Who Names Me? – #SheSharesTruth

I went back to church on June 1st… after much struggling, much thought, and much fighting with myself. For a long time, I was angry at God. Upset at Him. Mad. Because I couldn’t understand why I was going through so much for so long. I was tired. I was worn. And I needed rest.

I made the choice to spend time with God daily because I know that he craves a relationship with us. He wants to fellowship with us. And He’ll listen. He knows us more than we know ourselves.

Right now, SheReadsTruth has an amazing devotional series going on about Ruth. It’s really hitting home.

On June 19th, we covered Naomi renaming herself “bitter,” and how our circumstances shouldn’t name us. About how God names us. But that doesn’t mean we don’t name ourselves. I let my circumstances name me for a long time…

I named myself lonely.

But God proves to always be there. To know us inside and out. He knows when I sit and stand. He knows my thoughts before I think them. He knows what I’m going to say before I say it. Not even the darkness can hide me from Him. He is always there. (Psalm 139) And that’s comforting.

I named myself shameful.

When I drifted from God, I started to feel guilty and ashamed. When I sinned, it stung more because I knew I wasn’t close to God anymore. But “even if we feel guilty, God is greater than our feelings…” (1 John 3:20) God wants us to stand in confidence before Him. He wants us to repent and return to Him.

I named myself unattractive.

But “the Lord doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” (1 Samuel 16:7) We shouldn’t worry about what others think of us, instead we should work on our hearts… repenting so our hearts are cleansed for the Lord.

I named myself incapable.

I never fit in with my peers. I grew up raising my siblings. I’ve always felt older than I actually was. And sometimes, I would feel defeated and incapable because adults let me know I couldn’t do the job. However, the Bible says “Don’t let anyone think less of you because you are young. Be an example to all believers in what you say, in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity.” (1 Timothy 4:12) This was my youth group’s focus verse… I wish I would remember it more often.

I named myself unsuccessful.

I tend to dream big and when I fail, I don’t let myself forget it. But God wants us to be patient and let things work themselves out. He wants us to practice and work hard to better ourselves. This is what the Lord says: “When people fall down, don’t they get up again? When they discover they’re on the wrong road, don’t they turn back?” (Jeremiah 8:4)

I named myself poor.

But God will provide. “Don’t love money; be satisfied with what you have. For God has said, “I will never fail you. I will never abandon you.”” (Hebrews 13:5)

I named myself weak.

But as a child of God, I am not weak. Because I am strong in the Lord. The Lord is my strength and shield. I trust him with all my heart. He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy. I burst out in songs of thanksgiving. (Psalm 28:7) With the Lord, anything is possible. I am not weak. I am strong!

I named myself lost.

I couldn’t understand why I couldn’t find a job. Why I couldn’t find happiness. Why I felt so distant and alone from the world. I couldn’t understand why everything seemed to go wrong. But then I remembered one of my favorite bible verses… For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11) God has a plan! I just need to let Him lead me.

God made me in His image.

He lives inside of me.

He has a plan for my life.

He will lead me and guide me.

He will protect me.

He loves me.

And He will always be there for me as long as I follow, believe, and honor Him!

you are not named by your circumstances


2014-2015 Erin Condren Life Planner

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The launch of the NEW 2014-2014 Erin Condren Life Planner is tomorrow and I’m totally excited! My love for all things Erin Condren runs deep… I really appreciate being able to organize and plan my life using her stunning and colorful designs and products.

save the date ec planners

There’s lots of bells and whistles new to this year’s planner, but the main layout stayed the same and I’m happy about that. I really like the current layout and can’t wait to order my new planner. You can even save $10 on your 1st Erin Condren purchase when you sign up here. Do it now and you’ll have your discount code ready for the launch!

2014-2015 Erin Condren Life Planner

The NEW Bells & Whistles

Interchangeable Covers

No more having to choose your favorite cover, now you can buy your planner with one of your favorites and purchase your other favorites as a set which includes the front and back cover ($10.95) and simply interchange your covers whenever you want! Neat, huh? Also, here’s a sneak peek of some of the new 2014-2015 covers.

2014-2015 Erin Condren Life PlannerUm, see why interchangeable covers are so important now? They’re all so beautiful! I’m super excited for the platinum edition.

Coil Clips and Sticker Sheets

Washi tape is a huge trend right now and I LOVE using it, so EC come up with her own Designer Sticker Sheets that works almost exactly like washi. She has also come up with Coil Clips, so you can clip important things like invitations and photos inside your planner. Sweet!

Erin Condren Coil ClipsClear Ruler

No more hiding Thursday… the new Clear Ruler from Erin Condren makes sure that Thursday is always visible and I totally love the design. This is one of my favorite new features (aside from interchangeable covers).

Erin Condren Clear Ruler

Gold & Platinum Editions

Erin Condren launched her gold edition Life Planners last year and this year the platinum edition is coming! I’m stocked. I love silver!!! I’m thinking this is the cover I’ll go with to start. Grey and platinum… so pretty! These usually run a bit more, but they include a matching elastic band which is a perk for me.

Click here to watch a video that takes you through the inside of the new 2014-2014 Erin Condren Life Planner.

I’m really excited for the launch and can’t wait to order! Make sure to sign up to save $10 when you order. Happy shopping!

Which new Erin Condren Life Planner cover is your favorite?


Sending Flowers is Easy with The Bouqs Company

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Sending Flowers is Easy with The Bouqs Company

I’ve recently become obsessed with flowers. I just love the simple beauty that they bring! With moving out of my childhood home on my mind, I picture my future home having all white walls and flowers of all kinds in jars of all kinds all over the place. Nice, huh?

Know what flowers would be best to make this vision a reality? How about flowers that literally come from the side of an active volcano in South America. The Bouqs provides that!

Selecting which “bouq” I wanted was so hard! They’re all so gorgeous. The selection they have available is really awesome, they have flowers for every occasion and they’re all stunning bouquets. I narrowed it down to 3 favorites: Desperado, Confetti, and Hot Lava.

desperado  confetti  hot lava

I’m not lying when I say that I had to go to Random.org and let it decide which bouquet I sent to myself. I ordered a bouquet of Confetti roses and I was so excited!

Ordering from The Bouqs was so easy! I just selected the flowers I wanted, input a nice little message, filled out address info, selected a delivery date, added them to my cart, and I was ready to checkout. They give you the option to pay with PayPal or a credit card. With The Bouqs, sending flowers starts at a $40 Flat Rate (shipping included!) with no hidden fees for their Volcano Collection, that definitely makes sending flowers EASY!

Their Volcano Collection takes about 6 days to be delivered (because they’re sent all the way from South America), but if you forgot about a special occasion that’s the next day, the California Collection is available for next-day delivery. The only difference is that these flowers come from California.

I couldn’t wait for my bouq to get here! When it finally did, I was absolutely in love with them! So, so in love! They were so gorgeous, so perfect. Exactly what I was expecting!

the bouqs

This photo does not do them justice. They’re so much prettier in person & they smelled great!

They arrived in a box where they were secured by the stems and the petals were protected by cardboard. After unwrapping the cardboard, they looked like this:


Following the directions on the side of the box, I got my vase ready with water and mixed in the flower food that was included. I then carefully measured and cut each stem diagonally under running water. I liked that they include instructions for caring for your flowers right on the box, I wouldn’t have known how to arrange the roses without reading them.

They had been sitting on my desk for a few hours when I took another shot of them:

the bouqs company

You can definitely tell that with only a few hours they had bloomed even more. They’re beautiful! And the amazing scent from them is perfect – I’ve never had flowers smell as amazing as these do. My office smells heavenly!

All in all, I loved these roses and I was really impressed with The Bouqs Company. I’ll definitely be ordering again, they’re totally worth it!

the bouqs

Disclosure: The Bouqs Company provided me with a complimentary bouquet of roses in exchanged for a product review. However, all the opinions expressed here are my own.



I was filling out my Erin Condren Life Planner and realized that after some very crazy weeks, it looks like I’ll be catching a break. Most of my days are empty and my to-do list only has tasks for a new project I’m working on and things to improve my blog.

When I started blogging back in 2009, it was a form of therapy and a place where I could fit in because I didn’t feel that I really fit in with my peers. From blogging, I have gained friendships with many great people that I keep in contact with to this day. And I love it! However, this blog has always felt a little different to me than when I blogged at NYAT. I feel like it’s time to go back to blogging like I did back then. Where I blogged simply about my life. I’m going to start that with a little update…

Working on: Simplifying my life and my blog. I have a list of things that I’m so ready to purge. If it doesn’t inspire me, it’s out. If it brings back memories of bad times, it’s going out. If it feels out of place or hasn’t been used in a good while, it’s out the door. I’m really kind of excited about it! It’s time to just let go.

Reading: Ever kept a book from the library past its due date just so you can finish reading it? Because I have. I already renewed 3 times, so it was my only option. Sadly, I wasn’t too impressed with The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen and that’s the reason it’s still sitting on my dresser unfinished. I hope I can finish it this week so I can move onto The Fault in Our Stars before the movie comes out (and so I can keep up with my 52 while 22 challenge).

Listening: I’m seriously obsessed with Girls Chase Boys by Ingrid Michaelson and All the Pennies by Mindy Gledhill right now. They’re constantly on replay. Plus, the video for Girls Chase Boys is kinda awesome!

Watching: I just finished re-watching seasons 1-10 of Degrassi: The Next Generation… I was seriously addicted to that show during middle and high school! Now I just need to find another show to binge watch.

Trying: I’m still trying my best to lose weight. It has been such a struggle with everything going on… cutting out soda and turning to water has helped a lot. I’ve been seeing progress.

Eating: I’ve been having this lemon pepper pasta at least once a week. It’s so good!


Loving: I started going on walks just as the sun starts to go down with my littlest brother and they’re really relaxing… I LOVE them. Plus, the weather is perfect!

Anticipating: I’m so ready for my mom’s school year to end. May 30th can not come soon enough! Summer, please hurry!!

Wishing: I’m wishing for a new phone. I’ve had my eye on the iPhone 5S for a while and the Galaxy S5 caught my eye. I’m just not to sure if I’m ready to be Team iPhone again, we’ll see. Oh, a new camera is on my wish list, too… please excuse the crummy phone-agraphy.

So, what’s going on in your life?


My Profile Picture is Three Years Old

Late 2011, I had won a contest with a local photographer and opted to have professional head shots done. We headed to an amphitheater in the middle of the mountains and went with it. The outcome was 4 photos. There was 1 I was okay with, 1 I liked, and 2 that I loved.

I switched them out to be my profile pictures about a month later and I haven’t really changed them since then.

You see, I’m not a huge selfie person. They’re just not my thing.

Photos of myself make me cringe.

About once a year, I tell myself it’s time to change my photo so I try to capture one I like.

The most recent one is this selfie from December…

Did it ever make it as a profile picture? Nope.

I quickly found all the flaws in it and now it just sits in a virtual file folder.

I’ve always been hard on myself when it comes to my appearance.

There are a lot of days where I tell myself I’m not pretty and I believe it.

There are very few days where I take the time to actually do my hair instead of throwing it up in a ponytail and it ending up in a bun.

I turned twenty-two on Monday and decided I was going to work hard at changing things in my life… let’s see if a new profile picture is a part of that.

So, how old is your profile picture?

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