Hi there! I hope you’re having a beautiful day 🙂 ❤ In this post, I am happy to share with you a second mood playlist! I decided to feature Jordan Feliz’s debut album The River, which I particularly loved listening to in the summer of 2017. I enjoyed having it playing in the background while I took Spanish lessons on Memrise!
Hello! I hope you’re doing well. ❤ In this post, I’m finally getting around to introducing a new post series I’ve been wanting to begin for months! As you can see by the title, this is my first Mood Playlist post, which is a series where I’ll choose various Christian albums I adore, provide links to the songs, and then recommend which ones you should listen to depending on what’s on your heart at the moment. 🙂 ❤ I hope that these posts can inspire you and introduce you to some new music!
To learn more about this challenge and join it yourself, visit this page on my blog!
Hey there! I have unintentionally done three posts in a row that reference the number three … and I’m sorry for this redundancy, haha. I changed up today’s prompt just a bit because narrowing my favorite blogs down to three would exclude a lot of people. Therefore, I’ve decided to instead shout out to my favorite kinds of blogs to read, because that will include all of my favorite bloggers! You know who you are. ❤
Hello and welcome back to my blog! It has been months since I wrote a round-up post like this, and I feel like it’s important for me to summarize my February. I don’t usually say this, but the majority of February absolutely disappeared – we were a couple of days into the month, then suddenly we were over halfway through it!
I chose a raindrops illustration for the background of this post’s featured image because it completely pulls together February’s vibe: literally rainy and emotionally rainy. It was such a dreary month outside, and much of what I experienced emotionally was dreary, as well.
However, I’m not complaining; I learned so much this February. There were some beautiful experiences and some tough circumstances, but through it all, I grew closer to the Lord and my family, so I am grateful for everything I faced. ❤
What I’ve Been Loving – February 2019
Getting my first pair of glasses.
I had no idea that I would ever need to wear prescription glasses, but gosh, am I thankful for them now! It helps me to focus on little details around the house (i.e. coloring and reading), as well as the larger details when I’m out driving or shopping (i.e. signs and such). It reduces my squinting habit by a lot, which is awesome because I don’t want to get squint wrinkles (is that a thing? haha) or weakened vision because I’ve been straining my eyes.
Working on new coloring pages.
I think coloring will always be a hobby of mine. I adore working with color palettes, both tried-and-true ones and bold new ones, almost as much as I love interior designing! I bought a new coloring book last week that is jungle-themed, but I’m waiting to start working on it until I get some colored pencils.
Redecorating my desk space!
This is something I do every few months (or more frequently), and right now, I’m very happy with the look I accomplished! It is so satisfying when I can find decor that matches a specific color palette, because colors that complement each other is what really makes a room.
Playing Sims Mobile.
After watching this Sims challenge on YouTube, I just had to get the game for myself, haha! I didn’t want to invest in the Sims 4 (especially since I’d have to play it on the family computer or Joshua’s PS4), so I just got the app and resisted buying all the special power-ups and other fun, in-game extras. I ended up creating and maturing two rounds of Sims before I got bored of the game. The first two Sims I made were a cute couple who were very successful in their jobs and had a ton of kids (and an adorable little house!), and once they retired and their kids had grown up, I created three guys who were dorming together. (I definitely wouldn’t have had them living together, but you can only have one house in the Sims, so they made do living in the same house lol!)
Figuring out how I want to blog.
I’m still not completely sure what I’m doing yet haha, but I’m allowing the Lord to lead me! Taking it a day at a time is helping me in writing posts and thoroughly enjoying what I’m doing. (Also, this is the only one I used a stock photo for because I still can’t take decent pictures of my laptop.)
Growing closer to Elizabeth.
My heart melted the day she requested to wear her own glasses. I’d already had my glasses for a few weeks at this point, so she was used to seeing me wear them off and on. This selfie we took makes me so happy! She is learning and improving so much, which is an immense blessing for our family. When Elizabeth’s happy, everyone’s happy!
Riding in the back of our dad’s truck with Samuel.
Joshua had asked our dad if he could do some driving practice around our neighborhood in our dad’s truck. Our dad said yes, and because I was outside at the time, I jokingly got in the bed of the truck and said I was coming, too. Samuel thought this was a grand idea (haha), and got even happier when our dad said we could ride back there! It was like our own neighborhood amusement park ride lol
Hosting a blog party for the first time in forever!
I had such a fun time meeting new people and chatting with old friends at this party! A special thank you to all who joined in (:
Working on organizing my closet.
I have been trying to be content with my closet since we first moved to the house we’re currently renting. (That’ll be four years this summer.) A week or two ago, I decided, “YOU KNOW WHAT?? I’m going to get my closet actually looking good!” Haha, so that’s exactly what I’m doing. I’ll probably do a closet tour post soon to celebrate!
(And yes, I own salsa dress. I have this thing for dresses, especially party ones!)
Learning some powerful lessons
in my walk with the Lord.
The Lord has been challenging me and stretching my faith this month. Whenever I pray about becoming the best version of myself, He brings to my mind the darkest things I’ve been struggling with. It’s never what I expect for Him to do, but if I was only praying about positive things, I wouldn’t be growing in my walk with Him, so I’m very thankful that He does this. ❤ Whether it’s related to my behavior with others, my thought patterns, or my expectations in situations, He helps me to work through things I’ve kept buried for years. It’s painful to work through them, but with the Lord by my side, giving me strength and encouraging me every single day, it is more than worth it to follow Him.
Decorating my family’s living room.
I went out and bought new decor for my family’s living room (which I wrote about in this post!), and I’m so happy with the finished look! Watching Elizabeth and Isabella react to the new pillows and canvas was priceless. I’m very glad everyone warmed up to it!
Thanks for reading! All in all, February was a great month, full of important lessons and awesome memories. Let me know in the comments:
What have you been loving
Earlier this week, I announced that I created a new blog, which is called Living For His Delight! This was a huge decision, and even though I doubted at first that I’d be able to balance life with two blogs, I decided to put the effort and thought into figuring out how I could make it work for me. After making lots of lists (haha) and doing some major decision-making, I have come up with five tips to share with you today on managing two blogs and enjoying it! I hope you enjoy this advice, and hey, if you haven’t created a second blog yet, this may inspire you to. haha
5 Tips On How To Enjoy Blogging With Two Blogs
#1: Make sure that every post you share on each blog makes you happy to write.
The day after I created my new blog, I began writing down the post ideas I had for Dreaming of Guatemala. What surprised and disappointed me, however, was that I was putting a lot more thought into what I wanted to share on Living For His Delight, so the post ideas for this blog were – how shall I put it … mediocre. I mean, they matched my niche, and some of them were even part of different ongoing series I share here, but I wouldn’t have been proud of them if I’d written them. I was trying to create more content than I was capable of instead of balancing out my schedule to accommodate a second blog. So, I definitely recommend that you make sure that the posts you’re writing for both of your blogs is what makes you happy to blog about!
#2: Don’t feel bad if you go back and forth between favoring one blog over the other.
If your presence on your blogs keeps teeter-tottering, don’t worry about it. Post schedules are helpful, but if they take away our peace, then they’ve defeated their purpose! I’d love to find a balance in enjoying both Dreaming of Guatemala and Living For His Delight, but there may be weeks where I write five posts for this blog and only one for the other, or vice versa. The point of having two blogs is to give yourself two different platforms to write about what you love, so don’t worry about keeping your content even; let the inspiration come.
#3: Keep up with organizing your blogging thoughts/plans.
I cannot stress the importance of this enough! It is an essential part of blogging if you only have one site, but when you add another one into the mix, then you have to start keeping your thoughts organized in two different ways, haha! You have to answer questions like, What post/s do I want to share on which blog/s? and, Should I have a post schedule for one and not the other? Figuring things out as you’re able to is the key to staying sane in blogging. (Bet you didn’t know it was that simple, and I bet you’re surprised I gave that to you for free haha)
#4: Don’t share content just for the sake of having post material.
This should be a given, but we’ve all had those posts where we only wrote it to continue a series, or we’d been thinking about it and decided it was “decent enough” to post, etc. Blogging should always be enjoyable. It’s tempting to share lots of posts, but please don’t do it if it means you’re rushing them out! I’d rather have one long, thorough, amazing post from a blogger once a week than seven short posts that don’t have much depth from the same blogger. Quality over quantity applies very well in blogging!
#5: Decide if post schedule/s work for you.
I have a love-hate relationship with post schedules. Sometimes, I thrive with them; other times, they drag me down. It is very beneficial to try schedules out, but it is equally important to drop them when they don’t work. Right now, I’m transitioning into having two blogs, so I don’t have a schedule for either blog (except for the Mindful Living Challenge on Tuesday’s – self plug!).
I hope these tips have inspired you! Let me know if you have any questions related to running multiple blogs, or if you have any blogging questions in general. I’d love to help (:
Hello there, and Happy Valentine’s Day to you! On this beautiful morning, I am happy to host a positive blog party – everyone’s invited! Simply read the rules below to join in. ❤
Valentine’s Day Blog Party
- Leave a comment on this post – share your name, blog link, and what you write about!
- Visit other commenters’ blogs and meet new people.
- Tell them in a comment on THIS POST what you love about their blog!
- This party is open from 8 AM EST on February 14th until 8 AM EST on February 18th.
You don’t have to comment on every single comment to participate, but I would love for you to join in as much as you’re able to!
I can’t wait to chat with you guys!
Today is the day that some are taking their first breath.
Today is the day that others will take their last.
Today is the day that marks a beautiful turning point in the lives of countless people.
Today is the day that disaster will strike for those we’ll never personally know.
Today is the day that some will spend carrying out the mundane tasks their lives require.
Today is the day that others celebrate the fact that they’re simply ALIVE.
Today is the day that we should never take for granted.
Today is the day we can recognize that millions of others were not as fortunate.
Today is the day we should begin living.
Go live. Today is the day.
I wrote this post after thinking deeply about the fact that the present is just that – a gift, a blessing! I’m always looking ahead at what is to come, what excitement my future will hold, instead of recognizing the fact that I’m still here.
I have good physical health; I’m in a great place mentally and emotionally; I’m in a supportive family situation; I have all the necessities I require on a daily basis available to me …
I am grateful beyond words.
I am not simply alive, although that in itself is something I marvel over. Something as simple as the sinus infections I get almost yearly, which are complications of the common cold, would have done away with me years ago if it weren’t for the antibiotics brilliant people have created.
So, I have been saved countless times from minor disasters and complications of difficulties … but I also feel truly alive.
There’s a difference between breathing, moving, functioning normally, and actually feeling like you’re here with a purpose. These last few years have seen a huge improvement in how I see my life, what I have been created to do, and how I can fulfill that purpose today.
Today is the day. Whatever that statement may mean for you, I pray that it would speak deeply to your heart and encourage you this weekend. 💖