Monday, January 26, 2015

Monday Inspiration for Moms

I truly love being able to stay at home with the boys currently. I do have future plans once we move to head back to school but right now, this is where I am supposed to be. 

It doesn't come easy sometimes though. 

But I know this is the good work that Jesus has placed me in. To be at home with the boys. There is one verse I, without fail, come back to. It is 1 Thess. 5:11. It says: 

"Encourage one another and build each other up."

You are the one shaping your children's lives. They are looking to you for love, praise and encouragement. Those "teachable" moments may be difficult to be consistent with but they are there to shape and mold your little one's life. 

Speaking life into them is so important- DAILY. 
Showing them love with your words and hands- DAILY. 
Praising them- DAILY. 

So open up your hands and ask Him to show you daily what words you should be speaking into each child. Build them up and encourage them to build their siblings up. Speaking life and kindness all starts in the home with each other so then soon they can go out and spread it to others around them. 

Bring some teachable moments into the home this week with speaking life. When they begin fighting over a toy- show them how to bring peace and kindness. When they say something hurtful- show them how to speak life instead. 

Trust me there are many moments to teach and you can show them how. 

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Make it Happen {book review}

This book was on my list to read as I start a new year. It also went perfectly with my Powersheets. I sat down with it and a pen to highlight and mark any encouragement, inspiration and quotes I wanted to remember. Every few pages I found myself underlining and circling countless sentences.

Lara knows how to dig deep and shows you truly how to surrender to your fear, take the leap and live on purpose. I didn't realize it until I started reading this book of what my fear truly is and she spelled it out for me.

Making it happen means meeting your fear. 


Make It Happen is the story of how I surrendered my fear, took the leap, and got a life. In my case, a perfectly imperfect, fulfilling life as a mama, a working woman, and a grateful wife. This is the story of how I chose to make "it"-- a greater purpose than mine--happen, and how you can too.

women who find themselves worried, anxious and completely overwhelmed by the constant chase for perfection
those seeking the courage to jump into a new venture
working woman who are struggling to "do it all"
weary wives and moms looking for relief from burning
the candle at both ends 
anyone who dreams of a life lived not by accident, but on purpose

This book, as it says, is truly for everyone. It's all about progress not perfection. Some of my favorite takeaways from this book are:

Busy is the enemy of peace

You are going to fail sometimes, and things won't always go the way you hoped. But here's the beautiful paradox about failure: failure will get you further than fear. 

Before you make any big decisions, ask yourself this question: Am I acting on faith or feelings? 

Being humbled is where change starts. 

I hope you grab a copy and maybe even read with a friend. It is really an encouraging, uplifting book to read and go do. 
Also, if you join Influence Network you can grab a copy for free as they have a bible study this next month and go through the book together. I can't wait to re-read it with them! 

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Begin A Capsule Wardrobe

I have been quietly watching in the back of the room as bloggers I follow introduce me to capsule wardrobes. Jacey has been doing a great series on capsule wardrobes and Rachael just began hers recently. I am always inspired by these two women especially and loved what they had to say about capsule wardrobes.

I have been wanting to start one but never knew where to start. I am making it one of my goals next month to start the beginning of a capsule wardrobe and hope to work up to building quality, sensible items to my closet that don't go hiding or never worn.

A few small steps I have taken recently to begin are:

Sending a bag full of clothes to ThredUP.  
I had clothes that didn't fit since losing weight and also some I just never honestly wore more than once or twice because I didn't love it when I purchased it. That is one of the reasons I want to start a capsule wardrobe. To build up to items I will honestly love to wear and to find a variety of ways to wear them. (Use the link above to get $10 store credit).

Signing up on Twice
Twice is also like ThredUP. A secondhand online store of brand name clothing at affordable prices. I have been eyeing a few items on there to begin building my wardrobe and am excited to purchase them. (Use the link above to get $10 store credit and if you download the app afterwards you get another $10 credit when signing onto the app which equals $20 towards your first purchase!).

Organizing my closet. 
Slowly started this past week. One of the goals for February is to go through my closet and begin building a fall/winter, spring/summer wardrobe and to stash the latter in a box when it's not the season.

Purchasing simple, affordable shirts from Everlane 
I bought a simple, black shirt from their store right before Christmas and it honestly is the most comfy, cute shirt that goes well for simple errand runs out with the family or for a date night with Josh.

I am working towards this so I will LOVE everything in my closet, I will have a a variety of ways to make outfits with a few basic purchases and also it's budget friendly once done. As a mom of two busy boys I want to love what's in my closet and also to have it be long lasting is such a bonus.

The links above are referral links which help me to begin my capsule wardrobe while you do too! 

I'll be sharing more over the next few months as I begin but you can start by reading these posts:

building a capsule wardrobe

a capsule wardrobe