Spring is Nearly Here

I love winter! Mainly because in Texas it is the only time of the year that I can wear layers, cute sweaters, and scarves.

Spring is a fun season too! Bringing in flowers of all colors and birds of all kinds.

Today, I sat and watched as a handful of different species of birds (cardinals, woodpecker, and finches) ate and ate from the feeders in the backyard. It was so relaxing and entertaining to see all the different birds in action.

In times of uncertainty, it is an amazing reminder of what a creative and faithful God I serve.

(I tried to get a few pics with my Nikon, but the battery was completely dead. Oh,well!)

Until next time…

Bethany 🙂

What’s your word for 2020? (Part 2)

Did you take the test and find what your word is for 2020? Please share with me in the comments section. I would love to know. 🙂

If not, here is the link again. – Click Here to find your word.

My word for 2020 is ‘Bloom’.

I have learned so much in these last few years. They have been difficult seasons that have resulted in fruitful living. This word is very appropriate for the next season of my life. I know God will continue to grow me in ways that I do not expect.

Let me encourage you in whatever season that you in.

Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice! Strive for full restoration, encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you. – 2 Corinthians 13:11

Here is to 2020!

Blessings,

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Bethany 🙂

What’s Your Word for 2020? (Part 1 of 2)

The first time I heard of adopting a ‘word of the year’ was through ‘The Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey’ (a podcast). I was not convinced that this was something I was ever going to do. At the time, five or six years ago, I was not a goal setter, list maker, or planner (if you get the picture..lol). If you are going to adopt a word for a whole year, this probably means that you need to work towards some goals in life. So I did not go and take the ‘word of the year’ test.

As Instagram became more popular, I started to follow all these podcasters, writer, and artists in my Instagram feed. And…Guess what popped up again?

Yep, what’s your word for 2018?

Finally, I broke down and took the test.

My word for 2018 was joy. It was one of the hardest years to live through. I had to quit my job to move back to the DFW area. Back to job hunting again…I could still not afford to live on my own. My gracious parents let me live at home. Bottom line, this is not the life that I would have ever pictured for myself.

(If you can relate to what I just shared above, I encourage you to do a deep dive chapter study into Jeremiah 29. As you are studying ask the four question – When? Where? Who? Why?)

2018 was filled with disappointments and heartbreak. It was also filled with lots of joy. I discovered that joy is more than a happy mood. It is a choice to trust that God will fulfill his promises. Y’all it took me the whole entire year of 2018 to learn this truth.

Click on the link below if you are interested:

Find your word for 2020

To be continued…

Bethany 🙂

 

A Week Full of Blessings

This week has been a great week! Lots to celebrate!

I am enjoying my new job. The first three weeks have been all about acclimating to the new job. Learning about all the different aspects and responsibilities. This last week, I have been assigned to multiple projects. I am even getting to take part in a workshop this next week, which is a great way to learn more about the company!

Wednesdays are days I have started to look forward to the most! During lunch on Wednesdays, I get to fellowship with other women that are believers. This last Wednesday was a time to get to know one another while we planted herbs. (1st and 2nd pictures above) We got to choose from a variety of herbs. I picked lavender and rosemary.

Did you know that…

Lavender = Devotion

Rosemary = Remembrance

I knew flowers had different meanings, but I did not know that herbs had different meanings as well.

After Wednesday, I got inspired by planting these herbs. I decided that I wanted some greenery for my desk at work. Just a short trip to Hobby Lobby and I was able to get supplies to create a terrarium. (3rd pic) All the greenery is fake. I still think it livens up my desk. A couple of my coworkers made hilarious comments:

  1. I love young people. They do all the cool stuff.
  2. Are you moving in?

No, obviously I am not moving in at work. I have lots of stuff on my desk because it can be a great conversation starter. I want to be able to get to know the people where I am working.

Lastly, the bonus to working where I am is there is a Starbucks blocks from the office. When we had a cold front come through, of course I needed to go get a hot drink. (last pic) Lol!

Hope y’all are having a marvelous weekend!

Until next time…

Bethany

Friday Favorites

#1 Podcoin

Podcoin is an app where you listen to podcasts for rewards.

I started a new job a few weeks ago and have become addicted to listening to podcasts again. Love this app!

10 = 2P

After a week of listening, I am at 109P. I am going to use my points for a $5 Starbucks Gift Card (just 1900 to go 😂).

If you love listening to podcasts, why not? Right?!? Earn rewards! 🎉

Here is a code that you can use to get started: Bethah8r

Use this code when you sign up and get 150P! 🎉

**App available for iPhone and Android users.**

#2 Rose Gold Glitter Sneakers

I know these are or were really popular. I tend to doubt how $20 sneakers can be super comfortable to walk in.

I park and walk four blocks to and from work everyday so I needed to find some sneakers for walking. My feet are small. I wear size 5 or 5 1/2.

I went to Target to buy sneakers, but they do not carry my size. I ordered these rose gold sneakers. They are really comfortable!

Bought them through Jane.com

(This website is a resellers’ website like Zulily. Deals come and go. These sneakers are a popular item and are sold frequently by different resellers or boutiques.)

Hope y’all had a great week!

Until next time…

Bethany 🌹

Tea in a Tea Cup

What is it about drinking tea that is so relaxing? It helps me to de-stress, slow down, and enjoy the little things.

Lately, I have rediscovered what fun it can be to drink tea in an actual tea cup. 😱😆 It is like the cherry on top, adding that extra bit of happiness to this relaxing afternoon ritual.

So…Enjoy the little things!

Bethany 😁

#WednesdayWisdom

My Favorite Quote

“Not all who wander are lost” – J.R.R. Tolkien

Yes, really…This is my favorite quote!

I love the scene in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, after the meeting in Rivendell, the fellowship is officially setting off towards Mt. Doom, and Frodo does not know where he is going and has to ask Gandalf.

It is okay to not know where you are going. We are part of journey or rather an adventure called life. It is unpredictable and filled with so many ups and downs and twist and turns. Frodo and Sam made so many mistakes along their journey to Mt. Doom. Spoiler alert: Eventually, they made it to Mt. Doom and The Ring was destroyed!

During days like today, where I experienced a bump in the road, I am back to wandering again and trying to figure out that next step. I know that everything is going to be okay because I recognize that all of this is just part of the adventure of my life.

My encouragement to you is this great quote from a man named Winston Churchill.

“Never, never, never give up!” – Winston Churchill

Let us encourage each other along the way! After all, Frodo would not have made it to Mt. Doom without Sam.

Hope you are having a great week! Happy Wednesday!

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Until next time…

Bethany 🙂