_ let it go _

Have you ever felt like you were in the wilderness? Now I don’t mean literally but just in life in general. Where you have felt like God was stripping things off of you but at the time you didn’t realize what was going on? I am raising my hand like crazy over here on the other side of the computer screen.

For about a year I felt like I was just walking in the wilderness, where God was taking things out of my life that I thought were meant to be there. I have felt like I have been in a haze of just wondering what was next, wondering really who I was in Him. And sometimes we can blame the enemy for those feelings but I truly believe God will allow times of haze for us to learn something.

And I am learning so much lately. It is like He is taking off the blinders in so many areas in my life. I am finally catching on that this time that I have been going through is for a greater reason and I am just beginning to see it unfold. When God calls us to higher places, there are usually things in our life that we are supposed to sacrifice. I honestly believe that’s why a lot of people get stuck in the same hamster wheel over and over and over. We have such a hard time letting go of things. Why is that? And you have been there – don’t act like you haven’t! There are things in our lives that we recognize on a daily that we know we have to let go of, but for some reason our grip is so tight.

Its time that we finally release the things God is asking us to let go. Do we not trust Him enough that He will provide? That there is a bigger reason to why He is asking us to release those things? His ways are higher than our ways and just because we may not understand everything He does, doesn’t mean we have to doubt His plans for us.

What He has for our lives is far greater than anything we can imagine. If we just learn to be obedient and die to ourselves, His plan will begin to unfold!

Oh and we have some major things brewing in our lives and the people around us! Hopefully within the next couple of weeks I’ll be able to explain more and let you in on what God is doing. 

Be back soon and remember its time to Let It Go! (now you are singing it, don’t lie)

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_ project 333 week 3 _

Woohoo! Yall I am definitely patting myself on the back for making it three full weeks and now I am headed into the last week for month one! Holy freaking cow. I honestly did not think that I would make it this far.

And on top of that I will say that this is one of the best things I have challenged myself to do. I am learning that all the crap in our closets is not worth all the money we spend. There are so many ways to take a few pieces and mix and match to make new outfits. In three weeks I have only repeated a complete outfit ONCE! Yep you read that correctly – one time! Now I am wearing the same pieces but when you pair it with a different cardigan or bottoms, it’s totally new in my book!

So I am going to answer a few questions that I have heard over the past three weeks. Here we go…

  1. What did you do with all of your other clothes? I threw them all away – HAHA! Just kidding! I bought a few bins and stored them in there. Why? Well I didn’t want the temptation of looking at all my other choices. I need to keep my eye on the prize!
  2. Can you swap clothing out? NO! Big fat no! The only exception to this is if you have an item of clothing that tears or gets a stain on it that cannot be removed. Now don’t go pouring bleach over something so you can swap it out. After this challenge you may regret that!
  3. Do shoes count? Absolutely! They most certainly do. I have four pair. So that left me with 29 items of clothing.
  4. Did you count jewelry and handbags? I did not count jewelry or handbags, but I only wear one pair of earrings, one watch, two bracelets that I never take off, and only handbag. That’s all and no swapping on those either.
  5. Do you think you will go back to your other clothing when you are done? Most definitely but I will be donating a lot as well. I am realizing there is a lot of stuff I do not need and just collects dust hanging in my closet.

There you have it! Just a few questions that I have heard A LOT over the past few weeks. I’m sure I’ll come across some more as this goes further along.

Check out the pictures below for a recap of week three and I’ll be back soon!

_ thank you _

 

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I just want to write a quick post just to tell you all THANK YOU! Since starting this journey a few months ago our lives have been turned upside down. We are learning to live this life a totally different way, a way that helps bring us closer together as a family.

I love the blogging community and the people who follow. It truly is a community that has each others back. I mean there are the occasional people that are negative and just plain rude, but all in all, I have come across positivity and love.

 

Blogging is not the easiest thing to do. Trying to keep up on a weekly basis is tiring. Also trying to find things to say sometimes can be pretty hard. I have tried blogging two or three times before this but this time it just feels different. I feel like this is what I am supposed to do for this season.

SO thank you to the ones that continue to read and follow along. Thank you to the ones that send me encouraging words. You guys makes this thing worth it. I know we don’t live the most exciting life but I truly feel that if I can help just ONE person through this journey, then I have done my job.

Be back tomorrow with my week three Project 333 update!

_ lights, camera, goofy _

So the other day I had someone tell me that I am so photogenic and look comfortable in front of the camera. For one I am horrible at taking compliments – I’m working on it – so I very nicely said thank you while I was finding some reason to discredit her compliment (it goes back to speaking positivity over ourselves but I’m still a work in progress!) Second yes I can take a selfie – ill pat myself on the back for that one but when someone else is holding the camera I turn into a weirdo!

I don’t know what it is but I am awkward. I can’t stop laughing and just plain goofy. I’m not one that likes to be the center of attention so when it comes to having pictures done with just me in them, yea it rarely comes out cute.

So a couple of months ago we took a trip to San Diego with some friends. At different points of the trip we decided to take some fun pictures for our blogs and Instagram feeds. It was a great plan until I got in front of the camera. I couldn’t stop laughing and posing was just so uncomfortable for me! I think at one point we were both laughing so hard we just had to stop! I’m telling you guys, I turn goofy! Every pose I felt like a robot and had about 20 chins because I was laughing so hard!

Ok so if you don’t believe me scroll down and look! Here is your proof! These are some raw, unedited pictures! No filters, just me – hahahaha!

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I mean what in the world am I doing in the first picture!

When I see these pictures I start to laugh – one I remember the good time we had just walking around the city picking out amazing backdrops and two I look ridiculous! And no I am not being harsh on myself but I honestly can’t find a reason  as to why I just can’t stand there, pose and smile!

But guess what, that’s me, in all my glory! As I get older I definitely am becoming happier with myself. I think you get to a certain point where what the world says you aren’t, you rely on what God says you are! And its waaaayyyy more valuable than anything the world can label you with.

So no matter how comfortable you are in front of the camera, no matter how good your selfie is  – lets all praise ourselves a little better and take compliments with more heart.

So embrace your awkwardness – I sure am!

Be back soon!

_ week 2 project 333 _

This going simple journey has been one of the best things for our family! We have grown stronger, closer and just better from learning to get rid of all the crap. We are teaching our children that just because the world says we ‘need’ something, doesn’t mean we have to have it. Its like society drills that into our children’s heads before they even have a chance to speak. That’s another reason we got rid of cable, for the commercials that feed into us constantly. My kids don’t even know about half the stuff that is popular now and it is wonderful!

Ok so here is my update from my Project 333 week 2 –

Phew! I made it to week three and week two is now behind me! I honestly am still amazed at myself for making it this far. But it has actually been fun coming up with different ways to take the same dress and transform it into something totally new! So here are my week two outfits –

I’m truly enjoying this project and it has made me realize how many clothes that I have that just collect dust. Also during these two weeks I have only worn the same outfit twice! That’s a win for me for sure. I hope that some of you have decided to jump on the train. I would love to hear about it if you have just so I can keep encouraging and helping you along in this journey.

Be back soon!

_ love your face _

Ahhhh! Does technology ever just drive you crazy? Well yesterday and today it has made me mad. For some reason my YouTube account doesn’t want to load any videos so I am still having a hard time loading the face care one. So instead of holding off another day I am going to just write it out for you guys. It really is simple because I do not use too many products.

Ok so here goes! My number one rule is to always wash your face before bedtime. NEVER, and I mean never go to bed with your makeup on. I don’t know if there are any studies to say that its bad but to me wearing your makeup all day and then into the night can’t be good for your face! So no matter how tired you are, just take the 2 minutes to wash your face before your head hits the pillow.

Second rule is to never buy for where your face is at now. So lets say you have fine lines – do not buy a cream for fine lines! Buy a cream for major wrinkles. To me that is called preventive. I always buy for what I am trying to prevent. I am no expert but to me it makes sense!

Nighttime routine : takes me less than 5 minutes unless I am using the mask (add another 5 minutes)

  1. Neutrogena face cleansing cloths
  2. Neutrogena fresh foaming cleanser
  3. 3x a week I use Colleen Rothschild’s clarifying detox mask
  4. No7 protect and perfect intense (this is their advance line)

Daytime routine: takes me about 10-15 minutes

  1. No7 protect and perfect intense (this is their advance line)
  2. L’Oreal Magic Ilumi primer
  3. No7 City Light tinted moisturizer
  4. Younique mineral touch foundation
  5. Ulta sculpting palette
  6. L’Oreal supper blendable powder
  7. L’Oreal blush
  8. Cover girl eyebrow palette
  9. L’Oreal voluminous eyelash primer
  10. L’Oreal voluminous carbon black mascara

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Here is a picture of everything that I use. I was going to link where I get everything but honestly most of it is from Target – except for Colleen Rothschild (you can find her stuff at https://colleenrothschild.com/) and the Ulta sculpting palette I got from Ulta.

So there you go! Sorry I couldn’t post my video. Not sure what is going on with my YouTube account but hopefully I can get it working again soon. I hope I was able to help those that have asked me what I use and how I use it. You can see what I use is pretty simple. I do not like to wear a lot of makeup so it is very minimalistic.

If you have any questions just shoot me a comment and I’ll be happy to answer!

Remember to always take care of what God blessed you with! Love you all and be back soon.

_ our worst critic _

Guys! I did it. I worked out two times last week. Man that is a huge win for this gal! I haven’t worked out even once a week in about six months. I’ll take the two times and aim to add one more next week. And as I was thinking about this post and so excited to let you guys know about my small victory, I began to think about how many small victories we forget to celebrate.

I mean seriously – how many times do we have a win during the day but we talk ourselves out of them because they werent ‘big’ enough? I do this all the time. Why are we so hard on ourselves?  We can blame people for their words towards us but how hard are our words to ourselves? That’s a hard question to answer. Trust me I know.

I am my worst critic. I totally suck at praising myself – ahhhh! <——- See I almost deleted that sentence because again that was so harsh. 

Ladies and gents it’s time to start loving ourselves more. It’s time to stop being our harshest critic and start lifting ourselves up. In one of my very first video blogs I talked about comparison and how hard it will tear us down. Gosh and its so easy to compare all. the. time. Social media is the worst place and if we realize that everyone normally posts the highlights we would stop comparing our lives to what we see.

Who is with me? It’s time to start loving ourselves and seeing ourselves as God sees us. He is our creator. He is the one that formed us in our mothers womb. Who are we to put down His creation? Psalm 139: 13-14 puts it so perfectly.

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So lets spend some time this coming week talking to ourselves better. Lets love ourselves a bit more and definitely give more grace. God shows us waaayyy more grace than we show ourselves.

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We also come across so many people on a daily basis that need an encouraging word. Our worship pastor challenged us to ask God to show us people that need to feel his love. So I am challenging you as well! If we begin to speak the positive over our lives then speaking into others lives will come so much easier.

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