Recent Gifts

Kindness

I am blessed with some of the very kindest of people in my life. Unexpected coffee delivery, a sweet text message, quality time, words of blessing, acts of service…..the list could go on and on. I have been blessed.

Sunsets

God is powerful, creative, and the Giver of all good gifts! Every sunset is unique, a reminder of the care He takes for the smallest details of the world and people He created. It is far too easy to rush through life without thanking Him for even the sunsets. He could have made the sky a boring grey every day, and then from grey to black at night, you know? But He didn’t, and we get to enjoy His creativity and power!

Vegetables

Recently I have been really enjoying the gifts of fresh foods. What a gift it really is! I am grateful for access to an abundance of fresh produce. Salads, veggie stir fries, fruit smoothies, and so much more- what a way to eat!

These Two

Mitchell and Bryn have been such a sweet blessing! They are joyful, grateful, hospitable, and two of the kindest people in the world, I think. This fall I have been living in their apartment and although they are gone many days and nights, they are completely generous with sharing everything they have and when they are home and we get to spend time together it is always a blessing. Mitchell is such an amazing man of God and I love watching how he works hard, leads his wife so well, and continues to invest in others. Bryn has been such a help to me in so many ways- she gives wise advice, brings humor to any situation, and has a heart of pure gold. They say, “Show me your friends and I’ll show you your future”. Hang around people who are kind, generous, thoughtful, selfless, diligent, and Jesus-loving……..they give wise counsel and set a good example.

Sweetest Coworkers

I am truly blessed. I know many people deal with far from ideal work environments but I am blessed to work in a beautiful, peaceful environment with some of the best people. Clients and coworkers alike have blessed my life more than I could say.

Sister Time

Chels has been able to come hang out at the office once or twice a week to do wedding planning. Taking a coffee or lunch break with her and catching up on life and wedding talk have been some very, very sweet memories that I will cherish forever. The Lord is so good. I was trying to be grateful and not disappointed to miss weeks on end of her last days at home but the short + sweet times we have had together have truly been a gift.

Family

Oh, cherish your family! Having near + dear friends experiencing the heartbreak of losing loved ones lately……reminds me of how brief our time with these loved ones really is. If everything else in our schedule has to go, family still needs to be prioritized. I don’t want to look back with regret upon busyness or days poured into others that kept me from these ones nearest to my heart. More than anything else, we should pursue the character of kindest love and sweetest thoughtfulness in our homes.

What about you? What are some recent gifts in your life? The Lord is so good- tell of His EXCELLENT KINDNESS!

gratefully,

-Allison

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November 2017 Goals

It’s hard to believe that November is here. The last month has literally flown by, and I find myself on the threshold of another month grateful for what the last held and excited for the next. Since so many of you have expressed interest in goals posts, I am planning to make that a monthly feature here on the blog.

Here are my November 2017 Goals:

1. Finish reading “Reading People” and “Raving Fans“.

Reading is something I have really been working to fit in these days. It is really rewarding, and I’m never sorry when I take time to read, even if just for 10 or 15 minutes.

(see my disclosure policy here.)

2. Send a package to my cousin in law school.

3. Complete current hiring process.

4. Plan Chelsy’s bachelorette party (can’t believe it!!!!!)

Oh, this is probably my favorite! As Chelsy’s maid of honor, I am so honored to not only stand beside her on the Big Day, but to bless and serve her however I possibly can in the weeks leading up to her wedding. One way I have always looked forward to doing that is planning her bachelorette party.

5. Practice violin 3x per week.

This one is challenging for me currently, but I really want to make it a priority!

6. Plan December schedule for my team (employees).

7. Send snail mail notes to my siblings and parents.

Since I am not living at home right now, this is a simple way for me to let them know I am thinking of them. It’s also a special gesture that I hope says, “I love you” to them- I mean, who doesn’t love getting mail?

8. Take off work for 4 days to road trip to the National Bible Bee with Mitchell/Bryn + Josh/Cass.

Fully engage in the family time and disconnect from work (except for emergencies).

9. Eat more vegetables!

It’s easy to get into a rut with food (mine would be eating too many sweets or living on meat/eggs/cheese), but intentionally eating for health + wellness is especially important in the winter months. I need to ramp up the veggies!

10. Practice the principle of “Wherever you are, be all there”.

Whether enjoying time with family, working, or resting, to be fully present + engaged in that activity.

“You don’t have to have it all figured out to move forward…just take the next step.”

What are some goals you have for this month? Join the conversation in the comment section- I always love hearing from you!

-Allison

ps. Thanks for the feedback on my recent reader survey. That was so helpful, and your feedback is so valuable as I brainstorm for upcoming blog content. Always feel free to shoot me an email or comment if you have specific ideas or requests. I always read + appreciate what you have to say!

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A Survey for My Readers

Dear readers,

As I look ahead to upcoming posts and am just pondering on what to write on, I thought it would be helpful to do a little survey to get ya’ll’s opinions!  I value your thoughts as I work to make this blog an encouraging, uplifting space. I would love to know what you want to see me write more about! It would really help me if you would take the survey below. 

Thanks for taking the survey, and most of all, thanks for reading. You’re awesome, and I am humbled that you take the time to come here and read. I pray it will always be a blessing.

love,

Allison

 

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Snapshots Of September

 

Hey friends!

Here’s a random collection of photos and memories from the past month. Just some Snapshots of September.:)

It was a really intense month! But I loved every minute of it.:) Obviously, the weddings of my three brothers was an amazing part of the month, but I’m gonna save that for a separate post.

So here you go. Just a smattering of life:

My job held some challenges in September, especially with balancing my hotel work and all the wedding festivities and traveling with my family. But when at times I feel like throwing in the towel with one of my jobs instead of balancing two jobs and a side business, I realize how incredibly grateful I am for all the opportunities that I am blessed with right now. And truly, I LOVE the variety of putting in a 12 hour day at the hotel, and then coming home for an evening of canning salsa and making candles, and then heading off for a singing tour with my family. (And yes, that was an actual scenario.:)

Hiring these two was probably one of the best things that happened in September! Well, actually, they were hired a few months ago, but they started the position a few weeks ago and it has been SO MUCH FUN working with my awesome brother and his sweet wife.:) Joining them in their apartment for singing around the piano was a perfect break one evening at work!

For those of you that may be wondering how this all works and if it means that I am not working at the hotel anymore, here’s the lowdown: Mitchell and Bryn live in the apartment at the hotel and are currently working as part-time general managers (and will be full time once Mitchell’s busy season with his custom manure hauling is finished). Their position is different from mine, and they are actually replacing our previous general manager who moved on to a different career (I and a few others filled that role at different intervals as we transitioned).

I interview, hire, train, and oversee employees, make marketing and advertising decisions, manage renovation + improvement projects, do bookwork, and oversee team meetings + incentives + pay. I love my work and the amazing team I am blessed with!

One evening this sunset was happening while I was working at the hotel, and I just had to keep popping my head out to see the colors changing. It was incredible!

Traveling with my family doing concerts all over is both challenging and rewarding. It’s not a piece of cake every day, and sometimes it’s more like spilled taco salad.:) Particularly tonight: After a long day with three different slots of singing/playing, we had finished the last concert and were eating supper at something like 8pm.  I was trying to retreive an item from an overhead cupboard and my sweet little sis was sitting below eating her taco salad, and one item popped out of the cupboard and bounced down on her plate, subsequently popping parts of her taco salad off her plate and down on the rug. The scenario continued as item #2 and #3 fell out of the cupboard. Finally everything that could had apparently fallen (in quick succession) and I tried to laugh as I started cleaning taco salad off carpet. But really and truly, it’s a good life and I wouldn’t trade it for the world!

This is my adopted Grandpa who we happen to get to see several times on the current trip. He’s really sweet, and always encourages me and gives me the most incredible gifts. I’m blessed to have so many quality people in my life!

I made a lot of candles and necklaces in September. It’s a fun creative outlet and I love selling and giving away the things I make.

I found a far corner of a church basement to set up my office in one day. Hey- it worked! Getting my hotel work, blogging, and other computer work done on the road is a big challenge some days, but with a little creativity it’s possible.

Lots of coffee! This particular cup was a really yummy freshly roasted, french press brew with fresh jersey cream + whip. I have some friends who do coffee really, really well!:)

This little brother is so sweet. His smiles and sense of humor, combined with a super loving personality, definitely brings a ton of joy to my life!

And that’s it for now! How about you? What were some things you did in September?

-Allison

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A Few of My Favorite Things

This is just a random post with a few snapshots of some recent blessings + joys. This morning my amazing father brought me a huge cold pressed coffee at work, “with lots of cream”, and it was so good. Even more, it totally blessed me that he is thoughtful like that. I am pretty blessed to not only have the world’s best dad, but a pretty awesome boss too!

What’s better than dark chocolate and tea during the evening? It could become a ritual!

A little candlelight dinner with my little sis.

The sunsets through the window at the hotel (where I work) have been incredible! I love watching the sky change colors, and I have the perfect view of the sky through the windows facing the west.

My really kind + thoughtful brother brought me roses. All the sweet things he said were enough to make me cry, and I did shed tears as I was enveloped in one of his sweet big hugs. How I love Mitch and all my dear brothers. He’s such a solid man, and knows how to make a girl feel loved.

A little quiet in the morning to get in the Word……some fresh air……and a good mug of strong coffee…….that’s the powerful way to start a day, in my opinion! Truly “His mercies are new every morning”, and that’s something I am really so grateful for.

What are a few of your favorite things of late?

much love,

Allison

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