to the girl that needs to hear this: it is not your purpose in life to become smaller. or to always be struggling to lose those last 5 pounds. or to take up less space. or to be ‘attractive’, whatever that really means... your purpose in life is NOT about what you look like. your purpose is to create. to love. to inspire. to teach. to live like Jesus. to encourage. to grow. to just BE. you don’t always have to want to be less weight because who you are has nothing to do with the way that you look. your weight + appearance is the LAST thing that should define you!!! societies standards on women are nearly impossible to accomplish, + i know firsthand body image is something that girls struggle with immensely. but i’m here to tell you that nobody cares if you’ve put on a few pounds, or lost a few pounds. nobody can notice. the scale is a LIAR. the scale can’t tell you how big your heart is. or how contagious your laugh is. or how many kind words you’ve said today. or how many lives you’ve touched. the scale is a NUMBER, + you are so much more than that. you are never, ever, ever going to be on your death bed + wish that you had lost those 5 extra pounds in your 20s. you might wish you had relaxed more, laughed harder, spread the gospel more often, loved more recklessly, gone to more festivals, adopted more dogs, made more friends, visited more countries... but you will never look back + wish you had been skinner your whole life. so, go do more of those things. focus on the important things in life. + if you’re anything like me + find yourself always having the urge to lose weight, let me be the first to tell you that you are never defined by a stupid number on a scale. you are worth so, so much more.
4 + 1/2 years together + i’m still in the honeymoon stage😍 can’t wait to love you like this (+ eat mexican with you) FOREVER❤️
best way to start the morning.✨
you’re the best thing that’s ever happened to me + there’s only a little over 6 months until you are my HUSBAND!❤️ i thank Jesus every single day for giving me such an amazing man that i am able to spend the rest of my life with. psalm 23:5 — my cup runneth over. #kellyginnphotography
next time you feel like you aren’t doing enough with your life, you aren’t doing as well as those around you, you aren’t worthy of God’s love, remember that He has chosen you + He’s never looked back. Jesus has never regretting getting on the cross for you. you are chosen by God for a reason + a purpose.
something that’s been on my heart recently: it’s really important to use our words to be KIND to people. can you think back to elementary school + remember something mean somebody said to you? i can, + that was almost 2 decades ago. words have the power to stick with us our entire lives, so we ought to be more careful about the way that we use them. speaking negatively can be SO easy— complaining about the way your life sucks... gossiping about what happened last weekend... spreading rumors about that girl you barely know... these things are easy to do. but psalm 141:3 says “set a guard over my mouth, Lord; keep watch over the door of my lips.” speaking words of negativity will only lead us further into discontentment, but speaking words of encouragement to ourselves + to other people can have the ability to turn an entire day around. God so badly wants for us to be content, but we make it harder for ourselves when we focus on the negatives + dwell on them. so. tell someone why you care about them. try to compliment one stranger a day. give a positive comment on someone’s work ethic. instead of being jealous of another girl, compliment her on her beauty. say hello to a stranger. thank somebody for being who they are. list out the things you’re thankful for. words speak LOUD, so let’s let our words speak life. speak truth. + speak love.
we can’t underestimate the power of God’s goodness + graciousness to us every. single. day. He sees us at our worst. you know those sins you've never told anybody because you're too ashamed..? those sins you've stuck in the back of your head because it's too painful to think about..? the ones you'd DIE if people found out? Jesus knows them. He knows our sinful hearts better than we know them ourselves. He sees every eye roll, hears every judgmental thought, sees every time we pass by the girl that sits alone at lunch, hears every time we sin against Him + tell ourselves that we don't need Him, because we're already good enough. + He LOVES US UNRELENTLESSLY. this is the beauty of the gospel. —from my latest blog post titled “you aren’t good enough”
gonna be holding onto you this tight for the rest of my LIFE😍😍 || one of MANY pictures i’m obsessed with by my FAVS @kellyginn22 + @johntginn!!!❤️❤️
because if we are constantly looking to ourselves, we will A L W A Y S be disappointed. if we don't realize that there's a problem, we won't go looking for the solution. if we don't realize our brokenness, we won't go searching for holiness. coming to the realization that we aren’t perfect puts us on the path of pursuit in finding something that IS good enough. and there’s forever just one answer for that. Jesus. read more on my latest blog post “you’re not enough.” link in bio✨
happy tuesday ✨
this one right here is honestly superwoman. anyone that knows her knows what a BLESSING she is to every single person around her. she has been blessed by the Lord with an incredible gift of encouragement, + i just wanted to share how much i adore her. i know so many people say their mom is their best friend but this woman is like my other half. she truly embodies what it means to be a Godly woman + i just feel so blessed to be able to call her mom. words will never ever ever be able to describe how special she is to me + how much i cherish her. she’s the charlie to my charlie ❣️❣️
happy friday💗 friendly reminder that you’re not behind. you’re not missing out. your life is exactly where it’s supposed to be in God’s eyes. even if you’re not at the destination you were hoping you’d be at by this time, trust the process + trust God’s plan for your life. it’s there even when you can’t see it.
today’s thought: there is beauty in simplicity. maybe life doesn’t always have to be picture perfect + maybe you don’t have to have your entire future planned out. maybe there isn’t some huge fantasy life that you’re missing out on, maybe life is just about the little moments that turn into the big moments. maybe the purpose for your life is to simply live it + enjoy it. i feel like we (i) spend way too much of our lives worrying about the next step or what we’ll end up doing with our life + simultaneously don’t realize that life is passing us by right now. simplicity is beautiful + maybe that’s what God wants us to know— that if the only thing we do in our entire lives, no matter how long or short they are, is love Him, that we’ve lived a good life. i urge you, friend, if you’re anything like me, to stop waiting for the “big moment”. to start living right now. to start noticing all the beauty + blessings upon you in this very moment. to embrace the simplicity that life can offer. a quote i love goes like this: “how wonderful would life be if we lived a little bit of it everyday?” + yes. how wonderful, indeed.
neighborhood walk with my best friend🥰🥰🥰
the happiest day of my whole life. || @maliksharpphotographyfilm
thankful for this truth. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
wonderful joy ahead. || maybe you’ve been going through a bit of a rough patch. or maybe you find yourself struggling with the same things over + over. or maybe you’ve hit a wall. look friend, i’m here to tell you GOOD news. have you ever thought about the fact that the reason we never truly feel content is because full contentment can’t be found on earth? have you ever really wanted something + then got it, + realized you weren’t any happier? i know i’ve done that. no matter what, we find ourselves searching for something more. like little kids, we find ourselves with outstretched arms, grabbing at anything that will satisfy us in the moment. but here’s the good news. there is WONDERFUL JOY ahead. Heaven won’t be filled with new clothes, money, status.. etc. the wonderful joy that is ahead is Jesus himself. we will be in the presence of our wonderful counselor, mighty Savior, miracle maker. our joy won’t run out. or lessen with time. or quit. + every other joy pales in comparison. so, if you need a pick me up, know that God has promised us JOY. wonderful joy.
i’m always infinitely proud of this girl. betsy endlessly inspires me, pushes me creatively, + amazes me. betsy is the type of best friend that every girl dreams about. she’s fiercely loyal, always encouraging, + everyones biggest fan. she‘s made some hard decisions lately but she handles them with such grace. i just wanted to share an appreciation post for the person she is. betsy, you make me better. i’m SO PROUD of you. thank you for almost 10 years of being my friend soulmate. i love you and i CANNOT wait to see you❣️
you know it’s the dress when everyone cries.. twice😂 SO HAPPY i said yes to the dress of my dreams! cant wait for you to see it, @gcolton18😉💖
happy #loveyourpetday to my #1 source of joy + laugher❤️😂❤️😂❤️😂
i think we’ve got this whole valentine’s day thing down, dontcha think @gcolton18? #ifyouknowyouknow #pbchocolatechunkisactuallymyfav #thehardestpartofleavingbham
best friend. biggest supporter of my dreams. workout partner. THE best car jam dancing session partner. part time therapist. my favorite person to eat bad with. future HUSBAND— you feel like sunshine. i couldn’t have even dreamed you up, @gcolton18. you’re my forever.❤️ thank you, Jesus.
SOCIAL MEDIA VS REALITY: i feel like people assume that if you go to the gym consistently, that you’re automatically happy with your body. let me tell you, that couldn’t be further from the truth. i’m BEYOND insecure about my body + i always have been! i’m not totally sure why but i know 99% of girls are— probably because social media makes us feel like we should always be smaller, smaller, smaller. smaller is better! skinny is good! fat is BAD! these are the lies that girls are growing up believing. + i’m SO MAD that we grow up thinking we aren’t good enough because of our weight. that we get caught up on a number on a scale. that we don’t feel good enough because we have STRETCH MARKS (which are... totally normal but also super cool???) anyways. if you’re a girl like me + you feel like you’d be happy if _______ (fill in the blank)... you lost 10 pounds, you got rid of your love handles, you had a skinnier waist: listen to me. you are SO. MUCH. MORE. than what you look like. healthy looks different on every single body! lately i’ve been learning to love myself while also continuously working on myself. loving your body in every stage is so much easier than hating it. just because i’m not at the destination i want to be at in my fitness journey, doesn’t mean that i can’t love myself right here + now, tummy rolls + all. #keepsocialmediarealbybeale
i had a meltdown yesterday. i had a full on, total come apart. the details don’t matter, but i came unraveled because i felt defeated. you know when you can feel yourself on the verge on snapping? that was me 🤚🏻 + i did. i snapped. i wasn’t mad at any PERSON, i was mad at my circumstances. over something so little in the grand scheme of things. so why am i telling you this? well, 1️⃣first to remind you that we all have days that we hope nobody ever sees. we’re all human. but 2️⃣secondly because today is a new day. i woke up with a new start. it doesn’t matter what happened yesterday to make me so upset, God has given me a new day. instead of focusing on all the “what if’s”, the stressors + the mess, we can focus on something else. God wants us to give ALL of our worries to Him. it doesn’t matter if it’s a grade, a shaky relationship, an addiction, a problem, or the future. God WANTS to carry our burdens, to lighten our load, to lessen our heartache. so, how is this possible? we spend more time being thankful for what God has given us than asking Him for more. (just think about it: God woke you up this morning. He didn’t have to. that’s because He has a purpose for you.) psalm 118:24 states “this is the day the LORD has made. let us rejoice and be GLAD in it.” i don’t know what yesterday, last week, or last year held for you, but i know that we all have those days. (shout out to my girl hannah montana) + that’s OKAY. what isn’t okay is letting the bad days define us. choose to see today as a new day. don’t quit. continue.
i’ve done so many “firsts” with you, but i think this may be my favorite yet!! 👰🏻🛍🎉 trying on wedding dresses was SO SURREAL + so. much. fun! i’m so glad i had my closest people with me for such an exciting weekend. love you SO BIG bestie girl + i am so glad you (+ caleb) were able to come to mem this weekend! it’s our turn for nashville next💗🤩
an aesthetic lunch
anybody have any wedding suggestions?! best local vendors, advice, dress places, anything! let me know bc ya girl needs some help lol
we like to identify ourselves with things of this world. “hi, i’m a (sorority letters, job title, favorite hobby, etc)”. + that’s all fine... until something goes bad in the things we identify with. if our relationship doesn’t work out, we’re shaken to our core. if our job isn’t what we want, we lose purpose. why do we allow worldly things to tell us who we are? your one + only true identity should be in Christ + Christ ALONE. furthermore, the ONLY identity that you can have that can’t be stripped away from you in a split second... is being a child of God. so. what if we started identifying ourself as a Believer first, + everything else second? that way, when something doesn’t go the way we want, it doesn’t shake us to our core because we still know who we are and Whose we are. it sounds cliche + soooo much easier said than done, but i’m learning to put my identity in Christ first, + everything else second. that way, i can wake up every single morning, regardless of what happened the previous day, + stand tall. because NOTHING in this world can truly satisfy us. doesn’t matter if it’s your relationship, money, or even an entire pint of ben + jerry’s half baked. nothing can truly fulfill us like Jesus can. i’m not my job. i’m not my relationship status. i’m not my weight. i’m not my greatest achievement. i’m not my worst failure. i am HIS.
when you get to come home to THIS everyday 😍
lazy off day feels ft. my dog pajama pants ☁️☁️ (long) side note: you should follow people on instagram that inspire you. to write more. to love more. to create more. one of those people for me is @betsyybop. yes, she’s one of my best friends, but she’s also one of the biggest motivators i know. recently she’s begun sharing what SHE wants to share on social media + writing what SHE wants to write, + every single caption leaves my awe-filled + inspired. so here we go. here’s a picture i like. + here’s my stream of consciousness for a caption— in today’s world, people value busyness too much. we think we have to be going, going, going, to be successful. we forget that we need rest. + i’m not talking about extra sleep, i’m talking about time to just sit down + do NOTHING. even Jesus tells us the importance of resting. exodus 33:14 says “My presence will go with you, and I will give you REST.” we NEED rest. we need time to stop, to relax, to reflect, to brainstorm, to read God’s word, to simply just BE. society makes you feel guilty for resting, but i’m here to tell you that rest is GOOD. i don’t know about you but i personally love waking up early. early enough before everyone else is awake. before the birds are chirping. before the sun is up. it’s so quiet. so peaceful. it’s almost like time is frozen, like you’re in an alternate universe where only you exist. early mornings are my absolute favorite time of day because it gives me time, without any distractions whatsoever, to just... be. a new day is about to happen. what will it bring? i don’t know. + somehow, i’m okay with that.
came home from work today + found these.😍 i don’t think i’ll ever get over how good i have it with you, @gcolton18.❤️
happy birthday angel!!!! i would write a long caption about how much i love you but i’m sitting across from you at dinner so i think i’ll just tell you instead!!!! ILY FOREVER🥰❤️💍
i saw a lot of people posting their “year end recap” but i thought i’d do something a little bit different. God put it on my heart to show y’all what my life REALLY looked like this year. i wanted to break the cycle of people’s highlight reels on your feed and let you know that if you’re anything like me, you’re not alone. this year wasn’t always happy or easy for me, but you wouldn’t know that from scrolling through my pictures. i, for one, have a lot of things that i deal with that usually don’t make social media. but now they do. check it out ❤️ (link in bio)
CHRISTmas eve service with my best girl❤️
still can’t believe that by next christmas we will be HUSBAND + WIFE! 😍😭 october 26, 2019, we’re coming for ya!!!❤️ #coltonsealedthebeale #caughtbycolton
best friend forever. (literally)
THIS GUY GOT HIS DREAM JOB.... IN MEMPHIS!!! ❤️❤️❤️ this new season of life has been sooo hectic but the sweetest yet. i remember crying when grant told me he was moving to north carolina for his training program because i was so afraid there wouldn’t be an open position in memphis afterwards. but the Lord has been SO FAITHFUL to us and we are so excited to (officially) be able to call memphis home for the both of us. i cant believe on tuesday that our long distance will be done FOREVER!!! i guess we’ll be walking in memphis a little bit longer 😉❤️😍
you’ve gone from being my first friend at samford, to my roommate throughout all of college, to my absolute best friend. and now you’re my MAID OF HONOR! 💍💖 chan, we’ve made so many memories together and i cannot wait to add this to the list! (plus, shouldn’t your MOH be the one that told you the first day you met your fiancé that you’d marry him??😂) #coltonsealedthebeale #caughtbycolton
THE STORY OF THE PROPOSAL (swipe right!): my boss @maliksharp told me to dress nice on friday because we were going downtown to take headshots. since i work for a photo & video company, i didn’t think anything of being surrounded by expensive cameras. i had no idea that grant was going to propose, much less that he was even in town! i had been texting him all day, thinking he was at work in north carolina! so we got to the area where we were going to take our “headshots” and i was up first. malik kept telling me to stay still because the wind was in my face until i felt a tap on my shoulder. turning around to see grant was the shock of my life and i knew immediately that the day of my dreams had finally come. we embraced for a while (while i was already crying) until he got down on one knee. i was shaking because it was freezing that day but also because i was so surprised and ecstatic. shortly after, all of our family was hugging us and congratulating us! it was THE most perfect day and allll of their planning paid off!! i’m still in shock and it seems surreal that i get to marry my best friend but i couldn’t be any more excited!!! #coltonsealedthebeale #caughtbycolton⚾️
never ever ever ever gonna get over it.
11.9.18 i said YES!!!😭😍💍 PRAISE GOD FROM WHOM ALL BLESSINGS FLOW! grant colton, i knew it from the day i met you. you are my PERFECT other half and you treat me like something straight out of the movies (but better). i cant wait for a lifetime of uncontrollable laughter, desserts before dinner, and spreading Jesus name with you. yesterday was absolutely surreal and i could not be any more excited to be your WIFE!😭😭😭 1 john 4:19 “we love because He first loved us” (special shout out to my team at @maliksharpphotographyfilm for not only tricking me for weeks but for documenting this day perfectly!!)
happy birthday to my beautiful babygirl blonde bestie bombshell @betsyybop. i cant believe you’re 23 and that we’ve been best friends for 8 years now!! that means we’ve been besties for pretty much 1/3 of your whole life.❤️❤️❤️ 8 years of communicating by one look, laughing after everybody else is finished, and sticking by one another’s side through every high and low. she has fierce loyalty. insane creativity. unending love. the MOST beautiful appearance. and to think that she’s even more beautiful on the inside. dang. happy birthday boo!! this picture accurately describes our friendship— me looking at you CRACKING UP probably because we both have anxiety over the same thing. but this day we spent at disney was honestly the top 3 favorite days of my life. we were so happy and giggly without a care in the world and i wish we could spend every day together like that. this caption can never ever describe how much love i have for you. thank you for giving me the best memories of my life. NOW GO CELEBRATE😘😘 my scorpio sister for LYFEEE😇
4 years ( + 3 days) of being totally and completely in love with you. thank you for always choosing me, facetiming me every day because of long distance, and for showing me what unconditional love looks like. the way you love me always points me back to our Father and the love He has for us, and i am forever grateful for that. i’m yours forever.
🧡🍂🌻👻💛🎃🍁🌅 spooky season
nashville just makes me smile this big
posted this on my story but i’m posting it on here because 1.) #makeinstagramcasualagain and 2.) i literally love scrappy more than anything in this WORLD (besides Jesus duh) #adventuresofmallyandscrappy
“i’m so glad i live in a world where there are octobers.”— l.m. montgomery
long distance is hard. going from spending every single second together at college, to seeing each other twice in over 3 months is REALLY hard. but next month we celebrate our 4 YEARS together. i’ve been really proud of grant for a lot of things in 4 years (playing college baseball, school achievements, getting a job) but the thing i’m the MOST proud of him for is his growing love for the Lord. furthermore, the way He encourages ME to love the Lord. do we have work to do to put God first in every part of our relationship? 100% yes. that’s something we are actively trying to get better at. but opening up this sweet surprise today made me extra thankful that i have a man that not only encourages me daily, but encourages me with words from our Heavenly Father. if you knew us freshman year of college, you probably never would have thought we would have made it. but through the years we have grown up together, continuously chosen each other, and most importantly grown in the Lord together. i’m just really proud of how far we’ve come in our relationship, and my heart couldn’t be any more full knowing that i have a man that helps me chase Jesus daily. people like to say that relationship goals are all about likes, or attractiveness, or whatever, but i PROMISE you that if you find a man that helps you love Jesus, it will be better than anything you’d ever imagined. grant— i’m on your side and in your corner. forever.
happy monday!🌼 the other day, me and my girl @emmer131 were talking about how fake social media is and how nobody ever wants to post the truth about themselves. originally, i just wanted to make a stupid witty caption about the dry shampoo in the bottom right corner of this picture, but then i realized i would be doing the thing i HATE when other people do. and me and @emmer131’s conversation popped into my brain. so, here’s a real caption for you. my anxiety has been AWFUL lately, i’ve been really insecure about the number on the scale, and i feel like i’m way behind everyone else my age. i’m not saying this for pity, because i actually had a GREAT day today. (finally. thank you Jesus) yes, it would have been easy to write a silly little caption, but it wouldn’t be reflective of where i’ve been in life recently. whenever i’m scrolling through social media, i think to myself “how can all these people be happy besides me?” but then i realize that maybe, just maybe, they aren’t happy either, and that they are struggling in the same way that i am. so, if you feel alone, just know that i’m struggling too. and it’s OKAY. instagram doesn’t always have to be happy to be necessary. and life doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful.
thankful for long weekends that give me time with this guy!😍
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MY BEST GIRL!❤️ there isn’t another soul on this earth i always laugh to the point of tears with, cry during the rocky movie with (adriennnn!!!), eat carbs with, shop at target with, sing barry manilow with, watch dr phil with, walk 2 miles nightly with, vent about 1st world problems with, take pics of scrappy with, travel to anywhere and everywhere with, and do life every single day with. mom, you are truly my best friend in the entire world and i feel blessed beyond measure to call you ‘mom’. celebrating is easy when you’re celebrating someone that is SO amazing. i love you so much!!! you’ll never know how much i adore you!
🔲🔳friday vibes 🔳🔲
really wishing we weren’t 500 miles apart today 😭😭😭
i’ve had people ask me why i stopped blogging but i’m happy to say I’M BACK! my blog is my baby that i started when i was 18 and now that i’m almost 23, a lotttt has changed. but the 2 things that haven’t changed are my love for the Lord and for encouraging women. in this post, i get really honest about why i took a break from blogging, how much comparison sucks, and how God has been working on my heart. check it out if you want! (or don’t, that’s okay!!!) ((you’ll get this caption if you read the post lol))
you know those people you couldn’t live without even if you tried? yeah me too
it’s so easy to compare your life to other people’s on social media. for example— there’s this girl that’s pretty popular on social media right now that’s living my dream life. she’s my age, just published her first christian book, and is getting tons of young women to look up to her. i think to myself “why can’t i have what she has?” but i came across proverbs 14:30 today, which says “a heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones.” mhmmmm. envy rots the bones. envy steals happiness. envy tells you “you’re not good enough.” envy puts jealousy on your heart. but the Lord tells us that we each have a very specific purpose and that it will be completed in HIS time, not ours. the Lord tells us that another woman’s success does not threaten our own. the Lord tells us that we ARE good enough. so. if you’re like me, and you’re jealous of the way other people’s lives seem to be going so seamlessly. remember this: God has not forgotten you. God doesn’t love them more than He loves you. God has a wonderful and amazing plan for your life. and He WILL fulfill it.
one of the best things about being back home in memphis ❤️😍❤️😍❤️ #adventuresofmallyandscrappy