Florida Winter + Life Update


Happy weekend, loves! I hope your Saturday is off to a great start! I’m curled up sipping a latte and wondering why Florida has to be so rude — it got so cold here overnight and I’m not a fan. I’m tired of this back-and-forth from hot and cold nonsense. I just want to not freeze to death when I walk outside.

But, I’ve found the secret to Florida winters: LAYERS. Because once that sun is up and the temp shoots up about 20 degrees, you’re gonna be struggling. So the best bet is to wear layers (CUTE ONES!!) that you can shed throughout the day. For example, this sweatshirt is the perfect layering piece right now!! And look at that back detail!! All the heart eyes. It’s also the coziest thing I’ve ever put on my body. So I’ll be living in it for the foreseeable future. So, due to the annoying cold here, I layered a bralette underneath, then put my big coat over it because the wind is insane. I can’t wait to throw it on over a swimsuit in the spring! It’s also a great piece to throw on over your sports bra for the gym. Endless possibilities, people. I got it from Indigo, along with the leggings and bralette. Click HERE for their Instagram (website coming soon).

That brings me to our life update! A couple months ago, I got my dream job working for my dream boss with my dream co-workers – at Indigo! It’s the cutest little boutique in Watercolor, FL and yes the commute is SO so worth it! I mean, have you been to 30A??? Dreamy. I still have to pinch myself that I work in such a fun and inspiring environment, doing what I love – helping people pick out cute clothes and feel pretty!

Another piece of my update is that I’ve decided to pursue photography on the side, as you may already know if you follow me on other social media platforms. I am SO excited for this adventure, because I’ve been dying to take the leap but never had the courage (or equipment) until recently. Capturing moments in peoples’ lives truly sets my soul on fire and I can’t wait to see where it takes me! I’m especially excited to shoot with my fellow military families, because they have such a special place in my heart! But my goal is to go beyond just that and also focus on engagement, maternity, lifestyle/fashion, and wherever else I end up! I’m working on potentially launching a new site, but for now, I’ve added a Photography tab for info, and a Portfolio tab for my work as I build my portfolio.

I have one more exciting adventure coming up, and that is our next move! We’ve known for a while now, but this summer we will be moving again, but only a short way down the road… to Destin! I am SO excited to be blessed enough to remain in this beautiful place a little while longer, and especially because I don’t have to do the whole quit-my-job-as-soon-as-I’m-happy thing! I love starting new chapters with my hubby and I know we will have a blast on the next one.

Life has had so many ups and downs the last several months, especially with the challenging injury I’ve had to face. It was hard to keep positive for so long, but even though I’m still struggling with the injury, I feel much more at peace about my life. God has reminded me that He keeps his promises, He is still good and no matter how abandoned you may feel, He is still right beside you. He can literally move mountains for you, if you will just let him. I think that was my problem throughout this injury/healing process — I was so frustrated for so long that I wasn’t letting go enough to trust Him to fix it in HIS time (anyone else guilty of this?) .

He is SO good y’all. He is working a wonderful thing in you, you just have to have patience. Remember how a year ago I thought my life was about to involve a dietetic internship, even more long distance marriage, and lots more student loans?? Well after enduring the challenges of it falling through, I’m seeing now the plans He had in place for that not working out. At the time it crushed me, but NOW I feel even more excited than I did when applying to internships! My soul is on fire every single day, regardless of how much pain this stupid injury is causing me. God is still there, be still and listen for His voice, and let Him move your mountain.

I hope you find encouragement in this somewhere, and if not I hope you at least find some outfit inspo 😉 thanks for reading,

XO beth


Reflecting on 2017

Happy New Year, friends! Can you believe it’s already 2018?! I feel like the past year flew by, but at the same time it was the longest year of my life! Such a strange mix of emotions are attached to the past twelve months.

I don’t want to get too detailed and personal — I know you’re probably scrolling through tons of bloggers’ NY resolutions and reflections. But I think I’d be silly to not reflect on (and share) all the things this year taught me. God used the craziest things to teach me the most important lessons, and proved Himself faithful throughout all of it. The good definitely outweighs the bad, but the bad that this year brought was definitely some of the worst I’ve ever experienced.

We started the year out by planning our honeymoon! ☀️ Yes, we waited a couple years to take our honeymoon after getting married because life was crazy busy, but we FINALLY had time (and money saved!) to do it. We spent weeks trying to nail down the perfect honeymoon resort, and in March we finally picked one in the Dominican Republic, and we were supposed to go in April. We were SO. EXCITED.

About a week later, my husband came home from work and flipped my world upside down by saying the words that every military spouse dreads: “I’m being deployed.”

Except our deployment was extra special in that they chose him at the last minute for whatever reason… and instead of having a 4 month notice to plan/prepare, he had about 3 weeks. He was set to leave on the same day we were supposed to leave for our honeymoon. LOL right? Little did I know this was an allusion to how the next year would go, haha.

During this time, I was also applying for Dietetic Internships because I had finally worked up the nerve to go for it. I had spent some time building my resume and had some hope that maybe I had a chance. Well, unfortunately I got my hopes up too high on that one, because on the same day that hubby left (and that we were supposed to be honeymooning), I found out that I did not get matched for the internship.

Talk about ALL the curveballs ALL at the same time. Less than a week after hubby leaving for deployment, my first injury struck (of MANY #deploymentcurse). I was alone, hurting all the time, and unsure of the future. I tried to use all of these struggles as a learning experience, and began to pray constantly. I felt my relationship with Christ strengthen to a point it’s never been before.

I made strong, amazing friendships during those seven months that I know God put in my life to get me through. I learned so much about myself, my weaknesses AND my strengths, and especially about my marriage. Nothing like seven months spent in different countries to show you how strong you actually are!

So, fast forward a lot of lonely nights, wine and chocolate, a couple crazy hurricanes, a knee strain/back issues/migraines/broken toe/hamstring strain, several trips home to family, and some awesome friendships later… and my sweet hubby came home to me safely. I would say this day wins my 2017, hands down. All of the bad things that this year brought disappeared when he walked through that airport to me.

Fast forward some more, and my injuries are slowly (but fairly surely) improving. I’m still struggling with the frustration of not being able to be active, but isn’t that life sometimes? I’m finding new passions in my life, that give me hope for my future career. My husband is here with me, right where he should be, and we get to move to a new adventure in 2018. If there’s one thing I’ve learned the past twelve months it’s that God has different plans than we do, and no matter how much they hurt at first, they’re 1,000% better for us in the end. Hold on to that promise, and you’ll make it. God showed me that sometimes he has to take us to our worst to bring us to our best.

Whatever struggles 2017 brought you, use them to make you stronger in 2018! No matter how rough it gets, remember God isn’t punishing you, he is strengthening you for big things! I pray that you have the strength and motivation to chase those big things in the upcoming year.

Cheers to you and to 2018! Thanks for reading,

XO beth

Power Smoothie

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Hi guys. Happy hump day! Hope your Wednesday is going well. Mine hasn’t been the ideal day – I’ve been sick this week and today woke up feeling 1000x worse. It seems the only time I have time to blog lately is when I’m stuck at home sick. When you work with roughly 75 kids a day, your immune system takes a few hits. I think this is the third time I’ve been sick in a month or so… Ain’t NOBODY got time for that. The hubby is taking me to see my favorite band play tomorrow night and I can’t be feeling lousy for that!

ANYWAYS! This cold I have is what inspired this smoothie recipe for my afternoon snack today. I don’t call it super smoothie because it has lots of magical super foods in it (is there even such a thing?), I just think it sounds cool and I really want it to have some sort of power over my cold. I also ate a Larabar since I recently got my appetite back, and what better way to heal your body than to fuel it?!

It’s cold/flu season, so I thought you guys might enjoy this smoothie as well! It’s got lots of strawberries, blueberries, and blackberries in it, which are high in anti-oxidants. The spinach also contains lutein, which is also an anti-oxidant. (In case you’re wondering what antioxidants do for ya, they help protect your healthy cells from damage by free radicals!). Spinach is a great source of vitamin A, and even has some vitamin C in it to help out your immune system.

Find the recipe at the bottom of this post! 🙂

I’m also here today to remind you of something very simple yet very impactful.

It’s just three words, but when I read them somewhere this morning, it felt like God just instantly wrapped me up in a big bear hug.

Are you ready?

(No, those were not the three words.)

You are enough. YOU are enough. You are ENOUGH.

No matter what the world tries to tell you, this is true. You are enough in the eyes of the Lord, so why worry what the eyes of the world think? Whether you are a student trying to keep up with studying and your GPA, or a mom trying to juggle your kids and your marriage and your sanity, or a wife trying to balance your work life with your wifey life, or someone who’s somewhere in between there… You are enough and you are loved!

I struggled for a long time before realizing that I am enough, but now that I’m confident in that, life seems to be a little easier. Just thought I’d share. 🙂 Hope you guys have a great rest of your week!

XO beth

Power Smoothie

1-2 generous handfuls of baby spinach (I promise you can’t taste it)
1 cup of frozen berries (mixture of blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, raspberries)
1 tbsp natural peanut butter or PB2
1/3 cup skim/nonfat milk (use what you prefer)
2 tsp chia seeds
1 packet stevia, if needed

Blend until smooth and enjoy!