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The interior designer in me is coming out… I’m brainstorming how to decorate my apartment and new room!

*By “interior designer” I mean amateur photo-hanger and pillow-assembler.* ;)

After beginning to move in, I realized that I had a lot more space to work with than I anticipated. My master bedroom is more like a suite! There is too much blank wall space, even with my furniture. I’m loving the organized-chaos look from some Pinterest boards, basically a collage of frames on a wall. I’ve decided to alternate between black and white frames, including a good mixture of candid photos of me with friends and family, scenic photos of the beautiful places I’ve travelled, and appropriate quotes to inspire and compliment my room.

On my quest to find wall-worthy words, I searched for quotes from my favorite songs and tv shows. I basically have 5 favorite TV series of all time. In not-so-accurate order:

  • Gilmore Girls
  • Friends
  • Grey’s Anatomy
  • Friday Night Lights
  • House Hunters

(Aaaalmost making the list is Desperate Housewives; ER; Law & Order: SVU; Sex & the City; The Real Housewives of Orange County; Trading Spaces; and Parenthood!)

SO many memorable lines from each of these shows (I speak fluent Gilmore-Girl-quote.) *If you follow me on PINTEREST you’ve probably already seen my quote pin binge.

Top Contenders:

  • Kacey Musgraves “Follow your Arrow”


  • Eli Young Band’s “Guinevere”


  • Gilmore Girls – Max Medina’s proposal to Lorelia:

Gilmore Girls Quote

  • Friday Night Lights – Coach Taylor’s game-day quote:
  • Classic Gilmore rationality:


Think I can pull off a House Hunters quote?

Yeah probably not ;)

What is your favorite TV show and/or quote?


Define “Strong”

Obviously before I could launch my blog, I needed a title. I had a few ideas, but I came up with “Strong Like My Coffee” on a morning run during the summer at a local park. ‘Strong’ encompasses more than just physical, muscular strength. Everyone has their own internal battles, and some days just choosing to wear that big, bright & beautiful smile is “strong.” Sometimes I use the most strength trying to refrain from smacking some loudmouth classmate across the head! ;)

We are ALL a little stronger than we think we are.

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I love killing time on Pinterest and can usually always count on the “quotes” section to fill me with inspiration for the day. Over the past year, I’ve pinned a lot of quotes and phrases that have to do with strong. Since others have already worded them so much better than I could, I thought I would share my favorite and most applicable strength-themed quotes. All of them extend beyond health!

Brad Peters Photography1. The strongest people are not those who show strength in front of us, but those who win battles we know nothing about.

2. Sometimes walking away has nothing to do with weakness and everything to do with strength. We walk away not because we want others to realize our worth and value but because we finally realize our own.

3. You have to be your strongest when you feel your weakest.

4. You were given this life because you were strong enough to handle it.

5. You are only as strong as the coffee you drink.

Okay you knew I’d have to throw a coffee one in there ;)

Without getting too sappy and metaphorical, I think it’s super important to remind ourselves of just how strong we can be! You have made it this far and have overcome things you did not know you could. I know I have! When I realize that I’ve accomplished something that originally struck me with fear, I can’t help but smile.



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