A HAPPY RELAXING WEEKEND + FAVORITE LINKS

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It is finally Friday and I am all about resting during the weekend.  After this week of Crossfit my plan is simple: REST in my PJs, relax, catch up on my reading and enjoy my brand new Chemex coffee maker.  I will probably also catch up on some of my favorite blogs. 

My favorites images this Friday come from two gorgeous Tumblr sites La Claes and Patron Saint of Sass.  I chose these images because to me they represent the lightness and relaxation of a summer weekend.   It you want a visual feast, a visit is a must.  And here are some other links that I am looking forward to reading... because I have other interests aside from fitness and Crossfit:




New Instagram Feeds to Check for Beautiful Photography:










Whatever you do and however you decide to spend your weekend make sure you enjoy it and that is brings you joy.  Because life is too short to live it otherwise.  Have a lovely weekend!


WHEN YOUR PLANS ARE NOT HIS PLANS

I rarely talk about my faith and beliefs in this blog because this is not a faith or religion blog.  But sometimes, I have to and this is one of them.  My faith is a big part of who I am even when I am struggling.  It is an integral part of "the good life".  For many years I have been focused on what I want, the plans I have for ME.  I could get so wrapped up on my own life that I sometimes for to LISTEN to what God wants.
 
I am always asked, how does God "speaks to you"?  Sometimes in mockery and I respect that-- we all are entitled to our opinion.  But the truth is that it is more of a feeling and in some cases it does feel like a still small voice.  It is an overcoming emotion that comes to you and makes you realize that He is listening to your prayers and answering back.
 
The past couple of weeks have been pretty go-go-go for me in the professional realm and while I am happy about the future, a part of me felt like something was off.  Hard to explain.  I have been praying and praying over this, talking to my mother and fiance.  Finally yesterday during my morning prayers it came to me.
 
 
 
Right there in from of my face it was: what I thought I always wanted is not what I really want.  And more importantly God's plan for me.  That moment really rocked me because it was a total 180 from where I was.  And the emotions that came with realization were pretty overwhelming.  It is so good when the answer comes to you this way.  
 
I actually had this image of Jesus  leaning against the door with the sweetest smile on His face saying "It's been there all along.  You just had to catch up". 
 
Breaking the news to people who have helped me along the way in my career is going to be hard because they think they know what is best for me.  But for once I am choosing my personal life over my job.  Gone and finished are the days when I put my personal life on hold and it is time to start living, being a partner and wife, and a mother.  And I am really happy and content with that decision. 
 
I have friends wh have hinted that my life as I know it is finished.  That I am trading a thriving professional career to be "a mom to kids who are not even my own and to be a farmer's wife".  And to them I say, my life is now only beginning.  I am finally realizing that I need my people around me more than I need a job.  And this man and his kids are "my persons".  I am not finished.  I am just beginning what I think will be my most rewarding journey so far.
 

Own To It! It Is Part of Who You Are.



The lovely Elise at Cheers Y'all is having a link up and I love the idea about it.  It is about "owning it".  Owning your story, likes/dislikes, what makes you happy or sad, what makes your life your own.  And I love it so much that I decided to join her.  Here is my list.

  • People who tell me "eventually it will get better" about my dad dying last year make me want to lose my mind.  It will not get better-- he was my dad not some random person.
  • I have not been to church but twice since dad died last year.  It is not that I do not love God-- HE knows I do.  I just feel disconnected in some level I cannot pinpoint.  So for now I do my prayers/devotionals at home between Him and me.
  • I am the "jump to the worse conclusion" first kind of girl.  Then I get myself all worked up for nothing most of the time.
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  • It has been really hard to be completely happy about my selection for promotion when so many of my friends did not.  
  • I love my dog more than I love some friends... or some relatives.  
  • I let my dog sleep in my bed every night... which will be interesting when David and I get married :)
  • I am a member of the Crazy Dog Lady club. :-)  For example sometimes my dog sleeps so soundly that I am afraid he is not breathing and I have to check.
  • I do not like change.  The other day I started thinking about moving to Arizona, the new job, the wedding planning and then moving to Minnesota... and got all nervous.  But one thing that keeps me moving forward with peace, Jeremiah 29:11  "For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." 
  • I love Crossfit! Probably even more than I am loving running right now. 
  • I could polish off a whole box of Krispy Kremes by myself.  Which is how I celebrated my promotion: champagne and KK!!!  Best day ever!
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  • When I get bored I move furniture around.  I think it drives my dog crazy.  On a related subject, I like things organized and tidy YET I cannot accomplish that with my closet. 
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  • I miss my mommy in NC and I don't care who knows it!  She is my BFF and I love that about our relationship... plus she has great style.
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  • I love David with all my heart.  Not just the kind of "oh he is handsome and hot" kind of love (although I do think so about him) but it is more than that.  It is respect, admiration and pride.  It is the kind that makes me want to make him happy without expecting anything in return.  Although I know my happiness and that of his kids are at the top of the list.  Every time I look at him I cannot believe how fortunate I am that he asked me to be his wife.  Ok, gushing over. :-)

And there you have it!  It's about owning it, my friends.

Also sharing with:  Thankful Thursday.  Little Things Thursday. Whatever Is Lovely.  The Weekend BrewSharing His BeautyThe Sunday CommunityCoffee For Your Heart.