Currently: March 2018


Welcome March!

planning // All the Paleo + Whole30 recipes! A friend and I are doing sort of a “Paleo reset” this month (basically eating Paleo for 30 days instead of a technical Whole30 – I’ve been doing Paleo for a few months now but have sort of fallen off the wagon lately) and I am loving the planning process and looking up new recipes to try!

seeing // The light at the end of the tunnel (sort of)! My spring break begins on March 30 and I am beyond ready for a break and some time off to relax!

making // Paleo recipes! Last night’s dinner was a Paleo Buffalo Chicken Pizza and today it’s Pork Carnitas Lettuce Wraps. I love how delicious eating gluten/dairy/grain free can be!

pretending // That it’s already Spring Break…forreal though. This teacher is ready for a break!

wearing // All of the seasons. Let me explain… here in North Carolina, we are blessed with four distinct seasons but sometimes – as is the case here lately – we experience them all within a span of a few days. We’ve had several days spent in the mid-upper 70s that felt positively divine but then we’ve also had some dips back down into the 30s and 40s. The weather just can’t seem to make up it’s mind, which has led to some frustrating moments when deciding what to wear each day.

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Currently: February 2018


Welcome February! (Sidebar, how are we already into the second month of the year already?)

finishing // Hm, this one is stumping me a bit. I can’t really think of something I’m “finishing”…I feel like I’m just starting in a number of ways!

subscribing // To all the podcasts! My current favorites are Mike Foster’s Fun Therapy podcast and Emily P. Freeman’s The Next Right Thing podcast. My commute to work is a good 35-45 minutes each way so podcasts are the best thing ever right now.

wishlisting // All of the Enneagram books! In recent weeks I have gotten to be quite obsessed with studying the enneagram personality typing system and I’m finding myself drawn to all of the books on the subject matter. It’s just so fascinating to me! I’m Type Nine which actually means I have traits from each of the nine types but I’m also very much a Type Six and Five (they are tied as my second highest type).

watching // Chicago Fire + Chicago Med! The Chicago franchise on NBC is seriously my favorite thing ever, particularly these two shows. I never could get into Chicago PD but Med and Fire are the best. If I’m already caught up on those, you can almost always find me watching reruns of Gilmore Girls and Blue Bloods.

hearting // Community. All the heart-eye emojis for this and for the way God is moving in this area of my life already this year. I just feel so blessed and encouraged by the people that God has placed in my life in recent weeks and I am so excited to see what He does through these connections and friendships.

Read through other February currently posts over at Anne in Residence!

Currently: January 2018


Happy New Year! Back in 2016 I posted to Anne in Residence’s Currently linkup regularly and I thought it would be fun to get back to that in 2018!

starting // My 2018 Powersheets from Cultivate What Matters! I took the plunge and ordered the six month set in July of last year when my family and I were completing our first Whole30. I totally fell in love with them so I snagged the yearly set back in November. I’m a paper and planning junkie anyway, but there’s just something about this product that speaks so deeply into my heart + soul. Between the Powersheets and my new yearly prayer journal from Val Marie Paper, I just feel so encouraged to prayerfully move into this new year.

hoping //¬†2018 is poised to be a year of great change in my life – change that will likely consist of me moving somewhere completely unfamiliar this Fall (see this post). I’m truly just hoping to prayerfully begin this year with a heart that is in tune with Jesus and His will + plan for whatever lies ahead.

scheduling // Ha, my workouts? The yoga studio in my town where I’ve been going for a few month now just began a new schedule with some new class offerings this week. I just want to try all the things!

reading // I’m currently reading Liturgy of the Ordinary by Tish Harrison Warren and loving it! I’m also reading and praying through the Bible chronologically this year with my sister. We’re using one of the plans in the YouVersion Bible app that was recommended by the amazing Lara Casey!

planning // All the things! I’m just excited and hopeful for all that 2018 could offer but for this month in particular, there are two things I’m planning on attending that has me excited! On January 12, Emily Ley (creator of the Simplified Planner and author of Grace, Not Perfection and A Simplified Life) will be in Charlotte for a stop on her book tour and I am hoping to make it out to meet her! Then on January 25, the women’s community at my church will be hosting their first worship night – which I am super excited about!

See you next month!

In Between

You may have noticed this space has been a little sparse lately.

To be perfectly honest, friends, I haven’t wanted to write here for some time and that has been so hard. This blog is like a sanctuary to me. In many ways, my heart and my soul have been bared in this space over the past year as God both wrecked me and restored me.

Since I began to blog about things more personal, rather than the superficial pop culture articles I wrote back when I first started blogging all those years ago, I’ve learned something about myself.

It’s really hard for me to write on a whim.

As much as I wish I could pop out post after post that both inspires and encourages, I just can’t. Try as I might, I just can make this space look like the rest of the lifestyle blogs out there who have seemed to master weaving their faith together with topical/promotional posts.

When the Lord moves me, I write. When He teaches me, I write.

It’s not that the Lord hasn’t been teaching me in this absence. On the contrary, He has been working so hard in me these last few weeks.

This school year is hard. The Lord has entrusted 16 children into my care this year and oh, how their needs are overwhelming. I long to have all of the answers and somehow find the magical intervention and visual aid that will solve the developmental and behavioral struggles we face.

I am weary. By Friday afternoon, I am lucky to be able to string coherent thoughts together. Hence why the post is a little¬†on the ramble-y side….

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Currently // Vol. 9


Welcome to September! This truly is one of my favorite months because it holds the start of Fall and the start of cooler temperatures here. Hallelujah! Check out all of the currently updates over on Anne’s blog!

Reading // Lesson plans? I’m more than a little bummed that a broke out of my reading rut towards the end of the summer…only to have it ruined by my going back to work. I spent Labor Day weekend in the mountains, though, away from cell service and internet so I was able to read Present Over Perfect by Shauna Niequist and make more headway on The Happiness Dare!

Trying // To stay awake. I wake up early to get to work, you guys….

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