Friday, November 30, 2012

Fear.

We are all afraid of something. I'm not talking about spiders, snakes and heights. I'm talking about real emotional fears. Fear of rejection. Fear of inadequacy. Fear of being hurt. Fear of being alone.

I have found myself plagued with fear the last few weeks. I have never been one to be "afraid" of things but, the more I find out about the world and the people that live in it, the more I fear. Some days I wish I could be a child again. Just to know what it's like to have no fear. Children rarely fear anything. They never worry about falling off of a chair or the couch. And when they do fall, they usually get right back up and do it again. They aren't afraid of not being good enough, whether their picture is pretty enough, or if their outfit is cool enough. They have such simple, sweet little minds that can't possibly understand all of the things that they should fear and that could hurt them.

It's almost impossible, as an adult, to have NO fear. There will always be a fear of something. The hardest part is how we handle our fears. Lately, I have been completely overwhelmed by my fears in almost every aspect of my life.

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Most of my fears come from past experiences or things people have said or done to me.  Fear can hold you captive in a way that no other emotion can. It can hold you back, drag you down, break your spirit and steal your joy. My fears have had so much control over me and I didn't even realize it.  Fear has hurt my relationships, my job, my personal growth and everything in between. I've had no idea where to go or which direction to turn because I have been so afraid of the "What ifs".

The LORD is with me; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me? Psalm 118:6

Sometimes I forget that I am not alone, that I am not in this fight by myself. I forget, almost daily that the Lord is always by my side...always. It seems that the further I drift away from him, the more powerful my fears become. My answer lies in seeking him. It's really that simple. 

I will no longer be held captive by my fears.



-Jen-






Thursday, November 22, 2012

Black Friday Nonsense.

Warning: This is my opinion and I'm entitled to it =)

I love the Holidays! I mean, I LOVE them. BUT, as I drove around town tonight, I was disappointed. I get it, there are some great deals on Black Friday. But did everyone forget that IT'S STILL THURSDAY!!! It's still Thanksgiving Day!!! It's called Black Friday because the sales are supposed to happen on Friday!!  We live in a very greedy world. Today is supposed to be about being thankful for what we already have. Yes, we should be thankful every day. But especially today. It makes me sad that companies use this day of thanks to make money. I mean, they really couldn't wait until 5am? People will still shop at 5am!! It makes me sad that so many people got pulled away from their families so that millions of Americans across the country can run through stores acting like crazy people and fighting over things they don't even NEED! Waiting in lines for hours, even days, is just absurd. There is nothing I need so badly that is worth the time I would miss with the ones I love the most. Why is this country so consumed with material things? If it's not something you can/would grab when your house is on fire, than you really don't NEED it. Why can't we just have ONE DAY to be thankful for what we already have? Why can't there just be one day that people don't have to go to work, and don't have to worry about doing anything but enjoying the day with family and friends. Stores opening at 8 and 9pm on Thanksgiving Day is just nutso. Period.

That's the end of my rant. If you went shopping tonight, I'm sorry.

Just a few things I am Thankful for all the time, but especially today...
-Gods will for my life. It is far better than anything I can imagine.
-Time. It's priceless and once it's gone, you can't get it back. Spend it wisely.
-The wonderful family I have been blessed with.
-My fantastic friends and their families that love me like I'm their own.
-New relationships and new beginnings.
-New opportunities.
-My freedom of speech =)



My family isn't doing Thanksgiving until Saturday. Luckily, I have some pretty amazing people in my life so I still had a great day! I hope you all did too!!!

Happy Thanksgiving, Y'all!
Jen

Thursday, November 15, 2012

It's OK Thursday...

Linking up with Amber for It's OK Thursday!

It's OK...

  • That I haven't even started Christmas shopping.
  • To turn your phone off for a few days and veg out on Christmas movies and Duck Dynasty!
  • To wait until you have NO clean clothes to do laundry...sometimes =/
  • That I have been listening to Christmas music for a week already!
  • To be OBSESSED with Instagram!
  • To completely ignore that text from "That Guy" It just feels good to not have to respond =)
  • To drink two monsters in one day. I mean, it really might not be ok, but I'm doing it anyway.
  • To eat as many desserts as you want the week of Thanksgiving. Yes it is!!!

Its Ok Thursdays
Happy Thursday, Y'all!
Jen

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Procrastination, making beds and some other stuff...

I'm a procrastinator. Seriously. The.Worlds.Worst. I procrastinate about everything. I have no idea why. I'm pretty sure I have been doing it since I was a kid. In high school, I mastered doing a paper in an hour. No joke. And now, as an adult, I wait until the last minute to do anything, grocery shopping, laundry, cleaning, studying, whatever it might be...I always put it off. Does this make me lazy? I feel like it does. I mean, I always have something to do, I just don't ever feel like doing what NEEDS to be done =/  I have a HUGE deadline coming up in January. I know I have a deadline. So whhyyyyyyyy can't I just do what needs to be done?!?! You don't know? Well, that makes two of us. If you would, send some super awesome motivation mojo my way... K? Thanks!

Do you make your bed every morning? If so, why? I do not. My parents never enforced daily bed making. And I just feel like it's going to get messed up again so why should I make it? Maybe that makes me weird...Or maybe people who make their beds are weird...Or maybe beds were just meant to be made. Who knows, but I don't like making mine. See below =)

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Even though that bed looks super comfy and cozy (cause' it is), I slept like a starving infant. Which means I didn't sleep. Which means I feel like crap casserole today. Like that phrase? Yeah, you're welcome.

So this quote has been on my mind lately. I LOVE it. It comes from a movie that I also love. I think it is one of the most important things anyone can ever hear. AND I think little people, girls especially, need to be told this on a daily basis. Our world is so consumed with so many things... appearance, sex, clothes you wear, car you drive, house you live in, who you know, job you have, and so many other pointless and useless things. Knowing these three things are essential to knowing who you are.

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Remember That.

Happy Tuesday, Y'all!
Jen

Monday, November 5, 2012

It's Monday!!!

It's Monday again! I'm in a wonderful mood today...Strange for Monday right? But whatever...Happy is good! I had such a great weekend!

It started Thursday night with homemade potato soup. It was fantastic!! We were so proud of ourselves. We at soup and watched the CMA's. I love me some Eric Church and Luke Bryan.


Looks uh-may-zing right?? It was.

Hello Mr. Church!
We just lay all over the couch when her hubby is working =)


Friday night we celebrated two birthdays!! Stuart (the above mentioned hubby) turned 29. And JB turned 27. I really have the greatest friends and love when we all get to celebrate together! We had dinner at this little place called Jackson's, then went dancing at Rare Martini! We had a great night!!

Stu and JB with their Bday candles!!

Pretty Birthday Girl!!!
Me, JC and Jess.
Most of the girls!
Birthday Boy and his Wifey.





Saturday I went to Huntsville to stay with my other Best and her hubby! We had TONS of good food, and TONS of good drinks. We all LOVE Alabama Football. Most of our day was spent counting down the minutes until the Tide kicked off. Most.Stressful.Game.Ever. I really thought I was going to be sick. Seriously. BUT our boys pulled it out. Love me some AJ McCarron! Such a classy guy!

This is how we watch football! 

Red Solo Cup. I fill you up =)
Tiff and I in our game day gear!
I got some beautiful pictures of the fall colors!!
Roll Tide Roll!
Sunday we spent the morning drinking coffee and watching funny YouTube videos. Seriously, do yourself a favor and go watch this one. You can thank me later!


We spent the afternoon shopping and eating and preparing for PB&J's couples shower! Everything turned out great! I had a fantastic weekend and I loved spending some quality time with my sweet friends! Can't wait until their sweet baby girl gets here!!
Jillian and I. Love her and Baby V so much!

I hope your weekend was as awesome as mine was!
Happy Monday, Y'all!!
Jen =)















Sunday, November 4, 2012

Happy Sunday!!

I have had a crazy busy weekend! Friday we celebrated two of my best friends birthdays with dinner and dancing!!

I'm came to Huntsville, to spend time with my best and her hubby and family! We cooked tons of food yesterday/last night. Watched football and drank margaritas all day waiting for the Tide to roll last night. And they did!

I won't be home until late tonight! I hope you have all had a great weekend!!! I will recap the weekend with pictures, tomorrow!!