Happy February! While I am a joyful believer in being love to each other year-round, romantic relationships always pursuing romance, and enjoying our loved ones everyday -- I love to find ways to be present and celebrate the year's current festivities with all that I have!
I have received so many questions about whether I'll design free February wallpapers for everyone again. I'm excited to say, I made some little February, sweetly love-y wallpapers just for you! Consider it your first Valentine's Day present of the year! (;
There are three featuring a watercolor flower bouquet, two welcoming February, one month calendar (with Valentine's Day highlighted), and one made in honor of Chelsie and Ryan venturing on the Trades of Hope National Tour today!
Praying you find yourself lost among so much love this and every month!
PS - I ate those and the whole bag of Reese's hearts while this was uploading.
Some of my favorite people, Chelsie and Ryan, are about to embark on their sweet, exciting adventure of traveling the U.S. for nine months in their mobil home! They are leaving to speak with people around the country about Trades of Hope to those who have joined our company and those who are interested. Pretty much a friend since forever and a co-founder with me of Trades of Hope, Chelsie is one of my favorite people. So, I happily made them some love-y airstream wallpapers!
I'm going to miss them so, so much. But they are living the dream. And when I graduate with my undergrad in May, there will definitely be sightings of me stalking them all around America.
P.S. -- the long asked for February wallpapers are coming soon!
Daniel and Hannah's morning wedding was the most peaceful, relaxing, soul-enriching morning I have had in a very long time. Between the go-with-the-flow atmosphere, the coffee bar, the donuts, and all of the love -- it was a vivd reflection of who they are, truly. Hannah spent the early hours in a hotel room with her best friend getting ready. The ceremony was done by both of their sweet dads. And the reception was an easy, stress-free breakfast among friends. They are one of my favorite married couples to spend time with; and their goofy, generous, light hearts bless a countless amount of people.
My 20th birthday was swanky and light yesterday: full of a resort restaurant and lounge with family, a blue box, the Downton Abbey season premier, preparing for our Trades of Hope 2015 Training Retreat in our office with our home team of cool cats, a fun dinner, and manicures and pedicures with my favorite ladies. (Oh, and my beloved new gold sheets!)
Last year I picked one word to encompass my growth in 2014 (instead of doing new year's resolutions; because, who actually does those?). My word was peace. And, I kid you not, the year was the best year I have ever lived. All that I desired to learn from this word God wove into me, not perfectly as I am not perfect, but it was an experience of Heaven truly touching earth.
2014 I will always remember as a year of God fulfilling His promises to me. There were big, life-changing promises fulfilled. There were small promises fulfilled, ones I desired but probably could have lived without; but in His grace and love He fulfilled anyway. There were promises He fulfilled that I didn't even know He was promising me until after they were fulfilled! I could make a list so long, and I will, privately, to keep record of God's goodness and upmost care for the happiness of our hearts. The year was flawed at times, by my own doing, but it was perfect as He stilled me over and over again — to a point where I now know, in every situation, every storm, I can stand upon the waves with the spray and wind whipping my face — and be peace.
For 2015, my word is FIGHT.
2015 is full of blessings awaiting their time to be released. I can feel it, much like I did this time last year -- anticipation strengthening the beating of my heart like a drum. But those blessings cannot be caught without lifting our hands to receive them -- even when our arms are tired, even the muscles are burning and we need others to come along side us, even when it is a fight to keep them lifted. Because as long as we fight to raise our hands to Him, we prevail. Every time. Which is why the theme of my 2015 will be to fight.
» To fight through every distraction of this distraction-rigged-world to be close to Jesus, where I belong. There is nothing more important than being with Him. Even if that means sitting with my coffee, a pop-tart, and my Bible in the morning's stillness while my eyes still try to glaze over from sleepiness, my body somehow thinking sleeping an extra hour is what's going to make my day better. In that moment, I'm fighting to be who God created me to be.
» To fight for His Kingdom and those He loves -- through giving grace and being present and more grace. Because I do not admire every single person who has spoken to me about Jesus, but those who have extended to me grace have been my favorite every time, no matter what they believe.
» To fight for my loved ones, for my sacred, God-woven relationships, and for my peace.
» To fight to see beauty in every place. Because where there is darkness, there is always more light. Where there is pain, there is always more hope. And where there is death and hatred, there is always always more life and love. But one must fight to see it.
I couldn’t have this resolve without having first learned peace in 2014. And now Jesus has readied me.
Let us not grow weary in 2015, my truly beautiful, beautiful friends. xx
Scripture for the FIGHT:
1 Timothy 6:12 "Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses."
2 Timothy 4:7 "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith."
Galatians 6:9 "And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up."
2 Chronicles 20:17 "You will not need to fight in this battle. Stand firm, hold your position, and see the salvation of the LORD on your behalf, O Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid and do not be dismayed. Tomorrow go out against them, and the LORD will be with you.”
Exodus 17:11 "Whenever Moses held up his hand, Israel prevailed, and whenever he lowered his hand, Amalek prevailed."
Ephesians 6:11 "Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of evil."
Joshua 23:10 "One of your men puts to flight a thousand, for the LORD your God is He who fights for you, just as He promised you."
James 1:2-4 "Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing."
Happy New Year! The easiest (and in this case, inexpensive) way to express the little celebrations going on in your spirit is through decorating what you look at everyday: your phone. I designed these high resolution wallpapers, especially for iPhone 5. Try them on for size by simply saving these images straight to your phone! Fun, fast, and festive!
A little secret: if you like the letter E like I do, save the header image to your phone for your wallpaper. That's what will be on my phone at midnight tonight!
Heres to a beautiful 2015!
I had the lovely pleasure of working with Sara to re-style her logo and branding for her photography company! It was super easy to work with her sweet, colorful, fun, and romantic style. I love love love the pastel colors, geometric shapes, font hooks, and, of course, the dark gold tone!
design phase no. 1 || logo inspiration
DESIGN PHASE NO. 2 || brand style board
Need beautiful portrait or wedding photos? Sara's your girl! (;
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