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 the second installment of a two-part series on simplifying your wedding registry. You can read part one here. When Dan and I were engaged, we weren’t exactly minimalists yet, but we were definitely “practicalists.” We were at the beginning stages of wanting to own less and live simply, though I wouldn’t say we had a clear strategy or ascribed to it as an all-encompassing lifestyle. What we did know was that neither of us owned dishes or silverware or really anything practical for the kitchen. We had both relied on roommates who did have these things, so we… Read More
“Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you kneel to say your nightly prayer.” —Maya Angelou I’m in a season of abundance right now, a season where it feels like the blessings are flowing and my rose-colored glasses are securely fastened and the thankfulness wells up inside me at every turn. It’s a fun season to be in, when gratitude comes as naturally as breathing. But is this really what gratitude is? Is it just feelings of thankfulness in the easy times? Is it a veneer we use to coat our eyes and protect our hearts in the hard times?… Read More
This is part 6 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, and how the mountains will wreck your plans. There’s a concept in Norwegian culture called friluftsliv. It’s difficult to translate it exactly into English, but it roughly means “open-air life.” It’s a way of life that values communion with nature and exploring the outdoors. What I love most about this idea is that it is not tied to money or vacations. It’s a… Read More
Raise your hand if you’ve ever been overwhelmed by Bed Bath & Beyond. Yep, me too. This store is like a warehouse with it’s triple-vaulted ceilings and products stacked and stocked all the way to the top. There are 17 choices of can openers, 40 different garbage cans, and endless patterns of dishes, china, and silverware. Now, I do love this store. It has everything you could ever need. (I especially love the one near our apartment, because it has a beauty/bath section and a mini World Market right inside!) And those 20% off coupons that come in the mail… Read More