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Be You, Bravely | Melissa of Simply Sweet Melissa

Hello, hello everyone! I am delighted that today marks the return of the Be You, Bravely series! I started this series last summer as a way to feature women from all walks of life who are living bravely by embracing their unique seasons and talents as they move through life. Today I am happy to introduce Melissa of Simply Sweet Melissa. She is such a gem and a dear friend! Her heart is sweeter than tea (and her engagement pics are to DIE for). I hope you enjoy getting to know her as much as I have!
Who are you, my dear?
Why hello! I'm Melissa and I blog over at Simply Sweet Melissa. Telling someone else about yourself can be kind of tricky especially if you feel like you are still trying to figure out all of the pieces that make you YOU. But I can tell you this: I'm a newly engaged gal living in the Queen City (also known as Charlotte, NC) with my future husband-to-be Will and our furbaby Miller. My love language is Acts of Service and in my free time you can catch me scrapbooking, scrolling through ETSY or cuddled up in my Snuggie on the couch watching the Hallmark channel. But above all, I'm just an ordinary girl, who knows God is in control and believes wholeheartedly that kindness is always fashionable.

What does it mean to be you, bravely?
Sheesh! Being brave to me can mean something as little as not running in the opposite direction out of fear when I see a spider or something as large as being able to ask for forgiveness when I know I'm in the wrong. But being ME bravely goes much deeper then those two examples. Being brave to me means letting go of trying to control your own life and letting God take the lead. It means worrying less and doing more. Being brave to me means being okay with who you are and accepting the fact that you will never be perfect. Bravery is a hard thing to master but with baby steps you can be you, bravely anytime you want to be! Even a quick search on Pinterest tells you to be brave ;-)

If you could have a heart-to-heart with younger you, what would you say?
I would first offer her a large glass of sweet tea to lighten the mood and then we would have a long conversation going over all of the times she didn't pay attention to those little "red flags". Younger me was oblivious to all sorts of things and when I look back over the year, I can't help but shake my head in disbelief that I didn't' see all the warning signs that eventually left me lost down the wrong road. My faith was weak, and my prayer life was usually nonexistent. I depended on others for love when I didn't even love myself.

It took a handful of years for me to finally understand the importance of self-love, and that if and only when I give everything over to God will I ever be truly happy. Sure, when you do that you might expect great things to happen and THEY WILL! However, we live in a imperfect world so don't go thinking that everything will be perfect or go as planned 100% of the time. To this day I struggle with this but have to remind myself daily that all things work on for God's glory not ours.

What is encouraging you this week?
Quality time spent with my fiance! Our work/life balance has been out of whack for some time now and with all of this wedding planning going on we have not had has much time to just rest and relax together. It's in those everyday moments that I am encouraged by Will and his love for me.

Just for fun, what are 3 must have's?
This is an easy question to answer! I can't go anywhere without ChapStick and currently I've been using the 'Classic Medicated' king. Works wonders on my dry lips and the smell reminds me of Rice Krispy Treats...ha! The second thing I must always have with me is my agenda/planner! I loved using the Simplified Planner by Emily Ley but I recently got the Lilly Pulitzer Medium Agenda because it easily fits in my purse and it's hard not to love all the colorful pages inside! And to be honest, I don't have just ONE planner/agenda that I use! Lastly, I can't leave the house without a set of pearl earrings. Whether i'm wearing them, have them stashed away in my handbag, or left in my car, I almost always have a pair with me!

I had a blast being a part of the Be You, Bravely series and am wishing upon a star for the day that I get to meet the sweet ole' Bailey Jean! I just love and adore the girl so much and am blessed to have her as a blogging friend!

Isn't Melissa great? Simply Sweet is a perfect fit for this gal! I can only hope to meet her in real life and hug her dear neck. Thanks for sharing, girl! And y'all have a happy Wednesday :)

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