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Hey there! It’s been a really long time since I did a What I Wore so I thought I’d share a new favorite with you all. I wore this to church the other day and got so many complements on it. And it’s crazy comfy (and covers up everything I want to cover up, if you know what I mean). The beautiful Kimono is from Happy Chic Boutique and is less than $40. My shoes are from DSW. Jewelry from my shop.

{ Linking up with The Pleated Poppy for WIWW }

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It’s hard for me to even write this post today…this year has been so weird, for lack of a better word. There were highs and quite a few lows in 2014. I think I’ve had more challenges this year than I have yet in my 35 years of life. When I say I’m ready for 2015, I really mean it. 2014 started off with a bang with some family challenges, getting snowed in multiple times, health issues, broken friendships…and things continued to challenge us (more me because I’m a “dweller”) throughout the year with unforeseen expenses, trying to nail down my health issues (which I finally did 6 months later with no help from my doctors), and building a garage that was more challenging and costly than expected.

35 Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? 37 No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us. (Romans 8:35, 37)

Of course, there were many blessings in 2014 as well – traveling, figuring out said health issues (thank you grains for wreaking havoc on my body for the first time ever), being able to pay our bills, a relatively healthy family throughout the year, delving into essential oils and cleaning up our home, starting an amazing God-given Bible study, having a mentor, and having one of the biggest years yet for my business. I’ve learned this year to ask for help and prayer – an invaluable lesson for a person who tries to do it all herself.

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We’re ending the year with me dealing with high blood pressure and trying to deal with that – but that’s okay. I know that things could be MUCH, much worse. Don’t hear me whining about 2014, I know that is what it sounds like…but I am ready to turn over a new leaf and have a fresh start. I’m taking some time to see what things are really important to focus on in 2015, and what things I can put aside for now. One of the things that I’m going to put aside for a season (and maybe forever) is this blog…right now there’s just not a whole lot of joy in it for me. I want to encourage and uplift and inspire, but I’m much more comfortable doing that on Instagram on a whim when the Spirit leads, so please follow me there for updates, inspiration and peeks at daily life. If you’d like to follow my journey in healthy living through food & essential oils, you can do that on my other website and Instagram.

 

unfollowLast Friday was a crazy day for me – just super busy and putting out fires for the market and working (etc, etc). That evening someone was at my house and she said that a friend told her that my life was perfect. In that moment  it made me really upset. Of course my life’s not perfect. Blessed? Yes. Perfect? Absolutely not. Sunday at church I stewed over that. People thinking my life is perfect. Why does that make me mad? I really don’t know, but I do know I never want to make anyone feel bad with the things that I put out there. I talked it over with Dave and he basically told me to take it as a compliment (hard to do when I figure it wasn’t meant that way). He said to let it go, which I probably should but just had to get this out today.

In the past few weeks I’ve come across a few blog posts about social media. They’ve been about the reality of it and how people show you the snippets they want you to see. People don’t post everything that happens in their day (thank goodness)! You see what they want you to see. We all know that. I’ve said it many times – I want this little corner of the internet to be a positive, inspirational place. I want my shop, blog, instagram, facebook – I want it all to give glory to God and inspire others in various aspects of their lives. Whether that’s using our gifts, becoming healthier, encouraging others. That’s not to say that I don’t have bad days or days that I raise my voice at my children. Days that I nag my husband or there’s a crazy amount of dirt on the floor. Days that I eat too much chocolate or gluten even though I know I’ll feel sick after. We all have those days. But who wants to see them in their newsfeed? Maybe some do, but that’s not my thing. Thankfully, God has made us all different – so if that is your thing, you can find it.

If my space is not encouraging for you, if it’s not uplifting you and encouraging you (and sometimes challenging you, which is not a bad thing) – there’s this wonderful little thing called the unfollow button. You can do it most anywhere. On Facebook if we’re friends, you can hide my posts. You don’t have to unfriend me, you can just choose to hide my posts. I’ll never know. Or you can unfollow on Instagram or other social media. I don’t check to see who unfollows me – because that will give me a complex and I don’t need that. Truth be told, I follow and unfollow people all the time. It depends on what’s going on in my life right then. One day I might want to follow a photographer with gorgeous nature pictures, then a few weeks later maybe I don’t want to see that as much. Maybe one day I want to see a really talented crafter, and later I realize that those posts make me feel bad that I haven’t taken time to craft in a really long time. It’s okay. Things change. Our needs and wants change. I hope that I can be an inspiration to you but if not, that’s okay. You won’t hurt my feelings if my style isn’t for you. We all decide who to follow. If you are a follower and continue to be, I appreciate you and your encouragement in that way.

I’m coming into the busiest time of the year so it’ll be a little quiet around here as I focus on fulfilling orders for the Christmas season. You can always follow along with what I’m doing on Facebook, Instagram or if you’re interested in wellness you can follow my new site and Instagram. Love and appreciate you all!

What is the Influence Network?
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 The past two years at Influence have been so life-giving and full. I loved my time there and this year I saw faces that I recognized which was so amazing. I love that the conference is full of like-minded, kind, beautiful (inside and out) women from every walk of life. Learning from these ladies has been an experience that I’ll always cherish and hold dear. That’s why I wanted to participate in this giveaway. I want someone else to be able to have that same experience!
TWO lucky readers will win a ticket to the 2015 Influence Conference. The conference is a three day event held in Indianapolis, Indiana at the Westin Hotel. You will meet women from all over the country who are seeking to learn the right tools for their passions. There will be workshops, classes, speakers, coffee, & shopping. There will be bloggers, mothers, small business owners, writers, and the list goes on & on.

Two Places At Once     //     What She Saw     //     Rivers & Roads

Oaks & Oats     //     Amy Cornwell     //     Simplicity Relished

Rachel Rewritten     //     Trusty Chucks     //     Wear Flowers In Your Hair

She Lives Free    //     Elah Tree     //     Mandy Living Life

 

Vallarina Creative     //     Camp Patton     //     23 and 9 Creative

You do not have to be a member of the Influence Network to enter the giveaway OR to go the conference but I can personally attest to the growth I have seen in my life through the network and the relationships I have built through it.
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**Please note that this giveaway is in no way sponsored by The Influence Network. We are a group of independent women who are joining together to make this conference happen for two of our readers. The two recipients will only receive tickets to the event & are responsible for ALL other expenses, including but not limited to travel, lodging, meals, parking, etc. If for some reason either of the winners cannot attend the conference they will be expected to contact one of the hosts immediately so that another winner can be chosen.