Monthly Archives: December 2011

2011 taught me {recap}

i was inspired by Aaron Lindsey to do my own 2011 recap but first lets start with a few of his tweets that i really liked:

  1. the miracle isnt that my enemies were destroyed but that i wasnt destroyed with them
  2. that strife is WACK
  3. that pain is a part of it. take up that cross
  4. that my heart will lie to me sometimes and convince my brain to believe it
  5. not to be afraid to say what you know
  6. that every blessing doesn’t come wrapped in my favorite package
  7. that personal choices aren’t necessarily private choices. others are impacted
  8. that no matter how strong i talk in black and white, i have to live it out in full color hi Def!
  9. that tears arent an embarassment but they are an astringent to my heart
  10. to not expect people to read my mind. but when they do its pretty friggin awesome
  11. to be comfortable with being different
  12. that its not over until i tap out
  13. that life is a series of wisdoms taught by God. If i embrace each lesson I become more wise
  14. that God  is in charge and we are not
  15. that love is about giving
  16. the road to greatness is filled with inconveniences
  17. to nurture the relationships God has blessed me with
  • God is close to the broken hearted;
  • listen to the holy spirit the first time;
  • ask for what you want;
  • don’t back down from what you know to be true..STAND;
  • forgiveness is more about you than them;
  • God never forgets and he will bring peace and resolution to those trying/tiring/broken things;
  • sometimes effective communication means learning to communicate in someone else’s style;
  • if the heart behind your words is truth in love, it will come out as such and like wise if it is anger/bitterness etc., it will come out as such;
  • think before you speak- be slow to speak and quick to listen;
  • everyone is entitled to their opinion not yours;
  • SHINE;
  • risk more than you think is practical;
  • sowing and reaping is REAL;
  • sometimes you just have to do stuff alone if it will ever get done;
  • heartbreak teaches you a lot about compassion and the unfailing love of God;
  •  relationships teach you more about yourself than the other people;
  • sometimes you just have to do it even if you dont feel like it;
  • persistence and perseverance pay off;
  • vulnerability is NOT weakness, it actually serves to open eyes and doors;
  • when you altar your life, God will alter your plans and it will be bigger and better than you ever imagined [he fulfills EVER childhood dream];
  • God loves us NOT because we are loveable but because he is love – c.s. lewis;
  • good friends aren’t found they are worked for;
  • be kind and gracious even if it kills you;
  • give yourself room to be….well YOU;
  • renew your mind daily;
  • you have to take time for yourself NO ONE will give it to you;
  • cultivating your own personal relationship/worship time will CHANGE your life and attitude;
  • a challenge will end up being your friend in the end;
  • every year you can choose to be a little bit closer to who God created/is creating you to be or further away..choose wisely;
  • ask for help;
  • don’t internalize stress;
  • fear is a theif. no ifs ands or buts about it. it steals the potential and life of many but God came to give life and life more abundantly. choose;
  • i choose God above myself;
  • God is a way maker;
  • GOD is bigger and GREATER don’t limit him to your expectation, faith or imagination
  • i really really like dressing up [ being a girly girl/sunbeam is my fave]
  • sometimes you have to reach out beyond yourself
  • sometimes doing what you have to may require you to do it alone
  • God does NOT promise or awaken to not fulfill

i did so many things i never thought i would: 1. disney world 2. lead worship 3. went to the nkotbsb concert 4. rihanna concert 5. got asked out by the sexiest boy in the uhrea 6. photoshoot 7. tried & bombed 8. danced as a part of a troupe for a new years eve party 9. staycation old town alexandria 10. cocosala 11. KARI JOBE 12. iphone & mac book pro 13. nikon 14. box seats at redskin game 15. growing my hair out natural 16. martin luther king memorial and more that i can’t remember right lol

photo from

{happy weekend}

22 And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the wine will burst the skins, and both the wine and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins.” [Mark 2:22]

For you to become the person God wants you to be in 2012, you will have to abandon the old wineskins in your life so that God can pour himself into the wineskin of your new life-in-Christ.

This may mean, for instance, that we cannot try to pour the new wine of “honesty at work” into an old wineskin of “cutting corners.” Otherwise, “both the wine and the wineskins will be ruined.”

This year, you will have to change in order to be the person God wants you to be. Are you ready to make the changes? Do you feel the excitement of knowing God is right there with you, not just helping you change, but leading you in the change?

by Jon Walker {excerpt from Abandon your old wineskins before 2012}

isn’t that so good?! so good!! anywho…Looking forward to all you have to bring. new.

hot air balloon ride

vegas and or texas finally

hillsong nyc visit

what are you looking forward to? happy new year loves! wishing you a year full of new. peace. & hope.

(Source: holdonforeverr) via glitter guide tumblr

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Lets not be boring

i read this article by Craig on and laughed out loud but was equally inpired. as we take a look back at the year that was 2011. I want all of us to take inventory. Pray and ask God to reveal to you what he was doing in you and how you can learn the lessons from this year and be better next year. I am convinced that each year we receive a mandate bigger than ourselves and like the coat that hannah would make for Samuel we must grow into it under the loving care of our Father in heaven and with the guidance of the Holy spirit. Anywho…here are some ideas from the new year and the more truer you…of ways to not be boring. 😉

Here are “50 Ways to Outrun a Boring Life…”

  1. Have goals, pursue them with passion.
  2. Do something differently than you normally do.
  3. Go for a 3 mile run.
  4. Take a chance.
  5. Take a different route to work.
  6. Learn something new.
  7. Read a book for pleasure.
  8. Write a book. (What is that idea you have had for years?)
  9. Ask out the person that you have been afraid to approach.
  10. Finish something you started.
  11. Choose the road less travelled.
  12. Do a favor for someone.
  13. Build something small.
  14. Make something big.
  15. Tell someone that you care about them.
  16. Do something you have never done.
  17. Do something that you haven’t done in years. (What do you miss doing?)
  18. Eat something you have never tried before.
  19. Order offthe menu.
  20. Write a fiction story. (How old were you when you last did that?)
  21. Have a journal.
  22. Send a picture and a note to a friend.
  23. Take the dog for a walk.
  24. Do something that scaresyou. (What do you need to overcome?)
  25. Help someone selflessly.
  26. Don’t follow the crowd.
  27. Ask for that raise or promotion. (No one else is going to ask for you…)
  28. Write a letter to that long lost friend.
  29. Talk to someone you have been meaning to get to know. (Who is that person at work?)
  30. Cook something from a magazine.
  31. Sing when no one is watching.
  32. Dance with someone you love.
  33. Write down 5 things that you want to accomplish in the next year.
  34. Write a letter to your future self. (See
  35. Write a letter for your kids to read when they are older.
  36. Stand up for yourself and what you believe in.
  37. Stand up for someone else.
  38. Volunteer your time.
  39. As Steve Jobs said, be one of The Crazy Ones.
  40. Go for a walk in the woods.
  41. Play a competitive sport. (For fun!)
  42. Go to a museum or aquarium.
  43. Don’t take yourself so seriously.
  44. Laugh at work.
  45. Spend time with your kids. (For kids, L-O-V-E is spelled T-I-M-E.)
  46. Make a date with your spouse or significant other.
  47. Kiss someone you love.
  48. Give a hug to someone who needs it.
  49. Dare to be different.
  50. Be yourself, no matter what others think.
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holiday travel

If any of you are like me, you tend to overpack. I’m really trying to not do that this year and carry what is absolutely necessary while still preparing for spontaneity. Here are a few tips that were helpful in trying to pack:

  1. More Tops, Less Bottoms
  2. Pack Outfits With Interchangeable Pieces
  3. Roll vs fold
  4. Bags within bags
  5. plan/pack before hand
  6. travel size toiletries

what to bring [purse/carryon bag]:

  •  neck pillow;
  • SCARF;
  • water;
  • magazines;
  • ipod or phone,
  • mints/gum,
  • eye mask/face moisturizer
I found this really GREAT travel check list [simple and thorough] from the project girl. check it out here.
[photo collage by sourcat on Polyvore; photo of blake lively from]
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