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Wow it has been a while since I have written anything for my blog. I relaunched my blog with a new look and then got very caught up in church planting here in Mexico City which is why I want to write this post and explain what that means and why Mexico City. 

Before this move, my blog was mostly about fashion and beauty and occasionally testing out product to review for you. I now live in a country where I am not getting brand deals or products, I am not the most fashionable and I don't often get "done up" like I did in Vegas and a lot about my life has changed. I really didn't know how to make that transition in life AND on my blog so the blog kind of took a back seat during this time. 

Now, all I really want and all I really can do is write on my life experiences and growth. I am not sure anyone will even be interested in what I have to say but I am writing this post because I know it will help me process and I hope that just maybe it will speak to someone in some way! 

I always want to be as honest as I can and that is appropriate because I LOVE when I find a woman sharing her journey without the fluff. That is what I intend to do here. 

This post is just to explain what we are doing in Mexico City. I am sure this will be one of many posts explaining "church Plant Life". In fact, check out my Honest Reaction to Moving To Mexico City post to know the back story and how hard this move was for me. This is now my life and this is all I can write on and hope what I am going through, good bad and ugly, will be used and will be relatable. So here we go! 


Why Mexico City? 

We come from a church in Las Vegas and for a while our senior pastor has had Latin America on his heart. We have a church planting training center in La Gloria Mexico and we have done crusades in Mazatlan and Mexico City. David and I were apart of both crusades which were a MIRACLE of God and we got to witness it first hand. When our pastor was praying for the crusade in Mexico City, God also put it on his heart to have a church plant there, our pastor LOVES church planting and that is one of our main focuses at Calvary Chapel Las Vegas. 

When David moved to Vegas, he had just come from that Training Center in La Gloria and the Lord put Mexico on his heart but he really wanted to go back to his home in Hermosillo in Sonora Mexico. David's heart for church planting started in 2015 though when he was at a church in Philadelphia and God just pressed it on his heart more and more over the years. 

When he moved to Vegas and we were pursuing each other, he knew I would not be down for Mexico so he started thinking about North Las Vegas where there is a huge hispanic group. I was all down for that plan! I loved that plan! When we started to get serious, he had a meeting with our senior pastor and he told David that he was praying for Mexico City to be put on Davids heart. When I heard that, I told David "I am 99% sure I am not called to Mexico." I am laughing from where I am standing now at that statement. 

Mexico City ended up getting put on Davids heart after a few dreams he had and he knew God was calling him there. As for me, you can read my reaction in the post mentioned earlier. 

We believe and by "we" I mean our church and ourselves that Mexico City is the epicenter of the country. Anything that happens here influences the rest of the country and there are some strongholds in this city! 

So why Mexico City? We believe God has a heart for the Latin culture and wants to see them freed from their sin and strongholds. We believe that if we can bring the gospel to the epicenter of the country we can see a revival in the country. Of course that is a HUGE task but our God is good and we know He can do it and we are just vessels for Him to use to do that work. 

What does Church Planting Mean?

Church planting simply means starting a church from scratch. David is the senior pastor of our church, Brasas, here in Mexico City. We moved here, started meeting people and telling them that we are here to start a church and invite them to join. 

On September 6th we had our first bible study at the house and we honestly didn't know what to expect. We thought that maybe 10-15 people would come if that and we ended up with 30 people in our home the first night! It was already time to start finding a building to use. 

Now, we rent out a preschool every Sunday and we hold our church services there until the Lord opens a door for us to have our own church building. I lead worship, yes in Spanish and David teaches the Word. We have an amazing congregation that volunteers every week and even during this quarantine, we have been meeting online with them.


How long have we been here?

We have been here for almost a year. We have been fortunate and blessed enough to take many trips to Las Vegas to see our family and church family within this year which I am thankful for because the transition has not been easy for me at all.

We have a 2 bedroom apartment that we have made feel like home, we have a very cute and stubborn German Shepherd named Luna who has not made the year easier but we also love her so much! We have started church and have a congregation of about 35 people which is unheard of in your first year of church planting, we have been blessed to be in the area we live in, it is called condesa and it is an amazing part of the city that many tourist come to visit, and I am learning Spanish which is easier said than done! 


We don't know how long we will be here, until the Lord tells us to move on which is sometimes a scary thought for me which I will go into more detail on that in a later post. God is showing me how to trust in Him. He is teaching me that it is no mistake that He called me to this man who wants to church plant in Mexico and that I am the girl for the job no matter how unequipped I am and feel. As I have heard many times in my life "He doesn't call the equipped, He equips the called." 


Well that is all my brain can think up for this post. I hope to write more soon! 
Thank you for reading! 










What are We Doing In Mexico City


Wow it has been a while since I have written anything for my blog. I relaunched my blog with a new look and then got very caught up in church planting here in Mexico City which is why I want to write this post and explain what that means and why Mexico City. 

Before this move, my blog was mostly about fashion and beauty and occasionally testing out product to review for you. I now live in a country where I am not getting brand deals or products, I am not the most fashionable and I don't often get "done up" like I did in Vegas and a lot about my life has changed. I really didn't know how to make that transition in life AND on my blog so the blog kind of took a back seat during this time. 

Now, all I really want and all I really can do is write on my life experiences and growth. I am not sure anyone will even be interested in what I have to say but I am writing this post because I know it will help me process and I hope that just maybe it will speak to someone in some way! 

I always want to be as honest as I can and that is appropriate because I LOVE when I find a woman sharing her journey without the fluff. That is what I intend to do here. 

This post is just to explain what we are doing in Mexico City. I am sure this will be one of many posts explaining "church Plant Life". In fact, check out my Honest Reaction to Moving To Mexico City post to know the back story and how hard this move was for me. This is now my life and this is all I can write on and hope what I am going through, good bad and ugly, will be used and will be relatable. So here we go! 


Why Mexico City? 

We come from a church in Las Vegas and for a while our senior pastor has had Latin America on his heart. We have a church planting training center in La Gloria Mexico and we have done crusades in Mazatlan and Mexico City. David and I were apart of both crusades which were a MIRACLE of God and we got to witness it first hand. When our pastor was praying for the crusade in Mexico City, God also put it on his heart to have a church plant there, our pastor LOVES church planting and that is one of our main focuses at Calvary Chapel Las Vegas. 

When David moved to Vegas, he had just come from that Training Center in La Gloria and the Lord put Mexico on his heart but he really wanted to go back to his home in Hermosillo in Sonora Mexico. David's heart for church planting started in 2015 though when he was at a church in Philadelphia and God just pressed it on his heart more and more over the years. 

When he moved to Vegas and we were pursuing each other, he knew I would not be down for Mexico so he started thinking about North Las Vegas where there is a huge hispanic group. I was all down for that plan! I loved that plan! When we started to get serious, he had a meeting with our senior pastor and he told David that he was praying for Mexico City to be put on Davids heart. When I heard that, I told David "I am 99% sure I am not called to Mexico." I am laughing from where I am standing now at that statement. 

Mexico City ended up getting put on Davids heart after a few dreams he had and he knew God was calling him there. As for me, you can read my reaction in the post mentioned earlier. 

We believe and by "we" I mean our church and ourselves that Mexico City is the epicenter of the country. Anything that happens here influences the rest of the country and there are some strongholds in this city! 

So why Mexico City? We believe God has a heart for the Latin culture and wants to see them freed from their sin and strongholds. We believe that if we can bring the gospel to the epicenter of the country we can see a revival in the country. Of course that is a HUGE task but our God is good and we know He can do it and we are just vessels for Him to use to do that work. 

What does Church Planting Mean?

Church planting simply means starting a church from scratch. David is the senior pastor of our church, Brasas, here in Mexico City. We moved here, started meeting people and telling them that we are here to start a church and invite them to join. 

On September 6th we had our first bible study at the house and we honestly didn't know what to expect. We thought that maybe 10-15 people would come if that and we ended up with 30 people in our home the first night! It was already time to start finding a building to use. 

Now, we rent out a preschool every Sunday and we hold our church services there until the Lord opens a door for us to have our own church building. I lead worship, yes in Spanish and David teaches the Word. We have an amazing congregation that volunteers every week and even during this quarantine, we have been meeting online with them.


How long have we been here?

We have been here for almost a year. We have been fortunate and blessed enough to take many trips to Las Vegas to see our family and church family within this year which I am thankful for because the transition has not been easy for me at all.

We have a 2 bedroom apartment that we have made feel like home, we have a very cute and stubborn German Shepherd named Luna who has not made the year easier but we also love her so much! We have started church and have a congregation of about 35 people which is unheard of in your first year of church planting, we have been blessed to be in the area we live in, it is called condesa and it is an amazing part of the city that many tourist come to visit, and I am learning Spanish which is easier said than done! 


We don't know how long we will be here, until the Lord tells us to move on which is sometimes a scary thought for me which I will go into more detail on that in a later post. God is showing me how to trust in Him. He is teaching me that it is no mistake that He called me to this man who wants to church plant in Mexico and that I am the girl for the job no matter how unequipped I am and feel. As I have heard many times in my life "He doesn't call the equipped, He equips the called." 


Well that is all my brain can think up for this post. I hope to write more soon! 
Thank you for reading! 










Thursday, June 04, 2020
Man, these times are crazy am I right?! Who ever thought 2020 would look this way? Not me, that's for sure!

I am sure we are all a little bit freaked out right now so I want to start this blog post off by praying for you!

Father God, I lift my sweet sister up to you right in this moment, I pray you will pour your peace over her body, her mind, and her soul and take any fear from her. God we KNOW you are the God of this universe and this virus is nothing to you. We are open to what you have to teach and tell us during this and I just pray agains fear and I pray for your peace and wisdom to fill us in this very moment. AMEN!

I know that there are real reasons to fear during this time, but I want to tell you that there are even more real reasons to trust Christ. He has been faithful and has never let us down, and He has this situation in His hands.

In todays post I want to give you some ideas of what you can do with all this extra time to get your mind off the outside and to occupy your day and how you can make good use of your time rather than just binging Netflix for the the next few days or weeks.


Don't get me wrong I love a good binge and have already delighted in it since all this has broken out but I am quickly getting tired of it. I am reminded of what summer break felt like before having a car. Waking up, eating, watching tv, eating and repeating it the next day, it gets old quick am I right?


So here are a few things that you can do to make good use of your time:

1. Spend Time with the Lord/ Pray for Others

I know, you saw that coming, but I can't be the only one who wishes I had longer than 20 minutes in the morning to dig into my word and pray to the Lord. Now we have that time so don't miss out on what the Lord wants to show you. Right now more than ever He is speaking and He wants to speak to you!

Also use this time to pray for those who may not have Christ, who have poor immune systems, those who are losing their jobs, those directly affected by the virus etc. There is power in prayer and God hears our prayers and intercession. 

Find a "You" spot to spend some time with Jesus. Now, what do I mean by that? The last two mornings I have gotten my coffee and my bible and went up to my rooftop to sit in the sun and worship with my favorite jam "Victory is Yours" and just listen to nature and have my ears and heart open to hear from Jesus. When I was in Vegas my spot was my front porch and Red Rock, I just love being in or as close to nature as possible, it really helps me feel connected to the Lord. 


I know that spending time with the Lord could be daunting if you don't do it often so find a devotional some of my favorites are Jesus Calling, Red Sea Rules, Delight, and the Gospel Activity Book

Especially now, God is waking up His church because the truth is, this is what happens in a world where God is cut out of it, it turns to chaos and God is calling His people to wake up so I encourage you to be open to Gods voice. 

2. Stretch and Workout

Now is a great time to get your physical health in good shape! You don't need weights and equipment just use your body weight and you will feel the burn I promise, plus instead of coming out of this with a quarantine 15 you can come out of it with some muscle!

There are tons of free resources to working out these days which makes it so easy. Some of my favorite free tools to use is the FitOn App, Whitney Simmons Videos, Ashleigh Jordan Videos, and Sarah's Day Videos

Working out and stretching will not only help you physically but mentally as well. As Elle Woods said "Exercise gives you endorphins, endorphins make you happy." 

3. Clean & Organize

I just know that we have all said something like "man I wish I had an extra day off to organize my closet" or "organize my kitchen drawers" well now is that extra day off girl! 

You have no excuses but to organize you life and you will feel 10 times lighter after you've done so. You got nothin better to do! 

4. Create Something

I know we are not all creatives but we all have some kind of creativity in us so let it flow! Right now my friend Tony is calling all creatives to a challenge and I am calling everyone to this challenge, not just creatives. 

His message is to call everyone to spread hope and love through our social media by art, music, writing, photography, whatever it may be, it doesn't have to be super pretty, draw a tree or rainbow, but to spread hope rather than darkness and more fear. If you want to follow along, check out Tony's Challenge Here

So grab those crayons, paint, and printer paper and draw your heart out! If you aren't into that, than go out and grab some paint and paint a piece of furniture, a wall in your house and do some DIY's. 

My favorite DIY people are Lone Fox, Ashley Petrone, and Sarah Randall.

5. Catch Up with Loved Ones

We are all going through this together and we all have some extra time on our hands. I know that it is really encouraging and refreshing when I get to Facetime my mom or bestie and know your friends and family would love a call from you! 

Use the time you talk to your friends and family to be a time where you encourage them, show them love, and talk about the good right now rather than the chaos, we all could use some hope. 




I hope that these tips helped you in some way and if nothing else, I want you to know that God is still almighty, He is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow and He holds your life in His hands. He has a plan and solution for all of this and as my COVID-19 anthem song said "When trials unleash like a flood the battle belongs to our God as we cry out in worship." - Victory is Yours by Bethel



If this post helped you, please share to your loved ones and on your social media! Lets spread hope! 

5 Ways To Make GOOD Use of Your Time

Man, these times are crazy am I right?! Who ever thought 2020 would look this way? Not me, that's for sure!

I am sure we are all a little bit freaked out right now so I want to start this blog post off by praying for you!

Father God, I lift my sweet sister up to you right in this moment, I pray you will pour your peace over her body, her mind, and her soul and take any fear from her. God we KNOW you are the God of this universe and this virus is nothing to you. We are open to what you have to teach and tell us during this and I just pray agains fear and I pray for your peace and wisdom to fill us in this very moment. AMEN!

I know that there are real reasons to fear during this time, but I want to tell you that there are even more real reasons to trust Christ. He has been faithful and has never let us down, and He has this situation in His hands.

In todays post I want to give you some ideas of what you can do with all this extra time to get your mind off the outside and to occupy your day and how you can make good use of your time rather than just binging Netflix for the the next few days or weeks.


Don't get me wrong I love a good binge and have already delighted in it since all this has broken out but I am quickly getting tired of it. I am reminded of what summer break felt like before having a car. Waking up, eating, watching tv, eating and repeating it the next day, it gets old quick am I right?


So here are a few things that you can do to make good use of your time:

1. Spend Time with the Lord/ Pray for Others

I know, you saw that coming, but I can't be the only one who wishes I had longer than 20 minutes in the morning to dig into my word and pray to the Lord. Now we have that time so don't miss out on what the Lord wants to show you. Right now more than ever He is speaking and He wants to speak to you!

Also use this time to pray for those who may not have Christ, who have poor immune systems, those who are losing their jobs, those directly affected by the virus etc. There is power in prayer and God hears our prayers and intercession. 

Find a "You" spot to spend some time with Jesus. Now, what do I mean by that? The last two mornings I have gotten my coffee and my bible and went up to my rooftop to sit in the sun and worship with my favorite jam "Victory is Yours" and just listen to nature and have my ears and heart open to hear from Jesus. When I was in Vegas my spot was my front porch and Red Rock, I just love being in or as close to nature as possible, it really helps me feel connected to the Lord. 


I know that spending time with the Lord could be daunting if you don't do it often so find a devotional some of my favorites are Jesus Calling, Red Sea Rules, Delight, and the Gospel Activity Book

Especially now, God is waking up His church because the truth is, this is what happens in a world where God is cut out of it, it turns to chaos and God is calling His people to wake up so I encourage you to be open to Gods voice. 

2. Stretch and Workout

Now is a great time to get your physical health in good shape! You don't need weights and equipment just use your body weight and you will feel the burn I promise, plus instead of coming out of this with a quarantine 15 you can come out of it with some muscle!

There are tons of free resources to working out these days which makes it so easy. Some of my favorite free tools to use is the FitOn App, Whitney Simmons Videos, Ashleigh Jordan Videos, and Sarah's Day Videos

Working out and stretching will not only help you physically but mentally as well. As Elle Woods said "Exercise gives you endorphins, endorphins make you happy." 

3. Clean & Organize

I just know that we have all said something like "man I wish I had an extra day off to organize my closet" or "organize my kitchen drawers" well now is that extra day off girl! 

You have no excuses but to organize you life and you will feel 10 times lighter after you've done so. You got nothin better to do! 

4. Create Something

I know we are not all creatives but we all have some kind of creativity in us so let it flow! Right now my friend Tony is calling all creatives to a challenge and I am calling everyone to this challenge, not just creatives. 

His message is to call everyone to spread hope and love through our social media by art, music, writing, photography, whatever it may be, it doesn't have to be super pretty, draw a tree or rainbow, but to spread hope rather than darkness and more fear. If you want to follow along, check out Tony's Challenge Here

So grab those crayons, paint, and printer paper and draw your heart out! If you aren't into that, than go out and grab some paint and paint a piece of furniture, a wall in your house and do some DIY's. 

My favorite DIY people are Lone Fox, Ashley Petrone, and Sarah Randall.

5. Catch Up with Loved Ones

We are all going through this together and we all have some extra time on our hands. I know that it is really encouraging and refreshing when I get to Facetime my mom or bestie and know your friends and family would love a call from you! 

Use the time you talk to your friends and family to be a time where you encourage them, show them love, and talk about the good right now rather than the chaos, we all could use some hope. 




I hope that these tips helped you in some way and if nothing else, I want you to know that God is still almighty, He is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow and He holds your life in His hands. He has a plan and solution for all of this and as my COVID-19 anthem song said "When trials unleash like a flood the battle belongs to our God as we cry out in worship." - Victory is Yours by Bethel



If this post helped you, please share to your loved ones and on your social media! Lets spread hope! 
Saturday, March 21, 2020
I was planning on just doing the one Ultimate Christmas Gift Guide this year but then I started thinking about the books and devotionals and journals I have read and want to include them in a gift guide because those have been some of the best gifts I have received!

If you know someone who loves to read or even to journal, you need to see what I have in this post because that person will LOVE these for Christmas! 







a n d  2. Delight Ministries not only have the best and cutest products, they are also an amazing ministry who reach collage women and have Delight groups all over the US and are equipping women to grow in their faith and impact those around them which I just think is absolutely amazing! I have been reading their Delight Stories and Scriptures book and it has challenged me to go deeper in my faith and understand scripture more! It has been such a blessing! They also have so many resources and even a quiz for the single lady so their site is a super fun time! Check them out also on Instagram.


3. The Marriage Journal is a book by Audrey and Jeremy Roloff, you may know Jeremy from the show Little People Big World. He and his wife are amazing believers who have made this journal to help communicate with your spouse. I have heard them talk all about it on their podcast and it sounds like it really brings unity and helps grow your marriage so I actually asked for this for Christmas this year! 


4. If you are married and struggle praying for your hubby like I do, then you need The Power Of A Praying Wife! I LOVE this book! Not only has it helped me on how and what to pray for when I pray for David but it has shown me how important it is to pray for your husband! So, so good!  


5. We all go through trials and times where things are very hazy and unclear. That is how my season now feels and right before moving to Mexico City, my mom gave me The Red Sea Rules book and it is powerful! I am still reading this book and it is showing me how to understand the season I am in and to accept it knowing that God has a big purpose for it! It has given me so much peace in this season and I CANNOT recommend it enough! 


6. I first read When God Writes Your Love Story when I was 16 or 17 and it was maybe one of the first books i read all the way through (I am NOT a reader.) I read this book when I was really taking the calling to save myself for my future husband seriously and I was wondering when I would meet him and who he was and honestly worrying about it a little too much! This book helped my singleness and my waiting season so much so if you are in that season this is a great book for you or if you know someone in waiting, they will love this book! 


7. If you know a gal who LOVES to journal, you need to get the 6 Minute Diary!  This journal includes weekly questions, habit tracker, and a monthly check in where you can rate yourself on a scale in areas like fun, finances, mindfulness, and health. You just spend 3 minutes in the morning and 3 minutes at night and you are on your way to better mental health which I could always use more of! 


8. The Alabaster Company make the most beautiful Bibles! They make each book of the Bible into a visual presentation and it is pretty amazing! We are creative beings and they really use the creativity that the Lord gave them to make beautiful Bibles to speak to other creatives! 


9. About 6 months ago, I posted on my stories about the Gospel Activities book and I got so many questions about it! This is another book that has helped my season in Mexico City so much! This book is like an adult coloring book, because don't you wish you could just sit and color and not be judged?! I do and not I have a good reason to do so! As you color and write in this book answering it's many questions, you get to meditate on the scripture it gives you and dig deeper into your walk with Christ. This book also includes recipes which is always a win in my book! This book is basically every girls favorite things in one book!    



You cannot go wrong with any of these books for your bestie or sister this Christmas! I have received some of these books as a gift and it was the most meaningful gift ever! If you do try any of these books or buy them for the gal in your life let me know how you or they get on with them! I would love to know! 

 Happy shopping! 

Christmas Gift Guide for The Reader/Journal-er

I was planning on just doing the one Ultimate Christmas Gift Guide this year but then I started thinking about the books and devotionals and journals I have read and want to include them in a gift guide because those have been some of the best gifts I have received!

If you know someone who loves to read or even to journal, you need to see what I have in this post because that person will LOVE these for Christmas! 







a n d  2. Delight Ministries not only have the best and cutest products, they are also an amazing ministry who reach collage women and have Delight groups all over the US and are equipping women to grow in their faith and impact those around them which I just think is absolutely amazing! I have been reading their Delight Stories and Scriptures book and it has challenged me to go deeper in my faith and understand scripture more! It has been such a blessing! They also have so many resources and even a quiz for the single lady so their site is a super fun time! Check them out also on Instagram.


3. The Marriage Journal is a book by Audrey and Jeremy Roloff, you may know Jeremy from the show Little People Big World. He and his wife are amazing believers who have made this journal to help communicate with your spouse. I have heard them talk all about it on their podcast and it sounds like it really brings unity and helps grow your marriage so I actually asked for this for Christmas this year! 


4. If you are married and struggle praying for your hubby like I do, then you need The Power Of A Praying Wife! I LOVE this book! Not only has it helped me on how and what to pray for when I pray for David but it has shown me how important it is to pray for your husband! So, so good!  


5. We all go through trials and times where things are very hazy and unclear. That is how my season now feels and right before moving to Mexico City, my mom gave me The Red Sea Rules book and it is powerful! I am still reading this book and it is showing me how to understand the season I am in and to accept it knowing that God has a big purpose for it! It has given me so much peace in this season and I CANNOT recommend it enough! 


6. I first read When God Writes Your Love Story when I was 16 or 17 and it was maybe one of the first books i read all the way through (I am NOT a reader.) I read this book when I was really taking the calling to save myself for my future husband seriously and I was wondering when I would meet him and who he was and honestly worrying about it a little too much! This book helped my singleness and my waiting season so much so if you are in that season this is a great book for you or if you know someone in waiting, they will love this book! 


7. If you know a gal who LOVES to journal, you need to get the 6 Minute Diary!  This journal includes weekly questions, habit tracker, and a monthly check in where you can rate yourself on a scale in areas like fun, finances, mindfulness, and health. You just spend 3 minutes in the morning and 3 minutes at night and you are on your way to better mental health which I could always use more of! 


8. The Alabaster Company make the most beautiful Bibles! They make each book of the Bible into a visual presentation and it is pretty amazing! We are creative beings and they really use the creativity that the Lord gave them to make beautiful Bibles to speak to other creatives! 


9. About 6 months ago, I posted on my stories about the Gospel Activities book and I got so many questions about it! This is another book that has helped my season in Mexico City so much! This book is like an adult coloring book, because don't you wish you could just sit and color and not be judged?! I do and not I have a good reason to do so! As you color and write in this book answering it's many questions, you get to meditate on the scripture it gives you and dig deeper into your walk with Christ. This book also includes recipes which is always a win in my book! This book is basically every girls favorite things in one book!    



You cannot go wrong with any of these books for your bestie or sister this Christmas! I have received some of these books as a gift and it was the most meaningful gift ever! If you do try any of these books or buy them for the gal in your life let me know how you or they get on with them! I would love to know! 

 Happy shopping! 
Monday, December 09, 2019

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