alex_elle before love found me, i made a promise to stop looking for it outside of myself. and when i put that promise into action, he came along. // #🏾 - : @erikalaynephoto 4h

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alex_elle 3 more days. #🏾 // : @erikalaynephoto 4h

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alex_elle "No one taught me how to love. Love finding me sparked a different kind of commitment that I wasn't necessarily looking for, and that is normally how things seem to transpire in my life." Happy Sunday! I've written an essay about my journey to love and commitment to partnership on my blog (link in bio). Feel free to head over and enjoy it!

6 more days. #🏾 // : @erikalaynephoto
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alex_elle I am feeling abundantly grateful for life, sisterhood and the illuminating offerings of this full moon today. The energy in my body is on a hundred from my #selfcare session with Joanna. It's exhilarating to feel such a sense of belonging by showing up for yourself and others within spaces of vulnerability. Today's energy felt right—it felt warm and sweet and kind. Womanhood is so powerful, and cultivating community makes this life work that I do even more special. Cheers to unfolding together, blooming independently, and growing unapologetically. Life is too short not to do what fills you—feel it. // thank you @dupontcircleyoga for offering your space to @wanderingwellness, our attendees + me. we appreciate your generosity. 4d

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alex_elle It's date night. Ry and I have them every Thursday. Grown folks time 101. The kiddo goes to my parent's house and we go out to frolic around town before our bedtime at 9:30. Lol. We can't hang for real but it's fine.

Today was tough. Like really hard. I didn't feel great at all. Instead I felt like a bloated mess struggling with cramps and feeling like a crazy woman. But, that's fine too. Every day won't be an amazing day, but each day is a blessing, nonetheless. I dove into some much needed R+R after my afternoon meeting. Today self-care looked like: sweat pants, a baggy shirt, my heating pad, and my favorite show "Jane the Virgin." I watched that for all of 5 minutes before dozing off. I've been spending a lot of time at my alter and with my journal, trying to figure out a lot. Like, what being a wife will look like for me, and how I can do my best to prepare my mind and body for another pregnancy after the miscarriage we had in January. Reflection, reflection, self-love, self-love. I needed to experience today's blues, appreciation for the better days grew much more intense after I woke up.
So, today, date night with my partner in love was much needed. I dressed up, threw on my fave jeans and my extremely anticipated purchase from @elizsuzann (my new fave top, btw), and a smile. Life is good—even when I feel like crap.
6d

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alex_elle #selfcare starts with us. we have to work for it while we wait for it. // read my article on cultivating self-care in and out of therapy [for @matermea] at the link in my bio. 6d

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alex_elle nine more days. 🏾 // photo: @erikalaynephoto 6d

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alex_elle We are so happy that spring is here! This is our favorite time of year to go on walks and see all trees and flowers come back to life. Char and I journey through our neighborhood and check out all the cool houses, their lush green yards, and blooming plants. She often picks out her favorite house and imagines that it's ours. Ryan and I can't wait to give her a home. I am excited for the day that we all pull up to our very first house! Until then, we will keep saving and walking through the neighborhood for inspiration. // cc: @USBank - #ad - #ISaveSoWeCan 1w
  •   _anchored_heart_ How nice ! 1w
  •   alex_elle @momcrushmonday thank you. 1w
  •   naturallyjamieb Alex! I love you so much! Your light is so amazing! I can't contain it! Thank you for being a special person in my life even tho we haven't met face to face.,, yet.. I believe we already have! God bless you, Light 1w
  •   borngoldblooded Alex, have you done a juice cleanse? i'm seeking to do one and for some reason, i feel like I remember you doing one a while back. Would you be willing to give advice on your juice cleanse, juices that you would recommend, etcetera? 1w

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alex_elle Ryan is the math wiz in our home. Which means he's in charge of math homework and studying, he makes learning about numbers and money a lot of fun for Char. Last week she started learning multiplication! It's been amazing to see them bond over a subject that I once dreaded. Math is vital when it comes to money management and saving! We are trying to teach her this, even though I swear she thinks money grows on trees sometimes. ;-) // cc: @USBank - #ad - #ISaveSoWeCan 1w

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alex_elle n the midst of our house hunting, we decided to stay in our apartment for one more year instead. It was a tough decision not to move forward with homebuying. However, exercising patience, saving a little more, and finding the home we love, all played a factor in staying put for a bit longer. @USBank asked me to share my thoughts on saving money. In this case, it was better for us to wait instead of splurging on a home that we didn't love. We rather have more money saved to spend on our dream home, than settle for a house that we couldn't picture our family growing into long term. So, we decided to redecorate our living room and wait until 2017 to start looking for a house again. I think that's fair, not to mention, Char loves the new couch! // #ad - #ISaveSoWeCan 1w
  •   luuvmemore Great idea but personally not a fan of US bank. Shop around between banks & credit unions as well. 1w
  •   alex_elle @luuvmemore we aren't using US Bank. this was a sponsored post on saving money. 1w
  •   jassyonyae Love this and girl it'll be worth the wait 1w
  •   luuvmemore Blessings @alex_elle 1w

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alex_elle this is the last photo that i'm sharing from our engagement shoot w/ @erikalaynephoto. in 2 short weeks we will be husband and wife, and my mind is blown that we made it this far. we didn't walk away when it got hard, we didn't give up when things shifted, we worked diligently to stay deeply rooted in the foundation of love, respect, family and friendship that we created. there was so much learning and unlearning that had to happen to create this bond. this isn't goals, this is work. this is love. this is dedication. our life together is just starting—there is so much more evolution to come.
thank you all for the loving words! for those of you who have been tagging along for the past few years, i've shared glimpses of what it's taken to get here, not just to ryan, but to myself. you've witnessed mothering, passion, growth, and love in snapshots. being here now, in this space, has been nothing but god's work.

i am excited for this new chapter. for the next couple of weeks, i won't be as engaged online. i will be focusing heavily on self-care and becoming a wife. it's so needed! pre-marital reflection and meditation 101.
sending you all lots of love and a big hug!

ps. shout out to my ride or die sis, @ajolique for holding up our plants. we love you.
2w

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alex_elle I never thought love would find me. I never thought an eternity with someone would be possible. It is. I'm thankful. Before I could love anyone there was a lot of unfolding + unwrapping of trauma that had to be done. It took time, and my partner has been so patient with me. // : @erikalaynephoto 2w

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alex_elle excited to spend the rest of my life with this man. // : @erikalaynephoto 2w

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alex_elle forever is a thing with us. we've loved through a lot. we deserve this. we deserve each other. // : @erikalaynephoto 2w

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alex_elle handshake practice. lol. 2w

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alex_elle they work beautifully together. 2w

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alex_elle 18 more days. #🏾 2w
  •   eholmes31 Congrats Alex 1w
  •   arielnia Omg!!!! Congratulations!!! 1w
  •   lanita__ I can't wait until the day...it seems so far away 6d
  •   dhaakira Congrats to you and yours Alex 3d

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alex_elle it's not a race. take your time + pace yourself. 2w

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