Thursday, December 22, 2016

Vlog- Nellie's Southern Kitchen

Hey everyone! Yesterday my family and I decided to celebrate Christmas by going out to dinner at Nellie's Southern Kitchen. It's a restaurant in Belmont that is actually owned by the Jonas Brothers' parents! The opened the restaurant to honor the brother's great-grandmother.  It had a tons of really yummy classic southern food. We had really been hoping we'd see Nick, Kevin, or Joe hanging out there. We didn't get that lucky. But we did see their parents and even got to take a picture with their little brother Frankie!


Over all it was so much fun and so cool for me to go! I went to the Jonas Brother concert back in like 2008 so it was a pretty fun full circle moment to be able to go to a restaurant owned by their parents. I'm so thankful for the experience and so thankful I was able to vlog it to share it with y'all! Click the video bellow to watch to full vlog and see everything! And as always, please subscribe to my YouTube channel (under the name 'Faith Dumais') if you like my vlogs! There will be another up come Monday morning by the way! Be sure you don't miss that video :)



I have such a fun time with vlogging and I really hope you all enjoy watching them as much as I enjoy filming and editing them! Let me know it the comments bellow what your plans are to celebrate Christmas this year! I'd love to hear about them! I also hope you have a wonderful holiday no matter where you are or what you're up to.


Monday, December 19, 2016

Hand Lettering: Tips, Tricks, and How To

Hey everyone! Welcome to another Blogmas post! The closer we get to Christmas the more excited I get! So, there is just a little bit of a back story to this post. All throughout my life I’ve had neat hand writing but I’ve never been super artistic. Like I’ve honestly always struggled to draw a straight line. For a while I’ve had the desire to learn how to hand letter, but always forgot about it because I figured I’d never be able to learn.  I just thought it looked so beautiful and I wanted to be able to write the way I see things written on Pinterest are.  So, one Sunday morning about a month or so ago I decided to look at some tutorials from Pinterest and finally give it a try. What I found out that day was that it isn’t as difficult as it looks. And now I personally believe that everyone can hand letter if they take the right steps. Today I’m going through my tips, tricks, and even how to hand letter. I’m hoping this gives y’all a simple and easy guide to starting hand lettering for yourself.

All you really need to be able to hand letter is some paper and a pen!
But before I get into the “How to” I’m going to share just a few of my tips and tricks!

1.       Use a fine point/ fine tip pen. This just makes the detail work that goes into hand lettering much easier to accomplish. I’d also noticed that it looks much cleaner with a fine point than when I use a thicker point. However, apart from that suggestion, I believe most pens work perfectly fine for hand lettering; there’s no need to go out and buy anything expensive.

2.       Slow Down. I think this is super important because I’m someone who always goes way to fast when working on a craft project and inevitably messes up.

3.       Be patient and remember that practice makes perfect. You won’t be perfect at hand lettering the second you start, I definitely wasn’t. So, you really have to be patient with yourself and know that you’ll mess up sometimes but to keep practicing anyway.

Now, let’s get to the “How to Hand Letter.”
1.       Start by writing whatever word you’d like in regular cursive. (You can always add a little decorative flair to certain letters if you’d like, but it’s definitely not required.) I'm going to use the word "love" just as an example!



2.       Add weight to the down strokes (or the places your pen went downward while making a letter.) You can see where some places now have double lines while some places still only have one.



3.       You finish by filling in the weight you added in the step right before.


I really hope you enjoyed this post where I shared everything I know about hand letter and I also hope that you found it helpful! Have you wanted to try hand lettering before? Do you already know how? Did you use this post to help you start? Let me know in the comments bellow!


Saturday, December 17, 2016

Lessons I Learned Moving Cross Country

Hey everyone! I wrote a post about a month ago where I talked about my experience moving cross country (linked here) and I said I wanted to talk about a few lessons with y'all that I learned through the experience, so I'm here today to share those with you. I hope that you are able to learn something from my experience just like I was able to! and as always this month, Happy Blogmas!

It's okay to loose touch with people you thought were your friends.
When I left CO I was friends with a few people that I believed would be my friends for life. We talked a lot, we were in classes together, we had sleep overs, and when my family announced we were moving- these friends and I expressed how much we'd miss each other. And over the summer I stayed in touch with them through social media and email, and even partly through my 8th grade year. But as times went on we really lost touch, and now as a sophomore in college, I haven't talked to most of these friends in a few years. At first, as I began to see that we were loosing touch, it bothered me. I wanted desperately wanting to hold on to these people. But slowly I realized that loosing touch is okay. I realized that if being friends for life was truly meant to be- we wouldn't have lost touch. I accepted that losing touch with old friends is a part of life. So I want to tell y'all that it's ok to loose touch with friends.

Sometimes comfortable isn't always what's best for you.
I was excited to move, but I was very scared too and I'd often miss CO during the first (and hardest) year of our move. I wanted to be back in CO where I understood what was around me. I wanted to be back in CO where people knew who I was. I wanted to be back in CO where it was comfortable. But this move taught me that comfortable isn't always what's best. I may have been uncomfortable at first in NC. I might not have understood everything around me and I might not have known anyone at first. But it was the best place for me, and still is. NC is the best place for me to have graduated from high school and it's the best place for me to be in college right now. So I want to tell y'all that what's uncomfortable might end up being exactly what you need.

It's okay to be messy.
I was always someone who felt like I had to have life together and that I need to portray this picture of having it all together but if you read my blog post about my experience moving cross country, it was messy at times and it definitely wasn't a perfect transition. This idea of perfection carried on after the move and into high school up until I graduated. But that really started to change in college and now that I can look back and reflect on this move, it's really showed me that life was messy and it's taught me that it's ok (even if it's taken some hindsight to fully learn it.) So I want to tell y'all that it's ok to be messy. You don't have to be perfect to be amazing. You can be messy and wonderful all at the same time; never forget that.

I really hope you enjoyed this insight into my thoughts regarding my move and I hope you were able to take something from the lessons I've learned. Feel free to add your thoughts on these topics in the comments below!


Thursday, December 15, 2016

Gratitude Journal

Hey everyone! For today's blogmas post I want to talk a about a little project I started back in June- and that is my Gratitude Journal. It's really simple to do and something I think really helps you remain grateful and go to bed in the right mindset so that you can wake up in the right mindset. Read to see what a gratitude journal is, how I use mine, and what you'll need to do one yourself! I hope you enjoy a look at this little project of mine! If I'm being honest, I've been majorly slacking on this project during the semester and haven't given it a lot of thought lately, but I wanted to talk about it today to get re-inspired and hold myself accountable.

This is the little journal I currently use as my Gratitude Journal.

What is a Gratitude Journal?

A gratitude journal is basically a place where you right down the stuff you are thankful for. It can be material things like new clothes, non-material like your friends or family, and even abstract like the fact that you laughed that particular day. It's something that is supposed to help you remember

How I set up my Gratitude Journal-

With mine I keep it very simple. I start out with "God I thank you for..." and then I write down 3 things that made me happy or grateful that particular day. And like I said before, it could be literally anything! For me this works really well because I don't think it's difficult to find 3 things your grateful for that day, and it really helps to remind me of all the blessing in my daily life. I've also known people to also write even more then 3 things which is great as well- but it's completely up to you!

What you'll need-
1. Any Journal
2. A Pen
3. A grateful heart

As you can see this is super simple project and I've really enjoyed doing it. I really hope this short little post has inspired someone to start a gratitude journal of their own! Let me know in the comments bellow if you have started one or are planning on it. I'd love to hear about how you set up your own gratitude journal!


Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Fitbit Alta Review

Hey everyone!  First of all I really wanted to say I'm sorry that the every other day schedule has gotten a little bit off. The end of the semester and finials kind of got to me a little bit. But I promise y'all have missed none of the content I've had planned and now that finals are over (yay!) the schedule will be must easier to maintain through the end of  Blogmas. But anyway, today I really wanted to talk about one of my favorite purchases this year, my Fitbit Alta.

I had honestly kind of wanted a Fitbit for a while, but because I didn't know exactly what it did, I didn't want to spend money of something that just counted steps. However, back in August I got a Fitbit Alta after learning more about it from a few of my sorority sisters (shoutout to my sisters- love them!). After I learned about what else it can do I really wanted one. Now that I've had it for a while now I really wanted to share my thoughts with all of y'all incase you were interested it getting one or have one and want to see what I think!

First off I just wanted to talk about all the features of the Fitbit Alta and the Fitbit app. The Fitbit Alta can track steps as well as other exercise like walking, running, the elliptical, and aerobic classes. It tracks calories, miles walked, active minutes, and your sleep as well. It has a digital face with the date and time. It can be a silent alarm, and you can also receive text and call notifications on it. Then on the app you can track what you've eaten and what water you've had to drink each day.

So now to my thoughts, I really love it! I wouldn't think I'd like being conscious of everything the Fitbit tracks. It's all kind of intimidating for someone who's never had a Fitbit before. But now that I have it I really like having everything on my phone because it helps me work towards living a healthier lifestyle. If I see I'm not getting very many steps on certain days, it will motivate me to walk on the treadmill for like 20 minutes. Or if I see I haven't been getting very much sleep, it will motivate me to get to bed a little bit early. But this isn't to say I've become a super healthy person overnight just because I have a Fitbit now. It can still be hard. Some days are better than others if I'm being honest. Life does get in the way, I do go to school part time and nanny part time. But the Fitbit has helped me and does make being healthier and living healthier just a little bit easier. I also really like the fact that the charger has a clip on it to keep it plugged into the Fitbit, it's awesome not to have to worry about it unplugging or not charging right!

My only complaint about the Fitbit Alta would be that the clasp on the bracelet can be super difficult to get back on again after you've taken it off to charge it or shower. However, I'm getting more and more used to it as I have it longer so it's becoming less and less of an issue for me!

Overall I think the Fitbit is super awesome and tell you to go for it if you're considering getting one yourself. Do you have the Fitbit Alta? Let me know what you think about it in the comments below!


Monday, December 12, 2016

Trusting Gods Perfect Timing



Hey everyone! Welcome back to another Blogmas post! Today I'm going to be honest and open and talk about something I tend to struggle with at this point in my life because Throughout the fall semester I've struggled here and there with how fast things were moving along (or more accurately- not moving along) in my life. I felt like certain things should've happened already and I was getting really discouraged when certain events kept getting pushed back. I don't want to get too into detail about what those things are.

But basically, I wanted to plan my own timeline or schedule onto my life when I don't have that power; only God has the ability to sent the timeline of our lives. In the middle of the discouragement over the fact that my own timeline was being destroyed, I had a few people in my life who really encouraged me and reminded me that God's timing is perfect and to let him work his good. So I want to talk a little bit about that in today's Blogmas post! I want to share what insight I have and share a few verses in the hope that it encourages you if you also struggle with Gods timing.  


"There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens." Ecclesiastes 3:1

Going through life we often have the need to set our own timeline and feel like we know when things should happen in our lives. However, the older I get the older I get the more I realize that this power isn't mine to take from God. He holds the power in our lives and He sets the timeline of our lives. He knows what we need and when we need it. He has a perfect plan for our lives, even if it doesn't look like the plan we have planned in our minds for ourselves. His timing is perfect and we must trust that. Anytime something doesn't happen according to our schedule we have to remember that God doesn't make mistakes and He has a reason for every little thing that happens to us.


"He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority." Acts 1:7

I know that trusting in His perfect timing is often hard. This is something I've struggle with it myself, especially during the current season in my life. I don't want to sit here and tell y'all that it'll be easy at some point and that sometime soon you'll never struggle with trusting Gods perfect timing, but that's not true. It's still going to be hard unfortunately. But I can promise that when that struggle occurs, as long as you stop to remind yourself that His timing is perfect, that his plan is perfect, you'll be able to overcome the struggle just a little easier. 

I really hope what I had to say today. If you have any thoughts or comments about this topic, I would just love to hear them! Be sure to comment bellow so myself and other readers can see your thoughts! Happy Blogmas and don't forget to come back for another Blogmas post!  



Saturday, December 10, 2016

New Vlog- We Got a Christmas Tree!

Hey everyone! So today I'm sharing another bonus blogmas post today! If you've been reading Life With Faith from the beginning of December you probably know that I'm starting to vlog (my first vlog is about my sister's 18th birthday lunch). Although I know I'm not perfect at it just yet and still have some stuff to learn in the world of filming and editing,  I think it's tons of fun to film what's going on in my life and share it with y'all.

This year I decided to vlog the entire process of us getting our Christmas tree; from picking it out to having it fully decorated. We always wait to get a tree until after my sisters birthday (which is on December 7th) so by the time we get around to getting one, I'm always super excited. The process in the video is the tradition we follow almost exactly every single year!

I'd love for y'all to watch the video by clicking bellow and even subscribing if y'all want to catch all the vlogs to come! I have two vlogs up for you to enjoy now and I'm planning on vlogging during other events as well in the near future!



Happy Blogmas! I hope you're enjoying all these fun posts! Come back tomorrow for another and be sure to look back at any old posts you've missed!

Friday, December 9, 2016

TV Shows I Want To Watch

Hey everyone! Christmas break is fast approaching (crazy right?!) so I wanted to get on Hulu and find a bunch of TV shows/ TV series to start watching. I plan to have extra time to just relax and watch TV so I wanted to have a good list of things that sound good to me so that I already had a show to watch after I finished another one without having to hunt for something to watch. I waned to share what I found with y'all in case you're also looking for new shows to watch or have already watched them and can kind of tell me what you think of them!

Private Practice
I honestly do not know a lot about this show but it is always coming up as a show recommended to me based on the other shows I watch so I figured I'd put it on the list and try it out. It looks a little dramatic and a little comedic- which sounds like it could be something I really enjoy!

Nashville
It seems like everyone was taking about this show at one point in time and I've had multiple friends tell me to watch it. So I thought I'd put in on the list to try it out and see what I think. I don't know a lot about it and not even sure if it'll be my style but I'm excited to give it a try!

The Mindy Project
This is a Hulu original comedy that I've happened to see a lot of commercials for while I've been watching my other TV shows and it looks like it could be hilarious. So I want to give it a try because I think everyone deserves a good laugh right?!

Designated Survivor
This is a new show I've heard really good things about. I also have to mention that the commercials I see for this show look absolutely amazing. It looks like something that could be totally right up my ally so I'm really excited to watch!

This is Us
This is also a new show that people just continue to rave about all over social media. I honestly know nothing about the show or the plot or anything but I really want to give it a try because so many people seem to love it. It sounds very dramatic so that could be something I really get into.

Sleepy Hollow
I've actually watched the first season of this show, but I never kept up with it after that. Now I kind of want to start over from the beginning and watch the whole series! I enjoyed what I did watch so hopefully the rest is good too!

Additional shows I want to watch that are not on Hulu...
Gossip Girl
Making A Murderer
Cutthroat Kitchen
Cooks vs. Cons

Have you seen any of these shows before? Let me know what you think in the comments! Also- feel free to leave any of your own TV show recommendations for me and other Life With Faith readers in the comments below! I hope you enjoyed this look at what I'm planning on watching soon.


Wednesday, December 7, 2016

"Grace Not Perfection" Review

Hey everyone! Recently, I've finally had the chance to read again! So for todays Blogmas post I wanted to give y'all a short review of a book I recently finished. I really do enjoy reading but when I'm in school, my classes require a ton of reading so I don't often get around to reading books that I actually want to read. So, today I really wanted to talk about "Grace Not Perfection" by Emily Ley. I just recently finished it and just had to talk about it!


The main thing I want to say about this book it that it is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. The whole book offers such good insight and all the designs and colors throughout are absolutely beautiful. It's bright and colorful and the quotes are so sweet and so important. I also love that Emily is so honest and real throughout the entire book that it makes you feel like you actually know her or are sitting down talking with her. It also helps to make you feel like it's ok to not be perfect and it's ok to be messy. I think that is one of the main messages of this book and one of the main things I took from the book.

Emily also talks a lot about slowing down, decluttering, and making space physical, emotionally, and time wise to enjoy life and the little things that we might forget otherwise. This really resonated with me because right before I picked this book up I was feeling the need to get rid of stuff and had been slowly getting rid of more and more stuff. She mentioned this specifically in the book and I couldn't have agreed more. I also really resonated with the idea of slowing down and enjoying the little things that are right in front of us. I can sometimes get into a go-go-go mentality where I forget about those things so this book was a great reminder!

I obviously don't want to sit here and tell y'all the entire contents of the book- because I want you to read it for yourself! But I really wanted to mention the above topics because they were really important pieces of the book in my opinion and things I took from the book to use in my everyday life. I highly recommend this book to anyone! But this book would be perfect for anyone who really enjoys the ideas of joy and simplicity. It's honestly raw, real, beautiful, and an overall great read. If you do decide to pick this book up, please let me know in the comments below what you thought! I'd love to hear your thoughts or talk about the book with you!


Monday, December 5, 2016

The 12 Days of Love Letter Writting


Hey everyone! Welcome to the 3rd official Blogmas post here on Life With Faith! (There's actually been 4 posts, because there was a surprise/ extra post that went up yesterday in case you missed it! But I decided not to add it into the count because it wasn't part of the original plan.) Today I wanted to share something that goes along with the holiday tradition of giving; I wanted to share with you about The 12 Days of Love Letter Writing by More Love Letters.

But lets start from the beginning....
What is More Love Letters?
It's an organization that promotes both sending hand written letters of love and encouragement to deserving people and also leaving these letters around in public places for unsuspecting people to find. Both are great ways to get involved in the More Love Letters mission! If you want even more information about who they are, go to their website here!

So now on to the next thing....
What is The 12 Days of Letter Writing?
From December 5 (which is today!!) to December 16th there will be a new letter request (meaning a deserving person) to write a letter to posted on the More Love Letters website. They give you a short piece about the person deserving of letters as well as an address to send your completed letter to. All you need to participate in one (or all) of the 12 Days of Letter Writing is some stationary, a pen, and some stamps! It's super simple, you just sit down and write a letter to the specified person with the intention of showing them love and encouragement.

I really love this idea because I really do think people need to be loved on and writing letters is such a good way to do so because everyone love getting mail. When I write letters for More Love Letters I always think about how loved the receiver will feel when they realize that even a stranger will take time to encourage them!

Guess What- there's a Twitter bash tonight!
More Love Letter is kicking off The 12 Days of Letter Writing with a Twitter bash at 9pm EST. It should be tons of fun (I plan on being a part) To learn more about the Twitter bash you can take a look at the Facebook event here!

I think this is a great way to give and spread love during the holiday season so I really wanted to share it with all of my readers! This post is not sponsored nor am I getting paid. This is just something I really wanted to talk about during Blogmas this year! Let me know if you end up participating!


Sunday, December 4, 2016

My First Vlog Ever!

Hey everyone! I've got a surprise and bonus blogmas post for y'all today! Yesterday my family and I went out to lunch to celebrate my sisters birthday. She's turning 18 on Wednesday!

Hailey, my sister, got to pick where we went out to lunch and she choose Luna's Living Kitchen. It's a vegetarian, vegan restaurant in the South End area of Charlotte (for anyone familiar with Charlotte!) They make just about everything fresh and in house, which I think is super cool. We also went last year for her birthday. I've really enjoyed everything I've eaten there! If you ever get the chance to go I so recommend the vegan chocolate chip cookies and almond milk- delicious! We also ended up making a few more stops after lunch, but I don't want to tell you too much about the day because I vlogged about it so y'all could watch and come along too!

This is my first time vlogging ever! I've wanted to give it a try for a while now but always forgot about it or was always too nervous to do it because I didn't want to seem awkward. And I honestly wasn't even sure if people would care about what I was up to or if I was interesting enough for people to watch. But yesterday I decided to just go for it! It was honestly so much fun! I know it wasn't perfect and I know I have some room to improve, but that's ok because everyone has to start somewhere right?!

With all of that said I would just love it if you'd take the time to watch my first vlog and even subscribe to my channel to see more vlogs in the future (because there will be more to come!) Just click bellow to watch!


I really hope you enjoyed this surprise/ extra blogmas post! I also hoped you enjoyed my first vlog! Happy Blogmas! Please please like and comment and everything like that on the video if you feel like it because it would mean the world to me! And don't forget to come back to Life With Faith tomorrow for another blogms post!


Saturday, December 3, 2016

My Favorite Christmas Albums

Hey everyone! It's the second post into Blogmas so I thought it was only appropriate to talk about something Christmas related! Today I wanted to share my favorite Christmas albums so that y'all can check them out and get into the holiday spirit! I also embedded the Spotify albums to make it just a little bit easier to listen.

I know it might look like I'm not giving y'all much variety because three of the albums I picked are from one artist. But I really wanted to be honest with y'all and tell you the albums I really do love and really do enjoy listening to. Oh course these aren't the only Christmas songs I listen to, there are just the albums I gravitate towards the most.

PTXmas (Pentatonix)



That's Christmas To Me (Pentatonix)




A Pentatonix Christmas (Pentatonix)



Under The Mistletoe (Justin Bieber)



Happy Blogmas y'all! What Christmas songs or albums do you love to listen to? Let me know in the comments bellow because I'd love to know! And don't forget to come back on Monday for a brand new post!


Thursday, December 1, 2016

Black Friday Haul

Hey everyone! Welcome to day one of Blogmas! From today until Christmas you'll see a brand new post here on Life With Faith every other day! Awesome right?! Some blog posts will be Christmas related while others will just be regular content. I'm so excited to be participating this year and I hope you have fun reading all these posts!

Today I'm sharing everything I purchased during Black Friday this year! I'm going to be honest, I'm not much of a Black Friday shopper. It's often too stressful for me. This year I ended up buying a few really awesome things that I wanted to share with y'all. Thursday night, my mom, sister, and I went to Michael's and then on Friday I bought things online from Kate Spade and Kendra Scott. I think it was a really successful Black Friday and I love everything I got.


From Michael's
At Michael's they were having a ton of door buster deals on a lot of their planner and agenda stuff. So I took advantage and got this 2017 planner from Recollections. It was originally $29.99 but I got it for only $10! I have been using the Lilly Pulitzer agenda since my senior year in high school but lately I've been getting kind of board with it so I was looking for a change come the new year. So I was super happy to see this deal!


At Michael's I also got these three little clips, also by Recollections, to use in my planner. I'll probably use these for different things, like marking the week I'm currently on, or the notes section (which I'm constantly using in my current agenda). I was able to get them for just under $2! I think they're super cute and I'll get a ton of use out of them. With the new agenda and clips I am so excited for the new year and to get planning!


From Kendra Scott
Kendra Scott having like 20% off and free shipping so I have to take advantage! I got the silver Elissa necklace in white pearl and it's just beautiful! It ended up being $40- which is not a bad deal for Kendra Scott.


From Kate Spade
Kate Spade was also having the 20% off and free shipping deal so, again, I had to take advantage. I have a pretty big obsession with notebooks and journals and lately I've been wanting more. So I decided to get this one from Kate Spade. I love the color and the saying so this one is perfect to add to the ones I already had.


Happy Blogmas y'all! Let me know what you bought on Black Friday in the comments below! I'd love to hear about the deals you scored! And don't forget to come back on Saturday for the next Blogmas post!


Saturday, November 26, 2016

College Update

Hey everyone! Today I really wanted to just sit down and update y'all all about what's been happening in my college life this semester. I'm still on Thanksgiving break which means I am so close to the end of the semester- yay! So I thought this would be a really good time to go through all of this with y'all! I really like sharing my college experiences with y'all so I hope you enjoy this update!

Dropping A Class
At the beginning of the semester I was planning on taking a class that would count towards my intended minor. I got the textbook we needed before the first day of class and was honestly kind of excited to take it. However, when I got in there I quickly realized the class was not going to be something I enjoyed. The course content wasn't exactly what I thought it was going to be. The professor told us that nearly every grade in that class was from group projects and that people usually only got 70s on the exams. In addition, I just wasn't a fan of the professor, I could just tell the teaching style and my learning style weren't going to match up. So by the end of the first class, I really wanted to drop the course. So I looked at all the planning I have done for later in the my college career and figured out that if I did drop this course, I had time later in college to take a different course for my minor (this one wasn't required, I had chosen to take it). I was also still going to be a full time student at 12 credit hours if I did drop it. So I decided that the best decision for me was to drop it. It actually worked out much better having a slightly lighter class load this semester due to the fact that I work every afternoon as a nanny once I'm out of class for the day. By the way, let me know if y'all would like to see a post sometime about dropping classes in college!

Declaring My Minor
This semester I pretty much focused on finishing my general education requirements and getting a really good start on taking class for my intended minor. I wasn't officially accepted into my major until this June so I was unable to take an of my upper division classes, so I ended up taking my last two general education requirements and 2 Sociology classes for my minor. So about half way through the semester I figured it was time to officially declare my minor. So that's exactly what I did! I'm now officially pursuing a minor in Sociology along with my major in Special Education. It was honestly a super easy process for me (but every program is different). I'm honestly so proud of myself for finally getting everything together to declare Sociology as my minor because I had a really hard time my freshman year deciding on my minor and changed my mind about 5 times. By the way, let me know if y'all would like to see a post sometime about deciding on your minor!

Delight Ministries
Something new that happened this semester was that I joined the Delight Ministries chapter on my campus! If you don't know what Delight is- it's an awesome ministry for college women that focuses on devotions, community, and vulnerability through sharing our stories with each other. The chapter on my campus started back in January and I had wanted to join from the beginning, but put it off last semester because I had a lot going on with my classes and I was honestly scared to join a group of girls that I knew very little about. But this semester I took a little leap of faith and joined. I am so glad I did! It's been an awesome to get to know more girls who also love Jesus and get to share with each other. I really feel like it's helped in my walk with the Lord. I'm so thankful for it already and I cannot wait to continue with the group next semester and beyond!

Finals/ End of the Semester
My last day of class is December 7th (by little sisters birthday- Shoutout to Hailey!) and it cannot come fast enough for me. This semester has been a little rough just because there been a lot of newness for me- upper level sociology classes for example- as well as some stress and frustration. Luckily, I'm slowly finishing up all the assignments I have left in the semester and beginning to prepare for finals (which are the following week are the last day). I know I'll probably say this at the end of every semester but it is come and gone so fast! It really feels like it was just summertime a few weeks ago! However, like I basically already said- I am every excited to be done with the semester, have a great break, and start off the spring semester. Please just pray that the last few weeks and finals go well for me!

Classes for Spring
At the beginning of November I was able to register for the Spring semester. It is such a stressful experience at my school because there are so many students and classes fill up so fast. You really have to be prepared in advanced and also come up with a back up plan in case a class you planned on signing up for is already full by the time it's your turn. Luckily, registration ended up working out really well for me and I got into some upper division education classes as well as some for my minor. I'm honestly very excited for next semester now. If you're interested in knowing exactly what classes I'll be taking next semester- be sure to keep a look out because I'll be doing a post all about that closer to the start of the semester (most likely in early January!)

I really hope you enjoyed this college update and I hope it gave you some good insight into what's been going on in my life as far as college is concerned. I realized I hadn't talked about school on Life With Faith in a while and I thought now was a good time to finally do it again. Let me know in the comments how school have been going on with you at school!


Thursday, November 24, 2016

Gratitude


"but thanks be to God, who gives us victory
through our Lord Jesus Christ."

Hey everyone and Happy Thanksgiving! So between all the Thanksgiving activities such as watching the parade, eating turkey, and catching  a nap on the couch, today I really just wanted to sit down and talk to y'all about my gratitude (the perfect topic for today). If I'm being truly honest, this semester has been a little rough at times, so I just wanted to take a break from that craziness and refocus my own heart to what really matters as well as help any of my readers refocus if that's something they need in this season.

I am really just so thankful and full of gratitude for so many things and people that the Lord has placed in my life that I'd never be able to name everything in one blog post alone. But there's some things I don't want to leave out. I'm thankful that our God is a God who grants me grace in the times I'm not at my best. I'm thankful for my family and the relationship that we have that allows me to be able to lean on them and continue to live with them while I go through college. I'm thankful for my friends and that I can talk with them and laugh with them. I'm thankful for the university I get to attend and the amazing Special Education program it offers.

I'm thankful I'm healthy enough to go to Zumba and Pound classes. I'm thankful that the stresses I face are temporary and that I can go to sleep each night without fear. even comment on the posts I share. I'm thankful that there are people out there who read Life With Faith and I'm thankful for good food, and books, and hand lettering. I'm thankful for the totally crazy life God has given to me and planed for me, even if that crazy isn't always the good kind.

Obviously I have so much more to be thankful for that goes beyond those few things, every year I discover more and more things that deserve my gratitude. I would never be able to share everything in one blog post, or two blog posts, but I wanted to take some time this Thanksgiving to highlight my gratitude. I think it's a good way to refocus your heart to a posture of gratitude if you've found ourselves fall out of it, and that was definitely me lately. Lately I've felt a lot of stress and tiredness and have forgotten to be grateful. I really needed to refocus. I hope today allows you to get back into a posture of gratitude as well if you found yourself out of it like I did.

Let me know in the comments bellow what you're thankful for or what your Thanksgiving plans are! (I love to hear from y'all!)


Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Introducing...Life With Faith!

Hey everyone! So I have a super exciting (and a little bit scary) announcement to share with y'all- my blog will no longer be named "Faith's Girly Life." Today I officially changed the name of my blog to "Life With Faith." Throughout the past few months I've really felt like I needed a change when it comes to my blog and after some thought I decided that renaming it was the change I wanted to make.

Honestly, the idea was a little scary at first. I've been blogging for almost two years under the name "Faith's Girly Life" so changing something that's been such a big part of my life for that length of time was definitely a little scary. But the more I thought about it, the more excited I got at the idea of a fresh new name for my blog. I started blogging half way through my senior year of high school and now I'm coming up on the half way mark on my sophomore year of college. So I'm in a different place in my life and I'm definitely a different person now. So I definitely think it's a good time to go for it and make the change I thought I needed. I even decided to update/create a new statement that really explains what my blog is all about. And here it is...!

"Just a blog about a girl learning to have faith and grace on this crazy journey of life while hoping to love and inspire others along the way."

But the fact that the name has changed doesn't change who I am or what you'll see on the blog. The heart behind the blog doesn't change. I'll still share about my life and Jesus and college and my thoughts. That's who I am. That's my life. That's what I love. And I honestly really enjoy sharing all those things with y'all so I'm not going to change that. I'm so excited about the new name and I hope all of you as readers are just as excited as I am; but I want to assure y'all that the new name doesn't mean  a new direction completely opposite of what you've already seen. I am still me.

I also want to say thank you so much for reading, commenting, and supporting Life With Faith. My blog and it's readers are such a big part of my life and I appreciate y'all so much! I hope y'all continue to support my blog from here on out!

I've been toying with the idea of changing the name of my blog for a little while now so I'm so happy that I finally did it and I'm finally able to share it with all of you. Please let me hear your thoughts about either the new name or change in general in the comments below because I'd love to hear from what y'all have to say!


Saturday, November 12, 2016

My Experience Moving Cross Country


Hey everyone! Today I really wanted to talk about my experience with moving cross country. In 2010, I moved over 1,500 miles from the Denver, CO area to the Charlotte, NC area. It was honestly a crazy experience, so I really wanted to share it with all of my readers!

A little background before I get into the move itself, the reason why we ended up moving is honestly kind of a long story (and this post will probably pretty long already) so long story short, we moved for my dads work. It was never planned to move to North Carolina specifically, but throughout the job search this is where my dad ended up getting the best offer, so that's where my parents decided we'd go. However, North Carolina wasn't completely foreign to us. My mom was born in North Carolina and my dad and traveled here for work before. But my sister and I had never been until the fall before we moved.

My dad actually accepted the new job the summer before we officially moved. So that July my dad moved to the Greensboro, NC area alone while my mom, sister and I stayed in CO for one more school year. We had this arrangement because we had only knew we were moving for sure at the end of June, and my parents thought it was too fast to move the entire family just a month later. So while my dad lived in an apartment and working in NC, my sister and I were going to school (we were in 5th and 7th grades respectively) and my mom was working at a TA at the middle school I went to in CO. So all school year this is how things were, with the family living in two separate states. But we did see each other multiple times throughout. My mom, sister, and I went to NC for fall break and spring break. My dad came back to CO for Christmas.

So it was a crazy school year to say the least, but we were able to ring in 2010 with a pretty successful year behind us and a pretty optimistic outlook on the year (and move) to come. However, 2010 ended up being the craziest year in my life. We put our house in CO up on the market and it sold in just over a week. Which was awesome because I think one of my parents biggest fears with the move was that we would be unable to sell the house. But that left an issue because my mom, sister, and I weren't moving until mid June. So my parents negotiated to push out the closing until April, then we moved into an extended stay (similar to a hotel) for the last 2 months in CO.

In the midst of all this, my dad got in a motorcycle accident two days before my  mom, sister, and I were going to fly out to spend our spring break in NC. It's a very long story, but the short version is this- he was mostly fine apart from some road rash, but when he went down on the motorcycle a bone in his knee was shattered. It took multiple surgeries, 6 weeks in bed, physical therapies, and more to get him to a place where he could walk again. But the main thing is that he was alive.

Finally, June came along and it was time to move. Because of my dads accident, my uncle was tasking with driving a mini van full of stuff, my mom, sister, me, and our dog from CO to NC. They picked me up from my last day of 7th grade and we drove away, headed to NC. When we first drove away I was sad, I'll admit it. I was sad to be leaving the place I spent the first 13 years of my life, the place that I knew, the place that definitely wasn't perfect but it was comfortable because I knew it and it knew me. I also feared the unknown. I honestly didn't know the new life that was waiting for me in NC. The drive to NC ended up becoming one of my favorite memories. It was 3 days of laughs. We were in constant contact with my dad and other family members and my uncle turned anything he could into a joke. I'd never been a fan of road trips, and I probably never will be, but I loved this one.

So now we were in NC, but the story of our move isn't over. We had my dads apartment in the Greensboro area we had to move him out of and a new house in the Charlotte area to move into. So one early morning, my family and lots of my dads coworkers rallied together to get everything out of the 2nd story apartment. Then we hauled everything almost 2 hours away to the new house where my moms cousin and my dads boss helped us move everything into the new house.

Over the summer we slowly unpacked boxes, decorated rooms, and settles into the new house.  My nana and popa even visited for a little while to help us with everything. It was a busy summer to say the least. This part of the experience was fun in some ways. I never had my own bedroom before so it was super fun to decorate my room. I got to choose what colors to paint the walls, what bedspread I wanted, and everything else going into my room. But I had never unpacked a house before, so having a whole house of stuff to unpack was stressful.

Then as the summer ended, we prepared to go back to school at the new school in North Carolina. We did all the paperwork, we took A.I.G tests, and even visited the school a few times. This was the part I was most afraid of, I had never been the new kid. In CO I went to school with a lot of the same kids from Kindergarten to when I moved after 7th grade. So I was really nervous. And honestly, that first year was difficult and it really took a lot of adjustment. I had to go into a school where I knew no one. I had to be the "new kid."

Moving cross country was hard and it was messy and it was crazy. But now that I've lived in NC for 6 years and am able to look back on the whole experience. I'd glad it happened and I'm glad I moved. My family needed it. I needed it. I really want to share with y'all some lessons I learned through the move, but I didn't want this post to be any longer than it already is, so I'm going to do a separate blog post on that sometime soon so be on the look out for that! & let me know in the comments bellow if you have any thoughts on my experience or you have a cross country move experience for yourself!


Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Monthly Intentions Collaboration-November


Hey everyone! Yet again, I'm here at the beginning of a new month and ready to share my goals. October went super fast for me! So I'm going to update ya'll on my October goals as well as share what I'm striving for in November.

High for October-My high for October was the fact that I got to go to a pumpkin patch twice this month! I went once with Delight (a women's college ministry) and once with my sorority sisters. It was super nice to do something fun and it was so much fun to take all kinds of cute pictures (check out my Instagram to see some of them!).

Low for October- My low for October was the heat! Its still hasn't quite cooled down here in North Carolina so it's still in the 80s most days. It's totally not fun for me! But it seems to be cooling down now that we are into November so things are definitely looking up!

October goals update-
1. Go apple picking- I did do this! The heat kept it from being as fun as I would've hoped if I'm being honest. But I'm still thankful for the experience.

2. Color more- I did not complete this at all. I was very busy with classes and other fun events that I let it fall out of my focus. But I do like to color, it just did not happen this month.

3. Stick to my updated blogging schedule- I think I was pretty successful with this one so that makes me feel great! I really struggled at the beginning of the semester to find a schedule that would work for me so now that I've found one I feel really great. But at the same time I've kind of relaxed about my blogging schedule this month. I don't want blogging to ever cause me stress so I don't want to beat myself up if I don't feel like posting on a particular day.

November Goals

1. Read one book over Thanksgiving break- When I'm in school I never read anything for fun or for myself because I focus on all the reading I have for school (as a special education major and sociology minor there's a lot of assigned reading). So now that I have a long break coming up I want to be able to read a book for myself. I actually have a few I've been wanting to read so I don't think it'll be very hard for me to pull off.

2. Eat healthy snacks- so a lot of y'all probably know this, you don't always eat the healthiest when your in college. Other things become more important, but I really want to put healthier eating back on my priority list and I'm going to do that by making sure I'm eating just one healthy snack a day.

3. Journal every day- I've kept a journal off and on for almost my entire life. But I haven't done it in what feels like forever, so this month I want to get back into it and stick to it everyday. I love being able to just brain dump and get out everything that happened, everything I'm feeling, and more onto paper.

I hoped you enjoyed looking at my goals for this month! What are your goals for November? Let me know in the comments bellow! And as always, be sure to check out the ladies below who also participate in this collab!