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But First, Coffee

Hi world. It’s been awhile since I’ve taken a moment to sit down and write a little something on my own blog. I’ve been busy writing for my adorable clients such as Splash of Teal and and Laura Fine Art

So today, I thought I’d start the morning off with a little post about nothing other than the cool, caffeinated beverage that makes the world go round: COFFEE.

As you can see, I’m already almost done with my first cup. 😉

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One of my fave at-home drinks to make is a simple espresso. {I found this adorable espresso maker at a local salvation army for $5.}

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When I visited The Simple Farm in Arizona, I learned the art of slowing down, savoring a cup of morning coffee, and just taking a moment to pause and thank God for a new day.

Things have been crazy lately. I wake up at 6am, rush off to my new office space in Fullerton, and sit down to work. I get stuck in these ruts of “work, work work” ~ and although working is wonderful, it’s important to find balance and infuse each day with a bit of rest too.

So this morning, I’m doing just that! I like to call it a little “beauty break.”

I hope you join me now {even if it’s for five minutes} to meditate on the things you’re thankful for today while sippin’ on a cup of joe. Even though life is messy, there’s still bits of beauty we can take time to focus on. ❤

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Friends with Benefits {It’s Not What You Think}

I’ve been thinking lately. Well, I think too much. {All the time.} But lately, the theme of my thoughts has been surrounding the idea of relationships.

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✧ Relationship with myself.

✧ My relationship with nature.

✧ And relationships that I desire, but don’t yet have.

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I’ve been discovering the many benefits of befriending myself. Who knew that solo coffee dates could be so fulfilling? Instead of seeking out the attention from a man {yes, sometimes my daddy issues arise} I’m spending more time with myself. And it feels just about as good as this coffee tastes. Which is really good.

Nature

On the subject of nature ~ the new greenery sprouting from Santa Barbara soil is certainly a “high” point of my weekend. I took a weekend trip to get away from the ordinary and take sometime to look within {and also check out some pretty neat surroundings.}

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Desire

Sometimes I say to myself, “this moment would be so nice shared with someone.” Like when I’m on a hike. When I cook alone. Or cuddle on the couch with a blanket and flip on some Netflix.

Honestly, I never thought I’d be 29 and single.

I look around me, and lately the only thing I see are:

✧ smiling, lip locked couples

✧ cute babies

✧ and ring fingers weighed down by one shiny ass, insensitive rock

But…I realize that my desire for a dream guy is normal. And the desire need not be rushed. If I rush the dream guy, I’ll most likely end up with the guy, without the dreamy factor. Or worse yet, I’ll end up with only a dream and no guy. {Which would be closer to a nightmare.}

I’d rather wait {and wait, and wait} for someone who is my equal. And in the meantime, I’ll be enjoying the benefits of alone time and breathing in the beauty of nature.

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♥ Bethany

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Day 4 Devotional: Light Shines in Darkness

 

Light Shines in Darkness

Day 4 Devotional: Thursday, Sept 22

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Every morning when the sun shines

I know Lord, that you are mine

Even when darkness threatens to take

my sleep-filled night and keep me awake

I approach this day with a holy power

Knowing that you are with me every hour

In you, your light overcomes all fear

You shine bright and make things clear

No matter what lies ahead today

You will go before me and make the grey

Turn to light, bright with beauty

Because my God, you are with me

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Random Tangents of a Broken Christ Follower

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Sometimes I feel like redemption stories do more harm than good. Sure the Bible is all about redemption. The gospel is a story of how Jesus redeems his people from the pit and gives them new life and a new hope that is sealed. Yet, the Bible is also laden with stories that are difficult to stomach without that comforting theme of redemption woven in.

There are many stories in my own life that aren’t in a phase of redemption. Some chapters are barren and cold, and still in the dead of winter. I’d like to hear all kinds of stories from believers, not just the warm and fuzzies, much like I’d rather hear about the Bible in its entirety, not just a “verse of the day” to get my quick spiritual fix.

Testimonies might be warm and fuzzy, but likely it’s not that that person found Jesus and now their life is perfect. In fact, their life might be more difficult. But that’s WHY I think Jesus is so cool. He makes every moment worth it. The moments when we sing on hilltops and the scary, dark pits we fall into and wonder how we’ll climb out of.

Life is crazy and messy. It’s hard. And sometimes slapping a bible verse on complex questions just won’t do. I don’t really have a point to this random tangent. Just sharing some thoughts on a platform where I probably shouldn’t.

On a lighter note, I think most people will be excited to know that my new favorite acronym of the week is PTL (praise the Lord) which has quickly replaced my former one,”on fleek.” Thanks to my cute friend Kayleen for keeping me in the Christian acronym loop.

PTL,

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Royally Excited for Social Media Queen

Hey ya’ll!

This past year was a living hell. I lived it, and many of you did too by walking alongside of me. THANK YOU. If you don’t know what I’m referring to, and want to get depressed, you can see what I mean right here.

But for now, let’s keep moving because I want to share something good that has given me some hope and newly found purpose.

I have been continually seeking God in prayer about whether or not to pursue a business. I know having your own business doesn’t define you, but it’s something I’ve wanted to do for such a long time. I continue to pray, but stand firm believing God’s given me an answer, and I’m stepping out in faith that this is the right thing to do.

With that being said, I am so excited to announce that I have finally launched my business site:

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It still needs a lot of work and building, but I’m getting there. If you get a chance, I’d love for you to check it out and let me know what you think. Your opinion means a lot to me.

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With love,

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Match.com is Shocked by this Guy’s Crazy “About Me” Intro

So, I may be a little biased, because I think my brother is the coolest guy in the world. But I think you’ll end up in my same biased boat after you surf through this amazing piece of writing he composed.

My brother’s friend (anonymous) is a great guy. He has wanted to meet a great girl for quite awhile. So, he decided to join Match.com. But the infamous “about me” intro wouldn’t write itself. He took a stab at it, but it wasn’t quite right. It was just like all the other intros out there: trying to use catchy words to describe himself, somehow trying to sum up his awesomeness in just a few sentences.

Enter: brother.

Please read on to find the most interesing, crazy, unconventional Match.com profile intro ever written. (At least I think so.)

What the friend first wrote:

Insert cool profile intro here.

What my brother wrote:

When I was a small boy I became lost in the pines.  I went hunting for snails, skipping along a disheveled rock path away from the safety and warmth of my campsite.  In my youthful haste, I stumbled over a rotted log shaped like Italy (or maybe Argentina, I do not have great memory for log shapes any more these days).  This country-shaped log exaggerated my youthful forward momentum and dashed me headlong against the stones.  I could not bring my hands up quick enough.  The blood was instantaneous.  Where was it coming from?  It did not matter, all was grey, then black…

I awoke in an eyrie.  Mother, as I came to know her, was looking at me mawkishly.  I am certain, as I reflect back on things, that she thought I would die before I learned to fly.  But she did not give up on me.  Mother was an eagle.  Not in the figurative sense.  She picked me off the rocks like so much dead carrion, but when she saw I still had life in me she took me as her own.  Her strange featherless boy.  The years passed.  I will spare you the details.  My brothers and sisters grew large and took to the heavens.  I remained in the nest.  I was sure I would die on that cliff face, 1400 meters above wherever.  Mother became ill.  She could no longer forage for grubs and field mice.  I became emaciated and withered alongside Mother.  I awoke one morning with the wind blowing a gale unlike any before (the wind on that cliff always blew, was my constant friend, telling me stories and laughing as it tore through the cliff scrub and rock crags).  The wind spoke to me again that day.  It said “you must take flight, your Mother is dying, and you must take flight.”  I looked to Mother and saw she was crying.  I stood up and placed my foot over the edge of the nest onto the lip of the cliff, I took a deep breath, then another, tilted my head heavenward to feel the brilliant sun on my face, spread my arms, and leapt…     

And then I flew to Reno, and I’d really like to meet a nice girl so I hope you are her.  Let’s fly together, huh?  Sounds like fun.

What do you think? Would you date a guy with this story as his profile intro? 🙂

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7 Reasons to Love Orange County

1) Seal Beach Palm Trees

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My mom grew up near Seal Beach and told me stories about why she loved it so much. It’s kinda easy to see why…

2) Hiking in Irvine

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Gear up your glutes and get ready for beautiful views of Irvine when you get to the top.

3) Scenery Viewing at Crystal Cove

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I love Orange County because of this amazing beach. You can almost hear the distant crashing of the waves, right?

4) Back Bay Loop Walking and Biking Trails

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The photo does not do the this place justice – but I loved the yellow flowers, so I had to capture. The Back Bay is a beautiful 10 mile stretch (which I don’t advise walking on a warm Cali day.) It’s great to bike, or you can take a stroll just before the sun is setting and enjoy birds chirping and nature stirring. Also, note that you will share the trail with the occasional horse back rider. 🙂

5) Huntington Beach Waves

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I absolutely adore this beach – and so do all the surfers and laid back beach bums that flock here. Huntington Beach has a very chill atmosphere. If you are a snob and need more glamour, you may want to stick to the infamous Laguna Beach.

Check out this hot spot to grab breakfast or lunch in Huntington Beach.

6) Yorba Linda Hike and Views

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Nuff said.

7) Newport Beach

Newport BeachNewport is a busy beach with lots of beauty. I recommend taking off your worry warts for the day and just letting loose, dance like no one’s watching, playing in the waves.

Do you love Orange County too? Have you written a blog post about its beauty? Comment below and include a link to your blog post about Orange County! I can’t wait to read. 🙂