Note to Self: trust

I just want to keep being me, doing what I was made to do, and trust that God will work out everything in my life, according to His perfect plan + timetable.


Note to Self: Create Honestly & Joyfully

This Note to Self is the result of the reflecting I’ve been doing regarding creative authenticity and originality. After some wonderful encouragement/thoughts from a few creative friends (both online and off), this statement came to mind, and it sums up exactly how I want to approach my creativity.

I really believe that when we create something from our hearts—from a place of true honesty and joy—that creation is going to be a beautiful reflection of who we are and what makes us unique.

Note to Self: Rest

Are you remembering to rest? ;)

As a creative, it’s easy to be so filled with ideas and inspiration that it’s go, go, go all of the time.

But it’s good to be intentional about resting, too. So, with that said, I’m off to read the Word. I might be back a little later for just a few minutes to share a verse or two with you… But other than that, I’ll be RESTING. ;)

A Color Story


After being inspired by this post from Bri at Design Love Fest, I decided to spend some time looking through my Pinterest boards to create a color story for the blog (and for my eBook). It didn’t take me very long to select my favorite colors, because I tend to wear these colors, decorate with these colors, design with these colors (and obviously PIN these colors!). (In fact, they probably look a bit familiar, because they’re the colors I already use most frequently on the blog.) ;) It was still a fun and inspiring exercise. And I like creating color palettes.

What about you? What colors make you happy?

But first, coffee.

I’ve seen a variety of images on Pinterest with this saying, and they always make me smile, so I created a little “but first, coffee” image of my own.

It’s fitting for a Friday, right?

It’s been quite a whirlwind week. I’ve got LOTS of creative to-do lists filling up my brain, but it’s all exciting stuff that I can’t wait to work on.

I’ve been playing around a lot more in Photoshop and with a Wacom tablet, and I’m having fun learning more and refining my design style in preparation for my eBook. I’ve been super inspired lately, and I’m looking forward to beginning the writing process this weekend, as well as continuing to lay out plans for the photography, art, and design that will fill the book’s pages.

I’ve also been reading a bit in Hebrews this week and thinking about this verse: And without faith, it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.

I’ve been thinking about what it looks like to earnestly seek Him. I know I want to keep growing in that area, and with the creative craziness as of late, I haven’t been spending nearly enough time seeking.

Well, I hope you have a fantastic Friday (and that it begins with the coffee beverage of your choice!) ;)

I’ll be back this weekend with some inspiration posts and such (I’m on a moodboard-making kick right now!).

Life Lately: In Photos

Lately, life looks like this: icy weather; keeping cozy; brunch dates; art journaling; cocoa + creativity; writing and brainstorming; dreaming of spring; and lots of creative inspiration + refreshment at a local arts gala event.

I’m thankful for these moments.

What have you been up to?



Lately, as the temperature drops, I’ve been enjoying my big, comfy robe, tea and cocoa, reading old journals, and creating new pages in my art journal.

My word for 2012 is forward, but there’s a bittersweet balance between remembering and looking forward.

When I first set up this blog, I wrote a little welcome post and said I wanted it to be a place where I could share the simple bits of life that inspire me on a daily basis, a place where I could share a little bit about what I experience as a 20-something writer, trying to find her place in the world. I said it was my hope that A Place to Dwell would be full of inspiration and possibility.

I’ve come a long way in the (almost) four years since I sat down and wrote that very first post. Setting up this blog was a new beginning for me during a season that was full of learning important lessons and growing in so many hard, but also beautiful, ways.

Life is full of little and big beginnings, and it’s meaningful to look back at where old beginnings brought us, in addition to looking forward with hope for the new beginnings that are yet to come.