Summer OOTD – Pink Hues/Casual

Summer OOTD – Pink Hues/Casual

Hi there!! Happy Thursday to you! ❤ I have a very exciting post to share with you today 🙂 The last ‘outfit of the day’ post I did was back in November, haha, because I absolutely love fall fashion! However, I have been putting together some outfits lately for the warmer months that I’d love to post about on my blog, as well.

Today’s outfit is a beautiful combination of my favorite newest additions to my wardrobe! Bonus points for it being something I can wear on the hottest day in Georgia, haha 🙂 It has light colors, is fashionable, and can be worn most of the places I go! I hope you enjoy today’s post! ❤

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Saying Goodbye To My Old Room

Saying Goodbye To My Old Room

Hello there! Happy Monday to you ❤ I hope your week is getting off to a beautiful start. 🙂 I have mentioned in a few recent posts that my family and I are in the process of moving! With that has come a lot of discussion about packing things, transitions we’ll have to make, etc.

I’ve already had things in my room organized and put away this month, which means that when I actually began packing late last week, it was quite easy to do. However, as I began taking the decor down from the walls, especially the pieces above my desk, I realized just how much my living space means to me.

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What I’ve Been Loving – May 11th

What I’ve Been Loving – May 11th

Hi there! I hope your day is going well. ❤ Having spent the last few days mostly in bed and taking it easy at home, I’ve been wanting to share something more on my blog that was more than a just life update! Being the productive person that I am, where I can’t comfortably go for too long without doing something worthwhile, it is already helping me to compose this post. ❤ There have been different things about my life recently that I’ve thoroughly enjoyed, and it was each and every one of those things that have inspired my post for today. 🙂 I hope you enjoy!

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My Succulent Photography

My Succulent Photography

Hi there! Happy Thursday to you. ❤ This is going to be a fun, short, and lighthearted post showcasing some of my recent photography! One of my favorite things to take pictures of by far is succulents. They’re fun to look at, easy to care for, and some of the leaf textures of different varieties are just amazing! If you adore succulents and little cacti as much as I do, I know you’ll enjoy this post. Happy reading!

Note: The only succulent that is mine is the little one in the featured image! The rest I photographed at a store:)

from above.
artistically arranged.
up close.

Which photo was YOUR favorite?

Also, as a quick side note: upon my mom’s suggestion, I created an Unsplash account! Unsplash is a beautiful photo-sharing website that I use all the time for my posts, and it’s about time I gave back. 🙂 If you’d like to see what photos I’ve uploaded there, click here!

Thank you so much for reading!

— Maggie

The Confidence Of A Child

The Confidence Of A Child

Hey there! Happy Wednesday to you. ❤ Bright and early Monday morning this week, I went and sat down on the living room couch to see Elizabeth. She had just woken up and was already smiling while rubbing the sleep out of her eyes. At one year old, she will be two this June.

I had my phone in my hand, so I decided to show her and my mom a picture I got of Isabella a week or two ago. That made Elizabeth smile even more, so I decided to turn on the selfie cam so she could see her own cute little face.

That is how the featured image of this post came into being.

It is an absolute blessing to me to watch Elizabeth light up at her own reflection. The moment her face pops up on the screen, she’s grinning and cheering about seeing a ‘baby.’ It’s one of the only words she’ll say at the moment, and she uses it often – both when she sees Isabella, and when she sees herself.

The next photo is another great testimony of how she views her person.

After recognizing the cuteness of her own face, she starts clapping.

Elizabeth sees herself as something to be happy about. She isn’t quick to get the hair out of her eyes, or self-consciously cover any imperfections she sees – she’s just joyful to see herself! Seeing her chubby, smiling face makes her grin even more, easily giving herself a round of applause.

When I compare her sweet reactions to how I look at myself in the selfie cam, I am ashamed. My face doesn’t light up like hers does – all I see about myself are the things I wish I could fix. The acne, the silly facial expression, the bags under my eyes – I don’t feel pretty, so I don’t look that happy. The happiness I feel toward myself is limited to how self-confident I am at any given time – instead of being tied to who I am.

When Elizabeth is in a good mood (and she is most of the time!), she genuinely enjoys seeing her reflection. It makes me happy to see her so happy, and having these pictures to one day show her what a cute baby she saw herself as will be a blessing to her in the future. In this present moment, however, she has taught me a valuable lesson – one that I hope you can learn from, as well!

Our self-confidence should be deeply rooted in who we are – not dependent upon how we look.

It’s easy to quickly go over our outward appearance and become camera-shy when how we look doesn’t meet our standards. We definitely want to look our best – especially in photos! However, I am now seeing just how beautiful it is to be happy with who we are as a person and not how we first appear to other people. While it’s an admirable thing to make a good impression, if we are confident in who we are on the inside, then we will be absolutely beautiful no matter what!

As an example from my own life, I am much more delighted to see someone happy and laughing than to come across the picture-perfect photoshoot someone had done. While beautiful photography and gorgeous makeup are usually more pleasing to the eyes, I’d rather see someone experiencing joy.

So, while I love the photos I’ve gotten of Elizabeth over the course of her life so far, I prefer to have her laughing than to look back at pretty pictures. ❤

Let me know in the comments below:

Has Elizabeth inspired YOU
as much as she has inspired me?

I hope you’re having a beautiful week!

— Maggie

Sibling Adventures | Part One

Hi there! I hope you’re doing well. ❤ Happy Monday to you! 🙂 Recently, I have been truly enjoying going places with my younger siblings. It has been nice to explore nature and spend time outside before it gets too hot here in Georgia, and I have captured some great pictures of our adventures. Because of this, I’ve decided to share some of them with you today! I hope you enjoy!

Sibling Adventures | Part One

Exploring With Elizabeth

Last week, we all went to an animal sanctuary that my mom has been taking us to since I was a little girl! It brings back a lot of memories for me, so I love getting to see my little siblings enjoying this place, as well. In the picture above, you can see Elizabeth being shy around one of the tortoises (whom you can see managed to squeeze itself between the safety barrier to come say hello!). The awesome part about this picture is that Elizabeth is actually wearing an old shirt of mine. ❤

While Joshua and Samuel hung out at the playground together and our mom stayed with Isabella, I continued walking around with Elizabeth. She posed for a few pictures on this little ride-on elephant! I love her hair!

Once we were done playing at the playground, we all went together to the rest of the sanctuary where the larger animals are. The first exhibit is this huge field where various farm animals with special needs get to have a huge place to roam around. I think it’s so sweet! (And the goat above was very cute.)

I didn’t get too many photos of the animals we spent the afternoon admiring, but I did quickly bring my phone out to show you just how close we got to be to this sweet tiger. Many of the animals we saw were rescued from small zoos and failing circuses, and this big cat is one of them. If I’m remembering right, this one is a boy, and he was pacing near the edge of his exhibit – right where we were. You don’t really realize just how big they are (especially their heads!) until you’re this close to one.

Horseback-Riding With Joshua

This is something I’ve been wanting to do for years, and I was finally able to comfortably this past Friday! Hip discomfort throughout my childhood and teenage years prevented me from pursuing this hobby, and oh my gosh – once our 30-minute ride was over, I did not want it to end! It went so well, the instructor complimented me on how well I did, and I wasn’t sore afterward whatsoever. I only got a few pictures because I was still getting used to how riding a horse felt, and I finally ventured to retrieve my phone from the fanny pack I wore near the end. The next time we’re able to go, I promise I’ll get more pictures!

An Outing With Samuel

On Saturday, I got to visit a few places near us just with Samuel! He thoroughly enjoyed it, and I captured a lot of fun pictures. From hanging out in the garden center of Home Depot to getting a tasty treat, we had a great time.

We loved looking at the different plants outside Home Depot. I think the bonsai trees ended up being his favorite! My personal favorite is succulents, which I’ll be sharing some photos of later this week. ❤

I loved this little bonsai tree with a ‘Dream’ stone in front of it, because since starting my blog early last year, it has become one of my favorite words! 🙂

Like the true southerners we are, haha, Chick-Fil-A is one of our favorite places to eat out! Samuel and I got small ice dreams and had a blast dipping waffle fries in them. If you’ve never tried fries and ice cream, you have to someday!!! I was telling my mom that the combination of salty and sweet is just beautiful.

Thank you so much for reading! I loved sharing our adventures with you. ❤

I hope you have a beautiful week!

— Maggie

My Thoughts On Life Recently

My Thoughts On Life Recently

Hi there! I hope you’re doing well. ❤ Happy Saturday to you!

To begin this post, I want to first share the fact that my silence absence these past few days was not planned. I had different ideas I was wanting to write and share the latter part of this week, but none of those posts got written. That usually happens when my days end up being more full than I had anticipated, which results in very little time to brainstorm ideas then sit down at the laptop and work on them.

I don’t mind when I don’t have posts to share (although posting daily would be fun!), but it does end up being more frustrating when I thought I was going to.

While thinking about possibly writing something to share today, I realized that some of the things that are going on in my life right now, as well as things that are soon to happen, have been consuming many of my thoughts and filling a good amount of my time. Being able to talk through them with you here would really help me, and your prayers over some of these issues would be much appreciated!

Grab a cup of your favorite beverage (I’ve chosen a caramel frappé for this occasion), and let’s sit down for a chat.

The seasons of stress in my life are finally coming to an end. It wasn’t until a discussion I had yesterday with my mom that I realized how anxiety-ridden these past few years have been for me. Since I was about fourteen years of age, I’ve gone through some really hard things, where the elapsed time between each one was often non-existent.

Severe injuries, difficult pregnancies (not my own, lol), toxic relationships, heartbreaking experiences with church – I can recall many things that stressed me out in my later teenage years.

Some of these situations I’ve mentioned made it hard for me to approach the Lord. There are days when all I want is to be in His loving arms, but I don’t have the ability to even form a prayer. Then there were other situations that made me go running to Him, where I was able to express everything I was feeling. Through it all, though, I’m thankful for both types of trials, because no matter what my response was to each one, I know now that He was always there with me.

Following the birth of Isabella, my youngest sister, I have seen a definite difference in how I feel about everyday life. It’s almost as if I’ve reached the light at the end of the tunnel – a point I didn’t even realize I was running toward. While I don’t think it took me four years to get here, I do think this marks the end of my deep-rooted concern for my mom when she was pregnant. The complications that came from her pregnancies with Elizabeth and Isabella truly did stress me out, as I wanted my mom and my little siblings to be in good health. Now that we’re all here and she’s done having babies, I honestly feel like I can breathe again. I had not noticed just how tense I was about it all until now!

I have various doctor appointments coming up. One is to go to a dermatologist (I have so many eczema-related skin conditions), another to the eye doctor, and a well check-up two weeks from now. The biggest one is for a consultation this upcoming Tuesday so that I can hopefully get my wisdom teeth out this month. I’m praying that it all goes well! I don’t have any concerns about the surgery or recovery itself, but I’ve actually never had an IV before, so that’s the main thing I’ve been praying about. May I be able to go through with it, and may the person who does it do it right! Your prayers would be much appreciated. ❤

I’ve been spending more time with Joshua. He’s my fourteen-year-old brother, and he and I have been able to go places together once I finally got more comfortable with driving! So far, we’ve picked up dinner a few times for the family, went to one of our favorite thrift stores once, and earlier this week, we took our bikes and went riding on some trails. We definitely had a great day, and I’m looking forward to other outings like this! We don’t get to do enough together otherwise, so I’m thankful that we have this. ❤

I’m considering doing a blogging challenge in May. The one I did last year with a few blogging friends was a huge success! It taught me a lot more about how I want to blog, and having a post to share every day really got me connected with the blogging community. I’ll share an official invitation post closer to the end of the month if I do decide to do it, but I’d love to know right now: Would you be interested in doing one with me? 🙂 I’d enjoy reading what you guys would write about for the prompts, and I’d be sure to link to your blogs when I do my posts, as well!

That’s what I have today for an update post – I hope that you enjoyed reading. ❤ I really enjoyed talking about these different things! Let me know in the comments below how you’ve been doing lately.

Have a blessed weekend!

— Maggie

Celebrating March – An Overview

Celebrating March – An Overview

Hello there, and Happy Friday to you! ❤ I hope you’re doing well 🙂 In this post, I will be looking back on how I spent the month of March, which I have to say was truly enjoyable as a whole! I accomplished many of the tasks that were on my to-do list for the month (which I’ll share below!), experienced some fun things with my family, and I also got back into blogging this month. I can’t wait to tell you about all of it!

How was your March? I really hope it was a good month for you, and also that you’re looking forward to April as much as I am! 🙂 Let me know in the comments below: what did you love about March? And what are you excited about in April? I’d love to know! Now I’m happy to give you today’s post. I hope you like reading it!

March’s To-Do List:
Checking Things Off

  • watch some more movies. I’m very happy to say that I did this one! I usually don’t get around to watching new films, but I was able to in March because we bought different family films online and found other good movies at second-hand stores that we all enjoyed. My favorite of the month would have to be Jack, which Robin Williams is in, because it was SO good!
  • continue to organize digital photos. I didn’t take as many photos as I would have thought I would in March, haha – and that’s actually a very good thing! I found myself living in the moment more these past few weeks, which means my camera wasn’t always out (: Because of this, my pictures folder is still quite organized, which makes me happy.
  • read (at least!) one book. Because it was on my list, I did end up reading, but I only got around to my minimum requirement! In March, I read one cozy mystery on my mom’s tablet, which I ended up really enjoying – it’s called Alice In Murderland (the actual book is lighthearted, not matching the title whatsoever) by Samantha Silver. It was fun, witty, and I had no idea throughout the book who the culprit was! If you like mysteries, I definitely recommend this one. ❤

  • master my favorite settings on my camera. Because of different circumstances with my family, as well as uneven priorities, I did not work on my camera very much this past month. However, this is one of my main goals for April, so I will be carrying it over into next month’s list!
  • finish the Spanish courses on Memrise. As it turns out, the last level on this Spanish course is much more difficult than I was anticipating! haha because of this, I’m giving myself more time, since I don’t want to overload my brain with funny says en español xD
  • try a few new recipes. I did end up baking and cooking some throughout the month, using recipes I tried at different points last year, but I didn’t try anything new! I’ll be browsing Pinterest again soon to hopefully find some good new things to try.
  • eat healthily and stay fit. Uhh I’ll give a yes and no on this one, hah! I wasn’t fully consistent because I did better and worse (it depended on the day) when it comes to what/how much I want to eat, as well as my daily activity level. It’s still something I’m working on, from overcoming a growing sugar addiction to being willing to exercise every day. I might write a post on this sometime in April – would you want me to?
  • keep up with reading blogs. I did a pretty good job with this in March, which I’m really happy about! Staying up-to-date with talking to bloggers whose blogs I love the most is important to me, so I’m glad I could do that this month.
  • slowly go through possessions that don’t matter to me anymore. It has definitely been a long process, and I’ve made sure before getting rid of anything that it will benefit me more to not have those things. A lot of decision-making has gone into this, but I am so happy with the progress I’m making! I’m thinking about writing a series sometime soon about simplifying life ❤
  • continue interacting more with my brothers. There were different games we enjoyed playing together in March, but nothing too solid, if that makes sense. We only end up being interested in a game or activity at the same time for a short period of time, and then we have to find something else to do together, haha! I’m still thinking and praying about other things we could do together.
  • have less screen time. I don’t know if I accomplished this one or not … well, I know I did the evenings I dedicated to reading some of the books I have! However, it’s still something I’m working on because I need to start choosing more screen-free activities to fill my time.
  • help my mom around the house. My brother and I have recently been helping our mom out more with housework, which I know has really helped her ❤ However, I’m still in the process of getting into a routine so that I can easily remember my new duties 🙂 The reason I’m still working on this is because I didn’t realize until now just how much my mom does for our family! It’s a lot to handle even when it’s divided between three people (my mom, brother, and me), so not only am I happy to help out as much as I can, but I also salute her for being able to do all that she does for us! ❤ ❤ ❤
  • stay focused on completing schoolwork. This was a priority most of the weekdays (as it should be!), but due to the cold that has recently been going around our house, I have a bit to catch up on. It was nice to focus on helping everyone get well again and forfeit a bit of schoolwork, but I’ll definitely get back to work in the weeks to come!
  • get a haircut. I was happily able to do this on the first of March! My mom cuts my dad’s and brothers’ hair whenever they need it, which I think is awesome, and since I just needed a simple trim, she was able to take a few inches off my hair. I can’t tell you what a relief it is for my head to not be as heavy as it was (my hair is SO thick!), and even though the length hasn’t ended up being the easiest to style lol, I’m very happy with how it turned out.
  • write a few blog posts a week. I did this one! Woohoo! It has been so nice to be active once again in the blogging community. ❤

Thank you so much for reading! I hope that you enjoyed it – as you saw, I really did enjoy my March. 🙂 Aside from the sickness that has plagued us this past week, we all enjoyed ourselves! I’m looking forward to seeing what the Lord has in store for us this April.

I’d love to know in the comments below:

How was YOUR March?

Happy weekend!

— Maggie