Wear // Purple + Boots

shirt: khols | necklace + earrings: charming charlie | jeans: target | boots: cavendar's

Can we just take a moment to even acknowledge the fact that I am doing a STYLE post. And that I look like I'm in pain in that picture up there. The sun was super bright and I was staring almost directly at it (the photographer was right next to the sun). 

That face right there, I just don't even know. That's talent to make a face that great right there. 

This was me falling over. Props to David for catching it. And that's not the only picture he caught of me falling. That's just the only one you'll see. 

Oh, little Connor the car update: Turns out Connor's starter died this weekend, which explains why he wouldn't start. Monday morning he was towed away (I DID NOT CRY!) and yesterday morning I got a call from the repair man saying he was all fixed. After spending an hour trying to find someone to take me to go get him (thank God for adult friends in college towns!), I finally walked in to the old repair shop and they gave me my key. 

Let me tell you, the sound of Connor's engine coming on never sounded so sweet. I was panicking this past weekend about him not working because I was planning to go home soon and I kind of need Connor to do that! 

So, Connor is sitting outside my house in the parking lot, working perfectly fine. 


That Time I Almost Joined a Sorority

Two weeks ago, I got a text message from a friend. She's a part of a sorority here at Sam and she's been trying to convince me to join one since last year. Ever since I joined Mary Kay, I've felt a bigger opening in my heart to try things like that and see where God leads me.

Her text message told me about a new sorority on campus, AOII. For a few days, she nagged me (in a loving way) to go talk to the girls at the table. And I finally did.

Both ladies were super nice and for a week, I was excited to be a part of something new. I'd be a founding member of a sorority on campus. I thought it was so cool. 

Then last Friday happened. My membership appointment. They handed us a sheet with the costs for this semester and next semester and I had an internal panic attack. Those were big numbers! And in the meeting, they talked about how this semester, we'd have two meetings a week. Mondays and Thursdays. 

Monday nights are Mary Kay and Castle night. 

Suddenly, a journey I thought God wanted me to make suddenly seemed unlikely. Maybe he brought me down that path to learn the power of needing to say no. Lord only knows how I've been crazy busy lately. 

And then Saturday, I didn't get an invitation back for bid day. And I knew that it wasn't right. But it still sucks, yesterday in class, there were plenty girls wearing AOII shirts. And I was almost a part of it. Sorority girl I am not, but it's taught me how to say "no" and walk away with a lesson. 


The Breakdown

All week last week, I had people tell me "Laura, you need to take a day off. Take some 'me' time and just relax."

Of course, I never relax. I have workaholic in my blood. I'm constantly going, going, going. 

Then Saturday happened. I was on my way to do a facial for Mary Kay. Walked to my car, put my stuff in the passenger seat, sat down in my seat. Put the key in the ignition, turned it.

And nothing happened. 

Tried again, thinking I must not have turned it all the way.

Still nothing.

After a few frantic phone calls to a family friend, moving my car into the middle of the street, and a nice guy who came and tried to jump my car for several hours. 

Sunday afternoon, I got the battery tested and it's perfectly fine, so we're left with crossing our fingers that it's the starter and not something more serious. When I woke up this morning, I made a few phone calls and soon watched away as they took him away:

It'll be Wednesday before I get him back. But for now, I'm just hoping it all goes well. 


Publishing Questions + Friday Jams

Wednesday night, I had the wonderful opportunity to sit in Starbucks for two hours and talk with Taylor from Pink Heels, Pink Truck (What a smart, wonderful lady!). She talked about vlogging, or video blogging. And that got me thinking. 

I've never done a vlog. I'm the most awkward person on skype, let alone talking to myself on a camera, but then yesterday, it hit me. The perfect way to do a vlog? 

How about some F&A's? I've had a lot of people ask about how on earth you self-publish a book, or what's my book about. So, what if I did a vlog answering questions y'all may have about my book? It'd be a great ice breaker for me to start vlogging to see if it's something I really want to do. 

So, let's open up the questions up and go ahead and ask! You can email me or leave a comment or tweet or facebook me. I'll probably answer them, not next week, but the week after. 

Also, it wouldn't be Friday without some jams! 


Young One

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Sometimes I feel like I'm going at a losing battle. I have people tell me "you're only 19, you're too young to be able to do this." If I'm only 19, I certainly can't have the maturity of an adult. I should be out being a college kid: partying, dating, skipping class (what else do normal college kids do?). 

Well here's the deal: I hate partying. The loud music and the thumping bass give me sensory overload, which causes me to pretty much shut down. I'm not a fan of drinking. Nothing against those who do, but it's just not my thing.

Dating seems like a waste of time. I've spent a lot of time alone in my life and right now, I'm more worried about setting up a future for myself, proving to those who say I can't that I can. I fill my life with things that I was to do the rest of my life, dating someone who may only be there for a little while just ins't a priority for me right now. 

The only time I skip class is if I forget to set my alarm (which is happening more and more often lately). I'm in Huntsville for only one thing: to get an education. If it weren't for SHSU, you bet I would not be in this tiny town. 

When I'm not in class, I'm working. Whether I'm doing homework, working Mary Kay, or editing photos or a book, I'm doing something to push myself closer to my goals. When I met my new roommates last week, they were all shocked by how much I do.

And that happens a lot lately. How can one girl do so much? This girl is one determined girl, that's how. 

People ask, "what's the rush to publish your book? You've got your whole life ahead of you." That's a lie. I have no idea where my life may take me in ten years. Publishing The Assassin is something I want to do myself. Now. I'm a big believer that age is no reason I can't do whatever I want.

So, I may be a "young one." Not even twenty (it's so close though!), but if you're going to sit there and tell me my age is a reason I shouldn't do things, I'm going to shove you aside and show you why it is. 


comfort zone

 "The greatest things happen beyond your comfort zone." - Unknown (aka, Laura doesn't actually remember who said that.)

I'm pretty sure I BSed half of that quote, but whatever the original quote was, it's the same gist. Life's greatest moments really do happen outside of our comfort zone. 

Ask anyone who really knows me and "shy" is probably not the first word that comes to mind. "Crazy" and "loud" are two serious contenders. 

But to people I don't know? Oh, "shy" is definitely what I am. I don't like talking to people I don't know if I don't have to. Especially about myself. About what I do.  

That's a problem. In Mary Kay, we have a thing called "warm chatter" about asking women we don't know to help us out, whether by being a model for our before and after portfolios or to help us with 30 Faces in 30 days (I WILL DO THAT GOSH DARN IT!) 

There's two problems with that for me. "talking to people" and "people I don't know." But a few weeks ago, I realized, I was never going to grow my business (or myself for that matter) if I didn't just ask. I saw a girl sitting outside the library, and before I had time to even process what the hell I was doing, I went and asked if she would be a model for my before and after portfolio. 

Thankfully she said yes. Even after I told her I was terrified to get the nerve to ask her. Stephanie (that's her name) really opened up my eyes for me. With so much negativity, it's amazing how all it takes is asking for a favor from a girl and she'll more than likely be willing to help you.

What a sweet girl, I really hope life treats her well. 

Yesterday, I realized I needed to do it again. It had been a week and a half since I asked, and I knew the longer I waited to ask, the harder it would be to ask. So while sitting in the LSC, I jumped from one table to the table next to me totally unprepared and asked a girl if she would model for me. 

And even though I had no business cards on me (left them in my purse) and was totally a mess about it, she said yes.

Moments like this really prove that amazing things happen outside of your comfort zone. 


Bloggers Block

Well, I always plan to post on Monday's, but let's be real. Plans only equate to an actual post on Monday, maybe once a month? But that's totally okay, because I always try to write my posts ahead of time, like the night before. Sunday nights consist of choir and mass, so my Sunday nights are often hectic and I usually run on auto pilot. 

That and the fact that I really have no idea what to talk about. I've got a whole list of potential blog post ideas, but I just can't ever seem to find the time to write them, or I want to save them for another time. Excuse after excuse. 

Maybe someday, I'll write about all those things, but right now, I feel like life is running at about a bazillion miles per hour. Between classes, homework, church, editing a book, Mary Kay, photography.... 

It's crazy. I have all these things that I do, but I feel like nothing is happening worth talking about. I feel like all the stuff that I want to talk about is still in the future. 

When you feel like life is in stagnation what are you supposed to talk about?

Posts like these make me think I have way too much free time to ponder stuff. 

Happy Tuesday! 


Giveaway + Friday Jams

Hi people, remember me? Remember Friday Jams? Well, those are way down below because today we've got a giveaway! 

This giveaway is sponsored by Independent Consultant Katrina Burbank from Lilla Rose. Lilla Rose makes some pretty rad hair clips called flexi. That's me wearing a purple one (please ignore awful hair style, I can't do my hair at all). 

If you're curious about how to style your hair with a flexi clip (for those of you with that talent!), Lilla Rose has put together a nice little video about what size clip to pick and how you can use it. 

You can find Katrina on facebook, her blog and her website.

Fine print shenanigans: This contest is open to residents of the United States who are new to Lilla Rose.

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Also, today is the 50th anniversary of Mary Kay. 50 years ago today, Mary Kay opened Beauty by Mary Kay! 


Shit Happens

It's been a hell of a week. It's only Wednesday morning and this week, I've packed up all my crap, broken a few boxes because I overpacked, moved houses and dealt with crazy people. 

And, if you can't tell from the picture above, I've been poured on a few times by the wonderful pop up showers we've been having every afternoon. Running across campus as it thunders and rains, and not just regular rain, but DIAGONAL RAIN, yeah, that's a whole bunch of fun. 

Sometimes, I hate the fact that I'm a positive person. Positivity takes a lot of energy to keep up and weeks like this, I just want to throw my stuff on the ground, jump up and down and throw a little hissy fit. Immature? Oh yes. Do I care? At this point, not so much. 

It's only the third week of the semester, and I'm already loathing Huntsville. I've been back for three weeks and I'm already for my first visit back home. 

So, I don't know about y'all, but it's definitely been a "shit happens" week. 


Long Time Coming

First off, isn't Eileen just absolutely gorgeous? She's a member of my Mary Kay team and we've really hit it off. She's one of my dearest friends. Also, loving her hair with the sun fade. Redheads are just awesome that way. 

This weekend, I took the escape route from Huntsville and drove the hour west to spend the weekend with my aunt in Bryan/College Station. It was also the weekend of the SHSU vs A&M game (remember last year's game?), but I didn't get to go. We lost 65-28, which is a bigger gap than last year, BUT BUT BUT BUT BUT!!!! Last year, all of our points were scored against the third string on A&M. This year, we scored all of our points on the first string, including Johnny Manziel. 

Well, football isn't the point of this post. The point is, while I was here in Bryan, it was nice to just relax and sit around and do nothing. And while I was sitting here, "doing nothing", I finally managed to get everything all set up on MY BRAND SPANKIN NEW WEBSITE!! I'll still be adding photos from a few old sessions that I really like, but I've got a good start. I've got business cards sitting on the bookshelf back at my house and I AM READY TO TAKE ON THE WORLD! 

Not only did I get that done, I came up with some really good edits for The Assassin. There are times I still have to pinch myself because I can't believe I'm publishing it!

Happy Monday lovelies! 


#Feelgoodmoments, Music to my ears

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Arrowhead®, Deer Park®, Ice Mountain®, Ozarka®Poland Spring® , Zephyrhills® Sparkling, Natural Spring Water Brands, but all opinions are my own.

I'll be the first to admit, there are many times in life where I forget to just enjoy the moment and relax. Between sixteen hours of classes, working my Mary Kay, blogging, editing a book, going to the gym, studying, the list goes on and on. Sometimes, I just need to sit down and relax.

My relaxation mode is music. Country music. And more times than not, it's in my car. After spending all summer commuting, driving became my escape from the world. The only time of the day when I could think for me. I could sing, I could talk to myself, I could just enjoy the moment because I wasn't in the position to do anything else.

Now, back at school, my escape is walking through campus. Plugging my headphones in and just walking and feeling the breeze and the sun on my face. It's my feel good moment of the day. Listening to music is my safe haven and my way to relax. 

Regardless of the kind of day I'm having, my alone time with my music is an instant pick me up. I had a rough day at the pharmacy yesterday (yay finger infections!) going back and forth with the insurance. By the time I was done, I was frustrated and on the verge of tears, but the moment the radio in my car popped on and I heard Randy Houser's voice, I immediately feel my spirits lift.

My feel good moments always involve music. What about yours?


Around the Country

Day two of Blogtember is upon us! We'll se how many days I actually keep up with. Jenni's come up with some of the greatest prompts that I would have never even considered!

If you could take three months off from your current life and do anything in the world, what would you do?

Three months? It's called summer! That I just finished... I still can't believe classes have started again. But, if I could take three months off? I'd go travel the country. Maybe rent an RV and just see the country. 

I'd love to go back to Sedona, Arizona, also known as the land of the green McDonald's arch, for sure. My family went there a few years ago and it was so nice. It was during the middle of a Texas summer, and since Sedona is up in the mountains, it was super nice to be cool! 

I'd also love to visit Washington DC again, maybe in the fall, since everyone would be in school and not vacationing. 

If I could go anywhere else, I'd love to go to Florida, to see the beach. The closet beach here is Galveston, and it's not the nicest beach around. I'd love to see the pretty colors, the nice breeze, and maybe, just maybe come home with a tan (a ginger can wish, right?!).

Before my three months were up, I'd stop in NYC. There was a point in my life (like last year) where I wanted to move to NYC after I graduated. Now, not so much. I do want to visit though. I want to experience the busy noises, see the monuments, visit the 9/11 site, see a Broadway show. There's so much you can do in NYC, and I want to do it all. 

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Where would you go for three months if you could drop every thing? 


Texas I Am

Dallas during Rush Hour. Note, I was not moving at ALL when I took this picture.

I am so excited to be joining Jenni from Story of My Life for Blogtember!! Today is the first day and I absolutely love this prompt:
 Describe where or what you come from. The people, the places, and/or the factors that make up who you are.

It's no secret that I come from the great state of Texas. I mean, my blog was named Howdy Girl for over a year. But I don't think I've ever talked about how much Texas is a part of me. How much its shaped me over the years. 

Texas is a special place that if you're from here, you don't need to explain it, and if you're not, you simply won't understand it. Here, there are people in cowboy boots who drive around in big trucks and cowboy boots. But you've also got people running around from the city.

I love so much about my home; especially the sound of the Texas accents. There's just something that will stop me in my tracks for the rest of my life about them. It's crazy.

I can't fit everything about Texas that I love in one blog post, but I'm sure if you know me, you know I wouldn't be anywhere else, and I'll never call anywhere else home. 


September Goals


Order business cards for LEC
Buy new bedding and other things I know I need 
Begin editing The Assassin
Have a polished version of The Assassin
Research about self-publishing
Take that photography class I bought and still haven't used! 
get freakin' organized! 
Textbooks (ugh)
Facials when I get back to Huntsville
Unpack when I move
Leave my wonderful job at Boxcar -sad face-
Start going to the gym when I move back to Huntsville. 

September Goals

Relearn ASL 
Red Jacket! (I'm so close! I want my jacket!)
Add three people to my Mary Kay team (I WILL go to leadership in January!)
Stay on top of Math
Start working on the book cover for The Assassin (look for it in November!)
Participate in Blogtember
Finish the LEC website
Take as many photos for my portfolio as possible.

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