I was fortunate enough recently to travel to Charleston, South Carolina with my director for a Conference. Charleston has been on my list since Julia Engel moved there a couple years ago. If you don’t follow her blog galmeetsglam.com - please go do that now. She has some incredible resources on what to do in Charleston and it was her list that ultimately inspired our itinerary.Read More
Whether you are celebrating the month of love with your girlfriends, a boyfriend, a spouse or a pup - I hope you enjoy a peak inside one of our favorite date days in LA as well as a few tips on how to save some money!Read More
We have been waiting for you! I cannot wait for what this new year will bring and in keeping tradition with last year I thought I would share my New 2019 Resolutions as well as A TON of fun photos from our 4th Annual New Year’s Eve Bash!Read More
This year has brought so much change to our lives. Between a new home and new jobs - God has seriously brought our rhythms into a very different season. And we are LOVING it. More often than not, I am thankful for the consistent things in our lives; Jesus, our church, and our families. But this year I am more and more grateful for the inconsistent things; the new friends, varied day to day routines and all the different opportunities that have come our way.Read More
Where has this summer gone already? I cannot believe we are about to enter September when August feels as if it has barely settled. In an attempt to share more about my day to day life in LA, I thought I would share some iPhone snaps and catch you up on the last month via my iPhone.Read More
I hope you enjoy part 2 of our week on Bald Head Island with our friends and roommates Sarah and Casey. If you missed Part 1 be sure to check it out! I am excited to share with you all how we spent our 4th of July and rest of the week on the Island.Read More
I am so excited to share with you all our trip to Bald Head Island, North Carolina! Our best friends and roommates Sarah and Casey have been inviting us to their parents summer house for a few years and we were finally able to join them! I will be sharing our week in 2 parts on the blog as well as putting together a quick city guide for the island.Read More
I turned 29 years old last Saturday and unfortunately I was sick. I don't remember ever being sick on my birthday before and naturally I really struggled with it. I thought maybe I could encourage anyone else who has or might endure this and talk about why Birthdays are such a big deal to me. AKA...why being sick for it especially sucked.Read More
I am currently experiencing a very sweet season of friendship. The best way I have come to describe my friends is like a great big bowl of comfort soup. They fill my life with warmth and flavor and leave me feeling well...better.Read More
Every year since my husband and I started leading a small group Missional Community, we have retreated to Lake Arrowhead for the weekend. Our entire MC packs for a weekend and we caravan up through the San Bernadino mountains to what has become one of my favorite places on earth.Read More
It's here! A mini guide to my favorite restaurant in Portland and a look at our mini winery tour. A couple weekends ago Jeff and I flew up to Portland to attend a good friend's wedding. As a bonus, Jeff's wine collector Dad took us around town to visit some local wineries. It was such a fun adventure day and I wanted to share with you all where we went.Read More
I am so excited to share with you all some photos from our recent trip to Portland! We figured if we wanted to take a snap we could use our trusty iPhones and perhaps just worry a bit less about taking photos and a little more about visiting with our family and friends.Read More
So I actually took about 6 weeks or so "off" from blogging. It was one part the accident of being super busy and not having the time and one part deciding to focus on the busy things and not the blog.
We hosted numerous friends and family as well as people visiting our church for a conference. We traveled to Florida, reconnected with friends and worked some late nights at our jobs. I tried to not feel guilty about being absent on here and I did succeed. However, I made some pretty big realizations that I thought I would share with you all.
What I Learned from a Month Off from Blogging:
1. I really REALLY love blogging. I miss it when I am not doing it. It really is one of (if not the only) truly creative outlet I have.
2. It is really REALLY important to have a creative outlet. Creating something, telling a story, posting a photo is so life giving. It says I matter. Life matters.
3. The moments of life really do matter. I always heard it said when I was very young that life goes by so quickly. I am convinced that until you are in your 20s this doesn't seem like a real thing. It most definitely is. Jeff and I are assessing a lot lately where and how we are spending our precious time. Are we living enough? Are we exploring our city, eating delicious food, helping friends? Are we choosing to not give into stress and trust God? Blogging helps me capture life but it also encourages me to live it out.
So all this to say - I have a lot of life coming up and therefore a lot of moments, travels and topics to write about.
Thanks for sticking with me. I love you to the roses and back.
~ A ~
I cannot believe how quickly the year is flying by! Between my work hours increasing and our social calendar filling up with showers and retreats, it has been hard to sneak in moments for myself. But I am finding new ways to fit in self-care and small creative indulgences here and there.Read More
Over the years I have discovered that you can grow closer to someone even if you are moving farther a part. Enter Laurel. Laurel is one of my absolute best friends. Our friendship has grown so much from our time as gal pals in Youth Group. We have gone from catching up when I was home in college to maintaining a steady stream of everyday correspondence as adults over 10 years later.Read More
Jeff and I are fortunate to be a part of a small cohort of church leaders currently being trained in church planting. There are 13 couples in the group and we take part in a two year program full of summits, conferences and various curriculums. The men in the group are currently participating in more of an immersive track which involves heavy study, seminary credits and papers. From the onset of the program I was desperate for more instruction and inclusion.Read More