Present //

In searching and wresting with what this blog is, what I want this slice of internet to be, I know I want it to be mine. And something that is so important to me,  is being present where I am.

It is so easy to compare, to look forward, to be eager. And those are not bad things, in the right place. But man, it is so important to be looking for the good in where you are right now. To be looking for the beauty in each moment we are given. When you truly, really start doing (or trying to do) that, it can change your life.

As seasons change, be aware. The only constant in life is change. So the seasons will keep rolling by. Leaves bud, grow, wither, and fall. And just as sure as the leaves will continue as they have for all time, so our lives will see change.

Ultimately, I want to have peace with where I am, where I am going, and where I’ve been. I believe when all three of those things come together and we can let them be what they are, there can be peace. Because coming to that place requires that you forgive, process, wrestle, and rest.

I enjoy this little slice of the world wide web. Thank you for being here. Thank you for giving it some of your time. Here’s to where we’ve been, where we are, and where we’re going.

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A Week at a Time | 12/30/16

When life gets crazy or exciting or overwhelming or things change, I write. It’s always been this way for me. And so as an extension of this, I am going to have a weekly, “here’s a little bit of life”, post. From working in college ministry to life as a part time nanny. Date nights and soccer games on the weekends. Reading and drinking coffee and squeezing in a run. Just taking a moment to look back at what the week has brought me before plunging into that all so wonderful weekend!


I have enjoyed the lighter workload and the last two weeks and I just don’t want to imagine going back to my normal working hours. I have gotten a few runs in as well as more quality snuggle time with Zoe. I have gotten some much needed blog work done and done some envisioning for the future. I have made some decisions and got some rest, and it’s been needed.  Continue reading “A Week at a Time | 12/30/16”

Late Night Notes // Life of a Night Owl

This post was started many weeks ago and has been a work in progress since. 

Maybe it’s because I’ve gotten more sleep in the last few days then I have in the last few weeks. Maybe it’s because I’ve just discovered some great Instagram feeds that have me all inspired and feeling creative. Maybe it’s because I have this sneaking hunch that change is right around the corner and I want it to be something amazing. Maybe it’s because Continue reading “Late Night Notes // Life of a Night Owl”

New Series Preview: A Summer Away

Last summer I lived in North Carolina. I worked on leadership staff at a summer camp on the coast. I took day trips and week trips. I explored so much history. I took countless pictures. I met lovely people. I set travel goals for myself (and achieved them!). And while there are always going to be things you miss, as I look back, I couldn’t have asked for a better 3 months. It was a sweet summer away from life as I’d known it, and I was left with even more restlessness to roam than I had before, and I didn’t think that was possible.

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Why Am I Writing a Blog?

This is a question I have mulled over and audibly asked myself and wrestled with and laughed at and pushed to the back of my mind until the process repeats itself, more times than I can count. Do I just believe I have so much to offer readers? Certainly not. Is it because I need an outlet? Maybe. It will be a lot of work, but it is worth it, right? Yes. Yes. That answer has always been yes.

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Resolute

Firmly resolved or determined; set in purpose or opinion.

Actions of 2015:

  1. Get a passport {take the next step}
  2. Birthday location {I have previously resolved to spend every birthday in my 20’s in a different state or country}
  3. Run a half marathon {see also number 7}
  4. Good things jar {remember and record}
  5. Be intentional about monthly goals {step by step we climb entire mountains}
  6. Go to a new country {this should be number 1, because it is forefront on my mind and in my heart}
  7. Run more {because I love it and do not make enough time for it}
  8. Do more yoga {because we need balance}
  9. Read 20 books {more reading time, less screen time}
  10. Blog {check}

Words of 2015:

  • Minimalist — After moving away from a fixed life for 3 months, I downsized a lot. I want to continue considering the value the things around me hold and not be tied down by them.
  • Driven — The opposite of passive. Don’t sit back and let life and opportunities pass by. This goes right along with setting monthly goals. Don’t lose site of what taking the next step looks like, and take time to evaluate.
  • Intentional — In relationships, in time, in life.
  • Spontaneity — Something that I believe characterizes my life already, and I do not want to lose site of it.
  • Balance — To not be driven to the point where of losing site of those around me. To not be spontaneous to the point where a sense of responsibility is lost. So all things must be done in balance.

Ultimately, these are areas where I hope to see growth.

I look forward to looking back.