Monday, January 26, 2015

Inside My Phone..........

This weekend was awesome!  Lots of rest, lots of things accomplished, and most of all it really felt almost normal.  Since we are transitioning and moving to our hometown, life has seemed chaotic and a crazy.

Friday evening, I ate dinner with my in-laws and then relaxed and chilled before hitting the bed early.

Saturday, I woke up and headed to town to run a few errands, stopped by the office to get prepared for the week ahead, and then home in time to change clothes before heading to check out a new church.  I was blessed to see a good friend, who invited me to sit with their family.  After church, I headed home and had a great time talking with my family and just enjoying catching up on life.

Sunday we slept in, enjoyed a family lunch, and then spent the afternoon driving to different neighborhoods and areas of town to see where we may want to look at buying a new house this spring.  We ended the weekend spending time with my bro and sis-in-law and enjoyed hearing about their fun weekend in Asheville.  

All in all, it was a great weekend and it was so good for my soul.  In other fun life updates, I thought I would share several pics from my phone I took this week.
Loving this new song by the Zac Brown Band.  Its on REPEAT on my iPhone and it is  so fitting for this new transition in our life. 

Made it to 2 Thessalonians in my Bible Study, and enjoyed catching up with this awesome video teaching from one of my favorite bible teachers, Beth Moore. 

We gave this B-Day card to a guy in our office, but does it not look like Butterman Davis!!

Taking some selfies at the BCMM museum on #MuseumSelfie Day 
This is one of my FAVORITE videos in the museum.

More selfies!!  LOL! 

BCM Marketing Team - Yes, Hannah's hallo-gram  is in the museum.  

More Selfies!!  So thankful music was part of our heritage and love sharing this history with the world!

Yes, we are launching a radio station at BCM!!  
And, yes I am SOOOO excited to this project and excel!

We headed to Knoxville to work on a little CD project called Orthophonic Joy!  
This project is going to be simply AMAZING!

The minds around this table AMAZE me!!

Experienced my first Bristol Chamber event on Friday! 

What happens when your sis in law is a nurse - you have a 15+ nurses plus Matt, Jamie, and I come together to celebrate her B-Day!!!  LOL!!  Fun dinner indeed.

Happy Monday!!

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Friday, January 23, 2015

5 on Friday - Valentine's Day Gift Guide

Happy Friday!!!   With Valentine's Day less than a month away, I thought it would be fun to share some great gifts ideas for us gals. Today's 5 on Friday is dedicated to a few items I am loving these days, and just had to share.........

1. The new album by Bethel Music - Just listening the preview of this album is amazing.  Not sure I can wait to V-Day to get this, as it comes out next week.  Check out the preview by clicking HERE

 2. I have been thinking lately that its probably time to enhance my jewelry collection.  I love these silver and diamond earrings from Jared - The Galleria of Jewelry. I could wear these with almost everything, and nicer than my normal Premier jewelry.

  3. Okay, I bought this Flower Bomb perfume for myself before Christmas, and LOVE IT!!!  Definitely need to get a bigger bottle this time.

4. Weekend Getaway - I love getting away for a couple of days, and what better place than to go to Biltmore.  And, with the new Downton Abbey costumes on display, its a MUST Do this spring. 

5.  If you are looking for a great dining experience, there is non better than Ruth's Chris Steak House.  We celebrated my last birthday at the Knoxville location, and it was by far one of my favorite meals I've ever had.  Definitely making plans to go back soon. 

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Happy Happy Birthday!!

Happy Happy Birthday to my sweet sister-in-law Kristy!!!  I cannot express how lucky I am to have been blessed to have her as a sister.  She is one of my closest friends and one of the most giving and loving people I know.  I am so excited for all the fun experiences and memories ahead.   

I love ya Kristy and wish you an awesome B-Day!!

 Nashville - Buffett Concert 2010

 Beach Vacy - 2006

 Atlanta - Buffett Concert - 2008

 Beach Vacay - 2006

 Biltmore - 2013

 Wedding Shower - 2013

 Beech Vacay - 2012

 Cincinnati - Buffett Concert 2013

 Biltmore - 2014

 Biltmore - 2014

 Charlotte - Buffett Concert 2009

 Beach Vacay - 2006

 Beach Vacay - 2014

 Cades Cove - 2011

 Beach Vacay - 2011

 Beach Vacay - 2013

 Wedding Day - 2013

Love Ya Kris!!!

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Monday, January 19, 2015

A Weekend Well Spent Brings a Week of Content

This weekend was quiet.  So quiet, that it made me realize that it was the first time in over 10 weeks that we have had two days in a row with no travel, no packing, no moving, nothing.  Whew!!! Saturday was filled with running a few errands and then heading to dinner with Jamie and Kristy.  Matt had to work on Sunday, so I was able to get caught up on laundry, spend some much needed quiet time in the Word, and prepare for the week ahead.   It was so nice, and I feel rested and ready for the week ahead.

Speaking of the week ahead, its time to get serious and get my morning routine back on track.  With the move and everything else going on, I have gotten out of the rhythm of waking up early and starting off my day right.  So, this week its time to get back on track.

Here are 7 Steps to the Perfect Morning Routine.......

1.  Stretch 
It seems the older I get, the more my body craves morning and evening stretch time.  Taking 5-10 minutes to stretch and do a couple of yoga sequences really gets me ready for the day.

2.  Quiet Time with the Lord
Taking time to spend the first minutes of the day in prayer, worship, and study of God's Word is my favorite thing to do.  I'm currently reading a couple of great books on prayer, plus I'm also finishing a bible study on 2 Thessalonians, so its the perfect day to begin the day.

3. Drink Water
As soon as I get out of bed, I love to drink Ice Cold Water.  It really wakes me up and gets my body feeling great.

4. Listen to upbeat music
As I get ready, I love listening to energetic music.  I love the energy from an upbeat song, and especially worship songs by artists like Mandisa, Mercy Me, etc. 

5. Take My Time to Get Dressed and Ready for the Day Ahead
I am not a fan of rushing around, especially in the morning.  I love knowing when I go to bed, what I am going to wear the next day, so I am on auto-pilot when it comes to getting ready in the morning.

6.  Breakfast
The best habit I have picked up over the last few months is eating breakfast at home.  I love taking 10-15 minutes to sit down and eat breakfast before heading out the door.

7. Say "I Love You"
Telling my sweet husband "I love him" before I leave is a must.  Taking time to tell him I love him and I cannot wait to see him soon, is the perfect way to start my day. 

Happy Monday Friends.  And, if you have specific things in your AM routine please share. I would love to know what others do to stay healthy and keep our lives as stress free as possible. 

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Friday, January 16, 2015

Five On Friday - Life Update

Its Friday! Its Friday!  Woohoo, the weekend is almost here!  This week has simply flown by and I am ready for a couple of days of sweet rest and time with my family.  Life is going well as we continue to transition to our hometown; however, hopefully, in a few short weeks we will have everything situated and moved to Bristol.  God has been so good to our family with this transition, as He makes provision for every detail.  He truly deserves all the glory for His grace, goodness and kindness.  

This week's 5 on Friday is a random assortment of life updates and just fun things I am loving these days.  I hope you enjoy!!  

1.  WOW!  I saw this quote on Instagram and it made me do a gut check.   How often do I get so "busy" that I lose focus on the Lord and put all my energy in completing my To-Do list and running here and there. I have to remind myself that the people the Lord brings in my life each day need to see Him through me, and no matter how anxious I get from "all I have to do," that He has called me to live in the present and be a light to all of those around me. 

 2.  Another Quote that hit me between the eyes.  Oh, how I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to plan; however, sometimes its best to get up off my rear and get to work.  This is especially true in my relationship with getting healthy and exercise.  LOL!! 

 3. Okay Ladies, this book is not for the faint at heart.  Karen Ehman has an awesome way of reminding us (yes, I mean me too) to learn to keep our months shut and really take time to listen to what others are saying.  If you are looking for a great devotional/Christian Living book this is a MUST READ!

 4. This CD has been playing non-stop since I heard it last fall!!!  The worship songs are incredible!

5. Since my new job is themed around music, I find myself attending more and more concerts, and last weekend did not disappoint.  This was an awesome band who are on a quest to record all the Carter Family songs.  Amazing! 

Hope your enjoyed this update, and have an awesome weekend!!

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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Siesta Scripture #2

Wow, these past 15 days have flown by and I cannot believe its time for Scripture #2!!

Over the past few days, the Lord has sweetly brought the following scripture into my quiet time.  Its the perfect prayer to memorize to begin each day by saying:

Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul. - Psalm 143:8 (NIV)

Now, I am going to memorize the NIV version; however, I simply love The Message Version too:

If you wake me each morning with the sound of your loving voice, 
I’ll go to sleep each night trusting in you. 
Point out the road I must travel;
I’m all ears, all eyes before you.

I love this prayer, because it begins with an expectation in our hope for the day ahead, as we affirm our trust in the Lord. The scripture reiterates our trust in God as we worship Him by lifting up our souls each morning.  What a perfect way to begin the day - looking to the Lord for what He has planned for us and praising Him for who He is.     

Oh ladies, how I love the Siesta Scripture Memory Team.  Its still not too late to sign up, and if you are interested check out the Living Proof Ministries Blog.

Have a blessed Thursday!!!

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Learning didn't end when I graduated............

Over the years, one of the greatest pieces of advice I've ever received is to never stop learning.  To always be reading something that will help improve my career, health, relationships, and walk with the Lord.  One of my goals has always been to read a professional development and fiction book each month, focusing on different areas of life I need to grow in.  So, I took a little inventory, and here are a few professional books I have my eye on this year:

This books is one of my favorites, and always helps me get re-focused on getting an intense work load under control. 

 This books looks like a lot of fun to read, and think it may be a great way to get more creative in approaching marketing projects. 

 I've always been a question asker; however, the more I study management and leadership books, it seems that asking the "why" is the most important question to ask. This book has extremely high reviews, and I am looking forward to reading it.

48 Laws that have been tried and tested over three thousand years of history.  I think it will be a good reminder of how to be a great leader and a great follower too. 

The mother of all marketing and management books, this book is a definite read this year. 

What about you?  Any good business professional books you are reading?

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