Friday, 27 March 2015

Do-It-Yourself// Painted Vases

Most days, like most people, I spend a few minutes looking to be inspired by the various projects and trends posted to Pinterest. I scroll through, wide eyed, at all of the new possibilities that fill my screen. Kit Kat cake...why not? Street style that is comfortable all day long... yes please! Most of the time though I find myself itching to be crafty, clicking on the DIY tab and sifting through post after post of some of the most inspirational and adorable, cheap little DIY projects.

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

So I Married an Outgoing Introvert

I love people.

I love being around people, chatting and laughing, both in individual and group settings. I get energy from the late night conversations, I love to book meetings where I will get to sit down and have a heart to heart, I look forward to events where I know I will be able to be around people I love.

If I am alone for too long I can go stir crazy and will venture to the outside world, a store or park, simply to be around people!

Perhaps you can relate... or perhaps you think I am crazy.

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Find the Extraordinary in the Ordinary

If you ask a child what she hopes to be when she grows up she will likely tell you a variety of answers.

“A teacher, a vet, a McDonald’s employee”

The list would likely dive into dancing, animal taming, the professions of parents, and jobs that haven’t even been created yet.

This question usually causes an imagination to run away in a child.

Thursday, 12 March 2015

Five Foundational Lessons from a Budding Psychotherapist

I have been in school for the past 18 years, straight. Kindergarten was lovely, grades one through six were filled with hand stand competitions, crushes and trading apples for gushers. High school was a blast, and my undergrad went by way too quickly...

And now here I am almost halfway through my Master’s degree in psychotherapy.

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Portraits// Anna

After a morning of laughing and chatting over breakfast with this beautiful girl, we headed to a park to snap some photos. We trudged through knee deep snow, broke down branches, and shivered in the cold – all with a lot of laughs and great conversation. I am thankful to have this woman in my life. Enjoy!

Sunday, 8 March 2015

My Vow to Put Down the Fitness Magazine

For the past year I have been receiving Fitness Magazine each month. I get excited as I flip through the pages of inspiring stories, recipes, and workouts that promise 2 inches off the hips by next week. Over the past 12 issues I have been noticing a trend though... every issue seems to offer the exact same thing... it never really changes! And just like the content of the magazine, month by month nothing really changes fitness wise with me either...

I love to be inspired...but this might be the only thing I love about fitness.

And yet, I totally believe in it.

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

How to Share Your Story and Why You Should Part II

If you missed Part I, you can check it out here

Every time I drive by a graveyard I am consumed with the thought that each person who has passed away had a story. Some with a story of tragedy, others comedy, romance, or action... most with a bit of each. Those stories live on in some capacity, in the memories of those who knew the person. And yet, most of the stories are lost.

We can often go through life without recognizing what we have been given. We rush through, from one thing to the next, without stopping to think, reflect, and learn more about ourselves. In an effort to remain connected, we often forget to say and do the things that really bring us together.

Monday, 2 March 2015

How to Share Your Story and Why You Should Part I

Our bookcase is full.

No, I mean really full. From side to side the shelves are lined, books are stacked on top of one another, nooks and crannies are filled. From stories that tell of the horrific capture of young children, to fleeting memory in a woman with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. From guidelines in leadership principles, to authors who call us to simplify our lives. From ideas on leading a church, to pages talking about who Jesus is. From textbooks discussing the intricacies of the human mind, to green eggs and ham...

Our bookcase is full.