Creativity

The Power of “I Like You”

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Would you rather hear I like you or I love you? This question was prompted when my husband responded to me saying “I love you,” with “I like you.” My initial response, “What, you don’t love me.” In the most “do I look pretty in this outfit kind of way.” P.S. it’s a trap. His response really had me surprised and a little sad. From memory (which isn’t great and he literally said this 5 minutes ago), he said he believes I know he loves me but I find it difficult to know that he likes me. I think he is right. It’s easy to believe those close to you – your mom, dad, husband, and siblings – will always love you but do you know if they like you? In fact, my husband and I actually say “I love you” when we’re irritated with one another. I believe it improves our level of commitment, a simple reminder really.

Creativity

Granny Fanny

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You’ve heard of whale tale and wedgie, but have you heard of the granny fanny? It’s a name my husband and I came up with when I realized I had been sitting with my underwear sticking up over my mid-rise shorts. You’re welcome for this wonder. Although, I’m open to another name with the word Mom included.

Creativity

Power Couple: Dirty Dancing

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Full Disclosure: Dirty Dancing isn’t my favorite power couple movie but one I recently wanted to watch again. I think I saw this movie far too young, like most kid’s of the 80s.  Therefore, I didn’t understand the social divide and discrimination in the movie. From memory, I believed Johnny and Baby to be an unbalanced couple. After watching, their relationship still seems to be a summer fling and not a consummate relationship – one with equal parts passion, companionship, and commitment. If you don’t know about Sternberg’s Triarchic Theory, you should check it out.

I chose to recreate this scene because it was the most memorable to me. I hope you guys are having a great week.

Creativity

Relax

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There is something about being on vacation that just highlights all that is weird about you. When I was a kid, it was my accent. People immediately would say, “Are you from Texas?” after me saying “Ya’ll” or “fixin.” This trip I’ve realized how socially awkward I am. I don’t know how to look at people or talk to strangers without feeling anxious. I’m definitely realizing I don’t stretch myself socially.

It’s my youngest who is teaching me to relax. She does this thing where she lays back in a body of water (even the ocean) and floats. She has the most content look on her face, it is crazy how relaxed she looks. Gatlinburg is packed and overwhelming for me and the idea of laying back and relaxing has been impossible on this trip. I’m even having to avoid hermit tendencies to set a good example for the girls.

The picture above I drew to honor and note this time in our life. It will definitely go on our wall when we get home.

Creativity

Pride and Prejudice

My power couple this week is Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet. I love the BBC version and watch it probably 3 or 4 times a year. I imagine what their life, post-movie, looks like. Imagine the film crew finally leaving and them staring at each other, wondering what they will talk about now. I like to think they are like my husband and me. We like to argue, debate, bicker or however else you’d like to put it. Their need for competency pushes them to one-up one another and they are in constant battle for king/queen of the mountain. I know Elizabeth isn’t first-born but let’s just say it, Jane isn’t filling that role and someone has to play boss. So, Darcy and Lizzy are in a battle of the first-borns. If you are like me- you are a first-born and married a first-born, you know exactly what I’m talking about. Unless of course, you are like Jane.

What do you like about this movie/book? Do you prefer the Keira Knightley version? I will say the end of that version is my favorite. The cinematography is amazing and him walking in the fog and the placement of the sun between the two of them is just wonderful. And let’s face it what woman wouldn’t love to hear, “I would have to tell you, you have bewitched me, body and soul and I love, I love, I love you.” I think that line is what moves people to prefer Matthew McFadden as Darcy.

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I hope all of you are having a great week and are slaying all kinds of goals. I am realizing that the act of planning, making and accomplishing goals is probably my favorite anything of all time. I guess it is why I love digital art – you have a vision, plan it, do it and then share it.

Parenting · Printables

Book Log

I am a book hoarder. I find it almost impossible to throw away my books and my kid’s books, but weirdly, not at all difficult to throw away my husband’s books. Anyway, my summer goal is to read books and donate those that don’t make the cut. And by cut, I mean stars. Below, is a book log I made for the girls. As we read the books we will rate them and give away those with less than three stars (maybe four, if we are rating high). I believe that our house has to be paired down some to look nice. Having too much stuff clutters not only my home but also stifles my creativity. For me, having unread books lying around feels like a list of to-do’s I’m not accomplishing.

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Download: Book Log

Self-Love

Daily Spiritual Inspiration

Steven Furtick

Everyone needs inspiration now and then and I like mine in daily bites. On Instagram, I follow @stevenfurtick from Elevation Church. If you’re looking for truth and a different perspective, this is your guy. You can also find his podcast on iTunes.

Graham Cooke

Through email, I watch for regular wisdom from Graham Cooke. I was fortunate enough to be introduced to Graham Cooke at our home church in Fort Worth. He has prophetic insight, along with a fresh understanding of the Holy Spirit and provides hope for an optimum relationship with Christ. You can find him at http://www.brilliantperspectives.com and sign up for his newsletters.

Ransomed Hearts

Signing up for Ransomed Hearts email subscription offers you daily excerpts from John and Stasi Eldredge’s books – Wild at Heart and Captivating, to name a couple. The lessons seem to offer exactly what my husband and I need daily.

Daily Verse

Youversions Daily Verse is amazing because it offers you the verse of the day squared and ready to share on any social media account. You also have the option to design your own image.

I hope you like my sources of spiritual inspiration. I’d love to hear who you follow.