Ok so I was thinking about this the other day and could not remember at all when my very first blog post went live but I checked today and realized it’s the 1st of November! So this week is my 2 year blogiversary but really more like 1 year of actually pursuing this blog as a weekly thing. I can’t believe that I’ve been blogging at least once a month for the past year now! I have loved sharing a little of life on here and I hope that it continues to help and encourage others. One of my goals has always been to have a job online that allows me to work from home, be a stay at home mom (when the time comes) and continue creating a work-life that I love.Read More
Back again with another Tea Talk! I believe in the last one I was explaining what our plan was and in this one I can excitedly say that the plan went through and we are now living it! Days have been long and nights have been short but we are settling into our new little space in the upstairs guest area of my husband's parents house and are about to welcome our 4th renter into our home which is now an airbnb. If you are wondering why we are doing this I want to explain a little bit about that here.
My husband has always been extremely financially smart and driven. He's been talking about having a home paid off ever since we got married and moved into our first home which is a very big and somewhat daunting goal when you're only 23 and 24 and still pretty newly married. He has awesome financial goals but for a while they were more like dreams. We weren't taking action on any of them. Around a year ago he brought up the idea of moving in with one of our families for around 8 months to save up like crazy and rent out our home. The goal here would be to either pay off a huge chunk of mortgage on our home OR pay a huge chunk towards the next house that we want to start building in a couple months, the long term goal would still be to eventually have a home paid off completely. His dream is to be a custom home builder and the plan with that is for his first home to be the one we move into when this 8 months is up. We aren't dependent or stuck on any one plan though. If the house takes longer to build or if for some reason we have to wait a little longer to build, we are ok with that. The main goal here is to save as much as we can in 8 months and put it towards paying off a house. After Chandler builds his first home with his license, from there we will probably continue to build, rent houses out, and move quite a lot.
So here we are! Renting out our first home, living in his parents house for 8 months, and seeing what God has in store. His hand has been in this plan since the day my husband first brought it up. He laid it on Chandler's heart and also filled him with A LOT of patience towards his wife. Ha! I used to get so mad at him when he would mention this plan to me. It's amazing to see that over that year God softened my heart and opened my eyes to what my husband was trying to do for us, our future, and our future family. I went from an "absolutely not." to an "I think it's dumb but fine let's talk about it." to a "yes, I feel peace about it lets do it." God had been moving behind the scenes and lining things up for us throughout that entire year and it all showed up in so many ways in the past couple of months. We have been blown away by his faithfulness and just the overall peace we have had through this whole thing.
Things have been exhausting but also a lot of fun. We both love adventure and this is just one big long exciting adventure that could take us in many different directions. Through this whole thing we have waited on God and let Him be the deciding factor in everything. This process hasn't been easy by any means but theres a part of us that feels like it should've been much harder. We are so thankful.
Through this process I have also been turning to my emotional support oils more frequently than EVER and I know that has had a huge impact on how I have processed and handled this move. Two years ago I would've openly told you that I was an extremely anxious person, always worrying, always anxious. It was a terrible way to live and thanks to the Lord moving in my life through my diet and these oils, I am no longer living life that way. An oil called Clary Calm from dōTERRA completely changed the game for me and changed the emotional and hormonal side of my life drastically. I have been turning to that oil ever since and especially in this season of life. I have also been using my Balance oil (grounding blend) and Elevation oil (joyful blend) every single day and have noticed a HUGE difference in how I handle pressure and change now compared to how I used to handle it. I want to write a post dedicated to my journey with essential oils so I'll save the rest for there but if you are in a season where you need extra emotional support, you're having terrible periods, or you just need relief from your everyday anxieties, please reach out so I can tell you more about these oils. I would love to help you find exactly what your body is needing.
That's about all I have to say for now! I am so excited to continue sharing this journey with you all! We are currently in the process of getting counter tops for our little kitchen in our new space but once we do you can expect more recipe posts from me!!
Thanks for reading!
2018, you have been quite a year so far! I am so excited to be writing this post because writing has truly become something so therapeutic for me, especially during big transitions like the one we are going through right now. Long story short we are moving! (sort of). I can't go into much detail yet simply because we don't have a ton of details sorted out at the time. We are renting our house out in order to save to pay off either this home or our next home. We will be staying there in between bookings and in the slower months off and on. The plan is to build our next home during this process which will actually be the first home that my husband's home building company builds which is super exciting! None of this news is bad of course, it's just a lot! It's a lot of change, a big jump, and will be such an adventure. Our first big adventure together as a married couple! Months and months of prayer has gone into this decision and we have felt the Lords hand in it so much along the way. Things are falling into place and we have our first booking in 2 weeks! Which also means we have 2 weeks to get all of our personal belongings out of our home and into Chandler's parents home where we will be staying during the transition. We hit the ground running a few days ago (when we got our first booking) and have been non-stop ever since. The next couple of weeks will consist of packing, long nights, decorating, and making our house the perfect getaway. We are so excited and also so exhausted. Ha!
I am so excited for some fun airbnb type of blog posts and documenting our experience with that as well!
Through this experience and moving process I have been under a lot of mental and emotional stress (as anyone probably would be) and have totally been implementing all of my tips from this blog post! My biggest thing has just been to keep breathing. When you let your stress shorten your breath, everything can get out of control from there. Taking long deep breaths calms your whole body and tells your mind that everything is ok. The exciting thing about all of this will be the freedom. Freedom to grow our own businesses and start this new one together.
Another exciting thing that's happening this month is a much needed long weekend trip to Austin and Waco, TX with two of our good friends! Can't wait for that. It will be the perfect breather away from the chaos that June has turned out to be.
Stay tuned for more blog posts this month! This has been my escape so there may be some late night blogging sessions in the near future!
Thanks for reading!!
Today was one of those days where there are a million things that I need to do but I just can't get my mind to go there. Can anyone else relate? Y'all, my day literally started walking out the front door and a spider LANDING ON MY FACE. No joke... a spider landed on my face. Not a great way to start the day. Ha! I've talked a lot on here about giving yourself grace and I wanted to re-emphasive that today. I was pretty hard on myself when I woke up. I hated that I was in this fog and so badly wanted to feel productive but as I've been growing this new side of my life and business, I have been majorly overloading myself mentally every day. I want to be transparent and real with whoever is reading this because this has become a huge part of me and what I do and I never want to come across or let this blog come across as something it's not. Health, wellness, spreading the message of plant based/vegan eating, and how I feel that it all correlates back to treating our bodies like a temple and honoring God has become a huge passion of mine. I am so passionate about all of it and it can start to be a little exhausting for me after a while. Lately I wake up with a voice in my head asking me what I'm going to get done today, how I'm going to grow, what I'm going to post, what kind of class or webinar I'm going to listen to, when I'm going to exercise, oh yeah and don't forget that you're in school and you need to work on that! I believe that there is a healthy and productive way to kick yourself in gear and get moving toward your goals but I also believe that there are destructive ways of doing so that will leave you feeling burnt out so fast. I recently received a copy of a chapter in the mail from a book my aunt (& fellow maker) had been reading. Today I finally took the time to sit down and actually read it and oh my goodness. It amazes me how perfectly timed the Lord is. He knew that I needed it today and today is when I felt the need to finally pick it up and read it. The words that were shared in this chapter were beautiful, encouraging, strong, and inspiring. They felt like the author was hugging you and telling you "You have what it takes, you are enough, and the world needs you to honor the creativity inside of you." I'm crying as I type this because it's truly how I felt when reading it. It was like a breath of fresh air, like someone had just lifted 50 pounds off my shoulders and gave me permission to continue, permission to create, to be who I am, and to explore what the Lord has for me in this season. We shouldn't feel the need to ask for permission to be creative or ask for permission to follow a "crazy" dream but some of us just need that every once in a while. We need something or someone to show us, push us, and tell us it's ok. That is what this chapter did for me.
I took a break and went to bed before writing this next part so it's a new day but I woke up feeling so renewed and so much lighter than I was feeling before and thankfully, no spiders!! I am exploring and figuring out this new journey of being in school, continuing to run a small stationery & wedding design business AND following my new found passion of blogging. It's a lot but it always has been. I am not the kindof person who can just do one thing and I'm starting to realize that that is ok. I used to be so frustrated with myself that I couldn't just narrow it down but I'm convinced that I wasn't wired that way. Today I'm giving myself permission to continue, to follow my passions and work hard towards my goals but I'm also telling myself that it's time for the days when I let the numbers get me down and the to do list overwhelm me and the days when I let comparison steal my happiness to no longer be a pattern. Will we all have those days? Yes, absolutely but I want to be so rooted in how the Lord sees me and my business that it gets easier and easier every time to get out of those ruts and keep on going.
I can't remember where I was listening to this but a little while ago I heard someone taking about the fact that Jesus didn't start his ministry until he was around 30 years old and they were talking about what he was doing before then. The topic of him being a carpenter was brought up and we all know that Jesus was making quality goods and was probably so good at keeping his head down and focusing on what was in front of him instead of always looking around at everyone else's work. He did his work well. It got me thinking about my own work and the constant daily roller coaster of scrolling through social media and comparing numbers, photos, lifestyles, and wasting SO MUCH TIME wondering why I'm not where they are or able to do the things they are doing. I am currently getting so fired up about this because it recently just hit me so hard that our creativity is HOLY and so one of a kind. I am not where "they" are or doing what "they" are doing because I AM NOT THEM. They have their own beautiful journey and I have mine. The chapter I was referring to earlier talks about how important and precious and sacred creativity is. I believe we all have it in us. We were created to create. We were made in His image and just LOOK at all he has created. The world we live in may be messy but it's also intricate and beautiful and a true work of art. Recently I have felt like the Lord has been telling me to keep my head down and put my blinders on more. To focus on the gifts and opportunities that he has placed infront of ME and work hard & work well on them for Him and only Him. I hope this post encourages everyone who reads it and if you would like a copy of the chapter that was mailed to me, please let me know. It was such a blessing to me and I would love to be able to share that with all of you.
My new "mantra" if you will - "Do it well & to Him be the glory."
Hebrews 13:20-21 "Now may the God of peace who brought up from the dead our Lord Jesus - the great Shepherd of the sheep - through the blood of the everlasting covenant, equip you with everything good to do his will, working in us what is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen."
Romans 11:36 "For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be the glory forever. Amen."
Thank you so much for reading!
Time for another tea talk! I woke up today not feeling the "work from home mojo" at all. Sometimes I HAVE to get out of my normal space if I want to have a productive day. I decided to pack up, get dressed, and head to one of my favorite coffee shops by the beach. Switching it up like this every once in a while always puts me in a great mood and helps my productivity so much!
Over the weekend we went to a little market an hour away with my husbands family and found the sweetest organic bath/body product company. It's called ladyganics and they have so many beautiful products and such an amazing story. I ended up purchasing one of their perfumes called Luna. I've been looking for a non-toxic, vegan and chemical free perfume for a while now and I was sold after smelling the products and reading the ingredients. It's a gorgeous jasmine & neroli perfume and smells so good. I like to spray it in my hair and it lasts longer than on the skin! You can shop ladyganics here!
I am so ready for shorts, sandals, long sunny days and yummy summer food. Who's with me? I recently purchased two really cute pairs of shorts from Aerie and they are perfect for transitioning into spring & summer. Check them out here! They also have the cutest swimsuits right now. Trying to limit myself!
Has anyone tried powder dip nails at the nail salon? I had mine done a few weeks ago and it lasted SO well! I am so impressed. My nails actually grew out so fast underneath the powder dip and felt thick and healthy as they grew. I would definitely recommend dip over gel. No chipping, supposed to have less chemicals, and really no issues at all from my experience! Would be great for a wedding, vacation, or just to have that "I'm put together because my nails are done" feeling for a few weeks. Ha!
Chandler and I are planning a quick weekend getaway to Naples Florida in a couple weeks and we're so excited! We have needed a little vacation for a while now. We might even try to sneak a quick universal studios visit in there somewhere. ;)
So excited about a new blog series I'm starting soon all about eating vegan in lower Alabama! I'll be sharing photos and posts on what we eat when we go out! There are not many options here which makes it more of a challenge but we have definitely found a few favorite go-to spots and I know it will be helpful for those who live here and those traveling here! Can't wait to share!
I always like to touch on a favorite essential oil in these posts and mine for the past couple of weeks has definitely been clove bud oil. I have a wisdom tooth that is giving me a lot of issues and clove is the only thing that has made the wait before getting it taken out bearable. It's such a great oil for tooth pain and inflammation.
We have also been diffusing melaleuca and lemon which is such a clean and refreshing spa-like scent. If you have any questions about essential oils let me know! I would love to help answer any of your questions.
That's pretty much all I have for now but I can't wait to get the next few blog posts up! I have some really exciting ones coming! If you haven't already, be sure to go click the "get my 3 fave smoothie recipes!" button at the top of the sidebar on my main blog page! Or if you're viewing on a phone, scroll down to the bottom part of the page and you'll find it there. By clicking that button you will be able to download a PDF of my current favorite smoothie recipes! These are so great to have on hand for busy days. :) Enjoy!
Thanks so much for reading!!