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Sunday, September 25, 2016

Dreamin'



So I'm still in my fabulous hair phase. I've been so busy/occupied that I haven't given myself time to dream and reflect. I read that some of the most successful (?) people reflect and read...a lot.

As I reflect now, I'm thinking about things that I'm thankful for:

1. Jesus
2. Good health
3. Loving family
4. A job where I can live out my values
5. Fun friends
6. This warm weather
7. A dependable car
8. My brown skin and rich heritage
9. Money
10. Dreams
11. A safe community
12. Living near a pond with a fountain
13. The kids of my friends
14. Books
15. Free movies
16. Free food...ok basically free anything-that-I-want-or-need
17. Oh yeah, includes Cato gift cards (I love that store!)
18. The activity of my limbs
19. Vacation
20. Facebook (so I can keep up with friends...and be nosy)
21. Men
22. Game nights
23. Adventures
24. Music
25. This blog

The list could go on. What are you thankful for?

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Update on my struggles: Part 4



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Reading the Word. So a whileeee ago, I wrote about struggling to read the Word. Then I got better at it, but didn't give an update! I was doing pretty well I thought until recently. Days would go by when I wouldn't pick up my Bible at all. It was beginning to show in my thought life. I found myself having to work extra hard to keep from snapping at someone but in my head I would be tearing them up!

Finally, I grabbed a hold of myself and made myself pick up my Bible! I have missed a day here and there, but I am definitely not where I was. I used to read my Bible everyday and I have found myself missing the Lord. I'll keep working to get back to where I was and to excel that so that I can please the Lord.

Read yo' Bible!

Friday, September 2, 2016

I was in a pageant


Ignore the flammable box and chemicals in the background 

I never thought this would be a part of my story...but it is.

Growing up, I had a cousin who was really into pageants. She was good at hair and makeup and loved competing.

I, on the other hand, couldn't tell you the difference between bronzer and blush...Anyway, one day, I entered a cash drawing sponsored by the Miss America pageant. Unbeknownst to me, I'd entered as a contestant! The "cash" was just a discount for the competition. Mercy! I was bummed.

And no, I did not go through with that and actually enter the competition. However, for some reason, I couldn't get doggone pageants outta my head! I started looking for local pageants and found one that benefits a local charity that I love!

I didn't win, but it was fun. Everyone walked away with something and I basically got a trophy and tiara that were more like an honorable mention. Ha-ha-ha.

During the whole thing, I was pretty disgusted that women my age (late 20s) subjected themselves (ok, ourselves) to being judged on how we looked in gowns and other attire. BUT, all of them were so encouraging of each other, cheering each other on! We all had different talents, personalities, and outward appearances, but that didn't matter.

Reminds me of how we should be in the Body of Christ. Cheering each other on, encouraging one another, praying for each other, and spurring each other on to good works.

My first and last pageant was memorable in more ways than I thought possible.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Just being honest

Thinking I was cute


For some reason, I've become a consumer of hair. So far, this has only affected me during the last two summers. One of my excuses for this is that I'm growing my hair out. While this is true, I'm also loving how I can change up my look by simply adding new tresses.

I still want to be a good steward of my finances because I have a set amount of money that I can use toward this reach month per my budget (I give a lot to charity and I also want to retire someday and have dinero saved for emergencies, ya feel me?) I want God to be pleased even in the way that I spend the money that He so graciously gives me. So pray for ya girl to steward her money well and not get caught up in being so fabulous.
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