Thursday, March 31, 2016

a month in review // march twenty-sixteen


-  spring is here!
-  i drank so much lemonade this month.
-  blooms at the mall.
-  i also ate so much pineapple fro-yo.
-  pretty flowers from hubs.
-  saturday morning coffee with my man.
-  my heart could burst at all these blooms around wichita.
-  i'm dreaming of a white . . . easter?
-  beautiful tulips.


-  the first saturday of the month was so lovely. we slept in, went for breakfast and coffee at verita, walked around botanica (those blooms - be still, my soul!), drank lots of lemonade, relaxed with the windows open in the house, shopped, drank more coffee, grilled out delicious chicken, and went out for frozen yogurt. it was a delight.

-  we took a short camping trip to marion lake. a couple friends joined us for hotdogs, a campfire, and good conversation.

-  after months of talking about cutting my hair, i finally took the leap. i had four inches cut off. it feels soooooo good to have that dead weight off the ends.

-  took a day trip to kansas city. we shopped and ate delicious food and watched a movie. on the drive up there, i jammed to 90s tunes the whole way. it was a delightful day.

-  we celebrated one year of marriage! one year of love and adventures and laughs and tears and memories and lots of coffee. marrying jared will always be one of the best decisions i'll make in this life.


-  thoughts on fuller house: A) ahhhhhmazing. the cheeky references to full house, the beloved characters - i love it all!  B) the kid who plays dj's middle child is SO PERFECT. he is so cute and funny and i just want to squeeze his cheeks. C) can we have season two like yesterday already?

-  pineapple fro-yo is everything.

-  if you follow me on instagram, you may have noticed my posts have been more frequent as of late. i went through this time where i struggled with curating a cohesive feed. on one hand, i think there is nothing wrong with having an aesthetically pleasing feed. but i started to compare my art to other accounts and felt i didn't measure up. i constantly monitored my number and followers; each getting less and less as the days went on.

-  i need Jesus. i need Him in the highs and lows and in between. i need Him every day of the week that ends with Y. with every inhale and exhale, i need Him.

-  the voice is one million times better than american idol. when brian nhira sang Jesus loves me, i sobbed big tears. it was so, so beautiful. [jump to 3:56 of the video]

-  i can have ideas of what things/people/situations should be. but when i try to assert my control, i rob myself of the joy in learning from it. trying to will something to my preconceived notions only ends in disappointment. i'm learning to sit back and be teachable in those moments.

-  i now know what an allen wrench is. ha!

-  now that i have been at my new job for almost four months, i realize how important color-coordination is for my work flow. i literally use every color of highlighter for certain tasks and clients and reminders and so on. question: are there other colors of highlighters beside the primary colors? i mean, why not make it pretty, right? :)


celebrate one year of marriage.

visit botanica.  if you follow me on instagram, you already know. i actually went twice this month. they will have extended hours starting next month, so i fully expect to make many more trips.

research and prepare the garden.  well, yes and no. i talked to my father-in-law about it for a few minutes. and i researched a couple flowers to plant. so mostly no.

read one book. nope. not that i didn't have time; i just didn't make the time.

powersheets for march.  maybe not to the extent that i initially wanted, but i at least filled out a few pages.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

weekend photo diary | 02

 pineapple fro-yo is such a delight!

 beautiful spring.

date night.

Monday, March 14, 2016

everyday moments: remembering sweet memories.

this ridiculously handsome guy asked me to be his wife a year ago today.

i was walking on cloud nine the following week while planning + searching + prepping + staring at my ring.

i became overwhelmed with the process by that following thursday.

i remember jared and i joking about just eloping in vegas.

but that would be crazy, right?

weekend photo diary | 01

we started our weekend with camping on friday night. 
i snapped this as the sun was setting over the lake. 

rocks. there is no story or clever caption for this photo. 
i just think the rocks are pretty. 

the rain set in for the day, so we packed up and headed home.
as i pulled into the driveway, i noticed these pretty blooms. 

and of course, rain = olliclip lens. 
we ventured out for the evening in between the rain to get groceries and coffee.

after i woke up from a wonderful sunday afternoon nap, i was greeted with sunshine!

on our way home from church, i asked jared if he would stop by the mall. 
so i could take photos, of course. 
the light. the blooms. IT. WAS. GLORIOUS. 

Saturday, March 12, 2016


of all the seasons, spring is my favorite. there are many reasons - warmer temps, pastel nails, easter, and the list goes on and on. but i love spring because of the blooms. i have never been able to explain what wildflowers do to me. like deep down in my soul. it stirs something alive.

i know i am not the only one who loves all things floral. that's why i started a hashtag on instagram. be sure to tag your spring (and summer and fall and all the flowers ever) with:


Monday, March 7, 2016

march twenty-sixteen goals.

celebrate one year of marriage.  oh mylanta, y'all. i can hardly believe it! one year of being married to my best friend. one year of adventures + laughs + learning + lots of coffee.

visit botanica.  jared got me a one year pass for valentine's day. his reason? "so i can give you flowers all year." HE GETS ME. i have a feeling this goal will be accomplished multiple times! oh, spring - be still, my soul.

research + prepare the garden.  one of my bigger goals for this year to plant and maintain a garden. this month is the best month to start prepping the area we will use to plant and cultivate delicious vegetable and beautiful summer blooms. if anyone has any tips, websites, books, etc. to check out - help a sista out!

read one book.  i have a busy month, so one book is probably all i will have time for.

powersheets for march.  my goal for this month's powersheets is to look at them twice a week to get a refresh. i tend to be lazy during the week, and then i try to cram everything on the weekends.

a lovely weekend.

i had the loveliest weekend. i don't have a lot of fancy words to say about it; just a few photos. 

 breakfast at one of our favs, verita coffee co. 

 be still, my soul - spring is coming!

 the best lemonade on earth. 

a random lunch date with hubs after church. 

Thursday, March 3, 2016

a month in review // february twenty-sixteen.


-  new coffee shop down the street.
-  begging for food.
-  leap day + a vanilla latte + pretty rings.
-  his first walk in the park. he was so excited! (and thirsty)
-  i love that jared insists on buying fresh flowers every week. he gets me.
-  is this what it's like to have kids? i opened the shower curtain to this and laughed.
-  flowers from hubs.
-  we let them on the couch, and they were in heaven.
-  powersheets prep for march. i use the blank page at the end of each month to mind-map goals.


-  watched the superbowl. it was so underwhelming this year. but at least the broncos won!

-  we visited a new coffee shop, ecclesia, in wichita at the beginning of the month. the mood is stellar, the coffee is superb, and the owner loves Jesus. it's my new favorite place to hang out on the weekends.

-  this was such a crazy month at work. between tax season and continuing to learn, i had a lot on my plate.

-  THE WEATHER. praise the Lord for beautiful spring-like temps in february!

-  between having a cold for three weeks, then turning around and getting a stomach bug followed by a two-day migraine and then a bladder infection and then side effects from the antibiotics, i was sick for the majority of february. this month was just tough because of sickness. i am thankfully on the mend though!

-  we had a slumber party with our nieces. chick flicks + painted our nails + ate ice cream = so much fun!

-  celebrated leap day with a latte and work and laziness at home with hubs.

-  two words:  FULLER HOUSE.


-  if i have a cute cup, i will drink more water. what is it about a ten dollar cup from target that makes me want to actually drink water?

-  chobani flip yogurt is my jam.

-  when you notice that someone is doing a great job, say so! my office manager has been training me on all the ins and outs of my job, and i cannot tell you how good it feels to know that i am genuinely making progress at my new job. call people out on their awesomeness.

-  tyler has officially passed on his obsession with socks to milo. at one point this month, there were as many as seventeen socks on our living room floor.

-  best superbowl commercial:  weiner dogs wearing hotdog costumes.

-  after take a step back from blogging last year, i see now where some of my priorities were in relation to social media/blogging. i blogged about what other people were blogging. i bought what other popular bloggers were buying. i dressed like fashion bloggers. i was a copycat; a literal follower of the accounts i would give hearts and likes. where was my originality? where did amber go? i see it in so many bloggers right now - trying so hard to be relevant, but stuck in this cycle of replicating another's ideas. it's exhausting, amen? i refuse to live like everyone else. there is nothing wrong with inspiration; it's when it becomes imitation that i find it to be a slippery slope.


continue to document everyday life in my bu-jo planner.  this goal is easy-peasy. i have made it a habit, so it's part of my everyday routine now. (now if i could just do that with exercise!)

work on powersheets for february.  done.

read two books.  hallelujah, i did it! i read "wildflower" by drew barrymore + "the selection" by kiera cass.

scripture study + Jesus time.  i wish i could say yes. i wish i could tell you how good it was to finally get back into the Word. i only opened my bible twice. BUT. over the weekend, we had prayer at church and something shifted deep down inside me.

continue my photo-a-day project.  after some thought, i have decided to tackle this goal another year. my new job kinda put a damper on this project, but i'm definitely not complaining. this job was a huge blessing - one that i don't take for granted in the least. now that i have freed myself from the guilt and shame of falling behind on this project, i can aim my focus at things that matter. (like possible selling my art?)

celebrate leap day.  i got a latte. good enough for me :)

journal through kenzie's prompts.  nah. maybe another month.