Back when I lived in China, I wrote regular “Life Lately” posts to share what I was doing or learning that particular week. Those posts were both informational for readers and therapeutic for me. I enjoy processing through putting words out into the world. So since this blog is new, I want to continue that pastime with weekly “Life Lately” posts on Fridays. Here, I’ll share what I’m learning, reading, doing, etc. while including links to resources that may be valuable to others!
Wow – have I been learning a lot over the past two weeks! Jonathan and I have been married for a total of 13 days, and they’ve been some of the sweetest days I’ve ever experienced. It’s been fun to learn how to navigate our schedules as we mostly jumped back into normal life after only a mini-honeymoon. We’re taking an actual honeymoon in June once school is out! I feel like God’s already teaching me a lot about humility as I seek to put Jonathan’s needs before my own.
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In premarital counseling, our pastor recommended we read New Morning Mercies together each day. Because of our varied work schedules, we don’t always read it in the morning, but it’s nice to recenter on God at the end of the day before we drift off to sleep. We received both New Morning Mercies and The Love Dare Devotional as wedding gifts, and we’re looking forward to maintaining a daily habit of reading and praying together.
Through years of working toward clearer skin and keeping unnecessary chemicals off of my face, I’ve learned a lot about natural beauty products. Even though I still swear by Clinique’s Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel to apply before foundation, at bedtime or on days I don’t wear makeup, I love to use jojoba oil. You don’t need very much of it (only a few drops) but it helps your skin maintain its natural moisture. When I first put it on, my skin may feel slightly greasy. But after 15-20 minutes, it tends to soak into my skin without leaving it oily.
Oh how I adore podcasts! As I’ve been getting things set up at our new house, I’ve been listening to ALL THE PODCASTS. My friend, Rebecca Peet’s new podcast, Woven, has been one of my favorites! She and her co-host (also Rebecca), started off their show by talking about body image. The information they share is very timely for our current society!