-this quote from jess connolly on prayer: “talking to God is better than talking to your sister, watching Netflix, drinking coffee, exercising, chocolate, sex, reading fiction, searching on Pinterest, or doing your makeup.”

this super cute floral heart wreath for valentine’s day that i found at the target (pronounced TAR-jay if you’re southern and extra like me)

-sweet talks with friends about life & struggles & Jesus

-anything remotely Mexican, but particularly food

-warm tea in a sweet mug

-Chrissy Teigan’s cookbook

-tiny NYC coffee shops

-the SHE podcast by Jordan Lee Dooley. go here to listen.

-encouragement and wisdom from others sisters

-the book Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover (sooo good, I’m such a sucker for a good romance novel)

-my new cozy socks with little pink hearts on them

-Psalm 27:14

hello 2019//lately list

hey there friends…wow can you believe January is almost already over?? i’m shook 😉

i’ve been thinking & praying & searching for my word for 2019. i think i found it. brave.

i recently heard these two verses that, wooowww, just really spoke to me:

“For I am the Lord your God
    who takes hold of your right hand
and says to you, Do not fear;
    I will help you.” -Isaiah 41:13

He has a plan for us, y’all. He is with us. He loves us. He is good to us.


  • making: smoothies. handwritten notes. little doodles on my notes.
  • cooking: semi-healthy food. #newyearsamestruggles #trying
  • drinking: water. lotsss of water.
  • reading: so much. most notable: Love Does by Bob Goff
  • wanting: more time for slow and intentional mornings
  • looking: at bookstagrams. i kind of love them, that i even made my own.
  • playing: my Español worship playlist on spotify. always on repeat.
  • wasting: paper. i need to do better.
  • sewing: haha, um…i’m not qualified enough for this one.
  • wishing: for fresh blooming wildflowers
  • enjoying: intentional and encouraging conversations about Jesus with friends
  • waiting: for grad school to be over. haha tryingggg (barely) to enjoy it.
  • liking: my morning gym time (gasp, i know–who am i?) and 100 Days to Brave: Devotions for Unlocking Your Most Courageous Self by Annie Downs
  • wondering: why God made sunsets so beautiful
  • loving: Nala behaving better and more family time
  • hoping: that I’m honoring Jesus with my actions.
  • marveling: at how beautiful the little things are, like the sunrise on my way to work/school
  • needing: to learn Spanish ASAP
  • smelling: lavender essential oil and fresh lemons
  • wearing: alllll the cozy sweaters
  • following: new baking recipes
  • noticing: that my feet are always cold.
  • knowing: that the Lord is good.
  • thinking: about resting tomorrow. yay for a holiday.
  • feeling: grateful. at peace.
  • bookmarking: healthy soup recipes.
  • opening: a new toothbrush. it has a unicorn on the handle 🙂
  • giggling: at all the chick-fil-a memes and trey kennedy vids

hope you enjoyed the list. i first saw the idea from sydney, here.

also, UPDATE.

I went to NYC & back to Mèrida, MX this winter break. they were both magical experiences. i’m grateful the Lord let me go. here are just a few of my favorite pics from the trips:

one last thing, i ended 2018 on a really great note. my goal for the year was to be more intentional. i think this was definitely a challenge, but mannn the Lord used it to grow so many of my relationships with others. so with that being said here is a picture of my life group:

if you aren’t already in community, i encourage to get involved. it’s so important to have a group of believers to share with and do life (literally) with. i wouldn’t be a part of this group if i didn’t listen to God, take a step out of my comfort zone, and be intentional about seeking community. it’s life changing y’all. no joke.

praying 2019 is full of blessings and joy for ya.


tis’ the season// gift guide

IT’S CHRISTMAS TIME Y’ALL. cue hours of hallmark movies, hot cocoa, christmas lights, snuggly sweaters, carols, the grinch on repeat, and lots of love.

I’m challenging myself to blog once a week in December (my own version of blogmas haha). I thought it’d be fun to show you all my little Christmas decorations around my cozy apartment, and share a fun gift guide (for both guys + girls).

But, first a little life update: my first semester of grad school comes to an end tomorrow after I take my last final and comprehensive exam. hallelujah! I have a nice long break for the month of December and the first of January. on my travel agenda are: NYC and Mèrida. 

alright, time to get into the holly jolly of it all 😉 



Slide View: 1: 52 Lists for Happiness Journal

for the friend trying to be more intentional in the new year this journal is perfect for her// picture & link here


this scratch off world map is perfect for your world traveling friend// picture and link here

3.  THE GIFT FOR ANYONE (literally)

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give a customized gift box that has little bit of everything to make anyone happy// picture and link here 


Eagles Nest Outfitters DoubleNest Hammock Red/Charcoal, One Size

enos are perfect for those who like to do a little exploring or just chill outside (this is one of my brother’s favorite things!)// picture and link here


Knock Knock Personal Library Kit (15000)

this personal library kit will be perfect for the bookworm in your life. i love the nostalgia.// picture and link here


PhoneSoap Smartphone Sanitizer

this i-phone sanitizer is the perfect gift for the friend wary of germs// picture and link here


perfect for the wine lovers in your life. this cool gadget cools and aerates your wine while also being being a stopper and pourer.// link here 

8. FOR THE PHOTOGRAPHER (or wannabe) 

Slide View: 1: Polaroid Originals OneStep 2 Viewfinder Instant Camera

polaroid originals for your friend who loves pictures// picture and link here


Bathtub Tray oobest Bamboo Bathtub Caddy Tray with Extending Sides Adjustable book holder with Premium Luxury Tray Organizer for Phone and Wineglass (Natural Bamboo Color)

part of taking care of oneself is making sure to relax, and this bathtub tray is the perfect addition for the most passionate self-care enthusiast// picture and link here 


this coffee carafe is perfect for your friend who “just can’t” without their morning coffee// picture and link here 

hope you got some inspo for gifting this year. see ya next week for my next post!



it’s okay

hi there friends! like wowwww it’s been a while since I’ve wrote a post. sorry about that, i blame grad school ;).

this has been something the Lord has placed on my heart lately, and it’s also filtered throughout majority of conversations I’ve had in the last few weeks:

it’s okay, to not be okay.

so often we feel like we have to project to those around us that we have it all together. like we have to pretty up our struggles with fake smiles and muttered, “i’m fine’s.”

for me (and i think maybe for you too), i don’t like showcasing my weaknesses. my current weaknesses especially. sure i don’t mind sharing what Jesus has already brought me through, but talking about what I’m struggling with right now in this moment?…no thank you, i’ll pass. 

what i’ve failed to realize for so long is that allowing myself to be vulnerable with others can create an opportunity for “grace to fill the gap” ( as Steven Furtick says). it opens up a space for my brothers and sisters in Christ to share in the burdens of this world with me. we are not alone in this, friends. take heart in that.

i’m reminded of Nehemiah, chapter 1. in commentary by Charles Spurgeon, he talks about Nehemiah’s heart being with the Jewish people through the hardship and struggles they were facing, even if he himself was not at that moment intimately acquainted with them.

At the time I was in the palace complex at Susa. Hanani, one of my brothers, had just arrived from Judah with some fellow Jews. I asked them about the conditions among the Jews there who had survived the exile, and about Jerusalem….When I heard this, I sat down and wept. I mourned for days, fasting and praying before the God-of-Heaven.” (Nehemiah 1:1-4 MSG) 

its okay 2

God designed us to share our burdens with each other. We are meant to have open, vulnerable, and honest community.

let’s stop being afraid to share. let’s stop being afraid to be real. i’m tired of the stained glass charade.




hi, friends!

on Saturday I turned twenty-two (YAY!? haha). Here are 22 things life has taught me so far:

1.  be confident in who you are. if you’re a little weird, be a little weird. 

2. there’s nothing coffee and Jesus can’t fix. truth y’all.

3. your hurt isn’t an excuse to give up. 

4. momma knows best, so just call her first.

5. be kind. 

6. no one is perfect. not you, not anyone. so, stop expecting them to be.

7. go out and explore. travel. lots. see the world God created for you. 

8. love like Jesus. we don’t always get to choose who is around us, but we do have the choice to love them. 

9. if you’re wrong, just admit it and move on.

10. watch the sunset, it’s beautiful.

11. find what you’re passionate about, and then pursue it.

12. always say, “yes, ma’am,” “please,” and “thank you.”

13. when in doubt, girl, pray it out.

14. be grateful for what you have. you have no idea how many people in this world do not have clean water or food or clothing or shelter. you are blessed, don’t take it for granted. 

15. sad? nothing Chick-fil-a nugs and a little blast of Shania won’t cure. 

16. serve others. volunteer. donate. i don’t care, but find a way to do something that doesn’t revolve around you. 

17. don’t rush so much. savor the little things.

18. long walks are the best way to clear your mind. 

19. can’t decide what to watch on Netflix? Gilmore Girls is always my answer.

20. it’s okay to ask for help. you aren’t a freaking superhero.

21. quality friends are better than a quantity of them.  

22. embrace Esther 4:14. no matter what you’re going through or what stage of life you’re in, God created you to be there for a purpose. 


praying for another blessed year. i’m beyond grateful for this beautiful life.


apartment tour//living in transition


HELLO there lovely friends! welcome to my new cozy little home for the next two years! i thought it would be fun to share a mini apartment tour with y’all, and chat about living in a transitional time!

first, i want to note that my apartment is not “finished.” (as if anything in my life ever is, haha!) second, i want you to know that this apartment is simultaneously a blessing and a representation of change in my life. third, you may not like my “style,” and dude that’s cool with me.


welcome to my living room. it’s colorful & bright, just like my personality (insert smirking emoji here). i wanted this space to be comfortable, but also make me smile when i look around the room. the pictures, plants, & lots of light make me happy.


you’re entering my kitchen now. how sweet is the note my momma wrote?! ALSO let’s play a short game of I spy: something magnetic, something mexican, something that reminds me of the greatest place ever ever ever (dramatic, much?!). if you guessed: THE MERIDA, YUCATAN MAGNET. ding ding ding, we have a winner. also real quick i have to share the story behind the magnet, because i think it’s cute and cool. if you look closely you can see a man and woman sitting in these chairs that are facing each other. these chairs are called Las Sillas Confidentes or i’ve also heard them called Tú y Yo (you and me). legend has it that a local man found out his daughter was being courted by a young village man. he was not happy about this, so he decided that the couple could only see each other at the park benches. the father then realized that these benches provided an easier opportunity for the couple to be physically close. so in turn, he created the silla tú y yo. this refers to the position of the chairs, so that the couple could look each other in the eyes and talk to each other, but also maintain a greater physical distance.


ya girl has alllllll the essentials:

-mermaid salt & pepper shakers √check

-floral tea kettle √check

-cute kitchen towels √check 


how precious is this bar cart? i had seen them on pinterest, and thought it would be a cool visual piece for my apartment since i have this kind of awkwardly long hallway. I love the letter board displayed on it, and I plan to frequently change the different phrases and verses to keep my inspiration fresh!


getting ya with that close up shot (wink)! also i found these tiny candles on Etsy. the scents are: sexy librarian, old books, and bookstore. i’m obsessed. literally. 


now that you’ve made it through the awkwardly long hallway, welcome to my bedroom. yes, blush pink is my favorite color. yes, that’s a unicorn on my bed. judge me all you want, see if i care. 


my room is my “least completed” area of the apartment. i don’t have an actual bed yet or all my decorations hung. but it’s cool. ya girl got a comfy mattress so i’m good! i also want to mention that i found this Gracelaced painting at Kirklands. i might have screamed in the store when i saw it. if you haven’t checked out Ruth Chou Simmons, the amazing creator behind Gracelaced, you are seriously missing out!


this chest of drawers i found at an antique shop here in town, and i love it. it’s pink and yellow, with some painted florals on the bottom half. majority of my stuff came from little shops like this. the hunt is fun to me!!


this corner of my room is probably my favorite. it’s ultra feminine, but with a touch of rustic feels.


i found this self at another little antique shop, and y’all, it’s so cute! I CAN’T EVEN!! however, it’s not as cute as the picture of me and Carelly!


thanks for letting me show you around my new place! i’m praying this verse over my new space:

“Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayer that is made in this place. For now I have chosen and consecrated this house that my name may be there forever. My eyes and my heart will be there for all time.” -2 Chronicles 7:15-16

i want God welcomed into my new place. even if you aren’t moving, you can still pray this over your own home. let the eyes of your heart be open to Him, friends.

i have to say, it feels weird being back into my own space after having lived with my parents for the last eight months. and it definitely feels odd to come out of the transitional phase my life has been in.

i’m starting a new adventure, but i also feel the need to acknowledge how much the Lord has grown me during my time of transition. All the glory to Him. during that time I’ve been able to:

  1. start this blog
  2. lead a women’s small group
  3. serve in Mérida (2x!!)
  4. experience deep community with other believers
  5. discover new passions like photography
  6. facilitate the start of mentorship at church with youth girls
  7. learn more about the parts of my life that I need to continually surrender to the Lord
  8. build friendships
  9. savor time with my family
  10. work at an amazing job with amazing people
  11. have my faith go through the process of the “olive press”
  12. love God more
  13. learn how to be a better encourager
  14. have peace
  15. experience discipleship

i could really list at least ten more things, but for the sake of how long this post will be i won’t. to be honest, i was not excited about graduating last December. i thought i was going to be bored and stuck at “home.” currently laughing to myself, because God knew what He was doing when He told me to wait to apply to grad schools. 

He gave me this incredible opportunity to really hit pause on a bunch of life distractions, and focus completely on Him and serving Him. it brings tears to my eyes, when i think about this. hold tight to the verse from Ecclesiastes that says everything is beautiful in His timing, friends. it is so, so true. 

i feel the need to also share that when I graduated in December, i felt like my faith was slowly slipping from my grasps. i was confused on things i thought i had a firm stance on. i was confused as to why i had certain christian friends who felt like they “heard from God” all the time, but i didn’t feel this way. i felt like going to church was an obligation that was a part of my spiritual journey. i wasn’t in any type of deep community. i was partaking in sinful situations. i was frustrated with myself and God. Thankfully, the Lord pulled me out of all of this. 

i write all of this to say, that right now my faith and relationship with God is the deepest it has ever been. but, i also say this as a reminder that if you feel like i did, try removing distractions (social media, friends, boys, etc.) and spend some time seeking the Lord. just you and Him. that relationship should be the most important one in your life, don’t neglect it like I did.

FRIENDS, I hope you enjoyed this post! If you made it to the end, comment below 3 things that made you happy this week!

mine are:

  1. coffee. lots of coffee.
  2. encouragement from friends.
  3. PLANTS.


mèrida, yucatán//july 2018


hello, sweet friends!! SURPRISE…I went back to Mèrida.(you can read about my last trip here.) It was such an amazing trip, because it really showed me how faithful the Lord is. He used the time I was there to teach me new things, grow my faith, stretch me out of my comfort zone, and also speak a new peace into my heart. I’m forever grateful he allowed me to have this opportunity.

if you know me in real life, then you know that my desire to back to Mèrida was (and still currently is) super strong. the Lord allowed me to make strong connections, and I’m so thankful for those relationships. He provided a way for me to go back, and also provided opportunities for others to send items to help serve the local people. if you happened to be one of the people who prayed, gave, or donated for this trip, thank you from the bottom of my heart.

below is a video of my trip (ENJOY & make sure you click HD for better quality playing):

i hope watching it, that it brings as much joy to you as it does to me!! after my mom watched it she said it reminded her of this verse: “God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.” – Hebrews 6:10

i also want to share some pictures that I got to take on the trip. just to update y’all, i recently got this camera. i’ve had a lot of fun videoing and taking photos with it. each photo is just such a sweet glimpse into each of their lives and personalities.



















“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” -MARK 10:45