Cubicle Decorating Ideas for Adding Color and Cheer

Fun fact, y’all: I’ve been working in a cubicle for the past several weeks. I can hardly believe I’m typing those words because never before did I think I would consider such a thing, but I’ve been making it work! I dream of someday working creatively in a sun-strewn office. But in this season of laying a responsible foundation for marriage, I have been called to a different job for now. In additional to having a steady income, I am also growing professionally and becoming more adaptable. This time has been stretching for me, and it’s incredible to look back at the growth that has occurred through it.

With this job came the new experience of working in a cubicle instead of in my workspace at home. From the start, I have purposed to infuse as much joy and cheer into this experience as possible. Because I know I’m not alone in being stretched by the cubicle life, I want to share my ideas with those in similar situations! I’ve pulled together some of my favorite sources and products to help you take whatever workspace you’ve been given and add some color and cheer to it. Enjoy!

cubicle decorating ideas for adding color and cheer - kyla mary

lettered mug / desk calendar / desk cards

gold garland / polished binder / chalkboards

mouse pad / bright washi tape / monogram mug

cozy throw / document holder / metal sign

I am so thankful that God saw fit for me to have a job right now that allows me to make a positive impact on the lives of others. I come to work every day and get to have meaningful conversations with people who have big goals and dreams for their life, and I get to cheer them on as they make them happen. How fun is that?!

How do you personalize your workspace? Share your ideas in the comments below!


Wedding Planning Update: 4 Months to Go!

I’m excited to share another update on our wedding planning journey with y’all! We are nearing the halfway point of our engagement and things are definitely beginning to seem very real – which is really exciting!

It’s been a huge priority to me from the start to not become consumed or stressed about wedding planning, and I’m pleased to say that things have been relaxed and lovely. So many people have said that the process of planning a wedding and preparing for marriage can be incredibly stressful. I understand that there is surely a lot that goes into this time, but we only get to be engaged once!

In order to savor this sweet, sweet season we have been careful to not let that be our story. My thought from the start has been that if something is stressful and becoming a burden on us with planning, we cut it or delegate. Applying this principle and taking wedding planning in small pieces has helped us to stay relaxed about it all, as well as continue to enjoy our relationship with wedding things aside.

wedding planning

source: Becca Lea via Southern Weddings

From the start of wedding planning, the most major decisions for us have been making the investment in fine art photography and – for me – choosing a dress that fit my vision without exceeding my budget. Thankfully, our photographer is a dream (hi, Ruthie!) and my gown is everything I’d hoped for.

Since my last update we’ve:
— mailed our save the dates
— visited Pottery Barn and Williams Sonoma to inspire our registries
— begun wedding dress shopping and I bought my dress!
— designated maid/matrons of honor and best men
— begun narrowing down ceremony venues
— reached out to a few local florists for estimates
— inquired with two calligraphers about two projects
— picked what we are pretty sure will be our first dance song
— finished about 75% of our wedding registries
— narrowed our bridesmaid and groomsmen attire down and are close to finalizing our choices

Our next action steps are:
— look at possible bridal accessories
— decide on and reserve/purchase Dillon’s attire
— finalize tablescape plan
— determine menu and discuss with caterer
— finalize wedding inspiration board and distribute to those who are helping us plan
— confirm ceremony venue
— decide on final bridesmaid and groomsmen attire
— talk with one of my bridesmaids about logistics and cost of doing our own florals
— discuss rain contingency plan
— design stationery suite
— finish wedding registries

Do not be alarmed that we don’t have a ceremony venue yet! Y’all. You’d be surprised at how many churches in the area are adorable on the outside but don’t have a center aisle for me to walk down. After envisioning that moment of walking towards my groom since I was a little girl, you best believe there will be a center aisle at the venue we choose.

Planning beyond marriage, we have also had our first apartment visit and are pretty sure we’ve found the place we’ll move into after our wedding. I’m also excited that we’ve made major progress in way of our registries and will be finished with those very soon. I hope y’all are having a great day!

Married ladies, what was your favorite part of wedding planning? Share in the comments below!

Strawberry-Inspired Valentines Treats

I had originally planned to bake Valentines treats for my youth group girls this weekend. And then we got over a foot of snow! I had also planned to share my chosen recipe with y’all, but I didn’t make it to the store. Instead of skipping the treat-spiration altogether, I’m going to share some of the most delicious looking recipes I found during my virtual perusing. They are all strawberry-inspired, because I thought that would be a fun and fresh twist on all the Valentines candy that people receive. They are also portable and perfect for wrapping in pretty, festive packaging. Happy baking!

Strawberry and Cream Scones from Baker by Nature

Strawberry Pie Hearts from Lovely Little Kitchen

Fresh Strawberry Cupcakes from Layers of Happiness

Are you making any special Valentines treats? Share in the comments below!