My friend, fellow blogger, fellow church member, fellow instragramer, fellow teen drama show lover, and fellow nail polish addict Jessica, of Meet the Magnolias, told me about this network. I’m brand spanking new, but I want to jump in and get involved.
The Influence Network is having a link-up meet-up! And so, this is me participating.
1 photo that you love of yourself:
First professional photo shoot! It was with my aunt and girl cousin. At first I felt weird about the individual shots, but I’ve never loved a picture of myself so much!
3 things about yourself:
1. As I mentioned above, I am highly passionate about transparency! I grew up in the great state of Mississippi. Mississippi has given me some things I’m proud of – my hospitality, my cooking roots, my accent, my good hair, my ability to make great sweet tea. But Mississippi, the southern culture, and particularly the southern church women culture, taught me some things that ended up not being good for me that took me years to overcome, Southern women and southern church women are not taught to be transparent AT ALL! They learn to save face at all cost and that the most important thing, other than “cleanliness being next to Godliness” is that at all times you must appear to have it all together. LIES! Oh how much I love everything I’ve learned and become that is opposite of this! It’s not Biblical, it’s not healthy, it’s not normal. Get thee away from me shame! So much power in transparent, raw, ugly, hard, accountability There is FREEDOM! Told you I was highly passionate about it, I’ll shush about that one for now.
2. I love cooking and baking. You might be saying duh, but I can’t introduce myself without saying that! Allow me to somewhat briefly expound on that. I LOVE IT! Not only do I have a blog dedicated to it, I’m for real obsessed ya’ll. I recently realized that all but one of the things I collect has to do with cooking. I collect cookie cutters, days of the week notepads (used for writing down meal plans), aprons, cookbooks, kitchen towels, cloth napkins, unique silverware, mason jars, cool dishes and owls. And truth be told, many of my owls are kitchen item owls! I am also in the beginning (VERY BEGINNING) stages of planning/dreaming about opening a bakery.
3. I’m almost 30, single, and beyond ready to mingle. I thought it would be funny to say that, and yes, it is true, but a big part of who I am and where I am right now this year is being fervently committed to prayer for my future husband, that God will allow him to find me, and that my purity will be protected. There have been years where I lost hope, years where I tried to take things into my own hands, and other unfortunate years. But what there hasn’t been is years where I drew close to God in this area and allowed Him to do whatever He wanted with this desire. The closer I get to Jesus, and at times the more I beg Him to take away the desire to be a wife, it only get stronger. Know any single Godly guys? JUST KIDDING! Kinda…
1 thing you’ve learned on the Network:
Being a blogger, wanting to blog, wanting to talk about Jesus on your food blog, wanting to connect with other bloggers, it’s not weird! I’m not as dorky as I thought I was, okay maybe I am, but not for those reasons! I’m not alone. I’m not the only one struggling with grief. I’m not the only one who wants to be proud of the gifts and talents she’s been given (writing, cooking, baking, blogging) but sometimes feels weird about it. And most importantly, I’m not the only one who feels passionate about transparently living out her life.