DIY Wreath

photo-1This past week I decided that my cube at work was boring and needed some TLC! I found this fabulous wreath idea on Pinterest which was linked to the blog CONFETTIPOP and decided to get crafty!

A few things you’ll need!

2 faux red ranunculus sprays

2 red berry bush sprays

4-6 faux flocked lame eau leaf sprays

faux cabbage rose bush

foam wreath base

and a hot glue gun

Step one: Clip all of the leafs and flowers off of the wire stems.

Step two: Arrange the flowers on the bottom in the way you would like them to lay

Step three: Layer the leafs along the rest the ring in same direction tucking under each one or over another when need be

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And now you have an adorable wreath to hang anywhere you do so desire! 🙂

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I Choose Peace

Anxious: experiencing worry, unease, or nervousness, typically about an imminent event or something with an uncertain outcome.

worried, concerned, uneasy, apprehensive, fearful, perturbed, troubled, bothered, disturbed, distressed, disquieted, fretful, agitated, nervous, edgy, antsy, unquiet, on edge, tense, overwrought, worked up, keyed up, jumpy, worried sick, with one’s stomach in knots, with one’s heart in one’s mouth; More informal uptight, on tenterhooks, with butterflies in one’s stomach,  jittery, twitchy, in a dither, in a lather, in a tizzy, strung out, antsy, spooked, squirrelly.

2. wanting something very much, typically with a feeling of unease.

My heart is heavy today for myself. Please do not take that as selfishness. Just bare with me for a moment while I reveal a little bit of my soul.
Anxiousness is something everyone at some point deals with. Some more then others but we are human we all have it. It’s a curse that we often feel is out of our control. “I can’t help that I feel this way!” “You would feel this way if you knew what I’ve been through.” The list of excuses go on.
I’m the girl who sometimes, I’m convinced lives in a constant state of anxiousness. I worry about my grades, I worry if I’m doing my job right at work or if ill even get it done, I worry about my family, I worry if I’m doing all I can to help friends and family, I worry about the future, I worry about getting bills paid, I worry about planning my wedding, I worry about offending people, I worry, worry, worry. Anxious, anxious, anxious.
I have always been that girl who wants everything perfect. Who wants her friends and family to be blessed beyond measure. Who would give of herself for others to have. When things would and do not go how I feel they should go I become anxious, confused, stressed, tense, all the synonyms above are me! And I have a hard time just letting it be.
Philippians 4 always hits home with me. These verses are supposed to be so comforting but they are so convicting to me. “do NOT be anxious…but in everything by prayer…and the peace of God will guard your heart.” Not much clearer instruction then that. And I still fall into the state of anxiousness.
As a human with flesh, with a mind that goes 24/7 how can I not be anxious? It tells me right there! And yet I am still anxious, often. I am still confused, I am still so badly wanting to help where I can not.
And then mornings like today I remember My God is not the author of confusion and he did not send me to die for this world, he already did that. He sent me to pray for the world (situations), he sent me to be a light of this world, my world. He sent me to be the best that I can be and when I get to the point where it is not of him (confusion, anxiousness, stress) to let it go. Give it to him in prayer and supplication. And he will give me the peace I need.
3am last night I awoke and was very uneasy and stressed. 20 million things were going through my head. None of which I could control…. ok, ok… you could say I’m a little controlling too. First step is admitting. 🙂 Once I finally went to sleep it was not good sleep. But I a woke with such a peace. I had Philippians 4 on my mind. I was reminded that those feelings will happen because we are human but they are not necessary because they are in God’s hands. He has it all in control and all I (we) have to do is give it to him. And in return you will be given peace.
Peace: freedom from disquieting or oppressive thoughts or emotions
Peace of mind: the absence of mental stress or anxiety
Today I realized that if I don’t worry it does not mean that I don’t care, today I realized that peace is a choice and I choose peace. Rejoice today, because God has some peace to bestow on us all.
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Application for Honors

I was recently invited to apply for the American Honors Program at my school. I had to write an essay about an importent choice I have made in life, who inspires me and why, and where I see myself in 5 to 10 years. It only felt right to share with you all as well… Here is a little/big part of me you may not know….

“As a young girl growing up I loved all things fashion. My dream since I could remember was to be something amazing in the wonderful world of colors, textiles, and drawings. When I graduated high school in 2007 I applied to FIDM – Fashion Institute Design and Merchandising. Some would say the second best fashion school in the country, I say the first best. I worked so hard on my project for application, weeks if I remember correctly. And I did it! I got accepted! I don’t think I had ever been that excited in my life. I was a 17 year old girl from Dallas Texas about to chase her dream all the way to Las Angeles California.

Then one day I realized that whether it be then or 20 years down the road there would be a day I would have to choose what was more important to me – my job, my dream, or my walk with God, my family and friends. I wasn’t sure if I could go so far away and still be as close as I was to the people who I loved most, or go that far away to a CRAZY city and be apart of a world that the farthest thing from their mind was God and still be saved.  I eventually made what was the hardest decision of my life; to not go to FIDM. I decided that if having any idea in my head that I would fall out on my walk with God because of this then I didn’t want it. That if there was even a hunch I wouldn’t be close to my family and friends anymore, I didn’t want it.

Deciding not to go to FIDM was probably the best decision I have ever made thus far in my life. I would not be the person I am today if I had gone, I am 100% sure of that. I have worked at incredible places in the fashion world, learning more then I think I ever would at FIDM, being led by the greatest bosses. God has shown my favor.

Because I did not go to FIDM I have had time to truly find in my heart what I love and what I want to do. When I sit back and ask myself what I love most in this world all I see is faces. People, I love people. I am the girl who could make friends with a homeless man on the corner or the President of the United States. I love laughing with others, learning from others, listening to others, helping others, morning with others. I feel for people. I am happiest when I am helping and serving.

I learned this from my father. He has dedicated his whole life to helping people all over the country. An impeccable minister that lives to serve others.  He loves people the way I could never imagine to. He has a burden for hurting people that need help and that need God. And he fights for them, with them. He shows them a love and dedication that they may never see in their lives. He stands strong through his own storms and through others storms with them. He is a loyal friend, a wise man/minister, a great father, and a loyal servant to his God, standing strong in his Faith, never wavering.

When I think about my love for people and how I desperately want to help everyone I can. How I want to be as my father is but in my own way….. This is what I see….

In 5 to 10 years I see myself as a psychologist. Dedicating my life to helping all I come in contact with. I hope to receive my associates and bachelors in business and move on to receive my masters and doctorate in psychology. And I believe I would bring a great deal of dedication, happiness, loyalty, commitment and faith to a college community.

I am thankful I listened to my gut seven years ago.”

I’ll keep you all posted if I get accepted! 🙂 As well as if all my new dreams come true. 🙂

Blo

2013 Flea Market

DSC_0177My whole life I have watched my family grow up in a fabulous neighborhood/community, Woodruff Place. Luckily we visited a lot and I was able to get a taste of it. Not being able to go past (we will call her Ms.Grace) house when playing outside, swimming in the backyard all summer long. It was one of my favorite places in the world, not just because my best friends (cousins) were here, but because woodruff place was a magical place. Our favorite time of year though was the first weekend of June. What happens the first weekend of June?! Woodruff Place Flea Market! The flea market has been going on every year since 1977. As little kids we would always sell cookies and pop to the shoppers who came from all over. We thought we were big stuff making that money. 🙂

Now here I am, an adult. I have been honored to join my aunt, uncle, and cousin in living in this wonderful neighborhood for the past year and a half of my life. I LOVE IT! This was my first flea market as a woodruff place resident, as an adult, and as a seller! 🙂 We had such a wonderful time seeing all the people, eating lots of food, getting great deals and offering great deals!

Do yourself a favor and start planning for the 2014 Woodruff Place Flea Market. 🙂

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SILAS! {no caption needed}
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My Favorite couple who brought the most beautiful little boy into our lives!! Silas of course. And obviously he is beautiful…. Look at them! 🙂 Chris and Ally.DSC_0110

My two favorite guys…..

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“Proudly putting junk in your trunk since 1977!” 2013 Woodruff Place Flea MarketDSC_0015As you can see I have the greatest family in the world! 🙂

Blo

Prince Charming

As little girls we think boys are gross and yucky. As young girls we dream of a prince charming. As teenagers we want to be just friends with all guys. As young adults we strongly dislike them all. But then the adult stage approaches us faster than we’d like, where we feel we need our “better half” before we reach the age of 25 or people will think something is wrong (that’s so silly).

The older I got and the more relationships I had I realized that a man would never make a woman happy. That the only thing that could make us happy was being completely consumed by the one who so desperately wants us to put him first, the one who already loves us unconditionally. I thought on this often and thought about the phrase, “better half.” If we are supposed to be complete in God then how in the world could we ever have a better half?! We are already completely full and consumed with him. It finally hit me…. Our younger selves had it right. God sends us a prince charming. Think about it – a husband is to lead his wife, love his wife, and protect his wife. What does a King/Prince do? They lead their people, love their people, and protect their people. I believe that if each and every one of us would learn that God is the only thing that can complete us and make us, when we really grasp that and prepare our hearts all at the same time, God will smile and say… ”Now you’re ready.”

Hold out for your Prince Charming. Become consumed with your God, put him first. Get involved, study his word, talk to him daily, and trust that he knows the desires of each and every girl/woman’s heart. His timing is perfect.

I like to think that because God is a jealous God, he wants to hold on to you a little longer as well! Lucky girl!:)

Also, a wise woman once told me to take a piece of paper and write down everything I want in a future husband and to never settle for anything less, to pray over that list and never let it go. I wrote everything from him to have pretty feet, to putting God before me (not his ministry, but God). Don’t hold back, be very detailed and watch God blow your mind. He did mine…

Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans. Prov 16:3
Blo

The Selection

selection%20cvrI just finished reading The Selection by Kiera Cass! Yall, it is so good! It’s a mix of The Hunger Games and The Bachelor! Amazing, I know! Hard to imagine, take my word for it! We get to jump forward a 100 years and watch as 35 young women go to compete for a chance of a lifetime in being the Princess of Illia. You get lost in a fun world of fabulous gowns, amazing food, music, a prince, a past love, the list goes on. If you are looking for a series to just relax and enjoy – this is the one, ladies. Sadly the third book doesn’t come out until 2014 but after the selection you will have The Elite to tide you over (currently reading).

So here is a short run down of the characters –

America Singer loves music and singing. She is true to herself, not changing or wavering for anyone. She befriends her enemies and always takes the high road. She is extremely loyal to her family and the people she loves. Completely against joining the selection but hopeful it will help her family in the end by doing so. Has no desire of be being Princess to Prince Maxon and in love with Aspen, a 6. Who will she choose? Who will he choose?

Prince Maxon was so loveable. He is kind of corky and awkward but once you pull the layers back you can’t help but to fall in love with his gorgeousness. An 18 year old in training to become King while trying to choose his one and only, that’s pressure! He’s firm but kind, smart, funny, giving, he’s a prince!

Aspen is her first love, the one America cannot seem to escape. He is loyal to his family and country. He’s gorgeous and sweet, mysterious and witty. Never giving up, never letting go. It’s amazing and annoying all at once (depending on who you are cheering for;).

Kiera is a great writer. Easy read, fun, witty, takes you in to another world. WRITE MORE!

Overall, I ADORED The Selection and will keep you posted on The Elite.
Blo