February 29, 2016

February Spring Favorites

Getting a leap day this year means that I still have time to get in a blog post for the month of February. And so what if it's not Spring yet. I'm anticipating the arrival of warm weather and brightly colored blooms like there's no tomorrow.

These are few things I've been loving this past month while preparing to embrace the seasonal change.

Sperry Canvas Sneakers 
I found these shoes at Nordstrom Rack (one of my favorite places to shop for shoes!) and went back twice before actually buying them. There are a bunch of different colors and patterns to choose from. I had been looking for a causal shoe that can go with almost anything for Spring/Summer and this pair caught my eye. Instead of continuing to visit them in the store, I used up a gift card and purchased them. They have a memory foam insole and are super comfortable. I'm not one of those people who lives in flip flops and sandals during the warmer months so I have a feeling these will be my go to shoe.
I'm strictly in the black pants only club when it comes to running tights but when I saw this bright, fun pair I knew I had to have them. They have a blurred, pixelated watercolor effect, but the picture doesn't do the colors justice. I love how bright they are--perfect for getting out and enjoying the sunshine.

Not typically into gimmicky makeup and skincare products that companies like to make you think you need, I was swayed by the sirens of the travel sized checkout lane at Ulta (don't even get me started on Sephora's!). Mario Badescu skincare is highly praised in the beauty world and since I have terribly dry skin, I decided to give this hydrating spray a go. I actually ended up really loving it. I've been using it all month just before applying my moisturizer in the mornings. It smells nice, feels nice, and I bet the aloe will make sun kissed skin feel soothed and refreshed. Perfect for a beach bag if you're heading out for spring break!

Recently I joined a bible study at church that is using this book and the condensed small group version to address helping people without creating a larger problem. After my trip to Haiti, I felt compelled to apply what I learned and do more to help at home in America, too. I haven't completed this book yet but so far it has been a very good guide. Donating to charities and supporting needs during disaster and tragedy is all well and good but I also want to be intentional so that my help leads to sustainable livelihood, not temporary band-aids that will fade in the long run. I'm learning a lot. If you're at all interested in a faith based guide to serving, volunteering, or even preparing for a short term missions trip, then this is for you.

And lastly my most random favorite, candy. Candy--all sugar, really--is my weakness. Out with the Valentine's Day candy and in with the far better Easter candy I say. I love Swedish fish and their Easter counterparts are even better. Fruity, chewy candy is my favorite and in a world full of chocolate these are just the best. 

January 24, 2016

Cozy in Columbus

This is gonna be a short and sweet post about a popular little cafe in Columbus. Fox in the Snow Cafe is a delicious little place with handmade treats and delicately crafted drinks.

Stuck in the dead of winter, Fox is the perfect place for a warming up. The small space is flooded with lots of natural light and simple design. Record albums swoon in the background giving you that great coffeehouse vibe. It's perfect. I only wish it were closer to me.

January 3, 2016

No Resolutions Here

During the last few weeks of 2015 I heard some powerful sermons that felt like they were written just for me. I don't have any resolutions for 2016, but rather some good advice gathered from those sermons that has stuck with me and I plan to use throughout the year.

Most days I get up and feel like I'm hitting play on an old, familiar movie. I go through the motions and get up the next day to do it all again. It's so easy to become complacent and okay with getting by. But this year I want to find my what in the question, "What are you waiting for?" 

I want to focus on how God plans to use me for throughout my life. I feel like an abiding participant in what life is expected to be- go to college, get a job, etc. but I want to be more--do more. What does that mean for me?

Some takeaways that resonated with me are:

  • Live every day listening for God. Actively waiting means seeking God in your every day life not passively waiting for God to show up.
  • Expect God to come through knowing, believing, and trusting that he will provide. Do not confuse expecting with demanding--looking to your own plan and seeking God to give you your plan on your time.
So for 2016 all I know right now is that I want to spend time seeking God and strengthening my relationship with Him. Where will this year take me? I don't know, but I know I can find my what through Him.

Isaiah 40:30-31
Even youths grow tired and weary; and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary; they will walk and not be faint.


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