Sage the Blog : December 2014

Can you believe we are less than a week away from Christmas? That just seems obscene to me, where did this year go?! Although I’m not necessarily ready to begin 2015 yet, I did want to take a moment to reflect back on the past year. It was arguably one of the best years of my life.


It’s honestly hard for me to remember back this far. This was a month of rest for me; full of days working from home and sitting by the fire relaxing before the craziness of classes started. The weather was mostly miserable, but it did get up in to the 50s some days which allowed for some muddy bike rides with M!


Classes were back in full swing by this time of the year, and that’s probably why I am choosing to block it out of my memory completely. Oops. This is why I love blogging, because without it, I can’t even remember what I did yesterday!


March was a great month! We had my

“Taste of Home” bridal shower

in Phoenix, I slaved over

DIY wedding projects

, and sent out our

wedding invitations

! I remember how excited I was to get RSVPs back.

APRIL. The month I returned to the blogging world

after a hiatus. I immediately shared our

engagement photos

. We also spent some time in

Kansas City

working on wedding details and celebrating our first True False Film Festival experience. In April, we saw the first signs of life in

our garden

, watched the anticipated

American Blogger documentary

, and celebrated


with friends. This is also the month I started creating

meal plans

and I am happy to say I have continued it every month since. Not to forget this was also the month when I told you

how our church plant changed my life



This was a BIG month. FIRST OF ALL,


and then I shared the beginning of my

love story

with you. After that came information overload about my personal

wedding planning hacks

, my experience with

purity and waiting

, and

ten things NOT to say to a bride

. And for those who could care less about my wedding, I shared

10 things I CANNOT deal with

, some

snippets from my childhood


blogging etiquette 101

, and

10 things I would tell my younger self

. May was a month of saving money for us, so it was only natural that I shared our

money saving tricks

. At the end of the month, I had a

Vegas Bachelorette party



!!! On June 9, we celebrated

a year of engagement

. After that, I poured my heart out about

finding my identity in Christ

and hating the idea of

food restriction

. Then,

I officially became a wife

on June 21. At the end of the month, I rambled about

why I took my husband’s last name



The beginning of ALL of

our wedding

photos! We had a really great Fourth of July in Louisville and then followed it up with

the travel experience FROM HELL

. I also vowed to

stop trying so hard

which ended up in me sharing all of

my weird quirks

. I also told you

how to be a cyclist

and challenged you to

get real about your marriage

with others. We also went on a tour of our

backyard makeover



We spent the first 10 days of August in


for our honeymoon. It was magical. I drank a lot of coffee and

learned some things about those magical little beans

that I didn’t know before. While we were gone, I shared my FAVORITE photos from our wedding:

the details

. I spilled the beans about my

Grand Canyon love affair


cleaned out my iPhone

, and shared

my FIRST Stitch Fix



I got my bible study on and shared

some tips

, chatted about how to

coordinate mismatched bridesmaid dresses

, and my husband made an appearance to offer advice about

choosing the perfect wedding photographer

. I got serious about

providing tangible support

for friends in need, told a story about one of

my favorite tattoos

, and jumped the gun on my

holiday wish list

. The month ended with me sharing our Shutterfly

wedding album


our vows





. This series has been amazing for me, and I hope you can say the same. A short


and a look

behind the scenes

were necessary thanks to the growth I had seen in my followers (SO AWESOME). October was the month we celebrate M’s brother’s wedding and traveled back home to Arizona. I also shared our


and announced that I would start offering

sponsorship options



The beginning of graduate school hell and the holiday season. This required discussions about

what I am thankful for

in general and

what I am thankful for about our town

. It also obviously required a

holiday gift guide

. In November I was the co-host of a STELLAR

tattoo linkup

and I was

FORCED to vlog

. I also talked about my personal

wedding registry dos and don’ts

– a MUST read if I do say so myself.


December marked the month we became members at our church, celebrated my birthday as well as six awesome months of marriage, AND I successfully survived another semester of school. YAY. I also talked about

how to balance family

during the holiday season, my 5 favorite

affordable wines

, and my

skincare routine

. We traveled (or will travel) to Arizona, Wisconsin, and Chicago this month. The saddest part about the end of December will be the conclusion of Equally Yoked. Look out for a little poll on December 31st where you can vote on your favorite post from the series! If you have nominations PLEASE send them my way in an e-mail or in the comments below!