Thursday, February 23, 2012

2012 Business Goals + the Mustard Yellow Laundromat

Perhaps a little late, but better late than never, right?

Perhaps I am dreaming out of my league, but nobody ever got anywhere without dreaming & striving for a goal! So here are my business goals for 2012.

— Design & launch a custom blog through ProPhoto Blogs
— Make a video for my business/blog (anyone want to volunteer their services?)
— Create a working office space
— Develop a filing system for paperwork
— Purchase a macro lens and a fixed, wide-angle lens (20mm or 24mm?)
— Develop consistent branding for my business
— Host LCI's first beginner's photography workshop in May
— Host LCI's first week-long Internship for beginner photographers in business
— Start offering client images on Flash Drives (if they choose)
— Gifts for my 2012 Brides/Clients


{The Mustard Yellow Laundromat}

{The Mustard Yellow Laundromat}

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

February Days — As I Know It

When people ask me what my "taste" or what my decor preference is, I really don't know what to say... because it's a mixture of Modern, Vintage, Old World and that "Pottery Barn" look. Yeah, I'm trying to figure out how that all combines myself. ;-) 


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This pinboard came from Pier 1 Imports!

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Cinnamon Streusel & Vanilla Bean candles from Super Target. (I love that store...)

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My latest tea obsession — 'Twinings of London' Earl Grey (loose) tea. Brew in your favorite French Press, add half 'n half or vanilla creamer... and viola!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Love is Vulnerability

"To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything, and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly be broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact, you must give your heart to no one, not even to an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements; lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket — safe, dark, motionless, airless — it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. ...The only place outside Heaven where you can be perfectly safe from all the dangers and perturbations of love is Hell." — C. S. Lewis

Monday, February 13, 2012

Cupcakes

Cupcakes

My day was made on Saturday, when I got a little package in the mail from a friend of mine who I worked with & lived with in Dallas, Texas for nearly a year (over 2009 & 2010). Inside the package was 'Keep Calm & Have a Cupcake' — a little book of Cupcake sayings.

(Cupcakes are my inside joke. Ahem.)

Saturday, February 11, 2012

It's a Vanilla Latte Morning

It was 9 degrees & snowflakes were softly falling outside.

I decided to make myself a Vanilla Latte with my Aerolatte Frother,
and poured the contents into an Irish coffee mug...
all thanks to Crate & Barrel.

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Friday, February 10, 2012

Coffee Shop Meditations

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'Kisses from Katie' and 'One Thousand Gifts' along with my Toffee Nut Latte


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Reflection in my laptop


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Journaling


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Delicious Toffee Nut Latte in a Starbucks Valentine cup

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

"I Didn't Sign Up for This"

Maybe these are your words today.

"Lord, I didn't sign up for this!"

But the truth of it is... do we ever "sign up" for anything when we choose to follow Christ?

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Within the last few weeks, my stomach problems have taken a rapid decline. So much so, that it has been keeping me at home, simply because I rarely can go out in public with the way I've been feeling. In all honesty, it's very humiliating. I never wanted to be one those "weak, sick people with health problems." I've told myself, "Be STRONG. You can handle it. You don't need any help." But reality is, my health problems are real and I don't feel good.

[I didn't sign up for this.]

Around two and a half years ago, I was heartbroken and deeply bruised when a relationship ended. I wept like I've never sobbed before; my lap was literally SOAKED from tears. "God, it wasn't supposed to be like this. Why did I have to be rejected for another young woman?"

[I didn't sign up for this.]

Joseph didn't sign up for the circumstances that God gave him either.

Did you ever think about Joseph's reality? His father had 2 wives & 2 concubines, Joseph's (blood) mother died when he was just a young boy, his older brothers SOLD him into a FOREIGN country, he spent years in prison after being falsely accused. So how did he make it? How did he survive the suffering? He KNEW the God of his fathers & He kept his eye on the promise of God.

"As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good." Genesis 50:20

As Nancy Leigh DeMoss put it, "The outcome of our lives is not determined by what happens to us, but by how we respond to what happens to us."

Have we only made a bargain with God for his "stuff"?
Or are we committed to Christ, regardless of the cost, in order to make much of & glorify His name?

My favorite hymn ever since I was a young girl has been, "Take My Life & Let it Be" and my eyes still get damp with a tear every time I sing it.

Take my life, and let it be
Consecrated, Lord, to Thee.
Take my hands, and let them move
At the impulse of Thy love.
At the impulse of Thy love.

Take my feet, and let them be
Swift and beautiful for Thee.
Take my voice, and let me sing
Always, only, for my King.
Always, only, for my King.

Take my lips, and let them be
Filled with messages from Thee.
Take my silver and my gold;
Not a mite would I withhold.
Not a mite would I withhold.

Take my will, and make it Thine;
it shall be no longer mine.
Take my heart, it is Thine own;
it shall be Thy royal throne.
it shall be Thy royal throne.

Take my love, my God, I pour
At Thy feet it's treasure store.
Take myself, and I will be
Ever, only, all for Thee
Ever, only, all for thee.

From the Archives: Garden of the Gods | September 25, 2009