A Thought on Friendship

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Sometimes in life we just have to be the better person.  We have to be the stronger person.  We have to be the one to make the first move.  We have to be the one to break the ice. We have to be the one to say I'm sorry first.  We have to be the one to cause some "friction" to ultimately "smooth" things over.  Sometimes in life, we just have to roll up our sleeves and get dirty.
We need to have HOPE, when it seems like there may be none left.
We need to have FAITH, and believe in our loved ones when no one else will.
We need to LOVE our loved ones through it all, just as Jesus does.
We need to have DETERMINATION, to see our loves one through to victory.

No one walks into your life by happen chance.  There is a reason for everything.  Though some people may not be destined to be in your life forever, there is a reason that they are there.  And while they are there (whether it be short-term or long-term), I one hundred percent believe that it is our duty to be relentless in our hope, faith, love and determination for them. 

You will never know the impact that you could have on a person's life.  So wouldn't you want to make the best impact every single day.  When all is said and done to know that you have given it your all.
Relationships are not easy.  They are hard, hard work.  Whether it is maintaining a relationship with a parent, keeping in contact with your best friend from high school ten years down the line or making sure that fire is lit with your spouse.  Sometimes life hits your loved ones with a curveball, and though what they are going through may not directly involve you, you still feel the repercussions of it.  But through it all, lets choose to have hope, to not lose faith, to give love and show determination.  Lets fight for those relationships that matter.  After all, Jesus fought for and gave his life for us.
xoxo, Aukele
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DIY: Gold and White Cross Planter

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Did I mention lately that I've been loving me some gold?  Because if I haven't already, and if you're new to these parts of the interwebs - then ummmm.. yah! I have a little bit of an obsession (here and here).  Oh and I'm loving the crosses too.. by the way, FYI, if you didn't know now you know.  SIDENOTE: I would have hashtags all of those lil sayings after, "crosses too" but I thought it'd be a little bit too much.  Because if you didn't know - I do love me some Jimmy Fallon hashtag clips!  Especially the skits with Justin Timberlake and Jonah Hill.
As a disclaimer - I'm not a crafter, whatsoever.  I don't know what brushes to use for what.  Why brushes have different bristles (is that what it is called)?  Or whatever!  It took me quite a few quotes to paint these bad boys and not have the terracotta show through.  I'm not sure if it was the paint or the brushes I used to paint them - but I finally got it looking pretty decently.  

My crosses aren't all the same length in the rows - but it is unique and one of a kind.  A special kind of pretty - if you will! And don't you love that lil succulent?!  I've been wanting to do a little mini garden of succulents for awhile - but I'm horrible at making decisions, so this lil guy will do for now.  Let's call him Spike!

Spike is a Hawaorthia Attenuata succulent.  Also known as a zebra plant.  He hails from the Eastern Cape of South Africa.  Spike requires partial shade to full sun.  The brighter the light, the deeper shade of green he shows.  However, in full sun, Spike will turn into a beautiful reddish-purple color.  Spike doesn't really like to drink water all that much and only when he is on the verge of dehydration.  He is totally independent and doesn't like alot of attention.  Lastly - Spike will bloom anywhere from late to mid winter and an antenna will emerge from the center with smal white blooms.  You should snip it off when the bloom fades.  If you check out the head shot, you can see Spike already has his antenna, we're just waiting for him to bloom.

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God is NOT Dead

Friday, April 18, 2014

Forever - Kari Jobe
The moon and stars they wept
The morning sun was dead
The Savior of the world was fallen
His body on the cross
His blood poured out for us
The weight of every curse upon him
One final breath He gave
As Heaven looked away
The Son of God was laid in darkness
A battle in the grave
The war on death was waged
The power of hell forever broken

The ground began to shake
The stone was rolled away
His perfect love could not be overcome
Now death where is your sting
Our resurrected King has rendered you defeated

Forever, He is glorified
Forever, He is lifted high
Forever, He is risen
He is alive
He is alive

Forever, forever
You have overcome
Your resurrected King
You have overcome the grave
You have overcome
We sing Hallelujah
We sing Hallelujah
We sing Hallelujah
The Lamb has overcome

SPOKEN WORD - Isaac Wimberley
If there are words for Him then I don't have them.
You see, my brain has not yet reached the point where it could
form a thought that could adequately describe the greatness of my God,
and my lungs have not yet developed the ability to release a breath
with enough agility to breathe out the greatness of his love,

and my voice, you see,
my voice, is so inhibited, restrained by human limits
that it's hard to even sing the praise of…
You see if there are words for Him then I don't have them.

My God,
His grace is remarkable, mercies are enumerable,
strength is impenetrable, He is honorable, accountable, favorable,
He is unsearchable yet knowable, indefinable yet approachable, indescribable yet personal,
He is beyond comprehension, further than imagination, constant thru generations,
king of every nation.

But if there are words for Him then I don't have them.
You see, my words are few, and to try to capture the one true God,
using my vocabulary will never do,
but I use words as an expression,
an expression of worship to a savior,
a savior who is both worthy and deserving of my praise, so I use words.

My heart extols the Lord, blesses his name forever,
He has won my heart captured my mind and has bound them both together,
He has defeated me in my rebellion,
conquered me in my sin,
He has welcomed me into his presence,
completely invited me in.
He has made himself the object of my sight,
flooding me with mercies in the morning,
drowning me with grace in the night.

But if there are words for Him
then I don't have them.
But what I do have is good news,
for my God knew that manmade words would never do,
for words are just tools that we use to point to the truth,
so He sent His son Jesus Christ as "The Word", living proof,

He is the image of the invisible God, the first born of all creation,
for by Him all things are created, giving nothingness formation,
and by His words he sustains, in the power of His name,
for He is before all things and over all things he reigns, holy is his name,
so praise him for his life...

The way, he persevered in strife,
the humble son of God becoming the perfect sacrifice,
praise him for his death...

that He willingly stood in our place, that he lovingly endured the grave,
that he battled our enemy and on the third day rose in victory,

He is everything that was promised,
praise Him as your risen king,
lift your voice and sing for one day he will return for us
and we will finally be united with our savior for eternity, eternity.

So it’s not just words that I proclaim,
for my words point to "The Word" and "The Word" has a name,
hope has a name,
loye has a name,
peace has a name,
love has a name
and that name is Jesus Christ.

Praise his name forever!
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Currently Loving // 005

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

It's Tuesday yall! And I'm still kicking!!  First off, I have a HORRIBLE tooth ache.  I don't think I've ever had a tooth ache in my life.  Not one that keeps me up till 1:30am anyway.  Sad times.  My dentist couldn't see me on Monday and I'm not available when she is this week - so hmmmm?? We'll figure it out.  In the meantime, my sweet "R" gave me some Anbesol to try to help relieve some of the pain, and its working. Ok, ok guys, you can stop playing the violin, I'm done whining!

Moving on -

I totally forget how I found this shirt, but I kinda love it.  I don't think I'd have the balls to wear it, just because it's kind of rude.  I guess I just like the whole play on music since I play piano.  I shared it with some of my friends that I used to do music with back in the day and they all got a kick out of it.  You can purchase it here, and if you don't know (or couldn't figure it out), it says, "shut your face".

via Verily
Because if you didn't already know how much I love John Legend's "All of Me" song, Mary Rose at Verily Mag talks about it, along with a few other songs that, "evoke real love"

Y'all know I can't leave a "Currently Loving" post without a video, right?  Who does that anyway?  And so, without further ado - who doesn't love the Barden Bellas' finale on Pitch Perfect.  This just makes me all kinds of happy!!  I may or may not listen to the soundtrack on Spotify every once in a while #justsayin.

What?? Just three things?  I know I'm sorry.  I wish I could have talked about more, but honesty - my mouth is killing me and it's all I can think about!!  So I'm off - but I hope you all have an ABSOLUTELY AMAZING TUESDAY!!! Happy Tax Day!

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Monday Morning Coffee // 002

Monday, April 14, 2014

 Here we go again.  Another weekend gone to soon.

So if I were to wake up earlier than normal, and we were able to meet for coffee, I'd share with you that I got a ton done on my room!  I was able to get rid of my old desk and chair, re-homed by my friend for her son to use for homework!  And I also filled up a trash bag full of clothes to give to Goodwill.  I was also able to clean out and re-organize two drawers in my dresser, do a fun DIY Cork Coaster project and work on some other things that will be coming out sometime in the near future.  I'll give you a peak!!!
Yeah, I'm in love with it!  I am not too sure what I want to do with it, but I'm thinking maybe a 16x20 in my room, or something??  We'll see.

I also played around in the kitchen.  I wanted to make a pesto, but it kind of turned into a dressing!  Still tasted yummy.  Also made some DELISH oatmeal raisin cookies that I'll be posting soon (on hopefully) my new blog - dedicated only to food!!

This week will be absolutely SWAMPED! Mondays pretty much consume my life in meetings galore and fixing all the things that went wrong or needed to be changed over the weekend.  On Tuesday my new clerk is starting and I have a quality assurance quarterly meeting that takes up the majority of the afternoon.  On Wednesday I'll be training my new clerk all day as I'll be away from the office the next 5 days.  On Thursday I have an ANFP (Association of Nutrition & Foodservice Professionals) workshop all day long and Friday is a holiday.  I decided to make it a four day weekend for me and took Monday off as well.  So while I'll be enjoying next weekend, I'll be paying for it Monday-Wednesday FOR SURE!

Captain Obvious would tell you I'm just trying to stay afloat at work this week.  So aside from that - my goals are to finalize a new name for this ol blog here 91 Dash (what's going on? click here), finalize a name for my food blog, work on more creative expressions and keep on getting my bedroom organized and clutter free.

What are you up to this week?

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