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When I was tagged by Kory to offer up a "Now + Then" post, I took some time to read through the posts from those who have participated in the past. I must admit, I'm a few years older than you all! Because it's been nearly 10 years since I graduated from college (gulp), I thought I'd reminisce about the early college years. 

Here we go!


NOW // 2014 

Thank goodness for professional photographers.

Thank goodness for professional photographers.


Crushing on:

My husband (cheesy, I know… but I can’t help myself!).


Watching:

Dexter (catching up), Justified, Parenthood and The Voice (guilty pleasure alert!)


Listening to:

Pretty much everything I listened to in college, alongside new favorites like Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, The Civil Wars, Florence & The Machine and Lorde


Reading:

I read for fun now that the pile of assigned reading is gone. I read magazines regularly to see which publications might take submissions and I try to keep up with my favorite blogs as much as possible.


Style:

I try to keep it simple. Lots of denim, flats, blazers, flowy tops and sweaters. I no longer frequent the tanning salon. My skin thanks me, daily.


Hair:

I recently cut my hair to my jaw line, but I tend to like it long with layers. I also quit dying my hair about four years ago and haven’t looked back.


Leisure:

Travel, outdoor adventure, cooking, home improvement and reading.


Attitude:

Work hard at things that inspire me and know that my path doesn’t need to look like the paths of others. 


Dreams:

What am I not dreaming about? My life list sums it up quite nicely.  


Life Plan:

Travel, work, explore, create, travel. Repeat.

 

THEN // College: The Early Years

So grateful that social media had yet to catch on.

So grateful that social media had yet to catch on.


Crushing on:

I honestly can’t remember, but I know I was awfully fond of Tim McGraw.


Watching:

Friends, Gilmore Girls, Felicity and ER
 


Listening to:

Ben Harper, Nora Jones, Beastie Boys, G. Love & The Special Sauce, Faith Hill, LeAnne Womack (and everything else on CMT) 
 


Reading:

I was an English major.
Think: books upon books and not much time for anything else.

 


Style:

I was big on linen pants and peasant tops for some reason (I blame Rachel from Friends). I also thought of my tan as an accessory. Yuck.


Hair:

High maintenance! Long layers, flat ironed every day. Lots of highlights and low lights (again, think Rachel in the later years).


Leisure:

School and work kept me pretty busy, but I definitely enjoyed a good house party or day at the river.


Attitude:

Study hard, prove yourself and please other people.
 


Dreams:

To start my own business. 
 


Life Plan:

Graduate, get a good job, buy a house and get married. Turns out, there is life after all of that business! :)


So, there you have it. Thankfully, I've grown up a bit over the last decade or so. Anyone else glad to have grown out of certain habits and pastimes?  

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I'm going to follow Liz's lead and tag anyone who's interested in sharing their own "Now + Then" post. Just be sure to stop by and link up in the comment section if you play along!


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