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There have been too many times in my life that I’ve mulled over interactions with people where I thought someone had negative feelings towards me, and I only came to realize I was completely wrong. My perspective led me to burdens that I didn’t even need to carry. On a tangible level, my life was great, but negative assumptions in my head became chains draining my energy and tearing down on my own confidence. A tactic that literally paralyzes me from having my head space focused on the real important things.
In short, I defined what my relationship with someone could be based on a few interactions, and looked to take things personal that were likely only a reflection of that person having a bad day or feeling unconfident about themselves. Due to my own lack of confidence for assuming the worst, a relationship that could have been gold, became a burden to my emotional status.
“How people treat other people is a direct reflection of how they feel about themselves.” – Paul Coehlo
So, when you think other people are against you. Think again. Maybe they just feel the same way you do. We are all trying to figure it out. When I discover I am completely wrong for thinking something, I realize that my battles really are not between myself and other people. We keep making other people an excuse for our own poor perspective. We are strongest when we are unified, so hands down, our enemy is always trying to create vices and whisper lies that will divide us. We’ve got to stop blaming each other and letting people get in the way of us being our best self and stepping up into our place.
This is the beauty of grace. The deep reason I am grateful for a faith that is the author of grace. We need to create more space for grace. Grace for ourself- that allows us to feel enough, to feel worthy of others, to feel okay to be who we are and in the state we are in. And, grace for others- that does not point a harsh finger when someone obviously makes a poor decision, has a bad attitude, 0r makes us feel as crappy as they may feel about themselves. Because, their mistake is likely coming from a place of pain, a lie whispered into their ear, a battle beyond you and me- the kind of battle that is always waging to tear you and me apart.
I want to love my life. It’s really hard to do that when I feel like crap dwelling on lies, and pointing fingers, only feeling fear that sometimes I need the same finger pointed back at me. So, let’s try to keep our minds gazed on grace. One day, one hour at a time. With that kind of mindset, who won’t be lifted up?
When it comes to my car, I’m not one to over accessorize. Let’s just keep things simple. But there is a thrill in adding a little personal touch, especially when it’s practical.
Not only does this DIY double as being a diffuser and a stylized pendant, but it will leave your car smelling great while also being beneficial to your health. Yes, yes, and yes! Don’t you love that about essential oils? I know I do. I’d replace artificial (and likely health harmful) scents with aromatherapy any day.
The way this diffuser works is actually really easy. Just hang it on your rear view mirror, and add a few drops of your favorite oil to the leather string. It will absorb in and release throughout the day. It may not be a nifty electric car diffuser, but it is an adorable piece of art. Anything to keep the inspiration around, right?
- dark leather string
- wooden beads
Something like Stress Away (from YoungLiving) would be my first choice to diffuse in my car. I’m curious, what would you diffuse? I’d love to know in the comments below!
With less truly being more in my book these days, I’m not inclined to take on DIYs unless they’re exactly what I want and will add value to my life in both design and function.
Being both the crafty type and trying to establish minimalism, when it comes to working on DIYs, my strategy is to invest in materials that will serve me over and over again. Because, a.) I don’t want to put a lot of money towards tools I may only use a few times, and b.) I am always loving to find ways to have less in my house to overwhelm my mind and, hey, keep me feeling limited enough to always be on my toes creatively.
My material of choice today: investing in leather that I can use for an endless number of projects listed below.
Here is a list of 21 innovative and not-too-difficult DIYs & inspiration to create with leather for your lifestyle at home and on the go:
DIY LEATHER ACCESSORIES
#1 leather key cover
#2 leather envelope pouches
# 3 leather book or journal cover
#4 leather braided camera strap
#5 leather cord tacos
#6 leather feather key fob accessory
#7 leather book mark
#8 leather key chain fob accessory
#9 leather “file” folders
#10 leather picnic blanket travel carrier
#11 leather yoga mat carrier strap
DIY LEATHER HOME DECOR
#12 leather floating wardrobe/accessory hook
#13 leather paper towel holder
#14 leather shelf hanging
#15 leather drawer pulls
#16 Leather-pull door stopper
#17 leather mirror hanging strap
#18 leather magazine hanging rack straps
#19 leather towel ring
#20 leather entry way storage hooks
#21 leather seating wall pad hooks
Creating closure to the past in order to open ourselves to a fresh future has been the state of my heart and the disposition of my husband and I’s life lately. We are trying to take tangible steps towards creating the life that we imagined, and, doing so has created a season of cleaning out the old and creating space for the new. But, it hasn’t just been a physical process, it’s been a mix of emotional and spiritual cleaning and sorting as well. Even in such a way that getting rid of physical clutter makes room for emotional and spiritual intentionality in our life. Really, this looks a process of dying to self in the form of having self discipline and getting uncomfortable. But, it’s leaving me with a self challenge towards myself to become better acquainted, and even comfortable with doing the uncomfortable. We are called to live outside our comfort zone. While it’s scary, the scariest thing of all is settling for living in a sort of stagnation and disappointment of unfulfilled potential, or never knowing. And, all in all, I’m seeing how this process is truly exposing my heart- where I need to give grace, and where grace has made itself known.
Starting with the physical changes, and leading to spiritual changes. I am in a whirlwind of going through boxes of baggage and sentimental pieces, and reevaluating what things mean to me- only keeping the things that I really value, that truly spark joy. This both takes place literally, as I go through old papers and poetry written in high school, reentering the 15-year-old girl I once was and realizing that I still very much resonant with her, to testing my opinions on issues that my parents never faced, but I will face because this is the time of our world. We can’t ignore the controversies before us or live in the bubble of our own opinions, we can only embrace the head-butting ideas, evaluate them, and try to look at them with eye’s of understanding. In the midst of all of this, I’m better refining what I really believe, opening up places in my heart with biases, judgment, and things that contradict the grace that I live by and hope in. And seeing how this creates clarity to the calling upon my life. This is who I am. And, I must see and dig into this who and know her and her purpose, before I can take her along a journey into higher places.
This journey looks like replacing shame with grace
While I passed through the boxes of memories, I came across baby pictures of myself, and the little girl I see almost looks foreign to me from any other time, as if I am not her, but as if she is any other little girl who catches my heart and I want to love on. And, that little face in mirror that would stare back at me with shame and indifference is not there anymore. Rather, she is a little girl I would choose. I would love. Even when she did not not feel chosen, I choose her. She was created and chosen by the heavenly father. Therefore, in all of her awkward stages, she is enough. I choose who she was, regardless of how she may have felt about herself or behaved alike, due to brokenness. That’s not who she was.
This is the process of choosing myself; finding grace for how God made me, starting with the beginning of my story and my deepest roots. But, five years ago I couldn’t look at these pictures and feel this way. It didn’t happen over night. Rather, it’s been a slow process, revisiting her just reminds me how far we’ve come.
I’ve come to understand that we are all victim as a child to our world, but once we can think for ourself, we are no longer a victim, and are then responsible for our behavior and choices. The most difficult thing is pressing past those wounds and acting out of the truth of who we are (loved) and not out of the pain of the lies that skewed our sense of being and purpose. Will we be victim as children for the rest of our lives, or will we overcome? Only grace can take us from point a to point b.
This is a process of digging up, replanting, and growing in the soil of God’s love. It undoubtably is a process, but having grace with our self like God has grace with us, empowers us to be who we really are. Of course, this starts with understanding His love- the definer of love itself. Perhaps learning to say “thank you” for your own self is the most tangible place to start.
“You will never really enjoy other people, you will never have stable emotions, you will never lead a life of Godly contentment, you will never conquer jealousy and love others until you thank God for making you the way He did.” – James Hufstetler
This quote demonstrates the importance of us loving who we are, seeing that exactly how God made us is praise-worthy, because we are an expression of who He is. Tangibly stepping into this and seeing time pay off in the healing process is my favorite part of growing up and older: being able to own our story and create it, rather than feel victim to what we were told or shown when we were young and malleable.
What am I seeing now? I see that we may all look quite different, but our human condition is quite the same. We may have different tendencies, but we are all broken. We all have to learn through awkwardness and pain, and we are all quite afraid. This means that there doesn’t need to be space between us. We just need to listen and yearn to understand. This is world peace. And, this is also the heart of Jesus.
As cooler days are just oh-so-close, and I am so looking forward to a little fall breeze, so comes the season of opting for big, warm cups of your favorite drink.
With that being said, I wanted to share with you a minimal free downloadable print you can display next to your coffee maker, or really, wherever your heart desires.
I remember standing in line in my college bookstore, when I saw someone I knew in line with me. There was some general small talk and of course the “How are you?” and while I can’t quite remember how the conversation went, I remember one thing said that for the first time sounded different. “Just remember, it’s about the journey, not the destination.” Did this person really know my heart at the time? No, but this cliché spoken directly to me gained life in the context of where I stood.
It shook me, but today it shakes me more. As a matter of fact, it’s the cliché that molds the heart behind everything I want to inspire- a nugget of wisdom that has reshaped my entire inner world of self motivation, purpose, and hope, but a cliché that you can’t fully grasp until you taste the pain of disappointment in earth-sought destinations.
What is disappointment telling us?
Disappointment is the kind of pain that opens your eyes to what really matters: the ‘why’ behind what you’re seeking. Since, pain is a result of brokenness. When you feel it, you evaluate it in search of the deeper issue. What is causing this pain?
When it’s the pain of disappointment, the deeper issue is your motive.
If the motive behind your aspirations is jaded by your broken-nature and not founded through your wholeness in Christ, then you will journey onward to the end of your journey to face your greatest disappointment: nothing ever satisfied. Your real purpose was never fulfilled. The desire within you could not be quenched, because you were motivated by your brokenness. So what does a broken-natured motive look like? If you look deep within, and find that the underlying motive of your positive business plan or dreams to make a difference in the world are really a deep cry to find your own glory (prove yourself enough, win, be noticed, be appreciated, be understood, be liked, reach a societal standard of success, or find true contentment and rest in a destination here on earth), you will be disappointed. Why?
These desires within us, come from a place of brokenness, where we believe the lie that we are not enough and we have to prove the opposite is true (even if that’s just to our self). This leads us, on our own accord, to make ourselves good (or, better than the person next to us, because we believe the lie that love is a limited resource and there is only so much of it to go around). In that place, we seek to lift our self up, and make our self worthy, because we don’t understand His love for us just as we are. When we live by these broken-natured desires, we choose to live by the chains of brokenness, and not by the truth of who Christ has enabled us to be- daughters, with an inheritance that shames the seeking of all these things. And with the safety of this inheritance- of a Father’s love so deep- it doesn’t matter how things appear to be in our life. What matters is understanding what it means to be free from this broken-way of thinking.
When we come to terms with accepting this unconditional gift, our response is naturally to mimic it. Not that that is what we must do, but that is what we can’t help but do. It comes from an overflow of receiving. When we are blessed, we bless. When this truth becomes truth (i.e. reality) to us, our motive that was once to seek our own glory, becomes as simple as this: to serve.
If your life purpose is to serve, you will never be disappointed. You will never become paralyzed by the earth-side failures you might encounter. Because your purpose is not dependent on your own glory, but completely on His. When you’re motive becomes this, your life becomes fuller than the seeking of any personal glory. When you seek to serve, your gifts become fire, blazing out of you like a dragon. Your life becomes an unimaginable journey of living fully, heart-drenched and full of happy tears, and you can’t help but see how everything, everyone is a valuable character in this story of the beautiful, redeeming gift of love that brokenness has enabled us a glimpse of it’s fullness.
What’s the point of this journey?
While so much of my life thus far, I have sought reaching for things and places, the times of struggle- the disappointments- I have encountered have turned into the most valuable things that I experience. They start with revealing within me broken motives, and lead to teaching me what really matters. And, here is what I have learned: the earthly ideas of destinations don’t satisfy. And, in this journey through life, God cares much less about the earth-side destinations we seek to reach, than He cares about the heart we approach them with. It’s not about what we do. It’s about our heart first. It is from our heart, that He can move and breathe in our life and in our dreams, that He can shame logic with our faith, that he can ignite and fulfill the true purpose within us. How gracious, intimate, and personal a God who takes us on a journey for our heart.
Each step, struggle, and place along the way is a step that refines our heart. What is the goal of this refinement? That we may have a pure heart. A heart that does not seek our own glory, which enables us to be free, free of judgement, offense, jealousy, and all of the taxing, exhausting emotions of a broken-nature. We can only find this, through first seeing who we are, through grasping our true DNA as beloved, through soaking it in deeply.
And this place of finding true identity, the heart-work begins on our behalf in creating a place of rest, a fight against the current of busy-glorification and overstimulation. God can do so much more through our rest, than we can do through a life of hustling on our own.
Your disappointments are in your favor, as are your appointments. He is only leading you by the hand, one step at a time, coordinating your heart that you may fulfill your life’s purpose.
Will you trust Him?
There is a lot to choose from in our world today, and this is a result of a beautiful invention called mass reproduction. While it’s convenient to have the resources and variety, it can also be o-ver-whelm-ing. Between what is trending, to what is most affordable, or what is most functional. We are either overwhelmed by a decision to make or the million things we already have because we gave ourselves no limit. I will raise my hand and say that I am just as guilty of wanting to walk out of a store with something in my hand, because I’m convinced something new will make my life better- happier. I’ve come to realize, the opposite is true.
As Dolly Parton once said: “It’s hard to be a diamond in a rhinestone world”, (while I realize this was meant to be a metaphor for true beauty in a woman), I can’t help but be reminded of our literal rhinestone world.
Because things can be made so cheap and easily, and are so affordable as consumers. We can just buy and buy.. (I have especially had this issue with the Target dollar section) and we are able to approach our home-making with the mentality of buying to fill up the space we live in, rather than being forced to only buy the things we absolutely love over a period of time. This has caused us to fall into a trap of clutter, chaos, and even sub par style (example: buying into every new trend).
Because, in design, the white space is what draws the eye to the words or objects, and in music, the silence is what makes the noise move the soul, it is the same in our home. We need the white space to create a clear sense of identity of a place that represents who we are.
So if the solution is having less, then what is worth having? For me, it’s been investing in classic stylish pieces for the everyday things I use. Here are a few things to make a simple space done with care.
1. Woven Laundry Baskets
Whether it’s for the laundry or storing things like blankets or toys, woven or wicker baskets add texture, warmth, and quality to a necessary everyday item.
2. A Pretty Kettle
We all need our coffee, right? And, even if you prefer making other warm drinks, invest in pieces for your every day use that will look nice always sitting out. I love our pour-over kettle. It’s a nice kitchen statement piece.
3. Natural Kitchen Brushes
Rather than settling for the plastic kitchen scrubbies that you want to hide and tend to wear out quickly, find classic wooden ones that you want to use, and take care of. Why not opt for a wooden dish rack while you’re at it? Anything to make the practical also inspiring.
4. Plants & Fresh Stems
Having oxygen-giving life around you is not only good for your health, but you might just find yourself in a mutual relationship. Of course they need you (to give them a little water and sunshine), but you might just love being needed and watching the care pay off. Also find some of the positive benefits of having fresh flowers around on Darling Magazine.
5. Glass Jar Pantry Storage
Organization done pretty. Why not make every possible spot in your home nice on the eyes? Let the mundane, functional spark happiness. What is better than clear glass jars labeled with a paint pen (as seen above) for simple pantry organization. Quality living goes beyond what is seen, but what is hidden in the cabinets and how it is organized for your lifestyle.
Investing in a quality candle you really love not only makes for a better experience, but will make you appreciate it even more. And, if you’re sacrificing more lower-end candles for just one that you adore, you can appreciate less stuff to overwhelm your home (But, really, your mind). When it’s done, recycle it’s container as a planter for a new house plant. Not only will it will carry meaning as it was something you loved and valued, but it’s quality container will live on and add charm to your home. P.F. Candle Co. is a classic choice, and a favorite.
Whether knits are handmade or store bought- they are just cozy. They inspire detail, patience, and care- as those are just the things needed to make them. The added texture creates dynamic in your space, becoming more than a blanket, but a functional statement piece.
8. Classic Lamp
A classic lamp goes a long way. Somewhere between simple, but with that special sense of charm to it, this lamp will live timelessly in your space, while always giving a little personality. The one above demonstrates well. Investing in a nice lamp- or a couple- will definitely add a cozy, quality feel to a space.
9. Bathtub Luxuries
Who needs their bathtub to look like this? Well, no one needs it. But, in our fast paced world, we need to invite ourself to rest a little more. Inspiring that can look like adding luxuries to a place like your tub. That’s where a simple wooden board can go a long way for some bath time with a book or a candle. And for the everyday, add a hanging plant to your rod, or plants inside your shower. Not only will they appreciate the steam, but you will appreciate seeing them on a daily basis. We all know we need some positive energy and life in the morning as we wake up and prepare for the day.
All of these things can be overlooked. Either they can be lived without or they can be done cheap, and without care. But, even if you don’t have a lot, I find these pieces to make quite a difference- inspiring a lifestyle of quality and care in the place you call home.
Whether home is a place you spend a lot of time in, or seek to find deep rest from your work in, this safe place matters. While the little things are what make up the big thing, you don’t need a lot of them- only a few things done well.
Tired of the ordinary? Tired of feeling like life is not all you imagined it to be? Like we are stuck in this system, called “work, sleep, work, sleep, work, sleep, and wait till the weekend to really live”? I am too. It’s just so.. uncreative.
I don’t want my joy and peace to rest on the day of the week. I don’t want to look at work and rest and life in a perspective of the days, weeks, months, and, you can guess the last,.. years. It works well for a general world-clock. But, I don’t want it to be my heart clock. I don’t want to be dependent on the “way of the world” in thinking that because it’s Saturday, I should be out having fun or doing a sort of nothing serious and posting it on social media. And, getting too caught up in #friyay hype, that Monday feels like the end of the world and, “oh, my lord, I can’t even think about surviving it without my coffee”. It’s all really just too ordinary for me, too repetitive, too taking me no where, but back to another Monday. That just doesn’t sound fun. Of course, life transcends a little more than that. But, still a mindset like that is debilitating us from the grandeur picture of our lives and tapping into our potential. And, a life lived by only seeing how to survive the week ahead, is not a life of fulfilling purpose.Rather, everyday should be a thrill. A thrill of playful rest. Or, a thrill of hard, intoxicating work- depending on the season. And, regardless of the season, every day should be like a Sunday to the heart- an attitude of worship, a resting heart of adoration that draws us beyond our self (our fear and insecurities), into a place of courage, where we discover the things we never knew we were capable of.
The things that happen to us in our life just don’t happen at a steady pace. But, through great waves and small ripples of change. Times of simple, and times of complex. Some, for hard work and others for great exploration. Some, for finding joy in a sort of regularity, and others, for adventure and something different.
My clock is my own, and it’s different from everyone else’s, so I shouldn’t be comparing it to others, or feeling pressured to fit it to a standard. I must figure out what works for me, in order to get my work done, and establish a sense of rest into my everyday. How can I create a steady pace in my inner world, to compliment my outer world? No two seasons will look the same. So, let’s not just think about the week ahead, but the season ahead. How will we find our balance? How will we keep our selves from burn out?
I am just convinced we need to stop thinking and imagining so small. But, think ahead. Pray ahead. Think beyond this year, or five years. Think beyond your life. Think beyond your generation. Think beyond life itself! The true value lies beyond what meets the eye: in the future, the untapped potential in people, the opportunity for redemption that brokenness enables, the spiritual battle of everyday, the life of our children’s, children’s, children that we will never know. There is just so much more than the ordinary. There is a limitless world beyond the ordinary systems that run our life.
Think beyond the everyday, the seemingly ordinary.
And, let every moment be an opportunity for something extraordinary- the purpose that simply exudes from only you, and no one else in the universe, when you embrace it.
If you look around at a lot of the problems that surround you or you have stumbled upon, they are likely created from a lack of effective communication- a lack of understanding. I run into this everyday at work. And, in my marriage. And, well, with God. Luckily I don’t feel like I have to communicate with God to be understood by Him, but He sure honors it when I do. He just wants you and I to come to Him.
When I do, I actually begin to become aware of the work He is doing minute by minute, day by day, in my life- which makes the mundane become exciting. And, fills my heart with joy, faith, and purpose.
It all begins and ends with Him. We are created in His image. He defines us. He knows us. And our communication with Him is able to do much more than anything we could possibly try to do in our own power. What a relief! What a love.
So, I designed this wall paper for your mobile phone or to download, print, and to hang on your mirror, or your tack board, or anywhere. Just to remind you that God is always saying, “Hello, dear..” eager for your attention and ready to listen to whatever you want to tell or ask Him.
I often feel torn between seeking for comfort, and yet seeking dreams that can only possibly happen by forcing myself to get really uncomfortable. I think this is the problem for a lot of people though. Our sense of now- today- wants what is comfortable and easy, but our hope for the future is the desire for something that can only be created by the act of getting uncomfortable. Surely your dreams don’t involve you staying as comfortable as you are today. What kind of dreams are those? We are constantly growing, and our bodies transcending through the medium of time. The best way for our heart, soul, and mind to transcend too, is welcoming the new, the different- the uncomfortable.
That’s where my solution comes in. For the longest time, I often felt led and burdened by the mindset to “give it all, or nothing”. And then, my husband and I started trying to save money. Like, truly. And, through the uncomfortable process, I realized my mindset entirely shift and influence my approach to things beyond money. It’s no longer “its all or nothing”, but “everything counts”. That $5 coffee counts. That $20-steal pair of designer jeans counts. Not only has this helped save money, but it’s challenged me to really think about what I truly want, truly need, and truly value. What do I value? Living on purpose. Overcoming. Relationships over things. Adventures over comfort.
And, what an empowering mindset.
If we can think like “everything counts”, then we can take the small steps, the day to day little things, and over time, our little habits and choices will turn into big things, big changes, big growth.
If the way we spend our days turn into the way we spend our life, then let’s evaluate. Do we just do whatever, do what we are told to do, do what puts food on the table, do what feels good in the moment, or just do nothing at all? Or, are we intentional with our time, to live our day with a purpose in mind to serve the beloved people around us, to make ethical choices at work, to say “no” to our desire to lay around on the couch after a long day, and rather, take our dog for a run? Do we make healthful choices that will make us feel more alive, or do we seek what pleases our tastebuds in the moment? Do we just pick up our dreams and do something? Even the smallest thing? Or do we stare at it in fear of failure? Who cares if it fails, if it seemed like you wasted time. You tried, and you learned. It counted. It changed you. Everyone starts small. This life is once. We are made to walk on it. Not for it to walk on us. Let’s make daily choices that make us feel powerful- you know, choosing the thing that’s a little bit hard for the flesh, but good for spirit! Small acts of self-discipline, even if you can’t be perfect, will turn into habits. And, those habits, will empower you. Just keep in mind: “everything counts”. And, you won’t give up.
I love Pinterest. But, it’s also an outlet of o-v-e-r-w-h-e-l-m-i-n-g-n-e-s-s. You see something you like, just click a button and it’s saved. That makes it so easy to get carried away with so many ideas, because it’s all right in front of your face and so easy to have. (You thought you were a genius to come up with that one idea? Well, just go on Pinterest you’ll be humbled a little bit.) Every idea is there.. so it seems sometimes! So, let’s think like capsule wardrobest (yes, just made that one up) in our approach with our Pinterest boards. What pins do we really love? Really inspire us? What pins are our hands-down must-keeps?
I am feeling the challenge today to try and share with you my style with the limit of just ten (just TEN!!) of my favorite pins on Pinterest. And with each one, I’ll explain just why I chose it. (Deep breathe) Ok, here we go:
It’s hard not to love everything about this photo by The Wolf and the Wildflower. I just can’t help but look at it, and feel like a sort of a perfection was captured in this lifestyle scene. Featuring Darling Magazine, pour-over coffee, a big mug, eucalyptus, and a beautiful hand-made coffee table with hair-pin legs attached to a reclaimed piece of wood. Not to mention, this rug and couch is right on point. My hope is to soon find the perfect piece of wood to recreate this coffee table in my husband and I’s own little home.
Yes, I love lifestyle captures. And, I think baby wearing is too much sweetness to handle. I love this everyday moment here: fresh french pressed coffee in hand, baby snuggled close in this Solly Wrap, the mamas simple, chic outfit, the dog right in her way of where she is stepping (let’s be real), and a clean simple kitchen in a small space. Also, I love her curls, and dream that my life might look something like this one day when I have a little one. Photo by the Solly Baby Wrap.
This has turned into a trend it seems, but I really don’t care. It’s lovely! Dried flowers hanging from a simple, wooden coat wrack, With the added beautiful and brilliant product by Letter Folk Co. for your own quoting and inspiring yourself with exactly the words you want… where ever you want. Photo via Macadamia.
I know that in the future, with my husband and I chasing dreams that belong to a bigger city than the one we currently reside in, we will likely be stepping into the smallest space we’ve had yet. So, having a desk that goes up, rather than out, seems like a great small space solution. As well, this space is just simple. Exactly how a space of productivity should be. Between that eames chair, a few lovely details on the shelves like the flowing plant and leather journal, and the beachy-tote for all the toting, I am in love with the feel of this capture found on Pinterest.
While I tend to love the clean simple (and cheap) lines that come with IKEA furniture, I love the character and innovative feel that comes with these natural wood stained shelfs. Featuring multiple small plants, a few magazine spines, glass vases and simple white candles, the display is simple and still interesting and engaging. Can’t pass this capture shared by Emily Henderson.
Amanda Watters from Home Song Blog does details so beautifully. I can’t get over this capture of hers. And, I will be honest, I chose my essential oil diffuser after being inspired by how beautiful it is in this picture. Iced coffee, diffusing oils, and about to dive into a few magazines and a journal in this simple, clean, yet organic space of character. How refreshing. All of the details here capture me, exemplifying rest, peace, and gentle-living.
Small details. I love this common trend of hanging mirrors on the wall with the string attached above. I love the organic storage jars and the eucalyptus displayed on the mirror. Clean, simple, & fresh. Photo via The Merry Thought.
Getting away from home, ordering a latte, sitting down with a journal and Bible in hand, whilst the cooler day grows outside and it’s exactly sweater weather. I love this capture inspiring taking time to be slow, enjoying yourself, processing yourself, writing your story through the process of journaling. And, allowing God to inspire you and teach you who you really are. What a perfect day in a coffee shop. Capture via Miss Literati.
Why is this in my top ten? Because it represents something to me: having details that are quality. That you love! Not because you are stinking’ rich, but because you buy less stuff and just a few things you really love that will last. That’s a lifestyle I am striving for. Not just, less is more, but less that is more. 😉 Photo via Scout Mob
Ok, ok, this photo completely throws off any aesthetic, especially throwing a celebrity in the picture, but in general, I love Emma Stone’s style choices and the fact that I look a little bit like her makes it a little less hard to imagine how the outfit would compliment my hair and skin tone. Camel colored details, black skinny’s, a chic jacket, and some cute sunnies. I can’t get over how much I love this look. And, it pretty much sums up a look I could go for everyday, out and about, running errands, walking the city, grabbing a coffee… you know, all the things.
Well, those are my top ten! I hope this has inspired you today. It’s time that we know ourselves in a world of endless possibility. How would we best express ourselves in a time of limitation? This is the heart behind a capsule wardrobe. But, I think this is a mindset we should carry into every aspect of our life.
What defines your style? Take the challenge today and choose your top TEN pins that truly express you. Go!
This season in my life is all about heart adventures. As a matter of fact, today is my birthday, and this whole topic completely sums up what this past year of my life has been all about learning. It hasn’t been easy, but now that I can see the light ahead, my moments of feeling failure and hopelessness suddenly carry great purpose. The lessons I have learned from struggle are irreplaceable.
So, now I can see in the seemingly lowly times of life, there lies great purpose and great lesson that has a way of refining us into the people that we dream to be, and that we must become before God actually gifts us a life where those seemingly far away dreams become our daily reality. Our dreams really can happen, you know. But, are you willing to become the kind of person who can carry your dreams out?
Some people say “you just have to work really hard”, but as a Christian, dreams are more than a destination, but a fulfilling of purpose. It’s so much more than running yourself dry until you reach a destination, with the advantage of having luck, or being born with good genes. It’s about living- heart, soul, and mind- through each season. And so, if we aren’t ready to be that person with that sort of responsibility and influence that comes with the territory of landing that dream career- or even more importantly- fulling the purpose that God has given us, then seasons of heart-work p e r s i s t onward. Because, at the end of the day- all God really judges is our heart. He blesses us with more, when we see what He has already gifted us and we make the most of it.Do you want your dreams to come true? Our dreams start in our heart. They start with who we are, not what we accomplish.
Dance in the gifts and dreams he has already made true. And, be willing to work hard. The most important thing is your heart- which is sustained through trial by communication with Him. And, by communication with Him, we are guided where to go and what to do.