Share My Autumn // Washington

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Hello my Autumn loving friends! How is fall treating you in your neck of the woods? Last week I ventured out to Washington State for work and had the pleasure of experiencing absolutely stunning fall colors in contrast to the vast blue water and sky. The Pacific Northwest is miraculous this time of year, every few minutes I wanted to stop my car on the side of the road and take more photos.

One of my favorite things about Autumn is that almost everyone loves it. It is hard not to notice how abundantly full our Instagram feeds are with pumpkins, crisp leaves, and cozy scarves. Now YOU have the opportunity to share what fall looks like in your corner of the world and share with US! Use the hashtag #sharemyautumn for all your cozy, colorful, and fall-like photos on Instagram. My favorites will be shared on November 4th when a link-up opportunity will be available to post about Autumn in your location! But for now, unto a Washington fall.

How are you celebrating the gorgeous weather?
What is your favorite season?

Week's End Wrap-Up

Monday, October 20, 2014

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1. The coast of Washington state welcomed me with open arms and rainy skies last week. Work keeps me very busy with little free time to see the sites of such a beautiful land but it was a must to stop by and dip my toes in the salt water.

2. Evergreen trees are everywhere in Washington - a strong thing going for the token evergreen state. It is such a cool opportunity to experience fall in so many different locations around the country #sharemyautumn.

3. Friday provided one of the best moments in a long time. I was frazzled from the travel week, all the traffic in Seattle, and getting to my flight on time when I heard my name yelled in the SEA-TAC airport. I turn around to see one of my dearest friends Holly and immediately burst into tears. Our worlds collided in between travel to and from Hong Kong, Seattle, Minnesota and Arizona. It was the sweetest twenty minutes I have had in a long, long time. 

4. Hello Arizona! Boy aren't you different from the Midwest. This week will be another packed one with many college fairs and recruiting but in between will be filled with grandparents, warm sun, and mountains.

-The heart of autumn is upon us and there are photos gracing Instagram by the hour. Have you used the hashtag #sharemyautumn yet? Do it now! Your photo may be shared.
-Love the mountains and love my girlfriends, here is a reason for both.
-This article is very inspiring to me and I've been thinking about it a whole lot lately for our generation.
-I am crushing on this office and having my own space to be creative.

What do you love about October?
What has been on your heart this week?

Caravan Sonnet // Adventure is an Attitude

Friday, October 17, 2014

Hello adventurers! Happy Friday, give yourself a smile, you made it to the weekend. Today I have the great pleasure of introducing a sweet friend of mine to you. Rebecca of Caravan Sonnet has touched my life with her words and testimony of trust and assurance. Earlier this week I shared about living in adventure and today Rebecca will be continuing on the conversation about choosing adventure as an attitude. Soak up her words and enter yourself in the awesome giveaway below!
“Adventure is an attitude, not a behavior.” ~ Luci Swindoll
In 2001 when I first heard this quote I never would have understood the impact it would have on life today. Thirteen years ago I read this quote while I was riding the train from England to France and delightfully soaking up each moment of my college study abroad program. In the following years I lived in four different states, moved ten times, traveled extensively within the United States, taught High School students for six years, worked with refugees and sex-trafficking victims, spent hundreds of hours volunteering in causes that I was passionate about, and celebrated loudly and lived life with my amazing tribe and friendships. I loved my life. And I never would have expected that in the past two years I would become primarily bed-ridden and house-bound due to fighting advanced stage Lyme Disease and Cancer. While life is very different, I have found a whole new adventure in my journey to get well as I have fallen deeper in love with my precious Savior, have learned to delight in the beauty of the ordinary, started an etsy shop, have my first book being published, and founded a Chronic Illness ministry to encourage the hearts of those struggling with Chronic Health Problems. 
Amidst the pain of illness, I am learning the truth of the quote from above. As I read with joy the adventures of many in bloggy world and have friends who are traveling to the ends of the earth (literally) I am finding once again that adventure is an attitude and that you can marry adventure no matter what your health status is, your financial ability to travel, the lack of resources you may have, the detours of your journey, your marriage status, your regrets, or your amount of vacation days you have from work. LIFE is truly the adventure and no matter the seeming roadblocks or circumstances you can live a life FULL of adventure and joy.
I think adventure starts in our minds and then overflows like a beautiful waterfall to our hearts. Sometimes adventure is following a dream that we have had for a long time, a path that we were once afraid to take, or reading a blog that inspires us to meet someone new, facing a fear that we have always had, reaching out to new friendships, starting a new job, or simply learning that adventure is an attitude. *smiles*
Now that you are pumped up on adventure and ready to try something new, you have a chance to win one of Rebecca's beautiful altered adventure journals. I have been swooning over them for a long time now. Best of luck adventurers!
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