Love the Gift

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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.”

Thoughts on Fashion 

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Dress c/o Chicwish Cuff Bracelets c/o Kendra Phillip

“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.

Permission to Feel

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kendall-8713Dress c/o Shop the Mint // Shoes c/o The Meraki Company

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.

Reminders

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Hey guys! One of my goals this year is to really spend time renewing my mind in the word of God everyday. I love how refreshed I feel after reading and I notice a huge difference in my attitude. This morning I opened up my Jesus Lives devotional ( check it out here ) and I LOVED the verses that went along with the message and wanted to share the encouragement with you because we all need these little reminders of truth every now and then.

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** “It’s in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for. Long before we first heard of Christ and got our hopes up, he had his eye on us, had designs on us for glorious living, part of the overall purpose he is working out in everything and everyone.” Ephesians 1:11-12

“‘For in him we live and move and have our being.'” As some of your own poets have said, “‘We are his offspring.'” Acts 17:28

“Long before he laid down earth’s foundations, he had us in mind, had settled on us as the focus of his love, to be made whole and holy by his love.” Ephesians 1:4 **

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I don’t know about you but just reading those verses fill my heart with joy. It’s amazing that the creator of the world created each and every one of us for a purpose. Hope you guys are having a wonderful Tuesday!