Finish This #19

You guys, can you believe we’ve reached Week 19 of Finish This? Me neither! If you’re new to these parts, welcome. This link-up is hosted by LISA (COASTLINED), JEN (The Arizona Russums), BECKY (The Java Mama) and I and we’re so glad you’re here. If you’ve joined us before, thanks for returning! Be sure to add your post to the link-up. If you don’t have a blog, don’t worry. Simply answer the prompts in a comment. Next week’s prompts are at the bottom of this post.

1. Invite a blogger to join the Finish This link up.
2. Comment on at least five (5) blog posts from this week’s link up.
3. Share on social media using the hashtag #FinishThis.


1. A lesson I learned from my mom …
My mom is not only an amazing mother, but she is one hell of a woman, wife, daughter, sister, and friend. She’s taught me countless lessons but the one I appreciate most is service towards others. Ever since I can remember, my mom has been involved or taken a leadership role in church functions, civic organizations, and community development projects. She has modeled, and continues to model, selflessness and the importance of serving others and your community. When I was younger, I volunteered and worked nearly every event she was involved with … and she even volunteered me to dress in a chicken costume during a summertime festival — thank goodness there is no picture evidence! I had the honor of being with Mom on her mission trip in 2012 when she joined my church’s team in Appalachia Kentucky. My husband gets frustrated when I work for/with people or projects that have no monetary value or very little acknowledgement and appreciation, but I inherited the ‘habit’ from both of my parents! They serve and give without hesitation, even when the reward or recognition is small or non-existent. Spend an hour with them during the summer harvest and you can see their love, selflessness, and sense of family by sharing the fruits of their labor in the garden at no cost. I cannot even begin to tell you how many hours they put into raising a garden that could feed a small country and then give it away to friends and family “just because” they want to.

2. To burn calories, I …
sweat like a pig at the gym. I am blessed to live near the fitness center and Kamden has a safe place to stay while I’m exercising. There is no excuse for me NOT to go. Honestly, I’m ashamed I didn’t join sooner. The staff is amazing and I’m glad to call Jessica not only my trainer, but friend too. She keeps me motivated and on track every week during her SWEAT, Total Body Challenge, Rip and Ride, and yoga classes.

3. My best hair day was …
Never? Have you seen my hair? My definition of “fixing it” is rearranging it in the mornings after getting out of bed and that’s IF I remember to do it. I’ve gone to the grocery, gym, post office, even to church looking like a mad woman only to catch a glimpse of myself in the mirror and realize my hair is crazy and all over the place! I get it cut twice a year, maybe, and wear it up every single day. I have very thick, very coarse, curly hair that can only be tamed by three or four hair elastics. And conditioner. I won’t wash my hair without conditioner and I don’t own any special products or tools. My hair is completely natural and has never been colored or highlighted. I’m not a girly girl and styling my hair is NOT important to me at all. I definitely don’t want a cut or style that has to be maintained regularly, that’s too much work!

4. I am grateful for …
God’s grace, my husband and son, family and friends, air-conditioning in the summer and heat in the winter, an abundant breast milk supply, and online tutorials to learn photo editing using Lightroom. I’ve had several ah-ha! moments this week watching videos. Last Saturday, I got to photograph a group of high school students before their prom. They all looked amazing and I’m so proud to have been part of their special night, these ladies are beautiful inside and out.

Please be my awesome friend and “like” my page, Three 31 Photography & Blog, on Facebook!

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Now it’s your turn. Answer these prompts in a post on your own blog or, if you do not have a blog, simply add your responses in a comment. Join us next Wednesday for another round of Finish This where we’ll answer the prompts below!

Prompts for WEEK 20 (May 21) are:
My favorite recipe is …
I believe in …
I need to set boundaries …
I began living when …

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  1. vannesskl May 14, 2014 at 6:18 am - Reply

    Your mother sounds absolutely incredible!! You were clearly blessed with one amazing mama! I can tell you are following in her footsteps with your unending love for Kamden and passion for helping others. Let me say that you could quite possibly be the only person I know with untouched hair! I am so impressed you have remained natural. I am jealous that you have such thick incredible hair 🙂 And your pics are incredible! I started following you on FB and am so impressed by your photography!! Have a wonderful rest of your week!

    • Nicole May 14, 2014 at 9:23 am - Reply

      Oh my, your words are so sweet and so kind and so appreciated. Yes, my mom is amazing and wonderful and I’d be a hotter mess without her. HA! Oh gosh, my hair is nothing special. When I’ve worn it up for a while – say, two days straight! – and I let it down, I look like Whoopi Goldberg in Sister Act. I’m not even kidding. Thanks for the photography love. I enjoy it and look forward to getting back into the swing of things now that Kamden is a bit older and his schedule is predictable. Plus, I’ve got Husband and a few ladies from church who LOVE to keep him for a couple of hours for me while I go take pictures. It’s amazing to have wonderful, trustworthy friends when family is located a thousand miles away. BLESSED FOR SURE!!!! xo, Nicole

  2. aimee fauci May 14, 2014 at 7:29 am - Reply

    Your pics were fantastic in yesterday post! I have a ‘fancy’ camera and wish I would take the time to learn. I have curls and I MUST have conditioner and on top of it.. a cup or more per wash. We went camping and my husband suggested I purchase one of those travel conditioners and make it last for 2 days.. Really? Those things will be used up per wash!

    • Nicole May 14, 2014 at 9:27 am - Reply

      Aimee, we are hair soul sisters. Once in my life I would like to do two things: finish an entire tube of ChapStick and finish a set of shampoo and conditioner at the same time. I’ve resorted to buying a regular bottle of shampoo and the JUMBO container of conditioner just to even it out. I hear ya, sister, I hear ya. Those travel sizes are jokes, let’s be honest. HA!!! I’ve had my Nikon DSLR for three or four years now, I can’t believe it’s been that long though. I was intimidated at first but I attended a beginner’s workshop for MANUAL MODE that helped tremendously and just going out taking pictures is great too. Don’t be scared to play with the settings. The joy about digital, there’s a delete button!

  3. Julie May 14, 2014 at 8:07 am - Reply

    The prom pictures are gorgeous! Makes me want o go back and redo my prom pictures 🙂
    And after months of paying for the gym but not actually going I finally went back yesterday. Hoping to form new habits!

    • Nicole May 14, 2014 at 9:30 am - Reply

      If you decide to get dressed for prom, please let me take your pictures!!!!! I’m serious. Maybe we should do a bloggers’ event where we get all dressed up like we’re going to our proms again. I have a bridesmaid dress that’s never been worn because I was kicked out of the wedding and then, a week later, the entire event was called off. I need someplace to wear this dress, even though it’s too big now and I’ll look like a grape. Maybe I’ll make a Derby-style hat that looks like vines and greenery. I’d look like a California Raisin. HA! Good for you going back to the gym, one step and one day at a time. If you’re able, I suggest attending a group class or meeting a certified trainer at your gym. I’m so grateful to have Jessica, she’s a personal trainer and class instructor and I’m proud to call her FRIEND too. She’s amazing and wonderful and the perfect motivation I need. Plus, she kicks my butt by making me sweat. HA!

  4. Lexy May 14, 2014 at 8:37 am - Reply

    Your photographs are amazing! Talented woman!! And seriously when did prom dresses get classy again?

    • Nicole May 14, 2014 at 9:31 am - Reply

      Oh Lexy, thank you! I know, when did teenagers look so darn good?! I mean, they’re almost perfect. Even the most “pretty girls” in my high school class didn’t compare to these lovely ladies! LOL

  5. Rebekah May 14, 2014 at 9:59 am - Reply

    You and I have the same philosophy on hair! I don’t wear mine up all the time, but my idea of “fixing” my hair is brushing it after I shower!

    • Nicole May 14, 2014 at 11:22 am - Reply

      You’re better than me because I don’t own a brush!!!!!

  6. Amber Albright May 14, 2014 at 11:27 am - Reply

    Your Mom sounds like a wonderful person!! 🙂

    • Nicole May 14, 2014 at 1:19 pm - Reply

      She IS a wonderful person, Amber, I’m blessed to have her in my life!!!!!!

  7. penguinsangel May 14, 2014 at 2:18 pm - Reply

    My goodness – your hair sounds like mine – but I have thin hair, but everything else – yep. I have control over it though now and know what it needs to be manageable at least. lol Made me laugh though.

    • Nicole May 14, 2014 at 3:42 pm - Reply

      You’re better than I if you have the inclination to even WANT to manage your hair!!! Me, I just don’t care. HA!

  8. Emily Humphries May 14, 2014 at 3:28 pm - Reply

    I loved the prom pictures you took and I swear girl I go out looking like a crazy person all the time because doing my hair annoys me most days and seriously who has time to do hair with a baby needing attention all the time. Well I guess mines one now but that kid is in to everything and pulls hair so there is no way that stuff isn’t going directly ontop of my head every day.

    • Nicole May 14, 2014 at 3:44 pm - Reply

      Thanks, the prom pictures were a lot of fun to take. This is a really great group of young people. As for my hair, girl, ain’t nobody got time for that mess!!!!!!!!!! xo, Nicole

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  10. erikaboot May 14, 2014 at 3:47 pm - Reply

    Oh my goodness! I totally relate with the hair thing! I am horrible at doing my hair, and it pretty much always looks the same. I don’t use special products and I don’t spend a lot of time on it. The difference is, I never wear it up…I have it in my head that it makes my face look huge. Lol.

    Love the prom pics! Beautiful!

    • Nicole May 14, 2014 at 3:54 pm - Reply

      I absolutely HATE, loathe, despise my hair being on my neck or in my face. It’s just too thick and hot. When I get a haircut, my only requirement is that it’s long enough to be put UP. The prom pictures were a lot of fun to take, it’s a great group of young people who are beautiful inside and out. 🙂

  11. Lisa D. May 14, 2014 at 7:30 pm - Reply

    Sounds like you are making great progress @ the gym! Love the prom pictures. 🙂 I used to feel that way about my hair…then I cut it really short and swore I’d never let it get long again. Now it’s super long…and I swear I’ll never cut it short again. Who knows. I’m just glad it’s so blonde now.

    • Nicole May 14, 2014 at 7:37 pm - Reply

      I am making progress, slowly, but it’s progress. And then there is today, when I overate at lunch and swear I’m never – EVER – eating again. Ugh, I’m still so full. I finally got the DSLR out of the closet, aren’t you proud?! I’m pleased with how the prom pictures turned out and I’m liking Lightroom. The online tutorials are really helpful and the program is so much LESS frustrating than Photoshop. That was just too overwhelming, too much to handle. As for my hair, it is what it is. I’m not changing it now. It will be as short or as long needed to get off my neck and out of my face. I’m glad you’re back to the blogging world, I’ve missed you. But I know how work can get busy and take over one’s life. Take a minute (or hour) for yourself, you definitely deserve it!!!!!!

  12. Heather May 17, 2014 at 12:54 pm - Reply

    thanks for hosting the link up! That’s how I found my way here and today was my 1st time linking up. I used to blog regularly at BrownEyedBell(e) and then had some unfortunate life events happen, was away for a year and a half and now I’m back! (with a new name). I hope you will stop by and say hey!

    Your momma sounds like an amazing woman! and you definitely had me giggling at your comments about hair! I can relate, I am pretty lazy with mine as well, though thankfully mine is straight and doesn’t require much.

    • Nicole May 17, 2014 at 2:00 pm - Reply

      Hi Heather, I just visited your site and commented. Welcome to the link up and back to the blogging community. My mom IS an amazing lady, I’m so blessed to have her in my life. To say I’m lazy with my hair is the understatement of the millennium. I don’t even own a brush!

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