Some days you just need flowers.
Work can be a pain, your body can do weird things, and stressful thoughts slowly then quickly can take over. Thankfully I married a gem of a man who knows when those days are (even when he hasn't seen me all day)
I use to gag at "lovey-dovey" things when I was in my late teens early twenties.
Even though I am hopeless romantic.
See I loved the concept of romance.
The idea of sweet little moments, that sweep you off your feet.
But because they never happened to me, I became disgusted by them. Thankfully I married a gem of a man who changed my mind.
Over the past 3 years I've become more and more self conscious about my body.
I guess after loosing 50 pounds, I am terrified of gaining it all back (and then some).
Which is weird because I never used to be self conscious.
But it keeps slipping back into my mind. Thankfully I married a gem of a man who makes me feel beautiful whenever he is around.
Joy and encouragement. The purpose of That's Pretty Ace is to "share joy in the simplest ways" - to encourage you to form your life around what matters, and seeking ways you can use your talents for God's glory. That might look like using your listening skills to strengthen your relationships with your co-workers. It might look like you using your love of cooking to create regular fellowship around the table,. It could be you learning to see your beauty through God's eyes. Whatever the form, TPA is there to encourage and inspire you.
What is your favourite post you’ve written, and why?
The Ruby Project as a whole has been such a blessing to me. I've spent the last few months interviewing and featuring women, asking them about their daily lives, and helping them to see that the "every day" moments are actually powerful and God-fueled... and that they have something very special to offer the world.
What inspires you?
Kindness. Observing and participating in people just being good to each other, loving each other with the love of Christ, is so moving to me. I'm also very inspired by the ocean (thus why it's in all of my pictures!). I've always felt I can begin to grasp the majesty and power of the Lord best when I stand before the ocean... it's so incredibly beautiful and vast, and it's also quite terrifying if I begin to think of what all lies in it's depths and the fact that it can sweep a boat down into it. My husband and I got married by the sea, and it's a very restorative thing to me to be by the water.
What are you closet essentials?
Since traveling to Europe for a two month school study in 2010, I've had my closet paired down to basically fit into two large suitcases at any point in time! This means that pretty much everything in my closet is an essential (and makes getting dressed a breeze). For summertime, I love delicate white or cream tops paired with either my red chino shorts or skinny jeans rolled at the ankles. I also have a nude colored pair of sandals and bold white earrings that I'm wearing nearly every day. They make me feel understatedly glamorous :)
Why did you decide to start a blog?
I dreamt of beginning a blog for several years before launching my own... I had been an avid blog reader for so long, and felt like I had the skills and content to be able to make something very informative and helpful to other women. However, once I got started, I realized that something wasn't quite right. I got burnt out trying to create high-quality content five days a week. I begin praying to God, asking Him what His will was in this, and finally letting myself come to the point where I was fine letting go of this dream if it wasn't meant to be. After several months of prayer, God begin stirring my heart to use TPA to serve him and to serve others. I began writing more openly about my faith, and let go of sharing only the prettiest "highlight reel" moments of my life. I became authentic, and in turn, was able to connect with so many wonderful women. I've been blessed ten times over since giving my dream, my blog, to God and letting Him be in control, and I've seen evidence of Him moving and using it to bring Him glory. I'm so honored to be able to use the gifts and skills He's given me to make much of Him.
I played the ukelele at our wedding last summer...! I took voice lessons for ten years, and have always enjoyed singing, but don't do very much "performing". My husband loves it when I sing, so as a wedding gift to him, I sang one of his favorite songs ("The Way I Am" by Ingrid Michelson) at our reception and played a ukelele he had purchased a few years before on a trip to Mexico. I secretly stole it to get professional strings put on, and then taught myself how to play two weeks before our wedding date! I had taken guitar lessons for a few months in high school, but outside of that, I had no instrumental experience. It was so fun, and turned out really sweet. I was thrilled to be able to use one of my gifts to honor him and share love with our families and friends on our special day!