10 Things You *Probably* Didn’t Know About Me

Let’s get started!

  1. My life runs on lists.(To do lists, event lists, grocery lists, work lists, cleaning lists, MOVING lists*, etc.) I even have lists within lists. It gets pretty serious sometimes! Surprisingly though, I am not the most organized person on the planet. However one of my goals for 2018 is to become more organized, so at least I know where to begin!
  2. My favorite color is mint/seafoam blue. ‘Nuff said.
  3. I love a good graphic tee but I hate to wear t-shirts. It is all about the text and the neckline. My favorite tees are anything BUT a crew-neck tee and the text has to be witty, fun and font styled properly! (Yes. That’s a thing!)
  4. I married my high school *not so* sweetheart. Okay, so this one sounds funny but let me explain. I met David the summer before my freshmen year and we dated for a month before realizing it wasn’t going to work. (Or so we thought!) We tried getting back together multiple times throughout high school, but it never worked out. Then right after my high school graduation, he told me he was going to marry me. I laughed, told him no thanks and then two years later I married him. (My how things change!)
  5. I am a self taught hand-letterer and rookie calligrapher. Ever since I can remember, I have been a doodler. But it wasn’t until my wedding in 2013, that I began intentionally practicing the art of calligraphy and hand-lettering.
  6. Double buns are my favorite! I have loved them since Baby Spice wore them best. (Where my 90’s kids at?) But it wasn’t until recently that I built up enough courage to wear them myself and now there is no turning back!
  7. I rarely carry a purse. But if I do, it’s a cross body. Always.
  8. I love black and white almost as much as I love bright colors. But still not as much as mint/seafoam blue. (See #2)
  9. I follow Pantone trends like it is my job. I just love getting a glimpse of the colors that will be littering the streets of the world for the following season. Call me crazy!
  10. I used to loath Mexican food. Now it is one of my favorites. (However, Italian food and baked goods are still at the tippy, tippy top!)

Okay, that was fun! Now you tell me a little something about yourself. I love getting to know you gals!

Best & Blessings,

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5 Steps to Start Doing Something

Have you ever wanted to do something that you thought would be awesome, but then never followed through with it? At some point you got detoured and thrown off course and you never quiet complete it OR didn’t even start? If so, then girl – this is for you!

Let me start by telling you that I am basically a professional idea thinker-upper. (Like I’m fairly certain I just made that up. BOOM!) I have always loved the idea of starting new things! I conjure up ideas for crafts, home decor projects, party decorations, small businesses, marketing strategies, household chore lists, workshops, etc. ALL THE TIME. But in the past, I would never actually follow through with any of these things.

Why is that? Have you ever stopped and asked yourself “What happened?” or “Why didn’t I ever do that?” or maybe “What happened to the “hot fire flames” that once filled my soul with the passion to take on the world?” Just kidding… sorta. Well I began asking myself these questions recently and through prayer, devotion and self evaluation – I have narrowed it down to just five reasons why I personally never started or finished something. I think they will resonate with some of you too!

#1. Laziness – For real. I’d rather be watching other people chase their dreams and burn those lazy lifestyle calories while I throw down some Girl Scout cookies on my couch watching Fuller House. (You all know what I’m talking about! Don’t get me wrong though, Samoas are AMAZING but they aren’t worth losing your dream over. Just sayin’.)

#2. Fear – Fear of failure, rejection, humiliation, bullying, criticism, etc. If you can name it – you can claim it! But no one, I repeat NO ONE needs to claim any of these. Fear is not for you. Get rid of it! God is not the author of fear and I personally want him to be the author of my life. And if that’s the case then that means fear has no place here. *Bye, Fearlicia!*

#3. Lack of Confidence – “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13. I’m gonna be honest (and some might disagree with me) but I don’t often look to find confidence within myself. However, I know who lives within me is far greater than myself and He can do anything. Literally. So I put my confidence in Him! Because He can do it!

#4. Poor Time Management – Okay. I am totally preaching to myself y’all! I work a full time job, I have a husband to feed and help keep alive; and we are very involved in our local church. But I gotta tell you, I have been believing a lie for a long time that has robbed me of a lot of things and it is this. “I don’t have enough time.” or sometimes it shows up as “I am too busy to do that.”Girl, boo. The majority of us can debunk this lie real fast if we were to just stop and think about how much time we sit on our phones every day. Right?! Can I get an amen from a sista? (Yes, my Pentecostal is showing.) It is key to prioritize your time, y’all. But I’ll talk more on this in a future post.

#5. Too Much “Noise” – AKA: Turn down the haters. Be careful who you seek council from. Don’t accept just anyone’s opinion as truth or advice as right for you. We have a lot of avenues for people and things to speak into our lives and we gotta be careful! Sometimes we gotta put on some spiritual ear muffs and tune out the world and tune into what Jesus has to say. Because girl, He is speaking but He ain’t screaming! You gotta eliminate some unnecessary noise so you can hear Him speak to you. #Prayer

In summary…

#1. Get up and do something. Just start already!

#2. Say “So long fear!” and let God author your life.

#3. Put your confidence in Him who can do all things.

#4. Prioritize your time.

#5. Turn down the noise. Tune into God! (And those whose opinions matter.)

Now go get ’em, girl!

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We Are Expanding!

 

Hey gal pals! If you haven’t been on Instagram or Facebook in awhile, then you have probably missed out on our BIG ANNOUNCEMENT(Or if you have been on but you aren’t seeing my stuff – that could be because of their “new” algorithms that filter out content that you aren’t regularly “liking” or commenting on. An easy fix is to go to the Whatsoever’s Lovely Facebook page and/or Instagram page and like or comment on a couple recent posts. That should help – I mean – if you want to see my stuff. 😉 )

Getting back on track. BIG ANNOUNCEMENT = We are adding a new addition to Whatsoever’s Lovely! WL has been a start up blog for just over a year now and we are now expanding into a modest, online, clothing boutique! Not to fret, the blog isn’t going anywhere. In fact, I am currently working on ramping up the blog and adding some more brand-specific content that will make our vision even clearer to our readers.

Now for the details. The who, the why and the when. 

THE WHY: When I originally closed my online lettering shop and started this blog, I knew from the very beginning that Whatsoever’s Lovely was going to grow, change and evolve over time. God had confirmed in my Spirit that this was different than anything else I had done before. It wasn’t just about paint, pretty signs, making a buck and lettering. Whatsoever’s Lovely was destined to be different.

That’s what brings us to my next point in “the why”. I have felt a great desire, need and urgency to help equip women with the necessary tools to win the major battles we all face. One of those being self-love. I have layed up at night thinking of ways I can get young girls to understand their worth and to truly comprehend God’s love for them. I want them to understand that if God can love them, then they should be able to love themselves. The pictures that the world is painting about self-love and self-care are horrifying. They are laced with the idea that loving yourself means doing whatever you want to, showing as much skin as possible and then being defensive of your actions in ways that tear others down because “their opinion doesn’t matter”. But I want to flip the script. I want women around the world to know that the key to self-love is not found in a magazine, a feminist movement or the web. The key to self-love and self-care is in the Word of God and through the teaching of it. And I plan to do just that!

THE WHO: Though this change is VERY exciting (have I mentioned that before? 😉 ), I am a one woman show. There is no one else sitting at this computer writing this post. No one else is staying up late, shopping for new items that are just right for the boutique. It’s just me, Chrisi. With that being said, I covet your prayers and your patience. (And your excitement too!)

THE WHEN: The official launch of our website is set to be this summer. An official date has not been announced yet as there are some details that I am still working on before I can set a date. 🙂 However, I have already began putting together some fun and exciting things to keep the excitement going! (Pssst. I’m even talking about some opportunities to shop the stock before the website even launches… and possibly a party. Who doesn’t like a party?!)

Phew. If you have made it to the end of this post – wow. Thank you! You are mega committed and supportive of my dream and that means SO MUCH to me. Please make sure to follow along on my Instagram page and my Facebook page as that is where I will continue to keep everyone up to date on how things are moving along and when they can expect to shop! As always, thanks for reading.

Best & Blessings,

Chrisi