Growth

I’m currently re-reading You’re Made for a God-Sized Dream by Holley Gerth. It’s a wonderful book about how God gives everyone on earth a purpose and dream(s) for their life that glorify Him. It also discusses how working towards dreams that God has placed in your heart can bring more joy, purpose, and connection with the One who gave them to you.

One concept in the book that really struck me was about growth during the journey to achieving dream. The author, Holley Gerth, shared this quote by William Butler Yeats.

“Happiness is neither virtue nor pleasure nor this thing nor that but simply growth, We are happy when we are growing.”
— William Butler Yeats

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When we have a goal in mind, it’s incredibly easy to focus on the end result, but often the growth that happens during the process of achieving something brings happiness in and of itself. This reminds me to celebrate and take in the joy of life along the way to my dreams. It also reminds me to reflect on how far I’ve come since I’ve started and how God has worked in me.

I really loved what Holley said at the end of the section on growth and celebrating it:

“…let prayer be like stones you place in the path along the way to remind you of where you’ve been, where you’re going, and who is walking with you.”

What do you think about growth? Do you believe it what brings happiness, and do you remember to celebrate how far you’ve come along the journey to achieving your dreams?

What’s making me happy lately

Hello and happy Tuesday! I just wanted to pop in and share some things that have been making me happy lately. I’m just going to jump right in!

Lola with yarn

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Lola isn’t a typical dog in that she doesn’t like to play–not with toys, people, or dogs. Her favorite things are food, laying on the couch, and taking long walks. I was super surprised when my mother-in-law and sister-in-law came over last week to teach me how to crochet and Lola was transfixed by the yarn. She didn’t do anything, but I could tell she was enthralled. The next day, she came inside after her morning bathroom break and ran over to my ball of yarn and started ripping it apart and playing with it! It was the cutest thing.

Date nights

Before Jimmy and I were married, we went on dates a few times a month because we only saw each other on the weekends. Now that we’re married and living together, we’re with each other all the time (yay!), but we tend to focus on house work or other activities in our free time. We went on a date night over the weekend for the first time in months, and it was spectacular. We used a gift card we were given for Red Lobster and then browsed around some local stores. Catching up over a meal we didn’t have to cook or clean up after was lovely, and we had a blast window shopping! Must do that more often :)

Doodling

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I’ve been doodling each morning when I write in my journal and read my Bible. It’s a fun way to relax and express creativity. Also, I want a cat.

Enjoying the great outdoors

It’s so easy to stay cooped up in the winter when it’s cold outside. Thankfully I have Lola to give me the please walk me now look, which gets us outside each day. Even if we’re only out for ten minutes, I always feel great afterwards. Fresh air works wonders!

Work

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I got to work from home (kind of!) for the first time last week. The family I work for is having their house renovated, so their kitchen is currently out of commission. I typically bake and cook for them each week, so I made some food in my kitchen and then dropped it off at their house. I made granola, bread, chili, meatballs, homemade pasta sauce, and spaghetti. The only downfall? I was totally unmotivated to cook dinner for Jimmy and I that night, haha.

Indoor gardening

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Last month, I mentioned that Jimmy and I bought new windows for our house. Jimmy, stud that he is, made a special windowsill in our kitchen for me to start an herb (and palm tree, ha) garden! I planted basil, oregano, cilantro, rosemary, parsley, and chives. Everything is starting to grow, and it makes me incredibly happy. I’m already dreaming of gardening outside in a few months. Can’t wait!

What’s making you happy lately?