Thursday, April 17, 2014

list | things i love


THINGS I LOVE

walks on the beach at sunrise//sunset.
rain on a tin roof.
a cup of hot tea.
singing loudly when i'm home alone.
sincere gestures.
a good hair day.
that feeling when you know the Holy Spirit is in the room.
putting my itunes on shuffle and hearing a song i haven't heard in a while.
my family.
praying with those i care about.
the smell of fresh laundry.
tan lines.
learning something new.
holding hands.
coconut anything.
that warmth under the covers when it is cold outside.
deep conversations.
long hikes.
making new friends and learning their stories.
clean bed sheets.
snail mail.
leaning into someone.
being challenged.
smiling at strangers - and them smiling back.
moments full of hope.
lists. ha.
a big, long hug.
good lighting.
being out on the water.
being joyful.
 
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a small list, not finished, definitely no where near encompassing everything, but just off the top of my head a few things that i love. it's good to stop, reflect, and be happy with where you are in life, wherever you are in life.
what do you love today?


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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

etsy crushes | april showers

happy wednesday!
not sure what the rest of the US/world is like today, but it went from 80+ yesterday to 44 this morning - quite chilly; and i love it! i was telling my roommate how lovely it would be to have one day a week throughout the summer like this. grueling hot temperatures with one day of relief - uh yes please!

to go along with this weather (hello spring?) i figured i would share some of my latest spring-ish favorite finds on etsy. enjoy.

see past etsy crush posts here.

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what are you currently crushing on?


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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

thoughts | how to have hope

i've been processing a lot lately.
words, thoughts, lyrics, conversations...everything is just filtering in and out and some of it is weighing heavy.
the truth is - life gets hard.
we get busy, run down, journals full of lists to scratch off - things that make us feel important, cared for, even sometimes defining our worth.
i dont know about you, but sometimes i would like to have a pause button.
hit that sucker and sink into the couch for a few minutes to unwind.
to sit in a silent house with no expectations and reprioritize.
to have a moment to feel full of hope.

each season in life i feel like we're meant to learn something.
right now, i'm wrestling through a few lessons, some i'm gaining momentum, others i'm loosing traction - so life goes on.

within the last week i've been looking into the word hope.

| hope | (n)
a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen.
a feeling of trust.

so how do we have hope?
how can we feel it if we're so full of other expectations, needs, and to-do lists.
how can we really feel hopeful in the midst of an uncertain situation?

 
>>>slow down<<<
 
even if only for a moment.
turn off the music, the tv, the background noise.
walk into a quiet space and breathe.
if your home is chaotic - go to a park.
find some place to slow down, unplug, and think.
seperating ourselves from chaos brings perspective.

>>>embrace the silence<<<
 
we are so consumed with noise that we rarely know what to do with ourselves in silence.
silence can be scary.
it gives our minds a chance to really think, without abandon, and touch on things we might want to forget. silence is key.
to find hope, you first have to see what it looks like.
and it isn't found when you've busied yourself to the point of constant noise.
embrace the silence and everything that comes with it.
 
>>>pray<<<
 
yes. pray.
i know that everyone who reads my blog doesn't believe in God - but i'm never one to hide my faith.
having hope is found and grounded in prayer.
when life is overwhelming and you can't see the beautiful hues of the sunset you pray for sharper vision. you pray for hope.
if you're feeling hopeless - pray for God to bring you hope.
always pray - without ceasing. (1 thessalonians 5:17)

>>>invest<<<
 
when you help others, you help your own heart.
take your focus off of yourself and put it on others.
are you struggling with stress at work? help a coworker.
are you frustrated with loving your family? do something kind for them.
are you overwhelmed each day? call and talk to a friend about their life.
when we invest in others, our current struggles grow dim.
 
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i'm sure there have been thousands of articles written on how to find hope and keep it.
we're a generation searching for hope.
i've just touched on a few life lessons i've learned so far in 25 years and i'm sure if i was to read this in 10 years i would have edits to make and points to add.
we are all constantly learning - and in the process trying to remain hopeful.
for me, my hope is ultimately found in God - in His promise and provision.
if i'm being 100% honest, without God in my life hope would feel like a fictitiousstory.
He brings me hope, daily.
and i give Him praise.
 
 
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Monday, April 14, 2014

my weekend | iphone photos


i figured it was high time i started posting all of these photos i take on the weekend with my phone.
this weekend was BUSY.
friday i went and saw captain america with a pretty cool guy. the movie was phenominal, seriously i will go see it again before it releases to DVD. i am in love with it and there was such a twist!

saturday was spent doing a massive amount of yard work, then going to one of my best friends baby showers, followed by a harry potter and the sorcerer's stone movie night with the same guy from friday
 
sunday was spent with Jesus, lunch with one of my best friends, then a photo shoot with one of the sweetest families with the most precious little girls i know.
- all the while dog sitting three dogs, one i still have until tuesday night.
yeah, i'm tired.
 
 
 

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how was y'alls weekend?

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Friday, April 11, 2014

friday | links


frankly...

i have quite the busy weekend coming up!
tonight i'm going to see captain america with a friend (WOOT!), tomorrow morning/early afternoon will be an insane amount of yard work, tomorrow afternoon is a baby shower for one of my best friends, sunday i have church and then i'm taking pictures of some sweet friends and their GORGEOUS little girl. oh, and did i mention that i'm also dog-sitting three dogs this weekend? yeah...i've got a few screws loose :)
in all honesty i've had busier weekends before and i'm thankful for the health i have to complete all of it with a smile on my face. it's all about our perspective!
 
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+ i plan to participate in this 15 day drawing challenge! want to join?

+ black bean & carrot brownies? hmmm sound interesting - and delicious!

+ there is just something about the stillness of the trees and the rushing water that makes these images even more lovely to me.

+ uh, hello most comfortable looking sweat pants ever.

+ currently reading this book, and i am in love with it.

+ uh, right?

+ invested in a small foam roller from target ($24) to help work out some pulled muscles in my legs - these moves will become a daily thing for me.

+ this beautiful picture of patience brought tears to my eyes.


you might have missed...

+ you are lovely new installment | rach |

+ a little shout out to the roomie.

+ some random facts about yours truly.


do y'all have any fun weekend plans?
tell me about them! <3

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

getting to know you | 30 - part one

this will be a two part series.
mainly because i think reading 30 facts about someone, let alone me, would be a little overwhelming; and secondly...this has been sitting in my draft box for quite some time as i've added random facts.
...annnddd i'm trying my best to not re-use any of the 15 facts i shared a while ago.

welcome to the jungle, minefield, alternate universe.

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write 30 interesting things about yourself...

define interesting.

+ i always lift my feet up over railroad tracks while driving (or in the passenger seat).

+ i eat one avocado a day (ok well most days).


+ if i ever feel like i'm getting sick (throw-up sick) i ALWAYS clean my entire bathroom. i wipe everything down, clean the toilet, vaccum the rugs, and make things look pristine. i can not stand to be sick in a dirty bathroom.

+ so - i own a punching bag (100lbs baby!) and i LOVE it! i wrap my wrists and use gloves - but i also love hitting that sucker bare knuckled. there is something about really feeling it hit your skin. i have yet to split my knuckles open (not that i want to) - but they are definitely a little caloused. who needs dainty girl hands? i want to hit things!

+ i once was in a music video - yup you read that correctly. i was in NEEDTOBREATHE's "hurricane video". now when you youtube the song, you're not going to find it - why? because they cut it. yup, we spent all day on Folly Beach going through scenes, seeing the guys, watching them make the video (the producer for the video also produced that lame song "i'm on a boat") all in the end to find out that the guys didn't like the final product so they scratched it. So while i WAS in a music video - it will never bee seen, i'm not too upset. ;)

+ i actually have pretty thin hair. you wouldn't know it from my lions main of curls (jealous?! ha) but my hair is not thick at all.

+ speaking of hair - my hair is also not crunchy. NOPE - no crunch here. some girls i know soak their curls in gel and then are left with that not so subtle crunch when touching their hair. mine is soft (unless i use too much product then i have to break it up) and i sometimes just have to embrace the dang frizz (i do live in the south afterall)

+ i love, love, warm biscuits with honey. maybe it's a southern thing - but my 'lanta i could eat them for days.

+ i call all soda "cokes" (probably another southern thing). "Amy, what would you like to drink?" "a coke." "what kind?" "oh sprite." yeah i'm weird.

+ speaking of soda - i don't drink soda - EVER. i've had maybe 10 since the start of high school. i just don't like them anymore.

+ i had to go to speech therapy in elementary school for my 'r' and 'w' words. i would pronounce rooster as "woooooster" it was interesting.

+ with that speech therapy - to this day if i'm tired or talking too fast i will trip over certain words with the 'r' & 'w' sounds. it is pretty comical.

+ i once had a friend pierce my ear (cartiladge) with a safety pin. my mother was not happy and forced me to take the piercing out.

+ there is the possibility of a video floating around in cyberspace of me dancing to soulja boy's "superman" song...yup i have my hat on sideways and everything.

+ when i finally broke down and went to the eye doctor he was shocked i hadn't been wearing glasses for years, apparently i have a pretty intense astigmatism in each eye. (i got glasses about 3 years ago) he asked if i ever had headaches, blurred vision, or tense muscles in my neck - when i replied "well yeah, i thought that was just normal" he laughed and told me i needed to "listen to my body" more. HAHAHA.

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

etsy crushes | boho

y'all.
it is warming up here.
the days are longer, the sun is bright, and the humidity is creeping up.
my hair hates it. ;)

i've been dreaming of a clean and manicured back lawn (haha), birds chirping, a book, a glass of cucumber water, and hanging out in a hammock. yes...this is what i want my evenings to look like.
 
what are you craving lately?

see other etsy crushes posts here.

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