Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Finish This: Week Seventeen

Joining the link-up fun with Nicole at Three 31, Jen at The Arizona Russums, Becky at The Java Mama, and Lisa at Coastlined.

My last growing pain was spiritually, probably last week when the Lord told me yet again that it's wonderful to be different from my friends and to stop comparing myself. My last physical growing pain was last night when my dance aerobics instructor led the longest 3 minute arm exercise ever!

I grow and nurture friendships by inviting people into my home and focusing on connecting our hearts, not just making sure they're physically comfortable. I tend to get task-oriented over people-oriented, so I have to be intentional about giving my whole self to the person or people I'm with.

The most guilt-free snack I enjoy most Veggie Straws!!! I blogged about them here, and I still love them. If you need some salty crunchiness, grab a bag of these. Or if you're craving something sweet, black bean brownies are a thing. Substitute black beans {drained and rinsed well} for the egg and oil and add it to a box of brownie mix. Stir it up and bake it for approximately 45 minutes {follow the guidelines on the brownie box}, maybe a little longer than the directions. It's really yummy and has a kind of cake texture.

The best reason to stay up all night ...hmm, I can't say that I've stayed up ALLLLL night, but I did stay up way later than usual to read both The Fault In Our Stars and Redeeming Love. Both I stopped, slept, and woke up and finished.
On New Year's Eve 2013, Cami and Samara and I stayed up until FOUR in the morning, just talking. Reading and talking with friends are probably the best reasons to stay up late, but even with a great book or great friends, 2am is this Cinderella's midnight and I turn into a pumpkin!

If I were stranded on a desert island, I'd hope and pray that I had a good book or six! Plus sunscreen, because holy moly I would be a lobster otherwise. Plus some mixed drinks, because reasons. Oh, and if my sisters or bestie or bosom friend could come, too, that'd be great.

If you want to Finish This, leave your answers in the comments or add your post to the link-up. See you next week!


  1. Hi! Visiting from the link up. I love, love, love veggie straws! I just have to be careful not to eat the whole bag in one sitting! So addictive!

  2. I almost always grab those Veggie straws and always put them back... I keep hearing about the Fault in Our Stars.. i guess I need to break down and read it. Black Bean Brownies? I do have a new found love for the black bean.. but brownies?

    1. Eat them! Indulge! :)
      Oh, grab some tissues first. And the movie comes out June 6...can't wait!
      The brownies are actually quite good!

  3. I have yet to read TheFaul In Our Stars but here great things about it. I'm right there with you on the comparison thing, it's so hard sometimes.

  4. Oooh, how was the Fault in our Stars? I can't decide if I should read it or not. And I 100% agree with your reasons for staying up! Just last night I didn't sleep until 2:30ish because we just started talking and I hate to stop when we're having lovely conversations :-)