Friday, 25 September 2015

Inspiration

So I wanted to share my journey over the last while with you - the one that started with a call for volunteers to help Sarah Mae to do research for a new book. If you know me at all you will know that I LOVE reading, I LOVE books by my favourite authors and I ABSOLUTELY LOVE being involved in launch teams. So this sounded even better!! 

I signed up immediately and was delighted to be one of the chosen group. At this point I need to say something - this group of ladies that Sarah Mae chose - what a beautiful and godly set of women - it has been such a joy to be able to follow them, chat with them and become friends with them. They may mostly life in the States, but I'll meet them someday and I'm excited for that!!! 

So our first challenge was a creative one - after being given six 'sub-titles' she asked us to create an image board where we'd write down some ideas, plans and anything to inspire us. I am going to share mine in detail with you, but I also want to share a couple of others designs too. As we were in a private group I don't want to share the other girls' actual boards, so I'm sharing a few Pinterest boards - to show you how abstract and individual this process is. There is no right answer. There is no wrong way. It's a personal journey between you and God, so go have fun and create!! 

My board : 



And a few other ideas: 




You can use colour, pictures, fabric, Bible verses, quotes, journaling - anything you want!! 

Next week I'll take you through my original board and explain how it has helped me over the last year, and then I'll reveal my new board and tell you how it will help me as I plan my next 6 months. And I'll have a couple more examples!! 

The funniest thing about this - when we got into it, God changed Sarah Mae's ideas into a book - Longing for Paris - and a course - Longing for Life - so we got to be involved with two amazing things instead of just one!! 

See you tomorrow!!
Keep shining xx 

Monday, 21 September 2015

Longing for life...

I know it’s been a while since I wrote – I feel as if I’m starting all over again!! But this last couple of weeks has been a hectic time! Since I last wrote a proper blog post I have started back at school, been admitted to hospital for my gallbladder surgery and have been ‘enjoying’ some quiet time at home as I attempt to get over this and get back on my feet!
 
So I have had a lot of time to think about what I want to do with my life, my blog and what I need to do to balance it all out. It’s a topic I’ve been thinking about for ages – I’ve mentioned trying to be more balanced, living out my priorities, loving my life and having lots of mini adventures right where I am!!
So I’ve decided to take the next 6 months and really focus on my life, how I live it and how I can integrate God’s Word into it in a much more practical way. But first I want to share something very exciting with you.
Last month I shared that Sarah Mae’s new book ‘Longing for Paris’ had been released. Well this month she has something equally as amazing out! She has written and recorded a video course called ‘Longing for life’ – and it is fantastic!! Here’s the blurb from her website -
 
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Do you ever find yourself saying,
“I wish I could get my life together”?
I created this course, Longing for Life, to inspire you to live an unregrettable life, one that on the arc of it all you chose it. You didn't stay stuck, or let people-pleasing or fear or lies hold you back. See it matters how we live and the choices we make because God has a purpose for us on this earth, and if we are stuck in past wounds or pain or fear, we are not truly free. When you are healed and free you will bring relief to a weary world...and to your own children.
I'd love for you to journey with me as we long for life...full, faithful, satisfied, unregrettable life.
 
 
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Please go over to the site - http://longingforlife.com – and have a look round. As well as the excellent teaching, you have to watch for the beautiful location, the fabulous clothes and there is even a blooper reel – it’s hilarious!!!
 
But on a more serious note, Sarah Mae is one of the most honest, transparent writers that I have read, and I love her books. She has such a heart for women and for helping us to see part lies, overcome pain and live our lives for the glory of the Father, enjoying each and every moment. I was privileged, and I mean totally privileged, to be part of an online group that helped her with this course. When I say helped, she gave us challenges, which literally changed our lives, as she wrote the course, and we all fell in love with it and her! It has been amazing, and I am hoping to share some of the gems I have discovered with you, over the next week. It ties in to the aim of my next 6 months so perfectly, and I really hope it will help you as much as it’s helping me!
 
Keep shining xx