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My Easter Semester 2018 – Sewanee

January 19, 2018

EEEK! WELCOME BACK TO CAMPUS FRIENDS!

Also a big hello to all my pals who are not Sewanee readers! I hope everyone had a terrific break filled with unlimited coke zero, Netflix binges, mini road trips, family time, pizza, reading time, writing time & many of those special mornings where you can actually sleep past 8 am without feeling guilty! Cheers to those fantastic favs that come with Christmas Break!

Now that we’re back at you should be aware I have been to all of my classes and have already endured all of the anxiety-ridden syllabus talks. Including but not limited to ORGANIC CHEMISTRY AND BIOLOGY 233 (THE CELL). I am basically diving into the real deal PRE-MED classes this semester and there is no turning back. While that does sound scary and believe me it is scary….I am also excited. I am excited because these are the steps which are getting me closer to pursuing my dream and calling of medical missions. These are the days whether they are the hard, the stressful, the exhausting, the unnerving or the just plain horrible days which will take me to my next stop. So while it is scary and even though it is the big elephant in my dorm room I am ready to tackle this semester.

Why am I so hopeful and optimistic?

It’s simple I have Jesus the ultimate tool on the survival guide of life to make it through!

Here’s how I know:

Jerimiah 29:11

1 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

God has a plan for me and while it’s a long journey filled with many uphill battles (long restless nights, failed assignments, studying and still getting it wrong, or taking ten hours to do one assignment, the MCAT, Medical School admission, GPA, my self-worth, emotional struggles and just impending doom) I know God is with me. His plan is not to harm me but to help me and to give me a great future.

So while I didn’t choose the PRE-MED track (initially it picked me) I still believe it is possible. I simply want to follow God’s plan for my life and he has blessed me abundantly- I trust him. My testimony is enough to remind me when I feel like I am alone or it’s not possible that I CAN DO ANYTHING WITH GOD.

So while this semester I have to make some changes in an effort to get my grades where they need to be I will still be blogging and sharing with you. I can’t take this outlet out of my daily routine because it has become such a big part of who I am. I love sharing modest fashion, life tips and Jesus with you. With all that being said I will be setting a blog/vlog schedule which might be subject to a little change until I get into the swing of things this semester.

Here’s the deal:

VLOGGING

So while this is a new thing for me I hope to continue doing it in an effort to see new growth just as 1998miss.com has! I plan to share at least one video every week. This is looking like Thursday will be my vlog day. This might end up changing to Saturday but for now Thursday it is. This could be a simple weekly recap, how are you, what’s in my purse, I’m stressed, or just a plain vlog. This is in an effort to be consistent with my content and to set reminders for myself!

BLOGGING

While I want to schedule this it might not be as straightforward because I really like just writing from the heart. It is my plan to get at least three new blog posts up a week! I hope to introduce something Sewanee specific to 1998miss.com this year that will be annual. I also hope to start a new faith series maybe with a few guest bloggers!!! So big things happening on 1998miss.com! I would love to include a PRE-MED weekly post because it is such a big part of my life…so you could also be seeing that. Just stay tuned! Overall it is my hope to get something consistent going for maybe Monday, Thursday and Saturday of my week!

INSTAGRAM/SOCIAL MEDIA

So while this is one of my all-time favorite outlets I am cutting down on social media usage because I simply use it too much. I need to take more time to focus on my studies. This doesn’t mean I will stop sharing on Instagram but it does mean I won’t be surfing my news feed for hours on the daily. I intend to continue sharing a daily post but I won’t always be doing that. It might be every day one week or just 3 days a week if I have enough pre-loaded content. The main thing is I don’t want to spend my day scrolling through social media mindlessly.

While these may seem kind of vague it is my rough draft of 1998miss.com in Easter semester 0f 2018!

Oh and these are the classes I am taking this semester!!!

❤️Adult Development and Aging (Psychology Major)❤️

❤️Intermediate Chinese (Language + I seriously just love learning Chinese)❤️

Organic Chemistry (PRE-MED & Jesus PLEASE take the wheel) P.S. I get to be cool and say ORGO now!!! 🙂

Molecular Biology 233 (PRE-MED & Jesus take the wheel)

So I’ll be needing your prayer this semester because I have a big load of intense classes! While it may seem overwhelming I know I can do it because JESUS is with me!

I heard someone say if” it’s his will it’s his bill”!! I believe this 100% and I know God will provide. He is my strength and he will help me get the bill of good grades this semester! Even just doing better is a step in the right direction.

I am so blessed and so thankful to have an opportunity like this at Sewanee.

I hope y’all enjoy this post and are excited about the new schedule for 1998miss.com! If you have anything specific you’d like to see please let me know soon!

XOXO,

Alexa Sue-Anne Dudley

1998miss.com

@1998miss (Instagram)

Home SPONTANEOUSNESS

Trusting God

January 16, 2018

Hey friends.

I hope everyone is having a blessed new year filled with many marvelous wonderfuls (what I call something good).

I am currently sitting in my dorm room reading my bible and have kind of decided I want to start something new. I don’t know what exactly it is but I do know God is laying something big on my heart. I am going to be diving into Easter semester here at Sewanee and I want to do something big for the Lord. I want to step out in faith for a great semester with great grades but more importantly impactful actions.

How many times do we need something plain and simple in this life? How many times do need the Lord to just take over and refresh our hearts? I know I need good grades this semester, I know I have weight loss goals this semester and so often I look to Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook, friends, the internet for motivation, tips, and just direction. I think to myself without even thinking that it’s all up to me to make these things happen. It’s 100% riding on my choices and decisions….it’s all you Alexa-but wait… what if we didn’t do that. What if just as we pray for strength, or peace, or healing we also take God that little day to day thing. He loves us so much that he aches when we don’t talk to him. He aches when we carry even little things, God desires for us to lean on him, to pray BIG prayers but also to pray small prayers.

So I’m stepping out in faith, saying God these are not just the big things I need but here are ALL the things I need. Here are my greatest dreams, fears, desires, plans, hopes and even secret fears (the ones you don’t even admit to your closest friends). Y’all know the secret fears I am talking about…the ones you keep hidden at the back of your mind. Let’s get rid of those by giving them to God and saying to him simply “God, here I am 101% yours fully captivated by your love”.

A love that is unlike any other… a love that is never tired, uncertain, weary, manipulative, but a love that is so wonderful, so big, and so REAL.

Lord you gave your life on the cross because you LOVE me so very much-even knowing I might not love you back. That’s true love. That’s the love that we should be working at and that is where we should be investing our time.

Simply taking the time to say, I love you, Jesus.

That is just a little something on my heart tonight. I know it’s totally not my usual style but I felt the Lord pressing into my heart tonight. I love all of you and I am so blessed to have an outlet like this.

Also if any of you are struggling this week here’s a verse I love to lift you up:

Deuteronomy 7:9  Know therefore that the LORD your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations.

Also here is a worship song that literally makes my heart sing… Ocean’s Deep

Finally, I am so thankful for my best friend Hannah Katt  because God has given me a good, holy, beautiful, honest, accountable, and praying friend. It’s crazy when you have a friendship that starts out simple but grows into a friendship you couldn’t live without. Sometimes when we get older our friendship change around and people you thought of as your number one go to gal or just pal are no longer. Sometimes you decide you want to surround yourself with spiritual friends and sometimes you just grow up. Pals change, gals change, friends come and go but sisters are forever. So Hannah if you’re reading this…I love you and I am so very thankful you are in my life. Best friend but more so Prayer Sister.

Love y’all.

Alexa Sue-Anne Dudley

@1998miss (instagram)

Blessed & highly favored.

CASUAL EVENING

A Classic Denim Look!

January 3, 2018

Skirt: Jean Skirt from Paris, France / Slides: Gucci Dupes / Shirt: Banana Republic Similar Style / Shades:  (Christmas Gift) Gucci  / Structured Red Bag: Dior

Hey friends!

I am so delighted to share more details about this classic yet trendy day time look! It was SO EASY and I love the way it looks! Let’s be honest every gal loves a good pair of denim jeans or in my case a good jean skirt! I love this one because it’s light wash, has so modest ripped details and it hits just past the knee! It goes with literally everything and I love to put overly dressy shirts with it. Pumps or new balances go either way and LOOOOVE YOUR LOOK!

Literally I love denim! It’s an all American classic! I’m linking some great denim skirts below.

The most classic style

https://www.forever21.com/us/shop/Catalog/Product/F21/branded-shop/2000091458/01?gclid=CjwKCAiAm7LSBRBBEiwAvL1-L1O1oUWLOCHdu4RNhT1bK08ZakSh8oNg0xU2mQQkgCMeVp0TNoEpJRoCv0MQAvD_BwE

The zipper style

http://www.sears.com/r1893-women-s-denim-pencil-skirt/p-007VA97739912P?plpSellerId=Sears&prdNo=3&blockNo=3&blockType=G3

The button down

https://www.madewell.com/madewell_category/SKIRTS/midimaxi/PRDOVR~H2355/H2355.jsp?color_name=jules-wash&srcCode=AFFIPOLYVORE_knee%20length%20skirts&utm_source=affiliate&utm_medium=polyvore

The trendy

https://www.saksfifthavenue.com/main/ProductDetail.jsp?PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524447165966&site_refer=CSE_POLY&kw_refer=knee%20length%20skirts

The mom denim skirt

https://www.macys.com/shop/product/style-co-petite-denim-pencil-skirt-created-for-macys?ID=4642882&cm_mmc=Polyvore-_-Polyvore_RTW_PLA-_-n-_-knee%20length%20skirts

The one I’m lusting over

https://us.riverisland.com/p/mid-blue-denim-distressed-hem-pencil-skirt-710675?cmpid=af_US_Polyvore_Sale_desktop&istCompanyId=23c4e990-2bc6-43e5-80c7-6bc9ac44cc9c&istItemId=xawwpawiwa&istBid=t

The high waist ASOS

http://us.asos.com/style-nanda/stylenanda-deconstructed-denim-skirt/prd/7365728?&browsecountry=US&currencyid=2&transaction_id=102e5f79deda630f8908ffd6c68738&affid=14329&pubref=1015&istCompanyId=467dd896-9a62-42c2-84d9-be2d13921f66&istItemId=xilwlqrlxm&istBid=

The overly ripped

https://modli.co/shredded-lace-denim-skirt.html?utm_source=feed&utm_source=polyvore&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=usa

 

 XOXO
1998miss.com
Alexa Sue-Anne Dudley
EVENING

Las Vegas, Paris Edition

January 3, 2018




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Hello friends! While many of you know I am currently adventuring in Viva Las Vegas you need to be updated on my recent Parisian adventure! I had convinced my roommate that I was actually in Paris for the New Year (never actually saying France) and with my multiple trips to the Las Vegas, Paris it actually felt like I was. 12/10 reccomend visting this beautiful hotel if ever in Vegas and apsolutely make time to eat at the restaurant. It is $$$$ but it is worth every penny. The experience was so memorable and we got a package deal to save money! While we thought we would be eating dinner in the Eiffel tower we found brunch was actually the plan. Brunch was incredible-literally the best I have ever had. (that’s saying something since I love food and have been to the eiffel tower in Paris, France) I enjoyed a classic favorite of mine eggs benidict but witht the added flavor of lobster! We had pumpkin bisque, baquuettes, french onion soup, creme brulé and mock mimosas. Y’all just take my word for it-AMAZING.

On a second adventure to the hotel we enjoyed parisian crapes, giant paris “fancy” beverages, (which I have great things planned for) and visiting in the scenic surroundings. The hotel was perfect for endless pictures which I took advantage of! Shoutout to my mom and brother for being number one! As many of you usually ask I do use a cannon camera but during this trip I have used my iPhone 8+ camera! (does the trick just fine and is much quicker.

I hope you all are enjoying the new year and don’t miss yesterday’s post about my 2018 goals!!!

XOXO

Alexa Sue-Anne Dudley

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Two Thousand Eighteen

January 3, 2018

Happy, Happy, Happy New Year friends!! I literally can not believe it is already 2018! 2017 was such a big year for me and I am so blessed. God literally did incredible and life altering miracles. I know I say it a million times but I am one blessed gal! I have so much to be thankful for and when I seem to think it’s as good as it will be GOD blows my mind yet again.

In 2018 I have high hopes for another amazing year. I pray for God to work through me in his kingdom as I want to keep his will at the center of my life. *insert Jesus at the center (which is actually one of my favorite songs and I happen to be learning it in Chinese). I’m inspired by many proverbs 31 women in my life and I hope to emmulate their walks with God. Outward beauty fades but inward beauty is forever.

While making resolutions isn’t exactly my style….I have a few of them in sorts. I have goals for 2018 and while they may be cliché or mundane they are still my goals. While some of them are very personal I still intend to list them below because one of my most major goals in 2018 is to dedicate more to my blog. (that means sharing more with you all) 1998miss.com has been a beautiful work in my life. I have loved sharing my passion for style, fashion, living life, travel, bargaining, dreaming, being inspired and living for God. I want to culminate a greater dedication to these loves in the new year. I hope to start a few new series in the new year and get an actual routine down for blogging! Most bloggers can relate when I say there is little time in our already jam packed schedules to really dedicate our best to the blog. In 2018 this is going to change-I don’t want to set limits on this or put restrictions on this because in my opinion 2018 is going to be about removing the limits I place on my life. God has shown me time and time again that nothing is impossible-so I am going to live this on the daily. I believe great things are in store for 1998miss.com and I can’t wait to see them in action. I believe even greater things are in store for my life in 2018.

To spare you my long winded thoughts here’s a more simple blurb on my 2018 goals. The biggest being not limiting myself with restrictions (resolutions) and things of the same sorts.

Here’s to 2018 y’all! May God bless you abundantly and may you be the best you can be in the new year!

My 19 2018 ambitions-NO LIMIT EDITION (19 because I’m not limiting 2018 to 18 goals)

  1. Sleep More (Wake up earlier, sleep earlier) (NO LIMITS)
  2. Blog More (NO LIMITS)
  3. Vlog (NO LIMITS)
  4. Pray More (NO LIMITS)
  5. Eat intentionally (NO LIMITS)
  6. Work out intentionally (NO LIMITS)
  7. Launch something new (NO LIMITS)
  8. Travel more (NO LIMITS)
  9. Fast more (NO LIMITS)
  10. Develop a deeper relationship with God (NO LIMITS)
  11. Meet new people (NO LIMITS)
  12. Read more (NO LIMITS)
  13. Stay in touch with friends (NO LIMITS)
  14. Continue dedicating my best to learning Chinese (NO LIMITS)
  15. DRINK MORE MORE MORE WATER (NO LIMITS)
  16. Be the best student I can be (NO LIMITS)
  17. Get a stellar internship/job/opportunity (NO LIMITS)
  18. Find Love (NO LIMITS)
  19. Be the best Alexa Sue-Anne Dudley I can be (NO LIMITS)

Oh ya I forgot to mention I am so very excited to be witnessing two of my very good friends get married this year. From babies we waited and dreamed for these precious moments! God is so good to have kept us close! Thankful and blessed to be apart of their big days and share in their love! GOD IS SO GOOD!

I love sharing with you all and know 1998miss.com is going to be a great part of the new year!

May you be blessed abundantly!

XOXOXO

Alexa Sue-Anne Dudley

1998miss.com