Thursday, June 28, 2012

Thoughts for Thursday..

Decluttering is on the brain of late.
And lots of it..
If i felt like sharing pictures of my closets(which i don't!:)
 and the many boxes of clothes which have been put aside for consignments stores and goodwills you'd be amazed!!
Its been on my heart for sometime now and i really should say our heart.
We just feel the need for LESS! The things, even the littlest of clutter starts to get in the way of other more meaningful things..like just not seeing it for starters! 
And for the past 12 years of marriage we've moved a lot. With all that moving though we always had the chance to go through all our things and giveaway so much that we just didn't need. It always felt so good to start over. 
There was a time when we were in between places in our lives and we lived with so little we sold everything and put the rest in storage and lived out of suitcases with our kids EVEN! 
At our parents house *God bless their hearts** 
When we finally got the job my husband needed and could finally afford rent we moved out a YEAR LATER FOLKS!! cue in another PRAISE GOD please:))
we were amazed at how much we didn't miss about our stuff..as in we could not even remember what we had in storage at all. We were surprised and awed by the experience.
We realized we didn't need any of it at all.
The feeling that we had just enough to live with was such a great feeling let me tell you…

So now we are about to go on 2years of living in the same
place with no moves being foreseen in the near future *Praise God* 
unless we buy a house) a hem *Praying for that*
Now the house is starting to close in on me people!
Reading a book recently with the chapter called
"Get Rid of Anything That Isn't Useful, Beautiful, or Joyful"
hey i would even go further in saying even if its pretty and can bring joy but its been hiding in your closet with no purpose for a year!! TOSS IT:))
*totally preaching to myself**

"Decluttering forces you to let go of the past. It creates an opening for the future. What are you making room for? New ways to experience leisure and romance, creativity and serenity. New hobbies, new friends,new goals. Once you evict the excess, you can embrace the essentials: that which is beautiful, meaningful, and enhances your life. 
When you finally let go of the person you used to be, you get to discover the person you are now and make room for the person you want to become." -Regina Brett

Hey i see a purpose for all the things surrounding me even if i can't use them anymore..somebody can, someone may have a need and me hoarding my stuff is already stealing someone else's joy. And i don't want to do that for sure!!
I want to be obedient and give and then give some more... Because i already feel so blessed and i have more then i'll ever need. I think everything we went through, the struggling financially for so long taught me how to be content with what i had and finding my joy in my heavenly father. Enjoying the small things for me is finding the joy in experiences and relationships rather than how much i can have or what i don't have yet..

So here goes operation #1 clean house 
aka- Declutter Mission!
I'm on my way my friends!!
*Prayers will be much appreciated since i know i may have internal battles with some of my stuff**

Happy Thursday to you and God bless!!
with much love, this girls journey
xoxo-aligna

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

TUESDAY Beauty Files: Summer Must Haves!

I'm making my Tuesday's part of a Beauty Files series 
where i'll of course share with you all the info i know 
on all kinds of Beauty ideas and wellness advice
So i'm starting it off by sharing with you whats inside my BAG this summer
My summer go to products my MUST HAVES you cans say!
These happen to be some of my favorite products this summer that i carry with me.
Mabeyline  Concealer dark circle eraser I LOVE! 
Because in the summer i like to wear as little on my face as possible 
this concealer goes a long way. I just add POSIE TINT liquid blush to my cheeks to add a glow. But first I apply Aveeno Sunscreen SPF 30 works for me. No residue left behind and makes my skin feel moisturized. Burts Bees MANGO nourishing chapstick is the best for keeping my lips soft and protected in the summer sun.
Almay KOHL eyeliner in black gives my eyes an instant brightness for day or night for a more smoky eyed look.
And lastly for my hair i've been using MORACAN oil (which i've talked about before and its not pictured here) to protect and soften the ends especially from sun damage. The Not your Mothers BEACH BABE Texturizing SEA SALT Spray is my new favorite product to use for the summer. Gives you instant pretty beach hair!
You can also make your own using the recipe below
  • 8 fl. oz. of distilled or filtered water.
  • A clean spray bottle. It's best if you have one in your house, or else, you can get a cheap one from a grocery store. Make sure it can hold at least 8 fl. oz. to 10 fl. oz. of distilled or filtered water.
  • Sea Salt (finely grounded sea salt available in the market works better and mixes well. It may cost you around $2.50). Use 1 teaspoon for each 8 fl. oz. of water.
  • A coconut scented conditioner. Use ½ teaspoon but you can use more if you have dry hair.
  • A dab of unscented hair gel, or else, scent of the gel will interfere with the scent of the conditioner. Also, don't mix the hair gel that is too thick or they won't mix well. Instead, use higher hold gel for stronger hold.
What are your summer MUST HAVES?? DO share!?

Happy Tuesday to you& God bless!
with much love, this girls journey
xoxo-aligna



Sunday, June 24, 2012

Instagram LOVE Monday dump:))


 **summer sun brings all kind of discoveries and adventures and
instagram/photo app is one of my favorite things ever that i've used to capture all kinds of memories and first*


 *Can we just agree that summer is where almost everything grows and thrives. I mean my kids alone grow at least an inch or two it seems in just a few months of sunshine and heat! 
*Great time for laying on the beach(sunscreen must!:) and catching up on my summer reading list



* Summer Date nights are the best! And so is hanging with family over the weekend that brought so much joy to my heart. Cue in my Salt water shoes AKA**kelle hampton** shoes(LOVE THEM!!) Great fit and very cute my little Jaz sports the same pair but in white and she loves em:)
* Finish the weekend with a gorgeous dreamy wedding and my Mamas birthday + familia time. The light saber battle between cousins was the sweetest thing to witness this weekend:)

**Full and rich weekend friends 
Hoping you had a lovely weekend too!

**So Fix Your eyes not on what is seen but what is unseen". 2Cor.4:18

God bless!!, with much love, this girls journey
xoxo aligna

Thursday, June 21, 2012

A anniversary of sorts..thoughts for thursday


Awhile back.,well to be exact in May, i realized this little space of mine had a Anniversary!! 2 years ago i starting sharing pieces of my life, thoughts, pictures that bring me joy
And can i just say i was truly amazed that it had already been 2years! I mean really?? 
So as much as i wanted to celebrate this space and give a shout out to all who have read and encouraged me through this little wee blog:) I first wanted to read every blog post. I wanted to see what had changed and what my heart was sharing then..

Its taken some time for me to get through it all but i think some of my very first POST brought me to tears and i loved them so much. I realized i love who this girl is. I love how God made me.. and i have to be honest its taken a long time for me to love myself and find the joy in the simple things in life so to speak. I always thought my life had to be this certain way before i could be completely happy. That what i did or the title i carried had to give me my joy, my worth and peace. I've made peace with so many of my hang ups through this little haven. 

I love the fact that i get to share this little space most of all
with family and friends i never get to see. Some far some near
they all get to see and be apart of my everyday life.
And sometimes when new blogging friends get encouragement through  my own story and flaws i've shared..well folks there's really no greater feeling then to encourage and make a difference in another's life. 
So does it make it easy to write..um no. Especially when you know so many others are reading and of course when you share your heart you open that door for judgement. Because lets face it not everyone will like what you write or share sometimes. And thats a constant thing. I think about it and then i let it go. Its none
of my business what others think of me! I know Easier said then done. But when i choose to look at what my heavenly father says about his love for me and focus on the love and encouragement around me. I'm able to let go of my own harsh judgments of myself. 

The cool thing is when you learn the purpose of a thing you understand the role it plays in you life which free's you up to find the joy in it.I think i learned that this year and blogging became something else entirely. And so much is going to change with too. I'm a work in progress always changing and i do pray and hope that i continue to GROW! So i've set some goals..Words have power. I have some different intentions for what i want with this little space of mine..so change is coming 

And its all GOOD!

So here's a very late THANK you, GRACIAS!!! 
For all the love and words of encouragement i'm so very thankful:)

God Bless you on this Thursday!!
with much love, this girls journey
xoxo, aligna


Tuesday, June 19, 2012

LOVE&Reality TV or....not:\

Ok so first off i watched the Bachelorette last night while i tried my very best to tackle the four loads of laundry i have hiding in my bedroom:)) & which i NEVER watch until the last show if by chance i catch it just to see who they actually pick so i've always missed the process of how things are done on the show. Let me just say i was SHOCKED!! Of course once i started watching it i just couldn't stop i was like a deer caught in the headlights. 


I kept talking to the TV saying seriously?? I mean this is suppose to be your love story and this is how you want to meet him..
I really can't see the romance in kissing every single guy to try them out(SO GROSS), mess with each heart and then choose the best fit..ikk!
and then its seems  some people just want to be famous and are born stars and dare i already say the next Bachelor:)

I feel bad for that girl she seems so sweet and she's gorgeous so really do you need this type of show to find the man of your dreams? I don't think she should pick any of them!! I just kept thinking run run seriously! there has to be a better way for you to meet someone.
Of course i'm looking at this completely from a christian perspective, in that i really wish LOVE and finding your future mate wasn't destroyed and tainted by these kinds of reality shows. My daughter 
walked in while the Bachelorette was giving away the roses and asked about the show, i really was at a lost for words as how to explain what was going on..'so you see honey she is giving out roses for the guys she likes the best and then at the end she picks one to marry and their whole love story is taped for the world to see".. and to this i got the 'look' from my 7 year old that said it all! That is so weird!! yep your right honey this is not how you meet the man that God has for you this is all suppose to be entertainment..scary thought though
If this is entertainment for people its no wonder the show advertised for starting afterwards was sounding ten times worse and disgusting!

And so there you have it my little ramblings of mine are of course no judgement on those of you who do love the show REALLY!! I may not understand it though so forgive this girl for not biting in to this 
piece of reality TV.. i tried:\

God bless you on this Tuesday!
with much love, this girls journey
xoxo, aligna

Friday, June 15, 2012

Fridays WORD:)

For the love of Friday i will say one thing "Forgiveness"
Its so key to moving on and into something else in your life and these past two weeks 
and events held some really great training ground for god to work in this girls heart..
and honestly i think forgiveness is a continual process. You make the decision to forgive but with the understanding that the wound may open up again and if it does decide again even if just for yourself to forgive and move forward. Because I've found that unforgiveness makes us ugly if not sick even at times.. So do it for YOU!! Own your side of the problem and then release it..ah i feel better just saying it..I forgive them. I forgive you. I forgive me. 

Here's some really great wisdom i found to be a lot of help and comfort through the challenge of 
forgiving



    Colossians 3:13 

    Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 
    Lewis B. Smedes wrote in his book, Forgive and Forget, "When you release the wrongdoer from the wrong, you cut a malignant tumor out of your inner life. You set a prisoner free, but you discover that the real prisoner was yourself."
      Luke 6:37 
      Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.
            Matthew 18:21-22 
        Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, "Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?" Jesus answered, "I tell you, not seven times, but 
              seventy-seven times. (NIV)
            I really thank God he's forgiven me of so much and that he continues to work this out in me

            Happy weekend to you!! 
            and God bless
            P.S. this girls dreaming of living by the water so she can do this all summer:)
            with much love, this girls journey 
            xoxo-aligna

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Summer diaries 2012

June 4 2012

family vacation is in full swing
My heart soars at the sight of the lake before me
hands itching to hold those oars and feel the cool water glide beneath them
God meets me in the water he pours out his soothing grace,joy and promises flow into my thoughts and heart
hey i may not be seeing Unicorns but this Midwestern girl does get to see her occasional Turtle crossing to lay her precious eggs 









The children run from here to there like the summer breeze
You feel them but can't catch them
They are in heaven! Blissfully unaware of time and food and well that's saying something for my kids
Enjoying their new found freedom in the waters and wild that surrounds us..
I stand here basking in the sun marveling at the pure joy the comes from nature around us.
And my heart soars


with much love, this girls journey
God bless!!
xoxo- aligna