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My Rodan + Fields Story

1 Jun

Have you ever heard of Rodan + Fields? Some have, some haven’t. I had not heard of this amazing skincare company until last year. 

It was close to Christmas and they were about to launch Lash Boost! When I first heard about the product, I was very intrigued. You see, I have always had really short eyelashes and I had always used an eyelash curler and mascara to try to get the look that I desired, so when I heard about Lash Boost I immediately wanted to know more!!! A product that can make your natural eyelashes grow and thicken?! This would completely alleviate the need for an eyelash curler and would definitely save me time when getting ready!! 

I messaged Cassi, asking her the details. We had become Facebook friends based on the fact that she knew my husband. They had attended the same high school! She gave me the scoop and some info on ordering. She mentioned the business side of R+F to me but I politely turned her down. My thought was “I’m not a salesperson and I really don’t have time!” Ha! 
So I received the Lash Boost for Christmas and immediately fell in love with it!! In just three weeks I started seeing some serious results!! See below:: 👇🏻👇🏻👇🏻

I chatted with Cassi in February about my results and how much I loved the product. I also mentioned how envious I was because she seemed like she loved her job so much! She mentioned the business again and once again I politely said, “I really don’t think I have time.” Goodness I was not getting the hint! 🙄

Fast forward to April. I messaged Cassi about Rodan + Fields, expressing a little bit of interest in the business side of it. You see my sweet husband and I want to build our dream house very soon, so I wanted a way to speed up the savings process and my very first thought was R+F!!! We chatted, I talked with my hubby, and we prayed about it. I had so many thoughts about failing and not being successful, but Houston encouraged me. He told me that he fully supported me and that I was in excellent hands with Cassi as my sponsor. So I dove in…

In the first month, I have been promoted to Executive Consultant and have become so passionate about these amazing products! I never imagined loving this as much as I do. It’s funny to me how God can bring people into your life to encourage you and help you discover dreams you didn’t know you had! 

I cannot wait to see what the future holds with Rodan + Fields. With God first, the possibilities are endless! I am also so thankful that Cassi is my sponsor, I know that her help and encouragement are such a blessing! 

One final thing I have discovered, I LOVE helping women feel beautiful in their own skin. These products are amazing and everyone deserves to feel beautiful, because that is how God created you. You are made in His image! 

I would love to help you realize how beautiful you are and help you feel good in your own skin. Comment with any questions! 

Blessings,

Mrs. Hannah D. 💜

More Me Than I Used to Be

27 Apr

First blog post coming to you as a 26 year old. I know, hold the phone, alert the media, there’s a new 26 year old in town!

Ha, basically I’ve had a birthday since my last post. Turning 26 has pretty much felt the same as 25. No big deal. Until I started thinking about it.

I’m FOUR years from 30.

Yep. It hit me like a ton of bricks. Because when you turn 30 you’re supposed to have your life together right? Let’s hope that’s not the case…the odds of that happening are pretty slim.

Whatever, I’m just thankful that God has allowed me to see another year. Super thankful for that!!!

When I realized this, about a week or so after my birthday, I discovered something else… Within the last 3 months of my life, I’ve become more me than I used to be. As many of my readers may know, I got a new job towards the end of January. Leaving where I was and arriving where I am was like whiplash. The differences are night and day. For (nearly) three years I was in such an unhappy place. A place that wasn’t for me. A place that I wasn’t meant for.

Saying that my current job, location, company, supervisor, and coworkers are an answer to prayer would be a huge understatement.

My friend and business partner Cassi, said it best in a post she made on Facebook/Instagram the other day.

“in His time”

Those three words resonate with me to the core. For what seemed like a very long time, I waited for God to open the door to a different job. My husband and family kept saying, “it will happen in His timing.” And let me just say, when you’re in the middle of waiting, that is not what you want to hear. But I waited (…and waited, and waited, and waited…) and guess what?! In His time, He opened the door. I am so thankful and blessed.

So did you catch that I said Cassi was my business partner?! That’s right, I am now officially a Rodan + Fields Consultant! I could not be more excited about this!!! I started about two weeks ago and goodness have I learned so much. I’m still learning in fact. One of the topics that comes up a lot is “what is your WHY?” My “why” is because my sweet hubby and I can’t wait to build our dream house! We have the land and now we are itching to build our forever home. A place that will be ours. My hopes for this new opportunity is to speed up the saving process. Amazing how God gives us dreams and opportunities we never knew we always wanted. He’s such a good Father.

Speaking of my “why,” I also decided to join Weight Watchers. I’m 9 days in. I’m feeling so great and excited about becoming the best version of myself. It isn’t a diet and it certainly isn’t easy (lets be honest, it’s down right difficult!). But I can’t wait to get to goal and feel better than ever. I’m not doing this because anyone wants me to or has told me I need to. I’m doing this because I want to. I want to love the skin I’m in and feel as beautiful as my incredible husband says I am.

Through all of these new “changes,” I could not be more thankful for my incredible husband and family. I truly have the best support system ever.

I also serve the most incredible God. He is such a good, good Father. I am constantly in awe of His never-ending grace and love for me. Last thing, also since I “turned 26,” I have started getting so emotional when thinking about God’s love and the sacrifice that Jesus made on the Cross for me and YOU. When I was younger, my mom would just abutly start crying in church and I never understood why. She would always tell me, “I’m just so amazed at God’s love and grace.” I get it. Now I know, now I feel the same way. Side note, I have the best momma in the universe. Thank you to her and my Daddy for instilling God’s love in every part of who I am.

Blessings,

Mrs. Hannah D. 💜

“The Shack” and My Thoughts 

11 Mar

Let me start this by saying, if you have yet to see the movie The Shack or have not read the book, then stop reading right now. I want you to see this for yourself and not spoil anything. That was your disclaimer.

This post is quite different than anything I’ve ever written. My sweet husband and I went to see The Shack last night; my one word to describe it? Phenomenal. It was hands down one of the best movies I have ever had the pleasure of seeing. I was so inspired that I had to write about it. There is a lot of criticism surrounding this movie right now, I was skeptical before seeing this because of all of the criticism. I knew that people had criticized the book and the movie as well saying certain things about it and how they disagreed on some of the ways that it portrayed God. But let me tell you I was so impressed. In the movie God was often referred to as Papa, the representation of Papa in this movie was a very sweet black lady. I really think that that is why so many people were upset, they didn’t understand why in the world God would be portrayed as a woman. At first I didn’t understand it either, until last night. 

The main character had been through terrible things in his life. No point in going into great detail here, check it out for yourself. The way this movie portrayed God as someone so familiar, someone you knew and were close to, a Papa. It was beautiful. God wants to be that to us. He wants to have a daily relationship with each of us; I believe He wants us to be familiar, so much so that we could refer to Him as our Papa. Because He is, He is our Father. 

You know God can reveal Himself to us in whatever form He wants. He came to Moses in the form of a burning bush.

 The movie dealt with many issues that are really hard to talk about, for example death of a loved one. Being someone that has gone through a tragedy like that this movie absolutely touched my heart. The main character didn’t understand the reason behind the tragedy of losing his daughter. Understandably so. Often times we don’t understand why we have to lose a loved one. But in my short life I’ve come to discover, that maybe we don’t have to understand. Maybe we just need to step back and let God be God and know that He is working everything for our good. He is a God that can bring goodness out of the darkest tragedy.

We spend so much of our life judging others and trying to understand and make sense of what happens in our lives, but we really need to just trust God. And trust me when I say that that is a lot easier said than done, why? I don’t know. For some it’s hard for us to trust our lives to the God that created them. 

I could talk about this movie and all that it meant to me for hours. But I know that not everyone would have time to read it. So my suggestion to you is to go see this for yourself. Form your own opinion, go in with an open mind, and bring lots of Kleenex. 

I’m not writing this to start a debate or to argue my opinion with anyone else’s. You are all entitled to think whatever you want. I was simply just so inspired that I had to share my thoughts.

Now I can’t wait to read the book!

Blessings, 

Mrs. Hannah D. ❤️

2016

31 Dec

Can you believe that 2016 is coming to a close?! I feel that the older I get, the faster time goes by! 

So many memories to look back on in 2016…

Weekend getaways with my hubby, our TWO year anniversary, Adalyn turns four, Emery turns one, an incredible family beach vacation, Houston & I buying land, birthday trip to the Magnolia Market Silos, jumping on the Young Living essential oil bandwagon, southernchicwife cooking IG was born…just to name a few!! 

There have been lots of beautiful memories this year. 

I’ve also been quite discouraged this year as well; wondering God’s plan for my life and what my purpose is. Trying to hold on to His promises and listen to those who encourage me (hubby & family!). But if I’m being honest, I still don’t know what His plan is for me. Maybe it’s a quarter of a century life crisis? Maybe it’s just a season? Who knows! One thing I do know without a shadow of a doubt is that God is good. He has blessed me with the best husband and family ever and I certainly don’t feel I deserve either! 

So cheers to 2017! I cannot wait to see what God has in store for this coming year. I am hopeful and looking so forward to His promises unfolding! 

“This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” 

-‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭5:17‬

Here’s the year in review:

It is so difficult to choose only a few pictures to represent the numerous memories throughout the year! 

Happy New Year to you all!! 

Thank you for taking time to read & share my blog. Can’t wait for 2017!!!!

Blessings,

Mrs. Hannah D. ❤

Such A Long Time

10 Dec

Well, here we are, two days away from the five year anniversary of the hardest day of my life. I can’t believe it has been that long, but then again, it feels like a lifetime. 

I know that this time of year I always blog about losing my Daddy. I’m not sure that will ever change though. I can’t help but think about it and how very different life is now. 

Losing a loved one, especially a parent, is something that you can never “get over.” I’ve learned that firsthand. I know that by the grace of God I’m better and stronger, but over it? Not a chance. 

My heart longs for one more hug, one more time to hear him say “I love you Britches.” I would even love to hear him crunch ice again! Ha! Things like that, that used to drive me crazy, I find myself missing. 

If I’m honest, I worry that I will forget his voice. Forget what he sounded like when he laughed or sneezed (he had the loudest sneeze ever! Haha!). I know in my heart that I will never forget him. He is part of who I am. 

“The hardest thing in life is losing someone…the impossible thing to handle is losing the one who helped make you who you are.” 

I try to be encouraging on this blog, but sometimes you have to be completely real about what you’re feeling. Even if it is hurt. 

So this Christmas (and always) cherish the time you have with your loved ones. Don’t let foolish arguments or disagreements keep you from making memories. Trust me when I say that life is way to short for all that. Enjoy the moments you have on this Earth with the ones you love. And be encouraged that this isn’t the end. How comforting to know that we will be with our loved ones forever in Heaven! 

“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”‭‭ -Psalm‬ ‭34:18‬

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.”‭‭ -Matthew‬ ‭5:4‬

I am grateful for the wonderful memories I have with my Daddy. I will never forget them. 


“I’m gonna wrap my arms around my daddy’s neck and tell him that I’ve missed him…tell him him all about the man that I became and hope that it pleased him. So much I wanna say, so much I wanted you to know…when I finally make it Home..” –Finally Home; MercyMe 

Blessings, 

-Mrs. Hannah D.

“Let’s Build Some Dreams”

20 Aug

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”‭‭Jeremiah‬ ‭29:11‬ ‭NIV‬‬

I have held tight to this verse for several years now. From graduating high school, through college, career, marriage, etc. I’ve never doubted that the Lord has great plans for my life and my family. 

So let me give you a little background…

Houston & I have been looking to buy land for about a year now. We knew the area we wanted to live in, but haven’t had much luck in finding the right place. We looked at a 3 acre plot six or so months ago. We really consider purchasing it, but something didn’t feel right about it. 

Then about 3 months ago, something was mentioned to us about 9+ acres being for sale in the exact area we wanted. We went to look at it and fell in love. There were some questions and reservations at first. Several aspects must be considered when buying land. Would it be a good location? Is it the right school district for our kids someday? Will we be close to family? 

So we took the plunge. Houston called the gentleman who owned the land and told him we were interested in the 9 acres. We told him how much we were willing to pay and he agreed that it was a fair price. Then came time to start the process of buying it. 

We got it surveyed, checked out interest rates at the local banks and credit union, prayed about it and moved forward with the process. 

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”‭‭–Romans‬ ‭8:28‬

During all this we found out that right after Houston called the owner, someone else called and offered to buy everything. Meaning the 9+ acres we wanted as well as two houses and another 3 acres. But since we called first, he wasn’t going to go back on his word to us. 

If we had waited any longer to call it would be possible that we wouldn’t get this land. But God had it all planned out. 

So it is now August 16th. It was finally time to sign the papers. The land would be ours. 

We signed the papers, made the down payment, and shook the hand of the gentleman who sold it to us. This is such a big deal! This land is the very first thing we have ever purchased together as husband and wife. And the fact that we signed the papers on the 6 1/2 year anniversary of when we started dating? Made it even sweeter. 

Can you tell we’re excited?? 😄❤️

 
We are so very blessed, excited, and happy! We cannot wait to see all the beautiful plans God has in store for us. He is a good, good Father! 


The second picture is the plot where we hope to build a house someday. I promise the pictures don’t do it justice! It’s so pretty out there!! We will be 10 minutes from town, 5 minutes from his parents, and 15 minutes from my family. So blessed & happy! ❤️

“Hey pretty girl let’s build some dreams, and a house on a piece of land; we’ll plant some roots and some apple trees, hey pretty girl let’s build some dreams..” -Hey Pretty Girl; Kip Moore

I’ve had that same lyric stuck in my head through this whole process; I wonder why? 😏

Now we start the clean up! Can’t wait! 😄🏡❤️

Blessings,

Mrs. Hannah D. ☺️

Two Years

6 Jun

Two years. 731 days (this includes Leap Day). This Tuesday will mark two wonderful years of marriage! Time has flown by, as it always does when you’re having fun! 

A lot has happened in the two years we’ve been married. From a new job to the birth of our second niece and everything in between. I could write a book on all the memories we’ve made in the last couple of years! So many wonderful times. ❤️ 

I honestly can’t thank God enough for blessing me with the husband I have. Being married to him has been easy, natural, and a joy. He is different than me in a lot of ways. Very laid back, never worries, and not easily angered. He has many traits I wish I had. God knew exactly what He was doing when He brought us together. Funny how He always knows what we need, right?!

I’ve talked before about being in a season of waiting. Well, I still am. I know God has a plan, but goodness it isn’t easy to wait. Our timing is so different than His; ours is imperfect, His is just the opposite.

Houston has really been there for me throughout this season. When I’ve cried, he’s been my shoulder. When my anxiety got the best of me, he assured me God was in control. He’s prayed with me and for me. He has encouraged me and listened. He is truly the definition of a wonderful husband.

So this post is dedicated to him. He’s my best friend and the love of my life. I never, ever want to imagine life without him. I thank God for blessing me with much more than I could ever deserve. Houston, I love you forever and ever. I truly cannot wait to see what the Lord has in store for us. 

Happy Anniversary. You have my heart. ❤️


Blessings, 

Mrs. Hannah D. ❤️