WHY I'M THANKFUL TO BE THANKFUL (2017) // i'm really tired but actually really happy + APPLE PIES MMMM


people tell me often "it's been one of THOSE years." I nod as if I 100% agree and then again....I don't. bc uhm i just can't possibly grasp it. I'd like to say its been one of THOSE years for me..but in a good way. I've learned SO much. 

  • about stress
  • and people
  • jobs  + job interviews 
  • fears 
  • money management/savings 
  • herbs (BC EEP I LOVE THOSE) 

like ya know, a billion +2 more as well. The list can't possibly be long enough. and here I am, thankful to be thankful. I am such a selfish person and feel like I forget to thank God. That's one of the things I'm learning about me in 2017. 


I saw this yesterday. read it <3


If God Should Go On Strike

How good it is that God above has never gone on strike,
Because He was not treated fair in things He didn’t like.
If only once, He’d given up and said, 

“That’s it. I’m through.
I’ve had enough of those on Earth so this is what I’ll do:
I’ll give my orders to the sun cut off the heat supply!
And to the moon–give no more light, and run the oceans dry.
Then to make things really tough and put the pressure on,
Turn off all the vital oxygen till every breath is gone!”

You know He would be justified if fairness was the game,
For no one has been more abused or met with more disdain
Then God, and yet He carries on, supplying you and me
With all the favors of His grace,  and everything for free.
Men say they want a better deal, and so on strike they go,
But what a deal we’ve given God to whom all things we owe
.
We don’t care whom we hurt to gain the things we like;
But what a mess we’d all be in if God should go on strike.
                       
 — Walt Huntley


SO MUCH TRUTH IN THOSE WORDS YA KNOW. I found a lot of conviction in it but also beauty! LIKE OMW LOOK AT THE GIFTS HE HAS GIVEN US AND HIS GRACE AND LOVE AND like air <3 I had to write it down bc like.. I don't want to lose that smack of true importance.

last weekend my sisters and I ran a craft booth. it was crazy. it was stressful. it was exhausting. but tbh it was really cool. that word sounds so lame in comparison..but still. I met some FANTASTIC humans. Random people..strangers whom I'll probably never talk to again but in the moment that we did - we connected! I really really loved that. 

and so, I'm thankful for that. Even in the stress, there was a gift! 


there have been a lot of gift exchanges going around. Even a Bible verse "chain letter" WHICH OMW IS BEAUTIFUL. I haven't had the time to participate in either...but I love that it's a thing. A lady I spoke to this week told me that society as a whole should be sad and broken at what it has become. I did that nodding thing again. but deep down, I was writing this poem. bc right now, this is what I can do. 

humanity is broken. That's why Jesus came. I'm thankful. <3

so yes. This is my thanksgiving post..this is my two cents about living and about growing. to me, I am thankful for where I've come from and where I'm going. cuz I keep waking up. I keep making it safely to work and back home again. I'm laughing and breathing and running with love. I'm living. 

BTW I MADE TWO APPLE PIES YESTERDAY AND A HUGE ONE TODAY I AM SO READY FOR MY 20 POUNDS OF MASHED POTATOES TOMORROW HBU?!?!?! 

btw btw go scream happy birthday to my dear little sis Sarah XD XD 

WHAT ARE YOU THANKFUL FOR ???? 
FAVORITE THANKSGIVING TRADITION/FOOD? 

WHAT REALLY IS A BEAUTIFUL DAY????? // thoughts as I drive to work (shh take a writing break. YOU NEED IT)


I tend to say its a beautiful day when I think it is. As in, whatever I describe as beauty.

I realized today how wrong that actually is of me. I don't walk around singing "ITS A BEAUTIFUL DAY" when I don't feel like it is.

that's totally not how I thought of myself until about 20 minutes ago. I was driving to work and saw my sunglasses. I was like
"oh man. It hasn't been sunny enough to use those. I miss the beautiful days"

.....................................................................

WAIT WHAT IN THE WORLD JULIA WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOUR LITTLE BRAIN?!?!


God created today. He made it beautiful. gee. IM ALIVE I THINK THAT SHOULD MAKE IT NICE ENOUGH. (jsyk i'm yelling at myself here k thx)
but bc it was gloomy and bc I felt like just staying home + reading instead of going into work. bc I felt like it wasn't beautiful yet. 

and then, when I got to my driving destination, I had one of my friends stop me to chat. that's beautiful.
I got to hear a little girl reading aloud (legit it was like her voice was filling the library) #beauty
laughter happened and my favorite songs came on the radio. my little siblings hugged me when I came home. I'd call that beautiful 

also this from Jessica's comment on my last post SRSLY GIRL THAT MADE ME SO HAPPY <3





so I guess I'm learning that a beautiful day doesn't depend on how I'm feeling or how I'm viewing the world that day. It's raining right now. That is beautiful too. I just haven't always been open about seeing that..

UPDATE 2 DAYS LATER :::: 

I drove into work today and it was sunny so I put my sunglasses on but they were all smudged. not what I was expecting. (am I going too deep in the metaphor of my sunglasses?? #sorry) 

+ chatting with my bestie on the phone for 2 hours is gold.


oh and wow. all the questions you guys sent me!! I'm thinking up ideas of exactly what I want to do with them. I have a few creative things rolling around *grins* 

ONE MORE THING. Siri just informed me that Christmas is in 40 days. I have a few gifts bought but LOL TIME IS FLLLLLLLLLYING BY. hbu?!?!?

k. I HOPE NANO IS GOING WELL FOR YOU. I bet that you're killing those stories and I'M SO PROUD OF YOU FOR THAT. keep going !!! <3


WHAT MAKES A DAY BEAUTIFUL FOR YOU ????? 
HAVE YOU STARTED CHRISTMAS SHOPPING? 


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