Introducing…New Features!

While I’m still fleshing out some of the details for my new features, I couldn’t resist a short update to give you all a little hint at what’s ahead.

Art love, music love, book love, etc.! I’ll share posts about artists I’m admiring, as well as peeks into my own creative process. I’ll share books I’m reading, quotes I’m loving, music I’m listening to, and what’s currently inspiring my own creative process (similar to what I did here).

I look forward to continued posts about my faith. This series will be an honest look at what I’m reading in scripture, what I feel God is telling me/teaching me, and what I’m doing to keep growing ever closer to Him.

A series all about adventuring and exploring! I’ll highlight places and spaces in my own city, as well as out-of-town adventures. :) Getting out and about can be so refreshing, so I’m looking forward to including this as a regular feature on A Place to Dwell. I’ll share tips for finding new places to explore in your own city, as well as how you can use these out-and-about adventures to inspire you and your life in lots of ways!

Look for posts about home décor, cooking + baking (on occasion) ;), celebrating the seasons, and creating traditions that help you make the most of every day. :)

Occasional outfit postings, seasonal wish lists + loves, style crushes, and more!

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Can’t wait to keep developing these and share more with you all soon!

Happy Friday! :)


Inspired by Color

{ photo on left by Seed Factory ; color palette and typography on right by me }

Here’s another moodboard I made for eBook/blog color palette purposes. I fell in love with this photo from Seed Factory and the little quote at the bottom of her photo that says: “I just need some time in a beautiful place to clear my head.” I think weekends are perfect for doing just that. I like to make sure to carve out a little bit of time each weekend to surround myself with what inspires me, appreciate the beauty of the moment, and take some time to clear my head from the clutter that may have ended up there after a hectic week.

Making moodboards is proving helpful for me when it comes to discovering and defining my design style. I’m seeing consistencies develop when it comes to certain type treatments and colors.

I also love having the chance to share inspiring images and artwork I’ve found and promote other artists on my blog. There are so many talented people out there, and it makes me happy to be able to showcase some of that talent.

I hope your weekend has been beautiful + inspiring so far.

Have a blessed Sunday! :)


Writing, writing, writing.

{ photo by Bonnie Tsang via the Glitter Guide‘s studio tour; text and circle doodles by me }

I just love this happy image, and I thought it was the perfect visual encouragement for my current eBook-writing adventures. (I wish I was surrounded by brightly colored pieces of confetti while writing!) ;)

I’ve been finding so many inspirational gems over at Pinterest lately, and I’m thankful for all of the beautiful goodness people create and share with the world. I get pretty jazzed up thinking about all of the art out there and the unique stories and visions every artist has to share. I wrote about that a little bit in this post.

Anyway, I’ve got quite a bit of writing to do this weekend, but I won’t be a complete stranger here. I’ve been creating a few pretty moodboards, so I’ll be back to share at least one of those at some point.

A few writing/creating must-haves for me right now:

1. Good tunes (Right now, it’s Katie Herzig’s album The Waking Sleep)
2. Something tasty to sip (a caramel latte, a Cranergy juice, or an Izze soda!)
3. A little chocolate never hurts (York Peppermints, please, and always straight from the fridge, so they’re nice and cold)

What about you? What are your creative quirks or must-haves that help you stay inspired and get stuff done? :)

P.S. I’m also doing some blog brainstorming this weekend. I’d like to switch some things up around here and put together a few more regular features. Any requests? Anything I used to post that you miss? Or something you’d like to see/or see more of?

Thanks for reading! Have a beautiful Saturday!

Keeping An Open Heart

{ Photo credits left to right: 1. Oyster Magazine via Miss Annie 2. Photo by Max Wanger via Hello Lately 3. Pennyweight 4. Katie’s Pencil Box }

Keeping an open heart.

That idea has certainly been a focus of mine this year and something I’ve tried to be mindful of in so many ways. I know I’ve mentioned before that I feel like I’m currently in a season of waiting, preparing, and planting. I’m learning there is strength to be found in opening up your heart in the midst of the uncertainty and allowing Him to lead the way.

Trust is built. Faith increases.

And as I work on this big personal creative project of mine (writing an eBook), I find that I keep coming back to the idea of keeping an open heart and to the importance of taking risks and being brave when we don’t have everything mapped out clearly in front of us.

Honestly, at times, I feel overwhelmed and unsure about taking the creative leap to write a book. I wonder how it will all come together and if I’ll be able to communicate my unique voice and vision. I worry about all of the little details involved and having the right skills and resources to bring that vision to life.

But then I remind myself to keep my heart open to the creative process. I don’t have to have every single detail figured out right this second. It’s a process, after all. And every step of that process is important and should be enjoyed and appreciated before rushing to the next. I suppose life in general is like that, too, huh? ;)

When we live with open hearts, we can fully experience the significance and purpose of where we are, while being made ready for all the possibilities ahead.

The Beauty of Brainstorming

My weekend looked a little like this…

I’m so thankful for the time I had to write and brainstorm. I’m feeling more and more excited about the e-book I’m working on…

AND… I’m excited to finally share the basic premise: living fully in every season + embracing God’s work in our lives right where we’re at.

I’ve been taking lots of photos, and I filled six pages in my sketchbook with ideas. Writing a book is a huge dream of mine, so to be in the process of pursuing it is exhilarating to say the least. As I get further along in the process, I’ll continue to share updates with you all.

Thanks again for reading and for sharing in this journey with me. It truly means so much.


Happy Weekend!

I’m off to the pool to soak up some sunshine, read, and write and sketch some e-book ideas in my journal. I’ll be back later this weekend with She Reads Truth updates, thoughts on prayer, and other recent happenings in this life and heart of mine. Blessings to you today! :)


The Start

Feeling restless.
This hope — both fragile and reckless.
This heart — daydream-filled, prayer-filled.
I’m prayerful.
Making sense of the mess.
Questions and doubts, questions and doubts.
Tiny steps.
And remembering this:
Seasons of preparation and planting are beautiful, too.


{P.S. I’m completely in love with the gorgeous photographs above by Nathan Michael Photography.}

Women Praying Boldly: 40 Days of Prayer

It’s been quite a while since I posted a Women Praying Boldly update.

And honestly, I’ve debated quite a bit about whether or not I should post this one, because sometimes, sharing honestly and openly is scary. It’s hard to be vulnerable and transparent about what’s going on in our hearts.

But then I thought, if this can be an encouragement to even just one woman, then it’s worth being brave about. It’s worth sharing and writing truthfully.

So, here we go… :)

As I’ve been reading The Circle Maker and growing in my prayer life, I’ve felt challenged to devote 40 days to prayer—specifically for my future husband/desire to be part of a marriage that brings glory to the Lord.

Beginning on June 25, I made a list of prayers/scripture that have been heavy on my heart, and I started circling those prayers and promises from God.

So far, every single day, I’ve prayed through them.

Even when I’m tired.

Even when my doubt feels bigger than my faith.

And those prayers have already affected my heart.

They make me feel more connected to God and to the unexplainable hope I have for marriage.

And I like praying for my future husband, because it makes me feel closer to him, even though I have no idea who he is! ;) I want to be a prayer partner for him when we get married, so it makes sense to start now, to be lifting him up every day and praying for him, his dreams, and his walk with the Lord.

I want to be a blessing to him even now.

It is my hope that these prayers will begin a foundation for us, and that the Lord will use them for His glory.

And one last little thing just for fun…

I recently stumbled upon these adorable “My Better Half” interviews over at Amanda Jane Jone’s blog. They are so sweet and quirky and cute, and they really reflect my own hopes to marry a man who will be my best friend.

A man I’ll be better for the Kingdom with.

A man I can be silly with and creative with.

And a man I can grow with, learn with, and create a life story with — one that we’ll fill with our own unique traditions, moments, and memories.

I’m writing a book!

…an e-book, that is. ;)

I’m super excited about this project and plan to share many more details here on the blog closer to its launch.

Here’s what I can share right now: I’m in the beginning phases of e-book creation, and you can expect to see it for sale right here on the blog sometime this fall. I’m creating a book that will be packed with what I’m most passionate about: inspiration — and beautiful words, artwork, and photography. (Stay tuned for a more detailed post about the content you’ll find in my ebook, as we get closer to the launch date.)

Thanks for sharing in this exciting journey with me!


Amazing Things

{artwork by Mary Kate McDevitt}

I’m reading The Circle Maker, and one of the things I’m learning is the importance of trusting in and praying over God’s promises.

One of the promises He’s placed on my heart recently is what He promised through Joshua:

Joshua told the people, “Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do amazing things among you.”

So, so good, right? :)

Something I used to think about, journal about, and pray about often is this: I am living every day in anticipation, ever thankful for His faithfulness.

God’s promise in Joshua is just the reminder I needed to keep living life that way.

I don’t know what tomorrow will bring, but I do know that God is good and He does amazing things.