2011, celebrate, happiness, new years, thankful

Happy New Year, Loves!

Cheers! Prost! Salut! 
2012 might just be the best yet, though 2011 will be one for the record books.
2011, at a glance

2011 at a glance.

we were bogged down by many a blizzards.
big pups & break ups were heavy on my mind.
(after a few minor bumps in the road, i found my new home.)
i got settled in Germany & flew back home for a quick jaunt 
i went on the trip of a lifetime to the 
Mediterranean with my wonderful host family i au paired for.
from croatia to greece. italy to turkey. it was a dream come true.
i met some german friends & 
lounged by the baltic sea after work most days.
i began to feel like kiel was our city 
& i got bangs & enrolled in a new university.
i went to copenhagen, & of course, fell in love with it.
i bought some rad red pants that i love & 
welcomed flat nathan to germany.
i wrote a lot about being unsure. i wrote about my grandma allen
i became uncharacteristically calm about the whereabouts of my future mister
(& our future.)
 i discovered an awesome trick. made a big decision
(big decisions were the theme of 2011.) & moved back home with

“I would much rather have regrets about not doing what people said, than regretting not doing what my heart led me to and wondering what life had been like if I’d just been myself.”Brittany Renee

back in kansas, christmas 2011, december 2011, family

Christmas (back) in Kansas City.

 i hope your holidays were merry & bright.
{Christmas night. 2011.}

if you’ve ever been apart of an Allen family Christmas, you’ll understand my delayed posting. 
it is the most exciting, laughter-filled, stuffed to the brim with grub, zillions of tales exchanged, trivia challenge-jam packed, fun experience you will ever have.

start this three day celebration right after a 30+ hour day of travel & jet lag? yep, you can guarantee you’ll be a bit zonked for a few days.

so if i fall a bit behind on my posts, i apologize. but my bed awaits & my abs are resting from all that laughter.

p.s. my sister is way better at this keeping up business. you can see all of our shenanigans at her blog. 😉

germany 2011, northern germany

Words; simple seeds for the soul.

{12.20.2011the day before i bid farewell to my forever love, deutschland.}

the words i’ve been blessed with the past few days are forever tucked in my heart.
words people are telling me before i leave their sweet home, before returning to mine.
these words, they’re so genuinely meant for my heart, my mind, my life.
these are words spoken for my ears, these are words that i am writing down in my diary right this moment, slipping away in my jewelry box to keep forever– packing away into my heart. 
words that i will return to when i’m feeling lost, unsure, exhausted with the chaos life sometimes throws our way. 
i can’t really transcribe these treasured words at the moment. for now, i let them rest gently on my heart, i let them seep in, plant their seeds, and i’ll nurture them to grow, grow, grow.
but these words, i had to tell you about.
because if there was ever anything i needed to hear before i bid this country farewell,
it’s these words.

and for these words, these sweet souls who speak them to me, i am thankful. i am entirely swollen with gratitude.