It’s usually not until the first rays of spring sunshine come streaming through my window, until I feel the first bit of warmth on my skin, that I realize just how low my spirits dipped during the winter. I tend to let my home get a little dirtier in winter because I just don’t have the energy or motivation to keep it all together. The darkness hides the dust anyway, right? But what about my heart? Does the darkness of winter hide the cobwebs that creep into my soul? Or do I just choose to ignore them, hoping that no… Read More
If you ever find yourself in LA, you absolutely must make the trip to Malibu to visit the Getty Villa. Admission is free; all you have to pay for is parking ($10). You do have to book tickets in advance for the time you wish to visit, as admission times are staggered so the grounds never feel crowded (genius!).
Another month is wrapping up and — I hope — taking winter with it. Ciao, March. Adios, winter. Bye, snow. See you in six months. March has been a whirlwind month of laughter, celebrations, and new sources of worry. It was a long winter for Dan and I, and March very much felt like the ushering in of spring — new life, new hope, new promises.
It always starts the same way. You can’t open your drawers because they’re so stuffed with unopened mail and odds and ends that have no other place. Your baking cabinet is full of pans and cookie sheets and cupcake tins, and each has a double, and yet you use the single version maybe once a year. The cabinet under the bathroom sink is so packed with bottles and lotions and sprays that if you knock one over, they all tumble out like dominos. As everything clatters onto the ground, you snap and declare that today is the day! Everything must… Read More
Travel can be crazy expensive—airline tickets, travel insurance, baggage fees, hotels, rental cars—and that doesn’t even include the food and activities. And let’s be real, food is certainly one of the main events when I’m on vacation. For our first big trip of 2015, Dan and I are headed to Seattle for a long weekend at the end of April. We already have all our travel and accommodations booked, and so far, we’ve spent exactly $0. With just a little bit of flexibility and creativity, we’re able to do this trip practically for free. Here’s a breakdown of how we… Read More
My newest article is up at Today’s Christian Woman, and I’d love for you to follow me over there and check it out. This week’s issue covers the tough seasons of frustration and disappointment, and I hope you’ll find some encouragement for whatever difficulty you’re facing today. Here’s a sneak peek for you:
It’s the end of March and many of us are well past the point of giving up on New Year’s resolutions, but we’re just jumping into spring fever and spring-cleaning season. I think this is one of the best times of year to set new goals, habits, and intentions. We’re full of springtime energy and resolve, and there’s so much less pressure and fanfare than during the first days of the New Year. I looked around at my own apartment the other day and realized just how much winter did me in. Blankets were lazily draped on the couches, clothes… Read More
This is part 3 of a TBT Travel Series: A Taste of California. Check out part 1 and part 2. Let me just say it up front: I didn’t love LA. I expected to instantly fall in love with the city (I tried! I really did!), but I was disappointed that it was so different from my expectations (more pavement and less palm trees). It did grow on me during my time there, and I’d probably go back given the chance (especially if it means seeing my dear friend, Randi, who’s featured in a later Taste of California post). That said, if you’re… Read More