Open for Business!

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I'm so excited to share with you all that the TPA shop is finally open! It's been on my heart for some time now to create something that could serve as a bit of encouragement in your daily lives, something easy to access and completely tangible. I know I could use reminders of God's goodness all over my workspace and my home, and I'm praying these products serve as a blessing to you and your loved ones! 

All of the items in the shop are easy to access - they're reasonably priced, and download right to your computer for you to print at home (or at your local printer). Currently, all items are black ink on white paper – meaning your at-home printer is going to be able to handle these, easy-peasy! And the content of these pieces... I've been praying over these words, praying that God puts His life into them and that they can be of great service to you. There are nine prints, a set of scripture cards, and a printable PDF, all containing encouraging truth from the Word. I'm so excited for these to find a special place in your homes, your workspaces, and in your hearts!

 
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The scripture cards are my personal favorites out of all of the items - they print on regular sized printing paper and have trim lines for you to cut once horizontally and once vertically to create four cards per sheet. With three sheets totaling 12 individual cards, these can be put to use in so many ways - you could stick one to your mirror as a reminder of God's truth as you get ready each day. You could tuck one into your roommate's purse or spouse's briefcase as a little bit of encouragement. You could even stack them and tie them with string as an inspiring gift for a loved one. (Expert tip! I love this paper from Paper Source for printing out your goodies. It makes any at-home print look & feel extra luxurious! Though a good stack of cardstock would work just fine, too.)

I'm thrilled to share these products with you, and I'm praying that they will spur on you and your loved ones to walk in God's truth. Also... a portion of the proceeds will be going towards Chad and Hiroko Farmer as they begin their lives as missionaries in Japan this month. I had the pleasure of meeting the Farmers and their sweet daughter a few weeks ago, and Chris and I have felt stirred to keep in contact and support them with what we have. I'm so happy to share this with you, and have you be a part of supporting them as well! Please surround them in prayer as they begin their new lives. I'll be sharing a more in-depth introduction on them soon :)

Hope you enjoy, and love y'all! 

All shop images via Lemon Fresh Designs (such gorgeous work!)

Taking Better Pictures

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Wanting to document your summer trips? Taking great pictures doesn't have to be complicated! More often than not, you just need to adjust your mindset :) Keep it simple, and try new things! 

I've been taking portraits for eight years now (at one point my major was photography!) and it really is so much fun capturing memories through my lens. Here are five simple tips that can help you out, whether shooting with a DSLR or even your iPhone...

 
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Use the rule of thirds. When you're framing your shot, think of your screen being divided up into nine equal parts (by two horizontal lines and two vertical lines). If you position your subject near the lines or points of intersection, the image becomes more visually appealing and feels great on the eyes. 

 
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Change your viewpoint. As you're shooting, think of unique ways to change the view. We naturally like to shoot straight on, but if you get creative and try new viewpoints you can change the feel of the image dramatically. Get high or low, focus on hands or get behind your subject! Switch it up ;)

 
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Look for frames + lines. Frames and lines help pull your eye to the subject when used correctly. Using a doorway or a hanging tree branch can help frame or wrap around your subject. Lines can direct your eye’s attention to the subject, so use it to emphasis your focus! Fences, paths, or patterns on clothing, tablecloths, or blankets are all great for creating lines.

 
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Keep it simple. Pay attention to what's in the background. Take a minute or two to move lights or objects that may distract from the story you are trying to tell, or even change the location! It might be as simple as just facing a different direction to simplify your background.

 
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Tell a story. Be aware of the focus of your images. Think through what it is about this moment you're capturing that you love so much. Colors, textures, light, a smile, a candid action... being purposeful in shooting your daily life captures the intimacy and truth of the moments we treasure :) 

All images via That's Pretty Ace from my travels abroad, our honeymoon, and of my adorable cousins

Happy Friday!

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This week has flown by! I've had a lot of projects going on behind-the-scenes, and they've been incredibly fun. I also have some fun announcements for you next week, as TPA turns ONE!!! Can you believe it? 

But tonight, we're celebrating... sweet hubs got another year older yesterday, so we're meeting up with friends for drinks and good times! Cheers!

 

+ here are some links for your weekend:

 

Image via That's Pretty Ace of C.S. Lewis's home in England

Just speak.

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I'll be the first to admit that I haven't had the best track record of a prayer life. For a long time, I've been the kind of person who prays only when at the lowest of my lows... and makes promises such as "I'll pray for you" but ultimately forgets to do it. Guilty party, over here.

So, in the last year I've been making a conscious effort to speak (and listen) to God more. During a particularly tough season last fall, I began praying on my way to work every day. It wasn't always a daily thing, but I tried to be regular about it – and my life changed so much as a result. Even if I only prayed a sentence or two, something would pop up during my week that would answer my question or request. I started understanding more of the pains I felt in my life – what were purely selfish, and where I was gaining growth through the pain. I started seeing how I could use what I had in my hands to serve others. I started loving my husband, family, and friends in a new light.

I also learned how prayer works for me. For example, Chris sits on our couch every morning with his cup of coffee and reads his Bible and takes notes. He writes out his prayers. I love to write. I take notes every Sunday at church and during every work meeting, and I surround myself with handwritten lists. But when it comes to prayer, it just doesn't feel right. I found out that I have to pray out loud. Not only does this help me sort through my thoughts better than writing out prayers would, but I also feel like I'm meeting up with a friend for coffee (as cliche´ as that may sound). It puts me and God in a relational conversation. This feels right to me – this is how He wants me to approach Him. "Hello, Father and old friend. Let's chat for a minute."

I also initially struggled with what to say. For a time, I felt that anything I said I knew was coming from a selfish place in my heart. So I just avoided saying anything out of fear of being dumb and naive. The freeing thing is that God already knows the selfish parts of my heart. He knows I'm a little slow to His ways, and that I'm young and misunderstand Him a lot of the time. He also calls me His beloved. His child. So, like a child comes to their parent and asks question after question, I do with God. I just let myself dive in, and when I realize what I've said was prideful, I claim it. I ask Him to help me with that. So many times, doing this has helped me realize where I'm restless, in good ways and bad. 

In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.
– Romans 8:26

So wherever you are in your prayer walk, I encourage you to keep walking. Wherever you have times when your mind wanders – maybe it's while drying your hair in the morning, or maybe it's on your workday coffee break (checking Instagram?). Try chatting with God for a minute. If the closing your eyes and speaking mentally doesn't work, try speaking out loud or writing things down. Find out what works for you and just get started. You won't regret it. :)

Image via Rifle Paper Co. for Tattly

Happy Friday!

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