Monday’s Musings

Hey Cats!

Happy Monday! And it’s extra happy for those of us who have today off! I definitely need this extra day to get my ducks in a row before I go back to school! I realized last night that I don’t have any pens or notebooks and folders for my classes. Oops. I also have a few other errands to run, and other chores I’ve been putting off all week. Yay for the last minute!

Last night I met up with some of my friends for coffee, and we had a great time! They are always so encouraging, and I’m so thankful to have them in my life. We don’t get together as often as we would like, but I always really look forward to hearing about and celebrating each other’s accomplishments and goals. Since this is our last semester, we talked a lot about jobs, future plans, and all of the upcoming changes in our lives. We discussed that it can be a little scary, but it’s also a really, really exciting time, and that made me think of this quote:

be-brave-quote

It can be scary to not know what’s ahead, but as my friends and I discussed, we don’t have anything to be afraid of. This is a very exciting time in our lives, and it’s a good time to do things we’ve never had the opportunity to do before, or won’t always have the opportunity to do, like go move to another state or travel around. Being brave with your life can mean lots of different things. It can mean taking a job in a new town, or taking a temporary internship in an industry you’re dying to work at. It can mean jumping at every chance for a new adventure, or it can mean taking a step back to re-evaluate your priorities. It can mean putting yourself out there to make new friends, but it can also mean recognizing that true friendship is a rare find. For me, being brave with my life means trusting that God will fulfill His promises to me, even if that happens in a unique way. It also means being confident in my abilities at work, school, and even here on my blog. Being brave is investing time and effort into new friendships at the tail end of my college career. It also means not settling even when I’m not sure when another opportunity will come along. Whatever being brave with your life means to you, I encourage you this week (and this year and forever) to do that, and remember that you don’t have anything to be afraid of!

That’s all for meow!

For more Sweet Cats!, follow along at:

Bloglovin’
Twitter
Facebook
Pinterest
Instagram

Monday’s Musings

Hey Cats!

Happy Monday! I’ll be at the dentist this morning having a little work done-wooohooo. I’m actually really okay with it, they’ll be removing the two the silver crowns I’ve had on my teeth since I was about six and replacing them with permanent ones. I’ve been self-conscious about them for a long time- I don’t really think anyone can see them, but I still don’t like them and I’ve always had this irrational fear that they would catch the flash while someone was taking a picture and my face would be a glowing orb. Silly, I know, but I’m really excited to have teeth that aren’t shiny. That being said, I should post tomorrow, but if not, just know that the pain/drugs have gotten the best of me, and I should be back on Wednesday.

I went to lunch with my bestie Kinsey the other day as a last hoorah before we both go back to school, and after we ate we wandered into a new coffee shop downtown. We sipped chai tea lattes and talked about life, because we are #Tylerchic. We talked about school, jobs, friends, boys, her upcoming move to Dallas, why we’ve made some of the decisions we’ve made lately, and how much our perspectives on all of those things have changed in our 3.5 years of college. One thing we kept coming back to is how we’re so glad we haven’t settled for less than what we really want, and that even though it’s hard to have to wait for the best, it’s definitely worth it. This conversation reminded me of a perfect quote I found on Pinterest a while back:

settling-quote

I feel like the saying “don’t settle” can be super cliche, but I also believe that settling for less than what God has for you is the easiest and most common way to really mess things up. I’m not saying you should have unrealistic expectations, but a lot of the time, “good enough” isn’t good enough. Whether it’s not accepting mediocre grades because you know you can work harder, not dating that boy that pays you a lot of attention because you’ve talked to God about it and He said no (um hi SO HARD I KNOW), or not applying for a “good” job because the job description sounds seriously awful, if you feel in your gut like it’s a bad idea, just don’t.Sometimes it’s really hard, because a less-than-stellar option can be easy, and it’s easy to talk yourself into thinking that it will be fine, and you’ll learn to love it, and you’re just ready to get the show on the road.

But it’s like shopping for a pair of boots. You wouldn’t just walk into the store, pick up the first pair that caught your eye and waltz up to the cash register, would you? No. You’ll recognize that this is an investment, and a decision you’re going to have to live with for a while. You have a picture in your mind of what you want- black, quilted boots that you can wear to both work and school, with your sweater dresses and jeans, and preferably not too mom-ish. You may have to go to a few different stores and try on a few different pairs, and you’ll probably get a little frustrated. And you might seriously consider a few sub-par options, But then you’ll decide that this pair looks cheap, this pair is cute but not quilted and that’s what you REALLY wanted, and that this pair isn’t super comfortable. Then, you find them. They’re the perfect heel height, they don’t have too much hardware, and they’re not too trendy, so you know you’ll love them forever. They’re exactly what you had in mind, and you are beside yourself. Every once in a while when you wear them,  you’ll think to yourself, “I love these boots. I’m so glad I waited to find the perfect pair”.

That’s why it’s important to not settle. For shoes, for a job, for a boy, or for anything. Because it’s hard to wait, but it’s harder to come across what you really wanted when it’s too late. Don’t be that girl that settles- be that girl that has faith in God’s timing and plans. Abundant life is a promise, but it can’t be rushed.

That’s all for meow!

For more Sweet Cats!, follow along at:

Bloglovin’
Twitter
Facebook
Pinterest
Instagram

Monday’s Musings

Hey Cats!

I hope everyone had a great weekend! I woke up feeling sicky on Friday, so the majority of my weekend was spent lounging in my cat onesie and drinking tea. Which, aside from the painful coughing, was a wonderful way to spend three freezing days. However, I’m hoping that today I will be feeling well enough to leave my house, and maybe even go to the gym for the first time in almost three weeks (LOL I’m scared). We’ll see about that.

This is one of my favorite Bible verses, and I recently came across it while reading my Bible the other night, so I thought I would share! (also I did not take this picture, I found it on Pinterest).

verse

 

Sometimes we don’t get what we want and we don’t really understand why not. And sometimes it’s hard to understand why we have to go through difficult times in life. But, God promises that He will work things together for our benefit, and that we will see His goodness in our lives. This is something that I often have to remind myself of, but I know that He is faithful, and that I will be pleasantly surprised by the path He is leading me down.

That’s all for meow!

 

For more Sweet Cats!, follow along at:

Bloglovin’
Twitter
Facebook
Pinterest
Instagram

 

In Defense of the UGG Boot

Because we all have a pair, and we’re all desperately searching for justification to wear them.

Short-Ugg-Boots_Chestnut_5_big

 

I got my Ugg boots for Christmas my junior year of high school at the height of their popularity, circa 2009.  Not only did I think they were the cutest shoes ever, I was going on a class trip to Washington D.C. that spring, and obviously I needed sherpa-lined footwear because there would be snow, and I’m from Texas and literally have no idea how to handle that. So, on Christmas morning 2009, 17-year old Kristen became a basic white girl, and not much has changed since then.

I have many fond memories of wearing my Ugg boots, and I’m actually quite impressed that they’ve held up for six years, including three long, hard, College Station winters. Unfortunately, I have also committed quite a few crimes of fashion while wearing them. These include (but are not limited to): wearing my Juicy Couture tracksuit TUCKED INSIDE the boots (I’m so, so sorry about this one) on multiple occasions (one happened like, last year. It was finals and I needed Starbucks, and I didn’t think I would see anyone I knew- I was wrong), with a sweater dress, and my personal favorite, with my cheerleading uniform to basketball games in high school because I obviously could not be bothered to put my cheer shoes on at my own house.

So many people hate Ugg boots, and to be honest, I get it- to an extent. They are not that cute and they actually make your feet look like giant potatoes. They make many short girls like me look incredibly stubby, and don’t even get me started on the ones with colorful glitter. But…have you ever put them on? They’re like little cloud pockets for your feet. And they’re so warm. I have worn them in actual snow, across campus in “freezing” conditions, and to the dumpster in mid-October, and my feet have always been so cozy. They are so great for when you’re running late to class, anytime the temperature is below 40 degrees, when you feel like wearing pajamas all day (for we all know that Uggs are the pajamas of shoes), or for when lacing up tennis shoes sounds like the hardest task in the world and you cannot even.

Here’s the deal: I know that my Uggs make me have potato feet and stubb legs, and look like a “basic white girl” (but pretty much everything does these days). I am aware that I am one of the diminishing few that wear them to school/the grocery store/anywhere. But I love them. I love them because they’re warm. I love them because they’re easy. I love them because you hate them. But most of all, I love them because nothing says “I do literally whatever I want” more than a pair of Ugg boots in public.

That’s all for meow!

For more Sweet Cats!, follow along at:

Bloglovin’
Twitter
Facebook
Pinterest
Instagram

Monday’s Musings

Hey Cats!

I’m keeping it short and sweet today, with this little quote that’s actually on a pillow at Nordstrom (I’ll be needing this soon).

fabulous pillow

That’s my goal for Christmas break: to be so fabulous that I stay in my pajamas until lunch, and maybe even past lunch if I feel like it. I hope you all get a chance to rest over the holidays as well!

That’s all for meow!

For more Sweet Cats!, follow along at:

Bloglovin’
Twitter
Facebook
Pinterest
Instagram

Monday’s Musings + Cyber Monday at Marley Lilly

Hey Cats!

I hope everyone had a happy Thanksgiving! Mine would have been a little better had the Aggies beat LSU, but it was a great time to rest and be with my family! But now I’m back at school with the end in sight! I have a super busy week ahead with a test and final paper due, but I also have my sorority’s semi-formal on Friday, so that will be a great way to end a crazy week!

As we all know, I love clothes and I love to get dressed. Recently, I’ve found myself taking more and more risks with my ensembles, partly because I have more opportunities to wear real clothes, but also because I’m older and don’t really care what others think about what I’m wearing. If I like it, I’m going to wear it. I came across this quote on Pinterest, and it really just sums up my take on style at the moment.

dress like you're famous

I saw this and I instantly thought, “YES, obviously, this is how I want to live my life”. And then I wore fur to a football game and hot pink lipstick to school.

One way I like to dress like I’m “already  famous” is with fabulous accessories. I’ve been searching high and low for a neutral, crystal statement necklace to add to my single-girl closet, and I was pleasantly surprised to receive this gorgeous piece from Marley Lilly in the mail last week!

photo (95)

 

Necklace c/o Marley Lilly

The best part? Marley Lilly is running a Cyber Monday special where you will receive this statement necklace for free with any $50 purchase- no coupon code required. So head over to Marley Lilly, stock up on monograms for Christmas presents (and yourself, duh), and score this piece to help you dress like you’re already famous. Sounds like a great Monday, doesn’t it?

That’s all for meow!

For more Sweet Cats!, follow along at:

Bloglovin’
Twitter
Facebook
Pinterest
Instagram

 

Monday’s Musings-Loving Your Story

Hey Cats!

Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a great weekend- I sure did! It was the first weekend in a while I haven’t been out of town or had visitors, and while I absolutely love both of those things, down time is always welcome!

I came across this quote on Pinterest last week, and it pretty much stopped me in my tracks and made me take a good, long look at myself, where I’m at in life, and the bad attitude I’ve had about that lately.

love-the-storyI feel like many times as Christians, when we’re not thrilled about the current state of our lives, we tend to look at what’s coming next. We say things like, “It will all work out in the end”, “Someday I will see how God can use this for good in my life”, and “Just be patient. God’s timing is perfect”. None of these things are bad, and they’re all true, but sometimes they don’t provide the encouragement we’re needing. They tell us we just have to “get through” whatever’s happening right now to get to the blessings that God has for us, and don’t tell us what to do right now. Sometimes, the mindset that you’ll have to wait for things to get better makes things even worse. That’s why I love this quote- it tells me that I can have abundant life right now. 

But even that can be hard. If you’ll let me be honest for a second, here’s where I’m at in life:I’m I’m a senior in college, about to graduate with a “very versatile” Communication degree. So versatile, in fact, that I have no idea what I want to do. At least once a week, someone asks me what I’m going to do when I graduate, and it makes me want to scream. I have no idea what my life is going to look like eight months from now, and I’m terrified. I love College Station, but I feel like I’m too old for partying and college shenanigans, while at the same time, I’m not ready to be a full-on adult just yet.  Both of my best friends live in different cities now, and it’s been super hard without them. I have more activities and commitments than I have time for, and I’m constantly exhausted. I feel like I’m ‘stuck’ at this weird stage, and it’s been really hard to have a good attitude about pretty much anything. Yes, I know that God will work everything out for me in the future, and yes, that gives me a lot of comfort, but I can’t just mope around until He decides to show me His plans- that’s no good for anybody.

That’s what I realized when I came across these wise words. It may be difficult to understand and find joy in my very uncertain state of life right now, but there are so many reasons to love life and live it well. I started to think about the story God’s written for me so far, and it’s pretty awesome. I have seen Him do great things in me and through me, and I know He will continue to do so. I have seen Him use my weaknesses to make Himself known to me and others, and to make me aware of the fact that I’m nowhere near perfect and don’t have to be. And I can see that right now, I am at a scary and uncertain yet very exciting time in my life. I may not know what I want my career to be, but that gives me the opportunity to explore many different options. I may not get to see my close friends as much as I want, but they are the best friends I could ever ask for, and I know that I’m blessed to have them in my life. I may have such a full calendar that I cry at least once a week because I’m overwhelmed (this is a fact, and I should really think about cutting something out), but I have lots of new opportunities to meet new friends and learn new things. Most importantly, however God is showing me that if I am obedient and trust Him, he will be faithful and bless me.

Even though “things aren’t really super fun for me right now,” as I recently told my mother, I am learning to look for the good in every situation, and love the story God is writing for me. If you are in the same boat, I would encourage you to remember that abundant life is something always available to you- sometimes it just requires a little shift in perspective.

Thanks for letting me share a more personal side of myself this week- I hope you didn’t mind! That’s all for meow!

 

Monday’s Musings

 

 

Hey Cats!

It’s Monday again! I hope everyone had a good weekend- I know I did! I had a pretty quiet Friday night, due to the flash flood that hit College Station right as my roommate and I were driving home from dinner. That gave me the perfect excuse to break out the yoga pants and long-sleeved tee and curl up with with a cup of tea and a few articles on family & health communication and media audiences. Yes, I did homework on Friday night, but it had to be done. Then on Saturday morning, I slept in and went shopping with my roommates before my parents came into town for the Rice game. It was a pretty good game, but it was a super late night! On Sunday we went to church, and my parents took me grocery shopping, which is always my favorite.

This week I decided to change the tune of Monday’s Musings. I feel like my last few have been more on the serious side, so I decided to have some fun. I came across this graphic on Pinterest, and I’m obsessed.

 

workin' for a birkin

 

First of all, I like this a lot better than Twerkin’ For a Birkin, because I would never be caught dead twerking, even for a Birkin. Although a Birkin isn’t quite on my Prioritized Purchase List (yes, that’s a real thing that I have), the sentiment is the same. As of right now, I only have Tory Burch Reva flats on that list, because I recently purchased the other items (Kendra Scott earrings & a “big girl” purse), but I’m sure I can find something to add to it. The point is, I love working because (among many other reasons) it allows me to invest in the things I want. It also makes me feel like a grown-up to know that I’m working for the things I want, which makes them much more of a treat- and much larger of a decision! Hopefully one day I’ll be workin’ for a Birkin, but for now I’ll just stick to things within my college-girl budget.

That’s all for meow!

For more Sweet Cats!, follow along at:

Bloglovin’
Twitter
Facebook
Pinterest
Instagram

Monday’s Musings

Hey Cats!

I survived the first week of school- but you may have noticed the lack of blog posts throughout the week. It was a crazy busy week, and I barely had time to cook dinner, much less blog about it! That brings me to my quote for this week:

diamond quote

 

This week was seriously out. of. control. I mean, I had my first mild outburst of the semester on Wednesday. WEDNESDAY. Like, it had only been three days. I feel like I already don’t have time to do all of the things that I want to do, and I don’t even have homework yet- help. I was super tired at the end of this week, and found myself wondering how I’m going to do that all semester. However, it is only the first week, so I need to give it a chance and try to get organized before I completely freak out. This week, as things get a little busier, I’m trying to remind myself of the above quote. I know that if I’m able to handle everything that I have to do and all the stress that comes with it, it will turn out for the best. My job is teaching me valuable skills for the future, my extra classes for my Health Communication certificate will give me a chance to learn more about the field I’m interested in, and all of my extra activities will lead to a fun senior year. If anyone has any tips on how to handle a super busy schedule- send them my way!

That’s all for meow!

For more Sweet Cats!, follow along at:

Bloglovin’
Twitter
Facebook
Pinterest
Instagram

Monday’s Musings

Hey Cats!

Not only is it Monday, it’s the first day of school! My LAST first day of school…wow. The last first day for now, at least- I’m sure I’ll go back sooner rather than later. But I do have one more year to get through, and it’s definitely a busy one! I’m taking 12 hours (which is not unbearable, but still) and will be working almost 20 hours per week. I’ll also be trying to squeeze in all the fun because YOSO- You Only Senior Once. It’s definitely going to be a challenge, but I’m excited about it! Here’s a great quote that sums up how I feel about today:

back-to-school qupte

 

I’ve always loved the first day of school. I’m always excited to learn new things- I guess that’s what happens when both of your parents are teachers. It’s also a great fresh start, and a chance to make new friends and maybe even make better grades (HAHA). So for all of you starting school today, get on your way- great things are waiting!

That’s all for meow!

For more Sweet Cats!, follow along at:

Bloglovin’
Twitter
Facebook
Pinterest
Instagram