Being Mallory means Jesus, feminism, wine, and lots of corgis
This is terrifying.
I am taking on a blog challenge I found online, to encourage me to blog more often and well.
I am skipping the first one, so it's actually going to be a 30 day challenge.
I do what I want.
2. I love CORGIS, especially my corgi, Maybie. She is currently sick as a dog at the vet right now, but hopefully will get to come home this evening! I grew up with a corgi, she was amazing and loved my mama and I well.
3. I am a newlywed. I have been married for 9 blissful months. So far, it hasn't been as challenging or terrifying as I expected. I love Jake. He makes life better, all the time. He chases Jesus and then chases me. He says "yes" a whole lot, when I say let's backpack in Europe, or get a corgi, or live in Oxford, Mississippi, drink wine, or take a new job. I can never express how grateful I am for a man that loves me just the way I am, even when I am crazy, excited, or obsessed with having a clean kitchen.
4. My grandmothers have had the biggest impact on my life. One taught me how to be a southern polite woman, but stand my ground in my identity .The other taught me to buy fabulous clothes and jewlery and to go after what I want, no matter what. One drops the f-bomb and put me to work in her kitchen. One hosted tea parties and put me to work in her garden. I'll let you guess which is which.
5. My dad always told me I was a princess, which I believed. He also told me girls are better than boys, and I could beat every single boy in my second grade class in a foot race, so I did.
I attribute the confidence he gave me to many of my beliefs.
6. My mother is absolutely insane, but I love her. She taught me to love corgis, be my own woman, and to make a kickin' Coca-Cola cake.
7. My first concert was the Dixie Chicks, and it was LEGIT. To this day they are still my favorite band, and I would give up my kitchen aid mixer, coffee maker, and running shoes to see them in concert again.
8. My favorite book is The Handsmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood. Sorry, I am sounding like a raging liberal feminist. But, it's an amazing novel with ideas of women and their roles in society that challenged me and brought a whole new perspective to my life. Thanks Ms. Peck for making me read it my senior year of high school when all I wanted was to move to Oxford, Mississippi and get the hell out of Orlando.
9. If I had to rank my top life events, the day Ole Miss beat Alabama is in the top 4. LET'S GO REBS.
10. This is a long list of facts, thanks to you if you're still reading. You have serious dedication.
Community and friendship are super important to me. I value geniune and honest relationships and had the best ones in college, and continue to have them. People love and know me and I strive to know and love them. A lot of them were made in Young Life and are constant reminders to me of how much Jesus loves me.
11. Summer is better than all other seasons. I would be a beach bum if that was a real career choice. I feel passionate about warm climates, good wine, and having a welcoming revolving door as my front door. My guest bed is also ready for visitors.
12. In college and currently Jake and I are Young Life leaders. Young Life has given us community and a family in Oxford.
My Young Life girls are now my best friends. Young Life taught me how to love people through Jesus and continues to teach me how to love those that we don't deem deserving. My girls have taught me to be silly, to say what I want, to be myself, and they always tell me if I am too tense. I love them, and I will forever, Shelby, Kera, Sarah, Taylor, Ashlynd, and Morgan.
13. My biggest dream is to start and run my own publication with my best friend, Alex Anna.
Alex Anna is living proof that having another woman in your life keeps you sane, helps you decide if you can actually pull off that jumpsuite, and sympathizes when you tell her that your husband didn't understand when you said you needed to take 5 pairs of shoes on a 2 day trip so he tried to restrict the number of shoes you packed.
Next year I will be the Editor-in-Chief of The Ole Miss yearbook. I am terrified, yet thrilled to explore what Ole Miss is and means to its diverse student body.
15. Family has always been an interesting idea for me. Mine is divorced and disfucntional. Although, I married into a family that rocks. I have freakin' sweet in-laws, and now I also have a sister - BOO YA. I also have three brothers that I love greatly, being the only girl taught me a lot. My brothers, especially Thomas, in the last couple of months have taught me a lot about what it means to be family. And that even my family yells and screams, we do love each other.
16. I love to cook, especially for people. I love loving people through food. Adam Blackwell knows this better than anyone and has been force fed by me many times. He also taught me how to properly network, lose at basketball and eat in New Orleans. We were best friends in college for a reason.
17. Once I got engaged at a bookstore and my best friends planned it and it was amazing. Victoria and Adam knew it had to be in a bookstore and they get me and for that I am forever grateful. I am not really sure how that is a fact about me, but these people made college and life better and continue to, even though now we are countries and states apart.
18. I truly (in an uncheesey way) believe that love and caring for people trumps.
And like Ellen, I also believe in Dance (just ask the guests at our wedding).
19. I consider myself a somewhat Memphis native, and these sweet girls keep me coming back.
Best thing they've taught me, Taylor Swift dance parties set the world right.
20. LAST ONE. I am a writer, reader, fighter, woman, wife, believer, adventurer and apparently now, a blogger. Thanks for reading and coming on this journey with me. Stay tuned for topic two tomorrow!
Love well, laugh often, and dance,