Christa Black

Christa Black

This past weekend I had the opportunity to tune into the Jesus Culture Conference in LA and it was AMAZING.  Actually saying it was amazing really doesn’t do it justice.  One of my heroes, Christa Black, spoke and honestly, her message messed me up… but in a good way.

I’ve followed her for the past few years as she started an amazing blog, wrote an incredible song “God Loves Ugly” made famous by Jordin Sparks and launched a book by the same title that details the heart behind the song.  I would absolutely encourage you to go buy it right now… actually if you want it and can’t afford it, message me and I’ll buy it for you.  I believe in the message that much.

Recently, Christa and her family went through the most tragic situation.  Her newborn baby daughter, Goldie, died in her arms just 40 minutes after being born.   I remember the day she put out a message on her blog about the loss.  I remember where I was sitting and I remember bursting into tears as I read her words.  I had followed along and seen her joy and expectation at the eminent birth of such a beautiful girl.  Devastating.

I could not and still cannot wrap my mind around such a loss and yet, in the days that followed Christa has continued to be a voice of hope.  She has been a champion of joy and a steadfast believer that God is good… in every season.

I say all this because, I want you to hear her speak.  She’s one of my heroes.  She’s faced fear, faced tragedy and continues to stand firm.  Set aside some time to listen to her.  You’ll be so glad that you did.  You can listen to her message here.

 

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Try

Wait a second,
Why, should you care, what they think of you
When you’re all alone, by yourself, do you like you?
Do you like you?

You don’t have to try so hard
You don’t have to, give it all away
You just have to get up, get up, get up, get up
You don’t have to change a single thing

Take your make-up off
Let your hair down
Take a breath
Look into the mirror, at yourself
Don’t you like you?
Cause I like you

- Colbie Caillat

WSP: Coffee Shops & Conversation

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This weekend was absolutely lovely.  My plans were all canceled last-minute and I found myself with the gift of time and spontaneity.  Neither of which are easy to come by in DC.

I spent quite a bit of quality time at one of my favorite DC spots, Union Market.  They have great wi-fi which is wonderful for getting work done and a million and one fun options for distraction when you need a break.  One of my favorite things to do is get an empanada from DC Empanadas and peruse the beautifully curated items in Salt & Sundry.  Truly wonderful.

On top of that, a few of my wonderful friends decided to join me that evening for a delicious dinner at Bidwell (try the Lobster Taco)and a drive-in movie on the side of the market. Seriously the perfect Summer evening.

I rounded out my weekend of wi-fi hunting with an afternoon at Buzz.  Buzz is a wonderful bakery; chock-full of quirky goodness and delicious baked goods.  They have created a space that is welcoming to the young family and the laptop toting introvert (like me!) alike.  It provided the perfect backdrop to my brainstorming and organizing.  There’s lots of fun things on the horizon but it takes making time.  Grateful for a weekend where time was on my side.

Hope your weekend was just as restful!
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There are few things I love more than black & white & pink & sparkle.  This is pretty much my inspiration ever week.  The combo just makes me happy.

 

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Behind-the-Scenes : Piccadilly Photoshoot

I know I’ve hinted at it, but there are some seriously fun things on the horizon for my event styling & coordination business, Piccadilly.  It has been a season of God moments and seeing new life breathed into long-held dreams.  Needless to say, it’s been very exciting.

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Part of this season includes a re-brand and re-launch of the business.  There’s lots of details included in something like that and I’m currently in the thick of it.  There’s no where I’d rather be though.  It’s honestly thrilling to be taking steps towards really seeing my dreams take flight.

It’s also scary… but whatever. Totally worth it!

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One super fun part of this process was a recent photo shoot that I had the opportunity to do with Erica of Erica Baker Photography and Bakers Tell Stories.  She’s incredibly gifted and on top of that a TOTAL BLAST to work with.  Who else will teach you how to dinosaur dance mid photo shoot?piccadilly disco ball

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Her wonderful friend AND my new friend, Sarah, of Fashion and Philosophers and Kicheko,  came to help as well and took these incredible behind-the-scenes shots.  You can see more and read her recap on her site here.  I’ve been obsessed with her blog for awhile now and I had more than one fan girl moment having her at my shoot. She’s pretty much the best!

We had the shoot at the uber-chic, too cool for school, Ulysses Room located at the 52 O St. Studios (ahem, it’s a great spot for events!).  I felt like my cool factor rocketed just by walking through the door.  The space belongs to the wonderful Virginia Arrisueño who is the master mind behind DeNada Designs and other creative endeavors like DC MEETMarket and Topaz&Arrow.  She is amazing and truly a joy to work with.  I hope I’ll have the opportunity to work with her again soon.

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If that wasn’t enough to make it the BEST.DAY.EVER.   My beautiful friends Janelle and Ashlynn came along to make sure everything went smoothly, looked pretty and was overall just wonderful.  Also, they lent their super cool dance moves to the mix. I mean, what more could you ask for?

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I can’t wait to share more with you as it unfolds!  I’m very much looking forward to the future. The BEST most definitely is still to come!

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Pursuing Wholeness

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Take a second.

Breathe in.

Breathe out.

You are amazing.  The chain reaction of things it takes within you to do that one small action is mind boggling.  You are a work of art. A Masterpiece.  You were knit together in your mother’s womb by a divine craftsman. He doesn’t make mistakes.

The unfortunate fly in the ointment is however, that we DO make mistakes.  Lots of them actually.  We are imperfect.  We are flawed. We sin…daily.

Each sin leaves us a bit more broken then the last.  Each sin makes us just a bit more desperate for the grace of God in our own lives. In our brokenness we inevitably hurt those around us.  It’s a fact of life.

hurting people hurt people.

We lash out in our own insecurity. We hide behind our own fears.  It’s a vicious cycle.

It’s not hopeless though.  Far from it actually!

When you cut yourself, what is the natural response?  Do you sit there and think “oh no, I’m hurt. I’ll never recover.  This is the end of me.”  I sure hope not!  You probably look at the wound. Wash it off.  Put some medicine on it. Get a band aid (preferably a Hello Kitty one) and you move on.

So why is it that, with issues of hurt in our hearts, we so often feel paralyzed? Instead of seeking healing we bury the hurt, erect walls, build fortresses (hello “Frozen”).  Whatever it takes to hide our hurt.

It’s got to stop.

Your healing matters.

Your wholeness matters.

Don’t shortcut the healing process.  Pursue it!  There’s so much more for you than what you may be settling for.

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LocalLove: Seven Oaks Lavender Farm

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I have to admit that one of my favorite ways to explore new parts of my city (and the great uncharted region beyond the Potomac) is to find good Living Social or Groupon deals. I am most definitely my Grandmother’s girl.  She never met a deal she didn’t like (or that she couldn’t improve upon).  On my most recent perusal through their sites I came across something I couldn’t pass up.

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Doesn’t that just sound dreamy?  I’m not going to lie, after reading about the farm I spent more than a few minutes day dreaming about wandering a midst the fragrant blooms and relaxing under the shade of a giant oak tree. It was all very Anne of Green Gables-esque.

You can take the girl out of the country but you can’t take the country out of the girl.

With very little effort, I convinced Ashlynn and Nicole to hop in the car with me and we were off for a day long adventure in the country.

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I must say that it didn’t disappoint.  A little over an hour outside the city, the farm was truly beautiful.  We were greeted by a teenage boy wearing a “Lavender Lad” T-shirt and directed to the field.  Despite wearing what I’m guessing was not his favorite item of clothing, he was friendly and welcoming much like everyone we came in contact with.

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The warm greeting was quickly followed by the sweet and soothing scent of lavender wafting on the breeze. I mean… really?!?! The breezes in DC smell like a lot of things… lavender is not one of them.  That alone made the trip worthwhile.

It was evident that we were not the only ones who had found this little gem on the interwebs.  There were families with little children, dutiful husbands trailing after their wives and groups of girlfriends a plenty.  We grabbed our baskets and scissors and set about the business of picking flowers (clearly very serious business).  It didn’t take long for us to get sidetracked by the giant hay bales in the surrounding fields.

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Once we picked our favorites, we settled back on the front porch of the sprawling country house and watched the clouds float by.  There really is something incredibly soothing about just sitting back without the buzz of a phone, the rush of traffic or any other distraction and just watching the world go by.  It’s healing to the soul.

On our way out, we stopped by the bunny pen and I fell in love no fewer than 10 times.  I didn’t really get any good pictures at that point because I was most likely beside myself clapping my hands and oohing and ahhing over their cuteness.  Let’s just say I like bunnies and my most mature side does not come out when I’m in their presence.

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Moving on.

While lavender season appears to have drawn to a close (I think, but I’m clearly no expert), I would highly recommend you plan an adventure to the country sometime soon.


Go sit on a porch.  Sip lemonade. Snuggle a bunny.  Whatever it takes to slow down just a bit this summer and enjoy the moment!

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