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a fast and fun new york minute

a fast and fun new york minute

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I think the hardest part about this period has been going through it alone. Not just like this is something that’s happening in me so I need to process it...but where are your friends when you go through it? It feels like you alienate them if you talk about it. And you want to talk about it...but there’s no one to talk with.

It seems like that shouldn’t be the case. Christians are outsiders in this world, but shouldn’t we be able to find community with each other? And yet asking questions makes you an outsider in the Christian community at a time when you need that community to surround you and support you the most.

The hard part about feeling alone is that I don’t want to feel that way. It doesn’t feel natural to feel like I need people.

Today I started to think maybe the need to have the support from friends can be taken away with a shift in mindset. So that’s what I’m doing: shifting my mindset.

I think the hardest part about this period has been going through it alone. Not just like this is something that’s happening in me so I need to process it...but where are your friends when you go through it? It feels like you alienate them if you talk about it. And you want to talk about it...but there’s no one to talk with. It seems like that shouldn’t be the case. Christians are outsiders in this world, but shouldn’t we be able to find community with each other? And yet asking questions makes you an outsider in the Christian community at a time when you need that community to surround you and support you the most. The hard part about feeling alone is that I don’t want to feel that way. It doesn’t feel natural to feel like I need people. Today I started to think maybe the need to have the support from friends can be taken away with a shift in mindset. So that’s what I’m doing: shifting my mindset.

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What comes to mind when you think of a lighthouse?

What comes to mind when you think of a lighthouse?

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The Homestead.
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I posted on the blog late yesterday about our Charleston Homestead and am SO HAPPY to share the space with y'all. 🤗
Next month @mountain_ed and I will be driving back across the country to get me settled in to our place while he will be gone most of next year. 🚗
I can't wait to make this house a home and start all of the DIY projects that I've got piled up on my pinterest boards. Don't even get me started on how many gallons of paint this place needs.
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The Homestead. 🏠 I posted on the blog late yesterday about our Charleston Homestead and am SO HAPPY to share the space with y'all. 🤗 Next month @mountain_ed and I will be driving back across the country to get me settled in to our place while he will be gone most of next year. 🚗 I can't wait to make this house a home and start all of the DIY projects that I've got piled up on my pinterest boards. Don't even get me started on how many gallons of paint this place needs. 🚪 . #themurrayhomestead #alovedlife #propelwomen #bedeeplyrooted #influencenetwork #theeverydayproject #thatsdarling #lifestyleblogger #yourinfluence #thehappynow #holdersnotfolders #risingtidesociety #momentsofmine #liveauthentic #adventureisoutthere #cultivatekindness #solovely #forahappymoment #withgracemovement #mylegacyofbeauty #theartofslowliving #wholeheartedliving #lessworkmorelife #theeverygirl #seekthesimplicity #charlestonblogger

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Walked up on this little self-initiated stretch sesh. They literally sat like this for a full five minutes and just stared at each other. ✨👧🏼👧🏻🧒🏼✨
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Walked up on this little self-initiated stretch sesh. They literally sat like this for a full five minutes and just stared at each other. ✨👧🏼👧🏻🧒🏼✨ . I don’t understand it, but I *am* entertained by it. 🤷🏼‍♀️ . . . . #sisters #stretch #lifewithlaila #elskedeelinor #ellabella #sistersfromanothermister #staringcontest #toddlerhood #momlife #holdersnotfolders

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today it snowed and snowed and snowed, and i wrote and wrote and wrote. i drank hot coffee and chatted with my sister and listened to scores. and it all reminded me of how deeply grateful i am for this life and all it's little bits of beauty. i love writing stories and i am so thankful for the opportunity to be able to wake up each morning and return to the world i've made. the more i grow the more i love this time of year and all it's little whispering reminders to be thankful for the gifts we've been given. what are two things that *you* are thankful for today? ☕📚🙏
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today it snowed and snowed and snowed, and i wrote and wrote and wrote. i drank hot coffee and chatted with my sister and listened to scores. and it all reminded me of how deeply grateful i am for this life and all it's little bits of beauty. i love writing stories and i am so thankful for the opportunity to be able to wake up each morning and return to the world i've made. the more i grow the more i love this time of year and all it's little whispering reminders to be thankful for the gifts we've been given. what are two things that *you* are thankful for today? ☕📚🙏 . . . . . . . . . . . #holdersnotfolders #petitejoys #lifestyle #livelight #livethelittlethings #livestrong #livebold #writersofinstagram #writerlife #amwriting #ilovelife #folkvibes #folksouls #writerscommunity #writerthings #motiv #inspiration #grateful #gratitude #thanksgiving

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Guess who gained 10 oz in 4 days and literally outgrew all her clothes in one night?!!? The one and only.... #hildejoy

Guess who gained 10 oz in 4 days and literally outgrew all her clothes in one night?!!? The one and only.... #hildejoy

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Happy 30th Mr. Dad! We are both so thankful for you! 🎁🎂🎈🎉

Happy 30th Mr. Dad! We are both so thankful for you! 🎁🎂🎈🎉

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May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Romans 15:13

I was talking to a friend who was needing some peace, so I shared this verse. 
If you are needing some peace today too, rely on God for His peace. His is the only kind that lasts.

#bppfallproject #fallvibes #bibleverse

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13 I was talking to a friend who was needing some peace, so I shared this verse. If you are needing some peace today too, rely on God for His peace. His is the only kind that lasts. #bppfallproject #fallvibes #bibleverse

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The last few days having @mountain_ed around the house has made me get a taste of what shore duty could look like. I'm looking forward to see-you-at-dinner-and-on-weekends work schedule something fierce. 😍
I'm also learning to be content and find that joy even in this more challenging season. To remind myself every day to seek out the why and to be the encouragement. To not let a wedge be formed and to welcome my husband home with joy in my heart and love on my lips.
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The last few days having @mountain_ed around the house has made me get a taste of what shore duty could look like. I'm looking forward to see-you-at-dinner-and-on-weekends work schedule something fierce. 😍 I'm also learning to be content and find that joy even in this more challenging season. To remind myself every day to seek out the why and to be the encouragement. To not let a wedge be formed and to welcome my husband home with joy in my heart and love on my lips. ♥️ #murrayedwithlove #alovedlife #propelwomen #bedeeplyrooted #influencenetwork #theeverydayproject #thatsdarling #lifestyleblogger #yourinfluence #thehappynow #holdersnotfolders #risingtidesociety #momentsofmine #liveauthentic #adventureisoutthere #cultivatekindness #solovely #forahappymoment #withgracemovement #mylegacyofbeauty #theartofslowliving #wholeheartedliving #lessworkmorelife #theeverygirl #seekthesimplicity #charlestonblogger

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oh, november 🍂 [i say that as i look out my window and see snow.  snow!!!! what is happening!]

oh, november 🍂 [i say that as i look out my window and see snow. snow!!!! what is happening!]

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Shared a new happy list on the blog this week! Lots to be happy about, including time with this girl & working on a fun secret project together that we are so excited to announce when it is time!! 😍 Follow the link in my profile to read the post ❤️ @nathalieebaby
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Shared a new happy list on the blog this week! Lots to be happy about, including time with this girl & working on a fun secret project together that we are so excited to announce when it is time!! 😍 Follow the link in my profile to read the post ❤️ @nathalieebaby • • • #happylist #ontheblog #livethelittlethings #petitejoys #pursuepretty #thehappynow #itsabeautifulfall #friends #holdersnotfolders #theeverydayproject #thatsdarling #flashesofdelight #lifestyleblogger

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We have not one but two Google Home Hubs in our home (bedroom + kitchen) making our mornings #MorningGoals 🙌 Not only do I have to dress myself, but also my sweet 12 week old. With this crazy Colorado weather you never know what you are going to get and it is SO helpful to get the information I need while my hands are full. Plus she also can turn on Hilde's lamp and sound machine as well as nearly every light in our home! We're big fans! (Seriously though, add it to your Christmas list!) 🎅 @madebygoogle #giftfromgoogle

We have not one but two Google Home Hubs in our home (bedroom + kitchen) making our mornings #MorningGoals 🙌 Not only do I have to dress myself, but also my sweet 12 week old. With this crazy Colorado weather you never know what you are going to get and it is SO helpful to get the information I need while my hands are full. Plus she also can turn on Hilde's lamp and sound machine as well as nearly every light in our home! We're big fans! (Seriously though, add it to your Christmas list!) 🎅 @madebygoogle #giftfromgoogle

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My trip to Maine last month was part-I've-always-wanted-to-go-there and part-research-for-the-book I'm currently writing, which is set in coastal Maine during the fall. I knew visiting the setting would be helpful, but I didn't realize how much it would bring the location of my novel to life. I journaled my way through the trip and am so excited to infuse my story with all the little details.

Speaking of my novel, my goal for the rest of 2018 is to finish it! It's a somewhat lofty goal, but a while back I was watching a few Insta Stories and @donmilleris shared that if you write 500 words a day, after 100 days you'll have 50,000 words. I realized if I up that a little I can finish a book in 2018.

Did you set any end-of-the-year goals?

My trip to Maine last month was part-I've-always-wanted-to-go-there and part-research-for-the-book I'm currently writing, which is set in coastal Maine during the fall. I knew visiting the setting would be helpful, but I didn't realize how much it would bring the location of my novel to life. I journaled my way through the trip and am so excited to infuse my story with all the little details. Speaking of my novel, my goal for the rest of 2018 is to finish it! It's a somewhat lofty goal, but a while back I was watching a few Insta Stories and @donmilleris shared that if you write 500 words a day, after 100 days you'll have 50,000 words. I realized if I up that a little I can finish a book in 2018. Did you set any end-of-the-year goals?

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Date night 🍂 @mystyledairies

Date night 🍂 @mystyledairies

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🍁 it’s hard to beat these colors. 📸 @oakandoats

🍁 it’s hard to beat these colors. 📸 @oakandoats

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"For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places." Ephesians 6:12 ESV Our enemies aren’t our neighbors, coworkers, exes, bullies, politicians. If we mistakenly think that other people are our enemies and we engage in battle with them, we’re fighting the wrong battle. And you know who’s on the side laughing when we do? Our actual enemy. Because he knows we aren’t standing against him. That we’re fighting the wrong battle. God, give us the eyes to see who our actual enemies are. 🙏

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When my brother and I hit a certain age Santa starting putting Subway gift cards in our stockings. #AD Now that we're older we still love seeing these green beauties make their way into our pockets, it's the gift that keeps on giving!
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I ran into Walmart the other day to grab a few thing and picked up the gift card out of their awesome Holiday display! You can get so many great gift cards: Fandango, Spa Week, American Express and many more! Save some time this week and get a little Christmas shopping done for family and friends and get them a gift card they will love! @incommworldwide
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When my brother and I hit a certain age Santa starting putting Subway gift cards in our stockings. #AD Now that we're older we still love seeing these green beauties make their way into our pockets, it's the gift that keeps on giving! 🎁 I ran into Walmart the other day to grab a few thing and picked up the gift card out of their awesome Holiday display! You can get so many great gift cards: Fandango, Spa Week, American Express and many more! Save some time this week and get a little Christmas shopping done for family and friends and get them a gift card they will love! @incommworldwide 🌟 #SaveMoneyGiveBetter2018 #ChristmasGift #christmasdecor #alovedlife #propelwomen #bedeeplyrooted #influencenetwork #theeverydayproject #thatsdarling #lifestyleblogger #yourinfluence #thehappynow #holdersnotfolders #risingtidesociety #momentsofmine #liveauthentic #adventureisoutthere #cultivatekindness #solovely #forahappymoment #withgracemovement #mylegacyofbeauty #theartofslowliving #wholeheartedliving #lessworkmorelife #theeverygirl #seekthesimplicity #sandiegoblogger #charlestonblogger

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When you miss your (aka your friend’s) horses and spend the evening looking at pictures and watching videos of your babies.

When you miss your (aka your friend’s) horses and spend the evening looking at pictures and watching videos of your babies.

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Tennessee in Fall on the blog today! #ad Breakfast at @applewoodfarmhouse was scrumptious - I'm so glad we made the stop on our way back to the airport on our last day! 🍏🍎 @tnvacation #madeintn

Tennessee in Fall on the blog today! #ad Breakfast at @applewoodfarmhouse was scrumptious - I'm so glad we made the stop on our way back to the airport on our last day! 🍏🍎 @tnvacation #madeintn

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In a two-week time period I had the following conversations:
❎ someone who is recently divorced has anxiety about going to back to church
❎ someone was anxious to attend a Christian conference because of politics
❎ someone told me my pastor will tell me to stop hanging out with him because of his sexuality

Why have we put up barriers between people and Jesus? Why aren’t we tearing down barriers that were put up by those who came before us?

In a two-week time period I had the following conversations: ❎ someone who is recently divorced has anxiety about going to back to church ❎ someone was anxious to attend a Christian conference because of politics ❎ someone told me my pastor will tell me to stop hanging out with him because of his sexuality Why have we put up barriers between people and Jesus? Why aren’t we tearing down barriers that were put up by those who came before us?

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Amy, when are you having kids?
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I honestly can't count the number of times I've been asked this question recently. 👇
So I decided to put all my thoughts in one place and make a post about where we are at in this decision right now in our marriage. You can read all about it on today's blog post (link in profile).
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Amy, when are you having kids? 🤦‍♀️ I honestly can't count the number of times I've been asked this question recently. 👇 So I decided to put all my thoughts in one place and make a post about where we are at in this decision right now in our marriage. You can read all about it on today's blog post (link in profile). . #alovedlife #propelwomen #bedeeplyrooted #influencenetwork #theeverydayproject #thatsdarling #lifestyleblogger #yourinfluence #thehappynow #holdersnotfolders #risingtidesociety #momentsofmine #liveauthentic #adventureisoutthere #cultivatekindness #solovely #forahappymoment #withgracemovement #mylegacyofbeauty #theartofslowliving #wholeheartedliving #lessworkmorelife #theeverygirl #seekthesimplicity #sandiegoblogger #californiablogger #westcoast

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Morning! ❤️ #hildejoy

Morning! ❤️ #hildejoy

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When fall turns to winter 🍂❄️

When fall turns to winter 🍂❄️

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I’ve been MIA from Instagram due to traveling to Detroit this week for a conference. The city was more than I could have expected and the people are so friendly, but I’m happy to be home with my boys 🐱🙇🏻‍♂️🐱. Hoping to unpack the final boxes this week so that our place looks like a home again soon.

I’ve been MIA from Instagram due to traveling to Detroit this week for a conference. The city was more than I could have expected and the people are so friendly, but I’m happy to be home with my boys 🐱🙇🏻‍♂️🐱. Hoping to unpack the final boxes this week so that our place looks like a home again soon.

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Last night I fell down a Christian YouTube rabbit hole and felt like I was put in chains every time he spoke directly to us, his brothers and sisters. When he spoke about the gospel—something that is supposed to bring hope and be life-giving—it felt robotic and brain-washed, like a weapon against this wanderer who’s asked a lot of questions this year that have been weighing on her heart and mind. Who apparently isn’t a true believer—never was, in fact—because she asked questions, and if she had ever been a true believer, she never would have.

By time I finally turned it off I felt defeated. Yes, he speaks to a Christian audience and that could account for the tone. His purpose is to keep people on the path, not share the gospel with those who haven’t believed. But Christians need to hear the gospel, too. We need to hear about the love and hope that it gives us.

And statistics would show that in every Christian audience there are those dealing with doubt; a quarter of Christians. And I would guess that a good amount of them are afraid to open up because of the judgement they might face.

I stopped watching and asked myself, what’s the point? What’s the point with continuing the spiritual practice I’ve established for myself this month? (I did.) What’s the point of going to church in the morning. (I did.) A few weeks ago a friend shared this passage from Elisabeth Elliott with me and I’ve been trying to keep it in mind. Even if I don’t want to, I need to incorporate worship and spiritual discipline into my life. Even when it means taking in my feelings and hopefully being aware they might color what I hear. I probably wouldn’t have felt the way I did in church today if I hadn’t been processing this video.

I don’t know where I’m going with this other than I’ve always believed that words can build up or tear down.

And if you’re wandering, too, don’t give up. Feel what you’re feeling, but keep wandering. Maybe we’ll feel more secure in where we are one day, but we never will if we stop. 💙💙💙

Last night I fell down a Christian YouTube rabbit hole and felt like I was put in chains every time he spoke directly to us, his brothers and sisters. When he spoke about the gospel—something that is supposed to bring hope and be life-giving—it felt robotic and brain-washed, like a weapon against this wanderer who’s asked a lot of questions this year that have been weighing on her heart and mind. Who apparently isn’t a true believer—never was, in fact—because she asked questions, and if she had ever been a true believer, she never would have. By time I finally turned it off I felt defeated. Yes, he speaks to a Christian audience and that could account for the tone. His purpose is to keep people on the path, not share the gospel with those who haven’t believed. But Christians need to hear the gospel, too. We need to hear about the love and hope that it gives us. And statistics would show that in every Christian audience there are those dealing with doubt; a quarter of Christians. And I would guess that a good amount of them are afraid to open up because of the judgement they might face. I stopped watching and asked myself, what’s the point? What’s the point with continuing the spiritual practice I’ve established for myself this month? (I did.) What’s the point of going to church in the morning. (I did.) A few weeks ago a friend shared this passage from Elisabeth Elliott with me and I’ve been trying to keep it in mind. Even if I don’t want to, I need to incorporate worship and spiritual discipline into my life. Even when it means taking in my feelings and hopefully being aware they might color what I hear. I probably wouldn’t have felt the way I did in church today if I hadn’t been processing this video. I don’t know where I’m going with this other than I’ve always believed that words can build up or tear down. And if you’re wandering, too, don’t give up. Feel what you’re feeling, but keep wandering. Maybe we’ll feel more secure in where we are one day, but we never will if we stop. 💙💙💙

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This is about as serious as it gets around here. 😆 Hope this little guy is ready for a little bit of crazy, a whole lot of laughter, and a beautiful, beautiful life. ⠀
I love my family. ⠀
Happy Sunday guys ✨

This is about as serious as it gets around here. 😆 Hope this little guy is ready for a little bit of crazy, a whole lot of laughter, and a beautiful, beautiful life. ⠀ I love my family. ⠀ Happy Sunday guys ✨

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happy sunday, sweet soul! it's a crisp, COLD morning here in VT. the coffee is brewing and writing is very likely in the cards for today 📚🍂☕ what are YOU up to today?? anything fun? .
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happy sunday, sweet soul! it's a crisp, COLD morning here in VT. the coffee is brewing and writing is very likely in the cards for today 📚🍂☕ what are YOU up to today?? anything fun? . . . . . . . . . . . #vermont #vermontfall #newplaces #newengland #authorsofinstagram #authorly #authorblogger #ilovelife #ilovevermont #sundayvibes #sundaze #petitejoys #holdersnotfolders #lifestyle #livelight #livethelittlethings #livebold #amwriting

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Last week I ventured out to my home away from home for a writing night and I felt like a hot mess: smudged makeup, hair that hadn’t been brushed, clothes that I threw on without even thinking through. The first thing the barista said to me when I walked in was, “You look like this up and coming model I’ve seen! You’re gorgeous!” And while I: 1) didn’t know how to respond; and 2) would question that claim when I don’t feel like a mess, a kind word goes a long way in a world that sometimes seems to be filled with so much negativity and constantly tells you you’re not good enough in an endless amount of ways. It was the kind of encounter that makes you want to pass on the kindness. I’ve had these encounters before, but I’ve never actually followed through with passing it on.

This week I looked for opportunities to pass on that kindness and it turns out there are so many. And I would encourage you to do the same. We live in a world that is so heavy and a little burst of kindness is like a light. Be a light to the people you encounter. You never know when a simple compliment will make them feel like a million bucks over a hot mess.

PS - you’re awesome!

Last week I ventured out to my home away from home for a writing night and I felt like a hot mess: smudged makeup, hair that hadn’t been brushed, clothes that I threw on without even thinking through. The first thing the barista said to me when I walked in was, “You look like this up and coming model I’ve seen! You’re gorgeous!” And while I: 1) didn’t know how to respond; and 2) would question that claim when I don’t feel like a mess, a kind word goes a long way in a world that sometimes seems to be filled with so much negativity and constantly tells you you’re not good enough in an endless amount of ways. It was the kind of encounter that makes you want to pass on the kindness. I’ve had these encounters before, but I’ve never actually followed through with passing it on. This week I looked for opportunities to pass on that kindness and it turns out there are so many. And I would encourage you to do the same. We live in a world that is so heavy and a little burst of kindness is like a light. Be a light to the people you encounter. You never know when a simple compliment will make them feel like a million bucks over a hot mess. PS - you’re awesome!

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I think a common misconception with the few people who know where I’m at with my faith is that I’m fine with it. That I don’t care or have a closer relationship with God.

Going back to yesterday’s post (which I didn’t wrap up well), when I talked with that pastor about his church’s values the one that really resonated with me is all about resting in God.

And it’s something I yearn for.

But, like I said yesterday, I don’t believe he cares whether I talk to him or not. Whether I feel a closeness to him or not. I don’t think he’s waiting for me to open up.

And so it would be easier if I didn’t care. And I yearn for that as much as I yearn to feel close to God again.

I think a common misconception with the few people who know where I’m at with my faith is that I’m fine with it. That I don’t care or have a closer relationship with God. Going back to yesterday’s post (which I didn’t wrap up well), when I talked with that pastor about his church’s values the one that really resonated with me is all about resting in God. And it’s something I yearn for. But, like I said yesterday, I don’t believe he cares whether I talk to him or not. Whether I feel a closeness to him or not. I don’t think he’s waiting for me to open up. And so it would be easier if I didn’t care. And I yearn for that as much as I yearn to feel close to God again.

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Just prepping for @siss_fit 's next challenge! My favorite challenges are by SiSSFIT and @daniellepascente . By far! The only problem is I'm a typical cardio junkie and don't do strength work or HIIT often enough. So when I start a new challenge, I get so sore! As in cannot even walk right sore. .
I could hardly run for a full week after Danielle's #stronginfall challenge. .
This time I'm adding in strength and HIIT to get ready for Healthy through the Holidays.
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Just prepping for @siss_fit 's next challenge! My favorite challenges are by SiSSFIT and @daniellepascente . By far! The only problem is I'm a typical cardio junkie and don't do strength work or HIIT often enough. So when I start a new challenge, I get so sore! As in cannot even walk right sore. . I could hardly run for a full week after Danielle's #stronginfall challenge. . This time I'm adding in strength and HIIT to get ready for Healthy through the Holidays. . Join me in the challenge! It's only $29...and the price goes up Monday. Plus: there are giveaways if you get your workouts in! Link in Profile to join me in the challenge. . . . . #exercise #fitnessmotivation #runnersofinstagram #fitmama #littlestoriesofmylife #abmlifeisbeautiful #abmlifeissweet #thehappynow #healthylifestyle #healthymom #healthyhabits #accountability #itsfallyall #fitfamily #holdersnotfolders #momlifeisthebestlife #momlife #fitnesschallenge #holidayfitness #holidaychallenge #holidays #giveaway #healthymom #healthyholidays #katcrew #sissfit

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Tendemos a cuidar mucho lo que consumimos en el embarazo por el bien del bebé, pero después del parto nos olvidamos de nosotras y todo se enfoca en ellos.
Las demandas físicas continúan: recuperación del parto, recuperación de una operación, lactancia, desvelos etc. y por eso no debemos descuidarnos. Los beneficios del colágeno son bastante conocidos (pelo, piel y uñas) pero ¿sabían que también ayuda a la recuperación muscular?
A todas las que estén con la duda de probar tomar colágeno, les recomiendo @colageno_castilla ; no tiene olor, ni sabor y lo pueden tomar con su bebida favorita. Mi ginecólogo me lo autorizó (¡y super recomendó!), pero siempre consulten a su médico😉

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Tendemos a cuidar mucho lo que consumimos en el embarazo por el bien del bebé, pero después del parto nos olvidamos de nosotras y todo se enfoca en ellos. Las demandas físicas continúan: recuperación del parto, recuperación de una operación, lactancia, desvelos etc. y por eso no debemos descuidarnos. Los beneficios del colágeno son bastante conocidos (pelo, piel y uñas) pero ¿sabían que también ayuda a la recuperación muscular? A todas las que estén con la duda de probar tomar colágeno, les recomiendo @colageno_castilla ; no tiene olor, ni sabor y lo pueden tomar con su bebida favorita. Mi ginecólogo me lo autorizó (¡y super recomendó!), pero siempre consulten a su médico😉 #postpartumlife #ig_motherhood #skincare

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Happy Friday! I'm Stacia, the face behind the blooms, and this is a rare photo of me not wearing an oversized sweater, yoga pants, and a messy bun. 🙈⠀
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Happy Friday! I'm Stacia, the face behind the blooms, and this is a rare photo of me not wearing an oversized sweater, yoga pants, and a messy bun. 🙈⠀ ⠀ What is your go to outfit when you don't have places to be or people to impress?⠀ ⠀ Photo - @vestedimage

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Awhile ago I talked to a pastor about his church’s values and as soon as he said one of them, the words, “I love it!” popped out of my mouth. A more accurate description would have been: I need it.

Because even though I often talk about God in terms that leaves room for doubt, I really do think I believe in him. (There I go again.) I believe in him.

I just don’t trust him. And because I don’t trust him I have a hard time opening myself up to him. When I do I don’t get the sense that he’s there, waiting for the Missional Atheist to come out of her shell. I don’t think he has much of an interest in her at all. I don’t know if I think he ever did.

Awhile ago I talked to a pastor about his church’s values and as soon as he said one of them, the words, “I love it!” popped out of my mouth. A more accurate description would have been: I need it. Because even though I often talk about God in terms that leaves room for doubt, I really do think I believe in him. (There I go again.) I believe in him. I just don’t trust him. And because I don’t trust him I have a hard time opening myself up to him. When I do I don’t get the sense that he’s there, waiting for the Missional Atheist to come out of her shell. I don’t think he has much of an interest in her at all. I don’t know if I think he ever did.

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Living up to her middle name! #hildejoy

Living up to her middle name! #hildejoy

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So excited to join this challenge! Are you in?? Start the holiday season off in the right foot. It's only $29...which is so low for a challenge like this. Plus: there are giveaways if you get your workouts in!! Price goes up Monday. Link in Profile to join me in the challenge!
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So excited to join this challenge! Are you in?? Start the holiday season off in the right foot. It's only $29...which is so low for a challenge like this. Plus: there are giveaways if you get your workouts in!! Price goes up Monday. Link in Profile to join me in the challenge! . . . . #exercise #fitnessmotivation #runnersofinstagram #fitmama #littlestoriesofmylife #abmlifeisbeautiful #abmlifeissweet #thehappynow #healthylifestyle #healthymom #healthyhabits #accountability #itsfallyall #fitfamily #holdersnotfolders #momlifeisthebestlife #momlife #fitnesschallenge #holidayfitness #holidaychallenge #holidays #giveaway #healthymom #healthyholidays

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Whew, I've been a little MIA from Instagram this week. These days are so sweet but my arms are full - I am not as on top of photo taking and editing as I want to be but I am just rolling with it! Something I would NOT have been okay with before Hilde was born but now my priorities have changed. I'm finally letting myself slow down and hold a baby while I watch Gossip Girl (for the first time & a decade late!) .
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As a seven (more #enneagram talk) I've always been driven & fast moving. Always looking to what is next and never slowing down. Motherhood is changing me and it is kind of crazy. I'm still me, just a me who likes nights in, going to bed at 10, and holding my baby girl while she naps instead of working. 🙌

Anyone else relate??! 👇👇 PS: YAY WEEKEND!

PPS: I forgot this post was about the @willowpump that I LOVE! I wrote a whole blog post on it at the beginning of the week but the IG post isn't going live until now. Oops! You can find it through the link in my profile or my Blog Posts saved stories! XOXO

Whew, I've been a little MIA from Instagram this week. These days are so sweet but my arms are full - I am not as on top of photo taking and editing as I want to be but I am just rolling with it! Something I would NOT have been okay with before Hilde was born but now my priorities have changed. I'm finally letting myself slow down and hold a baby while I watch Gossip Girl (for the first time & a decade late!) . . . As a seven (more #enneagram talk) I've always been driven & fast moving. Always looking to what is next and never slowing down. Motherhood is changing me and it is kind of crazy. I'm still me, just a me who likes nights in, going to bed at 10, and holding my baby girl while she naps instead of working. 🙌 Anyone else relate??! 👇👇 PS: YAY WEEKEND! PPS: I forgot this post was about the @willowpump that I LOVE! I wrote a whole blog post on it at the beginning of the week but the IG post isn't going live until now. Oops! You can find it through the link in my profile or my Blog Posts saved stories! XOXO

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where to next?

where to next?

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// This Thankfulness Thursday, I'm thankful for hope, for the Lord's faithfulness, and for answered prayers. I'm thankful for how when we're fighting to stand, He picks us back up and says,

// This Thankfulness Thursday, I'm thankful for hope, for the Lord's faithfulness, and for answered prayers. I'm thankful for how when we're fighting to stand, He picks us back up and says, "Hey, remember Me? Still here. Didn't go anywhere. Take a breath. I've got you." There's a new post on the blog this morning that's basically just my heart exploding with gratitude, and I'd love for you to read it. Also, don't forget to join me! Share what you're thankful for this Thursday, and I'll link you in my post. :) Happy Thursday, friends. 💕💕💕 . . #totallygraced #blog #blogging #creativityfound #darlingweek #holdersnotfolders #sunset #thehappynow #lifeisbeautiful #lovelydays #thatsdarling #lifestyle #livethelifeyoulove #liveauthentic #inspiringsimplicity #littlebitofhappy #graceupongrace #dancingthroughlife #goodvibes #dontworrybehappy #petitejoys #socality #ontheblog #thankfulnessthursday #linkinbio #happy #vsco #blogger #joy #unum

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Current view. I'm still happy to have the opportunity to sweat and hop in the elliptical while baby boy naps. But....really wish I could heal up this plantar fasciitis so I could get a few more fall runs in! This came today: ❄️❄️😐 .
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Current view. I'm still happy to have the opportunity to sweat and hop in the elliptical while baby boy naps. But....really wish I could heal up this plantar fasciitis so I could get a few more fall runs in! This came today: ❄️❄️😐 . #notreadyforwinter #notreadyforsnow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #exercise #fitnessmotivation #runnersofinstagram #fitmama #littlestoriesofmylife #abmlifeisbeautiful #abmlifeissweet #thehappynow #healthylifestyle #healthymom #healthyhabits #accountability #itsfallyall #fall #fitfamily #fitfall #holdersnotfolders #momlifeisthebestlife #momlife #katcrew #wednesdayworkout #workoutwednesday

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// I think that November can be a little rough on everyone, whether from school piling up or drowning under the weight of NaNo or just a certain heaviness that seems to settle over so many people this time of year. But Thanksgiving break is in two weeks, we live in a world with sunsets that paint the sky pink, and we have a God who is faithful over and over again. Elevation Worship has been echoing through my brain all throughout this week-

// I think that November can be a little rough on everyone, whether from school piling up or drowning under the weight of NaNo or just a certain heaviness that seems to settle over so many people this time of year. But Thanksgiving break is in two weeks, we live in a world with sunsets that paint the sky pink, and we have a God who is faithful over and over again. Elevation Worship has been echoing through my brain all throughout this week- "I've seen You move, You move the mountains, and I believe I'll see You do it again." He's going to move the mountains, friends. Take a deep breath. Look up. It's going to be okay. . . #totallygraced #inspiringsimplicity #creativityfound #livecolorfully #goodvibes #lovelydays #livethelifeyoulove #dontworrybehappy #petitejoys #lifestyle #blogging #blog #littlebitofhappy #holdersnotfolders #thehappynow #thatsdarling #darlingweek #dancingthroughlife #adventure #liveauthentic #lifeisbeautiful #graceupongrace #sunset #unum

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For those in the U.S., here’s your Election Day reminder that your political affiliation does not determine whether or not you are Christian or a “good enough” Christian, no matter what anyone—right or left—tries to tell you.

As the day comes to an end, remember that no matter what the outcome, God still loves you. He still loves the neighbor who voted differently than you. He’s the one that knows everyone’s story; he’s the one who knows what was on everyone’s heart when they entered the voting booth.

And you know what? It might be hard to believe sometimes, but he even loves the politicians. All of them.

So as we walk away from today, remember to pray for our leaders. Even if you don’t like them. (Especially if you don’t!) And remember to reflect God’s love to those around you. Because there are people out there who need the reminder. Take it from me—the one who doesn’t always know if God loves us but shares the message that he does every week and sees how much people desire to hear it—we need the reminder.

For those in the U.S., here’s your Election Day reminder that your political affiliation does not determine whether or not you are Christian or a “good enough” Christian, no matter what anyone—right or left—tries to tell you. As the day comes to an end, remember that no matter what the outcome, God still loves you. He still loves the neighbor who voted differently than you. He’s the one that knows everyone’s story; he’s the one who knows what was on everyone’s heart when they entered the voting booth. And you know what? It might be hard to believe sometimes, but he even loves the politicians. All of them. So as we walk away from today, remember to pray for our leaders. Even if you don’t like them. (Especially if you don’t!) And remember to reflect God’s love to those around you. Because there are people out there who need the reminder. Take it from me—the one who doesn’t always know if God loves us but shares the message that he does every week and sees how much people desire to hear it—we need the reminder.

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Today we're taking it easy after yesterday mornings crazy hard hike. I made some delicious peanut butter chocolate chip banana bread this morning and have been catching up on work while the husband unwinds with some video games.
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Today we're taking it easy after yesterday mornings crazy hard hike. I made some delicious peanut butter chocolate chip banana bread this morning and have been catching up on work while the husband unwinds with some video games. ⛰ We're about to go see the Hunter Killer submarine movie (since the husband is a submariner!) and then start slowly boxing up some house stuff. 📦 How is your Tuesday going? ⭐ #alovedlife #propelwomen #bedeeplyrooted #influencenetwork #theeverydayproject #thatsdarling #lifestyleblogger #yourinfluence #thehappynow #holdersnotfolders #risingtidesociety #momentsofmine #liveauthentic #adventureisoutthere #cultivatekindness #solovely #forahappymoment #withgracemovement #mylegacyofbeauty #theartofslowliving #wholeheartedliving #lessworkmorelife #theeverygirl #seekthesimplicity #sandiegoblogger #californiablogger #westcoast

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This man... I know I brag on my husband all the time but, you guys, he's totally brag worthy.  The past 13ish weeks of pregnancy have been rough and he's stepped up and allowed me the freedom to take care of my body and mental health without worrying about him, our boys, or our home.  Not only that, I have had not one but TWO girl weekend getaways during that time.  I found myself a winner.
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This man... I know I brag on my husband all the time but, you guys, he's totally brag worthy. The past 13ish weeks of pregnancy have been rough and he's stepped up and allowed me the freedom to take care of my body and mental health without worrying about him, our boys, or our home. Not only that, I have had not one but TWO girl weekend getaways during that time. I found myself a winner. . Since it's Thanksgiving month, I'd love to hear from YOU! What's something you're thankful for about your husband? . 📸: @laurie_jean_photography

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The view from our hotel room in Tennessee! 🍁 #ad Gosh, you got to love those pops of fall. Here in Colorado it is already looking like winter - AKA naked trees. Editing our photos from this @tnvacation trip slowly but surely. AND not feeling too sad because we already booked our next trip! Wahoo! 🙌 #madeintn 🍂
What is fall doing where you live?! 👇👇👇

The view from our hotel room in Tennessee! 🍁 #ad Gosh, you got to love those pops of fall. Here in Colorado it is already looking like winter - AKA naked trees. Editing our photos from this @tnvacation trip slowly but surely. AND not feeling too sad because we already booked our next trip! Wahoo! 🙌 #madeintn 🍂 What is fall doing where you live?! 👇👇👇

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Today’s agenda included:
✔️making a bunch of returns at Target
✔️checking in on the cats I’m cat-sitting
✔️running my Monday night therapy group
🔘last but not least, craft until bedtime

Today’s agenda included: ✔️making a bunch of returns at Target ✔️checking in on the cats I’m cat-sitting ✔️running my Monday night therapy group 🔘last but not least, craft until bedtime

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It's been a long day. 9 hours of my technologically-challenged self trying to get this book submitted. And I'm still sitting here, trying to get all the kinks out.

But I am thankful. I'm thankful that I wrote a book and am getting it published. I'm thankful that I have friends and family who were willing to give their time to help me edit and design this book. I'm thankful for a hubby who has been willing to let me stay home and write even though it makes money tighter. And I am thankful that God has provided this opportunity and enabled me to use my words to encourage others.

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It's been a long day. 9 hours of my technologically-challenged self trying to get this book submitted. And I'm still sitting here, trying to get all the kinks out. But I am thankful. I'm thankful that I wrote a book and am getting it published. I'm thankful that I have friends and family who were willing to give their time to help me edit and design this book. I'm thankful for a hubby who has been willing to let me stay home and write even though it makes money tighter. And I am thankful that God has provided this opportunity and enabled me to use my words to encourage others. All those "thankfuls" make today's longevity a lot more tolerable. #refinedbywisdom #bppfallproject . #livetpt #christianblogger . . #wellwateredwomen . . #coffeecupgospel #bettertogether #blogpassionproject #thepeonyproject #pursuepretty #chasinglight #thatsdarling #Christianity #faith #flashesofdelight #holdersnotfolders #tnchustler #petitejoys #thehappynow #seekthesimplicity #livethelittlethings #encouragement #abeautifulmess #feelfreefeed #abmlifeisbeautiful #verilymoment #risingtidesociety #abmhappylife #bedeeplyrooted

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It definitely feels like a Monday over here. What about for you? 🤷🏻‍♀️⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Up on the blog today I'm sharing all about how I'm feeling and part of that is feeling FREE to just write without caring how it came across. Ahhhh it felt good to just be free!
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Y'all. 👋🏻⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It definitely feels like a Monday over here. What about for you? 🤷🏻‍♀️⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Up on the blog today I'm sharing all about how I'm feeling and part of that is feeling FREE to just write without caring how it came across. Ahhhh it felt good to just be free! 🙌🏻⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ What is something good that happened for you this past weekend? 🤗⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #alovedlife #propelwomen #bedeeplyrooted #influencenetwork #theeverydayproject #thatsdarling #lifestyleblogger #yourinfluence #thehappynow #holdersnotfolders #risingtidesociety #momentsofmine #liveauthentic #adventureisoutthere #cultivatekindness #solovely #forahappymoment #withgracemovement #mylegacyofbeauty #theartofslowliving #wholeheartedliving #lessworkmorelife #theeverygirl #seekthesimplicity #sandiegoblogger #californiablogger #westcoast

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A little girl time is always nice, especially when it involves wine and shopping 🍷🛍👯‍♀️ Thanks @fluhartykc for a fun day ❤️
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A little girl time is always nice, especially when it involves wine and shopping 🍷🛍👯‍♀️ Thanks @fluhartykc for a fun day ❤️ • • • #girltime #girlsdayout #holdersnotfolders #wine #winetasting #livermore #livermorewinecountry #winery #weekendvibes #weekendbliss #thehappynow #theeverydayproject #thatsdarling #flashesofdelight #itsabeautifulfall

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Frantically trying to unpack before our new couch arrives Tuesday and my work trip on Wednesday.
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Frantically trying to unpack before our new couch arrives Tuesday and my work trip on Wednesday. . There’s currently enough clothes in my apartment to stock a boutique, and there’s space for approximately none of it. Send prayer, send help, send about a dozen clothes racks. #survivingour20s

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happy sunday, sweet soul 🙏 i hope your day is filled to the brim with beautiful things that help you to recognize the light that is within you and those around you ☀
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happy sunday, sweet soul 🙏 i hope your day is filled to the brim with beautiful things that help you to recognize the light that is within you and those around you ☀ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #namaste #yogi #yoga #practiceyoga #sundayvibes #sundaze #holdersnotfolders #petitejoys #thelightwithin #shinealight #motive #livethelittlethings #livebold #livestrong #livelight

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Late night thoughts: ✨ The more I think about it, the more I realize I was never destined to be part of a faith community. I’ve always been more comfortable out with people than inside the walls of the church. ✨ I wonder if that’s part of the reason a few other spiritualities have always fascinated me. They appear to be spiritualities in which the practice can be done alone. ✨ But I can’t let go of God as much as I (sometimes) would really, really like to. ✨ Other times I want to hold on tight.

Late night thoughts: ✨ The more I think about it, the more I realize I was never destined to be part of a faith community. I’ve always been more comfortable out with people than inside the walls of the church. ✨ I wonder if that’s part of the reason a few other spiritualities have always fascinated me. They appear to be spiritualities in which the practice can be done alone. ✨ But I can’t let go of God as much as I (sometimes) would really, really like to. ✨ Other times I want to hold on tight.

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Don’t sleep on Facebook marketplace, I nabbed these brand new Steve Madden boots for $5, less than the cost of the tacos I had for lunch!
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🌎 Over the last year I’ve made a real effort to only shop secondhand, and with the exception of a few things, I’ve really enjoyed saving money while helping the planet a bit. Thrift stores, Poshmark, Facebook and Ebay are just a few of the places you can find one of a kind items or an item you wanted but couldn’t justify spending the money on.
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Don’t sleep on Facebook marketplace, I nabbed these brand new Steve Madden boots for $5, less than the cost of the tacos I had for lunch! . 🌎 Over the last year I’ve made a real effort to only shop secondhand, and with the exception of a few things, I’ve really enjoyed saving money while helping the planet a bit. Thrift stores, Poshmark, Facebook and Ebay are just a few of the places you can find one of a kind items or an item you wanted but couldn’t justify spending the money on. . 🌨 Winter is the best time to thrift because people love to purge their closets and there is never a shortage of awesome outerwear. . 💰If you’re not sure how to find the best stuff on secondhand retail sites or want tips on how to sell your own formerly loved pieces for extra thrifting money, comment or DM me! #survivingour20s

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I spent the evening on this lovely beach last night doing a photography shoot for a lovely woman.
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We hiked up the mountain at the end and marveled over a gorgeous sunset. I found myself feeling really settled in my blog writing decision that I posted about today. It's good to touch base with the heart and just kind of spill things out.
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I spent the evening on this lovely beach last night doing a photography shoot for a lovely woman. ☁️ We hiked up the mountain at the end and marveled over a gorgeous sunset. I found myself feeling really settled in my blog writing decision that I posted about today. It's good to touch base with the heart and just kind of spill things out. ♥️ What is your Friday looking like? ⭐ @alovephotography . #alovedlife #propelwomen #bedeeplyrooted #influencenetwork #theeverydayproject #thatsdarling #lifestyleblogger #yourinfluence #thehappynow #holdersnotfolders #risingtidesociety #momentsofmine #liveauthentic #adventureisoutthere #cultivatekindness #solovely #forahappymoment #withgracemovement #mylegacyofbeauty #theartofslowliving #wholeheartedliving #lessworkmorelife #theeverygirl #seekthesimplicity #sandiegoblogger #charlestonblogger

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// One of my favorite parts of November is celebrating all month with the Thankfulness Thursday challenge on my blog. Each Thursday, I'll be posting about what I'm particularly grateful for as of late. The series started yesterday, and I'd love for you to check that out through the link in my bio! What I'd love even MORE, though, would be for YOU to join in! Whether it's on your blog, or on a social media channel, join me in sharing what you're thankful for each Thursday this month. Tag me in your posts or send me a link, and I'll share your posts on my blog! Let's celebrate gratitude this month, shall we? 💕

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// One of my favorite parts of November is celebrating all month with the Thankfulness Thursday challenge on my blog. Each Thursday, I'll be posting about what I'm particularly grateful for as of late. The series started yesterday, and I'd love for you to check that out through the link in my bio! What I'd love even MORE, though, would be for YOU to join in! Whether it's on your blog, or on a social media channel, join me in sharing what you're thankful for each Thursday this month. Tag me in your posts or send me a link, and I'll share your posts on my blog! Let's celebrate gratitude this month, shall we? 💕 #totallygraced #blog #blogging #dontworrybehappy #lovelydays #livecolorfully #holdersnotfolders #creativityfound #lifestyle #dancingthroughlife #socality #inspiringsimplicity #thehappynow #darlingweek #happy #petitejoys #livethelifeyoulove #goodvibes #thatsdarling #littlebitofhappy #vsco #ontheblog #linkinbio #bloggersofinstagram #thankfulnessthursday #unum

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not naked = not happy 🍂

not naked = not happy 🍂

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We have been home from the hospital for 10 weeks tomorrow! #ad It feels so long ago and so recent all at the same time! Today on the blog I am sharing What to Order for Mama & Baby before you Leave the Hospital featuring @Gerber ! #AnythingforBaby #Gerber

We have been home from the hospital for 10 weeks tomorrow! #ad It feels so long ago and so recent all at the same time! Today on the blog I am sharing What to Order for Mama & Baby before you Leave the Hospital featuring @Gerber ! #AnythingforBaby #Gerber

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"Lord, consume me." That's the cry of my heart. I want to want God more than I want to achieve my dreams. More than I want to have the perfect marriage and relationships. More than I want to enjoy life. And more than I want my morning coffee. None of those things are bad. Having dreams, wanting amazing relationships and an amazing marriage, and even just enjoying life and sipping coffee-- there is nothing wrong with that. So often though, those things become my deepest desires and my desire for God ends up sitting the bench. But when good things become ultimate things, they are idols, and God is very clear that idols are detestable to Him. It's not that my dreams, my marriage, or my morning coffee all of a sudden become detestable to God, but rather the attitude of my heart is. In those moments God calls me to turn back-- to place Him at the forefront, and let those other things fall in line behind Him. There is no comparison. Jesus is better. #coffeecupgospel @wellwateredwomen

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Happy Halloween!

If you’re looking for a fun and unique party for these atmospheric October days, here it is: Poe vs. Hitchcock. Read some Edgar Allan Poe together (by penlight, of course) and watch an Alfred Hitchcock movie. Bonus points if you have a cat providing sound effects for the reading.

How did you celebrate Halloween?

Happy Halloween! If you’re looking for a fun and unique party for these atmospheric October days, here it is: Poe vs. Hitchcock. Read some Edgar Allan Poe together (by penlight, of course) and watch an Alfred Hitchcock movie. Bonus points if you have a cat providing sound effects for the reading. How did you celebrate Halloween?

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The gang's all here! 👻 #harrypotter

The gang's all here! 👻 #harrypotter

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Last night’s show was spectacular, but tonight is being spent decorating pumpkins and catching up on the best Halloween tv episodes 👻. #survivingour20s

Last night’s show was spectacular, but tonight is being spent decorating pumpkins and catching up on the best Halloween tv episodes 👻. #survivingour20s

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Happy Halloween! We're not dressing up this year, so here's a throwback to a few years ago when we were Mary Poppins + Bert. One of my faves!⠀
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We're planning to just stay in with the pets tonight and watch a movie. Any recommendations??

Happy Halloween! We're not dressing up this year, so here's a throwback to a few years ago when we were Mary Poppins + Bert. One of my faves!⠀ ⠀ We're planning to just stay in with the pets tonight and watch a movie. Any recommendations??

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