From That Thrift Shop Down The Road

thrift-shop-576x360As soon as I saw the Thrift Shop Challenge Young House Love was featuring I knew it was for me! I have become a thrift shopping maniac in the past year! I designed my room with tons and tons of thrift shop, consignment, and estate sale purchases! And as always, some Target sale items too 😉

But just in the past two weeks have I realized the amazing CLOTHES I can find to add to the collection! Today I set out for Dirt Cheap with my roommates & ended up with  some awesome stuff to share with you guys!

Just $20.00 as the challenge says bought me alll this!

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Left// Sonoma Sweater $2.40 (Originally Kohls $40.00)
Middle// Merona Half Zip Tunic $1.00 (Originally Target)
Bikini// Tommy Bahama $3.50 (Originally $95.00)
Right// Merona Wrap Sweater $1.00 (Originally Target)
Tan Curtains over closet// $5.00 (purchased preciously)

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Throw Pillow// $5.00 (Originally Target $24.99)
Notebook//$4.00 (Also Target)

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So now.. I may not be “wearing your grandpa’s clothes”… but I am wearing some new clothes for $6.90. I’d call that pretty thrifty!

The brown Merona sweater even had its debut at Corey Smith last night- I’ll have to share some of Mitchell’s pics of him! I EVEN GOT TO MEET HIM!!!

TGIF! Try your hand at getting thrifty this weekend with just $20.00 in your pocket!

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Are You Happy?

Have you ever met that lovely new invention called one click check out on Amazon.com? Its terribly amazing. As well as amazing terrible for my checking account.

While I was on campus today, I found a green slip in my PO box meaning I had received a package! yay! I assumed it was a book I ordered on Amazon. Moments later I had the following between my hands:

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Yes, it is a book. It is indeed from Amazon. But remember that one click checkout thing? I had no recollection of ordering… (although I do remember considering it). I probably couldn’t have even jogged my memory with an interrogation from my mom sounding somewhat like, “What did you spend $4.63 on?”

I was incredibly excited though! And I think Buddha was right (on one thing) in saying, When the student is ready, the teacher appears.

I feel like I am just in a learning stage in my life. I am learning a lot about myself. I learn constantly in Mrs. Knight’s Intro to Communication class; even learned I may want to minor in Communication. I’m learning more about God, how incredible He is, and all that that encompasses. I’m learning to cook more. I’m learning to love vegetables. And as soon as I started reading the cover of this book, I knew I was going to learn  a lot more.

Just a few small excerpts/phrases from what I read today as soon as I cracked the spine. [The Happiness Project by: Gretchen Rubin] Take a second with each of these to just let them sink in:

  • –“there is no duty we so much underrate as the duty of being happy.” -Robert Louis Stevenson
  • –I find greater value in what specific individuals tell me worked for them than in any other kind of argument- and that’s true even when we seem to have nothing in common.
  • –I was in danger of wasting my life.
  • –I had everything I could possibly want- yet I was failing to appreciate it. Bogged down in petty complaints and passing crises, weary of struggling with my own nature, I too often failed to comprehend the splendor of what I had.
  • –people teach what they need to learn
  • –the opposite of happiness, is unhappiness, not depression
  • –what you do everyday matters more than what you do once in a while (this was all to convicting!!)

Can you relate to this? To not being as happy as you should be or want to be? For some maybe not happy at all?

Especially as she says,”One of my worst qualities is my insatiable need for credit; I always want the gold star, the recognition,” Gretchen Rubin encompasses so perfectly my search for thank yous after giving gifts, my love of the oohs and ahhhs when I redecorate.

In all of this, I am simply saying that “I am happy- but I’m not as happy as I should be. I have such a good life, I want to appreciate it more- and live up to it better. It is hard to explain. I complain to much, I get annoyed more than I should.” I haven’t been living to my full potential or being happy in my day to day, seemingly pointless routine. Through reading this I hope to find that something extra… enjoyment in the little things. But, of course, I will never reach that without keeping my focus wholeheartedly on the Giver of true happiness.

HAPPY ARE THOSE WHO LIVE PURE LIVES, WHO FOLLOW THE LORD’S TEACHINGS. HAPPY ARE THOSE WHO KEEP HIS RULES, WHO OBEY HIM WITH THEIR WHOLE HEARTS.

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For a little happy in your day check this out….

What an incredible thing.. that not only is He constant, but He promises to never forsake us. Forsake meaning to give up. He will never give up on us, no matter what. He is only good. Oh to bask in that realization.

COMING NEXT IS A FASHION POST!

The Ways He Works

I’m sorry, I’m sorry! That September “I’m back!” message was a total teaser! I am truly back now (for today at least 😉 & here with a new look!! I hope ya’ll like it! I am still getting used to it, but enjoying the simplicity and looking forward to adding some fun flair!

All day today I’ve been thinking on blogging again. When I was blogging a lot (like November 2011-January 2012 ish) I totally enjoyed it. It was like a way of journaling, but a lot cooler. It helped me learn more about myself, improve my writing skills, and just work through things- there is a worlds difference between crazy swirls of info in your head, fingers to a QWERTY keyboard, and black letters on a white page (ergh- screen.)!

So after a few hours of contemplation what to write, when to write, what should my title be (I knew I wanted something new & improved!!)… I gave up. Simply, quit thinking about it.

I went about my not so usual nightly routine while at home for the weekend…

1. retrieving this crazy girl from my parents bed and bringing her to mine —>

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Gotta stock up on the snuggles for when I am back in Starkville for more school….

2. Read the roll of 17 blogs I read daily. (Yes, good habit because I learn a lot. Bad habit because I spend WAY too much time staring at this MacBook.)

3. Texting this dude. Mitchell and I before the soon to be Schlesinger's engagement party!You’ll be seeing lots more of him as he is the boyfriend, best friend, and an up and coming (extremely quickly) photographer in Memphis. I plan to put his talents to good use for your enjoyment!! aka: gourmet food photography

The blogging came back in my mind when I received a text from him discussing turmoil around the world. He is at a friend’s house and they had been discussing details.

Here’s where my little faith comes in…

I try to avoid talk of “the end” at all cost. I believe it is coming and for that I am excited- Heaven with my Heavenly Father- oh yes! But I am selfish, and easily scared. The unknown gives me an eerie feeling.

I was pretty anxious just thinking about it and praying God would calm me. For I know “No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in Heaven, or the Son, but only the Father” (Matthew 24:36).  I kinda laughed at my little prayer and the way I let myself get worked up. I imagined God shaking his head saying “Oh you of little faith.”

I left that at that and moved on… closer to bed… what is that any way? 3 more blog posts read? 7? 2 new blog discoveries? I am a blog-reading-crazy-lady.

Still feeling anxious, I reached for my Bible. Now don’t get me wrong… that sounds pretty perfect “I felt anxious and immediately reached for my Bible..” No. Not usually me (although it should be!). I usually reach for pop tarts. or Lays potato chips. But this time, luckily, the good book made it into my hands.

I turned to Matthew 8. I am reading through Matthew, a recommendation by this lovely lady, to learn about Christ’s life on Earth. Night before last, I had stopped mid way through the chapter at Matthew 8:10 so I started there.

Shortly after I began, Matthew 26 & 27 jumped out at me.. ” He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm. The men were amazed and asked “What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!

I think I can let that speak for itself as I finally hit the hay.. comforted in the fact that the very man who rebuked the winds and the waves saved me, a young girl of sometimes very little faith.