Quotes That Inspire Me, Pt. 1

Quotes That Inspire Me, Pt. 1

Hi there, everyone! ❤ I hope that you’re doing well. 🙂 Today, I will be talking about some of my recent favorite quotes!! Because I’m always browsing Pinterest for inspirational quotes, I have acquired a lot of favorites over the years! For this post, I have chosen five that are very relevant for my life right now, and I’ll also talk a little about why I love them so much. Let’s jump right into this!

My Top 5 Current Favorite Quotes

Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.

Throughout September and into October, as well, I have been working really hard on changing different negative behaviors that have become too prevalent in my life. From impatient responses to judging others, there are different ways I feel and act about things and circumstances without realizing how it’s impacting my life. If I can get myself into the habit of thinking before I respond, then I won’t make as many bad mistakes as I do now. Tracking my progress, both the highs and lows, really helps me to keep going, which is why I bring it up on my blog from time to time. 🙂 I’m thinking about doing my Making the Change posts again, but I’m not sure yet. I probably will!

Let life surprise you.

Are you like me, in that you want things to go according to plan, and when things change, whether for better or worse, it really messes you up? I struggle with this all the time. It could be about my school work, or the blogging plan I made for myself. If something gets changed, or added or moved, I get really disoriented and oftentimes upset about it. The reason this quote speaks to me is because I want to do a better job of letting life surprise me! Most things don’t go exactly according to plan. I desire to accept the little changes 🙂

Be nice first.

If I can get into a better habit of taking the plunge and being nice to people I meet first – whether I say hi to the person behind me in line, or I compliment the waitress’ hair – I could really beat my social anxiety in leaps and bounds! It’s definitely something to work on, and quotes like the one above really help me to stay motivated!

If it costs you your peace, it’s too expensive.

I always find myself getting in over my head about all sorts of things. I keep my room too tidy. I keep my blog schedule too tight. I spend too much time organizing pictures. I become over-dedicated to all sorts of things, to the point where I don’t even like the thing I was dedicated to anymore, haha! It’s a sad existence. So, the moral of the story is, yes, I would love to have a clean room, and a blogging schedule and organized folders of pictures, but they tend to cost me my peace. By working on a bit at a time, and finding joy in the length of time it takes me to become inspired, or feel well enough to clean up, etc, is what I need to work on.

His will. His way. My faith.

This is a quote that someone based off of Jeremiah 29:11, which is an absolutely beautiful and comforting verse, and I love this quote, too! I am happiest in life when I’m trusting in His will and following His plans for my life. Whenever I try to step aside from the path He has ordained for me, I am always disappointed. It’s not like something bad happens to me if I make a bad choice, or something; the Lord isn’t like that. I just end up feeling down, almost like I can just see that He had something greater planned for me, but I chose to go somewhere else. After an experience like that, I’m always more than ready to return to following Him again! ❤

So, those are my favorite quotes! I had so much fun finding those five and talking about them. Let me know in the comments below:

Which of those quotes was YOUR favorite?

thanks to jirah and elline for my signature! xx

Fall OOTD #2 – Earth Tones/Casual

Fall OOTD #2 – Earth Tones/Casual

Hey guys! I hope that you’re having a fantastic day! ❤ I am very happy to bring you my second Outfit Of The Day post on this fine Tuesday! I had a blast having the pictures taken for the first one I did (which you can check out here). My mom was the awesome photographer behind that one, and this one, as well! She’s really good at it, and I’m thankful that she agreed to do this for me. 🙂

This fall OOTD holds special meaning for me; I wore it for the first time last year when I met my favorite music band, Leeland! I assembled the outfit just for that day, which is why it makes me think fondly of them every time I wear it now.

So, let’s look at the outfit!

We took these pictures while visiting one of our favorite libraries a few weekends ago. It was finally beginning to feel like fall outside, which is what prompted me to wear this outfit that day, haha!

If you read my first outfit post, then you probably remember seeing those Nikes featured on that one, as well. I have attempted to wear the rest of this outfit paired with my pair of light gray Keds in the past, but they really hurt my heels, so I decided to wear my comfy shoes that day, instead. #mypoorfeet

Also, this is what happens when you’re trying to figure out which is your best side, while also battling the sunlight …

I don’t even remember making that face, but my mom obviously caught it on camera, haha! Below is my response when I realized how squinty I was making my eyes –

I’m not the most photogenic person, but I do love to laugh, haha

While my first OOTD is my favorite 2017 fall ensemble, today’s outfit was my top pick from 2016! I found all of the pieces that created it over the course of that year, and I feel so confident and happy in it. Some of the items took me on a scavenger hunt to find, and others, I simply stumbled upon. As a whole, I love it, and definitely look forward to wearing it in the fall months!

Let’s look at where I got everything!

Kimono CardiganThrifted. I was so stoked when I spotted this on the shirts rack at one of our favorite thrift stores! I couldn’t believe my luck; I never find things like this while thrifting, and this one makes me so happy. It is so light and airy (and very pretty!), and the material doesn’t make my skin bothered at all. (Woop!)

Tank TopKohl’s. Finding this one took a while; I tried on four other tan/white tank tops at our local Kohl’s before choosing it! I needed a light tan shirt to go with the kimono cardigan, and I was very happy when I found this one. Although it is a bit tighter than I would prefer, I only wear it with the other shirt. The material is very soft, and I appreciate that it isn’t see-through like many other shirts of its kind!

NecklaceFamous Footwear. I bet you didn’t see that coming, haha! The same day that I bought the Keds mentioned previously in the post, I spotted a jewelry rack to the left of the front counter. I used all the money on me at the time to purchase it, and I don’t regret it! I love the golden leaf, little amber/pearl beads, and the gold-colored tassel. It’s a perfect fit for this outfit!

Jean ShortsThrifted. I have never been more in love with a pair of jean shorts before – and they’re Faded Glory, no less. They fit me perfectly, go with everything, and I’ll be very sad they day they’re too worn to wear. If I could buy a few more pairs, I totally would!

Shoulder PurseThrifted. I wear this purse with many of my outfits, as it goes with practically everything I own! It’s the perfect size and has just the right amount of compartments and pockets for me. I love it!

SunglassesKohl’s. Before I got this pair earlier this year, I was struggling to find a pair that didn’t squeeze just behind my ears, or make me look like a bug-eyed fly. The struggle was real, lol! But these were made for me, I’m sure of it – they fit me so well, have a cute floral design on the inside of the arms, and do their job, too; 100% UV protection. haha

ShoesFamous Footwear. They’re extremely comfortable, breathable, and go with everything!

As a bonus for the end of this post, I took a selfie of myself in this outfit:

Thank you so much for reading, guys!! This may be my last OOTD for a while; I’ll have to see what else I can put together. I hope that you’re all doing well!

thanks to jirah and elline for my signature! xx

My Fall 2017 Room Tour!

My Fall 2017 Room Tour!

Hi there, everyone! I hope that you’ve all been having a beautiful weekend 🙂 ❤ Today, I will be sharing my fall room tour post with you!!

Decorating my room for the fall is one of my favorite events of the entire year! Growing up, my mom always started off the holiday season by putting up our array of festive decorations. Since having my own room at the place we’re currently living, I have started my own little collection of holiday decor, which makes me even more excited for this time of year!

Out of all the seasons, I’d have to say that I enjoy setting my room up for the fall months the most. I just love the warm colors, Halloween-y mood, and nature/fall vibes that come from all autumnal decor! Browsing stores when they’re set up for October and November makes me so happy, and the way my room looks at this time of year is definitely a joy, too.

Let’s jump right into this!

The first thing I enjoy showcasing in most room posts of mine (haha) is my beautiful piano keyboard, and right now, it has a leaf garland and orange lights above it! I had the lights in my room this time last year, as well, but I bought the garland a few weeks ago. I love how it looks, and I’m always appreciating its beauty any time I’m in my room, haha!

I keep thinking that it looks like something from Pinterest that would cost too much to recreate, hahaha, but that isn’t the case at all! The leaf garland is from Walmart ($3) and the lights are from Dollar General ($3). Crazy, right? Super inexpensive and extremely festive!

I love how the soft lights look where they’re hanging behind the curtain!

Just inside my bedroom on the left wall, I have my Heart and Brain calendar. I think I’ve shown it to you guys before, but as the featured picture changes every month, it’s worth showing again! I keep laughing over October’s.

At the back of my piano on the windowsill is where I keep my succulents during daylight hours. The one that Samuel gave me for my birthday earlier this year is still going strong (left), and the one I got last fall (right) is continuing to thrive, as is that tall weed, haha!

On the keyboard stand, I currently have a pretty art/quote picture that I saved from an old planner. One side has positive affirmations, and the other (as you can see below) has a motivational quote in pretty calligraphy! (Also, I’m a sucker for anything with feathers on it)

While experimenting with lighting and filters, I got the below shot, which I think is pretty cool, but also spooky, haha! (It does not represent how my room looks in real life.)

Now let’s move on to something I’ve really been enjoying recently!

On the same day that I bought the leaf garland, I also found a little candle at Walmart that has an absolutely amazing, fall-ish scent! It’s called Pecan Pumpkin Cake.

My little brother came in the room one morning when it was lit and said, “Ooh I just want to eat it!” haha

Just behind the candle, you can see part of the shadow box I got for my birthday, which I first shared with all of you in this post. It makes me so happy to read and look at, especially since it goes along with my fall decor!

Now I get to show you guys my desk!! Let’s check this out 😀

I went for a more minimal look this fall (at least in comparison to how my desk looked last year; everything on it was fall-themed, haha!). I wasn’t in the mood to use different decorations from past years this season, but what you see above is what I did come up with. I really like it!

I’ll show you a bit more of everything up close, from left to right:

Since I was maybe twelve years old, I’ve been drawing my own comic strip (I should show you guys sometime!), and my favorite character is the one pictured above. I taught Samuel how to draw him, and after he did, he gave that drawing to me, haha! I love it – aside from it having arms and hands instead of wings, it’s really good haha

I don’t have very many things checked out from the library right now, so they all handily fit over in this corner! I have some different movies and a few books, and my lovely ‘Pumpkin Pie’ candle, as well. ❤

I love how the ‘Dream Big’ sign looks with my picture of me with the band!

I have been loving the Folger Shakespeare Library editions of the Bard’s plays recently, lol; I plan on reading the one above (Much Ado About Nothing), as well as The Comedy of Errors, and Hamlet, too. Also, I’ve had that cute animals glass vase for a couple years, and I just love it!

This owl mug from Hobby Lobby just screams ‘fall’ at me, haha! I love it. I really need to start having my coffee in it in the mornings, but it’s currently being used, once again, as a hair tie holder. lol The snowy owl stuffed animal is a favorite of mine (I think I’ve shared it on past posts), and those multi-colored leaves you keep seeing in different shots are from a pack of loose fake leaves from WalMart. 😀 The last thing I have to mention from this photo is the orange rock next to the mug, which is a cute little kindness rock.

I’ve been seeing these around lately – children are painting stones, then giving them away to make others happy, and I fell in love with the one above. Samuel got one that says ‘Shine like a star,’ which I thought was neat, too!

That’s it for my desk! Next, I’ll show you the upgrade I gave my bedside table:

… Yup. A red leaf. I was kidding about the ‘upgrade’ thing, haha! During the two years I’ve lived at this house, it has been impossible for me to decorate my bedside shelves the exact way I want them. This is what’s currently on the shelf below:

Let’s pause for a moment before we go by once more gazing upon this beautiful sight …

Ahh; so tranquil. *takes a few deep, happy breaths*

And that’s it for my fall room tour! Thanks so much for reading, guys! I’d be very happy to see how you guys have done up your room for the current season you’re in. (Shoutout to the bloggers I know who are currently experiencing spring right now!) Share a link with me if you decide to do a room tour post, as well!

See you tomorrow 🙂 xx

thanks to jirah and elline for my signature! xx