Friday, October 31, 2014

The end.

(this pretty much sums up how I felt during this series!)


Writing for 31 days is no joke.

I can hardly remember what I wrote in the beginning, and I bet you can't either. Ha!

But, today, I'm sharing a few of my favorite posts of this series. Often, as a writer, you find that your words on the paper (or screen) are really just one big therapy or revelation session for your heart.

These are the posts are the ones that have stuck with me and impacted me, and I intend to revisit them again when I'm tempted to believe non-beautiful instead of beautiful:

Don't Believe What Shame Shouts at You
"I want to listen to truth because I've been given a chance to live outside those walls of shame. Why would I choose to stay within them?"

It's Stunning, really
"I stood there--feeling a little bizarre, hormonal, and unsure of what to do with all the newness. In a way, I almost felt a little paranoid because I realized that my life was never going to be the same."

The Welcoming and the Welcoming Mat
"It was more about the welcoming than the welcome mats."

Your Story is Not the Lottery
"Our story is not about everything going according to our plan and cashing in our winnings. Our story is about what God is doing with us and through us."

You can see all the posts from 31 Days of Believing Beautiful here (including links to some free printables!)

Thanks again for joining my on 31 Days of Believing Beautiful. I'd love to know how I can encourage you or learn from you about believing beautiful :)

ps. don't forget about the flash sale and getting the black + white thanksgiving prints for $1 each :)

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Thursday, October 30, 2014

What it all Boils Down To

Writing about believing beautiful definitely uncovered and pressed into some tender parts of my heart. I know that unraveling this more, really believing beautiful, and living according to that is just beginning.

But my one main takeaway through writing this series boils down to one big idea:


Simply put: believing beautiful is living a life of gratefulness.

It's saying:

Thank you Jesus for a body that moves, and works, and was created and knit together by you.

Thank you Jesus for giving me a home that is warm, and full of love, and a place of comfort for my family and others.

Thank you Jesus for the way you created every part of me--for my stengths and weaknesses and personality.

Thank you Jesus for my day-in and day-out story. Thank you that I have this day to love, to live, and to bless others.

Thank you Jesus.

For me, believing beautiful isn't about just feeling good about myself and my life. It's about recognizing that I'm part of a bigger purpose and a beautiful story--and being absolutely thankful for that.

So, I want to leave you with this:

If you struggle with believing beautiful about your life, identity, body, or home, take a moment to be thankful for what you have.

I know that it doesn't usually change your circumstances, but it most definitely changes your perspective.

So, in honor of finishing up this series (just about...tomorrow is the last day!), I want to say thank you to all of you who have stayed with me :)

I also decided to do a little flash sale with the black + white Thanksgiving prints (poster-sized and 8x10's). You can get this, this, this, or this print for just $1 through Halloween (just two days!)

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The Art of Non-Assumption

for example, never assume your child will not lick a snail. Because, actually, it's more likely that not only will he try to lick it, but he will also try to eat it.

In this 31 day series, I've divided the topic of believing beautiful into four main categories: our body, our home, who we are, and our story.

But today I'm going to chat with you about something that crawls its way into each one of these categories.


The reason I'm talking about assumption (or believing something is true or going to be true...without proof) is because it can be one of greatest agents against believing beautiful.

We make assumptions every day. Some are harmless, many are not.

Many of our assumptions hurt us, inhibit us, or separate us from the truth.

Our biggest assumption: it's all about us.

Or on the opposite side of the coin: it's not enough about us.

We assume things about ourselves and how we are perceived. Maybe we believe that everyone is thinking about how fat we are or how weird our nose is. Maybe we are assuming that our home is not cute enough to invite others over. Maybe we are assuming that people just plain don't like us. Or maybe we assume that people judge us by what we are doing or not doing with our lives.

Our quick assumptions often lead to criticizing ourselves or others, comparing ourselves, and competing with others.

So, how do we learn the art of non-assumption? Or, in other words, how do we stop acting on our assumptions instead of the truth?

For me, it's as simple as acknowledging that something is an assumption and questioning it rather than accepting it.

For example, if I assume that someone doesn't want to have coffee with me, I can have one of two responses:

1. Believe it to be true and forego asking them out for a coffee outing.
2. Realize that it's an assumption and ask them to join me for coffee.

Today, I'd encourage you to filter through your thoughts and start identifying assumptions. Then, ask yourself if they are directing your actions or affecting your relationships with others.

Do you guys have any tips for learning the art of non-assumption?

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