I hesitate to even write this page because this blog is not about me, Olivia. This blog is about the Lord and how we as Christian women can honor Him in our wardrobe choices and intentional living. But, we often grow by watching others live their lives. That is my intent in sharing my journey on Fresh Modesty. I want you to know I’m real. I’m sinful all the time. I’m silly most of the time. I’m stupid sometimes. But most importantly, I want you to know I’m saved for all of time and that this changes everything about my life.
I am 21, a reformed Presbyterian in the CPC denomination, an oldest child and sister of 5. My family and I live in the countryside of Tennessee, surrounded by mud (or dust), ticks, and church family. I was not a “country girl” five years ago, but out here we have so much fun in the hot, hot sun always helping each other with not-so-simple projects, like building houses, herding cows, and catering weddings, that I have come to love and appreciate the busy quiet of the boonies.
I am an excited entrepreneur, having written two eBooks involving sewing before I graduated homeschool high school (available here). Now I am in the throes of starting a modest clothing line of my own, Fresh Apparel Denim Company, which grew out of one of those eBooks and this blog, Fresh Modesty. I completely enjoy learning about all aspects of business (except financial gobbledygook) and for-sure will choose a motivational business-help book over fiction any day.
Have I always dressed modestly? No, the Lord changed my heart when I was about fourteen and since then I have wanted to encourage others towards showing their beauty, not their body. Making things look lovely has always been a life-emphasis of mine and I enjoy being deliberate about doing that. I have no fashion training (unless you count endless hours of watching the Home Shopping Network in my pre-teen years). But, I do have many thousands of hours of research and experience under my belt (Ha!) that have given me a distinct perspective on being a modest dresser in our modern age. I share here not as one who has arrived, but as one who wants to share her joy in the journey so that you might be encouraged.
At the suggestion of a reader, here are 21 random tidbits about me:
- I can’t wink.
- I love artichokes.
- I am SO NOT an animal person.
- I want to do things with excellence, so I purchased my Nikon D3100 and a 50mm 1.8 lens to capture life (and outfit photos) with quality.
- I share a room with my three sisters. One of them sleeps in a hammock.
- I live an hour west of Nashville. It's where we do our grocery shopping.
- The only famous person I’ve ever recognized in person was Brad Paisley. He passed us in his Corvette.
- Psalm 23 has always been my favorite Bible passage.
- My favorite movie ever is Letters to Juliet. Only film I’ve ever seen a dozen times.
- Getting packages in the mail is the greatest thing ever. I buy stuff online just so it can be delivered.
- I am a ridiculous health-nut. Don’t get me started on excitotoxins.
- I have a massive scar on my left hand from chicken processing.
- I grew up in West Virginia, the state. Yes, I wear shoes.
- I value being open and upfront a little too highly sometimes.
- I have Lyme Disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. I’m being treated by an awesome doctor, but it’s a long, slow, painful process.
- I dance when the music has a strong beat. It’s embarrassing sometimes.
- I’m usually gluten-free, but I don’t stress about it. I’m more concerned about GMO’s.
- I screenshot everything.
- I’m short. 5’2” on a really good day.
- I want to be a real southern lady when I grow up.
- This blog is such a blessing to me. Not only do I get to hear of how the Lord is using it in ways I never imagined to touch people’s lives, but I am so thankful for my readers who I consider friends now. I love networking!