Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Happy Birthday to Me

I'm officially 28 and I'm so excited for a new year! 

So much has happened this past week.

1. My ladies group threw a mini surprise for me last Tuesday
2. I walked a "fun run" on Sunday 
3. My wonderful friends threw me a surprise dinner the night before my birthday
4. I decided to keep the dog I found a couple weeks back.
5. Celebrated my 28th Birthday yesterday.

Sadly, not many pictures were taken, but here's what I have.

All a wonderful start to November! I'll share my 28 before 29 soon!!

Monday, November 3, 2014

Welcome November / November Goals

I love the Fall. It's my favorite season. Maybe because my birthday is in Autumn.

This Summer and some of Fall has already passed by. But I'm excited that in Arizona "Fall" is just beginning.

I've missed blogging. I always have ideas for my blog, it's always evolving in my head, fear and time prevent me from executing them.

I'm sick of fear. I'm sick of not having enough time.

These past few months I've:
Tried online dating - I need help in this area... My poor, poor profiles.
Had my church, basically start over.
Fallen in love with YouTube makeup tutorials.
Learned I want to head towards a minimalist lifestyle.
Thrown a mini-surprise party for my not so little-little sister.
Found a local gym and working with a physical trainer.
Found a beagle who has been staying at our house.

I have so many dreams and goals - It's time to start walking in faith.

So, welcome Birthday Month! Welcome November, I'm so glad you're finally here.

My goals for November need to be simple, not stressful, and attainable.

5 Simple Goals

  1. Finish at least 3 books.
  2. Get into the routine of going to the gym.
  3. Start planning a capsule wardrobe.
  4. Have all my Christmas shopping done.
  5. Keep my room clean.
These are all attainable -
  1. I have some "overdue" books from friends that need to be read. 
  2. My trainer and I are working on a schedule this upcoming week.
  3. This upcoming weekend, which is the weekend before my birthday, I plan on going through my closet and getting rid of at least 60% of my closet.
  4. Christmas always sneaks up on me. Not this year, I will not be shopping on Christmas Eve.
  5. This is the hardest one, but as I continue to purge, I'll have less to keep track of!

What are your November goals? Have you been as busy as me?

Friday, October 3, 2014

31 Days of Intentional Prayer: Day 3

Today was a hard day!! Working 50+ hours a week wears on me body, mind, and soul!

But I'm working to "live like no one else, so I can live like no one else." Thanks Dave Ramsey!! More on that later!

My prayer comes from one of my favorite redemption stories!! Paul, formerly known as Saul.

Well it's not a prayer, but I'm basing it on his words in Romans 7:
For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. Now if I do what I do not want, I agree with the law, that it is good. So now it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me. For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me. So I find it to be a law that when I want to do right, evil lies close at hand. For I delight in the law of God, in my inner being, but I see in my members another law waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members. Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself serve the law of God with my mind, but with my flesh I serve the law of sin. (Romans 7:15-25 ESV
Now this is a long passage and quite deep. But the prayer is simple:
Lord, help Your desires become my desires. May I die to my flesh daily, more of you and less of me! God, may my sinful nature not get the better of me! Lord, may you be the true Lord of my life! I'm getting off the throne and allowing You to do what You will in my life!

In other news my prayer journals came in!! I have over a years worth in here so, I can't wait to share them with you!!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

31 Days of Intentional Prayer: Day 2

God, if You don't want me to have it take it away.

This is the most painful, because this prayer usually comes when I really want something, but I put it in God's hands.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

31 Days of Intentional Prayer: Day 1

We are the light of the world, we are the city on a hill.” 
Those words ring true today on the first day of October. Say What!! It’s October.
I love the 31 days of blogging. It challenges me to be intentional. It challenges me to write every day.
I was praying about what I wanted to share for 31 days. I could talk about my fitness routine, or lack there of.
I could talk about my “hardships” at work and how to overcome them.
Then I just felt overwhelmed, and realized, I should pray to see what the Lord wanted me to talk about.
You may say, wait that’s a little weird. Why would you pray about this?
Because I believe God has a plan, even in the things we believe are mundane.
Then I felt a peace and knew what my subject would be. 
My prayer life is suffering, thus my whole life is suffering.
I’ve decided to change that. I ordered some prayer journals to get me through the rest of the year and all of next year.
But, just because I have something doesn’t mean I’ll use it.
So, I’ve decided to blog 31 days of intentional prayer.
What does that mean?
It means that I will intentionally pray every day – and share the prayer or the subject, or just how my prayer life is changing my life.
Prayers have power, I believe that with my whole heart.
God hears my prayers.
Day 1:
Prayer @ Work

Each day I may share a prayer that I wrote, from the Bible or somewhere else. Today's prayer has been made popular by AA and other 12-step programs, but is very applicable to my job. It's called the serenity prayer: 
"God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
The courage to change the things I can,
And the wisdom to know the difference."

Wow, how good is that? I will be saying that prayer until it becomes a mindset! I hope you'll join me for the next 31 Days!!

Sermon Notes

Just these 3 core values are exactly what I needed to hear this month morning!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014


They say honesty is the best policy.

I really hate that phrase. Not because I like to lie. I just don't like sharing the "dirty laundry" of my life.

But I also don't believe in just sharing the good things in life.

Next week, I'll have been in AZ for a year. I still have the same job, and have been attending the same church since January. But, I still feel like I just moved here. I still don't have a core group of friends who "get me" and I just feel lost and alone. I know I'm suppose to be here that's about the only thing I know without a shadow of a doubt.

I was talking with my younger sister last night and I looked at her and said "Life sucks right now." She gave me that look everyone gives a single person look - "It will get better." But, it may not. The bible says you will go through trials and tribulations. It doesn't anywhere share the "prosperity gospel." I think I've had too many positive people talking in my life.

Don't get me wrong, we're suppose to "count it all joy." But if I hear any of these phrases one more time, don't get upset with me if I react in an unpleasant manner.

"Oh Lauren, your time will come."
"This will be you in a few years."
"He's out there."
"When you stop dwelling on it, it will happen."
My personal favorite. "Have you..." (the answer is always 'yes')

There's no one to ask what I'm doing wrong. So, I rely on just hearing from the voice of God. But in this area, I feel like I hear absolutely nothing.

What am I doing wrong? I'm tired of limbo. I know my life doesn't revolve around relationships - friend or romantic, but it also doesn't mean my life doesn't involve them.

It hurts when you thought the people who were there for you give no reaction to your negative response to life... Maybe I'm looking for Jesus in others. When I have the opportunity to just look for Jesus.

With tears in my eyes - I'm honestly saying life is really hard right now. But hey, c'est la vie, that's life.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

july goals and other things

Work has been busy. Hard. But I can't complain. I have a job and am provided for.
Life has been busy. Hard. But I can't complain. I live in a country that allows me to worship my Jesus.
Church has been busy. Hard. But I can't complain. I love my church.

There are many things that are making my life miserable, but I don't really have control over those things, so I can't get upset.

I went on vacation (now two weeks ago). It was nice. It was the break I needed.
Re-started my fitness journey, you can read about it here.

Here are my July goals:

  1. Contentment Challenge - Kate Monroe's blog challenges readers to live without. She says give up what's taking over.
    1. I'm giving up shopping! I order so much stuff online it's ridiculous! Let's see how much I can save in July, August, and September.
    2. Of course I have 3 exceptions:
      1. Food and any other bills that are directly taking out of my account.
      2. Anything to do with my new Lia Sophia business! (I'm selling jewelry, I'll share more soon!)
      3. Any supplements - see #2 on the list, or She Reads Truth - see #3
  2. LiveFit - I shared on my fitness blog that I'm starting a new fitness plan via (great website by the way). It's 12 weeks long with 3 phases. The first phase is 4 weeks long - thus Phase 1 is on my goal list! Each month I'll need to order supplements. I ordered my first batch, and they taste great!
  3. She Reads Truth - I've been slacking w/ my Jesus time. I need to catch up on all missed reading plans and work on the current Sermon on the Mount Series! Besides the supplements, which I need, I'm allowing myself to spend money on these studies, because they have been beneficial - and the app comes out soon which I'm so excited about. Day 2 starts on July 2nd for the Sermon on the Mount - I'm starting it then. Join us!
  4. Read 2 books - Insurgent and Allegiant (easypeasy lemon squeezy)
Do you have any July goals? What are they?

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

currently v7

watching: the mindy project - i caught up in less than a week. i think the show is pretty funny.
reading: finished the fault in our stars a few weeks ago.
listening: classical music (back on that kick)
wishing: for my vacation to start (next week)
thinking: i'm going to need a lot of caffeine this week!
loving: that the pool is not freezing anymore.
praying: survival of this week
what are you "currently" doing? 
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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

hello, are you out there?

I'm back! Life has been so busy. But it's turning around - and I have some big news for you!

I'm starting an online advice blog!

I've already purchased the domain name! It's launching on the first day of summer. just working on all the wonderful content

Most of my time in the blogging world has been spent on working on the new layout! I'm pretty excited to share it!

Some other new things in my life:

  • new work schedule - this new schedule will give me time in the afternoons to work on my writing and blogging
  • I've currently been leading a small group at my church
  • I finally got a new windshield  - rock chips in Arizona (inevitable)
  • new ipad mini!
  • going on vacation soon
What's new with you? 

Monday, June 9, 2014

summer tv

i don't watch a lot of tv in the fall, winter, and spring -
but summer is a different story, that's when i catch up on all the fall tv and the new summer dramas...

here's my summer tv list:

  1. new girl (catching up)
  2. modern family (catching up)
  3. world cup (not a show but the best sports event in the world)
  4. food network star (hello, best reality tv show ever)
  5. suits
  6. graceland
  7. vampire diaries (catching up)
  8. the originals (catching up)
  9. hart of dixie (catching up)
  10. parenthood (catching up)
what are you watching this summer? anything i should check out? do you watch any of these shows?

Monday, March 31, 2014

currently v6

watching: scandal - it's getting quite, you know, scandalous. gilmore girls - i'm starting from the beginning again, i haven't seen the last two seasons, so don't giveaway what happens. i'm currently on season 2.

reading: why has my reading fallen off of the face of the earth? it's time to renew my love for reading!

listening: have you heard the acoustic version of oceans? it is my favorite! my favorite magazine, had a stripped down version! i'm gonna record this version, just saying!

wishing: that april becomes the month i really strive towards my goals!

thinking: slowing down and simplifying.

loving: mason jars. i bought a case and use them all the time. may they never go out of style.

praying: for simplicity

what are you "currently" doing? 
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Thursday, March 6, 2014

rambles, races, and reality

we all write these scripts of our daily lives. to-do lists of all our dreams and goals. saddened by the end of the day of all our wasted time spent on what, we can't even remember.

then it hits us. if i plan a little bit longer and try a little bit harder, i will accomplish my goals.

the cycle continues until you've abandoned everything. you've traded in your schedule for another evening lounging watching tv. all those well thought out plans slip into oblivion, the only reminder left is the scribbling in your planner from weeks before, reminding you of failure.

i can't be the only one. i know i'm not.

back in january i posted a mini-post on instagram about keeping up with the Jones'. forget the Jones'. my life has revolved around them. my bank account, or lack there of is dwindled down each month trying to find something to help me fill the void failure has left. the pile of books left untouched. the list of books itching to be bought. the tabs on my iphone kept, to remind me of all that "they" have and accomplished.

slowing down. taking a step back, realizing i've had the same goals for almost ten years and i'm not accomplishing them. life is funny in that respect. it's like a race that has no end, and we're allowed to take as many breaks as possible. if there's no end, then what's the point.

what's the point? the point is start a race that has an end or you'll be forever failing at a race that never ends.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

2014: february in review

no instagram pictures this month... didn't take many.
how did february fly by so fast??

how did my february goals go?
let's recap:

  1. start running again - i did, it's not as consistent but i at least ran 5-6 times and have started strong in MARCH!
  2. use my camera more - i'm currently working on a nicole's workshop class that i'll have time to finish after my work exam
  3. read 2 books (i got halfway to my goal - i finally finished the catcher in the rye)
  4. have $45 in my house of rose challenge - i promise to blog on this soon!
february's goals were a lot better than january's. how did your february go? did you accomplish everything you wanted to?

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

2014: March Goals

My march goals are simple.

  1. lose 5 lbs
  2. finish at least one book
  3. pass my test
  4. start creating again

Monday, March 3, 2014

currently v5


Reading: a million little ways by emily freeman - i had started reading this back in the fall of last year, for whatever reason, i've just not been interested in reading... :(
Watching: Sons of Anarchy, The Best Man, and The Best Man Holiday
Listening: the radio... and of course Relevant Podcast
Wishing: for a good week
Thinking: about all the studying i have to do this week
Praying: for less of me and MORE OF HIM
Loving: This past weekend - the weather and the moments.
What are you CURRENTLY doing?
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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

age is relative, being focused, and jibber jabber

i've gotten this more in az the anywhere else.

you're 27 (or whatever age), no way? i don't believe you! you've got to be kidding me. stop lying.

i don't know why it bothers me so much.

sometimes i brush it off with a laugh.

but in the back of my mind all i can think of is...

is that why i'm still single? because guys think i look like i'm still in hs?

that can't be the reason. but sadly, anything and everything seems to point in big letters that i'm still single.

it hurts. that i'm still single.
but whatever God is doing in my life, i don't want to stunt because i'm focusing on the wrong thing.

focus. that is my word for 2014.

but what exactly does God want me to do with that? that's a hard question to answer, i mean i know what he doesn't want me to do...

i shouldn't focus on:

  • the fact that even though i'm 27, i'm still very single
  • i have no idea what God has for me next and i'm not sure if i should be stepping out or staying put
  • the fact that my some of my friends are brushing me off
  • my life isn't how i "dreamed" it would be
it's hard to stay focused on passions when you're eyes are set on circumstances you can't control

so what am i trying to get at? 
27 is just a number. but this number honestly scares me. because i feel that i've had the same goals since i was 18.

like - 
  • lose weight
  • read a lot of books
  • start working out
  • master an instrument
  • find a craft and keep at it
  • etc
and that's when i realized why focus is such a big word.
i haven't been focused. i've been just the opposite, DISTRACTED. as i mentioned last saturday - i'm always looking for the next thing. but there are so many things i can and need to be doing right now.

so, i lauren, promise to stay focused on the goals set before me. not wishing for more, not yearning for the future, but living in the moment. because honestly as much as i hate this saying:
it's about the journey, not so much the destination... (my own interpretation).

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

2014: February Goals

january goals were a bit sad and i know it's already the eleventh, but it's not ever too late for monthly goals!

1. start running again
2. use my camera more
3. read 2 books (already finished with 1)
4. have $45 in my house of rose challenge (i promise to blog about this soon)

Saturday, February 8, 2014

saturday devotion v3

i know as humans we are always looking to the next big thing.

when i was working in the Summer of 2012, all i could think about was going to YWAM.

when i was in the training phase of YWAM, all i could think of was when we would go to Cambodia.

when i was in Cambodia, all i could think of was going back to Nebraska.

when i came back to Nebraska, all i could think of was what did God want next for me?

when i was focused on the future, i missed the present.

God has called us to live in the present. yes we should prepare for the future, but that doesn't mean we should ignore what is right in front of me.

there are so many things that i'm waiting patiently for - marriage, kids, etc. but what does God want for me right now?

i was reminded of a devotion i completed earlier this week. it revolved around the verse Philippians 2.1-11:

"So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God ra thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." (ESV,

this passage is beautiful, but one major thing I got out of it was verses 3-5. wow, did i feel a slap in the face. all that time wasted, thinking about something that wasn't happening and it was focused on myself. i was definitely ambitious, selfishly thinking about myself. i put myself before others. how many relationships did i weaken by not being present? who was Jesus pointing out to love that i just turned a blind eye to?

basically, all i'm saying is it's not about me, it's not about you, it's not about us.

it's about Him and about others, here and now.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

currently v4


ReadingThe Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger and The Christian Atheist by Craig Groeschel
WatchingDownton Abbey and Sons of Anarchy
ListeningClassical Music - This has been a great soother. I'm also listening to my favorite podcasts.
Wishing: I took a longer break from work.
Thinking: About all I want to do with the blog!
Praying: That my temper would calm down.
Loving: Flappy Bird - C'mon, i'm just saying what you were thinking
What are you CURRENTLY doing?
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Monday, February 3, 2014

2014: january in review

launched the new blog / had a giveaway / shared a few currently's 1 2 3 / made some goals for the year and january / started a new feature - saturday devotions / shared my 27 before 28 goals

how did my january goals work out?
  1. Have at least 25 granny squares completed (I'm writing a CHALLENGE post soon.) (epic fail, but not all is lost!)
  2. $15 in my new savings account (another challenge)
  3. Read 2 books (my goal on goodreads is 24 books). I actually accomplished my goal of 13 last year! (read one -almost done w/ book #2)
  4. Send "happy mail" to some close friends. (yeah, this didn't happen either)

1 out of 4? that's not too great! but again, i'm not worried. i still completed a lot of stuff this month. february will have a different focus! how did your january go? i'd love to hear about it!

Saturday, February 1, 2014

saturday devotion v2

i'm wonderful at creating distance. between the people i love, the people i can't stand, and everyone in between.

sometimes the biggest chasm seems to be with my Maker.

i fall into a pit that seems impossible to climb out of, no matter what i do. but that's the point. it's not about me. if i keep trying in my strength, i can't do anything.

there's a circle affect. fail, distance myself, try to climb out of the pit with my own strength, realize i'm not getting out, call on God, fail... get it?

as i continue to fight the vicious cycle, one thing is clear, i'm missing something.


i should be distancing myself:
Philippians 4:8 -
"Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things."

i should be distancing myself from anything that doesn't fit this verse. that means no negativity, from me or others, filling myself with things that will lift me up and not let me down!

do you live in that vicious cycle? what verses have helped you?

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

twenty-seven before twenty-eight

last year in my old blog, i wrote a blog post about twenty-seven things i wanted to accomplish before i turned twenty-eight. let's revisit and see if anything needs "editing".

  1. launch my new blog (it's here!)
  2. document my 27th year with project life (i've been so poor at this, but i'm about start my book with jan)
  3. journal at least once a week (failing)
  4. read through the bible (still in Genesis)
  5. visit the grand canyon 
  6. sew at least one piece of clothing (really, how long have i had this on a list)
  7. learn at least 20 songs on guitar (i need help getting it off a shelf, poor excuse i know) 
  8. learn to speak basic french
  9. learn to speak basic spanish
  10. grow out my hair (i can put it in a pony tail!)
  11. move into my own place 
  12. have daily quiet times with God (it's almost 100%)
  13. go on spontaneous road trip
  14. spend more time baking
  15. write more letters
  16. find a craft and hone in on my skills
  17. find a place to volunteer
  18. exercise my singing voice in some capacity
  19. visit one major city outside of phoenix
  20. explore phoenix
  21. get involved with a local church (i'm attending Church on the Journey and have already been put into a few areas of leadership!)
  22. find a community/set of friends
  23. learn to extend grace and forgiveness
  24. begin to dream big
  25. start walking again (before it get's too hot)
  26. learn at least 10 9 crochet stitches (learned granny square) 
  27. go to disney land
so, it's getting there. i need to work on consistency. do you have a list of things to complete before your next birthday? if so, i'd love to hear them! share them in the comments!

Saturday, January 25, 2014

saturday devotion v1

When taking your focus off of Jesus, you lose the one thing that can sustain you. 

It's crazy that my word for 2014 is focus, because I feel that's the one thing I haven't been able to do.

Well I've been focused, but on all the wrong things.

When we take our eyes off the one who holds everything, we begin to sink into desperation, self-doubt, pity, and judgement of others. We've internally told ourselves we are better than who we really are.

Life isn't easy. It's not suppose to be. If it were, we'd all be millionaires and everyone would win American Idol. But it's not easy. And when we take the focus off of Him and put it on ourselves, it becomes almost unbearable . Man was not created to carry the weight, he was created to surrender and have the One who knows all be our Protector, Provider, and everything. 

When we give God only something, we've told Him we, our own selves, are everything. When we give God everything, He shows us that we are only something, but what a special something that is!

When I focus on me, I lose the big picture. What is the big picture? Summing it up is hard but Micah 6.8 says it pretty well...
But he’s already made it plain how to live, what to do, what God is looking for in men and women. It’s quite simple: Do what is fair and just to your neighbor, be compassionate and loyal in your love, And don’t take yourself too seriously— take God seriously. (Micah 6:8 MSG)

Nowhere does it talk about looking to self. I've realized I have many idols in my life, but the biggest one stares right back at me in the mirror.

Today I'm challenging you to stop living for yourself and living for the only One who knows you better than yourself.

Monday, January 20, 2014

currently v3


ReadingThe Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger and The Christian Atheist by Craig Groeschel
WatchingDownton Abbey, Sons of Anarchy, and Gilmore girls
Listening: Hunter Hunted - It's like driving down PHC type of music!

Wishing: I had more hours in a day
Thinking: About letting go and letting God
Praying: You!
Loving: I don't find my worth in man.
What are you CURRENTLY doing?

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Monday, January 13, 2014

and the winner is...

the first giveaway just finished, and i'm floored by all the entries! did you win? if not, stay tuned there will loads more giveaways on the blog!

the winner of the $50 Amazon Gift Card is... drumroll please...

Megan K, check your email girl!

New giveaway next week.
Hint, hint, it's a book!

Sunday, January 12, 2014

currently v2

Currently I'm....

Reading: The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger - also, I'm getting ready for a small group I'm leading at church, The Christian Atheist is what we will be reading!

Watching: Downton Abbey - I'm all caught up! Last night's episode was so good! I'm also watching Sons of Anarchy not the cleanest show, but I was hooked right away. This weekend I saw Lone Survivor, so good! 

Listening: Relevant Podcast is so addiciting! I even got my sister hooked!

Wishing: There were more hours in a day!

Thinking: just a lot of different things...

Praying: For guidance in 2014.

Loving: What Jesus is doing in my life!

What are you CURRENTLY doing?

Giveaway winner will be up tonight!!
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2014: Goals

i shared my my jan goals a few days ago. it's a good read. i promise.
ok, maybe just to me. but it could be the push you need to write yours.

i've been waiting for the perfect time to share my goals and the process i used to prepare for 2014.

i used the process called #2014goalsetting by lara casey shared on her beautiful blog. have you visited her space? here's a link. i'll wait.

she shared a six part series about vision casting and everything. she even has #powersheets, which mine just came in the mail to keep the vision going.

there are 6 parts with many steps: i'll not bore you with all the particulars but with my goals, my songs, my #olw or one little word (i combined ali edwards and lara casey's philosophy on having a word for 2014), and my vision for 2014!

vision -
i will not be silent
say "yes" when He asks
not be afraid of the unknown
and FOCUS on what matters
let creativity flow
songs -
"oceans" by hillsong united
"i surrender" by hillsong
"best day of my life" by american authors
word - 
goals - 
stop procrastinating and do the things i love
spend time daily with Jesus
read the bible in a year
grow and cultivate "simply lauren"
take the time to learn
take the time to create
take time to read
prepare myself for marriage (i see an upcoming blog post)
not waste money
save $
continue to purge

i know i'll expand on all of these topics throughout the year. and share with you my growth. i'm working on a master list of projects i need/want to work on. i will also share you some recent book hauls. i can't stop buying books. it's an addiction. no, seriously. along with sugar, magazines, and starbucks coffee. none of them i need, just want.

do you have a vision for 2014? do you set goals? if you could choose one word for 2014, what would it be? what's does your 2014 soundtrack sound like? 
if you want to see my pinterest board that will inspire my vision, click here.
if you want to check out my 2104 songs on spotify, click here.
if you want to see what i do on a (mostly) daily basis, check out my instagram