Monday, February 28

When it's too much

There are some days, when it all just seems like too much. I can get overwhelmed fairly easily.

Today has been one of those days.

Even the ordinary can be too much. It's those days that I forget that I can't do it alone. I like to think that I am completely capable. But sometimes, I just don't have it in me. And those are the days that I only survive when I have to call on the Lord and pray for strength.

Now, this is something I should do everyday. Learning to submit. Learning to be faithful. Learning to rely on God. I fail at this a lot. I'm used to doing it on my own. I've always been really independent, to a fault. So calling for help is not something I'm good at or something that I like to do. But God continues to strip more and more away and I can do nothing more but call on Him.

You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.
~ Hebrews 10:3 

Persevere. That is what the Bible says. Persevere. So, this is what I'm called to do. When it gets to be too much, call on God and persevere. He'll provide, even when I don't realize it.

Tuesday, February 22

I demand perfection!

Today's word...demand.

Doesn't sound too appealing does it?  At least I don't think so.

However, I have learned that I demand a lot. I demand a lot of myself and of other people and I often demand perfection.

It's unfortunate really because no one likes to have things demanded of them, especially if they're unaware that its being even demanded of them. I have a tendency to demand perfection, of myself and of those closest to me. I used to think it was that I had high expectations, but I am now realizing that its even greater than that. It's a demand. Sounds so harsh...and it is.

Someone once told me that maybe perfectionism wasn't something that was created to make us strive, but is like an arrow to our soul. And I believe it. I used to think being a perfectionist was an admirable quality, but as I continue to mature I am realizing that it's not the blessing it disguises itself to be. What a harsh reality...what you thought was helping you was actually hurting you. Attempting to re-learn how to think and live is no easy task. Reframing the way you think about the world, woah. I didn't sign up for that. But yet, it is what needs to happen, at least in my life.

We can't be perfect. I can't be perfect. (Let's say that all together now...)

But it is another path to keeping life simple. Don't demand something you can't obtain.

Stop demanding perfection. God doesn't expect me to be perfect. So, why should I?

Friday, February 18

For the love...

In order to simplify, I've decided to add things to my life. Confused? Let me explain.

I'm taking away the things that add stress or commitment, things that are on the to-do list; instead of doing things for the simple joy of doing them.One thing that always brings me joy and that I absolutely love to do is...baking.

Not just cooking, but baking. (I secretly desire to someday be a baker) And one of my favorites is cupcakes!

This year, part of my first Valentine's day with Jake included cupcakes. More specifically, one of his favorite's, Bubble Room Red Velvet Cupcakes. The Bubble Room is a restaurant in Florida and he always talks about how awesome their cakes are. So I attempted to make them for Valentine's Day.

They were significantly more red than I anticipated.
The recipe

I also made mini ones because I love all things "mini"

The finished product

And I'm not going to lie. They are incredible. I was nervous how they turned out...but they taste awesome. The only thing that was frustrating was the frosting. I thought it would be thicker and set up better, but it was more runny than I thought it would be. So, my next challenge is to master the frosting.

But, if you like cake...these are a must! It was a definite thumbs up for Valentine's Day. Jake liked them, so I was happy.

Taking time to do the things we enjoy most is so crucial to enjoying life. I'm learning this slowly. It's usually hard to stop and do something 'just because' but it's wildly important. Doing the things you love, spending time with the people you love, and enjoying life. So simple, so why don't we do it more?

Thursday, February 17


Hi, welcome!

It's been about a year and a half since I first said I wanted to start it's right about time to actually start doing it, right?!? To be honest, I'm not really sure yet what I'm doing or honestly what I'm going to write about, but I sure with as many thoughts and ideas that pop into my head each day, I'll be fine. I do have to thank my dear friend Kristyn Ellen who has continued to inspire me to get back into writing. In college, it was my major. I wrote all the time, it's basically all I did. So after taking a year or so off, I realized how much I missed it. For me there is a real joy in writing (or typing...technically speaking) and expressing myself through words.

I have no real artistic ability, even though, at times, I like to believe I do. So, for me, words are an art form. Words are my artistic contribution to the world. And it's something that I love to do.

For a long time, I wasn't sure if it there was any real point or value to starting a blog. Would anyone actually read it? Would people think it was interesting? Would people think I was funny? Or would it be something that we slowly just forget about. But I let go of all those fears and decided to write for myself. If people find it entertaining, interesting, or actually read it...that's awesome! I appreciate the fact that they care and who knows what will come out of it. So, I will just write.

I titled my blog "Keep it Simple." If you know me, you probably realize that this isnt' something I am particularly good at doing. I have a tendency to do the exact opposite. Instead of simple, I like to make it difficult.

Eeerr, maybe not difficult but definitely full. I keep my life very full. I am constantly busy. Always doing something, always going somewhere, always needing to talk to someone about something. Busy, unnecessarily so. However, that hasn't been working for me so well in the past few months. It's actually beginning to tear me down. So, it is time that something has to be different.

Someone very special to me use to always use to say to me..."Shana, you've just got to remember to KISS."

"Excuse me," I'd say.

"Yeah...keep it simple, stupid."

No, he wasn't calling me stupid, but he'd always tell me to keep it simple. And that concept has stuck with me. I've done a poor job with implementing it in my life thus far, but it is a process.

Definition: Simple - free from vanity; of humble origin; free of secondary complication

Simplicity- the state of being simple, uncomplicated, or uncompounded

So this is what I'm doing...this is part of my plan to simplify my life. To take a step back and de-stress, de-complicate. To start enjoying, to start letting go, to start basking in the beauty of the life we're given. God did not intend for us to always be wound up tight.

My goal is to take a step back and remember to just Keep it Simple.

Thanks for reading...please come back again.