The Beach in B&W

 

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Happy Place

the ocean is calling

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I’m headed to my favorite place for the next week.  I’m looking forward to endless hours of sun, sand and blue water.  I’m planning on taking lots of deep breaths, jumping in lots of waves and taking a lot of naps.  Something about the fresh ocean air and warm sunshine always helps me remember what’s important in life.  I’ll be checking in on here periodically but feel free to follow along on my adventures on instagram.

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WSP: Feathers & Ferns

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I loved everything about this weekend.  My wonderful friend Ella and I have been planning a staycation together for quite awhile.  It definitely lived up to all our excited planning.  On Friday afternoon I headed out to the mysterious and alluring land beyond the Potomac (aka Virginia) and met up with Ella.  What followed were endless hours of girl talk… yummy gelato… window shopping… chick flicks… trashy magazines… totally cute and snuggly pups… pool time (and WATER SLIDES… first time since I was a kid)… cooking lessons… homemade margaritas…fresh flowers… the farmer’s market…hat shopping (I mean everyone needs a visor for their cruise…right?)…exploring in the woods.

 

Speaking of the woods, this weekend we also shot our next #YouSparkle shoot with our beautiful friends Lauren and Ashlynn.  It was amazing.  Ashlynn was our fierce warrior princess in the midst of an enchanted forest.  (Doesn’t everyone do this kind of stuff with their friends on the weekend?).  The pictures included above are just a little sneak peek. I can’t wait to show you what Lauren captured. I saw a few shots on her camera and let me tell you… THEY ARE FREAKIN AMAZING!

I hope your weekend was just as relaxing and fun!
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Breathe

rest here

 

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Sometimes you just need a break.  I thought that maybe just switching to fewer posts would do the trick but I’m realizing I need a full on break while I focus on some other things in my life and more importantly just, rest.

“True to your word, you let me catch my breath and send me in the right direction.” Ps. 23:3 (MSG)

I love sharing this journey with you. You’re so encouraging and so inspiring. You add so much sparkle and fun to the everyday journey.  That being said, I think it’s important to pause and regroup sometimes.  So that’s my plan for the next two weeks. I’m going to take a short break from the blog and social media to rest, gather my thoughts and plan for the next season.  There’s some really exciting things in it. I can’t wait to share them with you!

I hope you’ll be here when I get back and ready to jump in to what’s next. It’s going to be good!

Hugs to each of you!

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Weekly Inspiration l 06-13-14

Weekly InspirationThe humidity has hit in DC and it really feels like summer around here.  As a result, I find myself longing for the ocean and desperately searching my calendar for when I can plan a beach getaway.  I even catch myself daydreaming about surfing the aqua blue waves (obviously completely forgetting that I have no idea how to surf whatsoever).  So while I can’t run away to the beach today, I thought I’d share a dose of beachy goodness to tide me over.

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p.s. Sorry to all the subscribers who got a sneak peek of today’s post on Wednesday. Apparently  you take a day or two off of blogging and you completely forget how it’s done.  Oops. 🙂

Looking Forward

As this first #blogiversary week draws to a close I wanted to share a few exciting things with you.  I’m so incredibly relieved and honestly really proud of myself for meeting my goal.  I’m also tired. Can I take a nap, please? Posting five times a week takes time and usually that time happens in the middle of the night.  It’s not to say that it hasn’t been worth it, it totally has been, but I’m excited for some changes moving forward.

Namely, you may notice that I may not be posting quite as often over the summer months.

Don’t worry, I’m not going anywhere.  

I’m just feeling the call to transfer some of the discipline that I have developed over this past year into some other areas of my life.  I proved to myself that I can do it in this area, now I’m working to transfer that skill elsewhere.  I have some other exciting projects I’m working on (I can’t wait to tell you all about them!) AND I’ve been feeling the need to rest.  That can almost seem like a dirty word in our super busy society, but I wholeheartedly believe in it’s importance.  That being said, I’m committing over the summer to focus on taking time to enjoy the moments…to laugh at the jokes…to have long chats on the porch…to lay in the sunshine… fall asleep in the hammock…read a book (or at least finish one)… make new friends and celebrate old ones… and, to really revel in the amazing adventure that is life.

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So while I may not be posting quite as often (I’m aiming for 2-3x a week instead of 5x), you can rest assured that I’m not going to lose momentum.  I’m more focused than ever.  I have more ideas than ever.  I’m also more excited than ever because I can see the amazing things that are in store.

I hope you’ll come along with me on this journey.  I really do believe the BEST is yet to come!

Signaturep.s. I’m also going to be taking into account your feedback from the survey here as I plan ahead for the next few months.