Wedding Weekend With Confidence

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Where did the weekend go?! I swear it was just Thursday and I was getting up at 4:30 in the morning to go to work so I could get ready for tons of fun wedding stuff! This weekend was my best friends wedding and I just can't believe it went by so quickly!

My best friend Suzanne and her now husband got married on Saturday. They had dated for around 8 years so everybody is extremely happy they finally tied the knot! Suzanne was a beautiful bride and their wedding was super cute! She did a whole DIY wedding! I don't know how she managed to do it all herself!

I was fortunate to be able to stand up with Suzanne and support her as a bridesmaid on her wedding day! But my parents as well as NPG attended the wedding. It means so much when family and friends can get together and support new love.

The wedding took place on the river and it was the perfect spot for a wedding! I can't wait to see how those professional sunset pictures turned out! I snapped a few with my phone and even those were really pretty!

And what would a wedding be without a few selfies! NPG and I couldn't resist!

But on a serious note, I never was too self-conscious about wearing strapless dresses, but since gaining weight again I have become much more hesitant to put on a strapless shirt or dress. I now find myself trying to be careful about how I stand in pictures. But this past weekend, I didn't even think about it. I felt pretty and I just tried to let that feeling radiate through me. I think that helped my overall confidence level through the evening and into my normal life this week! Sometimes it just takes getting out of your everyday life and spicing things up a bit to find a bit of courage just to be you!

Following my Dreams of Photography

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

I have been one of those people who were envious of photographers and their beautiful pictures. I got a Nikon DSLR back in 2008 but never really took the time to learn how to use it for more than just a really fancy point and shoot. For about a year I had my eye on a DSLR that took pictures and recorded video. So finally around Christmas I bought it. Finally nearly 5 months later I'm starting to learn. 

Bare with me a little, I'll get back to talking about photography, a tangent is about to commence.

Saturday, my mom and I ran in a 5k to support NPG's college alma mater. I had never actually been to his campus even though it is only about 15 minutes away from where we live. It is really a neat little community. The campus is located on an old pecan plantation, so there are roughly 75 pecan trees planted in the middle of campus. The 5k actually ran though the pecan grove! They let the students and community pick the pecans when they are in season, which I think is super cool. Pecan pie anyone?!

Running through the grove - photo credit RBC 5k Staff Member

Crossing the finish line - photo credit RBC 5k Staff Member

I'm sure you see where I'm going with this...

Aside from graduating from there, the college is where NPG got his love of landscaping so he took me to one of his favorite and the most beautiful place on campus. Now let's get back on topic. I got really excited about this stunning little pond because it gave me a chance to enhance my new love of photography. I brought my Nikon D5500 camera with me to the race and set out to take some pictures and practice a little. I first started trying to shoot in manual mode roughly 3 weeks ago. My first try at manual mode on my camera didn't turn out quite how I wanted it to.

The next time I attempted shooting in manual mode I changed a few settings and I've slowly been getting the hang of it ever since. My Gerber Daisies have been the subject of most of my photography.

Now that NPG has introduced me to this wonderful garden at his college, I will be wanting to go back there to practice more. I got a few shots while we were there before I got too cold and wanted to go warm up. 

I am so excited to continue learning about photography and enhancing my skills. This has always been a dream of mine and sometimes you just have to follow your dreams and know that you can achieve them if you put your mind to it. 

What is something you have always wanted to learn to do?

Fitness Friday

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Happy Friday Eve! I always love when the end of the work week rolls around! Recently I've had amazing plans for the weekends! Spring always means I am out and about doing things with friends, but this week I have great plans for Friday! Okay, so I don’t actually plan to go out and do anything, but I have something great I want to share with y’all!
I have been participating in the ConfidenceKini Challenge for almost 4 weeks now (say what?! time has gone by too fast!). And I bought this fancy new camera that records video, so I wanted to record my workouts for my own personal benefit to see my form and observe myself progressing. But since I am going to be documenting my workouts, I should hold myself a little extra accountable as well. So y’all are officially my accountability outside of the Instagram challenge with my #LGSisters.

Starting tomorrow, I am posting Fitness Friday the last Friday of every month on my YouTube channel. I will smash together little snippets of my workouts in a short little video for y’all to check out. My hope is that this will motivate me to get my rear in gear and workout with the camera rolling every morning. BUT I also hope it will inspire you to get your weight lifting on if that is the kind of fitness you want to get into!

So be sure to head over to my YouTube channel tomorrow to check out the first Fitness Friday video!

Proper Planning

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Have y'all ever meant to do something and then things life gets in the way?! That's what happened for me last week. I had been planning to unveil this cool new project, but it took longer than I expected to get ready and my friends wanted to go out to eat and well you get the picture. Life happens.

PS you'll get the whole scoop on the cool new project this coming Thursday!

I always feel like I have the best intentions of doing things. Doesn't everybody though? My friend's dog died a few weeks ago and I went out and got her a doggie sympathy card, but forgot to look up her address to send it to her. Now weeks later, I feel like it would just be a sad reminder. Your best intentions don't really get you very far when it comes to action.

NPG has this saying that made me go "huh" when he first said it. It's the 6-Ps you should always remember! Proper planning prevents piss-poor performance. I'm a planner. Like I always like to have a plan especially when it comes to meeting up with people or even just going though my work day, but I had never thought of planning in that way. It really is true and a good phrase to remember.

NPG says it to his crew at work. When they don't plan properly, their mistakes cost the company millions. Granted, my improper planning of not sending a sympathy card or not writing a blog post ahead of time isn't that bad, but had I of planned a little better and been a little more organized, I could have gotten the card in the mail and posted about my new project last Thursday. 

Planning is good for more than just being reliable. It helps me to feel that I know what's going on in my life and don't leave anything or anybody out. Or you can use planning and preparing on a larger scale such as saving for your future. I know both of those make me a much more confident person.

Proper planning people!

Are you a planner or do you fly by the seat of your pants?

What Confidence Means to Me

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

When I first started thinking about confidence as my main focus for American Honey, I wasn’t sure how I would make it work. Could I come up with enough content? Would everything I wrote about be relate-able to confidence? Would this be something I really wanted to write about all the time on the blog? I had plenty of other questions running though my head. This was a huge step for me. After all, I hope to keep going in this direction for the duration of my blog!
As I was pondering over confidence, I recalled a time back in college. I’m not exactly sure why this memory stuck with me, but it did. At the time I was dating a Marine who was stationed roughly 5 hours away. I was also battling depression which didn’t make the long distance relationship any easier. He had come up for his long weekend and we had a particularly nice one, though we didn’t do much. But eventually Sunday came and he had to go back to the base. I remember being so sad I cried in bed for a few hours. Finally I was able to pull myself out of bed when it turned dark outside to go to Walmart to get some food. I remember putting on makeup to hide my red eyes from where I’d been crying and some nicer clothes to make myself feel better even though I didn’t feel that great. While I was there I ran into a girl from my French class. I didn’t know her all that well, but she was friend of a good friend of mine so I said hello when I saw here and kept on my way, hoping she didn’t notice my red eyes. Later on when I spoke to my good friend who called to check on me, she told me that her friend had saw me in Walmart and said I always looked so neat, put together and confident in myself….
Like I said, I’m not sure why that story stuck with me, except that it was a very nice compliment. But it really made me think about outwardly appearances. It is very easy to come across as confident in the 3 seconds you say hello in Walmart and keep walking by. It can even be fairly easy to seem confident in a 5 minute chat with a coworker. But that isn’t what I think of as confidence. When I think of confidence I think of somebody who is strong and secure with who they are, but honestly it means so much more than just outwardly appearances.

To me confidence is...
looking good.
feeling good. 
knowing that I can do something (that’s easy or even something not a lot of people can do). 
knowing my strengths (and trying to expand them and use them whenever I can). 
being proud of my successes. 
following my heart and what I know is right. 
taking risks no matter what the outcome. 
being graceful and having grace.
And those are only a portion of what I think of as being confident. Confidence doesn’t have to come naturally, but it is something you have even if nobody is looking! It goes well beyond your looks, your physical strength or even emotional strength. It can be related to every piece of your life, and ultimately that’s why I decided that I should write about confidence in my blog.
I know there will be a point in everybody’s life where their faith in their selves is going to be tested. Whether it is getting the courage to get out of bed after crying for hours or just putting on that bathing suit and heading out on the beach, I wanted to share that you are not alone. You can build up the confidence to conquer anything and I want to be here to help you!

What does confidence mean to you?