Friday, August 4, 2017

Friday Five | No. 19

Hello friends! Not only is it Friday but it's my last work day before I'm off for a week! I am ready to knock this Friday out!

ONE | Nordstrom Debacle



So earlier this week I was NOT to happy with Nordstrom. I received an email from them that my #NSale purchase was cancelled because the item was not available when the order was processed. WTF. Like, why not just say, it's on back order, we'll get it to you when it's back available. Nope. So, I called their customer service which isn't something I normally do. I typically hate going customer service and complaining. But this time things were a little different as I had redeemed some recognition reward money I received at work to get this gift card for these boots specifically. I don't typically shop at Nordstrom and most certainly wouldn't have chosen Nordstrom for my gift card if it weren't for the #NSale. Well, after talking to the customer representative, he searched for another location that had the boots I wanted and gave me the number. I called that location, purchased the boots and now they are here and I am in love. Worth the extra calls.

TWO | Packing List for Vegas


T minus two days before I fly out to Vegas for the ALPFA convention/Girls Weekend Trip. I haven't actually started packing but I have started on my packing list. Seriously, guys, my toiletries list alone is long. Like I don't understand how people can travel in a small luggage for a week long trip. My toiletries alone can fill a carry on.

THREE | 12 Accents in 3.5 minutes video

I happened to come across this video of this gal that is a dialect coach and can speak using all sorts of accents. Not gonna lie, I was kinda mesmerized. Top faves are the Transatlantic and Old South. *sigh* Shame that these are both accents that are non-existent or almost there.

FOUR | How Successful People Spend Their Weekends Article

I saw this article on Facebook and thought it had some great tips, some of which I do already! There are some that I need to add to my weekend routine as well, like getting up at the usual time.

FIVE | Tax Free Weekend for Back to School

Who's excited?! Yes, I know, I don't go to school, but who said you can't get excited for back to school shopping when it's tax free? I take advantage of this sale to stock up on office supplies that I really don't need but want. I also like to purchase school supplies to donate and take advantage of this weekend to do that shopping.



XO

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

May Designs Planner and Notebook

Hello first day of August and hello first day using my May Designs Planner! A friend of mine gifted me a planner and notebook from May Designs for my birthday and the planner started in August. I have been counting down the days for when I could start using them.

Please excuse the "I took these pictures at work with my i-phone" images. I know it ain't all fancy but you get the idea. 


For those of you who don't know about May Designs, you can pretty much customize them from cover to cover. They have all kinds of patterns, page layouts, fonts and colors to choose from which sounds both awesome and overwhelming. I have tried designing something myself in the past but I could never decide on a design! Fortunately, she did the job for me and a good job I might add.





I've held off on using the notebook because I wanted to start using it when I started the planner. My plan is to really use this planner and notebook for my blog planning. I am really trying to be more consistent on this blog and with my sometimes long work days, I need to plan posts ahead. I am hoping that a little pre-planning will help me get more posts done.

XO

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

The Little Mermaid

On Saturday, we went to see The Little Mermaid show at the Straz Center.



It was so cute! Leading up to the show, I was curious how they were going to do the under water scenes on stage. Well, so it was interesting. There were times they would drop this sheer backdrop with a bubble pattern and raise actors with cords to look like they are swimming in water. That was pretty good. The kind of weird part was the times they were standing on stage. They would move their bodies as if they were in water. THE. WHOLE. TIME. Hard to really explain in writing. Really something that you have to see in person. It was a cute show. They didn't fully stick to the original movie script towards the end. It was a little different.

Here's a picture of my cute date and I before the show. Love him.


We are already looking forward to our next show at the Straz in September to see Harry Potter Film Concert Series. It will be so fun to hear the Florida Orchestra perform the music to Harry Potter live during the movie!

XO

Monday, July 17, 2017

Style | Warby Parker

Hi friends! I am here today to chat with you all about Warby Parker. I was contacted a couple weeks ago by one of the brand reps, who asked if I would mind writing a post of their new collection that debuts TODAY for them on my blog. I've been contacted before by other companies/brands to do collaborations but they were companies that, honestly, I've never heard about before. I was a little skeptical about those so I passed. However, I have heard about Warby Parker before and have always had an appreciation for some of their styles.

I also love to support brands that have an initiative to help others. They have the Buy a Pair, Give a Pair program - for every pair sold, a pair is distributed to someone in need. You can learn more about it here.

Let me start off by saying, this is NOT a paid sponsored post and I did NOT receive any goodies in the mail. I am simply sharing my thoughts based on the images and descriptions that were emailed to me. 

Okay, enough formalities, let's get to the good stuff! Their new collection contains four new styles: Gemma, Mae, Skye and Stella.

Gemma - Walnut

Mae - Onyx

Skye - Jet Black

Stella - Sable Horn

I'm really loving the Gemma and Mae! The Gemma's I could totally see wearing on the daily. Stylish and Feminine. The Mae would be my go-to's for the weekend. Fun and flirty. The touch of color on the sides adds some variation to them but not a lot. When it comes to accessories like sunglasses, I am not one that hoards a collection of them, so I like to have one or two pairs that can go with anything.

The last two are a bit to futuristic looking for me, but definitely something I could see a model wearing down a fashion runaway.

If you're interested in any of these, you can visit their site or location for a location near you. I just discovered they have a location at one of my fave places, The Oxford Exchange! I may need to plan brunch over there next weekend and go peruse the new sunnies in person.

XO

Friday, July 14, 2017

Friday Five | No. 18

This is my Friday Five - Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Edition. If you've been living under a rock and haven't been bombarded with posts all over social media about this, the sale starts July 21st.




Tory Burch Adeline Boot - I am in need of a new pair of riding boots. The last pair I had were in pretty bad shape and I needed to toss them out. I have wanted TB boots for some time now and what better time to get them than during a big sale? Hello, $200 off!! #nobrainer

Kate Spade Park Bow Bracelet Watch -  Y'all know I love me some Kate Spade. I have been wanting a watch that is both silver and gold for it's versatility. This one is adorable!

Sole Society Ivan Faux Leather Backpack - I have been on the hunt for a nude backpack purse to use while in Las Vegas. I know I will be doing a lot of activities and don't want to worry about slugging around a tote purse. It needs to be a more formal looking bag because I will be using it during the conference and wearing business attire. This purse hits the mark! I want to see it in person to see the size of it.

Sigma Beauty Classically Beautiful Brush Set - Confessions. I have been wanting Sigma makeup brushes since I started watching YouTube videos back in 09. Of course, I kept delaying because I couldn't get myself to dish out the money but I am still wanting them!

Diptyque Scented Candle Set - I have heard so much about these candles. Very possible that it is just people that are sponsored by this brand that rave about it. Not sure. Have any of you tried these? Are they real deal?



Monday, July 10, 2017

Weekend | July 8 & 9, 2017

It was another HOT weekend here in Florida. I'm over it and ready for Fall. Not that that means much here but still. Over the heat.

SATURDAY

A friend of mine recently bought her first house and had a housewarming party. She had a little hawaiian theme and she DIYed the cutest balloon banner to go over the food table. I was so proud of her party planning skills! 


Oh and her BF has a this game station. Which y'all, he has the Nintendo NES, Super Nintendo, Nintendo 64 AND the Cube. Seriously, #gamersgoals! As you can see by the picture below, we were glued to our seats playing in the AC. Meanwhile the young crowd was out in the lanai playing beer pong and water guns. HAHA!


SUNDAY

It was a chill day for us. We had breakfast at my fave, First Watch, and went grocery shopping. After dropping the Mr off at home I went to the outlet mall to do a little shopping for Vegas. I got a cute black dress from Banana Republic that was 60% off and the pumps below at ALDO for 50% off. Love me some good deals!!


I think I am set with shoes now - black and nude. This pair has a slightly higher heel than the nude pumps I got last week, but not too high. I did also get these sticky pads that you put on the bottom of the shoe to prevent slipping. Lord knows I need all the help I can get to prevent me from busting on my bum. 

After my mini shopping haul, when I got home, I'm not sure what got into me but I did some major cleaning and purging in our closet and drawers. I have a mound of clothes and shoes going to Goodwill this week. 

Ended off the evening giving myself a mani while reading a book and watching the thunderstorm storm outside cause it was cuh-razy! I'm talking shake the house kind of thunder.

Now to get this week started. It's gonna be a crazy busy week at work and I am ALREADY looking forward to Friday. Oy vey!

XO

Friday, July 7, 2017

Friday Five | No. 17

ONE | Summer Vacations


If you missed, I shared with you all some tid bits of our summer vacation in St. Augustine. You can read about it here. It was so nice having the extra days off from work for the 4th of July and only having a two day work week. Although I will say, it wasn't easy getting up Thursday morning for work!

TWO | Britney Spears Las Vegas


It's official! I purchased my ticket to go see my girl Britney Spears in Vegas next month!! I am going for a convention for work and extended my stay there to have a little girls weekend with a friend. She is a huge Britney fan like moi so this was an obvious must do while in Vegas. Excuse me while I brush up on my vocals and dance moves...

THREE | Beauty and the Beast


I have been dying to watch this movie since it was first announced that they were making it. Sadly, I didn't get the chance to see it while it was in theatres. I told myself that once it was out in DVD I would be purchasing and watching it. Well, I watched it Tuesday evening and it did not disappoint! I loved the animation and love that there was singing! On the DVD, there is an option to watch the movie and sing-along.... we know what I will be doing this weekend...

FOUR | Nude Pumps

As I briefly mentioned above, I will be attending a convention in Las Vegas next month and I have begun doing some purchases here and there for clothes and shoes. I have been in need of new nude pumps and tried a couple places then found these at Dillards. Not only are they comfortable with a not so ridiculously high heel, but they were on sale too! Win, win!

FIVE | My faux fig leaf tree



We have been living in our house for over two years now and I am STILL working on decorating it. I have a vision but always struggle finding what I want for a decent price tag. Money don't grow on trees y'all!

One of the areas I have been working on is our "foyer". I have a table and mirrors from Ballard's that I absolutely love, but wanted to add some type of greenery. After what felt like years of searching for a fake fig leaf tree that didn't cost an arm and a leg, I finally found one at Hobby Lobby. I would scour online sites like Wayfair for a decent one with good reviews that I didn't need to sell my soul to afford and always ended up empty handed. Well, when I saw this little guy at Hobby Lobby and saw the orange 30% off tag, I knew it was meant to be mine. The basket I found this weekend at Homegoods for $15 and I am really diggin' the look. This weekend I want to go to Michael's to get something to put on the base to give the tree a little more height and then add some fillers.

XO


Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Read | The One & Only by Emily Giffin


I finished reading this book during our summer vacation to St. Augustine beach. I started it a couple weeks ago, reading a few chapters at a time and was determined to finish it during this trip. It's an easy read but a little over 400 pages long. Usually takes me a hot minute to get through books that long.

Overall, it was a good read. I was a little disturbed while reading it, I'll explain why shortly. The story is about a gal named Shea, who is a big college football fanatic (specifically for her alma mater, Walker). She's a budding sports journalist and lands her first real job after having worked at Walker for years.

Then, as with any gal in her late 20s/early 30s (?), there is the whole love situation. She starts off the story in a relationship with a guy who everyone agrees is not the guy for her. She ends up breaking it off with him. Then throughout the story we follow along her love struggle as she has feelings for two guys. One is the McDreamy guy, Ryan James, quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys who is perfect in every possible way except he holds a dark side. Then there is the other love interest, this is where it gets a little disturbing for me, her childhood best friend's father, Coach Carr, who is a recent widow. There is just so much wrong with this. Not only is he her best friend's father, he is also twenty plus years her senior. That is just all kinds of wrong. As you can imagine, this does not sit well with her bff when she finds out.

I won't spoil the story for you, in case you decide to read this book. :)

As always, if you have any good book recommendations, please leave it in the comments!

XO

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Travel | St. Augustine Beach

Happy 4th of July friends!!


Aren't we just the cutest? In our matching Patriotic attire... Holla at Old Navy for their $2 women's tanks and $4 dollar men's tees. 

We just got back from our three night stay in St. Augustine Beach. We stayed at this cute little rental that was in walking distance to the beach and restaurants off the A1A. Seriously, the BEST location.


We went to the beach the second day we were there for a couple hours in the morning. That was enough beach time for me. I am not a huge beach fan, so the close proximity made it perfect for the Mr. to go take a dip in the water while I stayed indoors reading a book.


We also did a little sightseeing in the historic district, visiting the fort and taking a stroll down George St. Guys, the Florida heat was at an all time high. We I did not last very long. After grabbing a bite to eat, we made our way back to our rental.


If I'm to be honest with you, the historic part of St. Augustine is alright. We visited once, back in 2010, and I was looking forward to visiting again. But after having traveled to so many places, I was perhaps a little disappointed with the historic part. The restaurant selection was ehh to me. Typically, I flood people's IG and Facebook feeds with all the different foods we eat on vacation and this time, the food posts were minimal. So that was a bummer.

It also felt very dirty to me. Probably that dirtiness was heightened because of the extreme heat.

Aside from the food game being weak, the trip overall was nice and needed. Very relaxing. I was able to lounge around and do some reading. Also got myself a nice little tan.

The Mr. and I both agree that if we do a vacation up there again, staying next to the beach is the way to go.

Added bonus is that it's only a three hour drive from our place. We left late morning and got home early afternoon. Leaving us plenty of time to settle back in at home and go out for a late lunch. What's even better is that we have tomorrow off as well, so the vacation fun continues on for one more day!

XO

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Travel | Nashville, TN

We just returned from our week long trip to Nashville, Tennessee and I left smitten by the city. Guys, the houses there are gorgeous! Every street we drove through I was oohing and ahhing. The weather was beautiful for the most part. There were some days of rainy/stormy weather but it was typically in the evening and we were already exhausted from being out all day. Worked out just perfectly.

I've been wanting to visit Nashville for some time now. Especially in the past five years where I've grown to appreciate country music. Then with the show Nashville, I wanted to see some of the spots in the show.

When we started planning out our trip, I was fortunate enough to have a friend who lives in Nashville and able to impart her wisdom of good places to eat and visit. Made the planning part pretty easy! We stayed in a rental in the 12 South Area which turned out to be a great location. It was a quick drive from downtown and there were lots of restaurants and shops in walking distance. Reminded me of South Tampa Hyde Park area for any Tampa readers.

Typically, when I do my travel posts, it's usually a photo dump of everything. This time, I thought I would type it out for you of the things we did and places we ate.


Things to Do: 
You can't do Nashville without visiting the country landmarks...

  • Country Music Hall of Fame
  • The Ryman
  • The Grand Ole Opry
  • Johnny Cash Museum
  • Bluebird Cafe - We didn't really go in to this place, but I did go drive by to see it.

We did a little historical/museum visits.

  • Andrew Jackson's Hermitage
  • Nashville Parthenon
  • Belmont Mansion and University
The weather was beautiful so we wanted to take advantage of it and be outdoors. 
  • Cheekwood Botanical Gardens
  • Radnor Lake State Park
  • Centennial Park (The Parthenon is located here as well)


Places to Eat:
This was probably the best part of the trip. Honestly, I could have titled this post, "Eating our way through Nashville" because we ate like it was our last meal each time. Even as I type this and think about some of the restaurants, my mouth is watering and I want to go back.

  • Flip Burger Boutique - The burger was delicious BUT the Nutella Burnt Marshmallow milkshake stole the show for me. 
  • Butchertown Hall - Chips and Queso
  • Taco Mamasita - This place had your not so typical tacos which I was pleasantly surprised with. 
  • Hattie B's Hot Chicken - I am not a big fried chicken fan or eating any chicken off the bone really. However, this chicken was too good not to have. 
  • The Loveless Cafe - Biscuit heaven. 
  • Box: Bongo & Bakery on 10th - I had a falafel sandwich with beet tzatziki sauce which was delicious. Their cookies were so so good. I had a chocolate pretzel cookie and was talking about it hours after. Ha. 
  • Frothy Monkey - We stopped here a few times during our stay to grab some coffee and had breakfast once. That was just as great!

For the Sweet Tooth!
It wouldn't be a post of mine if it didn't include a dessert selection. Lucky for me, there were so many choices within walking distance!
  • Las Paletas - They had quite the selection of popsicles. We got our popsicles and walked over to the park across the street for a nice little stroll.
  • Jeni's - Ice Cream Shop - This was not your typical selection of ice cream. One of the flavors I chose was a Salted Peanut Butter with Chocolate Flakes. It was light tasting and good.
  • Five Daughters Bakery - They had a small selection of cronuts and some other pastries. Again, delicious. 
  • Legato Gelato - This was not in walking distance but a quick drive.
  • Olive & Sinclair Chocolate - The cutest little shop that makes their chocolate in-store. 

Another great trip in the books!

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Life Groups and New Friendships

In honor of GFC's Beautiful Bible Study Spring semester starting yesterday, I thought I would share about my experience in joining a life group and the value in being a part of one.

I started attending the Monday night life group last Fall. I was feeling really drained emotionally, physically, and spiritually and I felt that I needed some more Jesus time in my life and wanted to get more connected to my church. We'd been attending this church for about 9 months, but hadn't really gotten involved. (It's a large church and easy to get lost in the crowd, especially when you are introverts like we are.) I'd heard time and time again, that the best way to get connected in a large church (or any size church for that matter) is by joining life groups/bible study groups.

Well, I finally made the leap (huge leap) and went on a Monday night to try it out. Leading up to the evening, all the anxiety kicked in and it crossed my mind to just go home instead of turning on the road to get to the church, but I didn't give in. When I entered the sanctuary I was greeted by a couple ladies who welcomed me, had me fill out a name tag and sat with me a group of ladies at a table.

The rest was history. 

These ladies made me feel welcomed and part of the family. I created relationships, friendships through this group which has opened up other relationships through the ones created from this life group. We have provided each other support and words of encouragement in this thing called life through table conversations, prayers, texts, etc.

One of the friendships that has formed as a result of this life group is with this lovely lady, Ashley.


This bottle of sunshine has been such a pleasure to meet. She was my lifesaver during the women's conference from saving me seats each day to introducing me to other ladies at church. She will send me a text or two throughout the week just to say 'hello and hope that I am having a great week'. While it may seem like nothing, this small gesture, taking out the time of her busy week to send me a text, has been huge in just making me feel special and loved. That folks, is what this Christian life is all about.

Okay, enough of the gush talk.

I am so thrilled that this semester we will be doing a bible study reading Lisa Bevere's Girls With Swords book. Y'all already know, since the conference, I've been slightly obsessed inspired by Lisa Bevere. I'm really looking forward to reading this book this semester!

XO

Sunday, February 5, 2017

GALentine's Soiree 2017

Yesterday, I hosted my first GALentine's party with some of my fave gal pals. I've seen these sorts of shin-digs on pinterest and blogs for years and always wanted to host my own. I had some ladies over to enjoy chocolate fondue and wine.

Here are some pics of the details.



So, those who know me, KNOW that anything kitchen related is NOT a strength of mine. The good Lord blessed me with a husband who is a great cook and baker, so I do not mess with all that non-sense. See, because when I do, something is bound to going wrong.

Chocolate fondue.

I followed this recipe, STEP BY STEP. While it was in the sauce pan, it looked great. Once I transferred it to the fondue pot is where things took a turn for the worst. It was my first time using the fondue maker because I bought it specifically for this night. When I set it to "warm" it made the chocolate bubble, which you don't want happening! I immediately turned it off but there was no turning back, y'all. The chocolate began to separate and it got very oily. Then it started looking not so appetizing. I was so thrown off by the oil. Where in the world did the oil come from?! There was no oil in the recipe. EPIC FAIL. See picture below.


After several SOS texts to the Mr. from not only me, but friends who were cracking up, he came home to the rescue with more chocolate from the store and re-made the chocolate.


I am still trying to figure out what went wrong. We have a couple theories...

1) I bought the wrong kind of chocolate. I bought chocolate chips instead of the baker's chocolate bar.
2) The dang fondue maker made the chocolate bubble which caused it to separate.

Thoughts??

In the end, we had a great time, chatting, eating and drinking some red wine! First time in the books. Can't wait for future ones.

XO

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Style | Ankle Booties

At the women's conference last week, I noticed that 90% of the ladies in attendance were wearing some type of ankle bootie. I was part of the 10% that was not wearing them. #alwaystheoutcast

We had perfect boot weather and, of course, I don't have any. I always have it on my mind that I want to a get a pair, but haven't actually made the purchase. While I love fashion, I am always way behind to get on trend with my own personal style.

Well, after this conference, I feel very motivated to get a pair. So I've started browsing online to get ideas. Below are a few that caught my eye from DSW site.


My wardrobe consists of a lots of neutral colors hence the neutral tones above.

I see shoe shopping in my near future!

XO

Friday, February 3, 2017

Friday Five | No. 16

Well, it's been a hot minute since I've posted a Friday Five!

ONE | Guest Post on the GFC Beautiful Blog

On Sunday, after I published and shared my post about the Fearless conference on Instagram, I was contacted by the Women's director from my church asking to share my post on their ministry blog. Guys, I can't tell you how excited I was to be asked this. I have followed the blog for some time now and always thought how cool it would be to guest post on it one day. So to have them reach out to me to do this was huge!

TWO | Beauty and the Beast Trailer


All the goosebumps! I am so excited for this movie to come out in theaters. I already have a girls night planned to go watch it.

THREE | Valentine's Day Home Decor

I've already put up the Valentine's Day decor in the casa. I bought some new items from Kirklands a couple weeks ago and have been anxious to set them up. Getting the house ready for my GALentine's Soiree this weekend!

FOUR | Magnolia Journal Spring Edition


Joanna Gaines announced on Instagram that the Magnolia Journal Spring Edition will be hitting stands on Valentine's Day!

FIVE | Nashville Vacation

It's official y'all. Our next vacation will be to Nashville, Tennessee! We actually booked this last week, so I am a little late in sharing the news. We already have a list of things to do and places to eat thanks to friend recommendations and our own searching the internet. Essentially, we will be eating our way through Nashville and I wouldn't have it any other way. If you have any recommendations, pass them along!

XO

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Currently | February 2017

Hello February! Here is a short list of my current happenings...

READING | Grace Not Perfection by Emily Ley. I have been a long time blog/Instagram follower of Emily. Umm, hello, she owns a planner business. My love language. When I learned that she was writing a book I knew I wanted it.



WATCHING | Victoria on PBS Masterpiece. Guys, I am loving this series! #historygeek



DOING | Planning for my GALentine's Soiree that I am hosting this weekend. I am having a few girlfriends over to have drinks and a chocolate fondue. Yum!

WANTING | Too Faced Sweet Peace Eye Palette. Not that I need another eye palette but the packaging is just to cute!

LISTENING | This was one of the worship songs during the Fearless conference and I am a little obsessed. Hillsong can do no wrong.


XO

Sunday, January 29, 2017

GFC Fearless Women's Conference 2017


On Thursday and Friday, I attended the GFC Fearless Women's Conference that my church was hosting and guys, it was AWESOME! I didn't realize how much I needed the conference until it was all said and done. I almost didn't go at last minute because of work and I am so happy that I did not change my plans. I would have most certainly regretted it. God moved in such a way through the worship, the messages, and the fellowship among ladies that I did not want to leave!

Day 1
So, if you haven't gathered by my blog already, I am an extreme introvert. Randomly going up to people in a crowd, introducing myself gives me anxiety. Takes me back to first of day of school and having to meet new people and figure out who to sit with during lunch time. Worst day ever for an introverts.

Well, fast forward to Thursday and I was reliving that same anxiety as the conference started off with dinner, trying to find somewhere to sit in a group of a 1000 ladies. I have been attending this church for a year now but I haven't been the best at building relationships (again, introvert problems) and the few people that I knew attending the conference were actually volunteering and working in the background. After some awkward hiding behind a pillar, I made my way to the food, grabbed my box of BBQ goodness and scurried off to another dark corner under a tent. Really? I have issues.

After dinner, we gathered in the sanctuary and one of the ladies I know, had saved me a seat next to her. Thank you Jesus! I didn't have to face my fear again of trying to find a seat. Granted, the seat she had was right in the first row, but that's okay, I can handle that.


Now on a serious note, worship was amazing and the sermon even better! After weeks of going non-stop at work and draining my energy, the first night was so reinvigorating. Lisa Bevere was the key note speaker at the event and oh my word. This lady is fierce and I love it. Confession. While I have heard about her before and knew that she speaks at conference and has authored several books, I have never heard her speak before. Seriously, during the first night of her speaking, I couldn't help but think to myself... "Have I been living under a rock this whole time? How have I never heard her before? In person. Online. Anywhere?! What?!" This little half Sicilian pistol was on fire. The way she commanded that stage and spoke God's word with such tenacity was... Wow.

We finished off the evening with music, fellowship and smores!


Day 2
Morning Service began at 9am. We had worship and the guest speaker was Sharon Tubbs and her message was on Rejection and pressing through it. Again, I needed to hear this. Rejection is something that I have struggled with my whole life and based on the "Amen's" that I heard during that message, I am not alone.


Mid-day activities included: lunch from Chick-Fil-A (woot woot), two breakout sessions of our choice, a panel discussion, and a full segment of The Pew (our version of The View).

Dinner was Carrabba's and then it was time for the evening sermon. Again, Lisa Bevere did not hold back. Seriously y'all, I'm fan-girling over her. I even waited in line to have her sign my book and take a picture.



As a female and a Christian, I left this conference feeling so empowered, so inspired, so ready to take on the world. With all that has been going on with the Presidential Campaign, Women's Marches, and so forth... It has left me frustrated, exhausted, and at times, ashamed to see how other Christians are reacting to all these situations. It was so refreshing to see women gathering together - not spewing hateful words towards this nation, the president, each other, but instead PRAYING for peace and understanding over this nation, wisdom for the president and blessings over each other's lives. THAT is what we, as Christians, should be doing.

I hope and pray that this flame that has ignited in me doesn't stop. I know it won't be easy, especially when I get back to the work routine, but I will press forward.

Keep me honest friends!

XO

Monday, January 9, 2017

Eat Well and Be Active.

One of my goals for 2017 is to make my health a priority. Eat well and be active.

Eat Well.

Confession. I am a stress eater and sweets are my vice. Even though my eating overall remained good last year, towards the end I consumed a lot of sweets to get me through work. That ish needs to STOP. Definitely not a good habit to have, even more so considering my own health issues. I'm not saying that I am cutting it out completely, but saving the sweets for a weekend treat or special occasion is the plan. I would also like to reduce (not eliminate) dairy in what I eat. I have seen and read one too many articles on the not-so-great truths about dairy and how it affects our bodies.

Be Active.

Here's another one of my fails last year. Around April, I started a new role at work which required me to be in the office everyday. At first, I didn't think it would be a big deal, because I used to go in every day before we were allowed to work from home. But, when you worked from home 2-3 days a week for two years, you get spoiled and don't realize how hard it is to go back to being in the office all week. The STRUGGLE. The days I worked from home, I would go to the gym and it was perfect. I was going to to the gym three, four, sometimes five times a week. Cut out the work from home days and I was lucky to make it to the gym twice. Trying to get the energy to hit the gym after twelve hour days (ten hours work, two hours commute) is not easy. But it is so important! The difference I saw in my health from not going to the gym is crazy. So, it is a must. No excuses. I need to make it happen.



I posted the photo above on Instagram earlier this week talking about this topic. It's all about clean eating, meal prepping, active lifestyle, and my new blender for smoothies! One week of better food choices and going to the gym is already making a huge difference.

So here's to a healthy year.