Hey there, my friend! So good to e-meet you!
Let me guess – you’re on a mission to live a more fulfilling, purpose-based life, touched by grace and beauty. Simple living is on your mind, but you’re not sure what that really means or how to get started. You value your faith but sometimes wonder how God really fits into the nitty-gritty of everyday life. You’re probably tired of feeling stressed out and overwhelmed and are thinking about how to be more mindful and feel at ease from day to day.
And at this very moment, you’re wondering if this might be the place to get some inspiration.
Am I close? If this is you, then grab yourself a cup of tea, and let’s get to know each other!
My name is Julie, and I am on a mission to give you the ideas, resources, and yes, the inspiration that you need to live a beautiful and grace-filled life.
Here in this little corner of the internet, you’ll find –
- Thoughts on living consciously with intention.
- Ideas for how to embrace simple living on your terms.
- Suggestions on how to build an amazing marriage & great relationships.
- Delicious & approachable recipes that are always filled with real-food goodness.
- Self-care ideas like how to be more mindful, fun ways to connect with nature, natural beauty, and fitness ideas to help you feel your best every day.
- Tips for creating a beautiful & inviting home.
- Inspiration for thoughtful, slow-style travels to expand your imagination.
- Gentle calls to embrace a spirit-filled & purposeful life.
- And, hopefully, a few laughs and smiles along the way.
What is beautiful & grace-filled living?
It’s kind of vague, isn’t it!? Is this simple living? Minimalism? Or maybe something more along the lines of making everything picture perfect and pretty like that drool-worthy Instagram feed you like to stock? Or does that whole grace thing mean we need to move like ballet dancers? Or look like Grace Kelly? Hmmm… I think not 😉
It seems that everyone has a different idea of what beautiful living and grace-filled living means. Which is great! Why the heck not!?
I have my own ideas, too…
In my life, beauty has a special place. I define beauty as reflecting God’s nature. It’s an invitation to see and know God. Beauty abundantly surrounds all of us if we are willing to open our eyes to see it. Of course, there is beauty in a stunning landscape, a pretty flower, or a lovely piece of artwork. But we also find beauty in the faces of the people we love, in a stranger’s smile, or in a warm greeting from a friend. Wherever there is grace, joy, elegance, inspiration, light, healing, forgiveness, integrity, thoughtfulness, kindness, and gentleness, there is beauty. I could throw more words in there, but I think you get the idea.
The cool thing is that we can consciously invite even more beauty into our lives every day! That’s what beautiful living is about – consciously and thoughtfully making the choices to fill our lives with beauty. Sometimes that means making hard or messy choices to stand for something we believe in, sometimes it’s about pausing before acting to make sure our actions are in alignment with our values, sometimes it’s about choosing a pretty or elegant outfit so we look and feel confident as we go about our day, or sometimes it’s as simple as lighting a candle to make a space feel cozier.
And grace-filled living?
Grace is receiving what we don’t deserve. A gracious person gives beyond what is expected. A graceful person fills a space with beauty beyond what is anticipated. The grace of God gives us life. Grace says you are enough as you are. Grace invites us to set aside striving and rest in the moment.
Grace-filled living for me means embracing and receiving the grace and abundance that generously infuses the world around me and allowing it to fill my thoughts, choices, and actions. It means embracing beauty, joy, freedom, generosity, kindness, thoughtfulness, gentleness, and ease. As the pastor of my church recently encouraged, it means seeing, savoring, and celebrating grace.
So beautiful & grace-filled living? Long story short – it means consciously and thoughtfully infusing beauty and grace into our daily lives, and allowing it to shine through us in everything we do.
Will you join me in choosing beautiful & grace-filled living, too?
Finally, brothers and sisters, fill your minds with beauty and truth.
Meditate on whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is good, whatever is virtuous and praiseworthy.
A little about me and my journey…
I am a recovering perfectionist learning how to let go of people-pleasing, over-achieving, and fear-based living. I love personal growth and education and have worked with some amazing mentors over the years who have helped me embrace joy, ease, and grace.
Have I figured it all out? Heck, no! I struggle as much as the next person with all of those perfectionist tendencies, doubts, and self-sabotaging voices. I tend to get stuck striving for the future and miss the joy of the moment. Sometimes I play the victim or pull out the judgment card. But I am lucky enough to have learned how to recognize these tendencies for what they are (well, at least some of the time), put them in their place when they show up (more often than I used to), and move forward in God’s grace.
My journey has led me to a truly beautiful life that I am immensely grateful for every day. I have a wonderful husband, live in a dream location, travel frequently, do work that I love, and am blessed with the opportunity to craft a life lived on purpose. If that isn’t the gift of grace, I don’t know what is!
A handful of fun facts ~
I am a Pacific Northwest girl at heart and call Wenatchee, Washington, a semi-rural town nestled in the eastern foothills of the Cascade Mountains, home.
I’m very much an introvert, and will almost always choose a cozy night at home with a good book over a night out.
For the last several years I’ve worked as a food blogger and am self-publishing my first cookbook. Check it out over at TasteOfThePlace.com.
I went to the University of Washington and finished my degree (Russian Language and Literature) early. As a result, I was able to spend my last few quarters at university studying fun subjects like drawing and dance.
Trail running is a huge passion of mine. I adore exploring the hills and mountains near my home and love the peaceful solitude of a lonely trail through the woods.
I ran my first ultramarathon – a 50k (yes, indeed, that’s 31 miles!) – in October of 2017.
Once upon a time, I was a yoga teacher in the resort town of Sunriver, Oregon.
I love a good cabernet franc (a medium-bodied red wine with a unique and playful flavor that reminds me of dusty cocoa powder), especially one from the Columbia Valley in Washington. Pair it was some French Bûcheron (a semi-soft goat cheese) and I am in heaven!
I play the piano and am very slowing working on my performance skills. I’m blessed with jittery hands that turn into full-on shakes when I get nervous – so it’s a patience and humility filled process!
What about you?
What’s your story? What’s grabbing your attention and inspiring you at the moment? What are you struggling with and working through? I want to know! Let’s keep the conversation going. Drop me a note on Instagram or Facebook, or in the contact form below, and tell me a bit about yourself.
Until next time my friends, grace and beauty to you!