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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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Day 5 Devotional: What is a Pinion?

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~ Psalms‬ ‭91:4‬ ‭ESV‬ 

Well tonight I learned that a pinion is the outer part of a bird’s wing, including the flight feathers. Pretty neat huh?

Jesus is all about  making sure we are fully covered, and also entrusts us with the same task – to protect and completely cover  what we’ve been given.

I forget what verse, but in the Bible we are given the commission to be disciples and go out amongst all nations, covering the ends of the earth to share the story of Jesus – Likewise Jesus himself spreads his wings and spills his blood to cover us, until the end of himself.

I may be drawing parallels that were never intended, but nonetheless,  it feels good to ponder about pinions and the protection of God tonight. Much better than scrolling through my Twitter feed.

 

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Hopeful Romantic Art Journal

One day I was really missing someone I loved. Instead of crying, I decided to capture my emotions and release them inside my art journal. I do not claim to be an artist, but I do enjoy the release of [creatively and colorfully] writing.

Before my employment with Stampington & Co. (p.s. I miss you guys!) I had never heard of the term “art journaling.” And now, I’ve become quite fond of putting it into practice. Here’s a peak inside my piece I’ve titled “Hopeful Romantic.” (I’m happier to think that romance is not hopeless, especially because we are ever changing and growing beings – which allows for hope.)

I’ve never taken any classes, rather I let my emotions teach me what colors to paint and what words to express. Here’s the result:

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Tutorial:

1. If your emotions are rising, grab a binder or journal and prepare to give them a voice with color.

2. Use pencils, paint, stamps, and patience to release whatever burden you’re carrying.

3. You may play music that inspires you. If you’re feeling an artistic block, stand up and do 10 jumping jacks, 10 sit ups, and drink 10 gulps of water. (Hey, you’ll thank me later.)

4. Don’t LET GO! Have fun. Breathe. Promise to put what you’re holding onto behind you.

5. Cherish what you’ve created and don’t let anyone tell you it’s not beautiful.

My love and happy creating,

Bethany Michaels