Saturday, December 12, 2015

Making My Way Downtown



It wasn't even until yesterday that I realized I haven't posted since September, and when I read what I had written then, it felt like it was just last week that I spent time writing that. I've been 21 for over 6 weeks already, and I feel like it was just last weekend that I blew out my candles. The older I have gotten, the more I can see time going by faster and faster. This semester, I made so many amazing memories, learned so many awesome things, and had so much fun writing so many papers. But, it still doesn't feel like December. 
Needless to say, this semester flew by. 

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

A Deconstructive Exploration

I remember the first day of school, in my Research and Methodology class, my professor saying something along the lines of, 
"We're going to learn about so many things this semester. Some things you won't agree with, some things will blow your mind, and some things will help you understand your purpose in life." 

For the past few weeks, each time I sit in that class, I see so much of life unfold with each word he writes across the board. He teaches these mind-boggling theories and methods in a way that my mind can easily comprehend. So far, I haven't completely agreed with the theories we have learned, but today, the theory we discussed kind of just clicked

Monday, August 31, 2015

H

Happiness 
I've debated on this word for quite a while now. 
I sat down on the back balcony when at the beach a few weeks ago overlooking the ocean ready to write and post it, but I was so hesitant about it, that I didn't let myself finish it. It has sat on the back burner lately due to the many other happenings in my life. 
And, here I am still arguing with myself of its significance. 
I think I've only been debating this so thoughtfully because of how clichè the word has become these days, and I refuse to allow something so important become just another hackneyed phrase.
So, here is my attempt at creating a new meaning for the word "Happiness" in order that it be made into something more easily attained and sought after by the lonely souls in this crazy world.

I used to be a firm believer in the "Pursuit of Happiness." I used to think that if someone wanted to be happy, they had to do something incredibly successful to gain that happiness. I used to believe certain things could make me happy. 
I remember a specific moment in my life wanting an item that had a heavy price tag, and thinking, "Wow, if I could have that, I would be SO happy." But, as I've grown older, the price tag on those things that I want only seem to grow larger and less practical.

After I hesitantly sat contemplating "happiness" on the balcony at the beach that day, I closed my laptop and went inside. Later that night, my family and I got all dressed up simply just to go out for ice cream. 
In the midst of licking my ice cream cone to keep it from running down my arm in the summer heat, and laughing out loud with my family watching them licking theirs in the same fashion, I realized something incredibly significant. 
Happiness can truly be found in the simplest forms... even down to a scoop of ice cream on a cone in the middle of the summer. 
Even after this little epiphany, I continued to wait to write this down. My reason for that being I wanted to spend the rest of my summer looking at life in this way. With the mindset that happiness can be found in any place you look for it. The rest of my summer consisted of babysitting where I found such joy in the giggles and tickles of the little children I had the pleasure of tucking in at night, spending a few last days with my best friends enjoying the brilliance of being young and so free, and sweet moments with my phenomenal family where happiness with them is so effortlessly found.

Throughout the last few weeks of my summer, and now into the beginning of my Junior year of college, I have also developed another theory in an effort to find happiness. This conclusion is also linked to the fact that happiness is equivalent to simplicity. And, this is the word: contentment. 
Being content with who you are, what you're chasing after, and where you are in this moment will ultimately result in the finding of your happiness.
In a conversation I recently had with someone, I was approached with the statement, "Maggie, I'm not content with just me. I feel like I need things to make me happy. I need the perfect job, I need the perfect haircut, I need these things. I'm confused as to why I'm not content and happy." 
And, my response was simply, "With contentment comes happiness."
This is a concept I've only just recently learned; therefore, I'm still processing how to believe in it myself. 
But, I do consider it to be more than true.
Like my explanation of the "positive potion" in Exfoliate, happiness dwells in our mindset, and how we allow ourselves to view life.

Regardless of what one might believe, happiness is attainable. Happiness begins and ends with what we allow ourselves to think, believe, and then, achieve. 

Become content and confident in who you are, and happiness will certainly be found in your future.

H is for Happiness.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

What Dreams are Made Of

Have you ever done something especially significant that made a mark on who you are because it sparked the revolution that essentially began your life? 
Was there ever a moment in your life that you can specifically pinpoint that changed the way you viewed your dreams? 
Do you remember the time when and where it all began? 
The moment when your dreams became a reality, and you could see 
your future on the horizon? 

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

My Adventure: OK to GA

 To end the summer with quite a bang, my parents decided to make the trek to Oklahoma for a few days to help my Grandparents with their big move to Augusta in a few weeks. We flew there, and then Dad and I drove a Uhaul truck back full of treasures and antiques.

The trip began with a 4:30am wake-up call last Tuesday morning. The only perk to this was the beautiful sunrise and the large iced coffee on the plane.
 
Being in Oklahoma was so much fun. It was the first time I had been back since 2008. I'm a huge fan of revisiting places and seeing how it has grown up over the years, and reminiscing on memories that I've made in the past. Being there was like one big blast to the past, and I loved every second of it.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Simply Savannah

The last time I had the privilege of going to Savannah was back in March for my cousin, Gabby's wedding. I got to spend this past weekend at Gabby's house dog-sitting her and her husband's pups with my other cousin, Sallie.  
           

Saturday, June 27, 2015

G

Grace

Grace is a light created by a love that conquered darkness in ways unimaginable. A light that intensifies our need for a Savior.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Straight from the Atl

I've spent the past two weekends in Atlanta for different reasons, and they've probably been two of the best weekends of Summer, so far. 
I went with Jamie and her fam the first weekend for a concert. We ate at Grecian Gyro on the way into town before the concert, and despite it being quite a hole-in-the-wall place, it ended up being excellent and would make the perfect place to satisfy your Greek food cravings.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

F

Freedom
Photo by David Thompson

Tonight, while thinking harder about what word I wanted to write about for "F", I sent a little prayer up to Heaven thanking God for this great day I got to spend with two wonderful people. I talked to Him about some other things that have been on my mind lately, and then, I sat still for a second. In that second, I swear I softly heard Him whisper, "freedom." 

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

E

Exfoliate
A few weeks ago, I was able to visit with one of my best friends who came into town for a short visit. We spent some time talking and catching up, and then she began describing this wonderful homemade body scrub that one of her friends had recently made for her. 

Monday, June 1, 2015

D

Dance

Upon deciding what word to choose for D, it took everything in me not to just settle for "Dreams", since achieving mine is pretty much all I think about ninety-eight percent of the time these days. 

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Five Fav Things

Because of the fabulous new income I have been getting in the past weeks due to my summer job and babysitting, I've splurged a little lately, and bought myself a few things. Some of them I've kept tabbed in a window on my laptop for a while now, and others are things I didn't know I wanted until I saw in a store, and just had to have. 

So, here it is... these are a few of my *new* favorite things.

Friday, May 8, 2015

C

Change
Photo taken by my ever so talented video/photographer friend, David Thompson. Check him out at www.michaeldavidproductions.com.

Change:
"Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
I took the one less traveled by, 
and that has made all the difference."
Robert Frost

Sunday, May 3, 2015

B

Beauty 
I explained my feelings towards this subject and all things surrounding this word pretty clearly in my post, Bye Bye Barbie, but when thinking of the letter 'B', I still couldn't quite get the word Beauty out of my head. The reason for this being that beauty encompasses so much in that little 
6-letter body that it is buried in. 

Thursday, April 30, 2015

A

The letters that make up words are often forgotten within the meaning of the actual word itself. But, the inspiration that words have brought to my life would not be possible without the letters. So, I’ve decided to begin a series of A to Z posts, choosing a word that represents each letter most efficiently, and then explaining why. My hope is that these letters inspire you to put your own set of words together and create something beautiful.

Art
A few weeks ago, I was standing in line at Starbucks, mindlessly scrolling through my Twitter feed, when I ran into this


Upon clicking on the pictures, I discovered the entire webpage, 
and I couldn't stop reading.
It's an incredible interactive gallery in The Cosmopolitan that was created and set up in Las Vegas where people could stop by during a certain time, anonymously write a confession on a wooden plaque, and then have it put on display for anyone to read.
Immediately, this struck me as beautiful
How many times have you held onto a secret and wished more than anything that you could tell someone? Whether that secret was about you, or someone else. Those confessions that you keep hidden inside are the very ones that itch at you until you've found some way to relieve the scratch.
There is just something so wonderful and so freeing about finding someone to tell all your secrets to, spilling them out onto the floor, wiping them up, 
and then letting them go. 
This isn't something someone would normally see, and associate with the word Art, but I believe art is anything that outwardly expresses who you are on the inside. Those confessions and secrets are a huge part of who you are, and expressing them in a way that the whole world can 
see truly is as artistic as it gets. 
This is brave. This is art. And, art is who we are.

My confession would've been: I want to live in a world where secrets can be freely told, judgement is left up to God, and hate does not exist.

When in need of inspiration, search the world for art in other forms. There you will find inspiration beyond measure, I pinky promise.

A is for Art.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Hope in His Holiness



A little over a month ago, I wrote a post that later became titled, "Clothe Yourself With Faith." It was originally written for a series on Chelsea Eubank's blog, Heart Natured. Her blog is one of those that should be added to your "Must Check This Out Asap" List. She's talented beyond measure, and she has a way with words that makes each entry lively and fun.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Why I'd Rather Have Sticks & Stones




I have been intrigued by words for as long as I can remember. 
When I was 13-years-old, I wrote in one of the many journals that I hid in my nightstand that my #1 goal for my writing was to reveal to the world just how powerful words are, and what they can actually do for one's soul.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Bye Bye Barbie

Ever since I started my blog in February, I knew there would come a day when I would dedicate an entire post to my newly purchased makeup products. Being a girl, (and a girly one at that), I'm in love with doing my makeup.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Have No Fear




"She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she 

laughs without fear of the future."


I've found that as I've grown older, all of a sudden, life becomes filled with questions. Questions that swim around in your head like the fish on display in the exhibit at the aquarium, trapped between 4 glass walls, all eyes watching your next move.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Made For New York : the story won't stop here


I'm beginning to write this from my seat on the airplane on my way back home, and I'm saying that truly with a heavy heart. If a genie were to appear out of my coffee cup right now to grant me one single wish, there is absolutely no doubt in my mind what it would be... 

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Airplane Essentials

\\ finally //

Below are the 3 most vital Airplane Essentials (according to my personal opinion) plus a little about my first night spent in my favorite place in the world. Enjoy! :-)

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Diet Mountain Dew, Baby, New York City

Tomorrow (tomorrow!!!!!), the biggest dream I have for my life right now will come true.
My feet will hit the ground in New York City.


Wednesday, March 4, 2015

7 Things Successful Women Do Daily

There are many amazing women within our culture today that provide wonderful examples of how to be classy, beautiful, and fabulous. They range from mothers, teachers, friends, and celebrities. Occasionally, when I see these women on TV or in movies, I find myself wondering, "What is your secret?!"

Monday, March 2, 2015

Why it's Time to Prioritize Your Time


Bourbon and Boweties, Kate Spade watch, and Entourage beaded bracelet
Photo courtesy of my modish bff, Halie Jo

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Abandon the Comfort Zone

I spent the majority of my day a little out of my element, to say the least. My 5:30 am wakeup call came extremely earlier than I had originally planned. I hit the road to Statesboro by 6:30 am with my cousin to watch her boyfriend and my brother play in a disc golf tournament. 

Friday, February 27, 2015

The Epidemic of Cargo Jackets & Floppy Hats

Visiting home has recently become something I look forward to for weeks. Especially this weekend, considering the fact that I haven't stepped foot onto Augusta ground in two whole months.