Home Improvement Project: Barn Door

Tyler and I have just been over the moon when it comes to this whole “homeowner” thing. Of course, there have been some stressful moments along the way (over-flowing toilets and all), but I think we both are still very pleased with our decision to take the leap!

I love it because we have SO MUCH ROOM! (Or at least, compared to what we did have!) And I love it because it’s ours, all ours! Tyler loves the space also, but more than anything I think he loves being able to put our own touches on the house. We joked after we moved in, that Tyler, who is an electrician by trade, also took on the roles of locksmith, plumber, gardener, and a whole bunch more! Well, now he can officially add “wood-worker” to his list! (He already possessed that title after he made a BEAUTIFUL cedar chest in high school that traveled with us to Oklahoma City, and now to our home in Denver.)

I present to you… our one-of-a-kind Barn Door!

The Finished Product:

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Ta-Da! The Finished Product!

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Door Closed.

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View from the inside!

We decided almost immediately, we wanted our “design/decorating theme” to be “cottage/farm-house.” We live in a quaint, 3-bedroom/2-bathroom ranch, so we thought it was perfect! We also decided almost immediately that the master bathroom door was going to have to go.

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Bathroom Door (outside) – Before.

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Bathroom Door (inside) – Before

The way the door swings just makes the nook for the toilet seem awkward. So, we agreed that a Barn Door feature would be the perfect touch to tie in the cedar chest, and solve our awkward door problem!

So here’s how we did it!

Before anything, Tyler drew up these plans for our Barn Door concept!

Pretty, huh? So this was our jumping off point! Next, it was time to put our design into action!

We started by making a layer with 1’X8′ tongue & groove cedar planks that we picked up at Home Depot. They took some “finagling” (and wood glue), but we made them work! After tons of sanding with 80 grit, 150 grit, & 220 grit with the electric sander, & 400 grit & 800 grit hand-sanding – including wet sanding – the wood was as smooth as butter!


Next, we installed the Barn Door hardware (Umax 6.6 ft Sliding Barn Wood Door Horseshoe Sliding Track Hardware Kit from Amazon.com), to give us an idea of how tall and wide the door needed to/could be.


After cutting the door down to size, we got some 1’X8′ cedar planks (without tongue & groove). These created the border (tops, sides, & middle) and “½ X” design feature in the center. This, again, involved sanding (as done above… Tyler is an avid sander!), and trimming. We attached these with wood glue and screws. Using a “plug cutter,” we were able to “hide the evidence” of the screws, but it also gave us more “peace-of-mind” that the two sections would be secure.

Before the slats were attached to the Tongue & Groove flat.

In progress… a late night work session!

After many more hours of sanding, sanding, and more sanding, it was then time to stain! We decided to go with a natural stain so that we could bring out the character of the cedar. We pre-stained (then sanded), stained (then minimal sanding), and then applied 3-coats of top coat to give it that extra shine (and to protect the soft cedar wood)!

Price Check
(all costs estimated)

Materials:

  • Tongue & Groove Cedar Planks (7 – 1X6) – $100
  • Cedar Planks for “Design” (4 – 1X6) – $65
  • Elmer’s Wood Glue (2 bottles) – $10
  • Wood Putty (used to fill various holes/cracks along the way) – $5
  • Sand Paper – $8
  • Paint Brush – $12
  • Screws (60) – $4
  • Minewax Natural Wood Finish – $8
  • Polyurethane  – $13
  • U-Max 6.6 Ft Sliding Boor Door Hardware Kit – $50 (Amazon Prime)
  • Adjustable Channel Wall Mount (Door Guide) – $35 (Amazon Prime)
  • Door Handle – $23 (Amazon Prime)
  • Materials Total – $323

Tools:

  • Saw Horses (4… 2 from Home Depot, 2 from Amazon Prime) – $90
  • Circular Saw – $50
  • Electric Sander – $85
  • Clamps (6 – Various Sizes) – $83
  • Plug Cutter Set (of 3) – $10
  • 4′ Level – $15
  • Stud Finder – $35
  • Tools Total – $368 (some tools previously owned)

PROJECT TOTAL – $691

All in all, I think we are both VERY happy with how this turned out! Before going on this venture of making our own Barn Door, we researched and found pre-made or custom-made Barn Doors that were upwards of $2,000! YIKES! We knew we couldn’t (and didn’t want) to spend that kind of money! There were some that were less expensive, but we also knew it was important for us to be able to make it our own – a custom, one-of-a-kind barn door – something we would both love to look at every day, and feel proud of the work that went into it! This is something we hope to cherish for many years to come, in this home, and any future homes we may have! This was a fun project that allowed us to work together as a team, and gave us a beautiful new design element for our first home! And if you ever come to visit, we’ll be sure to talk your ear off about Our Barn Door! 🙂

Until Next Time,

~*~ Megan ~*~

 

Refreshing & Reliable Reads: My Book Suggestions

Hello World!

Well, somehow I’ve managed to be absent from my blog for over a month… going on 2! Eeek! (So much for that New Year’s Resolution, in terms of connecting digitally. :-P)

Lately, I’ve found myself completely engulfed in reading. I haven’t read this much in a LONG time. Normally, when I get in the mood to read, I find a book, devour it in a handful of days, especially once I get to the “meaty” part, and then find it’s hard to pick up a second book for fear of “ruining” the one I just finished. Well, that is certainly not my current predicament! Once I put down one book, I’m just itching to get the next one started!

This is, in part, thanks to my great group of girlfriends that are now all spread out across the US! (Oklahoma, Maryland, and me in Colorado!) In order to stay connected, as life has taken us in all different directions, we started a book exchange! On (or around) the 15th of each month we either march down to the post office, or down the hall to the other person’s office, and exchange a book that we want to share! It’s been a super fun journey and has given me a wide array of new stories and perspectives on life in just a few short months!

In addition to the book exchange, I had made another New Year’s Resolution to read 12 books… 1 for each month of the year! Well, folks, I have already read 6 books! (7 if you count the audio book I listened to!) And officially started my 7th (or 8th) last night! 🙂 And it’s only April 1st!!!! Wowza! At this rate, I may triple or quadruple my original goal! Eeeek!

So, I thought, since I was having such a great time reading all these books, and they are so eclectic, I thought I would share my finds with my digital world, in case you’re looking for a good book, too! So here are my unofficial reviews of the books I’ve devoured so far this year!

  1. Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick. First off, I LOVE Anna Kendrick! I mentioned in a previous post, how she is on my list of “dream Hollywood BFFs!” Her book was so funny and so real and so down to earth. She talks about her rise to fame and all the obstacles and successes that came along with her journey. This was the first book I passed along in my book exchange and I felt it was a fun book to kick off the year with!

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  2. Between Breaths by Elizabeth Vargas. Elizabeth Vargas, the ABC News anchor, has struggled with alcohol publicly throughout her career. In her memoir, Vargas chronicles her journey up-to, and through, alcohol dependency. As some of you may know, I myself do not drink alcohol. Neither does my husband, Tyler. We both have long family histories that are tangled with alcohol issues. It’s part of what brought us together in the beginning of our relationship, especially at a time when many of our peers were first discovering alcohol and it seemed that was they “only way to be cool.” Reading about Elizabeth’s struggles and triumphs was really eye-opening. Plus, I’m an “ABC girl.” It’s always been my news of choice… GMA, ABC World News Tonight, The View, KMBC 9 News (KC), KOCO (Oklahoma City), and now Denver7! It’s an interesting look into Elizabeth Vargas’ life.

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  3. How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie. This was my audiobook that got me through a handful of long commutes. A lot of the principles seem like common sense. And they are. But it was really enlightening to hear the stories connected to each lesson. Just having these small reminders to “smile,” to “show honest and sincere appreciation,” to “try to honestly see things from the other person’s point of view,” and to “talk about your own mistakes before criticizing another person,” along with countless other important reminders, really had me thinking of all the ways I interact with people. From my friends and family, to my students – I wanted to take each of these lessons and find ways to apply them to my daily life. This is certainly a book to have on the bookshelf and to refer back to it many times throughout your life!

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  4. The Twenty-One Balloons by William Pène du Bois. What a fun and whimsical story! I had read this one before, but it came to me as my 1st book exchange book. It’s about a man, looking for solace in his life after retiring from teaching school. He hops in a hot air balloon, hoping to fly around the world, however he ends up stumbling onto a secluded village that resides at the base of a volcano. This self-sustaining village is quaint and innovative and the man falls in love with their way of life! I won’t ruin the story for you, but it is fun to think about traveling the world in a hot air balloon and stumbling upon a hidden village! The book is a Newberry Medal winner from 1948… it’s a classic.

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  5. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. My second book exchange read. This one is all about adventure and finding your purpose in life and living up to it. It really had me thinking about my own path in life and all the forces that have helped to push me in the right direction. I am, at times, a little superstitious and believe “coincidences” to actually be “signs,” so this was right up my alley. Plus, as Amanda (who gifts me with books in our book exchange) warned me, it will make you want to pack up (or sell) all of your belongings and travel the world to make sure you are indeed on your correct path in life!

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  6. Talking As Fast As You Can by Lauren Graham. Ok. Guilty pleasure admission time… First, before being an avid reader, I have always been an avid TV-watcher… for better or for worse. It’s just who I am. I have many of “my tv shows” that I get hooked on, and I’ve been known to binge watch a few seasons of shows when I’m looking for a new one. It’s how I got hooked on Grey’s Anatomy 12 years ago, it’s how Tyler and I got hooked on The Walking Dead, Dexter, and Breaking Bad. I watched 90210 (the new one), Fuller House, Pretty Little Liars, Switched at Birth (I can’t believe I’m admitting all of this!) and most recently Gilmore Girls. I wasn’t a GG Fan when the series was originally airing. (Upon watching it I realized Rory is about 2-3 years older that I am, so I just wasn’t “in the same place” when it originally aired, but watching it now, I was totally right there with her and all the references of the times!) As the news of the reunion series got bigger and bigger, and some of my friends were commenting on it, I decided it was time to see what all the fuss was about. About 10 minutes into the first episode of the original series and I had already laughed and cried and swooned. I knew I was hooked. So, I proceeded to watch all 7 seasons, and then the new series. (In about 3 months time.) (There are going to be more “A Year In the Life” series, right?!?) And then I read Lauren Graham’s book. (I had a feeling I needed to be in the know on both the original series and the new series in order to read spoiler free…. yup, I was right! Anyways, just like GG, Lauren Graham had me laughing, crying, and swooning. It was a fun read and offered some fun insights into a show I have now come to love. And I really enjoyed Lauren’s writing style. It was fun and quirky, just like I imagine she would be in real life!

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    The idea for this picture came from checking out Lauren Graham’s Twitter! I’m not sure where it started, but her fans are creating the other half of Lauren’s face like this and I thought I’d give it a try! It’s harder than it looks, folks!    😛

  7. Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult. This was my first Jodi Picoult novel. And my favorite book so far this year. Breathtakingly beautiful and painful, all in the same breath. A very timely novel, based on the current “race relations” and social justice discussions occurring in our country, and it really hit me hard. The compassion Jodi shows and expresses through the three characters (written from each of their POVs) is astounding and eye-opening. I think this is the first novel that has even literally moved me to tears. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve certainly shed a few tears over other stories, but this one really caught me off guard and took my breath away. A book I could encourage everyone to read.

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  8. And now, I’ve started reading Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder by Arianna Huffington. This one has been on my list for a while and while I was waiting for my next book exchange book, I decided to pop over to our local library (the first time I’ve ventured there since we moved into our house this past summer!), to check it out! I’m about 40 pages in, and so far loving the lessons! Hopefully, I’ll come back soon with another update once I’ve finished it! 🙂

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Reading all of these books so far this year has really opened up my eyes and my mind to all these different perspectives and ways of life. I feel like they’ve really been fueling me as a person, and encouraging me to strive for “more” in all areas of my life – namely, more connection and authenticity – the two things I was really seeking to explore this year! So, if you’re looking for a good read, I would highly recommend any of these! 🙂 And I wish you Happy Reading!

Until Next Time

~*~ Megan ~*~

P.S. If you’re reading any great books right now, please share them! I’m sure after I finish Thrive, I’ll be looking for my next book!

Saturday Six

Howdy!

As you know, it’s been a couple of weeks since my last post – life has been so busy with teaching and a show and simply finding time to be a person! I’ve had “blog” on my to-do list for the past two weeks, but just haven’t found the time! Until today! This beautiful weather has inspired me to stop by and leave you with these “Six Sensational Saturday Subjects!” 🙂 (And my cheesy alliteration!)  I hope you enjoy!

  1. Sunny Saturday! It’s a GORGEOUS Saturday in Denver! Almost 60* people! Pull out the bikinis! (Ok, not really!) It’s also supposed to be in the 50’s & even 60’s this coming week! And to top off the gorgeous weather… I got to come home IN THE DAYLIGHT! I was home by 1:30pm today! That hasn’t happened on a Saturday in a while!

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    ☀️ A Sunny Saturday Selfie! ☀️ Do you spy a 4-legged-furry-friend?! 🐶

  2. Savory Snack! Tyler and I have recently discovered an apparently suppressed love of ice cream & gelato. Since moving to Colorado we always seem to have at least 1-pint of ice cream/gelato in our freezer at all times! Typically, 1 pint per person!  (I think we may currently have 6… errr… 5 pints in the freezer now.) I’m typically a vanilla/chocolate-chip-cookie-dough type of girl. I will branch out occasionally but I love my “classics!” That is, until this past week when I discovered “Mediterranean Mint” from Talenti Gelato! Can we say DELICIOUS!?!? Anyways, that is why we now have 5 pints of ice cream instead of 6, because I have been devouring this pint over the past week, topping it off as my “after teaching snack” only moments ago!
    *No picture of delicious gelato due to being devoured. :-P*
  3. Sharing Stories – Part 1! With the beginning of this new year, a group of my girl friends decided to start a book exchange amongst ourselves! This is a group of girls that I went to school with and then worked with back in Oklahoma City. In the last couple of years, one of our group moved to Maryland, one moved to a new job in Oklahoma City, I moved to Denver, and three of the group are holding the fort down at OCU. Despite our distance, we still love to stay connected and share group text messages where we keep updated on each other’s lives. This group of girls is so very special to me… not to get too mushy, but we just really *clicked.* I cannot express the number of times I have thought to myself how incredibly thankful I am to have each of these ladies in my life, even if we’re now all spread out across the country. We have all helped each other through some really hard times, and some really great times, and I am certain we’ll be lifelong friends! So we decided this year, a fun & new way to get *connected* (remember my New Year’s Resolution!?!) would be to start this book exchange! The book I sent was Anna Kendrick’s “Scrappy Little Nobody.” (Side Note – I love Anna Kendrick – as an actress, and from what I know of her as a person! I often joke with Tyler that she, Emma Stone, & Jennifer Lawrence are my “dream Hollywood BFFs”…. he thinks I’m silly. Although, thinking about it, I would probably also include Kate Middleton if she’d be interested in joining my fantasy BFF team too. :-P) Anyways – back to the book exchange – I received “The Twenty One Balloons” by William Pene du Bois, a Newberry Medal Winner! I’m not very far into it yet because it was a busy January, but I’ve enjoyed what I’ve read so far! I’m just SO excited to find this fun new way of connecting with some of my very best friends! 🙂
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    The Twenty One Balloons by William Pène du Bois… doesn’t it looks so perfectly whimsical?!? Thanks, Manders!

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    Anna Kendrick’s Scrappy Little Nobody… I hope you’re enjoying it Kristen! 🙂

  4. Sharing Stories – Part 2! I spend A LOT of time in my car. Denver traffic is insane on a good day, so I always allow at least an hour when driving to teach, just in case. I switch back and forth between pop radio and NPR, but in the last couple of months I’ve ventured into listening to audiobooks! I tried a couple at the end of last year, kind of unknown books. I did ok with the first one, but I found myself struggling to pay attention to the words coming out of my speakers, often missing characters names/descriptions and important information. After a couple of weeks, I finally made it through and vowed to try again with another book. The second attempt was worse. The reader was a British male, and while I love a good accent, his voice was just sooooo soothing that I was finding myself very tired during my drive. So, I decided to stop listening. I’m typically someone who will power through a book even if I’m not a huge fan… I simply hate the idea of stopping in the middle, even if it’s not as intriguing as I would like. But I just wasn’t really getting into this story. Fast forward a few months and I finally got an email saying an audiobook I had had on hold through the library for MONTHS was finally available. So late last week I began listening to “How to Win Friends & Influence People” by Dale Carnegie read by Andrew MacMillan. Again, with my New Year’s Resolution being to “connect,” I felt the timing was very serendipitous and I couldn’t turn it down. I’ve heard lots of people mention this book as a good read and now I know why! Most of the information is common sense, but I’ve found myself really enjoying the reminders! Simple reminders such as how important it is to “show honest and sincere appreciation,” and to “smile.” I try to live my life in a positive way (although I think Tyler might disagree!), and I try to always have a smile to share. But I’m human, too, and have my bad days/weeks where I forget just how important these things are for creating the type of world I want to live in. Listening to this book while driving has been a great way to walk into teaching with some positive life lessons fresh on my mind and I would recommend this read/listen to anyone! 🙂

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    How To Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie read by Andrew MacMillan… Some really great reminders!

  5. A Spirited Show! I’ve mentioned a couple of times how busy January was… January came straight out of the gate with a bang! Back to teaching, recital prep, and a show! I realized coming back in January seemed so much more intense because everything starts back at once, where in the fall everything gradually starts up. I really should have done a better job of planning for starting back in January, back in December, but now I know better for next year! 😛 Anyways, I just had to give a quick shoutout to everyone involved in our show last weekend, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer! It was a story I was familiar with but the musical was new to me. Being a Missouri girl, I loved the “twangy” songs and dialect and the overall portrayal of a simple way of life! The production team I worked with was fantastic and I hope we get to work together again! And the talent these kiddos have at their young ages (3rd – 5th grades) completely astounds me! Singing, dancing, acting – true triple threats! I had such a great time revisiting my own childhood through the process of putting on this show, and the reminder that “Ain’t Life Fine,” even if everything isn’t always perfect!

    The Fantastic Crew! From L to R: Me (Choreographer), Emily (Stage Manager), Izzy (Music Director/Guitar Player Extraordinaire), & Ashley (Director)! I had such a great time working with these fabulous ladies and our phenomenal kiddos!!!

  6. Sassy Songs! As a dance teacher, I am constantly in need of finding new music. This last month was so busy I just didn’t find much time/motivation to search. *Bad dance teacher!* But with new shows and recital right around the corner, it was high time to start searching again. While this genre of music isn’t new to me, I rediscovered “Electro Swing” this past week and it’s had me “bopping” and “jiving” all week long!  I was recently asked to choreograph a piece for a spring concert at the performing arts middle/high school that I teach at and found the PERFECT piece! It’s called “Swing Set” by Jurassic 5 and let me tell you, the choreographic images started popping into my head immediately! I started teaching it to the kiddos this past Wednesday, and they are LOVING IT, almost as much as I am! So, if you’re in the market for some fun, funky, upbeat music, I would certainly check out the genre of  “Electro Swing!” Enjoy!

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    🎶Electro Swing🎶

Well, clearly it’s been TOO long since my last post… or I’ve just had too much caffeine (and maybe too much free time!) today! As the sun started shining today (it’s been pretty cloudy/dreary here the past 3-4 days), I started to feel myself perk up and noticing the beautiful world around me! And I thought to myself, “today is the day I need to share!” So, I hope you have enjoyed my six Saturday inspirations!

Until Next Time,

~*~Megan~*~

#RealLife – “Hard Water” Edition

The point of bringing back my blog was to aid in my New Year’s Resolution of building stronger, more authentic connections to the world around me. So, in the spirit of doing just that, I’m offering a glimpse of my “#RealLife.” Sometimes, this stuff is just “too good” it couldn’t have been made up… and this is a prime example of that.

Backstory – I do not talk on the phone very often. I much prefer texting. And Tyler HATES that I won’t just pick up the phone and call someone. Instead I will text back-and-forth for HOURS. Well, I especially don’t like talking on the phone when the number that shows up is a number I don’t recognize. I feel, if you want to talk to me, and I don’t know who you are, you can leave a message, and I can call (or text) you back. Ok, now fast forward to…

Present day – After a day of gearing up for the New Year, and feeling “motivated, amped,” and whatever other “energized” adjectives you can think of, about this New Year’s Resolution of mine, I see a phone number come across my Caller-ID that I didn’t recognize. “But gosh darn it, I’m becoming a new woman, so I’m going to answer that phone.” (This was the inner monologue I had with myself leading up to the decision to answer the phone.)

Upon answering the phone I learn that Tyler and I had “won” a $50 gift card through a new homeowners program, and someone wanted to drop off the gift card that evening! Woo Hoo! (*I may have missed an important part of the conversation when I was trying to listen and write a note to Tyler letting him know what this mystery caller wanted.*) Well, a couple of hours later, after a “burnt grilled cheese incident” that had already caused excitement in the Clark Household, the doorbell rings. Low-and-behold, it’s the person delivering our gift card… and… a “no-purchase-necessary-water-evaluation.” … Um, I think that’s the part of the conversation I missed…


I’ll spare you the details of discovering that we do *gasp* have Hard Water in our house, but by-golly, this man had a $12K solution for us, that could be ours for just  $7K if we purchased the system TONIGHT. (HA!) (Sidenote: Tyler and I don’t EVER do anything by the seat of our pants, especially not major purchases… we hadn’t even been thinking about a water treatment system until this man rang our doorbell – since I missed the part where I should have been expecting a water evaluation.)

But the best part of the evening, (yes – topping the “burnt grilled cheese incident”) was when during the “demonstration” (some might call it a “magician’s act”), the man had Tyler washing his hands in our sink with our tap water and water that had been treated by his system. As Tyler was washing his hands, he noticed the mat by the kitchen sink felt a little… wet… oh wait… OUR KITCHEN SINK IS LEAKING! This man had been using our faucet for 45 minutes at this point, showing us the differences in chlorine levels and yadda-yadda between our tap water and his conditioning system that he’s attached to our faucet and somehow now caused a VERY BIG mess! So we quickly cleaned the stuff from under the sink, sopped up the water, and threw the rug outside to dry out (or as it turns out, FREEZE!). Granted, the man did apologize and helped us to clean the mess. But after this incident, he then wanted to move us to the bathroom sink to continue the demonstration. We kindly said we “got the picture” and convinced him to wrap up his “presentation.”


Again, sparing you all of the details – it was certainly an interesting night… We. Got. Duped. Suckered. Taken-advantage-of. Whatever you want to call it… it was us. All in an attempt to “build connections,” I answered the phone for a number I didn’t recognize. (I have since told Tyler that if he’s ever in any type of accident he should tell the emergency responders they must use his phone to call me, or I will not answer.)

Luckily – we did NOT make any water-treatment-system purchases, the man left without putting up much of a resistance to us saying we really weren’t interested, AND we got our gift cards. (Boom.) We also were left with quite a mess, a load-of laundry to run at 10pm, and an evening full of laughs over our experience – one of those “inside joke” type things.

All-in-all, I “put myself out there” for a creating a new connection. Little did I know exactly what that connection would become, but it just goes to show you, you won’t know unless you try. So, while I’m still resolving to build connections this year, it’s not going to include answering the phone for numbers I don’t recognize very often, if ever. So there you have it… my #RealLife attempt at creating connections… not a successful connection with the water-treatment company, but led to a barrel of laughs with my husband. So, I’d say it’s still a “win” in my book.

Until Next Time,

~*~Megan~*~

Happy New Year! 2017

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Hello, World! I’m back! 🙂

It’s been over THREE YEARS since my last blog post… THREE YEARS! A ton has happened in that time, too much to recap in one post. And the number of times I’ve thought about and wanted to come back in those three years is a little ridiculous… so… here I am!

“What is your motivation for coming back after three years?” you may ask. Well, the simple answer is that my New Year’s Resolution has inspired me to return. 2017 is all about “connections.”

“Connection is why we’re here. We are hardwired to connect with others, it’s what gives purpose and meaning to our lives, and without it there is suffering.” -Brené Brown

In 2015, Tyler and I packed-up and moved our lives to an entirely new place. An adventure of a lifetime! And we’re still loving every minute of it! We both found jobs that we thoroughly enjoy, and we’re building a life outside of work – something we felt we were lacking in Oklahoma City. We go hiking as often as we can, Tyler is always looking forward to getting back on the slopes, and we love that there is always something to do! We decided we loved Denver so much, we bought our first house this summer! An adventure all of its own!

Now, we’re over halfway into our second year here and I’ve noticed I’m falling into some familiar patterns… go to work… go home… wash, rinse, repeat. Ok, so it’s certainly not that mundane, but I’m noticing an overall lack of connectivity. To friends, to the dance scene, to my new community, and to myself. A feeling I’d like to remedy.

For those of you that know me pretty well, I’m very much a homebody. Always have been, and probably always will be – especially now that we have our own home. I mean, it’s just so easy and comfortable to fall into that pattern. But sometimes it feels like I’ve fallen into a rut, and sometimes it feels isolating. I’ve always enjoyed discovering other perspectives on life, and when you realize you haven’t stepped outside for an entire day, you start to realize just how tiny your bubble has gotten. And it starts to feel very isolating. 

That brings me back to my New Year’s Resolution… making connections. My goal is to reach out to more friends and work to build a larger “community.” I plan to find more time to explore the dance scene in Colorado and simply just explore more of Colorado as a whole. This is essentially my “call for help” or my version of “accountability,” if you will, to making these changes happen. So please, don’t be surprised if I randomly reach out to you during the next twelve months… and I encourage you to do the same… I mean, how many times does something in your everyday life remind you of a friend or loved one, and you think to yourself, “I’m going to give them a call!” and then life gets busy, and you never do? Or even scrolling on social media, you see a post that makes you literally “LOL”, but you haven’t talked to the person who posted in ages, so you chuckle to yourself and scroll on. Well, I’m here to say, I plan on calling, or at least texting you – let’s be honest, it’ll most likely be a text. I plan to try some new dance classes. I plan to explore new corners of my city/state. I plan to find as many ways to create connections to the world around me.

I’m not entirely sure where this journey will take me in the next year, but I sure am excited to find out anyways! And I hope you’ll, at the very least, follow me on my journey when you can, and maybe even join me from time to time. We all know life is tough. We all have our own struggles and triumphs. Why not reach out and share your experiences with those around you? After all, why else would we all be here, sharing space on this earth, if we weren’t supposed to find connections?

So, so please don’t hesitate to reach out, even if it’s just to say “Hi!” or we haven’t talked in forever. And by all means, if you want to grab coffee, or you want to share an idea of how you enjoy finding connections to the world around you, I hope you’ll think of me, as I embark on this adventure!

Here’s to the New Year! 2017! A chance to make a meaningful connection with the world around me! And I hope you and yours have a tremendous year, filled with joy and happiness! Oh, and don’t be a stranger! 🙂

Until Next Time!

-Megan-

Happy New Year from The Clark’s!

Our 1st Anniversary

It’s hard not to notice the way we’ve come full circle…

Eight years ago this weekend, Tyler and I went on our first date to our senior year homecoming dance… This weekend just happened to be our alma mater’s homecoming again! (They rotate dates throughout the district and this year they just happened to fall at the same time…)

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Homecoming 2005

Speaking of Fall… today is the first day of Fall, just like last year… September 22nd, 2012, our wedding day… And the weather today is pretty close to what it was last year… Although, we won’t be leaving to head to Orlando, Florida tomorrow like we did exactly one year ago, it’s been exciting to think back on where we were this time last year… The year flew by, and although, we’ve already experienced some ups and downs, we’re looking forward to the many more years to come…

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Surprise… 1st Dance!

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Mr. and Mrs.

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September 22nd, 2012

To celebrate we slept in until noon, did laundry, and headed to Mahogany, a steakhouse in OKC, and watched the series finale for our favorite show, Dexter. All in all, it’s been a pretty great day… we’ve had the windows open, and Dash curled up on the couch with us! What better way to celebrate our first year of marriage?

How about with a new tradition? Growing up I loved looking at my parent’s wedding album, dreaming of when I would one day have my own wedding pictures to swoon over… One of my favorite pictures was my mom and dad’s hands delicately placed on their wedding napkin… Although, we didn’t take a picture like that at our wedding, we’ve decided to start a tradition of taking a picture of our hands and something identifying the way we celebrated that year… so, to start the tradition, here’s the picture for year 1!

Year One

Year One

And for the rest of eternity, we’ll have quite the collection of pictures to share with all our loved ones…

Here’s to a lifetime of love, happiness, and new traditions…

September 22nd, 2013

September 22nd, 2013

Until Next Time,

~*~The Mrs.~*~

Happy Sweet 16th Birthday, Haley Ann!

My baby sister turns 16 today! Holy Wowza!

How she got from here….

Haley's 1st Dance Recital

Haley’s 1st Dance Recital – age 3

… to here…

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Silly Face – age 15

… I’ll never know…

Happy Birthday, oh sweet sister of mine! I so wish I was with you to celebrate… I hope you have a fantastically, wonderful day! You deserve it!

Love always and forever,

Your Big Sis! MUAH!