Growing up, I was a Type A, rigid perfectionist. I didn’t like change and had a great fear of the unknown. Today, I am still scared of many things, but work daily to push myself outside of my cozy box of certainty. Since accepting my first full time job across the world in Australia, I have learned so much about saying yes to new opportunities, new adventures, and a whole new me! Read More
Fall is officially here! With fall’s arrival means the days of being able to avoid raincoats and still get away with sandals are quickly dwindling. So clearly I’m going to continue to take full advantage of those remaining warm sunny days by capitalizing on not having to wear socks.
Orange has been one of my favorite colors for years, thankfully in Beaver Nation you can get away with wearing Halloween colors all year long. I’ve had a style crush on this top for over a month. Thankfully last weekend I found the same top without the Beaver logo for a steal. So even though the Beavers aren’t winning a lot this season, I’m calling it a huge style win!
My story is beautiful, and it is definitely one that is still in progress.
2015 has been the best year of my life because I feel like my eyes have been opened up to the infinite opportunities to express myself and thrive online. If you had told me this time last year that I would be starting my own business and and well on the way to ditching my 9-5 forever, I would never have believed you, but alas— here I am. It all started last October when I was home sick from work, I was extremely bored and stuck in bed, so I decided to start a movie blog. I’m a big movie buff, and I go see at least one every weekend, so it seemed like a cool idea. I soon found that the actual design aspect of the blog was what captured my attention—and not the actual writing. I would spend hours tinkering with the CSS and HTML until it was just perfect, and I soon made my mind up that I wanted to become a web designer!
Over Christmas break, I started delving into design and coding e-courses, trying to take in every bit of information that I could. It didn’t take long to realize that I wasn’t alone out here. There seemed to be hundreds (more like thousands) of women who had fallen in love with beauty on the internet—and were creating it themselves! I would spend hours on Pinterest and Instagram, just marveling in all the beautiful blogs and designs there were. I don’t think I have ever been this passionate about an occupation, and I wanted to do it myself! As a woman of faith, I would just like to marvel and the creativity of God. If my story is a canvas, it seems that He has been painting along this whole time to get me where I am today. I’ve never considered myself artistic, daring or (gasp) entrepreneurial before this year, but now it appears that it’s been in me this whole time! I now see design inspiration in food, nature—and the everyday mundane things, and I know that God—our creative God– put that inclination in me, and I am overflowing with gratitude at this reality.
In the midst of this creative awakening, I started seeing business and life coaches online. Women who spoke and acted with so much positivity and confidence, it was almost mind-blowing! Because I wanted to grow my business and do it with expert guidance, I ended up hiring a 1-on-1 coach myself and joining a group program. That’s when the mindset work started. After reading books like “The Big Leap” and “Leveraging The Universe,” I started to realize how powerful our thoughts are, and how I could be one of those confident, overwhelmingly positive and successful women that I looked up to.
I started to learn about limiting beliefs, and how we often confine ourselves small thinking—believing that we can’t be overwhelmingly happy, or fulfilled or even wealthy as we want to be! I think this type of mindset requires a lifetime worth of work, but I’ve encountered so many women who dream big, and are building the life and business of their dreams, because they believe they can. I definitely want to be amongst those ranks, and after everything I’ve read and seen, there’s no turning back now!
Now I’m not saying that everyone who reads this needs to become a millionaire with a perfect life, but I know we can all think of ways where limiting beliefs hold us back. Perhaps it’s my thoughts that I’ll never find that perfect mate- a husband that I’m willing to put up with, quite frankly! I’m a bit of a loner, and quite fine with it, so I sometimes I think I might end up that way forever! Since then, I’ve learned that those negative thoughts tend to manifest themselves into reality, or as “Leveraging The Universe” author Mike Dooley says: ‘thoughts become things!” This new mindset really spills over into everything in life. I no longer refer to myself or my future negatively—because I don’t believe that God created me to live a ‘so-so’ life. I want to do everything I can to step into a beautiful and fulfilled life of my dreams—and it really starts in the mind!
So here’s to the next page of this beautiful story, I can’t wait to see what God has in store for me…. and you!
So, this is Anjelica and she is beautiful.
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Disclaimer: Tyndale House Publishers provided me with a review copy of The Message 100 the Story of God in Sequence and Book Look Bloggers provided me with a review copy of the NIV Bible for Women Fresh Insights for Thriving in Today’s World.
Growing up my nana’s well-worn Bible was typically on the kitchen table or on her couch. Maybe that’s why my favorite spots to read my Bible have always been the kitchen table or cozied up on the couch.
Nana’s Bible has always been an inspiration to me and one day I aspire to have a Bible as well-loved as hers is. Now if only I’d pick one and stick with it maybe one day I’d have one that would be.
Two newly released Bibles that I’ll be reviewing today are The Message 100 the Story of God in Sequence and NIV Bible for Women Fresh Insights for Thriving in Today’s World.
The two Bibles I’ve been using prior to receiving these two for everyday reading are a NIV (almost the same) for ease of portability and a NIV & The Message Parallel Bible. You don’t have to have a brand new Bible though to spend time in the Word. Dust your Bible off of the shelf and continue building a relationship with your Heavenly Father.
Your relationship with God is just that – a relationship. Like any relationship, you need time together with the one you love, talking, sharing, just being quiet. –NIV Bible for Women
Spending time in the Word doesn’t have a time limit. Somedays it’s a couple minutes and others more. You aren’t failing if it’s not as long as another person’s. Simply spend time with Him. That might be in the Word, in prayer, through worship, etc. Go make it happen!
The watch. Once a tool only owned by the wealthy is now something we take for granted. Now the ability to track time is available for everyone. Jord is a wood watch make and a couple of weeks ago they sent my hubby one of their watches for him to try. In our family I have one watch and Peter is a recovering watch addict…so I figured this would be right up his alley. So Peter, what do you think?
I’m a watch guy. Currently I only have three which is the fewest I’ve had in years. That’s a conversation for another time though. You’re here to see what I think of the Jord Watch that I got sent. It’s the “Fieldcrest Dark Sandalwood” that retails for $120. Jord was kind enough to let me see what all the Instagram hum was about. I give you…the watch:
I’m not really sure when my love of fashion started, but after several personality tests and a class designated to finding the right major in college, I somehow landed myself in Apparel Merchandising, Design, and Production at Iowa State University. I absolutely loved this program and the classes I took, but I remember many times throughout those four years where I kept doubting my choice. I wanted to pursue a career path where I was making a positive difference in people’s lives. Something that I would be proud to tell other people. But it wasn’t always easy for me to find the positive meaning in clothing and outward appearances. I have a strong faith and believe in the Bible, so when I read passages like 1 Samuel 16:7 and 1 Peter 3:3-4 that talk about how your outward appearance is not important, I started to doubt myself and how much worth I was putting into these things. So I sat down with my mom one day and we talked about how if I had the right outlook and focused on how I could influence and inspire others to look and feel their best by what they wear, that I could make sure it was a positive thing. I realized that shopping and just getting dressed every day can be stressful and frustrating for some people. So I started to see how sharing my thought process of what I’m wearing and why I’m wearing it might be helpful to others. I can help alleviate a little bit of stress, help them feel good about themselves and maybe even stand up a little straighter.
Style doesn’t have to be about having tons of different options. Restyle the same top with different accesssories and you have a whole new look. One of my favorite tops is this epic striped Gap tee. (In fact I like this top so much you’ve likely seen it in other style posts, if not click here or here).
Earlier this spring this top pushed me outside of my style comfort zone and jumpstarted my pattern mixing. This time pattern mixing included a splash of orange polka dots because it was gameday in Beaver Nation, even though I wore this outfit to a baby shower and to dinner with friends.
What’s your favorite way to rewear your favorite tops?
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Growing up pork tenderloin was reserved strictly for family get togethers at Grandma and Grandpa Todd’s house.
I had no idea that it would be so incredibly easy to make or help me get in a back to school fall routine of cooking dinner more often. I always thought Grandpa spent hours getting lunch or dinner all prepared when all of the family (there’s over 50 of us now) came to visit.
Maybe he did spend hours, but Smithfield® has made dinner preparation simple. A little pork helps cure the occasional Iowa and pork homesickness too (yes family I do miss you…). All you need is a few ingredients, a few minutes, and your favorite Smithfield® pork product to get dinner started.
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When September comes around it’s sort of a bit chaotic in the Ramsing household. As students start doing the whole “fall term” thing I get to experience a…well let’s just say a huge influx in students coming to my office. It’s the height of advising season and I love it! So does my hubby as he gets his thrills watching the rain roll down the windows while reading a book. Although he takes it a bit far calling the sound of windshield wipers the perfect melody for a fall evening…something about him and these Willamette Valley fall drives, strange.
But fall does mean a lot of amazing things happen. Apples happen…that’s a thing and they are delicious. Our house smelling like spices and warm and fuzzies is welcomed and there’s something amazing about seeing my hubby in a bathrobe drinking a cup of tea on a fall morning. …oh just calm yourself-it’s just a bathrobe.
Okay-so if you can’t tell-I love fall. So why not love some fall treats that go with it, especially the baked kind (you can find all of the essentials for baking at Walmart). It’s like having a candle going and getting to eat it too!
The girls’ story is a unique one. It stands for what I believe and how I live my life now. They are nothing short of miracles and here is their story: I was blessed to find out in January of 2009 that I would be having twins!! I was so excited but so scared at the same time, I was a new mom and wasn’t quite sure what to expect.