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  • Hi lovelies. Explain your weekend in emojis below 👯‍♀️👩🏻‍💻🏝👟🙌🏼🏈
  • Hi lovelies. Explain your weekend in emojis below 👯‍♀️👩🏻‍💻🏝👟🙌🏼🏈
  • 974 49 1 September, 2018
  • We have ALL experienced a woman in our community saying something mean about us...and the awful pain that comes with it. As much as we long for true and faithful friends, the mean girl moments can leave us a little wary of putting ourselves out there for others to “judge” or “make fun of.”
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But I’m here to say those mean girl comments are not the end of meaningful connection! Today on the blog, I’m sharing how God can use those mean girl comments as a catalyst for meaningful community (find in bio link).
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May it encourage you to boldly be yourself, dust that “dirt off your shoulders,” and trust that God loves redeeming broken situations.
  • We have ALL experienced a woman in our community saying something mean about us...and the awful pain that comes with it. As much as we long for true and faithful friends, the mean girl moments can leave us a little wary of putting ourselves out there for others to “judge” or “make fun of.”
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    But I’m here to say those mean girl comments are not the end of meaningful connection! Today on the blog, I’m sharing how God can use those mean girl comments as a catalyst for meaningful community (find in bio link).
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    May it encourage you to boldly be yourself, dust that “dirt off your shoulders,” and trust that God loves redeeming broken situations.
  • 1,046 28 1 April, 2019
  • SNOWCHELLA ⛄️
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  • 505 21 15 April, 2019
  • WOW CARLY IT’S REALLY NOT THAT FUNNY. Sorry guys, my cousins were actually just really making me laugh behind the camera 📸 😆 Target runs are always essential for a good Texas trip + for bonding with the fam! I’m happy to also have found my fav protein too. Good thing there’s a lot of it since I’ll be feeding the whole cousin crew with my famous shakes this weekend! #GetPickyWithYourProtein #drinkorgain #HEROrgainProtein #amborgain #ambcollab
  • WOW CARLY IT’S REALLY NOT THAT FUNNY. Sorry guys, my cousins were actually just really making me laugh behind the camera 📸 😆 Target runs are always essential for a good Texas trip + for bonding with the fam! I’m happy to also have found my fav protein too. Good thing there’s a lot of it since I’ll be feeding the whole cousin crew with my famous shakes this weekend! #GetPickyWithYourProtein #drinkorgain #HEROrgainProtein #amborgain #ambcollab
  • 784 13 19 January, 2019
  • Finally have our living room all decorated and I love it! Home decor & decorating is one of my passions and I’ve loved making our apartment feel like home again❤️ I got my personalized sky map in the mail and could not wait to get it hung up! Swipe to see how beautiful it is! I am completely obsessed and feel like everyone needs one so obviously there is a blog post about it! •
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The Night Sky
Twin Falls ID USA
November 22 2015
42.5558 N. 114.4701 W
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  • Finally have our living room all decorated and I love it! Home decor & decorating is one of my passions and I’ve loved making our apartment feel like home again❤️ I got my personalized sky map in the mail and could not wait to get it hung up! Swipe to see how beautiful it is! I am completely obsessed and feel like everyone needs one so obviously there is a blog post about it! •

    The Night Sky
    Twin Falls ID USA
    November 22 2015
    42.5558 N. 114.4701 W


    #greaterskies #starmap @greaterskies
  • 765 55 31 July, 2018
  • Check this out. It’s crazy: women speak an average of 20,000 words a day vs. 7,000 words for men. Now obviously, I’m not surprised that women speak more words than men 😂 simply because I think I speak maybe 40,000 words a day 😂😂 however, let’s just think about this for a minute. If that many words are leaving our lips each and everyday, what are you confessing over yourself? What are you speaking into your future? Words last forever. You speak them and they travel through time forever and ever. So since life and death are in the power of the tongue, then I want you to really think today about what kinds of things you are speaking into existence? Is it life? Is it death? For example: saying something like “oh my business will never succeed I literally have no experience” is a POWERFUL statement and after a while, behind those words there will be faith. Why? Because faith comes by hearing! So I encourage us today to walk in faith and SPEAK in faith. Call those things that be NOT as though they WERE. What are some areas over your life that you want to start seeing change? Let’s try, starting today, to confess LIFE over those things and the worst that can happen is that THEY TURN AROUND FOR GOOD! ❤️
  • Check this out. It’s crazy: women speak an average of 20,000 words a day vs. 7,000 words for men. Now obviously, I’m not surprised that women speak more words than men 😂 simply because I think I speak maybe 40,000 words a day 😂😂 however, let’s just think about this for a minute. If that many words are leaving our lips each and everyday, what are you confessing over yourself? What are you speaking into your future? Words last forever. You speak them and they travel through time forever and ever. So since life and death are in the power of the tongue, then I want you to really think today about what kinds of things you are speaking into existence? Is it life? Is it death? For example: saying something like “oh my business will never succeed I literally have no experience” is a POWERFUL statement and after a while, behind those words there will be faith. Why? Because faith comes by hearing! So I encourage us today to walk in faith and SPEAK in faith. Call those things that be NOT as though they WERE. What are some areas over your life that you want to start seeing change? Let’s try, starting today, to confess LIFE over those things and the worst that can happen is that THEY TURN AROUND FOR GOOD! ❤️
  • 852 24 25 October, 2018
  • Lemme tell you bout my best frannnnnnn. But actually, earth to Sophia, this is your “friendly” reminder to not forget to FaceTime me later, k honey boo boo?! *sarcasm*...but I thought this public post would be threatening enough to make her remember 😂 Anyone else find it hard living far away from your sibling?! 😘🙃
  • Lemme tell you bout my best frannnnnnn. But actually, earth to Sophia, this is your “friendly” reminder to not forget to FaceTime me later, k honey boo boo?! *sarcasm*...but I thought this public post would be threatening enough to make her remember 😂 Anyone else find it hard living far away from your sibling?! 😘🙃
  • 754 14 5 March, 2019

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  • Hard to believe it’s been almost a year since I was awarded the 2018 Imspiration Winner for @bestselfatlanta magazine!! If you don’t know my story I went from being a bankrupt, overweight, single mom to a successful business owner in the best shape of my life ❤️ today I help other women to live the drab to fab life!!!
  • Hard to believe it’s been almost a year since I was awarded the 2018 Imspiration Winner for @bestselfatlanta magazine!! If you don’t know my story I went from being a bankrupt, overweight, single mom to a successful business owner in the best shape of my life ❤️ today I help other women to live the drab to fab life!!!
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  • Couldn’t have asked for a better day to spend outside! We decided back in January to spend Sunday’s together doing something fun as a family. Sunday Funday continued with a hike up Kennesaw Mountain. Here are the stats: 5.1 miles, 12,500 steps, 86 floors. Now, if you need me I’ll be sitting somewhere not using my legs. (More pics in my stories)
  • Couldn’t have asked for a better day to spend outside! We decided back in January to spend Sunday’s together doing something fun as a family. Sunday Funday continued with a hike up Kennesaw Mountain. Here are the stats: 5.1 miles, 12,500 steps, 86 floors. Now, if you need me I’ll be sitting somewhere not using my legs. (More pics in my stories)
  • 52 3 14 hours ago
  • Last night at our Good Friday Service I had the opportunity to take photos of the baptisms. Getting to be up close to capture the emotion of fifteen people, both young and old was such a powerful experience.

I was overwhelmed by how universal pain and suffering is. That no matter the age, we get things wrong, go the wrong way, and end up in dark places.

Hearing young kids share about how they have gone their own way, not honoring God was so humbling as what great hope they have in their faith to help them navigate their future. Particularly middle school, high school and into college.

While I thought I had faith at that age, I had no clue what it meant to live dependent on it. Seeing these kids and young adults commit their lives had me cheering on the sidelines. Praying they cling hard to their relationship with Jesus as they begin to navigate their next life stage.

As for the adults getting baptized. I was an emotional wreck watching them break down emotionally as they sat on their knees in the water as their testimony was read aloud.

While the enemy would love to shame grown adults for breaking down emotionally, I couldn’t help but see just how cleansing their tears were. That as the tears fell for all the pain their own lives had caused, that the water they were soon to be dipped into would cleanse it all. To symbolize how all their sin and shame has been washed away.

While the pain and tears will continue to come on this side of eternity, it was such a beautiful reminder that baptism points to what we will experience in heaven where all tears are all washed away and where Jesus life, death and resurrection has the final say.
  • Last night at our Good Friday Service I had the opportunity to take photos of the baptisms. Getting to be up close to capture the emotion of fifteen people, both young and old was such a powerful experience.

    I was overwhelmed by how universal pain and suffering is. That no matter the age, we get things wrong, go the wrong way, and end up in dark places.

    Hearing young kids share about how they have gone their own way, not honoring God was so humbling as what great hope they have in their faith to help them navigate their future. Particularly middle school, high school and into college.

    While I thought I had faith at that age, I had no clue what it meant to live dependent on it. Seeing these kids and young adults commit their lives had me cheering on the sidelines. Praying they cling hard to their relationship with Jesus as they begin to navigate their next life stage.

    As for the adults getting baptized. I was an emotional wreck watching them break down emotionally as they sat on their knees in the water as their testimony was read aloud.

    While the enemy would love to shame grown adults for breaking down emotionally, I couldn’t help but see just how cleansing their tears were. That as the tears fell for all the pain their own lives had caused, that the water they were soon to be dipped into would cleanse it all. To symbolize how all their sin and shame has been washed away.

    While the pain and tears will continue to come on this side of eternity, it was such a beautiful reminder that baptism points to what we will experience in heaven where all tears are all washed away and where Jesus life, death and resurrection has the final say.
  • 40 3 20 April, 2019
  • Just realized I never shared with you all the two restaurants Katlin and I tried and loved last weekend in Louisville! After over 2 years (how?!?) of not getting to hang out in person, I was finally reunited for a girls day with one of my best friends and it was like no time had passed at all!

We grabbed brunch at @bluedogbakeryandcafe and it was the perfect brunch spot and the food was unreal. For dinner we grabbed @porcinilou which was also amazing! I can’t wait to go back there for dinner when their patio opens for the season!  If you’re headed to Louisville anytime soon, I would highly recommend both places.
  • Just realized I never shared with you all the two restaurants Katlin and I tried and loved last weekend in Louisville! After over 2 years (how?!?) of not getting to hang out in person, I was finally reunited for a girls day with one of my best friends and it was like no time had passed at all!

    We grabbed brunch at @bluedogbakeryandcafe and it was the perfect brunch spot and the food was unreal. For dinner we grabbed @porcinilou which was also amazing! I can’t wait to go back there for dinner when their patio opens for the season! If you’re headed to Louisville anytime soon, I would highly recommend both places.
  • 58 2 20 April, 2019
  • Is it just me, or does the idea of having a bunch of people over for a celebration make you sweat - I mean glisten, clearly I glisten. 💦 
Maybe it's legit, or maybe it's just in my head, but I always feel so much pressure to produce an event. 
I feel like my friends and family walk into my home expecting a full scale, fully decorated, magazine worthy spread - let me tell you, that's not what they get.
I love creating stunning tablescapes for beautiful events but somehow that just never happens in my own home. Maybe before my kids were born, but now, well, the standards have been lowered just a touch 🤦🏻‍♀️
So here's to our celebrations, whatever they may look like, as long as you have great people to share them with! 🥂
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  • Is it just me, or does the idea of having a bunch of people over for a celebration make you sweat - I mean glisten, clearly I glisten. 💦
    Maybe it's legit, or maybe it's just in my head, but I always feel so much pressure to produce an event.
    I feel like my friends and family walk into my home expecting a full scale, fully decorated, magazine worthy spread - let me tell you, that's not what they get.
    I love creating stunning tablescapes for beautiful events but somehow that just never happens in my own home. Maybe before my kids were born, but now, well, the standards have been lowered just a touch 🤦🏻‍♀️
    So here's to our celebrations, whatever they may look like, as long as you have great people to share them with! 🥂
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    #embracereality #joyintheordinary #livethelittlethings #littlestoriesofmylife #prioritizepeople #communityovercompetition #youbelong #lessworkmorelife #daybydesign #orangevilleweddingplanner #guelphweddingplanner #gtaweddingplanner
  • 20 3 20 April, 2019
  • God alone has the power and love to make the greatest good come out of the most tragic murder. The only reason today is good is because of how great our God is. 💕
  • God alone has the power and love to make the greatest good come out of the most tragic murder. The only reason today is good is because of how great our God is. 💕
  • 51 2 20 April, 2019
  • Shout out to all the ladies raising businesses + babies✨💫💛
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See that cute little photo bomber there? I missed so many moments like this with my other four children, while I was working away at my corporate job. I remember googling all the ways I could possibly work from home, start a biz, anything... I just wanted to be home with my babies, taking care of my family + my home 💛
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I wanted to do work that matters, to make an income with an impact.
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I wanted to create a legacy for my family 💫
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I know it’s not easy to start something new, to make changes, to start a business, + hustle during the mom pockets or while working another job. But I’m so glad I decided to go for it, to level up + learn how to dream big for my family again💫✨...
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I’m CEO + mama + I LOVE IT!
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If you can relate, or if this speaks to you, then this is for you too ✨
  • Shout out to all the ladies raising businesses + babies✨💫💛
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    See that cute little photo bomber there? I missed so many moments like this with my other four children, while I was working away at my corporate job. I remember googling all the ways I could possibly work from home, start a biz, anything... I just wanted to be home with my babies, taking care of my family + my home 💛
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    I wanted to do work that matters, to make an income with an impact.
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    I know it’s not easy to start something new, to make changes, to start a business, + hustle during the mom pockets or while working another job. But I’m so glad I decided to go for it, to level up + learn how to dream big for my family again💫✨...
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    If you can relate, or if this speaks to you, then this is for you too ✨
  • 60 1 19 April, 2019
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When I was in 2nd grade I was fully diagnosed with epilepsy for absent seizures. I have had tons of blood work, countless EEGs (both 1 hour and 48 hour EEGs), an MRI and doctor appointments galore.
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There is nothing like waking up to a seizure. It’s something I can’t really describe other than embarrassing. Your totally caught off guard after only a couple seconds when people are right in your face, screaming your name, laughing at you and you feel helpless. All you want to do is cry.⠀
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My journey with epilepsy was filled with tears, joy, hope, embarrassment, fear, frustration & perseverance. ⠀
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In December, I got the all clear from my doctors that there was no sign of a seizure on recent tests. If I’m being completely honest, I was both excited but also worried. Worried that this could all happen again, because I’ve been there before. I’ve been there, when you go get ice cream because you just got the best phone call from your doctor, only a few months later to find your back at square one. I decided to live in that moment and lean on God.⠀
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After all, he is the one that has guided, is guiding and will continue to guide us💛⠀
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Whatever your going through, big or small. Nothing is too much for God to take. Give it all to him, trusting that he is your compass guiding you no matter where you are💛 ⠀
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    When I was in 2nd grade I was fully diagnosed with epilepsy for absent seizures. I have had tons of blood work, countless EEGs (both 1 hour and 48 hour EEGs), an MRI and doctor appointments galore.

    There is nothing like waking up to a seizure. It’s something I can’t really describe other than embarrassing. Your totally caught off guard after only a couple seconds when people are right in your face, screaming your name, laughing at you and you feel helpless. All you want to do is cry.⠀

    My journey with epilepsy was filled with tears, joy, hope, embarrassment, fear, frustration & perseverance. ⠀

    In December, I got the all clear from my doctors that there was no sign of a seizure on recent tests. If I’m being completely honest, I was both excited but also worried. Worried that this could all happen again, because I’ve been there before. I’ve been there, when you go get ice cream because you just got the best phone call from your doctor, only a few months later to find your back at square one. I decided to live in that moment and lean on God.⠀

    After all, he is the one that has guided, is guiding and will continue to guide us💛⠀

    Whatever your going through, big or small. Nothing is too much for God to take. Give it all to him, trusting that he is your compass guiding you no matter where you are💛 ⠀
  • 37 7 19 April, 2019
  • She loves good vibes 💕

Wild waves 🌊

Warm sun ☀️ Kind words 😊

Freedom to be herself 💫
  • She loves good vibes 💕

    Wild waves 🌊

    Warm sun ☀️ Kind words 😊

    Freedom to be herself 💫
  • 113 31 19 April, 2019
  • Overdeliver. That’s what we saw God do this week. 
To be honest the beginning of the week was messy. 
I was completely overwhelmed. We didn’t have a place to move into (in 3️⃣ weeks). I felt more distant from God & more desperate for hope than I have in a long time. I was in so much pain and couldn’t function at home on my own. I was so anxious about surgery. 
Such. A. Mess. 😭I went to bed on Monday begging God to give me even a little hope & he overdelivered. ✨ I woke up the next day hope-filled and encouraged. ✨ I stumbled upon a verse that filled me with gratefulness + reminded me that God is always available and capable (Matthew 9:12 & 13 have become my theme verses). ✨He gave me eyes to see the beginning of the week as a compliment; I believe it was an attack from the enemy who sees God working in our situation and is scared. ✨A dear friend called to pray with me about my anxiety about surgery and immediately it disappeared. ✨God provided me with Christian nurses during my surgery this week who prayed over me and shared verses for comfort. ✨During my surgery, he allowed doctors to see that I had over a liter of fluid in my chest from my lymph nodes. They made time for an impromptu procedure and removed it the very same day. I can now walk without being short of breath and talk with less wheezing 😭🙏 ✨He provided a new home for us out of nowhere & it’s absolutely perfect (truly better than we could’ve dreamed of). I’m ending this week (that started off as a disaster) so incredibly grateful 😭

Grateful for the reminder that God is with us all, even when we don’t feel him. Grateful to be resting with true peace no matter what the doctors conclude. Grateful for these sweet, sweet moments I get to have with Him because of my circumstance. Grateful I pressed into Him at my worst instead of hiding or coping with my feelings as I normally do🙈

Friends, we feel your prayers. God is showing up in the details. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your prayers and love. We are so so blessed by each of you.
  • Overdeliver. That’s what we saw God do this week.
    To be honest the beginning of the week was messy.
    I was completely overwhelmed. We didn’t have a place to move into (in 3️⃣ weeks). I felt more distant from God & more desperate for hope than I have in a long time. I was in so much pain and couldn’t function at home on my own. I was so anxious about surgery.
    Such. A. Mess. 😭I went to bed on Monday begging God to give me even a little hope & he overdelivered. ✨ I woke up the next day hope-filled and encouraged. ✨ I stumbled upon a verse that filled me with gratefulness + reminded me that God is always available and capable (Matthew 9:12 & 13 have become my theme verses). ✨He gave me eyes to see the beginning of the week as a compliment; I believe it was an attack from the enemy who sees God working in our situation and is scared. ✨A dear friend called to pray with me about my anxiety about surgery and immediately it disappeared. ✨God provided me with Christian nurses during my surgery this week who prayed over me and shared verses for comfort. ✨During my surgery, he allowed doctors to see that I had over a liter of fluid in my chest from my lymph nodes. They made time for an impromptu procedure and removed it the very same day. I can now walk without being short of breath and talk with less wheezing 😭🙏 ✨He provided a new home for us out of nowhere & it’s absolutely perfect (truly better than we could’ve dreamed of). I’m ending this week (that started off as a disaster) so incredibly grateful 😭

    Grateful for the reminder that God is with us all, even when we don’t feel him. Grateful to be resting with true peace no matter what the doctors conclude. Grateful for these sweet, sweet moments I get to have with Him because of my circumstance. Grateful I pressed into Him at my worst instead of hiding or coping with my feelings as I normally do🙈

    Friends, we feel your prayers. God is showing up in the details. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your prayers and love. We are so so blessed by each of you.
  • 210 25 19 April, 2019
  • Strong enough to calm the storms
Of fear and unbelief
Fierce enough to break the cords
Of death that clung to me
'Cause I have come to know a love
Whose power has overcome
Every insecurity
And Heaven moves and demons flee now
As I lift my voice to sing
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Oh, Your love is strong
Oh, Your love is strong
Oh, Your love is strong, yeah
Oh, Your love is strong, yeah
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Close enough to hold me near
When fear is crippling
Safe enough to be my home
When my world is crumbling
'Cause I have come to know a love
Stronger than the grave
That in my darkest hours
You raised me up from death to life now
In resurrection power
- @coryasbury
#youdonthavetobebloomingtobegrowing
  • Strong enough to calm the storms
    Of fear and unbelief
    Fierce enough to break the cords
    Of death that clung to me
    'Cause I have come to know a love
    Whose power has overcome
    Every insecurity
    And Heaven moves and demons flee now
    As I lift my voice to sing
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    Oh, Your love is strong
    Oh, Your love is strong
    Oh, Your love is strong, yeah
    Oh, Your love is strong, yeah
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    Close enough to hold me near
    When fear is crippling
    Safe enough to be my home
    When my world is crumbling
    'Cause I have come to know a love
    Stronger than the grave
    That in my darkest hours
    You raised me up from death to life now
    In resurrection power
    - @coryasbury
    #youdonthavetobebloomingtobegrowing
  • 83 2 18 April, 2019
  • They are all smiles here but man can these girls throw down and rumble. With each other and with me. They can push all my buttons. And I can lose my cool faster than a speeding bullet at times. Calm is the last adjective to describe most of my parenting. As I was reading The Gifts of Imperfection for our Surviving Sarah book club, Brenè gave some advice on how to practice being a calm and mindful parent. I’ll share here because I bet there’s at least one other person here like me:
1️⃣slow to respond 
2️⃣quick to think
3️⃣give yourself permission to take a minute & say “I need to think about this”
4️⃣ask yourself if freaking out will help (the answer is always NO)
So I’m gonna practice. Deep breaths. Walk away. It’s okay to not have an immediate answer. Start with empathy. Speak truth. End in love. 💆🏼‍♀️
  • They are all smiles here but man can these girls throw down and rumble. With each other and with me. They can push all my buttons. And I can lose my cool faster than a speeding bullet at times. Calm is the last adjective to describe most of my parenting. As I was reading The Gifts of Imperfection for our Surviving Sarah book club, Brenè gave some advice on how to practice being a calm and mindful parent. I’ll share here because I bet there’s at least one other person here like me:
    1️⃣slow to respond
    2️⃣quick to think
    3️⃣give yourself permission to take a minute & say “I need to think about this”
    4️⃣ask yourself if freaking out will help (the answer is always NO)
    So I’m gonna practice. Deep breaths. Walk away. It’s okay to not have an immediate answer. Start with empathy. Speak truth. End in love. 💆🏼‍♀️
  • 79 8 18 April, 2019
  • Starting to realize that my little muffin is nearly 7 month and not a tiny baby anymore.😭 I am starting to panic about loosing these squishy snuggles whilst he is sleeping soon.🥺 I think that’s when mums decide to have another baby.🤔 Which is definitely not going to happen over here.☝️But it is kinda sad. 😓 Who can relate?! 🙋🏼‍♀️ Have an awesome day 🖤
  • Starting to realize that my little muffin is nearly 7 month and not a tiny baby anymore.😭 I am starting to panic about loosing these squishy snuggles whilst he is sleeping soon.🥺 I think that’s when mums decide to have another baby.🤔 Which is definitely not going to happen over here.☝️But it is kinda sad. 😓 Who can relate?! 🙋🏼‍♀️ Have an awesome day 🖤
  • 245 10 17 April, 2019
  • GIVEAWAY!!!
"People told me all kinds of things about it being a good trial run before we have kids of 'our own' or other equally terrible things. Don't believe them! Don't let anyone try to tell you you are not a mom. The way you cared for those 3 kiddos over the past months proves you are a mother."
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A kind friend sent me these words last year when we suddenly said goodbye to three kids who had been in our home for the summer through foster care. It meant so much to me. There are many who keep telling me through pregnancy, "You're going to be a mom! Aren't you so excited?" Yes, I am excited. I'm excited to be a biological mom. But I am also blessed to already be a mother because I have had the immense privilege of caring for vulnerable children in foster care.
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Motherhood looks different for each one of us. I am so honored to have been a contributor for the new @wellwateredwomen devotional, Dear Mama. This little treasure of a book features writing from 25 women! It is available in the @wellwateredco shop today!  You can use my discount code "DEARMAMAJM10" to get 10% off, and I am also giving away a copy to someone today!
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To enter, do the following:
1. Like this post.
2. Follow me, @wellwateredwomen, and @wellwateredco.
3. Tag a friend in the comments who you want to encourage in the journey of motherhood!
#wwwdearmama
  • GIVEAWAY!!!
    "People told me all kinds of things about it being a good trial run before we have kids of 'our own' or other equally terrible things. Don't believe them! Don't let anyone try to tell you you are not a mom. The way you cared for those 3 kiddos over the past months proves you are a mother."
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    A kind friend sent me these words last year when we suddenly said goodbye to three kids who had been in our home for the summer through foster care. It meant so much to me. There are many who keep telling me through pregnancy, "You're going to be a mom! Aren't you so excited?" Yes, I am excited. I'm excited to be a biological mom. But I am also blessed to already be a mother because I have had the immense privilege of caring for vulnerable children in foster care.
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    Motherhood looks different for each one of us. I am so honored to have been a contributor for the new @wellwateredwomen devotional, Dear Mama. This little treasure of a book features writing from 25 women! It is available in the @wellwateredco shop today! You can use my discount code "DEARMAMAJM10" to get 10% off, and I am also giving away a copy to someone today!
    ...
    To enter, do the following:
    1. Like this post.
    2. Follow me, @wellwateredwomen, and @wellwateredco.
    3. Tag a friend in the comments who you want to encourage in the journey of motherhood!
    #wwwdearmama
  • 145 47 17 April, 2019
  • My day didn’t start the way I wanted it to...⠀
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As most of you know, I wake up at 5 am Monday through Friday. I know I’m a little crazy, but by waking up at 5 I’m able to be both physically and mentally, emotionally and spiritually ready for my day. It’s through scripture, prayer, devotional, music, writing and a warm cup of coffee or tea that I become fully ready for my day. The trials I face through the day seem so small, when I begin my day with truth instead of being filled with scrolling time on my social media. I’m not saying I don’t ever have a bad day, but those challenges become less magnified. ⠀
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This morning my alarm went off at 4:45 and I totally missed it. My phone volume was on low and I didn’t hear it go off. I was supposed to leave the house at 6:30 to go to yoga. To say the least, I woke up at 6:30 from my bed. I skipped yoga this morning and was immediately mad. I woke up mad and frustrated. ⠀
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I took about 15 minutes and immediately dove into scripture. As I read psalms, I looked at my wrist. The bracelet I wear says “choose joy”. It was a reminder that I needed this morning. A reminder that this little thing I was so worked up upon was so little in comparison to the joy of the lord. I turned my day around and decided to choose joy > frustration. ⠀
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So if your having a rough day, know that it can change. Your day isn’t stuck this way but your the one who decides if you want it to change💛
  • My day didn’t start the way I wanted it to...⠀

    As most of you know, I wake up at 5 am Monday through Friday. I know I’m a little crazy, but by waking up at 5 I’m able to be both physically and mentally, emotionally and spiritually ready for my day. It’s through scripture, prayer, devotional, music, writing and a warm cup of coffee or tea that I become fully ready for my day. The trials I face through the day seem so small, when I begin my day with truth instead of being filled with scrolling time on my social media. I’m not saying I don’t ever have a bad day, but those challenges become less magnified. ⠀

    This morning my alarm went off at 4:45 and I totally missed it. My phone volume was on low and I didn’t hear it go off. I was supposed to leave the house at 6:30 to go to yoga. To say the least, I woke up at 6:30 from my bed. I skipped yoga this morning and was immediately mad. I woke up mad and frustrated. ⠀

    I took about 15 minutes and immediately dove into scripture. As I read psalms, I looked at my wrist. The bracelet I wear says “choose joy”. It was a reminder that I needed this morning. A reminder that this little thing I was so worked up upon was so little in comparison to the joy of the lord. I turned my day around and decided to choose joy > frustration. ⠀

    So if your having a rough day, know that it can change. Your day isn’t stuck this way but your the one who decides if you want it to change💛
  • 39 6 17 April, 2019
  • Day 15/21 OVER 6 inches gone off my waist alone! I cannot wait to tally up total inches lost after this next week!! Mind blown 🤯
  • Day 15/21 OVER 6 inches gone off my waist alone! I cannot wait to tally up total inches lost after this next week!! Mind blown 🤯
  • 78 4 17 April, 2019
  • My new carrying case for my Crown came today 😍 ❤️ how gorgeous is this crown?! Transcontinental Pageants - Mrs. USA Universe Ltd.
  • My new carrying case for my Crown came today 😍 ❤️ how gorgeous is this crown?! Transcontinental Pageants - Mrs. USA Universe Ltd.
  • 142 15 16 April, 2019
  • Tuesday Thoughts
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You’re always one decision from changing your life for better or worst. What side of the scale do your thoughts lean towards?
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⛈It will not work.
☀️It will work.
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⛈I have no time!
☀️I have at least 20-30 mins to give to myself. I deserve to invest time into me.
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⛈I don't have the money!
☀️I am resourceful and creative. Money comes to me easily and abundantly.
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⛈I need the advice of others before I start.
☀️I am seeking God first and only. He is my counsel! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
⛈It's just not a good time.
☀️The only good time is the day I start. I am making that day today!
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⛈ I know I won't stay committed.
☀️ I will find a support and accountability group! There are people just like me, waiting to support me!
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Share with me one negative thought you’ve been telling yourself that you will change today.
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#embracereality #joyintheordinary #livethelittlethings #abmlifeiscolorful #photosinbetween #verilymoment #littlestoriesofmylife #prioritizepeople #communityovercompetition #youbelong #lessworkmorelife #postwithpurpose #lovedoes #theeverygirl #personalgrowthjourney #springhassprung #tuesdaythought ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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    You’re always one decision from changing your life for better or worst. What side of the scale do your thoughts lean towards?
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    ⛈It will not work.
    ☀️It will work.
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    ⛈I have no time!
    ☀️I have at least 20-30 mins to give to myself. I deserve to invest time into me.
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    ⛈I don't have the money!
    ☀️I am resourceful and creative. Money comes to me easily and abundantly.
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    ⛈I need the advice of others before I start.
    ☀️I am seeking God first and only. He is my counsel! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
    ⛈It's just not a good time.
    ☀️The only good time is the day I start. I am making that day today!
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    ⛈ I know I won't stay committed.
    ☀️ I will find a support and accountability group! There are people just like me, waiting to support me!
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    Share with me one negative thought you’ve been telling yourself that you will change today.



    #embracereality #joyintheordinary #livethelittlethings #abmlifeiscolorful #photosinbetween #verilymoment #littlestoriesofmylife #prioritizepeople #communityovercompetition #youbelong #lessworkmorelife #postwithpurpose #lovedoes #theeverygirl #personalgrowthjourney #springhassprung #tuesdaythought ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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  • 43 1 16 April, 2019
  • Growth doesn’t come without discomfort

Almost reflexively, I  think something must be wrong and something needs to be fixed the minute I feel that familiar pang of discomfort

Grasping for control, trying to fix the problems, & endlessly scrutinizing the situation is easier than honest self reflection and asking the question ‘is this possibly a growth opportunity for me?’ Because what I tend to find when I stop controlling and fixing and scrutinizing long enough to ask myself that questions, is that, yes in fact this is an opportunity for me to grow

It has less to do with the other person, the situation, the frustration and more about whether or not I’m willing to grow.

Growth doesn’t come without discomfort and sometimes that discomfort is a signal to us that the situation we’re facing is actually an opportunity for growth.
  • Growth doesn’t come without discomfort

    Almost reflexively, I  think something must be wrong and something needs to be fixed the minute I feel that familiar pang of discomfort

    Grasping for control, trying to fix the problems, & endlessly scrutinizing the situation is easier than honest self reflection and asking the question ‘is this possibly a growth opportunity for me?’ Because what I tend to find when I stop controlling and fixing and scrutinizing long enough to ask myself that questions, is that, yes in fact this is an opportunity for me to grow

    It has less to do with the other person, the situation, the frustration and more about whether or not I’m willing to grow.

    Growth doesn’t come without discomfort and sometimes that discomfort is a signal to us that the situation we’re facing is actually an opportunity for growth.
  • 285 9 16 April, 2019
  • This weekend I did something that I never really do...⠀
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For me, I’m in constant motion. It is SO hard for me to just be still. To not be thinking of all the things I need to check off or what I want to to do next. I can’t even watch TV without doing something else. ⠀
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When I say I’m going to relax, it usually still involves me doing something like cleaning or watching tv and getting work done. ⠀
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I’ve always been someone who is constantly on the move. Always jumping from one place to the next. ⠀
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This weekend, I relaxed. It was a different kind of relax though, one that I’m not used to. I dreamed and did the things I love but often don’t do. Let me just tell you, it was amazing!!⠀
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On Saturday, I made dinner and my sister, Izzy looks at me and says, “Do you feel ok?” I said “yes, I feel great, why” she said “you seem a little standoffish today” (is that even a word?!?) I explained that today I truly relaxed. Isn’t it funny though? My usual self is running in a thousand places that when I take a break I’m often seen like not my usual self😂⠀
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So, at some point this week, I want you to truly relax. Go do the things you love, putting aside the to-do list and taking care of yourself.⠀
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Are you up for the challenge?! What are you going to do to relax?!
  • This weekend I did something that I never really do...⠀

    For me, I’m in constant motion. It is SO hard for me to just be still. To not be thinking of all the things I need to check off or what I want to to do next. I can’t even watch TV without doing something else. ⠀

    When I say I’m going to relax, it usually still involves me doing something like cleaning or watching tv and getting work done. ⠀

    I’ve always been someone who is constantly on the move. Always jumping from one place to the next. ⠀

    This weekend, I relaxed. It was a different kind of relax though, one that I’m not used to. I dreamed and did the things I love but often don’t do. Let me just tell you, it was amazing!!⠀

    On Saturday, I made dinner and my sister, Izzy looks at me and says, “Do you feel ok?” I said “yes, I feel great, why” she said “you seem a little standoffish today” (is that even a word?!?) I explained that today I truly relaxed. Isn’t it funny though? My usual self is running in a thousand places that when I take a break I’m often seen like not my usual self😂⠀

    So, at some point this week, I want you to truly relax. Go do the things you love, putting aside the to-do list and taking care of yourself.⠀

    Are you up for the challenge?! What are you going to do to relax?!
  • 40 3 16 April, 2019
  • I started back to work when Tiarra was just 6 weeks old. I remember dropping her off at daycare and crying all the way to work. It never got easier. I did the best I could. Would go visit her on my lunch hour and volunteered as much as I could at her school. Thankfully I worked with amazing people how allowed me to do that. But I still missed out...days that she was sick I had to choose between calling off from work or sending her to grandmas. .
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I built this crazy successful business from my cell phone. I used my lunch hour to meet people for coffee, to listen to their goals and struggles and then shared how this business has impacted my life and how it can do the same for them!!! .
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This week the team and I are hosting a virtual event talking about FUN, Fitness and FREEDOM!!! If you’ve ever considered doing what I do, drop and emoji to be added or DM me ❤️
  • I started back to work when Tiarra was just 6 weeks old. I remember dropping her off at daycare and crying all the way to work. It never got easier. I did the best I could. Would go visit her on my lunch hour and volunteered as much as I could at her school. Thankfully I worked with amazing people how allowed me to do that. But I still missed out...days that she was sick I had to choose between calling off from work or sending her to grandmas. .
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    I built this crazy successful business from my cell phone. I used my lunch hour to meet people for coffee, to listen to their goals and struggles and then shared how this business has impacted my life and how it can do the same for them!!! .
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    This week the team and I are hosting a virtual event talking about FUN, Fitness and FREEDOM!!! If you’ve ever considered doing what I do, drop and emoji to be added or DM me ❤️
  • 55 1 16 April, 2019
  • On my way out to meet another adult 😃 I am so exited. I think I haven’t had a proper conversation for a week now. My husband was out working all week and I basically just talked to my 2 year old and a baby. Which is so cute and can be really entertaining but it’s not quite the same.😅 If you know what I mean 😊🖤 #lovemyboys💙
  • On my way out to meet another adult 😃 I am so exited. I think I haven’t had a proper conversation for a week now. My husband was out working all week and I basically just talked to my 2 year old and a baby. Which is so cute and can be really entertaining but it’s not quite the same.😅 If you know what I mean 😊🖤 #lovemyboys 💙
  • 199 11 15 April, 2019
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I went to organize a few things downstairs and they found me, as they always do. Some days {most if I’m being brutally vulnerable} I find myself feeling overwhelmed by it all...
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- The four littles who always have to be near me and have such different needs
- Homeschooling two kiddos who are very different and keeping all four of them alive, fed, nurtured, healthy, etc
- This hurricane of a house 🙈
- Running a business from home 🤷‍♀️
- The piles of seemingly never ending laundry - Being an attentive and loving wife
- Finding time to prioritize filling my own cup
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It’s a lot, y’all. But when I really stop to think, to actually ponder my situation, all I can really be is so very thankful...
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*For four beautiful girls who are thriving and want to spend time with their mama
*For the ability to homeschool and give our girls the world and life view we’ve prayed for
*For this amazing house that shelters our family and has brought so many memories
*For the opportunity to work from home, help others change their health and provide additional income for our family
*For clothing to wear on our bodies
*For a husband who understands and prioritizes us
*For a Faithful Father who meets every need that I have and would not even withhold his own Son, but sacrificed everything to be with me.
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So I’m reminded over and over again that it’s really all about perspective. And so I’m thankful, truly... and I’m choosing to give thanks for the babies doing their “makeup” behind weven though I told them to stay in the kitchen and eat their lunch. 😂❤️🙈
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#stanfordstyle #sweets #sunshine #sassafras #mamatomany #sahm #momboss #lovethemsomuch #girlgang #joyintheordinary #livethelittlethings
#abmlifeiscolorful #verilymoment #littlestoriesofmylife #prioritizepeople #lessworkmorelife #postwithpurpose #lovedoes #theeverygirl
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    I went to organize a few things downstairs and they found me, as they always do. Some days {most if I’m being brutally vulnerable} I find myself feeling overwhelmed by it all...

    - The four littles who always have to be near me and have such different needs
    - Homeschooling two kiddos who are very different and keeping all four of them alive, fed, nurtured, healthy, etc
    - This hurricane of a house 🙈
    - Running a business from home 🤷‍♀️
    - The piles of seemingly never ending laundry - Being an attentive and loving wife
    - Finding time to prioritize filling my own cup

    It’s a lot, y’all. But when I really stop to think, to actually ponder my situation, all I can really be is so very thankful...

    *For four beautiful girls who are thriving and want to spend time with their mama
    *For the ability to homeschool and give our girls the world and life view we’ve prayed for
    *For this amazing house that shelters our family and has brought so many memories
    *For the opportunity to work from home, help others change their health and provide additional income for our family
    *For clothing to wear on our bodies
    *For a husband who understands and prioritizes us
    *For a Faithful Father who meets every need that I have and would not even withhold his own Son, but sacrificed everything to be with me.

    So I’m reminded over and over again that it’s really all about perspective. And so I’m thankful, truly... and I’m choosing to give thanks for the babies doing their “makeup” behind weven though I told them to stay in the kitchen and eat their lunch. 😂❤️🙈



    #stanfordstyle #sweets #sunshine #sassafras #mamatomany #sahm #momboss #lovethemsomuch #girlgang #joyintheordinary #livethelittlethings
    #abmlifeiscolorful #verilymoment #littlestoriesofmylife #prioritizepeople #lessworkmorelife #postwithpurpose #lovedoes #theeverygirl
  • 49 1 15 April, 2019
  • This baby has been surrounded by so much love! I am so thankful for the sweet women of my parents' Sunday school class at Piedmont Church who threw the cutest shower for me on Saturday morning!
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Sitting in the nursery and unpacking everything on Saturday afternoon was way too much fun. I was overwhelmed as I went through all of the notes and gifts.
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The Lord is still teaching me how to choose contentment in Him, even in abundance. These are the times when it is easy to coast and forget to thank Him for His thankfulness, but I want to walk in gratitude and remember that He is so so faithful and kind.

#choosingcontentmentbook #sweetbabyMathisen
  • This baby has been surrounded by so much love! I am so thankful for the sweet women of my parents' Sunday school class at Piedmont Church who threw the cutest shower for me on Saturday morning!
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    Sitting in the nursery and unpacking everything on Saturday afternoon was way too much fun. I was overwhelmed as I went through all of the notes and gifts.
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    The Lord is still teaching me how to choose contentment in Him, even in abundance. These are the times when it is easy to coast and forget to thank Him for His thankfulness, but I want to walk in gratitude and remember that He is so so faithful and kind.

    #choosingcontentmentbook #sweetbabyMathisen
  • 343 18 15 April, 2019
  • Back to reality today! It’s been a fun but long week and a half and now I’m trying to get back into the awesome routine I had going before we left and get our house put back together. We have a lot on our plates the next few weeks but thankful I get to tackle it all with this guy ❤️
  • Back to reality today! It’s been a fun but long week and a half and now I’m trying to get back into the awesome routine I had going before we left and get our house put back together. We have a lot on our plates the next few weeks but thankful I get to tackle it all with this guy ❤️
  • 44 2 15 April, 2019
  • But is it enriching my life?
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This is something I've been asking myself recently: when I catch myself listening to random songs on the radio, when I realize I've been scrolling the Instagram explore page for an hour, when I start googling celebrity facts or buzzfeed quizzes.

Why do I need to know this? How is it adding to my life? Does it draw me closer to God? It's so easy to consume mindlessly.

Random information is cool, but knowledge isn't beneficial without understanding. Proverbs 4:7 says, 'Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.' So ask yourself, next time you give your thought space to whatever form of media it is: is this enriching my life? It's time to be wise, friends, and take charge of the things we consume. ✨🌿
  • But is it enriching my life?
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    This is something I've been asking myself recently: when I catch myself listening to random songs on the radio, when I realize I've been scrolling the Instagram explore page for an hour, when I start googling celebrity facts or buzzfeed quizzes.

    Why do I need to know this? How is it adding to my life? Does it draw me closer to God? It's so easy to consume mindlessly.

    Random information is cool, but knowledge isn't beneficial without understanding. Proverbs 4:7 says, 'Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.' So ask yourself, next time you give your thought space to whatever form of media it is: is this enriching my life? It's time to be wise, friends, and take charge of the things we consume. ✨🌿
  • 108 11 15 April, 2019
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  • ***GIVEAWAY CLOSED
Winner is @sarah_kathryn_a 🎈

It’s GIVEAWAY time🎈⠀
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In honor of Easter being only ONE week away I decided to do a special giveaway!!⠀
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Have you been looking for a new bible? You’ve now seen people bible journaling and you think you might be ready to take the next step?! ⠀
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One lucky reader will receive one ESV journaling bible💛⠀
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Here’s how to enter- ⠀
• Follow me: @centered.compass⠀
• Like this post ⠀
• Comment and tag a friend (each friend is one entry so tag ALL your friends!!)⠀
• Share this on your story for an extra entry (be sure to tag me!)⠀
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Giveaway closes on Saturday, April 20th @11:59 pm Central. ⠀
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Winner will be announced Sunday, April 21st @8am Central ⠀
  • ***GIVEAWAY CLOSED
    Winner is @sarah_kathryn_a 🎈

    It’s GIVEAWAY time🎈⠀

    In honor of Easter being only ONE week away I decided to do a special giveaway!!⠀

    Have you been looking for a new bible? You’ve now seen people bible journaling and you think you might be ready to take the next step?! ⠀

    One lucky reader will receive one ESV journaling bible💛⠀


    Here’s how to enter- ⠀
    • Follow me: @centered.compass
    • Like this post ⠀
    • Comment and tag a friend (each friend is one entry so tag ALL your friends!!)⠀
    • Share this on your story for an extra entry (be sure to tag me!)⠀

    Giveaway closes on Saturday, April 20th @11:59 pm Central. ⠀

    Winner will be announced Sunday, April 21st @8am Central ⠀
  • 37 37 14 April, 2019
  • Happy Sunday! #MelieBiancogiftedme
Needing these 2 essentials today. Lip balm and all the happy oil to get me through this snow storm in April 🙄
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Also loving this crossbody bc it’s the perfect size for just the essentials (phone, wallet, oils, etc) and the color matches everything. @meliebianco has quickly become one of my fave brands and I’m starting quite the collection 😍 + I have some exciting news! You can use code NEW50 to get 50% off your first order at meliebianco.com
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  • Happy Sunday! #MelieBiancogiftedme
    Needing these 2 essentials today. Lip balm and all the happy oil to get me through this snow storm in April 🙄
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    Also loving this crossbody bc it’s the perfect size for just the essentials (phone, wallet, oils, etc) and the color matches everything. @meliebianco has quickly become one of my fave brands and I’m starting quite the collection 😍 + I have some exciting news! You can use code NEW50 to get 50% off your first order at meliebianco.com
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    #meliebianco #meliegirls #OctolyFamily
  • 336 20 14 April, 2019
  • Today marks the beginning of Christ’s journey to the cross ✝️. It’s a day of hope & promises fulfilled.
  • Today marks the beginning of Christ’s journey to the cross ✝️. It’s a day of hope & promises fulfilled.
  • 29 1 14 April, 2019
  • I didn’t get out of my pajamas yesterday and it was glorious. My boy also requested a nap so I happily obliged to rest with him. He slept 4 HOURS! 😴 It’s been a busy few weeks for us so we were thankful for no plans.

While that’s not always an option, we have made the intentional choice to not pack our calendars with appointments and things to do so we CAN have down time every now and then. That quality family time is so valuable to us!

It is so important to slow down and cultivate what matters in our own lives! It is most definitely a choice. Here’s to choosing real, rich, meaningful, cultivated lives.

What’s something you do to keep from running at a hurried pace all the time? I’d love to know!
  • I didn’t get out of my pajamas yesterday and it was glorious. My boy also requested a nap so I happily obliged to rest with him. He slept 4 HOURS! 😴 It’s been a busy few weeks for us so we were thankful for no plans.

    While that’s not always an option, we have made the intentional choice to not pack our calendars with appointments and things to do so we CAN have down time every now and then. That quality family time is so valuable to us!

    It is so important to slow down and cultivate what matters in our own lives! It is most definitely a choice. Here’s to choosing real, rich, meaningful, cultivated lives.

    What’s something you do to keep from running at a hurried pace all the time? I’d love to know!
  • 69 1 14 April, 2019
  • JOIN US for an Earth Day Cacao Ceremony!⁣
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Saturday, April 20, 2019⁣
11:00 AM-1:00 PM⁣
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Third Beach - 3rd Beach Road⁣
Middletown, RI, 02842⁣ ⁣
Come bathe yourself in the seaside magic of the beach for our Earth Day cacao ceremony on the coast. Together we honor Gaia, mother nature, and the spirit of Mama Cacao and enjoy the playfulness of the ocean as we open and share our radiant hearts and give gratitude.  While the magical natural world is always reaching out to us, it is also our responsibility to reach back. ⁣
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Ignite your inner spirit as we share a cup of ceremonial cacao while enjoying and taking in all of the colors, textures and bustling life that creates the cleansing power of the oceanside.  All of the natural world is constantly giving, with no holding back– the river flowing, the hummingbird zooming from flower to flower, the sun shining, and the clouds bring us their rain!  As we honor this reciprocal gifting cycle, we  acknowledge and accept the gifts of every moment.⁣
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“The entire living universe is an act of communication as well as creation. We play our destined parts well– when we strive to make our entire conscious existence an act of connection and celebration... purpose and prayer.” – J.W. Hardin ⁣
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We will gather on the beach next to the moat on the middle of Third Beach.  Across from the main parking area at third beach.  From here we shall venture with our ceremonial brews for mediation and offering.  Parking is FREE⁣
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BUY TIX via FB Or Online ⁣
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#oneworldcacao #togetherwecan #togetherisbetter #earthday #bettertogether #togetherwearebetter ⁣#oneworldcacao #cacao #cacaoceremony #holisticevent #healthandwellness #womenshealth #healthyliving #communityovercompetition #ilovemycommunity #prioritizepeople #newportRI #lovewhereyoulive #theclassiccoast⁣
⁣ #events #wellness #health #meditation #holistichealth #healthylifestyle #healthcoach ⁣
  • JOIN US for an Earth Day Cacao Ceremony!⁣

    Saturday, April 20, 2019⁣
    11:00 AM-1:00 PM⁣

    Third Beach - 3rd Beach Road⁣
    Middletown, RI, 02842⁣ ⁣
    Come bathe yourself in the seaside magic of the beach for our Earth Day cacao ceremony on the coast. Together we honor Gaia, mother nature, and the spirit of Mama Cacao and enjoy the playfulness of the ocean as we open and share our radiant hearts and give gratitude. While the magical natural world is always reaching out to us, it is also our responsibility to reach back. ⁣

    Ignite your inner spirit as we share a cup of ceremonial cacao while enjoying and taking in all of the colors, textures and bustling life that creates the cleansing power of the oceanside. All of the natural world is constantly giving, with no holding back– the river flowing, the hummingbird zooming from flower to flower, the sun shining, and the clouds bring us their rain! As we honor this reciprocal gifting cycle, we acknowledge and accept the gifts of every moment.⁣

    “The entire living universe is an act of communication as well as creation. We play our destined parts well– when we strive to make our entire conscious existence an act of connection and celebration... purpose and prayer.” – J.W. Hardin ⁣

    We will gather on the beach next to the moat on the middle of Third Beach. Across from the main parking area at third beach. From here we shall venture with our ceremonial brews for mediation and offering. Parking is FREE⁣

    BUY TIX via FB Or Online ⁣

    #oneworldcacao #togetherwecan #togetherisbetter #earthday #bettertogether #togetherwearebetter#oneworldcacao #cacao #cacaoceremony #holisticevent #healthandwellness #womenshealth #healthyliving #communityovercompetition #ilovemycommunity #prioritizepeople #newportRI #lovewhereyoulive #theclassiccoast
    #events #wellness #health #meditation #holistichealth #healthylifestyle #healthcoach
  • 51 1 14 April, 2019
  • Let’s talk about your personal JOY TANK!! .
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This past week I’ve taken time to center myself and get refocused. For me, that means getting outside of the house (where I work) and making time for me....
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- lunch with my bestie Liza Lancaster-Griffin (instant girlpower effect) ⚡️⚡️⚡️
- finally had my first annual skin cancer screening...ended up having something removed and sent in for testing 💁🏼‍♀️ - my weekly spray tan at Spray Studio ☀️ - co-hosted a fundraiser with Maryan Aiken & Idunnu Ademola-Tomori. Supported a great cause (CHOA) and again, surrounded by INCREDIBLE, inspiring women!!!!! - spent Friday with my favorite peeps at Kate Barone’s Salon .
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• scheduled my hydrafacial for Monday, girls lunch planned and nail appointment on the books for next week •
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Ladies, if you don’t make time for yourself, your JOY TANK becomes EMPTY!!! I realized my tank was quickly running on fumes. Bitterness and sadness were seeping into my heart....so I squashed it. Do more of what brings YOU joy!!! Stop being to busy for yourself!!! You need YOU 💕
  • Let’s talk about your personal JOY TANK!! .
    .

    This past week I’ve taken time to center myself and get refocused. For me, that means getting outside of the house (where I work) and making time for me....
    .
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    - lunch with my bestie Liza Lancaster-Griffin (instant girlpower effect) ⚡️⚡️⚡️
    - finally had my first annual skin cancer screening...ended up having something removed and sent in for testing 💁🏼‍♀️ - my weekly spray tan at Spray Studio ☀️ - co-hosted a fundraiser with Maryan Aiken & Idunnu Ademola-Tomori. Supported a great cause (CHOA) and again, surrounded by INCREDIBLE, inspiring women!!!!! - spent Friday with my favorite peeps at Kate Barone’s Salon .
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    • scheduled my hydrafacial for Monday, girls lunch planned and nail appointment on the books for next week •
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    Ladies, if you don’t make time for yourself, your JOY TANK becomes EMPTY!!! I realized my tank was quickly running on fumes. Bitterness and sadness were seeping into my heart....so I squashed it. Do more of what brings YOU joy!!! Stop being to busy for yourself!!! You need YOU 💕
  • 37 1 14 April, 2019
  • 🥰 Coconut 🥥 Macaroon Shake .
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Ingredients
* 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk beverage
* 1 cup ice
* 1 scoop of vanilla superfood mix
* ½ tsp. pure coconut extract (optional)
* 2 Tbsp. unsweetened shredded coconut
* 1 tsp. shaved dark chocolate (optional)
Instructions
1. Place coconut milk, ice, superfood mix, extract (if desired), and coconut in blender; cover. Blend until smooth. .
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2. Garnish with chocolate if desired ***DM FOR DETAILS ON VANILLA SUPERFOOD MIX!
  • 🥰 Coconut 🥥 Macaroon Shake .
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    Ingredients
    * 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk beverage
    * 1 cup ice
    * 1 scoop of vanilla superfood mix
    * ½ tsp. pure coconut extract (optional)
    * 2 Tbsp. unsweetened shredded coconut
    * 1 tsp. shaved dark chocolate (optional)
    Instructions
    1. Place coconut milk, ice, superfood mix, extract (if desired), and coconut in blender; cover. Blend until smooth. .
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    2. Garnish with chocolate if desired ***DM FOR DETAILS ON VANILLA SUPERFOOD MIX!
  • 34 1 13 April, 2019