My Weekend In Pictures

Well, it’s Monday again.

I hope everyone had a lovely weekend!

I did, but as most people, I wish it lasted a little longer. As I’m working on daily gratitude lists, I’m also trying to take more pictures of the things that make me happy, so it’s easier for me to remember when things aren’t going so well.

If you’re my friend on facebook or instagram, you’ve probably already seen these, but nevertheless, here’s the highpoints of my weekend.

Friday night, I witnessed the wedding of my co-worker Daniel.

I’ll be honest. In the hours leading up to the wedding, I was apprehensive and wasn’t sure how much fun I would have.

I’m fairly comfortable being in most situations without alcohol, but weddings are still a little difficult for me. To make matters worse, my boyfriend had another wedding to attend in New Orleans, so I was solo.

daniel wedding

Turns out, I don’t need alcohol or a date to have a good time. I was surrounded by many of my friends and co-workers, and the venue and the weather were both absolutely breathtaking. I was asked to help take pictures of the guests in front and on top of a longhorn that they rented, and I just couldn’t stop smiling. Everyone seemed to be in good spirits, and I left feeling buzzed with love and laughter.



So what made this evening so enjoyable? I was there, I was really there. I spoke to people I’d never met, and I really listened to people I already knew.

I’m learning more and more how enjoyable it is to really connect with other people. It’s become apparent to me, how much I miss out spending my life in my own head. I’m really trying to engage in conversations with strangers, and there hasn’t been one time when I’ve regretted it.

I spend my afternoons working the front desk at a dentist office. I love the staff and the atmosphere, but it wasn’t until recently when I really made an effort to get to know the patients, that I felt that my time there was really worthwhile.

I’m trying to talk to the checkers at the grocery store, and to people in line at the coffee shop. Sometimes it’s obvious they don’t want to talk, but even if I just pass along a smile, I feel a surge in my mood.

The rest of my weekend was quite relaxing, which was nice for a change. I babysat for a friend on Saturday morning, and I was glad to finally get to a chance to spend some time with her child. We took selfies and played with trucks and played hide and seek.

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Then I had some time to just do nothing. I set outside in the beautiful Austin weather and read, and did a few meditations.


My boyfriend came back in town late Saturday afternoon and we spent the evening catching up on our weekends and watching the rest of Girls. We also snuggled our furry house mates.

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I woke up early Sunday morning and met one of my best friends from high school for a bikram yoga class.

I couldn’t believe it had been SEVEN YEARS since I last saw my friend Allie. Luckily, conversation came just as easy as it always had, and it was absolutely wonderful to reconnect.

The rest of my day was spent writing, podcasting with Mexican Mustache and Madame, and eating some delicious yogurt, which I covered with tasty treats.



If you haven’t yet listened to our podcast, now is as good time as any to start! You can find us on Darkives, or by searching for Mexican Mustache and Madame on itunes.

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What were the high points of your weekend?




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  • Melissa The Llama

    what fun pictures! looks like you had a fantastic weekend!! that yogurt looks amazing. I need some froyo in my life today

  • Melissa The Llama

    PS, I’m trying to find you on insta & Twitter with no luck. I’d love to follow!!

  • CarissaJaded

    Hi Melissa! My twitter is @carissajaded and I’m not sure my instagram off the top of my head. I’ll follow you too!

  • Kristen @ SYIAP

    john cusack you say? :) i used to be obsessed with him :) that’s awesome you had such a great weekend and really connected with people – i’m quite shy and tend to stand in a corner not talking to anyone if i can help it, but recently i have been trying to talk to strangers at those kind of events as well.

  • Amanda Elizabeth

    That picture of you laughing is sheer perfection! Instantly makes me happy seeing it!

  • Ganeeban

    I agree, I absolutely love weddings, but have a secret hatred for them when I was single (not that you are, but you kinda were in this case). But that’s really cool you are and went out of your way to connect with people. I love babysitting lovebugs and getting them to take selfies with you is awesome, their faces are way better than adults! xoxo, ganeeban

  • Emelia @ Dream Big & Buy the S

    It looks like you had a great weekend full of a lot of awesome things! Love the pictures! I went shopping out of town yesterday and that made my weekend great, it’s nice to get away even just for a day!

  • Mwa

    That looks like an amazing weekend!
    My weekend was fun, too, with the reunion. It was good to spend quite a lot of time with old friends, and also a lot of time alone, travelling. I found it quite meditative.

  • CarissaJaded

    I am still a little bit obsessed with mr. cusack. I am really having to put an effort at talking to strangers, but im starting to enjoy it!

  • CarissaJaded

    Aww thanks Amanda!

  • CarissaJaded

    I don’t spend nearly enough time with youngens, they do make me happy though!

  • CarissaJaded

    Day trips are the best. Like vacation, without the stress! Glad you had a good weekend too!

  • CarissaJaded

    I’m so glad you had a good time at your reunion. You survived the plane ride, yay!

  • SuzLyfe

    OMG. Thank you so much for commenting on my site and bringing me over here. We are going to be great friends, you and I. You are outrageous and I love it!
    And that bull reminds me of a kid running when it is cold and their nose is running. Can you tell that it is still chilly around here! So glad to hear that you got to see your friend. And the froyo, obv. Friends + froyo = magic

  • EvelKneivel

    I really enjoy reading your blog, especially the posts that are related to sobriety or how your life has changed because of it. I’m in recovery, as you may have guessed from some of my other comments, and am sober 5+ years this time. I think it’s amazing when we realize we don’t need alcohol to have fun and it’s even more amazing when we are able to do what you’re describing about really engaging with the world around us. I guess I don’t really have a point other than to wish you well and congratulate you on the changes you see in your life. Best!