Fall is one of my favorite seasons, and with it comes cozy days, warm treats, and hot drinks. Here are some of the things that are inspiring me this Fall:
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Ever get stuck in those places where you are continually looking ahead, around, behind…anywhere but where you are? Feelings of discontentment rise as you are faced with the place you can’t seem to escape: where you are at. When I find myself here, in this state of mind, I tend to focus on all the things I’m not, but hopefully think to the places I could be. Whether its a physical place, that next step in my career, the next stage in life that everyone around me seems to be enjoying and flourishing in, or that next step of growth in my faith. It’s so easy for me to look at where I’m at, and use what’s next as motivation to hurry up and get out of that place. Get better, know more, excel quicker.
One of big reasons I love fall is because of the type of clothes & layers you get to wear in the cooler months. A classic flannel is a piece that I assume most people have and wear throughout the days of changing leaves and crisp temperatures. I love taking one piece of clothing and making it work in several different ways, so today I compiled five different ways to style your flannel this fall! Here are my favorites:
A few months ago, when I was dreaming about this series of #livingcolourfully, there were a few specific people that stood out to me. People whose lives are so obviously marked by certain traits that they are called to carry and administer. For Hannah, it is undoubtedly grace. I hope that as she reveals her heart on the subject, you would be inspired, encouraged, and prompted to encounter it as well…
Blogging is something that has become a hobby, inspiration, and means of online-community for me. I love the idea of an online journal, and I absolutely adore seeing the places people take their blogs. From businesses to a creative space, I’m most inspired by seeing people make their blog their own. Here are the top five bloggers I’ve been most inspired & influenced by over the years:
The Colour Journal. Some of you have asked what the heart behind my blog is as well as the meaning behind the name. Today, I wanted to spend some time explaining the reason I started this blog, what I’ve learned in the process, and the meaning that its name holds.
When I first started this blog, it was birthed out of an aching to document the things I love. It was a way to just do all the things that were in my heart to do. To put myself out there, to live a life that I’m proud of, and to create a compilation of a life lived creatively. At the time that I was getting it started, thinking of names for the blog, it was a season where the spirit was pushing me to paint.
I’m pretty sure I shared the heart behind my paintings last year through a previous blog post, but in summary: I was being encouraged to paint the colors within people. I had gotten a vision one night of me at a festival of some sort. I was known as ‘the artist’ and would paint portraits of anyone and everyone who requested it. When I would paint them, they would expect a realistic portrait, but instead, it would be a mix of abstract colors. When I painted them, I would paint a portrait of their spirit as a reflection of what God was telling me about them. When I gave them the painting, I was able to speak truth, give words, and prophesy over their life, their heart, revealing how loved they are by the Father.
This was an incredible revelation for me, and brought me into discovering the meaning of color. As I processed more through it, I was given this verse out of Matthew:
“Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.” – Matthew 5:14-16
You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. I love this translation of Matthew 5. It illuminates our purpose in a whole new way. What I learned from this was huge in the heart behind the Color Journal:
We all have a unique color to bring out in this world. The color you have is not the same color as the person next to you. If you neglect to offer up to the world your color in His magnificent spectrum, no one can step in and fill it for you. It will simply not exist, a void in the fullness of color intended. What I love about this is that this means there is no room for comparison. The color you contain is specific and unique to who you are. You carry a one-of-a-kind color in the spectrum, and this world needs you to offer up yourself in fullness, no parts hidden, in order to bring out these “God-colors of the world”.
This is the heartbeat behind ‘the Colour Journal’. For my own life, I want to unapologetically, confidently offer up my own color in fullness. That’s why I created this blog: to become a compilation of everything in my heart that makes up my own unique color that I’m called to add to this world while I’m here. But, as my revelation of the colors of people grew, it became much less about MY color, and much MORE about the people around me stepping into this truth that they simply must show their own.
With this being said, I am excited to announce the much-anticipated launch of a new series called Living Colourfully. This series is all about you and how you are living colourfully: fully, confidently, unapologetically offering up your own color into the world. One to two times a month, I will have a guest blogger coming to write a feature about how they personally live colourfully. It’s a chance to highlight the people that are just doing it, affirming them in what they are bringing to the world, as well as inspiring us as a collective whole to continue to offer up the unique color we have to give. Your ‘color’ may be living a life of extraordinary grace, your ‘color’ may be the creative ability you walk in, your ‘color’ may be the gift you have of hosting people in your home…whatever it is, you have something unique, specific, incomparable to anyone else, and it’s time to stop shying away from it in fear of looking prideful. It’s time to be open and free with your own color, knowing that there is no fear or shame in being exactly who you were created to be.
To encourage this, I would love to accompany this new series with a hashtag #LIVINGCOLOURFULLY. Tag moments of your day that exemplify your specific color, tag people in your life that you think are walking in their own color, etc. This will help me find out about people to feature, be inspired by, etc! I’m super excited and I hope you are too! Our first #livingcolourfully feature will be posted in the next week!
Last week, I had the incredible opportunity to host a dinner party for a photo shoot with Eugene Grace. Now, if you know me, you know I was in my happy place planning and preparing this evening. It all began with my internship with Eugene Grace, a photography company in Fayetteville. Part of my job is to plan weekly photo shoots for us to get new media for Lightstock. While brainstorming with my boss, we thought a thanksgiving themed shoot would be ideal for the upcoming season. There, it clicked. I had already been wanting to host a dinner party this year for my friends, and this seemed like the perfect opportunity to get to do it! From that place, I began to dream up ways to style the dinner, places to have it, people to invite, food to eat, etc! It was so much fun. After a week or so of planning, creating invitations (I’ll share those in a later post!), lots of grocery store runs, and a day full of cooking, it happened. It was so much fun to see the vision come together, friends enjoying each other, and getting to capture the night through the eye of a lens along side the team at Eugene Grace.
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