the 3 most important lessons I’ve learned while being single

the 3 most important lessons I’ve learned while being single

I really have tried to refrain from talking about relationships or anything of the sort because I’ll be the first to admit, my experiences have been – quite frankly – a mess. I remember going into a couple Valentine’s Days feeling bummed about not having anything/anyone to celebrate, but this year I am perfectly fine with buying myself some flowers and curling up with my pup, a glass of wine, and Netflix. I’m grateful for what I learned from past relationships, but this time of being single has been nothing short of refreshing.

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I am unlimited

I am unlimited

Happy Wednesday readers! A fun little fact about today is that it’s national handwriting day. So for today’s post I decided to do something a little different and handwrite it. I felt like it was fitting for what I wanted to write about today anyway. I hope that it leaves you feeling encouraged and that you’ll join me in making 2019 your most unlimited year yet.

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cardi b vs. the conservative woman

cardi b vs. the conservative woman

There’s part of me that hesitates to write this because I genuinely do fear saying the wrong thing or wording it in a way that gets misconstrued. I rarely take such controversial topics to The Southern Sooner because I like this to be a fun place and not something that makes people feel attacked, offended, or uncomfortable. But in light of a recent tweet by Cardi B, there was something in me that stirred and felt convicted to share my opinion on.

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5 self-development books I’m reading in 2019

5 self-development books I’m reading in 2019

I used to think I was never much of a reader because I’m always so picky about novels and usually end up getting sleepy halfway through a chapter. That, and being in school, more reading was usually the last thing I wanted to do. But as I’ve grown into my young adult life, I’ve realized that love the inspiration I can pull from self-development books; and I love that they can touch on so many different areas – faith, mentality, even in network marketing. Whatever walk of life you’re going through, odds are, you can find a self-development book about it. Here are some of the books I read in 2018 or am looking forward to reading in 2019!

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fave posts of 2018

fave posts of 2018

As of my december raves + rejects post from the other day, The Southern Sooner has officially hit 100 posts! And in honor of 2018 coming to a close, I want to round up some of my favorite posts from the year – so if this is the first Southern Sooner post you’re seeing, or you haven’t had a chance to keep up with posts, here are some of the one’s I personally think are a must-see! It might feel like there are a lot, but this will help you find some of the more substantial posts among the recurring accutane updates, habit trackers, gift guides, and raves + rejects!

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the pursuit of hope

the pursuit of hope

Hope has been a concept I’ve clung to for as long as I can remember – it’s what pulled me through the hardest of times. I really felt like this is a post that needed to be shared with the holidays coming up. I know there are a lot of people I am close to (and those that I don’t know at all) that have had a challenging year, and I know the Christmas season may not be filled with as much joy as usual. I don’t know if this will resonate with anyone, but as I write this post, know my heart has been broken with those who feel beaten down this season – I don’t know every situation, but God does and I can’t emphasize enough that He sees you exactly where you are.

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4 things I’m thankful for

4 things I’m thankful for

happiest of thanksgivings to you, readers! I can’t believe holiday season is upon us already – it’s really going to be the new year before we know it. but until then… TURKEY. and lots of it! I wanted to take today to express gratitude for some things that have been laid on my heart this year. obviously my list could go for ages, but I’m capping myself at four things that are standing out to me right now!

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