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Carry On, Warrior

It’s not often you find a book you relate to so well that you vow to re-read it every year before you’ve even finished it.

Thanks to my wonderful friend Nicky, I was introduced to Glennon Doyle Melton, her blog momastery.com and her book Carry On, Warrior. I honestly don’t even have the words to express how much I love this book. Its heartwarming, its hilarious, its smart, its inspirational. As Nicky described it before I started reading – “Its part auto-biography, part beautiful essays, all about life and Jesus and being a human.” Pretty perfect description.

What’s interesting about this book is that I could see how one could read it at different times in their life and learn different lessons each time. There are a lot of chapters about being a parent, of which I’m not currently, but when I am, I’m sure I’ll go back and read it and relate so much more.

As I’m about halfway through the book, I’ve already bookmarked several pages of her words that have been so inspirational and fitting for the time of life I’m currently in, struggling through death and grief.

On helping her sister deal with a tragic situation: “I learned that in these disasters, all we can do is tell them that their grief is real, and if it lasts forever, then we will grieve with them forever. As far as I was able to tell during those two years, there was nothing else worth saying. It was not going to be all right, ever. Everything doesn’t happen for a decent reason. I couldn’t do anything at all except feed her, hold her when she cried, pray angry prayers, keep showing up and know that time, and my home and presence would offer healing.”

To her son, on the death of their fish: “When he asked me, ‘Why Mom? Why does God send us here, where things hurt so much? Why does he make us love things He knows we’re going to lose?’ I told him that we don’t love people and animals because we will have them forever; we love them because loving them changes us, makes us better, healthier, kinder, realer. Loving people and animals makes us stronger in the right ways and weaker in the right ways. Even if animals and people leave, even if they die, they leave us better. So we keep loving even though we might lose, because loving teaches us and changes us. And that’s what we’re here to do. God sends us here to learn how to be better lovers, and to learn how to be loved, so we’ll be better prepared for Heaven.”

Y’all. I just had to share those passages. When I read the first one, I literally just started crying because she’s SO right. I don’t want people to know that just so they can understand what I’m going through, but I want to know that and remember it for when I’m helping others through their grief. Then the second passage – whether it’s a 6-year-old struggling with the death of his fish, or a 25-year-old struggling with the death of her dad, we all ask the same questions and her answer gave me HOPE.

Now is the part where I tell all of you to stop what you’re doing and go buy this book right now. I want to buy a billion copies and give them to everyone I know. And even if you don’t, I’m sure I’ll be writing at least one more blog post about what I’ve read, but in the mean time,

Carry On, Warrior
xo xo

{inspiration} Home Decor

As stated previously, I am now a homeowner, which means I am also now an interior designer, and where else do homeowners/interior designers find inspiration, but on Pinterest?

Follow my inspiration below. xo xo

83d469c248438f0853822d2d10dfff13{absolutely need these}


{stunning doors}


{love how rustic chic this is}


{organization – I need more in my life}


{in love with mirrored furniture}


{this would make my mornings so much easier}


{gold, gold gold}


{beautiful mirror gallery}

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{april showers bring may flowers}

{spring things}


{pretty in pink mani}

d5f5decd62aec611a90de5eee2773805-1{pink lemonade margaritas}


{colorful minis + windblown hair}

fe066a994276b9236204cd2760a4b765-1{breathtaking sunsets}
b5ba9c746f814e18563288b79810e84c-1{patio living}

7e5dd9dcba950c8693b9bf4aafa267a7{farmers market flowers}

07e97ee28c5998c00cb0c97518fadb05{long walks with pup}

e0e3254181a34f39dbde7068abeace9e{outdoor brunch}

xo xo

“What a lovely surprise to discover how unlonely being alone can be.”

A funny thing has happened since I’ve been married. I’ve forgotten how to be alone.

In college I cherished my alone time. Living with 2, 3 or 4 other people was often too much for me to handle. I wanted to go to my room, shut my door and be alone.

Until recently, I’ve always been someone who recharges by being alone (the true definition of an introvert they say.)

I’m so used to being with my husband that when I’m not, I don’t know what to do with myself. Being with him has become my new recharge. I still need my “alone” time, but now my alone time means me and husband time.

On a recent work trip, I spent a full day and night alone. I wasn’t traveling with anyone so I didn’t have anyone to talk to in the airport or eat dinner with. I didn’t have anyone to “get away from” and go into my room and shut my door. It was so lonely. I couldn’t enjoy the peace with myself. I couldn’t enjoy myself.

This weekend, husband was busy all day Saturday and Sunday so again, I was alone. But I did something I haven’t done in a long time, I took myself on a “me” date and spent some good quality time with myself.

I did exactly what I wanted to do – I went to Barnes and Noble. I chose 3 books I was interested in and sat down and read the first chapters of each. (How I decide which book to buy) I was in no rush. I had no one to answer to. I just sat and read. After that, I did my favorite me activity – shopping. Then, before I was ready to head home I did something else just for me – went to TCBY.

What a rewarding, comfortable, enjoyable afternoon that was. God opened my eyes to the importance of me time and gave me an opportunity to see how valuable it can be.

Tuesday nights are officially me nights now. Husband has karate for several hours so I can spend it as I please. It would be so easy to take this time to clean, do grocery shopping, be busy (which I’m so good at), etc. but instead I’m going to relax and do what I want to do.

I’m sure in a few years when I have kids, I’ll be dying for alone time. Time to just sit on the couch with a glass of wine and a good book. So tonight, I will do just that and enjoy.

xo xo

The Power of One – The Warm Heart Co.


Remember how I said I was reading a book called The Power of One? It’s an inspirational story about how one person can make a difference. Well, I’m now seeing in my own life just how true that can be.

One of my oldest friends, Danielle, is one person making a difference in children’s lives in Malawi.


San Diego, California 2005

About Malawi:

Malawi is a landlocked country in southeast Africa, bordered by Zambia, Tanzania and Mozambique. The estimated population is 14.9M. The country is also nicknamed “The Warm Heart of Africa”.

Malawi is among the world’s least-developed countries. The economy is heavily based in agriculture, with a largely rural population. The Malawian government depends heavily on outside aid to meet development needs, although this need (and the aid offered) has decreased since 2000. The Malawian government faces challenges in building and expanding the economy, improving education, health care, environmental protection, and becoming financially independent.

Malawi has a low life expectancy and high infant mortality. There is a high prevalence of HIV/AIDS, which is a drain on the labour force and government expenditures. There is a diverse population of native peoples, Asians and Europeans, with several languages spoken and an array of religious beliefs.

About The Warm Heart Company:

Danielle has visited Malawi twice and in her words “it seriously rocked my world. I see everything different and left a piece of my heart over there! I sponsor 3 little girls through Children of the Nations, and I am so incredibly in love with them that I cannot even put it into words.”

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She started The Warm Heart Company on Etsy selling men and women’s t-shirts. Currently, 75% of the proceeds will go to sponsoring her 3 girls in Malawi, but she hopes she can eventually support other opportunities in the country, including The Thatch 210 Project, which is re-roofing huts in the Malawi.

From my personal opinion (and husband agrees), the shirts are AWESOME, and more designs are coming.


photo 29Please please support this terrific cause and my dear friend by purchasing a t-shirt and sharing with others.

Purchase on Etsy: http://www.etsy.com/shop/TheWarmHeart
Follow on Instagram: @thewarmheartco


Inspire Me: Oscar Wilde

Every once in a while you find a quote that just really fits everything you believe in, a life mantra so to speak. For several years now I’ve adopted one from Oscar Wilde as my own. “You can never be overdressed or overeducated.”

While that one is a favorite, there are quite a few others I truly love as well. I hope the quotes below inspire you just as much as they did me.

xo xo


“Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.”

“The only thing to do with good advice is pass it on. It is never any use to oneself.”

“Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.”

“Women are made to be loved, not understood.”

“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”

“The only thing worse than being talked about is not being talked about.”

“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.”

“With freedom, books, flowers, and the moon, who could not be happy?”

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Inspire Me: Saturday


Amen. Enjoy your SATURDAY.

xo xo

p.s. have you checked out Kate Spade Saturday, yet? love, love. ❤

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