Music Monday

I love playlists, and every so often I like to put together something that showcases the songs that I’m currently jamming to, or they reflect the current season in my life.

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H.O.L.Y.-Florida-Georgia Line

 

Hallelujah-Pentatonix

 

Blue Ain’t Your Color-Keith Urban

 

Stop Drop+Roll-Dan+Shay

Can’t Stop The Feeling-Justin Timberlake

Road Less Traveled-Lauren Alaina

 

Have a great week!!

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Friday Finds

I’m getting back into reading again, and have become hooked on several podcasts over the last couple of weeks. With that being said, not only will I share what I’ve been finding around the blogosphere, but also what I’ve been reading and listening to in the process.

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Around the web….

We Are All Disabled (Tanya Marlow and SheLoves Magazine)

I love how she points out that “we are all occasionally lazy, occasionally heroic. We are all needy, and rely on the kindness of others to survive.” As someone who lives her life with a mild handicap, I often struggle with over-apologizing for needing help (or needing anything, for that matter), when in reality I’m only being human like the rest of us. It just happens to be on a different level, and perhaps I’ve just had to learn to be brave enough to ask, while others might still be afraid.

What to Do About Getting Rejected (Allison Fallon) 

I’ve experienced rejection quite often (as we all have), and often it’s tempting to allow myself to feel small, to shut myself away from the world until I’ve gathered enough courage to face the scary stuff again. Yet, her words continue to be an invitation to not allow rejection to shrink you, but to enable you to become the kind of person that you’re created to be. Amazing.

 

On my reading list...

Present Over Perfect  (Shauna Niequist) 

In a culture where productivity is glorified and busyness worn like a badge of honor, it’s so easy to get caught up in the throes of it (especially when you’re young). Her words aren’t as much of an urgent warning as they are of a blessing; a blessing to slow down, to savor, and start over. And you don’t have to wait until you hit a certain age, stage, or season to do it.

Love Warrior (Glennon Doyle Melton) 

This woman has been my hero since I read her first book fresh out of college. Not only does she not put Jesus in a box, but she helped me understand things about myself that I didn’t have the words for in my younger years. You’d think that this book wouldn’t apply to those of us that are single, but reconsider. This is so much more than about rebuilding a marriage, but rebuilding yourself and finding a faith that goes beyond straight-laced ideals. This is for anyone fighting for the people they love, and fighting for who they are.

 

Colors of Goodbye: A Memoir of Holding On, Letting Go, and Reclaiming Joy in the Wake of Loss (September Vaudrey)

I wasn’t sure if I was going to be ready for this, and I’m beyond thankful that I read it anyway. It is not a manual of how to grieve or to get through the grief, but an eye-opening story of faith and presence in the midst of tragedy. I was captivated from the first page, and read it slowly because it was one of those books that I didn’t want to end. A phenomenal example of what it means to not tell someone how to live, but to simply tell the truth.

 

On my ipad…

Typically Hazardous: The “ME” I Want to Be (Hank Fortener) 

Do you ever look at a title and think it would be about one thing, but then it turns out to be about something totally different? This not only gave me a wake up call regarding a bad rut that I was stuck in, but it also showed me that it was going to take more than just ceasing to do what was unhealthy. I needed to get to the root of the problem.

Voices: Sarah Bessey (Soul City Church)

I occasionally visit a church in Chicago, and my first experience was during a series called “Voices” in which they have different speakers come and tell their stories. If you love Sarah’s writing, you’ll definitely love the way she speaks: with passion, wisdom, and truth.

 

Have a great week!

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Friday Finds

Not only am I an avid blogger, but I’m quite the reader as well. Here are some beautiful pieces that I’ve come across over the last month, and I hope you enjoy them as much as I did.

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When joy and grief come together (via The Mudroom)

What being an outcast teaches us about Jesus (via I Am Second)

Lessons from the mental hospital (via Glennon Doyle Melton)

Families, dangerous dating habits, and breaking the cycle (via Verliy Magazine)

Please don’t become part of the Grief Police (via John Palovitz)

Have a great weekend!!

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Music Monday

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Beautiful Drug-Zac Brown Band

Heartbeat-Carrie Underwood

My House-Flo Rida

Feel Again-OneRepublic

The Nights-Avicii

The Only Way I Know (Blackhawks Edition)-Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, and Eric Church

This is originally from 2013, but given that my favorite team is in the playoffs, I thought it was more than appropriate to include.

Have a great week!

 

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Music Monday


Over the last two months, I’ve been genuinely getting into instrumental or classical covers of contemporary music. Not only is it relaxing, but I also enjoy listening to it during any kind of writing session. Granted, I have plenty of other favorites, but this is just to start….




Love Story-Dallas String Quartet (Taylor Swift cover)



Just The Way You Are-The Piano Guys (Bruno Mars cover) 
Fact: This was the song that I was referring to in one of my most vulnerable posts to date.  





Black and Yellow-Josh Vietti (Whiz Kahlifa cover) 




Take Me To Church-Brooklyn Duo (Hozier cover)




Smells Like Teen Spirit-The Jingle Punks Hipster Orchestra (Nirvana Cover)



Have a great week!

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Friday Finds

A lot of what is detailed in these articles has been on my mind lately. And my heart. I have my own thoughts and responses, but it will take time for me to process it and write it down. Yes, a lot of it’s deep. Some of it’s sad. But it needs to be talked about, nonetheless. 


A purpose on life after the locker (via The Players Tribune)


Going deeper than “I’m so busy”  (via Allison Vesterfelt)


When Athletes are more than athletes  (via The Des Moines Register) 


Responding to the refugee crisis (via A Holy Experience)


A guy’s perspective on Tinder and the “dating apocalypse”  (via Verily) 


Have a great weekend!!

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Friday Finds


Because sometimes we need a good read with a good cup of coffee, but we also need a good laugh, too!



Wait…I’m An “Ambivert”? (via The Wall Street Journal)

-I’ve never fully identified as an introvert or an extrovert, but a little bit of both. And now I know what to call it!


Another reason to adore Luke Bryan (via Country Rebel)




Being “too emotional” can be a good thing (via Allison Vesterfelt) 




What NOT to say to a writer (via Entertainment Weekly)

-Based off the popular Twitter hashtag, and I could definitely relate to it!



Failure is your friend (via HeartSupport)


Have a great weekend!!!



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