Friday, March 6, 2015

How to make long flights bearable.

So tomorrow is the big day where I hop on a plane and head to Spain! (Oh that rhymed!) And I thought I'd give you some of my tips on how to make those long flights bearable. It's gonna be 10 hours, which honestly isn't that bad when compared to the 15 hour flights I used to take to China.

So here's what I'm planning on taking to make these flights as bearable as possible.

A portable charger. This is my life saver. I got one for Christmas and haven't looked back since. This will come handy, especially on the airplane where it's frowned upon to use the USB plug in at the seat. (But who listens to those rules, anyways.)

A long cardigan. This is my staple for this trip. I'm bringing three and couldn't be happier. I love a good long cardi. They cover me up and are so comfortable. Airplanes tend to be on the colder side, so it'll be so comfy to bundle up in.

A good scarf. This is the oldest rule in the book. Always wear a scarf when you're traveling. Have we not already learned that it's cold on the plane? And you know that uncomfortable window? Roll us the scarf for a pillow. So many ways to use it, and it makes you look cute, so win win. I'm bringing my favorite Gap scarf, but I also love these Fashionable scarves. And they're ethically made, so another win win.

Headphones and good music, because duh. I am always looking for new music and have been loving my Spotify playlists recently. Need any good recommendations on music? Let me know, cause I got you.

A good book is always a must. I'm taking Harry Potter with me and I think he'll be a good companion for the ride.

Last but not least is No Jet Lag. I started using this when I went to China and there was a 12 hour time difference to worry about. And I didn't have jet lag. I repeat, no jet lag. And then one year I didn't use it coming home and I'm pretty sure I struggled with jet lag for the next month. Seriously, if you're going anywhere with a time difference, this stuff works like magic.

In addition to watching the blog for pictures and updates while in Spain, check out the team blog to hear from others!

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

China thoughts and ramblings.

Today in church, we talked about people with disabilities and if they can be saved. And I couldn't help but picture the children in China that I've wondered this about so many times.
As I sit their holding their hands and praying over them, I wonder if what I'm doing makes a difference in their lives.

 Some of their disabilities are so severe that they cannot even communicate at the age of 10 or older. And it breaks my heart. But I do know that we serve a God that loves them with all His might. And that's a lot of might. So when we go do they see His love through our actions? Do they have the brain capacity to understand who Jesus is? I have to believe yes.

Monday, March 2, 2015

March goals

So we all know that I've failed miserably with posting and keeping up with my goals. I would go back all the way to December and see how I did on those, but a friend was asking me the other day how they went and I failed miserably, yet again. But grace.

So we're starting over.

1| Finish Erin Motz's 30 day yoga challenge.
I started this after a friend recommended it cause I wanted to start doing yoga. And I love it. But I haven't been consistent with it everyday, so 30 days has taken me like 2 months so far. Oops.

2| Be more consistent with my quiet time.
This is something that will always need to work on. I do better with a structured schedule, so being at school helps, but weekends always get me. Recently I've been doing She Reads Truth's studies and I'm so enjoying them.

3| Live the Spaniard way.
We live for Spain less than a week. (Insert freak out here) I'm more than excited. When I go to a different country, I always try to immerse myself into the culture and step outside of what I'm comfortable with. So I titled this one to live the Spaniard way. Except I don't think we'll be partaking in the siestas, though.

4| Attempt to finish Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Can we just all appreciate how long I've been reading these books for? So long. I think they've appeared in all of my monthly goals. But I think with a 10 hour ride to Spain and a 10 hour ride back I should be able to easily finish this one.

5| Lock down what I want in a design. 
I'm ready for a new blog design, yet again. The amazing Jessica Slaughter has agreed to do it for me, so all I need to do is decide what I want. Yeah, not so easy. I've been using pinterest for most of my cultivating, but I'm still all over the place.

Did you set any goals for March? I wanna hear 'em!

Friday, February 27, 2015

A post from the heart.

I've been struggling with this space lately and what it is. My hope for my blog? That Jesus shines through it in all that I do. Does this actually happen? I don't know. And that kills me. Do I write for followers? I don't want to, but unfortunately, I always give myself a little pat on the back when I see my followers number increasing.

Natalie wrote on comparison earlier this month and hit the nail on the head. It summed up my thoughts that stir around my head.

I have to stop comparing myself to others. Because God has made us all in His image and what He has planned for you, may not be what He has planned for me. Like Natalie says, being content is so hard. Maybe it's not something you struggle with, but I definitely do. A lot.

I feel like I'm always really good at looking at my flaws, but that's not what God sees. He sees Jesus when He looks at me.

Wow this is all over the place. I guess that's kinda how I am at this season in my life. But I just wanted to share what's been on my heart lately.

I gotta stop writing for the readers and start writing for Him, because that's why I started this blog in the first place. To get my thoughts out onto a page instead of stuffing them in.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Tartan. Forever and Always

So you remember that one time where I linked up with TriStyle & Co. to post about our ugly Christmas sweaters? Well, today we're gonna do something similar. I'm linking up with TriStyle & Co. again, but this time we're all rocking our favorite scarves.

A little about TriStyle & Co. Cause you may be a little confused...

TriStyle & CO. is a collaboration between Samantha of Elah Tree, Elizabeth of Oak + Oats,  and me (Meg of Rivers and Roads!) Our goal is to encourage, awaken, and celebrate the inherent beauty in each one of us as we live in community. Community is a beautiful buzz word and we LOVE the idea of it but even more than loving the idea, we love bringing it! TriStyle & CO. is just that; a place for community and belonging. We'd love for you to join us on this fun style journey. Want to be kept in the loop and meet new friends? Join the growing TriStyle & Co. community!

Let my start by saying that I'm not (I repeat, not) a fashion blogger. At all. But I do have a favorite scarf (okay, maybe a few).

This is my knock-off Zara scarf. Shhh, let's not tell anyone it's not a real Zara scarf. Our little secret, k?

I love wearing it with a simple navy or grey shirt underneath and then layering it with my new favorite cardi from Target. Oh, and my $9 GAP jeans are my favorite.

Basically, I love tartan so much that I have another one with different colors. You can never have too much tartan.

I love this little link-up, even though it's out of my comfort zone by a lot. But that's always a good thing, right?

Did you link up this month? Leave your link below and I'd love to see your favorite scarf!

Saturday, February 7, 2015

A guest post from a good friend.

Why hello there! First off, my name is Kristen and I'm Charlie's best friend. Today, I'm blogging for Charles because between you and me, she's having a bit of writers block right now. I'm not really sure what I'm going to to write about or where this will take me so just bear with me as I attempt to convey a super deep blurb on my friend's super awesome blog. Or maybe not so deep.

Charlie's never written about me on her blog. I'm going to throw it back to high school in this one because today, I got to spend some time with the people who shaped who I am. My best friends from high school are just that-the best. And I'm lucky that I get to see them often, seeing as we all live within 45 minutes of each other.

First is Charlie. Charlie is my very best friend. I can tell her anything. But the best thing about our friendship, is the fact that even if we don't talk to each other for a week or two, we can always pick up where we left off. There is never an awkward silence or an uncomfortable moment. I can be myself with her and that's how I know that this friendship is stellar. She's smart and sassy and she has a fantastic wit. But above all else, she's a great listener and I can always count on her to be honest with me and to tell me if I'm bring too dramatic. Which I am. Often. So thanks Char, for being charming and for being the S to my B. Love you long time.

Jess. Jess is a character. But Jess is also one of the most considerate, thoughtful, and Jesus loving people I know. She loves the Lord and she has a heart for people. I'm lucky enough to attend the same university as Jess and that friendship has kept me on my toes. She encourages my walk with the Lord and pushes me to ask myself the hard questions. And for that, I am thankful. So Jess, thanks for listening. For letting me talk (about you know) whenever I feel the urge to and thank you for pushing me towards Jesus. I could not imagine life without you and I am forever thankful for that art class sophomore year.

Last is Jackson. I don't think I can adequately describe him or our friendship in one paragraph
but I can tell you how great he is and how absolutely blessed I am by our friendship. Jackson is so smart. Literally the smartest person I know. When people see him, I think they see a guy who's super smart and extroverted. But there are so many layers to him. He cares deeply for people and he's not afraid to invest in something that he cares deeply about and I admire that. He's a friend to everyone, even those who it's hard to be friends with. I can tell him anything. And when I go a few days without talking to him, I feel a certain Jackson shaped hole. He is a constant friend that I hope I never lose. Thanks for being my favorite FUperstar. I love you more than Harry Styles.

So thats it. That's my take on my high school friendships. Maybe one day, Charlie will write a blurb about me, but for now that's mine on them. Thanks to Charlie, Jess, and Jackson for all of the memories and I look forward to making many more with ya'll in the future. You three are truly my most favorites.


Thursday, January 22, 2015

5 things to do in Freeport.

This post is past due. Like way, way past due. Right after we got out of school for Christmas break, Haley, her family, and I went to Freeport, Bahamas. Seriously such an amazing trip. We went for about three days and I thought it was the perfect amount of time. The weather was warmer than at home and it wasn't crowded because of the off-season.

So here are my list of must-dos while in Freeport.

1| Go horseback riding on the beach. This was definitely one of my favorite things we did. When we arrived, we were greeted by tons and tons of cats that just sat on us and then we had about a two hour ride through the island and onto the beach. It was like a fairytale, no joke. We did it through Pinetree Stables and they were great!

2| Go to the beach. We have the beach in Charleston, but the beaches in the Bahamas are hard to beat. The crystal blue water is ahmazing. It was a little chilly to do a ton of laying out while we were there, but on our first day, we all ended up falling asleep on the beach and it was so perfect.

3| Walk and explore. One of my favorite things was when Haley and I adventured over to a nearby hotel. We heard music and followed right in tow. There was a show and it provided for tons of laughter. We also kinda sneaked in, so thats always an experience.

4| Go fishing. And then eat your catch. Another one of my favorite things we did while we were there. Chip, Haley, and I got up early one morning and hopped on a boat to go fishing. It was such a fun experience. We ended up catching around 7 fishes during our two hours and then got to have them for lunch. There's such a thrill about reeling in a fish after patiently waiting for a bite.

5| Enjoy the scenery. I will never grow tired of seeing these sunsets. They are gorgeous and so hard to beat. Freeport is such a beautiful place. I could sit and stare at the sky all day long, especially while the sun is going down.

Have you been to the Bahamas? What are your favorite things to do? Share below!