Hello! I hope you’re doing well. 🙂 ❤ In this post, I’ll be sharing some photos I took yesterday of the stormy clouds that passed over our house. My family and I watched as the wind took loose leaves from their trees and scattered them across the yards. We didn’t even end up having any rain, but the sky certainly looked interesting!
Hello! I hope you’re doing well. 🙂 In this post, I am happy to share some quotes by Mother Theresa with you! I was originally going to create a roundup of inspiring quotes this morning, but when I went on an internet search for a specific quote by Mother Theresa, I found many more that I love by her and decided to dedicate this post to her. There are so many beautiful things we can learn simply through her quotations!
I hope that among the quotes I’m sharing with you below, you’ll find one that really speaks to you. ❤
Hello there! I hope you’re having a beautiful day. ❤ In this post, I have some more color collages to share with you! Back in April, I shared the first ten that I made (here), and I enjoyed making those so much that I’ve made eight more. I hope you like them!
To learn more about this challenge and join it yourself, visit this page on my blog!
Hello! ❤ This is the first “real” post I’ve done in a while, and even this one is counting toward the challenge I’m doing. 😂 For day 10, you’re supposed to share 10 photos with or without captions. I decided to take advantage of this prompt and share some really cool edits I’ve been making this month! I’m extremely pleased with how they turned out, and I’d love to hear what you think. ❤ I’ll simply title them, so there won’t be any captions.
Hello! I hope you’re having a beautiful day. ❤ In today’s post, I will be writing about an adventure I went on yesterday. It was early in the afternoon, and I had just gotten back from dropping off donations at our local Goodwill. My mom came outside when I was getting out of the car and asked if I’d be interested in using my interior design skills to re-design our living room! She gave me some money and told me the different ideas she had, and we looked at some possible color palettes for the room. Within minutes I was very excited, haha – I could totally be an interior designer one day! I get so much joy out of shopping for decor and designing rooms.
(Today’s post is brought to you by the Lucid filter from the PicLab app, haha. I loved the cool coloring, but 50% of me chose the filter because it’s called Lucid, and Lucid Dreams is a lit song lol)
I have no idea why my hair looks so grainy in the picture above, but at least I was happy haha
The first place I went to was TJMaxx. I went here because their throw blankets and decorative pillows are very reasonably priced (and very cute!). Their selection didn’t disappoint – I came home with four new pillows and a beautiful throw blanket. (I didn’t take any pictures inside the store, because it’s always so awkward pulling your phone out. idk why haha)
Next, I went to Hobby Lobby, which is THE place to browse wall inspiration. There are so many possibilities! I figured I’d be able to find a beautiful canvas to hang above the couch in our living room, and I did! I’ll share a picture of the finished space at the end of this post.
There’s another angle of the aisles of Hobby Lobby. I can’t get enough of the decor lol, and of course, that beautiful 50%-off sign is killing it!
The other thing I was shopping for was decor for Elizabeth’s corner of my room! She has been responding beautifully to small changes lately, because before now, she was very rigid in her routines and expectations and could barely handle anything being different. Since she’s now understanding things more, my mom and I have started decorating above her bed and her little bookshelf. I took the selfie above because I was sending my mom pictures of all the different flamingo decor Hobby Lobby sold so we could decide on the best one. (Elizabeth loves flamingos!) I decided not to get the flamingo head, but I do love it!
Fun story: we had a storm forecasted in our area yesterday afternoon, but I decided to risk shopping for wall decor anyway, lol. When I was leaving Hobby Lobby, I couldn’t believe how dARK the sky was behind the shopping center, so I took a selfie with it! Immediately after I safely loaded all of my purchases into the car, it started to rain. The timing was perfect; none of what I bought was ruined!
There were so many bags and wrapping to throw away once we got home. Despite this, I loved getting to unwrap everything and show my mom. I’m very happy to say that she loved it all!
Here’s how the couch looks now! (Filter-free, so you can see the actual colors.) I was stoked when I found out that you can design brown couches with gray accents, because I wasn’t loving the idea of making an earth tone-themed living room. (There would have been too much green and brown, haha) So, I was able to go shopping for gray pillows, off-white pillows, and a primarily tan canvas (which matches the three small mirrors on the opposite side of the room). It all goes together beautifully!
Room Decor Haul
Now, I couldn’t possibly have gone to two of my favorite stores without coming home with a few things for myself! I’ve been working on my closet recently, as well as trying out new candle scents in my room, so all of what I got is functional, appreciated, and will be put to great use.
This little guy from TJMaxx is a candle holder (I think … ), and I just adore the colors and his little face! I may be allergic to cats in real life (I couldn’t believe my allergy test results), but this cute decor won’t make me sneeze or give me a sinus infection. haha
I told my mom recently how much I adore the birthday candle scent, so I knew I had to buy this one when I saw it at TJMaxx! They have so many candles, which is both awesome and unfortunate – I smelled so many that I had a headache by the time I was checking out. I have great ideas.
This candle is from the same brand as another one I purchased recently from TJMaxx (called Storm), and I love this one as well! It has a fresh, citrus scent, although it is quite strong, so I’ll probably only have it lit in my room for a few minutes at a time before extinguishing the flame.
Now, on to what I got at Hobby Lobby! This isn’t room decor or a candle, but boy, are they cute! In spite of the fact that I don’t usually jump aboard on trends, I can’t help but enjoy all the emoji products that are out there. This one stood out to me, because I’ve been using that shocked face emoji in my texts a lot lately haha, so I could relate to it!
I’ve been going through a lot emotionally lately. I’m fine now, but I knew as soon as I saw this sign that I would benefit from being reminded of this verse every time I see it in my room. The wood is such a pretty color as well, and I love the font!
Last (but certainly not least!) is this adorable little birdcage. I saw on the 50%-off sign at Hobby Lobby that birdcages were on sale, so I looked through the store until I found the end cap they were on. My favorite movie happens to be The Birdcage (I’ve already watched it more times than I can count haha), so this cute decoration will always make me think of it!
That’s it for today’s post! Thank you so much for reading – I hope you enjoyed seeing my fun adventures. I am definitely an aspiring interior designer, since I get so much enjoyment out of decorating and appealing to the potential of any room I decorate.
“Admire others’ beauty without questioning your own.” – Unknown
Have you ever looked at someone else’s blog and instantly thought it looked better than yours?
I do that all the time.
We are so quick to compare ourselves to others. In nearly every situation we find ourselves in, there’s comparing going on. We either think that we’re better than others, or we’re worse off than they are, and usually it’s the latter that we feel.
It is so easy for us to look around and feel like what we have isn’t enough. I know this because I do it, too.
It makes me so sad when I grow discontent with my blog, fashion sense, facial features, body shape, relationship status, everything I have because at least one person has “more” than I do!
I wouldn’t go so far as to say that comparison is a bad habit, because comparison is our automatic response to interacting with the world. However, it’s what we do with that input that will make or break us.
Just because you don’t look like one beautiful person doesn’t mean you’re not beautiful yourself.
Just because you don’t own the same phone, or car, or clothes that someone else has doesn’t mean you aren’t extremely blessed.
Just because your blog has less followers than other blogs you follow doesn’t mean you don’t have a valuable audience.
It’s hard to be happy with what we have when we’re jealous of the world. I’ve been comparing myself to others for years, and that time spent worrying and fretting has yet to add worth to my life in any way.
There are healthy ways we can strive to be like others.
Let’s allow the people we admire to inspire us instead of bringing us down! Reach high for your goals instead of sitting in one place, stuck in the belief that you’ll never get to where others are. So much is possible if we put our minds to it and refuse to give up. Awesome things take time.
My prayer for you today is that you would not allow what you don’t have in life to bring you down. There is beauty to be found in what our futures hold. ❤
Why I Want To End Comparison:
- I want to truly enjoy and appreciate my life.
- I want to be happy for others without being jealous.
- I want to be motivated by others’ success and passions.
- I want to be content with what I have.
- I want to embrace my own style and interests without invalidating them.
Why do you want to end comparison?
Will you join me on this challenge?
“Comparisons make you feel superior or inferior, neither serve a useful purpose.” – Unknown
Come visit my Christian living blog, Living For His Delight, for more inspiration and encouragement!
Last year, I finished off my first year of blogging on Dreaming of Guatemala by showcasing the photos I took of the sky in 2017. It was a beautiful way to wrap up a year full of so many wonderful memories, because one of my absolute favorite things to do is photograph the sky.
It doesn’t matter what day it is, what time of day it is, or what’s going on at that point in my life. If I’m outside, I look up from time to time. Sometimes I smile, sometimes I stare at the cloud formations, and sometimes I whip out my phone and capture some of the most extravagant sights I’ve ever seen.