God is the only constant in this life.

My grandmother recently passed away after a long, painful struggle to fight off cancer that had invaded most of her body. I’m torn between feelings of sadness because she’s gone and this is really the first death close to me, but also of feelings of relief because she’s finally at peace, no longer in pain, but most importantly, with God in Heaven. On the day of her memorial service, my beautiful Godmother gave me a book called Jesus Calling by Sarah Young. If you haven’t heard of it (which I hadn’t), it’s devotions for every day of the year. There is also a free iPhone app and an iPhone app for $9.99! They’re all beautiful, but yesterday’s devotion really spoke to me, so I decided to share it with y’all.

Come to me continually. I am meant to be the Center of your consciousness, the Anchor of your soul. Your mind will wander from Me, but the question is how far you allow it to wander. An anchor on a short rope lets a boat drift only slightly before the taut line tugs the boat back toward the center. Similarly, as you drift away from Me, My Spirit within you gives a tug, prompting you to return to Me. As you become increasingly attuned to My Presence, the length of rope on your soul’s Anchor is shortened. You wander only a short distance before feeling that inner tug — telling you to return to your true Center in Me.
Hebrews 6:19; 1 John 2:28; Matthew 22:37

It’s easy to get caught up in the distractions of every day life as things change around you and life moves forward. But one thing will never change: the love God has for you. God is the only constant in this life. Everyone is going to have their own various daily activities to focus on, but the key is to always come back to your faith; come back to God. Some times it is easier than others. For myself, my faith is what keeps me centered. There are times that my faith unfortunately takes a backseat, but I can always find my way back. For every time I do venture away, my life becomes unbalanced and seems impossible, and I feel that tug to come back to my center, to my faith. Suddenly, everything seems that much easier. Anything is possible with just a little faith.

I am proudly Catholic. At one point in my life, however, I felt I couldn’t share this information about myself with anyone, simply because of the preconceived notions people seem to have about Catholics and the Catholic faith. There were times that I was even shamed for being Catholic or not the right kind of Catholic, which sadly resulted in my leaving the Church for some time. That has really changed for me. I realized that my whole life, values, beliefs, everything seemed to be based off of the Catholic faith. It took leaving to recognize this about myself. I understand some things we do are confusing, and different, but there is a reason! Every day, I become more and more comfortable sharing my faith with people, and I’m hoping to share with y’all as well.

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Oh HEY. I’m a nursing student!

Yeah you read that correctly. I’m officially one week into my first semester of nursing school! And this is what I’m already dealing with…

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You are seeing that correctly. Five books for a five-week summer session. One is so big that I swear it weighs more than a small child. So far my schedule hasn’t been too hectic, but I have a very strong feeling that will be changing in September when the Fall semester begins. It’s daunting. There are no words. [I know someone who recently graduated. She told me her friend ended up in the hospital with heart palpitations because of the stress! OMGOSH.]

Somehow I always forget how much better writing out thoughts/feelings/mindless rambles makes me feel. I don’t understand myself sometimes. Does that even make any sense? I feel like I’m always saying that; sorry! But it’s true. I just keep forgetting. I’m definitely going to try to post at least once a week. Something interesting is bound to happen that doesn’t break any confidentiality laws. I’ve been trying to find a way to make sure I hold myself to this promise. Any ideas?

Well on the first day of class, we were asked to state what our worst fears were going into nursing school. Mine was that I’m afraid I’m going to be terrible at everything and just fail. I get that they wanted us to bond and whatever, but was a conversation about self-doubt really necessary on the  f i r s t  day? I don’t think so. But then I saw something on Instagram that made everything seem a little less worrisome…

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How perfect is that? I have faith in God’s glorious plan for me. I’m confident that nursing school is the destiny He set out for me. But doubt is the Devil’s plaything. I just have to remind myself that if this isn’t what He wants for me, then life will change, and I have to be okay with that. I have the support of some amazing Godly people who will help me when changes seem impossible. So for now, my motto is this: Just have faith. I think I can manage that one.

inspiration // “Those whose steps are guided by the Lord, whose ways God approves, may stumble, but they will never fall, for the Lord God holds their hand.” ~ Psalm 37:23-24

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Inspiration for Transformation

Recently, I decided I really ought to recognize those ladies (and their blogs) that inspired my passion for fashion. I thought it would take me longer to decide who these Top 5 ladies would be, but that was far from reality. My ultimate goal from sharing these ladies and their respective blogs with y’all would be that you too can be inspired the way I was, or even in a different way. I don’t expect anything from acknowledging them, but I feel that they really do deserve the credit for the transformation of this blog, as well as more than just a hyperlink to their website from my Favorites page.

So here we go.. Introducing the five ladies (and their blogs), in no particular order, that I find to be the most inspiring and encouraging on my road to discovering my style and fashion creativity!

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Perfectly Coutured by Bethany

“Wife, follower of Christ, boxer lover & fashion obsessed.”

Instagram || Facebook || Twitter || Pinterest

What Courtney Wore by Courtney Kerr

“Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say, and not giving a damn.”

Instagram || Facebook || Twitter || Pinterest

Jimmy Choos & Tennis Shoes by Tara

“I am a southern raised red head that loves putting together the perfect outfit, throwing a fabulous party, and taking pictures. I am a corporate lady by day and blogger by night.”

Instagram || Facebook || Twitter || Pinterest

The Sweetest Thing by Emily

“You’ll find that blogging is my creative outlet…”

Instagram || Twitter || Pinterest

Sequins & Things by Alyson Haley

“I’m the kind of gal who loves finding that amazing deal on something you really wanted but refused to pay full price for…”

Instagram || Facebook || Twitter || Pinterest

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These ladies all obviously have one thing in common:

They are f a b u l o u s.

I am 100% certain that they have other similarities, but I think it is their differences that really enables them to inspire me even more in a variety of ways! Every single one of these ladies are clearly externally beautiful, but what makes them different (from each other and other bloggers) is that they are beautiful on the inside as well. Each has their own thoughts and opinions and views on style, fashion and so much more.

I am going to be perfectly honest. I know that all five of these women have a lot going on in their own lives, but a little part of me would get such joy if they did see this and read this. I don’t know how I would know if they even did, but the idea that they could is just really super exciting to me. Hehe!

Since I have made it so incredibly easy for each of you to access their blogs and social media sites, I expect that to happen! I promise that y’all will not be disappointed. I have yet to be.

xoxo.