Thursday, October 30, 2014

The weight of words & a good reminder

The inspiration to write comes at the oddest of times. Just when I think I have nothing left - not even an ounce of something worthy to share, something comes out of the blue and knocks me off my feet. Have you ever started writing and been surprised by the ending?

To be honest, that's one of my favorite things about writing. I learn so much about myself and how I see the world around me as I let my fingers type and my mind roll with it. It's pretty dang fun.

Lately I've been working on a few posts that require a lot of rewriting. My writing flow has not come as easily and the topics are heavy, which doesn't make a great mix. To make it even more complicated, I've been reading through Proverbs and have been so struck by the weight that words hold. It's so easy to just let whatever first comes to my mind fly out of my mouth (or onto the screen) without pausing to think - is that helpful? is it necessary? is it uplifting? is it truthful? is it God-glorifying?

Do you see a man who is hasty in his words? There is more hope for a fool than for him. - Proverbs 29:20

Shew. Does that sting anyone else at all? There are several relationships in which I really struggle to rein in my words, let alone my thoughts, and it's not pretty. The weight of that realization has been heavy on me these past few weeks. I'm also reading Women of the Word by Jen Wilkin, which I'll be sharing more details about Monday! But one of her first points is the ever important reminder that the Bible is about God. The Bible teaches us about God's character, and drawing near to him, studying him, learning more about him is what makes us desire to be more like him. That is what gives us guidance in tough situations.

The Bible was not written for us to find the how-to answers we seek when life gets tough. It's not there to tell us where to go to college, whom to marry, where to work and go to church... but it does teach us about God's character, gives us glimpses of who he is, what he's like and how he calls us to be holy as he is holy.

For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding; he stores up sound wisdom for the upright; he is a shield to those who walk in integrity. - Proverbs 2:6-7

So not only am I attempting to be more thoughtful about the words I express, but I'm also reminding myself to draw near to God and learn about him in my Scripture study, rather than looking for a solution to my problems. Isn't it funny, how we can take a book so clearly about the King of this earth and make it about ourselves? And by funny, I mean such perfect proof that we so desperately need him.

What does writing look like for you? Have you experienced days when you're surprised by what you write? Have you felt the weight of your words in a way you wish you hadn't?


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Clothing subscription boxes... what's the deal?

I've been doing a lot of thinking lately about all of these clothing subscription box options. You've seen me review StitchFix and Golden Tote on this blog, I've heard tons about Le Tote, and there are probably about a hundred more I haven't even heard about yet.

I know many of you are skeptical. Heck, I was a skeptic for a long time before I finally took the plunge and tried StitchFix. And now that I've tried a few boxes, I think I've finally figured out why I like them so much.

Since we moved to New England in January, I haven't gone shopping at the mall one single time. I've been to the outlets twice, both times with friends visiting from out of town, and I run to TJ Maxx fairly regularly, but never for clothes... Usually for cute stationary, gifts for friends or home decor. 

All that said, I have hardly bought any clothes since we moved because I don't have time. Or rather, I don't want to spend my free time shopping. I've posted before that our weekly schedule is pretty hectic. We have commitments every night of the week but Friday and Saturday, and one of those nights we typically try to have a social life with friends, so that leaves one night free. I also try my best to keep Saturday as wide open as possible, so we can be lazy if we want.

On those blissful, commitment-free Saturdays, the last thing I want to do is fight traffic to go shopping, just to weed through tons of items at several stores and leave with maybe one thing.

That's why I've come to love these subscription boxes. I can have someone else look over my fashion via Pinterest or the various style profiles the companies have you fill out and choose items they think will work for me. They know my size. They know my style. And I get these clothes shipped to my door. I mean, come on! It doesn't get any better than that.

Left: Necklace - StitchFix  |  Center: Shirt - StitchFix  |  Right: Cardigan - Golden Tote

Not to mention, the clothes I keep from these boxes become my favorite pieces that I wear again and again. I've decided this whole subscription box craze works for me because it honestly meets my needs. It helps me gain a few seasonal pieces every so often without wasting hours on my one day off at the store.

What are your thoughts? Do you love shopping? Hate it? Have plenty of time or not enough? Would you ever try a subscription box?

You can check out my reviews of Stitchfix and Golden Tote here: