As someone who enjoys a few moments writing, this thought was especially pertinent. Have you considered your legacy? What is it that you'll leave behind; what will people remember you for? Will it be your kindness towards others, a big smile and genuine heart or will you be thought of as someone who was always too busy to be there, too wrapped up in a schedule to enjoy life? I don't know about you, but I want to live a life that is full, one worth writing about later, one that is adventurous and exciting. Too often do I find myself focused on schedules, meetings, deadlines and the nuances of daily life, and it's easy to miss out on the beautiful moments in each day we're given. Can we challenge each other to fully enjoy today, being present both physically & mentally in the situations we're in? Look for the good things in your day today, take the opportunity to make someone else's day better, rather than always being focused on what's coming up next, and life will suddenly seem far more fulfilling. Let's live a life worth writing about; we are here for a much greater purpose than routine. What is it that you want to be remembered for? 


Wordless Wednesday



What is more wonderful than gorgeous sunset dinners, sunkissed skin and days filled with poolside lounging and a dip or two in the clear water? Only being able to do everything with some of your close friends of course! It is always wonderful to do coffee chats, but there's something so refreshing about sneaking away for a few days to just relax, unwind and enjoy. After all this, I'm ready to face a new week!

Happy Monday! 

Weekend Wanderings

Happy weekend, friends! I'm off enjoying a little getaway to relax, recharge and sit by the sea with some friends. It's oh so good to take a moment or two to breathe, especially when life gets so busy! Whether or not you're able to drive to the beach, take a moment and just enjoy. Do something that makes you happy, and forget the stresses of daily routines. You'll be amazed at how much better your day goes! 

Have a wonderful weekend!


Monday Musings: What Are You Afraid Of?

I'm blessed to work in youth ministry, and this past weekend, I got to speak for the weekend services about facing our fears. It's something that affects all of us, whether we are in middle school or are middle aged. Life can bring some tough things our way, but if we are prepared, we can overcome that fear and move ahead towards greatness. So, I thought I'd share a little of what we discussed this past weekend, here on the blog!

What are you afraid of? It can be something silly like a scary movie, or it can be something that paralyzes you enough to keep you from moving forward. Like an opponent we fight, fear is tricky and takes different forms to invade your life, so in order to overcome it effectively, let's recognize its work and then rid our lives of it.

Fear comes in the form of circumstances. Often we find ourselves faced with a situation that at the time seems very overwhelming, intrusive and almost like a blockade. Have you noticed that when you think about a challenging situation, focusing on how big and overwhelming it is, the bigger it seems to get? Fear finds strongholds in us one bit at a time, but if you realize this, you can begin to block that process.

Fear comes in the form of doubt. Have you ever been given an incredible opportunity, but you felt totally inadequate and unable to seize it? Doubt starts as those small, nagging questions in your mind but can easily shackle us, keeping you from your potential. No matter what people may say about you, or what you feel, know that you have been created to accomplish much in your life, and there's no room for doubts to keep you from that. When you begin to doubt yourself and your abilities, know that you can do all things through God who gives you strength!

Fear comes in the form of excuses. Alright, let's be honest here, we've all made excuses at one point or another, from the time we were little and argued with our siblings, it's easy to blame things on others or to give reasons why we did or didn't do something. Fear can cause us to make excuses so we stay away from the good things, or we continue heading towards the things we know we shouldn't be doing. When we are faced with a decision or confronted with the choice to evaluate ourselves, don't make excuses. Instead, find the areas in your life where you can grow, create an action plan for moving forward, and begin! This will eliminate fear in that area.

Now that we've uncovered fear's tactics, how do we defeat it? Well, I'm glad you asked.

1. Understand that fear is really False Evidence Appearing Real

Many times the things that we allow ourselves to worry and fret about are creations of our own mind. Here's a quick example: remember being afraid of monsters in your closet or under your bed when you were little? All you had to do was to flip on the light to see that there's nothing there; it was a creation of your imagination. While we may not fear monsters at this point in life, often the things we fear are really created in our minds; we allow them to seem far worse and more dominating than they are. Remember, the things we think about become a bigger presence in our lives, so watch your thought life, and think on the positive!

2. Know what God says about overcoming fear.
There are so many verses in God's word that talk about overcoming fear, and I just wanted to share a few.

I will go with you.

Deut 31:6 “Be strong and courageous. Don’t tremble. Don’t be afraid of them! The Lord your God is the one who is going with you. He won’t abandon you or leave you.”

I will help you. 

Isaiah 41: 13 For I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, do not fear; I will help you.”

I have given you power.

2 Tim 1:7 “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, love and of a sound mind.”

I am your light & stronghold.

Psalm 27:1 “The Lord is my light & my salvation--whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life--of who shall I be afraid?
Remember, perfect love casts out all fear. When we see fears for what they really are, and align our lives to God's purpose, we can live free of fear. We can become great and accomplish much. My prayer for you is that you take hold of the calling God has placed on your life, and you allow his power & love to work through you, casting out any shadow of fear. You can be victorious.
 Live life the way it was meant to be lived: fearlessly
So, can I ask you again, What are you so afraid of??

Weekend Notes

Just a thought.

Happy Weekend!

Thursday Thoughts

I know I've said this a few times already, but I wanted to share a big thanks to all of you who participated in the Project:Inspired series here on the blog. I so enjoyed reading all of your thoughts and comments as well as seeing your instagram challenge check-ins. It is so fun to see what makes you smile, represents your dream and inspires you!  Here's a few of my favorites from the past couple weeks!
Happy Thursday!

p.s. The Shabby Apple giveaway winner was announced! Was it you? 

Wordless Wednesday

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Pure Simplicity

(Dress: Winter Lennon c/o, Bangles: Lilly Pulitzer, Shoes: Target) 

Well it's certainly been a little bit since the last outfit post, but I have been so blessed beyond belief to have shared the last 3 weeks with you going through the Project:Inspired series here! Your responses and wisdom that you shared via text, comments, emails and Instagram was awesome! The main goal for the series was to encourage, inspire and create a positive environment where dreaming, creating and believing in oneself was the focus. You are awesome! Just thought you should know :)

Anyway, on another note, I'm sharing one of my latest favorites here in this post! Lately I've been crazy busy with quite a few different projects I'm working on, (one of which will be launching this summer, yay!!) and somedays it's just easiest to slip into a no fuss dress so I can run my errands, get work done and look put together even if things seem crazy! The classic stripe and tunic-inspired neckline were all it took for me to know that this was my new go-to. What makes it even more fun is the back of it is totally unexpected and adds interest so no matter which way you're facing, it's fabulous. 

Hope your Monday is wonderful, friends!

Thursday Giveaway

Ok so it sounds cliche to "save the best for last" but today you guys are really going to get lucky. My friends over at Shabby Apple are collaborating with Teatime Thoughts to give away a $50 gift card to their site. Hello, new outfit! If you haven't checked out all the lovely pieces they have to offer, I highly recommend doing that now to find the piece you'd choose upon winning.
Also for the next 4 weeks, they are also offering 10% off to any reader at checkout
using the code: teatimethoughts10off
(Giveaway open to US Residents only)

Here's a few of my picks just to get you started with your wish lists!

-this twirl-worthy blue skirt would be darling for summer parties..and I'm in LOVE with the color!

-This Poppy Top just begs to be worn to brunch with your girlfriends. Large sunglasses and a chic bun as the perfect compliments.

-Fabulous silhouette, chambray, and a big white bow...
um, please get in my closet now, Shirt dress!

-Lately I can't get enough of silky blouses...classy, put together and oh so simple. This Tie Neck Blouse would be fabulous paired with white pants and statement earrings.

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