This may sound silly, but this is a really hard one for me, because it’s not often that I come by an outfit that I really love. I feel like my style changes a lot, therefore, I don’t know what my favorite is. So I thought maybe I’d start with ideas/concepts about my “fashion”, if you can even call it that, and see if maybe I can come up with my own personal style in words. (I know I’m totally deviating from the original question..sorry Mandy!)
*I feel my absolute best in skinny jeans/pants. I know this might seem a little silly, but I’ve been doing an experiment recently and have just been trying to examine my attitude compared to what I’m wearing. And truth is, I really feel great in my skinny jeans. So please, skinny jeans, don’t ever go out of style. thanks :)
*I love to wear cardigans. It’s taken me a while to build up my wardrobe to have cardigans that I love and feel great in, but I believe I’ve finally gotten there.
*I tend to lean towards solid colors, and mainly earth tones. My absolute favorite it probably white or cream.
*Heels are a thing of the past. I have one pair that I still wear with a certain pair of work pants, but other than that, I haven’t worn heels in ages. I guess I’m just more comfortable in flats :)
*I really don’t wear much jewelry. Pretty much just my wedding ring and hoop earrings. Bracelets bug me. Necklaces are an very occasional thing.
I guess overall, I’d say I’m just simple when it comes to fashion. I’m going to go ahead and post this without a picture and just keep stirring on this. Maybe one of these days I’ll put on an outfit that I love and it’ll hit me and I’ll snap a picture for you all. Hope you understand :)
Day 3. Who is someone you know who inspires beauty?
For this day, I have chosen to write about my friend Kylee Ruth, who is truly beautiful inside and out, from top to bottom.
But looking inward...Kylee has one of the most beautiful hearts I’ve ever seen. Her love and passion for her Lord is so apparent in her daily life that it is contagious. She has this amazing ability to delve deep into people’s hearts, showing a level of care and love that not too many people have for others. She encourages people towards the Lord in the most gentle way I’ve seen. She is truly, truly inspiring.
Kylee Ruth Powers Dawson- I love you, and I’m so thankful that I am blessed to call you my friend! (now get your butt back here to Ohio...) ;)
Day 2. What makes you uniquely you?
I’m finally moving on to question number two! I’ve been stirring on this one for a couple of days and to be honest, it’s been pretty tough because I don’t see all that much about myself that is unique. Thus, I resorted to asking the husband late last night as we were falling asleep.
“What’s unique about you is that you have one side of you that is super friendly, loving, and caring toward other people. But then another side of you is fiery, bold, and sometimes a little bit stubborn.” It’s true. Somehow, these two different sides of me merge into one being, and make for a unique me.
Besides this phenomenon, I’d have to say that the rest of what makes me unique is the random combination of my personality traits, characteristics, hobbies, values, and life circumstances. Hopefully the rest of this project may reveal more of some of those.
peace and love, my friends :)
So we went out to our favorite restaurant, J. Alexanders.
Can you believe we held on to that dang envelope until we were almost through with our appetizers?
Day 1. What does beauty mean to you?
Beauty is an inward serenity rooted in confidence in Christ. There are so many characteristics that stem from this, but when I take a look at the beauty around myself--be it people or nature--I see it all pointing back to this. Jesus is what makes things and people beautiful. Nothing more, nothing less.
I’m joining in on Mandy’s project over at She Breathes Deeply (if you haven’t checked out her blog, you totally should). I may not be able to do a consecutive 31 days, and I may randomly interject other blogs, but I think this will be a good challenge for me. If you’re interested in joining, head on over to her blog and sign up!
What is "Project 31"? It is a collection of thoughts, ideas, and
women who potray beauty in a inspired way. "Project 31" is you celebrating
your God given beauty, and celebrating the beautiful women around you. The
meaning behind the project is taken from this:
10 Who can find a virtuous wife?
For her worth is far above rubies.
11 The heart of her husband safely trusts her;
So he will have no lack of gain.
12 She does him good and not evil
All the days of her life.
13 She seeks wool and flax,
And willingly works with her hands.
14 She is like the merchant ships,
She brings her food from afar.
15 She also rises while it is yet night,
And provides food for her household,
And a portion for her maidservants.
16 She considers a field and buys it;
From her profits she plants a vineyard.
17 She girds herself with strength,
And strengthens her arms.
18 She perceives that her merchandise is good,
And her lamp does not go out by night.
19 She stretches out her hands to the distaff,
And her hand holds the spindle.
20 She extends her hand to the poor,
Yes, she reaches out her hands to the needy.
21 She is not afraid of snow for her household,
For all her household is clothed with scarlet.
22 She makes tapestry for herself;
Her clothing is fine linen and purple.
23 Her husband is known in the gates,
When he sits among the elders of the land.
24 She makes linen garments and sells them,
And supplies sashes for the merchants.
25 Strength and honor are her clothing;
She shall rejoice in time to come.
26 She opens her mouth with wisdom,
And on her tongue is the law of kindness.
27 She watches over the ways of her household,
And does not eat the bread of idleness.
28 Her children rise up and call her blessed;
Her husband also, and he praises her:
29 “ Many daughters have done well,
But you excel them all.”
30 Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing,
But a woman who fears the LORD, she shall be praised.
31 Give her of the fruit of her hands,
And let her own works praise her in the gates.
Pretty good stuff, huh? Wanna join in? Here is the challenge...
For 31 days, blog each day about things that celebrate your God given
beauty, and the beauty of the women around you. I attatched a list below
you can follow, or you can make up your own (please link back here,
Here are the questions for the project....
Day 1. What does beauty mean to you?
Day 2. What makes you uniquely you?
Day 3. Who is someone you know who inspires beauty?
Day 4. Style 31. Post a pic of you in your favorite outfit.
Day 5. Write a blog thanking someone who has made your heart come alive.
Day 6. Jaded beauty. Has the world's definition of beauty ever jaded you?
Day 7. Write a blog to encourage another beautiful woman.
Day 8. Have a beauty secret (e.g. hair tip, make up tip)? Share, please!
Day 9. What virtues do you value in yourself?
Day 10. What is Jesus teaching you as a wife, mom, or friend? (Or just woman in general?)
Day 11. Post a recipe. Or if you don't cook, try a new recipe and write about how it turned out (pictures please!).
Day 12. Write about what wears you out as a woman.
Day 13. Write about something you would like to change about yourself for the better.
Day 14. Style 31. Post an outfit pic!
Day 15. Write to encourage a friend. Inspire her beauty.
Day 16. Write a letter to your daughter, or a young girl in your life. Tell her what beauty means.
Day 17. Write about 3 things that make you happy.
Day 18. Describe your personality.
Day 19. Write about your favorite comfort food (we are women- we ALL have comfort food!
Day 20. Write about your job and why you love it or hate it.
Day 21. Write a letter to your husband to encourage him (or if you are single- your future husband.)
Day 22. What are some needs that need to be met in your community? Blog about how to extend your hand to those who need you.
Day 23. What are your strengths? What are your weaknesses?
Day 24. What is Jesus teaching you presently?
Day 25. Style 31. Post a pic of your favorite comfy clothes.
Day 26. What do you hope your grandchildren will say about you someday when you are gone?Day 27. Write a blog to encourage someone and build their confidence!
Day 28. Write about your insecurities as a woman.
Day 29. Write about "a day in the life of me." (Pics are great!)
Day 30. Who is your role model as a woman?
Day 31. Write about your dreams and goals as a beautiful woman!
I'll be back today or tomorrow with Day 1!!
I was pretty excited to give him his gifts this year. I knew he'd really like them and it'd make him feel pretty special. Unfortunately, not everything went as planned....
This tshirt from Jeni's ice cream is about the only thing that went right....here's the birthday boy sporting his new shirt with his ice cream. Shirt reads "The Dairy Heir."
and Zoe....seems like she knew just what to do with the tshirt.
Next, I got him a new pair of loafers. See how excited he was?
Two things: for one, they didn't have his size, so I knew we'd have to take them back to a different store and exchange. No big deal. Second, too bad I didn't realize it's the dead of winter, snow and slush and ick on the ground, so he's still sporting his old loafers (which, mind you, have a hole in the side of them). But at least I know he loves loafers, and maybe some day these will wear out in the same fashion.
I can't really tell you how long Chris has been talking about an ipod shuffle. It's been a long time. So me, being the good little wifey that I am (just a joke), made this his final birthday present. Little did I know that our computer doesn't have the correct operating system to download itunes 10.0 which is the ONLY version compatable with this ipod. UGH. Thankfully, Wal-Mart refunded our money no problem, and Chris was able to find an older generation off ebay and save us ten bucks.
It would be so awesome if the story ended there. But when he got his ipod in the mail and plugged it in, we discovered the plug was just some generic plug that wasn't from apple and didn't work with the ipod. double UGH. So I guess the story isn't over, because he still hasn't received the new one, but the seller is making it right and supposedly shipping us the correct plug. Poor Chris has been waiting so long to workout with his ipod shuffle, and now he has to wait even longer.
So that's my super-awesome-I-love-my-husband-but-I ruined-his-birthday-story. :) Happy quarter of a century, Chris! I love you!
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I don’t know what your food journey has been like, but I know that in mine, the times that I am eating the most healthy (lots of fruits, veggies, whole grains, etc), I truly feel the best. Simply put, processed food makes me feel like crap. Which is a really good thing! I’m really glad that my body can tell a difference between the fuel that I am providing it and the fake-o stuff I sometimes indulge in.
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So what's the plan?!?!
First off, make the time. This will be hard the next couple of months, but I'm hoping that once the baby comes and I'm able to stay at home, I can dedicate some serious time to getting our eating on track.
Second, portion control. Chris and I do ok with this at home. We've started eating our dinner off of a small salad plate--it's almost like a mind game. The more full your plate is, the more full your belly will be (when in all actuality, it's all your belly really needs). Where we still struggle with this and need discipline is eating out. We are going to try to share more and/or help each other stop eating and have leftovers for the next day.
We don't really have other concrete plans other than to just up our fruit and veggie intake. What's difficult about goals like this is that in order for it to be something that sticks and becomes a lifestyle, it has to be attainable. that's what we're aiming for :)
But honestly, this last Christmas season was pretty stressful for me, and I don’t really want to repeat that, especially with a new baby! So I’ve set a goal. I know it’s high. I honestly have no idea if I’ll reach it. But I’m surely going to strive for it.
So how am I doing this? What steps am I taking?
I am crocheting. A lot. I love crocheting because it’s one of those crafts you can take anywhere, pick up and do a couple of stitches and then put it down. I’ve even crocheted at stop lights. Eek! I’m not quite that desperate right now, but I am taking advantage of my lunch breaks at work. So, many gifts this year will be made of yarn!
yarn pretties to feast your eyes upon: (not mine; images found via google search)
A friend and I have decided to have monthly craft days where we get together and work on Christmas presents for a Saturday. I’m hoping to save some of my bigger projects for these days. I’m really excited about this and am hopeful that it can become somewhat of a tradition! :)
Basically I’m just trying to really think ahead. Planning and doing is pretty important here. So who knows what’ll happen, but I sure can try. Anyone think I’m nuts??!?!
Haha, just kidding. But for real. I want to grow out my nails and leave them be.
This just might be the hardest goal to achieve. Biting, picking, tearing, you name it---it’s what I do and have done my whole life to not only my fingernails, but my toenails. What happens is this: I will be inspired by someone else’s pretty nails, grow them out, then bite them all off in a matter of about 75 seconds. This can either be due to boredom, nervousness, a football game, doesn’t really matter. But that’s the typical routine.
So how will I break this wretched habit? What’s my plan? I have a few ideas…
Keep my cuticles moist. When they are dry and there are pieces sticking out, I have to pick them.
Keep the dirt out from under my fingernails. I have a thumbtack on my keyboard at work that does this trick real well. This will keep me motivated (and keep the white lines even—know what I mean?)
Those are really the only ideas I have for myself right now (obviously I’ve never been successful at this). So if anyone has any tips, please share!!
New Year's was great. I took zero pictures the whole night. Not sure why…I guess I was just enjoying the moments with some of my bestest friends. It was truly spectacular. We had delicious food, played fun games, and of course had wonderful conversation. But my favorite part of the whole evening was the first hour of the new year. Sitting in a circle, a friend led us in worship to the Throne. We then took turns sharing what the Lord has taught us this past year. Then we prayed and sang some more. I just couldn’t help but think two things. . .
First, this is the Church. The body of Christ. A group of believers coming together worshipping and communing with our Lord. Nowhere in the Bible does it say that church is confined to a specific building on Sunday morning at 10:30. What we experienced that night….THAT was church. And I have a feeling Jesus was looking down and smiling upon His children.
And second, what a beautiful way to start the new year. It was perfectly in line with our purpose…Chris and I made some resolutions a few days ago. It’s actually a whole word document covering various aspects of life and our goals/aspirations for each area. But at the very top of our list we define our ultimate purpose:
to reflect Christ in every area of life; to acknowledge our dependence on the Lord each and every day in dying to ourselves; to live with an eternal mindset, bringing glory to God in all we do.
Nothing like starting the New Year off right, huh? *grin*
The next few days I want to share with you all a few of my random goals for the new year. Please share yours, if you’d like!