Monday, December 23, 2013

Holiday Trivia & Tag

Can y'all believe Christmas is 2 days away??

Time sure does fly, am I right?

Well, to help you get in the Christmas spirit, if you aren't already (which how can you NOT be??), my friend Robin and I filmed a couple of videos that tested our Holiday trivia.

Here's the link to Robin's video!

Robin also tagged me in her Blogmas post and so, being the good sport that I am, I decided to participate in it….

Holly Jolly Tag(ish)

1. Do you have an embarrassing family Christmas picture? 

Probably somewhere…It's not like I'm going to show you anytime soon, though. ;) 

2. Have you ever had a White Christmas? 

Actually, yes! It happened 3 years ago. You can read all about my first White Christmas here. Honestly, this was probably my favorite Christmas ever. 

3. Where do you spend Christmas Day? 

At home with my family. It's a nice, simple, and quiet day. 

4. Do you open any gifts on Christmas Eve? 

My parents open their gifts from me and my brother and then me and Jason exchange gifts. My parents save their gifts to us for Christmas morning. 

5. Can you name all of Santa's Reindeer? 


6. What do you look forward to the most for Christmas? 

Food, family, and the celebration of Christ's birth! 

7. Do you have a real or fake Christmas Tree? 

Fake. My parents like to save money so we've had the same Christmas Tree for 21 years. I'm not even kidding y'all.

8. Do you enjoy giving gifts or receiving them more? 

I love to give gifts and see people's reaction when they receive them. 

9. Where would you like to visit for the Holidays? 

NYC. Boston. London. 

10. Are you good at gift wrapping? 

It all depends on what I'm wrapping. ;)
{Side note: Gift bags are the best invention.} 

11. What's your favorite Christmas memory? 

My favorite Christmas memory was when my uncle was still alive. He and my aunt would spend Christmas Eve & half of Christmas Day with us. My uncle would read the Polar Express to us on Christmas Eve and tell me and my brother that if we didn't hear the bell, we wouldn't get any gifts the next day. ;)

It was really sad when he became sick about 8 months before Christmas one year. He was too sick to travel to Alabama and ended up passing away a couple of months after Christmas. The memory still lives on and I have the hope that I will see him in heaven one day!

I hope y'all have a Merry Christmas and a Wonderful New Year! 

I'll be back next week to share my Christmas adventures with y'all! 

Friday, December 20, 2013

My Heart is So Full {Guest Post}

{Today, y'all have the opportunity to hear from my wonderful friend, Waverly. She currently blogs at For the Love of Potentially Organized Chaos, where she writes about her life as a college freshman.}

Christmas is no doubt my favorite time of year.  

I love the cold crisp air, the time off of school, searching for the perfect gifts for my loved ones, spending time with my family (despite my occasional urge to throw myself off a cliff), and every other thing that comes with season (trust me this whole post would be a list if I went on).

That being said, there are many people who don't share in this joy like I do.  

For some, the holiday season is filled with pain.  It's a reminder of what they don't have.  It may be a relationship, loved one, or just the resources to provide nice things for the people they love at this time of year.  

I was talking with one of my friends who lost his mother after a long battle with cancer 2 years ago around Christmas time and he told me that it's not really so painful as it was, but it is just a constant uncomfortable itch in the back of his mind: something is will never be the will never be as happy as you were. 

Personally, I do not have experience with any of these feelings at this point in my life, thank goodness, but when he told me that, my heart broke for him. 

It makes me so negatively emotional to think about all the people I know feeling that way, or anything short of joy during this time, or ever really.  

{not that I'm just this muffin basket of joy everyday, but I definitely want that for others}


While my world was being shattered by the thought that not everyone is as infatuated with Christmas as I am, my friend told me something else.  
Waverly, I just want what you have. 
Please elaborate, seƱor.   
You're joyful and confident and certain. Your faith is beautiful. I so want to believe in God and heaven and hell and that there is something more than this, but I just don't. I want what you have.
Whoa bro. I'm not like fabulously spiritual or anything, I'm definitely still learning.   

I still don't know why I was so floored by this, but I was.  And after I pressed him a little more for what he meant, I realized that this is real. 

He wants this.

I continued to talk to him, just encouraging him to continue searching and that I could answer/find an answer for all of his questions.  

All this to say, that it's great and all to be joyful and thankful during this time. It's great to remember Christ's birth, life, and even death and resurrection during this time, but what are you going to do about all that? Are you going to sit there and say to yourself, Awwww. Jesus has such a great story... 

That is a great temptation in today's Christian culture – sit back and relax and bask in the glory that is Christmas.

What I'm Not Saying >> Go out to the mall and bible beat people.

What I am saying is that this time of year is a whirlwind of crazy for everyone and people get caught up in it and overlook those people that are hurting. 

Take time to really notice people.  

Ask God to show you people the way he sees them.  

Love people.  

Go out of your way to serve people and show them that someone noticed them.

Sometimes all it takes is a smile and a kind word to turn someone's day around.  

You have no idea what their day has been like.  

Also, semi side note: If you notice something about someone that is good/awesome/cute/etc. 

I'm from the south and we talk to people we don't know.  

"Hey girl, your shoes are SO cute."

When someone tells me I look nice it makes my heart smile. Ask about your cashier's day and listen when they tell you.  It's a much more enjoyable process for everyone when you do that. Although, some people maybe just don't want to talk and that's fine, just be sweet for goodness sake.  

Y'all, as Christians, we have the greatest news ever and at Christmas, we have a great avenue to share! So, what are you going to do about it? 

Monday, December 16, 2013

Social Media and The Gospel

Recently, I created and conducted a Social Media survey for the company I worked with this semester.

The more I thought about the Social Media Survey and the results, the more I have thought about how we can use Social Media more effectively as individuals.

Social Media was created to build and strengthen relationships. It was not meant to become an addiction or a platform for self-promotion. It was created because people needed other ways to connect with people online.

Did you know Facebook was started solely for college students to connect with other college students around the world? It would be a couple more years before it would be open to everyone. Now, 10 years later, it has 1.15 billion users.

I have enjoyed the way Social Media has allowed me to connect with my missionary friends in Africa, my friends that live from the East Coast to the West Coast, & people who I have never met but share common interests with. Through the use of Social Media, I have been introduced to a whole another world beyond my small town in the heart of Alabama.

More importantly, I have learned how to impact the Nations for the Gospel simply by using Social Media. I have no idea who reads my tweets, looks at my instagram pictures, reads my posts on my blog, etc. While that can be scary a thought, it has just fueled me to further preach the Gospel.

Who knows? The person who “randomly” found me on Twitter, could be someone who is searching for Christ. Through a simple tweet, I could either turn them away from Christ or draw them in towards Him.

I have people that I’m friends with on Facebook who do not know Christ as their Savior and, because I took the time out of my day to post a verse, a quote, or simply shared my story, they could potentially be saved! Is that not encouraging, dear Christian?

I challenge you to think of ways that you can influence people for Christ through your use of Social Media. Who knows what could happen?

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Do-able Healthy Holiday Party Tips {Guest Post}

{Today you have the privilege of hearing from my longtime friend, Kelli Gilbert. Kelli is a Registered Dietitian and lover of all things that involve food. She currently blogs at Food from My Thoughts where she shares many delectable recipes. I hope you enjoy her healthy holiday party tips!}

Hi you guys, I’m Kelli. And I love Christmas.

But seriously, who doesn’t? 

One of the best parts is going to parties, meeting new people, catching up with old friends and family. 

However, sometimes the parties can be a trap for overeating because you’re having such a great time and aren’t that concerned with paying attention to what you eat.  

SO, I’m going to give you a few tips on how to avoid eating more than your share when you’re at a party. 

1.) Realize that you are there for the people and fellowship, not the food.
This is a hard concept to grasp sometimes. 

Like last night, I was at a Cookie Swap. Clearly, we are there for cookies. BUT more importantly, we were there to make stronger connections between the women of our church and the lost friends that they may have brought with them. Not between us and the cookies. 

Even if you’re super excited about all the delicious food at XYZ party you’re going to, remind yourself that your family and friends are more important than that plate of little smokies.

2.) Step away from the food table.
That was clearly said in a loud speaker voice.  However, this is true. I know that I am more apt to continuously eat if I am within arms reach of the food table. So move away. Take your plate and step away. Make the decided effort to go away.

3.) Eat a healthy snack (or meal) before you go.
If you’re headed to a Cookie Swap and you know that there’s not gonna be any dinner, eat something before you go. Having a balanced meal or snack before you go can help you make better decisions later when you are standing around 30 plates of cookies. 

Your mother was right. 

Cookies are not a good dinner substitute.

4.) Drink water.
I love water. And I always have. It started a long time ago when I made a conscious decision to drink water instead of sodas. The logic behind how I did it is too much info for this post. BUT, drink water. 

Before you go. 

While you’re there. 

After you leave. 

Drinking water before you go will help you be hydrated and prepare your body to work best when you start feeding it food. While you’re there, drink water instead of punch or sodas. 

Save those calories for the food. Don’t drink them. 

Drink water after you leave to help clear out the extra salt and sugar that you obtained from the party foods. I promise you will feel better when you drink water all day instead of sodas.

5.) Bring something healthy to the party.
If you know that everything at the party is going to be full of sugar and calories, offer to bring a food to the party and make it something lighter and healthier. This will give you a good food option to choose instead of HAVING to eat all junk. I do this for almost every single event I go to for a few different reasons. 

1) I love to cook. 

2) I want to make sure there is a healthier option. 

3) I have food allergies. 

Like last night for example: I volunteered to bring white chicken chili to the cookie swap since they asked for people to bring soups. When I got there and started quietly asking people what the ingredients in their soup were, I ended up only being able to eat the soup I brought. 

The same can go for you at parties. If you bring something healthier, you know exactly what is in it and you know that it’s a better option for you to eat. 

You will feel better about that decision instead of chowing down on chips and dips.

And that’s it. Easy peasy lemon squeezie.

Enjoy the holiday season in a healthier fashion! I promise you’ll have just as much fun.

Much love,


Tuesday, December 10, 2013

A Tale of Two Giveaways {+ Blog Name Change}

Hey y'all!

I thought I would catch you up on a few of the things that have recently (or not so recently) around here.

Why don't you grab yourself a cup of coffee and settle in?

{1} So, remember that time when I had my Blogaversary Giveaway??


Well, I never formally announced the winner on the blog. In case y'all were wondering who won, it was Natalie!

She chose the Found: God's Will book by John MacArthur and she also received gift cards to iTunes & Starbucks.

Congrats Natalie!! I hope you have enjoyed your book and the coffee!

{2} For the most recent giveaway, the winner is Robin LeAnn!

You won Jeff Bethke's new book Jesus & Religion and a $5 gift card to Starbucks! Yay!

{3} Now to address the elephant in the room, the name change of the blog.

Last week, when I was procrastinating studying for finals, I began to brainstorm on how to market my blog more effectively/make it more memorable.

I realized I needed a more accurate title and description to capture my life and that's when Noscriptomylife was born.

I was already using that name as my username on Twitter and figured I would just transfer it over to my blog!

So, welcome to Noscriptomylife: Because Life is not about the scripted, but the unscripted.

With that said, make sure to update your subscription to on feedly and bloglovin'! And if you link to my blog on your blog, change it to Noscriptomylife with the above mentioned URL. Thanks so much! 

I'll be back in a couple of days with another post...that is, if finals don't drown me.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

3 Holiday Inspired Outfits {Guest Post}

{Since I'm dashing off to a holiday party tonight, I thought I would ask my friend Allison to share with y'all some holiday inspired outfits! She currently blogs at Thanks to Eve where she writes about her fabulous sense of fashion. And I'll address my blog name change come Sunday! Stay tuned!}

Hey guys! 

I'm Allison. 

I'm so excited to be guest posting for my good friend, Giann today. 

To help you get into the Christmas spirit and give you a little wardrobe inspiration, I've put together 3 holiday-inspired looks. 

1 // all cozied up. 

This look is perfect for a December night out: Christmas shopping at the mall, going Christmas caroling, or catching a Christmas movie at the theater. 

Sweater – JC Penneys 
Maroon pants – Target 
Boots – Kohls 
Necklace – Charlotte Russe

Worn with Moonstone & Sweet Plum eye shadow by Mary Kay. 

2 // tinsel town. 

This look is great for any Christmas party. 
The sparkly sweater makes it nice and warm so you won't freeze while looking fabulous. 

Sweater – Goodwill
Skirt – JC Penneys
Boots – Kohls

Worn with Wild About Pink lipstick by Mary Kay. 

3 // the red lipped reindeer.

My final look is for the fancy parties. We don't have really formal Christmas parties in Delaware but I think I might wear this on Christmas Day! 
Worn with leggings of course so I don't freeze. 

Blazer – NY&Co. 
Top – Kohls
Skirt – JC Penneys
Boots – Kohls

Worn with Firecracker lipstick by Mary Kay. 

Well guys, it's been fun! 

I hope that these outfits have inspired you or maybe given you some ideas for some cute holiday outfits!

Sunday, December 1, 2013


I remember the day when I took this picture. 

It was a Monday after a long day at work. I had just returned from a Costco run with our front desk girl. I had seen these leaves when carrying stuff to and from the car and thought how perfect a picture it would make.

The more I reflected on the leaves–during the dozens of pictures I took to get the perfect shot–the more I thought about my future. The more I thought about the decisions that weighed heavily on my heart, the more I thought about God's promises in Scripture. 

Not the standard, "He will never leave you or forsake you," or about His steadfast love and faithfulness, but the verses that talk about His perfect way & timing. 

"This God—his way is perfect;
    the word of the Lord proves true;
Psalm 18:30a 

Yes, this truth. 

The truth that should be written on my heart day in & day out. 

The truth that is true because His words are true. 

* * * * * * 

The decision didn't come easy. 

In fact, I wrestled with it for 33 days and then some. 

I remember crying out to God and telling Him I didn't like this plan. 

"But, God. I have dreams and plans…Father, I don't want this for my life. I want to know where I'm headed. I want to see the road that lies before me."  

"Unless the LORD builds the house, 
those who build it labor in vain. 
Unless the LORD watches over the city, 
the watchmen stays awake in vain."

Psalm 127:1

Then, in the midst of my tears, it all made sense. 

"Giann, unless I build your career, you're pursuing it in vain. 
Giann, unless I watch over your plans and dreams, you're accomplishing them in vain." 

The reason the LORD is leading me down this path is because He knows me far better than I know myself. He knows what my ultimate dreams and desires are for my life. 

Therefore, He knows the best way for me to accomplish them. 

And I just have to trust Him.