What’s My Name?

Life is busy. We all know it. We don’t get together with friends and family as much as we like. We don’t do all the things we enjoy because we are “too busy.” Unfortunately most of us end up caught neck deep in the rat race. We have jobs, chores, errands, and even other lives to care for; the list goes on and on (and on). And THEN we focus on life.

“I have to finish my presentation for work and then we can go out to dinner.”

“We have to run to the post office, bank, and dry cleaner and then we’ll see if we have time to stop by.”

“Let me earn one more vacation day, and then we’ll come see you guys.”

We do all kinds of tasks and then life! Life! Life is the good parts, the memory making, the indescribable moments. Life is the vacations, weddings, and get-togethers with the friends and family we love so much, but don’t see nearly enough. THAT is the idea behind this blog space, And Then Life.

I realize, however, there are things day in and day out that need to be tended to. We can’t pretend there aren’t. Let’s learn to make those mundane tasks enjoyable though, let’s learn how to smile and laugh through them! Those “must-do’s” on our “to-do” lists (I’m not the only one that does that, right??) have to be approached differently. What is actually necessary now and what can wait? We are always, always, always going to have something to do. Take the time to live your LIFE instead.

You are intended to do much more on this Earth than check off a to-do list of pointless tasks. That “life” part is what we all should truly be focusing on.

Welcome

Cue the confetti, we’re finally live!

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Welcome to And Then Life lifestyle blog. I am so glad you stopped by!

I have been working, planning, and praying over this space for almost two years. I am so grateful it has come to fruition. I can’t wait to share LIFE with you as it happens to me and bond over stories of how it happens to you.

I am a new mommy and  happily married wifey with a few years left in my 20’s. My husband and I have been married for three years and have a sweet, sweet baby girl (& a small herd of pets).

I am passionate about my faith, love to travel (but don’t do it nearly enough,) and can’t get through the day without snapping a photo of something that makes me smile.

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Thanks so much for checking in on my new venture. I have fallen in love with this little corner of the world wide web, and hope you will too! Feel free to leave some love in the comments below!

{Side note: I highly suggest having a confetti photo shoot at some point in your life. So fun!  I also highly suggest finding someone else to clean up afterwards. Let’s just say I’m pretty sure I may find glitter in my babe’s diaper tomorrow morning!}

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Much love,
Chelsea

To Blog or Not to Blog, That was Never the Question

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In this day and age of technology and social media, blogging has really taken off. People across the world are sharing their most true selves, in all aspects, with anyone that will take the time to listen. Bloggers come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and ages with a plethora of different experiences and opinions. They are pastors, artists, couch surfers, students, and people who are just like me. Yet no matter the differences, I find myself drawn to these blogs. I want to learn more about these different walks of life. I am intrigued by the passions that drive their everydays. Because you see, even when the people who are “just like me” have something to say, it is still going to be different than how I would say it. They will explain things differently, they will approach things differently.  There is a reason there are millions of blogs, yet people still continue to read on. Even if the same topic is discussed, no two people are going to take on the subject matter in the same way. That’s what keeps people coming back for more.

I knew as I sat at my computer, nearly two years ago, reading blog after blog, that it was something I was meant to do. There were times during the planning process that I became discouraged. I would be lying if I said I did not. There are so, so many blogs out there. That’s just it though, blogging isn’t a competition. If writing your blog is something you’re enjoying, you’re already successful.

I knew I wanted to have MY WORDS out there – to be read, enjoyed, dissected, and even argued with. I wanted to be part of this community of people from around the world, sharing their lives, sharing their own little worlds. While my life is not overly interesting, my wit is not overwhelmingly charming, and my writing tends to be rambly at times, it’s time I share my perspective of my little corner of the world.

I hope you’ll join me!