anniversary was hectic, so we decided that we would take a vacation when we got the chance and celebrate it then.

Matt is working on getting his MBA at The University of Alabama and this past weekend was their fall break- so what better time to take a vacation?! We went back and forth on where we should go, but we finally decided that we wanted to rent a cute little cabin somewhere in the mountains and just relax.

I had a strict criteria for our cabin. I wanted it to have the true mountain feel: all wood, hot tub on the porch, secluded, etc. and our choice was perfect! It was a studio type set up and was about 10 minutes outside of downtown Gatlinburg. It was the cutest place ever and exactly what we wanted! It had a fire place, big screen TV, indoor jacuzzi tub and outdoor hot tub, and definitely had that "mountain" feel that I was adamant about getting. I've included a few pictures below so you can see how cute it was!!






So now let's get to the actual trip (I'm going to try to just hit on the main points so this post isn't 10 pages long!) My drive there Friday did not go as well as planned; long story short, it took me an extra two and a half hours to get there. There was a bad wreck and several roads were closed, forcing me to take a very out of the way detour. I was frustrated and grumpy as I sat in traffic, but I kept reminding myself that someone had just been in a terrible wreck and I was just grateful to be alive and safe. I finally made it there and Matt had flowers and champagne waiting for me! He had also already gone to the grocery store, picked up a bottle of my favorite wine, and scouted out a place for us to eat dinner (he's the best!) Definitely was an instant mood booster! We went to dinner at a super casual burger joint right outside of town. Afterwards, we pretty much just hung out and enjoyed each others company. We had a few glasses of Kendal Jackson, played some rummy, and got in the hot tub.

On Saturday, we woke up and made some breakfast and mimosas (that's what they call vacation!) When we were planning our trip, we both were on the same page that we did not want to do anything. There's not much to say about Saturday because that's what we did: nothing. We made a big pot of chili and watched about 10 football games- he better be happy that I enjoy watching that much football! We only left the house once the whole day, just to run to the store super quickly. It was such an uneventful day, yet such a great one. We are currently in a long distant relationship. So when we do get to see each other, we try to squeeze everything we want to do into two short days. It's such a whirlwind every time we visit each other, so it was nice to just be able to stay in sweatpants, watch TV, and relax




We had to check out at 10am Sunday and I was not ready to leave and head back to the real world. I knew life was going to get crazy again quick, but I was so grateful for this time away with Matt. We stopped and had breakfast at this cute little place in town on our way out. We got to follow each other for the majority of our ride, which was nice because I am terrible with directions and it was raining on and off. The whole way home I thought about when the next time we can take a vacation is!

So now to the moral of the story:

We had made a decision at the start of this trip: no laptops and no work. We have both been so ridiculously busy lately: me with the boutique and new blog and him with his overwhelming loads of schoolwork. We are also both actively job searching, so needless to say we have been stressed out lately. We had to take this chance to disconnect and truly let ourselves relax. 

I would say about 75% of my work is done online, so I am often times glued to my phone or computer. I absolutely love what I do and love putting time and effort into my blog, website, and social media accounts. However, it is still so important to disconnect from social media/ online and focus on the things that really matter. I know that it isn't always as easy as just shutting off your phone and saying a temporary "goodbye" to the real world, but when you do get the opportunity take it. Everyone needs time to decompress. Every relationship needs time away from the stress of the real world and time to just enjoy each other. 
Take the time to truly disconnect from the real world and connect with the ones you love!

Thanks for reading and I hope ya'll have a wonderful weekend!
 

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