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i was talking to a friend the other day & i realized that on my blog, i don't really have a place where i introduce any of the characters that hang out around here. i'm 85% sure that there have been people that i don't know who read my blog. more often than not, you'll find stories of randoms named sadie, parker & mack. but who even ARE those people? are they even people?! well, you've come to the right place. because here's where i introduce you to me, my cute family & our story.

hi. 👋🏻 i'm sadie. i'm the girl behind the screen & the writer of the stories. i grew up in small town nevada. i'm proud to be from nevada & honestly, home will probably always mean nevada to me. i love the small town life, but have learned to thrive in the city. i love the bustle of city life-- riding the train, going to the airport & driving in traffic all make me so happy. (i know, it's weird, but i seriously love it) i love reading, writing & photography. those are probably my truest passions. i love being outdoors-- especially in the mountains during the summertime. i love a good chick flick/feel good movie & cry almost every time i watch one. my closet is full of neutral colors & striped shirts. & i have an obsession with being intentional & the minimalist lifestyle.

parker was born & raised in utah county. he has the most infectious smile & boisterous laugh out there. he's a huge fan of anything sports related. if parker had to only eat one thing for the rest of his life, he would probably choose bean burritos or hamburgers. he likes being outdoors, sleeping in his own bed (WITH HIS MEMORY FOAM PILLOW), playing any type of game, riding his scooter (not the push push kind), playing pick up basketball games & watching the office reruns on netflix. 

you can read more about our story of how parker & i met, fell in love & got married in these posts
US.
HE DIDN'T ASK ME TO MARRY HIM {OUR ENGAGEMENT STORY}
OUR STORY IN A NUTSHELL | TWO YEAR ANNIVERSARY

mack (or mackie as he is so lovingly called at home) is our 13 pound, 8 month old toy poodle. he is so, so smart & loves humans more than other dogs. he thinks he's a big dog, but is scared of loud noises, actual big dogs & cardboard boxes. (🤷🏼‍♀️) mackie loves to play fetch & tug-of-war. he knows that he gets called a good boy & gets treats when he sits on command. he recently learned to lay down AND give high fives or paw if he wants belly rubs (& takes advantage of the fact that we can't say no to him right now because he's still learning). mackie is the goodest good boy around & we are so glad he is a part of our family. he makes us laugh & teaches us more about unconditional love every single day.

as a little family, we've had a lot, a lot, a lot of ups & a few downs here & again. in our short two years of marriage we've traveled to disneyland, san francisco, st. louis & new york city. we love traveling & experiencing new places together. shortly after getting married, we decided that we wanted our little family to grow, we began trying to have a baby & later found out that having a baby would be a bit harder for us. in 2017, i was diagnosed with infertility & PCOS. we've shared pieces of our infertility journey for our friends & family to read here & here. we are excited for the day that we get to bring a sweet babe into our family & hope that day is soon, but for now we are grateful for every day together, for the love we feel for one another & for our sweet mackie boy who brings us so much joy. 

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having an introduction on your blog or website will help others be able to find you & for those who stumble upon your website, they'll be able to quickly get to know you, your writing style & what's important on your blog. 

what would you say in your introduction post?

wednesday letter: goals update

my blog is a place where i can share... well honestly, whatever i'm feeling or thinking about. but i also like sharing my favorite products, places, food, things, ideas, etc. but recently, i've started sharing my goals. i want to be accountable for the goals i have made, so today, i'm sharing how i've done with my goals thus far in january. you can see my 2018 goals here.

intentional minimalism:
we've got our belongings down to FIVE totes! we put most everything into my grandma's shed because right now, we don't really need anything. i've mentioned this before, but one of my biggest (& favorite) tips for cleaning things out & downsizing is: always, always, always have a DI pile (or thrift store pile), we constantly have one & we take the pile to DI at least once a month.

intentional storytelling:
i've tried to slow down during my shoots, but could still use some work there. i also haven't blogged every session. i need to hop on that & write down my sessions so that i can blog them.

intentional frugality:
we are ON TRACK to make our gross goal & i am so, so stoked about that. i'm in the process of getting a full-time day job, which will definitely help us there.
we are also working VERY hard on getting out of our debt. which we are very excited for. we have big plans for our family for 2018 + 2019 & getting out of debt (car payments are the worrrrrst) is at the top of the list.

intentional education:
this week i've read two & a half books, so i'm feeling pretty good about that. i love reading & i love that i've been able to get back into it this year.

intentional spirituality:
i've been trying to do really good at this. i need to be better at scripture study & journaling, but i've been trying to pray every day & have noticed a difference for sure. 

intentional health practices:
5+5+5 - I'M DOING SO, SO GOOD. we're at 20 of each per day & it is definitely a workout. i'm super tired by the end of it, but i'm super proud of myself.
no soda or chocolate: CRUSHING this. i haven't had any soda or any chocolate since the new year started. it turns out that the no chocolate thing is harder than i thought it would be. we've had brownies or chocolate cake a few times for sunday dinner desert and man. my mother-in-law is such a good cook & they have looked & smelled SOOOOOOOOOO good. but i've resisted & i am so, so proud of myself.
eat out less. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH. super bad at this. like SUPER bad at this. BUT we have made three meals at home this month, so i'd say we're on the up & up. 
eat less dairy: i've tried really hard to do this. i definitely eat cheese and have milk with my cereal, but it's not a ton of cheese and i don't drink the milk in my cereal. i'm trying harder to cut it more & more every day because i want to see how it will help. i haven't noticed a difference in my acne, but i have noticed a difference in how i feel (sickness-wise). i haven't gotten sick when i've eaten what i have, but i'm trying to pay close attention.

i'm also trying to be better about taking pictures of our every day life because i want to remember these days. i want to remember these times. i want to live in 2018 instead of fantasy 2023.