Saturday, November 28, 2015

Living Room Decor Ideas (For the Living Room I Don't Yet Have)

So, over the past couple months I've been looking to buy a house and since it's Thanksgiving break, I've finally had time to start seriously looking at home decor ideas for the living room that I don't yet have...

I'm thinking I want it to be girly / Southwestern / mountain lodge... ish.

I found some inspiration:



Black Friday Boots - CHECK!

I didn't go all out this year on Black Friday like I normally do, but I don't think there will ever be a time when I pass up the $19.99 deal that Belk has on their Rampage boots every year.
Typically, I do lots of research before Black Friday, but this year I just didn't have time, so I didn't really know what I wanted - I was just going to go see what they had at the store when I got there. I kind of went with the intention of getting riding boots since the ones I got a few years ago are starting to wear out.

I got two pairs of riding boots for $19.99 each. Regular price is $89.99.

The first ones I love because of the light taupe color, the dark brown straps, and especially the shiny little accents on them. They are unique and reminded me of boots that Disney princes (yes PRINCES, not princesses, LOL) wear.

Rampage Isadora Tall Boot - Available in Wide Calf
Rampage Isadora Tall Boot - Available in Wide Calf

Rampage Isadora Tall Boot - Available in Wide Calf

I had been thinking a lot lately about how I didn't have any black riding boots - I had never wanted any until lately. I saw these and felt like I'd thank myself a million times later for buying them. I think that they will prove to be a great wardrobe staple, as they'll look great with jeans, black leggings, long tunics, dresses, etc. It'll be nice to switch it up and wear black boots instead of tan or cognac.

Rampage Idola Boot - Available in Wide Calf

Rampage Idola Boot - Available in Wide Calf

Rampage Idola Boot - Available in Wide Calf

Black Friday success!


Pumpkins and Family and Friends (October Memories)

Annual cousins + Granny pumpkin painting party...

Me and Joellyn looking fly in fall 'fits...

Joellyn and I accidentally coordinating in school spirit jerseys from our alumni weekends this year

Chick-fil-A with my dear friend Flash on her birthday!

* Sweet memories *


Give Thanks With a Grateful Heart

Written on Thursday, November 26th - Thanksgiving Day

As many of you know, I've been struggling with the spirit of ungratefulness. For the past couple months, as hard as I've tried, I haven't been able to overcome it and be thankful. My heart has been so hard. But for the past few days I have been feeling my heart softening again and it's so great. I'm starting to become thankful for the tiniest little things again - genuinely thankful. For the past month or so I've been forcing myself to thank God for things that I know I should be thankful for without forcing it.

This morning I looked out the window and saw the most beautiful Thanksgiving morning. The sky was a beautiful blue and had these cool looking clouds in it and the weather just looked perfect. I got my car and drove over to Granny's to help her get ready for Thanksgiving lunch and as I started driving in the beautiful morning my heart just started exploding with thankfulness that I was brought to tears. This is what it's all about. It's all about family and love and fellowshiping and thanking God for everything that He has blessed us with. 

I know the spirit of ungratefulness will creep up on me again throughout my life - that's just natural. But in this moment, I am so relieved to have overcome it at least for now. I'm so thankful for all the people in my life and all the blessings that I've been reminded of just today. I'm so thankful for thanksgivings past and for wonderful memories that seem to flood in at this time of year. I love to look back and be able to cherish the times that I've spent with my family and friends during previous holidays. God has blessed me so much in my life and I don't even deserve it all. 

I hope each and every person that reads this had the happiest Thanksgiving ever!!

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Monday, November 16, 2015

Battling Ungratefulness

I'm really surprised at myself and my reactions to everyone's November "thankfulness" statuses on Facebook. I've been borderline scoffing at them, and it's the spirit of ungratefulness in me. Typically, that is NOT my demeanor, and typically I am all about looking for the positives and things to be thankful for, so I'm shocked at myself. Again, I believe it's a spiritual battle, and I believe the best way to fight it is to cling to the Lord and His promises and focus on being INTENTIONAL about being thankful. November is officially halfway over, so for the last half of the month, I'm going to post something each day, but for today, I will post 15 things to make up for the first 15 days of November.

I'm thankful for:

1. High Point.
This is probably the hardest one for me right now, because I'm antsy here. But God has me here right now for a reason. I've fought with a love/hate relationship with good ol HP for a long time now. High Point has my wonderful family and many wonderful friends and my church and schools that shaped and molded me into the person I am today. So many landmarks and special locations to me. I may stray from it and hate it sometimes, but I will always come back and appreciate and love it for what it is and what it's done for me.

2. The ability to see.
The world is full of so many beautiful things, and I take things like my sight for granted.

3. Food.
I joke about doughnuts and Oreos and eat in excess, and forget that many people in the world don't have that luxury. I should be more mindful of that fact and not take food for granted.

4. God's grace.

5. God's love

6. Weakness.
I'm thankful for my weaknesses and areas to grow and improve in, because without those growth experiences, life wouldn't be as rich or meaningful. I'm thankful that those experiences help me better know God's grace, forgiveness, and love.

7. My love of writing.
It's therapeutic, and I'm glad that the Lord instilled this love in me.

8. My car.
It takes me where I need to go and to places I want to go when my soul needs to breathe. Sometimes it feels like I live in it, and even though I've put like 60,000 miles on it and the AC is going out, the Black Pearl is the best.

9. Markers.
I love making my planner colorful every week and grading papers with pretty markers, and they just make life better.

10. My bed.
A couple of my friends posted last week that they were thankful for their bed because it's a seemingly small thing, but a good night's rest determines the rest of your day, so a good bed is actually really important if you think about it, and something that not everyone in the world has.

11. Sports.
Even though I think the US spends too much money on sports, sporting events have been great means of socializing and bonding with friends and family, and I'm thankful for the spirit they add to life.

12. My planner.
I'm in over my head with stuff to do, and I'm thankful that someone invented the planner so I don't have to write it all on my hand.

13. Clean water.
Again, sounds small, but so many countries don't have clean water, and I realized just how important it is to stay hydrated last year around this time when I passed out from dehydration. Since then, I've made a point to drink a lot more water. As I see my empty bottles add up in the recycling, I think about how I have access to that and so many people don't.

14. Books.
I can thank my parents for my love of reading, and books have made my life so much richer.

15. Coffee.
Enough said.

This was a good exercise. I feel more thankful now.


Sunday, November 15, 2015

Ungrateful in the Season of Thankfulness

It's ironic how in the month of thankfulness I have been the most ungrateful. I know that this is an attack from the devil. He knows how much I grew last year in the most uncomfortable place and now I have landed ( God has blessed me with ) dream job number one and I'm too comfortable for my own good, I'm finding that it's so hard to be thankful and grateful. I keep finding different things to complain about and be upset about when I should just be overjoyed at what all God has blessed me with. I'm definitely fighting a spirit of ungratefulness right now and it's breaking my heart but hopefully it will break my heart to the point that I experience growth out of even this. 

Last Sunday I went to Green Street Baptist, the church I grew up in. The pastor that was leading the church when I was young was back for a special occasion (he is now Tim Tebow's pastor in Florida). Dr. Brunson's message was about thankfulness and how so many people are depressed and alcoholism and suicide rates are up and life spans are shortening because people are depressed and not thankful when there is so much to be thankful for. He talked about how as Christians, we have God's grace to be thankful for - the fact that He saved us when we are so unworthy of saving. We have hope of eternity in Heaven. And so on. The message smacked me in the face. Tears came to my eyes at one point because I realized how truly ungrateful I have been. I needed the message so much. 

I'm working hard to thank God every day for the things He's given me while I continue to wait for the things I'm trying to be patient for. I want to focus on being grateful in this season when it's so hard for some reason. I don't know why I'm going through this, but it has to be an exercise for growth. And I will use it for His glory.