Wednesday, October 22, 2014

5 Date Night Activities You Must Do with Your Honey in October

Happy Hump Day!

Leather Dress - Poppy Lux
Cheetah Heels - Heartbreakers
Gold Name Necklace - By Faith Accessories
Gold Chain Bracelet - Gift from my Mom

When I put this dress on, immediately I felt sexy and put together. Poppy Lux gave me the pleasure of beholding this beauty, and I am loving every minute of it. It goes well with cheetah print - what doesn't? And the beautiful gold name necklace from By Faith Accessories.
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This dress got me pumped up for a date night. Me and A have been trying to be more intentional about having alone time lately. After the wedding and new baby, we have to make it important to get back to us! There's one thing about fall, its like perfect date season! The weather is cool but not too hot, you can cozy up somewhere, or dress up your comfy look for a night out together. In continuing from my 5 activities you must do with your kids, (remember this?) I am gearing up for 5 activities you must do with your honey this October.

1.Go to a football game 
Tis the season for sports. Although, I am not the first to jump at turning to ESPN, going to a live game is exciting and fun. It can be a local high school or college, or a national team (let's not get started on the Vikings..), either way it will be a great thing to do on a Friday or Saturday as you enjoy some time out with a warm coffee or cocoa in hand, rooting your team on!

2. Hit up a hay ride
These are fun if they are haunted! Take the honey out for a night at a local festive fair, or just go for the ride. There is a local spot, Trail of Terror, that has a haunted trail and also live music, hay rides, and more. Although, the last time me and A went our hay ride got stuck in the middle of the forest at night (Talk about spooky!) it was still a great time!

3. Plan a cuddle date
Don't feel like weathering the chilly nights? Netflix or Redbox are welcome in this one. Get some of your favorite movies, or ones you can't wait to see, bottle of wine or hot apple cider, popcorn, and comfy spot and you've got an instant cuddly night.

4. Volunteer Together
This should really be a year round activity, however in the next coming months the push will be greater to give to those without. Plan a day where you can volunteer at a local charity and give back to those in need. Grab a bite to eat or coffee before or after the event. It will make you feel all warm inside.

5. Visit a pumpkin patch, orchard, or corn maze
These activities are live and well during this time. We have one right up the street from us. This is great if you have kids, or even if not. Picking apples to make some sweet treats, grabbing a pumpkin for dessert or decor, or just seeing who can make it through the corn maze fastest. It will all be gone soon, so get out and enjoy it!

Ok! I'm taking my own advice and working to get at least a few of these under my belt in the next couple weeks!

Have a great day!!

- J

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Bossy: Being a Newbie Entrepreneur v.1

Happy Tuesday!

I have always dreamed about being my own boss. About setting my schedule and working on something I love through the good and the bad, and in the end having that feeling of accomplishment for what I produce. Little did I know what that journey would look like. And I still don't. My brother did it, my younger brother always had such a talent and gift and he acted on it. He became his own boss and he has grown professionally and personally. 

I've seen it with my own eyes and wanted it for myself. But how would I do it, how would I get there? Jesus inspired me to start drawing again. When I was younger I always used to draw. You should look at the doodles in my notebooks for class. In high school, I even started drawing a weekly comic in one of my classes, poking fun at a few friends. When the teacher was anything but interesting, I would see myself being carried away into another world. Conflict came because as a creative soul, I found myself dabbling in all sorts of things. Graphic design - my older sister and I were even self taught in HTML by middle school! I also am a singer, and when I was young I figured I had to choose one thing to be good at. You know, with everyone always asking what are you going to do when you grow up? You could never tell them multiple things, because then you lacked focus and were not going to be successful. 

I finally decided to keep my path on business with a focus in marketing. I always knew I wanted to own my own business. I felt marketing was the creative side of business so I would be able to be as creative as I needed. And although marketing turned out to be much different, I still enjoyed it and the creativity I could impute into it. I enjoyed learning and understanding people and the way they work and analysis, I love analysis.

But that still didn't fill the void in my heart. I began my blog 4 years ago to have a creative outlet and share myself with the world. I love my blog, but it only became a partial filler to what I was missing. 
When I began to draw again, something started to come out of me. Confidence and natural ability started to flow and I know it is all because of God. I trust him in every aspect and consult with him on every decision I make. It's so important to me. 

Though I have only just started my own business, Spoonful of Faith, weeks ago, there is so much that I have learned and so much for me to learn. Every month, I want to do a Bossy check in here on the blog. I want to give you a glimpse in my life as it comes to my business, and where I am at with things. I want you to jump in my thoughts with me to see where I am heading. I want you to experience what things are difficult for me. I want you to take this journey with me and offer tips, advice, and support if nothing else. I want to share this process step by step, month by month and see this business soar! 

What types of things would you be interested in for me to talk about?

What things do you want to learn?

What experiences do you want me to share?

I'm going to be an open book through this process and hope to inspire you, challenge you, and motivate you throughout the adventure. This will be a great journal for me to keep of everything Jesus has brought me through from the start and I'm excited to share it with you. 
Thanks for listening to my story! 

Have a great day!

- J

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Chi Chi London

Happy Monday!

Floral Print Dress c/o ChiChi London
Denim Jacket - Thrifted! $7!
Brown/White Booties c/o Dresswe

How was your weekend?
I worked on things in my shop, made tie blankets with a group from my church, and met my friend's newborn twin babies. It made me think about how big my little baby grace has grown, and how she is definitely not a newborn anymore! I really have to hold on to these days and memories we are experiencing right now!

This beautiful, fun and flirty dress is from Chi Chi London. I love the material of it, its great quality and the fit accentuates where it needs to and gives room where that is needed too. I paired it with this awesome denim jacket I got from thrifting this past week! You guys I have been experiencing thrifting heaven! :) And cannot forget the booties. I love them. I wish I had a better shot of them, because they are just so fab - if you follow me on instagram I did have a better shot of them a few weeks back. 

Anywho, I hope you have an amazing start to your week! 

- J

Friday, October 17, 2014

Facing Fears: Fear of Rejection

Happy Friday!

Black Striped Shirt - ASOS
Black Pencil Skirt - H&M
Black Booties - I believe...
Gold Chain Necklace - Thrifted!

Hope this week is winding down nicely for you! To continue our fear series - I am going to focus on the fear of rejection today!Fear of rejection has had its 15 minutes of fame, a time or two for many. For most it begins as wanting to belong or feel accepted by others. Most of my encounters with this feeling have been in looking for a job, forming new relationships (dating/friendships), and maintaining old ones. 

Some have even experienced this by being forced to care about things by others. Your father wants you to be a doctor, so you pursue a path in life to be accepted as the 'good child' by him. Often times people resort to phoniness in trying to pretend they are something that they are not. Not being their true selves that God created them to be. People-pleasing also arrives when dealing with this fear. 

The word, "No."
It all starts with the word "No." When we were little, we hated hearing this word. I have a 9 month old and everytime I tell her "No" she gives me this look like she does not like that word! Its telling her you can't do this, or you can't have that, or not your way - but this way instead. 

God tells us "No" all the time. If we listen or not, is another story. I've been on both sides of situation. I know when I follow and listen to God, things always work out. But we are wired to wanting to do things we want to do, our way. 

We should understand that good things can come in funny packages sometimes. Being told no or being rejected has never been fun or easy for anyone. The trick is learning to embrace that the answer "No" can always be a possibility when asking or reaching for something. "No" may not the end. It may just be like a parent telling a child, "No, not right now" or "No, not that way." When you look at it in that perspective it can help you see it better. I know my parents had good intentions for me, they would say "No" for good reason. Even though I didn't understand it then, did it make it less of a good reason? No. (No pun intended)

With Christ we can have confidence in our future. Knowing that no matter what the outcome may be, if we love and live for Him that closed doors can mean better opportunities ahead. Romans 8:28, one of my favorites says:

"And we know all things work together for good to them that love God, to them that are called according to his purpose."

We are not always going to know the reason we are being told "No". Heck, sometimes we may feel we are well qualified, well suited and ready and willing to take on what we are reaching for. But many times when we are told "No," we get upset. We get frustrated and we take our eyes off of the prize. Not remembering, we can still get there, but it may be a different way. 

Embracing the journey, the yes's and no's, the good with the bad, and seeing it all in one big picture. If we follow Christ through it all, it all will be beautifully weaved together to discovering and fulfilling our purpose here on earth. If we look at each speck on the paper, we can see bad, hurt, and disappointing times. But all together with the good it can be seen as a beautiful picture. Painted perfectly. 

What are you experiences with fear of rejection?
I would love for you to share you thoughts and comments below, you never know when you may be helping someone!!

Have a great weekend!

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Something New for Let Your Light Shine Linkup!!

Happy Thursday!

We are so excited to share some great things with you! 
We are going to start doing things a little differently with Let Your Light Shine each week, and would love for you to join in!  We want to engage with you all, and make this a place where we can not only show how we each shined our lights in our own ways during the week, but also be place where we can share and be uplifted by one another. 
LYLS has been just that for us, and we want to pull more out of it. 

Starting today, we will focus on a certain topic each month and use all month to impute teachings, ideas, and stories into each of our lives. We will discover and share truths about those with each of you. We will work to engage with each other and make a difference in this world by focusing our lights on a meaningful topic each month.

We challenge you to become a part of it. 
We challenge you to not only link up with us, but share yourselves, your thoughts, your lives with each other. We challenge you to open your hearts so that others can see your true light and be inspired.

Will you take this leap with us?

For the rest of October, we want to challenge you to join us in continuing the conversion of #YourAttitudeMatters (Remember these posts on I'm Perfectly Human? 1, 2)! We would also love if you would bring a friend into the conversation! 

We have already started a conversation on Twitter  with #YourAttitudeMatters - a few of you have joined in and we are so thankful for your support! We would love if you are linking up, if you would share how your attitude made a difference in your outcome of whatever circumstance you were facing in the past week.

No Matter what channel you use - Share a post, share your thoughts, or just share the hashtag #YourAttitudeMatters to support the Let Your Light Shine Community! 

How can we change our attitudes and be effective right now?

Let's continue the conversation with hashtag#YourAttitudeMatters

Today is Let Your Light Shine Thursday!

You know what time it is, let that beautiful light shine!
Each week we appreciate those of you who come by to share your posts on fashion, beauty, faith, love, and all the in between.

Today we are sharing a post from Kacie at Regally Soled!
We love Kacie's perfect plaid look, which is just in time for fall!  
Kacie also had one of the top clicked on posts last week.

1. Link up your favorite post this week - It can be related to faith, fashion, food, family, or whatever else you would like to share that helped you shine your light from the week!
Don't worry if you don't have a blog to link up - just leave a comment with how you let your light shine this week!

2. Follow I'm Perfectly Human & Made with Zeal on Bloglovin, or any other social media outlet (FB, Twitter, Instagram, or GFC)

3. Link back by using the button above or your own link.

4. Visit other blogs and meet new blogger friends!

Each week we will be choosing our favorite posts to feature and share with you all! So link up for your chance to be featured!!

Let Your Light Shine Thursdays

Linking up: WIWT, Treasure Tromp, Week's End

- J

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