August has been such a FUN month! As you can see my husband and I got to babysit the most ADORABLE golden-doodle puppy AND of course we had to do a photoshoot! Ha! He was all kinds of spunky and our pup Chance loved him so much. They played NONSTOP. He is the most precious puppy and he has such an awesome mommy and daddy! I’ll have to get him for more play dates for sure!
One of my goals for 2017 is to try two new recipes a month and blog about them. Well this is my first recipe of 2017 so we are woking on it! haha. It has been a dream of mine for a while to have a blog full of healthy, delicious recipes that are easy and fast good! I LOVE food. And I LOVE food that is good for you.
It’s August friends!! Can you believe it?? Time has gone by SO fast I completely missed my July goals. I honestly don’t even know if I set any and if I did I definitely didn’t reach one! So thankful for grace and new months and new seasons. I want life to slow down, it seems like it’s flying by. And so for August I’m going to really work on that.
Ya’ll, marriage is so wonderful, beautiful and refining. I’ve had so much fun these past few months learning about myself and cultivating our home. We moved into the cutest little rental home in Richardson and I’ve had to learn how to decorate. Decorating does not come easy for me even though I absolutely love it. I’m not one of those people that can find the cutest, most unique things at a thrift store for next to nothing and bring it home and make it look amazing! I so wish I had that gift. Maybe one day :) So it’s been runs to home goods, attempting thrift stores, and taking our time make our little place a home.
One thing I am absolutely LOVING right now is house plants. They bring so much life into your home and there is SO many to choose from. AND the best thing is, they are hard to kill. I honestly don’t know if I have ever kept a plant alive but these house plants are making me feel so good about myself, haha. You only have to water them once a week and they don’t require a lot of sun, just a little window light. My favorite one right now is a philodendron. It’s so beautiful and big and green. I think I love it so much because it reminds me of Africa.
A few weeks ago Matt and I took a weekend trip to Austin and we stayed in the cutest little cabin. I love Austin so much and they have some of the best greenhouses there. I couldn’t wait to take Matt to my most favorite one where we found our first philodendron plant. Ya’ll, we bought our first plant together and I felt like we were bringing home our first child, haha. We brought it home and placed it in the perfect place we thought it would thrive. As I watched it over the next few days I saw that it began to get droopy and lose some life within it. It looked like it was dying. I honestly started to get depressed thinking I’ve already killed this plant. A week went by and as I seemed to watch it every morning it was still losing life. I watered it and cared for it the best I knew how but something just wasn’t right. Matt and I decided to move it to a different part of the house one morning where it was directly in front of the window, thinking that maybe it needed more light. The next morning I got up and sat on the couch with my coffee and immediately noticed the plant had completely changed. It was full of life and looked as if it was thriving again. It was starving for light.
The Lord began to speak to my heart as I could so easily relate. There have been so many pieces of my life that I have let lose their life whether it’s a certain dream or desire because I didn’t place myself in a thriving environment. I didn’t nurture those parts of me well so they lost their light as I lost my hope. It was as if I would remove them from the light thinking it was the better option, that I wasn’t good enough or worth it enough to pursue what I knew the Lord was speaking to my heart. When I began to see this plant thrive when it was placed in the right environment where it could grow it was a reminder to nurture myself and place myself in environments where my dreams, ideas, and callings can thrive. We can’t do this alone. We need each other to help us grow and chase after those dreams that beat so deeply within us. It’s so easy to remove yourself from the things you need most because of comparison, worry, and fear. I’ve been there. It’s ok to process through these emotions but to do so in the light of others and the word of God. Because in the light they may be present but they cannot stay they have to go. They are replaced with words and feelings that produce growth, strength, and confidence because you know WHO you are and WHOSE you are.
This crazy little plant is a daily reminder for me follow the light, grow in the word, and let the LIGHT of Jesus drown out all the parts of my life that are not thriving in the light. When we allow the light to shine in our own lives we can help bring out the light in others.
“Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.” – Matt 5:16
Summer is one of my favorite times of the year! Mainly because I love laying out by the pool, drinking smoothies, eating LOTS of watermelon, and going to the farmer’s market! I much prefer the heat rather than the cold. Matt and I have a new obsession with acai bowls. We went to Washington D.C. a few weeks ago and found the cutest little place that served AMAZING bowls. We literally ate one every single morning. We now crave it all the time and have learned to make our own and they are perfect for a healthy breakfast. We add 1 acai packet (I get them from Trader Joes), half of a frozen banana, blueberries, almond milk, a little bit of honey and blend ’til smooth. We then add a scoop of almond butter on top with sliced bananas and blueberries and gluten free granola. THE BEST.
May was a good month for me. I took the Strengths finder test with Matt and have learned so much about myself. I realized that I always maximize on my weaknesses rather than my strengths which creates a clouded view of the strengths God has given me. It is definitely a process but I am learning to embrace my strengths and use them everyday. It’s baby steps though because I doubt myself a lot. I also started a small herb garden (mint, rosemary, basil) and it hasn’t died yet! Praise the Lord! I launched my new blog (thanks to my husband!!), tried a new recipe every week, and made hot yoga a part of my life.
– Read When Helping Hurts.
– Lead and host the young adult small group in our home.
– Go to a strawberry farm and pick fresh strawberries with Matt and come home and make a strawberry pie :)
– Buy as much local, organic produce as I can.
– Start to share how Young Living essential oils have changed my life. If you have any questions or are interested, email me!
– Continue towards a chemical-free home and life. My goal is by the end of this year to have a home and lifestyle that is completely free of chemicals. I’m learning so much about the chemicals that are in the things we use everyday. It is crazy!
– Clean out my closet. Adopt the lifestyle of when I purchase something new to give one thing away.
– Photograph a family portrait session this month.
– Sign up for the Perspectives Class.
– Attend Saturday morning prayer at our church.
– Date night 1x per week.
– Try my first Pure Barre Class! I still haven’t done this but it is definitely my goal this month.
– PRAYER. If there is any goal this month that I want to focus on it’s this one. Finding time every day to just get alone with the Lord. Y’all I struggle with this. Our Pastor spoke and amazing message this past Sunday about the Holy Spirit and the benefits of His power in our lives and he encouraged us to just get alone.