A little sketch for a sweet friend. Thought I’d share here, too.
Her word for the year is “new.” When I replied that it brought this passage to mind, she exclaimed that it had, in fact, been the inspiration.
“Forget the former things;
do not dwell on the past.
See, I am doing a new thing!
Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness
and streams in the wasteland.”
We can be confident that the Lord is already at work. No matter our circumstances.
No patch of earth or heart is too tamped down or dried for Him to grow something beautiful and flourishing!
You crown the year with your bounty; your wagon tracks overflow with abundance. Psalm 65:11
Is anyone else out there a(n obsessive) Wuthering Heights fan? I sure am! Not only have I read the book a few (too many) times, but I also even made my poor husband watch the latest BBC version. Oh, what a romance (I’m not sure if I mean Heathcliff’s maddening love for Catherine or Mr. S’s romantic-mini-series-enduring love for me)!
To celebrate Valentine’s Day, who better to quote than Catherine herself?
I doodled this simple little image on Illustrator and thought I’d share in plenty of time for Valentine’s day.
When it comes to Valentine’s Day decor, I like to keep it simple! I may not go all out, but this sentimental heart cannot let the day pass without at least acknowledging it. This image is scaled for a 5″x7″ frame, but you’ll have to select 5″x7″ in your printer settings.
I want to share some changes, dreams, and goals around these parts. Forgive me as I don’t even bother to proofread and let my dreams take the reins for a few minutes.
First, Mr. S enjoyed a (well-deserved) military “leave” recently in which he was able to grow a beard. Ha! This is nearly impossible for a police officer and soldier, so he took advantage of the opportunity. The bright-red beard bit the dust in the final days of 2014. Bye, beard! See you after retirement or on a future deployment!
Secondly, I’ve begun a process I am calling “The Great Un-Decorating of January 2015.” Yep! I’ve realized that, though I love home decor, I will forever be terrified of clutter and knick-knacks. Have you ever been in a decor-lover’s home that was such an unrestrained jumble, you couldn’t focus on anything, but just the magnitude of everything? Friends, I realized I have the potential to be that friend. Yikes!
I love homey, cozy, and inviting. I don’t love unedited rooms full of everything that’s ever caught my eye. I love to share and donate. I don’t love to hoard. I don’t want to love our living space, I want to loveliving in our space.
Does that make a lick of sense to anyone else but me? Basically, unless it’s functional or irresistibly lovely, it’s going into storage until it can be used in our first home or donated to someone else who can enjoy it now. Silly and trivial though it may seem to some, I take homemaking seriously and am praying over these decisions. I pray our home is a sanctuary for friends, family, and strangers alike. A place of peace and restoration.
OK, now I’m ready to share some scary New Year’s goals and plans. I say scary because writing them here makes them feel more concrete.
This year, I plan to read My Utmost For His Highest from cover to cover. It’s a classic, and I think it’ll be a precious starting point to my quiet time. I also want to read the One-Year Chronological Bible to improve my Bible history knowledge.
I want to commit to doing a workout three days a week, and will change my routine drastically from what it’s been in the past. Running distances truly hurts my knees, and after talking to our chiropractor and my fitness-loving husband at length, I’ve decided I will stick to 2-3 miles or running for me (it’s still my favorite) or 20-30 minutes of cycling paired with strength training. It’s a modest goal so I know I can stick it out. I will also eat fried food only one day a week. Again, not a drastic change but a realistic change, and a change worth making!
I want to intentionally pour into a girlfriend every day. I have been hugely blessed with many sweet women I just love to pieces from childhood, college, church, and work. I want to invest in other women the way older women have invested in me.
I am going to cut down on coffee. I’ve already cut back to a daily two-cup limit (another order from our chiropractor) and hope to reduce that to one. Let’s be honest, I’ll never quit completely, friends.
I want to intentionally continue my education. I am truly a lover of reading, learning, and listening, but haven’t chased after my areas of interest with purpose. I want to pursue the things that interest me with vigor. From U.S. history to Geometry to Spanish, I want to learn it all!
Last but not least… This one is scary to put into words, because I don’t know what it is… I have a vague goal and I am still praying through it. I want, and almost need, to have a creative outlet. I don’t know what that will look like! I have so many dreams, from refinishing furniture to doing wedding invitation calligraphy, to selling prints, to helping friends decorate and organize their homes, to someday owning a little shop of my own. I want to help make other people’s lives beautiful. I truly just hope the Lord will show me what to do and how to add that to full schedule and my first love (teaching). For now, I’ll cultivate these things and wait.
Thanks for letting me share with you in this little dream space! ❤
What are your dreams for 2015? Thanks for stopping by!