Tuesday, August 25, 2015

I Have Decided to Surrender to Adventure... And Floppy Hats

I have no joke been searching for this hat for over a year!! Please remember my head is child size so it's next to impossible to find adult hats that fit me.. hahahaha!

It is from Old Navy!! 

I spent Sunday Wine Tasting in the Willamette Valley with Shannon, and it was a perfect way to spend a day off. 

Please don't let my eyes scare you...

Last month two of my good friends lost their roommate in a tragic car accident. Her name was Anna. I had met Anna a few times, but I did not know her. However, her death affected me. I have not known death in this lifetime hardly at all. For that I know how fortunate I am and my heart breaks for those who cannot say the same.

Ever since I heard about what had happened to Anna I have been thinking more and more about life expectations, dreams of mine, and even bucket list items if you will. I have been thinking about "The American Dream," which I spoke on last week here. I have been thinking about ADVENTURE!

For those of you that know me, I think if you were asked to describe me in so many words "adventurer" wouldn't necessarily make the top 5, or top 7, maybe even top 10... For those of you that would describe me as that, I thank you and call you my sweetie pie.

There is a BUT here, a BIG one. But... in the last 6 months or so, my heart has been opening up to this idea of ADVENTURE! That if my life here on earth isn't meant for 35 years, 50 years, 75 years, then what things do I want to experience and in what ways can I live out the Kingdom of God at the age of 26 or with what time I do have?! I believe there is more to life than white fences, dogs named Rover, a husband named Pete and my two kids. Please understand that I want those things too, and my deepest desire is to be a wife and mama, but also not losing sight of the greater concept here.

I WANT ADVENTURE!!! I want to see the world and write down what I see. My perspective on life is primarily constructed by American standards, and I want to see how the rest of the world lives their lives. I don't want to wait for adventure to find me, rather I want to create it and have a lifetime of it.

Love and Surrendering to Adventure


Thursday, August 20, 2015

Is the American Dream Enough?

I had a friend over the other night for dinner and wine on my balcony. Which actually sounds more glamorous than it was considering the bees wouldn't leave us bee (yikes.. bad joke but had to do it) and it was roughly 99 degrees outside. But regardless we had a nice time. In fact 3 hours rolled right on by as the sun set and our conversation continued to carry. This friend I hadn't seen in awhile. We had many topics to catch up on. Work, living, church, community and of course who we are dating.
We talked about traveling and we talked about our families. It was an evening of conversation that was easy and was stimulating.

Then last night I wanted a night in, so I rented a movie to watch while I worked on wedding cards.  I will tell you what stood out to me in the movie I watched. In the film a man had gone to war and when he returned he married the girl. The movie is about their love story and his complete and utter happiness with being with her and making her happy. They buy a house and create a nice life together. Which made me think... That is what most people want right? Or at least in my perspective of reality it is. To find someone to love and who loves you back. To have a home that reflects your heart and your style. To hopefully have children to love and raise.

This movie left God out of the picture (which most movies do). And for those that do not follow Jesus, I want to say I can safely assume that love, romantic love is the greatest accomplishment of someone's life. Again, I'm sure this is not the truth for all people but I'm guessing the majority. Or at least that's what is shoved in our face day after day in the media, even with family and friends. That somehow if you aren't in a relationship or married that part of your life is incomplete. That once you do find that person, you have made it and you can die happy.

To be very candid with you, because I enjoy sharing what the Lord speaks to me from time to time; I have been hearing my Father ask me, "Katie, am I enough for you?"

Do you ever hear the Lord asking you that? Or do you ever reflect on that thought? It's not just with finding the person I want to spend my life with, but it's in my materialistic tendencies. It's in my desire to be selfish. It's in the way I cling to things of this world, or I cling to people before I cling to my God. But I think lately what he is trying to show me is the areas of my life and the parts of my heart that I have idols. We all have idols, or things in our lives we worship to some extent. But really I want God my Father to be enough. I don't think The American Dream is enough. I want more. I want Jesus. I want to live my life to serve others, and I want to daily chase after my Lord trying to love others as he would. I am not ignorant to think this is easy. I mess up everyday. But I know this life is meant to be so much more than just The American Dream.

Love and Letting God be Enough


Monday, August 3, 2015

Oh Hey August, You Snuck up on Me

Top: Target; Skirt: Old Navy (recent) Sandals: Rando Store in Los Angeles


July was B-A-N-A-N-A-S (and yes I did sing the Gwen Stefani "Hollaback Girl" song in my head to make sure I spelled bananas right...)!! I am currently appreciating the amount of down time I have had recently to catch up on sleep and rest a little.

Over the weekend I made some exciting decisions!! I am going to start planning my trip to Paris!! The outfit posted above is Parisian inspired! Flowy bright colored skirts are exactly what I had in mind for my "Paris Outfits." Then I went to Old Navy with my mom yesterday and there they were just waiting for me! And for those of you that know me, DUH you know planning my outfits is half the fun!

Starting to look into the other places I would like to see while in Europe! Italy is a MUST! I get butterflies when I start thinking about the adventures to come! It is a ways away still, but I am determined. So yesterday I went to Powell's and browsed their travel section. Pulling any and every book on Paris, practicing my accent a little and giggling to myself with how much I do NOT remember from the two years in high school...

It's fun having things to look forward to, so this is my accountability blog. No backing out now. Paris July 2016!!

Love and Parisian Inspired Outfits!