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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Cheers Not Jeers + Giveaway


Each Wednesday, Casey @ Aslan's Auspicious Albany Adventures kindly hosts a link-up to Cheer Not Jeer fellow bloggers on. What a great way to encourage other ladies to embrace their beauty and wonderful personalities!

This week, the spotlight is on sweet Ms. Lindsay @ Broke and Bougie!

Lindsay is one heck of a cook, ya'll. I haven't had the opportunity to try out her goodness, but boy the pictures sure do do it justice in making her dishes look yummm. I'm still trying to convince her to ship some of her already made delish food down my way....
Lindsay has also just bought a house with her fiance!! All while being an awesome blogger, chef-a-la-extraordinaire, and a soon-to-be-Mrs., she's also working on renovating her new home. It's so cute Lindsay!
Stop on by this lovely lady's blog today to show her some lovin!
Drum roll please.....

Left to Right:

Thanks to Julie we are able to have this awesome Thirty-One All Pro Tote Giveaway! 

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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Our Daily Walks: Part #2

Last week, I started the first part of my two part story of mine and Hunter's spiritual walk that has led us where we are today.

Hunter and I are proud and humbled at the same time by our faith. We are proud because we recognize that we are such broken people, and that we can accept those terms with humility to be able to rely on our faith to save us from our wretched selves. We are humbled because we love a God who so passionately loves us! He loves us even while we are sinners... And that's humbling!

Once Hunter and I had made that decision to regularly attend church, become more active in our faith, and to actually practice what we preach... our lives changed forever. We changed individually, and relationally. We are still changing and growing this very moment, and it will continue until our Father calls us home.

Relationally, we are stronger than we've ever been. I told Hunter that before Christ (we call this B.C. ya'll-ha!), I loved Hunter. I really did. But when I saw him become a true man of God, my love for him deepened so much that words truly don't describe the way I feel justice. I am honored to be a part of his daily walks with Christ. I am forever blessed to have loved a man that put God before me. I've always wanted it that way.

Hunter and I describe our relationship with each other like a triangle. Yes, we are in a love triangle. But I'm very happy about this love triangle. See ya'll, we're a triangle because God is our focal point and Hunter and I are the two points on the bottom. We're at the same level, same degree, with God connecting us. For all you mathletes out there like myself, your welcome for that analogy ;)

Hunter and I still have our weak moments where we let the force of reality and stress get to us. We do argue and disagree. B.C., our arguments or disagreements were more self-centered. Whereas now, we argue or disagree constructively. Rather than trying to tear the other person down out of anger, we try to focus on the issue at hand, apologize, and actually listen to what the other person is saying.

That was a struggle for me. I'll be the first to admit and eat crow... I have a hard time backing down from my perspective. I have a hard time seeing around my way, let's say. With a Christ-like mind though, I want to see Hunter's perspective. Even if I don't agree with it, I have learned to be respectful because those are his thoughts and feelings. God has made me a better woman to stand beside my man, rather than against him.

As we prepare for our wedding, Hunter and I are making a diligent effort to pray every day for our marriage. We pray for the strength that we'll need to carry us through our difficult times. We pray for the patience in the frustrations we may experience. Most importantly, we pray for each other.

Wanna know something funny? We're not excited about this wedding. Hear me out... we're excited about this marriage. We cannot WAIT to be united in God's eyes as man and woman, husband and wife. Yes, the wedding will be so much fun. But we're not excited for the dancing, the food, the clothes. Those are just cherries on top. We're most excited to commit to each other in the name of the Father.

Ya'll, I cannot wait to be married! Thank you for spending time with me on this topic. We openly love to share of our struggles, and what faith has done for us. If you have any questions, or want to know more, please please please don't hesitate to contact me. I love to talk!

Monday, April 28, 2014

Grateful Heart Monday!

Image MapWhat another wonderful Monday! It's the last week of Sessions here in the sunshine state and I could just bust a gut I'm so excited!

Monday's can be tiring, hard to accept, and just all around so dang difficult to get a move on. With Ember Grey's #ghm's, she has really shown me how to embrace my Monday's with grace and love.

This Monday, I'm so beyond grateful for connections. By knowing friends and friends of friends, Hunter and I have been able to knock out our biggest details for the wedding in just 1 week. 1 week people!

We are excited to be getting married in our church home, throwing down for the reception in a gorgeous Southern tobacco barn, complete with all the fixin's. We also have our pastor lined up, who's a very good friend, and his wife will be doing our engagement photos as a gift.

We're so beyond blessed to have amazing people in our lives. God has been so good to us. It's like I told Hunter this past weekend, I really think God is rooting for us to get married because everything is falling into place so unbelievably easy... with very low costs!

This Monday, I'm grateful for the people God has put into our lives to make our dreams a reality.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

So Much Love: Liebster Award

Milda @ Naps & Cupcakes and Raven @ Heels and Harmony so sweetly nominated me for Liebster Awards. Ya'll, this love is so amazing and unreal! I am completely humbled by the sweet words and nominations :)

I've decided to take about half of the questions posed by Ms. Milda and half of the questions posed by Ms. Raven to answer for ya'll. Here ya go!
Why did you start your blog?
I started my blog as a way to share my life song with others. I never did the "Dear Journal" thing but more of "Dear God" letters. If I was excited about something, upset, fretting... whatever, I would find the closest piece of paper around and just pour my heart out. The blog kind of serves as that "paper."
What inspires you?
Genuine people. People who are kind and wonderful simply because it's what they are. They don't have to fake their way through relationships or life. We need more folks like that!
What do you do on your free time?
Free time? What's that?? Ha! I like to be outside. Whether it's by a pool, at the beach, riding around, hunting, you name it. I want to be outside!
If you could live anywhere, without worrying about expenses, where would you live?
Anywhere?? That's a toughie. I'm torn between Hawaii and somewhere out west lol! Of course, because I wouldn't have to worry about expenses, I would build homes for mine and Hunter's family to live near us. I want our children to grow up with both grandparents in their lives.
What is your most precious possession?
Currently, my new engagement ring (yes, I'm swooning) and my Duck Commander Devotional book that some very sweet friends gave to me for being baptized Easter weekend. I cannot wait to start reading it!
You never leave your house without…
My phone. I swear, the times I don't have it, everything falls apart and I'm stranded.
What accomplishment are you most proud of?
I can only pick one?! Graduating college (because that was a hard battle for me- work full time and go to school full time). I'm so blessed to have had the opportunity to do it and be able to finish strong.
When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A mom
If you were trapped on a desert island, what three things would you want to have with you?
A brush (cuz this mane is unruly man), toothbrush/toothpaste (does that count as one?! I can't stand dirty teeth, ya'll), and underwear? I guess if the island is deserted then nobody will see my skinny butt on the beach if I decide to go commando, just sayin.
What's your favorite season?
Summer, hands down. I do like them all for different reasons, but I'm a Florida girl so my sunshine is my BFF4E.
What's the coolest thing you've ever done?
 Hmm... I'm really not that cool of a person so... start a blog I guess!
Thank you again ladies for your sweet words and nominations! I love that my life song is interesting to some folks ;)
Have a beautiful Saturday!


Friday, April 25, 2014

Wait... It's Friday?!

Uhm, can I just put it out there on the record that I am beyond glad it's Friday?! We're in the last few days of Sessions here in the sunshine state, and I'll just tell ya'll, they're running my boo-tay 'round here. I am T-I-R-E-D!

BUT!!! It's Friday so let's recap on the highlights from this week (Note: sarcasm may be seen... Like I said, I'm tired).

1. If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram or daily on this here bloggy, you'll see that I'm a happily engaged woman! We're beyond excited about this new chapter in our lives and I have no shame in sharing all my gushyness, giddyness, and plans for the wedding with ya'll... So be prepared is all I have to say.

2. I have remembered to use the restroom regularly this week, despite the hectic schedule at work.

3. I've eaten more food than I care to admit this week due to the stress excitement here in the Senate.

Okay, I'm just going to stop here. My week really hasn't been anything exciting worth sharing but this weekend is looking rather spunky!

4. Visiting the seamstress Saturday morning to see if the dress I want to wear (my mother's) for the wedding can be altered. And without having to provide an arm, leg, and my first born as payment.

Also, Saturday I'm having lunch with a girlfriend and we're just double trouble I tell ya. I can't wait to see her!

5. Sunday, Hunter and I have our usual church service in the a.m. but then we're meeting with our pastor and his wife for lunch and I. CANNOT. WAIT! Our pastor and his wife are so amazing and young and funny and we just love them.

Speaking of all things wonderful and lovely! Stop on by Ms. Lindsay's blog- I'm paying a visit today @ Broke and Bougie with a twine wine DIY tutorial.

Have a fab weekend!!


Thursday, April 24, 2014


Ahh, wedding planning. It's a breath of fresh air for me. I've waited for these moments for a long time, sisters.
Hunter and I are very simple people. We are relaxed, casual, insist on spending time with people as you are. We are not, by any means, fancy folks. Hunter so eloquently terms us "high-class white trash." I beg to differ somewhat....
Back to the point!
This wedding is all about US. Not just me, not just him, not my momma or his momma... You get my drift. It's about us. And our marriage in God's eyes.
We were talking about plans the other day and the two things we want people to leave our wedding with:
  1. Knowing and seeing with their own eyes our love for each other, and how GODLY we are going to strive to be in our marriage.
  2. A full heart from having a good 'ole time.
We just want folks to come as you are, spend time with us, and walk away knowing that true love really does exist. Many times, the bride or groom become so wrapped up in the production of the wedding that they lose the true focus of the wedding.
For us, marriage is not just a wedding with pretty dresses, yummy food, and an awesome honeymoon. Marriage is so much more than that. Like I've told Hunter, I don't even need a wedding. All I want is a marriage. To be married to a man that I love so much, who loves me so much, and creating a life and memories that God sees fit. At the end of the day, the pretty dress and yummy food are just the cherries on top to what I've already got. A godly man with a good soul.
Folks, we cannot wait to start this life and share our life songs with everybody! Thank you to the kind words from all my family and friends- your support means more than you realize.
Check back next week for "Our Wedding: DIY Centerpieces." 

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Cheers Not Jeers

It's another Wednesday and we're already halfway through the work week. Casey @ The Aslan's Auspicious Albany Adventure hosts a weekly link-up to cheer on other bloggers. This week's Cheers Not Jeers is none other than....

Meg @ Life, Love, and the Webers is probably one of the sweetest bloggers I have had the pleasure of meeting through this here bloggy world.
She's an amazing mother to 2 Littles and is always sharing their fun (and sometimes funny) adventures they have together.

Mrs. Meg is an avid runner and holy moly is she good at it! Ya'll, the girl can kick some boo-tay when it comes to those daily jogs. She's also quite the cook - why can't we live closer so that I can sample some of your creations?!

Stop on by her blog and show her some love because she's just that sweet!

Cheers not Jeers
Also linking up with:

The Hump Day Blog Hop

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Our Daily Walks Together Part #1

Last week, I talked about Easter and what it means for Hunter and I. My sweet friend, Liz @ Fitness Blondie, offered a great idea- talk about mine and Hunter's daily walks in our faith as a couple.
I love love LOVE to share our faith with anybody who's willing to listen. Not beat-em-across-the-brow type... I'm not that looney, ya'll. But as a woman who has so many flaws, skeletons in my closet, and a hope in the beauty of humanity, I just can't help but to share our love for God and how it has brought us to where we are today.
Let's take a stroll down memory lane, shall we? Take a walk with me...
Hunter and I met summer of 2011. We instantly were attracted to each other's personalities- I to his kindness, he to my independence. Our age difference never crossed our minds, or has ever been an issue (for the record, I am 3.5 years older than him). Sometimes, I really wonder who's the older of the two (read: I have a child-like spirit).
We started our whirlwind of a relationship. We had our up's and down's. For Hunter, he had his fair share of demons. For me, I battled with trust issues. I had ended a 4.5 year relationship - one in which I was engaged. My ex was verbally and emotionally abusive towards me. You ask why did I put up with it for so long? I honestly cannot tell you. Maybe I had hoped he would change. Maybe I had thought "it's what every relationship is like." Boy was I wrong, and when those lights came on, I ended things quickly.
Back to us, we were each battling our own demons and just couldn't seem to stray from them for long. We'd promise we'd do better. I did begin to let my guard down and trust Hunter. I loved him and who he was. We held onto that hope for our down times.
Fast forward to St. Patrick's Day 2013... Hunter had gone out with a friend, obviously to celebrate the holiday. I stayed home, just too tired to really pick my butt up off the couch. Hunter came home and to make a very long story short, Hunter realized his heart wasn't with God anymore and he was forced to take a really hard look at himself. He simply realized he had hit rock bottom.

I realized too that my heart had wandered so far from the Lord and I missed Him. Oh I missed Him so much!
That following Sunday, we made a diligent effort to be in church. We both realized that fateful night how lost we were, and how desperately we needed Christ back in our lives for good. Not for an "oh I'll call ya when I need ya" deal. We wanted Him in our hearts, our speech, our actions EVERY. SINGLE. DAY.
That day, our hearts and our relationship with each other has changed for the good, forever.
Check back next week to hear the rest of Our Daily Walks Together Part #2. 

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Monday, April 21, 2014

Grateful Heart Monday #ghm

What a busy, fun weekend! With Secret Church on Friday, an Easter egg hunt Saturday, and baptism/Easter/family get together Sunday... I can honestly say this past weekend was packed to the max!
Alas, it is a Monday. But a wonderful Monday because we're joining up with Ember Grey in embracing each and every Monday. Another reason it's a wonderful Monday is because I have some awesome possum news to share with ya'll...
Hunter down on one knee

She said yes! Well, nodded her head yes

Yep, you're seeing that correctly! I'm engaged! We could not be more thrilled to start this next chapter of our lives together. What a blessed weekend it was?!
Therefore, I must dedicate this #ghm to my main squeeze. He's some kind of wonderful, I tell ya. He loves me for who I am, manages to remain calm in my midst of chaos, and has a heart of gold. God has blessed me with a man that I can truly call my best friend.
At the end of the day, Hunter is the one person I want to go to with my struggles, my triumphs, and my dreams. I know that God has some awesome plans in store for us, and we cannot wait to see where He takes us next.

What are you lovelies grateful for today and everyday?

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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Easter Menu

It's a busy busy Saturday in mi casa! Well, my momma and daddy's casa.

We're prepping for the company to arrive and all the wonderful festivities scheduled to take place tomorrow.

Tomorrow morning, Hunter and I will be baptized in our home church with our family and friends around us for support and love. After that, Hunter's family will be coming to my parents house to relax by the pool, drink margaritas, and eat good food. What are we having for our Easter meal you ask?

Main Meal:

Pulled Pork
Spinach Broccoli Casserole (recipe to come next week!)
Homemade Mac N' Cheese (we don't do none of that box stuff, ya'll)
Dinner Rolls
Sweet Tea (duh)


Red Velvet cake courtesy of Hunter's sweet momma
Blueberry Cake courtesy of my momma

For us, holiday meals really aren't a big to-do for us. Because I come from a big family and my mother always believed in a hot meal on the table, holiday meals are just another meal for us. Granted, my parents have had to learn how to downsize their meals since having 3 of the kids leave the home-front. 

I hope ya'll have a beautiful, blessed Easter wherever you may be in this world. What are some plans for ya'll?

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Friday, April 18, 2014

My Top 10 Books

We're taking a break from the weekly High Five For Friday's to bring to you....

I'm an avid reader, notorious book worm, and I wouldn't have it any other way. Lindsay @ Broke and Bougie asked if I wouldn't mind sharing some of my favorite books that I've read, and I thought what better place to share my love for books than this here bloggy.
Here we go! My Top 10 list of books that I've read (and no, this does not include 50 Shades of Grey): 

The Shack by William P. Young- This book will probably always be in my number one spot. The raw emotions and imagination that are evoked from the text is unbelievable. The imagery truly makes you feel like you are in the book, having a conversation with God.

When You Come Home: The True Love Story of a Soldier's Heroism, His Wife's Sacrifice by Nancy Pitts- I absolutely fell in love with this book. It's centered around the relationship of a woman and her man during World War II. It discusses their struggles, triumphs, and is just a beautiful love story.

Last Light by Terri Blackstock- The story line of this book revolves around the "end of the world." I usually find them pretty redundant (and stupid sometimes), but I was thoroughly impressed with this book. Rather than focusing on the eating and killing and ridiculousness that some of these story lines focus on, this book instead focuses on the fact that we have pushed God out of our lives and replaced Him with modern day things. It forces you to think about where your faith really lies. {But man oh man, do I love me some Walking Dead}
The Irresistible Revolution by Shane Claiborne- Ya'll, I'm all about the love of people and faith, and really humanity. In this book, Shane chronicles his travels around the world, meeting people from the homeless in the U.S. to Mother Teresa and sharing his life song with them (plus getting to know their's). I love his way of thinking and his desire to start a revolution to change the world.
Agent of Influence by Russell Hamilton- I have a love for murder mysteries and suspenseful stories. In this book, it centers around the conflict between America and the Middle-East. All I can say is why was this book not made into a movie?! Just trust me when I say, read this! It may open your eyes to some things.
The Lacy Steele Mysteries series by Vanessa Gray Bartal- These are a fun, light-hearted series of mystery books that I honestly loved from the get-go. The main character, Lacy Steele, is challenged in each book not only by a killer, but by her own self-conscious issues, relationships, and many other things girls deal with. She's just forced to solve murder mysteries at the same time!
Long Time Coming by Edie Claire- This book is centered around a woman who is forced to come back to her childhood hometown and ends up living in the home of her dead childhood friend. She's having to wrestle with memories, heartbreak, possible spirits, and the man whom she blames for her friend's death. It's a great story of forgiveness and love.
Imdalind Series by Rebecca Ethington- I've never been a big magical kind of books reader. Not that I didn't like them, I just never could get into one because it doesn't seem real to me. This series though was fantastic to me! If you're into that kind of thing at least. A young girl is met head on (in the first book) by her past and it quickly shapes her future. I've finished the 4th book (I think there's 5) and I'm currently waiting for that 5th book to come out. I will say this, the 4th book kind of bored me in the middle. It got better, but I just felt like I was reading the same thing over and over and over... But nonetheless, I am excited about that 5th book being released.
Trouble in Mudbug (Ghost-in-Law Mystery/Romance series) by Jana DeLeon- As I'm typing this out, I'm realizing it says "series" and I'm kind of kicking myself for not continuing the series. Trouble in Mudbug is a funny, light-hearted murder mystery. Throw in the spirit of a snippy mother-in-law, and you're guaranteed a few laughs.

Due Date by Nancy Wood- In this book, the main character Shelby becomes pregnant at the age of 23. With mounds of debt and nowhere to go, she turns to a surrogacy deal with a married couple. Once she moves into their guest cottage to finish her pregnancy there, things begin to unravel and become sketchy, and soon she realizes she is in the midst of a scam. This book got a little creepy (you'll just have to read to see what I'm talking about) - Not awful creepy but "oh-muh-gosh-runnn!!!" creepy.

Narrowing this list down to 10 was actually really hard, but these are some books that I've read and have either resonated with me in some way, or just stuck out in my mind like a dog-eared page. I hope ya'll get to reading and enjoy them as much as I did!


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Thursday, April 17, 2014


It's always fun seeing the bright pastels, the feel of Spring in the air, and the sugar shock from all the sweet candies. Easter is quite the beautiful, happy holiday.
Easter has a very deep, resounding meaning for me. For me, Easter is the day that my Savior rose. It is the day that my life (and everybody else's) changed. He died for our sins, defeated death, and rose from the grave. What an awesome and astounding concept?!
This year, Easter is exceptionally important. A little bit of a background first:
-I grew up Methodist, Hunter grew up Baptist
-We both, at some point in our lives, strayed far from the Cross
-About a year and a half ago, Hunter and I made the commitment to find our way back to the Cross, and to stay in tune with our faith. We did this not only for each other, but for ourselves. We so desperately needed Christ back in our individual lives.
Continuing on our story...
This Easter Sunday is exceptionally important in mine and Hunter's individual lives, and in our relationship, because we have made the decision to be baptized in our church that we have called home for a little over a year now. We were both baptized as young teens because we felt like "it's what we should do." As Hunter so eloquently states, "We're doing it for real this time!"
Man, I cannot wait to get dunked! Being baptized is so much more than being dunked in the water. It's about publically proclaiming your faith so that others can hold you accountable. And for us, it's about becoming member of our beautiful church. We're gonna be "those crazy Baptists", ya'll! {sarcasm guys, it's my first language}
We will also be celebrating Easter Sunday with both of our families over some delicious food, and great company.
Easter is quite a beautiful time of year, don't ya think?
I do hope that each and every one of ya'll have a beautiful Easter! 

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Cheers Not Jeers

I originally came across this awesome link-up/brag-about-other-bloggers/feel-good deal when I was "cheered" by Anne at Love the Here and Now. What an amazing thing to do! Lifting up other bloggers, and people in general, is so invigorating that I just had to have some of this kool-aid.
Therefore, this week I am cheering on my dear friend Ashley at The Grits Blog.

Ashley and I have history; we go wayyy back! She is who inspired me to create this little nook of the Internet and call it my own. She's also my blog designer!
Ashley's the kind of girl who will tell ya like it is, ya'll. And I love her for that! She is a lover of her fur babies and her family.
She's currently building her dream home with the hubs and I know she's dying to be in it. We all can't wait to see the final product! I know that she'll be excited to do some baking in her new kitchen- let me tell ya'll, girl can bake!
Did I mention she's my blog designer?! She has an eye for design and knowing what her clients want. If you haven't already just swooned over how cool she is, stop on by her blog to say a quick hello!
Cheers Not Jeers, folks. Drink the kool-aid!

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

ESFJ- Extraverted (E), Observant (S), Feeling (F), Judging (J)


The other day, Shane at Whispering Sweet Nothings introduced us to the Meyers Briggs personality test. Of course, I just couldn't help myself and clicked my way on over to their website to check it out. Here's what I got:

ESFJ strengths

  • Always look for win-win situations. ESFJ personalities value harmony and do their best to avoid conflict wherever possible. They are natural team players, trying to get along with everyone.
  • Very loyal. ESFJs value relationships and stability very highly and try hard not to disturb the status quo unless absolutely necessary. This makes them very loyal and trustworthy employees and partners.
  • Sensitive and warm. ESFJ personalities seek harmony and care deeply about other people’s feelings, being careful not to offend or hurt anybody.
  • Know how to connect to people. ESFJs are social and friendly individuals who have no difficulties with small talk or following other social rituals. People with this personality type also tend to have a strong need to belong, e.g., by playing an active role in the local community.
  • Take their duties very seriously. ESFJ personalities tend to be responsible and reliable, paying a lot of attention to their duties and responsibilities. They can be very hard workers, often putting their duties above their own needs.
  • Good with practical matters. People with the ESFJ personality type have excellent practical skills and do not mind dealing with routine, daily tasks. They will always make sure that people close to them are cared for.

ESFJ weaknesses

  • Often obsessed with their social status. ESFJs tend to have a very strong need to be seen as responsible, respected and successful individuals—they will do everything they can to increase their social status and influence.
  • May be inflexible. ESFJs place a lot of importance on traditions and may often worry too much about what other people see as acceptable. Consequently, they are likely to be very careful, or even critical, when it comes to unconventional methods or non mainstream views.
  • Unwilling to improvise. People with the ESFJ personality type dislike venturing outside their comfort zone and taking bold steps, usually out of fear of being (or appearing) different.
  • Very vulnerable to criticism. ESFJs strongly dislike conflicts and criticism. They can get very defensive and hurt if someone (especially a person close to them) criticizes their habits, ideas, or favorite traditions.
  • Often too selfless. ESFJ personalities may care and worry so much about others that their attention will become overwhelming and ultimately unwelcome. This is also likely to lead to the neglect of their own needs.
  • May be needy. ESFJs need to know that they are liked and their efforts are valued. Consequently, people with this personality type may often fish for compliments or try to attract other people’s attention.

I felt that this personality test pretty much hit the nail on the head in the majority of the areas. After looking over the strengths and weaknesses, the only thing I could think of was

"Dang, I sound like a dog. Loyal, takes duties seriously, needy... Oh man."
But in all seriousness, the test did seem to be pretty accurate. Go try it for yourself! What did you get? Do you feel like it was accurate?

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