Trusting the Journey

Trusting the Journey

I am a sucker for RomComs and Romantic Drama Movies, and I can’t wait to watch Finding You in theaters on May 14th! This past year has been crazy for most of us, and personally, it has been a journey full of changes and challenges.

At work, we call it personal development, but the same can be said in life in general. There is a journey in every season of life, and in every season of life there is an opportunity to self reflect and develop our personal growth. The pandemic has been difficult to balance work life/career aspirations and motherhood. I felt like I was in a “good” place with balancing life right before the pandemic hit, which made the blows of pandemic life hurt all the more deeply because I found myself, once again, at the beginning of a new journey and season of life.

Are you on a journey right now? Or have you recently arrived?

I have a verse taped to my bathroom mirror as a daily reminder to trust my current journey, “But as for me, I will look to the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation; my God will hear me.” Micah 7:7. I’m at the intersection of Look and Wait.

In honor of Finding You released with theaters on May 14th, I’ve teamed up with my friends at Grace Hill Media to give one of my lucky readers 2 Fandango tickets for you (in the form of (1) $25 Fandango Voucher). – The great thing about Fandango tickets is that they can be used on any film in theaters (not just Finding You) and they do not have an expiration date – so you can use them anytime!

This giveaway will run Monday, May 10th through Thursday, May 13th. To enter, subscribe to our newsletter, or send us an email through our contact me page. Good Luck!!

**Prizes will be sent through email on Friday,
May 14th

FINDING YOU is an inspirational romantic dramedy full of heart and humor about finding the strength to be true to oneself.

After an ill-fated audition at a prestigious New York music conservatory, violinist Finley Sinclair (Rose Reid) travels to an Irish coastal village to begin her semester studying abroad. At the B&B run by her host family she encounters the
gregarious and persistent heartthrob movie star Beckett Rush (Jedidiah Goodacre), who is there to film another installment of his medieval fantasy-adventure franchise. As romance sparks between the unlikely pair, Beckett ignites a journey of discovery forFinley that transforms her heart, her music, and her outlook on life. In turn, Finley
emboldens Beckett to reach beyond his teen-idol image and pursue his true passion. But when forces surrounding Beckett’s stardom threaten to crush their dreams, Finley must decide what she is willing to risk for love.

To learn more about FINDING YOU and find tickets visit www.findingyouthemovie.com

Check out the FINDING YOU trailer below!

DIY Market Cart

DIY Market Cart

This is my favorite DIY project we accomplished during our 2020 quarantine. Did you accomplish any “wish-list” projects this past year?

My son and daughter had been asking for a lemonade stand for years, and I finally had the extra time to make their dreams come true. I love the idea of using our Market Cart for all different occasions. Currently, trying to convince the kiddos to set up a flower market for our neighborhood.

Le Marche is French for “The Market”. Makes these Walmart crates feel so fancy, and not limited to only serving lemonade. What do you think?

Supplies Needed:

  1. 4 Large Wooden Crates (Walmart Craft Aisle)
  2. Top Counter made from 3’x1′ (1/4 MDF-Homedepot)
  3. 3-3′ Square Poles (2×2) for Top Frame
  4. 4 Swivel Caster Wheels
  5. Fabric or Wood piece for sign (I used wood 3’x1′)
  6. White spray paint
  7. Nails and Screws
Tired Mama.

Tired Mama.

I am a tired mama. I know you mamas feel me. Remember when us millennial mamas would get unsolicited words from our elders telling us “how easy we have it”…you know the ones that would say, “in my day we didn’t have xyz”. Pandemic mamas. We’re no longer the lucky millennial mamas that get to have careers and families or iPads and a quiet meal at a restaurant. Nope. Across the globe we’ve been thrown into a hell fire of impossible tasks, and mental exhaustion from putting out fires.

Just when you think you couldn’t possibly experience any more burning flames…the backdraft begins. Make another impossible decision. Are you team “In-person School” or team “Remote Learning”. Whatever decision you make, you WILL feel the heat from the fire of the opposing team. Only this time, it’s millennial mama against each other. “Save the teachers and staff!” “Save the kid’s mental health!” Whatever you choose, you will be burned with guilt from the opposing team.

Mamas. Friends. Sisters. We must stop. I don’t know if it’s my 90s childhood of southern baptist-Texan-fashion WWJD bracelets, or what…but…I just can’t stop thinking about what would Jesus do and say. I know it wouldn’t be words that burned. Bob Goff wrote in his book Everybody Always, “burning down people’s opinions is arsonist”. Mamas, we cannot be arsonists. What are we teaching our children? What words and behaviors are we modeling for them? We cannot be arsonists.

Our elementary school principal emailed a procedure outline for this upcoming school year on what in-person and remote learning would look like. Within a few hours, our Facebook school group was flooded with opinions. One poster decided to ask the oh, so dangerous question of, “Curious to hear how people feel about the email Dr. Daniels (principal) emailed??“. My heart sunk. Was a fire about to ablaze? I’m tired, but I’m also filled with peace and joy from being in God’s daily presence (and secretly missing my WWJD stretchy bracelet). Filled with peace, I reluctantly wrote words with love in response, “I’m thankful for her communication to us! Speaking from a Hospital and Secondary Market Operation experience, Dr. Daniels has an enormous amount of operating procedures to write and implement, and we as WSES parents should offer her grace and support. No choice is perfect, we all have a hard decision to make and we need to be compassionate and supportive. Our kids are watching us, and we have a unique opportunity to model the behavior we want our children to learn and grow in.”

Mamas, we can’t control everything. Heck, 2020 has proven we hardly can control anything. We are, however, in control of our words…typed or spoken. “Words have power” is true. We have control on how we wield that power for either Grace or Fire. I tiredly rest in knowing and trusting that God is in control of all things. I tiredly sit in His presence being filled with JOY and pouring out joy, grace, and love to all. Even the arsonists. It’s not easy work, but it’s worth it.