I've always done my best to have a “pretty" life. Be a good girl. Be polite and respectful. Speak words that are sugary sweet, and always be put-together. But on the inside, I’ve struggled with depression for years on end. It takes ongoing counseling, the encouragement of a sweet blonde boy who became my husband, and the enduring support of dear friends to get me to take off my blinders… but mostly, the credit goes to God.
After graduating college in 2012 and getting married, I suddenly found myself learning to lay down my life for God... and it changed everything. Since then, I wanted to create a place to share the truth of the gospel with other women. A place to lay down our best efforts for a “pretty” life and admit the mess. A testament to God’s enduring faithfulness.
I started the blog in 2013, with the intent of creating a women’s lifestyle blog covering a variety of topics from recipes, to style tips, to travel, to hosting. By December of that year, however, I had begun to realize that blogging wasn’t as satisfying as I had hoped it would be. I considered shutting it down. But instead, God claimed it for Himself.
I've talked about my "coffee dates with God", admitted that I'm messy, and shared my biggest fear. I did a series on the basics of blogging, and had the opportunity to shine the spotlight on some of my wonderfully creative friends. I opened up about praying for friendship. I’ve had the honor of sharing so many incredible women's stories. I’ve been able to use my gifts in graphic design and photography to serve others – and it became one of the most powerful ways God has spoken into my life.
I'm passionate about encouraging women to dig deep into the Word in order to truly know and walk with Jesus. I long for women to see that knowing Jesus produces both renewed hearts and action – that with God as the first priority, our whole lives change.
Five years of writing on and off have gone by, and I’ve gone through a lot of life change. I’ve moved to three different cities. I’ve had two children. I went through a terrifyingly rough patch in my marriage. My faith has been shaken and tested. But this blog has always been the work of my heart. I’m a naturally introverted person, and writing about what God is teaching me through different seasons is the most therapeutic thing I can do (besides praying and soaking myself in His Word). I share what He’s teaching my stubborn heart not just as an Ebenezer stone for myself, but in hopes that someone else might come across it and feel that healing balm of “me, too.”
If my wildest dreams came true, we wouldn't be typing/reading this on a computer screen – we'd be sitting on my couch together with hot mugs of coffee, and I’d get to learn all about you and your heart. But even if that doesn't ever happen... my hope is that we would become good friends here, because God is really good at using the internet for His glory. Let's share joy together.
Video created by the lovely & talented Rosalee Chan