20 things !

Hi y’all!

Two days ago I turned 20, so I thought today I would share 20 things you may or may not know about me! Considering the only followers I have (to my knowledge) are my friends, most of these are probably pretty well-known facts, but I thought they would be fun either way! 😉

Here we go…

  1. I have a llhasapoo named Buddy
  2. My favorite Pixar movie is The Incredibles.
  3. I have a slight crush on Bruno Mars…and I couldn’t even tell you what it is about him. My roommates always make fun of me for it.
  4. I balance my checkbook…aka I am a 50 year old in a 20 year olds body.
  5. I have a small hole near my right eye that I was born with.
  6. My first car was a 1999 Wedgwood Blue Ford Explorer named Bailey Blue. FullSizeRender-2
  7. I am named after my mom’s mom, but everyone tells me I look like my dad’s mom.
  8. When I was little I would get an underbite when I was mad at people.
  9. I have never read Harry Potter or seen a whole H.P. movie. #oops
  10. I was a photographer for my high school yearbook my sophomore year but then was moved to page designer my junior and senior years (they never specified why but lets just say there was definitely a reason for this…).
  11. I only did cross country my senior year of high school to get out of a PE requirement (the jury is still out on whether or not it was worth it).fullsizeoutput_126
  12. I was on jv2 tennis not one, not two, not three, but all four years of high school. #athleticism
  13. I am watching Parenthood right now on Netflix and only have one season left and I almost don’t want to start it because then that means it’ll be over.
  14. When I was 12 I painted a tile that is currently on display in the floor of the children’s clothing section at my local Nordstrom. #starvingartist
  15. If I could have any talent it would be to be able to sing.
  16. If I didn’t go to Baylor I would be going to Mississippi State (or maybe Ole Miss). IMG_1564
  17. I won a TV at the graduation party my high school put on.
  18. I cry when I laugh.
  19. I like to consider myself “twitter famous” (I’m not). Screen Shot 2017-05-29 at 11.13.09 PM
  20. I used to watch Full House every single day after school in elementary school and cried when they changed the time it aired from 4pm to 3pm because that meant I couldn’t watch it anymore.

Hope you enjoyed!!

xo,

Em

sprang breakkk

Hello hello hello!

Today, I thought I would share a little post about my spring break!! My spring break was the first week of March, so a few weeks ago now, but it was a blast! Four of my best gal pals and I flew to Orlando for a week and stayed at one of my friend’s grandparent’s condo. It was so nice of them to let us stay at their place, we really really lucked out. Cheap airfare, free lodging, and a beach, what more could a college girl ask for?

Our week consisted of laying out and playing lots of sand volleyball. We also went to Cocoa Beach a couple times which is a more “social” beach with a little pier. Cocoa Beach is where we took the photo with our ice creams below… honestly, just thinking about that ice cream makes me laugh because it was soft-serve and it was a really warm and windy day…what does that mean? Our ice cream melted literally all over each of us, I wish y’all could have seen us eating it!! We were all standing on the beach with it dripping all in the sand taking the biggest bites ever just to get our money’s worth. I would go back in a heartbeat if I could though, that was the most stressful thing that happened all week and now that I’m back in classes, life is a little more busy ;). anyways, here are some pics!

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One day mid-week we went to Orlando for shopping and an Orlando Magic and Chicago Bulls game which was tons of fun. The Magic even won at the very end!IMG_3002IMG_2997some of our guy friends actually joined us during the trip (they drove all the way from texas, #dedication!!). they were the ones who originally came up with the idea of going to a magic game and I’m so glad they did!

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Processed with VSCO with f2 preset…and, that was the week! I’m sad it’s over, but sure am glad it happened! How lucky am I to be able to go on vacation with some of my best friends? (the answer? very lucky!)

xo,

Em

life update!!

Hey y’all!

Today I wanted to write to y’all about something that I have been putting a bunchhh of my time into lately…my sorority, Kappa Alpha Theta! However, first I want to put out a little “disclaimer” (if you will). As many of y’all may be aware, I rushed my freshman year of college, but ended up empty handed. This experience was a huge one for me that left me to find my worth in God rather than a sorority. As much as it sucked at the time, it was really great for me. Then, as first semester of this year rolled around, I began to wonder if I wanted to rush again. Would things go better than they had before? Would I still come up empty handed? I didn’t want to put in a ton of effort to end up in the same situation I had in the past. I also didn’t want to put myself through something so emotional a second time. Can you imagine rushing twice (and getting so wrapped up in the week and process) only to be hurt? I can’t at all. My heart hurts just thinking about it. If any of y’all have been in that situation or know someone who has, PLEASE reach out to me. Even though I have been hurt once, I sooo totally get it. Also, I recommend this post I wrote from around this time last year.

With that being said, I do want to tell y’all about my time thus far in Theta / how everything went for me this time around with recruitment. First off, I am very glad that I went through recruitment a second time. I felt so much more prepared because I knew so many more girls, not only in the sororities I thought I was interested in, but in all sororities. Just the fact that I knew that many more girls helped me go in with a much more open mind than I had my freshman year. Also, by having true friendships with the girls in sororities and not just “I know you because I want to be in your sorority” friendships, things went much better.

Now…Theta. Theta was my favorite sorority, mainly because of the girls I knew in it. Some of my best friends, Rachel and Anna (they have been featured here before), are Thetas. I felt completely comfortable every time I went in to the room and was so excited when I got my bid on bid day. However, something that I didn’t account for so much was the fact that I would have to make a lot of new friends. I kind of assumed that all would be ‘fine and dandy’ once I got my bid, but I didn’t realize that I would be doing a ton with my member class. That being said, every single girl I have met in Theta (my member class or not) have been amazing. They are true and they are kind.

Now, i’m sure you ALLLLL are curious what I’ve been up to!! (lol NOT, but lucky for you I’m gonna tell you anyways!!!)

January 8th I got my bid and went to our bid day party! The theme was “your loves got me thinking so theta right now”. Major s/o to Queen Bey!

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that night we went rollerblading/skating (?), tbh i don’t know the difference.img_2129

then the next day, school started. everything was fast and furious with school, theta, church, and every little thing. then, February 4th (lol literally almost a month later) we had big/little reveal and our 90s themed new member dance! img_2598my fam..the largest in baylor theta!!!img_2617

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then, this past weekend we had initiation (officially official, woohoo) and our initiation banquet! My momma came in town for the banquet. here are some super fun pics!!img_2662

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momma jen!!

and yeah, that’s about it. Theta has been super duper fun (highly recommend) but on a serious note, I do think it is important to know that your worth doesn’t come from your letters, but from the Big Man Upstairs. I completely relied on Him during recruitment (I literally recited Jeremiah 29:11 over and over and over in line for the rooms). I am happy, but even happier knowing that I am His and that He cares for me in all circumstances.

Thanks so much for reading y’all! Hope you enjoyed my thoughts / a peek into my life lately.

Xo,

Em

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”  -Jeremiah 29:11

An Open Letter To My Freshman Year of College

Hey y’all!

In the spirit of blogging more, I was just looking back at my old drafts and found this one, “An Open Letter to My Freshman Year of College”. I had completely forgotten about this, but thought it was a fun topic nonetheless! Reading what I had put in this draft reminded me how amazing my freshman year was. I’m not going to lie, it was extremely terrifying at times, but it was so much fun! My friends and I often reflect on how much we miss freshman year! Does that make us sound lame? Probably. We mainly miss the convenience of it… Or maybe that’s just me. I miss not having to cook for myself, not having as big of a space to clean, living down the hall from all my friends, and the newness of it all. That being said, if you are currently a freshman or will be soon, relish in it!! 🙂

Freshman year, thank you for….

…teaching me to live with other people

this one goes out to you (@joan). I remember being so nervous to live with someone else going into college. I had never shared a room in my entire life, so I had no clue how it was all going to go. Maybe I’m being nostalgic but I really kinda miss that shoebox I used to live in (but tbh an apartment is sooo much better). So, thank you, Joan, for being a great roommate and for teaching me what it’s like to live with someone else. I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way 😉 #1126forlife

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…making me independent

currently, I often look at the freshmen on campus and can’t believe that was me only last year! they look like such babies!! This alone has really made me realize how much I grew as a person in that one year. Personally, I think being so far away from home has made it easier for me to grow. As much as I sometimes wish I could go home like *that*, I think I’ve learned a lot more about myself just by being away from home. I remember last year I had no clue how I was going to get to the airport, get through security, etc all on my own the very first time I went home, but now I look forward to it because it’s kinda fun to adult* (*sometimes) (wow I sound like honestly the most boring person in the entire world).

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…teaching me to believe in myself

cheesyyyyy but true. Freshman year (and college in general) taught me to believe in myself. No matter if this was going to see a teacher over a test grade because I thought I deserved better (#girlboss) or sticking to my morals, I learned to believe in my self over the the course of freshman year and am still continuing to, to this day.

img_9150but maybe don’t believe in yourself when you think you can go to Katie’s a lot, not workout, and not gain the freshmen 15!! #protip

…for making me stronger in my faith

I could not be happier with the fact that I found a church so early in my college career. My church has led me to (and is still leading me to) finding some of the most encouraging and amazing people. One of my favorite things about freshman year was the life group I was in. We met weekly and discussed how hard adjusting to school can be and God’s plans for each of us. I cannot recommend a) finding a church or b) finding the people you can confide in enough. (a little side note: one of my best friends and I are currently teaching Sunday School at our church and I wish we had done this sooner, playing with kids each week is one of the best stress relievers around!)

…for the friendships i’ve made

I’ve been blessed big in the friendship department here at Baylor (everything’s bigger in Texas, right?). My friendships are probably one of the most tangible things I have here at Baylor and I couldn’t be more thankful. My friends are encouraging, thoughtful, loving, fun and every other positive adjective anyone could ever come up with. i love them a lot and am very thankful freshman year Emma found them :).

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xo,

Em

P.S. my blog has an insta!! @davisdownsouth

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Girl Power.

Hey y’all!

Long time no talk (but actually)! No, this is not a blog post about Hilary, it is instead a blog post about inspiration! Here’s the deal, I’ve been wanting to blog extremely badly, (literally since my Life Update on May 26th), and have really been praying about it in the recent month or so, but have had zero content. Literally zero. I couldn’t even tell you how many blog posts I’ve began only to not finish them and feel defeated. BUT, I’m finally inspired!!

Yesterday, I went to a Q & A Discussion that the Baylor Communication department put on with Emily Landers. Emily is a 2013 Baylor Comm grad and since her graduation she has 1) interned for Foot Locker corporate in New York (!!) 2) worked for Foot Locker corporate in New York and 3) began and is the CEO of her own start-up social media company, “Flight”. This is all in under four years! Wow. If that doesn’t both terrify you and inspire you then I’m not quite sure what does. Emily was continually harping on how networking helped her right out of college. Her advice to the audience (and now my advice to you, boy or girl) is to start networking NOW! I realize that there are a variety of ages that may be reading this blog, but by reaching out NOW and creating connections NOW you will be fostering relationships that you can then call on later down the road (aka once you’re on the job hunt)!

Another thing Emily discussed was to realize your passions now. By realizing your passions now, you are able to hone in on these so you can be more successful later on. For example, one day when Emily was in college she found a woman on instagram. This woman’s profile was filled with photos from hotels all over the world. Emily thought this lady must have a cool life (because why wouldn’t she if she was constantly at luxury hotels all over the world?). Two years down the road, Emily had an assignment for her interviewing class. The assignment was to interview someone in a position you would like to be in someday. Emily commented on this woman’s instagram asking to interview her. The woman agreed and two years after the interview, she hired Emily to work for her! This means that four years after Emily followed this random woman she ended up working for her! What are your interests? What do you want to be doing down the road? I know that I personally am interested in events and fashion and ultimately want to have a semi flexible job where I’m not in the same office day after day. Emily made me realize that by knowing these things now, I can shape my future!

Emily also brought up the power of interviewing people and the confidence that comes from that. Why wouldn’t you interview someone, now, in the job you want once you’re out of school? Find out how they got there! Find out the steps you need to take to attain a position like they have! Emily said her go-to when interviewing people is “John Maxwell’s 7 Questions You Never Thought To Ask”. I have looked up these questions since her discussion yesterday and they are as follows:

  1. What is the greatest lesson you’ve ever learned?
  2. What are you learning now?
  3. How has failure shaped your life?
  4. Who do you know that I should know?
  5. What are you reading right now / What have you read that I should read?
  6. What have you done that I should do?
  7. How can I add value to you?

if you want to read on these questions and the thought process behind them, you can here.

Also, a little side note: on Sunday, my friend, Olivia, and I drove up to Dallas to meet one our favorite bloggers, “Lonestar Southern“. She graduated from UT a year and a half ago and is currently writing her blog as her full-time job. It was inspiring to meet someone so genuinely kind, caring, and driven.

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There is one theme I hadn’t really noticed until I’m reading back on everything now. Emily’s key is to start NOW. Don’t wait until you are a senior in college to start making relationships. Do everything you can NOW so that you can be prepared later on.

Wow. Hopefully this was semi as inspiring for y’all as it was for me. 🙂

xo,

Em

Emily’s instagram: @itsemilyland

Kate’s (Lonestar Southern) instagram: @lonestarsouthern

Life Update

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Hey y’all!

I have kind of been neglecting my blog lately which has really been bumming me out. I have been craving writing to all of y’all (and I realize there are only a few of you) but I haven’t had any clue what to write! That being said, I decided I’d give you all a little update on my life because A LOT has been changing! These changes include:

A NEW MAJOR

yeah…I’m no longer Elementary Education! I changed my major to Communication Studies mid-April and I couldn’t be more excited! I’m hoping to use my Communications major to be an event planner for larger companies (doing conventions, retreats, etc) but who knows. You can do sooo many things with communications and I’m so excited to see what this major will bring. Woop woop! I’m a little sad to say goodbye to being a teacher because I love kids so freaking much but I’m more excited for my new future and feeling much more confident.

A NEW HAIRCUT

yesterday I had a hair appointment scheduled and decided it was time. time to cut my hair!! My hair has always been relatively short but yesterday I decided to cut off 3 inches in the front and 4 in the back..I feel so light! I also got my hair thinned out and my highlights refreshed and I feel sooo happy and like I can conquer the world! it’s funny how a new haircut or something as simple as a manicure can make you feel brand new. yay!

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(I took this picture in the car to show my friends right after my haircut / eyebrow wax so ignore how red I am, but here’s what it looks like! lol)

IT’S FINALLY SUMMER

i’ve been out of school for almost three weeks now and it’s been so nice to not have any homework assignments, tests, etc holding me down…but the lack of work has ended up in me laying on the couch watching Friends and The Profit, so maybe it being summer isn’t the best thing..Oh well! It’s been nice to see my friends from home but I also miss my friends from school. It’s funny how once you’re in college you miss the people you’re not with…like at school you miss home and friends from home but at home you miss your friends from school. I’m still trying to figure out what I’ll be doing this summer, but I’m excited to figure it out.

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(so far, I visited my friend, Caroline, who goes to U of O with Callie, drove by downtown Portland at sunset (with Callie), and went on a hike with Callie and our friend Jessica–pictured above!).

NEW FAVORITE MOVIE

Pretty Woman. wow. I just watched it a solid 30 minutes ago and I’m in love. I’d never seen it, so my mom and I decided to watch it (she’s at home sick 😦 ) and I loved it! highly recommend if you’ve never seen it. Also, Julia Roberts is gorgeous already, but in Pretty Woman she is breathtaking! wow.

MY NEW WORKOUT (yes I actually enjoy working out now…what?!)

Barre3! When I was home over Spring Break my mom and I decided when I was back for the summer we would try Barre3 classes since a studio opened right near our house, and I’m hooked! We’ve only done two classes (our third was supposed to be today, but since my mom woke up sick we didn’t go (the class was at 6 am, so there was no way I was waking up at that hour to go alone)), but I love it! Barre3 is a mixture of yoga, pilates, and ballet. It’s really difficult but I’m loving it. #summerbodyinprogress

 

MY NEW FAVORITE OUTFIT PIECES

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denim dress (similar, mine is darker wash) | tassel sandals |

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kendra scott earrings (peach) | t-strap sandals (saddle leather, run half a size small)

I am thinking about doing some more outfit blog posts…My very first post was outfit related and I have been thinking about keeping that up, while still writing thought-provoking (at least they’re designed to be thought-provoking) posts in addition. Is this a good idea? Maybe? No? Okay, cool!

thanks y’all!

xo,

Em

 

A Letter to Insecure Girls

Hey y’all!

Today I wanted to write about something that has been on my heart a lot lately… insecurity.

It doesn’t take someone super smart or informed to tell you that insecurity is extremely rampant in society today. We, as girls, are constantly being told how to look and act, what is and isn’t okay to say, and how to get the boy without being too needy. We are required to filter the opinions of media, friends, families, and our own personal opinions when deciding who we want to be and what we want to deem “normal”. And honestly, it’s so dumb. I can’t even begin to express my thoughts on how ridiculous it all is. And here’s the thing…I’m not above it. I’m in the thick of it just like everyone else. There are days when I’ll look in the mirror and start nitpicking what I see, but I also have days where I like who I am and I like how God created me. Lately, I’ve been having a lot more days where I’m feeling confident than days where I’m not and here’s why… I have worth in God and so do you. That’s all that really matters! Whether you have boys chasing after you doesn’t count, nor do your instagram likes, grades, popularity, or any bit of affirmation from peers. God loves us and made us just how we are. Is that not amazing??? Jeremiah 1:5 illustrates this perfectly…

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”        {Jeremiah 1:5}

A couple of days ago I was in the car with some of my best friends driving to Austin. We were talking about high school and courts for dances (homecoming, formal, etc) and how it doesn’t matter near as much as you think it may. Yes, girls who get on court often deserve it, but it’s also a sad idea to single out a few girls when so many more deserve it. I want to say this: if you’re struggling with status, keeping up, or recognition, stop. It doesn’t matter. I know it’s so hard in the moment, but if you feel like you need to keep up with your friends then they aren’t friends. Think about it, you shouldn’t have to compete with your friends. Your friends should build you up, not down.

When I’m standing at the pearly gates before God I don’t want to reflect on my years on Earth and think about how much time I spent being insecure rather than happy. I want to use my time down here wisely. I want to reflect and think about how I used every second to its greatest potential, not about the tears I shed over insecurity.

I want to end on this– earlier today I was on one of my favorite blogs, Lonestar Southern. Kate recently posted a Q & A to her Youtube channel which was linked on her blog. One question she received was “how do you stay so confident?” Kate responded with “I’m confident because I don’t rely on affirmation from people…If you rely on people to affirm you… well they’re also the people that are going to let you down.” This could not be more true. She went on to say how she receives her confidence from the Lord and how her favorite verse is all she needs when it comes to self-assurance:

“The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves.
He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you,
    but will rejoice over you with singing.”        {Zephaniah 3:17}

be confident. be happy. look to the Lord above for affirmation.

xo,

Em

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