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Goodbye, my love

Well, the news is still settling in, but I guess there is no denying it now: Tim Tebow is engaged. When I posted about this on facebook, one of my friends said, “Nothing is final until you’re dead.” And while I appreciate that sentiment, I think it’s safe to say that Tebow and I are probably not going to be a thing at this point.

A friend sent me a Babylon Bee article about both Tebow and Chris Pratt being off the market in the same week, and it hit a little too close to home with its satirical interview. “If I couldn’t land a Christian football star or an A-list Hollywood actor,” laments the single Christian girl in question, “then is there really going to be any guy out there for me? I’m just not sure there are many other choices that God would have for me.” Words I may or may not have spoken at some point. The article goes on to say that at time of publication, this girl was “googling ‘single Christian celebrities’ to try to replenish her list of men she suspects God has destined her to be with.” Something I may or may not have done.

While my crush had significantly subsided in recent years (due, in large part, to the realization that he’s not into blondes), at other times in my life I was honestly pretty convinced that some way, somehow, Timmy and I were going to end up together. I intentionally didn’t read his book for a long time so that if I ever did meet him, I wouldn’t know everything about him and could ask him questions like a normal person. Because normal people are definitely convinced they’re going to marry celebrities they’ve never met.

I did TRY to meet him, though. When I lived in Virginia Beach, Tim was doing a football camp in Williamsburg, and I dragged a friend with me to see if we could find him. We could not. Another time, a friend invited me to her church in Knoxville where he was speaking. I went and intentionally wore a bright yellow dress so I’d stand out. Like a highlighter. But that didn’t work, either. Even when I went to India, I had a layover in France, and I thought I’d get to hang out in the lounge (I was wrong), and I imagined that Tebow – who would for sure have lounge access – would come in, we’d strike up a conversation, I’d tell him I was returning from a mission trip, and he’d propose on the spot. Or something like that.

That also did not happen.

But, I was prepared for this disappointment. I had been pretty convinced another time in my life that I was going to marry a celebrity – Prince William. Princess Diana died when I was 12, and like everyone else, I was glued to the coverage – and that’s how I learned that her 15 year old son existed. And like the 12 year old that I was, I fell hard.

I bought every magazine about Diana in print and plastered my 7th grade locker with William pictures. I sent a cassette tape to the princes that I thought would encourage them after their mom’s passing (this was half well-intentioned sweetness, and half because I thought he’d listen to it and just have to know the American girl who sent it – and to know me is to love me). And when one of my friends said she really thought I’d end up with him, I took it as a word from the Lord. This was also middle school, so I took license plates with my crush’s birthday numerals on them as signs from above.

Alas, Wills is 3 kids in at this point, and Tebow bought his fiancée a rock the size of Texas. But, I don’t regret my day dreams. Being a romantic makes life more rosy and interesting. Sure, following Tim across the country wasn’t the most productive use of my time, but I had some fun adventures with friends and got some good stories along the way. And perhaps my friend was a little off in her forecasting about my future royal wedding, but if 7th graders can’t have wild dreams about the future, who can?

So, I wish Timmy the best, and I will continue to live vicariously through Kate and Megan and all those who wear a crown, because, well, my name literally means princess, so I can’t help it. But, I won’t start googling Christian celebrities again, just yet.

I don’t have a good tie-in for this outfit. I just liked it. I actually wore this dress to work last week. I know it’s really too fancy for the office, but I’ve been watching a lot of Suits, and Donna inspires me with her fashion choices, as inappropriate for the workplace as some of them may be. And, I put a sweater over it, so that definitely toned it down.

So, friends, I told you my embarrassing stories – what about you? Have you ever been CONVINCED you were going to marry someone famous? Who was it, and what measures did you take to make this happen? Please share so we can all reminisce about famous loves gone-by. I bet some names might pop up more than once.

<3,
SB

Who Am I?

To round out the week of Tim Tebow, here is one last blog post based on his message (since it’s a good point and since I don’t ever want to forget anything he said).

How do you define yourself and find your value?

I’ll be honest, this is something I’ve struggled with for years.  I know the Christian answer is, “I’m a child of God,” and value comes from knowing who you are in God’s eyes.  And I believe that is where we should find it, but it has always seemed so abstract to me.  What does that really mean and look like?

I think the answer of how we define ourselves varies for each person.  If you’re single, perhaps you define yourself by how many dates you go on, if you’re in a relationship, or even how many Tinder matches you get (guilty on all counts).  If you’re married, maybe its by how strong your relationship with your spouse seems to be on any given day.  Maybe you place all your value in your work performance (I had a college professor flat out tell me once I needed to define myself by more than just my grades, as I cried in his office over (an unfairly) low test score), or your friend network, or your fashion sense…  (I’ve shared before that I feel completely inadequate to write a fashion blog, so the value I place in myself based on that goes up and down like a roller coaster).

Tim gave an example of his own life where he was, in the same year, voted one of the most popular athletes in America and cut from his team.  Obviously, that had the potential to put him on the aforementioned proverbial roller coaster.  If he derived his value and meaning as an individual from those outside forces, he would have faced an identity crisis that year, as he was forced to choose which definition of himself to believe – that he was a beloved athlete, or that he just wasn’t good enough.

However, Tim doesn’t define himself by how other people see him.  Instead, he is confident in who he is in the Lord, knowing that God has a special purpose for his life, no matter what others may say, think, or do.  And that’s true of all of us.  Whether we are promoted or fired, His plans for us are good, to give us a future and a hope.  No matter if we have 5 facebook friends or 5,000, He promises He will never leave us or forsake us.  If our fashion taste is lauded by InStyle magazine, or bemoaned by Stacy London, God still enjoys our creativity.  And even if every Saturday night is spent at home alone watching Netflix with nary a text message alert, His opinion of us is still that we are lovely.

How are you defining yourself?  This is a journey that I am still on; even as recently as a few weeks ago, one of my friends kindly commented on my (above-average) need for validation, drawing my attention to the fact that I still have a long way to go in understanding God’s love and what that really means for my life.  But, I’m working on it.  I don’t want to be defined any more by outside forces that change with the wind.  Rather, I want to have that peace that comes from knowing you are deeply loved by a God who never changes and knows absolutely everything about you, yet still calls you His own.

Is this something you struggle with?  If so, what are some of the steps you can take to define yourself in a healthy way?  If not currently, but you’ve dealt with this in the past, what were some of the ways you learned to define yourself according to what God says, rather than what the world says?  What is your favorite promise from the Lord about how much He values you and who you are in Him?

Let’s celebrate ourselves today!  Have a good weekend everyone!

1 - patterned dress nude heels(This outfit is completely unrelated to anything else in this post.  I just wanted to have another fashion-related post this week, and I felt like this one needed a picture.)

Lady in Yellow

I don’t know how many of you follow me on Instagram, but I’ve been doing this super fun style challenge over there.  I guess you’d call it microblogging, if that’s still a term.  Anyway, head on over and follow tastefullytrendysb for advance looks at some of my outfits, as well as some things that will never make it to my actual blog.  I’d love to connect with you!

And now, for the matter at hand.

Yesterday, I got to hear Tim Tebow speak at a church in Knoxville.  It was super inspirational, and I’ll be talking about it more in the coming days, I’m sure.  But today, let’s talk about how difficult it is to pick out an outfit to meet one of the most well-dressed men in the US.  Of course, we didn’t actually meet, but I had to prepare for any situation, and since my seat ended up being on the 4th row, I’m so glad I picked something that stood out – like BRIGHT yellow.

Naturally, when I posted a picture on social media and tagged Tim in it, I was doing so from my phone and accidentally picked the one where my mouth is distorted and the dress looks too big.  But, whatever.  The better picture now lives here, and that’s more important, right?
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What do you think of my choice?  Appropriate and noticeable enough without being too much?  Or none of the above?  How do you feel about my Easter egg color combo?  Can’t wait to hear from you!

  • Dress: JCPenney, several years ago (it was legitimately my Easter dress)
  • Shoes: Payless – I really do love their comfort line.  They are actually comfortable, cute, and these were only $15, so if they only last a season or two, I’ve still got my money’s worth.

Lonely Hearts Club

I don’t know if you’ve noticed this (sarcasm font), but I can be a bit dramatic.  My parents used to make fun of me because when I got really mad as a kid, I would literally stomp off to my room, making as much noise as humanly possible. I did this long into high school.

But, sometimes, the dramatic is all that seems to fit the situation, and that’s where I am right now.  It’s been a rough week, y’all.  Turns out, some old emotional wounds I thought were healed, weren’t, and this week, they were reopened, leaving me feeling vulnerable, sad, and physically ill (does your body react to emotional stress, or is that weird?)

I went on a date in hopes of distracting myself; it didn’t work. I ordered cheesy bread for lunch as a way of drowning my sorrows in garlic butter – I only got through about 1/8 of the order.  But, you know what did work?  What always works: going to the Lord.

Before you think I’m super spiritual, I’ll admit that going to God when I’m really upset is not usually my first response.  It should be, as it’s always the most beneficial, but it isn’t.  However, I am pretty disciplined in spending time with Him everyday, so in my regular quiet time earlier this week, I was talking to God about all that was on my heart. In many ways, I had brought this pain upon myself, and I fully expected some sort of punishment (beyond just the hurt I’d self-inflicted), because for some reason, that’s still deep down how I believe God operates.  Only, that wasn’t at all how God operated with me.  Instead, He spoke to me through this verse:

Wait on the Lord; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the Lord!
– Psalm 27:14, NKJV

I’ve read those words dozens of times without them meaning much. This time, though, I felt the Holy Spirit encouraging me that He would strengthen my little broken heart.  He saw my tears and instead of saying, “I told you so”, He said, “Come to me, spend time in my presence, and I will heal that heart and make it whole again.”  I usually read “wait on the Lord”, as a command to just keep being patient – the good persevering Christian soldier. But, this time, I read it as a call to bask in God’s presence, as He takes what is broken and puts it back together.

There was no condemnation; just an acknowledgment that my heart mattered. As I was reflecting on this verse, two other verses in Psalms came to mind:

The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. – Psalm 34:18

He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. – Psalm 147:3

God cares about my broken heart.  When I cry, He cries with me. There are no stipulations to His compassion.  Nowhere in the Bible does it say He only cares about people who are mourning death, or people who have been victimized, or people who are sick. No matter why we grieve, He grieves with us. He cares about each one of us, and the things that are close to our hearts are close to His.

Something that is close to my heart, as you all know well, is Tim Tebow. This may sound ridiculous, but I’m trying to make a point, so stick with me. God (and everyone else) knows I love Timmy, and in the midst of my sadness, God reminded me that He still cares about what I care about, prompting a friend to give me a ticket to hear Tim speak in Knoxville this Sunday. Not only did God not punish or condemn me as I was expecting, He gave me the opportunity to do something I’ve wanted to do for years

Most likely, Tim will not look out over the congregation and see a divine arrow pointing at my head, indicating that I am the one God has chosen for Him. We probably will not meet at all.  But, still, God knew hearing Tim speak would be really special for me, and I believe He gave me the chance exactly when He did to encourage me, reminding me that He hasn’t forgotten me, He isn’t mad at me, and He cares about my broken heart.

Tim Tebow may not fix my heart, but God can, and He’s showing me little by little just how much He wants to do that.

If your heart is broken for any reason – a relationship, a death, unemployment, or just life not working out like you thought it would – I hope you can be encouraged.  God cares about your heart, He sees your pain, and if you’ll look for it, I know He will show you ways that He is strengthening your heart, as well.

So, now the only question is:

What does one wear to meet a man who dresses like this?!

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Neon Lights

We interrupt this regularly scheduled programming to bring you: just a regular blog post.

I was out of town for Easter, and before that, I just had a really busy week and didn’t get to my blog as often as I would have liked.  So, at the risk of falling off the face of the earth for the 2nd week in a row, I thought I’d at least publish something today, and if I’m very lucky, even tomorrow and Friday.  This weekend, I should be able to get back on track (if I don’t run away with Tim Tebow, but I’ll save that story for now), so next Wednesday, we’ll look at another woman from the Bible.

For some reason, I’ve been on this t-shirt kick lately.  I don’t honestly know where it came from, but since I bought 5 t-shirts from H&M in a week, I guess it’s going strong.

I love this neon yellow I picked up recently.  I’m often not a fan of neon yellows and greens – I think they veer too close to snot when you have a cold.  But, I just really liked this one, so I picked it up, and then two days later, I got the cute infinity scarf I’m wearing that perfectly matched.  The purple jeans were a bit of a leap, but when I saw them in my dresser, I thought it just might work and went for it.  I also ended up completely coordinating with the bowling alley I went to later that night, so you know – that’s something.

1 - neon shirt purple jeanswpid-0327151821.jpgWhat do you think of my color combo?  Too much, or just so crazy it might work? (I did bowl the best game of my life that night and came in 2nd place – I’m pretty sure the neons are the reason.)  Also, how do you feel about bowling in general?  Or about me telling you that I once accidentally threw the ball into the next lane?

Let’s talk!

Trendy Tuesday: Tees

I had so many choices for today’s alliterative title, particularly considering the subject of my t-shirt.  But, Trends and Tees won over Tebow Time.  For perhaps the first and only time in my life.

Anyway, t-shirts are having a moment.  Which seems odd since, aside from jeans, t-shirts are probably the one staple of the American wardrobe that never goes away.  Functional, usually free, and long-lasting (well, at least if you’re my dad – he has t-shirts from college still.  Even if I’d been born while he was in college, that would still be 30 years ago.  I was not.)

But instead of being relegated to family reunions, youth group fundraisers, and the gym, t-shirts are now finding places in high fashion (or at least, street style of the rich and famous).  Of course, these are not the ill-fitting, over-sized, company logo shirts I’m talking about, but rather a cute graphic tee (like the bubble gum machine shirt I wanted to buy at Walgreens in Orlando.  I didn’t even care that it said Florida on it.  It was cute!), or a shirt with a witty phrase (most of which are really not that witty). And they’re being paired with all kinds of things as part of the high-low fashion trend that’s been going on for a while – and which my mom simply does not understand.

Right now, I’m obsessed with this company I just discovered on Facebook the other day called Litographs – they take classic books, print the entire text in super tiny font all over the shirt, and then add an iconic image from the story.  It might be easier if I show you.  This is the one that I want.  You can feel free to buy it too – I don’t mind being twinsies.  Just make sure they don’t sell out.

Alas, that kind of creativity isn’t free, and these tees are a cool $34.  Not a lot for a dress or shoes in my economy, but a little much for a t-shirt.  I’ll keep thinking about it until a) they run a sale; b) I can’t resist anymore; or c) one of you buys it for me! 🙂 🙂 🙂 (A woman’s small or medium would be great…)

So, I’m on the hunt for some more cute tees.  In the meantime, I think my Tebow shirt will be getting a lot of wear.  Which is fine with me.  It may be in Jets colors, which is completely irrelevant now, but the man himself will never be irrelevant.  Ever.

1 - tebow teeHow do you feel about the super casual mixing with the more dressy?  Have you tried it, or are you more like my mom and just don’t get it?

Oh, and my earrings are from Rahab’s Rope, btw.  We don’t carry this particular style anymore, but you can always order something else pretty!

I Heart TBow

I know its hard to believe, but I do own t-shirts. Most are sports-themed (I have a whole method/theory on meeting men by wearing sports paraphernalia – I’ll tell you about it sometime).  Also, most are relegated to the gym and/or moving days.  

Except one.  If you know me at all, you know that I’m in love with Mr. Timothy Richard Tebow.  Or Timmy, as his mother and I like to call him.  Apparently, I post about him a lot on facebook, as one of my facebook friends – who I don’t know super well in real life – sent me a link last year to buy the amazing t-shirt I’m wearing below.  Unfortunately, I bought this shirt before I knew that Timmy wouldn’t play a lick for the Jets, and now that they’ve released him, I’ll have to get a new t-shirt (unless he ends up on the Packers or Eagles; unlikely, but I’ll hope for it, so I can keep my shirt.  I already have a useless Broncos Tebow shirt.  A third one would just be excessive.)

If you’d like to get your own I <3 TBow tee, you can check them out here.  I wanted to keep my weekend look casual, but still put together, so I wore my fake Sperry’s (I really like them better than the real thing, actually – they are a little more feminine with a shorter toe), a watch, and some cute earrings that have a touch of green, but also add another color to the outfit.

Shirt: online; see the link
Shorts: no idea
Shoes: DSW
Earrings: gift
Watch: Wal-Mart before I started boycotting them

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