On Being Awesome

I love three year olds.

When I give Reese a compliment, which happens quite often, (words of affirmation love language, anyone?) she never has any doubt about what I tell her.

The other day I said “Reese, you’re so awesome.”

Her response?

“Yes! I AM awesome.”

I think I probably believed I was awesome at some point but it seems like the further away you get from three years old, the more convincing it takes to really think this about yourself.

In our culture, we celebrate self-deprecation by calling it words like “real” and “authentic”. Showing your true self involves airing your dirty laundry and we applaud as we watch others scrounge around in the depths, mostly because we feel better about our own dirt if we see other people’s dirt.

I have no problem being real.

What I do have a problem with is having the expectation that your real must look like mine in order for it to actually be real. Are you still with me? That was a mouth full!

I ran across a blog the other day making fun of lifestyle bloggers and their pretty white kitchens and fresh flowers peaking out of their designer bags in the passenger seat of their cars. She went on to talk about her disastrous car and dingy kitchen and how they actually lived there so that’s why it looked like that. It just made my heart heavy y’all.

That post didn’t come from a place of confidence in enjoying her crazy and messy living spaces. It came from a place of insecurity. Rather than celebrating, admiring, and lifting up, she chose to criticize, call out, and condemn.

Let’s not be that. We are called to more.

Let’s not only believe that we are awesome… let’s commit to finding and applauding the awesome in each other.

Here’s the thing: It is a compliment to your Creator to believe He did a marvelous job on you. He believes you are awesome because He made you and He doesn’t make anything not awesome.

Loving and celebrating who you are and where you are is a discipline that’s well worth the effort. It involves not allowing bullying inside your own mind. The Bible calls this renewal and we are advised to do it over and over again all day every day.

It also involves having people in your life who not only believe you are awesome but tell you that you are. It took me waaaaaaaay too many years to learn that if a person in my life was not lifting me up, it was completely ok for me to create distance.

I want to be more like my Reese in a million different ways. But I know it’s only a matter of time before the voices in my baby’s mind begin to try to convince her that she’s worthless. My prayer is that she will do what you and I should do….

Command the voices surrounding you and the voices in your mind to listen to the Father as He says,

You.

Are.

Awesome.

Grab onto that truth and take it with you today!

Happy Wednesday, sweet friend! And I really do think you’re awesome 🙂

Laura

Fringe Off The Shoulder Top

Hey y’all!

I love this off the shoulder top. I was worried it was going to be too sheer but it’s just easy breezy and the perfect addition to my already growing collection of OTS goodness. I would say it runs a wee bit small so if you’re in between sizes, size UP one.

Link is here!


Thanks for stopping by, friend!
Laura


My Favorite Top for Summer

Hi, friends! Just wanted to pop in real quick to share this cutie bell sleeve peplum top. It’s super versatile and can be worn in summer OR fall. Thinking it would also make a cute swim cover. Yes, please.

As if it couldnt get any better, they’re practically giving it away! It’s $13.99 PLUS you get 40% off your first order. It comes in one size and for reference I’m normally a size small and I love the fit. It’s not too baggy and the v neck flatters the neckline. It also has a cute little cut out on the back.

It looks like they offer next day shipping so it should arrive within 7-10 days!

Laura

How To Wear a Lengthy Short

Hi!

It’s been a hot minute since I’ve been able to actually sit down at my computer and type things. My built in desk/blogging command center is being installed this week (can I get an amen?) which means I’ll be done with the kitchen table situation I’ve been working with for the past few years. 

Yes, I said years.

Why it’s taken me so long to get my act together is a mystery. Anywho, I can’t wait to share how we transformed a wall in the awkward area in our den to my work space.

On top of the craziness with the installation, we have also had a few extra little sweet peas hanging around this week. My sister and her husband are on a trip in Cancuun so weeeeeeee got to keep my 4 year old and 13 year old nieces. We are having so much fun. I don’t want to give them back today!

When the little ones are awake, we’ve been all dress up parties and Peppa Pig. When they go to sleep, me and my older niece, Bree, are eating lots of ice cream, watching lots of  Netflix, and doing lots and LOTS of talking. Sweet Matt. He handles estrogen overload like a CHAMP.

Ok! Let’s talk about the lengthy short (ironic?) trend. I say “trend” but it’s really been around for a while. What I love most about these shorts is that they add an unexpected twist to your look. Here I paired them with a t shirt, blazer, and heels for church…. but I also wore them with flats and a v neck to dinner the other night. Tonight I took Bree to coffee and threw these on with my converse and bathing suit cover left over from the pool this afternoon.

Any item that can be dressed up or down is what we call a “transitional piece” and they breathe life into your closet.

The key to rocking this look is to remember to size up. A tight fit is a no go for the knee length short. You want them to be a little on the loose side because if not you ended up looking like I did when I was in 8th grade and my Pastor dad was a heavy enforcer of the “finger tip plus a few inches for good measure” rule. God bless you, daddy. You wanted to keep the boys away and you DID. The loose fit will give that effortless relaxed and comfortable feel.

Thank you so much for stopping by today! Today is a good day for a good day! So have one!

Love,

Laura

The Friday Funny

Hey y’all! I decided to start this new section on my blog because I love sharing funny stories but due to my attention to detail and long winded nature, it just wasn’t gonna fit in an Instagram caption.

Im just pretending we are sitting at Starbucks sipping a strawberry refresher with coconut milk like the basics we are and I  must tell you what happened to me last night.

So im at the Selena Gomez concert. My sister in law scored uhhhhh-mazing “seats” right in front of the stage. Only problem is that they weren’t seats. So we stood the Entire. Time.

No, I didn’t wear the right shoes. #ouch

In between the opening act and Selena’s part, we were all just kind of standing around while they flipped the stage. I was mostly focusing on the pain in my feet and wondering if I could have brought a lawn chair in, when my sister in law was asked by a group of three sweet girls to take their picture. We kind of struck up a convo and found out the girls all worked for a boutique. One of the girls was the owner. So cool. So I told them I’m a style blogger (ish) and said if they ever wanted to collab, we totally should. They loved the idea and then one of the girls says “wait! Do you have two cute little girls?! I just followed you on Instagram! I love you.”

Ok. Side note: Any time I get a follower on Instagram I sincerely want to be like THANK YOU I LOVE YOU. HUG ME?  So to meet someone in person that already knew me from the Internet made me feel like a million bucks.

If that weren’t enough, while we chatted with the girls, this sweet boy that I  had been accidentally bumping into all  night (#pitseats) said “oh my gosh. My sister follows you on insta and looooves you. Can I take a selfie with you to send to her?” He then proceeds to show me the text from his sis where he had her screen shot of my latest Instagram pic. So after taking a selfie with Him, I’m like……

This is how the other half lives! Selena, I get it girl. I get it.

Gosh. FAME. It just happens so fast.

The selfie taking drew some attention and the mob of 15 year old girls in front of us  started staring at me trying to find out if I was famous I suppose. One girl totally nonchalant had her phone out and says in a lazy and uninterested tone  “Hey. Are you famous on Instagram?” I was like “oh hahaha. No.” But still soaring from my recent recognition and comvinced that she TOO probably wanted to take a selfie with me,  I followed it up with “but you can still follow me if you want!” I didn’t even get to finish giving my Instagram handle before little miss uninterested had already looked away and put her phone down. Ohhhhhhh k.

Welcome back to earth, Laura. Welcome back.

So I had my 15 minutes of fame, which was actually more like 5. But whatevs. It was still a fun night from the high to the crash and burn. And Selena? She slayyyyyyyyyyyyed. So good.

Happy Friday, friends!!

Laura