This week has been a whirlwind! Things got a little crazy at work and there were some wedding planning must-dos, so sadly there wasn’t much blog time in the mix. Hoping this doesn’t continue for long!

That being said, coming at ya with another Currently this week, but keeping it short and sweet!

{Laughing // At this photo with Aaron Carter}

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Thank you Facebook memories for bringing this three year old gem to the top of my feed this morning. A few years ago, two friends and I fangirled at the front of a small Aaron Carter concert and got to snap a photo with him after. It was truly amazing and ridiculous, but you bet we sang every word to Aaron’s Party (Come Get It) as loud as we could. I know our eight year old selves were freaking out and thinking dreams really do come true.

{Reading // Jesus Calling}

I feel like I haven’t been able to sit down and read a book in quite awhile, but what I really do enjoy reading everyday is the daily devotional from Jesus Calling by Sarah Young. These early morning bits as I head into work are always such good truths and spot on reminders. I use the app, but there is also a hardcover you can keep on your nightstand!


An excerpt that really spoke to me this week?? Embrace all circumstances that I allow in your life, trusting Me to bring good out of them. View problems as opportunities to rely more fully on Me.

Love this truth. When I feel stressed, anxious, or overwhelmed, I can rest easy knowing that God has carefully designed all things to ultimately help me grow and bring me closer to Him.


You can tell we’re getting closer and closer to the best time of year in Chicago! The sun has been out this week, and when the rain has stayed away, long walks and runs along the lake have been the best. Here Becca & Eric were trying to skip rocks, and I was trying to snap a cool photo without getting hit by all the bikes I was in the way of.


Bleh, this weekend looks questionable with the weather yet again…but hoping for this best! Just staying excited about all the movies in the park and street festivals to come.

Happy Friday, friends!

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You guys. Today is the best.

I can hear you now. You say that a lot, Dayna, why is today really the best?

I’ll tell you, friends – because Mama Reyna is in town!!!

Mom flew in from Houston late last night and I’m taking the day off. We are going to romp around Chicago – sipping on coffee, laughing at ridiculous things, and shopping for wedding accessories.

Before heading into the weekend, I’m sharing another installment of my Currently series – a post every couple weeks where I can share all the things I’m loving, learning, watching, eating, wearing, whatever! Share a current fave of yours in the comments below too. 🙂

{Wanting // Platform Wedges}

I actually saw my mom in these adorable MK ones this week and remembered that’s right, I have been wanting some platform wedges. Thanks, mom, for the reminder – and sorry it’s 50 degrees in Chicago that you couldn’t bring those with you. (P.S. – Isn’t she the most adorable human you’ve ever seen?)

That being said, I tracked down a Steve Madden pair here I might have to get. Hey, I didn’t buy a new pair of fall boots for once, so that deserves some new spring kicks, right?


{Loving // Rifle Paper Botanicals Notebook Collection}

I have been using these Rifle Paper notebooks like it’s my job. They’re thin with lined paper and come in a set of three beautiful floral designs in red, green, and pink – the green one is shown in the photo further down. I was looking for one that wouldn’t be too heavy too tote around everywhere, and that I could easily fold back to make writing easier when I’ve got a lot in my lap. These notebooks from Rifle Paper are perfect, and I got three in one! Currently using 2 of the 3 for blog and Bible study notes…waiting for the right use for my last.

{Wearing // Summer Nails}

When I have my nails painted, I literally feel 20 times cooler than normal.  I feel more fashionable and put together instantly. Anyone else??

I pretty much have two palettes of colors. The darks – purple, navy, cabernet, etc. – that I rock during the fall and winter, and the lights – nude, blush, etc. – that I wear for late spring and summer.  Bright, holla at you  colors are usually not included. This week though I decided to treat myself to a manicure and felt inspired to change it up with this loud pink. Ugh, I can’t get any picture to do it justice, but trust me, it’s like a neon loud.

To be honest, it’s also my effort to call out the sun and sends all these clouds in Chicago away.



Happy weekend, friends! Off to run around Michigan Avenue with my mom and see what kind of silliness we can stir up.

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Hi! Remember me?? Well, that week without a post flew by. I can’t promise it won’t happen again. Life has been busy the last few days, and I’ve been feeling the effects of the go, go, go once I get home in the evening. Anyone else? Yes, I thought so.

All that to say, I prefer being busy than the feeling of having nothing to do, but I have realized if I can’t get off work, run to the store, squeeze in a work out, and sit down in front of another screen at home to write each day – that’s 100% okay.

This totally applies to you too – we all need to cut ourselves some slack when we feel we are getting pulled in lots of directions and can’t excel at each one 24/7.

For today’s Currently, instead of talking about three things from this week – I’m focusing on one and explaining the talk behind it…

{Feeling // Motivated}

This ties back to a speaker we had at work through our women’s organization. The author Yvonne James Furth, former President of Draft Worldwide (now ad agency FCB, where I interned a couple summers ago), came to speak about a book she co-authored. It focuses on putting mindfulness at the center of your life.

Yvonne, and co-author Molly Rudberg-Leshnock, wrote From the Yoga Mat to the Corner Office: A Mindful Approach to Business Success  that speaks to finding and consistently exercising balance in your life. The most unique part of this motivational book is that it ties aspects of yoga to your everyday routines – like breath, focus, balance, flexibility – by demonstrating how you can put this certain aspect to work on the mat, and at the office.


We left the talk with a free copy of the book that I’m so excited to read through. I also took away a big nugget of wisdom that I’ve always been behind, but think I often lose sight of in all that’s going on. I feel refreshed after hearing it again from someone like Yvonne.

Ready for this truth?

You really can have it all.

Each day, we are juggling so many things and we can feel like there is just so much going on – like we are just going to have to pick and choose what we want to pursue. We’re juggling family schedules and that quality time at home. We’re juggling projects at work and meetings we have to organize. We’re juggling our friends and the social lives we are attempting to we keep up.

Oh, and I almost forgot ourselves…we’ve still got to make sure we can address our own hobbies – reading, blogging, exercising, building, growing, and all the other verbs we do because we love them.

What Yvonne had to say, and what I’m sure I’ll find in her and Molly’s book, is that you can totally tackle all of these things, you can have it all. The key is knowing that you won’t always be perfect and excellent at all of them, all at once. 

When we are at work, we work – and here’s the hard part – when we aren’t, we’ve got to set boundaries for ourselves. We’ve got to leave the office, or whatever other commitments we have, feeling proud of the day’s efforts, but ready to break for what other priorities we have – or just to simply give our minds a rest.

If this doesn’t apply necessarily to work for you, I think it really applies to other personal goals too. I’m definitely learning to apply it as I try to grow my blog. This blog brings my hobbies together. I want to give it everything I have and knock off my list of associated to-dos, but when I’m exhausted – letting myself watch a movie with Eric, or laying in bed a bit early to read, is so okay and so necessary.

Aside from our tasks, we’ve got to be good to ourselves by allowing us time to grow, explore, play, laugh, and learn by pursuing our passions. When we are with loved ones, we have to let ourselves be fully invested there, and putting the hundreds of pings and screens seeking our attention on hold. This time give us the energy to do all the other stuff.

Of course, there will be days when you do have to get back online after a dinner with friends or family, but the important thing is that we allow ourselves to enjoy those other parts of us in between it all, and not feel guilty.

In really busy seasons of life, it’s just going to take a bit more effort to allocating time for each – and most importantly, allocating time to relax. Instead of letting the feeling of not hitting everything on your plate at 100% slip in, we need to be proud of the moment’s victories, and know that we are crawling into bed with more opportunities that we will rock at tomorrow.

You can have it all. You just have to be easy on yourself and good to your soul while doing it.

Thanks to Yvonne for such a great talk that inspired some good reflection this week. Happy Weekend, everyone!

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This week’s Currently coming at ya a little later than I would’ve hoped…but better late than never, right?? If you’re new to the blog, you can check out my first post in this series here. 🙂

Happy Weekend, folks!

{Reading // Bossypants by Tina Fey}

I’ve always loved Tina Fey, she was a favorite of all my girlfriends on SNL, as I’m sure she was for a lot of people. All about female empowerment, laughing at yourself, and being real – my kind of lady. I remember this as the first female comedian’s book to really take the market by storm, and I loved Amy Poehler’s Yes Please, so I knew I was overdue in checking Tina’s out.

The part two excitement to this is that Bossypants is the very first book I’m reading on my Kindle Fire, a Valentine’s treat from Eric! Anyone who knows me, knows that I was anti-Kindle for a long time. Not regarding the product in general – I thought it was such a great idea – but I just love the feeling of a real book in my hands and seeing progress with the thickness of the pages.

It was after books were getting bent up in my work tote, and hard to read when having to stand on my commute, I figured I should give it a go. Still adjusting and won’t be giving up physical books completely, but loving my Kindle so far!


{Eating // Brunch…at work?}

What is this? I am eating brunch on a weekday? At my office? Score.

We’re fortunate to have Bagel Friday at work, which is major fuel to get to the weekend. This week though, major bonus. Contestant from NBC’s The Voice and local Chicagoan, Mark Hood, stopped by to perform at a special Gospel Brunch. There were waffles, chicken, eggs, and bagels galore, so I was a happy camper. What a nice treat after a busy week.

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{Planning// Austin Trip}

In just two short weeks, Eric and I will be headed back for a jam packed weekend! It’ll be so wonderful to see family and friends, but also feel really good to knock out some more things on our list of wedding to-dos.

We’ll finally be taking our engagement photos – very excited! Also, kind of nervous…haha am I cool and not awkward enough for this? Our photographers for this shoot, and our wedding, will be the lovely Kelsey and Talon of Feather & Twine. This adorable duo also got engaged in Paris (Is this meant to be or what??), and married just last fall. We are so, so looking forward to meeting them in person. If you haven’t checked them out before, you can join us in being in awe of their talent at their journal here.

Also on the ATX agenda – cake tasting, floral, and linen appointments, and maybe even some bridesmaids’ dress shopping. These last few weeks have been a lot of emails and phone calls, but I’d say we are doing quite well for planning from states away!

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We did it again, made it to Friday, YAY. I don’t know about you guys, but this has been one long week with some big stuff  wrapping up at work! Those tail ends of projects are always so chaotic, but I’m staying positive because I know the end result is so rewarding.

Before jumping into this week’s Currently post…how cute are those Valentine’s cards that work had waiting on everyone’s desk this morning?? Happy early Valentine’s Day to you, your dogs, your friends, families, and S.O.s!

Okay – hope everyone has a great looooong weekend friends!

Sharing // Cheryl’s Valentine’s Treats

If you haven’t had a chance to try Cheryl’s cookies before, you’re missing out! I’m so lucky to have family friends back in Texas that send some of these my way year after year. This year’s box was full of Valentine’s Day buttercream iced cookies, in flavors from Devil’s Food Cake to Sugar to Raspberry Chocolate. There were so many – I loved being able to share a few with my work team as “Thank Yous” for all the help these last few weeks.


Wearing // NARS Lip Pencil

In addition to every sweater I own  to fight the “Feels like” negative temperatures this week, I’ve fallen in love with the NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil that came with my Sephora birthday gift (one of the store rewards programs I actually love!). The lipstick meets lip pencil gives a rich color that goes on smooth. The birthday sample came with two –  a deep red called Cruella, and a rosy pink called Rikugien. I love the pink color, working my way up to being confident enough to wear that red…

Side note: This picture features a dark purple manicure I treated myself to this week, because I’m in love with the color. Way dark or totally nude are my go to nail looks.


Feeling // Thankful

If you’ve checked out my About page, I touch on how important my faith is to me. With all the changes and big events that have taken place in this last year, I am more reliant and trusting in God than ever before. He has showered me with blessings and opportunities, and even in times of hardship, I know in Him all things are good.
As I go further into 2016, my word has been Peace. I’m striving to focus my eyes on the peace that God places in my life and on my heart, even when there seem to be a thousand moving parts around me. It is for this love and stronghold my faith is constantly providing that I am feeling so thankful inside.
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