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Friday, February 10, 2012

rockstars. & four favorites.

"You CAN do this." I whispered aloud to myself that winter night when everything I wanted slipped from my grasp and staring me in the face was one of my biggest fears.
 "You are a rockstar."
Because a few months earlier, when push came to shove - I decided that no matter what was happening in my life, no matter what losses I faced, no matter how scared I felt.... I wasn't going to stay in bed with the covers over my head. I wasn't going to be too scared to love ever again. I wasn't going to shut down. Believe me, I wanted to. I wanted to throw in the towel and say "forget it". But I decided, I was going to rock it out.
During that hard season of my life, I used to sit on the floor of my little apartment, all alone. And I would read through the Psalms until I stopped crying. God's grace and love would wrap me up in peace and I would rest in Jesus.

After experiencing pain, loss and broken dreams - I think you and I are sometimes too scared to enjoy or embrace life again. We are more comfortable staying in a negative state of mind, a depressed mood. Then, if an unexpected bad thing happens - I won't be let down. Nothing can steal my happiness, because you see - I am not all that happy anyway.

I've been thinking about this lately and about my own heart. I've found I have fallen into monotony lately, being too scared to dream or laugh. Because it is safer, easier to just be "down". Because, if you're down, you can't be let down. But, I think we are stealing joy from ourselves that God wants to give us. We have hope. We have eternity with the Lord.
No matter what painful situation we face, in the end ... it is going to be okay. Maybe not today, but someday.

You, my dear...you are a rockstar. And rockstars love life. They aren't too scared to laugh and dance and sing. Even though they know, in a moment's time - life's unexpectedness could "rip the rug out from under" them and change everything. Rockstars might cry themselves to sleep night after night. But they find a reason to smile in the morning. Rockstars are brave. They embrace the good things in life. They might be scared, but they take a deep breath and they do it. They trust God. They choose to believe. They have faith. And they wear red lipstick on days when they wanna cry.


Take a deep breath, girl. You're almost there.
Keep climbing, keep dreaming, keep reaching.
You can do this. You're a rockstar.

And when you feel like you can't keep going - keep pushing forward.
Look for the joys.

I did this week...

{perfect summer days...in February}

lovely, whispy clouds against the brightest of blue skies.


{my cuddly kitten}


{Making some pretty little things}

i will be sharing my new etsy shop with you very soon!

{Homemade Baked Chips...and salsa!}
One of my go-to favorite snacks.
I had a few requests after sharing the picture on Twitter when I made these this week, so for those interested -
here's my little recipe:

-Corn Tortillas
-Sea Salt
-Olive Oil Cooking Spray
-Cookie Sheet
Cut corn tortillas into 6 slices (like a pizza!) Arrange on greased cookie sheet, spray evenly with Olive Oil cooking spray, sprinkle with salt. Bake in the oven at 425 degrees for about 6-8 minutes, flipping chips over half way through the baking time.
Super easy. Healthier than fried chips. And yummy.

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Keep your head held high. Keep going. Keep moving. Keep your faith. You just might find who you're supposed to be. Don't give up now.

Rock it out.

XO

me.



Friday iPhone Photo Drop
{from instagram, to follow search: erin_sweetnessitself}

23 comments:

  1. Ah so great Erin. i think we had some similar experiences and picking yourself up and refusing to hide away is the best decision we could have ever made. "There may be pain in the night but joy comes in the morning." I always reflect on this song and realize how much God has blessed us with. Love the post and aren't ya just enjoying our summer in February. Go L.A!

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  2. I LOVE your Friday posts! :)

    I see a Statbucks cup...what is your drink of choice?!

    It's been SO WARM here the past few days too! 80s!

    I DIDN'T KNOW YOU WRE STARTING AN ETSY SHOP!!! SO AWESOME!

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  3. Aww I love your kitty! So cute! :)

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  4. Needed this post today so very much. I love your transparency. The beach pictures didn't hurt either, since it's 1o degrees and snowing in the Midwest this morning! Thank you dear friend!! :)

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  5. LOVED this post! You are a rockstar, girl :)

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  6. I love this whole entire post :)
    This line "And they wear red lipstick on days when they wanna cry." is SO cute.

    You're awesome, girl!

    PS - I have a little black kitten, too!
    xo!

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  7. For some reason as I was reading this post, it made me think of Rodney Atkins' If You're Going Through Hell (Before the Devil Even Knows).

    It defintely has felt like summer!

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  8. Also, a good rockstar song to rock out too is Kelly Clarkson's What Doesn't Kill You (Stronger) :)

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  9. Oh, thank you so much for this post! I needed to read it, and did so with tears in my eyes. I admire you're vulnerability to share this. We are rockstars!

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  10. I think this just became one of my favorite posts EVER! Seriously girl, you are so inspirational!

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  11. your posts are so perfect, girlfriend. this morning has been not so great, and when I read this post, it made my morning so much better....rock it out...

    xo
    purposelyathome.blogspot.com

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  12. Awesome :) Some of us definitely need that reminder from time to time.

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  13. Love all your posts girlfriend, you are a rockstar and never fail to inspire me!

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  14. Oh, I hear you a million times over on this! A constant struggle for me. *hugs*

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  15. this is EXACTLY what I needed to hear today! sometimes I think this last year of college is going to kill me (dramatic, no?), but of course it's not more than God and I can handle!

    -- Emily

    PS. love your lipstick! what is it?

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  16. I love that headband you made and cannot wait to see your Etsy shop! I'm jealous of your perfect summer days - I am looking outside at white flakes coming down and laying a quilt over everything outside. It's beautiful, but I would love some summer weather just now anyway.

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  17. can your next blog be: How I do my hair and makeup? :-) So beautiful!

    ps. i'm not kidding. :-)

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  18. Wonderful post! I'm guilty of staying sad or being in a bad mood just so I won't be let down by anyone or anything. I agree with you though, it feels like we're stealing joy from ourselves that the Lord wants us to have. That's definitely something to remember! Looks like the weather has been gorgeous there!

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  19. LOVE the pics!!! This post is so true to all of us. It is easier to go through life hiding, but if we get out & shine so many wonderful/unexpected things are bound to happen.

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  20. Your headbands are too cute! And I love the part about the red lipstick. Too true... sometimes you just have to do it! :)

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  21. Erin,
    I love your blog! You are such an inspiring girl. For some reason I have been needing to hear something like this post the past few weeks. It is so true! It is not worth it to be down when we TRULY have SO many reasons to be filled with joy through Christ!!!!
    One thing that someone once told me was that as followers of Christ we are not called to be "happy all the time" but to be "joyful in all circumstances". Joy is so much different than happiness and doesn't depend on ones situation, but soley on what God has done and sacrificed for us!!! Have an amazing week :)

    Allie Ruth Morris
    acatchychorus.blogspot.com

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sweet friends, share your heart.

"kind words are like honey...sweet..and healing.." -proverbs 16:24.

xo.

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