Some of the struggles that I have been facing over the last few months have produced so many great things. But how do you sit down to type this “thankful” post and literally write the sentence, I am thankful for my struggles. It sounds ridiculous. A few months ago I could never imagine thinking much less writing that sentence. However, without going through those times that push me to look at myself and take action, my life would be mediocre at best. The greatest thing about having no choice other than relying on prayer/God (you get the point) is that you get to see hopeless situations come back to life. And if they don’t you get to experience peace that you know comes from something bigger than yourself. So, I am thankful for my struggles.
When you leave one struggle you know another is around the corner so I am challenging myself in the “happy times” to be just as devoted to prayer as I was when I didn’t feel as self reliant.
Hopefully, this doesn’t come across as a cheesy christian post!!! But if it does well you have already read it:)
Highlights of my week:
After almost 6 months of prep for this charity event it was a success!
Friends engagement party!!
Steeplechase 2012…always a blast!
Meditation for the week:
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.
- 2 Corinthians 12:9
I would love to say that if I had a wall of bookshelves they would be filled with books I have actually read. And maybe one day that will be the case but in the meantime checkout this genius website I discovered that solves the problem of filling mounds of bookcases in a decorative way.
Here is a little pinterest bookcase inspiration!!!
Or heck if no one is reading this then……hey mom! :)
I took a few weeks off from this post because I wanted it to be very real. I don’t ever want to do something that was meant to better myself to turn into a chore. With that said I have a little extra recapping to do.
Looking back on the last month the one thing that stands out to me are the lessons learned on the subject of “letting go.” This applies to so many areas of my life. I have been really focused on letting go of the idea of where I think I should be in life by this age. I am learning that I am exactly where I need to be which is humbled before God in all areas right now. There is always more to do, more to gain, more growth, more money, more relationships, more kids (well I need a husband first.) When we finally get “more” it is never enough. It is never fully satisfying. It never lives up to the expectations we have. The hardest part is letting go while maintaining healthy goals and desires. It is also not good to have zero goals or desires. They were placed within us for a reason. It is when those goals and desires become our everything that we are ultimately let down. That is my two cents but I am sure it is up for debate. FYI the book that has pushed my mind in this direction is a book called Empty Promises by my preacher Pete Wilson. It’s worth the effort to purchase and read it.
Highlights of the past week (well month):
Lots of design work going on but no pics at this point!
Birthday Celebrations!!! (Jessica Williams and Jessica Crawford)
Little weekend vacay to Destin!!
The rest of the month was dedicated to working on projects!!!
My meditation for the week:
Freedom in understanding your worth doesn’t come from your performance or others evaluation of your performance. - Pete
Concentrate on trusting Me and on doing what needs to be done. Relax in My sovereignty, remembering that I go before you, as well as with you, into each day. Fear no evil, for I can bring good out of every situation you will ever encounter - Jesus Calling
I finally made something out of used palettes. Super easy and affordable especially for a single male.
Simply put, the events of the past week (Good Friday/Easter) allow me to live in complete peace and forgiveness and I am overly grateful to a God who is always there when I turn around.
My week at a glance:
Found a new store, Red Earth Trading Company, in Hillsboro Village with great interior/jewerly pieces. The best part is there are pictures of people that created the piece (see below.)
Celebrated a great friends 30th birthday!
And another dinner with the girls. ha Gosh my life is predictable.
Found so many client pieces this week! Fortunately, I have good friends who will step up and carry it!
Oh! I almost forgot. I moved into to my new place. I will have pics soon.
My meditation for the week:
You are mine for all time; nothing can separate you from My love. Since I have invested My very life in you, be well assured that I will also take care of you. When your mind goes into neutral and your thoughts flow freely, you tend to feel anxious. Your focus becomes problem solving. To get your mind back into gear, just turn toward Me, bringing yourself and your problems into My Presence.
- Jesus Calling
Let me start with saying that if you are not in the mood to hear a little spiritual post x out immediately. :)
I am completely aware that this is a design blog, however, my Monday post are always about thankful reflection and what I am focusing on for the week ahead. Revealing what I am thankful for and what I am focusing on allows the readers of this blog to see parts of who I am. So you have probably gathered that I spend a lot of energy around my faith. I was recently asked a question: How do you believe so strongly in something that has so many “ifs” around it? Great question. I am a thinker by nature and at one point in life I did not have the same beliefs. So, I am going to answer this question through song lyrics that probably won’t spark a theological debate because these words simply represent my life experience:
I remember the moment
I remember the pain
I was only a girl
But I grew up that day
Tears were falling
I know You saw me
Hiding there in my bedroom
I was doing my best
Trying to be strong
No one to turn to
That’s when I met You
All this time
From the first tear cry
To today’s sunrise
And every single moment between
You were there
You were always there
It was You and I
You’ve been walking with me all this time
Ever since that day
it’s been clear to me
That no matter what comes
You will never leave
I know You’re for me
And You’re restoring
Every heartache and failure
Every broken dream
You’re the God who sees
The God who rescued me
This is my story
This is my story
I hear these people asking me
How do I know what I believe?
Well I’m not the same me
And I saw the proof I need
I felt Love I felt Your grace
You stole my heart that day
- All this time by Britt Nicole
Please know that I sought out concrete answers to all of my “Jesus” questions and there are many concrete answers. I’m not a fluffy person and you will probably not hear me saying things like “I am dating Jesus,” ect. But I do have faith in this God and that faith gives me incredible peace and that is what I am thankful for this week.
Snapshot of my week:
Sunday Funday with some great friends.
Found a killer light option for one of my clients and I crossing my fingers that they love it as much as I do.
Bad picture but I discovered a new food, gyoza, which I love.
The Hunger Games was a little different than the book but it was awesome.
My meditation for the week:
It is usually a verse:
This week it is a thought that I will have to play in my head on repeat because I am moving.
DO NOT BE OCD WHILE MOVING. DO NOT BE OCD WHILE MOVING. DO NOT BE OCD WHILE MOVING.
There are countless people I talk to every week who have invested in their kitchen, living room, master bedroom ect. but still have that extra unfinished bedroom hanging out in their home. If this is you and you spent your entire budget on the rest of your home this could be a cheap alternative.
By the way, I sometimes scare myself when I am casually driving through Home Depot parking lot and these thoughts just pop in my head. :)
I want to show you something, but I need you to see it on your own.
You see, you sit there right now with a unique view and a very personal vantage point.
Now depending on your perspective, your vision could be clear or it could be foggy.
Are you looking out from the peak of a mountain or are you in a valley?
It’s amazing how some people can’t see the forest for the trees and others are so high above it all that they know the earth is round because they can see the curvature.
The interesting thing about perspective is that you don’t have to move to get a new one.
A person’s point of view can change even without moving a muscle.
Obstacles can be moved. Darkness can be lifted. And it all happens in the mind’s eye.
You see, Vision isn’t just about the cornea, the pupil, and the retina. It’s about conception and imagination.
Did you know that when we look through a telescope at distant galaxies, we’re not just looking 1,000s of light years away.
We’re looking thousands of light years ago.
When you see a star, you’re seeing the past…the past…with your own eyes.
But it takes a different tool to show you the future. And you must close your eyes to see it.
What do you see?! What does the future look like? Can you perceive something? Can you conceive something?
The reason we can see the past so clearly is because it cannot be changed. It was. That’s it.
Ah, but the future. The future is cloudy, distant, unclear. But that is it’s power. The future is uncertain…because its uncertain. It can be changed. And if it can be changed, it can be made.
But how? And by whom?
Great atheletes have a gift of vision. Michael Jordan described a place called “The Zone”. While he was there, the game slowed down around him and the basket looked like a huge hoop.
Wayne Gretsky scored 3239 points in his career. He said the secret to his success was that while everyone else was skating to where the puck was, he was skating to where the puck was going to be. He envisioned the future and IT CAME TRUE 3239 times!
People who change the future do so because they don’t just WANT a different future they SEE a different future.
But that’s not enough is it? Visions can’t just be seen. They have to be cast. The picture has to be painted for others. Others must perceive the same reality with their minds eye, if only for a glimpse.
History is full of people who peered into distant lands and said, “let us cross over into that place.”
Moses saw Israel over the Jordan
Martin Luther King had a dream
Dr Seuss showed us ourselves in a quirky fun alternate reality
Ronald Reagan described a shining city on a hill
And Steve Jobs invented things we never knew we always wanted
-Dave McMullen (interesting)
Unfortunately, I only have one photo memory to share from last week but at least it was captured on St. Patty’s day :)
My meditation for the week:
People will talk, let them. Appreciate and stay close to those people who see your potential and stand by your side until you get there.
-my own thought
My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken.
People sometimes ask me where I work and what I do. I always have a hard time defining it. My good friend and co-worker Greg brilliantly and poetically describes it. Take a look!
There is a lot to be thankful for as I look back on last week. The one thing that stood out among all of the other blessings was my church. I have really been going to two churches over the past year but I realized this past week that my heart has really settled into one of them. As much as I hate to admit this, when I am broken I find my natural instinct is to turn toward things that do not ultimately satisfy. Brokenness is not a state that God intends for us to stay in and church, as bad of a rap as it can have, is the place intended to mend our hearts and inspire our souls. I am as big a skeptic as any when it comes to matters of organized religion, however, when I go to church to simply meet with God vs going to impress, check off a box, or gain the approval of others I find that church can be what it was intended to be.
In my natural April tendencies I almost apologized for the church rant and then realized I am not sorry at all:)
Here are a few highlights from the week:
Event space design:
Celebrating Clemons birthday with great friends.
Vandy vs Kentucky game. My friend Kelly rocked her Vandy jersey to church. :)
My weekly cooking lesson….both pastas were so so good. And yes I ate both.
My meditation for the week: