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The Fresh Market Photoshoot

March 20, 2018

 Blog photos in a grocery store? Are you crazy?

The short answer to that question is Yes.

Yesterday, we found ourselves in The Fresh Market in Rogers, Arkansas but it wasn’t for fresh produce as one would think…we had a full blown photo shoot in the candy section! The weather outside was muggy, cold & all but ideal so we sought out another location for some birthday photos! I suggested to my friend Myka (the birthday girl) that we should do our photos in a groecery store/candy store! I literally wanted to do a full photo shoot….she thought I was crazy! I finally convinced her of the possibility of greatness and we hit The Fresh Market-one of my all time favorite grocery stores!

The Fresh Market is good for everything even blog photos! Lol! I love to get fresh flowers, produce, sweets, funky water & CANDY at this fabulous grocery store! The workers, customers & people of NWA thought we were crazy to be doing photos & we were but y’all the photos were so fun! Also, you can’t go through life not having fun & every once in a while doing something UNIQUE! When leaving the store a few of the workers chatted with us about what we were doing & they thought we were the funnest girls ever! (I wanted to say we are!! Lol.)

Now we will never forget Myka’s 20th birthday & we have darling photos to prove it!

Here’s my favorite from the shoot & Myka is wearing the dress I got her for her birthday! I’ll link both of our outfits below! P.S. it’s nice to be sharing an outfit post-it’s been a while!

My look.



Similar Jacket: Romwe / Similar Denim Skirt: Blank NYC / Similar Shirt: Forever 21 / Similar Belt: Hermes / Shoes: Prada / Similar Bag: Sam Edelman

The Birthday Look

Dress: Target (Birthday Dress from me!!) / Similar Jeans: Lucky Brand / Pointed Pumps: Michael Kors

Happy Birthday Myka! I sure do love you! I am so blessed to call you friend.

Follow Myka on instagram @myka_kristian

Bless others & be blessed!

XOXO,

Alexa Sue-Anne Dudley

@1998miss (Instagram)

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20 things I’ve learned by 20!!!!

March 12, 2018

March 13, 2018

TWENTY THINGS I’VE LEARNED BY 20!

March 13, 1998 


Oh, My Goodness!! I have been so blessed to live this life for twenty years today! 

In celebration of my twentieth birthday I’m sharing 2o things I’ve learned by 20! I know this sounds like a cliche post but I thought it would be a good way to capatilize on the moment! Also yes I feel totally weird that I am a twenty year old gal and no longer a “teenager”! WHERE DID THE TIME GO Y’ALL!

Kind of feels a little bit sentimental!!! I am SO BLESSED!!!

I’m finishing up my sophomore year of college, have been blogging for almost three years and am officially official with my pre-med track. So thankful for all the wonderful people in my life and for the opportunities God has given me! Y’all don’t even know how blessed I am!

 

So to save the emotional spouts let’s just get started with the 20 things…. (read this with What a Wonderful World- Louis Armstrong playing)

 

  1. LOVE YOURSELF becuase you are beautiful, strong, wonderful, ambitious, intentional, lovely and worth it.
  2. LOVE OTHERS because people are the greatest gift in life and relationships are worth far more than gold.
  3. WORK HARD to accomplish your dreams because you are only given one life, so seize the moment.
  4. DON’T TELL PEOPLE YOUR DREAMS SHOW THEM because your dreams are precious pieces of who you are and people are always looking for someone to copy.
  5. DRESS UP because it makes you feel beautiful and because you always want be the best version of yourself.
  6. LAUGH AND DO IT A LOT because people who laugh are beautiful and are living life to the fullest.
  7. BE HONEST in every aspect of this life because honestly there are few people who are honest.
  8. DON’T COPY OTHERS because you are beautiful just the way you are and you are uniquely designed with something special. (Also it’s annoying when people copy you.)
  9. PRAY ABOUT EVERYTHING even the little things like what should I wear to this interview or God help me to do my best on this test because God desires to be in every detail of your life.
  10. FALL IN LOVE because there is nothing more beautiful than love. Love is what life is all about and love is the most powerful thing on this planet.
  11. DRINK WATER because it seriously is so good for you and we are blessed to have access to clean water 24/7.
  12. TRUST GOD because as soon as did my life completely changed. His love is the most beautiful love of all and he LOVES YOU.
  13. BE THE FIRST TO SAY SORRY because regardless of how you feel it speaks volumes to your character and who you are as a person.
  14. MODESTY IS TRULY BEAUTIFUL and leaving a little something to the imagination is the ultimate beauty.
  15. TRAVELING IS THE BEST LIFE EXPERIENCE & LEARNING OPPORTUNITY so buy that ticket and go somewhere you’ve always dreamed of going. I am so blessed to have had the opportunity to visit Spain, Madrid, England, France, Africa, Canada and almost all of the United States before I turned twenty.
  16. DON’T LET PEOPLE MAKE YOU FEEL LESS THAN OR BAD FOR HAVING DIFFERENT VALUES/BELIEFS THAN WHAT IS THE POPULAR OPINION because you are not and because you are allowed to think differently, feel differently and believe differently than what society says.
  17. Society values education sometimes more than ability but that doesn’t make you any less of a person because remember you can do anything! Education is a wonderful thing but it isn’t greater than Jesus.
  18. HONOR YOUR PARENTS because it’s the only commandment with promise and because you will live a much happier life.
  19. THERE IS NOTHING GREATER THAN LIVING FOR JESUS and his love is the real deal, his plans for you are greater than anything you could even imagine for yourself, this world is not permanent, you are his child and you can not do this life without him. Faith is beautiful and in my journey with christ I have found freedom. Duet 6:4.
  20. JEALOUSY REALLY IS A GREEN MONSTER so stear clear of those who envy you, don’t celebrate you, belittle your dreams, accomplishments, values, ideas and make you feel less than. But also refrain from envying your neighbor because you are special and jealousy will kill. I have learned in twenty years that even people you love can be envious of you but don’t EVER dull your sparkle.

 I want my legacy to emulate that of a classy, ambitious, stylish and modest Christian young lady who loves people and Jesus more than anything else. As I turn twenty I will continue to strive for this on a daily because YES I REALLY WANNA BE LIVING MY BEST LIFE IN CHRIST.

 

Thank you to those who have wished me well today and everyday! YOU ARE A BLESSING!

I love y’all! Writing 1998miss.com has been such a wonderful experience and I am so proud of what is has become. Thank you for taking the time to read my posts! I never believed when I started this blog my senior year of high school that it would have become such a big part of my life.

 

Also, thank you mom for everything.

BLESS OTHERS AND BE BLESSED!

XO,

Alexa Sue-Anne Dudley

1998miss.com

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MY BBG EXPERIENCE (WEEK ONE)

March 4, 2018

BBG

Bikini Body Guide 

WEEK ONE

 

Why I started the program: I honestly can’t give you one solid reason as to why I chose to start this fitness program because there are just so many. I’m a blogger, an insta fanatic and I have seen this program EVERYWHERE. I literally have seen all my favorite gals joining and LOVING IT. I was skeptical because it is another monthly cost, an additional time commitment and I wondered would it actually work? I went back and fourth with myself for weeks and I finally decided to go for it. I have been eating healthy for two months, consistently drinking half my body weight in OZ of water and I have lost a total of ten lbs. I set a birthday goal and decided I needed to pick up exercising to really get things moving! Previously I did an intensive lifestyle change losing fifty pounds by cutting carbs, drinking water and exercising! The results I saw were insane-so I figured exercise is what was missing this time around. In 2018 I set a goal to live my best life and getting healthy/fit was a major part of reaching that goal. So here I am one week into BBG and already loving it. The community is amazing, the workouts are intensive and I feel empowered. I FEEL A DIFFERENCE!

 

Is it hard? I mean I hate working out and I’m like a baby when it comes to knowing stuff! Can I still do it?: YES, it is physically hard but the HOW to do it isn’t. Kayla breaks the workouts down to the basics and I feel confident in saying anyone can do it/figure out the app. I worked out a lot in high school so I have a lot of background knowledge about many of the exercises but the app has very simple directions if you are not familiar with exercise what so ever.

 

BBG What does that mean? Bikini Body Guide by Kayla Itsines

 

Wait what even is this?  This is a weekly consecutive work out program teaching gals all over how to live healthy, eat healthily and exercise!

 

How was week one?  Week 1 was so empowering but also Y’all it was also challenging. I really had to push myself to get through those basic beginner workouts!!! I remember day three it got a little easier because I finally had the mentality that if I wanted this and I mean really wanted this I was going to have to WORK for it. So I made it through workout after workout going to bed sore, waking up sore and absolutely loving it. I also loved tracking my progress in the app with how much water I was drinking, checking off my goals and basically ruling the world! They don’t call us Kayla’s Army for nothing! It was so much fun and I feel 100% excited to start week two tomorrow!

 

Do I see/feel results yet? YES, I DO! I know that it seems crazy and I didn’t until the very end of this week! I felt the soreness every day but I didn’t really see results until I went to put on my dress this morning for church-I noticed how much better it fit! My stomach wasn’t taking over the world and I didn’t feel uncomfortable! I felt results after just one week of BBG!!!!

 

So how do I get this/what are the things you post on your insta stories?  I downloaded the SWEAT app on the app store and signed up for the exercise program/eating plan! After that, I paid, created a profile and literally got started! (I explored it a little before I kicked off the first resistance training) It was so cool and I was a little overwhelmed! I talked with my mom who actually started the program a little before me and she told me I had to do the reading provided because it was so informative! I’m loving that we are doing it together and that there is a community of strong women empowering each other! The stories I post are my trophies for completing the weekly/daily goals and I LOVE THEM! Being the social media guru I am…I love sharing these! It encourages me to keep at it even when I don’t see the results immediately.

 

Should I get it? Will it also work on me? Honestly, this is a question I can’t give a definite answer on….everyone has a different body and a different story. I believe everyone will feel a difference but not everyone will see results at the same pace. I think it that this aspect varies person to person but I do believe that you will feel better as soon as you start. If you get it we can work out together by joining the BBG gals all over! You can challenge your friends and have that accountability partner really helps!

 

I’ve linked here how to start & the IG account of Kayla Itsines here!

 

Sorry, it took me a while to get this post up…I’m in midterm season and I just haven’t had the time! I have really enjoyed all of the encouraging messages, questions and comments on social media about starting BBG-I hope this post helped answer some of those questions! Please continue to reach out if you still have more thoughts or questions! I love this program already and would love to see y’all join too!

I will be doing a separate post about modest workout attire very soon as it has been very requested!! I can’t wait to share how I bring my daily commitment to dressing modestly into the gym! You will recognize you don’t have to compromise to be comfy, cute and active! I love being the gal in the skirt in the gym as it makes me feel feminine and covered!!! Look for that soon!

I’ll be posting my progress pictures on next week’s BBG post as Y’all have requested I do weekly updates!!!!

All my love,

Alexa Sue-Anne Dudley

Be blessed and bless others!

@1998miss