8.21.2016

7 Pieces of Advice



one - 

go outside. go out under that big, blue, giant sky and watch those clouds make shapes. feel the warmth of the sun upon your skin. take this moment.

take this moment.

rest.

God is enough.




two - 

make the effort.

make the effort to say hello, to send that letter, to say what you mean, to be genuine, to love, to be kind, to be patient, to wait the extra minute, to smile, to talk to the people who want to talk to you, to talk to the people you love, to laugh, to live.

make the effort especially when other people are not.






three -

don't focus on your appearance so much. it takes the joy out of life and out of photos. if you look ridiculous, you look ridiculous. this is the time you learn not to care. 1 samuel 16:7






four -

it's not a waste of time.  you're an adventure-filled soul and staying home doing nothing all day doesn't quite fit your fancy. but stop right there -- it's not a waste of time. sit down with your best friend to watch that movie, lounge on the couch, or (i especially like this one) lie around and take a nap. time passes quickly, true, but be content in every way it is spent.

it's not a waste of time if you enjoy doing it. so enjoy it. "nothing" can be quite enjoyable and an adventure if you make it one.




five - 

write letters.

i'm a letter writer. and hoarder? i've kept pretty much every single letter i've ever received. write letters about love, about God, about summer, about things coming, about what makes you laugh, about what it feels like to be home, about your favorite people.

one thing though -- don't rush it. letters are precious. they are made for you to think out what you're going to say. use a pen. let every word count and take the time to let it mean what it needs to mean. don't rush it. write it when it is time.




six - 

seek. seek. seek. seek the Lord with all that you are. let nothing be put above Him and let Him be the only thing you want. set your sights Above. be intentional. there is nothing else in this world worth going after. there is nothing on earth better than God. seek. wake up early. make time to talk to God. spend time with Him.

seek Him. in the music you listen to, in the movies you watch, in the places you visit. whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable -- if anything is excellent or praiseworthy -- think about such things. (philippians 4:8)

lamentations 3:22-25





seven -- 

learn what it means to truly love. this one is for you to figure out.


xx.
p.s. addy is featured in four out of seven photos. you'd think this was her blog. whoops. also, photo creds to her sistah for some of the pictures. <3 

34 comments:

  1. this is so cute honestly i almost cried i love this so much ahhhhhhhhh

    ~Noor

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    1. is that my heart up in the sky exploding with love whoops. <3

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  2. ahh I love this! especially needed a few of those pieces of advice. I like the fact that it's a bit different from your usual posts too. now I want to go write some letters!! it looks like you guys have so much fun and you and Addy are so pretty and happy in the pictures!

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    1. I NEEDED IT TOO. thank you, andrea!! letters are good. WRITE THEM. And awhahee I love Addy THANK YOUUU. <3

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  3. That's some pretty advice, darling.

    AND OKAY I'M GLAD IT'S NOT JUST ME WHO HOARDS LETTERS.

    you're pictures are cute. I like 'em.

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    1. thank.

      AHAHAHAH I KNOW. I WAS LOOKING THROUGH MY BOX OF THEM AND I'M LIKE, "Do I even need HALF of these??? .... YES."

      squee. that's good. i'm glad. *celebrates*

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  4. I love this so much oh my goodness.

    #2 is one of my goals for this year. I'm done with being passive. I'm going to make the effort.

    I'm a complete letter hoarder. I don't think that I've ever gotten rid of a single letter in my entire sixteen years. Letters are so precious. I adore them.

    You and Addy are so beautiful and your joy is contagious. <3

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    1. GRACE ANNE. YOU ARE SO SWEET.

      And yes yes YES. I agree. MAKE THE EFFORT. Because no one else will. And when they do, it is a pleasant surprise. BUT MAKE THE EFFORT EVEN IF NO ONE DOES. WOO.

      I know, I know. They are everything. They are good. *screams of love*

      man. That's just plain God, I have to say. We'd be nothing without him. <3 He is good, good, good.

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  5. CAlllY verry great advice(specially that letter stuff, although i really want to write to you, but... i have to write this essay about mistakes) the sun is golden here at 7:32 and i want to go out side so i might for a couple minuets, i miss ya. soon soon soon.

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    1. ARIEEEELLLLLLLLEEEEEEE. yes yessssmmmm. (take your time. i'll be waiting. write that essay and get everything done).

      this morning the sun tasted like June but the air felt like Autumn. taste the light. xx miss you, sweet girl.

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  6. And here we have our local wise woman, graciously sharing her wisdom with the rest of us.

    (No really, I needed this. Like, really. Thanks.)

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    1. AM I CRYING. I AM. You are hilarious, Becca. All this wisdom is from God and you know it.

      (sure thing. *sends you cookies and hugs*)

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  7. HOLY GOODNESS GRACIOUS OH MY GOODNESS WHAT IS HAPPENING
    this is the best thing that I have read in a long time
    ohhhhhhh my word.
    yes.
    about the photos. about going outside. about living. about letting go.
    (hey I didn't know A played guitar...)
    this makes me feel so alive.
    thank you

    Randy Abby
    WAKE ME UP Blog

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    1. PICKLED EGGS AND SMOKED HAM HELLOOOOOOOOO.
      yikes. that's a high compliment. *screams of love*
      oh man. yes yes yes.
      (she does, she does. many secret things in the life of Addy. muahah <3)
      all the glory to God. xx

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  8. THIS. IS. AMAZING. OMG.
    I seriously bookmarked this post on my computer so that I can frequently come back and read it.
    I LOVE IT SO MUCH.
    WOW.
    -Em

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    1. EM. my poor heart is going to dIE OF LOVE. You are incredibly kind. cry. <3 God is beyond good. xx

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  9. Whoo, I love this so much. And...I think I'll pin it.

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    1. HOW DID I EVEN FIND PEOPLE AS SWEET AS YOU AND THE REST OF THESE LOVELY PEEPS. dagyuwiawhudhauihfaj. speechless, kiddddd. i am speechless. <3 x

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  10. I love how you put this post together. you are cleaver my dear! Love this! Appearance is a good one.

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    1. VANESSA. YESSSSS. i'm glad you caught that one. so many people skip over it. thank you so much!!! x

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  11. YEAH VANESSA SAID IT. YOU ARE SO CLEVER.
    Like that is literally the PERFECT word. TEACH ME YOUR WAYS. This post is so creative and original and cute and lovely and I LOVE IT <3
    Also you're so wise. These were such wise pieces of advice.

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    1. AUTUMN YOU SWEET PEACH. XXX
      owieeee. IT'S ALL GOD. not even kidding. just seek Him and everything else will follow after. God first. always. nothing else. xx got you.

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  12. Aw I love this, it made my heart warm and happy <3

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    1. aw i love you. right back at you, elizabeth. xx

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  13. I THINK I MIGHT CRY BECAUSE THIS IS THE BEST THING I'VE SEEN IN LIKE MY ENTIRE LIFE. Like, okay imagine if we all just did our best to follow the things you just said. Like this world, we (this is basically me preaching to myself) need to focus more on Jesus. We don't do it enough. Love, patience, letters, genuineness, we SO need more of it.

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    1. AHWAHWAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA. my poor HEART. IS DEAD. BECAUSE. IT EXPLODED. WITH LOVEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE. OHWWEWWAAAAA. Yes yes YES. If we all just focused on Jesus and kept our eyes on Him, things would be better. but we humans are just pitiful. it's hysterical and terrible at the same time. <3 Make the effort, Lauren, even if the world is not. xx sending love your way.

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  14. Thank you Cally for your amazing advices! I will try to follow them. :)

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    1. AWW. you're welcome, Cindy! do your best, but know that Christ is above all. xx

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  15. You're not the only one who rereads old posts. And then comments on them. :-) I love this list so much and I miss you.

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    1. HAHAAAA. I love you so much and I miss you tonnssss <3

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