Thursday, October 24, 2013

Things you do that you never realized everyone else does.

On a long road trip when you drive with the same cars for miles.  You think of them as your companions and you feel a little sad as you exit the highway. Except there’s that one guy (we all have seen one like him) who is always picking his nose when you drive by.  He shall not be missed.

You still unconsciously think the 90’s are ten years ago. Yup.

You immediately go back and read an email after you hit send, just to make sure the words you wrote are what you meant to write. And that it sent it. And what time it sent………oh goodness.

When you are on a long phone call, you pace around your house.  Sometimes you move random things from one spot to the next, and can’t find them later….but most of the time you just pace around.

You set your alarm earlier than you need to, just so you can press snooze 4, 5, or 6 times. I surprisingly fall back to sleep after each snooze, but then it feels like I didn’t sleep through the night. I should stop this.

When you shop around a store for an hour and don’t buy anything, you start to think that security thinks you’re a shoplifter.  I’m the kind of person that if I don’t have a list made of what I need, I spend 25 minutes in the breakfast isle, trying to figure out which cereal to buy. Then I get frustrated and leave with nothing.  Wasted time, my friends. Wasted time.  Then I get home and realize I have 4 unused but opened cereal boxes in my cubbard, because I raaaaarely eat breakfast anyways. :)

You put your music on shuffle and skip to the songs you wanted to hear anyways. Guilty.

You wipe off your cell phone screen to make sure all the marks are going in the same direction…or in a cool pattern, at least, or a smiley face. :)

You immediately forget someone’s name right after they introduced themselves. Sorry. I am getting better though Travis?, Justin?, Matthew?….next time I’ll remember.

You sometimes talk to people as if they already heard the context of what was going on inside your head. I start conversations with James like this more often than I would like to admit, and he’s like, “What!?” His face is confused and kind of looks like this: (   :/   )  

or this:
James and his long locks. LOVE this silly man!

If you want to read the whole list of things you do that everyone else does, and you have time to kill……you can check it out here.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

windy, windy, windy

sunglasses: Target (old)
feathers & leaf necklace: a hospital gift shop
sweater: Target (same)
t-shirt: Walmart (James' sshhh.....)
brown tank top: Aeropostale (old)
leggings: Target (same)
sandals: Target (old, thrifted)
Just a little outfit for you on this fall day! :)
Be blessed wherever you are!
XO Tiff 

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

being real...and fake leather

Well hi, hello, good morning, good afternoon, good evening to you! 
Wherever you are at this very moment, I would like to say to you,
“You Are Loved...and it is going to be ok!”
Maybe you are in a season of life that is difficult to go through.
Maybe you have had a hard time adjusting to the colder weather. 
Maybe there has been a time of grieving over a loved one that is no longer with you.
Maybe you just don’t know what direction to take and you are standing at a crossroad - not sure if you should take a left or a right.
Maybe you feel defeated and unable to withstand the waves that seem to be crashing all around you.
Maybe it is just what I had been feeling.
Maybe all you and I need to hear is “You are loved and it is going to be ok.”
Just being real and open and honest with you and myself here:
I’m sure we can all say that this time of year, when the leaves change and fall festivities come, it means life gets a little busier than normal!  That is the truth.  Life has been a little bit busier.  There have been some major things happening in the midst of life for James and I.  Some things that I am learning to embrace and other things I have not come to understand.  Not that I have to know and understand all things, because God says “do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6 & 7). I am just embracing that truth for my life in this very moment.  I will remain strong in Him.  I will not let anything (that lies, cheats, or tries to destroy life) come prancing in and take hold of my mind & heart.  I have a strength that is not my own, but from Him who is greater.  Another truth from Psalm 46:1 & 2 says, “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.  Therefore we will NOT fear.”
Life…we all know it will never slow down.  Let’s just take a second, breathe, and repeat, repeat, repeat.  I don’t want to appear like I have all of my things in order, ‘cause I don’t.  We don’t.  I don’t think any of us can have everything in order ever. 
If someone out there does, please send me the instruction manual for that! ;)
Let us be real!  I’m choosing to be real and be ok when things are a little messy in life.  Just take one day at a time…one moment at a time.  Let’s be honest with one another.  Let’s be real with one another. 
The only thing fake going on over here are these faux leather shoulder patches on my shirt.  That’s the truth! J
SO.........Good Morning. Good Afternoon. Good Evening, friends.
You ARE loved and it IS going to be ok.
Romans 8:28
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
Blessings to you!
shirt: Target (same),
skinny denim: Target (same),
feathers & leaf necklace: a hospital gift shop,
sandals: Target (old, thrifted),
sunglasses: Target (old)