Monday, March 23, 2015
It's officially Spring, everyone! I love this time of the year, as all the trees, flowers, and bushes are blooming with color, days are beginning to get longer, and the skies are often a brilliant shade of blue, illuminated by lots of sunshine. When spring arrives, the first thing I am reminded of is...color! Time to put away all the shades of black and grey, and move toward happy hues. Since the weather has been so nice, it's been great to be outside, and I've done a lot of biking lately. This darling skirt from Shop Konfetti's Spring collection is so perfect for spring days, whether you're running errands, lounging at a fabulous resort, soaking up the sun on spring break, or exploring on a bike. Pink and turquoise are my two favorite colors, so this was an obvious must-have, and it's a light cotton fabric which is breezy and cool when the temperatures start rising. Pick one up here, and shop the whole adorable collection here! Happy Spring!
p.s. It was so fun to create a video lookbook for this post, and the first time I've done something like this for the blog. What are your thoughts? Want to see more of that around here? Let me know!
Monday, March 9, 2015
How do you see yourself? What is your vision for your life? Have you ever thought about where you want to go, what kind of person you want to become, and what dreams you want to accomplish? Brian Houston says, "Vision alone can exist for our own purposes and interests, whereas a cause extends well beyond us. It is bigger than any individual or organization. Is your vision bigger than you?"
Sometimes it's easy to get stuck on just our own lives, but a vision is often something that is more about leaving a legacy or being a part of a cause that far surpasses our own circumstance. I challenge you to dream big, and strive to have a vision bigger than you! When you surrender your vision and future into God's hands and align them with his will, your life is a miracle waiting to happen.
Ask yourself: Where am I gifted? What are my talents? What comes naturally to me? These things are your abilities. Be willing to tap into them, and use them to achieve your potential!
James 1:17 says, "Every good and perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights."
God has gifted you with incredible amounts of talents and abilities for a purpose...His purpose. Embrace them, and you're well on your way to an incredible life!
Monday, March 2, 2015
I have thought a lot about seasons lately. I heard a fantastic podcast by Chris Hodges recently on the subject, and it really got me thinking about how much of life is based around the concept of seasons. Sometimes we may feel like we're in a "winter" where opportunities and other situations in life seem barren, difficult, and cold. Still others feel like spring with prospects, offers, and life all in bloom everywhere you look. If we're in one season, there's two guarantees. First, all seasons will come to an end. Second, there is always something to be learned from the season.
It can be easy to want to try and force things/people/situations to fit into certain seasons, but just like trying to plant crops in the middle of winter, it's just not going to produce the kind of results we are looking for. It may be the right thing, the right person, the right job, the right feeling, but the wrong season or timing. Seasons may be challenging, and other times they may be simple. The best thing that I've found is to simply look for the beauty and the lesson in the season, and be willing to wait it out. Spring always comes after the hardest of winters, and the beauty of fall comes at the end of a long summer. Wherever you may be in life's seasons, know this: there is a time and a place for everything. Be patient, persevering, and learn what you can. Soon the season will pass, and you will be able to look back and say, "remember when..?"
I am reminded of this passage in Ecclesiastes 3 which says,
"There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:
a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.
What do workers gain from their toil? I have seen the burden God has laid on the human race. He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end."
In His timing, all things will be made new, life will be restored, hope will rise again. It says in scripture that "He has made everything beautiful in its time"; things of value and beauty often require an investment of time. We are accustomed to a "quick-fix" society, where things are available to us at the drop of a hat. Remember to be patient, and the right opportunities will open up in the proper timing. Trust that whatever situation you are in, you are there for a reason, and your obedience to His timing will bring forth blessing. Each season has beauty; we must be willing to find it.
Monday, February 16, 2015
It's good to do a self-check every once in awhile so you can congratulate, re-calibrate, or set a date..for a new goal (sorry, just had to rhyme the last one!). We come to many intersections in life, and it is good to know how to make decisions that will positively impact our direction. We can add things to our lives, subtract from them, or swap something we do have for something we don't. It is critical to know when to do which of the above options. I'm currently doing some self-checking, goal setting, and habit creating, so I thought I'd share a few questions that have helped me in this process....
1. Are you giving attention to your soul?
2. Are you doing challenging or uncomfortable things?
3. What are you doing to develop the habit of character growth?
4. Do you consistently serve others and put them first?
5. Where have you placed the majority of your focus up to this point in your life? Does it need to stay there, be adjusted, or change altogether?
I challenge you to spend a few moments answering these questions for your own life...go ahead and even journal some of the answers on a piece of paper, and see where you are in terms of the goals you've set. Are you on the way to where you want to be? If yes, fantastic! Keep it up! If not, don't beat yourself up over it, just re-adjust your goals and priorities, and set some exciting benchmarks along the way to achieving the life you want! It's been said that the pathway to success is not an elevator...you always have to take the stairs. Remember that in the process, while it may be tough or uncomfortable, you become a person of character.
Saturday, February 14, 2015
It is tradition on Valentine's Day to post this little journal excerpt-turned-poem that I had written many years ago. These words still hold true, wherever you are in life. My hope is that you feel loved today, regardless of your relationship status, and that you know that your Creator loves you with an unexplainably beautiful, deep, true kind of love. Happy Valentine's Day!
Monday, February 9, 2015
Recently I've been thinking about this idea of shining/glowing/luminous/radiant nature. We crave light, but at the same time it exposes our weaknesses. In the darkness we can hide a collection of secrets, but it is the light that brings to life the passion and purpose within. It seems as though we are often told to suppress the light or to dim our light in order to not offend or intimidate others. I think we are afraid to shine at times because we do not know what incredible potential God has placed within. Or perhaps we are afraid of what we are truly capable of if we really decided to embrace our calling. It comes as no surprise that we are attacked almost daily on the basis of keeping our light dim... we're told to fit in, embrace the status quo, stick with the crowd... just. be. normal.
What if we weren't created for normal? What if 'dim' isn't wasn't what we were designed for?
We chose to embrace the light instead of darkness?
We saw ourselves as people of talent, ability, and passion?
We answered the calling to shine and dispel the darkness?
We realized we were made to shine in order that our light would illuminate the lives of others, so they feel the freedom to do the same?
What if you knew that we were designed to be creatures of radiance not creatures of darkness?
You are not created for average, normal, weak, dim, or boring. You are a reflection of incredible love, life, and beauty. Regardless of whether you realize it or even see it within yourself yet, your life was made for brilliance, not shadows.
Playing it safe, just blending in, and following the crowd does not serve the world...it only keeps you from an incredible life. Decide not to hold back any longer. Your life is in existence for such a time as this, and your radiance will make life worthwhile and contribute much to this world. Choose it and use it.
Your true nature is not darkness. You have been created for light. You have brilliance within.
p.s. I just want to say a BIG thank you to all of you for the support and encouragement you have shown over my book! You are awesome. Ok, back to regularly scheduled programming here ;)
Monday, February 2, 2015
Hooray!! I am so thrilled to announce that today is the official launch day for the book I wrote with my good friend, Jenni Joslyn! We are so excited to be able to share this book with you, and hope that you'll enjoy reading and sharing it. We believe in the empowerment of others, and it is truly a dream come true to communicate this message with the next generation of leaders. We invite you to join the fun of launch day!
1. Watch the trailer video and check out our website!
2. Purchase the book
3. Share the love..and share this video and image on your social media with the hashtag #frommetoyoubook
Thank you for being a part of this dream of ours.
I'm so grateful for the support of all of my readers. You guys are the best!