Feeling Overwhelmed?

Hi, friend. Do you mind a story? It’s mine… so I hope I don’t bore you. ☺️ For a few years now, I have dealt with cycles of feeling completely overwhelmed. (Trying to run a business while raise two toddlers is EXHAUSTING, ya’ know?) I felt so much false guilt over that fact that I wasn’t really enjoying life, but I didn’t know what to do to change it. The more stressed I got, the more false guilt I felt. I was longing for MORE. I wanted adventure and mystery. Excitement, with new ideas and new prospects. Then I would feel guilty for not being content. (Yeah… for real.) I would pull myself out of the overwhelm for a while, only to find myself right back there a few days later. It was a never-ending cycle of overwhelmed YUCK. I often asked myself;

What would it take for me to love life?

Let me just tell you; Jesus is cool. It’s only by His grace that I can tell you: it IS possible to overcome feeling overwhelmed. He led me straight into the idea of Slow Living, & I started figuring out what that looked like when applied to my own life. I let my body rest. Took more naps, breaks, and began letting stressful things go instead of hanging on to them. As life began to slow down, the pressure to say “Yes” wasn’t stuck in the front of my mind anymore. The stress I had taken on (unnecessarily) beginning to subside. The next step was to stop allowing guilt over simple (STUPID) things. It has taken a while, but shutting off the “guilt switch” in my head is getting easier & easier. (Still working on that one!) A few months into this process, I realized:

Nothing had to change… except ME.

I found out that the overwhelming grace of Jesus can overwhelm everything else. I began to take more time for relationships. And for the first time in a while, I felt a glimmer of excitement for the unknown.

Feeling Overwhelmed? It's possible to learn how to defeat overwhelm, and experience the wonderment that life holds!

 

So: How did I begin to fight feeling overwhelmed?

 

  • I learned that saying “NO” gets you closer to living well. Learning that it’s okay to say it hard for some of us. We like to make others happy; or we really want to do All. The. Things. In reality, our overcommitting pushes us closer towards feeling overwhelmed.

 

  • I’ve learned that self care is KEY to defeating overwhelm. As a wife, mom, & business owner, I tend to let everything come before my own needs. It’s a great thing to take care of others, but it’s really hard to give when you’re not feeling well rested & filled. For me, overwhelm begins to build every time I put myself on the back-burner.

 

  • I’ve also learned that when I don’t take time for my faith, I’m setting myself up for feeling overwhelmed. (This is probably the MOST important point for me!) If my God has called me to do something, then shouldn’t I let Him help me stay strong and able while I’m following His lead. I try to set aside some “Jesus-time” each morning.

 

Learning how to rest & seek Jesus has helped me fight feeling overwhelmed.

I have begun heading down the path of living well this year. (It’s always a work in progress!) When we’re not feeling knocked over by overwhelm, we are able to see the beauty and joy that we’ve been given. It’s possible to experience the wonderment and adventure that life holds. I hope you’ll join me in chasing wonderment!

 


Would you like to learn more about Slow Living? Join me in September for:

Want to learn to deal with feeling overwhelmed? Join the 30 Days of Slow FREE September Challenge!

A Holy Unsettling.

For as long as I can remember, I’ve always been waiting. Waiting for the next big thing. The next idea, the next adventure. No matter how content I am, I always feel a little bit… unsettled. 

I’ve often fought against this feeling. Even experienced guilt over it, because I worry that I’m not living in contentment. The truth is, I’m pretty low-maintenance, & easily contented… but that feeling of being a little unsettled still lingers.

I sometimes call it the “gypsy” in my soul. At times, I can almost feel a new adventure coming. It’s like an excited tingling feeling going down my spine. When I step outside on a chilly fall morning, I want to jump in the car & drive to places unknown. Sometimes it’s not connected with going somewhere, but instead I feel the urge to DO something. Move into a new area, learn something, connect with more people. Talk about hard and holy things.

One day last week, I was listening to Jess Connelly speak about her upcoming book, Dance, Stand, Run. I heard her say: “I was feeling… unsettled.” “Wait.. WHAT?” I stopped chopping chicken & leaned in closer to hear. As she recounted the story of asking for prayer over this “unsettled” feeling, she shared something incredibly profound:

I think your soul is meant to feel a little bit unsettled.

Let me tell you; that stopped me dead in my tracks. I stopped prepping dinner & paused the video. I’ve pondered over it, prayed over it… mused on it for days.

Perhaps our souls are meant to feel a little bit unsettled. After all, that unsettled feeling creates an atmosphere of readiness for whatever adventure God calls me into next. If I was settled, I might not want to change plans at the last minute to follow his call. (Like the Corner Chair Rebrand!) We aren’t meant to be settled too deeply into this world, right? There’s always going to be that tug to another life. That inner longing to go somewhere better. Maybe it’s a Holy unsettling.

Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on the earth. ~Colossians 3:2

Do you feel that unsettled feeling deep in your soul? The next time you do; take some time & see if it’s a Holy unsettling.

Let me encourage you to:

  • Ponder it:

Pray that contentment would fill your heart, no matter how unsettled you feel. Ask God for guidance as you search out the unsettling. If there something (or someone) tugging at your heart-strings, then start searching it out.

  • Seek Change:

If that unsettled feeling is really from God, He won’t give it to you without (eventually) showing you what to do with it. Seek His face, & see if that unsettled feeling is leading you anywhere.

  • Get Ready!

Whenever I feel that Holy unsettling, there’s almost always an adventure around the corner. It might be a day out caring for dear friends, or a week spent on something that I hadn’t planned on… there’s usually something exciting waiting around the corner.

For as long as I can remember, I've always been waiting. Waiting for the next big thing. The next idea, the next adventure. No matter how content I am, I always feel a little bit... unsettled. Click to keep reading!

 

May we always feel settled in God… forever and ever, amen. 👌🏻 But perhaps we’re meant to feel a little bit unsettled here. Maybe that’s just another way God can remind us that we’re not of this world. Maybe… just maybe… it’s His way of keeping our hearts always ready for the incredible adventures He longs to take us on.

 

Have your ever felt a Holy Unsettling?

 


 

Corner Chair REBRAND!

Hello friend!

It looks a bit different around here, doesn’t it? ☺️ In case you didn’t notice the new logo… & name… etc… I’ll start at the beginning of the story.

The Beginning:

Corner Chair was started when I was a young bride, searching for some normalcy after my idealistic (selfish) brain realized that marriage looked different than what I had dreamed about my whole life. Quite honestly: I didn’t know what to do with myself. I had accomplished my biggest goals, & didn’t know what to dream about next. I’m a dreamer by nature; constantly seeking out new ideas & adventures. Caring for the additions to our family was an amazing new adventure, but I still craved MORE. I just didn’t know what.

So, Corner Chair began. (I started drawing in the corner office of Hubs’ family business… thus the name.) It felt… Comfortable. I began learning… about business, about balancing family & creativity. I couldn’t ask for a better partner… Hubs’ love & grace was unending as I stumbled to learn all my new roles. (God really does know what He’s doing!) This space grew along with me, experiencing growing pains, new logos, & countless new product ideas. 😆 When I began planning the Campfires Collection, I could sense that Corner Chair was about to change. I could see my mission growing, along with my heart. I longed to share more of my heart, instead of just what I was creating.

Re-branding has crossed my mind a few times, but the thought felt daunting. The timing wasn’t right, & instead of plummeting head-first into a crazy new idea (my usual habit!), I felt very content. There was no need to change a good thing, right?

Then…

Last week I was enjoying the quiet of the morning, scribbling in my journal, & drinking coffee. Out of the blue, it was VERY clear to me that it was time to rebrand. It was almost as if I heard someone say: “You’ve outgrown Corner Chair.” Immediately I started dreaming. Planning. Thinking.

This will take a few months…” I told myself & Hubs. I began the process of creating; coming up with ideas & figuring out how to flesh them out. Brainstorming is one of my favorite pastimes. The thesaurus was my new best friend. Wanderlust… Freedom, Wild Adventure. I stumbled on a phrase that I couldn’t get it out of my mind. It matched everything I dream about sharing with you. Everything I’m learning & growing in.

I scribbled my thoughts & prayers in my journal. “Am I moving too fast? Should I be investing in this right now? Am I crazy?” I questioned morning after morning in my journal. I felt like the Lord was saying “When will you trust me?” That phrase kept running through my head like it was on auto-pilot. So, I did what I do best:

I rushed headlong into a crazy new idea. 😂

 

Now:

I still have a long way to go. Mostly, there’s a lot of technical stuff that will take time to change. I hope to begin filling the shop with simple, beautiful items for your home, your wardrobe, and your daily life. But here’s my hope for this space:

I want to encourage you to be FREE. To chase after the dreams
God has put in your heart with wild abandon. To seek wonder,
and follow the bit of gypsy in your soul. I want you to feel
encouraged, undone by grace, and know that you are loved.

 

Will you join me?

 


Free Essential Oil Labels – for Homemade Blends

I’m an all-natural kind of girl… organic food (as we can afford it), & all natural cleaners for our home. Making my own essential oils blends to aide health & wellness is right up my alley… we have tubes, bottles & sprays floating around the house! The only problem is that I didn’t have any matching labels for all the glass containers that we have. Some had washi tape around the lid to remind me what it is, & others had a makeshift label. A few didn’t have a label at all, & I just went by scent. 😂 I decided I needed a set of matching labels for my essential oils blends! Since I was already making a set for myself…. I thought I’d share the love!

 

Would you like your own set of FREE printable essential oil labels? I thought so. 😆

Free Essential Oil Labels for home made blends! - Free PDF Download!

Let me tell you more about them:

 

  • The Basics:

    Our family uses Young Living oils, but the “Thieves” label is the only brand-specific label in the set. All the other labels are great for whatever blends you decide to create! The print-out has crop marks, so either use a ruler to connect the lines, or a large paper cutter to separate the labels. I printed mine on a full sheet of sticker paper, & then used clear packing tape to adhere them to the bottles. (The packing tape makes them waterproof!)

  • Where to Find Recipes:

    If you’re looking for great blends, my favorite go-to spot is always Pinterest! Just use the search bar for the blend/aide you’re looking for. “Stress Essential Oil Blend” brings up some great options!

  • The Roller Bottle Labels:

    There are 20 Roller Bottle Labels, including: allergies, stress, sleep, & even tummy troubles. I’ve also included “His/Hers” & “Boy/Girl” labels. We use these to create a special blend for each of us, including some of the oils we typically scan for (using Young Living’s Itovi Scanner). My children almost always scan for a relaxation/stress relieving oil, as well as focus/concentration oils! I usually scan for oils that aid in creativity, focus, stress, & inspiration.

  • Spray Bottle Labels:

    There are 5 Spray Bottle Labels, sized for 4 oz. spray bottles. I use my spray bottles for homemade bug spray, sunburn aid, & various other sprays. I found a recipe for a hair blend that’s supposed to aid in strengthening & growing hair, & using Thieves to create a Hand Sanitizer can never hurt (plus, it smells SO good!).

  • The Cleaner Labels:

    We have also started replacing our household cleaners with less toxic (homemade) versions! I’ve included a few basic cleaner labels, in case you’d like to DIY a few blends yourself.

 

Sign up below to get your FREE set of essential oil labels!

Plus few of my favorite oil blend recipes!

(Already signed up for the news? Your labels should be in your inbox!)

 

* indicates required


Free Essential Oil Labels for home made blends! - Free PDF Download!


*The essential oils blends I use do not come from a licensed medical
professional, & aren’t meant to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease.
Do your own research & start conversations with doctors that you trust! 

 

Slow Living Giveaway!

Hello, friend!

I’ve been waiting a long time for this! Since I’m starting 30 Days of Slow again in September, I wanted to kick it off with an awesome giveaway! Everything here has either been handmade, or handpicked some lucky person. (I kind of wish I could sign up! 😆) 

SO. Let me tell you what you can win:

Corner Chair Giveaway... Sign up to win 5 hand-picked treasures!

  1. Hang-Knit Hanging Succulent Bowl

    (With a faux succulent!)

  2. $5 gift card to go towards anything in the shop!

    You can use it yourself, or share with a friend!

  3. Pottery Bowl from Target

    Isn’t it adorable?

  4. Set of 4 Hand-Knit Autumn Leaf Coasters 

    In 4 different sizes & colors! 

  5. #SLOWLIVING v-neck t-shirt in your size!

    (Available in S-XXL)

a Rafflecopter giveaway

What is Slow Living?

Busy, busy, busy. These are very common words, & at the beginning of this year, I was letting them run my life. (And run me ragged. 😫) Most days you could find me frazzled & stressed as I tried to do All. The. Things. My patience was on a short fuse, & a spilled cup of milk could send me over the edge. “I’m SO overwhelmed!!!” was my go-to explanation when Hubs asked me how my day was. I was so BUSY. The ironic thing is: the more I rushed around, the less I seemed to get done. My days were cyclical; filled with frustration, busy, discontent, & stress.

One morning, I sat with my Bible & journal in my lap, trying to figure out how to do it all. I wondered how some other women seemed to manage their homes, families, & lives so EASILY. I heard a still, small voice whispering “Slow Down.” I didn’t know what that looked like, or how to even start. Since I was constantly tired, stressed, & cranky, I decided to start with my health. I began napping with the kids, taking supplements, & making sure I didn’t overbook my days & weeks. Slow Living was beginning to take over my life. I began to feel like my “cup” was full, instead of empty.

What is Slow Living? How to start creating a life you love.

 

So… What is Slow Living?

Slow Living could also be called “Intuitive Living.” It’s about slowing down, having less “busy” & creating a life you love. However, Slow is a very open-ended idea, & it looks different for every single person. The best way to find your own version of Slow is to learn to recognize what you need. What brings you calm & rest. To figure out what keeps you in the hamster wheel of stress & frustration. Slowing down is stopping the “busy” so you have time to re-evaluate what you need, want, & long for to live a good life. The beauty of Slow is that there are no rules. Slow living brings a freedom from busy, but only in a way that makes sense to YOU.

You might wonder: “If there are no rules for Slow Living, where do I even start?” Here are some simple starting points for seeking Slow as a way of life:

Think About The “Big Picture.”

When you are 90 years old, will you be happy with the life you lived? Will you regret binging on Netflix instead of writing that novel? Will you wish you had spent more time making memories with your loved ones, instead of yelling at them? How you spend your days is how you live your life. Honestly, I’m really good at seeing the “big picture” of the life that I want… but the daily application is hard for me. Often I will realize I just wasted 2 hours on my phone that I could’ve spent working towards something more lasting.

Take Care of Yourself.

The very first thing I did was begin to take care of myself. I know a lot of women naturally tend to neglect themselves while taking care of everyone else. (This is a big weakness of mine!) Are you eating enough? Getting enough sleep? Soak in the tub. Splurge & let yourself watch that Jane Austen movie. If you have little ones at home, get a babysitter (or a grandma!) so you can visit a cafe in peace. If you take care of yourself, you will be better equipped to take care of everything else.

Listen To Your Intuition.

The most important part of Slow Living is listening to your intuition. We have a God-given understanding of what our bodies, hearts, & minds need, but we tend to ignore it because of the glorification of “busy”. Start trying to listen to yourself in stressful situations. If you find yourself wearing a pair of cranky-pants, Slow. Down. Think about how you got those pants on… & how to get them off. The more you listen, the more in tune you will become to the things that trigger the stress, busy, & frustration in your life.

 


Do you want to learn more about Slow Living?

Sign up for 30 Days of Slow to get a guided tour into the world of living Slow. Each day I’ll unpack something I’ve learned about slow living, & you can ask questions, join a group of Slow Seekers on Facebook… as well as be entered in an AWESOME giveaway (details to be announced SOON!).

* indicates required



Bullet Journaling 101 – How I Use My Bullet Journal

Hello, friend!

This week over on Instagram, I’ve been talking a lot about consistency. It’s an area I REALLY struggle with. If I have too rigid of a schedule, or too many obligations piled into one week, I begin to feel trapped. Feeling trapped usually leads me down a chain-reaction of putting off the less-important things to give myself breathing room… & then getting NOTHING done. Enter: Bullet Journaling.

Seriously… this system has totally changed my life! I not longer have to search for where I put that note, what the password was, or that quote I love but don’t remember which notepad I scribbled it into. I’ll be honest: The first time I tried it, bullet journaling didn’t make ANY sense. I wasn’t using the suggested style of notebook, & bullet journaling just doesn’t work very well on lined paper.

Bullet Journaling 101 - Key Page (Or; what happens when you have a Bullet Journal & a Toddler)

This is what happens when you have a bullet journal & a toddler. 🙄

Okay, before we get any further:

What is Bullet Journaling?

  • Bullet Journaling is basically a DIY planner, to-do list, random place to dump notes, calendar… & anything else you might want to keep in there. I use mine to write my daily to-do lists, take notes during church, scribble ideas, write appointments, & keep a book list. (LOTS of lists!) You get the idea. 😂

Let me walk you through my journal:

Index Pages:

Bullet Journaling 101: Index Page Design
The creator of the bullet journal system uses a bulleted list to add every page written on. However, I didn’t want to waste index page room with my daily to-do lists, so only the important pages go in my Index. I add my Monthly Calendars, Collections Pages, & any daily pages that I really need to remember in the Index.

Collection Pages:

Bullet Journaling 101: Book List Page Design

These pages are for important things that I want to remember, keep track of, or use for brainstorming & ideas. I have a book list, a page for random quotes, & MANY pages are filled with new ideas for Corner Chair. 😆 I even have a page for hashtags that I use in my social media planning.

Monthly Calendars:

Bullet Journaling 101: Book List Page Design

I don’t normally plan more than a month in advance, so I draw up a monthly calendar on a two-page spread at the beginning of each month. Everything that I need to schedule for the upcoming month gets written in the calendar, including doctor’s appointments, business meetings, etc. I have a tiny calendar & note area on the other side for any dates I need to remember into the next month.

Goals & Accountability Tracker:

Bullet Journaling 101: Goals/ Accountability Tracker Page Design

The Goals area leaves space for my bigger goals for the new month. I also jot down my social media stats from the previous month, & start a new accountability tracker! The Accountability Tracker is one of my favorite parts of my calendar spread. At the end of each month, I get to see how consistent I’ve been with a few areas that are important to me. There are boxes for quiet time, social media posts, exercise, & my favorite memory-keeping app, One Second Every Day. Seeing consistency on paper is very inspiring & encouraging!

Daily Pages:

Bullet Journaling 101: Daily List Page Design

Yes, some days include “Survive”. Mom Life. 😂

My daily to-do lists are my go-to pages. I don’t put these in the index unless there’s something really important that I need to remember. Having a way to write down my to-do’s helps me see what I need to accomplish each day. It also gives me a way to go back & see what I’ve done in the past, if I need a little motivation. On Sundays, the daily page tends to hold sermon notes or random inspiration!

Bullet Journaling 101: Daily List Page Design

My original planning page for the Well Collection!

A few other tidbits:

  • This isn’t a set-in-stone kind of planner… my favorite part about bullet journaling! The layout, design… Everything is completely up to you. If you want ideas for setting up your first bullet journal, head over to Pinterest & search “Bullet Journal Ideas”. There are also lots of “how to’s” on Youtube. Check out the method developed by the creator, or get super creative on your own. (Some people even paint & scrapbook in their journals!)
  • I really love my Baron Fig Confidant journal. It’s lightweight, incredibly well-made, & VERY affordable! They are designed for creatives by creatives, for creatives. It stays flat, no matter what page you open on! Other high-end journals cost closer to the $20 – $40 range. The Confidant has lasted me since March 2017, & doesn’t look like it’s going to give up any time soon. 🙌🏻

Bullet Journaling 101: How I Use My Bullet Journal

I would LOVE to chat with you about bullet journaling! Seriously… If it’s a system you’d like to try, leave a comment below (or email me directly!) I’ll do my best to get you started with some resources & videos.


We’re At It Again… Reno #2!

Hello friends!

Since buying our tiny home four years ago, Hubs & I have often dreamed about buying a house to rent or flip. After finishing the house, we’ve saved as much as we can, Hubs works a LOT of overtime, & running a business & raising two monkeys keeps me pretty busy. We tend to be the kind of couple that just puts our heads down, & plow through the work to get closer to our goals. Two weeks ago, we got more serious about the idea of a rental or flip house. Hubs was (is!) getting tired of working SO much overtime, & we both knew there needed to be a change… soon.

Renovation Story: ROUND TWO! - How we bought our first rental house... in Record time!

The next Sunday afternoon, we went driving. We discussed about our options, tried to figure out what we wanted to do, & looked at real estate as we drove down backroads. The kids napped, giggled, & occasionally screamed. (They’re really good sports about long car rides!) We were almost home when Hubs decided to drive around a small town next to ours. Then, we saw it.

Renovation Story: ROUND TWO! - How we bought our first rental house... in Record time!

This little tiny blue house, with a “For SALE” sign stuck in the itty-bitty front yard. I quickly looked it up on my phone, & we both were shocked by the price tag. (The good kind of shocked.) Hubs called the number on the realty sign, & two days later we met the realtor at the property. I really appreciate Hubs’ skill set with carpentry, architecture, & knowing what to look for when looking at a large investment. As he checked over the house, inspecting walls, checking the floors, & peering at the roof & underneath the house, the pleased look on his face became more apparent. It wasn’t in NEARLY as bad shape as our first house; meaning that it didn’t need as much work. We looked at each other & said “This might actually work. Are we crazy?”

Renovation Story: ROUND TWO! - How we bought our first rental house... in Record time!

We felt such complete PEACE as we went through the house, discussed what we would offer, & about the entire decision, even though it all happened very fast. It was now or never, so we put an offer in. A few days later we heard the sellers had accepted our offer! We were over the moon, & spent a few days in shock at what was happening. Two weeks after we first looked at the house, we walked in to a lawyer’s office for settlement. 20 minutes later, we walked out as new home-buyers… for the SECOND time. God is Cool.

So… we have another reno. We’re crazy, right? 😬


Batch Cooking: Why (& How) I Cook in Batches.

Confession: I don’t love cooking. Not even a little bit. Up until a few months ago, menu planning filled my soul with dread. Each night around dinner time, I didn’t enjoy stopping whatever I was doing to go create a meal. I’ve often wished I was one of those women who loved cooking gourmet food, learning new skills & kinds of food to make. But I just don’t.

Enter: Batch Cooking. I may have realized that I’m not cut out for gourmet cooking… but I adore baking. Batches of sweet, tasty muffins with perfectly crispy edges. Cakes, pies… you name it, I love making it. As I was thinking about baking one day, it dawned on me: Baking happens in batches. The kitchen only gets messed up once, & I have a week’s worth of breakfast muffins to show for it.

Batch Cooking: Why (& How) I Cook in Batches.

Armed with this new knowledge, I began planning our meals in batches instead of single meals. I can’t possibly be the only one who doesn’t enjoy cooking, so I thought I would share with you how I plan our meals! We have a fairly simple goal for our eating habits:

We try to focus on natural/organic foods.

While we can’t afford just go to the health food store & buy all organic, we try to purchase organic on the “dirty dozen” list, & buy the most natural meats we can swing each week. We also avoid lots of processed foods (especially if we can barely pronounce the ingredients). Shopping at Aldi has been a HUGE help in this endeavor, because they have a great selection of affordable organic, non-GMO, & grass-fed products!

 

Okay: on to the “Batch Cooking Method.”

Plan Meals in Batches.

Hubs & I talk about what we want to eat that week on our way to the grocery store. Each meal we choose, I plan on cooking enough to last for 2 complete dinners & at least one lunch. We usually plan 3 different dinners per week, (we often splurge on dinner out one night!). Breakfasts usually consist of scrambled eggs, & a side of potatoes (pre-roasted) or some type of meat. Lunches are usually leftovers from dinners, or peanut butter & jelly for the kids.

Buy Food in Batches:

I usually plan on buying two different kinds of meat for the week, & cook them several different ways so they stretch over an entire week. For example, this week I bought a large package of 6 chicken breasts. I grilled them as whole breasts, nuggets, & skinny strips all at one time. If I buy ground beef, then some is used to make homemade sausage for breakfasts, as well as meat sauce for spaghetti. We get a variety of fresh & frozen veggies, & roast several 9×13 glass pans full at one time.

Cooking in Batches:

Some people who batch cook like to do it all at once, on a scheduled day. I don’t really enjoy schedules, so I tend to cook whenever the mood strikes, & just cook a LOT. A few nights ago I got a wild hair to cook, & prepped an entire pack of chicken for the week. I don’t often feel like cooking, so when I do, I try to make the most of it. When there’s more food than we’ll eat in a week, freezer bags with labels & dates come to the rescue!

Plan Ahead:

Trust me: If you’re anything like me, there will still be some night were you just don’t feel like cooking dinner. Yep, even after all this semi-careful planning. Buy at least one extra “cheat” meal to prepare for those nights. A box or two of organic macaroni & cheese, some organic applesauce. Maybe a frozen bag of green beans you can sauté in a few minutes, or those steam-in-a-bag veggie & rice combos.

 

Last, but not least:

Don’t Sweat It.

If you don’t get it right this week, you can always try again. Get a good list of meals your family loves, try to plan as best as you can, & don’t stress if you eat at Chick-Fil-A two nights in a row. 😆

 

Let’s Chat: Do you have a favorite recipe?


How To Re-Set A Bad Day.

I had a really rough morning yesterday. The kids had been AWFUL the day before; whining, fighting, hitting each other… I woke up dreading the day. I wanted to go back to bed, before I ever got out of it. The morning slugged on, & so did I. I couldn’t get out of my own way, couldn’t seem to get anything done. The kids were cranky & edgy. Well, before I knew it… EVERYTHING was AWFUL.

How to Re-set a Bad Day: Let the redeemer do the work!

I knew there had to be a way to reset the day. Find some quiet. As both kids fell asleep, I began praying for change, instead of trying to make change on my own. I heard the voice of truth telling me: “You are Enough. Today IS a good day. I can turn it around. Rest. There is abundance. There is joy. There is peace.”

When I have bad days, I often try to fix them myself. I try to pull myself up by the bootstraps, get out of my own head, & plow through until the end of the day. It reminds me of Martha:

“But Martha was distracted with much serving…”
(Luke 10:40a)

Just like Martha, I get upset because I feel like I’m doing all the work. I get so caught up in making ALL the changes in myself, for myself… by myself… and I forget to rest at the feet of the change-maker.


Friend: God has SO much more for us than that.

While I was quieting my heart, I realized that Jesus is the redeemer. He’s the redeemer of our souls… our lives… & OUR DAYS. He redeemed us on the cross, yes. But He doesn’t stop there: He’s still redeeming us TODAY. All he wants is for us to set aside our Martha “fix everything” attitude, & sit at His feet.

How to Re-set a Bad Day: Let the redeemer do the work.

Today, I encourage you to put aside your list, the noise, the work. Put down the things that are overwhelming you, & sit. Find (or make!) 10 minutes of quiet, & just rest. If you have to hide in the bathroom, or sneak out of the office during lunch: DO it. Fall into the arms of the ONLY one who can redeem your day. Let your worries & stresses be known, & then listen. Wait for a reset. Wait for His voice to come alongside & quiet your storm.

 

You can redeem this day… but you don’t have to DO anything.


Introducing: Well Collection

Friends! It is here! FINALLY, I get to share the new collection with you all. 😌 This has been a long- awaited collection for me… I began planning it during 30 Days of Slow, & I could not possible be more thrilled to show you…

The Well Collection

Well Collection - a series of t-shirts designed to inspire health & wellness. Embracing Jesus, Slow Living, & being Whole.

Once again, Sam from Samantha Jane Photography has completely knocked my socks off with her skills. 😍 She makes magic happen with her camera!

Take a peek at the Lookbook.

I’ve also made a pretty big change with the online shipping… all U.S. orders get FREE standard shipping! 

Shop The Collection!


Want to be the first to hear about new collections?

Only More Love.

I don’t understand. I don’t understand how anyone can kill people, just because they’re mad about something. It doesn’t make sense that good friends can become enemies overnight. It saddens me to hear of siblings having an argument, & never talking to each other again. Maybe it’s because I’m a peacemaker at heart, & I avoid arguments at ALL costs. Or perhaps it’s because I’m really good at seeing both sides of a disagreement. This morning, I heard about another shooting. In Florida, this time… a disgruntled employee looking to get revenge on his old company, or something like that.

I just don’t understand.

I DO understand this:

Life is short. It’s too short to be spent arguing over silly things. It’s too sweet to spend my life fighting people when I could be loving on everyone I meet. Life is too precious to be wasted on senseless hatred & anger. Last year, I read & wept over a story of of young man getting cancer & having to leave his beautiful family. I’ve heard stories of people who have regrets over relationships lost, because they were young & quick-tempered. I’ve lashed out so many times at my Hubs, because I was angry & didn’t think before I used words like a sword.

Today, I hope you draw those closest to you & hold them tight. Remember that we’re not promised tomorrow… so treat each day like it’s the last, BEST day ever. Do random acts of kindness, take care of someone who needs help when you can. If you disagree with someone, remember this: the greatest commandment is LOVE. Love no matter what. No matter how much it hurts, no matter how tough it might be. No matter how many times you have to give & give & give.

LOVE. 

 

 

That is all.