Wednesday, November 26, 2014

My 10 Secret Dreams

I'm going to be really honest here. Sometimes I feel like I'm overflowing with dreams and I can't hold onto them long enough to make them a reality. I feel so pulled in every direction it's hard to even know where to start.

Well, I know where to start. It starts with being intentional about my time. My life here is so short - in a blink it will be gone, and the last thing I want to do is spend it being lazy, watching too much TV or complaining about everyone around me.

I want to dream big dreams, chase them and encourage my friends to do the same. I want to love Jacob well and lead him in loving Christ beyond anything else. I want to do things. So today I'm sharing the 10 secret dreams (some not-so-secret) that I'm committing to making a reality in my life. Won't you dare to dream a little and share yours, too?

1. Write a book.

2. Start a band. Write and record music and play as much as we can.

3. Love my job.

4. Memorize an entire book of Scripture.

5. Write music for my church.

6. Mentor other women in pursuing their dreams and believing the gospel.

7. See the world.

8. Live honestly, transparently, and with freedom from the bondage of others' approval.

9. Love my husband wildly and devotedly.

10. Grow every day, no matter how (seemingly) little. I want to be changed, molded, and crafted into the very nature of Christ himself. That doesn't happen accidentally.

Tell me, what are your secret dreams? What do you want to do in your life? Don't be shy! Don't be scared! Writing it out is the first step to realizing you can make it happen.

I'd love to cheer you on.


Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Just add a belt.

This outfit was so fun to put together! I recently got this dress from Pink Blush (for $15!!) and it's become one of my new favorite pieces. It's so versatile and so comfortable. That's why dresses are one of my favorite fall clothing items - you look so cute, but secretly you know it's all about comfort. ;)

For those of you who commented last week about how green it was here.. I beg to differ! Ha! These trees are so bare it's sad... it's proof winter is really right around the corner. Although, we have yet to get any snow! And I'm thankful for that. I know it's bound to come, and once it comes, it doesn't go away... so I'm embracing these snow-free chilly days.

We celebrated Thanksgiving with the youth group this past Sunday and it was so fun. We all brought our favorite food items (which for some students was a pack of tacos from Taco Bell...) and ate too much, laughed, and spent time together.

The sad part for me is that it's already November 25th, and I've hardly spent time this month reflecting on all the things I'm so thankful for. I know Thanksgiving is just a day, and that we should be thankful every day for these things, but it is nice to have a reminder once a year to just slow down and name those blessings, right?

So today I'm going to take a few seconds to name 10 things I'm thankful for. Will you tell me one or two things you're thankful for in the comments?

1. Clothes - not only that I have more than enough, but also that I am able to choose how and when to wear them.

2. My apartment - that it's warm, filled with food and furniture and a place we can invite others into to enjoy community.

3. Our new home city - moving to New England has been so great for our marriage.

4. The ability to travel for holidays - I'm so looking forward to seeing my in-laws this week. That's the downside of living so far away: it's been way too long since I've seen them.

5. New friends - God has blessed us abundantly with new friends in New England. I'm so thankful for them because God teaches me so much through community.

6. Old friends - He has also blessed us with friends who don't waver, despite the distance. You know who you are. Thank you.

7. Technology - not only does it make it easier to communicate with people far away, but it has given me this opportunity to blog.

8. YOU - thank you for reading this blog and leaving encouraging comments. You have no idea how much that builds me up and spurs me on!! THANK YOU.

9. The freedom, security, and hope we have in the gospel - I can't imagine what life would look like not knowing the truth of the Gospel.

10. My dear husband - he is absolutely my best friend. I love coming home to him, laughing, goofing off, planning our futures together and dreaming about this short life we have to live. He is such a gift.

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