Sunday, July 31, 2016

Monthly Reflections | July

What I'm currently up to in life and on the blog. #currently #takingstock #monthlyreflections
I cannot believe July is over and we are on the horizon of August! This summer has gone by so quickly and I am yanking on the emergency break over here. Anyone with me? All-in-all, it's been a busy month and August is going to be even busier! Oh, a quick admin note - my goals post is going up on Tuesday because tomorrow I've got a really fun guest post going live where I'm sharing a yummy Italian dessert recipe. Come back and check that out!

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

If You and I Had Coffee | vol 2

If You and I Had Coffee | vol 2 - A Simpler Grace - A conversation over coffee #coffeedates

If you and I had coffee...

We'd meet up in a little hipster joint with hand-lettered chalkboard menus and mini white lights strung in the windows. We'd choose a quiet booth in the back corner and order coffee prepared in a french press tableside.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Simple Gratitude | 39

Today I'm sharing my #gratefulheart on the blog #gratitude #feelingthankful

Good Monday!

It's going to be a hot one across the US, so make sure you stay hydrated and for goodness sake, bring those pets indoors! If it's too hot for you, it's too hot for your fuzzy critters too.  

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

15 of My Favorite Feelings

15 of My Favorite Feelings - A Simpler Grace

The world is hard, friend.

It's easy to be angry and afraid and sad and all those negative feelings.

But it's just as easy to counteract those feelings by being grateful. Being grateful for the good experiences. For the good feelings.

Here are fifteen of my favorites.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Simple Gratitude | 38

Today I'm sharing my #gratefulheart on the blog #gratitude #feelingthankful

Without fail, another week has come and more bad stories are flooding the news desks around the country. I'm praying hard for a turnaround in these hopeless situations. We should be banding together to fight things like homelessness and hunger and cancer but instead, we are killing each other on the street. It's senseless and I'm trying to keep my eyes forward and focused on the good that still remains in this world. Like these five things.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

II Corinthians 5:17 | Bible Journaling

II Corinthians 5:17 | Bible Journaling - A Simpler Grace #illustratedfaith
I did a little Bible journaling over the weekend after being so hesitant to get started for fear of "messing up". After speaking with several women who journal on a regular basis, they really encouraged me to jump in and embrace the process of starting and growing in my journey.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

In Love on Instagram | Summer 2016

In Love on Instagram | Summer 2016 - A Simpler Grace - Four Instagram accounts I think you should check out this summer
So, what originally started as a single post to share some of the Instagrammers I was in love with last fall has turned into a much-requested series. I'm so happy to spread a little love and introduce you to some of the awesome people who inspire me every day with their feeds.

I've noticed, over the last several months, that my personal photography goals have changed, and because of that, the images I'm drawn to are changing as well. With that being said, this season, I'm featuring four creatives who make Instagram look effortless. These are my summer 2016 favorites.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Finding Your Passions

Finding Your Passions - A Simpler Grace - Simple steps to help you find your creative passions.
What are your creative passions? This might seem like a simple question, but when you sit down and think about it, you might need to dig a little deeper to get to the answers. We all have things we consider hobbies or that we enjoy doing and then there are the things that fuel us and fire us up; the things that make us feel energized and inspired when we do them. These are our passions.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Simple Gratitude | 37

Today I'm sharing my #gratefulheart on the blog #gratitude #feelingthankful

Good morning.

It's been another tough week in this country. I feel like every week, there is a new heartbreak and what this country really needs right now is a whole lot of healing. I wish I had the answers for the world's problems, but sometimes I don't have the answers for my own problems. All I can say is that respect and empathy go a long way and it's important to remember that the person next to us might be having a bad day and could use a little love. There is so much hate in this world and I wish people could look beyond the end of their noses and embrace the things that make us all unique. I pray for healing and peace over this country during the next few weeks. It's time for a change.

Saturday, July 09, 2016

Five Cookbooks to Own This Summer

Five Cookbooks to Own This Summer - A Simpler Grace
One of my favorite things about summertime is cooking healthy and delicious meals with fresh seasonal ingredients. Over the years, I've collected quite a few cookbooks that inspire me in the various seasons and I wanted to share with you, my favorites for summertime.

Monday, July 04, 2016

Simple Gratitude | 36

Today I'm sharing my #gratefulheart on the blog #gratitude #feelingthankful

Happy Independence Day if you live in the US of A, and happy Monday if you don't! It's been a good and quiet weekend filled with lots of family and time to rest. I am feeling so very grateful for so many things today. 

Saturday, July 02, 2016

Hello July | Goals

Hello July | Goals - A Simpler Grace - A monthly series tracking the goals I've set both in my personal and blogging life.
Oh friends, I am needing all the grace while writing today's post. I set some pretty lofty goals for myself last month, and in my defense, I didn't know what kind of a month it would be. It was, indeed, a difficult one and a lot of my goals went untouched. It would be easy to feel like a failure, but I'm being gentle and reminding myself that these are not life or death goals. These posts are supposed to be fun while still keeping me accountable for the things I wish to accomplish here on the blog and in life, but fun, all the same. With that being said, let's get this over with. #sadface