I was going to meet a friend for coffee last week when she suggested we go get acai bowls instead. I had been craving a juice/smoothie drink for a week or so, so this seemed perfect!

I had never had an acai bowl, but now I think they will be a part of my diet. But maybe I’ll need to learn how to make them first…not so keen on the price of that wonderful bowl being $10…which is more than an entire meal at Chick-fil-A. Just saying.

Today’s lesson: don’t be afraid to try new things. Even if it’ll make you even more basic.


Guest Blogs

Lately I have been trying to write more, whether it be on my own blog or as a guest writer on other blogs. Two wonderful blogs have been Creative Souls Tribe and Becoming Me. I love the fact that there are women out there who want to encourage, support, love and champion other women. How amazing is that? That is a group I want to be a part of.

So today, I encourage you to check out their websites and social media. Find a tribe of your own to join. Join one of these tribes. All it takes is taking a step out of your comfort zone and sending an email, writing a comment, or adding someone on Facebook. Make the first move. You won’t regret it.

My guest blogs:

Finding Your Faith

Take a Chance on Yourself

How To Leave A Legacy Every Single Day



I had a business meeting last week at Crema, and I was excited for the chance to visit Crema. Why you ask? Well Crema was the first coffee shop I ever visited in Nashville. So it holds a special place in my heart.

Since then they’ve remodeled a couple of times. I’ve had some of the sweetest conversations with friends at Crema. I introduced my boyfriend to coffee at Crema. I’ve seen famous people at Crema. I’ve worked for hours at Crema.

Here’s what I don’t like about Crema: the prices. I ordered a Cuban and an order of avocado toast, and it cost me $11. ELEVEN DOLLARS FOR COFFEE AND TOAST WITH AVOCADO ON IT. That’s insane people. But you know why they do it? Because they can. Because people like me continue to pay that ridiculous price. If customers stopped coming in, they would be forced to drop their prices. But I would go as far as saying that they aren’t seeing a drop in customers at all, but most likely as steady rise with the growing population.

While I love the ambiance/vibe, the delicious Cubans, and the excellent people watching that Crema has to offer, I have to limit my visits due to the outrageous prices. Sigh.

Vinnie Louise

Sometimes I wonder where I shopped before Vinnie Louise.

Vinnie Louise is the cutest little local boutique in East Nashville. I first heard about them in the summer of 2014 when I was an intern in Nashville. I then continued to order clothes online once I moved back to Texas. When I moved to Nashville permanently, I even forgot the store was local and still had them ship to my apartment. Oops.

After two and a half years as a customer, I would say my closet is about 40% Target, 40% Vinnie, and 20% other. No joke.

But VL is more than just a store. They create a community. The store fosters relationships. The shop girls got to know me, and now they know my name and ask how I’m doing/how I’ve been. It makes shopping so enjoyable.

I met the owner Ginny one time (just once) and from then on she remembered me. When I applied for a job there, she had remembered who I was. Seriously?!

It has also been awesome to watch the success of VL. They moved from their original little shop in East Nashville to a bigger location a couple doors down. They opened Jack Randall, a men’s store, in the old location. And just last month they opened a pop up location on 12 South. It is crazy and I love it.

It’s a  true testament to Ginny the way her staff operates and treats customers. She always has the cutest clothes at affordable prices. Obviously she is doing something right. We could all take a note from VL.

*Warning: once you visit VL, you will become addicted. I have to limit the times I go in the store and shop online because if I don’t, I’ll be broke as a joke.

Forced Rest

This past weekend I was scheduled to go out for four shows with one of my favorite groups of people to be on the road with. It would be 5 nights, 4 shows, and I was getting to double dip in two different areas and therefore was going to be making more than double the money.

I had packed my bags and was ready for a busy day away from home before a 9:30pm bus call. I woke up at 6am to an email from my dad asking if we were still going out that weekend. You see, our shows were in Florida and Hurricane Matthew was barreling towards the Florida coast. I knew there was a hurricane and I knew we were going to Florida, but I still hadn’t put two and two together until my dad brought it up.

I quickly sent a text to my boss and a crew guy asking if they had heard anything. I was conflicted. On the one hand, I really needed the money. On the other hand, extra time at home would be nice. And the whole not being stuck in the middle of a hurricane thing too.

Around mid-morning we found out that the shows had been rescheduled. I would not be making the money I pretty desperately needed. But I would be getting rest. Which it turned out I most definitely needed. The following two days I woke up with a fever and feeling like complete poo. So the end of the week was spent in bed, watching episode after episode of Criminal Minds. (Shoutout to Agent Derek Morgan.)

I was also able to spend an extra two days with my boyfriend before he left for a month on tour. I was able to attend church and hear one of my favorite authors, Bob Goff, in person. I was able to have brunch with a close friend. I was able to hang out with an old and new friend, catching up over dinner and a chick flick. I was able to listen to podcasts and read Harry Potter. I was able to just sit and rest. Without plans, places to be, or errands to do.

Sometimes forced rest is the best rest. And you know what, I was ready to tackle this week head on because of my rest. Instead of dwelling on the fact that I wasn’t going to get paid now, I focused on what I was going to be able to do. And that made all the difference.


So maybe I’m behind the times, but recently I started listening to podcasts. Now whenever the radio keeps playing the same songs over & over again, I just plug in my phone and listen to a podcast. Genius!

I started listening to the Serial podcast along with the rest of America. But I found that I had a hard time staying focused for the entire hour or so. I would doze off, get bored, or just not be able to sit there and focus. I didn’t spend much time in the car then, so it didn’t dawn on me to listen to them while driving.

Now it seems like I spend a lot of time driving around town for various reasons, so listening to a podcast while commuting works out perfectly.

Here’s what I’m listening to:

-That Sounds Fun by Annie F. Downs. Listen. I love Annie. I want to be her best friend. I loved her books Let’s All Be Brave and Looking for Lovely, so it just made sense to start listening to her podcast. She interviews her friends and talks about things that sound fun, so it’s really a win win.

-How I Built This by Guy Raz: a fairly new podcast launched by NPR, this podcast focuses on (you guessed it) how people built things. Episodes include the founder of Spanx, Clif Bars, Instagram, and a few others. Very interesting insight, as well as inspiration to never give up on your dreams.

-The Love What Matters Podcast: hosted by Amy from the Bobby Bones Show, this is a feel good podcast which highlights inspiring stories that originated from the Love What Matters Facebook page. Episodes are less than 20 minutes long and leave you smiling.

-Story: hosted by Harris III and Sammi Harvey, this podcast is a series of “unique conversations to fuel the creative class and leave you inspired to do your best, most meaningful work.” Episodes include interviews with Jeremy Cowart, Annie F. Downs, Brit Gilmore of the Giving Keys, and CJ Casciotta. If you consider yourself a creative in any way/shape/form, you’ll want to listen to this podcast.

-Sounds Like a Movement: CJ Casciotta hosts this podcast which focuses on embracing your weird, no matter what it may be. I first heard CJ on a Story podcast, and I immediately looked up his podcast. He has interviews with Shauna Niequist, Mike Foster, Jon Foreman, Jeremy Cowart, Rob Bell, Eryn Eddy Erickson, Brad Montague, and so many others. Episodes range in time from 20 minutes to 60 minutes. He has a unique way of just sitting down and talking to people, to where you feel like you are sitting right there with them at a coffee shop.

Between these 5 podcasts, I have my hands (errr ears) full. But I would love to hear what some of your favorites are!




So here’s the thing. I like spending money. I like saving money. I need to get better about saving more money and spending less money.

I had the opportunity to sign up for Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University class through my church. A few of us from my small group decided to take the plunge and take the class. I’m very interested to see how it works. I’ve heard passionate, mixed reviews on some of Dave’s philosophies. I like my credit card. I never carry cash. I don’t have any debt.

I am worried. Although I’m not worried about it being difficult. Most things worth having are hard, and I want financial freedom. I want an emergency savings fund AND 6 months of expenses saved up. I want to have a Roth IRA and 401k. I don’t want to worry about depleting my checking account every month when rent is due. What worries me the most is how I have an inconsistent income. Now that doesn’t mean I don’t work. I have four part time jobs: babysitting, working at a store in downtown Franklin, touring, and now advancing and working in the office for the merchandise company. So it’s not that I’m sitting on my ass every day. I’m actually busting my butt every day. Today I worked at the store from 9-2, then went straight from the office and worked until 5:30, then got dinner, sat in traffic, and had less than 20 minutes at home before I had to leave to babysit.

My goal is that through all of these streams of income, I will be closer to reaching said financial peace. I’m not looking to get rich and live in a mansion. I just don’t want to have to think and stress over money. But if it takes another 2 years of working all 4 jobs to make that happen, then that’s what I’m going to do.

Personality Test

I’ve never been one for personality tests. When people are all like “I’m an ENFJ what are you?!” I just stare back at them with a blank expression because I have no clue. I’ve taken the tests before, but I never remember. That seems to be too many letters that don’t make sense and I can never remember. Is that indicative of what personality I am?

I recently took a test on 16personalities and the results were than I am….a….ISFJ!

Personality type: “The Defender” (ISFJ-T)
Individual traits: Introverted – 68%, Observant – 66%, Feeling – 68%, Judging – 95%, Turbulent – 67%.
Role: Sentinel
Strategy: Constant Improvement

Strengths include supportive, reliable and patient, imaginative and observant, enthusiastic, loyal and hardworking and good practical skills. UM HIT THE NAIL ON THE HEAD THERE. Except maybe for the whole patient thing. Still really trying to work on that fruit of the spirit.

Weaknesses include humble and sky, taking things too personally, repress their feelings, overload themselves, reluctant to change and too altruistic. UM HIT THE NAIL ON THE HEAD AGAIN. Except I don’t have a problem overloading myself…I’m pretty good at taking me time and saying no to things.

Not to brag but “ISFJs are true altruists, meeting kindness with kindness-in-excess and engaging the work and people they believe in with enthusiasm and generosity.” We make up 13% of the population, so you’re welcome world.

Famous ISFJs include Queen Elizabeth II, Beyonce, Halle Berry, Kate Middleton, Anne Hathaway and Selena Gomez. Not bad company to be in.

“A lot of what establishes and deepens ISFJs’ friendships is the mutual support, advice and reassurance that the friends give each other.” This hit me hard. A lot of the time I feel like I’m the more caring person in my friendships. I’M always the one who reaches out to plan something. I’M always the one who sends encouraging texts. I’M always the one doing all the work. For just once, I want to be on the receiving end. I want my friends to text me that they miss me and are thinking about me. I want my friends to take the initiative to make plans to hang out. Reading this about my personality gives some insight as to why I feel this way. It doesn’t necessarily give me a solution, but it helps to understand why I’m feeling the way I am.

Hopefully now I can remember that I am an ISFJ when people ask. ISFJ. ISFJ. ISFJ. ISFJ. ISFJ. ISFJ. ISFJ. Okay. Hopefully I got it.

What personality type are you? Do your results just make complete sense or were some parts incorrect? Crazy how accurately a test can describe your entire personality!



Is it a total white girl move to say that I love fall and absolutely cannot wait for it?

Before you start judging me, I do not like pumpkin spice lattes. I try one every year to see if I change my mind, but I never do. I just don’t get the PSL obsession. Cinnamon dolce latte and creme brûlée lattes for life.

Anyways. I think fall is representative of a lot of changes. Not only do the leaves change colors, but people host bonfires and I get to wear all of my cute clothes and boots. I also feel as though people are nicer. Maybe it’s just as simple as the fact that we aren’t sweating as soon as we step outside every day, and that’s all it takes to make us become nicer.

I also feel like fall brings about changes. Emotional, mental, and physical changes. Fall means that the holidays are around the corner, which means that a new year is just on the horizon. A new year means new goals. But who says we can’t make goals every season? Don’t we say that we are in a “season of life”? So can we make new goals and plans that change with each season of life that we are in? Or based on the actual seasons?

*Side note, I just typed “actual chickens” because I am listening to the That Sounds Fun podcast by Annie F Downs and in this episode her and Matt Wertz are talking about chickens vs turkeys. You should listen (http://www.anniefdowns.com/2016/05/29/that-sounds-fun-episode-13-matt-wertz-and-gunshy/)

So I want to make some goals for this fall. Realistic goals. Attainable goals. Here it goes:
-take an exercise class at least once a week
-cook a meal at least once a week
-have coffee once a month with a new friend
-be intentional with my friendships back in Dallas
-finish Criminal Minds on Netflix
-catch up on all my podcasts
-do a Bible study on my own (I’m thinking Seamless by Angie Smith)
-see how many of the Harry Potter books I can finish by Christmas

Some of these goals are not lofty at all. It shouldn’t be hard for me to take one exercise class a week. But right now it is. Right now I am crazy busy and the last thing on my mind is waking up earlier to go workout. But I believe that it will make me feel better, and I need that.

What would it look like for you to make fall goals? Just little baby step goals? Share them with me so we can keep each other accountable!


I’m currently sitting at Crema listening to podcasts.

I’m so behind, but I love podcasts. My only problem is that I want to finish it all at once, so I have to be disciplined and set aside an hour a day to listen. Between work, meetings, being social, and hanging out with my boyfriend, it can be hard to squeeze my podcast in.

It started with listening to the Habit sermon series from Louie Giglio and Passion City Church. I highly recommend this series. Then I listened to a series about relationships called Bad Blood from NorthPoint Community Church in Atlanta. Funny how both sermon series I listened to are from churches in ATL…

Now I’m listening to the That Sounds Fun podcast from Annie F. Downs. Guys. I love Annie. I want to be friends with her. She is such an amazing writer and just seems like an incredibly down to earth person. Her books Bringing Your Brave and Looking for Lovely have changed my life. They are two books that I will read multiple times, and that doesn’t happen often.

*Sidenote: I even emailed Annie asking if we could grab coffee. She responded, but declined due to her busy schedule. I saw her in a local coffee shop recently, and thought I had seen a major celebrity. (But kept my cool and didn’t say hi. That’s how Nashville works.)

The That’s Sounds Fun podcast are typically 40 minutes to an hour. Totally doable. The focus is Annie talks about fun things including her friends, authors, musicians, things to do around town, etc. She is funny and relaxed, and I look forward to listening to them. Right now I am playing catch up since I have 16 to listen to. But they normally come out every other week.

What are some of your favorite podcasts? I’ll need something new to start once I catch up on Annie’s!