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How To Survive Summer

Returning north from the south in July is no joke lovies…FREEZING over here. I’ve forgotten how to drive which is fantastic in its own right. But seriously, if you ever get the chance to visit New Orleans in the summer, TAKE it! Just get the Christmas sweater onsie prepared for early use when reality arrives back home.

This trip was everything I needed to it to be and then some which all the glory goes to Jesus because…He is the BEST of course! Oh how I wish I could stay south, it is just so ME! Plus you know it’s bad when the therapist agrees moving would be ideal. However, this is in God’s hands and I’m good with that because it’s exactly where it should be. For now I will LOVE every ounce of the summer travel adventures. I used to dislike travel but I’m so in love with new places I could make this travel gig a regular thing, EASILY.

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This right here is one of the oldest surviving structures in New Orleans and has been called the oldest structure in the United States housing a bar. This is how we do in the Big Easy peeps. Drop the tween off after they peck at you a million times of your lack of intelligence and proclaim it’s afternoon slushee time! Then fill up the brain you apparently don’t have with history. NOLA life, rough on the feet but great on the spirit. Speaking of spirits, it is said to be one of the more haunted places in the French Quarter. Perhaps because historically it was a site of contraband, intimidation, extortion and criminal activity. Whoa, the Lafitte family are not portrayed as our most upstanding of historical citizens. #notalternativefact #biography

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Perhaps the source of it’s haunting? Just a thought. Even the supposed spirits in this old building don’t shut up, LOL. One thing is for sure, the streets and buildings are filled with activity for every generation.

Proverbs 3 on trusting the Lord.

My child, don’t lose sight of good planning and insight. Hang on to them, for they fill you with life and bring you honor and respect. They keep you safe on your way and keep your feet from stumbling. You can lie down without fear and enjoy pleasant dreams. You need not be afraid of disaster or the destruction that comes upon the wicked, for the Lord is your security. ~Proverbs 3:21-26

So then, travel as much as you can, as far as you can, as long as you can. Life is not meant to be lived in one place. Just ask Cocoa Major however, his heart and tricks are NOLA all the way!

 

Loved By Grace,

Aimee

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Life Is Short, Buy The Shoes

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I don’t own a lot of things but this…OH YES I sure did! More on those in a while. Peeps, there are enough shoes for every girl out here and it’s pretty amazing if I do say so myself.

Basically peeps, what you see is what you get. You know what? Perspective is everything. Life is too short to waste time on what other people think because it’s always going to be projecting from an outside lens instead of from our own voice and more importantly, what God says. Spend time and energy on the people who appreciate all shoe types and rejoice in them. The rest is just noise.

Spending our whole life pleasing the opinions of others is just the definition of insanity because our efforts will never be satisfactory.

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Own the freedom that comes from knowing our worth is in God alone. It’s not for sale, it’s free and there is an abundance of space here to go around. That kind of joy is contagious.

Cranky, not so much. Raise the rent.

Which leads me to a little story about this lady yesterday. Let’s just say she was not very nice. Okay first of all, I was trying on a dress in a blazing hot fitting room. If you’ve never given southern style a chance, you really must try it Loves…So fun!  Anyhoo, not so nice lady had an opinion about my epic sweating status in the garment which she was more than happy to share. Peeps, we are talking 100+ degree heat box here. Last I checked the human body perspires in extreme heat. Combine with the fact this northern girl is trying on layers of tulle in the middle of the French Quarter and well, we are going to have epic sweat factory going on here. This is just a fact of life right? It’s going to happen whether I like it or not so attempting to please cranky is a futile effort. The point is, I could wake up tomorrow with my head sewn to the carpet and I would still be a sweaty mess contending with an opinion I would never change.

Don’t buy that rent.

Our worth is not to be wrapped up in the perception of others. Jesus loves this sweaty mess. Suddenly cranky opinion is not even important. How amazing is that!

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Matthew 10:30-40 ~ Every hair on your head has been counted. Don’t be afraid! You are worth more than many sparrows. So I will acknowledge in front of my Father in heaven that person who acknowledges me in front of others. But I will tell my Father in heaven that I don’t know the person who tells others that he doesn’t know me. Don’t think that I came to bring peace to earth. I didn’t come to bring peace but conflict. I came to turn a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. A person’s enemies will be the members of his own family. “The person who loves his father or mother more than me does not deserve to be my disciple. The person who loves a son or daughter more than me does not deserve to be my disciple. Whoever doesn’t take up his cross and follow me doesn’t deserve to be my disciple. The person who tries to preserve his life will lose it, but the person who loses his life for me will preserve it. The person who welcomes you welcomes me, and the person who welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me.

Makes all the difference. Life is short, I bought the shoes!

Loved By Grace,

Aimee

 

Greetings from NOLA

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Jeremiah 29:11 ~ For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. Plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans to give you a hope & a future. ❤️

Another verse of the week direct from New Orleans. Haven’t had much time to write but honestly this says it all. Another verse sent to me. Perfection.

Just in case y’all are wondering, I must have lived here before because I’m opening up a quaint little fashion shop and STAYING here. It’s seriously THAT amazing! A little stinky in the allies but then you just get the tshirt that says I pooped today and it’s all good.

Jesus is the BEST!

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Leaving On A Jet Plane

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Not one but three people placed this in front of me today.  One I don’t even know personally but nevertheless reached out yesterday…God placed it on their heart to cover me in prayer.  I can’t even begin to express the feeling that encompasses a heart when this happens. If that wasn’t enough to have me listening there it was again in devotion today.

All reminders to not be anxious about anything but in all our ways acknowledge Him. The more we depend on Jesus, the more this kind of stuff happens.

That prayer warrior…yeah well they happen to live in New Orleans. Peeps, they have no way of knowing we are headed there in hours…unless they read this blog but NOLA was months ago with no date mentioned. How can this be? Speechless is all I can say.

God has your hand on you so don’t live life in fear. True story. 🙂

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This seems to be the verse of the week! ❤️

And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. ~Philippians 4:7

Loved By Grace,

Aimee

 

 

Where Y’At? Holla NOLA!

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What’s up loves!  Happy hump day!

Today I could choose the crappy morning pity party or this kick ass reality right here. Where y’at?  Let’s pick NOLA shall we?  OH-EM-GEE, must say I’ve never been to New Orleans but this my friends, is about to change. Sure, it’s going to be rough sacrificing more time in the local scene but seriously, this is a no brainer.  And we can all say…hallelujah!

So to celebrate, I’m researching little known facts about New Orleans…

  1. There are no strict open container laws.  Uh oh, this could get me in trouble…
  2. A lot of NOLA bars offer to-go cups. Check please! 🙂
  3. You can even get your drinks at drive-through daiquiri shops. Whoa, these guys are pretty serious about their adult beverages.
  4. There aren’t really any basements in New Orleans. That’s totally fine with me because that means it’s tropical!  YES!
  5. The dead aren’t even buried underground. A little creepy but it’s all good.
  6. Frenchmen Street is way better than Bourbon Street.  Depends on your taste I guess. 🙂
  7. When someone says “Where y’at?” they don’t want to know where you physically are.  Well, I’m pretty sure I’ll be where y’at freaking amazing!
  8. Similarly, “Who dat?” is not a question of identity.  It won’t be football season so we’re safe with this one.
  9. Alligator and turtle are readily available delicacies.  Okay, that is just disgusting  no thank you. Not a big fan of bizarre foods if you can’t tell!
  10. The Uber situation is not great. Given #1, #2 & #3 above…I’m fairly certain there aren’t enough Uber drivers to go around this town. 🙂
  11. There are no counties in the state of Louisiana. Oh good because hell will freeze over before I ever step foot in a southern county. Oh wait, different State. Whew!
  12. Starbucks is less ubiquitous in NOLA.  Sorry Starbucks, gotta support the locals plus you get enough of my money the rest of the year.  HA!
  13. The city has a ton of famous residents. Brangelina is a hot mess these days but aren’t we all!
  14. It’s pronounced New Or-linz, not Nawlins and certainly not New Orleenz. It’s really not that hard to say, we promise. Got it! Hopefully. 🙂

Huffington Post Article 2/2015

 

Loved By Grace,

Aimee

 

 

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