Three Things on Thursday

Thursday, April 17, 2014

This lovely little series is back! I forgot how much I loved sharing with you my weekly finds or obsessions. These three come from my most recent scouring of Etsy. The gold sequined camera strap is gorgeous! There are various color options, but I thought the gray and white stripes were really interesting. I've also been wanting to either buy or make a fringe tassel for ages, so I'm hoping one ends up in my next apartment. Lastly the make up stand is one of the coolest gadgets I've ever stumbled upon! It would certainly clean up my vanity and provide a great place to store and charge my iPad. The company makes desks with built in chargers, too, and those are just crazy cool! What do you think? Anything catch your eye? Or is there anything you want to see in Three Things?I'm up for a challenge!

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100 Happy Days (Part I)

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

When I first heard about the 100 Happy Days project I could not jump on that bandwagon fast enough! I love a good challenge but am terrible at following them through to the end (anyone remember the struggle bus I was on during the #blogeverydayinFEB circus?). For a while I kept a gratefulness journal, inspired by Ann Voskamp's 1,000 gifts, but it got lost in the move. It's been on my to-do list to pick it up again, and when I found the #100happydays tag I thought, where is a better place to count my blessings than Instagram? I'm on it all the time anyways. And so, I happily joined in! Yesterday was day 25 so I am one quarter of the way through. Woohoo! And I haven't missed a day! 

#100happydays Part I:
1. My Simplified Planner and Katie Daisy journal.
2. Restless by Jennie Allen on the way to Dallas.
3. Going to dance class with my mom and dad. They're so good!
4. Touring and interviewing at Oklahoma State. Grad school here I come!
5. Anthropologie. Need I say more?
6. A lovely lunch date with Victoria from Happily Ever Strader.
7. Watching talented friends in Baylor Theatre's The Learned Ladies.
8. My beautiful grand-little Devin makes beautiful music.
9. Quality time with my old roommates and dear friends in Waco.
10. More time to read at home; Beth Moore is amazing.
11. My new ESV journaling Bible. Love, love, love!
12. The cherry blossoms are in bloom on my street.
13. Reflecting on my life vision and sorting through Lara Casey's PowerSheets.
14. Trying out a new makeup routine by Benefit. I kept the Sugarlicious set.
15. Seeing Noah with a good friends sent me back to the beginning.
16. Our God Comes by my church's worship team wrecks my world in the best way!
17. An impromptu bonfire on the beach was exactly what my Monday needed.
18. I'm loving the new YouVersion Bible app update. You have to check it out.
19. A sweet phone date with Micah brightens my day every time.
20. More Anthropologie. I really can't get enough.
21. Sometimes going through tumblr beneath twinkle lights does the trick.
22. Spoken For by Alyssa Joy Bethke and Robin Jones Gunn is finally out!
23. Post-church picnic at Gasworks Park.
24. Easter egg dying party with my roommates. I'm so bad at it...
25. Chocolate gelato is the way to my heart.

It's not too late to sign up for the #100happydays challenge! Today could be your Day 1! My 100 days comes to a close on June 30, and I move back to Texas 3 short days later. Coincidence? I think not. It's time to make my remaining months in Seattle the best yet! Choosing joy changes everything. I'm hoping this challenge lasts far beyond the end of June. Anyone with me?

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Making April Happen

Monday, April 14, 2014

Y'all. I almost can't bare to share last month's goals and the progress or lack thereof because it is just sad. March was absolute madness, in the best way possible of course. When writing monthly goals I used to think they had to be these lofty ideas I was going to strain to accomplish, but this month I am looking at them in a new way. I want to Make 2014 Happen in a way that's never been done before, at least not by in book or by my standards. Each month I will share how I plan to make things happen and what I hope each month includes. It's about progress not perfection. 

March Goals:
Attend Pure Barre 4+ times per week. So I did this two weeks out of the month! That is cause for celebration! I LOOOOOVED Pure Barre. And it kicked my behind. I highly recommend trying their starter special for a month of unlimited classes. Had I planned better, I wouldn't have picked a month were I'd be MIA for almost two weeks (and even with the best planning I couldn't have counted for a week of cold/cough/nastiness), but even so I'm so glad I did it! If it were less expensive, I'd be a regular.
Finish You Were Made for a God-Sized Dream, Allegiant, and Restless. It wasn't hard to knock Allegiant off this list (even though I technically read it on April 1st....) and I'm halfway through both of the other books. I have been journaling my way through each of them which takes added time but thus far they are becoming fast favorites!
Clean out closet/shelves and donate excess. Again, this is a half-done one. I tore through my closet and packed up a large bag full of clothes that haven't seen the light of day in far too
Finalize One Little Word Actions. Oops. Not going to lie, I completely forgot about this one.
Make One Little Word vision board. Buuuuuuut I finished this one a full week early!
Complete wall collage over bed. I had every intention of seeing this guy happen, but after I carted home a boat load of frames and mirrors from Goodwill, I remembered that I will be moving in 3 short months with only what can fit in my VW Beetle. Back to Goodwill they went.
Begin teaching certification classes. I actually pitched this goal right out the window. Since I got accepted to graduate school (?!?!?!?) there will be no need for this for a couple of years. OSU here I come!
See Lion King the Musical and Warhorse! Tickets for the first positively skyrocketed. I could get great seats at Dallas Summer Musicals for half the cost of the nosebleeds here in Seattle for Lion King, and I was actually in Dallas when Warhorse was playing. Bummer.
Finish the Gospels and Proverbs. I've bopped around through the Bible over the past month, trying a few different lesson plans and study guides. I'm hoping to reshape the way I study the Word this month. I'll keep you posted as I have some exciting ideas ahead for this one!

While my March goals may have been a wash, I think it's important to count the wins as well! These include seeing The Learned Ladies at Baylor, hanging out with my bestie, GETTING INTO GRAD SCHOOL, quality time with my grandparents, completing my first children's musical, making new friends, exploring the city of Seattle all over again.

April Goals:
Begin Peter Pan. Oh hey! I've already done this one!
Invest in Anthro dishes. And this one! Spiffying up my future apartment makes me giddy.
Start a new (doable) morning routine.
Clear the clutter. Donate clothes, trinkets, etc.
Get active & drink more water.
Read & review the 3 books I've been sent.
Take care of car issues to prep for the move.
Make significant progress on Mini Project Life.
And most importantly: Be prayerful. Be present. Be patient.

It feels good to already have a few under my belt. The rest swing between being super practical and pretty vague, but a little bit of both helps I think. We'll check back in at the beginning of next month to see how it turns out. What are you planning to make happen this month? Any suggestions or goal-making tricks you want to send my way?
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MIA from March to April

Monday, April 7, 2014

Is it just me or did April appear out of nowhere? I have been back in Seattle for one week and the days are whizzing past me, faster and faster by the minute. Can I say it was simply glorious to be home? Ah! I will never not love being in Texas. I drank more sweet tea than was probably legal, saw bluebonnets by the thousands, and hugged many a neck I had not seen in months. It was only a week and a half away from the Emerald City, but it was exactly the refresher I needed.

As many of you read in my last post, I am going to Oklahoma State in the fall for grad school! It has been a whirlwind of a week sorting out the details, signing a lease, and dreaming of decorating my new place. I am thrilled to be going back to school, and God has abundantly provided in the financial factory! Praise Him from whom all blessings flow! It is a bittersweet celebration as I am in no hurry to leave my Seattle community.

When in Texas, I had the joy of grabbing lunch with Victoria of Happily Ever Strader. This gal is a pure gem and her heart is bigger than a Texas sunset! Her passion for Christ and pursuing His will in every area of her life is absolutely stunning, and the laughter shared over Torchy's Tacos (which I now highly recommend!) will not soon be forgotten. I also wandered into more than one Anthropologie before the week was through. I just can't stay away! I have had my eye on a set of dinnerware that will finally come home with me this weekend. Actually it will be shipped home; a second cross-country move in my VW beetle is in the near future and I can use all the space I can get.

Once in Wacotown I spent a delightful amount of time with former roommates, friends that drove in from out of state, and fellow theatre people. That city always does my heart a world of good! Baylor is growing and changing more and more, a new stadium mere months from being completed and hype continually growing for its programs. I saw dear friends simply wow an audience with their performance of Moliere's The Learned Ladies then spent Saturday relaxing in the sunshine with some of the best people I know. I may move ten, twenty, a hundred times but Baylor will always be home.

This week begins my second children's show, Peter Pan, and I can't wait to share the process with you. There is plenty more to fill you in on, but that's enough for a Monday. I hope your week is off to a grand start!

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How 'Bout Them Cowboys?

Monday, March 31, 2014

As many of you know, I've been in the great state of Texas for a week. It has been glorious! And pretty eventful, if I do say so my self. Since late November I have been in the process of applying to graduate school for theatre, and in February I began "jet setting" across the country for interviews and school tours. Last Tuesday marked my last stop at Oklahoma State University, and I left with an offer of not only acceptance into the program but a graduate teaching assistantship which completely covers tuition plus a stipend for living. Praise the Lord! There are only two words left to say at this point: Go Pokes!

I have a keychain and everything so it's official ;) Of course, I will always claim Baylor first. I'll be a bear that just happened to go to OSU for grad school. I'm really pumped about it! This has been a long journey without a destination, and the Lord has been so faithful through it all. He's gone with me to Seattle and He will continue with me to Oklahoma.

Goodness gracious, what a whirlwind! I still have 3 months in Washington and I plan to make the most of them. But I'm already daydreaming about my new apartment! It will be nice to settle in somewhere for a few years and to be back in school. My heart just might explode!

How was your weekend, friends?

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