Queen, you’ve been called for such a time as this!

When you think of being a queen you think of power and boldness. You think of holding your head high and walking with a strut. At least that’s what I think. When you read this verse below and think about when God has called you for such a time as this, you think God will give you a boldness. Give you the words to speak out for many to hear and obey. Again, that’s what comes to my mind.

“If you keep quiet at a time like this, deliverance and relief for the Jews will arise from some other place, but you and your relatives will die. Who knows if perhaps you were made queen for such a time as this?”

Esther 4:14

However, when you read about what Esther did and what God wanted from her that’s not what you get. First of all, Esther becomes queen through humility and grace. God was already setting her up for humility when He gave her that assignment. It would be through her humility and God’s grace that she would be able to save her family and nation.

Her uncle, Mordecai, advised her to be queen and then he would call out to her when his enemies were plotting against him and their family. When he called her he said to her the above verse. What was her plan?

  • Fast for 3 days, her and your girls, fasted for 3 days. She called a community fast. There is nothing like the power of Prayer and fasting. I will share my fasting experience with you in case you have no clue what that is.
  • Be bold to ask for what you want. In those times you had to be invited to see the King, even a queen couldn’t just go see the King. The boldest thing she did, if you will, is walk in front of the Kings door so he can see her to allow her to come in to see him. This seems so simple but this is Gods grace over her. All she had to do, after praying and fasting, was to walk past the Kings door so he could see her.
  • Humble yourself to make a meal for the persecutor. The King did let her in but then what did she do? She asked to make a meal for the man that was persecuting her family. But the King knew she wanted something else so he asked again. What do you want, he even offered her half of his Kingdom! But she simply asked to make a meal for him and this guy who was after her family.
  • Not once but twice. She did this not once but twice, she humbled herself to make a meal for the man that was persecuting her people, not once but twice! This is incredibly difficult! To be humble and serve, not to people who you like and like you but someone who is plotting to kill your family- TWICE!

This is the boldest thing she did in my newly formed opinion. The story gets better but I pondered on this for a long time. I fancy myself as royalty for the bible says we are daughters of the most high King. I love wearing tiaras and crowns and often remind myself I’m the daughter of the Most High King. But what does God want from us, but our humility. We ask for God to make us bold but God wants to make us humble first. This one is hard for me, call it poor people pride but I don’t like to humble myself. I jokingly will make fun of myself or be humble when receiving compliments, but I find it difficult to serve people. And this is what God wants to work in me. To give me a spirit of serving others just as humbly as Jesus did when He served His disciples.

Instead of asking God for the perfect come back when someone insults me, or the perfect revenge when someone opposes me, I need to serve those who oppose me. Treat them with the real kindness of Jesus, not the “Kill them with kindness” kindness. But the washing their feet kindness that Jesus did, or the forgiving kindness that Jesus showed Judas and even shared a meal with those who would betray Him.

I have asked God to make me a new person for the old to leave me and the new to come. This is what that looks like, searching the parts of you that don’t align with the perfect example that is Jesus and changing that part of you. It’s a hard process and will change the very core of me, but this is what I want. To be a new person, I keep remembering my verse from the beginning of this year, I shared it on my Instagram:

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”

2 Corinthians 5:17

What happened with Esther and her people? Their prayers worked, and God saved them. The same fate the persecutor had for you, will be the fate they end up with. I encourage you to read Esther in the Bible, it’s a simple read but it’s an amazing story!

Peace & Love,
Ana Maggie

Don’t quit!

Has God ever spoken so clearly to you before?

Recently, we had some staff changes at work, and with that comes personality changes. We had the same team for over 3 years, and now we have 2 new team members, and meshing a new team takes time to build. All this led me to contemplating over possibly switching jobs and maybe even a different career path. I sought council from people that I trust and value their opinion, including my mama and got some conflicting answers, some saying quit, others offering me job opportunities, others to stay. I was very confused to say the least. I even went to a women’s gathering and the speaker said to leave the job. I’m always sensitive to signs that God would want me to do something.

Found this fitting meme.

But when I fasted and sought the word from God I received what I had to do. When you are seeking an answer, you’ll look for anything to answer your question. The first thing you have to look to is God. In your prayer time when you drown out all the other noise you’ll get your answer. I don’t even need to seek council from everyone else. You can however, seek prayer from others. Ask for your people to pray for you to get clarity from God.

“If your boss is angry at you, don’t quit! A quiet spirit can overcome even great mistakes.”

Ecclesiastes 10:4 NLT

God has called me on an assignment and just because the assignment is getting tough does not mean I need to throw in the towel. God had to remind me I can do anything through Him who gives me strength. If God called me here then He has a plan for me! It got me thinking to when I prayed for the position I have now, and the blessing that was revealed to me when I switched positions. I was reminded of my call to my new job, to live openly and expansively. Another version says, “Open your hearts to us!” – 2 Corinthians 6:13. God called me to have an open heart.

That’s what God had initially called me to do. When I think about my issues at work and what I have troubles with, this is what I struggle with the most; I don’t have an open heart. But it is what God had called me to do first, knowing I would struggle with it. It takes me a long time to let people in, to open my heart up to anyone. I’ve joked that after 2 years, I’ll be your best-friend- but not before. I’ve done that a lot, and the people in my life know cause it has taken them a while to become friends. It’s not the right way to live, and definitely not the way God wants me to live. It’s my character that God is working with, calling me to be open to new people. To allow people in so they can see God through me. If I have this great light and don’t share it with anyone in darkness what good is it?

Pray for me as God continues to mold me into who He wants me to be.

Peace & Love
Ana Maggie

New Title, New Viewpoint

Look who’s back! I’ve been so busy at work and I finally had a break this week! So of course I wanted to liven back up the blog! Speaking of work…

I work at a school in Dallas where I currently do data entry type stuff, entering student data into our school database and working with stakeholders to analyze the data. I like it, I value perfection and it allowed me to have perfection with my data. I have done this for more than 5 years and I’ve really liked it.

During those 5 years, I formed a Folklorico Club with scholars, this is my third year with the club and it keeps me the most busy. This year we even walked the Cinco de Mayo parade. It has been a true joy to do that, when I was in Kinder I walked the same parade many years ago. It brought back so much feelings of nostalgia and joy. This year I also started a Kind Club with the 5th grade girls in my school, showing them girl empowerment and how to be Kind to each other.

It got me re-thinking what I’m doing at work. I realized my goals had changed. I realized that I want to improve my community. That I want to continue in this path of showing my city with it’s constant changes that it comes down to the people.

When I grew up all of the office staff at my schools didn’t speak Spanish, so we had to translate for my mom constantly, even though the primary demographic of my school was Hispanic. I’m ready to step into those shoes and fill the gap between parents and schools.

That let me to switch roles at work, and I went from data entry to helping to create a culture in my school and by doing that creating a new culture in my community.

This and lots of prayer led me to my job transfer.

Dear, dear Corinthians, I can’t tell you how much I long for you to enter this wide-open, spacious life. We didn’t fence you in. The smallness you feel comes from within you. Your lives aren’t small, but you’re living them in a small way. I’m speaking as plainly as I can and with great affection. Open up your lives. Live openly and expansively!”
‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭6:11-13‬ ‭MSG‬‬
Wish me luck as I try to tackle community engagement and enrollment in my school. This job will not be easy for me since I will have to work with people, parents mostly.
Peace & Love
Ana Maggie

Fruit of the Spirit

Recently I went to a Women’s conference at Shoreline City church called Sisterhood! It was a great time and I felt the Spirit really calling me to change. I left with a renewed spirit and love for God.

The setup was beyond!

I went with my friends and that night I met so many new friends! Everyone was so sweet and engaging!

I went with my “sisters” Patricia (middle) and Sylvia (right)

That night we learned about the Fruit of the Spirit! And this is something I dove into in the weeks after!

But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives; love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Galations 5:22-23

But they delight in the law of the Lord, meditating on it day and night. They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fresh fruit in each season. Psalm 1:2-3

He cuts off every branch of mine that doesn’t produce fruit, and he prunes the branches that do bear fruit so they will produce even more. John 15:2

Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me. John 15:4

But blessed is the man who trusts me, God, the woman who sticks with God. They’re like trees planted in Eden, putting down roots near the rivers – never a worry through the hottest of summers, never dropping a leaf, serene and calm through droughts, bearing fresh fruit every season. Jeremiah 17:7

I will post more about the fruits of the Spirit and how each of them has changed me and what I learned from studying each one.

But the Fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Galations 5:22-23

They asked us to bring new panties and bras as a part of their outreach

I had a great night and I’m looking forward to the next one on May 10. See you there!

Peace & Love,
Ana Maggie

Ever-Evolving

Greetings once again! My apologies for the year hiatus. I will be transparent with you I just haven’t felt very creative with this blog to push it forward. My life has become at someone of a standstill and I haven’t felt motivated to carry this blog on.

But when you feel a pull to start it up again and most importantly a strong calling from God to share His plans for my life, you act accordingly.

Moving forward you will see this blog turn into praise reports and acts of God moving in my life. As well as personal insights and musings of a girl who is reigniting her love life with Jesus Christ!


Peace & Love
Ana Maggie

Glamping!

A few weekends ago the hubs and I went glamping with my husbands whole family, or so I thought. This was actually our 10th year family camping reunion so you would think I would have this whole glamping thing down, but to be honest I can barely camp, let alone add any kind of glamour to it.

We go camping in a town near Austin Texas called San Marcos. It is a little camping resort really, there are full on showers and a laundry room so it makes camping a whole lot easier.

I have done extensive research on what to take to go camping and how to make it glamping but in all actuality it is a lot harder than it looks. You have to take a lot of gear and even more if you want to spruce it up. Below is all of the things we took and I’ll highlight the “glamping gear” but I’ll add what I wanted to take in italics but for whatever reason couldn’t take.

What I took in gear not including toiletries or clothes, I do have some awesome products that I take that get me through the day, I’ll share in another post, maybe.

  • tent
  • sleeping cot
  • inflatable mattress
  • pillows
  • throw pillows
  • lantern
  • flashlight
  • fan
  • off
  • fatboy inflatable chair
  • camping chairs
  • coolers

What I wanted to take to make it extra:

  • string of lights
  • rugs (indoor and outdoor)
  • baskets to hold wet shoes
  • picnic blankets
  • citronella candles
  • canopy
  • outdoor changing station
  • hand washing station
  • rope to hang wet clothes in
  • Smores metal stick
  • table cloths
  • hammock
  • picnic basket
  • plastic plates/cups/cutlery (not foam)
  • tent decorative items
  • campfire kettle
  • french press

Everything in italics is taking your gear into glamping mode, a lot is thanks to Pinterest. I linked the Pinterest ones. Remember though everything you take you have to set up and take down too, unless you have your own personal valet. The plain camping set up already takes a few hours and adding more will just add more time that you could spend having a great time with your family.

Whether you take all of those extra items is up to you but the end result should be the same, Fun! And I had tons of it! My inlaws like to lay in the river all day long and then sit around the camp fire eating a talking and that’s exactly what we did.

I do however recommend if you are going to go near a river to tube it instead of float it because my legs are very scratched up from the logs and debris in the river. And wear tennis shoes and not water shoes.

Also, my sister in law and I made some watermelon and vodka popsicles and for the most part those were a fail. The popsicle melted in my cooler and it ended up being a slush that I enjoyed either way.

All in all I had a great time even without taking my glamping stuff and I realized to some things it’s nice to be more simple and take just the minimum. So in this case it may not have been a fail but it was a reality check.

Until next time…
Stay Fancy,
Ana Maggie

Hello Summer!

Happy First Day of Summer!

There is something about this season that makes me come alive! I reevaluate my year and set up new goals. And buy a new planner, more on that later.

This past spring was a rough one, I’m not going to lie. I had a lot that I was dealing with and doing. Which left little to no time for blogging. I didn’t get to publish not one blog, sadly.

But summer is here and I find myself wanting to reignite my goals and definitely create more goals.

I will share a few of my mid year goals with you, these are definitely more summer goals. I’m sure come Fall I’ll have a whole new list I’ll be willing to share with you.

  1. Bounce into Blogging
  2. Throw a Backyard Bash
  3. Answer the call of Cuba
  4. Swim weekly
  5. Have a Lemonade stand
  6. Sign off of social Media more often
  7. Bike to work once a week
  8. Do Makeup Full-time
  9. Daily HIIT
  10. Cook all meals

I’ll share all of these goals more in depth with you in separate posts, for now let’s talk about goal #1 Bounce into Blogging.

I always wonder in which direction I want my blog to go in. I think about what I have to offer online and what are takeaways from visiting my blog. Then I wonder what am I qualified to write about and I get a little discouraged since I’m not an expert at anything. I’m just a simple girl who tries to live a fancy life. I don’t always succeed at these endeavors of adding that extra fanciness into to simple my life. Most times its a miserable fail.

Take this weekend for instance, there is a country club in my neighborhood. I’ve seen it before and often wondered about it. I did not grow up the country club girl life, as previously mentioned I’m a simpleton. It wasn’t until someone posted about it on my neighborhood app called Nextdoor that I decided this Country Club life was for me.

The post mentioned the club having a pool and members got in free! Then I made a huge error, I read guests get in for $6. I thought that’s not so bad, I can go swimming for $6.

Sounds good right?

 

Well the only problem is that it actually read members guests get in for $6 not all guests. An error I discovered when I invited my sister-in-law to go swimming and we show up at the country club in our swim gear ready to take a dip in the pool. That’s when a very polite young wait staff member fills me in on the club regulations and mentions that it’s $545 to become a member for the summer.

In this case of me trying to add the fancy into my simple life I failed miserably. And I took my poor sister-in-law down with me. We left a little more than humbled and our thirst to go swimming that day went without quenching.

I think back and sometimes I should just stick to swimming at public pools or for free at my sisters pool but I can’t help this feeling of trying to be fancy.

That’s when I decided there’s got to be a lot more people out there like me, of trying to insert a little extra fancy into their lives and I decided that was the idea for my blog. Trying to help add fancy to a simple life or at the very least entertain with my stories of me trying.

Moving forward you’ll see more lengthy posts about my stories and travels and hopefully it will inspire you to add a little more fancy into your life. Or at the very leasthow to avoid failing at it like I do.

Until next time…

Stay Fancy,
Ana Maggie

Tried & True: Loreal Infallible Total Cover foundation

Check out my tried and true review! I’m just an oily girl with a lot of skin texture looking for a perfect foundation!
I didn’t hold back on the close-ups or the comments!

If you want to see more review like this, lemme know!

Stay Fancy,
Ana Maggie

Winter White Plaid

This is my first outfit of 2017!

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{Coated jeans from New York & Co.} {Top is vintage} {Jean Jacket is from Maxx Studio} {Booties from New York & Co.} {Necklace is from Rocksbox}

I wasn’t actually going to upload this to my blog, but for now I will at least show you a mirror outfit to keep up with my promise of uploading a fashion Friday post. They will look better than this, promise!

Anyway the pants aren’t actually leather or pleather they are actually a coated jean. They are very interesting and very cool! The top I got recently on a thrift store shopping trip and my jean jacket is actually quite old.

Stay fancy,
Ana Maggie

Dewy Skin & Dark Lips

This winter I’m really into that hydrated dewy skin look. However, I have oily skin so it’s hard for me to achieve that look without looking like a grease-ball! In the video below I show you how to do just that!

Products Mentioned:

Texture:
Benefit Oooh La Lift
Dr. Brandt Pores No More
Murad Invisiblur Perfecting Shield SPF 30
Tone:
NYX Dark Spot Corrector in Light/pale
LA Girl Pro Coverage HD foundation in Natural
Beauty Blender
Glow:
Stila All Over Shimmer Liquid
ELF Mineral Pearls in Natural
Wet ‘N Wild Mega Glow Illuminating Palette in Catwalk Pink
Benefit Goof Proof Brow Pencil in 3
Anastasia Beverly Hills Tinted Brow Gel in Brunette
Urban Decay Lipstick is my Vice palette in Blackmail and Sheer Shame
MAC Fix+
Bare Minerals Flawless Definition mascara

Thanks so much for watching!

Stay Fancy