Thursday, October 23, 2014

in the details.




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.





Monday, October 20, 2014

life lately.




rejoice in suffering

metaphorically speaking, i feel as though i am doing good to keep my head above the water that rages around me. suffocating chaos. my initial reaction to adversity is to obsess over every minute detail of the circumstance instead of falling on my knees before God. i cry out to the Lord for help, only to realize He is right there - in the midst of the storm, standing on the water, holding me. being a Jesus-follower doesn't mean i am immune to trials; it means i can rejoice in suffering because i have a steadfast, secure hope in the One who saved my soul. that which draws me closer to Christ, whether it is rejoicing or suffering, is a blessing.



reading, watching, singing

1 & 2 peter.  at the risk of sounding redundant - this she reads truth study plan is the best, y'all. 
women of the word.  this book... i cannot tell you how much i love it. it's one of those rare reads that forces me to take notes, journal, re-read, and then read that paragraph again. it's just that good. i have such a passion for God's Word, and this book fuels that fire.

my favorite fall shows.  brooklyn nine-nine [jake & amy forever], law & order: svu [i heart olivia benson], red band society [nurse jackson is the best], the walking dead [the season premiere gave me all the feels. literally. terror, happiness, anger, tears of joy, curiosity.]

-  lauren daigle.  her new ep is good stuff. if you like adele, you'll love her.
-  anomaly - lecrae.  i love what this guy is doing for God's Kingdom.



it's fall, y'all

october, november, and december mark the most wonderful time of the year. the newness of fall stirs this inward reflection of the year and what's to come. sometimes ending the year is more important than how i started it.



insta-life

one of my goals for this month is to incorporate more of my life on instagram. while photos of flowers and nature are always lovely, i want to share more of my heart and little peaks into my everyday life. i find myself hesitant to do so. it stems from some ridiculous notion that i need to impress those who follow me. i think more than anything, people gravitate toward authenticity. real life. words and photos that remind them to stop and enjoy this crazy-beautiful life.



grace upon grace 

i keep repeating this to myself lately. sometimes i change it up to grace & love. i need lots of both at the moment.



Monday, October 13, 2014

iphoneography.















all photos shot with my iphone 6, edited with vscocam.


Thursday, October 2, 2014

the future of 'under the oklahoma sky'.



as i have mentioned before, this blog is getting a complete rebrand - new name, new design, new content. the big reveal should be the first or second week of december, if all goes well. in the meantime, i will continue posting up until late november. when the design is ready, this space will go private for about a week. i have to transfer undertheoklahomasky.com to theprettiestnewblogname.com. see what i did there? once the design is installed and the domains are forwarded, the blog will go live, and i will probably cry tears of joy.

this rebrand is so much more than just a different name and design. it is a transformation. a metamorphosis. a rebirth.

for years, my online life and offline life have felt separate. there was a gap. a disconnect. in recent months, i have learned that cultivating a genuine life starts with acknowledging the not-so pretty parts. ignoring them doesn't make it all disappear. it just pushes it back further until one day, it explodes in my face. to share an authentic online life, i have to live an authentic offline life. and that's what this new space is about - authentic living, transparency of the good and the bad, letting God work in my life.

as far as preparation goes, i have never used more post-it notes in my life. my blog journal notebook is filled with lots of new ideas. i plan to incorporate more fashion & beauty posts, which slightly scares me because i am more comfortable behind the camera than in front. and i want to become a better writer. i keep searching for books or articles, but it's possible that to become a better writer, one must do just that - write.

who flippin' cares? is my motto in this whole process - who flippin' cares if no one likes the new site or i lose followers or i fail?
i am welcoming change without concern for other people's opinions. this is my journey, my season, my successes & failures - my life.
it is beautiful and crazy and fascinating and messy and purposeful. this is me - sharing my story for God's glory and for women just like me, who need to be reminded of their worth and the beauty in this world and embrace exactly who God made us to be.

so here's to the craziness - to a fresh start - to a new space - to all the possibilities. i have a feeling it's going to be wild.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

october goals.




//  finish women of the word.  i'm already two chapters in, but there is no excuses this month - i will read it!

//  catch up on self-portrait & polaroid project. again - no excuses. i must catch up.

//  more intentional with instagram.  my instagram should tell a story. and i want to connect with others on a deeper level than likes. 

//  exercise regularly.  this has not been a priority for months. my health in important though. more nutritious foods.

//  soak up all this autumn season has to offer.  this is my favorite time of the year, so i want to enjoy all the wonderful little moments.

//  spend more time in prayer.  not just five minutes here and there, but make a conscious effort to pray and wait quietly before the Lord.