You know it's been a good day when you have to sit down and work out a plan for what to do next. After two days we have sold over half the original order and after popular demand we have reordered t-shirts. I am actually a little in shock. I had no idea they would sell this fast. I am so excited!! Like I said in yesterday's post, I can't thank you enough. I promise I will remember those who supported me from the beginning. Honestly that means the world to me. Continue to place orders at http://www.southernandthankful.com/thankful-for-summer-2015.html and we will make sure to get you what you want! It may be a couple of days, but with more shirts coming that means we will need continued support.
I want to take a minute and talk about a great new feature of the website. If you didn't notice, I redid my website again to better fit the direction we are headed in. Mainly because of the t-shirts, but also for other ideas I had in mind. One thing that I really want to work on is finding out what others are thankful for. I mean I share everyday what I am thankful for, but I rarely hear from you guys. I know I will usually see on thanksgiving, but what about the other 365 days of the year? I am not the only one that has stuff to be thankful for, you know?
In hopes of learning more about what others are thankful for, I added a new page.
"What are you thankful for?" is a place where I will be posting pics from anyone who tells me what they are thankful for. For example, take a cool picture showing how you are #southernandthankful, use the hashtag, tag me, and I will most likely repost and/or post on my website. I really want to know what YOU are thankful for. Another way to do this is by going in store to Coker Hampton and writing on my cool chalk board. Post it, use the hashtag, tag me, and I will do the same. We had some people in the store take pics and they are posted below. I just think that's so cool! I mean I loved seeing them. Thanks to the girls who did that today! You never know, I may like it so much I might just give you a surprise!
Contact me if you have any questions. I encourage you to tell me what you are thankful for and to also keep ordering and spreading the word about Southern and Thankful. I still can't believe we had to reorder. I have you all to thank for that. Thank you! I can't wait to see what God has in store. Stay tuned with me!
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Wow. Wow. WOW, is all I have to say!!!!!! I am guessing by the comments, likes, and sales from today that you all have liked my surprise?! Let me tell you... It has been a long time coming! It has been my goal to do something more with Southern and Thankful from almost the beginning. I get so much enjoyment from writing my blog, but felt led to get further out on the proverbial "limb". Today, that dream became a reality and I could not be more pleased. I am overwhelmed with feelings of gratitude, happiness, and excitement!
In case you somehow missed the big announcement, I have released my first line of Southern and Thankful T-Shirts & a tank! And yes, I said first, which means there will be more to come. I thought and prayed a lot about this big decision because if you recall, I am still in college, but felt like God placed it on my heart to start this journey sooner rather than later. I am so excited!!! To see more photographs of the shirts, to order a shirt/tank, or to learn more about the new line please visit:
I do have to tell you that there are several people who deserve a huge thanks for their help and love they have shown to me during this time. I must say this whole clothing idea seemed a lot easier than it actually is. I was planning to launch this shirt on Friday, but on Wednesday we realized that all the shirts we were preparing to sell had "thankkful" on the pocket, which is not how you spell thankful. So, yes.. that was a stressful day. I couldn't have done it without the advice from my Mom, Aunt, and Dad. I sure am enjoying learning about business & find it helpful that you have developed patience, probably from other experiences with me?! Thanks for supporting my dreams and loving me for who I am. Thank you to Stephanie, Maycen, and Hannah Oliver for being my models and helping me capture the best of my brand. You all are rockstars! Thank you to my blogging friends who ordered my shirts and continue to share them with their audiences. That is so cool and so kind of you. Thank you to everyone at Coker Hampton for helping & supporting me. Thank you to my friends, family, and fellow Horned Frogs who bought shirts, shared my pictures, shared my website, commented, liked, inboxed, and whatever else you did to support me today and always. To those of you who bought shirts today, I promise I will never forget. . It means the world to me, HONESTLY! Thank you to Houndstooth Press for taking my designs (designed with the help of Hannah Oliver too)to the next level, for printing my shirts, and for helping when things went downhill fast. I am so thankful I found you. Lastly, I want to thank God for giving me Southern and Thankful. I never imagined it would come to this, but that just shows you that God has bigger plans than we can ever think of or imagine.
Last night I could barely sleep because I was excited! Mostly nervous, but excited!! When you put so much time, resources and energy into something, you just want it to succeed. I have always struggled with things not succeeding, or letting the words of another person make a decision for me, but this time it was different. I knew before this even started that I was going to make this succeed. Even if I woke up and stared at my shirts all day with no orders, it was going to succeed. It was going to succeed because I was proud of it, and I felt like it was what I was called to do. I am so thankful that when I got to the office today I became overwhelmed. Overwhelmed with orders! Overwhelmed with love! Overwhelmed with support! Overwhelmed with thanks! Thank you Lord for a day full of being overwhelmed!!!!
I encourage you to spread the word about this new brand because we are here, and oh do we have some fun things planned! I mean it helps that we sold half of the collection in the first day, but no matter what happened today, I can promise we are ALWAYS going to be Southern and Thankful! I am already excited to continue blogging, continue selling, and continue creating. This ride is going to be one of the best of my life... Or at least that's what God is saying to me now. Thanks for everything today. My heart is so very full of love for your kindness! Thanks for being #southernandthankful!
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One year ago today. Oh how so much has changed in one year. Oh how thankful I am!
I can tell you exactly what I was doing one year ago today. I was sitting in my room, staring up at the ceiling fan. I was scared. I was unsure. Everything was about to change and I didn't know how I felt about that.
Thinking back to that moment almost makes me feel sick. I hated how worried I was. I remember when I graduated I began praying because I knew everything was about to change. I remember praying and asking God to use me. To open up some type of door because all I wanted to do was share God's message.
In high school I turned to Christ as my rock and it was the best decision I had ever made. It has to this day been one of my biggest blessings. All I wanted to do was be able to let others see God in me on a larger level. I also wanted to have something that wasn't going to change. I knew everything was about to change and I wanted something that would be constant. I prayed on that for a while and on June 27, 2014, God answered my prayers with the idea of Southern and Thankful. I knew people blogged, but I wasn't sure I could do that. I mean, I have never been a gifted speller or grammar freak. Because of this for the first couple of weeks I decided it would be best for me keep it to myself. Just a space to express myself. I eventually got bored and realized that no one could see God in me if I didn't allow them to. I shared Southern and Thankful with the world. I call that the best decision of my life.
I never knew a daily blog would open up so many doors for me. Some people blog for followers and some people blog to tell a story. I blog to let others know that life is precious, life is full of good and bad events, life is crazy busy and crazy boring, life is full of easy and hard decisions, life does change, but no matter what happens God has a plan and God blesses us everyday. And it is because of those blessings that we have to be thankful. I will always be thankful, but today I feel extremely thankful... It has been a great year.
365 days ago I blogged for the first time and I was thankful for acceptance. Today, one year later, I blog and find myself again, thankful for acceptance. Friends, Family, and complete strangers... thank you. You have read, loved, and supported this crazy dream that is Southern and Thankful. Every single time I tell people I have a blog they accept it because they know it's a huge part of who I am. I appreciate that more than all of you know. It is easy to feel alone in this huge world, but I don't feel alone anymore. I feel accepted thanks to Southern and Thankful.
Happiest of Birthday's to my other half, my constant companion every night, my gift from God, my gift to others, my space where I can ALWAYS be myself, my space where I can always be thankful, and my greatest dream. We have come a long way in one year thanks to all those who accept and love us everyday. I cannot wait to see how this anonymous blog turned unique brand changes the world. I am SO thankful God chose me to be the face behind this blog (even though I may add a few spelling mistakes here and there). Here's to many many more days of sharing my thanks and letting others see God from the South. Happy Birthday my friend...I am so thankful for this day!
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Have you guys ever looked up a random hashtag on twitter or instagram? Sometimes when I am bored or when I think to do it, I look up #thankful. It really is incredible when you do. So many people use that hashtag and of course it only reminds me to be thankful. I mean the things people are thankful for range from big to small. It really is pretty cool. So today instead of me telling you all what I am thankful for I encourage you to google #thankful. It is so nice to see others in this world that are thankful just like me. It really does put things into prospective. I hope you take 5 minutes to do that. Some of them also bring a good laugh or two. Happy Weekend... I know we are all #thankful for that!
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If you are a planner this post will tug at your heart in one way or another. I am a huge planner. I like to always have a plan and I don't really like when that changes without my permission. Change is one thing when you know it's coming, but sometimes it comes so fast it basically slaps you in the face. Boy is that a hard feeling or what?
I have been hinting all week at a big surprise on Friday, and I had every intention of that happening. I have been so excited! I have also been working very hard to make sure this surprise goes off without a hitch. But then yesterday change came and guess what it did? It slapped me in the face.
As Christians we always seem to try & tell God our plans. In return God says, "Okay now this is my plan." For a planner, like myself, this is never fun. I have been taught to have an appreciation for God's plan, but yesterday when God decided our plans didn't match, I kind of had a freak out moment. It is scary when something happens that changes everything. I don't like it, but I do have a larger appreciation of what that means. So my plans were messed up, but you and I both know God has some greater reason for that sudden change. I may not like it, but hopefully I will look back and see why God wanted to delay my surprise.
Yes, I did say delay. My surprise will not be happening tomorrow because of a major change in plans. I mean I am not particularly happy about it, but the most important thing is that I am still thankful, no matter what. I did have to monitor and adjust, but that is life in a nutshell. We all have to do that every day. Most of the time that monitoring and adjusting is on a smaller scale, but we always seem to do just that: monitor and adjust.
I so badly wish I could tell the full story, but I will save that for another day. My surprise will be coming soon... Stay tuned.
This change/issue I dealt with yesterday seemed huge, but on the grand scheme of things, it really isn't that big of a deal. I can promise you that there are people in this world who wish all they had to deal with was the problem I had yesterday. Life does slap us in the face with unexpected change, but because of my unexpected change yesterday, I have learned it is all about being smart in monitoring and adjusting. Most of us wish we got to control every thing that happens in life, but luckily we can't. I would much rather have God making the best plan for me... After all He does know best! He is sovereign over EVERY thing, the big & the small. I just can't wait to see how he takes my surprise and makes it better than I could have ever imagined. Praise God for that!
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Living in the south has a lot of perks. I could really list for days about why I am thankful to be a southern boy born and raised, but today I was reminded of one of those top reasons.
Nothing beats it. I mean I can never get over the food around this place. I sometimes think about living on the east or west coast, but how could I live without southern food. While I was in Hawaii for a week I quickly learned they didn't make sweet tea and if they did it was no good. I almost didn't make it the whole week?! So yes, I have learned I am addicted to southern food & beverages, but I am proud of that.
Tonight we had my Bia (grandfather) down to eat dinner for Father"s Day because he was traveling for business on Sunday. My dad is a pretty good cook, as I have mentioned before, and tonight he made a traditional southern meal and I loved every bit of it! The best part were the friend green tomatoes. As we like to say in my house, "he split his britches"...now isn't that about as southern a saying as could be?????
*As a side note, I hate tomatoes with all my heart. Pretty much anything that has to do with tomatoes! I will eat pizza, but that is about it.
I do however like a fried green tomato every now and then because that is simply the southern way of life. I wouldn't be a true Southerner if I never ate a fried green tomato. They are apparently messy and hard to make, but always worth it.
Have you ever noticed how I never find it hard to be thankful for food? It's just so easy. If you like tomatoes and especially if you live in the South, I highly recommend you get a friend green tomato, and I highly recommend you be thankful for it. I love southern food and southern food loves me! It is just what I needed in the middle of the week. Now all I need is some fried chicken. Oh and yes, I had sweet tea with my meal. I'm full of good southern cooking and good southern thanks!
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There is just something about going to an actual movie theater, hearing the "pop" of the corn, making the hard decision on which candy to get because at that moment they all become your very favorite, sitting down in the theater when you know there is going to be at least 15 minutes of commercials, and the after talking about a really good film. It is one of my favorite things. I didn't really realize this until I moved to Fort Worth, where I had access to several theaters. I know I have been thankful for that before, but today's experience with Madison, Mom, and Mills was pretty funny. After having a big lunch earlier today we decided to get a snack when the saw the movie later today. We ended up with all of these things, but the thing was everything was SO big. Like it was all jumbo sizes of something. We could not stop laughing.
Mills had a large coke and it was literally the size of this head. It wasn't just a tall cup, but very fat around. I mean that cup could have easily held the Arkansas River.
Our medium drinks were also pretty wide around and there was a moment when I thought Madison was going to drop one on me because they were so heavy.
I also couldn't get over the bucket of popcorn Mom and Madison got. I mean it was crazy. I felt like it was the Mary Poppins version of the popcorn bucket because the farther down you put your hand the deeper that bucket got. I mean there is no way we could have finished all that popcorn. I even had some because there was so much of it.
This got me thinking about how easy it is to be upset with how much or how little of something we get. Particularly when we fill like we don't get enough, but that is when you learn to be thankful for the "mini" things in life. Big or little life is full of surprises and either way it is important to be thankful for what we get. Some people can't go to the movie. Some people have never had popcorn. Some people would love to have a problem that we had so much food/drink...they would kill for that seriously. I think it is important to keep that all in perspective. Just think about it and be thankful for what you have... not what you don't!
Speaking of big surprises, I have one coming Friday. I can't wait for you all to see! EEEPPPPPP... I am already feeling thankful!
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One thing that I love in life is to find a bible verse that pertains to something going on in my life. Here are 10 quick and true bible verses that remind us why it is important to be thankful for the many blessings we have been given.
Hebrews 12:28-29 - Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe; for our God is a consuming fire.
Psalm 28:7 -The LORD is my strength and my shield; My heart trusts in Him, and I am helped; Therefore my heart exults, And with my song I shall thank Him.
Psalm 69:30 - I will praise the name of God with song, And shall magnify Him with thanksgiving.
Colossians 2:6-7 - Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, having been firmly rooted and now being built up in Him and established in your faith, just as you were instructed, and overflowing with gratitude.
Psalm 34:1 - I will bless the LORD at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.
Psalm 100:4 - Enter His gates with thanksgiving, And His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him; bless His name.
Jonah 2:9 - But I will sacrifice to You With the voice of thanksgiving. That which I have vowed I will pay Salvation is from the LORD."
Ephesians 5:3-4 - But immorality or any impurity or greed must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints; and there must be no filthiness and silly talk, or coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks.
1 Timothy 4:4-5 - For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected, if it is received with gratitude; for it is sanctified by means of the word of God and prayer.
1 Thessalonians 5:18 in everything give thanks; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.
I hope you will look these up and find them in your bible and turn to them as a reminder to always be thankful.
This week is very busy and exciting for me. Be on the look out because I have some BIG news on Friday. I can hardly sleep I am so excited. Don't forget to live a southern and thankful life!
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All day long I have been checking Instagram to a constant newsfeed of father appreciation posts. I am sure some people were annoyed by this, but I personally liked it. I mean yes it got old, but at the same time I got a great perspective for all the different fathers God placed on this earth. Fathers of the past, fathers of the present, and fathers of the future. All great men that God put in each of our lives for a reason. It is really cool to think about that and be thankful for that reason on this fathers day.
Naturally I started to think about why God made James Bethea my father. This is what I came up with:
1. To show me it's okay to try new things.
2. To cook something different all the time.
3. To be there when I make mistakes.
4. To make me watch old movies.
5. To give me confidence.
6. To support me in my dreams.
7. To get me up early.
8. To have someone to watch House of Cards with.
9. To make me feel better when I'm sick, better than anyone else could...
10. To support the TCU Horned Frogs with me.
11. To be me, just in a older and wiser form.
When you are growing, it seems like you send half the time trying to prove to yourself that you are not your parents. I am not really sure why we spend so much time denying that, but no matter what everyone has some part of their parents in them. It is science lol.
It also seems like the older you get the more you become like them. When Dad and I were scuba diving last week we got so tickled because right when we were about to go in the ocean I said, "What have we gotten ourselves into?" And he said he was thinking the same thing. It is often nice to have someone that you know will understand you.
I have also decided that if I can be half the man/father my Dad is when I am at that point in life, then I know I will be doing something right. Thanks for loving me and being my main guy, Dad. I am so thankful for you!
I am also thankful for all the other father like figures in my life. You all make it easy to be #southernandthankful when I have such great role models.
Happy Father's Day. I hope you were thankful for the father in your life!
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Aloha friends, I am back. After a lovely vacation and a long flight home, I am back in action. I was really trying to get back on my every day posting schedule last night, but I was literally so tired I couldn't even stay awake to see the Frogs play in the College World Series. It's fine because they sadly lost, but still that's how tired I was. I went to bed last night and woke up 13 hours later. I am really not sure how I did that because I don't think I have ever slept that long. Hawaii is such a beautiful place, but the travel there never seems to be easy. I have been fortunate to travel to the islands three times now. There has not been a time that my family and I haven't had any type of problem but I mean the airlines these days really messed things all up. Especially to Hawaii. I am guessing because it is so far, but still there is no excuse. Also, did you know that now when you fly NOTHING is complementary except one drink. For the hassle you are put through and then to be on long flights, after paying all that money it's sad to not be accommodated. But since that is the only way to get to Hawaii, and other magnificent places, I have to be thankful for these airlines because they help us see and experience God's great earth. I mean that is something I will always appreciate in life. It is a hassle, but in the end it is honestly worth it.. most of the time lol. I kept joking saying the next time I go to Hawaii it will be on my private jet... now wouldn't we all love that?
The trip was overall a 10. We, as a family, always sit down at the last meal of the trip and tell of favorite things, stories, and rate the trip on a scale of 1 to 10 with ten being the best. I think not counting the travel mess, everyone gave it a ten. My family went to Maui about 4 years ago and it was great. Going back to the same place and staying at the same place was amazing because the Grand Wailea Resort is one of the best places to stay on the island. They treat you so well and really make you feel at home in one the best places on earth. My Janjan was worried that it would be the same trip as last time, but it was far from it. The lodging and location were the same, but the adventure was to a whole new level. I did so many fun things in this breathtaking place that I will never forget.
1. I had homemade sushi right in front of me
2. I travled via moped all week
3. I snorkeled in water that was the prettiest shade of blue I have ever seen
4. I swam with turtles, sharks, fish, and a manta ray
5. I cheered for the TCU baseball team from a ship in the pacific ocean
6. I had a starbucks drink: size mini (the worker couldn't understand my accent)
7. I woke up early, but it felt great cause it was late at home
8. I played volleyball with a soap opera star and his family
9. I drove through a storm on my moped
10. I jumped off a cliff at 7200 feet to be carried into the air, which gave me a mind altering view of this earth
11. I paddle boarded... It looks way easier than it actually is
I am sure this list could go on and on because this trip was truly a trip full of adventure. This has all made me so thankful to be able to do things like this. Thank you to my Janjan and Bia for using their money to give me the best gift in the world... a ten. Everything is always so fun, so cool, and so true. Life is best seen when you travel and see it with your own eyes. Thanks so much for that. I am thankful for a trip I will never forget with the people I will never forget.
Until next time Hawaii... Aloha!
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Blessed is an understatement when it comes to my life. Each and every day I am amazed by God's steadfast love. In return, I have claimed this space to show my thanks and whatever else comes along the way. A recent graduate from Texas Christian University who loves any creative insta post, all donuts, and dress pants that make you do a double take. I pray God has a grand purpose for me and I plan to get there with a little Southern and a lot of Thanks! Join me!