New Year, New Goals

Happy New Year, everyone!

I hope your holidays were full of fun, love, and peace these past couple of months. I have been quite busy myself with work and the holidays, but it is nice to take a moment just to sit and think.

Like many other people, the year of 2016 has been a pretty crazy one for me. I had a stressful time with school, I struggled with food, and I was overcoming some insecurities. To top it off, this year was pretty crazy with the national election and not really knowing how to process many of the things done and said by people close to me.

However, there have been many good things that have happened this year. I graduated college with my Bachelor’s of Science, Mr. Yell and I have started new camping adventures and rescued a cat, and I started a new job which I love. Personally, I have overcome many fears and issues that developed in my heart and mind, and overcoming those alone are enough for me to celebrate this year.

With all that being said, I have been trying to think of a new “Word of the Year” for 2017. If you have been following me for a little while, you know that last year my word was “Kind”. I wanted desperately to work on being kind to myself and to others. I believe that over the course of the year I was stretched in this area in many ways and that having the simple mantra of “kindness” helped me to remember my goal for the year.

This year there are so many things I want to accomplish. I want to love more, learn valuable skills at my job, be warm and encouraging, and I want to be content with life. After thinking about the things I hope to accomplish in 2017, the word “Peace” has been laid on my heart.

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I need to find peace in the busy moments.

I need to seek peace in times of anger or sadness.

I need to have peace with what I am doing and how I am able to do it at a point in time.

Peace is what I need to seek.

After about a week of praying and thinking, I am learning that this type of peace comes from wisdom. A righteous, pure, wisdom is what brings true peace.

James 3:13-18

13 Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. 14 But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth.15 Such “wisdom” does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. 16 For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice.

17 But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving,considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.18 Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness.

I hope you will join me this year as I yearn to remember peace in my life and peace in my relationships with others. I hope that I can live by the wisdom the Lord gives. I pray that the simple word of “peace” will bring to mind what wisdom looks like for this upcoming year.

Bring it on 2017, I am ready for ya.

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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photo by joshgarrels.com

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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