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Happy 2015!

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Happy New Year!!!
I'm officially back in Austin and I couldn't be more excited! My family came out to Austin with me to spend New Years at the lake and it has been too much fun. It's going to be sad seeing them go next week after spending the last 2+ months with them! But I'm also looking forward to getting back into my Texas groove and exploring more of Austin. It's kind of fun starting the new year living in a new city. Ha! :)

I wish you all a very happy and healthy 2015!

I'll be back soon!

xo

San Diego Update!

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Hello! It's been a while since I posted about what's been going on in my life. And since I've been terrible at blogging these past few months, I thought I should just combine all my pics on this one blog post. How does that sound? Good? Good. :)

Just in case you didn't know or if you're new here to Suddenly Darling, I have been staying with my parents in San Diego the past 2 months just until my new apartment in Austin is ready for move-in (which will be ready next week--yippeeee!). The stay here has been quite nice... I've been able to spend lots and lots of time with family and meet up with old friends. There's been a lot of loud music and dancing in this household too which is totally awesome... and I might have a little to do with that. (Sorry Mom and Dad! Hah!)

Anyways, I arrived in San Diego on October 27th and found out at 12am by my brothers that they needed my "sneeze" for a commercial being shot that very morning. So after about 5 hrs of sleep, I got ready and headed to our location where the commercial was being filmed. As tired and delirious as I was (and looked), I was somehow able to "sneeze" on cue. So yeah, my job was sneezing that day. Ahhhh-CHOOOO! Not bad. Not bad. Here's our commercial crew selfie:

Next was Halloween. My niece was, of course, snow white and just absolutely adorable.
Then November came and we went to the Unlikely Heroes gala in Hollywood honoring those who give to this amazing anti-human trafficking organization. To learn more how you can help stop human trafficking, go to UnlikelyHeroes.com! I was lucky enough to go with these fun people:

A week later, my friend Alesia from Dallas asked me to meet her in Las Vegas to hangout with her while she was there for work. So that's exactly what I did 3 days later. Gotta love those spontaneous Las Vegas trips!
We had so much fun trying restaurants and walking around that crazy city. The people watching is probably my favorite part. The hotels are so incredible too! Especially right now with all the Christmas lights! (pic of the Wynn's entrance below. Amaaaaaazing!)


A week and a half later Thanksgiving came. So of course my brother and I took (dorky) sibling selfies to show how thankful we are of each other. Hah!

And now here we are. It's Christmas!
Every year we (my family) have a gingerbread house contest. It usually takes us about 24hrs to build them but this year we made a rule and had to get done by the end of the day. This year it took us only 8-10hrs. Hah! Here they are:

And now this last pic is from last night picking out our Christmas tree! You have no idea how happy I am now that it's Christmas! :)

Well those are pretty much all the highlights from this past month and a half. With the holiday season and getting ready to move into my new apartment, it is hard to find time to blog. But I will do my best because I miss you all and want to connect with you as much as I can!

That being said, I hope this Christmas brings you lots of joy and happiness! :)

I'll be back soon!

XO

 

 

The heart. (part 1)

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I’m sitting here wearing a big oversize sweatshirt and with a hot cup of dandelion tea beside me in the middle of September. How is that?! Well Dallas decided to give us a taste of Fall today by blessing us with cloudy 65 degree weather. Talk about showing us some LOVE, right? Even though temperatures are rising again later in the week, it was good to have a little break from the heat. It just made me even more excited for the coming season– my favorite season. FALL!"



Isn’t it awesome how God also likes to give us a little tastes of what’s to come even if it’s for a short period of time? Sometimes we need that. We need little reminders to hold on and know everything will work out in His timing. Or there are times we need to have faith to move forward and be reminded He has a better plan for us...


Lately, I’ve been needing those little reminders. It’s a scary thing having to move on to the unfamiliar again. For an example, in a few months I’ll be moving to a new city where I’ll have to make new friendships and learn my way around town. There are moments I feel a little anxious about it, but then I think back at what He did for me when I moved here and I know He’s going to do the same for me in Austin. He’s cool like that. :)



God has also been reminding me about my heart (or my inner self) and how misleading it can be if we’re not careful. The quotes “follow your heart” and “the heart wants what the heart wants” are so misleading not only to us ladies, but to EVERYONE. They couldn’t be more true though. The heart does want what the heart wants, especially if we’re not guarding it properly.



Guarding our heart doesn’t mean putting it in a cage and only letting it out when the time is right. It strictly means to not let it control us. Jeremiah 17:9-10 says “The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it? ‘I the Lord search the heart and examine the mind, to reward each person according to their conduct, according to what their deeds deserve.’”



One of my pastors at my church spoke the other day on how easy it is to feed our hearts with wrong selfish desires. He began to talk about how the heart is like a wild creature; the more we feed it, the bigger and stronger it becomes. The bigger and stronger it becomes, the easier it is for us to be deceived and get hurt. It basically becomes a monster!



“Our heart has the capacity to set its hope upon something that will eventually result in disappointment.” – Michelle McKinney Hammon from “What Women Don’t Know (and men don’t tell you)”



Sadly, I made this mistake recently. I kept listening to the little voice in my heart rather than really looking at the big picture– the picture God was trying to show me. I had my hopes set on something that I wasn’t in control of... and once it didn’t go the way I had hoped, I became vulnerable, weak, and very disappointed. I was heartbroken.



“Focusing on the wrong source for your needs can actually blind you to an answered prayer. In other words, what you want is there, but because you are looking so hard at something else, you don’t see it. If your attention is in the wrong place, you could miss the person that God sends your way.” – Michelle McKinney Hammon from “What Women Don’t Know (and men don’t tell you)”



Those words couldn’t be more true. Our heart can blind us. It can blind us from people, relationships, opportunities, and it can even lead us away from The Lord if we’re not careful. 
Thankfully we have a gracious God who is extremely patient and will always be there to pick us back up and make our hearts whole again! We just have to ask and set our minds on Him rather than just focusing on what the heart wants.

When we focus on Him, our hearts will begin to change and align with His desires for us, not our own desires. And I'm sure God's desires for us are far better than our own. <3


"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths." Proverbs 3:5-6


....to be continued.

xo

 

 

I'm moving... again!

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Before I go on about my shocking news, I just want to point out that the pics above are here because I love them so much. The people, the scenery, EVERYTHING. I just love it all. {Taken during Labor Day weekend at a lake in Austin, TX.}

Now you probably know from my title what the shocking news is about... but do you know where I'm moving to? If you guessed Austin then you guessed RIGHT! I'm moving to Austin, TX the end of this year and I couldn't be more excited about it! The crazy thing is I had no idea I was gonna do this like, a month ago. The idea just sorta came up and something felt right about it. And it all seems to be falling perfectly in place... so here I go again!

Before moving to Texas, I always said I was gonna start in Dallas and see where I go from there... and after living in the big D for only 2 months, I knew this was just going to be part of my Texas journey. Not where I was going to "settle".

There are so many things I love and will miss about Dallas. Like okay, the restaurants here are absolutely amazing. They seriously know how to make good food here. I'll also miss my cozy apartment that centers Dallas. Other than finding water bugs (and roaches) here and there, I will always remember it as being one of my favorite places that I called home.

Now the hardest thing for me is leaving the friendships I've made in this city. God blessed me so much by giving me a group of girls that I now consider some of my best friends. I honestly don't think I could of lasted out here by myself without them, and I know that's why God brought us all together. They have been the best listeners, supporters, and encouragers any girl could ask for! I'm excited to see what God has planned for each of our lives even if there's distance between us. If y'all are reading this– I LOVE YOU!!! :)


Looking back, there has been quite a few "seasons" I've gone through since I moved here. (and I'm not talking about the weather, haha!) Moving to a new state alone not knowing a single person can make you feel a little insecure. In my case, I did the wrong thing by putting all my hopes on one person not realizing the disappointment it would cause me. Thankfully, through prayer and the support of my family, God got me through it... again, and again. I know God brings seasons in our lives to help us grow and mature in Him because that's exactly what He did for me. I have learned so much about myself this past year than I have in ALL my years. Change can be hard, but it sometimes helps us grow into the person God wants us to be.

So here's to a new city and to the coming seasons God has in store this new year!


I'm coming for ya, Austin! :)

xo

 

Welcome to my home...

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After living here for over a year now, I finally took photos to give you a glimpse of my cozy little Dallas home. I'm all about keeping everything light and airy (especially my bedroom) so you'll see a lot of neutral colors with some yellow and blue accents. My most adored areas in my home are my bedroom (the natural light is amazing in there!) and my pantry... you'll see why. ;)

My favorite places to furniture/decor shop are Pottery Barn, Anthropologie, Home Goods, Etsy, Pier 1, and the Container Store!



 If you have any questions on where I found a decor piece you like, please don't be afraid to ask! I'd be more than happy to answer any of your questions.

*Special shout out to my momma for helping me decorate and making my home feel like a home!* :)

xo

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