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5 Tangible Tips to Avoid Procrastination

5 Tangible Tips to Avoid Procrastination

The Procrastination Station.We’ve all been there. Itching to write, but finding our thumbs scrolling instead, our minds numb rather than busy. Staring at the mountain of laundry begging to be folded in order to free up the bedroom to look like something from a Pinterest […]

A Morning with my Best Friend

A Morning with my Best Friend

Morning. Not stupid early, but not late morning, it’s 8:30am and your eyelids open after a solid, undisturbed 8 hour sleep. You smile to yourself, feeling that euphoric, passionate, life-is-good-because-God-is-good emotion that translates to excitement to spend time with Jesus. You know He’s going to […]

When Will I Learn?

When Will I Learn?

…that life is all about the “little moments?”

Romans 12:10 “Be devoted to one another in love. Honour one another above yourselves.”

I have written about it countless times. And I think about it all the time. But sometimes, in the heat of a moment, it doesn’t happen.
In a moment when…
I tiredly choose to watch YouTube videos in my room rather than catching up with one of my roommates (also some of my best friends).
I choose to stress over the fruit that needs cutting at work rather than meeting a customer or co-worker where they’re at.
I choose to take on too much so that I’m spread too thin and feel I have no time for friends and family.
This morning, when I woke up, I was reminded by timely encouraging texts from my roomies, Beth and Mary, the importance of taking time out.
Like every day, I brought my Bible and highlighters out to my living room when Jesus asked me:
Are you sitting with me this morning? Or just “the book?”
Wow.
Sometimes I focus “so much” on making sure I’m ACTUALLY sitting with Jesus that I don’t leave room for Him to just speak. This morning, He spoke loudly, and I decided to listen.
Inspired by a thoughtful, gracious co-worker at work later that day, reminded by her of the love God calls me to share, I was equipped to serve customers in a way that made memories rather than just “what can I get for you?” kind of service.
Further inspired by one of my pastors, Nat, at our meeting about the coming year, where I officially agreed to interning at Creekside Church for a second year. Nat met me exactly where I am. He cared to listen to the details of my life, and reminded me that that is what I am called to do. Stop and listen. To Jesus, to people, to music, to history. 
Aggravated when I knew I hadn’t written my most recent article for the software start-up I write for to the best of my ability; humbled and blessed by the grace my employer showed me, anyway.
These “little moments” that are memory-worthy matter. And they’re memory worthy because of Jesus.
Each time His love is truly shown, and He is responded to, eternal glorification and life-change happens. I’ll take more of these moments, Jesus. Give me a heart and soul that only wants more of you in me, and more of You in others.

TASTEFUL THURSDAY: Toasted Tropic Oatmeal

TASTEFUL THURSDAY: Toasted Tropic Oatmeal

Happy Thursday Friends! I remember the first time I tried coconut as a little kid. My mom used to make all our birthday cakes from scratch when she got this cookbook with all these cake recipes. When I was five, I went through this phase […]

THOUGHTS THURSDAY: All About Baked Oats

THOUGHTS THURSDAY: All About Baked Oats

Good Afternoon!🤗 More consistently than any other question, I get asked how I make my baked oats.  I do have secrets for making these amazing breakfast bowls, friends. And I’m going to share them all here! But first: here is a prayer, not written by […]

THOUGHTS THURSDAY: Blueberry Syrup Recipe

THOUGHTS THURSDAY: Blueberry Syrup Recipe

Happy Thursday!

Thursdays are by far my busiest day this semester. I have classes from 10-1 and then again from 2:30-4:30, and from there have to catch a 5:15 bus to teach dance in time for 6 until 8, bus home for Bible study 9-11. Finding some breathing space now with Laura at a Starbucks a little ways from campus, and time to blog. My little sprain that probably wouldn’t even classify as a sprain but still has my ankle swollen is healed enough that I’m not limping and so I’m going to teach my hip hop classes tonight. And this morning I was intentional about making time to pray, study the Word, and have about an hour in the kitchen with worship music, blessed morning sunlight, and a messy bun, creating.
And I concocted something different for my usual morning oatmeal.


Cooked Oats with Blueberry Syrup
Ingredients:
1 cup dry oats
1 3/4 cup water
1 cup frozen blueberries
2 T lemon juice
2 T unsweetened almond milk
2 tsp stevia
1 tsp salt
1 T peanut butter
1 T water
1 tsp cinnamon
1. In a saucepan, combine oats and water and bring to a boil with a pinch of salt. Boil and stir one minute; reduce heat. Let simmer until all liquid is absorbed. 
2. In another saucepan, combine blueberries, almond milk, lemon juice, stevia, and salt. Bring to boil; reduce heat. Let simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. 
3. In a small bowl, combine peanut butter, water, and cinnamon with more stevia, if desired. Microwave for 10-15 seconds. Stir well to combine. 
4. Pour cinnamon peanut butter over the hot oats; add blueberry syrup on top. Mix well to combine flavours and taste for extra salt or other flavours (ginger, more cinnamon, lemon zest… possibilities are endless)!

WHAT I ATE WEDNESDAY: Belly Button Piercings!

WHAT I ATE WEDNESDAY: Belly Button Piercings!

I SAID HEY WASSUP HELLO!! I have been insanely sick for three days, but I always end up needing to be very active when I’m sick. I just feel better and cannot stand spending much time at home! Breakfast. I started my morning at the dentist, […]