Monday, June 27, 2016

six things before Declare 2016

one month until Declare 2016! squealll! in honor of the 6th annual Declare Conference, i am sharing 6 things about me and linking up on the Declare blog with other attendees so we can get to know a little about one another before we meet face to face next month! can't wait!

my sweet friends and incredible declare co-hosts: anne, kristin, me, michelle & jen

1 //  If we were meeting in person, how would you introduce yourself? 

hi, i'm eryn. these are my two kids! (they are always with me) yes, we homeschool. i work part-time from home managing the social media channels for Seed Company, a ministry that translates the bible for people that don't yet have it in their language. i also teach zumba/cardio dance fitness twice a week- you should come try it sometime it's so much fun! oh, you're a blogger? have you heard of Declare? it's a conference for bloggers and writers and i am one of the hostesses. you would love it! it was so nice to meet you!

2 // What is your favorite thing to write and why?

lately my favorite thing to write is lists. i list things i love, things i'm doing, ideas, dreams, books i'm reading, products i'm using...six things to get to know me ;)  lists help me keep my thoughts organized and concise.  

3 // What is your favorite thing to read and why? 

oooh i love to read. if we're talking books, i like historical fiction, fiction based on true stories, and biographies. my favorite magazines are family, health, home related. as for blogs, my favorites are those that i can learn something like a recipe, a parenting or homeschooling tip, or a new resource/tool relevant to my life, be encouraged by devotionals or by stories that i can relate to, and be inspired by a DIY or home project, a health/fitness challenge, or by someone else sharing their goals/successes.

4 // If you could choose to do anything for a day, what would it be?

as it is, i am blessed to be able to design my days and do what i want/need for the most part. but if i'm really using my imagination and can do ANYTHING for one day, i think i would want to completely unplug and spend the entire day - sun up to sun down - relaxing on a resort on a beach somewhere tropical with my family. i'm definitely craving a beachy vacation right now!

5 // What’s one thing you love about your blog and one thing you’d like to improve?

i love that my blog is still (since 2005!) a place where i go to simply share my words and thoughts freely, in my own timing on my own schedule, never out of obligation, and never feeling like a burden or a job. keeping it protected like that hasn't been easy, it has meant turning down opportunities, even financial ones, and going against the grain in many bloggy ways. but i'm sure if i hadn't been careful about protecting this space, i would have succumbed to burnout a long time ago. 
i would like to improve the design/layout/functionality. i don't need anything fancy, just a few updates here and there to make it aesthetically pleasing and current. purely for vanity purposes.      

6 // [Lightening Round] Would you rather …

Read on Kindle or paperback? paperback books for president!
Drink coffee or tea? either! both! don't make me choose!
Go to a musical or a movie? movie.
Vacation at the beach or the mountains? beach, please!
Have an exciting night out or a relaxing night in? relaxing night in.
Watch sports, play sports, or no sports? watch and cheer!

"And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near." Hebrews 10:24-25

your turn! share six things about you on the Declare blog link-up HERE! see you at Declare! 

Thursday, June 16, 2016

for heart + for health

// declare conference: i have a very special place in my heart for this annual event and the community of women who come together to use their voices, platforms, and online presence to share the Good News of the gospel. Declare is to equip, grow, and connect so that we can be effective digital evangelists, pointing newsfeed scrollers to truth and Jesus. there are only a handful of tickets available, and we have been praying for each woman who God sends.
"do you understand what you're reading?" Philip asked the eunuch who was reading Isaiah.the eunuch replied, "how in the world can i, unless someone guides me?" (Acts 8:27-31, paraphrased)

// she reads truth: i love reading devotionals and commentaries and personal testimonies, but studying the bible is my absolute favorite. reading line by line, digging deeper for context and history, maps, timelines, etymology, and metaphors! so naturally, i'm a fan of bible studies and reading plans. the SRT study guides are thorough but also prompt deeper introspective thinking. the can be done independently or with a small group. and the workbooks they produce are GORGEOUS.

// manda carpenter: do you know manda? she doesn't know me but she is one of the best reads in my inbox. she's an encourager who loves Jesus and is simply sharing her story. she's authentic. i dig authenticity. we have stuff in common and i relate to her. often i'll read something she's written and think to myself MANDA YOU TOOK THE WORDS RIGHT OUT OF MY HEART. "I believe there isn’t a single person you would not love if you knew their story." -Manda Carpenter

// young living essential oils: i found this old wooden Coke crate at an antique shop and i LOVE it as my oil shelf! currently in my diffuser: lemongrass + orange + grapefruit. clean, citrus, fresh! smells like summer! i use lavender + coconut oil on my skin daily, patchouli or joy or stress away for perfume, and thieves household cleaning, sanitizing spray, and on the bottoms of barefeet for whole body healing. we are a YLEO-loving home for sure.

// kimberly snyder: another one of my favorites in my inbox, she a nutritionist with a holistic approach to health and beauty from the inside out. the Glowing Green Smoothie® is amazing- i try to make a pitcher of it every monday and drink a glass every day. easy way to get my daily dose of greens, it's delicious, and it makes me feel so good! she has awesome tips, resources, and recommendations for natural, healthy living. look at her instagram feed with all that clean food! nom! "you actually have so much control over your is rooted from the inside out with not only what you are eating, but also includes the impact that your emotions, thoughts and spiritual health have." -Kimberly Snyder

// beachbody: as a beachbody coach, i have the opportunity to lead others towards a healthier lifestyle through nutrition and fitness. having a healthy relationship with food and exercise - finding the balance between extreme/idolatry/obsession and lackadaisical/naivety/uninformed - is really important to me. beachbody provides the structure, guidance, and foundation for finding that balance, understanding how our bodies work with food, and helping others develop a healthy lifestyle. i'm part of a massive community of people who are striving towards living their best, healthiest life. plus! being a coach gets me discounts on workout programs, Shakeology, and let's not forget my five milliseconds of fame in the CIZE infomercial ;)  

// prayfit: fitness and nutrition is a big part of my life, yes. but first, Jesus. my heart belongs to Him, not to the gym ;) prayfit daily devotionals focus on bodily stewardship, encouraging us toward health and fitness, but above all, a personal relationship with Christ. there is a membership option that unlocks a plethora of resources including recipes, workouts, and small group curriculum. "life is not about bodyfat and muscle tone. it's about where our hearts are at and His grace eat right, train hard, but don't forget your purpose. God sees your heart and not what's on the surface." -Jimmy Pena

// zumba: i adore this photo taken the morning of 12/5 when Rox and i were certified to teach happy! what do you think of when you hear the word zumba? for me, zumba is a magical combination of dance, fitness, fun music, and friends. i am blessed to be able to co-teach a zumba fitness / cardio dance with her twice every week. how much fun to be able to start any given weekday morning with a dance party with friends!?!

// rodan + fields: i'm so freshly into this right now. it might contradict my all-natural-from-the-inside-out approach? but i have so much love for makeup and skincare products, so whatever. i feel like R+F is the grown up girl's Proactiv, which i've been using regularly for years. but i figure it's prime time to up my facial game! i got the redefine regimen and woah i love the way it makes my skin feel and look! i use it 2x daily and i would say within the first week i could see a difference in my skin: brighter, fewer lines, and smoother. i also use the R+F mineral powder enhancement and it has completely replaced my other foundation. it has SPF! i plan to try the unblemish regimen next.

how are you investing in your heart and in your health?