Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Genesis Sneak Peek

The Genesis worship team is WorshipArts advanced worship ministry team. I got to spend the evening listening to them last night, and man, they are anointed. I'm so honored that God has given us the privilege to pour into these teens as they whole-heartedly seek Jesus.

Last night, in addition to their worship practice, they did some filming with our media team. Here are some behind the scenes pictures of the videos that will be released soon. (Click on the pictures and they will get bigger!)

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

My Style

Lace scarf with cascading pearl
necklace. I love this necklace
with scarves!
One of my favorite things about getting older has been developing my own sense of style, and feeling so much more confident about how I look and dress. It's amazing the difference five or six years can make--I truly feel like I was just floundering along back when I was 16 or 17!

Glammed up for chaperoning prom.
$10 JCP dress!
 I went into a whole new level of self-confidence and strength in who I am after I got married as God led me through the beginnings of being a wife, and one of the fun byproducts has been my new freedom in my appearance.

Peter has been such an awesome support too--he has taken me on multiple spontaneous shopping sprees, and he find the perfect balance between helping me be frugal, while whole-heartedly supporting adding to my wardrobe.

Blues, reds and whites, with black
jacket. Spring happiness!
This past year I have finally felt like I've figured out who I am style-wise, what I like, and that, along with the growth I've experienced, has helped me be confident enough to step out and try different, out-of-my-comfort-zone styles. It's been a great adventure! I realized that it would be fun to have some of my pictures all in one place, to see what my style looks like back-to-back. (Also, I've lost twelve pounds this summer--so I'll try to put these in chronological order and hopefully I'll be able to see a difference!)

One of the big things for me has been accessories. I've focused on getting simple tops and using scarves, my boots, and jewelry to add flavor. It's been great!

 I also went way out of my comfort zone and got bangs this summer. And let me tell you--I love them!! I can't wait to go back next month and get them again--they've grown out quite a bit, but thankfully they've been super easy to manage.

Here's some more photos:
(If you click on any of the pics they get nice and big!)

Summer braid, teal jewelry made for
my beauteous bridesmaids
by Hannah Ailes!
Trying out tucked in with a belt:
wasn't overly thrilled, but the pics
turned out cute. This was
pre-weight loss too!
Love this bow headband!
Enter: bangs!

Our anniversary trip:
got the hat and shirt in A^2
and totally love them!
My first fully fall outfit of the year.
I've pretty much only worn those boots
since this. LOVE THEM.

Here I am, 12 lbs later! Love my Pinterest inspired sweater-turned-leg-warmers.
Also, this yellow shirt is my current fave. Such a great, happy color!!

Monday, October 15, 2012

Healthier Days

I've been wanting to get my self in shape for quite some time. Back when I got engaged, over three years ago, I did pretty good going to the gym around my classes, but honestly, since I've gotten married, I haven't stuck to much of a health plan.

That is, until one of my dearest friends met me for coffee on June 2nd. She told me about how she was going to start using this app called MyFitnessPal, and on an impulse I said I'd do it with her. I had tried it before, but had never really stuck too it. However, this time was totally different, even though it was a spontaneous decision. Because she was keep track of her calories too, and she eats healthier than I do, I was really motivated to do good and stick with it. Even when she decided to take a break from the plan, I was able to keep it up on my own, after her help to get me started.

I'm excited to share that it is now 135 days later (that's about 4 and a half months, folks!) and I have entered my calories in every day! Just the fact that I don't want to break that streak has been so motivating for me to enter my calories in, even if I slack off and go over every now and then.

I definitely haven't been perfect, and I still eat unhealthy things, but I'm paying attention to what I'm consuming, planning out what I eat much better, and not habitually overeating anymore. I'm so excited to announce that I've lost 12 lbs, and I look and feel so much better than ever before!

My next fitness goal is to start working out regularly.  I've got a free gym membership to a gym less than a mile away. I really have no excuse--other than I just don't want to make the time for it. But I know that's the next step to being a healthier me, so I have to tackle it eventually.

What have you done in the past year to get healthier? I'd love to know!

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