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Saturday, July 15, 2017

Real Life: Letting Go of Perfection




Enough is Enough

I have hit that point in my life where I need to make a change before it's too late. 

My name is Erin, and I am a recovering perfectionist! 

For too long I have run around waving that flag, (of perfection, not surrender) trying to do it all and wanting everything to be perfect, and I have had enough. 

I can honestly say, I am at that point where I have finally realized, perfect is a goal I will never achieve, and to be honest, I think I have known this for quite some time. I have just been struggling to let it go. You see, God gave us this thing called, free will, which means we have the choice, everyday, to choose the things that we are going to do that will consume our time. We can create to-do lists that are miles long, try to cram more hours in a day, and continuously strive and work for things that are not our purpose. And God will allow us to operate this way for awhile, until we finally realize, no matter what the plans we have in our heart, His purpose will prevail. The faster we realize this, the better off we are. I wish I could say that I realized this a lot sooner, it would have saved me a lot of worry and stress, but the flesh is weak, and that desire to prove myself and be good at something is strong. 

Yet not what I will, but what You will. -Mark 14:36 

This has been my go to verse for awhile now, and in some areas of my life I can say that I do apply this, but that's not how it should be. I can't just pick and choose what's best for me. I need to surrender it all. Every plan, every desire and dream, every need and want, I need to let go of it all and surrender control.

I started reading this book Present Over Perfect, by Shauna Neiquest. This is when I finally stopped resisting the need to change my lifestyle. She starts off one of the chapters with a famous quote by F. Scott Fitzgerald, "I hope you live a life you are proud of and if you find that you are not, I hope you find the strength to start over again". I am not saying that I am not proud of the life I have lived so far. I am simply not proud that I let perfection play such big part. Like any other crossroad in my life, God has ultimately been the deciding factor guiding me down the right path, helping to make the necessary changes before it's too late. The beauty of it all, is that everyday is chance to start over. It's really amazing when you finally realize this. Given our free will, and with the strength God gives, we can hit the restart button at any time.

So, here I am. This time waving the white flag of surrender, because I know that this is not the life God intended for me. I know that this is going to be hard and I am going to have to work to let things go daily, but I am ready for it. I have had a taste of what it's like to not care about getting it all done. I have learned how to say no to more stuff and be present in the moment. I know that perfection is not real life. I am learning everyday what I can do and how to let go of what I can't.  There will be more time to do other things that I enjoy later on, but I am currently missing out on the most important things right in front of me. It's going to be a journey and I am only at the beginning, but I made the choice and I am sticking to it. Present over perfect!

Be sure to check back next week for the second part of, Letting Go of Perfection. I will be sharing with you the many ways that we can do this and live a less stressed, more joyful life. 

Many Blessings,

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

First Edition is Here!!

Happy first day of Summer! Today was the first day of Summer break for me! I have 75 glorious days off and I plan to make the most out of each and every day!

I have been working very hard to bring you the first edition of my newsletter, 'The Simple Life'. I really enjoyed creating this for you and I hope that you will enjoy it too. Just click the picture below to download your copy!!




And stay tuned for new photos of my home to be add very soon! I am so excited for this Summer and all that is in store!!

Many Blessings,


Friday, June 16, 2017

What I Learned This Season: Spring


Only 2 more school days left and then it's Summer!! I am back again for another post of 'What I Learned this Season'. I definitely think I learned a lot this Spring, but more than that, I feel myself growing in a lot of ways, spiritually, and it just feels so amazing! I thought I would do this one a little different and share with you in one-liners & quotes, just for fun! So, in no particular order, here is what I learned this season......

1. The days are long, but the years are short. Make every moment count, because before you know it, the time will be gone!


2. Being content means, wanting what you already have, not having whatever you want!

3. Wisdom and humility are a package deal. Those who have great wisdom have experienced great humility. #lifegoal

4. Sometimes our lives feel like they are spinning out of control. In our hearts we scream, 'this is not the way I imagined it', but even when our plans don't seem to match God's path, we can still count on His purpose. Can I get an Amen?!!

5. "The influence of a good teacher can never be erased". I received this quote in a beautiful frame with such a sweet note from one of my student's. It made me cry, because as a speech language pathologist, a lot of times, I get over looked. It is nice to receive stuff like this, once in awhile, to remind me why I chose this profession.

6. Just because you have a lot of dietary restrictions, doesn't mean you still can't have fun. Try these amazing treats! They are delicious and perfect for that sweetness you crave, but you don't have to feel guilty about it!

 

7. "Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends".  -John 15:13 What a great example of what true friendship really means, than the story of David and Jonathan. I knew at one point in my life, that certain relationships would not last, and would probably drift apart, but I have no hard feelings about it. It just makes me so grateful for those few who have stuck by me from the beginning and will go with me till the end.

8. "I must have flowers always & always". -Claude Monet 
It turns out, that I am better at gardening than I thought. Most of the time I have had bad luck with flowers and plants, but when you do a little research and put in some effort, you can grow some awesome stuff, and really enjoy it too. I can't wait to plant some bulbs and trees in the fall!!



9. Anyone can wear red lipstick, you just have to find the right shade. -Jess Connolly

                                                   

10. Chillin' in the car they spent all day waxin'
         Leanin' to the side but you can't spead through
         Two miles an hour so everybody sees you
         There's an air of love and of happiness
         And this is the Fresh Prince's new defintion' of summer madness..
         Summer, Summer, Summertime.
         Time to sit back and unwind!  -DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince (aka Will Smith)

I am so ready for Summer and I hope you are too!

Many Blessings,


Monday, June 12, 2017

A Year in Photos

In 2016 I decided that I want to do keep a log on my son for that whole year, in photos. I took a photo  of him every week (or at least I tried, lol) and it is so cool to see him change over the year. I think he definitely looks older when I look at the first few pictures compared to the last one at Christmas! I am going to create a cute little journal for all of the pictures to look back on when he is older.






Since I enjoyed doing this so much. I had an idea to do something similar for this Summer. I recently just purchased the Instax Mini 9 Camera. I love it so much!! I have a very old polaroid camera that still works and I just love these kinds of pictures. They are so fun! Plus, my son loves that the photo comes out of the camera right away.

So if you are look for a fun way to document your Summer, why not do it with photos. There is a little space on the bottom for you to write the date or a little message too!! Only 9 more days till the first day of Summer! I can't wait!

Many Blessings,

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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

A Trip Down Memory Lane

I hope that you all had a wonderful Memorial Day. I certainly enjoyed the three day weekend with my friends and family. I am so ready for Summer!!

I started my blog about two and half years ago, when my son was a little over a year old. I honestly can't believe that it has been that long already. I have learned so much during that time and I definitely feel that I have grown, not just as a writer, but in many different ways. I thought that it would be fun to go back and take a look through all of my posts that I have written since day one and share a few of my favorites. It was neat to see how my interests have changed and what stayed the same.

So in no particular order, here are my favorite posts.....

The Story of Hope

Two Pink Lines
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A Note of Encouragement 

Advice I Need to Take Myself

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Something Fun 

A Year of Pinterest Projects


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On Being Real
The One Goal I Didn't Want People to Know 


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The Important Stuff

The Simple Life


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A Freebie for You
How to Get Unstuck


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My First Big Project
A Monthly Devotional

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My Favorite Series
Creating Your Nest


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A Writing Challenge
31 Days of Home Projects
 
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My Favorite Link Up

What I Learned This Season


I hope that you enjoy these posts as much as I enjoyed putting them together!! 

Many Blessings,




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Thursday, May 25, 2017

My Unexpected Role as a Compassion Mom

Two weeks ago, as I was celebrating Mother's Day with my family, I realized how having the responsibility of being a sponsor to a child, is a lot like being a mother. I never thought of it that way before, because I have never even met him before, but the more I thought about it, the more I realized just how much I loved this little boy and cared for him.

His name is Puguh and he is about to celebrate his birthday and turn 14!



I have been blessed with the opportunity to sponsor Puguh since he was 6 years old. I can't believe it has been 8 years already. He has grown from a child to a teenager and I have had the privilege to watch each year, as he has learned new things, struggled through hard times, and grown to know His Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We write letters back and forth and send pictures. I receive updates from local counselors on how he and other students are doing in that area. I pray for him continually and I send money once a month to help with any supplies, food, and clothing that he needs. I love ready the letters he sends and, oh, how amazed I am, that he is taking the time to pray for me and my family as well.

He has been such a blessing to me and my family, and yet I have never even met him. I am guessing that he might say something similar about me, considering I am the one who is sponsoring him. Just a few months ago, a huge earthquake hit the coast of Indonesia. Upon reading about this tragedy, my heart sank. I immediately wanted to know if Puguh and his family were ok. The thought of losing him really broke my heart, and I began to cry as I thought about him and all of the others affected. Thankfully both he ands family are all ok. That was the moment when I realized just how much this boy means to me! What I thought was just doing something good for God, 8 years ago, has been so much more than I could ever imagine.

Compassion Sunday was three weeks ago, on May 7th. I did not get the opportunity to share my story that day, but I knew it was not too late to share. My husband and I, along with my son, Greyson, are praying about sponsoring another child as a family. I know that there are so many children out there, that need someone like you and me to help care, pray for, and love them, in a very unique and unexpected way, kind of like a mom.

Would you pray and consider sponsoring a child today? It is very simple and it can be life changing! Follow the link below for more information on how to get started today.

Sponsor a Child in Jesus Name with Compassion


Many Blessings,

Friday, May 5, 2017

Exciting News for What's to Come

Today I wanted to share with you all a few things that I am working on and hopefully will be ready by June! I have not really been writing a whole lot because I have been focused these other great ideas. The first one that I am super excited about and I hoping that you love just as much as I do is The Simple Life Newsletter. This is a quarterly newsletter that will be released at the beginning of each new season with the first edition coming this Summer.


There is so much in here that I can't wait for you to see; encouraging words, recipes, decor tips, seasonal favorites, art prints, and so much more! This newsletter is for anyone. You don't have to be a subscriber to receive it (although it helps because you won't ever miss an issue). Just be sure to check in on the first day of Summer to grab your copy.

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The next thing I want to share with you is a few changes that I am making to my blog. If you haven't already noticed, my homepage is a little different. I am slowly rearranging and adding things. Hopefully, all will be complete within the next month or so. Here is what to look for.......



1. New "About Me" section. I am updating this portion and I hope that you will take few minutes to read a little about myself and what is important to me.

2. I am working on adding photos of my home so that you can take a virtual tour of my home and hopefully find ideas and inspiration. I will post photos each room and provide a list for where I purchased most of my items. I have also been working on starting a small side business as a home decorator, so these photos will also show others, who are interested, the work I have done and give them an idea of my style.

3. I have created a book list tab. I will be constantly updating this as I continue to finish more books. I don't get a chance to read that often, so if a book makes it to this list, then it means it is worth the read.

4. Finally, I have the "Creations" folder, otherwise known as 'Freebies". This is a collection of all of my printable artwork and other documents that you have full access to, if you would like to download something. This constantly gets updated as well, so be sure to check back often for anything you may have missed!

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Finally, I have been working on a fun little challenge that will take place on Instagram. I love Instagram so much. I can't even begin to explain all of the reasons why! I have been trying to think of something different to do, that allows many people to get involved. I know that the home decor community is so big and continues to grow every day, so I created the home decor photo challenge that will take place for the month of June. I am currently looking for a few hosts to do this with me. Any one can play along, you just follow each prompt for that day, when you post your home decor photo, and use the hashtag #homedecorphotochallenge. I am super excited for this. I hope you will join in the fun!

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Don't forget to subscribe so you can receive this month's subscriber freebie and all the other goodies from the previous months. These exclusives are only available to my subscribers so be sure to sign up today!



Many Blessings,