Springtime [kinda]

This is basically just to show how much I love springtime.

I get to buy flowers and fruit to plant, eventually. (even though I can’t right now because I have 30 wasps hanging around my balcony)

I get to wear my FAV spring/summer lip color by MAC.

and

florals, florals, and more florals.

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Lipstick // Top (On Sale!)

Since I can’t plant my flowers and strawberries due to the wasps, I had to buy myself some flowers instead. I am obsessed.unnamed-3.jpgunnamed-2.jpgunnamed-1.jpg

Maybe by this time next week I will get to plant my flowers and get to show you guys updates! 🙂

Until next time!

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wishing for summer on spring break

So last week was Spring Break. As of one month ago, I had zero plans. Then two weeks beforehand, Derek and I decided to take a quick extended weekend trip to Vegas!

This wasn’t our first time to Vegas, but it was our first time to actually spend some time there. We did sooo many fun things.

Blackjack, blackjack, and more blackjack!

I’m kidding, we did more than that. But we always ended up back at Bally’s before we knew it.

Friday afternoon after we went to M&M World, we had the idea to go jump off of the Stratosphere. I have done it before, but Derek hadn’t. We both jumped successfully without any broken bones! It goes a little something like this (this is when I jumped a few years ago with my BFF, Tori.)  Don’t let Derek fool you, he was nervous walking up. 😉

Saturday morning, we decided we wanted to rent a car and drive to the Hoover Dam. We rented a Corvette, but it ended up being unavailable. So they ended up giving up a Porche 911 Carrera for the day for no extra charge!

You can imagine how excited Derek was for that.

Here are a few pictures of our drive!

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The entire way there Derek wanted the top down, but I didn’t have sunglasses so my hair was getting caught in my eyes. Once we got to the dam, Derek bought me some sunglasses so he could have some fun while riding down the freeway.

And let me tell you, he had a blast (i just bit all of my nails off…).

Also while we were there, Derek had a surprise for me but wouldn’t tell me what it was until right before!

HE SURPRISED ME AND TOOK ME TO PITBULL!

Our seats were fabulous and my company was top notch. 12800360_10154032495958571_3417406359775434258_n.jpg12376327_10154032495888571_5321779164443710595_n.jpg

We are already talking about when we want to go back. This trip was amazing with the best partner I could have asked for!

xoxo

It’s Been A While…

Its been a long, long time since I have written anything. I would say that I have been extremely busy working, going to class, hanging with my dog , (all of that is true), but I just haven’t really known what I wanted to write about.

This past year has been wonderful. I seriously wouldn’t change a thing.

In the past year I have started my senior year of college, began an amazing relationship, GOT A DOG, went to California for the first time, went to CPAC (twice), interned on the Hill, and went on my first cruise with Derek!

Okay, maybe I have been a little busy.

I am going to try to start writing more, though. It is a great outlet for me to just relax and reflect back on what I have been doing lately.

But until my next post, here are some pictures from my favorite times:

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I also made this super fun video of our cruise to Cozumel/Progresso, check it out:

 

Until next time; xoxo

 

Short, But Oh So Sweet.

This was my first C3 back since the winter break since I was sick last week and this week was nothing short of perfect. This post is going to be rather short, but I just want to share with you all what Noe put on my (and I am sure others) heart tonight.

Tonight we read Luke 15 25-32. I encourage you all to take a minute and go read that passage.

After reading that, he asked us that if we served God our entire life and never got a blessing or a feeling from it, would we still serve him? Would you?

He also asked us this: How valuable are you to Christ? He said that and my heart dropped. My first thought was “not very”.. Sometimes life brings me down and I feel like I am not doing enough. As soon as I was thinking this, Noe said that we are worth more. That was so reassuring that we are worth more in Gods eyes.

I always find myself wondering if I am growing in Christ. I go to church (and looooove it), do my devotionals, and I still feel like I am stuck. We learned tonight that during your daily quiet time, growth is happening. You might not realize it until you look back, but one thing is for sure. If you stop doing your quiet time, you will stop growing.

My heart is so full tonight, and Noe made some awesome points (as always). I always leave with a happy heart and I am so thankful that God has placed this amazing church family in my life.

New Year, Not A New “Me”

Last year was quite the year. As it is the beginning of January, New Years Resolutions are in a full swing. People are hitting up the gym everyday, still dieting after a solid two weeks, staying true to daily devotionals, exc. Some peoples resolutions have already ended (like me who was going stop drinking coke….lol)

Although it is a new year, I am not trying to change my ways just because it is January 1st. Why not change them on December 30th? I feel that if something is important to you, why not take immediate action instead of using the excuse of “its my new years resolution” to wait a few extra days.

Back in November, I turned my life over completely to Christ. Since then, I have grown tremendously through his Word. I still do my daily devotionals. I have my quiet time.  At church the week before the New Year, they mentioned to up your game. As of now, I have quiet time every other day or so. Sometimes I forget, but I try to make it a point to do it at least every other day. There is no better way to grow with the Lord than being engulfed in His Word.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I think New Years Resolutions are great. But if you break the resolution after a month, don’t give up. Get back on it the next day. We all falter from our goals every now and again, and none of us are perfect. But we all have room for improvement.

My improvements are going to be to stay on my top game with my quiet time. I am going to try to do about five times a week instead of the maybe three that I get in now. Just remember: if you stray away from your faith, or if you make a mistake it is all going to be okay in the eyes of Him.

1 John 1:9 – If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Thanks for reading, and have a fabulous beginning to the year!

To All of my Prayer Warriors

To all of my prayer warriors out there: I have a prayer request.

These past few months have been really hard on my family. In October, we found out that two of my very close family members have cancer. One is my cousin whom is only 15 and has been diagnosed leukemia, and the other is Nina who has breast cancer. Trying to stay positive, they caught both of them in very early stages. My cousin is at an awesome cancer hospital in NC, so I have faith that he will be healed. By the grace of God, they told Nina that she would not need chemotherapy after her surgery. Today, that changed. I got a text from my mom while at work that she would, in fact, have to take chemo and radiation to make sure it doesn’t spread any more than it already did. Also, my mother had to go into surgery today for her back. She will be in recovery and can not make it for my wisdom teeth surgery, or to be with my grandmother during this hard time.

I am not the type to put this out in the public, but I feel like God has been working on my heart lately. One thing that I have learned is that it is okay to ask for help. You can not do everything on your own. You will eventually break down and not know where to turn. So today, I am telling you guys this just to ask you to pray for my family. Strength for us all to find that light at the end of the tunnel. Hope that things will soon look up. And to give us the faith knowing that this is all apart of God’s master plan in our lives here on Earth. It’s hard to wonder how any good can come from these terrible events, but knowing that God is always there to hold your hand along the way really helps the heartache.

Today while on break at work I was just looking for scripture about strength, and I wanted to share what I found.

“My flesh and my heart my fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” Psalm 73:26

Metamorphosis

December marks one year since I have moved to Fayetteville. In the past year, I have changed significantly. That meaning my spiritual life, my independence, and the people I surround myself with.

Arkansas Tech was phenomenal to me. I joined the best sisterhood I could have asked for, Zeta Tau Alpha. With that, I met my very best friends. Most of which I am still very close to today. I was on Student Government Association as a Senator-At-Large, and I was a Resident Assistant at South Hall. I had all of these things going for me, but I was in a rut. I was in bed all of the time sitting in the dark. I cried at the drop of a hat. I never wanted to go anywhere, not even initiation for my most precious little. I just remember crying in the back room with my Big telling her how I was just miserable. I knew then that something had to change.

Moving to Fayetteville was a shock to everyone, including myself, but mainly my mother. I decided last October that I was going to finally make the move that I had always wanted to do. Going against my families wishes, I applied to the U of A, found an apartment with roommates, found a job, and got all of my classes switched over from ATU. The day after Christmas it really all happened. I had help loading up my car, and then drove to Fayetteville by myself to move into my apartment.

I knew moving was not going to be an easy task. I told my parents that when I went, I was going to learn how to become financially independent (except for gas and insurance). And even without those two things, it was hard, but I did it. I set my mind to it, worked hard at my job and got a promotion. I paid my bills on time. I still struggle with one main thing: saving. That one needs some practice.

My first semester of college up here was rough. I told everyone it was great, but it was not all that and a can of beans. I was alone all of the time. I only knew two people up here at the time, and I thought I was just going to be lonely all of the time. I lived with three girls who were all in sororities at the time, so they were constantly going to mixers, having people over, exc. And I felt like that weird roommate that was a loner (which was probably true).

I finally started going out more and meeting more people. But with me going out more means me drinking more, and participating in behavior that just wasn’t like me. At the end of last semester I started getting back into my devotionals and that is when it all seemed to take a turn for the better.

This semester, I have new roommates who push me to become a better version of myself. I have gotten more involved in my relationship with Christ, and I actually want to be a shining light on others. About three weeks ago, I surrendered my life to Christ. There has been temptations since then to fall back into my old habits, but with an amazing roommate and an awesome support system, it isn’t as easy to get sucked back in.

The people at Cross Church are seriously incredible. They know you by name and genuinely want to gain a relationship with you and help you grow with Christ. That is one of the main things that draws me back to them each coming week. I feel at home when I am there. I feel that all of the people surrounding me love me, even if I have never seen them before. And that is a feeling I haven’t gotten anywhere else.

So in the past year I have..

  1. Gained incredible friends
  2. Made a real connection with Christ
  3. Let God make me a better person
  4. Learned my way around Fayetteville
  5. Found a church home
  6. Gotten used to the HUGE class sizes
  7. Learned how to be financially independent
  8. Kept a steady job for a year
  9. Gotten over broken hearts
  10. Memorized the U of A campus (it was tricky)
  11. But most importantly, I have found that my one true love is Christ.

C3 works on my heart every Wednesday. And tonight was just the same. It is now time to step up my God Game and to make Him my Lord and Savior. Lord of everything in my life. He has control, and He will provide if you trust in Him.