2017 Book Review

It’s that time of the year again! Time to look back and review the books I read last year so you all can enjoy some too! My goal for 2017 was to read a book a month– 12 books in total.  I was able to come in at 18!

Yes, this number was higher than normal because..

1. when I was working my previous job I was driving a ton so I listened to a lot of audiobooks– I still consider this reading because you’re turned off to other interruptions and still absorbing the content! and..

2. I had down time off work this summer, beach vacations, and a lot of time in doctor’s offices this fall– hence more reading.

Overall, super happy with how much I read and learned in 2017 so my goal is to match that this year.

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2017 Was the Hardest Year of My Life

2017 started out to a rocky start and let’s just say I’ve been pulling myself over the rocks ever since.

The job I got out of college.. let’s just say I saw red flags my first week there that said “this is not what I thought I was getting myself into”.  Fast forward eight months and I was miserable, stressed out of my mind, crying myself to sleep– a shell of myself. All over this job. I debated for months what to do, and finally after hitting rock bottom in June and with my husband’s support, I quit my job.  I was interviewing for another job at the time so I was optimistic that would work out, but I didn’t get the next job. So for two months, I was unemployed. Continue reading

What This Christmas Means to Me: Hope, Grace, Loss

“The Lord is close to the broken hearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” Psalm 34:18

Christmas looks a whole lot different for me this year.

It’s not that I never pondered it or participated in advent or saw my perspective change on gifts as I grew up, but this year, a different area of my heart has been opened that I never could have comprehended before. This idea of hope has depth and weight and heaviness.

Everything happened so quickly.

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Fall Favorites

Fall is *almost* officially here, but with the cooler weather we’ve been having these past few weeks, it feels like it’s arrived early! I will always prefer the warm to the cold, but after the long southern summers, cool fall mornings just make me giddy! Not to mention  the return of fall decor, college football, warm blankets, and bonfires.. fall is just the best!

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Cooking with Fruit Pt.1: Acai Bowl

I don’t know about you but I loooveeee fruit. How can you not? So sweet and delicious?! I protest those who say it’s not good for you because of all the fructose, BUT if you think about it I could be reaching for a bag of potato chips instead! So eating half a pineapple in one sitting still sounds okay by me..

Because I love fruit so much, I love to look for ways to incorporate it into a meal– normally as a side or a topping on a salad, but I’m going to be blogging a few of my favorite ways to use fruit in meals. Especially in summer when it comes into season, it becomes super inexpensive too!

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a voice of reason

I finally admitted it yesterday to God and to my husband that I’ve felt distant from God.  I’ve felt uncomfortable coming into his presence– trying to fill the silence with noise. Avoiding quiet time, meditation, prayer. It felt like an awkward dinner party, when I have a million things to say but never appropriate to say them. Which is silly– I know– because God has told us in Hebrews 4 that we can come boldly before the throne of grace that we may receive mercy in our time of need.  Yes, this is a time of need, but I am uncomfortable so I digress.

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