Three Year Blogiversary

Today marks my three year anniversary running a blog and documenting my highs and lows in life.
Over the past three years I have documented my relationships with family and friends, my crafts and DIY projects, my baking and cooking skills and most importantly my spiritual growth.
I really don’t know if I will ever stop blogging or stop sharing bits and pieces of my life but I know I have no intention on stopping any time soon.

If you are a loyal follower of mine, you may have noticed that I took my site down for a few weeks. It was under construction and I am really happy with the outcome of the layout, theme and new additions. I hope you all like it too!

In honor of my, “blogiversary,” I had a mini photo shoot to celebrate!







Thank you for all the love and support throughout the years everyone.


-R. Vargas

| All photography credit is due to the services of Javier Garcia.

First Time Flyers

What you need to know about flying for the first time:

  • Make sure you check in for your flight 24 hours prior to the boarding time. Especially if you are flying Southwest! (It is extremely crucial you check in early to ensure you reserve a specific seat.)
  • Leave early. Remember there may be traffic, detours, hard to find parking spots, and long lines during security that may delay you.
  • Eat a decent sized meal before you arrive at the airport.
    This will leave you feeling nice and full for the duration of your flight. Nothing is worse than flying on an empty stomach. (This will also keep you from spending on the expensive airport food.) Pack a few snacks like trail mix and granola bars to munch on.
  • Charge your phone and invest into a good portable charger or power bank.
  • If you are taking any electronics, make sure they are fully charged and that you have your own set of headphones.
  • If you are a bookworm like me, take a book to keep occupied while you wait.
  • Depending on the duration of the flight and/or in case of layovers, take a travel sized pillow.
  • No matter what the weather is like, take a sweater. Airports are normally very cold.
  • Prepare your wallet! Keep your passport/ID, cash, debit/credit cards or checks ready and handy because you will be needing it often. This includes your boarding pass as well.
  • Pack a light carry on bag. Yes, you want to have the essentials with you but you also don’t want to carry on a heavy bag bursting at the seams and tiring you before you even make it out to your destination.
  • Dress comfortably! You may be moving fast, bending over, walking/running more than you thought so be prepared.
  • Remember that carry-on liquids, gels, and aerosols have to be 3.4 fluid ounces or less and fit in a clear, quart-size bag.
  • Take a reusable water bottle to fill. (This is probably the most important in my opinion.)

These are the tips that helped me prepare for my first flight!


-R. Vargas

Shulammitegirl Snaps: September

During the month of September, I:

  • Booked my first flight ever!
  • Made my way to El Paso and met my favorite couple. (We discovered each other on Instagram and met in person.)
  • Visited Meow Wolf in New Mexico on a quick road trip.
  • Crossed the border from El Paso into Juárez, Mexico.

What did you do in September?


–  R. Vargas

The Sixth Month Mark

Today marks Javier’s and I’s six month anniversary.

While I know it’s not a huge milestone, it’s still something special to us because of the history we have.

We thought we’d share a little of what we have learned from dating in the last six months.

She says….

  • “Dating has been a lot more challenging than I thought it would be. I knew it would be difficult but I had no idea at how hard it would be.”
  • “There will be days where you want to quit, you want to give up, you want to go back to being single but those days will be outweighed by all the great days that have happened and that have yet to happen.”
  • “People won’t respect your relationship, not everyone will be happy. People will try to interfere, you will lose friends. BUT none of that will matter to you. You don’t let anyone ruin your relationship. Not family, not friends, not strangers, not exes, no one.”

He says….

  • “Personally I’ve learned to be more organized. More patient.”
  • “I feel humbled. I think before we started dating officially, I thought it would be a breeze but I know there’s a lot of work involved.”
  • “I’ve learned to be more grateful and I’ve tried to be more thoughtful.”

Here’s to six months and hopefully many more to come!

-R. Vargas


All photos were shot and edited by Jannet Medellin.