Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Seasons of In Between

Can we chat about something real today, friends? Design is certainly "real", so I guess I should have said "personal". Let's chat about something personal, okay?

Have you ever been in a season of "in between"? You're about to embark on a new job, start college, just about to finish college (that was a doozy for me!), you're home for just a summer from school, you want to switch careers and go back to school, or, in my case, you're moving. Really far away. Do any of these things ring a bell for anyone right now? 

I feel like I have been in this season of in between for the last 4-5 years. At first I was moving TO college. There was so much preparation for this move to Seattle. Then my roommate had a cardiac arrest my freshman year, so she left school to recover and I was without a roommate for a few months. I  was in this stage of awaiting her return nervously. Then I went home for the Summer, only to return to Seattle a few months later. This pattern of packing up for Seattle, then back again for California after the school year was over, was very familiar to me. Once I was in my final few months of college, I felt like I was in this season of big things on the horizon. I was GRADUATING for Heaven's sake, and you know what?! That was terrifying.

As soon as I moved home and began to recover from those feelings of graduation, becoming a "real adult" and feeling the pressure (from myself) to get a job or start my business, I finally started feeling comfortable and settled. As God could only write it, I went to visit my friend Ashley in Michigan that Summer and met my boyfriend. I'm now moving to Michigan next week. Funny, right? As soon as I felt settled, I meet someone who is definitely worth moving for, and here I am yet again in this all-too-familiar in between

For me, when I'm in this in between stage, sometimes I get stagnant. For example, I will tell myself I don't want to get involved in ___ (fill in the blank) because I'll just be moving next month. I also find myself replaying the thought "just another month and THEN I'll be settled". Why do I do this? I think (and hope) it's natural, but it's not right, that's for sure. In these in between times, I need to be completely trusting God to prepare the path before me, place specific people in that path to encourage and inspire me, and ultimately, put it all in His hands instead of worrying about it. I also feel convicted of that last statement; the one about feeling settled once I finally move, or reach that next phase of life--whatever it might be for you. How sad for us to miss out on moments in the present where we could have lived fully, instead of living in the future and grabbing for what we think will be a settled, calm season. You know what I've learned? There aren't many of those. We're always going to be waiting for something, even if it's a small something. 

When we are running hard after something that's not yet before us or doing the opposite and being completely lazy about where we are in life currently, we are missing what God has for us. I'm so guilty of this. I don't want to quench what the Lord has prepared for me to do. 

Just like our seasons of life, flowers also bloom in certain seasons. When it's peony season, I will have them in my home as much as possible to savor those moments ;)

A few weeks ago at church, our pastor talked about seizing the current season we're presently walking through and asking ourselves what we can do now, how can we serve others now, in ways we won't be able to in the next season of life? For me, my current season is living with my parents. That caused me to think how I could be serving them while living under their roof. I've made some dinners, tried to help keep the house clean, finished some design projects for my mom so she really loves the home once I leave, and have taken on more responsibility with our pup. I loved this perspective and I think it helped shift my thinking.

"You will make known to me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy; in Your right hand there are pleasures forever."
Psalm 16:11 

What is your current season of life? Have you experienced these "in betweens"? How do you deal with them? 

Hope you have a lovely day!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Spring Shoe Favorites

DETAILS | Strappy Wedge / Lavender and Gray Strap / Floral Cut Out Sandal / Ankle Strap Nude Sandal / Black and White Tribal Sandal / Botanical Wedges / Jack Rogers Cork Wedge / Orange Sandal / Gold Sandals /  Bow Sandals

Spring is definitely in the air and I'm loving all the cute sandals, wedges and flats on the market. I haven't bought a new pair of shoes for this season yet, but have my eye on a few of the above. Which are your favorite? Those botanical wedges are ahhhmazing! Also noteworthy are the sweet bow sandals and thick ankle strap flat. 

Have you made any Spring-time shoe additions this year?
Have a wonderful Tuesday!
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PS. I'm guest posting on GBO Fashion today sharing another favorite outfit of mine! 

Monday, April 21, 2014

Fashion: My Easter Outfit

DETAILS | Dress: Apricot Lane Los Altos / Wedges: Toms / Necklace: BaubleBar / Jean Jacket: Nordstrom / Bracelet: Tiffany & Co. (from my boyfriend!) / Bag: Tory Burch (similar) / Sunglasses: Coach 

I figured Easter was the perfect day to wear my Shabby Chic Toms (fabric from one of my favorite designers, Rachel Ashwell)! Floral Toms wedges? Sign me up :) I bought these last year on a whim, because like I said, Rachel Ashwell is a fave designer of mine, and haven't worn them a ton, because they require a certain outfit, but whenever I do wear them I get so many sweet compliments. Easter seemed like a highly appropriate occasion to dawn these pretties. With both blue and pink flowers on them, I think another perfect place to wear them would be a gender reveal party. Yep, my mind just jumped from Easter to that.

What did you do on Easter? Our family went to church, stopped by Starbucks on the way home, then headed to my grandparent's house for a yummy family dinner. Especially now that I'm moving to Michigan in a week (cue crying and nervous excitement), I'm so appreciative of all the family gatherings we have. Such a special thing to have had my family close by me while growing up. As a side note, I'm pretty sure my grandma and mom thought my dress was too short, but I assure you I sat very lady-like at the dinner table and never bent over to pick anything up :)

Hope you have a wonderful Monday!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

He has Risen!

Happy Easter, friends! I hope you have a relaxing day with family and friends. We are spending the day at my Grandma & Grandpa's house with my mom's whole side of the family. I always love our family gatherings. 

Today I'm grateful that God keeps His promises, He is alive and reigning in Heaven, because of what Christ did for us on Easter our sins are paid for and we can have eternal life, and finally, I'm thankful for the grace God pours out on us each and every day. Without any of the above, I would be nothing. In a world filled with little hope, trails, and scary news stories, there is hope found in the good news of Jesus.

He has Risen!
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