Things that Quiet My Heart

After sharing my I’m-in-a-funk-and-things-are-kind-of-weird feelings with you last week, I ended up coming down with a rough head cold that is still running its course. With my cold came an excessive amount of time laying in bed and lots of time to think. I feel like my mind hardly ever takes a rest, which led me to reflect on this list. I had originally titled this post “Things that Anchor Me”, until I thought about how God is the only true source of anchoring in my life. Instead, these are the little things that help me to feel more grounded and like myself when I am in a rut or simply having an off day. I think it’s important to define some of these things in our lives because when storms arise, we often forget what makes us feel better and end up exhausting ourselves in an attempt to remember what they are. Running hard towards God is the most important thing we can do when we are feeling off (or awesome, or anything in between). The rest of these things are the smaller scale heart-check things that help me along the way.

Source: Josephiney Photography via Flickr

prayer // keeping a clean and orderly space // following a consistent morning routine // drinking lots of water // being mindful of what I am filling my mind with // fixing a warm cup of tea // going for a drive // doing a load of laundry and putting it away while it is still warm // surprising a friend with a treat // getting enough sleep // keeping my inbox clean // following a budget // going for a walk // sending a piece of snail mail // getting fresh air // listening to the country list on Pandora // unplugging from social media for a few days // reading before I fall asleep // lighting a candle // going out to my favorite cafe for coffee // Friday night trips to Target // high school hangouts with our student ministry // writing // running a camera for services at church // Sunday afternoon fellowship // eating clean // visiting my grandparents


My Lilly Pulitzer for Target Picks

The Lilly Pulitzer for Target release is receiving a lot of attention in the media and I can see why! The pieces are fun, colorful, and quite affordable. I have been a Lilly fan for a few years now, a brand crush that was deepened after visiting the flagship store in New York a couple summers ago. I didn’t have a chance to get to Target yesterday because I was a little removed from society on our student ministry’s work trip, but I still had a chance to pop over to the Target website and enjoy looking at the products that were released. If I had access to the entire line, as well as a surplus of spending money, these are the pieces I would have scooped up, along with this darling shift dress.


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I Want a Big Porch

My mind has been drifting towards dreamy ideas a lot this week. One of the thoughts that keeps lingering is my desire to someday have a house with a big porch. I want to have several rocking chairs and a porch swing so I can sit and watch the sky get all colorful as the sun sets in the evenings. I want to settle into one of those creaky chairs and enjoy my daily quiet time outside when the morning weather is warm. I want to have a big basket of thick blankets for when the weather is cold so that friends and family can cozy up and enjoy the fresh air early in the spring and late into the fall. I want the porch to be a place of rest and quiet for writing and prayer, but also a place of hospitality where community can be cultivated and conversations can be enjoyed. I want to have cookouts on the porch with fresh lemonade and thick slices of watermelon.
kyla mary porch

Photo by Tanja Lippert via Style Me Pretty

Ever since I was in high school, I have found that I often think bigger thoughts and feel closer to the Lord when I am outside without a roof over my head or walls around me. I think the porch would be a perfect place to savor those moments without having to leave home to do so. Do you have places where you like to go to be still and think big thoughts?