22 things I learned in 22 years

PAIGE OVERTURF

[photo via instagram]

 

1. Love always wins.

 

2. You have to be the change you want to see.

 

3. God always answers our prayers: yes, no, or not right now.

 

4. Captions are just as important as the photo itself.

 

5. A person can never read too many books.

 

6. The world is at your finger tips. It’s up to you to take hold.

 

7. There is always something new to explore.

 

8. Skinny dipping is liberating. And you swim faster. 

 

9. Prayer is the best source of income.

 

10. Cold coffee is delicious.

 

11. Accepting your body is important. God created you for a purpose.

 

12. What you give is what you get.

 

13. Bold lipstick should be worn often.

 

14. God is bigger than the times I fail.

 

15. Cookies will burn if left in the oven too long.

 

16. Thoughts lead to actions. Think wisely.

 

17. Having a thigh gap does not define your beauty. Your heart does.

 

18. The brain does not have a limit. Create. Educate. Write.

 

19. Embrace your uniqueness. LIVE OUT LOUD.

 

20. There is a story behind every face.

 

21. Laugh as often as possible.

 

22. Without Christ, I am nothing.

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Bailey - I love this so so much! <3

Elizabeth - Love this post!!! So thankful we got to meet in person this year! You are such an inspiration, Paige!

MARLEY | king of the world

 

Don’t let the puppy face fool you.

 

MARLY

 

The other day, he enjoyed an adventure outside… in the mud. We came home to muddy paw prints from his doggy door across the living room floor, up the stairs, in each bedroom and on every bed. You see, if Marley is going to do something, he goes all out.

 

When he’s in the yard, he runs the fastest figure eight I’ve ever seen. When he’s in the kitchen, he puts his little paws on my leg and gently pulls at the bottom of my pants – his way of saying, “pretty please, with a cherry on top, may I have a bite?” When I grab the keys, he assumes he is going along. He then proceeds to sit on my lap while I’m driving, allowing him to sit in the power seat and enjoy the view at the same time.

 

Don’t let the puppy face fool you. He thinks he’s king of the world.

 

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ANDREW + JAMIE | alaska engagement

“Apparently we sat across the table from each other while out to dinner with a group of friends in 2009.”

 

Fast forward three years. Originally from San Diego, Jamie decided to make the move up to Alaska with her family. She stopped in Seattle for a week to visit friends on her drive up. As fate would have it, she and Andrew were re-introduced.

 

Sparks flew.

 

It began with a few emails back and forth which led to constant texting. They both knew something needed to happen. With Andrew in Seattle and Jamie up in Alaska, a phone call was their best option. A big smile on her face, Jamie said, “we talked it through and made things official.” During the summer of 2013, Andrew made the move up to Alaska to be closer to Jamie.

 

On a cold snow-covered December afternoon, Andrew and Jamie took their snowmobiles out for a ride. Little did Jamie know, Andrew had an adventure all planned out! He guided them to a clearing where a sign hung on one of the birch trees,

 

A True Love Story Never Ends

A & J        Psalm 136:1

 

Andrew got down on one knee and pulled out a diamond ring.

 

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elizabeth. - Ahh, these are fabulous, Paige! Especially loving the location and details. =) I’d love to journey up to Alaska someday, if the Lord wills, and I’m so glad you were able to have that adventure! Thanks for sharing your gorgeous work with us:)

STORY BEHIND THE FACE | sharon

 

“No one else in my family did anything like this.”

 

STORY BEHIND THE FACE
STORY BEHIND THE FACE

 

Sharon opened Sweet Potatoes Vintage, a small vintage inspired store, in 2007. “When I came upon the original building, it was orange, like a sweet potato.” Wanting both a southern appeal and a name people would remember, Sharon settled on calling her new store, Sweet Potatoes Vintage. She had always dreamed of opening a general or furniture store, “and it kind of evolved into this!” Three years ago, she moved into a larger store in Cape Carteret, keeping with the sweet potato color.

 

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Growing up in Swansboro, Sharon finished high school and attended the local community college. “When I was 14, it was only a two lane road through Cape Carteret. I used to bike from Swansboro to the beach on Emerald Isle. There was hardly any traffic then.” Sharon recalls meeting her friends at the bridge and riding across, “the bridge wasn’t built until around 1972, before then, you had to take a ferry across or drive up to Atlantic Beach.” 

 

“Young people these days should get out more often and meet people. There is a lot more out there. You’ve got to go out!” 

 

STORY BEHIND THE FACE

STORY BEHIND THE FACE

 

“When I got married, my husband was in the Coast Guard.” They moved to Florida, the Outer Banks, and then back to Swansboro. Sharon and her husband love the small town appeal. “We have four children. Two live in the area, one is in the Coast Guard and currently stationed in Alaska – moving to San Diego soon – and one is in California.” She doesn’t plan on traveling up to Alaska, she laughed and said, “I’ll visit him when he gets to California. Alaska is too dark and snowy!” 

 

STORY BEHIND THE FACE

 

Sweet Potatoes Vintage is full of painted cottage furniture with a vintage appeal, vintage clothing, and adorable vintage pieces. “Starting a store was something I had always wanted to do. My mother didn’t do anything like this, no one else in my family did.” Sharon always had a love for painting, which has inspired part of her business, “I find antiques and revamp them. I really enjoy it!” She learned the trick of revamping as a young girl, “you couldn’t just go buy anything, so you learned to do it yourself.”

 

“As long as there are customers, I’ll be here!”

 

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