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I Want You to Know

I want you to know that if it was easy, everyone would do it. I want you to know that there’s happiness in the scenic route. I want you to know that you are strong. I want you to know that you don’t always need a plan, sometimes you can wing it. I want you to know that there’s always time to ask for forgiveness. I want you to know that everyone has twenty four hours in a day. I want you to know that God will be listening the next time you’re lonely. I want you to know that gardens are rejuvenating and sunrises are inspiring. I want you to know that your memories are worth preserving. I want you to know that you are loved. I want you to know that there is no material item on this planet that will bring you joy like Jesus does. I want you to know that preparation and action cures fear. I want you to know that you’ll never regret going to bed late in favor of a late night chat with your best friend. I want you to know that protecting your time protects your heart. I want you to know that snail mail will make someone’s day. I want you to know that there’s always time to call mom. I want you to know that books can take you to places that planes cannot. I want you to know that journaling savors the chaos and the mess. I want you to know that crying doesn’t make you weak. I want you to know that there’s always room for one more, whether it be another cookie or another friend around the dining room table. I want you to know that you are enough.

I want you to know, I wrote this for us.

Currently

DOCUMENTING: About a month ago, I thought I had lost over 50,000 photos from my hard drive ranging from the beginning of college (2010) until now. Since then, I have been making sure to keep my pictures printed and my albums up to date. I try to be realistic about...

Thrive | July 2017 Goals

There's really nothing like skipping an entire month of goals. I wish I could say that I took a month off but in reality, I just didn't take the time to post them. I've been thinking a lot about priorities and while I sometimes go back and do "make up" posts, I just...

Little Letters

Dear Kevin, yesterday you took me on a surprise date for free ice cream and I don't think I've ever enjoyed ice cream more. Dear community garden, you make my mornings just a little bit better, even if you aren't doing so well and I have no idea why. Dear terrible...

Coffee Date

If we were on a coffee date, I definitely wouldn't be drinking coffee. Even though I love every darn thing about coffee shops, I just can't bring myself to drink bitter brown water. I'd ask you when you started drinking coffee and how it happened. Hopefully you'd...

Favorite Traveler’s Notebook Accessories

watercolor | paperclips | photos | page markers | ephemera | charms Last October, I purchased a new traveler's notebook from Chic Sparrow. It's a beauty, but I bought it in a pocket size (3.5" by 5.5") because I wanted something less heavy for my EDC (every day...

Currently

baking: in my circle of friends it seems that I often get put on dessert duty, which I'm 100% happy about. My recent faves are brownies (with ice cream), my Nana's banana bread muffins, and trifles (which I guess aren't technically baked). listening: to some amazing...

Thrive | May 2017 Goals

Happy May! Although we had a relatively mild winter, I am so looking forward to warmer and brighter days ahead. We ended April on a VERY rainy note this year, so I feel pretty confident that we'll get to enjoy those May flowers. I can tell you my rose bushes have...

Thrive | April 2017 Goals

March was particularly great and while I feel like I killed it, I also felt more relaxed than usual. I'm wondering if I can attribute that to the severely decreased screen time and buzz of news or more time in the gym, but either way it felt like a breath of fresh...

Home Inspiration

I don't know what it is about the spring, but the inspiration bug has definitely bitten me. I don't know if it's warm weather or the fact that I have multiple friends buying homes this year (which means I've been looking through other beautiful homes online), but I am...

Quarterly Book Report

Book reports are always some of my favorite posts of other bloggers. It's been a while since I took some extra time for reading, but when I started being more intentional about my screen time in January, more books happily fell into my lap. That being said, I...

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