Lately: December 2017 Edition
When I started blogging four years ago, it was my intention to share a little bit of what's going on in my day-to-day life with whoever cared to read about it. As most of you know, our lives took a drastic turn in 2014 in the best possible way. That was the year I wrote a book. That was the year I created a planner. The year our life went in a completely different direction than I ever would have dreamed but we are oh so thankful it did!
Since then, our lives have revolved around "the planner" and running a business we knew absolutely nothing about. This meant that some of my passions fell to the wayside even though my heart's desire was to continue on that original path.
So here I am. Almost exactly three years later with the same dream in my heart. To help YOU find your purpose. To inspire YOU to live your dreams. And to equip YOU to live those out. I'll be bringing you monthly updates on what goes on around here in hopes to show you that I'm...
The weight of it all is sometimes too much to bear. Sometimes too much to even catch your breath. When the phone call comes, when the bills pile up, when the report isn’t what you’d hoped, when a loved one’s heart is broken. When your heart is broken. When failure is knocking at the door.
Sometimes it’s all you can do. Just breathe.
But what about those times when it’s not too much to carry and you just keep going and going, forgetting to step away. Forgetting to just breathe and surrender? Saying yes to every opportunity. Saying yes to the endless list of to-dos and errands and business ventures? Those are the times you have to force yourself to breathe.
The last few years have been nothing short of crazy. Our lives were flipped upside down in the best possible way. It didn’t take long for me to realize that even though I was well equipped to carry what God had given me, I still couldn’t do it all and do it all on my own. I had to learn to...
No you're not.
Yes. I'm happy.
Not really though.
I'm really truly happy! And I'm not having this conversation anymore.
Final answer and I shut her down.
But she's not my mom or my husband or my best friend. She's me. And I'm sick of having to convince her that we are happy.
On paper we're amazing. We define #blessed (most misused hash tag ever by the way.) The husband, the job, the kids. The life. But paper isn't ever perfect. We don't put on paper the little struggles or the fact we always allow them to become bigger than they’re worth. And we sure aren’t showing anyone the monsters that hover outside the perfect front door of our perfect house.
What if you get sick?
What if your kids get sick?
What if you loose your job?
What if you LOOSE IT ALL?
All those, could be, cant be, dear-Lord-please-don’t-let-it-it-be, fears that keep us from really truly experiencing happy.
See, You're afraid.
No I’m not.
Yes you are.
A few years ago, one of my friends turned me onto essential oils. I’ve used them pretty consistently ever since but have been on the search for a high quality Essential Oil that was not part of a multi level marketing company. (Disclaimer: Please don't think I'm against MLMs. There are some great companies out there. With anything I use, I just truly always want to find the best option at the best price)
For the last few years, I've used both of the big oil MLMs (DoTerra and Young Living) and was very happy with both. What I wasn’t happy with was the fact that I would have to order something every month to stay active and get the best pricing. I just don’t like that kind of commitment and quite honestly I don’t need to buy oils every month. Plus, I thought their shipping was a little over-priced.
So, began my search. I do know that I should only be using the highest quality oils so I wasn't going to just jump on Amazon and buy some cheap oil. I still wanted...
It's almost time for my favorite season of the year! You might be thinking, "She lives in Southern California. Isn't it summer all the time?" I thought the same thing until I lived here! Yes, it is sunny pretty much year round with little to no rain. But the temperatures are much cooler than a warm summer day by the pool or at the beach.
Believe it or not, summer is just around the corner. Maybe sooner for some of us, but either way, as soon as the hot rays start beaming, you will want to head out in the sun well prepared. Here are 10 poolside essentials for you to walk out ready for a relaxing, summer day!
Vacation Beach Towel. Everyone needs a beach towel! Because it's no fun heading to the pool or the sand short a towel. I remember so many times that has happened and everyone is fighting over who get one. I absolutely love this one by Bando!
Swan Pool Float. I absolutely LOVE the pool floats that are popular right now. Does anyone else wonder why we never thought of...
There is something to be said for celebrating moms on Mother's Day. It wasn't until I became a mom that I really understood what it means to be one (no kidding!). I remember holding my baby #1 for the first time and this overwhelming, sacrificial love came over me. I haven't been the same since.
From the time of pregnancy, to caring for my little ones, to picking up toys, and tending to sickies, there is so much a mother does that goes unseen. No crowd is standing there cheering you on. You don't get trophies when your kid's school project costs you time and money. There isn't acceptable excuses when it comes to putting dinner on the table and having the cabinets well-stocked with snacks. Being a mom is the most rewarding and probably draining job in the world. That's why I think it's important we practice celebrating moms this Mother's Day.
Most often, we rush to the store for last minute cards and flowers. Sigh out of obligation. Kids rant, "Why isn't there a Kid's Day?!" Gifts...
There’s one thing this year, and every year, that most of us would love to have more of. No, not money. That would be nice too, but that’s not it.
When you think about it, you can get more of almost anything you want in life. If you want more money, you can earn it. More stuff, you can buy it. More friends, you can find them. Heck, even hair can be substituted with implants, wigs or extensions!
But no matter who you are or how much money you have, you can’t get more time.
You and I and everyone else on this planet have the exact same amount of time—24 hours in a day. So how we manage it becomes a major factor in our ability to be successful. And while success is defined differently for everyone, there are really only three types of people when it comes to time management:
The Busy Person With No Time
Being busy isn’t a bad thing. This type of person has a lot going on! They have many wonderful responsibilities, relationships and commitments that...
Do you ever feel like you've heard "choosing joy" a million times? I think in certain circles what started as a thoughtful message has become loosely used. And because of that, it has lost it's weight and depth. I also think if we are in a challenging season of life or experiencing heartbreak, choosing joy isn't something that is easily done or something we know how to do! But the reality is that God intends for us to live full lives that are full of joy. How do we do this? Here is a quick thought on how to live intentionally by choosing joy.
I love the verse Proverbs 17:22, " A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones." In the happiest times of life, it is "easy" to feel joyful. It might even be overwhelming. But in the trying times in life when we don't feel happy, being joyful isn't something that comes naturally. So when we hear "choose joy" it is a confusing message to our hurting heart!
The difference between feeling happy and choosing...
Grace is one of those words we hear quite often. But when I sit and think about it, grace is a hard concept to understand. I think there are two different kinds. We have to have grace for ourselves, and create a habit of extending grace to others. Aren't both easier said than done? Thinking about this balance, I wanted to share some of my thoughts on how we can live intentionally by extending grace.
I'm starting to notice a pattern when it comes to character building for myself and my family. We have to do the very thing with ourselves that we want to output. Does that make sense? Last month we talked about how to live intentionally by loving ourselves before we can effectively love others. Same goes for grace. We have to be graceful with ourselves before we can have the capacity to give others grace.
According to the Dictionary, grace is "the free and unmerited favor of God, as manifested in the salvation of sinners and the bestowal of blessings." We are able to have grace for...
Do you ever ask someone how they are doing and they answer, "I'm so busy"? I don't think this is a new response, and I'm even guilty of using it myself! Even with my Purposeful Planner, I still have laundry, dishes, shopping, kid's games, church, obligations, family, and MORE on my plate. I totally understand the word busy as a mom of 3. But if we aren't careful, busy becomes an excuse to put off the life giving moments of quiet. We need to create space for simplicity in the busyness to live a life of intention.
Life is meant to be lived simply whether we realize it or not. In our "yes" culture, we say yes to so many tasks, responsibilities, and roles. Before we know it, we are stretched beyond our capacity to give fully to any one thing in particular. Which often makes us tired and resentful of being involved in anything at all. God did not intend this for us! He meant for us to live richly by being present.
This starts by saying no, even to the good things. And yes, to...
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