5 Things to Be Thankful For: Milestones & Letting Go

Sorry I've dropped off St. Bloggersville for the past couple of weeks! (Sorry, can't bring myself to say 'blogoshpere.' But my word's probably worse. Yeah, definitely worse.) I've been busy with my day job as a marketer, my crazy personal life, and TONS of fun New Eve-related biznass. God's been throwing me some crazy circumstances, and He's been so kind! Here's a snapshot of what I've loved lately:

1. Sarah's Wedding. I got to attend the beautiful wedding of my friend & co-worker, who also gave me the honor of creating her bridesmaids' necklaces. I sewed vintage silk into ribbons, made vintage lace rosettes, topped them off with vintage gold buttons, and added rows of sparkling glass beads.

The wedding was really touching. The bride & groom washed each other's feet as a symbol of how Jesus humbly serves people & how they in turn commit to serve each other. I'm tearing up just writing this. Beautiful. This photo is of the daddy-daughter dance. All the daughters joined in!
(Photo courtesy of the father of the bride.)

2. Jennifer's Win! A couple of months ago, Moorea Seal held a giveaway of our Bullet Shell & Quartz Necklace, and adorable food blogger Jennifer won it! She recently posted the cutest photo of herself wearing it on a date with her man. Jen, you are a woman after my own heart with your black tee & vintage-inspired florals. Your pixie cut is perfect - you're tempting me to chop my hair off too! (Photo courtesy of Jennifer Lake)

3. Market Square Farmer's Market. My first market was this past Saturday, and it was positively lovely. Friends visited, the weather was perfect, I exceeded my sales goal, and I met some beautiful people. I really felt like I was in my element, talking to awesome people about awesome stuff that I really believe in. Expect a longer post about the Market soon! I have tons to say about it (in true form).

4. My new running shoes. Behold, my boring, perfect shoes! It was one of my New Year's Resolutions to get healthy again and I have loved (well, sometimes hated) getting back into running. My sneaks were literally 8 years old, though. I had shin splints and achy knees that were only going to get worse, so I shelled out the bucks for new shoes. I basically bought the newer, cheaper version of what I used to wear in high school, nothing special. But I'm telling you, my feet stepped into these shoes and they knew they were home. I am so pumped to frolic back into healthiness in my new shoes.

5. Letting go. My house was a wreck for one whole month. The basement flooded, we had a new backsplash put up, family visited twice, the hubby left for a weekend to visit his friend in Texas, we both left for a weekend to see an awesome Braves game with our friends (more on that later), I worked a second (third?) job at a local Christian boutique (more on that later too), and - oh yeah - I prepped for my first Farmer's Market season ever. SO... I had to let go of some of my pet peeves.

I let the kitchen stay covered in glass tiles while we left & ate burritos. I let two weeks of laundry pile up while we washed every towel in the house, because we used them to dry up the flood. I set aside Market planning for one night to worship with friends and feed my soul. I wore my PJ shirt to work (and accidentally let it slip to my coworkers - whoops!).

Okay, so that last one was a little grungy of me, less of a spiritual decision. (You've done it too, don't lie!) The point is, letting these things go allowed more freedom in my heart, mind, & body to focus on what really matters to me: My family, my soul, my God, my friends, & my work. I keep reminding myself that, on my deathbed, I won't regret not having a clean house. I'd regret not loving others better, worshipping more truly, and working earnestly for something I believe in. So that's what I chose.

Well, that may have been my wordiest post ever. But, as I always say when I talk a lot or say something odd, I meant it. Better go now; I just realized I promised you three more posts over the course of this one. LOVE!