Allow Your Soul to Rest

Hi friends, happy Thursday. I hope you are having a great week! I have been settling back into my routine after being at The Declare Conference this past weekend. It wasn’t until the conference that I realized how life had taken a toll on my soul and spiritual life–but I am so glad to feel rejuvenated after the conference.

There’s something about being in a worshipful setting that allows your heart to become quiet before God and open to the things He has to tell you. The biggest eye-opener this past weekend was the revelation that I have been trying too hard to do all of the things (ie work, home, putting pressure on myself, going non-stop, etc) that I have forgotten to focus on The One thing. That One thing is my walk with God–because only He is my purpose, strength, and peace. He is the only One that provides rest to my soul–when I feel like I run it into the ground.

If you are needing rest for your soul–let me encourage you to do so!

Remember the faithfulness of God. Remember what God has done for you and how He has answered prayer. I think that so often we tend to forget these things, even after praying so hard and for so long for that thing to happen. When you feel like life is just all bad and not turning out how you thought it would–stop and think about how God has worked in ways you did not expect.

Go to God. I have been waking up earlier this week so that I can have time in prayer and Bible study before I begin my day. Going to God first thing each day needs to be my first priority–and I’m ashamed to say that sometimes it’s the last. Let God be the best part of your day and allow Him to guide you in the words you speak and work you complete.

Literally stop and let yourself rest. It’s ok to say “no” to things and spend that time instead to care for yourself. You know what flight attendants tell you–“put your oxygen on first before assisting another person?”–well that is true in the sense that you can’t help anyone if you are just totally done. Also, you cannot minister or encourage anyone else as effectively if you are not right with the Lord. So, stop and let yourself rest before God.

Love from Amy Signature

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Blogs I’m Loving Lately

This month I have been focusing on different kinds of things that I love and I hope you have been enjoying those posts. I think it’s fun to write themed posts during certain months (i.e. Thanksgiving, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, etc).

Today’s post is going to highlight four different blogs that I have loved reading lately. You should definitely read and subscribe to these blogs! I also really like how crisp and fresh all of these blogs look.

Jenna Kutcher


www.jennakutcherblog.com

Jenna

Jenna Kutcher’s blog is for the #girlboss! This blog is really helpful for building a brand, navigating the various forms of digital influencing, and for learning tips that are instrumental for everyday life. Jenna has also offered some free online webinars for things like email lists and Pinterest.

The Refined Woman


www.therefinedwoman.com

Refined Woman

I love thing blogs because it’s centered around real life issues, work, encouragement, wellness, and style. The Refined Woman was founded by Kat Harris and she is such an inspiration for the creator and adventurer at heart.

Straight A Style


www.straightastyleblog.com

Straight A

This next blog is for the fashion lover! Straight A Style is written by Amy Ann Arnold and she is a blogger in my hometown–and she’s killin’ it! Amy Ann’s posts are so helpful for styling and shopping for your every day needs–wether it be casual to formal. Amy Ann’s photos are also so great and inspire me to take better photos. Go check out her blog!

Lauren Scruggs Kennedy


www.laurenscruggskennedy.com

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I have loved following Lauren’s blog for a while because of her faith in Jesus, her strength in recovering from and overcoming a traumatic accident, and her dedication to health/wellness. Lauren’s blog is always so encouraging, uplifting, and relevant for every woman.

I hope you enjoy reading more of these blogs! What are your favorite blogs right now?

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Whole30 Must-Haves

Hi my friends! Happy hump day! The beginning of a new year always seems to bring around the “new year, new me” mindset and desire to become healthier than ever. Lots of people go on diets, hit the gym more, or determine to just make better choices. One thing I like to do a couple of times a year is Whole30. If you’re never heard about Whole30, I wrote a post about it last year that can be viewed here. I have, personally, seen amazing results from doing Whole30, I’ve felt better than I have in a long time, and it’s helped me to make better choices. If you are interested in doing Whole30, or you’re planning on doing Whole30, or you’re just curious to know what you can eat–I have some must-haves to share that I would recommend you keep in stock. This post is not sponsored by Trader Joe’s, by the way, but I just have a lot of things that I like to get there for Whole30.

RX BARS: These protein bars are great because they only contain a few ingredients! Make sure you read the labels though because I think a few are not Whole30 approved.

LARABAR: These have been a staple for me ever since I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease years ago. Certain flavors are also not Whole30 approved so make sure you read labels.

SPARKLING WATER: I love drinking sparkling water or mineral water on Whole30 because it’s helps to satisfy the craving for something sweet. The flavors of sparkling water at Trader Joe’s are so good and they usually have seasonal flavors, as well. La Croix is also another thing that I like to have on hand during Whole30. But then again, would I really be a basic white girl if I didn’t love La Croix?

CHOMPS: I have not tried these yet but have heard they are really good if you need some protein. I have been doing the Daniel Fast with my church this month and haven’t been eating meat during the fast. I will give these a try though once that fast is over.

ALMONDS: Always, always, always have these on hand! Almonds are a good source of protein and healthy fat and nobody likes a hangry person.

DRIED FRUIT: Be careful to read labels and not get dried fruit that has sugar added. These “Just Mango Slices” at Trader Joe’s do not have any added sugar and it’s also another good snack to throw into a bag when you’re on-the-go.

CAULIFLOWER RICE: This is nice to buy because it’s been “pre-riced” and less of a mess. I will sometimes “rice” my own cauliflower but stuff just gets everywhere. This definitely doesn’t taste just like rice but it’s a great alternative during Whole30.

RICED BROCCOLI: This is another thing that has been good to have when you want to make a “pasta” dish, salad, or just to pan steam.

SWEET POTATO CHIPS: I bought these at Aldi and there are only two ingredients. These are great for when you have the munchies!

PLANTAIN CHIPS: These are also another thing that I love to have on hand for a snack, to dip in guac, salsa, or make “nachos.”

GHEE: This is an alternative to butter and it’s really yummy! It definitely has a more bold flavor than butter does but I really like it.

SEASONINGS: Trader Joe’s has really good seasonings that can help make more bland meals taste so much better. My favorites are seasoning salt and the everything bagel seasonings.

COCONUT MILK: A good alternative to dairy and can be used in SO many different dishes. Definitely taste test with coconut milk though because you don’t want to overpower your meal with coconut.

ALMOND BUTTER: So good! I eat almond butter with plantain chips, apples, bananas, in smoothes, etc.

GUACAMOLE: Always. Just. Always.

Have you ever done Whole30? What was your experience like and what kinds of things do you like to eat during Whole30?

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Planning for the Week Ahead | Including PDF

Last Monday I shared a blog post with tips for staying organized during the work week. One of the tips I shared was to have a day set aside to plan out your week. Something that really helps me, on the days that I plan, is to make lists. I’ll make lists of things to do, errands to run, things I need to get at the store, important events during that week, lists of lists I need to make (haha, just kidding), etc. In this blog post, I’ve created a PDF for you to print and share, if making lists is also helpful for you.

Because life can get busy and hectic, I also think that it’s super easy to overlook the small and/or exciting things about life. On this list worksheet, I also included a space for you to write down things that you will be looking forward to that week. I think having this mindset can also prevent burnout because you’re not just focused on the things that might make you feel overwhelmed or stressed out.

I hope you have a wonderful and productive week and that this tool has been helpful for you!

 

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**Planning My Week PDF**

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Tips to Stay Organized During the Work Week

Today is a new day and the start of a new week! I sometimes dread Monday mornings (but then again don’t we all, haha) because I know that it’ll usually be a busy week and I already look forward to sleeping-in the next weekend. Although, Mondays are also a day for resetting and getting yourself in gear for the week ahead. Today I’m going to share with you some tips that I do, quite a bit, to help myself stay on track and organized during the busy work week.

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1. Have a day set aside to plan the next week

If I don’t have anything that I need to do that morning, Saturday is usually my planning day. I will write down a list of things I need to accomplish that week, write down any important events or meetings, plan blog posts, etc. I like to keep the major events on my iPhone calendar and then write down all the details/lists in my planner. When I am able to do this, it helps me have a much better mindset about juggling everything in the next few days. I also like being able to physically check things off of my lists and it helps me to feel a lot more productive.

2. Put things back where they belong

This might be a “no duh” point but it’s one that I’m tryyyying to be better at doing. Some weeks I’m more on top of just managing all my stuff and then other weeks–everything just gets thrown into piles. Make yourself get into the habit of putting your things back where they go as soon, or soon after, as you get home. Or set a timer for yourself at the end of the day, for maybe 10-15 minutes, and see how much you can get done before the timer goes off. Racing against the clock is a good motivator for me and it also motivates me that I won’t have to clean as much the next day.

3. Have a general idea what you’re going to eat that week

I am not the type of person who can meal plan/prep for the entire next week. Some days I’m at home during the evenings and others are spent doing various things from early in the morning to late at night. I try to have at least 2-3 days worth of groceries for the meals that I need to make at home and for meals that I can have for on-the-go. I may eat out a few times during the week and so it just doesn’t help me, right now, to plan out an entire week worth of meals. If I at least know what I have available at home, it usually helps me a lot and doesn’t leave me scrambling to figure out what I’m going to make.

4. Lay out everything you need for the next day

This tip is so helpful for me because I know where everything is the next morning and I don’t have to spend a lot of time hunting for things. I will lay out my clothes, shoes, coat, purse, computer bag, tote for my lunch, and anything else I need and leave it all in one spot. By laying everything out, it also saves me a lot of time in the mornings because I’m not trying to figure out what I want to wear.

I hope this tips have been helpful to you! Do you have any pre-work week routines that you do to stay organized?

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