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  • My fall/winter reads! I've been loving New Morning Mercies by Paul David Tripp as a daily devotional. I'm digging into "Reading People - How Seeing the World through the lens of personality changes everything" by @annebogel. And next up is "Ordering Your Private World" by Gordon MacDonald, recommended by a friend! What are you all reading these days?! ⠀
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#womenoftheword #creativefaith #shereadstruth #soworthloving #pursuepretty #bedeeplyrooted #shareyourheart #weareunveiled #thatsdarling #boldbraveyou #belovedlife #livethelittlethings #petitejoys #christiancreative #calledtobecreative #creativityfound #mydesktoday #creativecallings #createlounge #presentoverperfect #solovelysofree #pursuewhatislovely #makeitblissful #readingpeople #newmorningmercies ⠀
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  • Are you making travel plans for 2018? I have a couple of ideas floating around in my head, but nothing confirmed...yet. ⠀
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One thing I love doing when I start planning for a trip is finding a new travel journal. Travel journaling has been a popular topic on my blog, and I wanted to share all my tips in one place. New post is up and check out how I've been travel journaling! (Link in profile @gina_alyse)⠀
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Now tell me, what is ONE place you'd like to visit in 2018?⠀
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#instatravel #exploretocreate #wanderleurspark  #chasinglight #abmtravelbug #abmhappylife #thatsdarling #flashesofdelight #darlingmovement #thehappynow #livefullyalive #wildandfree #traveldeeper #passionpassport #girlsvsglobe #dametraveler #betraveler #exploremore #traveljournal #adventurethatislife #girlslovetravel #exploretheworld #pursuewhatislovely #makeitblissful #creativityeveryday #makemoments #createcultivate #thecreativeoasis #createlounge #creativecallings ⠀
  • Are you wondering whether you are making an impact?⠀
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When I think about all of the people I follow online – YouTubers, bloggers, writers, etc. … They are women who have definitely influenced my life in one way or in big ways. I can see *specific* ways that my life would be different if I had not stumbled upon the art and community they create online. ⠀
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This is encouraging in two ways: ⠀
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1) There are awesome people out there living their calling and influencing the world. They are making a difference and I can see the change⠀
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2) I know that means wherever you are in creating content online or off, you will make a difference. At least in one person’s life. That’s enough. That’s enough for me to not be afraid to fail. ⠀
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There are specific, really detailed, ways that God knows how you will change others’ lives.⠀
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I wouldn’t have switched to a healthier lifestyle. I wouldn’t have had some writing inspiration. I wouldn’t have felt as inspired in my creative life. I wouldn’t have made trips to D.C. I wouldn’t have connected so well with friends. I wouldn’t have taken risks. ⠀
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I’m going to name a few of these women I’m talking about - because it's fun to give shoutouts. And God is a God of specifics, so we should be too. ⠀
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@nikkiphillippi ⠀
@emilypfreeman ⠀
@smaywilson ⠀
@kaylahollatz ⠀
@allyfallon ⠀
@simplicityrelished ⠀
@rainbowflash94 ⠀
@hellokaterobertson ⠀
@theblissfulmind ⠀
@cambriajoy⠀
@itserinmorris ⠀
@madisonwetherill ⠀
@lovebaileyjean ⠀
  • "We think we don’t have a good life because we have too little of something, but really we have too much of our ourselves." — @gccnova ⠀
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Reflecting on this today as we talk about generosity at church. Giving what we have to others is our life source. ⠀
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A lot of times we think that we need to give ourselves something so that we can have energy, more life, more and more. ⠀
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But really we gain energy when we release it to the world. ⠀
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We have all to gain from our Father who blesses us – who gives us the gifts we need and the gifts we enjoy. God is a god of love – and when we give gifts to others, we are full of love, as well.
  • Happy Thanksgiving! What are you grateful for this year? I can't wait to *feast* my eyes on everything for Thanksgiving dinner tonight! ⠀
I'm glad this holiday lets us really think about giving thanks and cultivating gratitude in our lives. Here's a couple things I'm grateful for today: ⠀
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- Experiences that bring family together ⠀
- A time to decompress from regular day stress ⠀
- Friends who send you the exact things that make you happy ⠀
- A chance to serve others ⠀
- A mindset thinking about ways to love the people in your life -⠀ Everything pumpkin (always.) ⠀
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Wishing you all a happy, healthy Thanksgiving!⠀
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  • Distraction isn’t just the enemy of work. It’s the enemy of rest.⠀
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This week, I've tried to minimize distractions, or at least not scroll through my phone without a purpose. I deleted several apps that I didn't need to have on the go. "I use Facebook on my laptop, right?" It's been wonderful so far! For me, minimizing distractions helps me at work, but also helps me pursue the best kind of rest. Rest isn't lying on my bed scrolling through my phone. (Even though I like to think of it that way.)⠀
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For me, it looks like getting up early (I still haven't gotten this far yet), reading a devotional, doing some yoga or stretching, making a good breakfast, journaling or reading a book. It sometimes means watching Netflix or being online. ⠀
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Rest in its truest forms is where you can uncover the parts of your brain that are the core of who you are. Rest allows you to not be productive. But training our brains to not be productive is work. It takes intentionality and courage to go to the places in ourselves that need care. ⠀
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We like to clean our rooms by tossing everything in the closet. ⠀
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You see, we can't rest if we keep storing things up in our minds that we forget to clean. We can't rest if we are not on a firm foundation. If the floor is going to break through. ⠀
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Cleaning, removing baggage and distractions, is work. We have twisted our lives up into information and to-do list overload that it's hard to get back to the main idea that we can rest knowing that our meaning doesn't come from what we do or don't do. It takes work to untangle our mindset.⠀
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Today, let's minimize these distractions, allow ourselves to be free, and reconnect to who we need to be. We need to be rested.