Thursday, December 22, 2011
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Friday, November 4, 2011
"I know that the job thing has been bothering you for a while. I feel like in a way you are pregnant with the idea that you need to do something else, but the definition of what that is is still hazy enough to stay inside you. Once you find it deep in your soul nothing will stop you from giving birth to it – be it a business(es), new job, whatever. Right now you are just in that third trimester of uncomfortableness – but that’s a good thing! It makes the giving birth part a whole lot easier because you are so unhappy and “fat” with the possibility that there is something new around the corner. Give it time, eventually life, God, and your next step will come from within you so strongly that you’ll be in labor before you know it and never look back! You can’t stuff a baby back inside once it wants to come out."
I feel like this really could apply to any big life changes that you know are just around the corner, that you are uncomfortably and anxiously waiting for. But the waiting isn't necessarily a bad thing.
Friday, October 21, 2011
Things that Currently make me happy:
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Friday, September 23, 2011
Even though it's still been really warm here, I have been in "fall mode" for a couple weeks now. Iced pumpkin spice lattes have been a great way to get in the "fall spirit" without completely melting in the heat. And every time we have a foggy morning or a cold night, I know that fall is just around the corner.
Ok so get ready, I'm going to bombard you with pictures of the things that make me think of fall. These are being posted because a) I want to wear it b) I want to make it and eat it or c) it remind me of Fall. Actually they all make me think of Fall. What are some of your favorite things about Fall?
Would be really cute paired with some tights, ankle boots, a blouse and a long necklace.Too bad they cost an arm and a leg from Anthropologie.
When Fall came around my mom always lights candles around the house and put some cinnamon apple cider on the stove to make the whole house smell good. I love it.
All images via Pinterest.
P.S. If you want to hear about my new married life, visit our new blog: http://www.hellofromthehickmans.blogspot.com/
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Thursday, July 7, 2011
As you may know, the "theme phrase" of our wedding is: "We're Tying The Knot!" We felt that a somewhat vintage nautical theme with knots felt appropriate with the location of our wedding and where we met (by the ocean in San Diego). Recently came across this knot that will be incorporated in the wedding.It's tied with two separate pieces of string.
True Lovers Knot: a complicated ornamental knot not readily untied and symbolic of mutual love —called also truelove knot.
I am just so excited to get to be with all our favorite people, in what is probably my favorite place, celebrating such an exciting, sacred thing!
Here is a sneak peek of the "feel" of the wedding...
Thursday, June 9, 2011
- Spend regular quiet time with God and reading more of His word, and more time in prayer
- Learn how to re-upholster a chair with awesome fabric and do so
- Cook one new meal/dessert per week
- Always be reading a book on marriage
- Create a home out of a house, and do so as creatively and inexpensively as possible
- Intentionally pray every week about our future (specifically our career paths and where God can use us most)
- Learn how to balance becoming one while still always being and becoming our own very different and unique people inside of a marriage. And always appreciate those differences.
- Continue exercising on a regular basis. Learn how to make this a lifelong aspect of my life.
- Go on a road trip or even a mini road trip with Alan
- Have regular date nights
- Design and create my own set of stationary/cards
- Save money
This list will most likely grow. Any suggestions?
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Love mixing patterns and graphic illustrations with photography and typography.
Friday, May 6, 2011
Come Thou Fount
Come Thou Fount of ev'ry blessing
Tune my heart to sing Thy grace
Streams of mercy never ceasing
Call for songs of loudest praise
Teach me some melodious sonnet
Sung by flaming tongues above
Praise the mount I'm fixed upon it
Mount of God's redeeming love
Here I raise my Ebenezer
Hither to Thy help I'm come
And I hope by Thy good pleasure
Safely to arrive at home
Jesus sought me when a stranger
Wand'ring from the fold of God
He to rescue me from danger
Interposed His precious blood
O to grace how great a debtor
Daily I'm constrained to be
Let Thy goodness like a fetter
Bind my wand'ring heart to Thee
Prone to wander Lord I feel it
Prone to leave the God I love
Here's my heart O take and seal it
Seal it for Thy courts above
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Thursday, May 5, 2011
I never gave much thought to introversion before, other than to resent that I have a slightly (well, maybe more than slightly) introverted nature. Even if it's not explicitly said, I think that introversion is not a valued personality in our culture. I think it's viewed as a handicap. I think that's why I never liked admitting to myself that I am introverted. It felt like I was admitting that I am shy. Or that I don't enjoy hanging out with lots of people. Or that I don't like talking to people (which is NOT true). It felt like I was saying that I don't like interacting with people, which is just NOT true.
Which is why, when I came across this Introversion Myth List, it clicked. Ohhh, that is SO me. Ohhh, this isn't bad. I have always known that God created me exactly the way he wanted to create me, but it was still hard to admit being introverted is not a bad thing. Hopefully this list (which I did not create, see source below) either helps introverts like me, or clears things up for some extroverts out there.
Myth #1 – Introverts don’t like to talk.
This is not true. Introverts just don’t talk unless they have something to say. They hate small talk. Get an introvert talking about something they are interested in, and they won’t shut up for days.
Myth #2 – Introverts are shy.
Shyness has nothing to do with being an Introvert. Introverts are not necessarily afraid of people. What they need is a reason to interact. They don’t interact for the sake of interacting. If you want to talk to an Introvert, just start talking. Don’t worry about being polite.
Myth #3 – Introverts are rude.
Introverts often don’t see a reason for beating around the bush with social pleasantries. They want everyone to just be real and honest. Unfortunately, this is not acceptable in most settings, so Introverts can feel a lot of pressure to fit in, which they find exhausting.
Myth #4 – Introverts don’t like people.
On the contrary, Introverts intensely value the few friends they have. They can count their close friends on one hand. If you are lucky enough for an introvert to consider you a friend, you probably have a loyal ally for life. Once you have earned their respect as being a person of substance, you’re in.
Myth #5 – Introverts don’t like to go out in public.
Nonsense. Introverts just don’t like to go out in public FOR AS LONG. They also like to avoid the complications that are involved in public activities. They take in data and experiences very quickly, and as a result, don’t need to be there for long to “get it.” They’re ready to go home, recharge, and process it all. In fact, recharging is absolutely crucial for Introverts.
Myth #6 – Introverts always want to be alone.
Introverts are perfectly comfortable with their own thoughts. They think a lot. They daydream. They like to have problems to work on, puzzles to solve. But they can also get incredibly lonely if they don’t have anyone to share their discoveries with. They crave an authentic and sincere connection with ONE PERSON at a time.
Myth #7 – Introverts are weird.
Introverts are often individualists. They don’t follow the crowd. They’d prefer to be valued for their novel ways of living. They think for themselves and because of that, they often challenge the norm. They don’t make most decisions based on what is popular or trendy.
Myth #8 – Introverts are aloof nerds.
Introverts are people who primarily look inward, paying close attention to their thoughts and emotions. It’s not that they are incapable of paying attention to what is going on around them, it’s just that their inner world is much more stimulating and rewarding to them.
Myth #9 – Introverts don’t know how to relax and have fun.
Introverts typically relax at home or in nature, not in busy public places. Introverts are not thrill seekers and adrenaline junkies. If there is too much talking and noise going on, they shut down. Their brains are too sensitive to the neurotransmitter called Dopamine. Introverts and Extroverts have different dominant neuro-pathways. Just look it up.
Myth #10 – Introverts can fix themselves and become Extroverts.
Introverts cannot “fix themselves” and deserve respect for their natural temperament and contributions to the human race. In fact, one study (Silverman, 1986) showed that the percentage of Introverts increases with IQ.
Friday, April 29, 2011
I don't know what I want to be.
Does anyone else struggle with this? Some people figure out their paths, and just GO for it. Oh how I've struggled with longing for that for years. And yet I've come to a place where I understand that a lot of people don't know what's next. And that's okay. And that God will work all the pieces together, despite my overwhelming desire to plan them out and force them to fit together myself.
I've also had to remind myself that my value does not come from what I do. I believe God calls us to DO. He calls women & men to work, to create, to serve, to love in tangible and active ways. To bring light and love to the dark places that need them. But I often need a reminder that my worth does not come from that. My worth comes from the fact that the all-powerful, all-knowing, ALL-GOOD and ALL-LOVING God of the universe and beyond, loves and cares about me. He has plans for me. He wants what is best for me. He cares about my needs, and he cares about my character. He wants what's best for me, kind of like I imagine a parent wants what's best for their child, but has to let that child make their own decisions and live their own life the way they choose to.
So what's next (besides getting to marry my best friend and the absolute love of my life <3)? I have NO idea. Do I want to know? You have no idea how badly. But for now, I think I'll take things day by day, pray, and leave the rest up to God.
Live like a ballerina. What does that mean? I would say it means to live with grace. There's something so beautiful about ballet. It brings me back to my childhood full of rushing from one dance class to the next, wearing slicked back ballet buns, tights, flowy wrap-around skirts, and baby pink slippers. Lately I've been sporting the ballet bun once again (something I never thought I'd wear again) and am just in love with pale blush pink. Maybe that's what inspired today's post. Who knows, maybe I'll take up ballet again someday, just for myself :)
one: forest ballerina
two: candy ballerinas, bottles, water ballerinas
three: ballet bun with headband, ballet inspired outfit ensemble
four: christian dior ad, ballet shoes
five: ribbon hanging fixture, ribbon ponytail
six: beach ballerina