Sunday, July 10, 2016

Get. It. Together.

I have rested so much this weekend, and I'm still just worn out. I think I've come to the conclusion that this world wears me out. It makes me weary. For sure. Maybe more now than ever.

Anyway. It's Sunday night. I should be totally prepared for another week at work after such a lazy weekend. BUT. I feel so guilty that I don't have my life together. I haven't showered yet or finishing folding laundry. I forgot to buy coffee at the grocery store. Once again, I feel bad that we just grabbed ALL the carbs at Kroger and haven't planned out balanced meals. I haven't exercised or cleaned the house. And why?! Because I was lazy.

It makes me feel like a lousy wife and like a 30 year old who has not figured out how to adult any better than I had at 22.

I know I need rest. And that reasoning works well for a while. Then, though, I have to question how much rest I need and how many times I use it as an excuse.

BUT also...in reading Wild and Free, I'm seeing how even if I don't have anything together, God doesn't love me any less. My value doesn't increase or decrease based on how quiet my Saturday was. Basically, I just needed to get this out. To say it out loud (via the keyboard). I just want to share this in case any one of you may be feeling this too - even just a smidge.

I will always have a to do list that's longer than my weekend, and that's OK. Really.

Sometimes you have Double Stuf Oreos for breakfast because that's the best you can do. This just may be one of those kinds of weeks.

Inhale. Exhale. Rely on God. Breathe. 
Every single day is a gift. I don't want to waste any more looking at the list of things I didn't even try to accomplish.

You are so loved.
Love,
Jessica

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Currently...June 2016!

I'm linking up with Jenna and Anne! As always, I'm shocked that June is already here. Y'all. This means we're nearly half way to Christmas again. I can't!




June is the birth month of my husband, Jordan, and my very best friend, Paige!


Currently planning....our quick trip to NOLA! We been on a trip just the two of us since our honeymoon!!!!!! This is so overdue! I can't wait. What's your favorite thing to see/do/eat in New Orleans?!



Currently enjoying...the warm weather and sunshine! I love summer so much. Granted, I loved it more with a pool in the back yard and no responsibilities, but alas...the warm weather is mine. Hahaha. What's your favorite season? (I've grown to really love fall as well.)

The Rhonna Designs app, obviously. :) That's where all these pretty floral frames came from.



Currently buying...a lighter blanket for our bed for the summer months; new face SPF and moisturizing gel; a cute denim skirt that I'm wearing in NOLA this month (also, it was a total steal as Francesca's had their clothes for $20 each this past weekend)!



Currently craving...the new vanilla cream iced coffee from Starbucks. I haven't tried it yet, but I totally want to. The marketing campaign obviously worked on me.


Currently pinning...summer inspirations, dream home ideas, and pretty quotes.



Love,
Jessica
@jesstinybird

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Well, 30...

We're off to a good start together! I have had the sweetest week full of love, laughter, tasty food, and the best hearts. So thankful to each one of you who helped turning 30 feel even better than I could have hoped!

Sunday, May 15, Cat, Lyndsey, and I saw Mother's Day! (Yes, I saw it twice. So cute!)

Monday, May 16, I had Mexican food for dinner with some of my bible study friends! Somehow, this is the only picture we took!


Wednesday, May 18, I turned 30!!!!!!!!!!!! I knew we would be having a work lunch, but I didn't expect to be showered in love as soon as I arrived!



My cake and Tinkerbell wand at work! #spoiled 


My sweet friend Melissa spent my birthday at Disney, but she still thought of me! Made my day!


We had a wonderful lunch of Mexican favorites! Then, my amazing boss and division gave me a basket full of 30 snacks! #butwait #summerisforswimsuits


My sister got home from a choir trip to Orlando on my birthday, and I was SO glad! She brought me back treasures-a-plenty from Disney and Universal!


We spent the afternoon and evening with my family (because duh, WEDNESDAY!) They spoiled me with great gifts AND ice cream cake! Pictured: The one creature who may love presents as much as me...Peanut!


My main girls on my birthday!


My bando planner alerted me that Friday, May 20, was National Pizza Party Day, so it was no doubt we would celebrate at Sal and Mookie's!


my Bee


Katelyn (an original Magnolia!)


Emmett and Paige


Saturday, May 21, the Abercrombie family joined us for an outing to Livingston. I can't put in to words how much I love that place! It was our first time to go, and it certainly won't be our last!


Lunch at the Gathering!


Y'all. The chicken and waffles was to die for. I'm drooling just remembering it!


Tulip was AMAZING, and I'm so glad I finally got to go!





Livingston has a candy store! Like a good, old-fashioned, reminds-me-of-Mr. Bulky's SWEET SHOP! Most of my spoils are gone, and I can't wait to get back there again!


Sunday night, May 22, Paige and Tony cooked for us. Paige had mentioned wanting to do dinner, and I'm always down for a free meal. What I didn't expect was decorations and to be treated like a queen! So thankful for 23+ years of her friendship.




Does thirty feel different? I don't really know, but it sure does feel loved. I can't thank my family, friends, and co-workers enough for how well they love me. Thank you from the bottom of my 30-year-old heart. Beyond words grateful.

Love,
Jessica
@jesstinybird

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Goodbye 29! Goodbye my TWENTIES!



Holy. Cow. 
Tomorrow I turn 30. 
THIRTY. 

I still remember turning 20. It seemed crisis-worthy! Nicole promised to still call me a teenager. And now. Here I am. Leaving another decade behind!

My twenties were good. Amazing, even. Full of love and friendships I could have only dreamt of. 

They were also trying as anxiety became a very real part of my life. 

BUT.

I'm stronger for having lived every year leading up to this.

AND.

God created me to be WILD and FREE!

Goodbye, 29. Goodbye my precious twenties.

Hello, 30. Let's do this thing.




LOVE you,
Jessica
@jesstinybird

Friday, May 13, 2016

Happy Anniversary, blog-baby!

My sweet little blog is FOUR years old! You can read the very first post here.



As you can tell, I haven't blogged daily or managed to turn this into a source of income, but I still really love that I have my own little space on the internet.

Here's to another year of trying to prioritize and make this space even more my own!

Love y'all,
Jessica
@jesstinybird

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Currently...May 2016!

May is here! I turn 30 two weeks from today, so this month is full of celebrations and fun. 

I was eager to link up with Anne and Jenna for this month, of course! Be sure to comment and tell me what you're currently up to. 






I'm currently celebrating: the arrival of summer weather in Mississippi; all the mama's I know on Mother's Day; MY 30th BIRTHDAY (on May 18)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!; my soul sister Lauren turning 30 on May 21; my sister finishing 9th grade and having a break!




I'm currently reading: Wild and Free (I actually just finished it yesterday but can't say enough about how it rocked my heart, mind, and life. If you are a woman who feels like too much and/or never enough, this book is for YOU.)


The Crown - the final book in the Selection series by Kiera Cass. Yesterday was a busy Tuesday, so my sweet husband went to Barnes and Noble to grab it for me! #thanksbug






I'm currently pondering: how to write a novel; how to be the wild and free woman God created me to be in my own everyday life; how to get to the beach with Jordan and Shaw before 2016 ends; how to start a YouTube channel; if I should also venture into the world of podcasting.


I'm currently sipping: my large cup of coffee with cinnamon roll creamer. I'm now so used to rich creamer that milk and sugar no longer cuts it for me. Whoops. I'll have to switch to the Almond Joy creamer soon as it's my summer go-to.




I'm currently going: to New Orleans next month with Jordan! We haven't taken a trip together just the two of us since our honeymoon! It's going to be three days and two nights, and I can NOT wait. There's so much exploring (and eating) we want to do. I have a feeling that NOLA is becoming one of our favorite spots!

Tell me all about your MAY!


Love,
Jessica
@jesstinybird

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Currently: April 2016

It's been so long since I've linked up with Jenna and Anne, but I thought about it last week and decided to get back on track! (Also, HOW IS IT APRIL 2016 already?!?!)

I did this a few times last year, and I always enjoyed the prompts it offered me. Let's get started!


Currently making...plans for a Disney 2017 trip!!!! EEEK! If you know how much I love Disney, you know my heart is about to pop from sheer excitement!


Currently wishlisting...SO MANY THINGS! My birthday is next month (the big 3-0), and I'm literally ALWAYS making a wist list. Always. So you can imagine with it being a big birthday, my list is outta control. I may be working on a post...or a series of posts...about what I want. Hahahah. (And by "may be" I mean definitely am!)

Also, I got a sneak peek or three of the KEEP Collective summer stuff, and I WANT! Holy cow. SO GOOD. And so different than what we've already been able to offer!



Currently cleaning...out! I've gotten rid of so much stuff since Christmas. Also, I have a long list of things to clean and organize in our house. This month has been busy so far, but as soon as I can, I'm starting on that list! First up, organize craft stuff and bookshelves in our guest room!


Currently posting...about what pro-wrestling means to me...and birthday lists!


Currently tasting...La Croix and trying to like it. Bleh! It's so trendy and way healthier than soda, but I'm just not sure I can!


Love,
Jessica
@jesstinybird