02.16.2015

Hello world!

Well, this is strange… my first blogpost.  It sounds incredible, but I really have no idea what to say!  I have a lot of posts already planned in my mind, but it seemed awkward to just jump into them without any kind of introduction.  So in spite of the fact that probably no one is reading this yet, I’ll just tell you about me today.

My name is Jillian, but I’ll call myself Jill since most of my family and friends do.  I recently turned thirty (yikes!) and I live in a small town in Missouri with my husband, Nathan.  Nathan and I were married four months ago and I am thrilled to say that we are completely enjoying this happy, sappy newlywed glow and our family still tells us that we are obnoxiously in love.  Which is quite all right with me, I plan on it staying that way forever.Our Wedding Day

Missouri is a beautiful state for those of you who may not know it. It seems like the east and west coast usually get all of the attention and people kinda forget that the middle of the country exists. But we do, and it is quite a lovely place actually. In spite of the fact that it is usually too hot or too cold, and at the time of writing we just got seven inches of snow… but we will overlook that. We have beautiful landscapes, beautiful people and are far away from the craziness of the bigger cities.Missouri BarnI work full time in the financial industry and my husband works in real estate (sorry, no picture for that… way to boring), and we actually met through work in December of 2012.  My hubby and I love to explore the outdoors and spend a lot of time on mini road trips around our state.  In my spare time, I love fashion and beauty (which can be a dang expensive hobby if you don’t watch it), and I love to cook.  Take a look at my Pinterest board… it’s pretty insane.  I often think how awesome it would be if I actually got to accomplish half the stuff I pinned!

I first became interested in blogging around three years ago.  Before this, I knew that blogs existed, but knew nothing about how vast it was or how interconnected the blogging community can be.  I first made this discovery through Youtube.  I was searching for information on a specific handbag before purchasing it (the Modalu Pippa if you’re curious), and watched a review on Youtube.  Watching this one vlogger quickly led me to other videos, and then I learned that the people making these videos also had blogs!  Life changed.  Ok, maybe that is a little dramatic, but it took my interests in beauty, fashion, cooking etc. and vaulted them to a whole new level as I was inspired by the ideas of others.  Thus, this blog was born!  To help fuel a creative space in my life, to hopefully help to organize it too and to join this community of bloggers that I have come to love!

Although, I follow many blogs, I would say that the biggest inspiration to begin my own came from Kate Bryan of The Small Things Blog.  I felt a connection to her style and her content, along with a appreciation of how she has built her brand and her blog while remaining true to herself.  Check out my sidebar for a link to Kate’s blog and to other blogs which have become some of my favorites.

At this point I want to begin uploading twice a week, but please be patient with me… I am still learning this, and it is much more technical than I expected.  Hopefully you should see new content on Monday on Thursday, and it is my wish that some of you would share these interests and join in this ride with me!  Until next time…Jill

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