Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Reflection, a Birthday and a Happy New Year

...ya filthy animal!

Birthday Crown? 

At the start of every year I begin a new journal, and I write on the first page my hopes, dreams and prayer requests for the new year. These hopes and dreams I try to hold with open hands knowing that God's plans for my life are better than my own. I also know that God loves me so much and knows my heart so intimately that he wants to give me the desires of my heart (Psalm 37:4) The first part of that verse is "Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart." This verse is well quoted because its so classic of Americans expecting God will just give them what they want. I know I'm guilty of thinking this. I think that this year God has shown me what it means to "delight in him." My heart longs for Jesus. My soul thirsts for his living Word. He is the one I want to wake up with in the morning and talk to as I sip my first cup of coffee. I dream with him, I pray with him I seek him. But this wasn't natural at first, and if I'm being honest it wasn't always the first thing I wanted to do in the morning. But through this year I learned that I cannot accomplish any good unless it is He who is living through me! I am nothing apart from Christ (Psalm 16:2). " I say to the Lord, 'You are my Lord; I have no good apart from you.'" 2013 quite candidly has been the hardest year of my life. I had a rough start to the year and struggled a little with depression. Starting my first job wasn't easy either, but it was through the hard times and feelings of depression that I sought Christ, and spent at least an hour with him every morning. You do that and guess what? You get to know someone. I have never known Jesus so intimately before, and can I tell you that in full honesty it is the most content I have ever been in my life. There is so much safety and peace in knowing the Father so personally. I thought it would be fun to reflect on prayers answered in 2013 and to share with you a few things I am praying about for 2014!


-Meet with a Mentor (Jan, Discipleship: January 2013)
-Go to Hawaii (Waikiki: April 2013)
-First Job out of College (Keller Williams: April, 2013)
-Move out of Mom and Dads (Portland: August, 2013)
-Run a half Marathon (Sauvie Island Half: July 2013, Bald Peak: November 2013)


- Be Living in Community
- Get my knee fixed so I can run a half marathon
- Fly to at least 1 place
- Work on my photography for my blog
- Memorize scripture weekly
- Settle into a job I love (Already know I will knock this one out of the park)

My beautiful friends I will work with at Well & Good. Blessed by them already

Praying you all have a safe, fun and memorable New Years Eve! Hope to see some of you tonight, but if not, HAPPY NEW YEAR my friends!

Love and Welcoming my 25th Year


Monday, December 30, 2013

A New Series

Today I wanted to introduce a new series I am starting on my blog in the New Year. It's name: Companion. This is a series I have been dreaming of doing for awhile now but wanted to wait for the right time. The vision behind this series stems from my grateful heart and focuses on influential people in my life. This series is meant to honor and recognize the people I love most in this world and the people that have taken the time to know me and to invest in my life (in no particular order). Come here on Wednesday to read about my first "Companion Post," on Danielle Wells. I do hope you enjoy the series as much as I have loved creating it. 

Love and a Great Need for Companions 


Friday, December 20, 2013

All Things Coffee

I just need to share with you the pure joy that is spilling from my heart.  

Ok, so did you get a cup of coffee yet? Great, commence reading. I am picturing all of you curled up in bed with a warm cup of coffee or perhaps tea (coffee is better) reading your usual blogs in the morning. I am honored that you would stop by my page to catch up on my life and what God is doing through me. 

I would love to share with you what God is up to in my life because I want to give Him all the glory! This past week if you read my previous blog from Monday, you would know that I have been working in what we are calling our "temporary coffee shop." We have opened up a warm space to invite people to enjoy a free cup of tea, coffee, hot chocolate and pastries. The idea being that we don't lose customers and that we then get them excited about our new plans to re-open in what looks like February now. I have had the delight of subtly mentioning what God is at work doing, and how special this new coffee shop will be. I have gotten to pray over this space and I was even asked to pray over a woman this week who struggles with severe addiction. This coffee shop is so much  more than just a coffee shop. It is a place to come for healing, a place to feel the tangible love of Christ, and to dwell in His Almighty Presence. I am thrilled to work with Jesus followers who will bring the Kingdom of God in every late' they make and every table they wipe down. I have been called to serve this community of people and I want to do that with only Christ's love. My prayer is that people come to know the power of our beautiful Savior through coming to this coffee shop. Will you please come and make yourself at home here? That's what we want, we want people to feel safe, warm and at home. We could use prayer too as we finalize details and work through little snags. God will overcome every detail, but we appreciate prayers as we entrust all of this with Him. Please come say hi to me too! We will be closed the week of Christmas, but this temporary shop will be opened back up the following week 7:30 am to 2:00 pm. Praying these few days leading up to Christmas are not too stressful for you. 

Love and Joy That Runneth Over 


Monday, December 16, 2013

New Beginnings in the New Year

My partner in crime, Kristin!

An update for my friends. Can I share with you a new adventure I am about to embark on? I can tell you this, not only am I excited but I am also very filled with pure joy. A little over a week ago I walked away from working at Keller Williams. The following week (last week) God provided two amazing job opportunities. Two very different job opportunities. One wearing high heels and pencil skirts, the other an apron. One in the Pearl District, the other in Tigard. One climbing the corporate ladder, the other doing ministry. One working as a leasing manager, the other a manager of a coffee shop. If I am being honest with you, I would say that this was one of the hardest decisions I have had to make. But when I stepped back from the stress of making a decision, I could focus on the pure blessing it was to have been offered not one, but two jobs in one week. To leave a job for unemployment was scary, but I stepped out in faith knowing God would provide. Oh my gosh does He love us. He cares so much, and takes care of us when we ask, seek and knock. I decided to say yes to the aprons, the building of relationships, the brewing of coffee and the excitement of helping build this atmosphere from the beginning. I am honored to get to help, and to lead and to pray over the other baristas and especially those who simply come to enjoy a cup of coffee but do not realize that so much more is going on. That cup of coffee they are sipping on is merely a symbol for God's love as they sit in a warm, inviting, loving and generous atmosphere. And that is why I decided to move forward with the coffee shop. I want to serve, I want to bless, I want to pray for and love the people that enter that building. So then can I ask you; Will you come? Will you come experience this atmosphere for yourself and tell others about it? We are hoping to have our Grand Opening in January, but until then I will be serving free coffee (drip) and pastries all this week Monday-Friday 7:30 am to 2:00 pm at the store location to build hype and to invite people in. Please message me for the address if you are interested! I appreciate those who prayed for me not only in the past week but in the past year as I have been spending time figuring out what it is I want to do. I have peace in my heart and mind as I move forward with this. Incredibly blessed by the people I get to work with and for. Oh and did I mention it is a non-profit coffee shop?! All the proceeds will be donated to ministries and families in need. Hope to see you all this week!

P.S 9 days until Christmas. Come get a free cup of joe before you head to the mall to shop or come relax after a morning spent wrapping presents :)

Love and New Beginnings!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Our MisAdventure

Friday night was Georgia's Bachelorette Party! And can I just say my roommate Christina and I quickly became delirious wandering around in the FREEZING cold trying to find the restaurant that WE picked for the party... Yeah we "hosted" the party and we were an HOUR late. Not our finest moment, and the girls were starting to worry about us. However let me just tell you about this "misadventure." Christina and I showed up downtown right at 7 when the party was supposed to start. We decided it was fastest to not look for parking and park in a garage and walk over to the Saucebox. WRONG. Well it could have been a good idea had we been walking in the appropriate direction while the wind is biting us in the face and our hands are turning pink. We were so turned around and quickly losing our minds as frostbite started to claim our nose and hands. We had to go into random restaurants along the way to warm our hands, wipe our noses, and gain clarity with our stupid i-phones. (ok, ok, I realize we are the dumb ones, not the phone) As we continued to fight our way to the Saucebox in our tights, HIGH heels and less than appropriate winter wear, we found ourselves laughing at the situation with just how miserable we were. We wanted to cry, and quit but instead we laughed and kept walking. Tops of the boxes for Georgia's presents were flying into the road as we watched car after car crush the lids. Ribbons that were once placed and tied so nicely were now decorating the streets of Portland. It was a nightmare!! We finally walked our frozen selves into the Saucebox 10 minutes before 8, and 2 seconds before Georgia walked in. Our hair was misplaced our noses pink and running but we made it. Everyone else seemed to have found street parking right outside... That's the last time my first resort is garage parking. I learned my lesson. 

Blazer: Nordstrom Rack; Dress, Belt & Necklace: Forever 21; Tights: Fred Meyer; Booties: Some store at Pioneer Place

Pictures taken before the misadventure when I felt pretty...

Love and Getting Lost in 20 Degree Weather


Tuesday, December 10, 2013

The One Where She Became Mrs. Watson!

Sorry guys you missed out because she is a MARRIED woman now!! My Georgia girl is married. What a beautiful wedding, what a beautiful love story these two share. Keith is one of the most patient men I have ever met. He is also one of the luckiest ;) The wedding was sweet and simple and pretty emotional overall because this dear friend of mine is moving with her hubby to Washington. I am thrilled she found the one who has loved her unconditionally and has chosen to lay his life down for Georgia, but it doesn't mean I don't have selfish moments where I wish she were staying in Portland. This woman has been there for me like a sister. The kind of friend I call when I need to cry and let it all out. The one I can be transparent with and show my flaws to, and she loves me all the more. What a dear friendship. So grateful the Lord put Georgia in my life to teach me true friendship and what it looks like to live selflessly. She is going to be the best wife because she lives for others, and is so incredibly faithful. Georgia my darling, you are MARRIED! Holy cow. I love you and when the Holidays are over, this girl is coming to visit the Newlyweds... with plenty of advanced notice ;) Love LOVE you!

Seester Pants

Brudder Bear

Kristin, my dear dear friend. Gosh she is beautiful. 

Ev, my faithful date. 

And of course the STUNNING Mrs. Watson!! 

These girls make my heart happy

Christina, always keeping me laughing

First Dance as Man and Wife

Love and Cheers to My Single Friends Diminishing?


Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Some Much Needed R&R

4 days of family, rest, movie watching, shopping and good food. Black Friday was SO fun and so worth it! The Beavs losing was brutal, but they played a great game which made it fun to watch. Saturday morning I got to run on the South waterfront with my friend Jessica Werhane. What a joy she is, and what an incredible run it was! Other than that, really got to rest and not worry about a schedule. Now my roommates and I are just preparing for Christmas! When our house is all set up, I will post pictures. Crazy that Christmas is so soon, can't wait! Planning on posting Christmas traditions later too. Hope you all had a restful Thanksgiving as well :)
He's a Natural!

It's Blurry, but it's My Bubba!

Blessed to Have Had Shannon and Her Mom Over for Thanksgiving!

My Big Brudder, Always by my side

The Moon Women: My Mama and Sissy are SO Gorgeous!

Black Friday was Good to Us This Year!! This is my sweet cousin Andrea

Love my Auntie Anne

Classic Breakfast at Black Bear

Wouldn't trade these lovelies for the WORLD!

My Love, Auntie Liz

Love and Lots of Family Time


Monday, December 2, 2013

The Gorge in the Winter

...is COLD! In case you were wondering. But it is also extremely beautiful! I was numb most of the hike, but it was worth it to spend time with friends. Later everyone came back to my house for sweets and the Beaver Game. Fireplace lit, and a house full of friends always makes me happy!

Photo Cred: Shannon Nichols

Love this Lady

So good to see this guy!! 

Love and Hiking with Friends