I love this time of year. If you missed my post about my favorite part about October, you can check it out here.
Halloween is not just full of candy, awesome decor and amazing costumes, it is also a time of parties. Whether you are wanting to host a costume party, a haunting get together or just have a few friends over to celebrate, I have designed some fun invites for you to download and use.
That’s right, completely free. No catch, no strings attached. Except maybe one. Just let me know if you use them. I would love to know if you used one, two or even all three. How fun for you and me!
Here you go!
Just click on the image and it will take you were to download.
September has come and gone and I can’t believe it, but I forgot to make a desktop calendar for September. We have been so busy with this crazy move and sometimes I feel like I have lost my head.
With the leaves changing and Pumpkin Spice Lattes being served, not to mention Pumpkin cheescake at the Olive Garden, I only saw it fitting to make October’s desktop calendar with these Fall Beauties. All you need to do is click on the picture and you can download it at it’s original size.
Here is the October Desktop Calendar in all it’s festive glory!
I love that quote by J.R. R. Tolkien, “not all those who wander are lost”.
We are able to explore, search, find, discover and be free. It makes me feel like there is still a purpose to the meandering that we spend most of our lives doing.
But what happens when you are lost… When you feel like you are just wandering around. No purpose, no direction, and absolutely no clue what you are doing. It’s not like you mind wandering about. I’m talking about you set your foot on the path and then it just disappears all together. Your compass is broken and you have the map to the wrong location. I would say that this wanderer is definitely lost.
And it’s not like I don’t mind asking for directions. I am the first one to ask, “excuse me, can you tell me the directions to the nearest J.Crew please?” But right now, not even the cutest nautical inspired wear can help me find my way.
I have my bible, my notebook, my Jesus Calling and a whole other stack of books, apps, websites and what not… yet these past few months I have felt like I am walking in circles. Walking past the same old lessons, challenges and so on. I just can’t seem to break the pattern. What gives? And the minute I feel like I may be gaining ground… I have in fact doubled back. Oh Dang.
The one thing about this journey, this long, circle journey, is deep down I know I am not really lost. Maybe that is what my problem is. I really want to be lost. Blame it on someone else. Blame it on God. It’s not really my fault that all this is happening, hey, I am the victim. You gave me a broken compass. I knew where I was going and you put that log in the way, you washed out my path God. You, you, you…
And then He says. Yes. It was me. I want you to be lost. No hope but me. Nothing can get you back to where you were going except me. Not even wearing that new anchor sweater (which by the way, good idea, and I’m so happy you waited till it was on sale).
It am so good at putting on a good face, smiling, saying the typical things. “I know God will get me through this”, “He is just testing me”, “It will make me stronger”. Even I get tired of hearing myself say it. Because deep down, I am truly frustrated. Angry even.
But… yes, there is a but, I do get these glimmers of hope. Mile markers in my journey. I am on the right path and I know that I will get to the end. One of these mile markers came a couple of days ago. I was at a coffee shop in Cleveland Park and brought my Bible and Jesus Calling with me. One of the questions I had been asking God lately is if I was even on the right path. It was amazing how he answered. I have to admit, it wasn’t the answer I was look for, but that isn’t usually how he works.
It was in my Jesus Calling devotional. Proverbs 3:5-6. All I could do was say ok. I got it. I hear you loud and clear… but could you at least throw me an energy bar or something? I am getting hungry!
I thought I would share the verse with you in a fun graphic. If it helps, download it, set it as your backdrop or just write it down. Because it is the truth. Maybe not the answer you are looking for but it is truth.
If you are lost too, angry, tired, and fed up with all mosquitos, it’s ok. I am all these as well. I will pray for an energy bar for you too; one that doesn’t taste like cardboard either.
(To download, click on the picture below and follow the directions)
This picture was taken in Italy on our trip in May. These Lemon’s are from our friend’s garden. Doesn’t that just seem so magical? If you need a lemon, just grab one from your lemon tree in your backyard. Clearly I grew up where the only things growing on trees were pinecones and sap. Nothing magical there. Anyways, enjoy!
I just love the days when I feel good, my hair has never looked better and when I go out, people compliment my clothes. I feel like I can conquer the world because all is right in the mirro! But then there are those days where, o my goodness, nothing looks good on me, my hair in the DC humidity looks like a drowned poodle and I just wish I had not even attempted getting out of bed. But what I hate the most is how those days seem to control my attitude and actions.
Lately I have been finding myself solely judging the days on how I look to myself, my friends, my husband, the Fed-Ex man, the Starbucks Barista, etc… It’s become a strange sickness and I suddenly find myself spiraling downward because of how I just can’t control humidity and frizz. In fact last night, I didn’t want to go get dinner with Andy because I had just showered and didn’t want to put make up on. O brother, who cares right? Like the guy at Noodles is going to determine my worth based on if I have mascara or not.
This is has always been a struggle for me. I wish it wasn’t, but it has. I had a very awkward stage my friends. Very awkward, and if I still wasn’t self conscience about it, I would post the awesome pictures of 12 year old me. It has taken a lot for me to realize that God made me the way I am, curly hair, curvy and super short. We are bombarded with images daily of how we are supposed to look, feel and act based solely on an image. That image is usually a very tall, skinny, straight haired one and I am none of those but I know that I was made for a purpose. That my worth doesn’t come from the size of my jeans, my eyelashes or the mirror in general but in the God that created me and I am in His image. That is enough for me. Does this come easy? O my word no! Not at all. I have to remind myself that everyday, but slowly I am beginning to see His plan for me. We, as women, need to understand that we just more than our image. While I still love to shop and get my hair done, I need to be focusing on how I act based on who really is important.
One thing that really helps to nail this into my head is a verse that a friend shared with me in college. Psalm 45:11. Write it on your mirror, your notebooks, your hand… anywhere will you see it because it is so true.
You can also download this graphic and have it on your computer, cell phone or whatever you want. Just click on the picture!
Free Downloadable July Calendar
Inspired by our recent trip to the Farmer’s Market and the fresh lavender we picked up, here is July’s Calendar. Click on the picture to download!