BIG NEWS! | Announcing Wholehearted

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We are so excited to kick off the New Year with you! Keeping in line with our goal of connecting more with our readers, we’re so thrilled to share our newsletter, Wholehearted, with you. Our newsletter will be a little bit deeper than the blog, giving you first dibs on spots at our upcoming gatherings + some insider perks! We hope you enjoy this piece of our heart landing in your inbox throughout the year!

 

Our first year was full of trial and error, hustle and heart. We started building this blog last May and launched in August. It was wonderful to work with Aubrey Kinch on the design of our site. As we worked diligently to build relationships with our readers, we hosted 4 gatherings in 5 months. These were exhausting and so life-giving all at the same time. We loved hearing how much you ladies enjoyed a stress-free evening with girlfriends!

 

For years, we would read blogs and swoon over all the creative opportunities and community-building activities these ladies had influence over. It would be intimidating to see perfectly-curated lives fill the tiny squares of our Instagram feeds and read the words shared on their blog. We just never felt that our words could speak life into a community of women like theirs did… UNTIL… we put the “what if’s” aside and jumped in with both feet! It has felt so good to pursue this passion of ours. And we are here to tell you: you have more influence than you think and your words do matter. If you have a calling in your heart to share, encourage, or give… there is room for you, too!    

 

One thing we really hope to do is give women with this same dream in their hearts a platform to share + get their start. We were so thrilled bring Allison Marie on as our beauty contributor in 2015. We are always looking for people with something to share! So if its DIY, motherhood, style, faith or something else– we would love to hear from you! 

 

We look forward to continuing to bring you ladies conversations centered around subjects you wanna hear about. Below you will find links to our top viewed posts of 2015. We would love for you to share with us what you want more (or less) of in 2016!? Chat with us on IG, Facebook, and on the blog!

The Wild Revival’s top posts of 2015:

 

2016 Inspiration Board + Word Of The Year

We love to look at all of the 2016 goals and visions floating around on social media right now! The hope and promise of what a new year can bring is so inspiring.  When we sat down for coffee to plan out content and talk about what we wanted The Wild Revival to be in 2016, we left our meeting feeling both a sense of contentment and hope. 
 
After some brainstorming, we started listing words we thought adequately described our feelings toward the new year…. slow, steady, intentional, heartfelt, solid, genuine, deeply-rooted. 
 
And suddenly, there it was. 
 
Our word for 2016 is: d e e p l y – r o o t e d
 
(adjective: firmly planted or established.)
 
Ephesians 3:17-19 says:  17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
 
We agreed that it best describes the kind of women we want to be this year as we grow our blog. We want to be deeply-rooted and dedicated to connecting + engaging with you ladies and in our personal lives this year. We are all in with life and this blog allows us to pursue our passions on the side. We want to be deeply-rooted in our faith and in the pursuit of what fulfills us to our core. 
 
So in true “Wild Revival Spirit” of keeping it real… we decided our vision board was going to be just that– realistic and focused on what we know we can do. We wanted to use images relevant to our year ahead… ones that helped us find the beauty in what already is.  More on that subject HERE, where Amanda shared her new perspective for 2016. I have a feeling it will resonate with a lot of you. Especially those of who you feel the pressure to always do things bigger and better than the year before. Her post will give you some insight into how to lay that down and live in the now. 

 

 
So, cheers to a year full of intentional gatherings, quiet, heartfelt conversations over coffee, dedicated work and lots of laughter! 
 
We’re not closed off to the big + exciting, but it’s not our fight to fight. If this blog is to grow, and if our personal desires are to be met, God will do the heavy lifting. We just need to be rooted in The Word, our faith and our commitment to show up for you ladies.
 
We would love to hear what your hopes are for 2016! Share them in the comments below and use #deeplyrooted2016 on Instagram.

New Perspective

 This is my favorite week of the year, the in-between time. I don’t place any huge expectation for the week and the house feels fresh after pulling down all the decorations. There just seems to be a feeling of “space.”  This feeling of space leads to hope, I get really excited thinking about all the possibility to come in the new year.  
 
I must admit though, I put a lot of pressure on myself to make the coming year full of big accomplishments. I have been doing this for years: writing out goals, making vision boards and filling my calendar with check-in dates for my desired accomplishments. These are all wonderful things and have most definitely been good for creating forward momentum in my life. BUT… this past year, more than ever, I have learned the way we have always done things is not the best fit for the current season of life we are in. 2014-2015 was full of wonderful experiences, but it was also full of heart-crushing let downs and half-hearted living. Let downs and unexpected outcomes are inevitable, and bouncing back is a huge part of living a successful life.  
 
After reading “Rising Strong,” I’ve realized its okay to live in the let down for awhile, letting myself learn from it. In the past, I would jump to the next, not really learning from my experience…more like bulldozing into the next thing & ignoring that I needed to take a beat.  
 
 This year I was forced to be vulnerable and hopeful that others would honor my vulnerability. As we all know, this doesn’t always work out. That leads me to the next lesson learned: I don’t need others to validate my successes or failures for them to be real. This was HUGE and a lesson I will be working on for many years to come. 
 
I have always felt the need to explain myself. Why I am not where I “should be” or how I worked really hard to get to where I am. This is a horrible way to live and leaves you feeling empty when you don’t feel understood. 

A paragraph in the Naptime Diaries ABIDE devotional captures my hope and human heart for 2016 so clearly. “Over the past few years I’ve let Him chisel down the hard parts of my works-loving, producing heart. Slowly He’s helped me to strip off my worldview that sees what I can do as most important so I can dive into the ocean of His refreshment. Yet so many days I still find myself trying to earn my place in the Kingdom.”

It would not be an honest statement to say I have let Him do this. I have been kicking and screaming the whole way. 
 
In light of the lessons learned, 2016 is not going to be about reaching for some big goal. No ladder climbing, business-proposing or huge, life-changing endeavors will be making the list this year. I’m accepting the truth I’ve made it. No matter the accomplishment or lack of accomplishment, I’m contributing what the Lord has created me to contribute.  

This will be my third year using Lara Casey’s PowerSheets. They have gotten better every year and I’m looking forward to writing my goals with new perspective in her most recent version.  All of my goals will be focused on the things I currently have going on in my life. I won’t be focused on doing them better or making them bigger. I will be living with a mindset of keeping it simple and being grateful for this season.

I will also be using the Abide Devotional by Naptime Diaries throughout the year. I will dig in to what abiding means and allowing the fruits of the spirit – love, joy, patience… to come forth, not from my circumstances but from Him. 
 
I hope you enjoy the possibility found in the New Year. 

Give yourself grace, remember life is not a check list. Its messy, uncertain and full of glory. I would love to hear what your hopes for 2016 are! Share your goals and the tools you’re using to set yourself up for the new year in the comments below!  


Check back next week for a peak into what Marrissa and I will be up to in the new year! 
 
Happy New Year, tribe! We are so thankful for your support and look forward to seeing you right here in 2016!

Holiday Makeup Look | Allison Marie

Christmas and New Year’s are just days away! Whether you’re celebrating by throwing parties with coworkers, family members, or having a night out with friends, you definitely need a go-to holiday makeup look that would work with a scarf and booties or a fancy dress and heels. It is the busiest time of year and I’ve got a makeup look that is perfect to add a little more glam to your look! 

These special occasions tend to be in the evening and more formal. So, you want your makeup to be more on the bold side.  When I hear “Holiday glam” I think smoky eyes, red lips, and even glitter…don’t you?!
First, I always start with the basics such as moisturizer and face primer. Then, I use my go-to foundation, the Tarte Amazon Clay liquid foundation, followed by under eye and blemish concealer.

Secondly, it’s time for contouring and highlighting. I like to use my Lorac Pro Palette and Pro Contour brush (see my post on Highlighting + Contouring HERE)

Blush is next. I really like “Dirty Plum” matte powder blush by MAC. It’s a berry color that pairs perfect with a red, berry, or mauve lip.

Then, we have the most important step: the smoky eye. Always begin with eyelid primer to prevent creasing. Also, it will keep your eyeshadows in place.

For this next part I will be using the Smashbox DoubleExposure Palette:

The colors above are perfect for a smoky eye. It comes with a dual ended brush. You can even wet the brush and dip it in the eyeshadows to make them more pigmented. Start with the light sand color all over from lid to brow. Then, apply the chocolate brown shade to the crease and dark brown to the far corner. Blending in with your brush. Please do not use your fingers…brushes work so much better! ; )

Eyeliner is a must! As I said, I wear black winged eyeliner every day. To smoke it out, apply black eyeshadow over top of the wing you just created and more to the far end. Tightline the bottom lashes with black liner. You can use white to tightline to make your eyes look brighter. 

Now it’s time to glitter it up! Take silver or gold glitter and apply it to the eyelid and inner corner. Follow with silver or gold eyeshadow over top, then touch up eyeliner as needed.
You are almost finished with the eye; all you have left is mascara. My favorite is TooFaced Better than Sex. Fake eyelashes are optional. I am a huge fan of the Vegas Nay Lashes from Ulta Beauty. I also really like Ardell’s “Wispies” lashes.

Definitely fill in those brows, girl! I only use Anastasia Beverly Hills brow products. I use the Brow Wiz first followed by her DIPBROW Pomade. 

I save the lip color for last; I went with a berry lip for this look. I know they say if the eye is overdone to downplay the lip, but this is not always the case! For the holidays, you want to glam it up. And don’t forget lip liner since bright colors tend to bleed out. Sometimes I put lip liner all over my lips then the lip color on top. You can also set it with some powder when you are finished and apply another layer of red lip color over top. 

Set makeup with a spritz or two of Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water or Urban Decay AllNighter makeup setting spray. Setting spray will help your makeup last all night.

Finish with red, silver, or gold nail polish, a cute outfit, heels or boots, jewelry, and a cute hairstyle. Now, your look is complete and you are ready to party the night away!

Christmas Tree Farm

Last month when we were talking about all the festive things we wanted to do this Christmas, we reserved the first Saturday in December for the Christmas Tree Farm! 

Here’s a look into our Saturday afternoon picking out the perfect trees! 


We could not have asked for better weather! And we are so glad our guys joined us so we snapped a few photos while we were there! (of course we did) ; )