Goals

Hope everyone had a lovely Christmas and has big plans for tonight! I took a small hiatus from blogging over the holidays to focus on family and other important things! I had a wonderful Christmas with my sister in town, lots of time with those I love, and I was TOTALLY spoiled with gifts.
Now I want to focus on this new year and set some goals/challenges for myself…

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1. Join a yoga class once a week and run 3 times a week.
2. Start taking piano lessons and look for opportunities to sing more!
3. Spend more consistent time with my Savior and also memorize scripture.
4. Work on simplifying my wardrobe and my house…getting rid of the clutter and finding a more refined/focused style.
5. Cook once a week for my husband and me (he does the cooking! Lucky me!)
Each one of these goals will simultaneously stretch me and help me focus on what’s positive and healthy. I long to move forward in my skills, thinking, beliefs, and passions each year! Hope 2014 brings all of those things!

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What are your new year’s goals? I’d love to know!

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Pre-Christmas outfit details: sweater, Deb (yikes!) $15; v-neck t, Ross $5; scarf, gift; denim, R&R Kohls $17; purple combat boots, thrifted (from my sis-in-law!)

Royal

Doesn’t this royal blue coat remind you of the royal Kate Middleton? Her style is so classic so when I saw this second hand coat, I had to snag it!

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I accompanied my friend to a wedding in Kansas City last weekend where we got all gussied up, ate amazing food, and danced the night away. I was pumped to wear this gorgeous dress from The Limited!

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Have a wonderful and blessed Monday!

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Outfit Details: coat, Banana Republic (second hand) $29; dress, The Limited (on sale) $40; heels, thrifted $7; clutch, Name Brand Clothing $.99; necklace, Francescas $4

Windy Wanderlust

Remember Maria from this post? Here we are again getting lost in our neighborhood on a very windy day and enjoying the amazing colors of fall!

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Maria and I live only a few blocks apart and I have the lovely pleasure of going to Bible study with her every week. This inevitably leads to deep convo, lots of getting honest, and talks of our hopes, dreams, and prayers.

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I am constantly inspired by her adorable style, love for people, joyful spirit, and her kind heart.

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She is such a stunning woman of God and I adore her friendship!

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Hope you all have a wonderful weekend! <3

Zero Waste

This week my sweet cousin, Jenny (previously pictured here from her wedding!), had me on her ‘zero waste’ blog, Not So Trashy.

Knowing I have a passion for second hand clothing, Jenny had me answer basic questions about the idea of buying second hand. I spilled all my knowledge on how to get the best bang for your thrifting buck!

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Jenny is a working wife and mother (of the CUTEST girl who I have the pleasure of babysitting once a week) and is passionate about living a ‘zero waste’ life. She is creative in her efforts to reduce her imprint on our earth and blogs about grocery shopping, composting, cloth diapers, and much more.

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Jenny sees buying second hand as a way to think outside the box about consumerism. Her blog has definitely inspired me to consider the ways (no matter how small or big) I can live my life more environmentally conscious!

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So if you want to get some awesome thrifting tips as well as be inspired about living a not-so-trashy life, check out her blog, here!

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Dress, Goodwill $4.99, Sweater, Goodwill $2.99, Scarf, DAV $.59, Ankle boots, Goodwill $3.99

Messy

You know those times in life that just feel…messy? Right now is that kind of time for me. I’m just at a loss for direction in my current season of life. When you are in school, there is such a driving purpose and energy. Real life is just a bit different I’m learning.

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My natural bent is to be anxious, to force purpose, and look to earthly sources for meaning. Thankfully in my current study of Matthew I’m learning:

“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?  And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?”

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So my focus and my prayer right now is just to BE with God. To know Him more. To listen. My worth and hope is found in the fact that I’m forever His.

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Outfit Details: everything thrifted except t-shirt & sunnies (from Target)