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Peter pan once said, “To live will be an awfully big adventure.” That’s exactly what I want.
While I LOVE adventure I don’t want to only go on adventures, I want my life to be a big adventure. A life that is actually full of life.
I want to live in the moment and enjoy every bit of this wonderful life Jesus gave me and lately I’ve been feeling far from that. I find myself getting easily frustrated, complaining, and basically just getting caught up in the cares of the world that don’t even really matter. Sometimes it takes getting to these “ugly” places for me to see what it is I really desire from my life and fully living I would have to say is at the very top of the list. I’ve always said that being a follower of Jesus is such a wild adventure because you end up doing things you never even dreamed of. Maybe it’s because we truly lay our life down and He starts putting His desires in our hearts. I believe that the only way to fully live is to live a life sold out to Jesus and if I’m honest I haven’t been. I have been so caught up in the busyness of life that I’ve been choosing life’s demands over Him and friends I am TIRED.
So for now, my adventure is getting back to that intimate place with Jesus, back to the place where I focus on the things above instead of the cares of the world. I am so thankful that God is SO good and SO full of love that anytime we wander away no matter if it’s a week or a year He always welcomes us with open arms and invites us to live a grand adventure with Him.
Headband c/o Jocelovely Shop
It’s officially Summer and I am a happy and blonder girl 🙂
Flowers are in full bloom and temperatures are scorching here in Tennessee yet I wouldn’t have it any other way. The start of a new season is refreshing and it fills my heart with gratitude. I am thankful for the newness, the way it feels, the joy it brings and I am thankful that just like the seasons I have changed.
However, for a while it felt as though I was stagnant. No new seasons so to speak. No growth, no changes, no newness, nada.
But then, one day was different for me and I realized that there actually has been growth in my heart and in my mind. I’m reminded that we have to go through winter and spring before we can get to summer. It’s a process that takes time. Think how strange it would be if Fall only lasted one day. One day of the bright colorful leaves and one day to enjoy all the Fall festivities. Those of us in Tennessee would feel gypped because many of us look forward to how beautiful and fun Fall is here.
Just like the Seasons we have to endure the process that gets us to where we need to be. What’s in store on the other side of that grueling process is beauty within yourself that you couldn’t get any other way.
Dress c/o Chicwish
Hey friends! I wanted to share with you guys a quote from one of my favorite authors, Shauna Niequist. I absolutely love the way Shauna writes, her passion for community, and her desire to live each day to the fullest. Her stories remind me to carve out time to spend with the people that are dear to my heart and to make the most of this precious life that God has given me. I hope you are all doing great and I hope these words from Shauna will inspire you as well!
“I want a life that sizzles and pops and makes me laugh out loud. And I don’t want to get to the end, or to tomorrow, even, and realize that my life is a collection of meetings and pop cans and errands and receipts and dirty dishes. I want to eat cold tangerines and sing out loud in the car with the windows open and wear pink shoes and stay up all night laughing and paint my walls the exact color of the sky right now. I want to sleep hard on clean white sheets and throw parties and eat ripe tomatoes and read books so good they make me jump up and down, and I want my everyday to make God belly laugh, glad that he gave life to someone who loves the gift.”
“Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.” – Coco Chanel
That is probably one of my favorite quotes about fashion. When I lived overseas out of a backpack for a year I missed fashion quite a bit and I remember being so inspired by everything around me. When I was in Africa it was the bold patterns and mixed prints, in India it was the bright homes, in Thailand it was the thought that was put into the most beautifully designed restaurants, cafes, and coffee shops and it truly felt like I took that inspiration home with me.
I couldn’t agree more with the how Coco Chanel describes fashion. To some, fashion can be thought of as maybe a little superficial and unimportant but to me it’s something that is all around us just waiting to be noticed and ready to inspire those who do.
Do you ever need a bit of inspiration to get your day going? I have days where I wake up ready to take on the world and then I have days like today where I need just a little nudge.
I love finding something inspiring that brightens my day. Sometimes it’s simply the sun shining through my window and more times than not it’s a bible verse or a quote from one of my favorite authors.
On my computer I have pages dedicated to my favorite quotes and when I’m feeling the need for encouragement I open it up and quickly get inspired. There’s something about someone else’s take on a topic that gets you thinking a little differently and I LOVE that. So here is a brilliant quote I found and fell in love with. I hope it inspires you like it did me.
“Don’t just drag out of bed every morning. Get alive and awaken your mind and body for the gift of a brand new day gift wrapped with sun light and air. Not just another ordinary day, it is the day of new opportunities.” -Phoebe Kites
I pray that we can all begin to wake up and see the day as a gift wrapped up in so much goodness. That we can see that today isn’t ordinary at all! Today has never happened before it’s new and the possibilities are endless. I certainly haven’t mastered this but you have to start somewhere, right?
Tonight I’m introducing Blogger Naomi to you guys and I know that you will be encouraged by her journey of becoming a blogger and how Jesus made it all come about. This lady is a beauty inside and out and her faith is such an inspiration to me!
Hello. Thank you Kendall for featuring me today. It is fun connecting with other like minded ladies through blogging and social media.How I started blogging is really more of a journey. The journey began when I was 15 years old. I knew what I wanted to study in college and I had goals for my future. But I was overwhelmed about how everything was going to work out. I remember a beautiful comment my mom told me one day, “Naomi, We’re finite, God’s infinite. Something inside of me ignited at that moment. I told my mom about how cool it would be to use the name “finite” for something like a website someday. That was a random thought because blogging wasn’t even a thing at that time. I believe that God sees ahead and He places dreams and desires in our heart because it is a part of our destiny.
Flash-forward to my college years, I kept thinking about starting a website. I buried the idea over and over again till I had no dirt left. It wasn’t until last year that I faced reality, that though I had diminished the idea of starting a website in my head, I had been unsuccessful of getting rid of the idea in my heart. So I began with baby steps and often fearful steps. I told myself things like “there are so many bloggers” and “it’s really not going to work”. I spent a thousand moments telling myself that I shouldn’t, but I knew that it would only take one heartfelt comment on a post to tell me it was worth it all.
So January 2016 came and I was writing a post as a guest for my friend’s website. I didn’t even have my website launched but I took up my friends offer. The article was called “The Potter and The Clay”. It was a post for the New Year but really it was a story of my heart’s desire to surrender to the plan of the Potters hand, which is our heavenly father. I wrote the post to encourage others but believe me I was preaching it to myself. Even after I finished writing the post, I still closed my heart one last time on starting my own website. One more for the road right? Wrong.
I remember plopping down on the couch that same day watching a live stream youth conference. I was watching it for a few minutes. One of the very 1st words I heard from the preacher was “We’re finite, God’s infinite. Wow! I heard it loud and clear and it did not think it was a coincidence. That evening, I casually clicked on my Instagram account. I had been off of it all day. What happened? The very 1st picture that popped up on my feed was a picture of a potter and clay. It was a similar picture to the one I had used for the post I had just written. That may seem like no big deal but to me those were signs and the fuel I needed to launch my website. I officially launched finite1.com on Friday, February 5th. (That has a nice ring to it).
As a new blogger I love blogging thus far. There are so many times I have laughed at myself making rookies mistakes. I keep focused because the goal is to encourage people whether it is by something I write or a fun fashion or beauty post. I want to point them to Jesus. In closing, I want to encourage you to surrender to God’s will. You may have buried your dreams and your ideas for so long that you have forgotten about them. But God hasn’t. Trust God and ask him to show you His will and plan. Give Him your dreams and desires once again. He will show you. Step out in faith despite what you feel. Thank you for reading this post. Stay in touch. We need each other!
A few weeks ago my husband Tyson and I decided to plan a spur of the moment weekend getaway. We weren’t sure where we wanted to go but we knew a white sandy beach was a must! We found an awesome deal on a flight to Tampa and booked it right away and let me tell you, you can’t beat the quick Nashville to Tampa flight time of only 1 hour and 45 minutes. I’m not a big fan of flying so I was sold on that one real quick. Thanks, Southwest Airlines! If you haven’t heard, Clearwater Beach was voted by Trip Advisor as the number one place to vacation at in 2016 and now, I certainly know why. Not only is the beach absolutely beautiful but there is so much to do and so so many wonderful places to get your seafood fix. Below you’ll find recommendations of where to stay, what to do, and places to eat. Enjoy! [Read more…]
Summer is right around the corner and I am SO ready for the longer days and warmer nights. When I found this dress I fell in love with not only the pattern but also the neckline. I tend to gravitate towards mock necks because I just think that style is so feminine and flattering. If you’re a fan of this dress you can find it here!
Lately, I have been dealing with things that have been surfacing in my heart. I have felt some different emotions and alot of them haven’t been happy fun emotions and God is showing me that that is okay. A few days ago I was frustrated at myself for feeling these things and I just wanted them to go away but you know what? That isn’t being true to myself. I don’t have to deny emotions that I’m feeling and I don’t have to be upset with myself for feeling them. One of my favorite quotes is, “Feel the fear and do it anyway” I’m sharing that because even though we feel something that doesn’t mean we have to become it. When I think about this I think that to feel it means we are alive and it means we are being honest with ourselves. We don’t have to deny feelings, we can call them what they are and move on.
I learned that instead of just wanting these things to go away or cover them up with something else, I can accept what I’m feeling and not be bummed for feeling things that might be a little foreign to me. I’ve been hard on myself because I’ll spend time in prayer giving things like hurt and unforgiveness to the Lord and then a few days later they come right back up. But now, instead of just giving them to Jesus because I know I shouldn’t hold on to these kinds of things, I’m giving myself permission to feel them and you know what? That feels good. It feels good to be real with myself and say, hey these feelings are pretty crappy but it is what I feel, they don’t define me, I will not be ashamed that I feel them, and I will embrace where I’m at and I will overcome.
Hey Ya’ll. I am Leigh Ann. I am a Jesus loving, coffee before talky, fitness fanatic, Yoga pant and messy bun circus Ringmaster by day and a Gilmore Girls binge watching, eat your supper right now or the beast will be released, Fairy tale reenactor, stare you down with eyebrows raised until you get in the bath, and in the middle of a conversation snoozer by night.
You guessed it; I am a wife and a stay-at-home mommy to a very energetic three-year-old little girl. And I love every second of it… even when it gets super exhausting and I get the urge to lock myself in our pantry and eat any and all unhealthy foods I can get my hands on!
I would love to do a little time travel with you and share my redemption story of God’s perfect love and beautiful grace that got me in to the most beautiful and fulfilling stage in my life! [Read more…]