Friday, April 18, 2014

Wish Upon A Star

Happy Friday!

TGIF. 
It's been awhile since I've said that and meant it in its full entirety. 
Finished my first full week back to work. My brain has been on hiatus for so long that I am just starting to feel like I know what I am doing again. And yet, I am still having some complete blank moments. So in those moments, I have been anticipating what I want for my birthday this year.
(What better way to waste spend my time, eh?)

My birthday is coming up next week (see this post)
I am going to be 27! 
Ahhhh! I am getting closer to the big 3-0! 
For all you who have reached 30, do not laugh at me. I'm sure you remember the days when you thought 25 was old! Cut me some slack. 

Anyways, to kick us into the weekend I've decided to give you my wishlist. Now this is not your average run of the mill list - this is truly what I want - not specifically but just an idea for any of you who are looking to send me something ;)
1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6

one. I want a floral blazer. Its super on trend right now, but none the less I still want it. Would totally rock with a pair of cute shorts or a flowy short skirt.

two. I need a new cell phone case. Like I've had the one that's been on my phone since I bought the iPhone 5. That's pretty bad. I've just never been one to change it out often unless the case was gifted to me. So here's my chance for my b-day :)

three. Ahhh! I really want new workout gear. I've got to kick it into high gear so that when July strolls around I can strut my stuff down the aisle. New workout clothes always motivate me to work harder. Can you agree? New running shoes, new yoga pants, bright colored tanks? Love it.

four. vacation. I am in desperate need of a vacation and while this will likely not be coming my way this year for my birthday - I still can put it on my wish list right? I'd kill for a trip anywhere out of this snowy cold place. Yes I said snow, it snowed this week. I'll trade for beaches, sunshine, and a margarita on the sand!

five. New heels. I once had an obsession with new shoes. My closet is currently filled with super cut strappy sandals, heels, and the like - but my flats get the most wear nowadays. I've still got a super soft spot for a perty pair of heels and I'd sure love them for my 27th birthday. Why not?

six. Salted caramel icecream. I've been obsessing over caramel ice cream for the past month 1/2. Me and A have been eating it much more recently, and I am just going to say that we never should have started this bad habit. However, I get a pass for my birthday, right? Either way I'm taking it. 


I am so thankful to be embarking on another year. 
It seems each year just keeps getting sweeter and sweeter and I know it is nothing but God in my life!


So, what do you think? Anything you are eyeing anything right now that can't wait until your birthday? 

Have a great Easter weekend!
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Thursday, April 17, 2014

4:23 + Let Your Light Shine #6

Happy Thursday!

This week is flying by. I am back to the working world and although it has been hard, it feels good to be back in the swing of things. 


Three things that I have noticed since going back to work:
 1) I talk to a baby too much, I find myself wanting to coo and make random noises at work. This can make other adults uncomfortable. LOL. 

2) My priorities have definitely shifted, I am checking up on my girl a few times during the day. I'd rather look at pictures or videos of her than go on Instagram. Who am I? LOL. 

3) Work is becoming is my new "me time," super weird but its my new Jena time! I can now partially understand why mothers are eager to go to work some days. Its like designated time to be you. I can listen to music all day and enjoy reading a magazine - with no interruptions. Well, except maybe a meeting. 


For my latest 4:23 post I have chosen the book of Mark. If you are wondering what I am referring to check out my recent post here

"If any man has ears to hear, let him hear." 
-Mark 4:23


Now most people have ears. 
But, do we really listen? 
Do we really hear when God is trying to tell us something or talking to us? 
Or when He is trying to guide us? 


Are we willing to receive and do we comprehend our answer?


Hearing and understanding go hand in hand. 
Sometimes we are so caught up in our problems or worries that as we pray and ask God to show us a sign or show us something - we are not listening to His answer! 

I truly believe that God uses many different ways to get our attention or give us His answers to things. He could send a friend to tell us something, He could point it out in something we are reading, He can bring it into our mind/spirit; maybe in the nature around us, or even our favorite TV show. He can do it however He wants to show it to us. However He knows it will reach us.


Often times we don't understand the importance of it, or we miss the meaning because we are just listening naturally and not listening with our spirit man.

I have been guilty of this before! 

Have you ever not liked the answer you've received?
 What I have learned about God is that sometimes you will not understand why, but He is giving you the absolute best answer and route to go. He's already weighed the pros/cons; done the research; figured it out. Your destination is already written with Him.


 I have also learned be careful what you ask for! 
God will sometimes make you do a lot of things your flesh will not want to do because you have asked Him for it. But there is often sacrifice to gain good things in the long run. That's why it is so important to put our selfish desires to the wayside. 

Brown Button Up - Heartbreaker
White distressed cut offs - American Eagle
Teal Necklace - Persunmall
Gold/Ivory Bangles - Gift from Mom
Brown Bangle - Thrifted
Brown Wedges - Shopreflection.com - (I am selling these for $15 in my Poshmark closet!)

Sometimes He says I will give 'ABC' to you, but you are technically not mature enough - so I will take you through this way so that when you receive 'ABC' you will be spiritually and mentally more mature and ready to have and receive it. 

So, have you ever had a problem with listening?  
In what ways did you get better in this area?

Here's a quick recap of this month's style remix

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Today is 
Let Your Light Shine Thursdays!

Thanks so much for all of you that linked up last week!
Me and Aisha over at True Soul & Spirit loved seeing all of your posts!

Our favorite from last week's link-up was from Lindsey @ High Heels & Training Wheels
and her DIY post on trying a honey based "No Poo" Shampoo :)


Thanks again for all of you who participated! Now it's time to link up again :)

RULES: 
1. Link up your favorite post this week - It can be related to faith, fashion, food, family, or whatever else you would like to share that helped you shine your light from the week!

Don't worry if you don't have a blog to link up - just leave a comment with how you let your light shine this week!

2. Follow I'm Perfectly Human & True Soul & Spirit on Bloglovin, or any other social media outlet (FB, Twitter, Instagram, or GFC)

3. Link back by using the button above or your own link.

4. Visit other blogs and meet new blogger friends!

Each week we will be choosing our favorite posts to feature and share with you all!

Let Your Light Shine Thursdays

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Weekend Recap + April Style Remix!

Happy Monday!

Every Monday is the opportunity for a new beginning on a new week! I am excited to be alive and doing well in all things :)

This month I am going to give you a few different looks with my new favorite distressed white denim cut offs! They are perfect for spring!

 I love a nice comfy relaxed fit that looks good casual and dressed up...









Grey Blouse - Gap
White Distressed Denim Crop Pants - American Eagle (Thrifted)
Grey Gladiator Heels - Heartbreaker
White/Gold Watch - Guess
Blue/Gold Shoulder Bag - Iman (I am selling this in my Poshmark closet!)

Style Remix


I have a few more looks that I will be showing you this month. Can't wait to show you them all!

Weekend Recap

This weekend was eventful, we went to a wedding for A's bro. Overall it was a good weekend spent with close family & friends. We had a blast on the dance floor.

PLUS my baby girl is 3 months now!!! 

Aww she is getting so big and growing up so fast, what am I going to do? :)


Hope you have a great day!

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Friday, April 11, 2014

When Mercy Found Me.

Happy Friday! 

Hope you are are bringing the work week to an end well! 
Its beautiful out and I am happy to have another week in this beautiful life God has made for me!


But it wasn't always like this. 
In fact, I feel inspired to share my story with you today. See yesterday as I was browsing my other fave blogs I fell upon Amy who was inspired by Leah and her "when mercy found me" post. Mercy found Amy in a city college gymnasium, mercy found Leah on her bathroom floor as she was trying to end her life. Mercy even found my sister in a broken heart from an abusive relationship. 
And mercy found me,
in a dark, depressive place.


I have told my story to those that are close to me, but today I am no longer ashamed to tell all of the world where God's mercy found me. It found me in the middle of my bedroom one night in the middle of my mess. 
Mercy found me there

Before it found me I was so lost. I always liked to be in control of everything in my life and the fact that it seemed like everything I had my hand on wasn't going the way Jena wanted it to go - I figured there was no hope. I had been struggling with being happy at my job and all of its stresses. I was approaching my last semester at school, but unsure how I was going to convince my job to let me take off work to go to school. I wasn't very close to my family. I was in debt, and needed a new car. I was living paycheck to paycheck and began to ask God, is this all there is to life? Is this all I had to look forward to? A job where I am miserable - working 9-5 for the rest of my life. Hating it? Was this all that life was? If so, what was the point. I was so anxious about everything I began to have panic attacks from thinking so much. I began to self medicate myself just so that I could not worry about anything. When I would come down the mole hills would be turning to mountains, and I would just cry and get lifted again. I have always been a very happy person, but sometimes the happiest looking person can be so sad inside. I was so sad about my life. I didn't see the purpose in it, if that was all that I had to look forward to, 
I didn't want it.


I am so thankful for Jesus' mercy. It found me one dark, lonely night. It woke me up, I felt Him talk to my spirit, my heart. 
"I am the Creator." 
I could feel His words in my being. In my spirit. 
"Why are you looking to this world to show you what life is? 
I am the Creator. 
Why don't you go the source, the one who created all, to get your answers?"
Everything just clicked. I could feel His love that night.  I felt something so real that I could never explain to anyone. 
I felt true life. 
He continued to speak to me. He said there was so much He had for my life. That this would be the beginning of a great life in Him. 
~~~

It was a Saturday night. I went to church the next day. I called my dad that night and told Him I wanted Jesus to be my Lord and Savior. I decided to live my life according to God's ways that very night.


In a month's time, I was no longer bound by the same demons. I went to Jesus for everything! I was feeling better about my job, and they even made a way for me to have half days to go to school for my last semester! (This is absolutely unheard of) I was able to have the finances to purchase a new car for me and my hubs! Me and A got engaged and made our commitment to each other, and the next month I found out I was pregnant (something me and A had been really wanting for a couple years). 
I also had peace in my mind 
- this is something I am so thankful for.


I am so thankful for Jesus. 
Finding me in the middle of my mess, and picking me up when I felt there was no hope. 
He had been sitting there the entire time, listening to me, waiting for me to come to Him. 
Mercy found me, and my life has never been the same. 
I wouldn't trade it for the world. 

I have learned what having a true relationship with Christ is. He's my strength when I need it, my friend when I want to talk, my protector, and my peace. 

Neon striped no sleeve blouse - Nordstom Rack
Off white tank - Heartbreaker
White distressed capris - American Eagle (Thrifted $6!)
Brown strappy wedges - Shpreflection.com (I am selling these in my Poshmark closet for $15!)
White/gold watch - Guess
Berry clutch - Nine West (TJ Maxx)
Skinny Brown Belt - F21

Hope, Peace, Love, Joy have been restored to me. 
I am so happy, I have an everlasting joy that cannot be stolen from me. So when you hear me talk about Him or how much I love Him, you can now understand what He brought me from and why I am so greatful! P.S. I cried tears of joy writing this :)! 

He is so amazing
I love Him with all that I have. 
He is so worthy of the praise!

So, Where did mercy find you?


I love this song by Natalie Grant - the acoustic version is my favorite. It reminds me of being in a lost place and that God will find you wherever you are. He is always there and willing and waiting for you to call His name. 
  (I think I might sing this for my next song to share my voice!)

Hope you have a great weekend! :)
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Thursday, April 10, 2014

What's Written for Me + Let Your Light Shine #5

Happy Thursday!

It's time for another Let Your Light Shine Thursdays link up! But before we get to the link-up I want to share a story with you. 

I was listening to a series called Battlefield of the Mind by Joyce Meyers and I was literally battling in my mind what I would write on my blog about today. See, I usually just ask God to guide my words and it flows - but sometimes I over think it and can't figure out what to write about. So as I was finishing the CD, I went to put it back into the case and on the outside of the case it says:

"I am constantly renewed in the spirit of my mind [having a fresh mental and spiritual attitude]." 
Ephesians 4:23

Well, immediately the 4:23 spoke to me. You see 4/23 is April 23rd, which is my birthday and it's this month! God spoke to my spirit and said find all the 4:23 scriptures and write about them, meditate on them and use them for my life to celebrate my birthday! 

So, I am using this scripture to remind myself to be renewed in my mind! Each and everyday attacking it with a fresh mental and spiritual attitude. Its so easy sometimes to fall victim to the thoughts of negativity and thoughts of this word. But if I meditate on this, I can continue to remember what God says and it will help me say what God says!

 I think its especially exciting because I am claiming that these were written just with me in mind :) Yes, my Father wrote some really great words just for little ol' Jena! :)


Today is 
Let Your Light Shine Thursdays!

Thanks so much for all of you that linked up last week!
Me and Aisha over at True Soul & Spirit loved seeing all of your posts!

Our favorite from last week's link-up was from Petite Career Girl. Merrie showed us how to mix up a dress into a day and night look. Totally shining last week! I especially loved the way she mixed the stripes in her dress and clutch!
Thanks again for all of you who participated! Now it's time to link up again :)

RULES: 
1. Link up your favorite post this week - It can be related to faith, fashion, food, family, or whatever else you would like to share that helped you shine your light from the week!

Don't worry if you don't have a blog to link up - just leave a comment with how you let your light shine this week!

2. Follow I'm Perfectly Human & True Soul & Spirit on Bloglovin, or any other social media outlet (FB, Twitter, Instagram, or GFC)

3. Link back by using the button above or your own link.

4. Visit other blogs and meet new blogger friends!

Each week we will be choosing our favorite posts to feature and share with you all!

Let Your Light Shine Thursdays

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