Cozy Coffee Playlist 2016

As I have mentioned before, I love music. Mr. Yell and I love traveling to concerts, no matter how far they are!  We have records, digital copies, and many (MANY!) CDs. I have written a few posts about my favorite artists and figured it was time to share some of that music with you!

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This month I took the time to create a playlist of songs I have been enjoying this season.  Since it’s February I figured it was time to add a bit of pizazz to the cold weather! These are some songs that Mr. Yell and I enjoy while reading, working, or just drinking a cup of coffee in this winter weather.

Please enjoy this first edition of the “Cozy Coffee Playlist”!

Enjoy this wonderful winter season!

Much love. Much grace.

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No Fear November

Fear is such a tricky and subtle thing. It can creep up in unexpected ways, like being scared of whales. Or it can develop over time coming from insecurities or traumas.

This past month I was asked to write as a guest blogger for a regional blog about marriage in my area. While I was so excited at first, I slowly began to become nervous and somewhat stressed. I began to become so stressed that I developed writer’s block.

I mean, how could I write about marriage when I have only been married for five months? I know nothing of trials and struggles that marriage can bring. People keep saying I am still in the “Honeymoon Stage”.

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As I began thinking of what to write about the more desperate I became. I would try writing whatever I could just to try to find an idea that stuck. I started and stopped about eight different times just trying to write one post.

As I said before in a previous post, writing was never my strong suit in school, and I began to remember the comments and even my grades as I would try to write this guest post. I was struggling.

Insecurities have a way of tearing us down.

Not quickly like outside or hurtful comments do. No, insecurities come from the inside. They come at us from our core and who we think we should be.

“I should be more graceful by now” “Why can’t I just stop eating Oreos?! That’s probably why I am so chubby” and on and on.

These little thoughts of negativity eventually bring us to a place of inhibited living or avoidance of certain activities, just like true fears do.

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This month is November, and in honor of Halloween being over, I am dedicating this month to overcoming my fears and insecurities. I will continue to write what is on my heart and I will begin conquering the insecurities that make me doubt myself.

Who’s with me? Let’s overcome our fears together this No Fear November. If you want to do this challenge with me, be sure to fill out the contact section on the blog and let me know!

Let’s see just who we can be without fears and insecurities weighing us down.

Much love. Much grace.

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Music Love: Josh Garrels

Friends, I love music. I love singing in choirs, musicals, in my car…

I love it.

Music has always been a way for me to express my emotions to others, or even to myself. Which is why I am pretty excited to start this new type of post about sharing the music I love with “Music Love“. The music I will share on these types of posts will be new music I have discovered, music that has defined my life, or just fun songs that I feel are encouraging or have a positive energy.

To kick things off, I want to start with an artist that I have come to love over the past three years through Mr. Yell.

Josh Garrels.

Josh Garrels is not super well known, but is absolutely worth listening to because his lyrics are amazing and his arrangements are so peaceful. Garrels’ music makes me feel like an old friend has taken my thoughts and created beautiful music with them.

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His music is soothing, fun, and just a whole lot of love comes through his music. Mr. Yell and I actually had our first dance to his song “Heaven’s Knife”; which we actually were able to hear him play at his concert in Houston.

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While I admit, I was very apprehensive at first, since his music was different than the style I enjoyed at the time. But I have now come to call him one of my favorite artists. His songs are soft, sweet, and full of heart and emotions. I love his music because they have special meanings in different parts of life.

Be sure to check out his music on Noisetrade and see his latest music video!

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Mr. Yell, Josh Garrels, and I after the Houston, Texas concert (11/2015)

I hope you have a lovely weekend relaxing and recuperating.

Much love. Much grace.

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