4 Easy Ways You Can Revamp Your Instagram This Year

When I first started being serious about building my platform on Instagram in 2016, I wrote down my intentions + my WHY behind doing it. Doing so helped me figure out what I wanted to say, what my purpose would be for building an audience/who my audience is, and what kind of community I wanted to surround myself with. I wanted the takeaways from my content to be valuable, relatable, and most importantly – make others feel encouraged and understood. Continue reading

My Word To Live By For This Year + 2018 Reflections and 2019 Goals

It’s the first Saturday of the new year! How have your first few days been? I hope you’re thriving and excited for what this year will bring you ❤ I would say that I am, despite this first week of the new year being a poo-show of one hard thing after another (read my Instagram post about what happened here, and find out how I’m “de-fogging” my motherhood goggles). But c’est la vie, I’d rather it all happen now rather than later on in the year!

Do you have a word picked out to live by for 2019? I started doing this last year with my word being intentional, and loved the opportunities it gave me to be more mindful and, well, intentional about the way I live my life in all aspects. This year, my word came to me after experiencing a lot of s t u f f that made me stop and realize I am worth more than I am giving myself credit for. It was high time to embrace feeling enough over feeling unworthy or like I’m always falling short of other’s (and my own) expectations.

word to live by in 2019: enough

The is the first day out of 365 chances for: new adventures / new (and second) chances / ways to make a difference, even if it’s the smallest one / learning when to say no /  realizing your worth / choosing joy / intentional mornings / time to create new passions / making new memories / new friendships / better decisions / opportunities to try something new / refocusing + recentering / rekindling / realizing that you are absolutely positively e n o u g h just as you are.

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5 Important Things Every Married Couple Should Talk About

Maybe your marriage is one where it’s hard to bring up certain subjects, or maybe your marriage is one where you feel like you can talk about anything and everything. John and I have been on both ends of the spectrum, and thankfully we’ve worked hard to stay on the “talk about anything and everything” side! Learning how to be effective communicators will strengthen, sharpen, and deepen your relationship. Especially so after you’ve become parents! Continue reading

How To Be Okay With Being Vulnerable in Friendships

This post was edited for and originally published on WeAreBeautiful.org on August 4, 2018.


Growing up, I was the type of person to totally embrace vulnerability. I had a knack for initiating genuine connections with others by being open and showing a desire to truly know others. In church, my youth pastor would always come to me to make friends with the new girl, or have me introduce her to others. In school, I always approached those who sat alone. And, I made a lot of great friendships this way!

I never wanted anyone to not have someone who knew them and loved them even still. To know that someone wants to make a connection with you, and chooses to sit with you, who wants to know you – this desire for community and relationship is a reflection of what Jesus desires to share with us. And what better way to demonstrate the love that Christ has for us, than to display that same desire to know and to love others?

But building deep friendships is a marathon, not a sprint. It takes a lot of trust, a lot of hours spent together, and a lot of vulnerability. Continue reading

Finding Magic In Motherhood: Hope After Infant Loss

This week’s feature is from a friend of mine, Waynna LeBrija, a SoCal mama maker and blogger at All Graced Up where she writes faith-based content to the everyday, busy mama about staying present over perfect. She also designs awesome T-shirts with her hubby, and you can shop them here! Their message through their tees is to spread hope and awareness about the abundant love that God has for us despite our imperfections. Scroll down to the bottom of this post to read more about their “why” behind their designs, and to snag one for yourself! She is sharing her story on losing her first child to Trisomy 18 (who would be 8 years old today) and how she found grace, hope, and resilience through loss. Continue reading