We’re back from Egypt + Israel

This trip with my sister has taught me a lot more than historical events and ancient places. We spent a lot of time in both Egypt + Israel, but seeing the ancient landmarks and biblical locations in Israel made me think a lot.

One of the many cities we explored while in Israel, was the city of Nazerath; Jesus’ hometown. One thing a couple friends and I were talking about was change and how we, as people, will naturally grow and change the longer we live. We talked about prophets and their home towns not accepting them as changed people. I went to Capernwray Harbour Bible School on Thetis island in BC, Canada in 2012/13 – the fall after I graduated from high school. So like 6 years ago. I remember what it was like to go back home after living out on the island studying God’s Word day in and day out. I changed. God changed me. I didn’t fit into the shape that I had before I left.

“Truly I tell you,” Jesus continued, “no prophet is accepted in his hometown”
– Luke 4:24

As my friends and I walked through ancient cities, ruins, etc. some of which used to be palaces, cathedrals, churches, and so on. I realized that these places and spaces have taken many shapes before we saw them on our trip. Constructed hundreds – even thousands of years ago! Some places were once magnificent buildings that have since crumbled, or grand places that have been destroyed and rebuilt over and over. Even still, some buildings and city walls we’d seen were added to and had now become something different than what they were originally constructed for.

All these things made me think about how we as people have changed just like these buildings and ruins have. Some of us have crumbled, been destroyed and rebuilt, others have been transformed into something new and different – None of us are the same person that we once were. I know I’m not the same person I was in high school, before bible school, during bible school or even after bible school. I’ve changed even more since going to college, being in college, graduating from college and now being in my career! I have constantly been changing (or was being changed) as my life evolved. It is good to grow. It’s great to embrace change and to welcome new things that God has in store for us.

 

I don’t mean to say that we will be ruined like these cities – But at the same time our bodies won’t last forever, just like these buildings haven’t lasted forever. Our bodies will waste away just like these ruins have. And that’s how God intended it – Because He is constructing something more magnificent than these structures for us in eternity.

“And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me so that you will always be with me where I am.”  -John: 14:3

Keep growing my friends. Continue pursuing change + adventures that will help you to grow and embrace change. Always find your satisfaction in Christ, but never be satisfied with where you are currently – Strive to become more like Christ.

 

 

– Stay Satisfied

Closer Means to Invest Time

Relationships aren’t easy. They need time, effort and sacrifice whether it’s a relationship with people, pets or God. They’re always worth it, but you have to put in in order to take away. I think we often forget that. I was talking with a friend the other day; they were sharing how they feel lonely and wish they had more people in their life they were close with. This friend then began to talk about how introverted they are and how much they enjoy recharging by themselves and being a hermit. I laughed because I totally relate – In fact I think most of society relates to that mentality! Netflix is the new party and staying in is the new going out. It’s funny how much effort it takes to plan a night out with friends or even a simple coffee date to catch up with someone! We have to check our schedules, see if we’ll be in the mental space to actually want to go out that day next week and plan accordingly. I’m totally one of those people that could say no to every opportunity to go out – My hermit skills are almost resume worthy. However, once I’m out with people; I’m always glad I went out, or had them over! Continue reading

Linda + Mitch

Linda and Mitch had such an elegant day! I was so thankful to have had the opportunity to design the beautiful couple’s wedding flowers for their Spring wedding on May 12, 2018. Linda and Mitch were so relaxed and were simply excited to continue their lives together. I loved getting to know them more while we collaborated on their wedding flowers. Sophisticated Elegance was to be the wedding theme; a romantic blend of white textures with elegant mixed greens and sparkle to hint at a Great Gatsby style. I was so thankful for both Mitch and Linda’s loose style wedding planning! Thank you for trusting me – Thank you for allowing my floral design juices to fly with the wind! I believe you both brought your sophisticated wedding vision to life on your special day!

Photography: Little Romantics

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UPDATE: I’m Not One for New Year’s Resolutions

It’s crazy to think that June marks the half way point in a year! It never feels like it – All the classes, activities, etc. coming to an end almost make it feel like the year is only starting with a fresh, summer start! For those of you that have been following my 2018 year, you’ll know that in January I decided to grab the bull of New Year’s Resolutions by the horns and make a couple for myself. If you haven’t, you can read my fresh start in January HERE. I know it’s only been six months, but it’s crazy how much you learn when you set goals for yourself. You learn your strengths and your weaknesses quite fast! Even though I set four primary goals for myself this year – I’m learning way more than just “improving” myself in those four things. Continue reading

It’s Official I’m Finishing My Bachelors

Not going to lie; I’m pretty excited. It’s official: I’m finishing my Bachelor of Interior Design starting this Fall through Yorkville University. For those of you that don’t know, I’ll catch you up to speed. In 2014, I was accepted into Lakeland College’s Interior Design program. Continue reading

Wright Project

This has been a long project in the making. Recently, I got another opportunity to work with Ripplinger Homes who was building a custom home for a local family here in the city. I’m always so excited when I get to work with people that are making their project fun, unique and totally designed around their family’s character + lifestyle! Often, I’m asked if I still like what I do: ABSOLUTELY. 100%. Never a dull moment 🙂 These clients were so fun and didn’t want to look at anything that would be considered “a safe option“. I’ll never get bored of being a part of such creative projects! I got the chance to play a very small part, but I always feel so lucky that I even get to do that much. This new custom build was going to be their dream Forever Home.

Everyone involved: trades-men, installers, designers and contractors put an immeasurable amount of time and energy into this stunning home. The clients wanted a very warm and welcoming feel; together we chose some awesome textures and finishes to give the space a timeless atmosphere. I wanted to share a couple photos with you guys of the finished house. All those who were involved in the Wright Project did an incredible job! Well done everyone!

Front Entry | Ripplinger Homes Photography

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Bucket List: FAIL – Donate Blood

So as many of you know by this point, I’ve been actively working towards checking things off my Bucket List. This year alone has been pretty successful and I’ve been able to do so many things that I’ve been thinking of doing for a long time! 🙂 I’ve also been able to share some fun stories with you about Bucket List items that I completed in the past like: Why I Started My Blog, Skydiving, Ice Fishing, Getting a Pixie Cut, Dying My Hair Pink, Taking a Pottery Class, Bungee Jumping, and Going to the Seattle Gum Wall! Continue reading