Hiking Crabtree Falls

This Labor Day, my roommate and I decided to take advantage of the weekend's BEAUTIFUL weather and get outside! Here are some snapshots from our Crabtree Falls hike!

Life Lately: June 19

Making // plans for a two-week cross-country road trip with Dad for August, and I am SO EXCITED. One of my goals for this year was to visit two new states, and this trip will cross five off of my list!

Cooking // tacos. All the tacos. All the time. 

Drinking // French press coffee (the best coffee)

Reading // Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin and All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr (my #collaboreads pick!)

Playing // the app WordBrain -- it's addicting and so fun (and frustrating!)

Enjoying // all the goodies from my third Causebox from Sevenly-- so many fun things this time!

Liking // bullet journaling! Thanks to posts from Amber and Kristin, I've offially ditched my planner and my million random to-do lists and streamlined everything into one bullet journal that I LOVE.

Wondering // which of the apartments I'm checking out with a friend today will be the favorite...

Loving // this "Acoustic Concentration" playlist on Spotify! It's a nice mix-up from my usual "Stress Relief" playlist, but just as good for background noise when I need to get work done.

Pondering // all the incredible conversations I've had in the last week with friends and family, and trying to get everything written down before I forget. So much verbal processing happened and that's not my norm, but it opened my eyes and heart to SO MANY NEW THINGS and I'm so grateful.

Watching // Friday Night Lights on Netflix all over again from the beginning. Because Texas Forever. Clear eyes, full heart, can't lose.

Hoping // this Sunday's Color Me Mad 5K is as fun as they seem to be! Let's hope my knee holds out okay and I make it through the finish line without having to crawl!

Marveling // at the simple beauty of hydrangeas (thanks, TJ!)

Needing // to get back into my morning yoga muscles hurt and it's not going to be pretty.

Smelling // a sweet honeysuckle candle burning... smells like summer and I love it.

Wearing // lots and lots and lots of neutrals. and lots of Madewell.

Noticing // keeping healthy snacks on my desk means I'll be more mindful in my snacking. Almonds and apples are my current go-to choices!

Thinking // a lot about what family looks like and how we do family well... this post from Ann Voskamp is one I know I'll keep reading over and over.

Admiring // the newest Darling Magazine... beautiful.

Sorting // through my closet, getting rid of things that aren't my style any more or that don't fit or that I don't love...because I'm learning that I'm an over-buyer and I want to try to simplify even though it isn't my nature.

Buying // a curling wand! When we were in Texas, we took new head shots, and a new friend kindly took pity on my mess of hair and curled it...I was sold instantly. So quick! So beautiful!

Getting // TONS AND TONS of bug bites already this I finally bought essential oils that are good for repelling those little guys so I can hopefully not get eaten alive anymore!

Bookmarking // each of my devotionals every day reminds me how quickly and simultaneously slowly the year goes by. (I read Jesus Calling, My Utmost for His Highest, and Savor every morning.)

Disliking // humidity. Go away.

Opening // a new journal is like opening a door to a whole new world. That first crack of the spine, the sweet smell of new paper, the blank space just waiting to be's an experience and I love it.

Feeling // heartbroken by the Charleston shooting and devastated by the loss of nine beautiful lives. It's easier to try to tune out the news and avoid reading the articles about the tragic current events in the world around me, but this time, I didn't let myself do that. I read the articles. I watched the news. I read the tweets and the posts and the commentaries. I wept. Really and truly, I cried like I haven't cried in a long time, praying out loud to a God I know is weeping too at such a loss. May I love like Jesus-- regardless of any color, any sin, any lifestyle, any culture, or any difference at al. May I be aware of and broken by injustice, by violence, by cruelty, by racism, by prejudice, by slavery, by all that is wrong in our world. May I never stay silent when the Lord is calling me to speak, may I never turn away and pretend I don't see, may I never feign ignorance. May Your kingdom come. May Your peace comfort. May Your love heal. May Your people be Your hands and feet. May Your light shine in darkness.