Every now and then beautiful wedding photos come up on my Pinterest account and just looking at them makes me smile. I thought I would share 5 of the prettiest wedding cakes from Pinterest I found this weekend, and my very own wedding cake from my wedding.
I love how simple this cake is yet the greenery and peonies give it color, and make it pop.
This cake is so simple yet elegant with the pictures of the continents. This would make a great cake for the couple that has wanderlust.
The simplicity of the gold design around each tier of cake makes it classy and timeless.
I can’t imagine the precision it takes for a baker to create these ruffles. It’s edible artwork! Kudos if your dresses has ruffles.
I can’t tell you how much my inner child enjoys this picture, and how much it would enjoy this cake even more.
We are Disney obsessed and wanted to incorporate our obsession with Disney into our wedding, in a healthy way. I think our cake turned out fabulous!
I am currently in the middle of reading Joy by Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, and Douglas Abrams. With the new year rapidly approaching I want to get a head start on focusing on my own joy. My ultimate goal is to radiate joy to everyone I come in contact with on a daily basis. Before I can do that, I want to understand the difference between happiness and joy.
I am not that far into the book yet, but the first 100 pages have already made an impression on me. I have already learned the difference between joy and happiness; joy is constant happiness that isn’t dependent on things. The happiness that comes from joy is constant. It comes from helping others and having compassion for humanity. Happiness on the other hand is equivalent to satisfaction. It is dependent on things; materialistic things. Once the appeal of these things goes away, your happiness goes away and you’re back at square one.
My goal this year is to focus on joy.
“Materialistic values cannot give us peace of mind. So we really need to focus on our inner values, our true humanity. Only this way can we have peace of mind- and more peace in our world.”-Dalai Lama
This past summer my husband and I took a very eccentric vacation that I’m still not sure how I feel about. We flew into Las Vegas for one night and spent the following day driving through Death Valley to Disneyland. We spent a few days in Disneyland, and then drove back to Las Vegas where we spent another couple of days before returning home. I am so thankful we got to experience this trip that included my favorite part of the trip, Death Valley.
On our multiple hour trip through Death Valley I couldn’t help but think about how beautiful everything looked. The juxtaposition of the arid desert against the mountain range had me awe struck. There was nothing around for miles yet I still could sense life all around me in the bareness; it was just a different form of life than most people are use to.
Here are some pictures that I took along the way to document this unique trip.
“Some people look at the desert and see nothing, yet a blind person could smell it and have the greatest vision of all.”
The holidays for my husband and I don’t really “officially” start until we have taken our annual trip to Disney. We started this tradition a few years ago and have been fortunate enough to stick with it thus far. We typically spend the first weekend of December in Disney taking in the holiday festivities that surround us.
Our first stop this year was EPCOT, and the main reason for the trip but more on that later. During the day, each of the country’s spin their tale on what the holidays mean to them. Some of our favorite shows include Norway’s “Sigrid and Julenissen,” Italy’s “La Befana,” United Kingdom’s “Father Christmas,” and last but certainly not least, America’s “Candlelight Processional,” the main reason for our trip.
My husband and I are very religious and we love America’s “Candlelight Processional” because it takes us through the story of Jesus with a guest speaker (our guest speaker this year was Robby Benson, the voice of Beast in Beauty and the Beast) and an amazing choir and orchestra. It really puts us in the holiday spirit and brings us back to the true meaning of Christmas, Jesus Christ.
Take a look at some of the pictures I took around EPCOT and our Christmas card that we sent out.
With a birthday so close to the new year I always feel extra pressure to make resolutions so I can start the new year and the new me on a clean, fresh note. I’ve spent most of the month trying to come up with resolutions for the new year. After an exhausting couple of weeks of coming up empty handed and depressed that I don’t have any new goals for the upcoming year, I suddenly realized why.
I’m pretty content with life as it is and have nothing major that I want or need. This past year, I stuck to my resolution of improving myself (and my anxiety) and it has brought me to a new magical place in my life. The only thing I can do from here is continue to be an even better person for the upcoming year. I want to continue my resolutions from last year which included:
1. Becoming more involved with my church & religion.
2. Becoming more philanthropic.
3. Becoming less anxious.
4. Living life more.
I feel so fortunate and lucky to have realized, at my age, what life is really about: love, living in the moment, laughter. I hope everyone is able to incorporate these things into their lives in the upcoming new year.