I had lunch with a girlfriend today and barely let her talk because I was venting. At the end of my lunch “therapy” session, she said, “you sound tired and burnt out.” Whew, was she right.
I know I have talked about being exhausted, stressed, and anxiety ridden in previous blog posts. But I feel like someone (and myself) needs to talk about it again.
I’ve discovered a great source of stress, exhaustion, and even depression is when I say yes to too many things. I take on too many good things, which causes me to miss my best things. It’s so hard to say no and let go of opportunities that come my way. But if I don’t learn the gift of release, I’ll wrestle with a lack of peace. I think sometimes I’m resistant to release because I fear disappointing someone.
Release brings with it the gift of peace. There are some opportunities I need to decline today. There are some things I need to say no to in this current season. There are good things I need to let go of so I can make room for the best things. When we release in peace, we signal we’re now ready to receive.
There have been many nights where I feel I can’t take much more. When I say, “God help me. It’s all too much. I’m tired and frustrated and so very worn out.” But I remember Psalm 142:3, “When I am overwhelmed, you alone know the way I should turn.”
I don’t know what you have to release right now. But I suspect you know. In the violent struggle of trying to balance it all, we will miss every bit of joy each season promises to bring.
So let’s release. With release comes more peace. I see that now. I believe that now. And soon, I pray you will too.
The news has been so very serious lately. As has my Facebook feed.
Whew. I’ve had just about all I can stand. So today, I’m sharing a little something laid-back.
I had hopes that putting a Fall tablescape out would bring the Fall weather. I was so, so wrong.
Also, I rarely have people over. I joked with a girlfriend that I was going to invite her over just so she could stare at my dining room table!
I’m sure there are some of y’all that can create something WAY fancier than I put together and you’re probably saying “Bless her heart” at what I threw on my table! But it makes my little heart content and I love staring at it!!
My goal is to be able to leave this out through Thanksgiving and then swap a few things for a Christmas feel. I didn’t want it to be specifically Halloween/Thanksgiving/etc…
Props to anyone who has time to constantly change theirs out. (That ain’t me).
Everything in these photos is from TARGET. Uh huh. Act shocked. Good alternatives to not so expensive table decor is TJ Maxx, HomeGoods, the usuals. I would have scooped up some stuff from there had the new goodies at Target not sucked me right in!
I am already thinking about Fall weather and all that comes with it. The pumpkin patches, crockpot soup recipes, and wearing cozy sweaters! Even though the weather isn’t quite cool enough yet, I had to grab thissweater when I saw it! It’s simple, but can be paired with a lot of different things. The best part about it? It’s monogrammed! Southern ladies, rejoice!!
For the first look, I paired it with my favorite ripped jeans, a plaid flannel, and booties. This look is perfect for grabbing dinner with some friends or even casual Fridays at work. Lipstick: Maybelline Color Blur in “Plum Please.” One of my favorite fall colors and it’s super inexpensive!
The next look screams a fun date night like a country concert or a walk through the pumpkin patch. I think I’m going to wear this one when JD takes me to the state fair in a few weeks. Hopefully the weather will cooperate by then. Plus its an oversized sweater, meaning I can eat a funnel cake (or two). Winning! I paired the same sweater with a pair of denim shorts and my trusty (and worn out) cowboy boots.
The last look is for those days when you’re running errands, doing laundry, and grabbing coffee in between. I threw the same sweater on with a pair of leggings and a comfy pair of duck boots. These boots are especially good for those chilly, rainy days that Fall brings.
MarleyLilly also has wonderful customer service. I messed up my monogram (am I even a Southern woman?!) and thankfully realized it before it was shipped. They helped me get everything fixed with no problems. Let me know your favorite part about Fall in the comments!
Since this post is a little different than my normal, I still want to remind you to choose joy today! We’ve almost made it to Friday!! Do something that makes you happy today. Whether it be grabbing a donut or your favorite iced coffee (or BOTH) and maybe pick one up for a friend too!
Thanks for reading!
*If you’re in the market for a talented and amazingly sweet photographer, send Kristen a message! She makes me look SO good!