Thursday, October 30, 2014

Companion Series: 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!


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.

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