Monday, February 27, 2017

The Little Moments

The more of my life goes on, the more I realize how life truly is made up of those little moments. The things I look back on that hold the most importance in my heart, they're all little moments. Little moments that added up and weaved me into this person I am now. Holding hands with that boy you came to love in the backyard while stargazing. Laughing so hard with family that you feel so light you might just fly away. Sipping coffee with your mom while eating coffee cake and talking about God. Dancing across the bedroom floor on a bad day to try to find some peace. It all passes so quick but I'm learning to slow down and let those little moments fill my life with joy. 
"Life is not the mountain tops, it's the walking in between."

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Flower Power Gone Wrong

Shirt/Dress: Old Navy Swing Dress

Let me tell you a little story about this "shirt." You see, if you've been around here for a while, you know I'm a fairly tall lady and finding dresses that are long enough is one of my greatest struggles. Well about a month ago, I unexpectedly found a really cute dress that not only fit me on top but actually covered my butt! A true miracle indeed. Then (here is where the story goes wrong), I decided to do an innocent load of laundry... I'm sure you can guess what happened next. If you can't, let me just tell you that the shirt I'm wearing in these pictures was once that beloved dress that fit perfectly.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Rainy Days

Shirt (similar): Burgundy Plaid Flannel Shirt 

It's not often that we get rainy days here in Arizona so when we do, you have to take full advantage and pull out the boots, favorite denim jacket, and a good flannel (unfortunately I don't have my own flannel so thanks to the roommate for letting me borrow this one!). I loved the cozy, yet casual feel of this look. What's your favorite rainy day look?

Monday, November 28, 2016

Getting Out of My Box

Dress: courtesy of eShakti
Booties: Target
Watch: Fossil

When eShakti reached out to me to review a piece from their site, I was immediately so excited after seeing their pieces all over the blogging world for years now. When I went to look on their site for a piece to review, I was suddenly drawn to this dress. Normally, this dress is not at all something I'd pick out but something about it just screamed the perfect mix of fun yet classic. 
Let me tell you, this dress is so well made and fit like a dream. I went with my typical dress size and found it to be the perfect fit. What I love most about eShakti is that you can really customize any piece you chose from; from making it shorter to different sleeves. 
Overall, I highly recommend the entire experience! 

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

What's Great Wednesday: Week 1

Beanie: Of All Threads
Jacket: Thrifted
Shirt: H&M
Pants: Kohls
Booties: DSW

Do you remember when I used to do fun themed posts every week? Before it was "Awkward and Awesome Thursdays" but now I'm thinking "What's Great Wednesdays" will be perfect. So for the first post in this series, here we go!
Great things this past week:
  • Any and every Christmas decoration. If decorating before Thanksgiving is wrong, I don't want to be right.
  • All the Thanksgiving prep baking. You guys know how much I love my baking.
  • Being surrounded by loved ones.
  • Any and all excuses to indulge.
  • The cute little old man at Target that stopped me to tell me how beautiful he thought my hair was. Little did he know I haven't washed it in going on 5 days...
  • Christmas shopping because I love nothing more than spoiling the people I love
What's been great about your week?

Monday, November 21, 2016

The First Cold Day

Beanie: Of All Threads
Shirt: Kohls
Jacket: Forever 21
Jeans: Target
Boots: JcPenney

I'm always that person waiting for that day when the weather finally gets cold enough to whip out the jackets and boots. Today, Phoenix finally delivered. It was the perfect rainy, cloudy, chilly day that made you want to stay in and cuddle up on the couch all day. Unfortunately, that's not at all what I did today but one can dream, right? 
Speaking of the cold weather finally arriving, it's hard to believe it's already Thanksgiving week! Before we know it, 2017 will be here... Okay, I'm not ready to think about that quite yet. Let's just focus on eating all the pie and turkey our bellies can handle then we'll move onto thinking about the new year. I hope you all have an amazing Thanksgiving and are surrounded by love and delicious food!

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

On Letting Go

If you know me in the slightest, you know I am the person who plans out their entire lives step by step and is pained by even the smallest shift in plans. I vividly remember asking my parents as a kid on Friday nights what we were going to do for the weekend over and over again and them replying with an "I don't know! Stop asking! We're just focusing on getting through today." This drove me crazy for the first 21 years of my life. Then this year came along and it was as if God was speaking right to me through my circumstances and yelling "Let it go, Amanda!" 
Just 9 or so months ago, I thought I had it all figured out. I was going to marry my high school sweetheart. I was going to live with my parents to save money. I was going to start prepping to go to medical school. Although grad school threw my life for a spin, I still kept gripping to my 5 and 10 year plan with a death grip. Eventually, I realized I had to let it go. I had to let go of everything I expected to happen in my exact methodical timeline and let life happen. We often get so focused on our plans and goals that we grip onto them for dear life because they are what keep us in our safe zone. 
You know what though? Screw your safe zone. 
"A ship is safe in its harbor but that's not what ships are made for."
I found myself hanging onto the shore even as the waves came by and knocked me against the harbor, slowly tearing me apart. Much like a ship, we are not meant to go through this life constantly hanging on to the edge for fear of what is out there.