Listening: There’s just something about listening to worship music that actually cures the soul. This month I’ve had my worship playlist on repeat, which I linked down below for you. Also, this month I saw a band called Two Piece Dalmatian play at the Norman Music Festival and they were really, really good. My friend, Jess, went to high school with the lead singer. They have a song on iTunes and I think he said they’re recording an EP, which I will definitely want to get my hands on. You can listen to it here. It kind of has the same vibe as the 1975, so it’s been on repeat lately. Perfect for the summertime! Other jams this month are Roll With The Changes (REO Speedwagon), Once (Maren Morris), Fast Cars and Freedom (Rascal Flatts), O’Lord (Lauren Dangle), Don’t Be A Fool (Shawn Mendes), If I’d Been the One (38 Special) and Second Chance (38 Special).
Hobbying: This month I decided to take up hand lettering. I’ve gotten pretty good at it for only practicing a few times a week this month. I didn’t realize how easy it actually is because it looks so impressive. I posted a picture of one of my prints below, so check it out! This was definitely inspired by my recent post about 100 things I want from life. I also decided I want to learn more about espresso and make my own espresso drinks. I am horrible at making drip coffee, so luckily making espresso is easier–and more delicious! Just call me Holly Hobby.
Scandalsing: Scandals ended earlier this month, unfortunately! We had so much fun and put out an amazing show. I’m so proud of it because I really think it pushed the boundaries of what Scandals shows are. Jess likes to do that and I fully support her. Our show, Rumours, was based on Fleetwood Mac, so we used all Fleetwood Mac songs, plus California Dreamin’ by the Mamas & the Papas, which Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham sang the first night they met and as their audition for the band. If you want to watch it (you do), you can do that here!
PRing: This is so crazy. A luxury music festival is in the middle of a HUGE nightmare right now. Check out the details here. Basically, the Fyre Festival promoted this festival as a two week luxury music festival in the Bahamas where you can pay thousands of dollars to listen to music and hang out with models. When festival-goers arrived the site was disgusting, the luxury accommodations were tents used to house victims of natural disasters, and the gourmet food was cheese, bread and lettuce. Looking at pictures from the Fyre Festival, I’m absolutely dumbfounded at how the festival organizers thought it was okay to allow people to still fly out to the festival knowing the conditions were not 1. luxury by any means or 2. actually livable. They’re saying that everyone is getting their money back and will get a free VIP ticket to next year’s festival (ha!). One of the directors even had the audacity to release a statement saying it wasn’t his fault and that the circumstances were out of his control. I hope they hired some good crisis comms. In the mean time, Bella Hadid, who was one of the models that promoted this festival, was chilling poolside in Miami while festival goers were stuck at the airport with no food, water or answers for days.
Shopping: For the last few years J.Crew has really let me down. I feel like they hit a creative rut. However this spring I am loving their new arrivals. I linked some of my favorites below!
Adventuring: This month I did a lot of adventuring around OKC and Norman. OKC had the Midtown walk around a few weeks ago, which was super fun. Some great places I finally got to try were Wheeze the Juice, Okay Yeah (best iced latte), The Hall’s Pizza Kitchen (a food truck, but soon to be restaurant!) and Insomniac Cookies. Needless to say I ate my way through April. Annie and I also ventured to the Myriad Gardens and Chirps & Cheers, which was filled with hand lettering necessities (*heart eyes*). In Norman I checked out the Brewhouse for the Norman Music Festival and I finally made it to Seven47 for the first time in my college career…Two weeks before graduation. This month was a blast.
Believing: This month I read an article on Desiring God about how God speaks to us most through His Word instead of like an audible voice in conversation. I know I often expect to hear God respond in a way that makes sense to my human mind. Instead I should be in the Word so that He can speak to me through that. After all, the Bible is His word. So a few weeks ago I prayed that God answer me through His word…and He did. It was so cool. One of my very favorite passages in the Bible is in Psalms 145. I prayed to God about something that I was distraught over, so of course I went to Psalms 145 because it is comforting to me. From verses 13-21 I’ve underlined every single line, except for verse 15. It says, “The eyes of all look to you, and you give them their food at the proper time.” What an answer. He gives us our food at the proper time. My distress is unnecessary when my God is the king of the universe. I swear I had never read that verse before, even though I often find myself in Psalms 145. Since it wasn’t underlined and I didn’t recognize it, it’s like He inserted it in or opened my eyes to it just when I needed it. Needless to say, I underlined and highlighted it and put plenty of exclamation points by it because it was God answering me.
Holly Hoehner is a public relations senior at the University of Oklahoma. She considers herself more of a Russell Westbrook than a Kevin Durant and enjoys learning about and participating in the digital age, blogging about anything that comes to her mind and creating witty Instagram captions. Holly was raised a die-hard Sooner fan in Edmond, OK.