Getting Married Young (And What You Should Know)

I remember this day so clearly….I was 17 trying on wedding dresses. I think back and I’m like “Wow, I was such a baby.”

I ended up getting married in a court house on July 20th, 2015. I turned 18 July 30th. I remember my mom telling me I should wait. I remember her being supportive to an extent but I think as a parent she was super concerned it wouldn’t last because we were so young. I remember telling her that if she didn’t approve that we would run off to Alabama when I turn 18 and get married. Wow wasn’t I just a pleasant bundle of sunshine at 17. LOL. Today my mom can see how truly happy J and I are and tells me so much how proud she is of us. I literally have to stop her sometimes on bragging on Jarrett. My family loves him. However, I truly understand her concerns as I’ve gotten older. I cannot believe tomorrow marks 4 years of marriage. I turn 22 in 11 days. I still feel like a baby but it’s a little different. Jarrett and I have grown so much in the last 4 years. I’m not going to lie, there were times where I felt like “What the heck are we doing? We don’t know anything about marriage.” However, no matter your age, I feel like you have to feel like that at some point. Jarrett and I always laugh because we literally probably wouldn’t be where we are in our marriage if it wasn’t for the military. We moved to New Mexico literally 10 days after our court house wedding. We knew no one but each other and I think that is the best thing that could have happened. Instead of relying on friends and family when we had a hiccup we HAD to fix it between us. I had friends I could call but truthfully it’s not like I could just leave and go to a friends house when we had a hiccup. We had no one but each other and I think that’s how it should be. I will NEVER say our marriage is perfect nor act like it is but my biggest advice in marriage at any age is to rely on God and each other. Do not bring other people into your marriage. I know that sounds like I’m saying to hide the fact you argue and that is not what I am saying. I’ll be the first to say J and I argue just like anyone else. What I am saying is learn to fix it between you both instead of bringing your friends/family into your problems because truthfully you are the only 2 people in your marriage. I also believe A HUGE impact on your marriage is your relationship with God. I remember feeling like a year into our marriage, something was just missing from my life. God had always been apart of my life but I was missing a church family here in New Mexico. I started attending a church while J was deployed and when I tell you it took everything I had to get J to go to church with me when he got back…I mean everything. He believed in God but was super uncomfortable with the idea of going to this church not knowing anyone. Fast forward to now, J is always the one that tells me to get up and go to church.. I have seen Christ grow in this man for the past 2 years and it is such an amazing thing. He is even now the person to invite his friends to church and I have to say that is probably the most attractive thing in the world.

I think now a days we see so many young couples getting married and getting divorced…no judgment here but I want you to know that it is 100% possible to get married young and be happy together 4 years later if you are both working together. Jarrett and I challenge each other to be the best people we can be and I am so happy I found my soulmate at 17. I had someone tell me how content J and I look together because we can be out and about and stay content with talking to each other. I think being away from friends and family really showed us how much we needed each other. He is my best friend and the first person I tell anything to. He definitely gets on my nerves probably 14 times a day but that’s life. Learning to grow in our marriage hasn’t always been easy but everyday I remember how worth it is to be someone that encourages me to be my best self, doesn’t hold me back, and helps me to further my relationship with God.

I have also had a lot of questions on why I celebrate two wedding dates. Jarrett hated this until I explained my reasoning to him. I do not celebrate two because I want presents for both. I do not even care about going out on either of them, just as long as J and I are together.

July 20th- The day J and I got married in Starkville, MS court house. This is such an important date to me because it’s the day Jarrett and I committed to each other forever in front of God and most of our immediate family and a few friends. I still remember the judge asked Jarrett twice to say “I do” and he never asked me so Jarrett and I have an ongoing joke that we aren’t really married. I will never forget this day and all the support my family and friends showed me on this day.

September 12th- We had a wedding and reception in Starkville, MS. We celebrated our love in front of everyone we love. Our friends and family were able to see our commitment to each other and celebrate a day with us that we will remember forever.

Therefore, however annoying it is, I will always celebrate two wedding anniversaries because they both have significant meaning in my life.

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Hypothyroidism Weight-loss

This blog post took A LOT for me to write. I just kept going back and forth with it until I finally decided to sit down and write it. Still unsure if I’ll publish it, but I guess if you are reading it then I took the plunge. 

Let’s rewind to my senior year, 2015. I had gained 30lbs + in months. I chalked it up to my birth control and never thought more of it. You will see later how this is relevant. I got the birth control removed and never really could lose weight but I also didn’t gain a ton. I just always felt bloated.

Well, 2017 came and J was deployed and I tried so hard to lose weight and couldn’t. I just couldn’t. I would eat healthy in an 80/20 fashion and only would lose 5-10lbs over a 6 month period. At the time, I was following a workout program my friend used.

When J got back, I fell back into some bad eating habits but truthfully not too bad. I always have loved healthy food. I would rather have a salad then a burger, however the weight just started piling on. I am in no shape or form saying I was overweight, however, I was unhealthy and unhappy. 

Therefore January 2019 came around and I think Jarrett got tired of me complaining constantly about being “fat” (again I know I wasn’t fat, but I felt disgusted with myself and overall was unhappy) and if you know J, he’s brutally honest. Well, J told me flat out that I needed to either do something about it or stop complaining. This hit me hard. Was I complaining and really not trying? 

Well in about 3 months, I was down 15lbs. I cut out every “bad” food I could think of and Starbucks. I limited myself to eating a certain amount of calories a day and I wouldn’t budge. I would do intermittent fasting some days which actually helped me a lot with bloating. I was probably working harder than most people have to work to lose weight and it still was difficult to get the weight off. I felt like giving up so many times because I felt like I was working my butt off and barely seeing results.

I’m just going to be brutally honest with y’all and tell you I didn’t really have a “cheat” meal until I was down 15lbs. I knew it would tempt me too much. I had Starbucks on clinical days though and that was a treat for me once or twice a week. 

At this point, I was running 3 miles a day or doing an hour of cardio everyday. I actually enjoy cardio therefore, this was not torture to me. 

Well 3 months in, I felt so blah. Really there is no other word for it but “blah,” you would think I would feel good and happy being 15 lbs lighter right? Well, I went to the doctor and he wanted to tell me I was depressed. In no reality would I say depression is not real, I know it’s real, I’ve felt it. However, I KNEW I wasn’t depressed. Like I said, I’ve felt it, I just KNEW that wasn’t it. I asked the doctor to please run all my labs. He assured me everything was 99.9% going to come back normal….

A few days later, I get a call saying everything in fact I was not 100% fine. My TSH level was 16.4 and the normal range is 0.4-4. That is 4 times the normal.  If you do not know much about hypothyroidism, it has a lot of impact on your emotions, how you feel, your weight, and etc. I got diagnosed with hypothyroidism and was put on levothyroxine (Synthroid). They also may need to remove my thyroid because of possible cysts, that’s a longer story but I’ll keep you updated about that. Praying that is not the case. I had an ultrasound yesterday and will know the results soon.

My doctor basically told me right then that I would always have a problem with losing weight. In fact, he told me the medicine isn’t even linked to weight loss. Like what?? I though this was going to fix all my problems.  He said I would always have to work harder because my metabolism is slower. Really??? There still isn’t a magic pill? However, instead of getting upset and feeling like there was nothing to do, I took this as a challenge. Yes, I have to work harder and eat better than most people to see a difference but it’s possible. I cannot say enough how hard I have worked. The diagnosis and medication didn’t cure me, but it showed me that if I wanted to lose weight and feel better than I would have to work twice as hard.

My doctor said I probably should try to go gluten and dairy free because of some other things we talked about along with the thyroid problem. I did so, and I lost about 5 more lbs. However, I was still working out and making sure my body was in a calorie deficit so I’m not really sure if you can chalk that up to being from cutting gluten and dairy. People want to tell me I lost more weight because of the levothyroxine and to an extent, I agree. I agree that maybe it helped my metabolism and energy. However, I lost 15lbs to hard work and dedication to my body. The other 10lbs I believe was the same thing, I started running 30 mins everyday and doing ab workouts 2 x a week. I felt overall so happy with my body and motivation and being gluten and dairy free gave me the energy I needed. I believe I do have a slight intolerance to both. I began to feel like myself again.

Then, Mississippi hit, I went to Mississippi for a month and at first I was doing so well, eating in, doing good. But, the food got the best of me and I fell back into old habits. No I don’t believe “cheat meals” are bad or necessarily need to be even called a cheat. It’s just food. Food= fuel for your body. However, I think cake batter shakes from sonic necessarily aren’t the best fuel lol. I am excited though to get back into routine of eating clean when I get home.

Ultimately I think my thyroid levels are off again or something because I just don’t feel like myself. But since being home, I have been completely dairy free and limiting my gluten and I feel a lot better. However, I am a girl of routine and I could just feel better because I am back in my own house lol.

Society tells us we cannot brag on ourselves or we are boasting. However, I am so proud of myself. This takes a lot of courage to even post but I finally feel happy with myself and I am far from being done on this journey but I am at a place where I feel like I am happy with myself. Basically, this blog post though is to tell you how diet and exercise do have a huge impact on your body from a mental and physical point of view. I am incredibly pleased with my results over the past 6 months. I am 25 lbs down, and have gained so much self confidence.

Please take everything I say with a grain of salt. I am not a fitness guru and I am not an expert on weight loss or hypothyroidism. But, I am happy to share my journey with you.

If you like this post, please leave me a comment and if you have any questions I am on open book. Tell me what you would like to know.

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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

Sale Sale Sale. Is that your favorite word? Mine too.

If you have never heard of the Nordstrom anniversary sale, you are missing out. This is a sale like no other. Instead of discounting last year items like most stores do for their half yearly sales. Nordstrom discounts their NEW fall items!! What?? Yes these are all THIS YEAR items on sale. You will see these pieces on your favorite bloggers this Fall and I want you to be the first of your friends to have these pieces. After August 5th, what isn’t sold out or when the items are restocked, the items go back up to original pricing.

This is one sale you aren’t going to want to miss. It’s one of the biggest sales of the year. It ends August 5th but I promise your favorite pieces will sale out before then.

To shop early, you can apply for the Nordstrom Credit Card. Card Holders get early access on July 12th which is the person you wanna be. You can apply here and get instant approval and your card will be linked to your account to start shopping tomorrow. Everyone else has to wait till July 15th. I waited last year and my fave pieces sold out so fast. I literally only got 2 of the pieces I wanted. One of the items I only got because the nice lady at Nordstrom in Dallas called every Nordstrom that said they had a small left in the top I wanted. Only 4 stores showed they had it, and 3 of the stores said it already sold out before we called. I ended up with a color I didn’t even really like.. Moral of the story, get the dang credit card and pay it off lol. Plus, you get $40 in Nordstrom Cash to spend on your next purchase after your first purchase. Chachingggg! Deals on deals.

Free People Jeans– One of my favorite pair of jeans. I wear a 25 or 26 in these. They are $51.90 After the sale they will be $78.

Lace Leopard Camisole– This BP lace trim camisole is on my MUST have list. I am getting a size small. Sale price is $25.90. After the sale, it will go up to $39.

BLANKNYC suede skirt– This skirt is a Fall must have. I am obsessed. I have one similar from the same brand and I wore it over and over last Fall. The sale price is $64.90 and will go up to $98 after the sale.

Green Cardigan– This cardigan is one of my favess. It is on sale for $45.90 and will go up to $69.

Black Hat– Okay, this will be a Fall staple piece. It is on sale for $58.90 and will go up to $88. HOLY MOLY COME TO MAMA.

Color block cardigan– Madewell is one of my favorite brands. This sweater is on sale for $64.90 and will go up to $98.

Green Sweater– The perfect piece for any outfit. Ordering a size small. On sale for $45.90 and will go up to $69.

Jeans– These jeans will be on me all Fall. Originally $169 and on sale for $112.90! One thing I’m good with spending good money on is a good pair of jeans.

Hat with snakeskin trim– This is one of the cutest pieces for Fall. Originally $59 and on sale for $38.90!

Leopard sneakers– I think these are by far the cutest shoes. A good pair of shoes is worth the $$.

Suede boots– Vince Camuto is my mom’s favorite brand and I can see why! Originally $239.95 and on sale for $159.90.

Leopard Cardigan– I love BP. They always have the cutest items and the best quality. It will be on sale for $45.90 and will go up to $69.

Tory Burch bag– Okay, I have never seen a Tory Burch bag on sale like this. Originally $528 and on sale for $352.90.

Suede Booties– On sale for $99.90 and will go back up to $149.95. My mom’s favorite brand again, Vince Camuto.

Tory Burch Pink Sandals– I NEED these in my life. Originally $228 and on sale for $149.90. I am obsessed.

Jeans– These jeans will be on me all Fall. Originally $169 and on sale for $112.90! One thing I’m good with spending money on is a good pair of jeans.

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Southern Charm x Sierra

Have you ever had that exciting feeling of getting something in the mail and instantly loving it as soon as you open it? That is exactly how I felt getting this package in the mail from Southern Charm Clothing. They have the absolute cutest EVERYTHING. No for real, I do not think I could love a boutique more.

I have never had a boutique collaboration lead to a FaceTime with me. Y’all this was so personal and made me fall in love with the boutique and our partnership 10 x more. They even gave me a background on the store which I LOVED. A couple owns it together and they believe in “building relationships” which was so awesome to hear from the start of us working together. So many times we get lost in the crowd or just do things for our own benefit, and from the start this company made me feel like I was apart of something more. If that isn’t a reason to shop their boutique, then I don’t know what is. I would shop here just because of the customer service, the attitudes, and the hospitality this place has to offer. Message them and see how amazing their staff is!

What makes it even more special is that they are located in the South! So therefore, how could I not love it?? They have the cutest items including this shop buddy love dress that I’m wearing in the first photo, to a casual outfit with denim shorts or a dressier figure flattering dress you could totally dress up or down.

*I am wearing a small in everything and couldn’t be more happier with the fit. The denim shorts are a size 26.*

I paired everything with these wedges and they fit TTS!

You can use code SIERRA20 for 20% off at checkout https://www.southerncharmclothing.com

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MAGNOLIA BOUTIQUE CUTE SUMMER FINDS

Hello Ladies! Have you heard of Magnolia Boutique? It is the cutest little boutique and I am obsessing over these two outfits from them. One is a romper and one is a dress and I'm equally obsessed with both of them. I am wearing a small in both and they both fit great for reference.

The dress is super flattering for all body types. It has a loose fit and a flowy fit that makes it very comfortable and breezy for the New Mexico heat. You will catch me in this dress 24/7 this summer.

The romper is super soft and actually has tiny white polka dots that I did not notice when I picked it out, however, it made me love it so much more. Polka dots are huge for summer and are definitely one of the top trends I have seen. The material is super soft and makes you feel like you are wearing PJs. Another win in my book.

You can shop both of them with the links below. I cannot wait to  see you guys rocking these cute outfits.

 

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This post is sponsored by Magnolia Boutique but opinions are 100% my own.

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