Closing Comraderies: June {Top Ten Tuesday}

Closing Comraderies: June {Top Ten Tuesday}

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After a few months on the road, I will be home in less than a week!  For me, that means spending time with family and sleeping in my own room.  For you, that means the end of pre-scheduled posts.

Since today is the last day of June, it is time for another Closing Comraderies post.  However, I decided to do something a little different this month.  Below are ten of my favorite blogs (some of these have been comrades before, but they still deserve to be on the list).  Although I do not necessarily agree with everything that some of these blogs promote, I regularly frequent them and am inspired by their posts.  I hope you enjoy their pages as well!

My Ten Favorite Blogs

1. Refashionista

Refashionista is one of the first blogs I ever began following.  When I first found Jillian, I spent hours looking through her hundreds of refashions.  Here’s a fun fact:  before I had my own blog, I was featured on Refashionista!

2. What I Wore 2day

No one in the world dresses quite like Kasmira.  I admire her eccentric pairings and bold pattern mixes.  I will never pull off an outfit like she can!

3. The Oatmeal Artist

It was love at first bite when I tried Erin’s Orange Dreamsicle Overnight Oatmeal.  The rest is history.

4. Blogilates

I consider Cassey my personal trainer.  She posts new Pilates videos every Monday, and she regularly posts nutrition videos as well.  Unlike many online fitness instructors, Cassey is real and actually lives like a human.

5. North Western Images

Andy takes such gorgeous photos!  Every shot that he posts makes me want to pack up and travel to the North West.

6. Chocolate Covered Katie

Even though I don’t eat chocolate, I love looking through Katie’s gorgeous recipes.  In fact, I use her Voluminous Oatmeal Trick regularly during the school year.

7. Freckle Me Silly

With a balanced mix of humor and seriousness, Briana’s blog is sure to brighten your day.

8. Home-Made

If you are looking for simple, inexpensive DIY projects, this blog is perfect for you!

9. Eat, Pray, Work it Out

This recent college graduate simply posts about her day-to-day life.  The blog may be modest, but it is not mundane!

10. Laura Beth Eason

Like me, Laura posts about a little bit of everything.  One of the best lines I have read on her blog said, “If God is calling you to do something, then he already knows you are fully capable of doing it!”

I hope you enjoy visiting these blogs!  See you soon 🙂

Closing Comrades: May {A Southern Heart}

Closing Comrades: May {A Southern Heart}

I recently began expanding my blog’s footprint by joining some social media blog networks.  Just a few days after doing so, Julia at A Southern Heart posted that she was looking to partner with other Christian bloggers to share inspirational posts.  Within a week, we had made plans to collaborate.

A few weeks ago, I shared this post on Julia’s blog.  Now she is returning the favor by posting on mine.  Here is what she wrote:

These past few weeks have been absolutely crazy. After many sleepless nights of stressing over exams, papers, graduating, and everything in between, I realized something. I need to let go of things that are holding me back from the bigger picture. I came across this verse on my Bible App and it definitely  spoke to me, more than any verse ever has.

I’ve realized that things in my life are good, but they aren’t great, and definitely aren’t perfect. I’ve been lagging in my relationship with God and putting relationships with others first. This needs to change, and fast. I need to let go of things in the past (even if that past is this morning or afternoon) that are holding me back and move forward to a bigger and greater goal- my journey with God. 

  • “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.” Isaiah 44: 18-19 (NIV)

God is constantly in our lives, whether we see it or not. As we let go of things that are holding us back, we can focus on the more important goal of growing with God. 

  • “Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead. I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. All of us who are mature should take such views of things. And if on some point you think differently, that too God will make clear to you.” Philippians 3: 13-16 (NIV)

This verse translated from The Message is SO clear…it’s telling us exactly what to do and how we can stay on track. 

  • “So let’s keep focused on that goal, those of us who want everything God has for us. If any of you have something else in mind, something less than total commitment, God will clear your blurred vision- you’ll see it yet! Now that we’re on the right track, let’s stay on it.” Philippians 3: 15 & 16 (The Message)

God should be our goal, we should want to do everything with Him and for Him. I need Him in my life and I want Him. When things become unclear we have to trust in Him so that He will lead us in the right direction and keep us on track with our goal. But first, we must let go of what is holding us back.  It’s not going to be easy to let go; however, with God we can do it.

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I am very glad that I found Julia’s blog.  We have a lot in common, including a love for Lilly Pulitzer.

This post from her was very encouraging and truthful.  Most of us allow things of the past to hinder our present relationship with God, but He can “clear the blurred vision.”

Thanks for sharing, Julia!

Be sure to head over to Julia’s blog and share some love!

Closing Comrades: April {Travel Morgan Travel}

Closing Comrades: April {Travel Morgan Travel}

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Goodbye, April;  hello, Closing Comrade post!
This month, my Closing Comrade is Morgan from Travel Morgan Travel.   This adventurer is originally from Georgia (the state, not the country), is an Auburn graduate, and has lived internationally in Scotland and Ireland.  You can find out  more about Morgan here.Below is a post that she wrote last January while on her working vacation in Ireland.

My Auburn blanket is the one object that makes me feel at home.  Lauren Cooper (then Higgins and my roommate) gave me this blanket for my birthday freshmen year of college.  It’s been with me ever since.

I graduated from Auburn University Fall 2012, exactly 59 ½ years after my Papa, “big” Morgan Cantrell. Auburn has been a major part of our family since he first walked the Plains Fall of 1949.  Several of my family members attended Auburn University, but even more of us went to the football games. Our blood doesn’t run red (and it certainly does NOT run crimson); no, it runs orange and blue.  My Auburn blanket reminds me of that bond that our family shares.  And yes, I did stay up until 5:00am on several occasions this past season to watch my team play. 

War Eagle!!

 

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Thanks, Morgan, for sharing on my blog today.  It is amazing how something as simple as a blanket can brink comfort on long trips.  My trusty travel partner is also a blanket: the rubber duck blanket that my grandma gave me one year for Christmas.  It has been to countless states and numerous countries.

Head on over to Morgan’s blog and show her some love!