The theme of this week’s Friday5 is “Oh, to be young again…” but really, I would never go back. I really like who I am, even if I’m a little more squishy than I want to be. Perhaps I should call this “Oh, to be as skinny as I was when I thought I was fat at the ripe old age of 22!”
Currently, my favorite gadget is my new pair of bright purple Beats Solo 2 headphones. My favorite shoes are Converse. I wear ironic (and not-so-ironic) t-shirts and jeans. Obviously I’m reliving my teenage years. Only I actually like myself now.
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What I’m listening to:
(A download of this album was provided for me by Flyby Promotions in exchange for an unbiased review. And trust me…I’m never going to recommend something I don’t absolutely love on this blog.)
Here in the Atlanta area, college kids swarm at PCC (And no…that’s not the college I went to in Pensacola. Bless it.) every January to attend the Passion Conference. I figure if anyone knows what’s on trend in music, it’s the people who are planning the music for that crowd. And Adele. Because…hello.
This album “Salvation’s Tide is Rising” was created especially for the conference. With new studio recordings from best-selling artists Chris Tomlin, Crowder, Matt Redman, and Kristian Stanfill, it’s packed with goodness and I really enjoyed listening to it while cooked and cleaned in the kitchen this week. Music makes those duties slightly more tolerable, at least for me, so I jam while I cook.
The more I hear “Good, Good Father” by Kristian Stanfill, the more I fall in love with the song. It’s easily my favorite of the album and one I think I’ll find my myself coming back to often. And I always love me some Christie Nockels. “Your Grace Amazes Me” gives me chills every time. I will always be a grace girl.
It doesn’t release until January 29th, but you can win your own copy by scrolling down to the end of this post because Flyby is also giving me a physical copy…an actual CD…to give away. Don’t you just love opening those cello packages on CD’s?
What I’m Reading:
Do you remember back to the good old days when you were a kid and you spent all of your free time doing all of the things you loved? Roller skating on new sidewalk, making friendship bracelets, reading books galore. Then you grew up. Now you’re adulting all over the place and there’s no more time for the fun stuff.
I just picked up Jessica Turner’s book The Fringe Hours on Kindle to read on my brand new iPad mini. (Y’all…I really do love gadgets. Have I mentioned that?) It was on sale for $1.99 at the time of publishing this post, so if you feel like you’ve written yourself right out of your days and want to reclaim a little bit of yourself back and actually enjoy your life again, go pick up this book. It’s not super long and it’s broken down into 4 simple sections that will help you learn to carve out space in your life to do the things that you love and fill you up. I might add, this is different than The Best Yes, in that it focuses more on creating space for you and the creativity that you might have squelched out of your life. Both are fantastic books in their own right.
Jessica was also kind enough to send me a copy of My Fringe Hours, not to be confused with The Fringe Hours. My Fringe Hours is a pretty little hardback workbook that helps guide you through the principles in The Fringe Hours in a practical (and oh so pretty!) way with all kinds of questions and prompts. You’ll definitely want the physical edition of this book…not the Kindle version. I must say, it delighted my little designer heart. I’m sure you could speed right through it or you could take your time and poke through it a few questions at a time. Some of the exercises are light and fun and others make you think a little harder and require a bit of brain power and contemplation.
What I’m Wearing:
I’m no fashion diva and I’m definitely not a fashion blogger, but I had to talk about this for a second. The campaign on the t-shirt I designed for Middle Places just ended. I’m not wearing it yet, but soon I’ll be sporting one of these. I’m so excited! I love to do design work. LOVE LOVE LOVE!
What I’m Eating:
Bread and I have a long standing love/hate relationship. I love it, but it hates me. My skin has issued a war cry against bread so I’m swearing off of it. Again. I’m eating meats and veggies and a little fruit. But not grains. So if you see me and I’m grumpy this is why. But in about 10 days, I’ll be good to go again. And my face won’t look like a teenager’s anymore. Oh, to be young again? I don’t think so.
What I’m doing:
Hey! Look at this blog! Notice anything different? I hope so! I’m in the middle of rebranding. I realized my life has changed a ton in the last year and this blog has changed right along with it. I have an actual business now…with a business license and everything. Praise Jesus! So I thought I should class up my site a little bit to reflect this new aspect of my domain. Please excuse all the dust while I finish remodeling. I’ll still be doing fun things like Friday5’s and giveaways, parenting in a digital age tips and sharing about the daily unfolding of God’s grace in my life, but I’ll be sharing blogging, social media and graphic design tips as well.
Now for that giveaway…