All Natural...

As you know, Pinterest is my crack of choice.
I honestly feel like I have an abnormal excitement that arises in me when I open it up and admire all the lovely things I pinned.
I digress.....
So one of my new pins was a natural face cleansing method.
It promises to give your skin radiant results!
Basically it's olive oil, castor oil, and any other oils that may serve a good purpose!
I've used it for two nights and so far I'm very impressed.
I'll keep you updated - who knows, I may turn into a zit head, but I'll show you the results nonetheless!
Want to know more about it?
Check out the details HERE.


Bubbly Beard Has Arrived!

First off, let me say this is my 500th blog post!!!
Anyone else amazed that I've had enough to talk about for 500 posts?!?!?

I've got some exciting things happening and I thought my 500th post was the most perfect launch pad!
So, I'm not sure if I've mentioned before, but we're totally revamping my photography business.
We're moving towards an edgier, cooler, more creative style. I'm just ready to take it to the next level.
And with that, we've changed the name to BubblyBeard Creative Storytellers.
We've got photos.
We've got video.
And we've got a blog!
The logo is pretty cute too - if I say so myself. You might recognize the people. haha!


So, I encourage you strongly to........
Most of you have been following me since I started my business a little over 3 years ago....so this is a rather exciting venture for me to share with you! Thanks so much for all of you followers. ALL of you!


Living Adequately

Do you ever feel inadequate?
I know I've spent my fair share of days in that land.
Often times, I feel inadequate as a Christian.
I sometimes feel like my prayers are falling on deaf ears, mainly because I'm so rushed and not focused.
Needless to say, when we started the Daniel fast, I didn't know what I was in for.
I had never truly fasted before.
So, instead of spending my focus on what most would think (baby Thomas) I focused on something COMPLETELY different.
See there was a verse that spoke to me in Jeremiah 29.
The Message breaks it down like this: 13-14"When you come looking for me, you'll find me. "Yes, when you get serious about finding me and want it more than anything else, I'll make sure you won't be disappointed."

And there was my focus - to get serious about seeking God and wanting it more than anything else.

It's so easy to become complacent in your faith.
So very easy.
But the last 17 days, it's like I've got a little revival going on in my heart.
God is my number one desire.
I've been saying that for years, and meaning it the best I knew how.
But now, it's different.
He's my only true desire. Everything else in life stems from that.
The more I desire God, the more I desire my husband.
The more I desire time with God, the fuller my heart is.
The more I SPEND time with God, I become better in every aspect of life.

I used to be this way. And my prayer for the last year really has been to get back to that point. To truly feel God again.
It's amazing how when you actually make TRUE time for him and let him become your #1....life just....well it's better. So much better. So good. Because, well, God is able and I am not.

And as an added side note....I got a new album yesterday that's totally reflecting everything I just wrote about.
It's Jesus Culture - Awakening.
So worth getting.

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Life Lessons in 2012

So I realize it's only 13 days into 2012, but I'm already learning this year!
Let me share!

Chris and I started doing the Daniel Fast at the beginning of January. It's supposed to last 21 days, but we made it 8. And I have to say, I got a lot out of it. We're going to try it again for realio in a couple of months. Basically the fast requires you to eat only natural items. Nothing processed, no meat, no dairy, no bread/white flour. Just fruits, veggies, beans, nuts and whole grains. Oh and filtered water only to drink.

Needless to say, it was quite the experience. It actually wasn't THAT bad. I discovered the beauty of a peanut butter and grape smoothie = PBJ. Delish! Oh and almond milk was another wonderful discovery! Sooo good!

I was more energized through the day with no late afternoon crashes. My mood was better. I lost about 4 pounds. And after 3 months of my body refusing to have a period, I magically had one when my diet completely changed. Call it what you will, but I think it's all connected.

Apparently, my body quite enjoyed an all natural diet. Like really liked it.
Because, when I came off the fast and enjoyed some pizza as my first real meal, I got sick as a dog. I mean for real sick. Ewww.

And then the next day, when I thought "Ok, just readjusting" and I had the deliciousness of Zaxby's fried chicken sand and I then got really sick again.

So that got me to thinking about all the horrible things we put into our body and it just makes me nauseous to think about. I mean seriously, we really pay no attention whatsoever to the toxins we are poisoning ourselves with.

We went to dinner last night to use a gift card we had received for Christmas. I can honestly say that the food I ate was so unenjoyable (i think i just made that word up). I didn't even want to finish it.

And so, I'm on a mission to love my body more. To be more focused on what I'm eating. To go natural where possible. It's a bit more expensive of a lifestyle but so worth it. I think I'm going to cook as often as possible so I can control my ingredients. We will have 1 freebie meal, not day per week, but everything else will be thoughtfully put together. Now, I'm not heading the direction of becoming vegan or vegetarian. Just the direction of being more focused on what I consume.


New Year, New Goals!

Wow, I honestly can't believe that today is January 1st! Last year went by so fast!
In looking back on the goals I set last year, yet another year has passed without me fulfilling them.
So this year it's time to follow through on a few more targeted goals. Here we go!

  1. Give Chris my best. It's so easy after working a long day to come home tired and give only my leftovers. I've really been feeling convicted the last couple months of this - that Chris and I both get caught up in work, photography, socializing and that has resulted in us giving our best to everything except each other. So this year, I want to make a conscious effort, no matter how tired I may be, to give my best to Chris. To not be so snippy and moody. This may take a little more work, but I need to do it!
  2. RUN the Thanksgiving 5k. This year I ran part and walked most, but I'm giving myself almost a year to be able to run the whole thing. This will happen.
  3. Schedule and Budget Makeover.  I think that I need my schedule and budget to be a very regimented part of my life. The two, for me, go hand in hand. I need like a military type schedule for quiet time, working out, date night, weekly menus, etc. 
I think if I can tackle all of these and give my best to Jesus and grow in Him, then 2012 will be epic. Epic I say!

What are your goals for 2012?