3 Ways to Recharge

We live in a fast paced world. Our decisions and life often keep us busy…too busy. If we don’t take time to recharge, the result may be…

                …less than exceptional work.

                …broken friendships.

                …burn out.

                …isolation.

                …exhaustion.

We can stretch ourselves too thin if we’re not careful. So we need to find ways to recharge. It might be 10 minutes by yourself. An extra drive around the block to gain a couple more minutes of quiet time. Turning off the TV. Running. Playing the piano.

The recharging methods can vary for each of us based on our personalities, gifts, interests, and season of life. Some of us get rejuvenated by spending time with other people. Others of us crave time alone and need that time to recharge. Today I’m going to share three of my current ways of recharging, relaxing, and recuperating.

Reading a book.

I love to curl up with a good book. I usually prefer to read fiction books, especially historical fiction, because a great story helps me unwind and relax. Occasionally I will pull out a memoir or inspirational book.

If you have a book recommendation, shoot it my way!

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My Favorite Skin Care

I have battled with acne since I was a teenager. I kept hoping I would grow out of out, but it’s still a struggle for me from time to time. Over the years I have tried various skin care brands, many of which are geared towards problem skin. Some didn’t work at all for me, while other brands worked for a time. I often thought I had finally found a brand that worked and would buy more when I ran out, only to find out that it no longer worked for my skin. So I kept searching for what worked best for me and my skin.

A few years ago, lots of people seemed to get into the “crunchy” kick. They were going all natural and had all kinds of homemade remedies, tips, and tricks. I started exploring the more natural route of skin care. I came across recommendations and rave reviews of using coconut oil, so I decided to give it a try.

Coconut oil seemed to work well for so many people, but it was an absolute disaster for my skin! It exacerbated the problem instead of resolving it. The search continued.

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In the Midst of the Storm

We all face storms. Grieving the death of a loved one. Losing a job. A dream unfilled. A rebellious child. A friend that lets us down. A flood that sweeps away our belongings. A disappointment.

We can let the storms of life push us away from Jesus or closer to Him. What is our response going to be in the midst of the storm?

There are some amazing lessons to glean from Matthew 14 on life in the midst of the storm.

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What to Do in Waco, Texas

 

Visit the Magnolia Market at the Silos. For my fellow Fixer Upper fans, this is a must stop and is likely why you are headed to Waco in the first place. Fixer Upper is a remodeling show on HGTV featuring Chip and Joanna Gaines. Chip and Jo help their clients find a house, renovate it, and design it to suit their clients’ style. Chip and Jo are fun to watch, are authentic, relatable, hard-working, creative, and make their marriage and family a priority. They often feature local artisans through items incorporated in the design. The Silos are in downtown Waco and are hard to miss. Hit up the Silos Baking Co. on the corner of the Silos property and enjoy a cupcake or two. I opted for the Red Velvet cupcake on my recent visit, because, well, that is my all-time favorite kind of cake. Check out the outdoor seating area and head on over to get in line for the Magnolia Market, the Gaines’ shop at the Silos. You’ll find lots of farmhouse-inspired goodies to buy. There are food trucks, pavilions, a small greenhouse and garden, and more on the property. You can shop, eat, and enjoy some quality time with your family or friends.

My advice: Arrive early. The bakery opens at 7:30am, and you can get in line a few minutes before that. Grab a pastry or cupcake to enjoy. There’s nowhere to sit and eat inside of the bakery, but you can take your treats outside and eat under one of the pavilions, in the seating area just outside of the bakery, or at one of the picnic tables. The Magnolia Market shop opens its doors at 9:00am. If a line starts to form, you may want to go ahead and take your place in line outside of the shop to be one of the first few in the shop. Be prepared for crowds. Fixer Upper continues to gain in popularity and the crowds are flocking to Waco to visit the Silos. I chatted with one of the Magnolia Market employees and he told me that they get 5,000 to 6,000 on a slow day. A slow day. They might see as many as 12,000 people through their doors on a busy day. Don’t expect to meet Chip and Jo. You might get to see and/or meet Chip and Jo, but know that they don’t hang out at the Silos all the time. They are busy people with multiple businesses. As fun as it would be to meet them, most visitors to the Silos are not going to have the opportunity to meet Chip and Jo.

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A Few of My Favorite Shops

It’s Friday! Well, actually, it is Saturday, and I am a little late with my Friday Favorites. Even though I’m a day late sharing a few of my favorites, I am so excited to share a few of my favorite local shops with you! I love to shop small and support local businesses in my community and surrounding areas. If you’re ever in the southwestern part of Oklahoma, stop in and check these places out!

[Credit: The Hayloft Boutique]

The Hayloft Boutique is a locally owned clothing store. It’s owned by two sisters, and they have some fabulous tees, clothes, and more! Check them out at 1811 NW Cache Road in Lawton, Oklahoma. For those of you who aren’t local, you can shop online at www.thehayloftok.com.

Two Scrambled Eggs

[Credit: Two Scrambled Eggs]

Two Scrambled Eggs may sound like a little cafe or a great place to eat some yummy breakfast. Sorry to disappoint you if you’re hungry, or just really love eating breakfast, but Two Scrambled Eggs is a clothing boutique in Marlow, Oklahoma. They have cute, trendy clothing at reasonable prices. You can find them at 218 W. Main Street in Marlow, Oklahoma. Follow them on Instagram: @2scrambledeggs.

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My Top 10 Travel Quotes

Today’s edition of Friday Favorites features 10 of my favorite travel-related quotes. I love to travel and explore near and far as often as I can! I hope these motivate and inspire you to go explore. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to travel and experience an adventure. Sometimes all we need to do is look up and out to see the world right around us.

“Not all those who wander are lost.” – J.R.R. Tolkien

“Travel is never a matter of money, but of courage.”

– Paulo Coelho

“Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends.”

– Maya Angelou

“Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.”

– Mother Teresa

“Two roads diverged in a wood and I – I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.”

– Robert Frost

 

 

Go. Explore. Dream. Discover. Learn. Grow.

You Have a Calling

The Great Commission…

Have you heard of it?

Do you know what it is?

Are you doing your part in fulfilling it?

If you have been a Jesus follower for a while, you have probably heard of The Great Commission. But in case you haven’t or maybe aren’t familiar with the phrase, I want to give you a little background. Matthew 28:16-20 is often referred to as The Great Commission. This isn’t just because your Bible might have this heading before that section of verses (those headings are not part of the original biblical text); it’s because this is a place in Scripture where Jesus commissions, or commands, His disciples to “go and make disciples of all nations.” Jesus, both fully God and fully man, had just been crucified (Matthew 27:32-56; Mark 15:21-41; Luke 23:26-49; John 19:17-37), buried (Matthew 28:57-66; Mark 52:42-47; Luke 23:50-56; John 19:38-42), and risen from the dead (Matthew 28:1-10; Mark 16; Luke 24:1-12; John 20:1-10). Jesus was soon to ascend, or return, to heaven (Acts 1:1-11). At this point, Jesus would no longer be walking and living upon this earth as a man. He would still, and always will be, fully God. Between His death/resurrection and ascension, Jesus charged His followers with continuing the work of making disciples and teaching the word of God to all nations.

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Starfish Project

 

The Starfish Parable

One day, an old man was walking along a beach that was littered with thousands of starfish that had been washed ashore by the high tide. As he walked he came upon a young boy who was eagerly throwing the starfish back into the ocean, one by one.

Puzzled, the man looked at the boy and asked what he was doing. Without looking up from his task, the boy simply replied, “I’m saving these starfish, Sir”.

The old man chuckled aloud, “Son, there are thousands of starfish and only one of you. What difference can you make?”

The boy picked up a starfish, gently tossed it into the water and turning to the man, said,

“I made a difference to that one!”

The Starfish Project is a social enterprise jewelry company and organization that cares for women escaping human trafficking and exploitation in Asia. They are making a huge, positive impact in our world by reaching out and walking alongside exploited women. They make and sell beautiful jewelry while also providing holistic care to women.

You can find out more about the Starfish Project and shop their jewelry at starfishproject.com. You’ll find some amazing jewelry pieces! Shop their jewelry line and know that you are supporting their mission and making an impact in the lives of women. I just got my second Starfish Project jewelry item in the mail yesterday. I couldn’t resist wearing my new necklace today. I love that I can help be a teeny part of what Starfish Project is doing to bring hope.

Running the Race

I used to run. Now, not so much. I’m more of a walker these days. But one day, back in the day when I ran fairly regularly, I started out on my morning run and crossed paths with another runner. She was running at a faster pace than I was, seemed to be closer to the end of her morning run, and yet, I couldn’t see a drop of sweat on her.

Now me on the other hand? I looked like I had just rolled out of bed, and by the end of my run, my face was red and the sweat was dripping.

I’ve decided I’m not a very graceful runner. But then again, how many of us are?

Then I would hear about other people’s runs – they’re running at a faster pace or longer distance than me. So the comparisons would begin but then…
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Breaking the Cycle of Poverty

One of my firm beliefs is that everyone has a purpose. Every single life has meaning. Every single person has unique gifts, talents, and personality traits that have the potential to make a life-long, deep, good impact. Not everyone chooses to use their gifts in a positive way, but all have the potential to be a light in their local community and the world.

Many people will use their gifts, talents, and personality to make a huge, positive impact in the world. Some will be in the public eye where all can see the good they do, while others will serve well behind the scenes. Whether our opportunities and personalities lead us to serve publicly, privately, or both, when we use our gifts and talents for good, we make a deep impact on our little part of the world.

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