3.27.2017

THE EVERLASTING ROCK

[A display of what mid-move looks like. Boxes, empty spaces, so much more room for random dance parties.]


Holy blogging hiatus!

I have been anxious to get back to writing and back to what makes me focus on my biggest aspirations, putting the "typical" stresses of life behind for a quick little blog post.

My mind feels like it's on overload sometimes, especially here lately. You know those days/weeks when you feel as if there is so much going on that it becomes hard to keep up, when life happens and plans do not necessarily go as YOU had been wanting. The past few weeks I have been reminded (yet, again) that as much as I think I can plan everything and expect it to go exactly that way without any detours or bumps in the road (and without having to rely on anyone, I can be stubborn when it comes to asking for help), I simply cannot do it alone.

We are placed in seasons of true reliance, perhaps even several seasons of reliance throughout our days here on earth. Times in life when our faith is really the only solid ground and firm foundation that we can stand on, even if it feels shaken. When our hope and strength in Christ is the one thing we count on that stays constant.

Writing helps clear my mind and organize it in a way that calms my heart and soul.
Friendships remind me of the beautiful people I have to encourage me along life's journey.
Family is my trust that I will always have people to lean on for support.
Time to recharge, being away from technology and having alone time help gather my thoughts and ideas to feel restored.
Fresh air is a peaceful place to take in all the beauty around me that is quickly forgotten in the mundane day to day routine.

This weekend was full of the list above leaving my faith feeling reaffirmed for the first time in a few weeks. Self love is important, people. What helps you break out of a season of feeling alone and as if you should be self-reliant?

One of my best friends came to visit from out of town for the weekend and it was just the refresher I needed. We caught up on the latest of life, ate Rise n Roll donuts (I highly suggest tasting these delicious masterpieces of perfection), ran a 10k (where we conquered the Indiana weather of sunshine > clouds > a light rain > a downpour), moved the majority of my furniture with the help of family + friends to prepare for another chapter.

Also, my church shared in baptisms this morning, to which I ALWAYS end up crying tears of happiness for these brave, God fearing people.

[To Sum It Up]

It was a grand weekend that was much needed.

So, thank you to my friends and family for continuing to be a light in my life, for being the boost of courage we all need at times. And praise God that He continues to be my rock, even when my faith is challenged.

#FeelingReEmpowered 

:)


2.09.2017

OVERCOME WITH GRACE


Some days are just easier than others.

Today, is a not so easy one. I have been missing my dad every day for over 15 years now. His passing is something that has changed my outlook on everything, completely altering my attitude on what's really important, what's worthy and what's not worthy of considering a grievance.

I was nine and he was thirty-four. I have had to persevere my way through much of my life without my dad physically here. And it hasn't always been easy. Because sometimes daughters just need their daddies.

I am finding that the older I get the more I am reminded that he is no longer here, that I cannot call him up to just have a chat to ask how he's doing, or to simply tell him that I love him so much. I am reminded that he won't be there to put the fear of God into the man I marry someday, that he won't be there to walk me down the aisle or hold his grandchildren. He would have been perfectly overjoyed to be a part of these milestones, past and future ones to come.

God writes very unique stories for each of us. We may not always understand why He places adversities in our path. So why does God allow these tragedies to happen? I'm sure I am not alone when I ask this question.

Maybe we aren't meant to fully understand why He allows this to happen. Perhaps we must make a choice between letting a hardship tear us down or find a way to overcome.

With my personal story that God illustrated, I believe I had two choices upon entering tragedy as a little girl: to choose defeat and always question God OR to choose hope and trust in Him.

I would much rather live a life in the light than in the darkness.

[Proverbs 3:5-6] Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight.

My dad is no longer in the present; however, he is in the future, an eternal future. 

How beautiful is that?

He left a legacy in my heart. He was the kindest-hearted man I have ever known. He utilized the time God gave him here on earth to instill a deeper hope in me, he encouraged me to have strong morals and values, to not be led by what others think but march to the beat of your own drum in the presence of God, he inspired me to have fun and smile through the difficult times.

For that, I am eternally grateful.

My God promises me that there will be a time free of pain and sorrows. That our hearts will no longer be heavy with grief and we will be immersed in the wonders of Heaven.

Whatever you are going through that is causing a heavy heart, remember that the pain is only temporary. We will overcome this and the adversities to come if we choose so.

Use your story to uplift others and know that there will be difficult days but we serve a living God who has overcome this world.

It takes an immensely strong person to overcome life's hardships with grace.



2.06.2017

MINIMALISM | DAY THREE

NOTES | DAY THREE PACKING PARTY
Today is the day you take action. Real action Massive, immediate action.
The packing party concept is simple: pretend you're moving to a new home and you have only one day to pack all your stuff.
Why a packing party? We wanted to transform this difficult undertaking into a "party." Everything's more exciting when it's a party, right? Invite some friends over to share the fun!
After a week, you'll notice the majority of your stuff still packed in boxes. Time to make some decision: trash, donate, sell.


This seemed slightly overboard to me at first, too. I approached it in a spring cleaning manner...tackling room by room and deciding things like "is that dress that I haven't worn in two years really worth keeping and saving for 'that' special occasion?"

Once I got on a roll, I found it so much easier to toss the unnecessary things. It took me about 3.5 hours to pack up everything from every nook and cranny of my 1 bed 1 bath apartment.

I am so pleased with how this worked out and it felt so great to know I didn't have nearly as much clutter around. I mentioned in a previous post that I tie sentimental value to 99% of everything which is true, so this pile of trash, donate, sell items is a pretty big deal for me.

(I still hold onto the priceless items, just in moderation.)

[Matthew 6:21] For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Here is my trash, donate, sell pile altogether:





read day two here.

2.05.2017

MINIMALISM | DAY TWO



NOTES | DAY TWO PLANNING
With your vision in place, you must now plan your journey. Spend at least an hour planning today. Develop your plan by answering the following questions:

WHAT IS STANDING IN THE WAY OF MY MUSTS?

Distractions, mainly including things like my phone, Netflix, YouTube. Most distractions in my opinion are completely okay in moderation. Kind of like when you're trying to maintain your diet, ice cream + chocolate are acceptable, in moderation.

WHEN DID I GIVE SO MUCH MEANING TO MY POSSESSIONS?

I have always been one to tie sentiment value with 99% of all my stuff and I feel anxious when I cannot place something, even if it is never used. Just knowing where it is works for me.

WHAT IS TRULY IMPORTANT IN MY LIFE?

Building relationships. Cultivating a hope filled community. Pursuing dreams. Digging into a deeper faith. A heavenly, secure home.

WHY AM I DISCONTENTED?

Discontentment, not so much. Just a desire for a simpler life and overcoming the obstacles along with it trying to maintain a positive mindset.

WHO IS THE PERSON I WANT TO BECOME?

I want to be able to not feel dependent on my phone, as a distraction. I want to have a decluttered space. I want to build a budget that gets rid of unnecessary purchases (which I have already been doing much, much better with and I notice a huge difference in my bank account $).

HOW WILL I DEFINE MY SUCCESS?

Genuine joy. Fulfillment. Quality over quantity. 

HOW WILL MY LIFE IMPROVE IF I OWN LESS STUFF?

My focus will instead be on what's important to me rather than excess tangible things.


read day one here.

P.S. Happy Super Bowl Sunday! :)

2.04.2017

MINIMALISM | DAY ONE

My heart is so happy to be writing again today. As busy as life can get, the one thing that brings me back to feeling somewhat collected as an individual is, writing. Today I found myself flipping through Netflix as I just finished watching 10 seasons of Friends. (I LOVE that show.) I came across the Minimalism Documentary. I had heard of it previously and then completely forgot about it. I am so glad I stumbled upon it today. While some of the ideas portrayed are perhaps a tiny bit extreme, the overall essence, meaning and drive behind it is absolutely BRILLIANT.

This dynamic duo's blog has many helpful links to creating a more minimalistic lifestyle. The 21-Day Journey Into Minimalism in particular is my favorite. Combine my love for journaling + building a present/fulfilled lifestyle = a personal blueprint of a minimalist lifestyle. Yes, please.

I am drawn to the minimalistic life because I do not want to conform to the world when it comes to commercialized, money-crazed, possession-obsessed, top of the ladder of "success", technology-plugged lifestyles.

I am drawn to simplicity, genuine hearts for positively impacting the world, real face to face deep conversations, fresh air experiences, creative souls who crave heavenly things rather than earthly things.

Colossians 3:1-4 | Therefore, since you have been raised with Christ, strive for the things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.

Over a course of 21 days I will be blogging about my experiences with this journey.
NOTES | DAY ONE DECISIONS
Your only exercise today is simple: make your Must List. What are your musts? What must change? What has brought pain into your life? What will bring great pleasure? Take as much time as you need and write down all your musts.
I must…
I must…
I must…

I must declutter my living space.
I must go outdoors more.
I must run.
I must contribute to my community.
I must read more.
I must grow as a believer.
I must drink more water.
I must invest (time) in quality relationships.
I must travel more.
I must pursue my passions.
I must study the Bible.
I must write more.

Join me in this journey!