Friday, February 26, 2016

High Five for Friday!

Welcome to another week of High Five for Friday with KatieDellaTif and I! We're so glad you're here.

And here's this week's 5!

1. We are finally on the mend! It only took 3 weeks, but Juliet is finally having a normal tummy and we all couldn't be more excited. I'm so thankful that she isn't so miserable anymore.

2. If you follow me on Instagram, I shared that I did something pretty fun on Monday night. I got a tattoo! It's something that I've wanted since I was 20, and with everything that has happened in the last year, it's even more meaningful. Check out my Instagram post and this blog post about this quote and why it's so important to me.

3. I stopped by my local Half Price Books the other day in search of a few different books. I nearly laughed out loud when I saw the cashier's face. Yep, my interests are broad. :) But! I'm super excited to start reading more about the things that have been on my mind lately, especially bees. I am hoping to have some hives up and going soon after getting our new house.

4. I've slowly been trying to get caught up with some of the wonderful bloggers that I always used to follow before our miscarriages and all the upheaval of the last year. I'm excited to be catching up with both bloggers that I admire and others that I consider friends. I've especially been excited to catch up with Maggie Whitley's blog, because it makes me feel that even during times where your life isn't predictable, that's okay and you can give yourself grace. I'm also excited about a newer blogger friend, Cait over at Cait's Cozy Corner. I'm going to try to keep up with her March Book Club.

5. So I didn't know that $10 at Target link up was this week, so my post will be coming out tomorrow! But I've really loved reading Tif and Becky's posts so far! Come back tomorrow to see what I found :)

Thursday, February 25, 2016

5 Ways to Start Living More Naturally



If you've been around the blog for the last year or so, you know that my push to go more natural has sprung from both wanting to be healthy for my family, but also because of the miscarriages that we have had this past year.

When I started researching about living more naturally, it really seemed completely overwhelming. Like I sat and read a bunch of Pinterest articles from various blogs for hours and almost wanted to cry, kind of overwhelming. I  felt like I was doing so much wrong! How was I ever going to change my life so drastically that it would actually make a difference?

The best way to really start using more natural products and food is to just start slowly, and know that everyone has to start somewhere. Here's the 5 ways you can start living a more natural life today:

1. Swap out produce that has skin or an outside that you eat for their organic version.

This really helps in not only not seeing sticker shock from the higher prices, but also allows you not to have to change everything at once.

So apples, pears, lettuce? You eat the outside of those fruits and veggies where pesticides are residing. Switch those to organic.

Bananas, avocados, oranges? Go ahead and still buy conventional since you won't be eating their skins. Make sense?

2. Buy a couple glass water bottles.

BPA is so bad for your body. I truly never knew just how much that stuff messes with your hormones! Now, it's great that manufacturers are starting to make most things BPA free, but the chemicals that are replacing BPA haven't really been researched that well on the long term effects on us. Not to mention that BPA is still in nearly all store bought bottled water. For roughly $20, you can buy a few reusable glass bottles and know that you will be safe.

3. Replace a personal care product once a month (or as they run out)

There is so much crap that the US doesnt regulate within our personal care products and beauty products. It's really sad actually. But there are also some really great brands out there that are trying to change that. I love Trader Joe's for affordable and healthy personal care products. I've loved some of the natural products I've both bought and made, like my homemade simple lotion, and it's made my skin so much healthier!

Curious how your products rate? Check out Skin Deep by the EWG. I use their app when I'm shopping for main stream brands.

4. Try to use less processed food products.

This does mean cooking more. (Or freezer cooking, check out my Pinterest board with ideas here.) But the plus side is that the food tastes so much better and you know you're giving your body what it needs. Try adding one or two more meals that are full of fresh ingredients per week to get used to it.

Don't want to be a slave to the kitchen? I've had such wonderful luck with Rachael Ray's 30 Minute Meals, prep to table in 30 minutes is definitely more doable than an hour or more in the kitchen for the weekdays.

Another great trick is to utilize your leftovers! I either take them for lunch or use them a couple days later for dinner again.

5. Start taking a good multivitamin daily.

This is another small change that can have huge impact! I have been taking a prenatal blend regularly now for about 6 months, and let me tell you my energy levels have been so much better and I can just tell that my body feels better. I'm getting the extra minerals I need without having to worry that every single meal I eat is completely balanced. That seriously exhausts me.

I am using Prothera that I have gotten through my naturopath, but any brand that doesn't have extra ingredients in them are fine to use.

Friday, February 19, 2016

High Five for Friday!

Welcome to another week of High Five for Friday with KatieDellaTif and I! We're so glad you're here.

Our featured blogger this week is Meg from My Monochromatic Life. She's got some great fashion posts and reviews. I love her Birchbox review! Go give her some H54F love :) 

So can I admit something? I've gotten a a lot of photographing for the blog done this week, but with Juliet still this stomach bug and not sleeping, I've barely taken any photos over the week! So this week's H54F is all about the DIYs I'm looking forward to getting my hands on. 

1. DIY Blush! 
I've recently started getting facials to help with some skin issues I've been having, and we found out that my BareMinerals blush has been clogging my pores. So sad because I love it! But the prospect of making my own seems like a great alternative and super fun! I'm excited about this recipe from Thriving on Paleo

2. DIY Console Table
I'm super excited for our new house! We've been out there a few times lately going over exactly where we want to start our work when we officially close and one thing we do know is we aren't going to have nearly enough furniture for the open concept we are going for. I'm so excited to get a little dirty and build this myself! Shanty 2 Chic is so awesome because it's two sisters, wood, and power tools! I think it's so awesome. Check out their other plans if you are interested. 

3. Ballet Dress 
Juliet has an obsession with tutus and I think this is just too adorable not to try! I'm definitely no pro seamstress, but I think I can pull this one off. 

4. Wreath
Love this baby's breath wreath! So pretty and soft and perfect for our new front door. 

5. Bunny Towels
These little towels are a perfect way to bring a little spring into the kitchen. Plus how adorable?!

What DIYs are on your list? How was your week? Let me know below!

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

DIY Fabric Covered Bulletin Board



Before we officially knew that we were going to buy our new home, I knew I needed a face lift in my home office. It has become the house catch-all and was desperately in need of some inspiration for my writing and other work. I shared my mood board for what I wanted here.

I had a nice bulletin board that I had originally painted in college, but it really needed updated for my new tastes, plus the paint was chipping and looking a little worse for the wear. Enter Joann's coupons, some gold spray paint, and cheap thumb tacks! This is seriously one of the easiest DIYs I have done.

Tools Needed:
1 1/2 yard fabric of choice
thumb tacks
hot glue gun


1. Cut the fabric to fit the front of the bulletin board and about an inch of overlap in the back.

2. If you material has a pattern, line the patterns up with the edge of the bulletin board, and use the thumb tacks to hold the pattern in place.

3. Pull the material taut around the back and hot glue to the back of the bulletin board. Do this for all 4 sides.

4. Trim material if necessary.

5. Hang and add your own pieces of inspiration!
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Monday, February 15, 2016

Stitch Fix Review




I shared on Friday about getting my first Stitch Fix! I've been toying with the idea of getting a Stitch Fix box, but I knew the pieces were a little more expensive than I usually spend. When I was a stay at home mom, I was worried about falling in love with something that was just out of my price range. But can I just tell you that I wish I had done this sooner!

If you haven't heard of Stitch Fix before, let me fill you in on this wonderful subscription box. For $20, a stylist will send you 5 pieces of clothing based on your style profile that you fill out on stitch fix.com. This profile includes the basics like sizing, the fit you prefer to wear your clothes, and then you rate what styles you like best. You can even let them know if there's certain styles or pieces that you are hoping to incorporate more into your wardrobe. You can also let them know if there's certain things you don't want, colors, accessories, or certain pieces.

If you don't like something that your stylist sends you, you simply leave feedback on the piece and send it back in the prepaid mailer that is included in your box. Then, based on what you would like to keep, you check out on the website. The $20 that you pay for the box goes towards any purchases that you make.

You can even let them know whether you need an outfit for a date night or special occasion, and they will deliver. The great thing about Stitch Fix is that you  can schedule your fix and much or as little as you would like!

I let my stylist know that I was hoping for more clothes that were casual chic or boho in my wardrobe. I also let them know that I am a mom to a toddler and only work part time so pieces that are versatile and comfortable were high priority for me.

Here's what I got:

Just Black High Rise Distressed Straight Leg Jean $88

These jeans fit me so well! I was really surprised because I really figured if anyone else bought pants for me there was no way they could pick out something that actually fits, and fits well. The price is out of my usual price range on jeans, mostly because I'm cheap. I'm on the fence merely because the price, but I do like the fit!
(Side note: photographing yourself really makes me realize that I need to get back into shape again)

LoveAppella Long Sleeve Lace Keyhole Back Knit Top  $58.00

This is my absolute favorite piece! It's so comfortable but way nicer than just wearing a t-shirt, especially on my days off. This one is for sure a keeper. My hubby loves it too, which is definitely another reason to keep.


MTLA Georgia Shawl Collar Cardigan  $78

This was my second favorite piece from the fix. Again, it's definitely more than what I would usually pay for a sweater. But, it's super comfy and a lot higher quality than a lot of the stuff that I normally buy. Honestly, it's between the jeans and this sweater to keep! (Hopefully I will keep myself reined in and not keep all three :)

Octavia Tina Checkered Infinity Scarf  $34

I loved this scarf, so soft and perfect for the ice cold Ohio winters. But, since I loved the other pieces so much, this one will be sent back for the sake of my bank account. Sad to part with it!


Papermoon Woven Back Knit Top  $58

This was the only piece that I really wasn't over the moon about in my fix. I love the idea of it, and I really like the high/low aspect of the top, but I think the flowers are just a little overwhelming and I don't really like the length of where the front of the shirt hits me. It has grown on me, but for $58, if I don't love it then I don't want to spend the money.
So, all together, I was super happy and excited about my first Stitch Fix! It will definitely be something that I will do again.

Linking up with Tuesday Talk | WIWW

Have you ever done Stitch Fix or another fashion subscription? How did yours go? 

Friday, February 12, 2016

High Five for Friday!

Welcome to another week of High Five for Friday with KatieDellaTif and I! We're so glad you're here.


Today's featured blogger Kristy from Seven Graces. I love her post about what to get a girl turning 3, and I think it's awesome that she's going to write a bible study. Go check out her blog and show her some love!

1. We had our monthly Google hangout with the H54F ladies and sadly I had to miss out this time. Luckily Whitney from Come Home for Comfort stepped in. If you weren't able to catch it last night, click here to see the recorded version, and feel free to leave comments for us to answer!

2. Tonight I'm co-hosting my first ever Intro to Essential Oils class at 7 PM EST and would love to have you if you are interested! Just leave your email in my comments below and I'll get you hooked up. It will be super laid back and informational about some of the basic questions you may have about trying essential oils. I recommend even if you are skeptical, after I tried them, I've been hooked!

3. Oh the illnesses this year. I talked about it a little in my post earlier this week, but man, we just can't seem to catch a break this year. Juliet and I have both had really bad colds for a few weeks at a time, then she caught the stomach bug, and then I caught it this past weekend and into the beginning of the week. I am still trying to get back to feeling 100% healthy. I'm really hoping that this is the end of all the illness and you can bet that we will be loading up on vitamin C and other healthy deterrents like these.

4. I had so much fun heading out to happy hour with my friend and co-worker Holly the other day after work. It's so nice to just have some girl time, and I love that it's become a fairly regular thing in the past few months!

5. I got my first Stitch Fix this past week! For those of you that don't know, they give you your own personal stylist, you fill out a profile, and then they send you 5 pieces based on your profile. It's pretty awesome!  I was hoping to share it with you before now, but stomach bug and sleeping=no fun pictures to show you. I really loved my first style, though, and I'm so excited to show you all the fun pieces on Monday!



Thursday, February 11, 2016

H54F Google Hangout: Valentine Stories

Tonight is the night! This month's Google Hangout with yours truly and the rest of the High Five for Friday ladies is live tonight! Katie, Della, Tif, and I are looking forward to chatting with you all and sharing some about our Valentine's stories.
 

Join us live at 9:30 PM EST!

 
You can watch right here from the blog:



Or you can also watch on Google+ or YouTube!
You don’t need a Google+ account to watch. BUT you will need one if you want to ask us questions live. But if you don’t have one, no worries! You can still watch LIVE! You can also tweet us questions or comments using #H54FHangout. We’ll do our best to scan!
If you can’t make it, don’t worry about that either! We will be recording, and it will be available to watch later, whenever you want.






We are so excited to have you join us at 9:30PM EST tonight!

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Curing the Stomach Bug Naturally




We are on week three of some sort of illness plaguing our house. The most recent culprit being the stomach bug. Yuck, yuck, yuck. This winter has been one of the worst when it comes to this kind of junk than any other that I can remember. I'm positive that it's compounded by me working at a hospital and Juliet being in part time childcare. We're germ magnets!

The only thing that's been good this winter is that I now have a great arsenal of natural remedies to fight against all the nasties that we have come up against. And I'm so thankful for that!

For our recent stomach turning sickness, my go-tos were definitely my organic ginger tea, lemon and thieves essential oils, and my probiotics. I know that these made our ill time cut in half.  

I diffused the lemon oil regularly while both Juliet and I were sick, and put thieves with coconut oil on our feet. Let me tell you, thieves has been a life changer. It's the single oil blend that made me believe in the goodness that are essential oils.

To help keep our immune systems boosted for the rest of the winter, I've been adding elderberry syrup twice a day and Ningxia red as a supplement to the rest of the vitamins I already take. Elderberry is a great natural source of vitamin C, which your body can metabolize way better than synthetic supplements.

And ningxia red, well there's just so much goodness wrapped up in this tiny container. It's a powerhouse super fruit blend with essential oils and can really help to support your energy levels. Check out more info here.


If you are interested in learning more about essential oils and Ningxia red, I'm co-hosting a Essential Oils 101 class this Friday, February 12 at 7 pm EST! I'd love to have you as a part of it. Just leave your email below and I will get you added :) If you are interested, but can't make that time, leave your email anyways. You'll be able to go back and read through all the wonderful info at a later time. 

Friday, February 5, 2016

High Five for Friday!

Welcome to another week of High Five for Friday with KatieDellaTif and I! We're so glad you're here.



1. Juliet has been sick all week. The poor girl has a cold and now tummy issues. It's been a long week for her and momma. I'm praying were on the mend today, and hence why this post is a few minutes late getting up today. 

2. Next Thursday is our next Google Hangout, and this time is all about the love! We'll be talking love stories, wedding dresses, and I'm sure all kinds of other fun things :) so make sure you join as at 9:30 EST February 11. 

3. Another awesome announcement that I'm super excited about! I've shared a few snippets on the blog about my love for essential oils, and I wanna share that love with you! When I first started using them, I was skeptical about the information out there and how to use them safely and effectively. If you've ever wanted to learn more about oils, or are new to this whole journey and want to learn more, leave your email in a comment below and I will send you an invite to my event! It will be live February 12 at 7pm EST, but if you can't make it then, there's an option to be able to go back and look through all the info! It'll be a fun, informative event. 

4. The reality of buying a new house has really hit me. There's so much to do around here! I'm working on decluttering and purging, because I know that it will help the house look better. Sometimes it's hard to even decide where to start! 

5. I'm headed to my esthetician to get another facial and I'm beyond excited! My skin looks so much better since the last time I met with her, I can't wait to see what she does with it this time! 



Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Healthier Buffalo Chicken Bites

I've been working hard lately to break out of my bad eating habits. As a family, we did so well prior to my last few miscarriages. Although I've really wanted to get healthy and back to where I was a year and a half ago, it's just been so hard to break free of all the food. I mean, ice cream tastes so freaking good.

The first time I cleaned up my eating a few years ago, I did it slowly so I would stick with it and enjoy the process a little more. This recipe is perfect for that! Is it super healthy, clean eating worthy? Nope. But it's better than it's alternative! And right now, I'm happy with that.





Check out the recipe for these yummy buffalo bites here at SkinnyTaste.

I then made a wedge salad with clean blue cheese dressing, some walnuts, and some bacon bits. The potato wedges were cut into slices, spray lightly with olive oil, and then baked in the oven along with the bites.
 
 
What are some of your fave ways to eat the food you love without the guilt?

Friday, January 29, 2016

High Five for Friday!

Welcome to another week of High Five for Friday with KatieDellaTif and I! We're so glad you're here.


Our featured blogger this week is Taylor from Tattooed Teacher in Texas. She's been a long time H54F veteran. I love her planner peeks and her post about goal setting. Go over and check out her blog, leave some H54F love :)

Whew, where do I start this week?

1. Well, it's been a little quieter around here because we've been in the process of buying a  new house! It's been a little unconventional process, and it's definitely dragged out, but we will be closing at the end of February and starting to remodel soon after! It's so exciting and nerve wracking all at the same time. Expect quite a few DIY projects for the home coming up. I'm itching to get started!

2. I did so well at the beginning of this week cooling and making healthy food.  But it seems like as I go on through the week, my motivation kind of fizzles out. I'm hoping to get better about t, and at least I've got healthy leftovers!

3. Juliet has been obsessed with her Lambie from Doc McStuffins that she got for Christmas. It's pretty adorable, she sings her song with Lambie at bedtime and naptime. 

4. I'm trying out the Younique mascara and I'm excited to do a review for you all in the next week or two.

5. We're hoping to get a dent on cleaning and decluttering more of the house this weekend. I think we've done really well the past month or so, but I'm starting to lose motivation now that we're getting down to the stuff that's hard to part with. Plus, I'm just not one of those people that enjoys cleaning. I mean, I love how my house looks after, but it's just so hard for me to get started sometimes. 

Friday, January 22, 2016

High Five for Friday!

Welcome to another week of High Five for Friday with KatieDellaTif and I! We're so glad you're here. 


Our featured blogger this week is Melissa at The Happy Little Hive. Make sure you head over and show her some love! 

 It's been such a crazy busy, but fun week over here!

1. I, along with 4 other wonderful ladies, were able to relaunch a fun Mom's ministry at our church. I can't tell you how much I look forward to having time with other moms that just get it. I'm looking forward to continuing our events the rest of the year! 


2. I shared on Instagram this week that I've been loving Vega One shakes. They are seriously so good, and I picked them because they don't have a bunch of junk in them like a lot of shakes do and they are packed with vitamins and nutrients. If you have a Kroger nearby, we've found it quite a few times over $10 off. 

3. You know what they say about a full moon? Well it was definitely true for us at our home group for our church last night. All the kids were just crazy! Louder than normal, rowdier than normal, and nothing just seemed to calm them down. It was definitely an interesting night, to say the least. 


4. I know at least a few of you out there follow Modern Mrs Darcy. I'm really excited to try out her reading challenge this year! I am trying to find Joy this year, and I know reading is definitely part of it for me. If you haven't checked her blog out before, I highly recommend it! 


5. KonMari-ing my life is going fairly well! I should've taken a before photo, but I'm so pleased with how my drawers are looking! 3 1/2 trash bags full of clothes AND I've probably gotten rid of 10 or so bags of clothes over the last year. That's what happens when you still have clothes from high school... Oops. 




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Thursday, January 21, 2016

Courage

I've always been a dreamer, a reader--that kid with their head in the clouds imagining just what their life would be like if it really was like those adventures I buried my nose in. But none of those stories really caught my attention--my mind--quite like the Chronicles of Narnia.
Before the movies, before I could even read, my dad would read chapters of The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe to me. I would beg for more, even if we had been reading for hours. I fell in love with the characters; in love with the story.
As I've gotten older, the lines above have taken on a new meaning. Even as an adult in a book deemed for children, I find solace and kindred spirit in C.S. Lewis's most famous works.
I've shared on this blog the hardships we've endured in the last year with miscarrying 4 times, the issues with finding a doctor that would treat me the correct way instead of lumping me in with others that couldn't get pregnant at all, and then I just kind of stopped sharing.
It's been 5 months since my last miscarriage. Over a year of trying for another child. We took a break and I've been focusing on my health. I've got a wonderful naturopathic doctor that my OB-GYN is willing to work with, and we are really starting to get to the bottom of why I'm miscarrying. It may be as simple as switching my vitamins and using some progesterone during the pregnancy. We're not completely sure yet.
A little over a month ago, I just really felt that God was leading us to let go of the control and trust Him through this process by allowing ourselves to be open to getting pregnant again. Probably the scariest thing I've considered. We definitely want to have another child, and we definitely want to follow God's will for us as a family and a couple, but after the past year, the hope and the sadness we've gone through, it's absolutely terrifying to think about.
I was so at peace and so ready to just let this happen, whatever the outcome. But now, as I am getting closer and closer to that time where I will find out whether we are pregnant or not, I've had such mixed emotions. I believe and know that our family isn't complete, but I've had to continually pray and remind myself that whatever happens, it's the best thing for us right now.
Through these feelings of uncertaintity, nervousness, and some fear I have thought back to that moment in The Dawn Treader when everything looked to be lost. And in the midst of all of it, Aslan (a metaphor for God) swooped down and told Lucy, "Courage Dear Heart."
And I know my God is whispering that to me now.

Linking up with Waiting on...Wednesday | Tuesday Talk

Friday, January 15, 2016

High Five for Friday!


Wow, is it really time for another week of H54F?! This one really did sneak up on me. It's been so crazy over here on the personal side of the blog, that I just don't know where my time is going!

Anywho, welcome to another week of High Five for Friday with Katie, Della, Tif and I! We're so glad you're here. 

If you missed out last night, check this link for a video of our fun hangout sesh! Hopefully you can make it next month :) And for those of you that were able to make it, thanks for spending you're evening with us. We always enjoy these get togethers so much, even if some of us were sleepy (ahem, me! lol) 

Our lovely featured blogger this week is Holly from While I Wait. She's definitely a girl after my own heart, trying out the Kon Mari method of cleaning. I've done a little bit of this, but I'm looking forward to diving head first into this method this weekend, and I love getting to see someone else's prospective on it. 

Now, for this week's five! 




1. As I mentioned above, we've got some pretty crazy amount of stuff going on over here on the personal side, and I  am hoping to get to share the details with you all in the next few weeks! In the meantime, I just thought I'd share that I've basically been diffusing/using Stress Away essential oil blend from Young Living on the daily and it has helped so. so. much. This little bottle right here has made me a complete believer of essential oils. Love it!


2. We got our first real snow here in central Ohio during the week. Juliet has been begging me to go play in the snow since last year we were unable to find snow boots in her size (she has itty bitty feet.) So this was her first time actually getting to play in the snow and she loved it! It was so much fun and totally worth it even though it took longer to bundle and unbundle than the time we were actually outside. 

3. Jay and I took a little getaway last weekend to Hocking Hills. It was definitely different than our trip to the castle this summer, and while it was nice, it definitely wasn't exactly my cup of tea. I did enjoy just getting to spend time one on one with my hubby, though! 

4. I've started doing yoga in the mornings a couple times a week, and so far I'm really enjoying it. I definitely need to work on my flexibility so it seems like a perfect fit. Plus it's such a nice way to start your day, I feel like it really gets me off on the right foot for the morning. 

5. I got sucked into Making a Murderer on Netflix. Has anyone else watched it?! I'm only a few episodes in since I don't want to watch it in front of Juliet, but man! I can't even believe this stuff is real life.

How was your week? I'd love to hear!

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Thursday, January 14, 2016

Google Hangout Tonight!

The countdown begins! 9:30 PM tonight. Tune in right here on the blog by watching here:

 


Come join us on Google + where you can actually interact with us here! 

Did you miss this video session or want to go back through or see the video again? Click here for the Youtube video

Yay! We're so excited to start this new year with a hangout sesh with you guys. 

Have any questions you didn't think of during the hangout? Leave them below! :) 

Monday, January 11, 2016

2016 Word of the Year


Last year, when I chose Trust as my 2015 word of the year, I had no idea just exactly how that would encompass the way my life would play out in the last 12 months. When I felt that God was telling me that trust needed to be the center of this past year, never in my life would I have dreamed that the trust I was desperately trying to cling to would have to hold me through 4 miscarriages and so much heartache.

That I would take that trust from God, and finally give it back to him. That I would have to be at my lowest of lows to give my whole life over. This whole "picking a word of the year because I'm a blogger and it sounds cool" thing pretty rocked my entire world for an entire year.

And this year? 
This year I see Joy. 
I want Joy. 
And I choose Joy. 

Because it is a choice. Joy is something that you can choose to have, even on the crappiest of days. It isn't happiness, although you can experience the two at the same time. But to me, and for this next year, I choose to find joy in the moments that I'm in right now. In the situations that I am given, even if that means searching for joy through heartache.

I know one of my greatest assets in this is going to be One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp. I borrowed it via audio book from my library and it completely changed the way I was thinking about my life. I now have a hard copy, and want to read a little bit each week. Even if you don't have trouble finding the good in every day, I encourage you to read it because I really, truly do believe that it will at least encourage you to continue striving to looking for the joy in each day.

I am so hopeful for this coming year, and after a long time of living in the valley, I am looking forward to what the promise of a new year brings.

If you want some joyful inspiration in your life, check out my Pinterest board that's all about my word for 2016. I'll be compiling things that bring me joy there. Let me know if you'd like to join me! I'd love collaboration.

Have you chosen a word for this year?