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Treating August Like January

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heartnaturedJanuary 1 is the time to make resolutions, right? Well, there’s no rule that says it can’t also happen in the middle of the year. I declare August a month to make goals. I’m not in school anymore, but there’s something about the school year calendar that feels fresh. A new beginning of sorts.

“We can start a new 24 hours whenever we want!” I happen to really dig this sentiment.

So, what are my August Resolutions? Here we go…

Yoga Every Day  – Whether it’s 5 minutes after breakfast or 30 minutes on the mat. The above is one of my goal (progress tracking) poses. I’ll probably do a ‘progress check’ every month.

10% Refined Sugar – I would say ZERO, but I think the occasional frozen yogurt or chocolate chip cookie makes life more enjoyable.

More Writing, Less Typing – I’ve found myself keeping a notebook in my purse so I can make notes, keep a calendar, with pen and paper, instead of always looking at my phone. Simplicity in contrast to far too much stimulus in our technology-driven world.

Less Perfection, More Personality – Less time letting my thoughts, decisions, personality be dictated by other people – by fear. No more overanalyzing every thought, assuming what other people are thinking.

Let’s do this. Enjoy life. Challenge ourselves. Set goals. Strive for what is helpful instead of hurtful.

Yay For May

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I’ve dubbed May as self-care month. May, the month of warmer days, turning another year older, bright flowers, and the beginning of summertime.

“The willingness to be and to have just what God wants us to be and to have, nothing more, nothing less, and nothing else, would set our hearts at rest, and we would discover the simpler life, the greater peace.” Elisabeth Elliot

May, a month of simpler, of rest, of being completely satisfied in God alone — to focus on what He wants me to be and have. We’re getting more settled into our new house, finding pieces that fit well. I’ll celebrate a close friend getting married, and enjoying standing beside her as she says ‘I do.’ We will enjoy and spend time spoiling our moms for all their good work in raising us kiddos. Late this month I turn 23, and birthdays are always the coolest.


  • Begin the capsule wardrobe process — learn more here.
  • Purchase a rug, tv stand, and cool plant to complete our living room.
  • Host dinner for friends at least once a week.
  • Have a fun & memorable 23rd birthday!
  • Embrace a run-free month; spin classes, yoga, HIIT workouts, dance classes instead
  • Exclude heavy sugar, a small May body-boost

It’s Cinco de Mayo, so this is belated, but… Happy May friends!

April, Be Marvelous.

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April, be marvelous.

This month’s goals:

  • 1. Move into our new home!
  • 2. Celebrate with my friend Caitlin in Statesboro as she gets married.
  • 3. Read two books: Future Grace by John Piper & Love Does by Bob Goff.
  • 4. Run 4 miles at a 10 minute pace.
  • 5. Celebrate Easter weekend with both of my families  Great day.
  • 6. Begin some advertising efforts for my blog.
  • 7. Send 5 doodled notecards to friends.
  • 8. Have 3 friends/couples over for dinner in our new home.

I’m excited this month is here, with it comes many sweet changes and happenings.

Happy April 1st, friends! Enjoy these fun finds from around the web…

Clever countertop organization.

Moving day grub. (This is cool but too much work for our move this weekend — we choose Papa John’s.)

A word about downsizing.

Vintage Easter style, anyone?

I’m a sucker for a casserole.

Stop and celebrate! I like it.

Waffled Brioche French Toast. Enough said.

I smiled.

For the type lovers.

The mother of all bags. Wonder how much I could fit in there…

Gold spray paint. Thoughts?

[photo taken by yours truly, on an adventure through Jesup, GA last year]

Five Themes For 2015

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Halfway through January and I’m still thinking of goal setting.  Even more so, I’ve occasionally entertained the idea that I’m weary of the typical means of goal setting. Numbered lists, 10 items I won’t remember next week, that kind of thing.

Before January 1st arrived, I had made some mental notes about 2015, even wrote about a challenge here. And it’s not that I’m throwing those away, I just want to re-frame them in my mind.  I wanted to give myself a word list to describe the kind of year I want to have, the kind of feelings I want to feel and the kind of actions I want to take.  These words are easier to tuck into my heart and into my mind and carry with me all the time.


Self care for me is better known as boundaries. Emotional, mental, physical, etc. This year I want to take real care of myself. I want to build enough margin in my life to be energized for my roles — wife, friend, daughter, employee. I want to feel free to say “No” to some things to say “Yes” to better things. Aware of my overall health, taking time for fresh air, pushing myself with exercise, doodling for an hour,  reading my favorite book — all that which makes me feel happy, alive, and truly myself.


I think it’s the winter blues, but I’ve been feeling discouraged and tired lately. Not always physically, but in my soul. Weighed down almost. I want adventure, laughter, joy, fun. Whether it’s in our city, in our backyard, or on a plane to Colorado. I want this to be a year of choosing adventure over the simple, over the easy.


Like I wrote here, recognizing the reality & challenge of Grace gave me a new way of seeing. I believe the power and weight of Grace at the cross, necessity for salvation, but I lessened its power when it comes to daily instances. This year I embrace my mess, believing that Grace covers, always. I will remind myself that salvation belongs to God alone, and it is Christ alone who justifies by grace through faith. This year I want to be a woman of grace, and walk in the joy + freedom Jesus purchased for me on the cross.


J and I are intriguing people. We love people — spending time with both friends and strangers — and are outgoing when needed, but when looked at deeply? We’re introverts. Content to spend all week happy seeing no one but each other, but then it hits us that we haven’t connected with anyone in ‘awhile.’ We’re in a place of transition… married, moved back to our hometown, started new jobs, now about to move neighborhoods, exploring area churches. It’s a lot of floating, on the edge of that community to settle into. Maybe the goal isn’t necessarily to DO more activity, but to simply be open to people. Friend or stranger, give the small talk a chance, maybe a deeper connection is underneath.


Whether it be doodling, more in-depth lettering, or snail-mail, I want to do more of it. While it asks for a little more effort, lettering and handwritten notes are passions of mine. This year I want to make time for them. Less type, more write.

A Prayer For 2015

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Spinning off She Reads Truth for this post.

May we use the coming days, this new year, as an opportunity not to (only) clean out closets and lose that stubborn 10 pounds, but to reorient our hearts and our gaze to the One in whom our only hope rests, Jesus Christ our Lord.  

O Lord,
Length of days does not profit me
except the days are passed in Thy presence,
in Thy service, to Thy glory.
Give me a grace that precedes, follows, guides,
sustains, sanctifies, aids every hour,
that I may not be one moment apart from Thee,
but may rely on Thy Spirit
to supply every thought,
speak in every word,
direct every step,
prosper every work,
build up every mote of faith,
and give me a desire
to show forth Thy praise,
testify Thy love,
advance Thy kingdom.

I launch my bark on the unknown waters of this year,
with Thee, O Father as my harbor,
Thee, O Son, at my helm,
Thee O Holy Spirit, filling my sails.
Guide me to heaven with my loins girt,
my lamp burning,
my ear open to Thy calls,
my heart full of love,
my soul free.

Give me Thy grace to sanctify me,
Thy comforts to cheer,
Thy wisdom to teach,
Thy right hand to guide,
Thy counsel to instruct,
Thy law to judge,
Thy presence to stabilize.
May Thy fear by my awe,
Thy triumphs my joy

(Valley of Vision)

An attitude over a resolution.

I don’t know what 2015 has in store for me, my loved ones, or the world. I know I’d like to commit more Scripture to memory. I know I’d like to develop a lifestyle of activity to keep my body feeling good. I know I’d like to talk more than I text.

I think these are nice and noble resolutions, but I wonder if (for me) a resolve to encounter God, might be more of what my 2015 needs. Remembering that He doesn’t keep a record my failures, and that He doesn’t want to count my accomplishments. My eternity, my fate, my purpose, my life in Christ, is sealed. With that truth in stone, with that written across my heart… what’s next? Celebrating, admiring, resting in, confiding in Him — relationship with Him. My life, one unflinching gaze upon the glory of Christ.

One day we will all awaken from this dream called the universe, this dream called life, to the sheer reality of God’s I AM-ness. And when we do–when you do–will your life have been built on the shadow or the substance? Will you have lived your life for “it was” or for “I AM”? (Look and Live)

God, a believer’s true Home. The real Glory. The Infinitely Interesting.

“God commands us to love Him more than anything else because He knows that anything we love more than Him is going to betray us.” Matt Papa

“Our whole business in this life is to restore to health the eye of the heart whereby God may be seen.” Augustine

“Our eyes will not go upward to the Lord of themselves, but they incline to look downward, or inward, or anywhere but the Lord.” Spurgeon

Fix my eyes.

That’s my resolution for 2015.

Excited about this new year! A full year as a wife, a full year working a full-time job I really enjoy, a full year of being back in my hometown as a married college graduate.