What a crazy ride life is! I never would have thought I would be where I am today. It is amazing how everything just works out. In fourth grade, my best friend and I made these extravagant plans to move off and get our own apartment decorated in pink and zebra. Even though the whole apartment thing did not happen for us, we did somehow end up in Nashville together. Who would have ever thought?!
This past weekend, Kortney and I decided to meet up for brunch and then take some pictures for a certain boutique that had sent me some cute goodies. On our way to brunch, we ran into an event hosted by Kortney's favorite skincare brand, Philosophy. They told us to make sure we watch out for their scavenger hunt later on that day with a local blogger. Long story short, we ended up finding the blogger, Mrs. Hunter Premo. She has the sweetest soul, y'all. She gave me some great advice for blogging. Her husband even took these pictures for me.
It is so cool to see how God works. I am so thankful for where He has placed me. At first, I was so anxious to leave my family and make the move to Nashville for the summer. On several different occasions I thought about backing out, but for some reason I felt like God really wanted to me to do this. So, I put all my faith and trust in God, and headed off to Nashville. Boy, I am so glad I listened and trusted in Him. I have the best job ever with the most amazing company. I am surrounded by Bible verses, Christian music, prayer request books, and other amazing uplifting things at all times during my shifts. My co-workers are all so incredibly nice. Side note: literally almost all of my co-workers are from Kentucky! How cool is that? I get to see my best friend almost every week. I live with some of the sweetest people on Earth. I could go on and on and talk about how perfect everything is and that I would not change anything, but I do still struggle with missing my family. They are my comfort. Whenever I do get down about being so far away, I just have my daily talks with God. I almost instantly feel better.
I do this with just about anything now. I have been going through some stuff lately. For the longest time, I would try to solve everything on my own. It became very clear that doing this did not help. It felt like I was going around and around in circles: going nowhere. Then, I began praying more, reading more, listening more, and I can just tell a major difference. All the things I have been struggling with seem much smaller. I have more confidence in myself. I feel more myself and so much happier on the inside. I used to look at myself in disgust for several reasons. Now, I understand that I am made in God's image and that he loves me unconditionally. Something as simple as reassuring myself those things made me feel whole again. If you are struggling with self-love or self-worth, please feel free to talk to me about it. I may not be an expert, but you should never go through these things alone. That is another thing that has helped me through my journey as well. My high school friend and I are reading "Search For Significance" together; we have weekly Facetimes. We talk about what we read, check up, and whatnot. It is always nice to have someone there to listen and are goin through similar things as you.
Being in Nashville, I am sure people would think that you would stray away from God and His word. However, I have done the exact opposite. I truly feel closer to Him. I know our relationship has definitely gotten stronger.
No matter where life takes you, just know you will always have someone to lean on. He will guide you in the right direction, if you just listen. I was worried about getting the right images for this blog post for Peonies and a Sparrow Boutique. Little did I know, I would end up running into a professional photographer who was kind enough to take these for me for free. God is always working with us and for us.
But on to the fashion part, Peonies and a Sparrow Boutique sent me this cute, striped crop top and an adorable romper. This top is named the "Sweetness Top" . You can get it on their website at : www.peoniesandasparrowboutique.com. If you want to save some a little moolah, use the code: Laken10 at checkout for 10% off your entire purchase. Since I haven't mastered my editing skills yet and Cameron did such a great job on these pictures, I decided to keep the pictures in the romper separate from this blog post. So stay on the look out for an Instagram post in the most adorable romper.
I hope everyone is loving the life they are living. You are so blessed and loved not to be!
Until next time,