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El Salvador, Here I Come

Posted in faith, travel

My friend and I are headed to El Salvador in January. And I think I speak for both of us when I say we’re nervous-in-a-good-way and excited.

The only other international mission trip I have been on was to Brazil when I was 15. There my heart caught the spark of sharing the love of God and message of Jesus with all I come in contact with, overseas or in my neighborhood.

Since then I’ve been living life, cultivating relationships, sharing Jesus’ love for strangers who were hurting, financially supporting missionary friends and organizations I love, and working like every other human being.

A friend mentioned she was thinking of going on this particular trip, and later that night I told God, I think I want to go with her. What do You think?

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back to blogging (and beach photos)

Posted in travel

I have greatly enjoyed this latest blog break. Sometimes it takes that, stepping away, to remember the goals and dream of why you do the things you do, and to make sure a particular task or project or experience is healthy + good for your life. I speak from experience when I say that oftentimes I need respites from activities or habits or indulgences, because they have taken up residence where only God and people and wellness should be.

I have enjoyed the freedom, the rest, the one less activity to think about… but I have missed the writing, creativity, unexpected blessings, and community that comes with keeping up a blog.

With my decision to return to maintaining this blog comes a handful of new desires. Fresh measures of personal “success.” Goals and dreams and vision.

1. I do not want to become a full-time blogger. Full-time designer, yes. Full-time mom one day, yes. Professional blogger? No. I admire and am grateful for those that are; I am continually uplifted by their stories. I learn how to cook weird things, what makeup brands are better for my skin, and how to decorate my home in a fun way for Thanksgiving. All good things. But this is me setting down the expectation of having every post ‘put together’ like fancy blog posts should be. This is also me freeing myself from the pressure that this blog has to be anything other than what it naturally is. No comparison, no competition. Simply stories and revelations as life continues on. Hallelujah. 

2. I want this blog to be a safe place for the everyday woman. I want family, friends, even strangers to arrive and leave feeling whole. In this big world, I am no one special, but I believe that we learn from each other. I believe we are meant to walk together. I believe we are stronger together, loving and growing and changing and enjoying together. I think the possibility of enjoying abundant life on this earth comes when we open up with our stories, and when we invite others in. 

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back to blogging (and beach photos)

Posted in travel

I have greatly enjoyed this latest blog break. Sometimes it takes that, stepping away, to remember the goals and dream of why you do the things you do, and to make sure a particular task or project or experience is healthy + good for your life. I speak from experience when I say that oftentimes I need respites from activities or habits or indulgences, because they have taken up residence where only God and people and wellness should be.

I have enjoyed the freedom, the rest, the one less activity to think about… but I have missed the writing, creativity, unexpected blessings, and community that comes with keeping up a blog.

With my decision to return to maintaining this blog comes a handful of new desires. Fresh measures of personal “success.” Goals and dreams and vision.

1. I do not want to become a full-time blogger. Full-time designer, yes. Full-time mom one day, yes. Professional blogger? No. I admire and am grateful for those that are; I am continually uplifted by their stories. I learn how to cook weird things, what makeup brands are better for my skin, and how to decorate my home in a fun way for Thanksgiving. All good things. But this is me setting down the expectation of having every post ‘put together’ like fancy blog posts should be. This is also me freeing myself from the pressure that this blog has to be anything other than what it naturally is. No comparison, no competition. Simply stories and revelations as life continues on. Hallelujah. 

2. I want this blog to be a safe place for the everyday woman. I want family, friends, even strangers to arrive and leave feeling whole. In this big world, I am no one special, but I believe that we learn from each other. I believe we are meant to walk together. I believe we are stronger together, loving and growing and changing and enjoying together. I think the possibility of enjoying abundant life on this earth comes when we open up with our stories, and when we invite others in. 

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