I've been taking more selfies lately. It takes me back to high school when we didn't have a name for it, before digital cameras when we had limited chances to get it right and wouldn't know until we got the film developed. . But it's also the main way I get to show up in my own feed, and showing my face here (or at least half of it) feels like some tiny symbolic way to own my life. . So here I am, owning my life ✌
This tea is on repeat over here. It is so good! . The littlest woke up sick at 3am. After a couple hours of not getting a chance to sleep, he started crying, I just really wanted to rest! . So here's to all those who can relate. May you have the strength to get through, and may you get the rest you desparately need. 💪😴
If I had a uniform this fall, this is it. . But really I took this pic for the new blog post I put up today at BeginnerBeans.com: 5 Questions to Grow a Capsule Mindset. (Find link @trinarcress) . #wiw #fallstyle #wear #capsule #flashesofdelight #pursuepretty #makeyousmilestyle #fromabove #flatlaystyle
Are you planting an intentional life or just planning one? . That question, from Lara Casey's book #Cultivate, is speaking my language. I am a planner to my core, and it can sometimes keep me from action. . So I'm working on planting in my life by showing up and doing what matters to me rather than hoping my plans magically become the life I'm aiming for. . Showing up at the gym. Starting a women's group I've been dreaming of for years. Putting my butt-in-chair to write more consistently. Sitting on my boy's bed to read even when I'm tired. Going outside even though it's cold and I kind of hate it, but I always feel better after I do. . I don't always get it right, in fact I often don't. But every time I do, these little actions are planting health and balance and connections and purpose. . What are your actions planting in your life? . #livethelittlethings #mybeautifulmess #onmytable #ihavethisthingwithgreen #freelancelife #creativepreneur #plannerlife #daydesigner #🌱
This photo says two things: . 1. We voted. Checkout vote411.org if you still need to do a quick read up on the candidates, then go vote. . 2. We heart Warby Parker glasses and prescription sunglasses. Learn about their free Home Try-Ons #ontheblog BeginnerBeans.com (#linkinbio @trinarcress) . #itssimplytuesday #ivoted #warbyparker #affiliate
It's rainy and cold. But we got out this weekend anyway, and we're better for it. . #explorenebraska #thegoodlife #itsnotforeveryone #lovewhereyoulive
Less tech, more life. . Always my goal. . I know I've reached it when I've spent an evening without tv or realized I haven't checked my phone. I don't always get it right, but it is always worth the effort to try. . 📷: @the.minimalist.kin
These mustard seed earrings were a deeply meaningful birthday gift. There are too many moments when it feels like a mustard seed of faith, energy, motivation, direction, is all I have. This is my ongoing reminder a tiny seed is enough to grow something worthwhile, as long as I'm planting it instead of clinging to it. Truth literally in my ears all day long. . And I hope sharing it here can remind you, too. Whatever mustard seed offerings you have in your life, they are enough for Jesus to grow something big, beautiful, and useful. So stop clinging to those seeds and cling to Him instead. That's where the seeds grow. . #fridayintroductions
Jesus, Gardener of my life, take my dirt and grow something here that brings You glory. Help me to see myself as Your living plant, not just the ground I come from. Bring me more fully into this season, accepting what growth looks like here. May I offer that same grace and wisdom for those around me. Especially these kids I'm called to nurture. Change my heart and bring me closer to Yours. Thank You.
I have mixed feelings about trick-or-treating. But I'm sure of my feelings about tonight's sunset 🙌 . I'm also sure of my feelings about how we ended the evening. One kid read about Jesus' birth and another kid talked about how the angels said Do not be afraid and the third kid wanted to sing extra verses of This Little Light of Mine. Then we prayed for God to fill our minds with good--like the orange and purple in the evening sky and angels who say do not be afraid and friends and neighbors and family. That's what we're choosing to dwell on tonight 👌
I am a whole person, I am fully me right now even if I don't feel like it. That was the truth I needed to accept when I felt like an empty shell of a person. . When I was in the thick of that self-defeating thought, my counselor read his notes from our previous session and I was struck with how much his words sounded like the me I wanted to become/return to. Bu he wasn't trying to help me create a self-fulfilling prophecy. He was simply sharing his observation of the person currently sitting in front of him. The problem wasn't who I needed to become (or return to), it was a matter of being able to fully see who I already am. . I want to be boldly me and not feel guilt or embarassed about that. I want to remove the urge to edit-undo every move I make, even (especially) the good ones. I want to see the whole person I am, fully me right now even if I don't feel it. That is what I mean when I write about borrowing God's eyes to see myself. Anything less than that is discrediting my Creator, and me as His creation. I don't do that to His sky or sun or flowers or trees, so why do I do that to myself, the whole point of His creation?
What did you love as a child? What did that say about your personality? How do you see it show up now in adulthood? . I'm not a fan of Halloween, but I give in to the costume portion because I love seeing my kids' personalities show up in their dressup choices. We're largely limited to what we have on hand or what I know they'll continue to play with after trick-or-treating in our neighborhood. . And yet, their interests still show up. Rarely in the costume alone, but usually in some aspect of it. Whether it's their fierce, fun, artistic, or adventurous side, they are always showing some peice of themselves in everything they pretend or create. I am here for it for them. And I am reconsidering where I can let those sides of me show up, too. Could that be a little bit what Jesus meant when He said we need to both welcome and even be like little children?
My @thedaydesigner mini came last week! I've been eyeing this for years, and finally made it happen with some birthday money (what am I, 10?) After ordering it I ran to tell my husband and did a jump split to show my excitement. . Then I had a little buyer's remorse, because did I really need such a fancy planner? And when I told him that, my husband reminded me: You literally lept for joy about the planner. He was right. There is no better gift than the one that makes you impulsively jump off the ground. . When's the last time something made you so happy you jumped? Or squealed? Or hugged someone? Or at least smiled right down to your toes? Maybe those things are worth our money and time and energy. Those things that fuel us with such contagious energy we can't help but let it spill over, maybe we should be doing more of those things, and maybe we would find a little more who God created us to be? Just maybe. . #daydesigner #thedaydesigner #lifedesigner #plannerlove #plannerlife #beginmonthly
I took this photo one morning after literally laughing out loud because seeing this in the mirror through groggy eyes made me actually jump back and gasp. Then I texted it to my husband just so he remembered what he was missing while he travelled 😄 . This is my photo of self-love. Crazy hair, makeup-free, splattered mirror, taking a picture because my undone self scares me enough to be humorous. (I had to filter it so it didn't startle you in your scrolling.) . But the undone self is the one I'm meant to love. I'm meant to see what God created here without the makeup, cleanup, done up, filtered up, and love this enough that I'm capable of loving others in their own undone selves. It starts with what God's doing right here in my own heart and with my own eyes. Because if I deny what God's done to make me beautiful and what He is continuing to create here in my mess, then I don't think it's possible for me to really see, and encourage you to see, what He's done to make you beautiful and is continuing to create there in your mess. . I'm learning to see, accept, and celebrate this, so that I can honestly say: You, in all of your undone glory, are so deeply beautiful. Whatever you perceive as your mess, God is still creating and recreating right there in it with you. Borrow His eyes to see yourself. Then don't give up seeing others through His eyes, too. Isn't that the best filter? 🌈
Weekend goals. . 📷: @gracedchin . #weekendgoals #beherenow