I'm finding that the most important thing to me these days is asking God to guide me with obvious & subtle hints as to how I can meet a somewhat imperfect balance of work, relationships, and spending time investing into my health. I do not aspire to be a busy body with no aim. I'll run myself and others into the ground, I did it in college and I'm learning and moving on from that. I really just want to showcase a vulnerably light-filled life where I learn and grow into the woman I am, and will be. This week to catch up on the Jesus-time-self-love side of my life I bought a book called Create vs. Copy, I found some under eye patches that make your face less puffy, and I'm getting more and more excited to try simple recipes I was inspired by in Nashville once my fridge is fixed. Life is just a huge combination of a lot. Sometimes you have to count the cost of what you keep. #stillgrowing 📷: @wingtipsphotography
|| a d o r a b l e || There is nothing quite as beautiful as seeing the Lord reveal His affection for us through the affection of another. Watching the affection & admiration this two have for & with one another was too incredible to not capture. More to come.
Tattoos. Each one tells a piece of my story. Each one tells a piece of my struggle. Each one holds a piece, or many pieces, of my pain. I've been sitting with the stories behind these tattoos lately.
I've had the heart with headphones for 10 years. The story of what it means to me is a 10+ year story that I'm writing a book about. I remember the day I got the let go tattoo. It was October 2011. I woke up that morning and my first thought was I'm getting that tattoo today. That night I had a new tattoo.
The stories of these tattoos go together. Their placement on my forearm has a purpose. It has been 6 years of knowing that letting go was necessary for me. It has taken 6 years to learn how to let go with all of the following: feeling angry, feeling hurt, feeling betrayed, crying, questioning myself, questioning what I did wrong, questioning what I could have done to have a different outcome, comparing myself, changing myself to be someone else if that's what he wanted, feeling inadequate, feeling like the depth of this connection is something I won't experience again, holding on to hope that things would be different, and constantly asking why.
My senior seminar professor in college was the first person to help me understand this connection, my feelings about it, and my attachment to it. My friends have listened to me talk about it endlessly for over a decade. My therapists have helped me uncover the truth of how I felt through it all, of how I feel in the present, to talk through it, to vent, to be sad, to be upset, to cuss, to cry, to completely change my perspective to see the good, to learn the lessons, to find my smile, and to begin to open my heart again.
When you can't see life past an individual, your view is so limited. I'm so grateful for distance, detachment, and discernment. My heart needed this. 💛
Book to come in 2018.
My family back in Texas was very fortunate when Harvey hit but not all of them missed having damage to their homes and so many more back in Texas suffered worse. One thing I love about doing what I do is being able to spotlight organizations that are doing amazing work and I recently was introduced to one in my own home county.
Greater Mount Zion has helped people get the resources they need while also raising their spirits by reminding them how much they have to be grateful for and giving them something to look forward to. They held a fun day for those affected with food and games for the kids, provided physical labor for people who needed help in their homes, partnered with organizations like Well Aware to help people get water cleaning systems for contaminated water and Houston Food Bank to get people much needed supplies, along with so much more.
Even though I recently moved, it's always comforting to know that there are good people back home helping those you love. ❤
If you would like to support the disaster relief efforts at Greater Mount Zion Church, you can donate directly at https://www.youcaring.com/residentsofbrazoriamatagordacountyhurricaneharvey-929749
10% of all sales made using the link below thru Tuesday, Oct 17th, will also be donated to Greater Mount Zion. Cases up to 30% off are available for Case for a Cause as part of the event.
Link in bio as well
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