What I've Been Up To Lately

Here are some of the things I have been doing during this quarantine.

Cleaned out my closet 3 times now. The first time I had really high expectations for myself and so I made it a goal to do it using the Marie Kondo technique. Hahaha!

Let's just say it did not happen like that. When I was going through old t-shirts it was more of, hmm, yeah that doesn't fit anymore. *toss*

I have a secret though. I really like to let my dressers or closet get super disorganized after maintaining it fairly well. This is just for one reason, so I can have an entire day to go through it all and re-examine what I have. I love doing this! Especially in the in-between seasons like fall or spring.

I've painted everything in my room basically. Almost, everything minus the walls. Those are next! ;)

I love painting and not being able to work has led me to pick up the paintbrush again. It's crazy how you will make time for the things you really love. I have always loved painting, ever since I was younger. I love drawing and doodling as well. Before, I rarely ever sat down and gathered all of my tools together to just paint whatever I wanted. So it has been really nice to get back to it!

Organizing the socials. Using all of this extra time to really re-evaluate what I want in my business has been on the front of my brain. I take my job very seriously and using my socials have been a major way to reach out to the local community and get noticed.

Of course, I have taken a break from actually posting - due to State Board fining people for doing house visits. However, every time I think about working in the salon again makes me want to post more!

I really need to stop trimming my bangs though... but the urge to simply cut hair is so strong.

Cruising around parking lots is actually a lot of fun.

As you know, I love reading. I could honestly spend the rest of my days in a library and it would be completely fine. Through these quarantine days, I have been catching up on the 7 books I'm reading. *yikes, I know*

-Captivating, John & Stasi Eldredge ( Sooooo good!! Really makes you aware of what battles every woman faces mentally and emotionally in a Biblical perspective!)

-I, Isaac, Take Thee Rebekah, Ravi Zacharias (Examines relationships in a deeper way with valuing courtship and dating in plans for marriage.)

-Uninvited, Lysa TerKeurst (Getting past the lies of the Enemy and chasing Jesus, knowing you are fully loved. Such a good read so far and I haven't even reached the halfway point.)

-The 5 Love Languages, Gary Chapman (Still not sure what my 'love language' is, but the whole concept has been eye-opening. It's amazing how different and relational humans can be.)

-Women of the Word, Jen Wilkin (A new friend of mine gave me this because it changed the way she reads the Bible. Super excited to read more into this one!)

-Through Gates of Splendor, Elisabeth Elliot (The diary of a wife who lost her husband while serving as a missionary in the trip of Auca in eastern Ecuador. So far it has been a tear-jerker for sure.)

-Praying for Your Future Husband, Robin Jones Gunn, and Tricia Goyer (I've already read this book before, but the truths in it are so good and thought-provoking that I have added it in my daily quiet time routine. It's also more of a devotional-type of read anyway.)

I typically enjoy reading outside and this beautiful weather has been the perfect atmosphere to relax and read. Do you have a favorite spot to read at? Or perhaps a time during the day that you prefer to pick up a book?

I added some new plants to my room. I've lost count of how many I actually have now. Surprisingly, half of them are real plants, just in case you were curious. I prefer the ones that don't need too much attention, because I can barely remember to drink enough water myself.

There's just something about adding bits of greenery or flowers to a space that makes you feel happier.

What are some of your favorite ways you've been relaxing during this time?