I'm not finding a way around it... Counseling sessions can be awkward. Finding doctors and making appointments is work. Getting to said appointments can be a juggle. . If you know a way around all of that (besides avoiding it), let me know! In the meantime, I keep charging through. I give up a morning to check on my insurance changes and schedule the appointments. I show up for a counseling session and a teeth cleaning, even though it's been too long since my last appointment with both. I get my ear pain checked even though I'll likely just seem like a hypochondriac. I ask my doctor about the meds and supplements that could improve my daily life. . And the result? Growth. The satisfaction of not only adulting well (yay, me!), but of growing into a healthier person inside and out. Because avoidance only works for so long before once-tiny issues billow up to something that can no longer be avoided. And might even be harder to resolve than they could have been. . Don't wait for that to happen. Do the checkups now. Make the effort now. Take care of your emotions, your teeth, your stress, your out of balance levels whatever they may be, now. You matter. You're worth the time and effort. And you'll be able to show up to your life and your people more fully. Even, abundantly. . Thank you, Jesus, for this life. Let's live it well. Yay, you! 🙌🎉
Some things that make snow better: + Boots. + Fleece-lined leggings. Where have these been all my life?! + This being only the, I think 2nd? big snow we've had this winter. + Friends. Friends make everything better. ❄️❄️❄️
What's your favorite part of your morning routine? That little lamp on my desk (the one that looks like an empty picture frame), is mine 🌞 . My entire life before I became a mom, I was an early bird. My inner alarm clock woke me up at or before 6, often even on weekends, often even after going to bed late. . Then motherhood happened. I got more tired overall, and quickly learned no matter how early I woke up, my kids could beat me to it. So I stayed in bed as long as I could in the morning and instead made the most of my awake time after they went to bed. I turned myself into a night owl of sorts. . I miss being an early bird. It's so core to who I am as a person--starting each day alone with quiet and sunrises and pen and paper--I've longed to get it back. . I'm working on that by starting a super simple wakeup routine that I enjoy. My alarm goes off 15 minutes after my husband's, I get out of bed and go straight to my desk for 20-30 minutes of light therapy time while I read my Bible and write my morning journal page. . When that time's over, I'm in a better mindset to get the kids out of bed and help keep the morning moving. The light therapy has been a game changer not just for my mornings, but for the momentum of my entire day. 🙌 . If you could do one thing just for YOU each morning, what would it be? (And sleep is a valid answer 😄)
I got to go to a friend's book signing this weekend. One of my favorite parts of being a writer is getting to cheer on fellow writers (and other creatives). . As a kid, I envied other kids that wanted to grow up and be real things like a teacher or a nurse or a lawyer. In my heart I wanted to be a writer, but I didn't have the language for that and it seemed equivalent to saying I want to be a rockstar or I want to be famous! . So I'd say I wanted to be a secretary when I grew up. That seemed real enough, and it took the unknown away. And secretaries type and write with pen and paper, right? . Writing still sometimes seems foreign and far-fetched, but a little less so. And it gets more real each time I get to cheer on real people in real life getting their words published. . Thank you @michellederusha for pushing through all the struggles to get #TrueYou out into the world. We need these words and this message. It also reminds hesitant writers like me that the struggle can be worth it, and the call is real. 💚
Jesus came that we might have LIFE and that we might live it more abundantly. (John 10:10) . Besides heaven, there is no point of arrival in this life. We arrive each time we show up with our whole self living out God's best in us. . That's what goal-setting, self-care, using my creative gifts all do for me. They help me uncover and live into who God made me to be. Not someday. Today. This is where abundant LIFE happens. . PS, if you want a simple activity to uncover a little bit of who God made you to be or where you're at in this season, make a collage. It's enlightening paying attention to what visually makes you stop and how that's connected to our self. . #itssimplytuesday #abundantlife
Decorating for Christmas gets all the photo documentation. But there's something about the undoing that's especially beautiful. . It's a pain and I kind of hate the process. It often goes by unnoted besides a deep breath of the newfound space in the room. And a little reluctance to let go of the coziness it brought and the season that's now over. . I scratch my hands up trying to get the tree branches to all fit back in their tub. We wind lights and pack stockings and carefully wrap Joseph and Mary with Jesus cradled in her arms. . Another Christmas season is over and it's a mixed-emotion ritual to pack it all away for the next 11-ish months. I leave some strings of lights and tiny wreaths in windows because it's still winter and we're still in need of some cozy. . But I also welcome what this packing away means. Head and heart space for what's next. And I don't have to know exactly what next is to be on the look out. Jesus wasn't born to stay in a manger and we weren't given this life to always be stuck in one season. So I undo, put away, and anticipate what God's going to do next.
What gives you LIFE? . My friend @passagehill sends me the sweetest snail mail, and last year during a fog that had been going on for too long, she sent me a beautiful little strip of birch bark. All dried out, it makes the perfect kindling for a fire. In her note she wrote something along the lines of that song that says it only takes a spark to get a fire going is crap (I love well-placed strong language :) It takes more than a spark. It also takes plenty of kindling for that spark to land on, and friction to create the spark, and logs to fuel the fire, etc. . I had that piece of birch on my bulletin board for the rest of 2018 as my reminder to fuel the fire of my life with the things that set a fire in me. I can't keep warm or cook a meal over a spark... I need to fuel that spark until it becomes a full on flame. . It's taken a variety of things to get to this point where I feel like I'm getting through the fog and really feeling more fully alive. One thing that has helped is asking what gives me LIFE, then doing it. . For me it's being in nature, new adventures however simple, updating a space in my home, meaningful connections, and sometimes just plain ol' checking off my to-do lists and feeling like a competent adult. . Last month I updated my room in really simple ways, but it's still making me smile and bringing me LIFE. And I am thankful. For this gift of life, and for friends who send kindling when you need it most.
This guy wanted pizza, root beer, and Nintendo with some friends to celebrate turning 8 🎉 My little newborn has grown into quite the energetic and wise little man. I'm so thankful for all the ways we've gotten to grow together over the last eight years and look forward to seeing him continue to grow into all God has planned for him!
Nearly perfect. . That's what Mary Poppins said smiling at her own reflection. Her confidence and self-assurance in that movie stood out to me. In some cases that behavior could be cocky and misplaced. But for children of God sure of their place as His creation, it's very fitting. . My friend @MichelleDerusha's book #TrueYou releases today 🎉 And her message of getting quiet to let the soul feel its worth in the presence of its Creator: it's necessary. . As Michelle writes, If you want to catch a glimpse of the soul's 'precious wildness,' you must get quiet. . My fear tells me that in the quiet I will be made a fraud, undeserving, unworthy, incapable. But the truth is in the quiet I find my identity, purpose, and belonging in Jesus who is undoubtedly true, deserving, worthy, capable. That sounds like a great direction for 2019 🙌 . Happy book birthday, Michelle! 🎈
Here I raise my Ebenezer. Stone of help. The ways God has shown up for me in 2018. This practice of celebrating the little successes, acknowledging the challenges, and seeing how God was with me through it all, it's so much more meaningful to me than all my goal-planning and hoping and dreaming for the year to come. I praise God for His presence and provision in 2018, and it gives me assurance that because He was and is, He will continue to be in 2019. 🙌 . #thecresses
I freaking love new beginnings! Better believe I'm setting goals and making plans for 2019. But I also know there's nothing special about January 1 to make those happen. In fact, I don't even start making anything happen until after the kids go back to school (next week). And even at that, I'm all about slow and steady showing up and 77x7 chances and all that. . In many ways January 1 is more of an invitation to ease into the possibility of something new. Years ago I read about Noah in his ark staying there even when the ark was on dry ground until the 27th day of the second month. And I found that interesting and enticing. January 1 is my invitation to start considering the possibilities in my life, and February 27 is a better time frame after the holidays and the shortest days of the year to really start feeding LIFE back into my life. . That's what works for me. What works for you in the new year? Are you all in or all out with goal planning, or somewhere in between? . As an all-in planner, but reluctant to take action, #PowerSheets by @CultivateWhatMatters has been a game changer for me. It gives more focus to my planning, and simple practical ways to follow through and celebrate the progress, however small. I am an affiliate, but I say this to share my experience. Everyone has something that works for them, and this is mine 👍
Some of my goals for 2019 include: + Family game time + Mental whitespace + Simplify + Routines . Recently while taking out the trash I instinctively thought, it's good to be alive! I'm ready for more of that in 2019 🙌 . What are you dreaming of for the next year? . #fridayintroductions #newyeargoals
It's still the kids' and husband's Christmas break and I am so thankful we get this reset the end of every year. . I'm also thankful for home books full of encouraging words and inspiring photos. It gives me life. And my time off is always best spent with things that give me life.
Merry Christmas! 🎄 . Lord, I'm sorry for being childish in the worst ways. For holding grudges and feeling justified in them. For being ungrateful for the gifts You give me and complaining that I really wanted what someone else got. For not giving You the time or respect You more than deserve, for refusing the time You want to give ME. I'm sorry. Lead me out of this childish behavior, and give me the wisdom to help our children find Your way out too. Thank You for Your gifts--peace, love, joy... Yourself. Thank You. Amen. 🕊️
Let's pretend this photo is from today and not two weeks ago, that I'm sitting here reading by the glow of the tree rather than eating too much junk while we rewatch the movie we already watched last night 😄🎄👍 . #simplifyingchristmas #🎄 #christmaseve #beginnerbeansreads #trueyou #bookstagram #amreading