My friends and I have begun to weekly set aside a time to seek God’s will for us in our city. We usually go to a park in the neglected part of our town and worship, pray, hang out with whoever is there, or just play haha. Yesterday, we decided to take a prayer walk through the neighborhoods and happened upon this beautiful spot. It just astounds me how you can find beauty anywhere.
So weather here has been everywhere from 50 to 90. Once it started getting chilly my mind automatically switched to everything cozy. First thing on my Fall agenda is to find the perfect fall blanket. This is the one I want! But it’s oh so pricey… So I’m still on the lookout. What are some things that make you feel especially autumny? Also, let me know if anyone has found a cheaper version of my dream blanket!
So lately things have been pretty crazy. Not much creating happening on my end. I’ve felt pretty stagnant and confused about what to do next (major change,moving, shutting myself up in a cave so I don’t have to deal with life lol). I feel like this has been a really big time of just learning what I’ve been building up in my heart and learning how to knock down the walls. I’ve been listening and looking alot and getting inspired by other people, by things my mom says, by my friends, by God… Here are five things that have been inspired me the past few weeks.
1. My best friend Aleya sent me this amazing video about two weeks ago. Here’s what she said about it.
“It makes me excited for this new season of life. A fresh start, always new reasons to give love, always finding joy in new places. He’s so good to us! I don’t understand how I let myself believe I’m bored in this life. He’s everywhere and He’s fascinating! Ahh life is just beautiful, isn’t it?”
I love her and totally agree with what she said! God is so so good and it’s crazy how much this video reminds me of my own life and my great group of friends. They are so beautiful every one of them and they are a gift to me!
Sincerely Kinsey is such a beautiful blog and what inspires me most about her is that she uses her beauty and her amazing photography to reveal the extravagant goodness of our God! it’s so great to see how God is affecting and using people everywhere!
3. I don’t know how to put this one, but I can feel in the air a sense of change. Maybe it’s just Fall or me being a dumb romantic but I can feel that God is about to teach me something big about myself. He’s already started to show me but I can tell it’s going to take a lot of breaking to figure it all out. I can definitely tell it’s gonna hurt cause it already does. I’m going to have to reconstruct the way I look at myself and other people and I’m going to have to be healed of a lot which is always hard. It’s going to be so good and it is really really necessary.
4. “Bloom where you’re planted” My mom has said this to me often. Those words are a lot easier for me to say than to do. I find myself asking “How?” or “Why here”. I’ve been pretty dissatisfied with my situation and I definitely haven’t been willing to bloom. But that’s so stupid. Plants don’t decide when to bloom and they bloom when they have what they need. God has given me all the tools I need to grow. I’m ready to stop being stagnant because my idea of the way things are supposed to be isn’t working out. We have one life to live people! Let’s bloom!
Last one(that I can think of now)! Bleh this one is kind of hard, but so good. As we live we begin to hold on to more and more junk, weighing down our hearts and hurting the people around us. Much of this junk comes from being hurt ourselves and just turns into a cycle. I personally have been letting junk build up in me to where I am mistrusting people. I’ve been really defensive :p Gross right? It is. But I’m going to start trying to let go of all this. Be patient with me though cause I definitely can’t do it all at once. But day after day, I’m going to begin to rid myself of this heaviness. “Let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.” Hebrews 12:1
The air was fresh and pure as she traversed over each crevice. She was astounded by all of its intricate unique parts. The valleys and high plateaus varying in altitude and beauty. The Great One who had created these mountains and lowlands had created the very heart beating wildly within her. As she stumbled along the high crags she would lift her song to the Most High. “I lift my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made the heaven and earth. He will not let [my] foot be moved.” (Psalm 121:1-3) I love you Lord! You are holy and gracious! High and lifted up! Blessed be thy sweet name that is beyond comparison! Kings and kingdoms will all pass away but your name will stand. I am loved by you my Beloved and what sweet news this is to me. Your passion ebbs and flows through the crevices of my heart and bursts forth liken to a ray of golden pure sunlight when the shutters of an enclosed, abandoned room are abruptly opened. The ray illuminates the dusty and disheveled room but it also reveals a way to find healing. Suddenly doors and windows are made clear. Now, the room can be cleared out by opening it up to the Source of fresh air. It doesn’t need to be adorned though. That’s the job of the Sun to dance beautifully upon the plain walls. All its beauty comes from the one who revealed its imperfections and weaknesses.
Every design plan has to have its start. There needs to be a catalyst to push you towards a concept for the rest of the room. For me, that catalyst was a $20 couch from The Cookie Jar Resale Shop. If you’re wanting to decorate for a new room or home, my advice would be to start off with a signature piece. Look for something that you love. It could be something you already have. A dining room table your mom was getting rid of, an old family photo, a vase you got as a wedding gift, ANYTHING. Just as long as it speaks to you. Next, you just have to figure out why it speaks to you. Is it the shape, the color, its age, its story? These questions will help you see what to do with the rest of the room. For example, I love this couch because of its 1960’s retro feel. I also love it because of its feminine color. The wood that outlines this couch is definitely my favorite part. Now that I know what I like about my piece, I can see my direction for the rest of the room. I’ll choose retro looking furniture, preferably from the 60’s. I’m going to stick to feminine colors (I think I’m going to go with a berry similar to the couch color and a tealish blue). Lastly, I want to have accents of wood throughout the room. There are definitely other ways to start designing a room, but starting with a signature piece has certainly made the job alot easier for me. 🙂
I never thought Taylor Swift would ever be in the title of one of my blog posts. I guess I’ve been rather snooty about her and never really gave her a chance. My friends (bro-sis) Matty and Vanessa invited me over to watch her Speak Now World Tour thing and I decided to have an open mind about it. I’ve been trying to keep my eyes open for some new inspiration for this new string of blog posts titled Inspired. So Taylor Swift is serious business people. I love to write (and attempt to play) music but lately i’ve been having a writers/learning block. Watching her tour really got me excited again about focusing on my music and working harder at learning to play my instruments (Banjelina-a banjo, Franklin-a uke, and an acoustic and electric guitar that have yet to be named). I really need to maintain this motivation because writing music doesn’t always go the way you want it to. It just gets pretty discouraging sometimes, but there’s always going to be a break through. You just have to work through it. Something else that inspired me in this same light was this video my friend J.V. sent me.Hope you blog readers out there won’t get discouraged in whatever you’re trying to do. The greatest thing is having friends to push you to keep trying. I’m definitely blessed with a ton of inspirational and encouraging friends!
Today was the last day of school and I had no idea it could be so depressing. I did not anticipate crying as much as I did and I already miss my babies! I know this is what I’m meant to do, but teaching can be pretty heart breaking. The best moment of the day was when Kaden (one of my students) saw me tearing up and gave me a big hug and kiss on the cheek. This will most likely be my last Happiness of a Teacher’s Assistant post because I will be doing school full time and will not be here anymore, but I hope to start posting my experiences of getting my bachelors in elementary education. Eventually, I’ll be able to begin blogging about the Happiness of a Teacher 🙂