There is beauty in all things.

Photo Cred: Cindy Alvarez
I've come to understand several things about myself this year.
Have you ever had a year where nothing seemed to be going as you had planned it? If my present self could go back to my past self and say something, I would say this " You are not who you think you are, and the dreams you have now won't be the dreams you'll have than-- just keep your eyes on God."
My past self would laugh at me now and say "you're such a softie and how did you get to be so happy?"
And lastly I'd says "feeling something doesn't mean you're weak it just means your alive. Embrace it. Saying something nice isn't going to hurt you, but it will bring someone else some joy. Be generous and just love people."
I've come to understand several things about life this year.
There is beauty in all things. My dad gave a short lesson to my youth group earlier this year that bounces around my head when I have no idea where I'm headed. He said " Do what must be done today and don't worry about the things of tomorrow" -- I have always lived my life postponing major change and major decisions with the thought that tomorrow I'll want something different. And as true as that was it has caused me to worry more about what people want and need from me, that I've managed to put all my dreams on long term hiatus.  I must do what I can today and God will provide for the tomorrow's.
I've come to understand several things about God this year.
When I fell in love with God, I didn't realize it would impact my whole entire life. Don't judge me on that statement. I thought I would be able to continue through life with the benefits of loving God and him loving me without him being the center of every decision, every blessing, every trial, every victory that I'd ever have. Life was much easier when I only had to please myself. Does that make any sense? Fortunately for me, when he is in it, he'll make a way.
As complicated as it may seems and as hard as it may get-- its going to be okay. Just keep your eyes on God.


Red, Black & White + Stripes.

Don't judge these pictures too much. It was cold & super bright out. But I love this skirt, this shirt and these shoes! 

I hope everyone has a Happy Wednesday<3

Shirt: H & M
Skirt: Old Navy
Shoes: Spring

Its been a super long day & when I mean super long, I mean LOOONG.
Picked up an extra shift today but right now I regret it.
I had to move boxes up and down stairs and then unpack fifty boxes
 (Yes! 5-0!)
My feet and my back were hurting but I was greeted by my little buddy and that made me feel a little better. After much debate whether to even post these pictures, I figured why not. I've been pretty consistent with my blogging and hope to continue so. 
Anyways, wanted to post a couple pictures I found on twitter that made me wanna die laughing. Hope you guys enjoy them as much as I did. 

hehehehehe. <3
k, bye.


Love Story & Outfit Post

So long ago. But I like it. 

True Love
This isn’t your typical love story. You’re going to be mighty impressed by how amazing He truly is. Growing up I never really went looking for my other half, nor did I have any intention in meeting him so early in my life, but I guess when they say if it’s meant to be, it will be. I want to start by telling you where my life was when I met him. I had known him all my life. He’d always loved me and He’d call me and ask me to give my heart away. But there were other things that seemed more important. He was not even on my priority list and if he was, he was at the very bottom.

It wasn't that I didn't know he was good, loving, wonderful... oh! The words I could say to describe him. He was and is perfect. Nobody will ever compare him. He is one of a kind; he is unique in his manner of loving. He is wonderful in his way of embracing me. When he wraps me in his arms, it is heavenly. When he calls out to me, his words touch me to the very depth of my soul, he convicts me to be better every day because I see the way he loves people. You could say He is for the people, you've never met someone so unselfish. The thing I truly love about Him the most is that he is there, every day, every moment. Even though he wants to please us and bring us joy, he also stands strong in his convictions. He never wavers and always does what is right, and even if in that moment I hate that I must change my way of thinking so that it coincides with him, I know it is for the better. He is the epitome of brilliance and goodness.

Back to me, I was a mess. Like most 17 year olds, we are huge balls of mess. I was miserable and mean. I appeared happy and was very good at pretending that I was. But if I’m honest, I hated my life. I didn’t understand why I felt like this. I was part of a family whose parents managed to stay together, I had more than I needed and never went without. I had friends who claimed to love me and I had goals. Yet, I felt unaccomplished, unwanted, unloved and desperately alone. I was unhappy and therefore the world sucked. You know that teenage mentality, it’s all about me!  

After going away for Christmas break right after I turned 18, I came home and out of desperation I called him. I told him what was happening. And he courted me. He was gentleman. Spoke to me in poetic melodies and love songs, showed me things I’d never seen, embraced my flaws and showed me what I could improve. Showed me how good true love could be and before I knew it I was falling in love. Love like I’d never experienced, it was beyond this world. I was walking on sunshine in the mornings and seeing stars in my eyes at night. Calling him in the middle of the night and he’d call to me every day just because he wanted to speak to me. And before I knew it, I was happy. I was nice for the sake of being nice, and I loved those who I had hated. I forgave those who had hurt me and received forgiveness from those who I’d hurt. I was changed by this indescribable love.

After four years of this beautiful relationship, I can only say I’m the only one that makes mistakes and he’s as forgiving as always. And sometimes I’m determined to walk away, but there he is, talking to me in that sweet, melody of a voice. Reminding me that I’ll never find a love like His. Not because he is boastful or full of himself (and even if he was, he has every right  to be) but because he is perfectly perfect for me. And if you ever got a chance to be in a relationship this lovely, you’d agree with me. So today, I’d like to introduce you to the reason of my happiness.

His name is Jesus. I invite you to let him love you like he’s loved me. 



Winter Madness (outfit post)

I enjoy snow. 

Not the cold.

So Cindy from EverydayToUs and I decided to take some winter pictures a couple weeks ago. She posted some on her blog and I'm going to post the rest. 

“We could all do with a bit more joy in our lives couldn't we? The wonderful thing is that when we start spreading joy, we begin to actually experience more joy in our lives too!” 



After All. (ootd)

after all You are constant 
                           after all You are only good 
                                                    after all You are sovereign 
                     not for a moment did You forsake me.      

                                          Meredith Andrews- Not for a Moment. 

 My favourite part of this whole day and outfit was my hair. It took me 1.5 hrs to do it but it was definitely worth it. 



Dear Me,

Dear Me,

I know that you wish you hadn't picked up that extra shift. But lets be realistic here, you gotta do what you gotta do. I know you wish that you'd been faithful to your weight-loss goals but you've just been too tired to go. I know I promised I'd wake up and pray today but sleeping was so blissful, because you finally slept through the whole night. I know this week has felt like forever & EVER, but its Friday  which means tomorrow you get to
 go to church after your last shift of the week. And I know you miss home & your friends, but you know you're in the will of God by being right where you are. 

I know its been one of those weeks, but you've had a great time doing some living lately. Your true hearts desires are beginning to show and your kinda learning to walk on your own. And you've grown up a bit and certain things aren't as important as they once were. Remember, that we started the year of with determination and that you decided to be a better you, a much better you. 

Lets keep in mind all of your favorite things that we've done this week anyways,
1. Started a new book.

2. Found a song that expresses what I feel these days.

3. Sandals @ Payless.
It just means springs coming!
That makes me super happy!
4. My nephew. Yesterday when I got home he gave me two kisses and wanted to play with me.
I love that.

5. Winter Pictures. They just look so beautiful. 

Happy Friday!





“No matter how plain a woman may be, if truth and honesty are written across her face, she will be beautiful.” 

― Eleanor Roosevelt

So old. 
But I do love this skirt. Maybe you remember it from another outfit post. 
I got nominated for a Liebster Award by Julie @ Just Julie, 

The Rules

1. List 11 facts about yourself.
2. Answer the 11 questions given to you.
3. Create 11 new questions for the bloggers you nominate for the award.
4. Choose 11 bloggers with 200 or less followers to nominate.
5. Go to each bloggers page and let them know about the award.
6. Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog

 1.I love Superman.
 2.I used to never like Kids. Until my two nephews came along.
    Now I just can't get enough.
 3. If I could be anything, I'd be an author.
 4. If I could go anywhere, I'd go to England.
 5. I used to never wear flats or sandels. Only running shoes.
        (How times have changed)
 6. I randomly miss my bangs. 
 7. I've been nominated for this award. Twice. 
 8. I wish I was more consistent blogger. I'm trying. 

 9. I wish I knew french, only because knowing a third language would be something to be proud of.
 10. God changed my life.
 11.  My family hasn't called me Ruth for a long time. They call me a mixture of cheepee, cooper, reepee.  Don't ask where they come from because I can't remember. 

 1. Describe your dream job.  Author. I wish I could write both fiction and non fiction books. 

2. Morning person or night owl? I'm pretty much both. 
3. What would you choose to eat for your last meal? This is such a hard question. I mean, last meal. EVER! oh, if you could see the panic in my eyes when I say that. But I don't know, probably... everything from tacos, pupusas, nachos, flautas... everything Salvadorean. 
4. Who is your celebrity crush? Oh my. So many! But my favourite for the longest time has been Hugh Jackman, but lately I've been wanting to watch Henry Cavill. Mega-Hunk. I also think Ian Somerhalder. 
5. What's the best book you've ever read? Ever? oh.. OOOHHHH... Probably The Lovely Bones or Disgrace.
6. Any trips planned for 2013? I just went to Louisiana, and me and my cousins are talking about going to NYC. 
7. Who do you admire most? My mother. My role model and my best friend. 
8.  If you could go back and re-live any part of your life, would you do it?  When would it be? My childhood. Those were some good, uncomplicated times. 
9. If you could switch lives with someone for a day, who would it be? Kate Middleton. why? Because she's the duchess. That's why. 
10. Do you prefer dogs or cats? Or neither? Dogs. 
11. Where do you find inspiration for your blog posts? From other peoples blogs. There are so many blogs out there that are super fantastic.

Questions for Nominees. 

1. Favorite movie EVER.
2. Favorite article of clothing that you own.
3. If you were the president of the United States, what would you do?
4. If you could be on one reality show, which would it be?
5. Whats the one thing you wish you would have invented?
6. Person in history you wish you could meet.
7. Pair of shoes you wish you owned?
8. If you could make one food dish, what would you make?
9. If you had to be in one movie, which movie would it be?
10. Favorite story ever?
11. Favorite word. 


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Wedding Style.

To be totally honest,
I'm not a fan of weddings. 
I've only been to maybe a handful and I've never had a super fabulous time.
The first wedding that I ever went to that was pretty awesome was my cousins. 
& that was because there was a cute boy.

I do enjoy wedding cake. (Love)

Anyways, a friend of mine got married & it was pretty good. It made me happy to see them happy.
So my cousin Sarah (yes, from Sarahs Camera) took some pictures of me that day. 
So here they are.

I caught the bouquet. 

My nephew and I. 
He's super cute.
Makes me look good.

Dress: Penningtons
Blazer: RW & CO
Belt: Ardenes
Shoes: Unknown (Paris Hilton) 

I've been going to the gym for the last month. Since I got back from my trip. I have lost 1lb.
I feel more determined than I've felt in a really long time.
I'll keep ya updated! 


xo. Roothless.

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Dark colors + stripes + aqua shoes

After writing a beautiful blog about how energized and happy I had been for the last couple of days. I've now hit rock bottom. I've hit that wall that we hit once we've run out of fuel. I hit that wall at work today, about 40 minutes before my shift ended, so that's good. But I've hit it hard. 
This morning I was scheduled to work 7:30 - 12. When I got there my manager told me that someone had called in and she had to go work at the other store, that she was going to leave me alone for an hour and then one of the assistants was going to show up. But if I could she needed me to stay until 4 pm. Which is okay, but not when you barely slept because your so used to falling asleep at 2 am instead of 11 pm. And it took you forever to fall asleep. But hey! who doesn't want the extra cash? 

Well, today's blog is an outfit post. So on this day I got dressed super fast. I originally wanted to wear a different shirt and no blazer, but I ended up wearing this outfit instead. This outfit was inspired by my desire to wear my shoes. So that's pretty much how this outfit came to be. Also, I love this skirt. I wear it all the time. 
Blazer: Dynamite
Shirt: Unknown
Skirt: Old Navy
Shoes: Le Chateau

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"that I'm fat, what else are they gunna say?"

“You've gotta dance like there's nobody watching,

Love like you'll never be hurt,

Sing like there's nobody listening,

And live like it's heaven on earth.” 

Hey! Has anyone ever had a great couple days? Where even if something is going wrong, its alright. Almost like your overjoyed and nothing can bring you down? I've been having this exact emotion for the last couple days. I think it started mid-week. I went home to finally renew my passport because a) its expired, so i can't take any random trips and b) i'm going away in ONE week so ... I needed it.  
Anywho... While at work yesterday, me and my favorite co-worker were talking, she thinks I'm super funny (I am, teehee) and we had such a great time. So work was rather fun and immediately after that I went to the gym.  (woohoo) 

Speaking of the gym, I've been a Goodlife member for more then six years and this year I decided that maybe it was time to change gyms and try somewhere new. Best decision I've made this year? POSSIBLY.  I joined the Athletics club. I went for a tour this week and I was convinced the minute I got inside. Its fancy in there. It makes me feel like a baller. But I know, appearances can be deceiving but I decided that I wanted the grand tour. So what really made me decide to switch gyms after such a long time? A personal all woman's pool, sauna and steam room. Plus, Zumba classes almost every day at different times and a free fitness consultation and personal training session all for the same exact price I was paying at Goodlife. So, I'm sorry Goodlife, until you can offer me the same amenities here in Guelph, we're over. 

So, immediately after work I had lunch with my fabulous coworker and then I headed straight to the gym for my fitness consultation. And to let you know how that went... Just read the following text message below. 

Pretty much that's how that went down. But to be fair, the girl was really nice about. She wanted to know what motivated me. She also gave me a handy new workout regime that she thinks will work very well with my body type. So maybe this year, I'll actually be able to lose the weight I've been saying for the last ten years.

I'd also like to say happy birthday to Tim Horton. If you're Canadian, you know what Tim Horton means to us down here. I do love me some Timmies. 

I'll leave you with a simple question....
What do you guys do when you go to the gym? 

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