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Hey y'all,

It has been a rough couple of days but as someone who has heard survivors speak up and share, I just wanted to remind everyone that is a survivor that you are Survivor: a person who survives, especially a person remaining alive after an event in which others have died;a person who copes well with difficulties in their life.
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If you need someone to talk to, here's RAINN (Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network) hotline
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My heart is hurting for all of those that have experienced sexual assault as I am sure the news over the last few days could have been triggering. You are loved, you are believed, and I wish I could hug and cry with you over the action that you are not to be blamed for.

Best,
jDl

What's Up Wednesday {September}

Hey y'all,

It has been a busy week around here so I'm a little late to the What's Up Wednesday party so let's go ahead and jump in.

What I'm Eating This Week...

Monday: Cheese, Pretzels, Hummus, and Salami on my way to BSF
Tuesday-Panera's Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup with a friend
Wednesday: Chick-fil-A grilled chicken sandwhich on my way to small group
Thursday-A salad
Friday-TBD
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Lunches are this Taco Soup
Breakfast are these pumpkin muffins. I also use this recipe with oat flour often for pumpkin muffins.

What I'm Reminiscing About...

Back in 2015 going to Chicago to visit my best friend. The trip included going to UChicago's homecoming, apple picking and apple cider donuts. Since it is still 80 here I'm dreaming of all things Fall!
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What I'm Loving...

Intentional time with friends. In the past few weeks I have been able to have great one on one time with friends whether over tea, a meal, or just a walk and it has been a great time to continue building community.

What I've Been Up To...

Lots of reading, cleaning, and diving into the Word. On the weekends, I have been attending Barre3 as usual and went to the UNC game last weekend.

What I'm Dreading...

The 3am alarm on Tuesday for my flight. Mornings and travel anxiety are never a great combination.

What I'm Working On...

Blogpost ideas for October. Please let me know if you have any suggestions or any questions you have that I can answer.

What I'm Excited About...

Vacation is coming so soon! I will be in California for a week with my immediate family (we haven't all been together for 2 years) and my mom's relatives.
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The last time we were all together visiting my Mom's side of the family was back in 2008 when I graduated from high school!

What I'm Watching/Reading...

Next week I am sharing all my reads from September but I just started this book.
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What I'm Listening To...

Lauren Daigle's new album! I have also loved the Feel Good Effect, That Sounds Fun and How I Built This podcasts.

What I'm Wearing...

Yesterday I posted lots of looks from the past month. These jeans were a repeat item.

What I'm Doing This Weekend...

This weekend is pretty busy as I have both book club and supper club. For book club we read, The Sound of Gravel. For supper club, it is gameday themed and I am bring BBQ pork sliders using this recipe.

What I'm Looking Forward To Next Month...

Hosting friends in my new place for book club.
The NC State Fair. Really, I'm looking forward to the fried oreo.
Vacation!

What Else Is New...

I think that is it for what's new around here. When I get back I'm hoping to finally get around to a trip to Hobby Lobby, Target, and Michael's to deck out my apartment in all things Fall!

Link up with ShayMel,  and Sheaffer

Best,
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What I Wore Wednesday {September}

Hey y'all,

This month I tried to document some of my outfits of the day to share. Most of them are what I wore to work so I hope this can inspire you to mix up some of your current closet staples. I will say that I have gotten closer to a capsule wardrobe thanks to Audrey's blog so a lot of my pieces are a few years old that I constantly reach for. I tried to link some similar items when I could.

Also, this summer I transitioned from a business casual office to an office that is pretty casual so I now have more jeans in looks for work then I used to.

9/6: work
Top-LOFT, old
Jeans-Paige
Shoes-Birdies, old (similar)
9/7: work
Top-LOFT, old
Cardigan-LOFT, old
Jeans-Paige
9/14: Hurricane WFH day
Top-Target
Leggings-Zella
9/15: Hurricane Saturday morning
Sweatshirt: UNC (similar)
Top: Madewell
Leggings: Zella
9/15: Church
Cardigan: Barefoot Dreams
Top: kids ministry at church
Jeans: Paige
Flats: Converse, old (similar)
9/16: Sunday Errands
Jacket: Old Navy
Leggings: Zella
Boots: Hunter
9/16: Barre3
Top: Old Navy, old (similar)
Sports Bra: Target, old (similar)
Leggings: Zella
9/18: Work
Top: Old Navy, old (similar)
Scarf: Lilly Pulitzer, old
Jeans: Paige
Earrings: Nickel & Suede 
9/19: Work then Small Group
Earrings: Lisi Lerch
Top: Lularoe
Pants: Ann Taylor, the maroon was one of last year's colors
Shoes: Birdies, old (similar)
Necklace: J. Crew Factory, old (similar)
9/20: Work
Top-Target, old
Jeans: Paige
Cardigan: Leith
Necklace: Kendra Scott
Earrings: Nickel & Suede, old (similar)
9/21: Work
Cardigan: NY & Company, old
Top: LOFT, old
Jeans: Paige
Flats: Sam Edelman
Earrings: Lisi Lerch
9/22: Carolina Game
Dress: LOFT
Scarf: old
Sandals: Sam Edelman
Earrings: Lisi Lerch
9/24: work then BSF
Top-LOFT, old
Cardigan-Leith
Earrings-Target, Sugarfix, old (similar)
Necklace-Kendra Scott
9/25-Work then dinner with a friend
Top-Old Navy, old (similar)
Pants-Old Navy
Scarf-gift

Now I'm excited for the temperatures to begin to feel like Fall rather than always grabbing a cardigan to ward off the office AC freeze.

Best,
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10 on Tuesday {Books on my To-Read List: Non-Fiction}

Hey y'all,
I don't know about you but when I walk around a book store or even the library I tend to bee line towards fiction books. While I love a good non-fiction memoir or Christian book, I don't tend to put them at the top of my to-read list so here are ten books that I want to read from the other side of the book store.

Eat Cake. Be Brave. Melissa Radke.

Eat Cake. Be Brave.Even though millions of people seem to like watching my videos bemoaning the trials of parenting, marriage, French braiding, faith, and living life as an anti-aging female, you may still be wondering who let me write a book. I mean, books are written by people who have been interviewed by Gayle King and say things like, "You see, Gayle, I was having a root canal and I literally died in the chair. I saw heaven. Also, when I came back to earth I could speak Mandarin."
Yeah, that didn't happen to me. No Mandarin. Though I have been known to break out in song! (My voice was once described as a "ray of light in a dark world" . . . but I think my dad was being a little dramatic.) Although if Gayle King were to ever ask me I would tell her: "I wrote this book between taking my kids to the local pool and picking out flip-flops at Old Navy, and the only metaphysical moment I experienced came right after I looked directly into one of those mirrors with 10x magnification." 
I wrote this book because when I turned 41 I made a decision to be brave. To live brave -bolder and freer. You see, I thought our lives were supposed to change when we turned 40...but mine didn't. Yet every piece of it changed when I turned 41; when I set out to prove that it wasn't too late for me, that careless words wouldn't stunt me and rejection would not stop me. And maybe, just maybe, it will take you reading about the journey I took to finding my sense of self-worth in order for you to rightfully believe in yours. This book is about how all the years of my life led up to the one that changed it. So, cut a big slice and raise a fork...
Here's to bravery. 
Here's to courage. 
Here's to cake. 
(And not the crappy kind, like carrot.) 

Imperfect Courage: Live a Lift of Purpose by Leaving Comfort and Going Scared. Jessica Honegger.

Imperfect Courage: Live a Life of Purpose by Leaving Comfort and Going ScaredIn 2015, Inc. magazine recognized Noonday Collection as one of the fastest-growing companies in America. But years earlier, as Jessica Honegger stood at a pawn-shop counter in Austin, Texas, and handed over her grandmother's gold jewelry, her goal was much more personal: to fund the adoption of her Rwandan son, Jack, by selling artisan-made jewelry.
This first step launched an unexpected side-hustle that would grow into Noonday Collection. Jessica embarked on this new journey and teamed up with her first artisan partner, Jalia, a Ugandan jewelry maker. She saw the meaningful impact Noonday brought to Jalia's community and knew it was the right move.
Fear crept into Jessica's heart as she realized her success, or failure, meant the same for Jalia. But refusing to let fear hinder her goals, Jessica found the necessary (if imperfect) courage she needed along the way--the courage to leave comfort and embrace a life of risk and impact.

I'd Rather Be Reading: The Delights and Dilemmas of the Reading Life. Anne Bogel.

I'd Rather Be Reading: The Delights and Dilemmas of the Reading LifeI'd Rather Be Reading is the perfect literary companion for everyone who feels that way. In this collection of charming and relatable reflections on the reading life, beloved blogger and author Anne Bogel leads readers to remember the book that first hooked them, the place where they first fell in love with reading, and all of the moments afterward that helped make them the reader they are today. Known as a reading tastemaker through her popular podcast What Should I Read Next?, Bogel invites book lovers into a community of like-minded people to discover new ways to approach literature, learn fascinating new things about books and publishing, and reflect on the role reading plays in their lives.


In His Image: 10 Ways God Calls Us to Reflect His Character.  Jen Wilkin.


Sometimes we ask What is God’s will for my life? when we should really be asking Who should I be? The Bible has an answer: Be like the very image of God.
By exploring ten characteristics of who God is―holy, loving, just, good, merciful, gracious, faithful, patient, truthful, and wise―this book helps us understand who God intends for us to be. Through Christ, the perfect reflection of the image of God, we will discover how God’s own attributes impact how we live, leading to freedom and purpose as we follow his will and are conformed to his image.

Sisters First: Stories from Our Wild and Wonderful Life. Jenna Bush Hager & Barbara Pierce Bush.


Born into a political dynasty, Jenna and Barbara Bush grew up in the public eye. As small children, they watched their grandfather become president; just twelve years later they stood by their father's side when he took the same oath. They spent their college years watched over by Secret Service agents and became fodder for the tabloids, with teenage mistakes making national headlines. 

But the tabloids didn't tell the whole story. In SISTERS FIRST, Jenna and Barbara take readers on a revealing, thoughtful, and deeply personal tour behind the scenes of their lives, as they share stories about their family, their unexpected adventures, their loves and losses, and the sisterly bond that means everything to them.

Whiskey in a Teacup. Reese Witherspoon.


Reese Witherspoon’s grandmother Dorothea always said that a combination of beauty and strength made southern women “whiskey in a teacup.” We may be delicate and ornamental on the outside, she said, but inside we’re strong and fiery.
Reese’s southern heritage informs her whole life, and she loves sharing the joys of southern living with practically everyone she meets. She takes the South wherever she goes with bluegrass, big holiday parties, and plenty of Dorothea’s fried chicken. It’s reflected in how she entertains, decorates her home, and makes holidays special for her kids—not to mention how she talks, dances, and does her hair (in these pages, you will learn Reese’s fail-proof, only slightly insane hot-roller technique). Reese loves sharing Dorothea’s most delicious recipes as well as her favorite southern traditions, from midnight barn parties to backyard bridal showers, magical Christmas mornings to rollicking honky-tonks.

Everybody Always. Bob Goff.

In his entertaining and inspiring follow-up to the New York Times bestselling phenomenon Love Does, Bob Goff takes readers on a journey into the secret of living without fear, constraint, or worry. The path toward the liberated existence we all long for is found in a truth as simple to say as it is hard to do: love people, even the difficult ones, without distinction and without limits.
Driven by Bob’s trademark storytelling, Everybody, Always reveals the lessons Bob learned--often the hard way--about what it means to love without inhibition, insecurity, or restriction. From finding the right friends to discovering the upside of failure, Everybody, Always points the way to embodying love by doing the unexpected, the intimidating, the seemingly impossible. Whether losing his shoes while skydiving solo or befriending a Ugandan witch doctor, Bob steps into life with a no-limits embrace of others that is as infectious as it is extraordinarily ordinary. Everybody, Always reveals how we can do the same.

Everything Happens for a Reason and Other Lies I've Loved. Kate Bowler.

Everything Happens for a Reason: And Other Lies I've Loved by [Bowler, Kate]Kate Bowler is a professor at Duke Divinity School with a modest Christian upbringing, but she specializes in the study of the prosperity gospel, a creed that sees fortune as a blessing from God and misfortune as a mark of God’s disapproval. At thirty-five, everything in her life seems to point toward “blessing.” She is thriving in her job, married to her high school sweetheart, and loves life with her newborn son.
Then she is diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer.
The prospect of her own mortality forces Kate to realize that she has been tacitly subscribing to the prosperity gospel, living with the conviction that she can control the shape of her life with “a surge of determination.” Even as this type of Christianity celebrates the American can-do spirit, it implies that if you “can’t do” and succumb to illness or misfortune, you are a failure. Kate is very sick, and no amount of positive thinking will shrink her tumors. What does it mean to die, she wonders, in a society that insists everything happens for a reason? Kate is stripped of this certainty only to discover that without it, life is hard but beautiful in a way it never has been before.



Educated: A Memoir. Tara Westover.

Tara Westover was seventeen the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches and sleeping with her “head-for-the-hills” bag. In the summer she stewed herbs for her mother, a midwife and healer, and in the winter she salvaged metal in her father’s junkyard.
Her father distrusted the medical establishment, so Tara never saw a doctor or nurse. Gashes and concussions, even burns from explosions, were all treated at home with herbalism. The family was so isolated from mainstream society that there was no one to ensure the children received an education, and no one to intervene when an older brother became violent.
When another brother got himself into college and came back with news of the world beyond the mountain, Tara decided to try a new kind of life. She taught herself enough mathematics, grammar, and science to take the ACT and was admitted to Brigham Young University. There, she studied psychology, politics, philosophy, and history, learning for the first time about pivotal world events like the Holocaust and the Civil Rights Movement. Her quest for knowledge transformed her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge University. Only then would she wonder if she’d traveled too far, if there was still a way home.



Looking for Lovely. Annie F. Downs.

“I want you to take every step of your life with excitement for where you are headed. And I want you to feel beautiful and confident as you do.”
But how? When the enemy whispers lies that you are not smart enough, pretty enough, or rich enough? Or you are too dumb, too loud, too quiet, too thin, too fat, too much or not enough? What if you don’t have what it takes to be who you really want to be?
In Looking for Lovely, Annie F. Downs shares personal stories, biblical truth, and examples of how others have courageously walked the path God paved for their lives by remembering all God had done, loving what was right in front of them, and seeing God in the everyday—whether that be nature, friends, or the face they see in the mirror.



Do you have any non-fiction on your to-read list?


Best,
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Weekend Recap

Hey y'all,

What I had planned to be a quiet easy going weekend ended up pretty filled with lots of fun and very little housework which I am sure I will regret later this week when I am cleaning dishes and doing laundry late at night. Here's what my weekend looked like:

Friday

Friday was a pretty busy work day but I was able to get out around 4:30pm and head to Chapel Hill for Barre3 Chapel Hill's first birthday. The 5:45pm class was a team teach between two of my favorite instructors and was a tough class set to diva's music (think Taylor Swift, Rhianna, Pink, Janet Jackson, etc.). After class there was a celebration with wine and snacks.
 With Dana, the owner of B3CH
 Some of my barre3 buddies with Brooke and Rachel.

Following class, Maryscott and I went to Panera to catch up over dinner.
I made it home around 9:30pm and watched some tv when my friend texted that she had an extra ticket to the Carolina game the next morning if I wanted to join. I of course said yes as I love football and cheering on the Tar Heels.

Saturday

With the game now on my schedule, I canceled my morning Barre3 class and decided to have a slow morning. I worked on my grocery list, had my quiet time, finished up some questions for my Exodus and BSF studies and enjoyed some cat cuddles.

I got ready for the game and headed to my friend's house around 11am. We got to the game around 10 mins into the first quarter but had a blast hanging out and watching UNC get a win!

Right after the game, I headed to church to help teach in my Pre-K class. This week we restarted back at the beginning of the bible so the kids had fun creating things in playdough just like the Lord created the world.

The rest of my night was filled with checking on my friend's cat, a late night WholeFoods run for the hotbar for dinner at 8:30pm and reading in bed.

Sunday

Sunday began with quiet time, dishes, and then getting ready for church. I met up with my friend Leigh for the 9am service and the lesson on Psalm 23 was amazing. Here's the link to the replay. One thing I took away was the reminder that life is not sustainable on the mountain tops but rather we grow spiritual fruit in the valleys.

After church, I ran to Aldi and Harris Teeter for groceries, came home to watch the Hallmark movie I recorded from the night before, Truly, Madly, Sweetly, then took a nap.
 Max napped a lot on Sunday as well.

Post-nap time it was time for Barre3 with Brooke. Following barre, I went home, finished making taco soup for the week and some pumpkin muffins since it is officially Fall now!

What was your favorite part of this weekend?

Best,
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Five on Friday {September 14}

Hey y'all,

It has been an interesting week here in NC preparing for Hurricane Florence. Last weekend I went down to see my parents and began to help them prepare as their town was hit by Matthew a few years ago and were without power for days. They are now riding out the storm.

Obviously all my plans this week were turned upside down with this storm. Workout classes, bible study, small group, and a fun shopping outing at the Flourish Market were all canceled and I am planning on staying hunkered down through Sunday unless the forecast changes. I am even working from home today to ride out the storm.

one. After Party Sale.

Obviously this week was the Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale and I was at an appointment in the morning so I didn't end up getting on until lunchtime. I grabbed two Elsa tops that will be perfect for work and play.

two. New Haircut.

While I was in my hometown this weekend I saw my hairdresser and did a major chop. It had been over a year since I have done a big chop to my hair due to attending some weddings earlier this year.
Ignore the redness on my face as I got my brows waxes as well.

three. Hurricane Prep

I went ahead and grabbed a few snacks in case of a power outage. Things like wheat thins so I could eat all my cheese in my fridge, grapes, granola bars bananas, salad kits, and I cooked a frozen pizza since I don't mind eating cold pizza. I already had bread, peanut butter, and jelly.

I also have all my devices charged, water for 3+ days, a car filled with gas and plenty of books to read by candle light.
My stack of books from the library.

Also, I loved these graphics from my local library, Wake County Public Library.
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four. Lisi Lerch.

During her Labor Day sale, I picked up three pairs of earrings from Lisi Lerch that I had been eyeing for a while. I grabbed the ginger earrings in goldizzy gameday in Carolina blue, and Bobbi in silver.

five. Bible Studies.

Last week I talked about getting ready for the Exodus study at my church on Thursdays and Mondays joining in a group at Bible Study Fellowship (BSF). Now that I have attended a night of each (Exodus was canceled last night due to the storm), I am so glad I decided to dedicate my evenings to these groups. I have enjoyed my table group at Exodus and my group at BSF is a great mix of people from across the Triangle. Now it's time to finish lesson 1 of BSF and begin week 2 of Exodus.

Link up with April, Christina, and Natasha.  
Also linking up with Tif, Becky, and Katie.
And Erika, Narci, and Andrea

Best,
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