Time for Tea .
Today is the first day of my hashtag challenge! And the theme... Time for Tea. Tag me with your pictures and #bebhashtagchallenge In your pictures which is anything Tea related :) Starting the week off with lots of caffeine 🤪 #bebhashtagchallenge And today will have a guest judge , the lovely @handmadeglamour 😊❤️
Thanks for joining in! Also there’s a new blog post up, all about how I’ve switched to loose leaf tea to try to avoid plastic.
Organic Hemp Milk Bircher with buckwheat, linseed, sunflower & pumpkin seeds, roasted almonds, coconut chips, seasonal fruit & watermelon sorbet
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Here are the facts: a friend and I cleared out bushes upon bushes of weeds in our front garden. It took us a few days of hard work. That was in September, spring planting season in Australia.
Within a day baby weeds sprouted again 🌱 (👈🏽they look like that). I pulled them out. I weeded in September, in October and through November. Maintenance weeding I like to call it.
Here’s another fact: I could weed this garden and never plant anything for the rest of my life. It’s easy. It requires no vision. I won’t have to study about how plants grow, what they need and when I should plant them. I won’t fail at growing because I would have never started.
I would have the the success of every day walking out to soil turned over by worms and air, to pull out weeds day after day, and I know I could do it.
It’s easier to pull out weeds just like it’s easier to criticize others and ourselves. It’s easy to sit on the sidelines of community and church and work and think of all the things going wrong. It is hard to build. It is hard to plant. The gentle persistent work to cultivate and nurture growth and ideas is the work of a lifetime.
But surely it is the work for which we were made. Today I took the succulents a friend gifted me. The least risky plant I can think of. They have been “propagating” in dry soil on our deck, ignored by me, but they are still alive.
Today I put them in the ground. Here lies a seed of faith. Here lies a new beginning. It’s time to get to work.
What wants to be nurtured in your life? What wants to grow? Tag a friend and discuss 😊!
What are your pantry staples?
I’ve spent the better part of the last month living out of our pantry. And it’s given time the opportunity to get reacquainted with my staple items. Some of them are more versatile than others, however, I always find they save me on lazy nights when I can’t be bothered.⠀
So today’s blog post is a breakdown of all my pantry staples. I’m chatting about the different ways to make them work whether you’re cooking for one or throwing a last minute dinner party. These are the items that I reach for time & time again. Be sure to head over to the blog & check it out! Link is in my bio 😘⠀
i received some news a few days ago that left me feeling confused, broken, + angry. since thursday i’ve shut myself away from the world to refocus, think, plan, and to write how i’m feeling. i’m not quite ready to share with the world what’s going on but just know, i am okay & will continue to be okay. i listened to @behindthescenespodcast and was struck by words and realizations that i desperately needed to hear (sidenote: pease listen! they’re beautiful & such encouraging souls!!♥️) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
i’m currently in a trial filled season of life. i feel like this entire year, literally since january when i first got diagnosed with my brain stuff, i’ve been constantly hit with mountains that demand treks. i’m exhausted + i’ve had too many to count “really?” moments during my time with the Lord. i’m hit with choices right now that are life changing. my heart is being pulled in many directions and i don’t know what to do. i’m guilty of turning my fear of the unknown into frustration at God for what he may be calling me to do/the path i am on.
but sometimes the road we’ve yet to travel down can unlock the biggest surprise. the road to self success (what we define as success, not what the world thinks success is) is filled with trials, disappointments, frustration, and continuous tests of patience. i lack trust. i lack trust in my King of what He has planned for me. but why? because honestly if i look at the people in my life and the experiences i’ve had, i see that i’ve been provided with so much!! just like judy the elf says in the santa clause - “seeing isn't believing, believing is seeing.” i need to trust. i need to find patience in trusting Him. i need to seek confidence in what is being laid out in front of me. HIS PAST FAITHFULNESS DEMANDS OUR PRESENT TRUST. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
i hope this is a note of encouragement to some of you. whatever you’re dark situation may be, something brighter is coming. pluck out the weeds and allow flowers to grow. sending an abundance amount of love to you all today! ⭐️✨💫 hope you’re feeling well, feeling loved, + feeling full of thankfulness. xoxoxoxox.
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I was very frustrated when a shoulder injury made me hit pause on the fitness program I was doing.....and ultimately ended up limiting me from doing most all of my favorite fitness programs.
but what these last 6 months have in turn allowed me to do was focus on finding the right nutrition for me and my lifestyle and brought me into the world of @onepeloton.
setbacks are anything but easy but in my experience they come to teach us something. it took me a while to admit there was in fact a silver lining but now that I can see that amidst the frustration, I’m actually a little grateful this made me take a step back.
if you’re new around here, my nutrition is always my number 1 struggle. but I feel like this extra time I pretty much had to take off has finally given me the clarity I needed, and I’m excited about a new group of people I’ve surrounded myself with that are helping me navigate something not new to me but definitely a new and better approach!
so the lesson learned that maybe you can relate to is that there’s almost always a silver lining to your struggle - sometimes you have to dig deep to find it but I challenge you to do just that. instead of getting lost in the frustration and negativity, stop and ask yourself what you can learn from what you’re going thru 🖤
My Sunday plans... .
Catching up on reading for The Secret History read-along (sorry I’m behind this week you guys!) .
Preparing blog posts for the week ahead .
Convincing my husband he wants to see The Crimes of Grindelwald with me tonight (and trying to avoid spoilers on Bookstagram😅) .
Soon I’ll go back to posting my regular bookish content, but I have enjoyed disconnecting just a little this weekend. The quote I shared yesterday sparked some interesting conversations in my comments and DMs, so I thought I’d post another. .
Tell me, what stories will live in you forever?
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I think sometimes we miss God. We move so fast in this life that sometimes we never stop to take a moment and think about what God has done for our lives. Today, on this wonderful Sunday, I challenge you all to take a step back for a moment and think about what God has done in your life, then thank Him, for He is so good to us.
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This is my favorite song from the Sound of Music. What’s yours? Did you catch my little no-nap visitor at the end? 😂
November 2018: Stephanie entry 2/6 —
“After I did my blog for a while I thought, ‘What’s next?’” Stephanie started loving fashion and shared it with the public. Her thoughts on fashion and what she liked pretty quickly became popular. As creatives, we both agreed that we always need a new project or something to do. So after her blog, she thought about what was next. —
What’s next on your project list friends? ✨
I read a quote once that said, “No matter how open and giving you may be. People can only meet you as far as they have met themselves.” Or, something like that 😅Next time someone tries to throw some negative energy your way, just remember that it’s more of a reflection on them. If you are showing up, being authentic, and vulnerable you are doing your part. 💚