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five on Friday

Happy June Friends!!  I can't believe this year is almost half way over.  Time....please.... slow down.   This week has been a good week, and even though it was a short work week, with Memorial Day on Monday, its been another crazy busy week.  I am really looking forward to catching my breath a little this weekend, and getting some projects around our house taken care and fitting in some much needed "me" time. 

Hope you enjoy today's five on Friday:

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one. June Shenanigans
WOW.........June is a FULL, FULL month.  I have so many celebrations in our family, friends birthdays, and lots of BIG work projects that this month is PACKED!!  I am hoping this weekend I can take some time to wrap my arms around it all, get the details and plans worked out, and be ready on Monday to tackle this crazy month!!  Its all good stuff, but sometimes I just need to slow down long enough to plan out the details of the good stuff.  :-)


two. Power Sheets 
I kicked off my June Power Sheets yesterday, and to say I need to follow my daily and weekly goals to keep me on track is understatement.  I absolutely LOVE this product, but to make it work I have to work the plan day in and day out.  If you are looking for an effective way to measure your goals, this is an incredible tool.   

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three. deck project 
When we bought our house 2 years ago (WOW, how time has flown), we decided to extend the back deck and make it much larger. However, after we built the deck, we decided to let it weather naturally for a couple of years before we stained it.  Well, since two years have come and gone, its now time to stain it, but the problem is that we haven't had 4 straight days without rain since March.  We finally decided to bite the bullet and do the project in stages, so my amazing husband pressure washed the deck and our teak table and chairs this week.  Now, we wait until we have a few days without rain, and we will stain the deck and table & chairs, and then add some planters and lights to finish off the look.  I cannot wait to share the final results soon. 


four. Fruitful Friendships 
I kicked of this study this week, and to say I am excited to really dig into friendships is an understatement.  Since moving home and centering my life around our families, its been hard to find time to really press in and develop deep friendships. Don't get me wrong, I have so many amazing, wonderful friends, but I am truly missing that sense of community and closeness with a group of woman that I can share every day life with.  I am hoping that taking time this summer to dedicate to friendships will prove itself fruitful.  


five. audible 
I finally jumped into the world of audible and trying it out with a 30 day trial.  So far I LOVE IT!!!  The first book I downloaded was The Wellness Project and the second book was The Sacrament of Happy.  I absolutely love being able to listen to these on my commute to and from work each day, and I feel so much more accomplished that I am actually finishing books in a timely manner.  Does anyone else use audible?  Would love to know how and when you listen to books.  

Hope you enjoyed this weeks list, have a great weekend friends.   
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These are a few of my favorite things...........

Happy Saturday Friends!!  And, hello long weekend!!  I am cannot believe we are kicking off summer this weekend with Memorial Day.  We have lots of low-key plans, and I am thrilled that Matt is off this weekend too.

I thought I would kick off the weekend with sharing a few things I am loving these days!

one. Walk - A Mile a Morning
A few months ago I had a pretty nasty fall, and really bruised and hurt my lower left leg and ankle.  Exercise has been out of the question for a while; however, I am finally able to start walking again (for exercise) and been trying to log-in a one mile walk every morning.  I know this is low for  most of you, but I have to start somewhere, right?  I am starting to feel stronger, and hopefully by the end of June I will be up to 2 miles each morning.


two. Write the Word Journal
I have to admit that I have been struggling lately with getting in my quiet time with the Lord each morning.  I found myself wanting to sleep in an extra 30-45 minutes instead of getting up and spending time in the Word.  Then a few weeks ago, I came across the Write the Word Journals, and I LOVE them!!!  Each day it gives you scripture to write, and then an area to write your thoughts, prayers, etc.  It has been so motivational , that I now I cannot wait to wake up early and dive into the word.  And, the good news is that is only takes 15-20 minutes and I still have time to get in my walk.  Check out the journals - CLICK HERE!

three. Summer Playlist
To kick off the summer season, I've put together a summer playlist.  Its a mix of feel good, toe tapping music.Enjoy!! 


four. Homemade trail mix
I have always loved a good trail mix, but decided a few weeks ago to make my own.  Here are the ingredients. Its soooo good. 


five.NHL - PLAYOFFS
This past winter, I went to my first Nashville Predators game and LOVED LOVED LOVED it!!!  We had a blast, and now that the Preds are in the Stanley Cup Playoffs is amazing. I am loving it, and cannot wait to the Stanley Cup Playoffs begin!! 

Happy Weekend Friends!! 

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In Every Season............

I truly believe that we go through different seasons in life.  Just like gardening, we have seasons of being planted, seasons of rest, seasons for growth, a season for pruning, and a season for harvesting.  Each one of these seasons brings new joys and challenges, and even though I prefer to go from being planted to flourishing overnight, I recognize the seasons of our lives really help us remain balanced.


The season I am in right now is a sweet one.  Life has its ups and downs, but all in all it is a low-key, precious time in life.  Matt and I have been married 10 years this summer, and with each passing day I love him more than I thought I ever could.  I praise the Lord for that, because as we know life can be hard, and often times we take it out on the person we love the most, yet, with God's grace He gave me the most patient, loving, giving, and amazing partner and I am beyond blessed.  


My family is doing well.  We have been facing a little bump in the road with my mother-in-law's most recent hip replacement surgery, but once again I am amazed by our incredible close family, and everyone stepping up and in to help her any way we can.  


My job is going great, and I am really excited about all the exciting things coming up in the next few months.  And, even though we (along with the rest of the community) are facing a few hurdles with local government, I am confident our organization will get through it and end up stronger in the end.  


 And, even in the sweet season, hurdles will still come in our way.  I am still praying for healing to my ankle/lower leg from a nasty fall I took in Nashville in March.  The swelling is still crazy, and my doctor and I cannot seem to find a way to make it decrease. Matt and I are always praying for wisdom in a few decisions we need to make in the coming months.  And, each week can offer a few speed bumps, but overall I am truly enjoying this season. 


I absolutely love being back in my hometown, being able to connect with my family, my church family, and my close friends.  I like the pace of life right now, and I am so thankful for each day.  I find myself stopping throughout the day, and just thanking God for my life.  He has truly blessed me, and I am so excited to see what He has in store for me.  



So in this sweet season of life, I want to remain joyful, content, and most of all thankful.  I know that to cultivate those things I must give of myself more, love bigger, and encourage and lift up those around me. 


So here is to celebrating this sweet season in life, and praising the Lord through even the hard stuff, because in the end I will face many seasons in life, and each season I will praise the Lord. 


 There is a time for everything, 
and a season for every activity under the heavens:

a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,

a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,

a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,

a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,

a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,

a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,

a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.

-Ecclesiastes 3:1-8


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Hello Hello Hello

These past weeks have been CRAZY!!!  I haven't been able to find 2 minutes to myself, but I have to say these last few weeks have been filled with lots of fun and exciting adventures.  Here are some highlights of life over the past few weeks.............

 The last weekend in April, our team headed to MerleFest in North Carolina to talk all things Birthplace of Country Music.  And, I love trips like this because I get to spend time with some of my favorite people.  

I took this picture around 11:30 p.m. at MerleFest, getting ready to dance the night away in the Dance Tent with Scythian.  LOL!! (I think we made it 30 minutes before our beds started calling our names.  Ha!!)

In April we also celebrated our last program day with Leadership Kingsport. 
This team........is so very special to me.  

A gift I bought for a good friend in January, FINALLY arrived!!  This mug is perfect for Matt!!

 We held a special press conference to announce the 2017 Lineup for Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion. Check out the video. 



This past week we celebrated National Tourism Week with the Bristol CVB, and set up at the 2 Bristol Welcome Centers along I-81!!  Had a great time. 

Had the opportunity to attend the Northeast Tennessee Tourism Association's annual awards luncheon.  We won several awards and had a great time. 

That same afternoon I graduated from Leadership Kingsport, which was so much fun. 
Did I mention I love this group.

Hoping I can get back on track with regular blogging.  In the midst of all these fun activities, my sweet mother-in-law had surgery and we were able to sit with her this week in the hospital and love her back to feeling better. 


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five on friday

Its Friday!!!!   Who else is doing a happy dance??  I know I am, as I'm really excited for the weekend ahead.  This week has been a hard one, and really looking forward to some rest and relaxation. To kick off our weekend, here are five random recommendations, events, or highlights from my life this week.  Enjoy!


one - fun video shoot
I love my job, I truly do.  One of my favorite parts is working with incredible marketing vendors. This past week our go-to video team was in town to film a new video for our music festival, Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion.  Here is a look at last year's Festival Recap video, and I cannot wait to share this year's Lineup video soon. 




two - two dots
Its official, Matt and I are obsessed with this game.  We have to play one or two rounds a night.  Its definitively my stress reliever at the end of the day. Its free and available in the App Store.


three - Hymns Album by Anthem Lights
Last week, I discovered a new digital album by Anthem Lights called Hymns and its AMAZING!!! If you get a chance, stream it online. 


 

four -  Spotify  Premium 
Speaking of streaming music, I have to recommend paying for a Premium subscription to Spotify.  I LOVE LOVE LOVE it, and listen to music all day, every day with this app.  Download to your desktop and phone and your set.  The free version includes commercials, and the premium version is commercial free, which is amazing. 


five - new purse
Okay, I have had my eye on this purse since January and LOVE IT!!  And, it seems like I am obsessed with light pink these days.  I think it would be the perfect spring/summer purse.

Happy Weekend Friends!
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Having a plan when life feels too hectic

 
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If you have blogged for any length of time, you know that sometimes its just hard to decide what the next blog topic should be on.  That's where I've found myself this week, so I decided to look back at some of the blogs I drafted and never published.  And, I was excited to find the following post because it is so timely in my life right now. 

My work life is getting more and more hectic these days with lots of projects all coming due at the same time.  Yet, I know I just have to focus, stay positive, keep moving forward, trust and rely on the Lord, and these next few weeks will FLY by.  I hope you enjoy this post and all these great reminders:  

 

I came across this incredible “Manifesto” from Ann Voskamp’s Blog, and thought there is no better way to face a chaotic and overwhelming season in life than to face it head on. Below is a Sanity Manifesto, and to break it down into bit size amounts I thought it would be helpful to recap the top seven things that jumped out to me most.

1. First things first: Word in. Work out. Work plan.
Open your eyes every morning and just do these three things first:  
1. Word in: Get into God’s Word and let it get into you.  
2. Work out: Work out. Even  5 minutes of moving is better than nothing.  
3. Work plan: Take time (the night before is preferable) to write out a "to-do" list for the day.  Next, just work the plan you have in place. 

2. “What a heart knows by heart is what a heart knows”Its so important, as a Christian woman, to always be memorizing scripture.  The wisdom and guidance I have received in this simple practice has been life changing for me.

Write your memory verses on a spiral bound note card, a sticky note, your planner, anywhere where you will see it throughout the day.  "Because when you are memorizing Scripture, quiet time with the Lord — becomes all the time. (Who doesn’t want that?)"

3. Your work is art: it needs a soundtrack.
Music is so important to your day.  Be intentional to take time to select music to fill your office or home throughout the day.  My go-tos are Americana music, Praise and Worship Music, Classical music (if I have a lot of writing), and then a little bit of new-country.  

4. Step on the Snake Before Breakfast
Look at that list you made last night or this morning for the day and quickly identify the biggest or most crucial task on your list.  (You know the one that will be a HUGE relief when you finish.)  Then TACKLE IT, and when you finish it (or finish an important portion of it) the release will be propel you into a great rest of the day. 

5. Clean a space = clear head space
I live by this rule, and it helps improve my productivity 100%.  Keeping the work space clean, clears your head space to think.

6. Envision the End Goal
I work on EVERY major project from the ending to beginning.  I imagine the results I want to obtain and then work backwards, step by step, to ensure I set myself up for success. I then add each of those steps and tasks to my project management system, and finally just work the plan one small step at a time. 

7. Rest so you can have the rest of God.
I am really preaching to myself here, but this one is important.  I love how the manifesto said - sleep is more than your friend — it’s your God-given fuel. Tomorrow always begins with the night before, so turn in early so tomorrow can turn out well

I am taking each of these to heart, and hope they encouraged you too.

My Redeemer Lives



Happy Easter Friends!  Today is my FAVORITE holiday of the year, as its the day celebrated as the Resurrection day of the Jesus Christ. Today promises New Hope, New Joy and New Aspirations to everyone who believes in Him.  I am so thankful for my savior Jesus Christ, and I know whose I am and what my life stands for.  Its an honor to serve the Lord, and may I praise His name until my last breath.  


Have a blessed Easter my friends!! 
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Five on Friday

Hello three day weekend! I am so thankful that today is here. This week has really tested me in so many ways, I am really looking forward to a quiet weekend at home.   And, of course Sunday is my all time favorite holiday - EASTER!!! I know church will be amazing, and I am also looking forward to spending some much needed time with my family. Below are five random things that I am loving this week.  Enjoy! 

one - Easter Dress Options
For the first time (I think ever), I have not prepared for Easter.  I have totally slacked this year in planning our Easter outfits, and it looks like I will be heading to the mall to pick up a new outfit.  Here are few dresses I have my eye on.


two - My New Favorite Nail Polish Duo
For the last several years, I have reliously gotten bi-weekly manicures and monthly pedicures; however, over the Christmas holiday my nails became extremely weak and shalac nail polish would only stay on my nails for a few days. I decided to take a break from my nail routine and just simply paint my nails myself and see what happened.  (Side note: I keep my nails extremely short, so most people often don't know if I paint them or if the salon does.)

Then, a few weeks ago, I found this new find nail polish duo called OPI's Infinite Shine.   I love it. I have paired it with my go-to color, Big Apple Red, and its the best!


three - Flowers
We finally selected flowering scrubs for our front porch flower bed.  I spent months researching online, and I event then headed to Evergreen's to ask the experts what they would recommend.  We finally decided to get one Coral Drift Rose and two bobo hydrangeas.  We got them planted last night, and cannot wait for them to begin blooming.


four  - 9 New Books
Early this week I shared nine new books I am hoping to read this summer.  Hop over to THIS POST, to learn more!


five- Last Day of Leadership Kingsport
This gal just finished her last class day with Leadership Kingsport this week.  I still have to give a presentation in May; however, I cannot believe how fast the last seven months have FLOWN by.  There are so many friendships that I have formed, and I am so blessed with this opportunity.



Happy Easter Weekend Friends!
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Let's Read

This year, I have a goal to read at least one book a month, and after finishing all the books I set out to read this winter its time to add a few new books to the list. After doing a little research and asking around, here are nine new books that I hope to read this summer. 



  1. the weekenders by Mary Kay Andrews - Fun summer read, may save this one for the beach.
  2. The Royal We by Heather Cocks - Another fun summer read that would be perfect for a weekend.
  3. A Love Story by Karen Kingsbury - This book comes out in June, and cannot wait!
  4. The Coaching Habit by Michael Stranier - Professional development book.
  5. Women Who Work by Ivanka Trump - Like or hate her dad, this woman has it together and I cannot wait to read this book.
  6. Nothing to Prove by Jennie Allen - I have been working hard to finish my other books before I ordered this one.  This is my next bible devotion book.
  7. 20 Ways to Make Every Day Better by Joyce Meyer - Already ordered and plan to read this book over the summer.
  8. When I Don't Desire God by John Piper - This book is going to be deep, but really looking forward to reading. 
  9. Finding Your Voice by Natalie Grant - I absolutely enjoy listening to Natalie Grant, and her journey over the years is a truly remarkable.  I cannot wait to read this book.

What books are on your summer reading list?  Would love to hear your recommendations.
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five on friday

Its Friday, and I am so ready for the weekend!!!  I cannot believe how fast the first week of April flew by us.  It has been a crazy and hectic week, and I am really ready for some much needed family time this weekend. Here are my top 5 for the week. 

one - New Book Alert
I began following Courtney a few months ago on Instagram, and I am hooked.  Between her amazing style, her amazing dog George, and her beautiful family, she just brings so much joy to the social world (which we all need a little more of these days.)  She is releasing a new book in August, and I cannot wait to get my hands on it.  Her style is amazing.


two - New Recipe to Try
Chicken Piccata Pasta Toss
Does this not look amazing!!!  I cannot wait to make this delicious dinner in the coming weeks.
  



three - Lets Walk
A few weeks ago I fell and injured my left leg pretty badly.  Its taken a couple of weeks to get it feeling a little better, but its still not 100%. I've decided to go old school, and start with a 5 mile walking video.  It may be cheesy, but these videos are awesome.  Its a great low impact workout to get me moving again. Wish me luck!!



four - Lara Casey's Cultivate Book
Cultivate: A Grace-Filled Guide to Growing an Intentional Life from lara casey on Vimeo.

I am really looking forward to this book. Lara's journey simple amazes me, and the grace she shows daily blows me away. I know this book will be uplifting and helpful. It will not be out until later this year, but I am really looking forward to it.

five - Power Sheets
And, speaking for Lara Casey.  Last weekend, I updated my Power Sheets for April, and I am excited for to add some new goals on the list.  Top of the list for April include reading a new book, memorizing more scripture, working on our family's budget, adding new flowers to our flower bed, and much more!!  

Have a fun weekend friends!!!

Hugs!
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Guest Bedroom Update

A couple of weeks ago, Matt and I headed to our favorite furniture store to pick up a few new items for our house.  We were mostly interested in picking out a new mattress for our master bedroom; however, we also ended up with a new media cabinet for his media room and a new guest bedroom suite. 

Now with new furniture in the Guest Bedroom, its time to change up some of the decor.

Here are a few new decor ideas:
 Love this simple bedding. 

 Perfect addition for the closet.


 Love this wall of framed art. 

 Perfect Sign

Love this sign too! 

 Luggage Rack is a perfect addition

I love this paint color.  Its called Sea Salt, and think it would look great 
in the Guest Bedroom and Bath. 

So what do you think?  Any fun ideas you've tried in your Guest Bedroom?
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This Week I............

I know! I know!  I did a five on Monday post, but lets face it I was really trying to get my blog updated and record some of the fun times over the past few weeks.  Today is a recap on this week, and lets just say a lot can happen in 5 days.


1.  Well Hello Knoxville.  
I cannot believe we moved from Knoxville over 2 1/2 yeas ago.  How time speeds by at a warp speed.  Matt and I really did enjoy living in Knoxville, and it truly still feels like our second home.  I had the opportunity this past week to spend a few days in Knoxville for Southeast Tourism Society's Spring Symposium.  It was sooo good to see some of my favorite faces, and catch up.  I also received my TMP certification too. 


2. Spring Fever 
With April starting today, its time to start thinking about spring flowers!!! We have a few flowers that we need to add to our front porch flower bed, and I am just researching away trying to determine the best options.


3. New furniture
We ordered new furniture a few weeks ago, and almost all of it arrived this week. One new addition, is our new mattress.  We only had our old mattress a few years, but it was just tooo soft and I just couldn't get comfortable anymore.  I ended up spending most nights in our guest bedroom, just so I would sleep a little more.  We also got this new bedroom suite for our guest bedroom suite.  I cannot wait to start re-decorating that room.
4. New App
Okay, I love, love, love the new app called Texture.  I started using it several weeks ago and its so awesome.  It gives you access to 100s of magazines at your finger tips.  This is perfect for someone like me who loves magazines, but hates to clutter.

 

5. April Playlist 
Be sure to check out my April 2017 playlist.

Happy Weekend Friends! 


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