Hi friends! So, I have had a few different jobs since I turned 16. I have worked at McDonald's which I hated with a passion. I was just thrown in the mix and never trained. On top of that it was the busiest McDonald's on the East Coast, supposedly, so that didn't help the not being … Continue reading Flipping patties, slinging grocery, & corporate meetings
Guys, I have been married for 9ish months. That is literally so little time, but I have felt the most intense lesson in these past months, one that Nathan and I have taken SO SO seriously so that our marriage will thrive... for 108 more years, haha!! It is so fun to go on dates … Continue reading Dates, arguments, & kisses
This morning as I was doing my devotions the Lord showed me a neat tool to use to for self-improvement. I was reading in 2 Timothy chapter 1 where Paul is writing a letter to his pastoral friends. In this letter he spoke about how the law is to point out sins of sinners in … Continue reading Self-Improvement x 9
I love a good event to prepare my home for. I love to deep clean, burn candles and have the entire house looking & smelling fresh. I love to decorate in theme of the event, although I haven't excelled in this area yet. I dream about the days where we will host large parties and … Continue reading What if we prepared our hearts the way we prepare our homes?
This week I've been at CARE training all week as part of my job & internship & I have LOVED it. Seriously the best training ever like way better than a class I've ever took. It's interesting, educating, and enjoyable. Anyways that has nothing to do with this really. So today I was told "you're … Continue reading Catching the right little things
I cannot quit thinking about the new law that has been passed in the state of New York. I have spent so much time in the past couple of days reading the law, reading people's opinions about the law, reading medical professionals comments about it and so on... Never in my 21 years have I … Continue reading With the passing of the NY law, my arms opened & my table extended.
So the other day I kept hearing a banging on a door. Keep in mind we live in an apartment, AKA close quarters. I looked at our friend who was leaving our place and said "What are you doing?!?!?" thinking he as just doing something funny. He left and my husband said "that is some … Continue reading Knock Knock Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door
Being intentional in your pursuits are always important in all relationships. However, Nathan & I have really started to understand the importance of being intentional. We use to see each other in breaks in our schedules while we were dating, or we would just wing it and figure something out. It was tough, but at … Continue reading Being Intentional in Your Marriage
Dear Perpetrators, I would like to introduce myself. I am a social work student about to graduate in just a few months. In the course of time in my education and my job, I have saw so much trauma inflicted on so many individuals. Even outside of education and jobs we see it all around … Continue reading Dear Perpetrators
Feminism used to have a strong meaning behind it. It use to stand for women's rights, for equal pay, for voting rights, for women to be seen as more than a housekeeper and the child bearer. It meant empowering women to be whatever they wanted to be, whether a woman working a corporate job, an … Continue reading Feminism once classy and now trashy
Trust is such a broad topic. A deep word. It is a word that encapsulates so much of who we are, how we act, and even how we think. Who do you trust? Maybe a family member, friends, church people, school leaders, spouses, or other people in your life. I got to thinking the past … Continue reading So what about trust?
2018 has been a year to remember for sure. Like every year it has had its ups and downs, lessons learned, failures, and successes. The best thing that happened this year is I got to marry the man of my dreams. I have always said he surpasses every dream I have ever had in a … Continue reading A Glimpse Into Our 2018
Many who have never experienced abuse wonder why people choose to stay in it, why they never escape the perpetrator when they have the chance, or why they do not seek help. (The following is from a perspective of a woman, understanding that males are abused as well.) Women who are abused mentally, physically, or … Continue reading Understanding the misunderstood
Merry merry merry Christmas!! As the Christmas season comes to an end, I reflect on it all. I have found pure joy in celebrating Jesus' birth by just being at peace, laughing so hard with family, and even taking a nap on Christmas Day. I mean c'mon, God rested on the 7th day of creation, … Continue reading Managing the Christmas Season
One of my most cherished belongings is my box of special letters I have received over the years. This box includes cards from my grandparents, my parents, drawings and notes from my siblings and cousins, and love letters from my man whom I cherish. Every year I can count on my Dad sending me a … Continue reading Are hand written letters old fashion?
Good morning guys! The past couple days I have been thinking about "Fifty Shades of Grey" and how it contaminates our minds, often with us not even realizing it. I have never watched Fifty Shades, but from the things I have heard people say about it, it is practically a porn show if you ask … Continue reading Why “Fifty Shades of Grey” is not okay
Friends, Do you ever feel weighed down by all of the "I am ____" statements floating around in your head? By the "You are ______" statements thrown at you by others? Yeah, I understand. We are pretty good at stealing our own joy and allowing ourselves and others to tear us down. Let's be real. … Continue reading I am _________.
On this very day three years ago, Nathan came to pick me up for a football game a few hours away. Not only did he pick me up, but he met my ENTIRE family at one time. Y'all my family is huge & my Pa grilled him. But he made it. The game was good. … Continue reading Our story
"For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of." (Matthew 12:34) Friend, what is your heart full of? Is it joy or anger? Contentment or desire? Bitterness or forgiveness? I've been through a long season of learning these things and how to cleanse my heart from all things that do not please the Lord. … Continue reading What fills your heart?
Hey guys!! As many of you know mental health awareness is becoming a more "popular" topic now a days. Which is good because it is necessary and real. Tonight I am choosing to talk about anxiety. Many mental health issues exist, but for now this will be the one we discuss (I want you to … Continue reading Destroying the stigma
'Tis the season to think of all the things we are thankful for! Last night I randomly decided that I was going to deep clean our home, I'm talking like Spring clean kind of deep, but... it's not even spring. Y'all, I bleached EVERYTHING. I bleached our floors, our sheets, our counters, and burned candles … Continue reading Thankful for Bleach
Dear Husbands, Wives, Boyfriends, and Girlfriends, There is a fine line between jealousy and respect. A very fine line. Respect is creating boundaries together that you both understand and hold in high priority in your relationship. Respect is hanging out with the opposite sex only when your spouse is with you. A guy and a girl hanging out … Continue reading The fine line
Life is so busy. It is so easy to get entangled in the whirlwind of work, school, ball games, dance practice, clean house, cook dinner, go to sleep, and wake up to do it all over again. In these moments, our life is fleeting. It's easy to miss moments that will make sweet memories. Sometimes … Continue reading Sometimes you just have to take the time…
Dear Soul Sister, I see you crying in your car trying to get yourself pulled together before getting out where all can see you. I've noticed how quiet you have gotten lately and how your bubbly personality has been diminished. I see the weary, sad, and tired looks in your eyes. I see that you … Continue reading Dear Soul Sister
Happy Sunday Friends!! So today, our pastor said something that got me thinking hard. Well, actually pretty much all of what he said today was like on point, but I just want to focus on this one point he made. It was something like this, that girl you see on instagram with the bun on … Continue reading Vulnerably Beautiful
Dear Church, I love you and adore you. I love your compassion for others. I love your welcoming arms. I love the way you live your life to reflect Christ. I love the environment that you create. I love how you encourage growth. What I don't love is hearing some of the reasons why people … Continue reading A letter to the church
There is something so special and intimate about knowing each night I get to lie down next to my better half. I get to embrace his snuggles and feel whole. and then a few minutes later make him steer clear of my 3/4 of the bed so I can get my beauty rest 😉 This … Continue reading Special bed