July is in full swing, and I'm here to share my July Pinterest Mood Board with you all.
July is sunflowers and sparklers, baking pies with fresh berries, campfires and sunsets. It's melting ice cream in a sugary waffle cone and dripping sticky sno-cone syrup in the church parking lot. It's sunscreen and kayaking and bare feet. July is wonderful!
What is July to you? I'd love to see your mood board (on Pinterest or DIY!)
Happy Independence Day, everyone!
I hope to be back with some more consistent content in the upcoming days and weeks (Sorry for the lull). Until then, today is for ice cream, kayaking, fireworks, and thankfulness.
How are you celebrating?
You may have noticed that I’ve been taking a bit of a break from the blog lately - albeit unintentionally. I’ve been a bit scatter-brained with prepping for preschool, prepping for Kindergarten, and the weight of impending adulthood - you know, picking insurance plans and having a “big girl” job and hoping I remember everything that was meant to prepare me for this stage of my life.
It’s a lot, in my mind, although I’m aware that it’s just the beginning.
I’m re-reading “Present Over Perfect” by Shauna Niequist as I try to mentally prepare myself to be reasonable about the amount of things I accomplish in the coming few months. I tend to overdo it. But too much downtime scares me into feeling like I’m being wasteful with my life, you feel? Balance. Life is balance.
Today I’m enjoying Friday off after my first week at the preschool. I have some errands to run, some projects to start, but first I’m chilling with a cappuccino and a podcast. First I’m just breathing and enjoying.
What are you doing on this lovely Friday?
Just dropping in to share an awesome truth from a book I'm currently re-reading called Strengthen Yourself in the Lord by Bill Johnson. As the quote above states, my potential requires my participation.
I re-read that sentence a good seven times before I caught the weight of that statement. "Potential" seems to be a buzz-word nowadays. We all want to self-actualize, to reach a point in our lives in which we feel like we are living up to what we were made to be. It can be easy to feel like life is just happening to us and that the only thing we can do is hope for the right circumstances to make our dreams come true.
This simple statement shows otherwise. We will never reach our potentials by waiting for the right time. We will never reach our potentials by hoping for life to happen to us in just the right juxtaposition. Our potentials require our participation, they require our effort and our input.
This is both a comfort and a challenge to me. It's comforting that there's something I can actually do to make the most of my life. I'm not just floating in the wind. At the same time, it can be challenging to realize that if I'm not seeing my potential, there's definitely a part I play in that. There are choices I can make everyday to grow closer to becoming the person I was meant to be.
Sure, circumstances do happen that are completely out of our control, but I can choose to make the most of them. I can choose to respond to life's craziness with grace and gusto and joy. I can participate in my potential.
What's currently inspiring you? I'd love to hear!
P.S. If you're looking to set some goals for yourself, check out my recent post on How to Set Goals that You Can't Help but Keep!
June is breezes, brunch, and bicycle baskets full of deliciously crusty bread. It’s picnics and long evening walks and mason jars full of wildflowers. June is trip planning and watermelon slices and sandy afternoons at the lake. June is the first “hello” from summer. I’m so excited for June!
Here's my Pinterest mood board for the month. Doesn't it just make you want to have a picnic?
If you aren't familiar with my ongoing project of creating mood boards, it's basically a simple way to capture the mood/goals/aesthetic of the upcoming month. There are many reasons you could create a mood board, and you can read more about some of those reasons as well as a DIY physical version of a mood board here!
June has so much potential - I can feel it. I'm very excited to be preparing for my first year of teaching (kindergarten!) in the fall, and I'll also be teaching at a preschool over the summer. Apart from teacher prep, though, I have some minor little side-dreams, if you will, that I hope to pursue as hobbies this summer - any guesses based on my mood board?
I want to bake bread and take up cross-stitching! I've been wanting to try my hand at cross-stitching for a while now, and I've always been intrigued by the idea of baking my own bread. The smell of yeast rising takes me back to summer mornings in my grandma's kitchen.
I gave it a try the other night, and I'm pretty excited with how it turned out! I found some other delicious-looking recipes on Pinterest that I plan to try out this month as well. Riding around on a bike with a basket full of bread and cheese is seriously goals for me.
Do you have any goals, visions, or a mood for this month? Have you captured them with a mood board, either physically or on Pinterest? I would love to see your mood boards!
Just like that, May is over, and summer is finally here! I'm beyond excited for a little rest and relaxation. My husband and I are planning on lounging at the lake tomorrow morning with a picnic. Nothing says summer break like a bit of sand and sun.
May was somehow both fast-and-furious and sludgy-slow. Funny how that works. In case you missed it, here are the highlights from the blog in May!
Here's a list of all the posts from May:
Recent graduate + Wife
+ Kindergarten teacher
+ Coffee lover + Artist
I'm a twenty-something trying to figure out this adult thing and using my spare time to run an art shop on Etsy and write a blog about life, art, education, and travel.