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life lately, stress + prayer

Hello luvvys, it’s been a while. I’ve missed blogging and my creative outlet. It’s been a whirlwind here as of late, more so than usual, and there’s really not an end in sight until June. Sigh. The busy-ness has been some exciting things (to announce soon), some monotonous things, some fun things, some work things, some of which you’ll see below.

I’m struggling with how to process everything. I’ve always been prone to stress. I often blow things out of proportion and focus on the negatives, not seeing the positive and not seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. I see the present and the present is stressful. I’m constantly looking for ways to de-stress – reading, walking, baths, ice cream – but none of them are long-term solutions. I always wonder if I’m just meant to stress. If it’s a personality trait like being persuasive, considerate or outspoken. Husband is the opposite and doesn’t understand stress, doesn’t understand how I can let it affect my sleep or my eating or my weekend.

I know deep down that the key is prayer. I think it’s being so connected to the Holy Spirit throughout the day that He’s constantly giving you exactly what you need in that moment – peace, joy, faith. “Pray without ceasing.” He is the only thing that can calm you when everything around you is a storm. Everything else is temporary. Everything else will fade away. But He is always there.

I know this, but it’s so hard to put into practice, and I’m really struggling right now. I’m writing this really for me as a reminder, in what sometimes feels like a diary in which I give away the key to anyone who asks, and as an open prayer.

I hope to keep my blogging consistent over the next few weeks, sharing updates and inspirations, but I’m not sure I can keep that promise. For now, here are a few photos of my life lately.

Screen Shot 2014-05-05 at 8.53.51 PM{celebrating // Easter with my beautiful family on Mount Sequoyah}

Screen Shot 2014-05-05 at 8.54.00 PM{reading // like crazy, review post to come soon}

Screen Shot 2014-05-05 at 8.54.10 PM{loving // these glasses for my vision center photoshoot}

Screen Shot 2014-05-05 at 8.54.21 PM{enjoying // a perfect evening on the Bentonville square with friends}

Screen Shot 2014-05-05 at 8.54.32 PM{remembering // my dad’s birthday}

Screen Shot 2014-05-05 at 8.54.43 PM{working // the sustainability expo with 4 of my Walmart Moms}

Screen Shot 2014-05-05 at 8.54.57 PM{celebrating // this bride-to-be getting married in 7 weeks}

Screen Shot 2014-05-05 at 8.55.16 PM{drinking // craft beer at foamfest with these boys}

xo xo

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