This summer’s been so sweet, I donut want it to end 😜🍩☀️ #amipunnyyet
Do you ever find yourself saying (or thinking ) the “if only I had...” script. Telling yourself you would be happy and fulfilled if only you had certain things/people/status you’ve been longing for. “If only I had: A nicer car A boyfriend/girlfriend A better body Money Fame The list goes on and on. The truth is, though some of these may be good things, they won’t ever truly fulfill that longing in your soul. And that’s a dangerous game to play out in our minds. I was recently reading a beautiful devotion by @lysaterkeurst on this and it really hit home for me. How often do we say these “if only I had...” statements and long for things that won’t actually fulfill us. People can’t withstand the pressure we put on them if we look to them to fill our needs and our heart’s longing. Possessions will eventually break down and we’ll be on to wanting the next best & newest thing Position and status work more to boost our pride & are never the true fulfillment to what our soul’s long for and will let us down if we depend on them. The truth is that nothing in the world around us is going to fill these gaps. It’s not wrong to want to improve our lives but we need to find contentment and joy right where we are and not depend on things that are fleeting for it. I find my relationship with God to be the only true answer for fulfillment for me, but even if you don’t believe in God, I encourage you to evaluate what you’re putting too much weight on to make you happy. Rearranging our thoughts and motives can go a long way 💛💛💛 . . . . . . 📸: @perrowphoto
Green: the color of growth, life, new beginnings, prosperity, and renewal. I’ve always been a nature girl at heart, and this summer has felt like a very green season for me. Literally green in nature here in Cali from all the rain earlier this year, but also spiritually and figuratively as well. I was recently reading that yellow symbolizes trials, and how appropriate that you can’t make green without yellow, and you can’t experience new growth without facing trials. I encourage you today to lay down the stresses of the trials you’re facing and focus on the growth you’re experiencing because of them. Let them mold you into something beautiful instead of hardening you into something bitter and brittle. Often we cannot change our circumstances, but we can change our perspective. A grateful heart can do wonders 💚
Do you ever feel like something’s getting in the way of your joy? I’ve been spending the last few weeks really evaluating what holds the key to my heart and WOW can that be eye opening! When we let our joy be determined by things of this world, they will inevitably steal our joy. So here’s to a joy that surpasses all circumstances and earthly conditions. A joy filled with peace, rest and abandon ✨
Do you ever just feel like you live your life stagnant, waiting on the next big thing? Waiting on the weekend. Waiting until you graduate. Waiting until you get the promotion. Waiting for that big trip you’ve been planning for months. I got back from a trip earlier this summer and thought to myself “what’s the next thing I’m looking forward to?” Then it hit me: “why the heck do I just wait around for the next ‘exciting’ thing I have to look forward to?!” Life happens during the in-between moments. Sweet memories with dear friends and family happen during the in-between moments. And I believe God does big things when we tune into Him even in the quiet in-between moments. I’m challenging myself to be more present even in the mundane this summer, and I believe when we stay present for opportunities to love on those around us and make the most of each day, we can make even the mundane moments transform into days full of their own adventures. . . . Shot by @perrowphoto
If this Monday morning were an ice cream, I’m pretty sure it’d be this one: hot, sticky, but still sweet once you get past all the mess 😂😂 I’m sure there’s a life lesson in here about how things can still be great even if they don’t seem ideal from the outside, but honestly, I was just really sad my ice cream melted 🤣🤪
Things that make me happy: puppies, ice cream cones and sweet Sunday mornings with Jesus. Today involves all of the above. Hello best day ever ☀️🙏🏼🍦🐶. . . . Shot by @perrowphoto
Sunshine, Smiles and Summer Hats ☀️🤠 I’d say today is going to be a good Saturday. Fun fact: I used to never wear hats because I thought it drew too much attention to me. I’ve always dreaded being the center of attention - kind of funny for someone who can easily jump on stage and perform for thousands of people 🤷🏼♀️ but in real life, it was always different. While the hat thing isn’t important, the message behind it is. I had to learn to embrace that sometimes we have to be okay with being noticed. Standing out is a GOOD thing. Being different is a GOOD thing. In today’s culture, I don’t WANT to be like everybody else. I don’t want to look out for number one, I don’t want to follow MY own truth, and I don’t want to be the girl Hollywood has often asked me to be. I just felt like someone needed to hear today that it’s okay to stand out for standing up for what you believe in. So stand your ground, be different, and wear all the hats 😝
Back on the W(B )est Coast! My life has felt SUPER hectic lately with all the travel and I’m so happy to be home for a bit! (Well I leave for Vegas in a week but after that I’m home for a bit😂 ) SO grateful for the family time and opportunities I’ve had this past month but GOSH I MISSED LOS ANGELES!! It’s crazy to me that LA already feels more like home than the east coast did. When it’s right, it’s right! I just realized I don’t actually know where most of you guys are from! Comment below and let me know. Wearing @topshop Shot by @perrowphoto
New Headshot, who dis? Tell me I look bookable in this 💁🏼♀️😍 Side Note: why does my hair have a mind of its own. Where is it going and why doesn’t it understand what a part is? 🤷🏼♀️ Thanks for catching me and my hair in it’s natural habitat @perrowphoto
#throwback to my NFL Cheer days because I LOVE performing out in front of people and I LOVE fitness!! Gives me so much joy and I NEED YOUR VOTE to get back into that life! I used to co-lead team workouts for the Washington Redskins Cheerleaders and now I want to be leading online workouts with HOTWORX in my spare time! The top 15 vote recipients travel to Vegas for the in person competition so I need your votes to continue! LINK IN BIO and it takes two seconds! Vote once per day for the next week! Thanks y’all, let me know that you voted in the comments below! ❤️❤️
JOY 🌟❤️😄 Not happiness based on good circumstances, but pure, otherworldly JOY. Regardless of your circumstances today, I encourage you to seek a joyful perspective even in the midst of whatever you’re going through. . Our thoughts control our emotions and often our actions and reactions. I used to have very negative thoughts. I was a perfectionist, so even when my circumstances were going well, I would focus on the small imperfections and I would tailspin into deconstructive, negative thoughts. There is so much FREEDOM in focusing on what is good instead. Freedom in being able to give thanks even in the midst of trials. Renewing our minds and renewing our perspective can shift our thoughts and the way we react to the situations and people in our lives. Personally, I’ve found focusing outside of myself to make a world of difference. Focusing on loving others, and for me, loving God, has helped me shift from a place of deconstructive thoughts and emotions to a perspective of JOY and GRATITUDE ✨ If our happiness is based on good circumstances, then it is temporary. Today I encourage you to seek joy that is independent of your circumstances and cannot be shaken ❤️❤️ Wearing @thepinklilyboutique Shot by @niko clicks
May your Starbucks be Venti and your Monday be Sweet. ❤️ I’m finally back in LA and definitely needing all the extra caffeine to get going today (don’t we all deserve extra caffeine on a monday? ) but this picture really got me thinking and I feel the need to be honest. I almost didn’t post it because I’m using a straw and that’s not something I want to be promoting. But then I realized... if I don’t want to be promoting it, why am I okay USING it in the first place. And to be honest, I couldn’t give myself a reason, at least not a good one. It’s one part habit, and one part just straight laziness (I’m not a fan of the way paper straws get soggy ). I think my week in Seattle made me extra sensitive to the issue (my family in Seattle is very careful to lessen their impact on the environment but so is the whole city ) but I think it’s representative of a greater issue for me, and for many people. When our habits don’t reflect our values, we have some soul searching to do. Maybe you’ve caught yourself sharing some sensitive “news” about a friend, even though you don’t believe in gossiping. Maybe you called in sick to work, even though you don’t believe in lying. Or maybe you’ve found yourself dwelling on the offensive comment a family member made to you, even though you believe in confronting issues and being quick to forgive. I’m challenging myself today to take a look inward and identify the habits, thoughts and emotions I have that contradict my values and are not in line with the person I want to be, and I challenge you to do the same. Breaking habits is not an easy process, but you have to start somewhere. When we first identify the issue, we can start from the inside, renewing our mind and our thoughts in order to work towards changing the outward actions and reactions. 📸: @niko clicks
Still riding the Memorial Day wave and already excited for all the Fourth of July Feels! I love Summertime so much... bring on all the picnics, BBQs, bonfires and beach days. 😍☀️🇺🇸❤️ @thepinklilyboutique just launched their Patriotic Collection this week and it has the CUTEST finds for all your Summer festivities. Go check them out #pinklilystyle #thepinklilyboutique Shot by the talented @niko clicks
Springtime California Sundays are my favorite ☺️ Today’s culture so often glorifies “busyness”. We strive in our lives in order to be able to rest. What if instead we lived our lives from a place of rest? We strive for success, achievement, recognition, significance, meaning, value, influence, wealth, the approval of others, affirmation and peace. But when our self-value and significance are rooted in things of this world, we will never be at peace because everything we seek it in is so fleeting. When we live our lives not striving to be loved and to find rest, but from a place of already being loved just as we are, there we truly find rest and acceptance. We are enough just as we are. That doesn’t remove hard-work from our lives, but it changes the motive for it. And it gives us true contentment, peace and joy. You are loved just the way you are & you are of value, just the way you are. Where are you seeking importance & significance that you need to let go of in your life? What do you need to change in order to live your life from a place of love and peace? I hope you live your Sunday from a place of joy & rest today ✨ And I would love to hear your thoughts!
LA life: Adventure one minute, then chill work from home life (or friends’ homes😂 ) the next. #sponsored Feeling so grateful for this crazy life in Los Angeles that is like nothing I could have expected. From the most random opportunities, to the strongest sense of community, and all the hustle in between. Working from home mostly between acting jobs, I’m obsessed with my new Dyson Pure Hot + Cool, keeping all the gross Los Angeles air pollution out of my little haven. My least favorite part about this city is the smog (though traffic is a close 2nd ) So grateful for this bad boy to keep it out of my lungs while I work. #dysonpureair Now back to planning my next adventure 😏
Happy Earth Day! 🌎☺️ We are so blessed by this diverse, gorgeous planet we get to do life on! Exploring nature is one of my FAVORITE things and hiking up high above the city is my go-to escape when I don’t have time to leave LA to adventure in the wilderness. There’s something about it that’s actually grounding and reminds me how small we are compared to this big, beautiful planet. So let’s respect planet Earth so the future generations can enjoy it as much as we get to! ✌🏼
Being an NFL Cheerleader was one of my FAVORITE experiences and today a new team will be announced for the 2019-2020 season with the Washington Redskins Cheerleaders! I’m so excited for the women beginning this journey and joining the @1stladiesoffb sisterhood! Happy Final Audition Day & GOODLUCK LADIES ❤️💛🏈
My soul is stirring for my next adventure. ☀️🌵💫 Something about nature has always called out to me. I get a little restless if it’s been too long since I’ve escaped the city & gone exploring. My favorite thing to do when I was a little girl was run barefoot through the woods that stretched out for miles behind our house and pretend I was pocahontas. I longed to feel the leaves crunch under my feet and the wind tickle my ears as it rushed past and blew through my hair. Now here I sit, in the middle of Los Angeles, and adventure is calling again. Who’s in? 😏✌🏼 Photo by the talented @canahtam
Sunshine & Sunday Smiles ☀️ Today, I’m feeling reminded to appreciate the little things, like the simple joy of strolling around a good Farmer’s Market on a Sunday Morning! St. Patty’s day has never felt like my kind of holiday but today I’m seeing it from a new perspective. To me, the color Green symbolizes fresh starts, new beginnings and growth and that’s so appropriately EXACTLY how I’m feeling today. So here’s to new seasons and personal growth 🌱💛 Happy St. Patrick’s Day Everyone! 🍀
Strong men like strong women, weak men like weak women. For every opportunity I’ve had in my life, and for the woman I am today, I know that I owe the women who have gone before me, and the men who have supported their strength. Today, I’ve been really thinking on what International Women’s Day means to me. I am overwhelmed with gratitude for every woman AND man who has stood up for gender injustice. I feel very blessed for the opportunities I have been given and the freedom I have had to step into my own confidence and pursue my own dreams. Today I celebrate all the strong, confident women in my life ❤️ Women who know their worth and accept nothing less, women who refuse to succumb to comparison culture, women who stand up to injustice and refuse to be hindered by setbacks, women who live by LOVE and by JOY and are changing the world each in their own way. . Happy International Women’s Day 🌎💛 (tag a confident woman in your life )
Anyone else ready for summer to come back already? ☀️🙏🏼🌴 • • I’ve always said that I love a rainy day. But this has been the coldest, rainiest couple months in LA since I’ve moved here and my mood is READY for summer weather to come around. I hate to say my mood is dampened by this damp weather.... but it kind of is. It’s teaching me something though; that I can’t let my mood be determined by external circumstances. Lack of sunshine’s effect on the body is real but I’m learning to not let it be real to my JOY. So here’s to my mood being that of this sunshine-y shoot down in Mexico with @richardhumephotography & @1stladiesoffb despite more rain coming this week. Happy almost spring y’all!
FAIRYTALE. The only way I know how to describe this day and these humans ✨ It’s too rare in this comparison culture to find groups of women who really build each other up. Who support one another and celebrate one another in all things. @torimasters I was so honored to share in your day and be a part of the amazing group of inspiring women you have surrounded yourself with. . . There are very few days in our lives we can we actually pinpoint as life changing days. Even more rarely are we able to identify that in the moment. This was one of those days. A wedding that truly glorified God, between two of my favorite souls on this planet. I can’t wait to see what life has in store for you two @torimasters and @thegoodandthechad
Looking back at this weekend and what an AMAZING time I had out in the desert. Sometimes I forget how much nature and creativity truly fuel my soul. Deciding now, this is going to be my year of trying new things and seeing new places. Even the roadtrip this weekend left me SO IN AWE of Creation. The beauty this planet has to offer and how much more of it I want to see. I MEAN IT WAS SNOWING IN THE DESERT!! I’ve never seen anything like it. Here’s to more exploring and adventuring to come this year. Stay tuned 🙈✌🏼😏• • Also @nicolebalsamophoto and @sheriangeles are photography GODDESSES! #infuseedgeworkshop Photo by @sheriangeles w/ #swankypresets
Up to Snow Good 😜😏 Not sure what’s more beautiful, these views or this perfect Bride 👰🏼 Gorgeous inside and out. So grateful for the strong, kind and fierce women in my life #whatababe
TRUE JOY 😄❄️✨ This picture PERFECTLY sums up our friendship😂 Bachorette weekend SUCH a success so far! THIS BABE IS GETTING MARRIEDDDDD and I couldn’t be happier to celebrate this beautiful bride this weekend. It’s so easy to get carried away with the to-dos of life, sometimes we just need to remember to CELEBRATE!!
Hope your New Years is “lit”💡🎇😂 • • 2018 was a year of so much growth & so many firsts. My 1st role in a film that will be released in theaters, my 1st lead in a feature film, my 1st music video, & my 1st bigger commercial. In all of these opportunities, God has truly shown his Faithfulness. Even when I fell short, He gave me blessings greater than I even deserved. But so much more than the career growth, I’m grateful for my growth as a person, in my relationships, and in my relationship with God. I made new friends that feel like family, I learned more about myself than in any other year, and even though there were a lot of things that didn’t necessarily go my way, this year I learned to always choose to make the best of every situation- to always choose joy ❤️
Merry Christmas Eve’s Eve!! 😄🎅🏻😄 Throwback to the NFL Cheer days’ Christmas game in honor of being back in the DC area for the holidays! So happy to be with cherished friends and family this time of year. I’m reminding myself this Christmas to focus more on loving others and the true reason for this season ❤️❤️ I hope everyone has a beautiful Christmas! 🎄🎅🏻🌟
HAPPY DECEMBER EVERYONE!! 🎅🏻🎄🌟 Who’s ready for Santa?? 🙋🏼♀️🙋🏼♀️ Since my first Holiday show this season w/the @satindollz I have been WAITING for December to get here!
Looking back at November 👋🏼BYE👋🏼 Ready for December! . One of my favorite things about the holidays is the demeanor change in people towards OTHER people. The Spirit of Giving. It warms my heart to see people showing love and kindness to the people around them, whether it’s their coworkers, a stranger in the street, a random person they meet out shopping, or even their neighbors. We all seem to genuinely clue in more to the people around us. This year, I’m praying for more ways to serve others, but also that it doesn’t stop just with the holidays. That the spirit of giving stays long past the month of December. Love people y’all. ❤️❤️ 👗 : @shopreddress 📸: @canahtam
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas ❤️🌟🎄🎁✨ Grateful for the time back east to recharge and spend time with those that I love. Out and about last night, I was reminded how hurried and hassled the holiday season can become for so many. I’m challenging myself this year to focus less on the to-dos of the holidays and more on meaningful, quality time with quality people. Less on presents and more on His Presence. Whatever you believe, I challenge you to not let stress creep in and truly enjoy every bit of this Holiday Season❤️❤️
Because it’s the last day of the year that it’s socially acceptable to drink a PSL or sit on a bale of hay. RIP fall 🍁🍂🙏🏼 I hope everyone has a beautiful Thanksgiving Day with their loved ones. This is one of my favorite holidays. It’s such a great reminder for us to give thanks in everything. Not FOR everything. But IN everything, even in the difficulties, staying thankful for the blessings we do have. A grateful heart is a happy heart. I hope you have much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving Day and every day ❤️
Happy to be back home this week in my Virginia Sweater Weather! Small town girl at heart still 💛💛 . . It’s so easy to forget sometimes how important it is to make time for our family. Especially when that family lives 3k miles away. This is my first Thanksgiving back home in years and I couldn’t be more grateful for the holidays to remind of us of what’s important. Going to church this morning in our small town with my momma made my heart so happy ❤️Anyone else traveling this Thanksgiving?
Halloween is over y’all, LET THE CHRISTMAS LIGHTS & HOLIDAY MUSIC BEGIN 🎅🏻🎄😂 If I’m being honest, 50% of me judges people who start celebrating Christmas on Nov 1st & 50% of me wants to grab a peppermint latte & dive in to all the lights & carols 😂😂 Personally, I’ve always been a “Christmas season starts on Black Friday” kinda girl, which one are you? 📸: @johnyu co
Denver was “Lit” 💡✨😂 Seriously though I really do love this city. Good place to spend the first half of my birthday weekend 😄 Thanks for capturing this beautiful shot @johnyu co
Give’em Pumpkin to Talk About😏✨🎃 Getting into ALL the Fall Things 😍 I had so much fun this weekend that I decided to make a Fall Festivities Bucket List for the rest of the season! • Have a Pumpkin Carving Party •Go through a Haunted House •Go Apple Picking •Get lost in a Corn Maze •Make Hot Apple Cider •Build a Bonfire/Make S’mores •Have a Scary Movie Marathon •Make homemade Autumn Squash Soup •Go Hiking or Camping in the Forest Hmm what else am I forgetting? Any suggestions?
“It’s OK to not be OK” You don’t always know what’s behind a person’s eyes. You don’t always know what’s going on in their life or in their mind. To be honest, this is the first year I knew World Mental Health Day was a thing. I now know it’s been around a while, but I’m glad it’s gaining more traction. This needs to be a topic that is no longer considered so taboo to talk about. If you are struggling, you are not alone. If you are hurting, there is hope. #worldmentalhealthday • • • #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealthmatters #mentalhealthwarrior #positivity #mindsetmotivation #honesty #givelove #fightdepression #spreadjoy #talkaboutit #behindtheeyes #beingopen #sharekindness #helpothers #mentalhealth #thestruggleisreal #bepositive #bekind
“People are the best thing that can happen to anyone” Really good people. I’m so grateful for so many of the amazing people God has brought into my life even in the past few months. It’s such a reminder of the difference we can make in someone’s life even in a short time. From giving a kind word or loving wisdom, to even just sharing a smile. Loving others can go a long way.... and yes that first quote is off the side of a restaurant in Los Angeles 😂💛