My Life in Verbs

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Drinking: homemade gingerbread lattes. I love the gingerbread lattes at Starbucks, but they are so darn expensive! So I figured out a way to basically make gingerbread simple syrup at home. Yesssss.

Joining: the Injustice BoycottI am excited that there is a tangible way to advocate for justice. If you want to combat police brutality, racial violence and systemic injustice in America through organized resistance, please join in this nationwide boycott.

Reading: several books, as usual. First, One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are by Ann Voskamp. To be honest, I’m struggling through this book. It has been recommended to me by multiple people, and I love the concept, but at this point I find the style sort of verbose and annoying. Second, The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany by William L. Shirer. Yep, I have a very fat book with a huge swastika on it. I started reading this because I am interested in having a clearer picture of what happened in Germany through the life and leadership of Hitler. I know, very light reading. Third, The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity by Julia Cameron. It is my third time going through this book, and my soul is refreshed and refocused every single time.

Watching: This Is Us on Netflix. I watched the first episode and felt so many feelings. Anyone else watching it? Is it worth pursuing? I feel like it may be a balm to my soul as it misses the show Parenthood.

Loving: my friend Christina Grenga’s Food Freedom & Faith program. She created this 8-week course to help people on the journey to physical, mental, and spiritual health. The program begins January 2, 2017. Click here to sign up for Food Freedom & Faith.

Dreaming: about what I want to create in 2017. If you’ve been around me for any length of time, you’ll know that I am passionate about creating. Creativity fuels my life in so many ways. Currently, I’m thinking of creating a community for creators, artists, writers, and entrepreneurs, and anyone with a calling to create. This idea has been brewing for a while, and I’m excited to take action with this in January. Are you in the process of writing, creating art, starting a business, or making something that doesn’t yet exist? Let me know, and I’d love to connect!

Okay, your turn. What’s going on with you? Share some of your verbs in the comments.

My Life in Verbs

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Studying: up on AYSO rules and guidelines. I’m going to coach Aaron’s soccer team this coming season. You may surprised, but I played soccer for 11 years, through high school. I’m so excited to be back on the field as a coach.

Learning: how to leverage Pinterest as a search engine for reaching a wider audience with my blog/business. I had no idea about creating “rich pins” and collaborating on group boards until a few months ago…and now am realizing how to better connect my business to Pinterest.

Reading: Hearing God: Developing a Conversational Relationship with God by Dallas Willard (for the second time) and Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown.

Watching: Terrace House on Netflix. My brother and sister-in-law introduced us to the show – a Japanese unscripted reality series along the lines of Real World. At first, I was like, “That sounds supremely awful.” But then we got sucked in, and CANNOT get enough. Now all I want to do is drink sake, eat fish, and watch more episodes of Terrace House.

Loving: hosting all of our out-of-town guests. We have a series of friends and family visiting through the summer, and love it! Living in Honolulu, there is no shortage of visitors.

Feeling: excited to celebrate 10 years of marriage (whaat?!) with Steve. We’re planning a fun date night and weekend get-away this week. Speaking of marriage, we recently preached a sermon together at our church called “Romance, Marriage, and Never Being Alone.” If you’d like to listen, here’s the sermon online.

Okay, your turn. What’s going on with you? Share some of your verbs in the comments.

My Life in Verbs

Getting into graphic design with Canva

I discovered Canva recently, and love all the fun graphics I can create. It lets a non-design person like me make pretty things for my websites.

Learning to embrace my limits. 

Steve is gone on a 9-day trip, and in the days leading up to his departure, I nearly had an anxiety attack. I was so overwhelmed about solo parenting, particularly with our 3-year-old being so exhausting to manage. My mantra has been: embrace limits, ask for help, and let go of perfection. All of these things go against my perfectionist nature. But I’m trying! If there are other people out there working on embracing their limits, please talk to me. I need moral support.

Enjoying parenting humor like this blog post How to Raise an Excellent Toddler

When parenting my kids isn’t all rainbows and puppies, it can feel like living in an insane asylum where everyone’s screaming for milk. Funny/true perspectives on parenting with lots of f-bombs are super theraputic for me.

Writing a whole lot.

I’ve been working on various blog posts and resources for Spiritual Journey, my place to encourage and equip people in their spiritual growth. This kind of writing has been so life-giving to me, mostly because the words flow out of who I am and what I deeply care about.

Falling in love with my new Leuchtturm notebook

My journal gives order to my life. I use it for weekly calendars, goals, meal planning, brainstorming, reflective prayer times, and many different lists. The Leuchtturm is a high-quality, well-designed notebook that I love to use.

Eating all the lemon bars on brown butter shortbread I made the other day.

My kids love sweets, but decided lemon bars are not their thing. I am not fighting them on this. More for me.

Okay, your turn. What’s going on with you?