20 Things I’ve Learned By 20

1. What we think is the “end of the world” probably isn’t. God is all powerful is the only One who calls the “end of the world.” Other than that, He’s got your back and He’s got your plan.

2. Coping mechanisms are sneaky. Self-awareness is key. Sometimes I fall into patterns when stress is high without realizing it, and so to be aware of stressors in my life keeps old bad habits at bay.

3. Life is better with less “stuff.” Nuff said; stuff is fluff, and it doesn’t make you happy.

4. “By grace I have been saved through faith, and this is not of myself, but a gift from God.”

5. Hobbies are so important. Tap is one of the things I look forward to every week.

6. People > Places. I personally think it’s so much more important to invest in relationships than experiences.

7. Self disciplines grow your patience. Learning new languages, reading challenging books, setting new intentions– these things have all made me a more patient person.

8. When you know you’re in love… you know. It’s true. There’s no question. If you’re questioning, you’re not in love.

9. Money isn’t everything. It’s not. I can arbitrarily alott money throughout my life, stress about an extra $5 here and there, etc… or I can recognize how blessed I am, trust that I am a skilled saver, and focus on generosity.

10. It’s okay to not be okay, and okay to ask for help. We’re not meant to do it alone.

11. Change is the only constant. It’s a God-designed part of life, and so I’m learning to embrace it.

12. Prayer is the most important thing I’ll do every day. As much as it has in the past felt like a “thing” on the to-do list, I know that is such a lie, and that prayer is actually what will keep me going, serving God, and be everlasting.

13. Reading makes you smarter. In so many ways! In language use, reflection, knowledge, etc.

14. Quality over quantity. Doing “everything” is not an achievement.

15. It’s okay to rest. Actually necessary. I am finally actually putting rest and fun as priorities in my life.

16. Genuine Generosity is so important. Giving can’t be a to do list item. It should be an everyday thing, and a state of the heart.

17. Purpose in Christ means forever purpose, not just worldly purpose. Identity in Him and giving my life to Him is the most important thing I ever did regarding my own life; responding to His calling.

18. Peanut butter belongs on basically every food. Except citrus fruits.

19. There literally is no time but the present. I am learning that I so often think about what is to come and what needs to be done rather than being in the moment, and I am cultivating awareness of this.

20. I’m never going to be “perfect” at any skill, and I wasn’t meant to be. Perfection isn’t the goal.

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My Top Most Meaningful Photos of 2018 (so far)

Cottage with my love
Beth’s wedding feat. The Roommates
my best friend
New job
sister date
MB comes to ON
My favourite kind of nephew
big sis graduates uni
last day at the Bucks
first time bridesmaid for one of the greatest humans
autumns grad recital feat. gushing tears
Manitoba n’ you

Dating Tips: A Worthwhile Relationship

Hey Friends!

My most requested blog topic is, in someone’s words, how I “found” such a “perfect” relationship.

To blog in advising upon this is to state something upfront: I wasn’t looking.

If you are someone who struggles with feeling unfulfilled without a relationship, or strongly desiring one, I don’t think there is anything wrong with that. There is nothing wrong with being excited about a future relationship.

However, seeking “a relationship” in general is the worst thing you could do in this case, because I believe this will make you much more likely to settle for just anyone.

And being in an unnatural relationship with someone you don’t actually want to be with is going to be so much worse than being single.

Ultimately, in a true and good relationship, sacrifice, selflessness, and compassion make up such a significant portion of what makes the relationship good. But we, as imperfect humans, are not perfect at this. This is why we need a firm foundation, someone who is good at it.

So, how does a single person desiring a relationship “find” a good one?

Fall in love with the One who is Love. The perfect lover who will never let you down. Who created You, who knows you inside and out, is loving on you 24/7 and then some. Desire to please and serve Him as you let HIS love overflow in your life. Seek His perfect will.

Allow His Spirit to guide you.

I met my boyfriend Johnny three years ago in a university class. Neither of us were actively seeking a relationship by any means; but after just a few dates, God made it very clear to both of us that we were meant to be together. It’s been so natural, fun, and beautiful ever since.

While there is no “perfect” story of the start of a relationship, there is a perfect God with a perfect story for you– and recognizing your place under Him, as His servant created for His use, will remind you what a privilege that is, and set you free to live trusting Him with every piece of your life.

Top Three Breakfast Share

Today, I’m sharing my favourite breakfast recipes from some of my favourite bloggers. In my opinion, if you have these recipes, you have all your delicious breakfast cravings covered.

First, my absolute favourite overnight oat recipe from this Instagram game changer, JJ.

Next, the greatest, fluffiest dairy free pancakes (Gingerbread!) by Katie

Really though, what is a breakfast series without poached egg and avocado toast? Pinch of Yum

UPDATE: Delish Homecooked Dinner, Saying Yes and Saying No, Breakfast Series

It’s been a hot minute since I’ve been on the blog!

I guess I’ve been busy living. Ive been trying to stay off social media and technology because every time I get a little taste of LIFE I’m like, This is how it’s meant to be. This is freaking GOOD.

I also realize how much more equipped I am to serve when I’m actually livin’.

I wanted to drop in to share a simple, time saving dinner recipe for you guys. Super simple, ingredients probably already in your fridge, and impressive.

Looks average, tastes gourmet!

Chicken (or Fish) and Potatoes, Vamped Up

Ingredients (for 2 servings)

1/2 Tbsp butter or margarine

1/2 yellow onion, chopped

1 1/2 c chicken broth

salt and pepper to taste

1 1/2 c uncooked corn

1 cup baby potatoes, quartered

2 tsp oil

2 tsps miso paste

For the chicken

1 Tbsp oil

2 large chicken breasts

2 cups broccoli

1 Tbsp margarine

2 tsps balsamic vinegar

salt and pepper

Method

1. In soup pot, melt butter over medium heat. Add onion and sauté until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add remaining soup ingredients and stir. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, about 15 minutes.

2. In medium skillet, heat oil over high heat. Add chicken and butter and cook about five minutes; flip, and cook 5 minutes more. Add broccoli and more butter if needed. Add balsamic and season to taste. Reduce heat, and sauté until chicken is done and broccoli is tender.

3. To serve, split potato mixture and chicken mixture into two portions. Drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar, and serve with extra boiled corn or steamed broccoli for variety, if desired.

Finally, I guess I’ve been feeling this pressure that I can’t quite articulate. To be on it. To be the best friend and “perfect” to every person I encounter. But these feelings of needing to “measure up” in my own strength will only lead to burnout, because I can’t do it. Only He can, and I know it. So it’s time to surrender.

More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish so that I may gain Christ Phil 3:8

Jesus, thank you for being such a loving, forgiving, always gracious Father. Your love for us blows my mind! I feel that I don’t deserve your grace, and yet You always grant it. Thank you. Show me Your peace, Lord, so that I am actually equipped to serve You and love others the way you would have me. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

Flexibility Journey

If I had a bucket list of things I wanted to accomplish, something that would be at the top of it is becoming more flexible.

I got this tattoo that says “dance” two years ago. While, looking back, I don’t think I’d get it again, at the time it meant several things to me, one of which was the defiance

I used to be the least flexible person on the planet, but I have learned how to stretch and practice in a way that actually makes a difference. Now, I am close to a full split, can touch my toes and beyond with complete ease, and have a much more flexible back.

Here, the top three tips and mindset implementations that *actually* helped me to improve my flexibility, rather than just thinking about improving it.

Patience. My biggest downfall in the past was rushing through stretches without enjoying them. I would choose to stretch when I had a million things on my mind, and a seemingly never-ending to do list awaiting me. In turn, stretching would feel like a chore, and something I was forcing myself to do. Now, when I stretch, if my mind tries to speed up my movements, I remind myself that the time to actually sink deep into the stretches and just quiet my mind is healthy, allotted for, and that I need only be present.

Hold stretches for a loooong time. I would get into a flow of stretches in the past, and think, “ah, I don’t have to hold them for minutes long. As long as I feel it burn a bit, I’m doing the job.” But I didn’t notice a real difference in my flexibility until I held stretches for at least a minute at a time, and from there challenged myself to hold for even longer. It is from there that in the middle of a minute, I would feel the stretch becoming easier, and naturally begin to sink deeper into it. What a great feeling!

Practice your over split. This videovideo  is my go to for most helpful and crucial split stretches, and provides a great tutorial for how to do the over split. Stacking pillows or blocks in order to mimic a further movement into the splits was an absolutely amazing technique for me!

No matter what your goals, grace with yourself in your progress is so important. I have learned the hard way that nothing worth achieving is a quick fix, but is accompanied by hard work and determination for a reason! Enjoy the process!

My Guilty Pleasures (Just for Fun)

Peanut Butter Anything. Guilty as charged. Peanut butter is my absolute favourite food and I’m pretty sure it always will be. You can find me spooning it on pretty much everything.

This Is Us. Probably my favourite TV show ever, I feel like I could watch these episodes over and over again and ever get tired of them. I just love how much the characters reel me in.

Ashley Brooke’s YouTube Channel. I could watch her How To Style videos forever!

Coffee. And trying new coffees, inventing coffee recipes, making latte art… I’m a bit of a coffee snob.

Food Photography. I’ve become a major perfectionist with the food photos I take for Pure Kitchen, where I work! I have always loved food photography, but since working here, I am more in love with the art of it.