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2018 Reading List
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It's been a few years since I made a yearly reading list to tie into my yearly goals, and in an effort to curb my habit of reading multiple books at a time and not finishing them, I am starting a list of books I'm interested in reading this year that support my overall goals. I'm hoping to focus on reading about one to two books a month. No doubt I'll skip some on this list and add others, but it's a good starting point, and it makes me excited to read and learn in this next year!

(Editor's Note: Although, you MIGHT note I've already started quite a few of these...so my reading-multiple-books-at-a-time habit might prove A BIT hard to break!) :)

1. Know God more and trust Him more.

2. Grow STRONGER (mentally, physically, and spiritually).

3. Practice praise.

4. Be humble, willing, and faithful right where God has me.

5. Wait well (purposefully, not passively).

What about you? What books are you excited to read this year?

Favorite Reads in 2017
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Photo credit: ashleybrooke

"You will be the same person ten years from now except for the books you read, the places you go, the people you meet, and the scripture you memorize." Jay Strack

2017 has been a year filled with reading and learning. So much so that I thought it would be fun to write a post featuring some of my favorite reads of the year (including a favorite quote or two from each). God used this year to prune and grow me in significant ways, and He used the books I read as a big part of that process.

The following eight books impacted me most this year.

The Meaning of Marriage by Timothy Keller

This has been one of the very best books I've ever read on dating, relationships, and marriage. I would seriously recommend it to every single or married person I know.
I love the book's strong foundation of scripture and the main premise that a marriage is a spiritual friendship, a way for two spiritual friends to help each other on the journey to become the persons God designed them to be.

One of my favorite quotes: "Within this Christian vision for marriage, here's what it means to fall in love. It is to look at another person and get a glimpse of the person God is creating, and to say, 'I see who God is making you, and it excites me! I want to be part of that. I want to partner with you and God in the journey you are taking to His throne. And when we get there, I will look at your magnificence and say, 'I always knew you could be like this. I got glimpses of it on earth, but now look at you!' Each spouse should see the great thing that Jesus is doing in the life of their mate through the Word, the gospel. Each spouse should then give him– or herself to be a vehicle for that work and envision the day that you will stand together before God, seeing each other presented in spotless beauty and glory."


I truly get so excited thinking about building a marriage that looks like that! There's mission and meaning and intention to seek and serve God together, all the while encouraging one another to keep becoming more and more like Christ, through the ups and the downs life brings.

Detours by Tony Evans

I found this book at the perfect time, and it was such an encouragement to me in the midst of a season that took a painful detour I never expected. In this book, author Tony Evans uses Joseph's story as an example of the ways God works through the detours of our lives.

One of my favorite quotes:

"Detours are often those opportunities God uses in our lives to chisel us through the experiences we face. We can either cooperate with these detours by asking God to reveal to us the lessons He wants us to learn, or the skills He wants us to develop — and so on, or we can complain, kick, scream, fight, and remain on the detour much longer than we ever needed to...God uses all of our experiences to bring Him glory, when we allow Him. God sovereignly works through all of our detours to glorify Himself and achieve what is best for our development and the good we are to bring to others (Rom 8:28-30).

When God Says Wait by Elizabeth Laing Thompson

This is one of the best, most honest books on waiting that I've read. The author Elizabeth Laing Thompson writes with both understanding and humor, and it was so refreshing to read her words.

One of my favorite quotes:

"He can use your wait to shape you, make you stronger and more Christlike. Waiting is a journey of testing, fraught with spiritual danger, but rife with opportunity. Like Sarah, like us, each of our Bible heroes had to decide how to think and who to be during their in-between times. They didn't get everything they wanted, but many of them became the people God wanted them to be. God used their waiting times to shape them into instruments He could use for powerful purposes."

Cultivate by Lara Casey

I loved this book even more than Lara's first book Make It Happen. As I worked through my own messy and tension-filled year of unknowns, Lara's book was great company and great encouragement. As I read, I wrote all over the margins, underlining paragraphs, capturing thoughts, and scribbling raw, honest, and heartfelt prayers. Her book was such a gift to my weary heart.

One of my favorite quotes:

"To grow what matters in your life, just as you grow flowers in a garden, get your hands dirty, digging in right where you are. Growing what matters takes doing something that is counter intuitive to how we usually operate: embrace tension. We choose to embrace change, imperfect progress, and imperfect circumstances, and we trust that 'in all things God works for the good of those who love Him' (Rom. 8:28 NIV)."

You Are Free by Rebekah Lyons

I read most of this book in an airport and on the plane ride home from my Nashville adventure this summer. I read Rebekah's words both quickly and gratefully, finding that I needed this message of freedom and healing more than I realized. Rebekah's book ended up getting filled up with prayers and praises just like Lara's did. Each of these books is such a record of a messy, painful season of my life, and yet, as time continues to pass, I think I will look back and see God's redemption weaved throughout my notes and prayers, as well.

One of my favorite quotes:

"I believe grief is our most powerful confession, because it cracks our hearts wide open. The Spirit prays for what we need in that moment, in ways we can't imagine. This kind of physical expression of confession keeps our hearts clean. Tears are a soul-cleansing way to release any seeds of bitterness. Deep grief can take us to new depths of brokenness and surrender. In the depths of grief we realize mourning brings the comfort of God, and above all, God is waiting to rescue us in our darkest hour... Isn't that what faith is all about — trusting God is working something beautiful and and beyond our wildest imagination?"

Keep Your Love On by Danny Silk

This is such an awesome and powerful book on building healthy relationships with God and others. In the spirit of full disclosure, I still have a bit to finish reading, but I found myself both encouraged and challenged by everything I read so far, so I didn't want to leave it off the list! :)

One of my favorite quotes (so far):

"'I choose you.' This is the foundation of true, lasting relationships. It is the foundation for God’s relationship with you. As Jesus declared to His disciples, “You did not choose Me, but I chose you...” Jesus chose you in the most difficult of circumstances. He chose you while you were in sin, while you were His enemy. His side of the relationship with you does not depend upon your choice, but entirely upon His choice. The question is whether or not you will learn to build your relationships with Him and others upon the foundation of your choice.”

When Changing Nothing Changes Everything by Laurie Polich Short

God taught me a LOT about perspective this year. So much of faith is about focusing on the right things — fixing our hope and heart on Him, rather than the things of this world. I love this quote from the book's synopsis: "Jesus indicates the power of focus when he says, "The eye is the lamp of the body, if the eye is good then the whole body will be full of light." It's the easiest way to find lasting meaning and purpose. Change nothing, but see differently. Your perspective has more power than you think to determine the course of your life." I found so much encouragement in the author's story (she had a very long season of singleness before getting married), and ultimately, God wrote such an unexpectedly beautiful story through it all.

One of my favorite quotes:

"The ability to reframe and view yourself in the middle of your story enables you to rest in what is, knowing that it is part of what is taking you to what will be. Things are happening in you — and to you — and if you attempt to escape your circumstances, rather than live them, you may actually abort a process that could be bringing something wonderful into your life. Considering the fullness of your story strengthens your resolve to live your current chapter well, and in so doing you may discover you are on a road to getting more than you ever could have dreamed."

The Perfect You by Dr. Caroline Leaf

I am still working through the second part of this book (the self-reflective questions), but I still wanted to include it, because it was such a different type of read for me. I am not a very scientific or mathematical gal, but I have been so fascinated to learn about the intricate ways God created our minds and just how powerful our thought life can be.

One of my favorite quotes:

"The moment people recognize the power of their minds — the individuality of their thinking and how they have control over their lives — they are truly able to transform their world. When people see themselves the way God sees them, as His wonderful works and particular reflections of His image, then they see what is inside of them and perceive the universe in a different way (Ps 139:14). Each of us is meant to bear His glory in our own unique way — we all have a beautiful way of stewarding eternity (Eccles. 3:11; Gen 1-2)."

I am definitely not the same person I was when I began 2017. Just as the quote I shared from Jay Strack says, the books we read truly do change and transform us. God has used so many things (including books!) to refine my heart this year, and while it hasn't been an easy process, I'm grateful for the pruning and all the ways He will use it going forward.

Sometimes our hardest seasons change and prepare us the most.

What books have you loved this year?

When Freedom Writes Our Stories

I recently did exactly what Lauren Daigle sings so beautifully about in her song Trust in You.

I let go of every dream and laid them at His feet.

And I discovered a freedom and a hope I'd truly never experienced before.


A few months ago, I discovered the book I Don't Wait Anymore by Grace Thornton. The question on the back was about the only incentive I needed to pick it up.

Have you been waiting for life to turn out the way you expected?

If I was honest, I had.

In all my years of wrestling with God over my singleness, I hadn't realized just how tightly I was still holding on to my own dreams, ideas, and expectations for my life.

I almost don't even have the words for how good this book is. I've already recommended it to so many of my friends (and not just those who are single). I Don't Wait Anymore is a hope-filled invitation to freedom, an invitation to see just how big and good and wise our God is and just how great a plan He has for us.

In I Don't Wait Anymore, Grace inspires you to seek God more earnestly and to seek Him for Him — not just for the blessings or answers He can bring.

Her words are raw and honest, but also full of poetry and possibility.

 

The section that may have impacted me most was when she asks her readers to consider what unmet desires are hidden in their hearts.

She goes on to encourage them to ask this question: "If [God] never fulfilled that desire, would I be able to be content? If I walk a road where those things never happen, would I be filled with joy knowing I would get Him at the end?"

As I got quiet and good and honest with myself, I realized that while I had been living that yes on the outside, the answer was still a no inside my heart.

But there was hope.

Her next invitation?

To ask myself why God was smaller in my heart than the life I wanted.

And to ask Him to show me who He really was.

This beautiful book is a journey through that process, and I honestly can't recommend it enough. Grace brought me back to who God really is. She shook up the dreams and expectations I've been carrying around and woke me up to the freedom of true surrender.

And it was truly different than anything I'd ever felt before.

Because when God gets in our hearts and replaces our dreams with Himself,  "our hearts become blank canvases where He can paint pictures of His love, fill us up with His Spirit, and change our desires and hurts from the inside out. It feels different. We begin to see Him write a new story. One with a whole lot of freedom."

What I've Been Reading Lately: 40 Days of Decrease, Breaking Busy, and The Bronte Plot

Hello, friends! I'm excited to share a few thoughts on some of my recent readings!

Spiritual disciplines do not transform, they only become relational opportunities to open the heart to the Spirit who transforms." - John H. Coe

40 Days of Decrease was such a thoughtful devotional for the Lenten season. Having read Alicia Britt Chole's other book Anonymous, I knew her writing would go deeper and would challenge my faith in good and meaningful ways. 40 Days of Decrease does just that. It's a book that pushes you to really throw off the hindrances and distractions of the world and focus on Jesus and the incredible sacrifices He made in love for us. I loved the reminder that the season of Lent isn't just about giving something up, but that it's about drawing near to God. "We thin our lives to thicken our communion with God." During my reading of the book, that meant thinning distractions (specifically shopping), but also thinning anything God called me to step away from. I loved the book's format of daily devotional reading, scripture passage for reflection, historical background, and room for notes. I definitely recommend this devotional for the season of Lent, but it's also a wonderful devotional for any time of the year that you want to refocus on Jesus.

5 stars

Breaking Busy is an easy, fun read, but ironically, when life got busy, I had trouble finishing it. The author has an approachable writing voice that's bright with warmth and humor, however, I think I may personally be in a season where reading "how-to" books just isn't the best fit. The last few I've picked up haven't held my attention the way they used to. This is no reflection on the book's quality or content, of course (there was a season of my life where I couldn't get enough of books like this), but recently, I find myself craving more in-depth storytelling, rather than quick, light reads. I will say that even though I would classify this as a quick read, there is some great content within its pages, especially for women who find themselves over-scheduled and overwhelmed. The reminder that we all need to edit our lives is a good one, and even moreso that we need to allow God to be the one guiding that editing work.

3.5 stars

I loved, loved, loved this book!

If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I shared that this photo is what my evenings have looked like lately — burning my @peripetihome Silver Linings candle (which is an inspiring and hope-filled blend of lemon, lavender, patchouli and other essential oils)... And getting lost in The Bronte Plot.

I think this book found me at the perfect time (so amazing when they do that, yes?!) and I love that the main character is about my age and still figuring out so much about her life (plus, she's single!). There's such hope and possibility between these pages, and for the main character Lucy, and I know I have the same hope and possibility in my own life, especially being in a bit of a season of transition right now myself.

One of my favorite passages was about the questioning times we often find ourselves in.

"That questioning time...All the books have it...that time when you don't know where you'll be, but you can't stay as you are..." - The Bronte Plot

I lingered over those words for quite some time, pondering my own questioning times (and the one I find myself in right now!). God continues to move me forward, and because I've given Him the control over my life's adventures, I suppose I often find myself in questioning times, wondering what's next. I've been learning how to turn those questions into curiosity and wonder, knowing that each time He moves me forward or takes me somewhere new, I am living out the very best possible version of my story.

I love the way we can find pieces of ourselves and our own stories in books and how the stories we read become a part of us as well. I definitely recommend The Bronte Plot! (I've already since read Reay's Dear Mr. Knightley and am currently more than halfway through her third book Lizzy & Jane. I'm going to be so sad when it's finished, and there aren't any more of her books to get lost in! :)

So there you have it!

Do you have any recommendations for me? :)

What I've Been Reading: Life is ___. Forty-Day Experience

Morning quiet times have been a welcome re-addition to my daily schedule. I love brewing a cup of coffee, adding my favorite soy vanilla creamer, and cozying up with a few devotionals and journals.

One of the devotions I've been reading lately is Life Is _____ Forty-Day Experience: A Devotional Journey Through God's Illogical Love by Judah Smith. Smith's focus is to share with readers that "the meaning of life is found in loving and being loved, in enjoying God to the fullest, in trusting Him in every moment, and remaining at peace with God, others, and ourselves."

The book is organized into four sections based on those topics:

  • Life is to Be Loved and to Love
  • Life is to Trust God in Every Moment
  • Life is to Be at Peace With God and Yourself
  • Life is to Enjoy God

While I love the concept of this book, it just didn't grab me the way some of my favorite devotionals have. The content fell a bit flat for me, possibly because the writing style isn't one I normally prefer. I had a hard time engaging and connecting with Smith's reflections. I did like the book's format of scripture, devotional reading, and questions to consider each day, though.

Even though the writing style didn't particularly appeal to me, I would recommend this book to anyone who would like to spend some time meditating on God's immense love for us and how it impacts every aspect of our lives.

My review: 3 stars

*Book for review provided by BookLook

2016 In-Progress Reading List

I was reading Natalie's blog post about her 2016 reading list, and I loved that she paired books to read with each of her goals. I loved the idea so much, I decided to give it a try myself! The list below does not include some of the fiction books I hope to read, so I'll list those separately (on my reading Pinterest board for 2016).

Be open to God's plan for my life and live fully right where I am.

Prioritize prayer and choose God above all other things. Seek first the Kingdom.

Experience abundance through simplicity. 

Cultivate contentment, creativity, and community.

Use my creative gifts fully for God.

As you can see, I don't have many books for my last goal about creativity. Do you have any great recommendations? I would love to hear them! :)

What are you reading this year?

 

:: art ::  Paulina Reyes for Kate

What I've Been Reading Lately: NIV Bible for Women & Hands Free Life by Rachel Macy Stafford

NIV Bible for Women: Fresh Insights for Thriving in Today's World

The NIV Bible I've used for the past eight years or so is delightfully worn and wrinkled and written in. When I saw this new version with its title about fresh insights for thriving in today's world, I was eager to dig in and find stories and devotions that would bring the well-known verses and books of the Bible to life.

When I opened my new Bible, appreciating its bright, clean pages just waiting for my pen and highlighter, I was thrilled to discover that the forward was written by Shauna Niequist (one of my favorite authors). I also loved that the description on the inside cover flap talked about the very heart of faith — our relationship with God — and how the women who wrote the devotions are just like the readers: women who love God and are figuring out their relationship with the One who loves them and longs for a deeper connection with those He created.

As I turned the pages, reading favorite and familiar passages, I also liked the pairing of devotional readings and myths. The myth sections tackle topics like "I can do it all" and "my church should meet my needs." Each myth is then countered with God's truth, which is such a great practice and habit to learn and apply in our daily lives.

My biggest disappointment with this new Bible was the missing devotion for single women. The topic index in the back covers a large range of topics, including marriage, motherhood, miscarriage, and family, but singleness is very obviously missing.

Thriving in singleness, while waiting on God purposefully and with hope, is a topic very close to my heart, and I was surprised to find that it was not addressed in a collection of devotions that includes such culturally relevant subjects as social media and consumerism.

My favorite devotion/myth so far is out of 1 Samuel, titled "I should know God's plan for my life." The author reminds the reader that when we understand that God leads us through relationship, we stop wanting to find His plan so that we might find Him instead. We no longer want the "answer," we want the One who knows the answer.

I just love that.

I'm looking forward to continuing to read the devotions and myths, and I'm excited to see what truths the Lord will bring to my attention and how the stories and devotions will continue to encourage me in my own faith journey.

 

*Provided for review purposes from BookLook Bloggers

 

Hands Free Life: 9 Habits for Overcoming Distraction, Living Better, & Loving More

 

I was very excited to read this book, given what a distracted, digital world we live in. I love the idea behind the book, as well as the nine habits the author shares to help readers live better and love more.

The nine habits covered in the book are actually part of three larger sections: Creating Lasting Connections, Living for Today, and Protecting What Matters.

While I love the ideas shared and the heart behind them, I think this book is more suited to a woman who is married with children, as most every story or anecdote is about motherhood. Because I'm not yet at that season of life, I had a hard time connecting with what the author was saying and applying it to my own life.

My favorite take-away from the book is the idea of Living for Today. I love the author's invitation to become a Noticer. She reminds us that focusing on the positive is the key to finding joy in the most unsuspecting places and in the most challenging times. She calls those positive spots in our day Glimmers of Goodness, and I love the encouragement to search for them in each and every day.

*Provided for review purposes from BookLook Bloggers

An Inspired Life: One-Day eBook SALE!

booksandcocoa I don't know about you, but when the days start getting colder, my reading list starts getting longer! Here's what I've been adding to the list lately:

In celebration of books, the coziness the winter months bring, (AND to kick off your holiday week with a little extra inspiration), I'm offering a special discount today on my book An Inspired Life. Enter the code GETINSPIRED at checkout to save 25% off your purchase.

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An Inspired Life will encourage you to reflect on the past year, be present in your current moments, and dream big with Him in the new year ahead.

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So, snag your copy today, grab your favorite mug and cozy beverage (lately, I'm partial to peppermint mochas!), and join me on an adventure to live fully and creatively for the Lord.

Happy Thanksgiving Week!

I want to create hope & celebrate life.

I recently finished reading Shauna Niequist's two books, Cold Tangerines and Bittersweet. I really connected with her writing, underlining certain passages and going back to re-read things. Her words spoke to my heart in so many ways.

I share her desire to pay attention to and give thanks for the little things, appreciating the everyday delights I am blessed with. And I, too, believe in the importance and power of storytelling and creating.

I know I've mentioned both books in recent posts, but I'd love to share a few passages from Cold Tangerines that I continue to go back to. I'll share my thoughts on Bittersweet in an upcoming post.

Many of the sections that I starred and underlined in Cold Tangerines were about faith, trust, and truly embracing life as you're living it — every minute, every hour, every day, every season. And like I've shared here before, that's something I'm continually working on in my own beautifully imperfect life. And every day, I want my faith and hope to increase a little more, knowing that things are unfolding just as they're meant to.

So, on to a few quotes... :)

"What gives me hope is the belief that God will be faithful, because He has been faithful before, to me and the people around me. I need the reminders. I need to be told that He was faithful then, and then, and then. Just because I have forgotten how to see doesn't mean it isn't there. His goodness is there. His promises have been kept. All I need to do is see."

Keeping a journal helps me to look back and see His faithfulness and allows me to look forward with hope, knowing that He'll continue to be.

"Life with God at its core is about giving your life up to something bigger and more powerful. It's about saying at every turn that God knows better than we know, and that His Spirit will lead us in ways that we couldn't have predicted."

This quote has been on my heart all week. It's been nudging me to give up control, trusting that His plan and His timing are perfect.

"I'm learning to just keep moving, keep walking, keep taking teeny tiny steps. And it's in those teeny tiny steps and moments that I become, actually who I am."

I love that thought. It's from a chapter called Writing in Pencil, which I can completely relate to. I am the ultimate planner/daydreamer, always thinking about what's ahead and what it will look like and what I'll do when I get there, or there, or there. (See also her chapter called Waiting.) :)

And, finally, I'll leave you with this last passage:

"I choose to do what I can do to create hope, to celebrate life, and the act of celebrating connects me back to that life I love. We could just live our normal, day-to-day lives, saving all the good living up for someday, but I think today, just plain today, is worth it. I think it's our job, each of us, to live each day like it's a special occasion, because we've been given a gift. We get to live in this beautiful world. When I live purposefully and well, when I dance instead of sitting it out, when I let myself laugh hard, when I wear my favorite shoes on a regular Tuesday, that regular Tuesday is better."

So, here's to plain-old, ordinary days — and here's to this weekend. I want to appreciate every sweet, simple moment. And every day, like Shauna, I want to ask myself, What can I do today that brings more beauty, more energy, more hope?

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We were made to create.

We create because we were made to create, having been made in the image of God, whose first role was Creator. He was and is a million different things, but in the beginning, He was a creator. That means something for us, I think. We were made to be the things that He is: forgivers, redeemers, second-chance givers, truth-tellers, hope-bringers. And we were certainly, absolutely, made to be creators. ~Shauna Niequist, Bittersweet

Lately, I am devouring Shauna Niequist's words. Underlining passages, re-reading favorite sections, truly taking in each and every page. I finished her book Cold Tangerines a few days ago, and I'm almost finished with Bittersweet.

I love the quote above about being made to create. I am a writer, an editor, a painter. I create stories with words and paint, and I don't feel like myself without those things.

My mom and sister create lesson plans that truly impact children's lives. And my mom also creates the loveliest flowerpots. Her eye just naturally combines colors and plants to create beautiful, living works of art. Both of my parents create culinary masterpieces, cooking meals that nourish friends and family. Some friends of mine sing and create music that moves you like nothing else can. Other friends of mine, make art behind the lens of a camera.

Creativity is truly limitless. Even if you don't feel like you're creative, you are—because you were made in His image, and you were made to create.

So keep making your beautiful, meaningful artwork—whatever it is—knowing it's part of what makes you, you, and it's one of the things you were created to do.

{k}

The Small Things

Isn’t it those small things that add the necessary shape and meaning to our lives? And don’t we miss seeing them if we look too hard for the big things?” —Elizabeth Berg, Ordinary Lives.

Lately, I'm trying to remember to pay attention to the small things. The quote above from Elizabeth Berg is part of a post I wrote almost two years ago. Elizabeth's words still tug at my heart and make me smile.

Hope you're having a beautiful week — full of small wonders and happy moments.

{k}

Your Story is Beautiful

{Gorgeous lettering by Kal Barteski}

I want a life that sizzles and pops and makes me laugh out loud. And I don’t want to get to the end, or to tomorrow, even, and realize that my life is a collection of meetings and pop cans and errands and receipts and dirty dishes. I want to eat cold tangerines and sing out loud in the car with the windows open and wear pink shoes and stay up all night laughing and paint my walls the exact color of the sky right now. I want to sleep hard on clean white sheets and throw parties and eat ripe tomatoes and read books so good they make me jump up and down, and I want my everyday to make God belly laugh, glad that he gave life to someone who loves the gift. ~ From the book Cold Tangerines by Shauna Niequist

(Thank you, Jaclyn Rae, for sharing her quotes on your lovely blog. That book is definitely going on my to-read list!)

Lately, I've been thinking a lot about what it means to live that way and what it means to truly love MY story—the one God's designed just for me. So often, I feel like we compare our lives to other people's. I know I certainly do. I'll look at other people my age who are at different places in their lives and wonder, should I be doing what they're doing? But the beautiful thing is, every person's story is different. I want to be excited about my own story, rather than looking at another person's and wondering if mine should look more like theirs.

I don't want to rush through the days, as though I'm running a race to get to the next chapter or life season. I want to wake up each day with a thankful heart, awaiting the Lord's direction. I want to admire the beauty in my world, chase my dreams, and encourage others.

Kal's "I Love Right Now" print perfectly captures what's on my heart, because that's exactly what I want to do. I want to sing praises to the Lord for bringing me to this moment in my life. I want to be excited about what's to come, without ignoring the blessings he's giving me right now, today, in this moment.

Whatever life chapter you're currently in, I hope you know that your story matters—and that it's beautiful and uniquely yours.

{k}

Happiness is...

 

...a cup of coffee and a good book.

I once read a book called Perfect Elizabeth, and while I forget most of the novel, I remember these lines:

"She trusts novels not life. In novels, things work out according to plan; in life the plot is entirely unmanageable."

(Confession: I had to Google the quote to discover that it was from the novel...)

But anyway, I remember loving those two sentences, because truthfully, sometimes I prefer getting lost in a book myself... ;-) Life can be so complicated, and it's fun to escape for a bit into someone else's life, knowing that by the last page, everything will be wrapped up, all nice and neat.

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I have the itch to do some writing this weekend. Perhaps poetry, as I haven't written any in quite some time. We'll see where the muse takes me.

So, for now, I'm going to sit down with my caramel latte and my journal and do a little brainstorming—enjoy a little wordplay.

Hope you're warm and cozy today,

{ K }