2017 Inspiration in Pictures

I don’t have any specific goals for this year. It just feels like too much pressure. Rather, I have some inspiration. There are things I want to do, see, accomplish, and experience. Ultimately, I’m leaving what happens in 2017 up to God. He’s way better at planning than I am. I’m just going to follow His lead. Love God and love people. That’s what I want to do every single day.

I hopped on Pinterest and started an inspiration board for the upcoming year. Actually, I named it my 2017 Happy Board. I browsed around and wanted to see what would catch my attention. Some things surprised me (I didn’t pin as many travel pictures as I thought I would), and some things definitely didn’t (I pinned all kinds of dogs).

So, here’s a breakdown of my inspiration for 2017!


It appears that I want 2017 to include copious amounts of coffee, studying my Bible, and writing.

Really, though, I am determined to get on some sort of a writing schedule for my book. I’m thinking I may lock myself in our office for a few hours on my days off of work or head to a coffeeshop so I’m not tempted to do household chores. Either way, I don’t want to stress about it too much. I love the quote I pinned, too. I need to believe I can finish my book!

As for the Bible studying, I’m going to study the women of the Bible this year and seeing what God has to show me in their stories. I’m currently reading Ruth and really enjoying it. She was such an upstanding woman.


Ah, creativity. This didn’t surprise me one bit. Anything that involves a paint brush, camera, or any type of crafting makes me happy.

I’m inspired to use my camera and capture memories big and small. I’m also hoping to frame some of my watercoloring if I deem it acceptable, haha.


Gardening, yoga, campfires, and house projects. A random conglomeration, yes, but I’d like to make each of these things happen.

I’m already wistfully counting down the days until Jimmy and I can start our garden again. I’m hoping to paint a coral accent wall in our office, refinish a bookshelf in our living room, have campfires with Jimmy, and continue to practice yoga. Bonus points if Malcolm joins me 😉


Dogs. Always dogs. I don’t know if this means I’d like to have another (eek!), or if I just want to keep pet sitting as much as possible. Either way, I hope 2017 involves lots of dogs. The volunteer quote is so true. I’ve been in contact with an organization I applied to volunteer with in the upcoming year. Hopefully I’ll be able to share more details soon!

Oh, and how pretty is that bedroom? Jimmy and I might do a bedroom overhaul this year. We’re thinking of getting a headboard, maybe painting a peacock blue accent wall, and just updating our sparsely decorated bedroom. The top right picture reminds me that I want to have as many dates with my sweet husband as possible.


This last collage is totally random, haha. The cake is inspiration for Hannah’s bridal shower. Yes, I am making her bridal shower cake and I am so pumped! The kitchen is another renovation I’d like to work on this year. Mostly, I just want to repaint our cabinets and walls.

Hot cocoa reminds me of coziness, and I I’ll take as much of that as I can get this winter. The bottom right picture is from Washington DC. It has been a few years since I’ve visited and I’d love to go again. The top right picture is always what I hope to be. It reminds me to love others as much as possible.

While it may sound kind of silly, writing this post helped me have more of a focus for what I’d like this year to look like. I’m praying I will follow God’s lead for my life and do my best every day.

Happy New Year!



I’ve always been intrigued by collections. When someone tells me they have some sort of collection, I just have to see it. Whether it’s coins, dolls, stamps, or mugs, it’s usually pretty interesting.

Jimmy and I were watching American Pickers the other night, and there was a former race car driver who collected Nascar memorabilia and old race cars. It got me thinking about what I collect.

I used to collect postcards and quarters when I was younger, but I fell off the wagon with those 😉 These days I have a few things I like to collect, but they aren’t actually material items. I collect names I like, favorite scriptures, and affirmations or quotes that really speak to me.


I’m pretty sure I drive Jimmy absolutely nuts with questions about whether or not he likes a name. He usually doesn’t because I have quite the propensity to be attracted to unique names. He actually (jokingly) told me he wants me to sign a contract that I will give him a “name-asking break” while we’re on vacation, haha.

A few of my favorite guy names are Arslan, Miles, and Ryder. For girls, I love the names Blythe, Katya, and Natalia.

When I see or hear a name I like, I’ll write it down and say it over and over just to hear the sound of it. I also love to look up the meaning of a name. It’s fun when I hear a name I like and like the meaning of it.

Collecting my favorite Bible verses and affirmations in one place is pretty easy because Pinterest is full of awesomeness.

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I have a whole board dedicated to scripture and inspiring messages that makes me so incredibly happy and encouraged every time I look at it.

A few of of my favorite scriptures:

  • Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. Luke 18:1
  • I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13
  • Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. Philippians 4:6

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As for affirmations and quotes, I love these:

  • Don’t let your struggle become your identity.
  • Sometimes you win, sometimes you learn.
  • It does not matter how slowly you go, as long as you don’t stop.
  • Be the person you needed when you were younger.

Be who you needed when you were younger

Do you collect anything?

What are your favorite scriptures/quotes/affirmations/names?