13 Things

Hello, hello friends – I have missed talking to you via keyboard. I felt I needed to take a break from blogging because so much was going on, and I’d really lost my direction in terms of creativity and writing. (Also, my blog got spammed, so it was acting weird and not letting me on – FUN!) I’d heard many bloggers hit that slump and thought “nope, not me!” but everyone needs a break just like everyone needs to take a step back and reassess sometimes.


What I learned is that I started my blog because I loved writing and storytelling, got really into my blog because I wanted to make it my living someday, and then backed off a bit when I realized that I wouldn’t be working from home as a full time blogger anytime soon. I thought I could hit that fairytale work-stride where come a couple years post-grad I’d be ready to fly solo in the blog world, but the fact of the matter is – I like my major and I think I’ll really like working in the “real world”. At least I need to give it a fair chance.


Startups and small businesses require love, patience, and MONEY. If I’m there someday (even if it is 10 years from now and not the shorter time span I daydreamed of) that’s a-ok. Plus, I’m trying this new thing where I don’t plan out my life way in advance. I just live and search for little joys in each moment.

So yeah. There’s no big re-brand or huge welcome-back-to-the-Internet party. There’s just me – sharing life’s little journeys with ya.


I listened to a podcast once that described the power of envy. The host instructed the listeners to picture who they were most envious of, and rather than feel emotions of anger, disgust, or annoyance, simply think…why can’t I have what they have? Is there something I could do in my life to get closer to this goal or picture?

I’ve always been jealous of the bloggers who just blogged about ANY OLD THING ON THE PLANET. Sometimes, a favorite blogger of mine will just write a post on her new favorite taco recipe and I am SUCKED IN ??. Or some blogger here or there decides to just share her heart one morning via her blog and it’s all I think about all week. I wanted that.


So, we’re just gonna talk from now on. I’m gonna continue to write blog posts because I LOVE writing. But I’m gonna write about life. Sometimes my life looks like a nightstand full of the best new reads and sometimes my life looks like me in a mess of an emotional state because stress and anxiety have completely wrecked me that week. Sometimes my life is brunch on a sunny day with the BEST honey lavender latte I’ve ever had and sometimes my life is a heartfelt letter of loss and desire. WHO KNOWS.

But I want to write it for you.


So, to begin, I just needed to give myself a quick little writing exercise to get into the groove.

By the way, ya’ll. No schedules. No excessive Facebook shares on all the different blogging groups. No more 5,000 Twitter shares. No pinning groups. Just writing. Posting. Clicking publish. Sharing my heart with all of you. ❤️

I know that for the past two years, I’ve posted pretty much every week, but now I’m just gonna write when I have something to say! And there’s no set day or time. 

The best way to be notified if there is something new is via my Instagram. (Finally added a sidebar widget! ??) That’s where I find myself having the most fun with pictures and stories, so we’re gonna party over there.

Ok….so let’s get into the post. 13 Things I want to tell you/haven’t told you/want to fill you in on. (And 13 Things because 13 is my favorite number!)


(24 is also my favorite number.)


(I could never decide between the two.)


(So I have two.)


(I think everyone should.)


  1. I have been LOVING calligraphy. I think each year I’m going to attempt a new hobby. If 2016 was watercolors, 2017 is calligraphy. I think 2018 will be rock climbing because that seems fun. Or cross-stitching. We’ll see. I get my calligraphy pens/ink from Texas Art Supply and use them on field sketch pads.
  2. I started Parenthood. I finished Season 1 in about 32 hours. I haven’t watched in about a week because I had exams and was scared I’d flunk college with my binging. It’s a great show.
  4. Rifle Paper Co. is doing a collab with Keds and I am SCREAMING. I’m including this because I literally saw it on Instagram 14 minutes ago and screamed. Dreams do come true. @santa @cameron @dad @anyonewhowantstobuymeapresentfornoreason
  5. I’m best friends with the dog who lives at my Airbnb, Gracie. I live in a studio apartment above the garage and the sweet couple who lives in the main house rescued her as a stray a few years ago. She’s a Pomeranian mix who loves Milkbones and when I play my Billy Joel record for her.
  6. I’m like oddly obsessed with Instagram lately. I have this crazy addiction to getting on the Explore page and just peeking into people’s lives whom I do not know. I’m so creepy. I just look at their home decor or lattes or wedding photos like, “Wow love that color palette!” (too much?) I really need to chill. But also please comment your favorite people to follow on Instagram below. I actually prefer people who aren’t “insta-famous”, just regular old gals like me that are good with the VSCO filters, know what I mean?
  7. My anxiety has been kinda wonky lately. I think it’s a combo of second semester just always being a high-stress time and also me really coming to a peak in the mountain that is my journey with it. I believe God leads me to these tough points, so that I can really see what I need to do to get back to smooth sailing, and I have more motivation to do it. So I’m doing good with that.
  9. When it’s sunny (which it has been for most of February) I get in the best mood ever and I crave Diet Peach Green Teas from Sonic because that’s what I got every spring during high school and it reminds me of just driving around, watching Cam play in lacrosse games in the Texas sunsets, and having pool parties with friends.
  10. I love the Airbnb life. It’s really changed my mind to think about living more minimally and intentionally. After living in a studio apartment for a couple months, I love not having to worry about so much STUFF. I think when I move into my new house (mid-March) I am just going to get rid of SO much stuff. Like I really only need two plates and two cups for just myself, and yet I have like 8 of everything?? Haha!
  11. There are building a Tacodeli by my new house and I have no idea when it will be done, but you bet I’m going to be in line ready to order a Freakin’ Vegan and a Taco Blanco with bacon…YUP. (*Please read “yup” in the same tone of voice as the Cash-Me-Outside Girl.*)
  12. I don’t really buy clothes seasonally, just whenever I see something I like, but the other day I bought the cutest, flowy, yellow, drop waist dress from Old Navy (similar here) and these strappy brown sandals from American Eagle because on Twitter the week prior I had been saying I really wanted strappy brown sandals. Yay!
  13. I went back to my home church a couple weeks ago after not having gone since graduating high school and MY HEART WAS SO FULL. I had forgotten how important it was to always fill your cup at a place where you feel loved and you love the people around you. I sat between one of my best church friends, Dorrie, and my Godmother, Thuy-an, and there was just so much love and happiness there and then they played one of my favorite hymns and I died and went to heaven for a sec, so yeah I love Sunday mornings a whole lot more now.



Thanks for listening. Don’t forget to tell me your favorite Instagrams! Heehee ?







  • Cristina Mandujano

    This post is great!

  • Support Team


  • Sososo happy you’re still watching/loving Parenthood! It’s such a great show and you’re making me want to rewatch it even though Ryan and I just finished it over the summer. I’m also super pumped for Ed Sheeran’s album, everything has been so good so far and I can’t wait to hear the rest! After you posted a snap about your Old Navy dress that day I actually had a dream I went out and bought it LOL. I think it’s soooo cute but yellow isn’t really my ~color~. Anyway, thanks for this lovely update! I think I want to post something similar this week I feel like my life is in chaos right now and I need to fill everyone in lol.

    • Cristina Mandujano

      Ahh thanks!! You should definitely go to Old Navy though and get one of the pintuck dresses (that’s the kind that mine is!) they had other floral prints that were on black fabric and that would look *LOVELY* on ya! (Also had to leave this morning during a very intense moment in Parenthood season 3 and I am just DYINGGG to get back home so I can finish my episode haha!) You’re so sweet for taking the time to comment girl! Have a great week!

  • Savannah Ward

    YAY YAY! Welcome back! I feel you on the blog break. I have yet to write a post in 2017 and it’s because I feel like I’m in 427 places at once. My favorite instas are… @amberfillerup (she’s the most stylish mom ever and her life in Hawaii is really laid-back and inspiring), @hbgoodie (also Hawaii…her and her husband focus on living a life that is good and full of intention and she rocks), @elanaloo (the prettiest and most simple feed), @laracasey (when you’re doubting your place or your purpose, turn to this gal), @emilyley (a rockstar mother of 3 who is the designer behind my favorite planner ever), @audreyroloff (gorgeous redhead who loves the Lord and loves her husband and shares just how she does both), and @bonniekatez. Bonnie Kate = THE COOLEST. EVER. Don’t know her so I’m totally fangirling. Follow Bonnie Kate if no one else, and look up her story (“Wildflower: A Proposal” on YouTube).

    I’m always on the Explore feed except when I find a profile of somebody who knows a friend of a friend of a friend and when I’m scrolling and looking I forget that it’s not my actual feed so I just end up liking a random pic from October 2015 and then I frantically close out my Insta and just sit. Does that ever happen to you?

    Also, my favorite number is 19.

    • Cristina Mandujano

      Omg…Amber and @hbgoodie make me want to move to Hawaii and just take pictures ALL day. Love Elenaloo and laracasey I hadn’t heard of them!! And STOPPPP I looove Bonnie Kate (and basically anyone from that Louisiana clan! I follow her sisters, too and then of course tons of Duck Dynasty/Robertson family people) I just absolutely ADORE people who share good truth on social media. Thank you for this encouragement!!

      Also… YES. I accidentally was creeping the other day and liked a picture from like 9 months ago on someone I didn’t even know’s insta and I was like “RIP ME!!!!!” hahahaha. you’re the nicest thing ever and I hope you find $19 dollars on the 19th day of the month and you get 19 cookies!!!!

  • Hi lady! I have a Dorie at church too (one R). I have no idea how old she is, but I would guess somewhere between 70 and 100, although she’s looked the same since I was a little kid. I sang in the church choir with her and she was the one who I would follow when I didn’t know what was happening. She’s also like 4′ 10″ and always has the most people waiting to say hello to her after church. I’m glad you have a Dor(r)ie too.

    • Cristina Mandujano

      That is so funny! My friend Dorrie, whenever she introduces herself, says, “I’m Dorrie…like the fish!” and it gets me every time. Church choir holds such fun memories, right?! Great friends and fun times!