“Humility is not thinking less of yourself, but thinking of yourself less.”
Being done with finals.
Meeting someone and feeling as if we’ve already known each other for years. I love the rarity of those moments.
Reflecting on life.
Eating a spoon full of cookie butter. Peanut butter, you’ve officially been replaced. Sorry I’m not really sorry.
Listening to the Great Gatsby soundtrack over and over and over and pretending that I have Emeli Sandé’s voice.
Driving with my windows down.
Getting big hugs from little kids for no reason at all. Just because hugs are the best kind of hugs.
Email and wi-fi. Those are amazing when your best friend is on the other side of the world for a month.
The stack of books that I have been waiting to read.
Speaking of Gatsby, this quote is also one of my favorites.
“And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.” - F. S. Fitzgerald
These are the Rodriguez’s and the Anguiano’s. Stephanie and Juan’s little boy, Luis, is a ball of energy and is so sweet. He also has some pretty awesome grandparents :) I loved photographing this beautiful family that is just full of love!
My two favorites. Luis wouldn’t stop making this face, so of course everyone had to get in on the fun :)
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“A great way to learn about your country is to leave it.”
Do you ever have those nights where you are trying to fall asleep, but your brain just keeps thinking? And you’re trying so hard to think about nothing, but all of these thoughts keep running through your mind? That’s where I’m at right now. And really, I over exaggerated just a little bit. I don’t have a ton of thoughts running through my head, just a few lyrics.
Lord, I need You
Oh, I need You
Every hour I need You
My one defense
Oh God, how I need You
And I’ve spent the last half hour being frustrated that I’m still awake, instead of finding rest in God. Even in things as minute as falling asleep, I need Him and His reminders that today is done and tomorrow is a new day.
Jesus said in Matthew 6:34, "Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own."
I think I need to get this verse tattoed on my forehead. Seriously.
It’s so easy, so routine to think about each thing on my to do list: go here at this time, call so and so for this reason, pay this, buy this, read that, etc. and get caught up in life’s obligations. But really, they aren’t obligations. I don’t have to do them. I choose to. Don’t get me wrong - I love my life and everyone in it, but the way that I spend my time is a choice. It’s what I want to do.
And if I’m being honest, choosing God over all of my “wants” is hard sometimes. Choosing to spend time with God can be inconvenient. And if I’m being really honest, feelings of inconvenience or hardship have an underlying message that I’m focused on me instead of God.
Which is completely backwards and wrong. God never said that choosing Him would be easy, but in my short time of knowing God, I can honestly say that choosing Him is worth it. And choosing to follow Jesus means that it’s not about me anymore. It’s about Him and what He is doing through me.
Whenever I find myself struggling with choosing God, I think of a metaphor that a friend of mine once told me. "Your relationship with God is like brushing your teeth. Some days, you brush, floss, use mouthwash. You might be a two-a-day brusher, but sometimes that’s hard to do and you only have time for a quick brushing. But each day, you brush your teeth."
Regardless of how many things are on my to-do list, or whatever other circumstance I am in, I always brush my teeth. Like who would want to be around someone with stank morning breath?! Obviously nobody. Gross!
Brushing my teeth is a habit.
I want to choose God as habitually as I brush my teeth.
I want to choose God when it’s hard, not only when it’s easy.
I want to choose God regardless of anything on my to-do list.
I want to choose God because of who He is.
Although I am embarrassed to admit that I struggle with always choosing God, I am grateful for His grace that is always bigger than my struggles. I am grateful that I can find rest in His word and remember His promises that He’s not done with me yet. Most of all, I am grateful for God’s love, which has changed me in ways that I will never understand.
Oh God, how I need You
Perfect weather spring days. That means weather that’s in the high 60’s/low 70’s.
The Dove Real Beauty Sketches campaign. This speaks truth - people are beautiful. You are beautiful. But a truth that I think might be even more worth hearing: you are so much more than beautiful.
Realizing how desperately I need Jesus every day. Greater is He that is in me.
Neutrogena Acne Face Scrub. My skin is crazy sensitive, so normally it’s pretty difficult to find anything that will actually work without burning and or itching. Basically this is amazeballs and you should try it. I sometimes think that if my skin could talk, it would be whispering, “Thank you,” every time that I use this product. Too much? Moving on…
Nannying. I really, really, really do love my job.
Getting the privilege to watch people live out their dreams and celebrating the opportunities that come along with that.
Talking with people who make me say, “Really? You do that, too?! I thought I was the only one!” I think underneath it all, people really are more alike than we are different.
Reading a book that someone else already read and loved and passed along to me. The art of borrowing is sacred and awesome.
The Chrismakkuh episode of The O.C. This favorite thing is a 2 for 1 special, because it also includes the one and only Seth Cohen.
Lint rollers. I also like to call them “life savers.”
If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you have probably read me go on and on about how great my friends are. Mary is one of those friends. She is hilarious, has a huge heart, and is undeniably beautiful.
Here’s a few hawt pictures of us from high school.
Please note the pink Razr flip phone and marti gras beads.
It is such a blessing to have her friendship throughout so may seasons of life – from entering high school and doing everything awkward and embarrassing that freshmen tend to do, to growing up and learning about ourselves and life, to graduating, and now attending the same college.
Anyway, this shoot was the absolute perfect way to de-stress during the middle of midterms. I hope you like these pictures as much as I do. :)
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“It is okay to be at a place of struggle. Struggle is just another word for growth. Even the most evolved beings find themselves in a place of struggle now and then. In fact, struggle is a sure sign to them that they are expanding; it is their indication of real and important progress. The only one who doesn’t struggle is the one who doesn’t grow. So if you are struggling right now, see it as a terrific sign — celebrate your struggle.”