Class of 2013

I remember walking across that stage receiving my High School diploma like it was yesterday. High School is where I met some of my very best friends. It’s where I realized I was becoming an adult; where I faced some of the hardest challenges I’ve dealt with in life. High School was the end of an era, but the start of a new beginning.
I graduated in 2008 and like I said, it was some of the best times I’ve had. From school projects on Beowulf, learning to write sentences in Spanish, not paying attention in class with Molly and Jacob, to planning Winter formal with Anna Clare, Lauren and Tara. We had a blast ! But as I also mentioned it was a time in my life where I faced some challenges. I was still trying to find who I was as a person and what I wanted to do with my life. I remember days of not wanting to go to class, wanting to throw in the towel. School wasn’t for me. I wasn’t a “straight A” student or at the top of my class.  It took me 4 years, but I figured it out my senior year. FINALLY!  I was ok with not making straight A’s. It’s ok to fail. It’s ok to not be the best at everything. We’re human.  When I finally came to grips with that, I had a totally different outlook on school, and even on life.
“There’s no such thing as failure. Failure is just life trying to move us into a different direction.”
 
I seriously couldn’t have made it through high school without having the support system I did. My AWESOME Mom and Dad, my sweet grandmother, and my supportive sister and friends. I’ve come along way, but I’m here to say it doesn’t get any easier.  Don’t give up. Keep fighting. Keep pushing. Be that person you’ve always dreamed of.  BE YOURSELF.  It’s much easier to be yourself than pretend to be someone else.
“It doesn’t matter how far you rise, at some point you are bound to stumble.”
 
“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”
I have had the pleasure of working on the leadership team at Montgomery First with some of the greatest young people in the world. I have watched them grow into individuals that stand firm in their beliefs for Christ and have been a beacon of hope in their schools.
Congratulations Emily Anne Berg, Precious Love Alexandra Dosey, Larry Keith Jackson Jr., Connor McLemore, Judy Kenechi Oranika, Jordan Sanders, Keegan Sanders, Hunter Sandlin, Miranda Nicole Schofield, Andrew Scott, Christopher Wallace, Nicholas Wysmulek. Class of 2013!!! YOU DID IT!!
“Go. Shine! Shine to the voices that said you couldn’t do it. Shine to God who saw you through it. Remember it was only by his grace, you could do it. “
Pastor Jimmy showed this video Sunday at our Graduation service and it couldn’t be more fitting.

The Circle Maker– Giveaway

I was given The Circle Maker book as a gift from my Pastor. He LOVED the book so much, he gave our entire congregation a copy. The book is about prayer— how important, necessary and powerful it is.

My book is full of Highlighter marks—these are some of my Favorite Quotes from Mark Batterson’s New York Times Best Seller book:

“Bold prayers honor God, and God honors bold prayers. God isn’t offended by your biggest dreams or boldest prayers. He is offended by anything less. If your prayers aren’t impossible to you, they are insulting to God. Why? because they don’t require divine intervention.”

“Well-developed faith results in well-defined prayers, and well-defined prayers result in well-lived life.”

“Success is not a circumstantial. We usually focus on what we’re doing or where we’re going, but God’s primary concern is who we’re becoming in the process.”

“Potential is God’s gift to us: what we do with it is our gift back to God.”

“When you pray regularly, you never know when God will show up or speak up. Today could be the day. When you live in prayer mode, you live with holy anticipation. You know that coincidences are Providences.”

“If you give beyond your ability, God will bless beyond your ability.” 

“Most of us don’t get what we want because we quit circling. We give up too easily. We give up too soon. We quit praying right before the miracle happens.”

After reading the Book, I am not the same person. It has truly changed the way I pray. We have to be specific in how we pray. I think sometimes we have a distorted view on God as our Father. He truly wants the best for our lives. He wants to bless our life, but in return he wants us to be open and honest with him.  He wants us to pray specifically with vision and purpose. God wants to use us. This book has helped me grow in my faith, and not only see Faith, but God in a completely different way. It has challenged me.

If you want to move forward in your prayer life and learn how to take the limits off God… this is certainly the book for you.  I LOVE this book so much I want to share it with YOU. I will be giving away 3 copies. All you have to do for a chance to win a copy is leave us a comment on this post between now and Friday June 7 (2013). We’ll randomly select a winner and include it at the bottom of Friday’s post.

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RSVP Montgomery [Holiday Issue]

Several Months Back RSVP Montgomery & Hello Gorgeous Photography held a model search– Winners Prize:  a spread in the Magazine. I was honored to be asked to style the set for the shoot back in November. It was a blast. Below is several photos from the magazine, Hello Gorgeous Blog, behind the scenes, and the my handy ol’ iPhone. Enjoy!

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21st Birthday

If I have ever posted anything that has been “past due” it is the next couple of post. I turned 21 back in August and knew that I wanted to celebrate with a BANG, so I invited 168 of my closest friends and we partied all night. Thanks to everyone who came out and celebrate my 21st Birthday with me. It was a BLAST! Each of you that came out truly mean TONS to me, and I am thankful to have you there. Thanks to everyone who brought gifts, Starbucks cards (which I am still using), and My favorite of all Big Sexy Hairspray! hahaha Below are some photos from the night. Enjoy!

DJ: David Wiseman

Photography: DiAnna Paulk

Photo Booth: GiggleBox [Kim Box Photography]

Cake: Mandy Green

Invites: Amanda Claybrook

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Below is a fun little video we put together after every Photo Booth Experience.  Enjoy our “Moves Like Jagger”