Tuesday, July 26, 2016

a little about me...

Hi loves! My name is Mallory Frances Beale and I'm currently attending college as a Junior at Samford University with a major in Journalism and a minor in English. Within this blog, you'll find the passions of my life, most of with start with f - faith, fashion, feminism, fitness... and other topics that don't start with the letter f. My mantra is ever onward, which you can read about here. Ever since I was little I've dreamed of being a writer, and I can't help but shake that my purpose in this life is to let others hear my voice.... or read my words.

where it all began...

I was brought into this world on November 13, 1995. My hometown is Memphis, Tennessee. My parents both grew up in Memphis, and their parents grew up in Memphis, so I grew up in Memphis (Go Grizz). I was raised in a strong, Christian home with my parents and older brother. My parents used to teach my Sunday School class at my church, and I'm thankful that from birth loving God was always the number one goal. My mom is my best friend and soulmate, and I don't say (write) that lightly. I call her Charlie for reasons that I have forgotten which is a bit strange, but even stranger that she calls me Charlie in return, and that we both can't remember why. My mom is a fellow INFJ, the most loyal best friend I could ever ask for, and my laughter partner in crime. Chances are, if you see me and my mom together, we'll be trying to catch our breath laughing at something that no one else understands. My dad is the hardest worker I know, someone every young man should want to be like. He is furiously funny, eternally helpful, and wickedly smart. My dad owns his own business, and he's taught me from a very young age what working hard should look like. My brother is 3 years older than me, and he never seems to stop telling me that. He's one of the most intelligent people I know, with one of the most immature humors. He believes in the power of debating, hates Papa Johns with a passion ("because who calls themselves Papa??") and is always up for a good impression. I went to a small private school my whole life, and have been blessed enough to grow up in a home full of laughs and lots and lots of love. I'm a huge family oriented girl, and always have been. My parents have always believed in me, always encouraged me, and always taught me how to love Jesus with my whole heart. 

I was saved when I was young, and it happened on my bed with my mom saying a little prayer alongside me. I couldn't comprehend what that day would mean to me later in life. So, I've basically been a Christian my whole life. Like I said, I'm one of the lucky ones (or should I say blessed) that I grew up in an area where I could talk about God and ask questions and learn more about him. However, I didn't take my faith into my own hands until I was in middle school, where I got baptized in eighth grade. Even then, I knew I was a Christian and that I loved God, but I wasn't quite mature enough to know how to have a real relationship with God. Junior year of high school I went through a tough time in my life, and it forced me to turn to the Lord. I remember walking around my room trying to find my Bible, because let's be honest, I never actually read it besides at church. But that night, when I was 16 and heartbroken, I opened scripture. God spoke to me that night and opened my eyes to a whole new life with Him at the center. My relationship with God has grown exponentially since then. I chose a small, Christian college to go to after I graduated high school. Once again, I feel so blessed to be able to go places and learn and grow in an environment that puts Jesus first.

they used to call me "dog girl" in elementary school...

I'm a huge animal lover, and not in the cliche way. I think about my future dogs in the ways that normal people think about their future kids - I already have them named, and I love them even thought they don't exist yet. Being an animal lover has kind of always been an unique characteristic of mine. In almost all of my old diaries when I was a kid, whenever the diary asked me what my best talent was, I would write "I am the biggest animal lover in the world" and it rings even truer with each passing day. When I was little, whenever my class went to the school library, I would check out the same book every single week - "Dog Breeds 101". There are countless stories of me shedding tears (some funny, and some not so funny) over my undying love for animals. I love everything about animals - how pure they are, how they're always they're for you, how they can never seem to get enough of you. I really do have a huge heart for animals, and I would love to pursue that passion with some sort of volunteer work in the upcoming years. Below is my families dog that we rescued from a shelter, Scrappy!  We also have two cats whom walked up to our house as strays, Emmy and Canoli.

the boy behind the "him" in my writings...

I have a wonderful boyfriend, Grant, which I have been with since October 18, 2014. Me and Grant met the second month of college through mutual friends. My life long best friend Chandler was with me the first time I met Grant, and after we left the room she turned to me and said "you're going to date him" and I guess she was right. A week after meeting, G (a nickname I use for him) asked me to be his girlfriend, and a month after that he told me he loved me. We've been together ever since. He treats me like a princess every single day, brings me cookie dough when I'm sad, (because if cookie dough can't fix it, then what can?) tells me I'm beautiful even when I know I'm not, and most importantly, walks in the Lord with me. We try (and fail a lot of times) to keep God at the center of our relationship. A quote that rings true with me is the one that goes "Dance with God and He will let the perfect man cut in." I met Grant at a time in my life where I wasn't even looking for something, especially not the first few months of college. I had hesitations and doubts and more breakdowns than I'd like to admit about commitment, but Grant pursued me all the same. I have been blessed exponentially with the man that Grant is, and I pray I get to continue to be blessed by him for the rest of my life.

I love messy hair and sunsets and nail polish and rings and animals and art galleries and holding hands and Lana Del Rey and a good eyeliner wing and journals and traveling and documentaries and funnel cakes and painting and oversized sweaters and lifting weights and feminism and writing and videography and the ocean and books and conspiracy theories and dark hair and plants and cheesy horror movies and moose tracks ice cream and nature and interior design and body positivity and forehead kisses and the color blue and volleyball and autumn and vitamin water and make up and running and the cold side of the pillow and bohemian style and worship songs and mexican food and beards and thrift stores and rap music and photographs and pointed nails and nose rings and crazy socks and young love and carnivals and tan lines and spoken word poetry and painting and weight lighting and white sheets and the smell of wet dog and thunder storms and riding with the windows down and cheetah print and youtube videos and freckles and hand written letters.

Putting my thoughts into literature has always been my therapy of choice, and I have a passion for reaching others with my words, so feel free to stay a while! 

Sunday, July 24, 2016

GREAT IS THY FAITHFULNESS -- why we can rejoice in the bad days

psalm 100:5 "for the Lord is good and His love endures forever; His faithfulness continues through all generations"

do you ever have those days where you just can't seem to get enough of Jesus? i sure do, even though they should come much more frequently than they do. after church i decided to open up my bible again and spend some more (much needed) time with my Savior.

lately i've been overwhelmed at the Lord's great faithfulness. today's "jesus calling" devotional led me to psalms 100:5 which is noted to be "a psalm for giving grateful praise." this short phrase at the beginning of the psalm struck a chord with me. i'm convicted by the realization that more times than not, i cry out to Jesus in prayer in my trials and afflictions, and tend to stray away from Him when things are going my way. why do i do this? why am i so quick to ignore my creator when things are fine, and forget that every good and beautiful thing is from HIM?

2 Peter 1:4 says, "and because of His glory and excellence, He has given us great and precious promises."

2 peter is a passage that can teach a lot about God's faithfulness, although short in length. let's chop it up into 3 sections.

"and because of His glory and excellence..."

the first part of this verse teaches me that God's faithfulness is in no way dependent on what i have done. God's faithfulness is a product of His glory and excellence. the bible does not say - because of what you have done, or because you gave a homeless personal a $5 bill the other day, or because you deserve it, or because you're a reallyyyy good person. nope, it says because of His glory and excellence. because of the creator of the entire universe and how holy He is. 2 peter is a verse that believers love to read. it's a feel good verse. oh, God is going to bless me?? yay! He is so good! hallelujah! #blessed! i think when we read this verse, we read it in a way that it unfortunately isn't supposed to be read. we read it and think that only because we have been so faithful and so diligent in our faith and have our quiet time each morning (do you have any idea how hard it is to wake up 30 minutes earlier than normal each day? i mean come on..) that God is rewarding us, like a dog in training. this mindset is toxic in thinking about our faith. have we forgotten so soon that it is nothing we have done? that our entire religion is built upon the fact that God willingly gave his Son and sent Him to our fallen earth and that he uttered "it is finished" while upon that rugged cross? it is finished. it was finished when Jesus took his final breath. there is nothing we can do to deserve God's faithfulness. it is only because of Him. soli deo gloria, glory to God alone.

"He has given us.."

as if we needed any more clarification, we are told that God's faithfulness is given to us - not granted like a genie in a bottle. God has chosen to give us the gift of His amazing faithfulness. however, let's dive a little deeper into the words here. since God has given, we could be given something that we have been craving and praying for. or, God can give us something that we would never ask for in a 100 years. the beautiful thing about the faithfulness that God gives us, is that sometimes he gives us what we don't even know that we need yet. the beauty in trusting the Lord is that He does work in funny ways and that sometimes He throws us a curve ball. sometimes God gives us a difficult day. sometimes God gives us a break up, or bad news, or an illness, even more than we think we can handle. but God is faithful. it reminds me of a little story i read on the internet. maybe this will help put your "bad days" that the Lord gives you into perspective.

Me: God, can I ask you a question? Why did you let so much stuff happen to me today?
God: What do you mean?
Me: Well, I woke up late. My car took forever to start. At lunch they made my sandwich wrong and I had to wait. On the way home, my phone went dead, just as I picked up a call. And on top of it all off, when I got home - I just want to soak my feet in my new foot massager and relax. But it wouldn't work!!! Nothing went right today! Why did you do that?
God: Let me see, the death angel was at your bed this morning and I had to send one
of My Angels to battle him for your life. I let you sleep through that. I didn't let your car start because there was a drunk driver on your route that would have hit you if you were on the road. The first person who made your sandwich today was sick and I didn't want you to catch what they have, I knew you couldn't afford to miss work. Your phone went dead because the person that was calling was going to give false witness about what you said on that call, I didn't even let you talk to them so you would be covered. And that foot massager, it had a shortage that was going to throw out all of the power in your house tonight. I didn't think you wanted to be in the dark.
Me: I'm Sorry God
God: Learn to Trust Me.... in All things , the Good and the bad.
Me: I will trust You.
God: And don't doubt that My plan for your day is Always Better than your plan.

and last but not least..

"..great and precious promises."

this verse ends with ensuring us that the faithfulness He is talking about is great and precious. even when we can't see the light at the end of the tunnel. when God gives us something that we didn't want, we can rest in the safety that his promises are good. isn't it funny how whenever something out of plan happens we are devastated and mad? we shake our first at God and shout at him why? yet, all the while, even in our doubting, He is fulfilling His plan for us. it reminds me of a quote i love, "life can only be understood backwards, but must be lived forewords." and isn't that the dang truth. most (if not all) of the hardships i have been through have, ultimately, worked out for the better. even the hardships i, for the life of me, could not understand why. but looking back, the trials that i have gone through have brought me to bigger and better things than i could have ever expected. after all, God does give us "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Our God is all-knowing, and knows exactly what he is doing with every single step that we take. if only we could remember this when it feels as if our world is crashing down. because, yes, sometimes our life does crash down right before our eyes, but God is the ultimate creator and can create something out of dust in a second that we would otherwise spend our whole lives making. 

be patient.

trust the process.

trust His process.

trust His promise.

Trust that His plan is better than your own.

His faithfulness continues throughout all generations, it will not stop with you.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

 W H A T  D O E S  E V E R  O N W A R D  
M E A N  A N Y W A Y ?

ever onward is the theme to this blog, the theme to my daily life, and the theme to my walk with Christ.

ever onward has a couple of different meanings to me personally. although it is the mantra to my personal life, it can relate to everyone.

w h y  e v e r  o n w a r d :

i wrote a blog post a while back - to those pressing through the darkness - and it struck a chord with me, and i fell in love with the words ever onward.

 ever onward is a reminder that life is not over until my Lord and Savior says it is over, or until the day He comes. ever onward is a reminder that you are making progress every single day, whether you feel like you are or not. ever onward is a reminder that there are always ways we can be more- more forgiving, more loving, more passionate, more adventurous, more brave, more intentional, more Christ-centered, more transparent, more dependable, more reliable, more driven. ever onward is a reminder that you are slowly, but surely, getting better. ever onward is a reminder that you will not give up. ever onward is a reminder that God's love for you is not finite, in fact it is infinite. ever onward is a reminder that we can always act better, always do better, always be better. ever onward is a reminder that we are on a planet that moves 1,040 miles miles per hour that God created. ever onward is a reminder that there are always ways we can improve in our faith and learn more about our King. ever onward is a reminder that there are so many things the Lord has in store for us, if we only continue to move ever onward.


Friday, July 22, 2016

bohemian, beachy date night look

lately i've been loving the #boho look (which i follow on pinterest) because it's just so pretty. while we were in turks and caicos i put together an outfit that was perfect for the beach.

unfortunately i've had my dress for years and cannot remember where it's from :( i added a pop of turquoise (all time favorite color) accessories, including a gypsy headpiece from charlotte russe. i've had this headpiece for a while now and hadn't gotten a chance to wear it, so i was so excited to finally have an occasion to put it on! this dressy outfit would be perfect for a date night (or a night with your girls), no matter where you're from!

let me know if you want more boho outfit ideas! xx


me and my family went to the beautiful turks and caicos for our family vacation this year! 
check out the full youtube video here 
get my becca swimsuit here