Girl Talk: The Photographer



Kalli and I have been friends now for nearly a year and I feel so lucky to have her in my life. She is so kind, fun and very talented. She is currently a full time photographer, living out her dream. I'm sure you will just love her!


What is your job title? 
i am a photographer.



What do you love about yourself?

that’s a tough one. i guess i love that i am very laid back and don’t take things too seriously. (which can also be a negative…but, hey, what can ya do)







Who is your role model?
my role model is my father. he is such a hard working man of God and no matter what comes his way he will always have a smile on his face.

What inspires you?
honestly, at the risk of sounding cheesy, thunderstorms inspire me. watching huge storms roll in and hearing the powerful thunder makes me feel so extremely small but yet it reminds me of my importance in this life. the fact that such a big and mighty God has loved me so much that He has allowed me to exist and know Him is just so humbling. it helps me remember that there is a reason i am here and a reason God has given me the gifts that He has given me.


What are five words that describe you?
this is always tough because i tend to use negative words a lot. i’m going to try my best not to: honest, creative, sarcastic, happy….and….insecure (sorry, i had to).


What is your biggest insecurity?
my biggest insecurity is probably my laugh. i have a loud abrupt ‘HA’ type laugh. it sounds a tad obnoxious.

If you could be anyone for a day, who would it be?
i would want to be lady gaga for just a day. maybe that would be enough time for me to destroy her career and get her out of the spotlight. 


I forgot to mention that she's pretty dang funny too! If you'd like to see more of Kalli, you can check out her website. hope y'all have a great day!


xo.
Melisa

Girl Talk: The Painter


Miss Caitlin is one of the sweetest girls I've had the privilege of meeting via the blog world. She is an incredibly talented painter, married to a rockstar, and mother to one adorable pup. I know you'll be inspired by her! 

What is your job title ?
artist, clothes designer, right-brained day dreamer

What do you love most about yourself?
I love that I am creative!  Being creative means that I get to find my own personal style, embrace "unique", and explore new ideas all the time.  Not only is it fun, but I feel like it forces me to get to know myself better and learn to love that person... even though that is not always easy! :)


Who is your role model?
I have so many, I'll narrow it down to two.  Creatively?... Joni Mitchell.  Anybody else a Joni Mitchell fan?  She was a poet, an artist, and an amazing song writer.  It seemed as though she filtered every experienced in life and then reproduced that experience manifest by some artistic medium.  On a personal level?... my great grandma, I called her grandma great.  She was a hard worker and gave everything for her family, and she was also an artist and a creator.  She made clothes from flour sacks and shoes from tires, she painted utah landscapes with beautiful colors.  She was one tough lady, a legit repurposer, and a true artist! 



What inspires you?
I feel inspired all the time!  By people, experiences, trials, scenery, music... it all sums up to my personal experience, and I feel it is my duty as an artist to understand these experiences and share them through my art.  I think we have all been molded by our roots and our circumstances, I feel most inspired by these simple things.



What are five words that describe you?
goofy, forgetful, kind, idealistic, dreamer, 

What is your biggest insecurity?
I think my biggest insecurity would be letting myself or other people down.  I am forgetful, I get lost in time easily, and I have too many things I want to do in life.  I guess it feels daunting trying to accomplish everything I want to and still give of myself to others freely.  


If you could be anyone for a day, who would it be?
an actress on broadway.  I've never been gutsy enough to get on stage and sing, be expressive, dynamic, and let myself go completely.  I feel very passionate about my art in my little corner of my garage studio, but I'd like to know what that feels like to be that passionate on stage. 

Blog // Twitter

So great! Thanks for stopping by Caitlin! I hope you all will go say a quick hello to Hue and Hum!





xo.
Melisa

Girl Talk: The Pastor's Wife


Stephanie has been a dear friend of mine for  about 7 years now. She is one of the kindest, most thoughtful individuals I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. She has recently begun her adventure in blogging; her blog, A Beautiful New Chapter, shares her adventures in ministry, marriage and all the in between. I know you'll just fall in love with her!


What is your job title?
The Clubhouse Children's Ministry Director/PINK Girl's Ministry Director @ Life Point Church

What do you love about yourself?
Everything!! Ha! Yeah right :) Let's see... From a physical standpoint, I love my hair and my feet. Everything else in between I could do without. As far as my personality goes, I enjoy my sense of humor (I think I'm hilarious), I love how I have an instant connection with kids, and, especially since I've been married, I like how I have learned to "fake" a confident attitude. I don't mean "fake" in an artificial way, I just mean that I have learned that even though I might not feel too hot about myself, my husband loves me, my friends & family love me, I should love me. It has given me a whole new perspective on how I view myself. Really putting myself out there & acting like I'm confident (or 9 times out of 10 making a fool out of myself), has actually given me a self-confidence boost :) Things aren't as hard and people aren't as scary as I thought. It has definitely helped in the area of youth and children's ministry. They don't respond well to quiet, "I suck", awkwardness. Being out-going, self-assured, and friendly is 10 times better!

Who is your role model?
An uber-combo of my mom & her two sisters, the pastor's wife at my home church Jen DeWeerdt, Kristen Wiig, Paula Deen & Kate Hudson. Yep. That's pretty much as awesome as it gets.

What inspires you?
Creativity & passion. Anything extra-ordinary, out of the box, unique... I love that. It can be anything. Whether it's a ministry idea, a DIY project, or just a conversation. If it makes me think, get amped, have to jump right up and do something about it, I'm in. I crave the ability to create with my mind and my hands. I love finding or coming up with new things to do or make or cook. I envy the ability of the people who have the passion for those things and can inspire others with them. I'm still working on that part :)


What are five words that describe you?
Awkward. Confident! Sensitive. Funny. Creative. (my husband said that I should throw in "totally smokin hot" but I told him my 5 were good enough.) ;)

What is your biggest insecurity?
I always want everyone to like me. I'll go out of my way if I think it'll make you like me better. If I hear even a whisper that someone might have one thought negative about me, I have to go do something about it. I'm slowly learning how ridiculous that is, that you can't make everyone happy. But darn it, I'm gonna try! But that insecurity is neck-and-neck with absolutely never being happy with how I look. There's not enough time in the day to get into it, but I deal with what I like to call "mirror rage" every single day. That's the one winning the insecurity race most of the time.


If you could be anyone for a day, who would you be?
I'm gonna go ahead and be "that girl" for a sec and say I would be me but with the physique I consider perfect. I'm curious what, if any, difference it would make. Would I be happier? Better? The same? Worse? Hmmmm. Oh or Bella Swan. So then I can make the RIGHT decision, leave Edward glittering in the sun, and hop on the back of Jacob's motorcycle.




Website  //  Blog  //  Facebook

Just lovely! Thanks so much for sharing with us Steph. I hope y'all will take a few moments to visit her. Have a lovely day friends!


xo.
Melisa

Girl Talk: The Newlywed

I'd like to introduce you to Kristin. She and I have been friends for 13 years now, whoa! We have been through so very much together and I am so proud of who she has become. She got married just a little over a year ago and she's living in snowy Indiana. I am sure that you'll just fall in love with her.

What is your job title? 
Well the name plate on my door says secretary, but I like to think of myself as being so much more than that! I'm a newlywed, wife, puppy mother, minister, pastor's wife, friend, daughter, sister, crafter, cook, blogger, dog lover, chocolate lover extarordinare! If only all of those could be on my name plate...

What do you love about yourself? 
I love the person I have become. I have learned some hard lessons about obedience, and I know from experience that God blesses those who are obedient. It's not always easy, but it's always worth it. It's what has made me who I am today. And I know I'm reaping the blessings from it; my husband, our ministry, my home, the list goes on and on!


Who is your role model?
I honestly don't have one particular role model. There are different people in my life that I look at and see qualities about them that I would like to have. I want to be more selfless like my dad. I want to be as giving as my sister. I want to be more dedicated like my husband. I surround myself with people that challenge me and help me be better, I have no time or energy for people who only bring me down.


What inspires you?
the things that the Lord has placed in my life - life as a children's pastors wife, other bloggers, and my husband.


What are five words that describe you?
passionate - about my husband, our ministry and life together...and of course my dog
quirky - we all have weird habits right?!
creative - I love to craft and create. And you should see my awesome dance moves in the car
peaceful - I like to think I have calming spirit
sincere - I'm passionate about what I do, and loving people, and I mean what I say.

What is your biggest insecurity? 
I was talking to my sister the other day about how someone "made me feel bad about myself." She replied by saying, "no one can MAKE you feel anything." And that is just it. I am constantly comparing myself to other people, and putting myself down. She's prettier than me, she has better clothes than I do, she's skinnier than me, they're smarter than me, they are better at ministry than I am, she's more talented than I am, she's a better wife than I am. Then I end up feeling awful about myself, and who wouldn't?! And then I realized that just because someone is better at ministry than I may be, does not make me any less great at ministry. Just because someone is talented, does not make me any less talented. Someone else's beauty does not take away from my beauty. If I am constantly comparing myself to other people, then essentially I am taking away from who God created me to be, almost as if I am saying who He made is not good enough. And who am I to say that I am not good enough?


                  Lastly, if you could be anyone for a day, who would it be?
I tried to think of someone inspirational, but I couldn't! I'll say Ellen DeGeneres. How fun would it be to dance around, scare people, and surprise people with cool stuff everyday?? Alright, I don't want to be her, I just want to hang out with her.

Thanks for sharing with us!! Hope y'all enjoyed hearing from her!! I also have some exciting news to share. Just today I sent out new Girl Talk requests for the Fall Season! I cannot believe how successful this little feature has become and I am more than excited to introduce more lovely new faces. Though spaces are limited and I have already filled most, if you are interested in participating, you may send me an email^_^ Thanks so much! Eee! I also just realized that I put Kristin's maiden name and not her new last name, Holdeman, my bad! But really, she'll always be Kristin Grubbs to me... Are you that way with your married friends?? It's just hard to think of them as anyone else, no?



xo.
Melisa

Girl Talk: The Funny Girl


Emily is one of the funniest people I know. I'm not just saying that either; the girl literally doesn't even have to try to make you laugh, she is just such a character. Her bubbly personality and genuineness instantly drew me to her and we've been friends for 3 years now. She sings beautifully, she's driven, she's an amazing friend and I know she's going to inspire you.

What is your job title?
Administrative assistant for Brenton Miles and Key Eye Productions L.L.C. …aka da boss, yo. Brenton Miles is an emerging singer, song-writter and worship leader. Check him out!!

What do you love about yourself?
Honestly one of the big things that I love about myself is that I have the most AMAZING friendships on earth. No lie. Without them, I wouldn’t be who I am today. I love that almost ANY joke, no matter how stupid will prob still make me laugh out loud. I love that it takes a lot to bring me down because usually even when things are bothering me, im still being my silly, ridiculous, goofy self. I like to stay upbeat and keep a-smilin.


Who is your role model?
Role models for me are tricky. I look up to so many people…friends, my own parents, my academic mentors, but one role model that always stuck out to me was my college voice teacher, Meredith Jones. She really did inspire me to truly love and appreciate classical voice and music and helped me to see beyond what I could. She is such an incredible woman of God and an amazing singer and musician. I hope to continue on singing and learning for the rest of my life, no matter what my career is because of the love for the craft that she instilled in me.


What inspires you?
SOO many things inspire me…music for sure, clothes and great style, an awesome and appropriately placed knock-knock joke, but when we get down to the major themes of life, my very own father is the biggest inspiration of all. He is the hardest working man that I know and has always put his family above himself. He inspires me to see that in life, you have to give everything you’ve got and put every effort you have into something if you want to see the desired results. THAT inspires me to take every day by the horns and keep working and working at my dreams and goals.


What are five words that describe you?
….hmmm…energetic? Definitely so. Animated? Absolutely, and throw in a slight flair for the dramatic (only slightly ;). Downright hilarious? Well of course…but probably only to myself. Tenacious and industrious? Well, that’s two words, but yes. And lastly, I would have to say loyal. I’ll stick by your side no matta da weatha.

What is your biggest insecurity?
Getting up on stage to play the piano and forgetting my song 3 measures in. Oh wait…that already happened. Like every year since ive been alive it’s happened. Every recital.  The piano is scary. It was a miracle that I graduated with a music degree. Don’t y’all feel bad for me?

If you could be anyone for a day, who would it be?
This last one is so tough! I would want to be like a million different people!! But I would have to say that I would want to be Amanda Bynes. I think she is one of the funniest actresses of my generation. I have NO idea how great her personality is in real life, but I died laughing watching her in movies and on T.V. growing up. Love her.



Girl Talk: The Artist


I've had the privilege of knowing Jamila for about 6 years now, and let me tell you, this girl is amazing! Don't believe me? Well... Jamila is a fourth year student presently pursuing Bachelor of Art Degrees in museum conservation and German with a supplementary major in linguistics at NMSU with minors in anthropology, studio art and chemistry. She is proficient in five languages, teaches art at private school for non-traditional students ages K-12, AND she has just been accepted as an intern to the Smithsonian Institute National Museum of the American Indian where she will restore ethnographic materials for an exhibition opening on the mall in autumn. Whoa. just whoa. Here, be inspired...

What is your job title?
F-f-f-f-ull time student and working artist. I also teach art at a private school for non-traditional students.



What do you love about yourself?
I love my sense of humor. My favorite activity in all the world is laughing. It’s great too, because you can do it just about anywhere. I love to laugh, I actually enjoy giggling, and I always remember good laugh attacks. And when I think back fondly on a laugh attack, I’ll usually go ahead and start laughing again, as if I was still there, making the same joke. I have laugh attack induced laugh attacks. I love most about myself that I laugh and I can make others laugh. Jack Handy once said, “Dad always thought laughter was the best medicine, which I guess is why several of us died of tuberculosis.” I live by this, well, at least the first part.


Who is your role model?
My role model, if I could bunch them into one, would be the marvelous team that is my parental-unit. My mother, the beautiful, artistic, poet that she is, and my father, the strongest, most brilliant and talented man that I have had the pleasure of knowing, have formed the most dynamic and positive influence in my life. If I had been given a lifetime to write all the qualities that I wanted in two guardians, I still couldn’t have fully described the wonder that are my mother and father. I aspire to live my life as they do, and they are therefore my role models. They believe, above everything else, to pursue happiness. My parents have always put my brother and I before any and all, and for this I couldn’t be more thankful.

What inspires you?
I find beauty in simple things.  I find big, full, clouds on bright blue days to be especially inspiring. I find the goodwill of people to be the single positive driving force. There is nothing more moving than seeing someone go out of their way for a complete stranger.
I find true inspiration in the blissful and adoring disposition of my dog, Havannah. I come home exhausted after working two jobs, being in class ALL day and studying for at the very least 2-3 hours (this really happens I promise I’m not being over-dramatic) and I walk in the door and see one happy, jumping dog bouncing in front of me, greeting me with kisses (slobbery licks, if you will). This moment, though overwhelming at times, always reminds me to find nirvana in the simple moments. Havannah sees me every day, yet it doesn’t make our greeting any less special to her.  Then I clean her poop.


What are 5 words that describe you?
Loving, creative, charismatic, illiterate.
See, it’s funny because that was only four. But if you fell for it, or didn’t call me on my insensitivity, shame on you. Illiteracy is a huge problem in the US, just shy of 3 million people cannot read or write. So what’s the 5th word? Informed, I suppose. ‘Water’ works too, as it describes 70% of me pretty accurately.

What is your biggest insecurity?
 I suppose my biggest insecurity is meeting the expectations of being an adult.  


If you could be anyone for a day, who would it be?
You might think that I would choose someone brilliant or noble, someone with great power, fulfilling civil duties, or from history, maybe Aristotle, Sophocles, or the great Popsicles, but as odd as it may be if I could walk in anyone’s 7 inch stilettos for a day it would be Lady Gaga. The Gaga is RAD if I’ve ever seen it, and I don’t think I could deal with the responsibility of being a historic figure, or an ancestor. I could however, sing my little heart out on a decked out, colorful stage and go by ‘mother monster’ for a day.  If I could stand being Paris Hilton for a day I would deposit large sums of my money into a young New Mexican girl’s bank account.

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Pretty great huh?? I thought so too. In case you missed yesterday's post, she also painted a lovely portrait of the Mr and I. She does other commissioned work, so go and visit her site! Thank you Jamila, we loved talking with you!



xo.
Melisa

Girl Talk: The Designer


I had the privilege of meeting Lindsay via the blog world, this past year. Instantly I knew we would be friends! She is high-spirited, oh so sweet and extremely talented. I know you'll be inspired by her.


What is your job title?
graphic designer, full time blogger, window display coordinator and online shop owner…in no particular order!  not even 3 months ago i was a full time employee at an insurance office while trying to achieve my dreams of being self employed.  i learned that with hard work, dedication and a lot of love you can achieve anything you want. 

What do you love about yourself?
i love that i am a dreamer. i let my imagination run wild and fill up with tons of  ideas.  i find that because of this i am a more creative person.  i have never been the type to take no for an answer, because if i dream it, i will do everything in my power to make it come true!


Who is your role model?
although it is not an individual person, I find that my biggest role model is the creative design team behind free people.  on a daily basis i look to them for inspiration on so many different levels.  whether it be for graphic design, window display ideas, or the creation of the next necklace that will be sold in my shop.  every day i am completely mesmerized by what they do and because of this, their team is my biggest role model.

What inspires you?
color!  everything that i create is inspired by color on so many different levels.  with the opening of the scenic glory shop i looked to pictures from India for inspiration.  the colors you see there are so vibrant and breath taking.  i was inspired so much that i am planning to take a trip in the next year or so to see it all in person.


What are five words that describe you?
Happy, dreamer. outgoing. vegetarian. passionate.

What is your biggest insecurity?
that i will never achieve the goals i have set for myself.  every day i focus so much positive energy on what i’m doing, where I want to be, what i am going to create…but sometimes in the back of my head i get tied up in thinking…”what if I can’t.” 

it bothers me to have these thoughts, but that is life.  i just use it as motivation to get better and try harder.  that’s all I can do.


If you could be anyone for a day, who would you be?
at the moment I would say, lady gaga.  although to some she is a bit over the top, i personally think she is a creative genius.  I would like to spend a day in her gigantic platform shoes, see her vision for her songs, dances, wardrobe, concert displays, etc.  I think it would be a wild, eye opening and creative ride!



Shop  //  Blog  //  Website  //  Twitter  //  Facebook

Isn't she just lovely?? Her blog, Scenic Glory, is one of my absolute favorites! And now I am oh so in love with her shop, which I believe opened just yesterday!! I featured one of my favorite prints in yesterday's Tuesday Treasures feature; it's perfect. I hope you'll follow the links and go take a peek!
xo.
Melisa

Girl Talk: The Blogger


Lauren Brimley is the voice behind Busy Bee Lauren. She provides daily inspiration and beautiful pictures of her life; I think she is quite remarkable. Her impeccable taste in clothing along with her opinion, humor and general awesomespice{ness} makes her one of the most interesting people I know. I know that you will be inspired by her.

What is your job title?
Well, technically my "job title" would be a customer service representative, which is basically a fancy word for receptionist. But, since I hate my job and I find that is stifles my creativity for 9 hours out of the day, I prefer to call myself a dreamer. I constantly find myself daydreaming at work, or while driving my car, or while cooking a meal, well...basically at all times during the day. I daydream about paintings I would like to paint, on how to rearrange my furniture, or a pretty place to take photos. I am always seeking ways to be more creative!

What do you love about yourself?
This is a hard question, because most of my life I have struggled with loving myself. But I do have to say, I am a great friend. I love that I am a compassionate person, and I really put the feelings of others before my own. If my loved ones are happy, I am happy.


Who is your Role Model?
As cliche as this might be, my mom is truly my role model. She has always been a wonderful mother. She is completely selfless when it comes to us kids, and I hope to be half the mother she is to us.

What inspires you?
I am so inspired by tiny details, like a grouping of pebbles on the ground, the segment of an orange, or the veins in a leaf. I love looking for beauty in everything, especially in nature. Also, I am constantly inspired by beautiful images I find on tumblr, and by watching older films. 


What are five words that describe you?
I think you could describe me as: funny, eccentric, creative, introvert, kind.

What is your biggest insecurity?
My biggest insecurity is how I look. I don't know why, but I have a really hard time looking in the mirror. I constantly compare myself to others, and I hate it. But I am working on it, and maybe one day I will feel beautiful.


If you could be anyone for a day, who would it be?
I would love to see what it would feel like to be Zooey Deschanel. She is the epitome of adorable. And creative. And stylish. And talented. And the list goes on and on!

Blog // Tumblr // Twitter // Bloglovin


Thank you so much for sharing with us Lauren! You can follow the links above to read her blogs or follow her hilarious tweets! I'm so happy to have already shared two of these amazing girls with you. If this is your first time visiting, go check out the link below to see who you've missed so far . There will be a new Girls Talk every Wednesday this Summer; each with an extremely remarkable girl. Hope you have a lovely day.



xo.
Melisa

Girl Talk: The Musician










Amy Noelck is an incredibly gifted songwriter, singer and friend. I had the privilege of meeting her at school two years ago; she is bubbly, fun and way sweet. I know that you will fall in love with her and be amazed by her music.


What is your job title?
I work for The Oaks fellowship as their Care Strategy Administrator.  I work with the church volunteers and non-profit organizations, foster care, and try to get people involved with serving their own communities.  I also work as a musician, singing at coffee shops and writing my own music.  Just a poor musician :)

What do you love about yourself?
I love being me :) I think there will always be things I want to change about myself, but I've really had to learn to not compare myself with others and just be content with who God made me to be.  I think I love that I am outgoing and friendly, because I really love people :)


Who is your role model?
I have a lot of people that I look up to and admire, but if I had to choose one person, it would be my mother.  I respect and love her so much for the way she has shown me what unconditional love means, and how to live as a Godly woman.


What inspires you?
Rain--rainy days make me want to write music. Stars--Looking up at the stars at night makes me realize how small I am.  Coffee--the rich taste and smell helps clear my head, even on the most stressful day. 


What are five words that describe you?
Compassionate, Loyal, Enthusiastic, Joyful, and Passionate.

What is your biggest insecurity?
My biggest insecurity would probably be my skin complexion and my body when I don't exercise for a long time.

If you could be anyone for a day, who would it be?
If I could be anyone for one day I would choose to be Oprah because is so influential internationally--and she does everything she puts her mind to.

Music  //  Facebook

Thank you so much for sharing with us Amy! You can follow the link above to listen to some of her songs; they're pretty wonderful. I'm so happy to have finally shared this feature with you. There will be many more Girls Talks in the future. Hope you have a lovely day.



xo.
Melisa

Tuesday Treasures: MAKEatx

So while my sister and I were at Renegade we met the sweet girls of MAKEatx. Their products were way cute and if you're in the Austin area, they actually offer way cool workshops! If you're interested, you can go take a peek at their website here or check out their shop here.

Well while we were parousing through their booth, we were asked to take some photos in their fun little photobooth, using some of their handmade props. Well, of course we said yes!




Needless to say, we had fun^_^ I have been working tediously for the last five hours on one of the most exciting features Pie N' the Sky has ever had: Girl Talk. If you're not excited yet, you should be. Everything is coming together and these features are way inspiring! Looking forward to this month and you can expect to see our new sponsors soon too!


xo.
Melisa