Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Body Image

Someone said something to me today that I feel like should've really offended me. My feelings should've been really hurt, and honestly probably seven or eight years ago that would've been the case. I've always been a pretty confident person, but there are definitely things about my body that I've been very self-conscious about. I think every girl in the world can say the same thing - and guys too. 

When the comment was made to me, my mind flashed back to this morning, because coincidentally, it went right with something I saw something that my sister had posted on Twitter: 

***So as a disclaimer, I don't really agree with putting words in God's mouth, but based on his love for us and the things of the Bible, I feel like this is pretty accurate.***

When I read this, I cried. I cried because I remember feeling that way. And because my heart hurts for girls that feel that way right now, who have been told that they aren't pretty or skinny or curvy enough. Or that they need more makeup.

I am a high school teacher. I see girls every day who struggle with body image to the point that they think that they are ugly, develop eating disorders, harm themselves, or just feel worthless. I went through stages in middle and high school where I felt like I was never pretty enough - never tan enough, my hair never looked right, I was too skinny, my nose was too huge... The sad thing is, middle and high school are often the places where your peers feel comfortable critiquing your body and discussing your imperfections. Even if you say you don't care what people think about you, words still hurt and they can stick with you for years and years. It makes me so sad to know that so many girls go through life thinking that they are ugly and dwelling on their imperfections, when the God that created them love them so much and thinks they are perfect. 

I am constantly getting onto my students for talking about other people being ugly. I tell them that we are all beautiful and how words can cut so deep. 

... And it doesn't just end in high school… people in general are self-conscious about their bodies and we all have things that we wish that we could change. We need to remember that true beauty comes from within, and the person that the world may deem to be physically flawless might be ugly on the inside.  

The only reason I wasn't deeply hurt by the comment made to me today is because I've grown so close to the Lord in the past few years and I know I'm his daughter and that he loves me the way that I am and that my true value comes from within - not from what someone else thinks about my outward appearance.

What I really want to see is people building each other up, not tearing each other down. God created us all exactly the way he wants us to look. As imperfect people, who are we to decide what is imperfect about others? Insulting others' looks is basically saying God makes mistakes. 

Let's all try to remember that, and be comfortable in our own skin. 



Friday, March 18, 2016

Friday Five

1. Granny's first trip to Biltmore was so much fun! We finally went on Sunday after talking about it for like a year. I'm going to make a more in-depth post about it later with pictures!

2. Beautiful sunset at the church by my house on Monday made me happy :)

3. Starbucks after a loooooong Monday was the only thing that got my coworkers and I through the 8th grade curriculum fair that evening!

4. Me and Brooke's TEN year "friend-versary"... hard to believe we've been friends since Saint Patrick's day of 2006! So happy to have a friend like this to go through the amazingly great and not-so-great parts of this journey of life!

5. A happy Saint Patrick's day with family and good food :)

happy weekend!


Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Looks Can Be Deceiving!

"Come on, Ms. Burroughs, donate money! We know you got it, lookin fresh outta the sorority."
‪#‎LooksCanBeDeceiving‬ 😂😂😂

A couple students visited me after school and wanted me to donate money for a fundraiser. The quote above is directly from one of them LOL. He proceeded to comment on my pants and said "I bet those are Lilly Pulitzer!!"
I said "Actually, no, they are Ralph Lauren, and my shirt was $3 at Walmart, and so was this cardigan (I was wearing a gray cardigan that matched my shirt and it was about $6 at Walmart but looks expensive because it's monogramed) and my shoes are from Target and the pants are from the Ralph Lauren OUTLET so they were cheap! And my necklace was FREE!" (Monday Dress does promotions where if you buy $50 worth of clothes you get a free necklace or scarf or earrings, etc).

I love when I can look like I spent a lot of money on my clothes, when in reality, I got great deals and spent almost nothing. :)

I'm also loving these sandals from Target this week. I got them on the way to Biltmore on Sunday because the Rainbows I was wearing were irritating me and I definitely needed something comfortable to walk around the Biltmore Estate. Not only are these some of the most comfortable sandals I've ever owned, but they are so simple yet fabulous and make me feel like I'm always at a beach resort. So there's that.

Also, I voted today and hope you did too! I'm not happy with the way the Presidential candidate situation is looking right now, but I can't say I didn't give my input!

Happy Tuesday! Almost halfway through the week!


Friday, March 11, 2016

Friday Five

This is a real quick "Friday Five" without pictures because I'm in a hurry, but I really want to make sure I get this done because I'm trying to post even when I don't have time to add pictures, just for the sake of keeping my blog more updated! I often don't post because I want each post to have pictures and be well thought-out, but sometimes simple and impromptu is best!


Five things I've been thankful for this week:

1) Finally getting a chance to get my nails done on Monday.

2) Amazing weather - it's been in the 70s all week and I've absolutely loved wearing dresses and sandals and driving with my windows down and sunroof open!

3) My wonderful coworkers who bring me large Starbucks drinks and doughnuts and Sweet Shoppe cookies and bend over backward for the kids at our school because they genuinely care about them :)

4) Spending time with my brother this week while he's home for spring break.

5) The bag of Krispy Kreme mini powdered doughnuts, from which I just ate six of them whole (as I typed this entry).

Happy weekend!!!


Monday, March 7, 2016

Another Perfect Weekend

I wrote this LAST Monday (February 29th) and forgot to publish it (insert slit-eyed straight face).


This weekend I FINALLY got to go back to Boone after two months.  

When I got into town, I met Kacie, Michael (my brother), and Taylor at our favorite sushi place - COBO!!! I had been craving an Appalachian Roll for so long. 
I had so much fun hanging out with them. We went out Friday night and had Boone Bagelry for brunch on Saturday. We played with the Face Swap option on Snapchat and laughed til we couldn't breathe at a picture of my brother and Taylor. 

Saturday afternoon was spent shopping. Kacie and Taylor went with me. I needed to buy birthday gifts for a few different people, stuff for the baby shower I had for Brooke yesterday, and stuff for my house. 
After shopping, we had dinner at Canyons in Blowing Rock and it was SO GOOD. The view from the restaurant is amazing. The beauty of the mountains never ceases to leave me in awe. God's handiwork is amazing. 

After dinner I headed back to HP to get my house ready for the baby shower! Joellyn came over and we got Chinese and watched Fuller House while crafting and cleaning for the party. So fun! 

Yesterday was the shower and I made a whole post about it.
(Find it and read it!)

Last night I took Emery for a run and the weather was just so nice and it was great just running by the street lights with the night breeze. The promise of spring was in the air! As we ran, I just thanked God for all the blessings in my life and the simple but wonderful weekend I had. :)


Sunday, March 6, 2016

#ThankfulThursday - An Old Baby and a New One

Every Thursday, I have my students write a list of things they are thankful for that week because we read an article that suggests that writing what you are thankful for each week can increase gratitude. 

(I started this on Thursday, March 4th but am just now finishing and posting it because #TheStruggle.)

Last week I was thankful for spring doughnuts at Krispy Kreme and the coupon I had for two dozen for $9.99. It helps me cope with the fact that there are no more $3.99 Panthers victory doughnuts on Mondays.

I was thankful for Ashley's 17th birthday and the chance we had to go to dinner and celebrate. I cannot believe she is 17 now! Time sure has flown, and I'm so thankful for her and the joy she has brought to our lives!! 17 was such a great age for me, and I'm praying that this time next year, she will be able to say the same.

...................And I was sooo thankful for the surprise we got - on Ashley's birthday, Brooke's baby was born!!!!!!!!!!!!! Two weeks early, Elaina made her appearance, making for the ultimate birthday buddy for Ashley. I was SO happy... what a special thing to happen on an already tremendously special day!!! To me, it couldn't be any better!
So after we had Ashley's birthday dinner, her and I hurried over to the hospital to meet the new little bundle of joy - my second goddaughter! She is precious and I can't wait to get to know her, watch her grow, and experience her little personality!

It sure was an exciting week :)


Tuesday, March 1, 2016

March On. Literally.

Hello March! So good to see you!
I don't really like winter, and I am so happy when we start feeling the first few signs of spring.
This March will be a super busy month for me - my calendar is already full!

I remember my Granny and great aunt always telling me when I was little that March "Comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb." For some reason I thought that was so cute and cool and I felt like when we entered March, we were on the verge of something awesome!

March has been extra special to me for the past 17 years now because it was 17 years ago tomorrow that my little sister was born! I'm so excited to celebrate. For me, 17 is one of my most memorable and cherished years of life thus far, and I'm hoping that for Ashley it will be the same. :)

ANNND March has been even more special the past two years because March of 2014 brought me a goddaughter...

ANNND this March will bring me a second goddaughter - her little sister!

So much to be excited about this month!

Another thing that really excites me about March is SANDALS!
{ insert corny pun about how you "march" in shoes  }

[[I've been wearing sandals here and there already because I don't always let cold weather stop me (lol) and we have had a few warm days.]]

Many of y'all know I'm a shoe person, and I can't help but notice this adorable peep-toe / suede / fringe spring trend. I saw these this past weekend at Boone Belles in Boone and almost bought them:

...but I was good and didn't get them...

You can REALLY "MARCH" in style in these in MARCH!
(I'm sorry - that was the last one.)

I found two more styles online that I really like:


Carlos by Carlos Santana Peyton Bootie

So excited for March and official sandal weather!