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EXPLORE MORE

Welcome to Owings Mills, MD, the last place on earth you’d expect to wind up in a scene like this one. And believe me when I say that my mouth hit the floor when I stumbled upon this little corner of the earth. It’s incredible. I’ve visited this trail a few times lately, and I find myself thinking about it all the time.

It’s pet friendly, too!

As I get older, I find myself wanting more of this – more adventure, beauty, solitude, peacefulness, and reminders of God’s love. It’s places like these that cause me to think of how big the world is and how small I am. But it also shows us how much we’re loved.

“But ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds of the air, and they will tell you; or speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish of the sea inform you. Which of all these does not know that the hand of the LORD has done this?” Job 12:7-9

God is the only one responsible or capable of such beauty. It’s a beauty we should constantly seek and never stop giving thanks for.

So grab a friend and go exploring! You never know what you may find out there.

Jacket | Francesca’s

Sweater | H&M

Pants | Garage

Boots | Target

Hat | Under Armor

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CHRISTMAS ANTIQUES

I wandered the aisles looking for little trinkets to bring home and make my own. They were things that had been long forgotten by their original owners, but they were new to me. The Island of Misfit Toys had nothing on Sheffield Antiques. I had hit the jackpot and lost all self control.

If you’re old school like me, try wandering around an antique store near you for your next Christmas purchases. Macy’s is great, and Nordstrom has some really nice decorations, but nothing fills a home with Christmas cheer like the secrets hidden in an old ornament that once hung joyfully on someone else’s tree.

There are so many treasures to be found, but we always tend to draw to what’s shiny and new. Why not dust off that 1950’s Santa on aisle E that’s been waiting to cheer someone up for the past ten years? I think you’ll find he does a really great job.

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THE REAL WORLD

“Welcome back to the real world!” That’s what I’ve gotten since I’ve been home.

Welcome back to reality.

First of all — ouch. That’s insulting. Second of all, why aren’t YOU embracing the adventure and whimsy and chance of Christ in your every day life! Where’s the spontaneity? Where’s the excitement!

God has not given me a structured life. This is my reality. I move around from here to there, doing this and that, not really knowing what comes next. I’ve been blessed with more than I could ever ask for, and one thing I know for sure is I don’t deserve it. But that’s the really cool thing about God. He gives us what we don’t deserve because He sees in us what we don’t see in ourselves. I didn’t go to LA thinking I was talented enough or strong enough or experienced enough for it. But God told me to go, so I said Yes. He told me to start a Bible study there, and I said Yes. He told me to go places I normally wouldn’t have gone, still I said Yes. He told me to write things I didn’t think I knew how to write about, and I said Yes. And something good came from every single challenge I accepted.

Sometimes when we aren’t happy with the way our life is going, it is either because we’re coveting what others have or missing out on the exciting things God is calling us to do. I just finished reading “Love Does” by Bob Goff, and that man is incredible. He’s a lawyer, but his office is on Tom Sawyer Island at Disneyland. He got into law school only because he sat outside the dean’s office every single day. He stalked his wife until she decided to date him. He took a trip to Uganda with absolutely no plan, but ended up freeing children from prison and building schools. He took his kids on any vacation they wanted to for their 10th birthdays and found himself in London having a tea party. He helped a random guy that he’d never met before propose to his girlfriend. Plus so much more! And through doing all these crazy things, he was able to see the hand of God in every single challenge he embarked upon.

God is constantly sending us invitations to live, but we turn them down because they aren’t practical or logical or convenient. But you know, being on the other side of the country from Morgan for five months wasn’t convenient. Living by myself in a strange — and intimidating — city wasn’t practical. Continuing to share my love for Christ while being mocked for it isn’t logical. However, I was invited by God to take a journey that He planned, and I accepted.

So no, maybe this doesn’t look like the real world to you, and that’s ok. But it’s God that created this path. There’s no way I could have done this on my own. All glory and honor goes to Him. Yes, there were times I doubted my decision to move, but I also realized something:

When you’re living for Christ, it’s always the right choice to make.

I want you to think about what it is God may be calling you to do. If it seems scary, then you’re on the right track. If it doesn’t feel like the best timing, then His fingerprints are all over it. Life is full of wonder and mystery and adventure. There are so many things to see and experience, so many worlds we know nothing of. But God is the One who will take you there. He wants all of us to live a life of joy and passion, and when your life is centered around Him, there’s no way that it won’t be. Take risks, be afraid, say Yes to what you feel He’s calling you to do. Get yourself out of everyone else’s ‘reality’ and welcome in the unexpected and mysterious world of Christ.

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Photo taken by: Southern Fried Photography

100 DAYS OF LA

Today is my 100th day in Los Angeles, and it has been one whirlwind of an experience. I ventured out here trusting that it was God’s calling, and I’ll soon be leaving knowing that it’s still God’s will. When I reflect on this time God blessed me with, I think of the friendships I’ve made, all that I’ve learned, and the many incredible experiences I had. I know God had a purpose for these last 100 days.

Did I accomplish everything I had envisioned happening these past 4 months? No. Did I seize every opportunity that came my way? Not every one. Am I disappointed things didn’t go exactly according to my plan? I’d being lying if I didn’t claim a smidgen of disappointment. But does that mean that I didn’t receive God’s promise to me? Absolutely not.

Understand, then, that those who have faith are children of Abraham. Scripture foresaw that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, and announced the gospel in advance to Abraham: “All nations will be blessed through you.” So those who rely on faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith. Galatians 3:7-9

God had a vision and a plan for Abraham, and all Abraham had to do is have faith. That’s all any of us have to do. Abraham believed God about the coming of a provision for sin, and because Abraham believed, God moved through Him. Abraham believed God. I believe God.

I believe that God’s not done with me. These 4 months aren’t all I’m going to get to do His work — it was just the beginning. I’m not receiving immediate results of my efforts here, and there’s a chance I may never get to see how I was used, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t do my job. We are to make ourselves available and do what we’re told while having faith that it is the correct decision.

Do I sometimes question my purpose in LA? Yes, especially when my selfish ambitions aren’t fulfilled. But I trust that even though the results are hidden from me, God’s still using me. It’ll be bittersweet to leave this city. I learned a lot of valuable lessons, met some amazing people that are going to kill me to say bye to, and absolutely fell in love with the west coast, but I’ll be back! Until then, I’ll miss the ocean and the mountains. I’ll miss my coaches and the people I worked with on set. I’ll miss how inspiring everyone is. You don’t find that everywhere. LA is the place to go when you know exactly what you want and you’ll do anything to get it. I love that about this place. It’s full of dreams and success and ambition and God.. God was everywhere. My faith grew even more these last 100 days, and even if I never reach my personal goals, at least I know He used this time to pull me in closer. He gave me my dream, and He gave me His joy.

See you  soon, LA.

xoxo

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EXPLORE BALTIMORE – FELLS POINT

This marks my fourth year in Baltimore. I can’t believe I’ve been out of the South for that long! But, now that I’m almost a vet at finding the best hidden restaurants + mastering the terrible highways, I’ve spent time venturing downtown into what they call Fells Point.

Fells is a precious little cobblestone street neighborhood that’s got lots of secret beauty to it. Anywhere you look there’s architecture with charm & character that’s well deserving of applause. You get the feel that it’s been around a while, but it is still clean and inviting. One thing you MUST do down there is eat. Maryland is known for it’s awesome seafood.

Crab cakes and football. That’s what Maryland does.

The food is incredible. You can stop in a little hole in the wall wine cafe or Irish pub just about anywhere. They line the streets of downtown like they’re guarding them from any other distractions that might come along.

To start, order a drink (Natty Boh is their famous local beer) and some sort of crab dip appetizer, whether it be with bread, veggies, or pretzel — you’ll faint before you can even put in your meal order. Next, you’re going to want to try a soup concoction that’s out of this world. So they’ll have Maryland crab soup as one option, which is crab and vegetables; they’ll also list cream of crab, which is self explanatory. What you do is order a ‘half-and-half’, which is one half of each. It’s not too creamy because you’ve got the veggies in there, but it’s also not too light because of the thickness of the cream of crab. Heaven. Then, you finish off the meal with an outrageous entree and possibly dessert if there’s still room.

After that heart attack of a meal, take a walk around the harbor. You could wander for hours and still never see all the sights, but the buildings are beautiful and all on the water’s edge. The shopping is great so make sure you stop in a few clothing stores as well as the random, quirky shops. You’ll find lots of treasures in there for yourself and your loved ones.

And let me know when you make plans! I’ll be there xoxo

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– W H E R E – T O – E A T –

Kooper’s Tavern

Riptide by the Bay

Waterfront Hotel

Bertha’s Mussels

Tapas Adela

V-NO Wine Bar