Greetings & Things!

Whew, okay. I did it! I bit the bullet and finally created the blog that I’ve always been dreaming of having. I’ve watched tons of YouTube videos to coach me through the necessary steps it takes to have a successful blog. I’ve stalked every single one of my favorite bloggers to “borrow” ideas and brainstorm what I wanted my own blog to be centered around. I’ve stayed up until midnight resizing my logo again and again and again. The flowers were just.. off, alright?! And now, here were are. It’s live! My own personal blog is live!!!! I’m a tad excited.. can you tell?

I’ve been trying to think of what my first blog post should be about and I settled on a simple “about me” introduction. I mean, yeah, you could just read that little side bar to your right that’s literally titled “about me” but that’s like, three lines. How can I fully explain who I am, what my passions are, what my plans are for this blog, and every other little nook and cranny in my mind in just three lines?! Yepp. Not possible, sister. So, here goes nothing!

If you don’t know by now.. I’m Sabra! No, Darling is not my last name but I have a slight obsession with Neverland and I inspire to be cheeky, adorable, and down right sassy like the ever so lovely Wendy Darling (she’s my spirit animal). I would consider my mind an island of dreams, fairy dust, pirates, savages, and a pile of lost boys marching to the beat of their own drum. So, yes, I’m a dreamer. I dream things up so big that I never know what to do with those dreams.

Luckily, I’m not wandering in this little mind of mine alone. My sweet husband, Tyler, has decided to join me on this journey. He’s my Peter Pan, so to speak. Tyler and I met while in college and bonded over our love for The Sims and Minecraft. Yeah, we were that romantic. Tyler easily became my best friend within a matter of months. And I don’t mean that in the way that most girls say “ohhh my boyfriend is my best friend!”. He really was an outstanding friend.

 

 

But I keep using a certain word over and over again to explain my college relationship with Tyler… have you caught it yet? Yeah, Tyler was friend-zoned. And I mean severely! At the very beginning of our friendship, we thought that we might have some crushing going on. But after thinking it over, we decided to close that door and to be just friends.. for the next two years at least. It wasn’t until the week of his graduation (he was a year ahead of me in our undergrad programs) that we finally caved for our feelings for one another. And the rest is history! Dating was a breeze because we already knew everything about each other. We had our entire wedding planned by our three month anniversary and then got engaged after only being “official” for 6 months. We were married on May 28th, 2016 and my life has been changed for the better.

We now live in a suburb of one of the largest cities in the US with our dog and a growing baby bump. Oops, have I not mentioned that? Oh yeah, I’m pregnant! Tyler and I are expecting our first happy little accident (name that reference for 10 bonus points) on January 3rd, 2018. I am so dang excited and yet utterly terrified to be a mom. I have no clue what being a mom is going to look like, so ya’ll will be definitely seeing a lot of posts about me trying to figure it out!

Now that I’ve covered the basics as to what makes up “Me”, let me tell you a little about the things that get my passion gears turning. I’m a follower of Jesus. I know how cheesy it sounds wording it that way but I feel like the word “christian” means something different in everyone’s minds based on their experience. I don’t want to fit a preconceived mold, but I want to follow Jesus as He calls me, day by day. I’ve been told that I can’t be a follower of Jesus because I’m too “liberal” and to liberals, I’m too “conservative”. Side note, I just broke a big rule.. I brought up politics AND religion in the same sentence. My writing has no bounds!!!! Okay, carrying on. My point is, what you may think about a follower of Jesus might just not fit who I am. I strive to keep an open mind and I approach others’ thoughts/world view with the utmost respect and I ask my friends to do the same.

I’m also a beauty and makeup addict. I have eyeshadow palettes almost stacked to my ceiling and about 9 different kinds of foundations in my makeup drawer. I have a lovely mix of high end brands as well as some good old trusty drugstore favorites. I’ve even mixed in a few direct sales products or two! My hair care products and tools take up 3 bathroom drawers and a basket. My skincare routine is ever changing because I want to try all of the new things (that means product reviews are definitely happening). I can’t get enough of the beauty world! I just love how the beauty community inspires one another and continually creates new trends that makes all of us go gaga!

And last, but certainly not least, is my passion and love for food! Y’all.. I’m a curvy girl. And I didn’t get this way because I’m a lazy couch potato. Okay… Some days (most days) I am but I do love being active with my pupper and husband. Our favorite activity is hiking.. but that’s not the point of this paragraph. I have a love-hate relationship with food. I adore cooking and trying new recipes, but I struggle with finding meals that taste sinfully delightful, yet are extremely nutritional and healthy. This tension between wanting to be healthy and wanting to cook my great grandma’s scrumptious fattening recipes has caused me to get creative (and has caused a ton of Pinterest searching).

Cooking is a definite passion of mine. It’s a gene that runs in my family. I have come to grips with the fact that I will never eat 100% healthily. Food has served as a time of fellowship and connection in my life so it surpasses any thoughts of being just a means to survive. Food is meant to be fun! Creating new concoctions and flavors is fun! Finding ways to make my family’s traditional southern recipes slightly healthier is fun! Hopefully through my discoveries (and through trial and error), I’ll be able to share some healthy(ish) food loving meals with you!

Well friends, that’s a long enough post about who I am and what my underlying passions are. I feel that we have barely scratched the surface as to what content I want to bring to your reading eyes, but we have plenty of pages and an unlimited word count to develop those passions further in the future. And hopefully we discover some new ones along the way.

Warmly,

Sabra Darling

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