Hustle Sauce Giveaway (and discount code)

If you follow me on instagram you may have noticed these t-shirts that I've been wearing and loving. I even wrote a blog post recently about hustling and mentioned the t-shirts there. Well, allow me to formally introduce you to Hustle Sauce. 

I've known Steph (the girl behind the hustle) since our high school days. We sat next to each other in physics classs and the rest is history. Steph is seriously one of the best people I know. She's genuine and kind and hilarious and crazy talented. She always had the cutest handwriting in high school and now she's a designer who does amazing typography work. So she started a t-shirt business this year and has already had amazing success. 

I love that her t-shirts represent Miami so well (guau!) but can be appreciated by people all over the place (the struggle is real, amirite?). Alex and I actually own several of her t-shirts and they are our favorites. So soft and comfy. 

Today Steph has been so kind to offer one of her "The Struggle is Real" women's racerback tanks to one lucky winner.

Use the rafflecopter widget below to enter. You have between today and next Wednesday to enter. But if you just can't wait to get your hands on a Hustle Sauce t-shirt click on over to the shop and use the discount code glowinglight for 10% off your purchase. The code expires next Wednesday so get on it! 

Good luck! 

when life doesn't turn out the way you thought it would

I think most people have somewhat of an idea of how they want their life to turn out. We make plans and pray and hope and dream...and sometimes, it comes true! And it's wonderful when it does. I remember growing up and going through high school, college, and even grad school - life was pretty much predictable. Everything that I planned on happening happened. I got into the schools I applied for, I married the man of my dreams, we got the perfect apartment that we were hoping for... We even got the exact dog that I wanted to be ours. In my mind I was winning!

After grad school Alex and I dreamed of church planting. We were presented with an opportunity we couldn't refuse and jumped on it. And we began to dream of how the rest of our life together would look. We envisioned city living, regular trips to the farmers market, mountain hiking, snowy winters, frequent trips to the dog park... We were so excited and ready to live out our dreams.

But I couldn't predict how things would actually turn out. I couldn't predict the homesickness, the loneliness, the postpartum depression. I couldn't predict the intense fights Alex and I would have. I couldn't predict having a falling out with our good friends and the feelings of bitterness and betrayal that would take over my heart.

And so...we left. We left it all behind - the city we had grown to love and the church we had committed to planting. All of a sudden life wasn't turning out how I thought it would. And that kinda sucks. I mean, don't get me wrong, I love our life here in Miami. I can't imagine being anywhere else because we have been so blessed. We've grown a lot, spent lots of time with family, and just...breathed. I think I needed it. For my own mental health, I needed this. 

But that doesn't mean I don't feel a little ache inside. Because life really is SO different than how I thought it would be - and that can be difficult to reconcile, especially for someone like me who is so used to getting her way (spoiled!). But there's a lesson in all of this. I'm not 100% sure what it is but I think it has something to do with God being in control and His ways being better than my ways. Also...who knows what the future holds?! Something about knocking on 30s door makes me feel old but I'm really not. Lord willing I have a lot of life left to live; and if the past three years are any indication, life is unpredictable. You never know where you'll end up. 

the perks of having a second baby

Having a baby is hard. I don't think anyone can prepare you for how much having a baby changes your life. I don't know, maybe it was just me, but I felt utterly unprepared for being a mother to a baby. I was thrown through a loop. And it seems like every new thing that came up, every hiccup in life, made me doubt or question everything. Every whine, tantrum, sleep strike annoyed me to no end and made me feel like life would just suck forever. Let's just say I had a lot of my own tantrums.

Photo by: Merari Teruel. 

Photo by: Merari Teruel

And then I had a second baby...and my first baby began to grow up and out of the baby-ness. And I realized, "oh my gosh, they really do grow up, it really does go by so fast." And then I stopped worrying as much. I stopped being fixated on all the things that were going "wrong." I stopped being SO annoyed by the whining and tantrums. Don't get me wrong, I still find those things annoying, I just have more patience to endure it because I know it won't last.

And as a result of having a second baby I've been less stressed. I've been able to enjoy the baby stage much more than I did the first time around. I feel like having a second baby kind of redeemed the whole early motherhood thing for me. I'm glad I was able to experience the baby stage a second time - with less stress, less tears, and many more smiles. 

So maybe you had one baby and it was cuh-razy. I know, I've been there. And maybe you're thinking, "There is NO WAY I'm doing THAT again..." I feel you. And it's no one's business how you plan your family. That's between you and your partner. But let me just say, it (probably) won't be as hectic as it was the first time around. After all, you're experienced now. This ain't your first rodeo. Maybe, just maybe, you'll have another baby and you'll be able to enjoy it more the second time around. I did. 

Guest Post: The Best Parts of Being a Mom

Hello friends. Today I have Tayler contributing a guest post for you all as part of a fun link up we're participating in this month. Tayler is a new mom and she wants to share everything she loves about being a mom. It's so nice hearing from other new/young moms being positive and embracing this crazy ride called motherhood. Enjoy! 

Hi everyone! I'm Tayler and I blog at The Morrell Tale.
I am a junior high English teacher, and all around nerd/geek! 
I have been married to the love of my life for two years, and we still have an eternity to go!
We have recently become parents to a very adventurous, very happy, very smart baby boy named Rhys. On Thursday, Rhys Michael is 4 months. So, we are still new parents and discovering what it means to be a Mom and a Dad.

But, I love our little boy. He brightens my every day. I don't know what I would do without him now.

So, I've recently been thinking about....

Being a mom is amazing! Don't you agree?

-- Getting to cuddle someone whenever you want.

-- Getting to play dress up every day.

-- Receiving complement after complement in public about our boy.

-- Using him as an excuse not to work on lesson planning or grading.

-- Being able to dance like a weirdo to all the songs you'd be embarrassed to dance to (or just be embarrassed to dance, period) because he won't care!

-- Smiling all day long because he smiled because you smiled!

-- Learning more about how the human body works and grows by reading baby books.

-- Not caring about all the time you are spending watching him fall asleep and peacefully snooze. They're adorable when they do!

-- Watching them hit each and every milestone and discovering new things every day.

-- Talking with them.

-- Super early, before dawn, morning cuddles (even though at the time, you don't care for them).

-- Seeing him reach out for you.

-- Knowing that he will calm down as soon as he is in your arms.

-- Already singing church hymns to him.

-- Being astounded each and every day at what a miracle he is--that you and your husband created him. That you fulfilled one of God's commandments (to multiply and replenish the Earth) and that you invoked his creative powers to bring down one of his spirit children. To know that you are the steward over his religious education and his soul. To know that you can be a family forever.