Friday, April 29, 2011

When I grow up... oh wait. I am grown up.

I want to be an artist. I want to be a ballerina. I want to be an Anthropologie window display coordinator. I want to be an event designer. I want to be a non-profit marketing and social media manager. I want to be a stationary designer. I want to be a letterpress expert. I want to own a coffeeshop. I want to be a missionary. I want to help people in need. I want to make people feel loved.

And yet,

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

Today's post is inspired by ballet. I have been having WAY too much fun collecting images on Pinterest, which is where I came across all of these. The neat thing about the creative community is that everyone pulls inspiration from one another, whether they want to admit it or not. Which is why I want to clearly state that none of these images are mine, I simply had the joy of coming across them and arranging them in a pleasing manner to my eye. I have listed the sources below.

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

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Home Sweet Home

I am convinced that I am always two steps ahead of everything in my head. I am not talking preparedness, although that is a handy part of being "futuristic", as Strengthsquest would say I am. I am talking like, for the last 2 years I've been obsessing over weddings. Now I am transitioning (don't worry, I will always obsess over a good wedding) into home decor. As in someday, in the not-too-distant future, my lifelong wish will come true. I will have my very OWN place to decorate! When I come to think about it, I have ALWAYS been waiting for that day to come. I was the jr. higher that wanted to be an interior designer. As you can imagine, I'm a little excited.

My newest love and obsession is Pinterest. Have you heard of it? Checked it out? It has filled a need in my online life that I didn't even know I had (I know, online life? what a nerd!). It allows me to very easily collect images online that I love, and then archive and categorize them. You can share them, and people can repin your pins. I'm probably not making much sense, but let's just say that I truly believe it will be the next Facebook, especially with creative people that love sharing a good image. My favorite part is that it's SUPER easy to use. And it's allowed me to easily gather images as inspiration for home decor. I've always loved creating a good space that relaxes and inspires people. The space around us completely affects our mood, and is such a great way to reflect who we are.

So along with loving all this stuff, I am also very indecisive, which makes choosing stuff a bit of a problem. But I've finally come to a color palette and style that I am loving. So drumroll please....

I have always been a clean and simple kind of girl at heart. Try as I may, I can never seem to stray too far from a good, clean look. I love spaces that use lots of whites and natural colors and textures, and then incorporate some bright pops of color to liven up the space. This seems functional to me too, as you can always switch out your pops of color with new colors or patterns.Here are a few pieces I am loving.

Source Urban Outfitters

Source: via Katie on Pinterest


Friday, April 1, 2011

Je t'aime

Happy Friday! Came across these lovely images that definitely make me want to travel to and explore France. They just feel so french to me. Anyone wanna go with me?

Source: This Is Glamorous

Alan & I are getting our engagement photos taken this weekend, and I'm so excited! I just adore photography, and I feel like Alan and I don't have that many good pictures of us. So this will be fun!

I am kind of loving this heat streak. It was in the 90s yesterday! Its supposed to cool off, but I am so ready for summer! :)