Wednesday, January 7, 2015

i'm thinking out loud


I heard this song for the first time Sunday evening, and I couldn’t think of better lyrics to describe my husband, Daniel. Evergreen. Webster’s secondary definition describes evergreen as “something that retains freshness, interest or popularity.”

For the past month, Daniel has studied from eyes open to eyes closed for his dental school board exams. If you’re reading this on Wednesday, January 7th, please stop what you’re doing and say a quick prayer for him. Specifically, pray for “accurate guessing” - his number one request, not mine.

I don’t know about you, but only a couple hours studying notecards or powerpoint presentations would leave me feeling stale and drained. Yet, I’ve come home to a husband that’s very much fresh and alive day after day. 

Don’t get me wrong. Daniel took his studying very seriously, and I’ve seen anxiousness cross his face a time or two or twenty. But I’ve yet to see him down, defeated or disarmed, and for that I couldn’t be more grateful. It’s comforting to know that some of the most stressful of circumstances have not been able to take his sense of humor away.

In fact, in the past week he’s participated in some pretty intense Just Dance 2015 study breaks {and lost}, dreamed endlessly about the future of his hair {will it be a man bun, a mullet, or simply permed?} and gone to some extreme measures to make me laugh {such as blasting the whole Taylor Swift album until I -finally- I arrived home for lunch}.

All this to say, I couldn’t be more proud of him. He is sweet and funny and has a soul that could never grow old. But I’ve also learned that he has discipline, perseverance and unending dedication to his work. 

Daniel, this semester has been a rough one, but it’s almost over! All downhill from here, baby! I love you so much and am so proud of you. Oh, and Ed Sheeran wrote this song for me for you - have a listen:



Monday, January 5, 2015

this week the trend 1.5

what i captured:
go watch this beautiful mashup of two songs by my favorite artist now {if you haven't already}

what i did:

  1. We had a couple friends over to eat pizza and watch the Razorbacks throttle the Longhorns. I didn’t get a picture of it, but I was wearing my cute new AR shirt.
  2. We spent New Year’s Eve with some great people eating delicious food and playing fun games.
  3. We watched the “guitar” drop from the top of the Goodwyn building and saw all the fireworks around town.
  4. My friend Sarah and I started Whole30 on Saturday. It seems less daunting this time around, but it’s only day three.

what i wrote:

what i read:
  1. So in love with this ginormous {it’s a word} list of things to look forward to in Memphis in 2015. {Feel free to come experience them with us.}
  2. Interesting read on this new fitness trend. Definitely savoring my rest days this year.
  3. Thousands upon thousands of whole30 recipes like this.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

and i know that life ain't cheap

and i know that life ain't cheap and not all good things are free

Blank pages. Clean closets. Unopened books. There is just something so incredibly satisfying about fresh starts. And as I sit here on the first day of 2015, I just can’t help but dream.

Who will I be in 2015? Who will I become? What will I learn? How will I grow? Who will I meet? Where will I go?

It’s like 2015 is a huge canvas waiting to be painted into a masterpiece. And it has taken awhile, but I’m starting to realize that I don’t hold the paintbrush. I’m learning that there has to be a balance between the planning and the waiting, and I’m praying that God continues to teach me to be here now while still discerning what’s best next.

So I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t have some resolutions for 2015, but I’m entering this new year with room for grace and growth. These are lofty goals that may take years to complete, but I’m not in a hurry. Some days I’m overcome with a desire for immediate change. I want to be healthier, smarter, less materialistic, more organized, and I want to be those things now. But we all know life doesn’t work like that. 

Yet, I am confident that He who began a good work in me will carry it on until completion until Jesus returns or calls me home {Philippians 1:6}. 

So with that ray of hope in mind, here are my resolutions for 2015:

1. Develop a diet that makes all of me healthy and happy. Since my first year of college I have intermittently struggled with stomach pains. I know it has something to do with the food I eat, but I have yet to figure out what food that is. When I say diet, I don’t mean deprivation. I want to figure out how I can eat healthy in a sustainable way, which doesn’t mean completely giving up my favorite foods.

2. Learn to speak another language, specifically Spanish. This has been on my bucket list since I graduated high school. This is the year. I feel it.

3. Become a student of the Word. I wrote a little about this last month. I just finished Women of the Word by Jen Wilkin, and I hope to make my quiet times more than reading a one-page devotional and really study the Word for myself.

4. Complete a set of pull-ups. Last year I ran a marathon. This year I want a little less running and a little more strength training. I have a new workout and I’m excited to see how it goes. I’m a long way from completing even one pull-up, though!

And, that’s a wrap! What are your resolutions for 2015?

Monday, December 29, 2014

this week the trend 12.29

I apologize - last week I had so many words and so few pictures. This week I have so many pictures and so few words.


what i did:
  1. We started off the week with awesome tickets to the Grizzlies vs. Jazz game. I’m going to have a hard time getting Daniel to come back to the nosebleeds with me.
  2. Tuesday we headed west and spent the evening with my parents. They showered us with love and presents. Daniel was most excited about his new Mike Conley jersey.
  3. Christmas Eve we drove a couple of hours to Daniel’s parents’ house. His aunt, uncle, cousins, brother & sister-in-law were all there.
  4. We spent the next four days playing lots of board games, eating lots of food {see that turducken up there?} and having lots of fun.

I want a turkey in a duck in a chicken, a turducken.
what i wrote {a year ago}:

Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays - haha I'd never seen that video before
what i read:
  1. Wrestling with the fact that I can’t be all the things.
  2. The one resolution your husband wants you to make.

Monday, December 22, 2014

this week the trend 12.22

what i captured:
Kiss me, babe, it's Christmas time.
what i did:
{There’s no way I can fit all the events of the week into 4 bullet points, so I’ll do it different this week.}
  1. Monday - I spent the evening rapidly wrapping Christmas presents, making sweet treats and preparing for the week.
  2. Tuesday - That morning IKEA announced they are coming to Memphis! #whoopwhoop I zoomed across town for the International Business Council Lunch and zoomed back to spend the rest of the afternoon and late into the night at the City Council meeting. The Memphis City Council made a landmark decision, putting in place changes to the City pension system that will make our city fiscally sound for years to come. {Do I sound like I’m in PR or what?}
  3. Wednesday - Early morning at a public health forum. Late night at a Chamber Alliance Legislative Reception. {Don’t be jealous.}
  4. Thursday - Went on a tour of Southland Park Gaming and Racing {which is technically not a casino, who knew?} where I got to pet the sweet greyhounds, watch them race and learn about some very strategic marketing decisions. Afterwards, we partied with our members at the Holiday Mixer at Southland’s new Sammy Hagar’s Red Rocker Bar & Grill. And after that, I went and played poker with the husband and some friends. {Just so you know, the girls dominated.}
  5. Friday - I got my hairs cut! Made an appearance at the SoundCheck - A Young Professional Council’s holiday party then went with Daniel to the Brass Door to get some food and watch the Memphis Grizzlies.
  6. Saturday - Slept forever and then prepped for the Downtown Parish’s first annual Reindeer Games. A good time was had by all {with the exception of one party pooper}. We’re already making plans for next year.

what i wrote:

what i read:
  1. The workout blues always hit when it gets cold. Here’s 7 ways and reasons to fight them off.
  2. I’ve read hundreds of gift guides this holiday season, but this has to be the worst. Who comes up with these things?
  3. I don’t know about the title of this article, but here are some creative ways to display those New Year’s resolutions this time around.