My favorite Coffee Shops That You need to try in Albuquerque. 

If you know anything about me, it’s the fact that I’m a die hard coffee lover. 

Coffee is an everyday essential in order for me to function properly. 


My love for coffee started when I began college. Late nights studying, early mornings rushing to class, and procrastinating all my assignments until the last possible second…. coffee was a lifesaver for me. 

(And luckily for University of New Mexico students, there’s a Starbucks inside their biggest library- my go to study place!) 

My love for coffee became even deeper when I starting helping out at my church’s coffee shop. Learning how to create and make the the espresso drinks that I loved made me more obsessed with coffee. 

So recently I decided I would try new, local, and “hole in the wall” coffee shops everywhere I went. 

Since Albuquerque is close to home and where I work, I thought I’d highlight some of my new fave coffee shops for y’all and hopefully it’ll encourage you to try them out! 

Because although I love Starbucks, it’s gets a little mundane and there’s so much more flavor  to explore in the coffee world! 

1. New Mexico Piñon Coffee House! 

By far, my number one favorite coffee joint has to be this place! Their piñon blend is the best I’ve ever had, their ice cubes ARE COFFEE CUBES, and their house blend is strong but does not leave an icky bitter aftertaste. The atmosphere that this coffee joint gives me is nothing short of the perfect “NM True” feel- also the fact that they have a biscochito ice coffee (which gives me life), and are the official coffee sponsor of our international balloon fiesta means you can’t get more NM TRUE than that! 


2. Satellite Coffee

Satellite Coffee is delicious, unique, and makes me sentimental. (Takes me back to my college days) 

When I was a student at UNM, it was my go to, almost everyday. With a satellite coffee shop in their bookstore and their student union building, I was a happy camper! 

I wish I could perfectly explain what I like about this company, but it’s a love that I can’t quite describe… 

The atmosphere of all of their shops is perfect for catching up on some reading and/or homework and their coffee is so rich, but never bitter. 

If you try this place, try their Mexican latte! It’s my favorite! 


3. Napoli Coffee 

What I love most about this coffee shop is the friendly baristas and employees! They answered all of my questions and were very knowledgeable! I tried a Breve here for the first time and fell in love with it! The atmosphere is spacious and their food is good too! 

4. Humble coffee company 

This little quaint coffee shop is everything that reminds me of “hipster trends” (lol) The coffee shop itself is a little small and congested but their lattes are always tasty. And, they always do latte art! 




5. Europa (Los Lunas) 

So I tried this new coffee shop about a month ago and was blown away. I love everything about it. This coffee shop is not in Albuquerque. It’s in Los Lunas which is sbout 20 miles south of Albuquerque. Their coffee and espresso is organic and always fresh and delicious. The inside of their shop is beyond charming, and I tried a salted caramel pastry and it was delicious. They also sell fresh, organic, and hone grown fruits and veggies from their own garden and they also sell organic chicken eggs and grass fed beef! A must try! 

I had one more (unlisted) coffee shop that I wanted to list here, but since I’ve only been there once, I decided I’ll try it a few more times and get some photos of it before I add it to my list! 

Have you tried any of these places in Albuquerque? Is your favorite coffee shop in Albuquerque not listed here?!… 

If it didn’t make my list, let me know in the comments what your favorite ABQ coffee shop is! I ALWAYS want to try new places! 

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RESET WEEK: Changing my relationship with food

I’m currently on the final day of my reset week, and I’m happy that I survived!

What is reset week? 

During reset week, I stuck to a very strict diet. No carbs, no bread, no rice, no beans, no grains, no sugar (besides very few fruit options), no caffeine, no soda, no sweets…. not even oatmeal! Nothing processed. Basically nothing I enjoy lol

Basically, all I ate was veggies and certain meat. (Mainly chicken and eggs). I had fruit that was allowed and snacked on pickles, beef jerky, peanut butter, and certain nuts (raw almonds and cashews). 

It was challenging and very, very difficult. I slipped up twice during my reset week because I literally had the strongest craving for bread. 

Day1 I slept most of the day to avoid my cravings and to avoid my headache caused from a lack of caffeine. 

Days 2-3 I did good with sticking to the strict rules but had a horrible headache both days and was feeling grumpy. (My body was missing all the crap and junk I would normally stuff myself with.) 

Days 4-6 my headaches were gone but I fell weak to my cravings and had my aunties enchiladas (too much corn tortillas) and last night I stayed up too late and got the late night munchies and had a microwaveable chimichanga burrito  :/ 

As my last day of reset week is here, I’m happy that I did this. There are so many important reasons why I needed to do this. And there is a reason why I only did this for a week. 

Here is why: 

1. My nutrition coach wanted to show me that sticking to very strict rules when it comes to my diet would not be sustainable for my lifestyle- working out hard and being active and full of energy all day. 

I noticed very quickly that I felt good when I was eating clean but lacked the full energy I needed for my workouts. 

-carbs aren’t evil if you eat them in moderation and don’t indulge. Carbs are great, and give me the energy I need in order to keep moving and burning throughout the day. 

-treating yourself is NOT bad, as long as you don’t over indulge daily. 

2. The nutrition coach wanted to reset and improve my glucose and insulin sensitivity. 

-it’s so easy to stay consumed in how you look and how you want your figure to look like, but we so easily forget about our actual health and wellness. 

3. I learned that my excessive fast food visits and over indulgence of food when I’m stressed or sad is not worth the extra weight, inches, and stretch marks I put on my body. 

4. I learned that I can actually eat so much more when I make clean and fresh choices- which has inspired me to continue with some of these rules. (But not all of them.) 

5. Most importantly, I learned that a calorie deficit is the best and only way to lose weight and I can eat whatever I want… as long as I eat it in moderation and control my portions. 

Now, if you want to be vegan, or do Herbalife, or believe in the south beach diet as a lifestyle, etc, then you do you! 

I know that personally for me, i don’t want to do those things. I want to take care of my body, but still enjoy the things I like.

I want to lose weight and regain my strength and fitness level that I once had, but I want to do it in a sustainable and maintable way… In a way that works for me, my body, my needs, my desires, and my overall health (mental and physical). And those things are different for every body. 

I don’t want to or expect to lose weight super quickly- losing more 2-4 pounds a week may not always be healthy and it doesn’t mean you are losing/burning off fat. (You could just be losing water weight.) 

Reset week has started a change in my relationship with food. 

Oddly enough, I am ready to make healthy and fresh choices more everyday, but I am also ready to treat myself- but know the difference between treating myself and indulging. 

I havent weighed myself. I do that on Saturday’s. But I lost a whole inch off of my waist this week, so that’s encouraging! 

So if you are struggling with weight loss, I encourage you to take a week to “Reset”. You’ll learn so much and I hope it’ll encourage you like it’s encouraged me. 

I’m doing this as part of an online fitness/nutrition program I joined and if you want to know more about my fitness coach and nutritionist, please feel free to contact me. 


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My Engagement Story! 

This past weekend was nothing short of magical and a dream come true… 

Cheesy, I know. But it’s true! 

I dreamed about my engagement and the man of my dreams getting down on one knee more than I’ve dreamed about my wedding I think! 

All of my dreams and expectations were all met on July 1st, 2017 when I got engaged! ❤️


It started out as a day not outside of the ordinary. I woke up and got ready to go on a day trip to Santa Fe with Damond and two couples that we are very good friends with. 


We rode the motorcycles on a beautiful and cloudy morning through Madrid, NM (where we stopped at the cutest coffee shop) and stopped in Santa Fe, NM for lunch and to shop around. 

We then took a ride up to the ski lift in Santa Fe, which is such a fun ride up the mountains, and the top has gorgeous views! 

And the funny part about the ride up to the ski lift is that for some reason, I missed the memo that we were actually going up to the ski lift area. 

I don’t know how i just spaced out on that one fact. lol 😂 

But as we left the restaurant, I asked Damond “so where to now?” (thinking we were heading back home.) But, he looked at me puzzled and said “we are riding up to the ski lift! That’s the whole point of this trip!” 

So I was obviously oblivious to that fact… which made it all a little more exciting . 

Damond and I had taken that same ride in Santa Fe more than a few times and it just became a special place to us! It is in the heart of the Santa Fe national forest, it is in the beautiful and fresh air of the mountains, and it’s just breathtaking and our kind of paradise (we are crazy nature and outdoor fanatics) 

I was excited for our friends to see this beautiful area for the first time and I was excited to take my new camera up there to take some photos! 

Up until this point and at this point, I HAD NO CLUE that Damond had planned this all out. 

I was walking around and just taking pictures (in my own little world as usual). 

I stopped next to a beautiful stream to take photos of it and that’s when Damond came up to me and said “Lets go over here on this side…” and he led me a little further down the stream. I absentmindedly said okay and didn’t think anything of it. 

Then… 

Damond got a little closer, and started saying things he wouldn’t normally say. 

He looked at me and said “this place is so beautiful and special to us, isn’t it?” And I smiled and agreed (again, not thinking anything of it) 

Then he came closer to me and said “you know, there’s a reason why our friends are here with us and why I wanted to bring you up here again.” 

That’s when I started to align things and from there, he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him!


And all I remember in that moment is  I kind of started to hyperventilate (haha) and I just looked at him and stared at that beautiful ring with tears welling up in my eyes. 


I said YES! obviously! 


From the time he pulled me to the other side of the stream, it felt like a whirlwind and it all happened so fast. I was surprised and shocked beyond belief. 

Of course we had always wanted and desired to get married, and we had talked about it a lot recently, but I was not expecting it that day and was surprised just like I always dreamed I would be ❤️

Of course, I had smeared makeup, helmet hair, and I was wearing my unflattering motorcycle gear… so I didn’t have the appearance that I have dreamt of, but that’s okay! 

Honestly, that stuff doesn’t even matter. I look at the pictures of my messy hair and smeared makeup and I smile, because that’s real, that’s me, and that’s how Damond usually sees me as on the daily, and he still loves me and chooses to be with me. 

(And like I tweeted a few days ago, it was nothing short of Gods grace that my nails were done when this happened.. because seriously, my nails never look this nice!) 😂

It’s only been days since we got engaged, and we are already being asked what kind of wedding we want to have, how big of a wedding, what kind of venue, what kind of photographer, etc… 

all of that stuff is brand new to us and it’s exciting, but I’m more focused and excited about my future marriage rather than my future wedding. 

The excitement of this new journey is not all about venues, and dresses, and a honeymoon.. 

it’s about a lifelong commitment to the man of my dreams, my best friend , the love of my life… and about making a huge and sacrificial commitment to God, and letting HIM guide us through this journey. 


I look at him so differently now. I fall deeper in love with him each day, I envision our life together and feel so excited and blessed. He’s not just my boyfriend. He’s the man I’m dedicating all of my heart and faithfulness to. The father of our future children and the man who will lead me throughout this life with a Christ like love and Gods strength. 

After three years of our relationship, most say “finally” and “it’s about time” and “it’s been a long time coming”… and I couldn’t agree more 😉 and I can’t wait to embrace this season of engagement! 

💍💍💍

Thanks for reading y’all and stay tuned for more of our wedding journey!

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Fitness and weight loss update! 

Hey y’all! I apologize for leaving all of you hanging as I had previously promised I’d update y’all weekly on my fitness/weight loss journey…. 

Well, after week three, I got very discouraged and gave up on my goals. 

I didn’t 100% give up: I continued to work out 2-3x week and tried to be cautious of what I ate. 

But for the most part I gave up. I let all of my overwhelming stress take over and I allowed myself to stress eat. 

I allowed my anxiety to get the best of me and discourage me. 

I crawled into my bed early each evening after work to just ignore the world. I was in bed and asleep by 7pm every night. And  I let myself be lazy and sleep in until the last possible second before leaving for work. 

My emotions have been up and down lately. And thats given me a sorry excuse “to take it easy on myself”. 

I haven’t accomplished much lately, but that is going to change. 

I’m creating new goals and making sure they are attainable! 

I decided to try things I’ve never done before. 


I recently joined an online coaching program with a nutritionist who knows her stuff and one of the toughest veterans who is well known on social media. 

It seems very cut throat and disciplined, but achievable. And it’s also NOT a gimmick where they give you shakes and wraps and promise you 50 pounds lost in 2 weeks. 

It’s a program to teach you how to make the correct nutritional choices for your body and goals. It’s a program to teach you how and what activity and exercise will help you in your journey. 

Im praying over this experience and I’m ready to learn a lot and accomplish my goals. 
The main thing I’ve learned these last couple of weeks during this lazy, unmotivated, and discouraging time is to take care of your mental/emotional health first! 

I had too much stress going on and I didn’t really deal with it. 

I didn’t really open up to anyone about it, I didn’t pray about it, I ignored the toll the stress took on my body… etc. 

I sort of ignored it which is not something I want any of you to do. 

You need to first and foremost always take care of your spiritual, mental, and emotional health. And if you are struggling with that, you must focus on it and get the love and help you need. 

Do what helps to ease your anxiety and do things that can help you relieve stress. 

Focus on more important things: for me that’s God, my family, and my close friends. 

Don’t let one bad week…. or even 4 bad weeks be the thing that pushes you to end your journey and give up on your goals. 

I’m trying to remember that everyday day that I’m able to wake up and open my eyes is a fresh start; a new beginning. 


Just like scripture says that Gods mercies are new every morning… we have that! And we have new chances to start over. 


Just because I’ve failed or didn’t try hard enough in the past doesn’t mean that I will have a unsuccessful future with my journey. 

I know I have a lot of work to do and a lot of excuses to get rid of. I know the journey is going to be tough and it’s going to take a long time. 

I want to follow through with all of it though because I want to see what it’s like to NOT GIVE UP. 

I want to know that it’s possible because I know I’m not the only one out there who feels helpless. 

I can’t be the only girl who sometimes feels like she is not good enough. I know I can’t be the only one who doubts that she has what it takes. I want to know it’s possible to reach my goals so that other ladies like me can know that they can do it too! 


So stay tuned for more… and as always thanks for checking in on my update! 

Blessings! 💜


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Treat Yo Self Tuesday: Fiona Stiles Matte Foundation 

Happy #TreatYoSelfTuesday !🎉 

My current obsession and new found favorite makeup product is the Fiona Stiles Matte Finish Foundation Concentrate

And guys, when I say that I’m obsessed, I’m literally OBSESSED. 

[Before I continue to rave about this product, I’ll have you know that this post is no way sponsored and there are not any affiliate links or codes included here! I genuinely love this brand and this product and I wish I could be sponsored by this lovely brand.]

I first heard about this brand and foundation from my esthetician. I have acne prone skin and I’m always fighting more than a few breakouts on my face. I also have oily skin and a lot of acne scars(red marks and indentation scars) .

So basically, I have really flawed skin… in order for me to do the best for my skin, I need foundation that’s paraben free and free of all of those crazy pore cloggers that are in so many cosmetic products.

I try not to cake on my foundation because I know how horrible that is for your pores and skin. And I also know that the less makeup I wear and the more I let my skin breathe, the better. (Less is more 😉) 

There are just many days though where I feel so insecure about my breakouts and my scars, that I like to wear foundation. It helps to boost my confidence, I feel a little better with it on, and I love putting it on. 


Here’s What I LOVE about this foundation: 

  • It is so light weight! It does not feel cakey or thick at all. 
  • It offers the perfect amount of coverage- medium to full. 
  • It gives you the perfect matte finish… it’s never dry looking. 
  • It STAYS Matte.. all day long
  • It blends effortlessly with a brush or Beauty blender. 
  • The packaging is high quality, it comes with a pump, and it’s all around packaged beautifully. 
  • It does not contain any parabens or pore cloggers. 
  • It gives you a very beautiful finish and looks natural (while still being full coverage) 

I’ve been currently applying this foundation with a beauty blender, but I also will use the Wet n’ Wild Flat Top Brush (and if you haven’t tried these new Wet n’ Wild brushes yet, you need to!) 


It is currently 21 Days of beauty At Ulta and I discovered this product is HALF OFF! So of course I bought four of these. [ha ha] (I also bought their concealer which I have been LOVING as well.) 

Before this foundation, I used to use the Bare Minerals Original Foundation. I love that foundation because it only has FIVE ingredients in it and it’s insanely good for your skin. BUT, I’m an oily mess, and there’s no way to make that foundation Matte… I look like a shiny disco ball two hours after I put it on… that’s only because of how oily my skin has become. It’s still an amazing foundation.


So I finally retired my beloved Bare Minerals and will use the Maybeline Fit Me Matte from time to time. But Fiona Stiles Foundation is my new ride or die. 
So like I said, if you’re looking for a new foundation that’s light weight, full coverage, good for your skin, and gives you a beautiful finish, you might want to try Fiona Stiles Beauty. 


I highly recommend it 😉 

What is your current ride or die Foundation and why? 🙂 


With Love,

Olivia 💜

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My Testimony: Saved by Grace. 

I was saved on February 12, 2005. I’ll never forget that date… (partly because it is my dads and my (late) grandmothers birthday). But, I’ll never forget that day because that was the day that I first heard the gospel and accepted Jesus into my life and heart. 

I was 11 years old and in 6th grade. My sister was the one who invited me to tag along to a youth group that she was invited to by one of her friends from school. 

I’ll never forget that night and the teaching that the youth pastor shared with us… I remember him using the analogy of God carrying us on a very narrow and broken bridge over a river. He expressed how the only way to get across safe was to be carried in God’s arms.

 We couldn’t walk behind God because there’s no way he could see if we were to trip and fall and he wouldn’t be able to catch us in time… there was no way we could walk in front of God because what if we decide to do our own thing and end up falling or tripping? The only way was to let God carry us… 

I remember seeing that narrow and broken bridge as my life and I instantly knew that no matter who I was or who I would become as I grew older, I felt the deep yearning and desperate need for Jesus… in that moment, I emotionally, spiritually, and physically felt my brokenness be repaired as I asked Jesus into my life. 

After that day, my sister and I went to church and a youth group with her friends every week. I became obsessed and in love with the Bible and who Jesus is. I was sold out. 


I let Jesus lead my life for a few years after that day that I got saved… then, high school and my teenage years happened. 

I don’t remember exactly when I walked away from the lord… but I did during my high school years and I lived like I never knew Him… 

I cussed like a sailor, I disobeyed my parents by lying all the time, I drank, smoked weed, I partied, and I lived a life where I thought I had all the answers and knew it all… 

By most of the worlds standards, many would say I was a good student and a nice person all around… (I would think “yeah I might do some stuff but I’ve never killed anyone!)  but deep down, I always felt lost, alone, and like I was never good enough. 

Flash forward to when I was 17 years old and graduated from high school. I enlisted into the army and started my journey in the military. My whole life and who I was changed drastically once I became a soldier. (I say that in a good and amazing way) I loved the army life and knew that I was always meant to do that. 


 As I was in boot camp, I carried a little pocket bible and would read it from time to time. Some days were really bad in boot camp… feeling homesick and getting pushed to your limit physically and mentally all day, everyday… sometimes the only comfort that would help was thinking about God. I still felt far away and didn’t have a desire or actual full on surrender to Him, but just reading certain scriptures and thinking about Him gave me a familiar comfort that helped on my bad days. (I think that was when God was slowly calling me back to him) 

As I came home from training and started my young adult life, the absence of Jesus in my life worsened.

 I went back to drinking and getting drunk… and I hated who i was when I was drunk. I used to push my limits and drink until I would blackout. (Looking back, I don’t see how I NEVER saw the danger in that) 

I started hooking up with guys and chasing and wanting to be with the wrong ones. It was like I was only attracted to guys who wanted to use me and never wanted to actually be with me or treat me right. I was 19 when I lost my virginity to a short term boyfriend. I cringe and my heart breaks when I think about how I never wanted to lose it at that time and to that person. 

I remember my way of thinking at that time in my life… I let myself believe that I enjoyed the random hook ups and different guys. 

I tried to tell myself that it was empowering to do “what I wanted to do” with my body and that I controlled all of  those situations,  so it ultimately made me happy… but deep down, I knew it wasn’t true. 

Throughout my young adult life, I spent so much time trying to do good things and I tried to impress people. I was a workaholic, i went to the gym and hot yoga 6x week and twice a day, and I buried myself in school work.And I did all of this with the wrong intentions. I did it to feel worthy and good enough. I did it to get a pat on the back and to get applause. I did it because I didn’t feel good about myself and I didn’t know how to truly see and find my worth. 

I was so used to living a life that revolved around me and worldly values that I felt numb to anything that related to Jesus. 

I never doubted or denied my belief in God, but I started to believe weird and untrue things about it all… I was a total page ripper (when I decided to read or look at a bible)

I remember saying that I believed in God and a “higher power” but I didn’t believe in religion or everything in the Bible. I was totally lukewarm and only picked parts from Christianity that sounded good.. (like heaven and blessings and miracles) I denied the big picture and what I had known to be true when I was surrendered to the lord. 
My breaking point:

I guess you could say my breaking point was when I had started talking and seeing a guy that I previously dated and really cared about. I wanted a relationship with him and I wanted to be the only one. But of course, that never happened. 

He broke my heart. And after hoping and going back to him time after time, I finally cut him off for good and promised myself to never see or talk to him again. 

 I cut ties with him, and I felt “heartbroken” and sad for probably 2 weeks straight. I would be fine one minute, then cry the next because my emotions were all over the place… then after having cut ties with him, little things started to change… 

I remember telling my friends that I was done partying and getting drunk and that I no longer saw the fun in that. I realized I shouldn’t be smoking weed and running around with guys.

I woke up one morning on an April day and my mood went from sad and mopey to happy, healed, and hopeful… I even remember waking up that morning and even laughing and thinking “this is kinda weird that I feel so different and hopeful!” But it was like I instantly knew that things were looking up… 

I believe this was where God started to pave my way back to him… 

(My heart flutters and I smile just thinking about it all) 

I was working as an intern at a doctors office and the office manager there was a believer and her husband was a pastor… She had a gentle and sweet spirit and was always talking about Jesus to people. I remember listening to the things she would say and it took me back to “my church days”. It was a comfort to talk to her and listen to her speak of Jesus. 

Then, one day I started talking to the cutest old Spanish couple who were patients there. I don’t remember exactly how the conversation started, but they mentioned their church and I blurted out that I just felt like I needed to go back to church and start fellowship again with other believers. They both encouraged me by telling me different scriptures and just explaining that God wants nothing more than for me to go back to Him. 

It all happened without me even thinking about it but when it happened it always felt familiar and just like what I needed. 

God continued his work and  I never fully realized it…

One day I was on Facebook and saw a familiar face on the “people you may know” section. It said he lived in the same town as me and we went to the same high school and he was also in the same branch of the military as me… 

So I added him and he messaged me and the first thing he said to me was that he was saved and was going to a local church and he invited me.. 

I remember thinking “what a coincidence” but nothing is by chance with God… I took him up on his offer about 3 weeks after we connected on facebook and after we started dating, and my first time back at church I surrendered my heart to the lord again.

 I was 20 going on 21 when I decided I was done with my old life and I was ready to really live for the lord. 

It was a tough transition.. to go from worldly and careless to fully surrendered to God as an adult. 

I lost friends (one of my closest friends), I was teased, mocked, and made fun of for my choice to live for The Lord, and I deeply struggled (and still do) with lots of sin that I was so used to before. 

Though it was a tough transition, it was the best time of my life. I felt healed, worthy, enough, and I began to build my relationship with God again. I started to understand him more now as an adult and my life became complete with Him in it. 

I remember gaining weight and only working one job and it was because my worth and acceptance was in Christ and NOT in my appearance or achievements! I felt such a huge burden lifted from me and I felt FREE. 


I’m crying as I look back on my life… I made so many mistakes and am so unworthy, yet Jesus STILL loved me and chose me. He died in my place simply because he loves me and so that I could know Him. 

My life and my mistakes may not be bad or a big deal to the world and some people… but to Gods standards and to the biblical standard, they are. 

And I know there is a sweeter, better, and fuller life for me when I live it for Christ. 

I remember asking one of my friends from church if I was ever even saved at 11 years old… I doubted it because of how far I walked away from the lord after that… he said what makes a saved person is the fact that you return and go back to God. 

My heart and spirit smile knowing that the whole time that I walked away from God, I was still pursued, loved, and chosen by him. 

I am free in Christ, I am saved by his grace. I’m so undeserving and I don’t deserve his mercy, but my heart bursts with joy knowing that I am made in His image and forever loved and complete in Him. 



What’s your testimony?❤️

With Love, 

Olivia💜

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I’m Going Back To My First Love. 

I feel like I’ve fallen…  I feel like I’m not doing what I should do. I feel kind of like a sell out. I kind of feel like I’m just going through the motions… (dramatic, I know) 

But when I first started my blog, my inspiration, motivation, and purpose for it was to glorify Jesus and be obedient to the calling he put on my life. 

And I have yet to only write two (TWO?!) faith based posts. I’m a little ashamed that I think product reviews are more important than writing about the only thing that really matters to me: Jesus.

Of course, it’s okay to write about other things like makeup, wellness, reviews, etc… but I never wanted that to be my main and only focus. And now it seems like that is all I can write about… why?… 

To be honest, the whole blogging world is way different than I expected. (I say this in a good way and a bad way.) 

It’s different than I expected in a good way because it’s so rewarding. When I receive good feedback, I get so encouraged. Being able to connect with others is simply amazing. It’s good because it has been the biggest learning experience that I’ve had in such a long time. It’s good because I feel like I’m in my happy place when I blog. I’m so happy that I finally started my blog. 
Having your blog and making sure you don’t neglect it is hard work. It takes TONS of time, and there’s so much to do and it seems impossible to do it. (Especially when you started your blog from the ground up alone like I did). But its still so rewarding. 

This blogging experience of mine has not been what I had expected in somewhat a negative way because I allowed myself to get caught up in what I think others want to see and read… I got caught up in the excitement and desire to monetize and make money from my blog that I truly forgot what I really enjoy writing about. 

This “fun hobby” where I could write whatever I want whenever I want turned into this pressure filled job where I focused too hard on affiliates and ads and schedules, and lost focus on the whole purpose of my blog. 

I allow myself to get discouraged quickly. When I don’t see the growth I want to see or when I don’t get the reaction that I wanted on a post, it’s easy for me to think “forget it!” 

My energy is pouring into this when it should be pouring into the Lord. 

I’ve read plenty of other blog posts and I’ve read countless posts about “How to grow your blog” or “How to monetize and make more money from your blog”…. but I haven’t really read much of Gods Word. 

I haven’t prayed as much as I’ve spent time on social media. I haven’t dedicated my time to bible study, serving, and sharing the gospel with others. I’ve been selfish about my time and my intentions with this blog. 
Maybe my faith posts are slim to none because my relationship with Jesus feels like it’s slim to none… I’ve distanced myself and haven’t done anything about finding my way back to Him. 
Have you ever gone through such a dry spell in your walk? Have you focused too much time and energy on the wrong things that you don’t realize you are walking further and further away from God? 

I didn’t realize I was walking further away from God until I felt like my life was missing something; I was exhausted, feeling unsatisfied with all things that wrote and did, I was feeling just “bleh”…

My life doesn’t feel like my life if I’m not living it daily for Jesus. My days  really don’t stay filled with joy if I’m not starting my days by getting on my knees to pray. 


I’m tired of the envious and superficial life I have been living lately- wanting to look like and appeal to my friends and readers like so many other bloggers out there. 

Being obsessed with the crisp and clean colored themed feed on Instagram… indulging in how others display their lives… it’s all just a waste of time.

As a “Christian blogger”, I want to attract y’all to Jesus and the Grace that has won my heart and saved my life.. I realize I haven’t been doing that one bit. 

This truth hit me like a brick wall when I was reading Revelation 2… 

“Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place—unless you repent.


“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes I will give to eat from the tree of life, which is in the midst of the Paradise of God.” ’”

‭‭Revelation‬ ‭2:4-5, 7‬ ‭NKJV‬‬


It is so easy to get caught up in the world when we are being like it daily. It’s easy to fall into worldly traps of trying to impress others and being envious of those who seem to have  it all… getting caught up in all of that is something that I’m ashamed of and want to turn away from. 

But in order to turn away from being like the world, we have to turn to Jesus and fully surrender it all to him… (Romans 12:2) 

Surrender it all to him”… has a nice sound to it… but it’s actually so hard for a sinful and selfish person to do.., (I should know.) 

We say we want to surrender it all to Jesus,… (but let me keep all the things that bring me happiness like my car, house, fancy iPhone and laptop… let me keep the money I make from the job I have…But AFTER all that, I surrender all Lord..) 

👆🏻Does that sound familiar at all? It does for me, because sadly, that is me and the way of thinking that I’ve gotten used to… 

My true desire is to give it all to Jesus and have nothing to hold onto but HIM… and I want to be okay with that. 

I don’t want to stray from faith and christian writing in fear of less views or less approval from readers… we are told to be unashamed of the gospel! (Romans 1:16) 

So I’m here to give it all up to Jesus and go back to my first love which is HIM. I pray that my faith and walk grow from this point on and that all my growth is reflected here on my blog and in my daily life… 

I still plan to write about other things that I care about, but I will never make that a priority over writing about Jesus. 

To start fresh on getting my priorities and purpose straight, my next blog post will be my testimony and how I came to know Christ… so be on the lookout for that! 


Thank you so much to those that continue to read and encourage me! I love y’all so much!! 

Blessings, 

Olivia💜

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#TREATYOSELFTUESDAY – Halo Top Ice Cream

Happy Tuesday! It’s time to shed some light on a splurge worthy product!

My current obsession is the delicious Halo Top Ice cream!

Have you heard of it yet? I am sure you have because I have been seeing it ALL OVER social media…

My favorite fitness/wellness Youtubers were talking about it (Jordan Cheyenne and Whitney Simmons)

I have seen it all over Instagram and Facebook, so I decided to set out on a search for it!

Sooo, what is Halo Top Ice Cream, you ask? Well, It is a Healthy ice cream… That’s right, HEALTHY ice cream! (Say what?!)

I couldn’t believe it myself either, but when I looked at the nutritional facts, I was stunned!

I have only tried two flavors, but I am a huge fan of both. My favorite thing about this ice cream is that it has low calories and a good amount of protein.

The first flavor I tried was the “Birthday Cake” and I loved it! I bought it at my local smiths for $5.50. The birthday cake pint is 280 calories total. It is 70 calories and 6 grams of protein per serving. Compare that to a serving of other ice cream being 150 calories and 2 grams of protein per serving … Halo top for the win!

So what does it taste like?

It taste delicious! It is definitely a different taste from your typical blue bunny or ben & jerry’s. But it’s a good different!The second flavor I tried was Mint Chip, and I fell in love with it! The minty flavor tasted so good and actually left a “fresh” feel to my mouth. and this flavor is 240 calories per pint! I bought this one at Whole Foods for $5.99 when me and my best friend Summer went on the hunt for these when I told her about them. She is a huge birthday cake fan, so she tried the birthday cake flavor!

I saw so many other flavors that I wanted to try (Like Lemon cake and Chocolate almond crunch) but just couldn’t justify buying more than one, knowing that I won’t eat them all. (They are DELICIOUS, but I am just not a sweet tooth)

There is a lot of hype over this product, and I will say that it is definitely worth the hype. There is such a wide range of variety for the flavors, which is nice! They are far more healthier than any other ice cream out there. And, they taste so good! I believe they are worth the hype, splurge, and the price!

With all the flavors they have, you are bound to fall in love with one! So I say, go out to Whole Foods (or wherever else they sell them) and TREAT YO SELF to some of this ice cream! You won’t regret it, because it ain’t all that bad for you anyway! 😉

Have you already tried Halo Top? If so, what did you think of it? And what was your favorite flavor? Let me know so I can know which ones to try next!

Thanks for tuning in for another #TREATYOSELFTUESDAY post! Let me know what you think of Halo Top!

Blessings,

Olivia

[This post is NOT sponsored]

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#TreatYoSelfTuesday- Mieroglyphs Bracelets

 

It’s my first ever #TREATYOSELFTUESDAY here at wildandfreeoutdoors.com! YAY!

This is a series on my blog where I review and recommend products that I have been loving and think are splurge worthy! The products that I will be mentioning range from Makeup to food to jewelry, and pretty much anything!

[Disclaimer: ALL opinions and thoughts are my own. If an item/brand is ever sponsored or an affiliate, I will mention at the end of post, but even so, ALL opinions and reviews will be my honest and true opinion. I will never promote something I do not like myself.]

TODAY’S PRODUCT that I have been obsessed with are these amazing bracelets from an AMAZING brand.

These are the Mieroglyphs bracelets sold at https://www.mieroglyphs.com/

Lets talk about this brand for a second and why I love them!

First off, their slogan is “goods for the good of this world”. Isn’t that lovely?! That is their slogan because this is a company that creates hand- crafted, customizable, cruelty- free, and vegan products! Each bracelet is hand made and customized to the buyer’s request. None of their products are mass produced. Thought, love, and hard work is put into each and every bracelet made by this company! (I just LOVE that.)

The whole purpose of this brand is to spread motivation and inspiration through their products and that is what makes them so special! They even have Pet accessories! (how cool is that?!)

I also love the style of this brand and their products. It is unique and a breathe of fresh air to me.

My absolute MOST FAVORITE thing about Mieroglyphs is the customizable part! I love how you can take part of your favorite verse, song lyrics, or name and have it engraved on the bracelet.

I had one of my bracelets engraved with “Wild and Free Wanderer”. Every time I wear that bracelet and see my blog name, I get such an inspired feeling. It is a sweet reminder of my love for writing and how I have began to pursue my dreams with my blog! It is a product that is so special to me!

And the cool thing is there’s not another like it! 😉 It’s unique and made just for me!

Since Valentines Day is approaching, I think one of these bracelets would be a sweet idea as a gift! You can engrave it with whatever you’d like for your loved on to see! You can make it special and unique and just for the person you love the most!

Gift it or TREAT YOURSELF to it! I’m happy to be supporting and sharing my love of this brand with all of you! I hope you all check out all of the amazing products this company has to offer, and I hope you love and are inspired by these products just like I am.

I am so happy I was introduced to this brand and I am even happier to have an affiliated discount code to share with you all for your purchases! Use Code: OLIVIA for 20% off your purchase! (ALL CAPS on Olivia)

[You can use the discount code at checkout as many times as you’d like!]

If you do purchase any of Mieroglyphs products, please tag me in your photos on Instagram and let me know what you think of them!

Thanks for tuning in on my first post on my series #TREATYOSELFTUESDAY. I can’t wait to continue this series and share more awesome products with you!

With Love,

Olivia

[Disclaimer: this post does include an affiliate discount code. It is your call to use it if you’d like to or not. ALL opinions on this brand and product are my own.]

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You are Enough.

Ever felt so sure and confident in something that has been placed on your heart?

Perhaps a dream, goal, or experience…

Have you ever started a journey (like starting a blog 😉 or beginning a healthy new lifestyle, or chasing after whatever dream it is that you have) and someone says or does something to crush your hopeful and optimistic outlook on it?

Yeah, I know what that is like.

You are so excited about something.

You envision it, then you plan it all out, and then you start working for it…

everything seems perfect.

Until something happens or someone comes along with a negative Nancy attitude and it just makes you feel down and unsure.

This is seriously how I feel right at this moment!

 

But today….

Today was a challenging day.

Doubt began to creep into my mind. Insecurities started to flood my thoughts and perspective.

I started to think, “Am I just wasting my time?”

“do people think I’m dumb for doing this?”

“Are people annoyed by me?”

“Is anyone ever going to care about what I have to say?”

Anyone’s answer’s to these questions shouldn’t matter.  Why, you ask? Because the only answer and opinion that ultimately matters regarding these types of questions is the opinion and thoughts of Jesus, my savior.

I have prayed and asked the Lord to show me what He wants to do with my life. I ask him what type of vessel I could be to shine some light of His love. I have wandered aimlessly in doubt because I didn’t know what God has planned for me. ( I still don’t know exactly)

But I am sure of this: Jesus loves me and truly believes that I am enough.

I feel a specific calling to just follow HIS lead and write and blog and share love and hope with  whoever needs it.

It doesn’t matter if I have 100 readers or zero readers…

It doesn’t matter if someone thinks my ideas and my blog is “stupid” or “irrelevant”

It doesn’t matter if people think I’m wasting my time..

I know with all my heart that whatever work Jesus wants to do through me and through this blog, HE will do it and follow through with all of His promises to me.

There are always going to be people who will wish you ill, who honestly don’t care, and who don’t see your purpose and reasoning for what you do.

But DON’T LET THAT DISCOURAGE YOU.

You are enough to accomplish your goals and your dreams.

You are enough because you were created and are loved by a perfect and merciful GOD.

Don’t ever let the actions of someone else make you think or feel any different.

YOU ARE ENOUGH <3

All my love,

Olivia

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