Well friends, somehow we’ve managed to survive another month of quarantine, and it’s slowly starting to feel like the light at the end of the tunnel is growing larger. I don’t know how it is where you live, but in Wyoming we are making steps to test out re-opening the state starting May 1st! But rather than talk about the coronavirus (because I’m sure we’re all pretty tired of doing that), I’m here to wrap up this abnormal month with another addition of The Little Things – an ongoing series where I share some simple things that have been impacting my life in big ways. Because it’s the little things in life that add up to make the greatest of impacts. I have received some of my best recommendations from blogs, podcasts, or friends, so I want to be a pal and pass along some things making my life just a little bit better lately, in case you might find some value in them too. And in light of all of the craziness we’ve been undergoing, now more than ever we could all use some extra life-giving intention in our lives. Here’s what I’ve been enjoying during the month of April:
My Favorite Primer: Tula’s Face Filter
I’ve been an avid user of Tula’s skincare products for about a year and a half now, and even as I’ve attempted to veer away to try out a few different brands, I find myself coming back again and again. I didn’t realize just how much I loved this specific product until I ran out of it and couldn’t replace it right away because they were sold out. I finally got my hands on it again when they restocked recently, and have been happy to have it back. I wear very, very minimal make up – and would even prefer to go make-up-less most days, but my face often needs a little something extra to blend my skin tone more nicely. Enter in the Face Filter. It’s a blurring and moisturizing primer, so while it technically serves as make-up, it’s kind to my skin while giving it some extra, even glow. It’s fairly lightweight and can be worn alone, but sometimes I will still add on some foundation over it if I’m needing some extra coverage. If you’ve never tried out Tula before, you can get 20% off your first purchase here.
An Uplifting & Relatable Podcast: The Within Her Podcast
When it comes to my taste in podcasts, I tend to enjoy ones that give a peek into the lives of everyday people for the chance to learn more about how they manage their priorities and choose to be obedient to God in their own unique settings. One of my more recent finds with this format has been the Within Her podcast, and so far I’ve really enjoyed the topics that Kaci has covered with her guests, as well as the intentionality she has in the questions she brings up. As I’ve started from the beginning (which was just back in October) some of my favorite episodes have been How to Get Stronger Physically, Mentally & Spiritually with Jen Diaz; Choosing Obedience Over Fear in Seasons of Waiting with Evie Rupp; Motherhood, Body Image & How God Redeems in Unexpected Ways with Natalie Borton; and Getting Organized & The Power of Sharing Your Story with Mika Perry. If any of those topics, or that kind of podcast format, appeals to you, I’d definitely recommend giving it a listen.
A Daily Devotional: Take It Too Far by Jess Connolly
If you’ve been reading along here for any amount of time, it’s likely you’ve heard me rave about anything that Jess Connolly seems to be involved with. From her book writing, to her current Made Up Morning Show, to her podcast, she’s been a truth speaker in my life for years now. My favorite part is that in everything she puts out into the world, I grow to love her more because she points me to Jesus more. The latest recommendation I have of hers is her most recent book Take It Too Far: Abundant Life, Boundless Love, Unending Grace. It’s a book of 100 topical devotionals centered on putting an end to playing it safe in our faith and taking the attributes of God further in our lives. Each day includes a Bible verse, a reflection from Jess, and a charge to take it too far in your own life today. I don’t always enjoy the quick formats of devotionals like this, but I have been spurred on in a variety of ways through topics that I hadn’t considered. Just the other day I came across these words that I’ve started to speak over my days:
I’d highly recommend this read for some daily doses of truth and encouragement to take your own faith too far.
A Freeing Habit: Leaving My Phone Across the Room While I Sleep
This was a habit I honestly avoided for a long time, simply because me and my snooze button have been good friends since I started using an alarm clock as a kid. But in an attempt to reinforce the elimination of my bad habit of scrolling on my phone before even getting out of bed in the morning, I decided to finally give it a try this month. And I’m pleased to say it has been effective and surprisingly life giving. Since I’m not hitting snooze at the first sign of life from my phone, I seem to feel the grace to take a moment to wake up slowly and then get out of bed to start my day (it’s helpful that my husband usually wakes up before me, or at the same time, so my alarm doesn’t annoy him). It’s just been that extra boost of motivation to kick start my morning routine. And the habit of scrolling in bed feels long gone since I don’t have the chance to even debate the choice. This kind of habit is just one method I’ve utilized in my life to build better boundaries with my phone, and I’ll actually be sharing more about all of the ones I’ve tried in a post next week, so be on the look out for that!
Something We Could All Always Use More Of: Fresh Air
I love this time of year in general for this purpose, but amidst all the quarantining that basically the whole world has been doing the past two months, now, more than ever, I am snatching up opportunities to take in the fresh air and get outside (or bring the outside in). I’ve been taking the pups out more consistently for walks, and now that we’re finally starting to get some warmer weather in Cheyenne, I’ve been opening the windows on nice days to get some air flow in the house. It’s even been nice enough some days to sit out on our back patio for my morning quiet time or to do some work in the afternoon. It feels incredibly life-giving to breathe in the fresh air and soak up some Vitamin D. So if you haven’t already, I highly encourage you to spend some extra time outside when the weather allows. I can almost guarantee that it’ll bring an extra boost to your day.
And there you have it! Five little things that have been helping me through this pandemic, and making a big impact in my life this month. I hope if you give any of these things a try that they add value to your life and make a big impact for you too. You’ll have to let me know if you end up trying any of them OR if any of them are already little things in your own life!
Until next time friends,
Note: this is NOT a sponsored post. All links are to products that I have personally used and truly enjoy, and I just want to share the love. I do not make any profit from these links, with the exception of the referral link for Tula in which case you can get 20% off your first order, and I get some credit towards my next purchase.