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Sisters

There was a time when I thought of my sisters as provokers, clothing-stealers, and distinct others that I couldn’t begin to understand. Over the past couple of years, my sisters have become the people I treasure most in the world. And even though they have maintained the uniqueness that once drove me crazy, the different lens that they see things with has helped to shape and challenge me as we’ve grown older. They embrace me – good, bad & ugly – and I’ve learned to do the same with them…and we’ve even grown to love to share our clothes from time to time.

 

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My sister Ali has recently started a blog of her own:

alifestyledIt is quickly becoming one of my favorite reads. For some inspiring photos & your daily fashion fix – Stop by and say hello!

A Word With You :: Ordinary

I was reminded a few times this past week to stop and notice the simple. I read this post and realized that it had been far too long since I had paused to be purposefully thankful. (Unfortunately) It’s not uncommon for entire weeks to go by without me actively practicing gratefulness. And I’ve found that when I let gratitude escape – an anxious, ‘gimme-more’ spirit quickly steals its way in.

In past moments of envy & over-dramatic woe about what we have or what we have not – I have often found it helpful to force Sean to march around the house with me while I name things that I am grateful for. It sounds completely ridiculous and totally unnecessary – and yet, there are some moments (moments I am in no way proud of) when I look around our corner of the world and fail to see it for the extraordinary blessing that it is.

In our corner of the world, I am warm, and safe, and well-fed. Our home holds an abundance of tangibles, intangibles – countless ordinary, everyday moments that only we share, and lot and lots of love. Today, I am choosing to be grateful.

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A Word with You :: February

For some added motivation to sit and write this year, Courtney and I are teaming up each month for a monthly writing challenge called ‘A Word with You.’ Each month we will pick a word to write about & share a story from our lives. We hope that a little accountability (and a deadline) will help us make time to record all the little things that fill our days, that otherwise might go undocumented. If you have a blog (or even if you don’t), we would love for you write with us each month and join in!

our word for February is :: ORDINARY

There are no rules, just write something that ties in with this month’s word in some way and link up with us on the last Monday of the month. Feel free to take some creative license with how you interpret the word (Last month our word was ‘Direction’ and we read posts about New Year’s resolutions & boy bands!)

We will share our posts this month on Monday, February 25th. I’m looking forward to it!

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A Word With You :: Direction

I am a strange blend of spontaneous and structured. I like rules, process and checking off boxes. On the other hand, I embrace the freedom of living in the moment and the chaos of waiting until the last-minute.

All that being said, I’ve never made New Year’s Resolutions. In part, I’ve probably lacked the discipline to carry a goal over the course of 12 months. I’ve avoided branding the entire year with a common headline – as I’m much more comfortable seeing how the year pans out.

As I approach this new year, I have a desire to settle into a stronger rhythm.  I find that the same aspects of our life keep coming to mind – things that I want to make time for, but often set aside for watching TV or another mindless activity. This year, instead of resolutions, I want to identify some priorities. I want to start evaluating my time and what I am spending (or wasting) it on. The list here isn’t exhaustive or earth-shattering – these are simply some things that I enjoy or that I believe will bring more joy to my life – even if they take a bit of planning. I’m hoping that having a list of priorities will give me a bit of direction in those moments when I’m tempted to stay on the couch.

Housekeeping :: When we were first married, we had a nightly dinner routine down. I like to cook (when I’m not exhausted) and I would generally get things started soon after I got home. We did weekly meal planning and grocery store runs. We had it down – and we weren’t constantly out of milk. Over the past couple of years, with Sean going to class at night, I’ve lived a little more laissez-faire than is probably fair. Since I was the only one home, I could eat spaghetti for dinner night after night if I wanted.This year, I want to place a priority on keeping our home. Simple systems for meal planning and weekly chores plus making time to do something I love – cooking, will help to make our home a more relaxing and cleaner happier place to live.

Reading :: With a longer commute to work, I’ve had much more time to read. Between the Good Reads app on my phone and the downtown library – I have developed quite the system for requesting and borrowing books. In the past few months, I’ve poured over historical fiction, entrepreneurial best-practices and spiritual memoirs. And while my love for a good book is hard to stifle, there is the ever-present temptation to surf the web or flip the channel instead of turning some pages. This year, I want to choose books.

Shared Hobbies :: Although Sean and I have a lot of common interests, our shared hobbies tend to be either intangible, independent or expensive – we like things like reading & attending plays. This year, I want to place more of a priority on pursuing some shared activities. Although this might mean that I need to go for a run every now and then, I’m willing to try some new things if it helps me to take better advantage of the additional time that Sean and I have to spend together now.

My hope is that these priorities will give my days some direction…and from the look of this list, I think the direction I’m moving in is to slow down a bit more and focus on who & what I love. It sounds like it should be easy…

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A Word with You

I’ve never been much of a scrapbooker. That being said, if someone has one sitting out on their coffee table – it’s generally the first thing I pick up. There is something fascinating about recorded memories (stickers & construction paper on the other hand…somewhat outside of my wheelhouse…)

A couple of years ago, on our first double-date with the Bowdens, Courtney casually mentioned she was a blogger. Initially, I was completely baffled. Blogging was a foreign concept to me, and certainly not something anyone I knew did. But I was curious, so I started reading Courtney’s blog regularly (and you should too!) and her blog led me to other blogs. Very soon, I was hooked – I started regularly following my favorite online reads & supplementing my love of books with the internet’s never-ending stream of content.

And while I’m not much of a scrapbooker, I would (with much embarrassment) call myself a writer. Reading and writing have run like a thread throughout my life – drafting imaginary stories in elementary school, filling journals throughout middle and high school, and writing English paper after paper in college. It should have come as no surprise to me (although somehow it did) that here I am, as an adult, staring at a blinking cursor.

Writing has always been an outlet for me. Often times, writing is how I process things: I understand what I’m thinking only as I am writing it down. It has been a hobby, a prayer, a soapbox, a line in the stand, a testing ground, a memory- keeper, and obviously, a place to air all my good comedic material.

And yet, in the midst of all this goodness, I too – like any other self-proclaimed writer – suffer from the occasional writer’s block. Since, as Sean could tell you, I am never short on words, my problem lies more in the realm of motivation.  The great thing about a blog, is that there is always a level of built-in accountability – an audience (hi Mom!) reading what you write. Since my blog is for fun – the main audience I’m writing for consists of me and Sean – it’s easy for a couple of weeks to go by spent actually living our lives instead of posting about them. Often, what I need here is a goal or a deadline to jump-start my post-writing. I find when I make a commitment to post something, I am much more likely to actually do it. Thankfully, I’m not the only one who struggles with the push-pull of wanting to write, but needing a little help to make it happen. So Courtney and I have formed an idea to help motivate each other to set aside the time and start writing.

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Each month we will pick a word to write about & share a story from our lives. Our aim is to make sure we make time to record all the little things that fill our days, that otherwise might go undocumented. If you have a blog (or even if you don’t), we would love for you write with us each month and join in!

our word for January is :: Direction

There are no rules, just write something that ties in with this month’s word in some way. On Monday, January 28th, we will share our posts and include a link up so that you can share your post with us too. I’m looking forward to it!

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