Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Add Another Candle




As you get older birthdays seem to come eerily sooner than the year before. It seems I was just writing you all of my hopes and dreams for 2014 and here I sit to tell you of what I dream for 2015.  To be honest, adjusting to the idea of being a 26 year old is a little crazy to me. I'm now closer to 30 than I am 20 and my twenties seem to be blinking away from me.

Here is my favorite blog post from last year.  Also one of my favorite things from this year has been my Companion Series. I had a dream/ vision of how I wanted that series to turn out and I am so happy with how it all came together. I sadly missed My Companion Post for the month of July, but I successfully completed 11 months of highlighting some of my favorite people. 11 of the most lovely women I know. There are people I would have liked to have featured but due to geography it made it difficult. Thank you to all of my companion series friends, you are so special to me.

I'm not going to recap 2014 this time, but as per usual I have listed below my mostly accomplished goals from this year and my dreams and goals for 2015.



2014

-Settle into a job I love (November)
-Fall more in love with Jesus (Overall true of the year from learning and listening to him)
-Be living in community (Lake Oswego Young Life September)
-Run at least 2 half marathons (This I failed, decided it was best to take time off for my knees)
-Fly to at least 1 place (June: California; August: Washington DC/ New York)
-Memorize scripture weekly (Failed this too, I SUCK AT MEMORIZING!!! I need to be better, I want to be better!!)
-Better my photography for my blog (I am excited about how my photography was bettered for my blog even if it is just with an i-phone)
-Be selfless with my time (Young Life)
-Be better at graciously and effectively speaking up for myself (...still learning hahaha)
-Be better at encouraging the people in my life that I love (Guess you would have to ask my loved ones)

2015

-Stay with the same company for a minimum of a year
-Run at least one half marathon
-Focus more on my fashion passion for my blog
-Start a bible study with my Young Life girlies
-Grow closer in community with my YL leaders
-Do something I have never done before (I realize this is vague and that is on purpose)
-Go somewhere I've never been before
-Try lots of new recipes!
-Invite new people over for dinner
-Keep the same hair color for a full year (This will be a struggle)
-Go to a Timbers Game
-Go to a Seattle Mariners Game
-Plan my trip to PARIS!!

Wishing you the bubbliest of New Years'. May 2015 bring you clarity into the things that matter most in this life, and praying you experience love from the one who created you and who loves you more than you know.

Love and Two- Six

-Kate 

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Companion Series: Adriana



Meet Adriana: Big thanks and photo cred/ creative direction from my cousin Leah Wailes.









 This is Adriana Derrah. Formally a Jasso, but a man named Ryan decided to put a ring on it. He saw the quality of this lady back in high school and snatched her up. (Insert all of the deeps signs from all the young men reading this because they realize they missed out). Adriana plays a big part in my coming back to Christ, and for her I am truly grateful. Continue reading for the full story.

I met Adriana I think officially in middle school. She was the cool hot girl at Conestoga. We weren't friends by any means because she was a grade older and I think I would have cramped her style. But in high school she was really involved in Young Life and once I had gone to Young Life camp I was determined to be involved too. I thought Adriana was hilarious and our friendship was solidified when we took a group of middle schoolers to a weekend camp at Breakaway. We bonded over Kelly Clarkson and Ciara... We were cool, I swear. From there on out Adriana and I were good friends but it wasn't until college that we became really close. My freshman year at Oregon State was wrapping up and Ryan (Adriana's boyfriend at the time) was telling me how Adriana was transferring from Pacific University to come to OSU. I jumped on that quick and called Adriana up to see if she would be interested in living together and she said YES! We quickly found an apartment and moved in before the start of my sophomore year in 2008. LONG STORY SHORT------> I was in the middle of my party times. I was choosing to not walk with the Lord while Adriana just loved me and was a constant example of Christ in my life. By the spring of my sophomore year I had given up my party days, and toxic friendships and decided it was time I stopped running from the Lord. I had made few friends my freshman year that impacted my life in a positive way and so I quickly discovered that a very best friend was right under my nose. Adriana and I started doing everything together. Cooking, exercising, watching movies and boy oh boy was there dancing in that cute little apartment of ours. She made me laugh, she built me up and we encouraged one another. I was such a goofus for not realizing it sooner! From that point on we did Summer Staff together and then spent two more glorious years living together in Corvallis and growing an even deeper bond. Adriana was my community before I understood what that meant. She was the one I was silly with, and the one I would bring coffee to in the morning so I could wake her up to talk to me. You see Adriana is special to me because she helped me realize what was important in life, and she also made everything better by making me laugh. I will let you in on a secret... if you make me laugh, you will have a piece of my heart. Well lets just put it this way... Adriana holds many pieces of my heart.

Adriana is so full of life. She is incredibly thoughtful in the ways she gives gifts and in the way she goes out of her way to make you feel loved and appreciated. She is loyal in the "I have your back way." In the "Oh no you didn't **shake your finger back and forth** way. In the "you hurt my friend you deal with me," kind of way. Adriana is an incredible dancer!! She is brilliant and has the most amazing memory. She is the craftiest person I know and will plan my wedding some day. She is compassionate and loving. In college Adriana would (somewhat often) find me crying over my scheduling issues. Instead of just saying she was sorry and going about her day, she would stop what she was doing and immediately turn into my college advisor. She would register me for classes and remind me that I was not only capable but that I was talented. I honest to goodness believe that Adriana was very purposely placed in my life by God to help me through the hard stuff. And you know what's so fun? Adriana picked ME to stand beside her at her wedding as her Maid of Honor to watch her marry her best friend and love.

Adriana,

You are irreplaceable. You are my best friend. You are a wonderful, caring wife. I love the ways you selflessly consider others. Thank you for loving me well, and understanding when I say things I don't mean. Thank you for helping me graduate college haha! But seriously... Some times I wish you weren't married so that we could still be roommates (Sorry Ryan). I miss the days of early coffee talks, and coming home to you teaching me a new line dance. You are part of my favorite memories from college, memories that I will probably lose sight of and then in our old age you will remind me of. I love your "down for anything" attitude. I love playing volleyball with you and I love doing nothing with you. You are going to make the most amazing mama someday. The kind of mama that is compassionate and patient. A mama who teaches her children about Jesus and models how to love others well. I can't wait to be an auntie to those babies whenever that is. I love you so very dearly my friend. Thank you for many years of beautiful friendship. Cheers to many more!









Love Katie


Friday, December 19, 2014

Friday, December 12, 2014

This Is Me- Lover of Cooking

 
 
 
 

I really enjoying cooking. I like to be creative, and I love trying new recipes or making up my own concoctions. The picture above is a dish I just made on the fly and it was a very pleasant surprise!

INGREDIENTS: I bought all of my ingredients from Trader Joes, but you could but from wherever!
- Ravioli (Any kind, I used a pesto cheese ravioli)
- Brussels Sprout
- Chicken Sausage Pesto flavored
- Red Peppers
- Pesto Sauce
- Mexican Cheese

INSTRUCTIONS:
I boiled the brussels sprouts first as they take the longest. Boil them until they are easy to stick a fork through. Once they are soft, throw them in a skillet with olive oil and cut up red peppers. You could add more veggies if you wanted to, I just decided to stick with two. In another pot start boiling water for the ravioli to be cooked. In a small pot add pesto to be cooked on low to warm up. Next cut up chicken sausage and throw in a skillet with a little olive oil. Right now you should have veggies cooking on medium in skillet, chicken sausage cooking on medium low, pesto sauce cooking on low, and you should be throwing in ravioli to cook. This part cooks really fast. Last step once ravioli is cooked, is add some Mexican cheese (1/2 cup) to pesto and stir until melted. Drain ravioli and add all ingredients into a big bowl and you are set! I ate this meal 4 times in one week because it lasted for so long!!

This dish is healthy for the most part (just a lot of cheese). It feeds a whole family or if you are single like me, it feeds you for almost a week. This is what I'm all about! Lots of clean up unfortunately, but well worth it. I think my love of cooking goes hand in hand with my love for hosting that I wrote about last "This is Me" series. I love cooking a warm meal and enjoying it with a good glass of wine. Excited for a family of my own to do this for someday :)

Have fun with cooking my friends, it's easier than you think! Just follow the recipe, or create your own. But you can never go wrong with chicken sausage, veggies and pasta.

Love and Cooking for Fun

-Kate

Friday, December 5, 2014

My New Bling

Sweater: Target Necklace: Charming Charlies
I just did a little Christmas shopping on Wednesday, and may or may not have picked up a couple of things for myself... (Don't tell my mom!!). Shopping for yourself in the month of December is kind of forbidden in our house. Whoops. #worthit

I have been looking for months for this exact sweater and this necklace. All of the chunky diamond pieces were too tacky that I had been finding until I stumbled into Charming Charlies. In my defense I went there to buy some gifts for my mom, and ended up finding this gem! I couldn't say no. I even picked it up and put it back down. Somehow it ended back in my basket. Charming Charlies is a great place to buy gifts this holiday! If you are a man and reading this (I am impressed and thank you for reading) you can go there and find many fun items for the women in your life. Or a gift card is always a great idea. Charming Charlies is located at the Tanasbourne Mall, and recently was put in at Bridgeport close to Pete's Coffee. My necklace was $18.00, just to give you a price point idea. I hope that is helpful, no woman would be mad at a gift from this store. If you are a lady reading this and have not been to this store...brace yourself!! This place is deadly in the best way possible! It's every girl's dream come true. You should probably stop reading this blog (wait don't stop reading..) and go to Charming Charlies, right MEOW! Ok or later. Maybe after work. Today though. Definitely today. Or tomorrow because it will be Saturday. Just go. That's all I have. Ok, bye.

Love and BLING

-Kate

Monday, December 1, 2014

The Hair Struggle is Realllll

You guys I am driving my roommate nuts. I can NEVER make up my mind on my hair color. This is why when months go by without seeing me you barely recognize me because I have gone blonde, and then brown in a matter of 3 months. I'm annoying, I get it. I'm actually pretty certain I did this exact same post back in June because I couldn't decide what to do after I felt like my hair was too dark. I recently got my hair highlighted and don't love it. Too stripey and not natural looking. I am leaning towards going back brown but more subtle. However it never ceases to surprise me that the second I see a cute blonde girl I want blonde hair too. I watch one episode of Dancing with the Stars and I am ready to book an appointment to go ALL blonde. So I am here to say the struggle is real, and that YES I am being melodramatic. I just can't talk to Christina about it anymore because she just laughs... HELP!!! Am I better as a brunette? Do we like the ombre look, or is that just on the out and I need to move on? Blonde subtle highlights maybe?



OMBRE' - I loved this
When I had dark hair and a lot of subtle warm blonde highlights


When I went brunette, but felt it was a little too dark, washes me out



Love and HELP ME OUT!!

-Kate

Monday, November 24, 2014

Companion Series: Summer

 
 
 
Summer: Disclaimer!! She's reallllly pretty, but she's Mawwied so don't get any ideas!
 









This is my sister in law Summer. I really want to convey how truly blessed I am to have this woman in my family. I make jokes pretty regularly about how she is stuck with me and that she has no choice but to be my friend because I share blood with her children... I laugh but then I look right at her to make sure there is an underlying understanding that seriously she is stuck with me...

I first met Summer at my brother's house in 2010 when Ben had just purchased his house and he was throwing a house warming party. I had been away at Oregon State and wasn't up to date with who my brother hung out with, so the majority of people I met that day were all new to me. One girl in particular stood out to me and that was Summer. She stood out partly because of her undeniable beauty, and partly because of how hard it seemed to me that she was trying... Trying to help host, and trying to talk to me. I wasn't all that interested in getting to know her. I was strangely protective of my brother and wasn't ready to accept a new girl hanging out with him. I learned quickly that my brother liked this girl. I will never forget when Ben asked me to go for a walk with him and Summer in Summer Lake Park. I was reserved and a bit stand-offish at first but I realized that she was pretty like-able and in no time I found myself setting up coffee dates and shopping dates with this girl that my brother was dating way out of his league (love you Brudder ;).

Summer is loyal. I think that is one of my favorite ways to describe her. She is the friend that will have your back no matter what. She can be fierce in a way that gets her point across and gives you respect for how honest she is. I know she is on my team. She is also incredibly encouraging. When I need to vent or be encouraged Summer is the one I go to. In the moments where I have given up or I want to quit, she reminds me of my gifts and my talents. She is always there when I need her. She is the big sister I never had. She gives me her hand-me-down clothes... so duh we are officially sisters! I am 100% myself with her and I seriously feel as though she knows me better than I know myself, which goes to show how perceptive she is.

Aside form being a great sister, she is also an incredible wife and mother. She loves her boys. She is so good at playing with them and she is so nurturing. She takes good care of my brother and keeps the family together and functioning. Summer has been the best addition to our family. The Moon's would not be the same without her. She brings so much laughter and joy and completeness to our family. We are so blessed to have her, our family is so close to complete (lets not talk about me though and my part in that...hahaha).

Seester Pants,

Writing this Companion Post was harder than I thought because my love for you is so deep and unconditional that it is hard to express that fully in writing. As every year passes, I grow more in love with the woman you are and am shown what strength it takes to be a wife and mom to your caliber. I am beyond thankful for your example and for your selflessness in our relationship and with our family. I learn so much from you, and am so grateful of your example. It brings me so much happiness to have a sister and one that I genuinely enjoy spending time with. You make me laugh and your kindness towards others is so infectious. Thank you for the many times you have just sat and listened and encouraged. Our family would not be the same without you. Loves you very much!!

Love, Seester



P. S This one below is by far my favorite ;)




Friday, November 21, 2014

This is Me- The Hostess with the Mostess



I am an entertainer. What I mean by that is I really enjoy hosting. I love having people in my home and cooking for them. The candles are lit, on occasion the fireplace is crackling, the music is on in the background and the wine is being poured. You can count on a warm meal and warm conversation. You can come and be taken care of. This is my mama in me. I know without a doubt that God has put this on my heart. That my home will be a hub. The place where my babies can bring their friends over and can expect a fresh baked chocolate chip cookie. Possibly a downstairs basement where the babes can play and have sleepovers. A safe place. A place where you can come if you have no family in town. You are welcome. This is my heart and my joy to do this for friends now, and for family in the future. It brings me such joy to invite others into my home.

I look forward to the day when I have a home to call my own where you will be welcomed and you will be taken care of. A home where you feel cozy and positive emotions are correlated. A place where you don't have to  knock, you just come right in. Home. This is what God has placed on my heart. What has God put on your heart?

Love and Come on Over

-Kate

Monday, November 17, 2014

Life in Your Twenties...


Life in your twenties means CHANGE!!!! It is a rarity to stay in the same job for a year or more. Living in the same place for a year or more. Living with the same people for a year or more. Dating the same person for a year or more. Having the same group of friends for a year or more. What the heck?!?! No wonder my generation is so hopped up on anxiety medication! We graduated high school, we were told to attend college, so we did. They promised us jobs in the field we got our degree in (not an actuality). So we seek jobs, we don't like the job, we don't make enough, we change our mind, something better comes along, and BOOM: Change. Our roommates get engaged and BOOM: Change. Our friends get married and BOOM: Change. You break up and BOOM: Change. The only thing constant in your twenties is CHANGE. I'm exhausted. On the better days I can look at it as exciting, and yes some change is. Some change is very good and very necessary. I think that constant circumstantial change definitely makes you place your trust in God, that he will see you through it all. It creates dependence on him. I do want to throw a but in here though... I am looking forward to some settling in.

I recently took a new job. I had to say goodbye to the coffee shop, and am currently working as a leasing consultant for a property management company in Lake Oswego. So this girl is back to pencil skirts and heels. I am moving as well (more to come on this). Change, change and more change. Choosing to trust the Lord through these darn ever-changing twenties. I hear your thirties are where it's at.. ! God is good. I want to look today at how I can be used and to focus on the blessings in my life.

Cheers to embracing change and for this planner hugging A-Type personality to let go and let GOD!

Love and Embracing Change

-Kate

Saturday, November 15, 2014

This is Me- The Creative


...and I'm a creative. This blog is my art. It is my creative outlet. It is my outward expression of my internal being. I am a writer. I put pen to paper. I think best when I'm writing. I am a psalmist at heart. I dare not compare myself to David, but his writing is inspirational. The honesty, the passion, the loneliness, the joy, the pain. His emotions written out and cried out to God who listens to every word. This is my relationship with God too, to write my thoughts in the form of a prayer.
Experiences lead me to my art. Beauty is best expressed through my words. This is my space to create how I want. No rules, no guidelines, no deadlines. A place I can call my own.
My creativity expands to my wardrobe, to the gifts I give and to my music. I use my words to best express my emotions and my love for family and friends. I don't own many things in this world, but I own my thoughts, my writing, my art. How do you express your art? Have you ever thought about it? Do you share your art, or is your art just for you? I choose to share mine in hopes that in some small way it impacts people for the better. So this is me, and I like to create.

Love and This is me- The Creative

-Kate

Monday, November 3, 2014

Even the Wind and the Waves Obey Him

I am sitting at Sisters Coffee House right now tucked away upstairs where I am reading and preparing for tonight's Young Life club talk. With the rain falling outside on a beautiful Portland fall day, I sit and reflect on the power of our God. Butterflies begin to fill my stomach as the excitement grows to tell these high school kids about a Jesus that not only makes the wind and waves obey him, but a gentle God who loves and listens. Why do we have such little faith in this God? Or perhaps I should speak for myself when I say that I control and manipulate my life which is really just an illusion. It's the times that I get afraid and I "see the wind" that I start to sink when God has called me to walk upon the water with him. Just like Peter I get scared. Just like Peter I look around at my circumstances rather than staring straight ahead at my God who would never let me sink. I begin to take matters into my own hands as if I believe I am more capable than God to handle my life. I do not want to be a woman of little faith. I want to take courage like God asks us to, knowing that he is with  me and that he will calm the raging seas and the overwhelming winds if we just get out of our boat and focus on him.

Tonight I get to share this similar message with 60+ high school students who are in desperate need of God. Will you pray that God would speak through me and that he would be seen, not me? Will you pray for these kids to take faith in a God that won't let them sink?

Read Matthew 14:22-33 if you are curious what I am talking about, or Mark 4:35-41.

Love and Taking Faith

-Kate

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Companion Series: Shauna


Shauna:







This is my dear friend Shauna. Shauna and I met in college at Oregon State when I was going into my junior year. I had decided to lead Young Life at Corvallis High and Shauna was a leader there. I don't think I have ever so quickly become friends with someone like I did with Shauna. I still remember this one afternoon she called me and asked to stop by my house. She came over because she was excited to tell me news about a boy :) The way I remember it was that we were pretty inseparable after that afternoon. Shauna and I developed very quickly an ability to be honest and vulnerable with each other. We did ministry together and we just enjoyed life together. Tots and a beer at McMenamins was our thing once a week. I was so appreciative of what a kindred spirit I had found in her because I did not have a ton of friends that were believers in Corvallis. My junior year at Oregon State was hands down my favorite year at school because of the friendships, the community and the support I had. Shauna was there for all of it. 

For those of you that know Shauna, you know how loving and kind she is. This woman has more friends than anyone I know because she is so alluring in her ability to love others well. She truly has an infectious way about her that makes you joyful when you're around her. She is incredibly positive and life giving. You spend 20 minutes with this woman you will have inside jokes for days. Shauna loves people well, and does an incredible job of making them feel special and important. 

Shauna has dedicated years of her life to serving children and teens in Slovenia. I remember when Shauna and I sat and had coffee in Corvallis one afternoon at Dutch Bros, she told me that she was likely going to go do missions in Slovenia right after graduation. It was such a flood of emotions because I was excited for her to serve the Lord, and to do that in a country she had such passion and love for. On the flip side (my selfish side) I was devastated because one my closest friends who I only had spent 1 year with was leaving!! Shauna left at the end of winter in 2011 and came back a couple of times for different reasons. Thanks to Skype we could stay in touch. Shauna's time in Slovenia came to a close (at least for now) this summer, and she moved home in September. She won't be here long because a certain Irish man has her heart in England. However I am cherishing this time that I have her here and am so thankful for this woman. 

Shauna Pants,

I love you so very much. College would not have been the same without you. You just have a way about you that makes people feel so comfortable around you. It is truly a gift and you allow the Lord to use that in your life to bless others. I love our inside jokes (mostly Shes The Man references). You are so caring and gentle in nature. You are a sports fan and a supportive daughter and sister. I love laughing with you and reminiscing about the college years. I'm excited you are home so we can make new memories and I am so thrilled to see what is to come for you as you move into a new season in Wales. Who knows, Wales just might be my first international experience!! Thank you for 5 years of precious friendship, I love you sweet friend. 

Love Katie Girl

Friday, October 17, 2014

This is ME




Hi friends! I have this idea, and I want you to hear me out. In my attempt at being more honest with myself and with others I have decided to do a mini series called "This is ME." This summer was challenging for me in a lot of ways and I want to reclaim who I am. This summer I lost sight of what makes me, me. I lost the joy I have in the small things like a pretty sunrise, a hike, a good meal and laughter with friends. I lost my love for music and dancing, entertaining friends and watching movies. I lost motivation and creativity. I started picking myself apart and found that I was giving into depression and anxiety more than I was fighting for real joy. So with this series I want to reclaim what I have lost. Will you help me rediscover the small things and the big things that make me the woman I am? I will share with you some fears of mine, and my great joys. The ways that I easily follow the Lord and the things I hold tightly in my hand as I attempt to control my life and not let the Lord lead. I want to find delight and peace in knowing I am the way I am because God created me this way and he said "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations." (Jeremiah 1:5) I pray that this series brings you encouragement and helps you reflect on what makes you, you. So it is with creative delight that I begin this series of rediscovery, counting my blessings and trusting that the God of all creation has a better plan for me than I have for myself.

Love and This is ME!

-Kate

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Washington DC Part II

The last of my photos from my East Coast trip! We returned from NY and I had one more day and a half in DC before I headed home to Portland. We went to Georgetown which I instantly fell in love with! Oh my goodness. The overall feel of the town was not only homey but so fun, young and hip! People everywhere shopping and eating ice cream and holding hands with their honey. We walked along the water and we did a little shopping of our own. This part of DC I could totally see myself living in. Made me want to get my Masters at Georgetown just so I could live there... but then I remembered my grades and that dream went out the window fast. The next day we made a quick trip to the White House so I could rep our Blazers #wearintheworld. This trip was so fun and full of great bonding time with my favorite person Christian (who is getting married!!!!!!) I loved both cities and can't wait to go back one day! 




House in Georgetown are the CUTEST






Wear in the World

Friday, October 3, 2014

Pictures of My eShakti Dress!!

A few weeks back I told you about an exciting offer I received to sample and critique a company who sent me a dress for free. Well today I have posted the pictures that my friend Cayly Evans took of me.  She is beginning her photography business so take a look at her work here!
eShakti is the name of the company and they have kindly offered a promotional code for my readers to receive 10% off your purchase from now until November 1st. Take a look at their website they have so many fun dresses and other items. My favorite aspect of their clothing is that they do all of the designing but you can do all of the customizing! I ordered the Belted Fit and Flare Poplin Dress Cotton. The website will help you with the sizing, I am 5'4 and a size 4 (S) the dress fit me perfectly when it arrived. The dress was listed on the website as a cap-sleeve sitting below the knee. I cutomized the dress to end right above the knee but I decided to keep the cap-sleeve. You can customize the sleeves and the length of the dress. You can also remove the pockets of dresses if you wish (but why would you want to do that in my opinion? Pockets are the best!) My dress is navy blue and came with a belt, but in the photos you will see I fancied my dress up a bit with a leopard belt and red wedges. The dress I absolutely love and will find just the right event to wear it to in the future! Thank you eShakti!

Here is the promotional code to enter at the time of your check-out! confessionsofadreamer 
Code has to be entered in the ‘promotional code’ box.   It is not case-sensitive.  
Code can be used any number of times until the validity period. 
It can be clubbed with any other promotional offer, gift coupon or gift card in the same order unless explicitly specified otherwise in the offer conditions.
This discount code is not applicable on clearance / sale, gift cards & overstock categories.
Not applicable on previous purchases.
























Love and Fashion for Fun

-Kate