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Currently... (and Happy First Friday)

CurrentlyMegan WhitsonComment

Hi friends! Happy First Friday!

Two semesters ago in PT school, our class schedule worked out to where we didn’t have class on Friday’s so we (my classmates and professors) started calling Thursday our “First Friday” and it stuck! And makes me smile happily bc it reminds me of 62 wonderful, talented friends that are all across the country right now kicking ass on clinicals :)

Pro tip: if you want to see beautiful men with their shirts off on the reg, go to PT school ;)

Pro tip: if you want to see beautiful men with their shirts off on the reg, go to PT school ;)

Anywho…how has your week been? Flying by? Dragging slowly and painfully? Whatever the answer…put a pep in your step bc tomorrow is the REAL Friday! I’m heading up to the mountains with some dear friends and my fella for a few days of hiking, farmer’s marketing, craft beer drinking, board game playing and yummy food eating - cannot wait! I think I am most excited about the 60’ weather YESSS. We are rocking a balmy 81’ today here in Beaufort with 1000% humidity. Needless to say, I am slightly ecstatic for some fall weather - even if only for a weekend.

Alright moving onto today’s post which will be a monthly (maybe weekly, we shall see) topic on what is going on “currently.” I’m borrowing this idea from Tracy at Shutterbean because I think everything she does is absolutely amaze-balls (I know I hate myself for using that word too. I am a closet frat bro apparently). I kind of want to be just like her when I grow up and I love her Currently posts. I actually started using the same format in my journal this year so I’m carrying it on over to the blog-o-sphere (God, sorry. My verbage is truly bro today and I can’t seem to stop it…must be those First Friday vibes).

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Good Vibes Only

Folly Beach, SC

CURRENTLY …

INSPIRED BY: Strong women (check out this podcast episode with Sophia Bush - I want to be her best friend), men who support and respect strong women, my patients who keep fighting against incredibly odds — I am humbled to get to walk alongside them <3

WATCHING: Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown (RIP - still so sad over his loss), Ozark (Anyone else watching?? Jason Bateman is incredible!)

READING: The Throne of Glass series (Holy cow…I just finished this series a few weeks ago. I literally did nothing other than eat, sleep, go to work and READ for about 2 weeks while I flew through this book series. I have not been that obsessed with a series since Harry Potter. HIGHLY RECOMMEND)

THINKING ABOUT: Salt Lake City (where I will be in less than a month for my next rotation!), thinking of and sending prayers for those affected by the hurricanes recently, how to become more disciplined in my yoga practice (I have been soooo slack recently)

LISTENING TO: Podcasts like crazy recently - a few of my current favorites: Unspoken with Sean Brock, Joe Rogan with Morgan Fallon, Dr. Death (seriously terrifying) and Oprah with Pico Iyer (so inspiring); and I’ve had my YOGA playlist on repeat at night recently

DREAM LIFE: Crazy dreams recently - I’ve been taking 5-HTP to help me sleep and it is wonderful but it also gives me some super out there, lucid dreams; I’ll try to remember some of them to share next time ;)

GRATEFUL FOR: the opportunity to start this blog…it has seriously been a dream for a long time and I’m thankful for everyone who takes the time to read and comment. Thanks guys <3

I will be on this porch looking at this view in less than 24 hours &lt;3

I will be on this porch looking at this view in less than 24 hours <3


Questions…

Any Salt Lake City must see/do recommendations? Or recommendations of things to see/places to stop on the way out there?

What are you reading right now? What do you recommend?

What are your weekend plans?!

Tuesday Things ...

Tuesday ThingsMegan WhitsonComment
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Hi friends!

Just popping in to share a few Tuesday things with you today :)

  1. In case you didn’t realize it yesterday, I absolutely love Charlotte and it’s up at the top of my list for areas I’d like to live after I graduate. I took the above picture when I was visiting Dana for a much needed respite after completing my first semester of PT school!

  2. Have you guys heard of megababe?! I am newly obsessed with it’s founder: Katie Sturino (highlyyy recommend giving her an Insta follow - she is so REAL and stylish as hell. Love it). Anyone tried the chafing stick (any fellow runners)? I want to give all these products a try!

  3. It is misty and cool out in Beaufort today and I finally feel ready to play some Avett Brothers because they are my FALL music. I just feel like driving through the mountains as the leaves are changing when I hear them <3

  4. How glorious is this chai-spiced apple skillet??? I see this being made in my very near future!

  5. I feel like I need this hat for fall you guys … I’m so scared of ordering hats online though bc I have a MEGADOME for a head haha. Seriously, I think I wear a large in dude’s hats ;)

  6. What’s everyone’s favorite pumpkin recipes they’ve made so far?? I am way behind on my pumpkin recipe creations but it’s been a little hard to feel like it’s fall when it has still consistently been in the high 80’s here in the lowcountry. Come on fall!

  7. I did try the Pumpkin Spice Rx Bar and it was glorious! I am about to splurge and order one of the boxes from Amazon.

  8. Fall TV shows…also way behind the times. What is everyone watching?? I just finished The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel on Amazon and it was so, so, so well done! I was so sad when I realized there was only one season … but rumor has it that season 2 will be out soon!

Thanks for reading loves. Leave me all your TV show and fall/pumpkin recipe recommendations! Pura Vida <3

One more wedding pic from Saturday bc I love this dress and this man &lt;3

One more wedding pic from Saturday bc I love this dress and this man <3

PS…if you love this dress too, you can purchase it here :)

A perfect Charlotte weekend ...

Charlotte, WeddingsMegan WhitsonComment

Hi friends!

I spent a lovely weekend up in the Charlotte, NC, area. My boyfriend’s sister, Katie, got married to her sweetheart of 6 years, Tony. It was a beautiful wedding and had so many crafty, personal touches that really showcased Katie’s creativity. She made an absolutely stunning bride and I can’t wait to see the professional pictures!

But rewind to the beginning of the weekend! I used the wedding location as the perfect excuse to catch up with one of my best friends in Charlotte - Dana! Dana and I met on a random Sunday afternoon at brunch when we each had our pups with us - best friend love is always best built over puppies and mimosas. We are a match made in Sunday heaven and she’s been my sister ever since.

Anyway, she now lives in Charlotte and I miss her like CRAZY so it was wonderful to share a little time with her! She took me to a new-to-me pizza place called Inizio. Y’all. I consider myself a bit of a pizza snob and this was some DAMN GOOD pizza. Holy yum…we split two thin crust specialty pies: the Margherita (San Marzano Tomato Sauce, Buffalo Mozzarella, Basil, Garlic, Pecorino) and the Maria (Seasonal Mushroom Blend, Truffle Crema, Roasted Garlic, Buffalo Mozzarella, Sea Salt, Pecorino) … and of course, wine <3 This was a home run spot with a perfect outdoor seating area with string lights (which are my love language). If you’re looking for reasonably priced pizza and wine with a chill vibe, please check out this spot next time you're in Charlotte.

We finished off the night with a glass of wine on her back porch, catching up on life and enjoying this slightlyyy cooler weather. I don’t think life gets much better than back porch nights with good friends, good music, good wine and good conversation.

Dana went to an Orangetheory class on Saturday morning (this is on my bucket list to try soon!) while I worked on some styling, picture taking and photo editing for Poshmark. Then, I met Dana for lunch at YAFO Kitchen. She picked some winners for food this weekend because this was equally amazing (and I had my leftovers for lunch today! Win!). YAFO pairs the simplicity of Mediterranean fare with bold Middle-Eastern flavors. Imagine a Moe’s/Chipotle set-up but Mediterranean style with sooo many yummy options - I had a hard time reigning myself in! I forgot to take pictures but believe me, it was delicious. Another recommendation if you’re in the Charlotte area and looking for a quick, reasonably priced lunch spot :) Finally, we did a true girlfriend date and got pedicures … and kept it super classy by bringing our own mimosas in water bottles ;) Then it was time for me to get wedding ready and head to Rock Hill.

We didn’t take any pictures this weekend but here is an oldy but goody from an Alabama Shakes concert in Charleston with my Sunday Sista

We didn’t take any pictures this weekend but here is an oldy but goody from an Alabama Shakes concert in Charleston with my Sunday Sista

I already said a little about the wedding but bear with me while I gush just a tad more. Katie picked an awesome venue in Rock Hill, SC (about 35 minutes outside of Charlotte) called Tipsy Goat Estate. The venue featured a beautiful plantation-style home and carriage house where the bride, groom and the wedding party all got ready. The actual ceremony took place right beside the creek under a huge oak tree and was just perfect. Katie and Tony wrote their own vows and it was such a beautiful, yet simple ceremony. I loved it. They had a cocktail hour out on the patio beside the house while the wedding party took pictures and then we all moved to the large barn on the estate for the reception.

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THE FOOD. Oh my goodness. They decided to again go for simplicity and served pulled pork BBQ, mac-n-cheese, coleslaw and baked beans. What a great idea for a wedding! It is easy, no fuss and who doesn’t love BBQ?! They also had “craft donuts” and I may or may not have had 2 or 3 of the pumpkin spice ones. No shame in this white girl game ;) The cake was gorgeous and elegant but I sadly did not get a picture. Maybe Katie will let me share some of the professional shots with you guys in a later post :) This was a fun night filled with lots of love and sweet times with family. All the light and love to Katie and Tony as they begin this next journey in life together <3

We snuck out of the reception for some sunset pictures. Love this man &lt;3

We snuck out of the reception for some sunset pictures. Love this man <3

Sunday was a mix of work and rest. Will and I helped his parents clean up some last odds and ends back at the venue and I continued to drool over the house and estate - did I mention they have peacocks?! Put those on the (long) list of future pets I want. I think I’m going to need a farm :) After we cleaned up, we enjoyed leftovers from the night before - BBQ and more cake! Will and I watched the Panthers game with his parents and just enjoyed relaxing together. How about the Panthers win?! Gano!!! 63 year field goal - HOLY COW. He was the hero of the game for sure :)

As always Monday morning came too soon and I was on the road back to Beaufort at the lovely time of 4:00AM. GROSS.

It was a wonderful weekend and I’m so thankful for sweet times like these with family and friends.

Happy Monday loves. I hope you have a sunshine-filled week!