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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.

Loving Lately: Jan. 23

Grab your favorite hot drink, wrap the biggest and best blanket you own around your legs, and take a little break in your busy day to check out all the things I'm loving from all around the internet this week! 

5 Down to Earth Instagram Accounts to Follow.  // because don't we all need a little more down-to-earthiness in our Insta feeds?

These chocolate chip chickpea blondies // made these this week and was so pleasantly surprised by how delicious they are considering they are made with two cans of chickpeas. I don't think a healthier blondie could exist honestly. But YUM.

My current on-repeat playlist. // this is the kind of worship music that makes me turn the volume up and dance around my room wildly and freely and wonderfully.

The Letter Link-Up from Mr. Thomas & Me. // you know I love writing letters, and you know I love any idea Amber has, so you know her new link-up is my new favorite thing.

RVA people: go here. Order a dirty chai (pictured above). You're welcome.

At 90, She's Designing Tech For Aging Boomers // don't you want to be that awesome when you're 90?

It's OK to be 22. // a short and simple and so true post on life when you're 22. stay humble, stay hopeful. (buy a lokai bracelet also)

Parenthood. // There are just two episodes left of this show EVER and I just don't think my heart can handle it. All the feelings.

This video. This brand. This mission. // all the yes. this gave me chills. 

Loving Lately: Sept. 12


You don't need to grow your audience. You need this instead.

White chocolate pumpkin fudge. It's gluten-free and vegan. Need I say more?

A calendar full of coffee dates with new friends=the best kind of busy.


This collection. Those tags in shades of black/white/grey...I'm swooning.

When an author you love already comes out with something new, you fall in love before your hands even hold the pages.

Learning how different boys are from girls. Nannying two little guys has been a wild (read: very physical and loud) adventure already!

This book. Why have I waited so long to read Anne Lamott?

The beauty of this ring (on my finger 24/7 now), this company and their values. So good.


List Love: round two

Remember the first time I did this list? I loved it so much, it's sticking around. Sometimes, on Fridays, you just need to dive in to a big list of verbs and make sense of the crazy of life in little bites. Here it is!


Making | lots of to-do lists. I have four pages of them at the moments. Yikes.

Cooking | tacos that are pretty much identical to my regular order at Don't Look Back (TVP, traditional style on corn tortillas) good, people. So good.

Drinking | Breakfast Blend from a k-cup, because if it's in the work kitchen, I'm going to drink it. Multiple cups of it. All day long.

Reading | Emma by Jane Austen. A classic.

Playing | more Pictionary in the last two weeks than ever in my life. I've learned I'm much better at guessing than drawing!

Deciding | to choose joy in every circumstance. (Easier said than done.)

Wishing | I had funds to fuel a worldwide adventure. The wanderlust bug has gotten me good this summer!

Enjoying | the little things, the last minute plans, the late nights, the busy calendar

Waiting | on the world to change (shout out to John Mayer) and praying with everything in me for peace to flood the globe and love to heal every hurt and wound. 

Liking | dark navy nailpolish. After School Boy Blazer by Essie is my current favorite.

Wondering | how it's possible that there have new been two 1787 weeks at JMU since I left. I miss that buzz of insane school spirit those first few weeks a new class of Dukes is on campus...enjoy the next four (or three if you're like me) years of your lives, class of 2018! (I'm old...)

Loving | this new soy (vegan and gluten-free!) "chorizo" from Trader Joe's...oh my yum. It has changed my life this week and I'll never be the same.

Pondering | what life would be like if I just packed up and moved to another country...I'm praying and dreaming big about what adventures the Lord might have in store for me!

Watching | this.

Hoping | for a cooler weather weekend so I can go on Richmond adventures. I'm feeling like just wandering this city on foot and taking pictures of anything and everything I find.

Marveling | at the massive, relentless, undeserved and shocking gift of sweet amazing grace. I spent one evening this week just listening to this version and journaling the lyrics and letting it all flood over me. I would strongly encourage you to read the words and really let them sink in to your soul.

Needing | to start packing for my trip to LA! (I am the worst packer. Maybe ever.)

Smelling | a fresh cup of first of many today, I'm sure.

Wearing | the best and softest purple skinny jeans I got in London when I studied abroad-- they're my favorite.

Following | lots of new incredibly passionate and creative women thanks to The Yellow Conference-- cannot wait to meet you all next week and spend a few days together!

Noticing | that the more I write, the happier I am. The opposite is also true. Dedicating time to pour my thoughts out on paper is so necessary, but it's always the first thing I sacrifice when my days fill up.

Thinking | of new blog post you have any? Want to try your hand at writing? The Rising would love to hear from you!

Admiring | writers like Sarah Bessey and Ann Voskamp who put words to the hard, messy, heart-wrenching things of life.

Sorting | through my closet and finally getting rid of things I never wear. I'm on a mission to be more intentional and conscientious about the clothes I buy and brands I support, and that starts with making room in my current wardrobe!

Buying | a subscription to Darling Magazine has me checking my little mailbox every day

Getting | SO excited for California. Finally a vacation!

Bookmarking | this

Disliking | how fast time is flying by this summer (pumpkin spice lattes are already back at Starbucks, friends. that means fall is almost here.)

Opening | a little brown paper bag from my Monthly Miriam subscription a few nights ago and finding another beautiful piece made my night. Love Miriam Designs and love each piece those sweet women create!

Feeling | full of anticipation for what God has in store for me next. New adventures, new places, new opportunities, new mercy. Thankful.

Happy Friday, sweet friends! Fall in love with the world around you this weekend. It's a beautiful one even in the midst of tragedy, disease, injustice and brokenness. Act justly. Love mercy. Walk humbly.  Make a difference. Be a ray of light in the darkness.

Friday Freewrite: List Love


This Friday, I'm borrowing a list from a blogger I discovered this week and sharing all sorts of fun little tidbits about life in my world lately! Enjoy!

Making | the most of every moment.
Cooking | recipes from my new gluten, wheat & dairy free cookbook this weekend.
Drinking | Trader Joe's Cold Brew with vanilla soy milk (a new summer discovery I'm now hooked on)
Reading | Walden by Henry David Thoreau-- I'm on  a mission to read more classic literature!
Wanting | cheesecake. I don't know why, but this vegan has been seriously craving a huge, rich piece of cheesecake. Anyone have a recipe that doesn't involve cheese...?
Looking | through new glasses this week and loving them.
Playing | a lot more Scattergories now that I've been introduced to how fun it is!
Deciding | big, big things.
Wishing | this beautiful, cool autumn-like weather could just stick around forever!
Enjoying | fresh Trader Joe's alstroemerias in a mason jar on my dining room table (I'm the biggest believer in always buying yourself fresh flowers)
Waiting | on the guidance of the Spirit
Liking | the way my hair decided to be perfectly curly today, even with the rain, which is a miracle.
Wondering | what stories I'll hear and be changed by this upcoming week.
Loving | the "Afternoon Acoustic" playlist on Spotify
Pondering | "Those who trust in the LORD will be joyful" and how to actively live that out hour by hour
Considering | how He provides for even the birds of the air and the lilies of the field and will therefore provide for me as I seek His kingdom and righteousness. (Matthew 6:25-34)
Watching | a lot less TV thanks to my decision to cancel Netflix, and I'm so glad I did.
Hoping | for a rainy, lazy weekend full of reading and writing and cozying up with big mugs of chai tea.
Marveling | at the BEAUTY that is Bella Grace. Run, don't walk, to your nearest Barnes & Noble and pick this baby up right now. It is a total gem and I'm in love.
Needing | the weekend. Can I get an amen?!
Smelling | like this body lotion that makes me feel like walking summertime
Wearing | a long chunky pearl necklace I found at my favorite Harrisonburg thrift store a few years ago.
Following | today's letters // hannah brencher // elle & co.
Noticing | the little blessings throughout my days.
Knowing | God is in control, perfect, sovereign, gracious and good.
Thinking | about the things that need to come together for some very exciting upcoming events in the life of Rethink! READ MORE HERE! YAY!
Admiring | this. all of this. can I have the budget to have these clothes?!
Sorting | through all of the books I brought home from work (do I really need to keep every design-related textbook from JMU? I'm such a packrat...)
Buying | too many books from Barnes & Noble..this is what happens when I have free time to kill. 
Getting | SO excited for my LA/Ventura trip for Yellow Conference and to see an old friend and some family at the end of August!
Bookmarking | Our Yellow Door (where I got this great list after some blog stalking!)
Disliking | that I need to spend time working on a better budget this weekend. Numbers are not my favorite.
Opening | two beautifully handmade cards from two sweet friends over and over because their words were perfect and much needed.
Giggling | every night on the phone with a pretty cool guy.
Feeling | ready to step forward in total trusting faith.

Thanks to Rachel of Our Yellow Door for this list-- I loved it and I'm sure you'll be seeing more of it around here in the coming weeks! Check out her blog-- it's a good one! Happy Friday, friends!