Cupcakes and Sunshine: February 2018

Monday, February 19, 2018

10 Things you may not know About Me

Goood Monday morning, friends!

I'm feeling extra thankful to not have to turn off an alarm this morning. Stay in my pjs a little bit longer. Drink coffee a little bit slower. Anyone else with me?!

and I have big plans to rest and relax the rest of the day.

Maybe finish up the Mingling of Souls, and maybe some laundry here and there.

I have some blogging friends who recently did a 10 Things You may not know About Me post, and I thought it'd be fun.

So here we go! 10 Things you may not know about me...

1. I took Italian for years in college. In high school I traveled to Italy, and thought I may move there one day...

(baby faces!) 

So I took a few years of Italian once I got to UGA juuust in case I was going to move overseas.

But now I only remember a simple, "Ciao!" It'd probably come back to me if I went back. Travel trip soon, anyone?

2. I can't watch tv by myself. If I'm home and have nothing to do, the thought of watching tv hardly ever crosses my mind. I just think of all the things I could be doing when I'm watching tv, and it's the opposite of relaxing to me. BUT if I'm with friends and we're all watching a show together, it's different. I can do that. Especially if it's New Girl.

3. I used to write hundreds and hundreds of letters to friends and family growing up. I'd send out letters from my mailbox almost every day, even through college. And I've kept every single letter and handwritten note ever sent to me. I have boxes of them.

In kindergarten, I moved away from the small town I grew up in and my entire class would write letters to me in my new city that year. I still have them.
I guess you can say I'm a little sentimental.

4. I can go to bed at any time but will wake up shortly after 6am (or before) no matter what. I set an alarm clock just in case every morning, but I always wake up before it. Growing up, I was really frustrated by my incapability to sleep in, but I've learned to love quiet mornings and being a morning person.

5. I don't know how to play any sports. At all. I really know nothing about sports. Except gymnastics! I do follow and keep up with gymnastics. I'm a fan of Georgia football as well. (honestly I still don't know much about it though- ha) I don't know how I completely missed out on knowing anything about football, basketball, soccer, volleyball, tennis. This past week I played my first basketball game EVER with 4th graders. Yep, I play basketball at a 4th grade level and still had no idea what I was doing. Maybe I'll just stick to yoga and my occasional kickboxing class...

6. I'm a ceiling fan and box fan fanatic. The downside about my apartment now is that we don't have ceiling fans- ha. I have a box fan in my room that is always on. And if it wasn't too weird, I'd probably have three or four more of them. I'm a fan fan.

7. Small talk is not my favorite thing. It makes me nervous and it is SO unnatural to me. Sometimes I'm really great at it (or really great at faking it...ha!) but sometimes I'm like...get me out of this elevator/grocery store line. I don't think I can come up with another conversation about the weather right now. Yikes. HOWEVER, if it comes to talking about how you got to where you are, your heart,  struggles, life changes, what makes you you- I'm ALL about those deep conversations. Let's just cut to the chase, skip the small talk, and get really real.

8. I like taking a lot of time to make decisions. I think this has its positives and negatives. When it comes to making decisions I like to think about it, pray about it, run every single play about the decision, turn it inside-out and upside down, and THEN I'm ready to take action. I think this has helped me to not act out of emotions and to make some wise decisions, but sometimes I know it would be better if I could just make a decision right then and there. I think sometimes my friends would be happier about this too...HALEY! Just make a decision already!!

9. I have two life regrets/ paths I think about often. Well, I wouldn't really consider them regrets, but I do question them all the time. When beginning college, I really wanted to study nutrition. After taking Biology and discovering that I'd have to take TONS of other science classes not really about nutrition, I decided that was not the path for me. However, I still think about it all the time. And I dream about being a homeopathic doctor of some sort. Some of my best friends from home are nutritionists/dietitians and took that path. I'm thankful for how the Lord has led me to where I am now, but sometimes I tell my dietitian friends I'm living vicariously through their stories and practicum. :)

Secondly, many of my friends today grew up going to camp every summer and then served at camps in their teen/adult years. And there's hardly a day that I don't did I NOT know about this growing up? Camp friends, camp memories, sports (maybe I would have learned how to play sports if I had gone to camp?), being able to learn and share the gospel with kids and being surrounded by such rich community and friends from all over the country!?! I've talked to a few friends about it recently and have wondered if I've missed the ship on this one. I'd love to go to camp/ lead at camp.

10. I LOVED college. Every minute of it. And Athens, Georgia is my very favorite town.

Have you ever heard the country song Red Dirt Road?

Athens, GA was my Red Dirt Road and when Texans ask me where I'm from, I tell them Athens.

My life was changed through our sweet home and the people in it in Athens! 

So there's ten things about me! What are you up to on this Monday off? Hope it's a great one!

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Coffee Date: February Edition

Hey, hey!
It's been a really long time since we've had a coffee date! Like maybe since October 2016?! That can't be right. But friends, I do believe it is.

So pour yourself a cup, sit back and relax, and let's chat!! We have a lot of catching up to do.

If we were having coffee right now....

I'd tell you I've eaten a lot of Chipotle in bed lately. I've been out of town on a work trip, and most evenings have looked a lot like this:

...sweatpants and chips and queso. (& the olympics!)

If we were having coffee right now....

I'd ask you if you've read any good books lately? I just started Annie Downs 100 Days to Brave, and it's a good one.

(also Buc-ees in bed? I promise I get up and move sometimes!)

Day One's devotion is to tell someone you're starting a 100-day journey towards a braver, I'm starting it friends! I'll keep you updated!

If we were having coffee right now...

I'd tell you to run as quickly as you can and read The Mingling of Souls: God's Design for Love, Marriage, Sex, and Redemption.

A friend recommended it to me in college and wow, oh wow! It has changed my outlook on so many things. It's been a long time since I've gotten lost in a book, and I looked down after beginning and was on page 98!! Girls, guys, married, single, GO GET THIS BOOK!!!

I'd let you borrow mine, but I've underlined and written in all the margins. Please even if you don't read, read it! Or audiobook it. Or have someone else read it to you! This book has changed my life.

If we were having coffee right now, 

I'd be really honest and vulnerable and also tell you that this article has also changed my life. A few weeks ago, I had some tough conversations with some good friends about where my heart was. And honestly, it has been in a rough spot. I've really struggled with CARING! Caring about people, caring about time, caring about how I spend my time, caring about the mistakes and paths I was taking. And no matter how hard I tried, I just couldn't pull myself to care. These past few months, I could whittle down my actions and thought process to I just don't care. I've felt like I've been faking it. And I don't think this really has been something that I've ever really struggled with before.

After those long (but loving) discussions, I've realized that in the past year since starting a new job, I've really struggled with APATHY.

At my workplace, we've been encouraged to put others at the center of our maps. When the first cartographers created maps hundreds of years ago, they put their location and starting point at the CENTER of the map, and every other destination would follow. The best leaders make others feel like they are the center of the map when it comes to hospitality, selflessness, and care. They make others feel like they are the focal point.

But somewhere between starting that job and now, I think I've forgotten to put Jesus at the center of my map. And because of it, I've lost all direction. I've strayed. I've taken some wrong steps. I've lost primary motivation for why I do what I do both personally and professionally, and the way I lead and love others has definitely taken a big giant step back. And if you know me, I have a terrible internal GPS (I can barely get to Target even though I've been 100 times.) But thankfully, I have the word and some incredible godly woman pouring into me, holding me accountable, and pointing me back on a Kingdom-seeking trajectory.

A few days later, I was speaking with one of my work friends while we were on our travel trip, and I asked... do you think apathy is a sin? Or a result of sin? I did a quick google search and the above article came up and my mind. was. blown.

Apathy is both! It is a sin and a result of sin. And after talking to a few others, I've learned that I'm not the only one struggling with apathy. I think with the busy of work, some of the (careless) choices I've made, and how I've been spending my time, my heart has been hardened with some apathy.

I was working at an elementary school this past week, and each morning before the start of school we sang sweet hymns with the younger grades. Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing is one of my very favorites, and the words were so real to me...

"Prone to wander, Lord I feel it" YES. I've definitely felt like I've been wandering.

BUT... "Here’s my heart Lord, take and seal it,
Seal it for Thy courts above." 

Because "His streams of mercy are never ceasing" and "call for songs of loudest praise." 

There's GRACE. and TRUTH. And HOPE in the Lord. 

And I'm praying that my heart will be softened.

If we were having coffee right now, 
I'd tell you some days are tough and I'm walking through a lot of heart-healing, but days are full of sweetness, Where's Waldo....

....and some glitter!!

It's been a heart-filled February!

If we were having coffee right now, I'd finish with... 
Hey! It's been great having coffee with you! Happy 3-day weekend, and let's do it again real soon <3 


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