Friday, April 18, 2014


It's never about me, or you. God doesn't call us to do something because it's easy, or because we're qualified, or because we are good at it. God calls us to do things that for Him that push us outside of our comfort zone, that are hard and challenging. I don't get to choose what glorifies Him, and I never will. Jesus was called to give his life for my sins, and even when he prayed to the Father to take away the cup that He handed him, he still prayed that God's will would be done.

That is why he is the perfect Savior.

A few examples of Jesus being selfless... John 5:30, John 17:5, Matthew 27:46, 2 Corinthians 8:9

Thursday, April 17, 2014


Dear Courtney,

It’s your sweet sixteen! This is a going to be a great year for you. I want you to know that I’m proud of the woman you are becoming. Growing up is hard, high school is hard, but you’re tackling it like a pro. There are a few things I want you to know, not so you can change things, but just to ease you. I want you to feel eased because you don’t feel that enough.

First, your hair is out of control. You know it, and I know it. But when I look at you, it’s not all I see. It’s not so incredibly massive that it’s outrageous. And in a few years, you will discover something to control it and your hair will become your favorite thing about you. So just hold in there.

Speaking of appearance, you look great. No, you may not be all toned up like those volleyball players you envy, but you still look amazing. In fact, I envy you now. A bit of advice: keep dancing every night before bed. Dancing makes you happy and when you’re happy, you look even more gorgeous.

You are doing a lot of things right, including being a great friend. These next few years you will go through a lot of changes and your introvert-self will blossom a bit. Stay true to who you are and take advantage of those social moments. Life becomes more and more difficult as you get older (don’t stress out, but sorry, it does), and your social calendar becomes less of a priority. Cling to them while you can.

Being an introvert causes you to hold back a lot of things that you are passionate about. Don’t let it. Be confident in the things you put your time into. As a part of the publications staff, you are going to have some opportunities and you need to take them. Don’t be afraid to volunteer for something because it will help you learn.

There is a creative side of you (you dance choreographer you!) that is bursting to be freed. Taking those opportunities like I mentioned will unlock that door. Let the ideas flow, pretty lady. The whole world is possible.

I know you have a lot going on, but it wouldn’t hurt to spend some time with your siblings. This may sound crazy but you could even invite them along when you hang out with friends. They love you and look up to you.

And lastly, your anxieties of finding a guy that likes you back – girl, let them wash away. It will happen.

Cherish the time you spend with your family and friends, work hard on your school work, and love yourself. These are the three things I’m requiring you to do as a teenager. Because I remember you very well and I know you need these things. Just keep swimming. (No, I didn’t invent this little quote, but you’ll start saying it a lot in about a year.)


Your 27-year-old-self

Friday, April 11, 2014

P L E A S E D .

A few months ago someone shared this quote on instagram or twitter or some other social media and I jotted it down in my sketchbook because it sounds so reassuring.

And today it hit me like a ton of bricks. Right there, in my own writing, I had an emotional breakdown, realizing that Jesus loves me no matter what. I can fail at every task I attempt and He will still be pleased with me. That's reassuring, huh?

Pressure's off.

Of course, that just makes me want to give even more of myself.

Share love. Share Christ.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Excel Flower Arranging

This past weekend we held the first Excel workshop in my own casa. It was small and intimate and a great way to get my feet wet for this new venture.

We took a really basic approach to flower arranging. Grocery store flowers are the easiest way to bring some life to your table, and our expert, Linda Tharp, showed us how to make a good selection, cut and arrange the flowers, and how to care for them.

I'm so grateful for these women who came to learn and the time we got to spend getting to know each other. Thank you all!

Sign up for future workshops here!

Friday, March 28, 2014

Powder Blue

White living room, kitchens, and bedrooms are popping up all over Pinterest lately. It's become increasingly popular to have a monochromatic room because it let's your decor pieces really stand out. It's light, and airy, and happy. I get it. However, after coming across a couple of images of rooms using powder blue, I kind of fell in love with the color. Here's 5 reason's why you should consider going for a shade of powder blue in your house.

The pastel shade of blue reflects light, just like white does, meaning you get the same brightness in a room with powder blue walls as you would have with white walls.

Blue is one of the few colors that I really love with both browns and grays. You could take a blue room really cool by adding shades of gray and black. Combined with warm browns and wood grains, blue can take on a very warm, cozy feel. Or, for a more contemporary look, pair the pale blue with both browns and blacks. This is my favorite option.

Not interested in very neutral rooms? Any accent color can pair with blue for to get a different style. Blue paired with a bright green or orange can lean toward an eclectic style. Pair it with other pastels for romantic or traditional style.

Just take a browse around Pinterest and you'll find every room in your home could be done up in powder blue. It's incredibly versatile.

With the mint green trend spreading across the world like wild fire, this hue is unexpected, but just as fun and refreshing. Because of that, it's a great color to try out this spring.

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014


This morning I was gently reminded by the sun, that spring is actually here. Even though our basketball season kept me busy this winter, occasionally I had these bouts of restlessness and sadness that were new feelings to me. I was eager to get back to doing projects at the house and fixing up the yard, but my bones hated the cold weather. With that came a lack of inspiration and a lack of motivation.

Our God is amazing though. When I needed that pick-me-up, He sent me this verse from Genesis 8:22.

While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, shall not cease.

Yes, it may be cold and gray outside, but life still goes on, and He wants us to remember that He is still giving us life. He is still blessing us with an amazing amount of mercy and grace. And we should still be serving him and worshiping Him. 

With encouragement from a dear friend, I started the Naptime Diaries Lent journal and through it, God has lifted my spirits so much. The journal has become a great transition out of the winter season into spring, constantly reminding me of the blessings stowed upon me on those cold days that I hated so much.

Spring is here and His blessings continue to abound.

Friday, March 14, 2014

transition your wardrobe into S P R I N G

Last fall I did a fun blog post on transitioning into a fall wardrobe from summer. Seasonal transitions can be difficult but there are some really fun was to keep your look warm on those cool spring days but still bright for the new season. I've pulled together three looks that I think fit the season perfectly!

For some reason spring always feels preppy and girly to me. It's time to break out those skirts you've been hiding in the back of your closet but there is still a crispy feeling in the air. You also don't want to feel like you're baking in the sun at the warmest part of the day. My suggestion? Pair a loose knit sweater with a sleeveless blouse. It will keep you cool and breathable but covered to block some wind. I love statement earrings for spring, either paired with loose wavy locks or a pretty pony tail. Also, black and white is a HOT spring trend.
This outfit screams celebrity status if you ask me. It's just missing your favorite pair of sunnies. The smart, dark denim, with a black tunic provides a great canvas for a bright, floral print scarf, a chunky bracelet, and a bright bag. Since your feet have been in boots for what seems like years, treat yourself to a pedicure and show it off in some platform wedges. I love the brown leather paired with black.
For a casual look, that is oh-so-easy, slip into a printed maxi dress and throw on your favorite cardigan. A long necklace, a leather bag, with your hair piled on top of your head and you are good to go!

Shop all these pieces right here on my luvocracy board.
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