*  back to blonde, baby!
*  the launch of the blog rebrand.
*  starbucks' sugar cookie.
*  lights at rhema bible college.
*  a snowy saturday.
*  my first OKC thunder game!
*  exploring.
*  bokeh christmas tree lights.
*  fog + raindrops.

-  i have a strong support system in my life. i hadn't fully realized or appreciated it until recently.
-  life is so fleeting and precious. i take it for granted far too much.
-  i cannot control other people. i can only control my reactions.
-  there are people in life who are not for me. this hurts, but it's true.
-  "worry is belief gone wrong. because you don't believe that God will get it right." ann voskamp.
-  people who create drama have no place in my life.
-  my family is the best at cracking jokes to ease a tense situation.

-  too. much. candy. crush.
-  i went to my first thunder game!
-  we had a beautiful, unexpected snowfall. in true oklahoma fashion, it was 90% melted by the afternoon.
-  i cheered on my hometown's high school football team in the state finals.
-  CHRISTMAS. such a wonderful time of year to slow down and reflect on the birth of our Savior.
-  a fun NYE party - happening tonight! 

POPULAR POSTS:   my 2014 in polaroids  //  W I L D B L O O M  //  winter beauty favorites


favorite posts:  iphoneography  //  a happy list  //  overcome the lie

highlights + happenings:
-  no better way to begin the year than a sugar bowl win for the sooners!
-  a rare warm january afternoon filled with sunshine, sweet tea, and exploring.
-  january is typically a month i dread. tax season starts and longer hours ensue. this year was a little different. i made a conscious effort to celebrate the little things, to be in the moment. i took more nature walks, read books, and made plans for the new year. all in all, january was a good month.


favorite posts:  celebrate love  //  i am  //  weekly musings 

highlights + happenings:
-  three words: girl scout cookies.
-  i busted it on the ice. big time. bruises all over, sore for over a week.
-  the month of love. i celebrated valentine's day with a few lovely ladies. we ate good food, had wonderful conversation, and watched the winter olympics. it was my favorite day. it snowed in the beginning of february, which made for some pretty pictures and a nice day off.


favorite posts:  tidbits of life  //  photoshop actions from ABM  //  i choose Jesus 

highlights + happenings:
-  i celebrated my half birthday.
-  my brother and i took a small trip to OKC for the day. i sure do love that boy.
-  "don't shine so that others can see you. shine so that, through you, others can see Him." c.s. lewis
-  oh, march. i love you. it's no secret how much i love flowers. [ahem, wildbloom.] winter slowly faded and spring made it's grand entrance with daffodils and blooming trees.


favorite posts:  tulips + prayers  //  azalea festival  //  a month in review: april 

highlights + happenings:
-  i made a drastic physical change - brunette to blonde.
-  God empties me to fill me back up. sometimes what comes out of the cup reveals my heart, fears, etc.
-  april was great! spring was in full bloom, easter was celebrated, and tax season ended. i took a fun day trip to the azalea festival in muskogee. my heart could've burst at the sight of all those blooms.


highlights + happenings:
-  mama and i had the best day.
-  began my 101 in 1001 goals.
-  my worth is not based on peoples' opinions. 
-  may is always a fun month. spring is in full swing. work slows down. school is out. summer is approaching. this past may was spent preparing for church camp. i celebrated my ten year high school reunion by not going. and i'll never forget the unfortunate meeting i had with a snake in the pasture. [heebeegeebees, y'all.]


favorite posts:  redeeming love  //  transformers  //  a month in review: june 

highlights + happenings:
-  i had the best week of my life at falls creek.
-  i watched trans4mers. twice.
-  grace is greater than guilt.
-  june was full. my heart was full. falls creek is one of those places where the Spirit is so present that the hairs on your arms stand on end. we had VBS the following week. i was exhausted by the end of the month, but i wouldn't have it any other way.


highlights + happenings:
-  we celebrated mama + america's birthday with family, friends, and fireworks.
-  i had a photo featured in people stylewatch magazine!
-  there is beauty in the process.
-  july - the dog days of summer. sweet tea and sunshine. lightning bugs and tan lines. iced coffee and freedom. july was a chill month after being on the go for weeks. it was also hot. but hey - i wasn't complaining.


favorite posts:  blogging resources  //  twenty-eight  //  a month in review: august 

highlights + happenings:
-  "having a soft heart in a cruel world is courage, not weakness."
-  grace over perfection.
-  august is a great month because it's my birthday month! i celebrated with family, cupcakes, and a sooner victory. i indulged in way too many fruit bars and iced coffees. but that's a good thing if you ask me. :)


favorite posts:  when i grow up  //  single  //  a month in review: blogtember

highlights + happenings:
-  i participated in blogtember.
-  i co-hosted with kiki on the circle.
-  i bought a new iphone 6.
-  all of my time was spent writing posts for blogtember. it came and went in an instant. but september means one of the most wonderful times of the year: autumn. and all the people said, amen


highlights + happenings:
-  our youth group had a bonfire. it was so fun!
-  grace upon grace.
-  i was reminded how much i dislike dating. why is it so hard?!
-  i went back to brunette. never again!
-  october was a hard month. but the Light shines brightest in the valleys. i spent my friday nights with my soul sistah. lots of pizza was consumed. fall ushered in its beautiful nature.


favorite posts:  life lately  //  all to Jesus i surrender  //  for my single ladies  

highlights + happenings:
-  i shot a senior session. those are always so fun.
-  thanksgiving.
-  november was better than october. i am so thankful for Jesus. He makes broken things beautiful. november gave oklahoma its first snow! i spent thanksgiving with family. i think i ate an entire pan of mac & cheese.


highlights + happenings:
-  the youth leaders and i took the youth group to see the lights at rhema bible college.
-  rizz and i went to our first thunder game! we also cheered on my hometown football team at state finals.
-  december was a busy month. new adventures, fun traditions, and lots of plans filled my calendar from start to finish. our church put on a christmas play, in which i played zechariah's baby mama, elizabeth. i also launched the rebrand of the blog! that was fun. i finished my polaroid and self-portrait projects. i enjoyed peppermint mochas and a few too many sugar cookies. it was a great way to end a crazy-beautiful year.

I DID IT! i completed my challenge to snap one polaroid a week in twenty-fourteen. it was so fun! sometimes i think my nail color got more attention than the actual polaroid. :) i never planned to change my nails, but it turned into a thing. i'm glad it did because i always need an excuse to buy new nail polish.

for this project, i used an instax 90 & an instax printer. which polaroid is your favorite?

-  I AM BLONDE AGAIN!!! mostly blonde highlights, but i'll take it!

-  i'm trying to decide what photo/documenting/weekly project i want to attempt in 2015. any ideas?

-  MERRY CHRISTMAS! i love you.

-  have you listened to the serial podcast? i am almost finished. it is so interesting!

-  blogging has turned into 10 steps and 50 tips and 7 tricks and 9 ways. STOP IT.

-  everyone in my family knows the terribly wrapped gifts are from me.

-  i started putting together my 'year in review' post. these are always so fun to write! [see 2013]

-  my hometown's football team made it to state but lost. so heartbreaking, but i loved supporting them!

-  my current favorite song is soul on fire by third day.

-  i am finally caught up on my self-portrait & polaroid project! [see insta: #my2014inpolaroids]

-  is it weird that i teared up when corey and shawn reunited on 'girl meets world'?

-  my brother gave me one of his curliest curly fries at dinner. it was the sweetest thing.

-  currently reading: the greatest gift - ann voskamp.

-  thank you SO much for all the love on the launch of the new site. y'all make my heart so happy!

-  laugh of the week:  daddy has type-A flu and was given an inhaler to help his cough. he asked how it was supposed to fit it in his nose. we cried from laughter!

 the blonde is back!

 thousands of lights at rhema bible college.

 YOU GUYS. a penguin.

i jumped the fence to take a selfie with him.

 so pretty!

 isaiah 9:6

 spending the evening with my family and youth group made my heart so full.
 bricktown - OKC

 waiting in line.

 my first thunder game!

 i was so giddy!


this girl. she is such a blessing!

i am running on fumes this morning. the only time i was at home this weekend was to sleep. what little sleep i got was enough though. this was one of the best weekends. family and friends and christmas lights and lattes and basketball and lots of laughs. my heart was bursting when i woke up this morning. after a tough week, i needed these reminders that this fragile, fleeting life is beautiful. i must soak up every moment, say yes to new adventures, and find the good in everything.


happy birthday, daddy! goodness, i love you. my life is better because you are in it. you are one of the kindest people i know. those aren't just words from a loving daughter though. everyone who comes in contact with you sees your kind spirit. i see so much of grandma gracie in you.

thank you for last saturday. i know it didn't end like we wanted, but you did everything you possibly could to make my first bedlam game fun. i will treasure that day for a long time. even our complete dissection of everything wrong with OU football at the moment on the drive home. they should just hire you as a coach. you've taught me everything there is to know about the game. i cherish our father/daughter football saturdays.

but beyond football - you've taught me what it means to be a follower of Jesus. what it means to be a friend. what it means to be kind and extend grace. thank you for being the best daddy a girl could ever ask for. i love you so much!


this life is fleeting and precious. so often i take it for granted. i let my emotions and feelings dictate my actions and thoughts. i let meaningless things matter. i give weight to things that have no value. i abuse time like it's never-ending. and then tragedy strikes.

i received the tragic new on monday afternoon that a friend and her four-year-old daughter tynlee were killed in a car accident. it happened just a few miles from my house. i even saw the ambulance driving by as i was getting ready that morning. megan leaves behind a young daughter. it is so heartbreaking. i still cannot wrap my head around it. i suppose death is never easy though. grief is an uninvited, intrusive enemy. and this time of the year seems like the cruelest of days to lose a loved one. please pray for megan's family, her daughter, and for tynlee's dad.


instagram is my favorite social media platform. as a photographer, that visual inspiration fuels my creativity. i am constantly inspired and encouraged by the unique perspectives of other ladies and fellas who capture the beauty in this world. i recently made it a goal to be more open and intentional with my words and images. that might sound a little strange, but for a few months, i battled this weird dilemma: lots of my facebook friends follow me on insta. people i know in 'real life'. high school classmates, people i see on a daily basis, and family members. being vulnerable on this photo app was too risky. what if those people thought i was weird?

then i stumbled across the 'fridayintroductions' hashtag. i saw the openness of other ladies and decided that vulnerability wasn't a risk - living a life full of concern for others' opinions was too risky. i joined the hashtag and never looked back.  [see a few of my #fridayintroductions instagrams here, here, and here.]

the first official day of winter is not for a couple weeks, but when the holidays start, my mind perceives it as winter. i've found myself reaching for these products a lot lately.

//  LIPS

the fall/winter season always makes me want to rock a bright lip. bold lipstick brings out my sassy, confident side. this shade by NYX is my absolute favorite! [see it here & here.] the other NYX shade is pretty as well. and with the cold weather settling into oklahoma, i gotta have my baby lips.

//  HAIR

my stylist told me about this brush. i had used a wide-tooth comb for years, but switched immediately. i highly recommend it! the leave-in conditioner is pricey, but so worth it. it smells great and has helped keep my hair strong and moisturized.


give me all the dark and glitter nail polish during this time of year. my current favorite is OPI's comet in the sky, the black & navy shades by sinful colors, and ultra pro's glamrock & emerald city.

//  FACE

i never understood the importance of facial moisturizer until a couple years ago. when celebrities get asked their beauty secrets, it seems they always reply with "moisturizer". i get it now! st. ives moisturizer is my go-to. i apply is before i put makeup on, and it isn't greasy.

what are your winter beauty favorites right now? i always love a good recommendation!

y'all. TODAY IS THE DAY. the rebrand of the blog is live!

welcome to WILDBLOOM

my hope and prayer is that this space serves as a vessel of God's love, truth, and lots of grace. this place is where i will share the messy, creative, wonderful, hard, crazy-beautiful parts of my story. my sole purpose is to bring glory to the One who saved my soul.

WILDBLOOM is for the girl who messed up big time and needs a reminder that we serve a merciful God. it's for the woman who is looking for a good lipstick or nail polish recommendation. it's for all the lovelies who think they are alone or need a safe place to come and share the tough stuff. it's for the single girl, the married woman, and the mamas. it's for you. for her. for all of us. so grab a cup of coffee and have a look around, friends.


blog address  //  this is a given, but be sure to bookmark 

updated 'about me' section  //   see it here.

daily reads  //  at the top of the blog, there is a link to all of the blogs i read on a daily basis. check them out!

categories  //  i did away with the labels at the bottom and added categories to the sidebar.

blog button  //  if you'd like to add my blog button to your site, let me know!

facebook  //  it's the same page, but under a different name and link.

twitter  //  the blog now has its own separate twitter account! follow @wildbloomblog on twitter!

pinterest  //  same board, different name.

a huge thank you to aubrey kinch for her amazing design work on the site. this is the third website she has designed for me and homegirl has some serious talent. she blew my expectations out of the water. and a big shoutout to elizabeth for her detailed step-by-step guide on forwarding domain names. what i thought would be the scariest thing since texas chainsaw massacre ended up being fairly simple.

*  a fun night of taking photos for girls in my youth group. bright lipstick makes me happy.
*  rainy days filled with kitty cuddles and lots of coffee.
*  the first snow of the season! it was so pretty and allowed me to slow down and be still before the Lord.
*  winter nature is so beautiful.
*  "the heavens proclaim the glory of God. the skies display His craftmanship."  psalm 19:1.
*  when the temperature climbs to the seventies in november, you will always find me outside.
*  Jesus, coffee, and the cutest socks ever.
*  we put up our christmas tree this weekend! it is so different from what we've had in the past, but i love it.
*  do not ask me how many of these starbucks sugar cookies i have consumed this month because i will never tell. [five.]

-  one day at a time.
-  recipe for mending a broken heart: Jesus, movie night & pizza, and more Jesus.
-  there is beauty in the process. find it. embrace it. learn from it.
-  "genuine total surrender is a personal sovereign preference for Jesus Christ Himself." oswald chambers.
-  sometimes things happen that have no clear explanation. in that uncertainty, God is the only constant.

>  a top-to-bottom clean-fest of my bedroom. yes - even under my bed!
>  a saturday that was anything but typical.
the first snow in oklahoma!
>  friday nights with rizz.
>  thanksgiving. spending the night with grandma & the baby cousins, lots of laughs, and all the mac & cheese.

//   life lately
//   for my single ladies

//  let it be. i was vague about the details, but last month i let my guard down and got burned in a relationship. when a guy tells you sweet things and makes you feel special, it's easy to get swept up in happy thoughts. but i let my heart get ahead of myself. in retrospect, i am grateful for that experience. that pain and struggle led me straight to the feet of Jesus. He reminded me that i am not defined by a boy's disinterest or my feelings or anything but Him.
//  catch up on the instax & self-portrait project.  oh mylanta. it's going to be 2015, and i'll still procrastinate on this.
//  spread love.  this time of year brings out the good in people. i want to soak in all it has to offer, while taking little lessons with my into the new year. i want to love others all the time - every single day - no matter how i myself am feeling. love wins. every time.

-  when i rock red lips, t-swift's song always gets stuck in my head.  //  "...and i got that red lip classic thing that you like."

-  there's a shortage of youth to participate in the christmas play, so i volunteered to be elizabeth. it's going to be so fun!

-  trying to find over-the-knee boots that are less julia-roberts-pretty-woman-hooker, more oh-how-fashion-chic is harder than i thought.

-  i am putting up the christmas tree today! we are going with a theme this year, and i cannot wait to make it all pretty.

-  "courage is not knowing the end of the story. courage is taking the next step." annie downs. #SRTbackerparty

-  i watched 'miracle of 34th street' for the first time this week. [i know, don't judge.] it was so cute!

-  the steak kabob from texas roadhouse is the most amazing thing ever.

-  those people selling straighteners in the mall flock to me like vultures. one look at my long hair, and i know i'm caught in their crosshairs.

-  i have eaten a ridiculous amount of puffy cheetos this week.

-  sometimes i have to remind myself that it's just a moo point.

-  i reenacted a football play for my dad and ended up with carpet burn and sore legs.

-  the "recently used" section of emojis says a lot about a person.

-  i am spending the night with my grandma & cousins tonight. it's a thanksgiving tradition, and i am so thrilled!


-  golden hour light is so dreamy. i feel like it's intensified in the fall. maybe it's just me, but it seems the light amplifies the beauty of fading flowers and falling leaves. the chilly air makes exploring that much more incredible, too. it's as though my senses are amplified. i love the fall.

-  red lips and blue plaid. i had a photoshoot with one of my youth group girls and her friends in my backyard over the weekend. i snapped this photo afterwards. photography makes me so happy and giddy. [that dark hair is growing on me. literally & figuratively. i still miss the blonde.]

-  you guys. i finally found the perfect ankle boots! i have been searching for months. they are from DSW. i am seriously considering purchasing the brown pair as well.

-  my favorite nail polish at the moment: OPI's comet in the sky by gwen stefani. it's like i have galaxies on my nails.

i was about to link posts from last week when i realized i only posted once. oops. but i'm fairly certain that the blog will go private next week in preparation for the rebrand! i have a few posts lined up this week, so it's all good in the hood. make it a good monday, friends!

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//  while waiting on rizz to get out of class, i took advantage of the extra time and snapped a few selfies. we then took a mini road trip down to yukon. rizz adopted the cutest kitty ever. [besides boomer, of course.] this is how i know she is a true friend: she still likes me even after discovering my passenger-seat driving control issues.

//  a snow day on sunday means cozying up with the Word, coffee, and the cutest socks i ever did see. we didn't go to church, so i watched a few of these beth moore videos. i spent the rest of the day watching movies, drinking coffee, and cuddling in my warm bed. i finally watched 'the secret life of walter mitty'. it is definitely one of the best movies i have seen in a while.

//  after the game on saturday, i made some hot chocolate and started watching season three of one tree hill. lucas & peyton forevah.

//  the first snow of the season. but wait - it's still FALL, oklahoma. gah. but i will admit - it was pretty. i ventured out to snap a few photos, and the view was beautiful. all of nature quiets when the snow falls. it's a reminder for me to slow down and enjoy the little things in life. yesterday was a great day. after a tough few weeks, i see now more than ever that God is faithful. He is able and so, so good.


all to Jesus i surrender
weekly musings
for my single ladies
behind the scenes

linking up with oak & oats
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- i tried my hand at double exposure on my instax camera. [above]

- i bought a sweater at target and then proceeded to order three more. i want to live in them the rest of my life. i bought it one size bigger than i normally wear to have that cozy, slouchy look. [amber rocks it beautifully here.]

- "start a fire" by unspoken is my jam right now.

- my thirteen-year-old cousin had no idea what a phone book was until my grandma showed him. he thought it was the best idea. ha!

- good ol' oklahoma. eighties one day, teens the next.

- this photo gives me all the happy, giddy feels in the world. #OTHforevah

- it is hard for me to get on board with positive thinking movements because they are often rooted in 'self' rather than Jesus.

- i wish women would want to break the internet with kindness and love, not their naked bodies.

- i had a dream that taylor swift took a selfie with me. when i woke up to find it not true, i'm not gonna lie - i was kinda bummed.

- i will never be too old to drink chocolate milk.

- how is thanksgiving less than two weeks away?!

- the she reads truth: hymns plan is one of my favorites.

- do you have snapchat? i realize i'm not 17, but all my youth group girls keep in touch with me that way, so if you want - add me! joyfulamber

- in case you missed it, i wrote a vulnerable and raw post about surrender and singleness HERE.

what i thought would be a normal saturday proved otherwise. the girl who awoke that morning was not the same girl who laid her head on the pillow that evening. the events of the last six weeks [coupled with other happenings of this year] led to a moment so beautiful and so life-changing. i found myself on my knees, at the feet of Jesus - completely and utterly broken.

it was there in the middle of my mess - in all my sin and pride and selfishness - that i saw the magnitude of His grace.

somewhere along the way, i formed this strange notion that once i was holy enough and godly enough - then God would surely bless me with all the desires of my heart. it was almost as if i felt entitled. if i loved God enough, then He would bless me. the fulfillment of those desires became my motivation in loving and serving the Lord.

through the tears, i poured out my heart to God on the pages of my journal. raw and honest. heartbroken and hopeful. i wrote these words,

every dream, every desire, every hope - i surrender it all to You. this means everything. my heart, my mind, my plans, my life. and yes, Lord - my singleness. i am painfully aware of what that means. but i am letting go. all to Jesus i surrender. all to Him i freely give. i will ever love and trust Him, in His presence daily live

writing those words broke my heart. complete and total surrender is bittersweet process. more sweet than bitter though because the end result is more Jesus. all of Jesus. in my quest to learn about true surrender, i came across these words of wisdom by oswald chambers:

our motive for surrender should not be for any personal gain at all. we have become so self-centered that we go to God only for something from Him, & not for God Himself. it is like saying, "no, Lord, i don’t want You; i want myself. but i do want You to clean me & fill me with Your Holy Spirit. i want to be on display in Your showcase so i can say, ‘this is what God has done for me.’ ” gaining heaven, being delivered from sin, & being made useful to God are things that should never even be a consideration in real surrender.
genuine total surrender is a personal sovereign preference for Jesus Christ Himself

genuine total surrender. what does it look like? Jesus said, "if anyone would come after Me, let him deny himself, take up his cross daily and follow Me." and then He showed the most beautiful, genuine act of total surrender by doing just that - He went to the cross and died for me.

i came undone on that not-so-normal saturday afternoon, and i haven't been the same since. i'm learning each day to live in total surrender. giving Jesus everything. every part of me. of my heart. of my life.


the new blog! i have been jotting down ideas + little details for weeks. this has resulted in less posts on the blog as of late, but i'm learning more + more that for me - it's quality over quantity. a few posts in the works: fall/winter fashion, a DIY, a singleness post, and a beauty post. i am also thinking of putting together a giveaway for the new blog launch, so i am trying to come up with something fun and awesome.


my hope + my prayer is that every single thing i write or post reflects God's glory. He is my everything, and i want the world to know all about His life-changing love + grace. there are millions of blogs out there, and i am often fighting the popularity + comparison war of wanting to be a known blogger. but sometimes instead of trying to stand out, i think it's better to stand for truth, in whatever form it comes. people gravitate to authenticity. i choose to share the messy, joyful, crazy, and hard parts of my life because if just one person can relate, then it is worth all the time and effort it takes to run a blog.


i have a story to tell. we all do. the details - the pain, the joy - it matters because it all points to the redeeming love of Jesus. i've always been the creative type. blogging is my favorite creative outlet. not only can i share my story, but i can connect with other ladies who can relate to my struggles + happiness.


step one:  every single idea i have is written down in my blog journal or logged in my google keep app. both are filled with post-it notes, doodles, and random topics i want to discuss. (editorial calendars are all the rage in the blogging community, but i usually just write about whatever is on my mind at that moment.)
step two:  create a new post on blogger, label & title it, and then as i gather info, i add little by little.
step three:  brainstorm. research. drink lots of coffee. browse pinterest. take photos. create graphics.
step five:  finalize post. proofread. add photos/graphics. publish!

this process usually lasts a week. i like to take my time with blog posts because words matter. they have power to give life or death.

a shout-out to cassie and kiki who tagged me in this behind-the-scenes look at my blogging process!

i know what it is like to see friend after friend get married. i know how you feel deep in your heart when you see yet another engagement or pregnancy announcement on instagram. i, too, have offered countless tear-filled prayers to God concerning my singleness. and all too well, i know how it feels when a boy says sweet things to you and makes you feel special, only to change his mind.

sweet girl - i get it. i am right there with you. the struggle is real. it is painful and lonely and annoying and heartbreaking.
but it does not define you. i don't think you heard me - YOU ARE NOT DEFINED BY YOUR SINGLENESS.

i won't come at you with 'singleness is a gift' and 'this is a great season in your life' cliches that clueless people seem to freely offer. what you need to let sink deep in your heart is this:

you are loved by the God of the universe. the same God who spoke creation into existence with a breath formed you in the womb. He loves you more than you will ever comprehend. He showed His love by sending His only Son to die for your sins. that is true love.  

"but God shows His love for us that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us." romans 5:8
"no, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. for i am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord." romans 8:37-39

your identity is in Jesus. not a guy. not your relationship status. not how many guys liked your selfie. not your feelings. not the number on the scale. not your past relationships. not your shame and guilt. your worth is in Jesus and Him alone.

"i have been crucified with Christ. it is no longer i who live, but Christ lives in me. and the life i now live in the flesh i live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me." galatians 2:20

sweet sister, do not let the lies of the enemy or society convince you of anything less. you are lovely. you are precious in His sight. and you are not alone! one of the greatest blessings in my life are other ladies who walk the same road as i do. i wish i could gather all you lovelies together, order pizza, and talk into the wee hours of the morning. that's what my best friend did with me last weekend. your life won't magically begin when you get married. your life is right now. this moment. LIVE IT.

//  let it be
.  my ability to over-analyze a situation is of epic proportions. i can take a tiny detail and find seven different possibilities and outcomes. while helpful in certain situations, it can take me down a path of worry and fear.

//  catch up on the instax & self-portrait project.  i've been saying this for over a month, and now i'm five weeks behind. oops.

//  spread love.  i want to be more intentional about loving those around me. family, friends, strangers - whoever. i want to show Jesus to anyone and everyone, even in the middle of my own mess. i can get so caught up on things that do not have eternal value. i want to really love people. not out of necessity, but because God's love is overflowing, and i cannot contain it.

linking up with hayley of the tiny twig for goals with grace.

a broken and repentant heart

if there's one good thing about my current suffering, it's that it has propelled me even closer to the feet of Jesus. under the shadow of His protecting wings, i find comfort for my broken heart. never in my life have i questioned God this much. why, God, WHY? when the dust finally settled, i saw Jesus standing there - holding out His loving arms. He was never to blame for my running head-first into a situation without thinking it through. i took the rubble of my heartache and handed it to Him. He won't reject a broken and repentant heart.

now that the fog has lifted, i see beautiful, God-sized blessings: a closer relationship with Jesus. the love of my family. a soul sistah who listens and offers encouragement in the midst of her own struggle. the beauty of the upcoming holidays. grace. and the list goes on and on.

the most wonderful time of the year

i love this time of year! i asked mama if i could put up the christmas tree last night. she proceeded to laugh at me and exclaimed NO! how rude. :) i told mrs. scrooge she might not let me put the tree up, but she cannot stop me from listening to christmas music. fa-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la!


you guys. i have to admit something to y'all: i'm not the biggest disney fan. don't get me wrong - i love the classics. the little mermaid, the lion king, etc. but over the weekend, riz and i watched tangled. OH. MY. GOODNESS. what have i been doing with my life? i loved it! the chameleon is my favorite. when she is trying the crown on and finally puts it on her head and he's all . . . . no. i have laughed at that for days. this weekend, we are watching frozen. it'll be my first time to see it. i know, i know. i have a feeling i'm gonna like it.

the new blog

i almost spilled the beans and wrote the blog's new name. ha! it will be live next month - eeek! happy dance. is there anything you would like to see more of once it goes live? i'm starting to gather ideas for potential posts, but am always open to suggestions.

back to the dark side

in case you missed it, i went back to brunette. i may or may not have shed a few tears. i will be going back to blonde as soon as possible. if you are a hair stylist, could you please send me an email? i have a few questions.

hi, i love you

if you're reading this right now, i love you. if you've dropped me an email or left an encouraging comment lately, i love you. if you read, but rarely comment, i love you as well. thank you for always showing me love, even in the silence and lack of posting. 

*  back to brunette
*  fall is here
*  my favorite wildflowers are blooming
*  new iphone case and coffee

-  "there are no untouchable moments for God."
-  over-analyzing a situation will make ya crazy.
-  sometimes i don't know anything at all. HA!
-  "my heart is at ease knowing that what was meant for me will never miss me and what misses me was never meant for me."

>  we had a bonfire with the youth group kids & revival at church.
>  i updated my bedroom with some fun pieces.
>  soul sistah time. it's my favorite. :)
>  i went back to brunette. i'm not one to regret my decisions, but this one was immediate. the color is pretty, but i like the blonde better.

this is probably where i should give a legitimate excuse as to why i only completed one of my six goals for this month. but i got nothin'. i have been busy with this and that. the beginning of the month was one of the toughest i've had in awhile. but hey - GRACE.

during the month of november, i will be a little scarce on this blog. [let's be honest - kinda like i was during october.] i am going to take this time to prepare new posts and get all the technical stuff lined out for the new blog. i will still post, just not very often. thank you for all your support. i love y'all!

the autumn season brings a sort of newness as it ushers us to the end of the year. i often take this time to reflect and make a few changes to improve the remaining months of the calendar year. colorful leaves and cooler weather seem to reignite my creativity, inspiring all kinds of refreshing ideas. this always starts with redecorating my little bedroom space.

i spend quite a bit of time in my corner of the house. it acts as a small safe haven from the outside world where i write, edit photos, veg out, enjoy movies, and catch up on my favorite tv shows. though my bedroom is small, i can still incorporate my style and personality within the details. a few years ago, i painted the walls white. this was a major stretch for me. as a kid, my parents gave me free reign when it came to bedroom decor. i've had almost every color on those walls. i can honestly say white has been my favorite. i love their understated beauty. they don't demand attention; they enhance the details.

when i was brainstorming ideas for a bedroom refresh, i knew i wanted to combine my love of nature with pops of color. there were two areas in my room that needed updated: the gallery wall and my bed.

for the gallery wall, i combined all the little things that make me happy. i want the details to tell a story. the acrylic photo block from tiny prints showcases one of my favorite photos i snapped a few weeks ago. [with my iphone!] flowers are my love language, i tell ya. i incorporated my love for nature by adding a few pine cones throughout the room. my sweet grandma gracie crocheted that little house. i love having little reminders of her.

to freshen up my bedding, i kept the white down comforter. white against white seemed too much at first, but then i added colorful pillows, and now i never want to get out of bed! the black and white polka dot pillow with my initial is so fun. i really like the vibrant diamond pillow with the word LOVE. i chose that word because love is why we are all here. the other pillows are very special and sentimental. they are hand-painted by my mama's grandmother. she also crocheted the purple details on the ends.