Mondays can be rough. Even when you love what you do, Monday's can be hard. ... This morning my daughter asked, mom, why does the school week go so slow but Saturday & Sunday go by so fast? ... Whatever is on your to-do list today, I'm cheering for you. You've got this. And tomorrow is another day and God's mercies are fresh every morning. ... The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to and end, they are new every morning - Lamentations 3:22, ESV ... #makewavesmonday
Anyone else find it ironic that as our world has become so connected electronically that we're less and less connected physically? ... We have Skype dates, Voxer messages and texts interrupting us all day long - but we struggle to meet in person, gather together and sometimes even make eye contact. ... And that simply isn't God's plan for us. We are made for community and we're designed to lift each other up, not tear each other down. ... If you're a Christian creative woman and you're hungry for a community of women who will encourage you in your small business, celebrate your successes, understand your failures and most importantly continually point you back to Jesus... then you should join me next November in the beautiful Outer Banks of North Carolina for the @pursuitcommunity Outer Banks Retreat. ... Imagine four days in a gorgeous and peaceful location surrounded by women who get you. Women who know what it's like to juggle a small business with marriage, with motherhood, with #allthethings. ... We have planned a fantastic time of learning, growing and resting. ... We see you. We know what you're going through and we're excited to come alongside you and encourage you. ... For all the details visit pursuitcommunity.com. Right now, until April 15th we're offering Early Bird pricing that can save you as much as $600 off the regular price!! And what creative small business owner doesn't love saving money??!! ... And feel free to tag a friend below you think should join you at the retreat! ... not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another--and all the more as you see the Day approaching. - Hebrews, 10:25 NIV
Anyone else feel like the pressure to appear perfect on social media is just WAY TOO MUCH? ... We spend a whole lot of time trying to make what shows up in these little squares look just right... and it's exhausting. ... It's exhausting and it's not reality. Chasing perfection will wear you out, down and ragged. And for what? To try to impress people you've never met and who wouldn't know you if they saw you in the grocery store on a dirty hair, didn't wear makeup today day? ... The world will tell you perfection is the goal... but the God who made you and me, He isn't seeking perfection in either one of us. He's seeking relationship with us. ... The One who made you, He wants to know you. He wants you to seek Him first and give far less attention to the pursuit of perfection. ... Rest today in that. Rest today knowing that God knows you and He sees Himself in you - because He made you in His perfect and beautiful image.
Spent a beautiful day in sunny San Diego yesterday with my dear friend @llouie.stats and her fiancé @robbyoscott... and I photographed their engagement images! ... When I retired from photography I joked there was only one more wedding I wanted to photograph.... Laura's!! Our families have been close for almost 40 years and I remember when Laura was born. Being able to watch her grow into a beautiful, smart and compassionate young woman has been a joy; and getting to document her love story is such a treat. ... I'm headed home on an early flight back to the Pacific Northwest, but I'm so grateful for the beautiful weather God blessed us with yesterday and for the lifelong friendship our families share.
When we gave away 75% of our personal possessions last summer it was hard at first. It felt like a stripping away of things we'd gathered and worked for. But about halfway through the process it began to feel good. By the end, it felt great. We found tremendous freedom in owning less. We had less to maintain, less to move, and less to store. ... So I'm curious. Do you believe there is freedom in less? A year ago I don't think I would have said yes. Today, my answer would be absolutely. ... Imagine your life with less > Stuff > Debt > Stress > Clothes > Work Travel > Time away from family > Business ... What could you live with less of?
I'm probably committing a big Instagram faux pas 🙃by reposting this photo - but what the heck! Today is a big day for my dear friend @nataliefranke and I love this pic from last Fall. I'm so excited to 🎉celebrate the launch 🚀 of her brand new website TODAY - designed by the incomparable @jenolmstead. ... Natalie is an incredible woman with a heart for community, passion for entrepreneurship and drive to raise others up. ... She's a co-founder of the @risingtidesociety and recently moved to the City by the Bay (yay for San Francisco!) to join the team at @honeybook. ... But more important than her resume is her down-to-earth, girl nerd 🤓, heart of gold spirit. She's the kind of friend you always want in your corner and someone you never get tired of talking to. ... Congratulations Nat on your new site!! I can't wait to see how God continues to use you to encourage creativity and spark joy in the lives of so many. I'm so grateful for you and inspired by you! ... Visit Natalie's new site, built with Showit 5 #showit5 (Showit.co), at nataliefranke.com. There you'll find lots of free resources, downloads and other nerdy goodies! #nataliefranke