I firmly believe that simple living has a far more benefits and a better payoff than the alternative, but I’ll admit that it’s not an easy lifestyle to pursue given our cultural climate. We live in a consumer-driven society, and it can feel like a battle to go against the grain every day. I’ve been on this journey to simple living and minimalism for about a year now, and I have definitely made some mistakes along the way. Most of those mistakes have stemmed from the moments when I’ve been overambitious about minimalism, taken things too fast, and taken myself… Read More
It has finally, finally been a gloriously slow week at work and at home. Dan and I have unpacked about 90% of our boxes, we’re back into normal cooking and Netflix-watching routines, and I turned in a huge project at work and picked up a much smaller one. But when a challenge ends, that means it’s time to pick up a new one, right? Or maybe two? When I started blogging, I committed to publishing two posts a week as I tried to find my blogging “groove” or whatever. I still don’t know that I’ve found it, but I’m excited to move… Read More
I’ve been dragging my heels on writing a few more Seattle posts, and I’m not totally sure why. Travel is one of my biggest passions, and this trip certainly fed my wanderlust. I got to spend the whole weekend catching up with one of my best friends, I was out in nature, I ate incredible food . . . it was perfect. Honestly, I think I’ve been trying too hard to come up with big life lessons from each activity we did, and I’m coming up a little dry. So instead of forcing it, I’m just going to let it be what… Read More
What does it take to turn a heartache into a hallelujah? We are broken people, walking around with gaping wounds that we try to cover, tender skin we don’t let others see. We live among other brokens who touch our wounds, not knowing where they place or misplace their words. And we break and we bleed all over again.
You know that old adage “The days are long, but the years are short”? I could not agree more. This feels like it’s been the theme for my life lately. As exciting and amazing as the past month has been (and the few months before this), the days have been long and hard and exhausting. But suddenly, we’re almost halfway through the year, and I have to look around and take a deep breath and reflect once again.
It’s been quite a while since I posted about our home-buying process, but I’m thrilled to announce that Dan and I are officially home owners! Insert an elated smile that quickly gives way to sheer terror. One thing we’re so grateful for (among thousands) is that our new house is basically move-in ready. All we have to do is a deep clean (the previous owners basically kept an immaculate house, but still) and some painting. To keep it simple (famous last words), we’re going to paint just the master bedroom and the downstairs trim and doors. While the paint colors… Read More
This is part 7 and the final post of a TBT Travel Series: A Taste of California. Check out these posts on why I picked California, how I saved money on travel, the magic of hiking in Malibu, why you shouldn’t miss the Getty Villa, the sacredness of friendship, how the mountains will wreck your plans, and what hiking Yosemite taught me about friluftsliv. Remember how on Full House, the Tanner family was always happy? I always assumed this was just because it was a 90s sitcom, all of which were cheesy and portrayed an abnormally high quality of life. Having traveled to San Francisco, I now see that… Read More
Today is a really fun day because I’m guest posting over at Sparkles of Sunshine! I was so honored when Christie asked me to write a guest post for her, because I just love her blog. She writes about all things related to faith and the home, and she is quite the talented DIY-er. Her tutorials make a DIY-challenged girl like myself feel like I can do these projects too! Here’s a sneak peak at what I’m sharing on her blog today: Winter is an invitation to curl up with our spiritual habits: to wrap ourselves in the Word… Read More