December 2016 Goals

December 2, 2016

calliedavis-vail-1003 December, you make my heart so happy.

For the first time in our marriage, Jamie and I will be spending this Christmas in our home. For the past two years we have gone skiing with my family for the week of Christmas, which has been amazing. But I have to admit, I am so excited to spend this Christmas in our home. We got our first real Christmas tree (!!), have filled our home with so many lovely Christmas decorations and we’ve begun to make all of our Christmas celebration and tradition plans. I mean, come on, who doesn’t love this month?!

I’m most looking forward to being with those I love and celebrating Christmas for it’s real meaning – the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. In a John Piper advent devotional that I’m reading this month, I read this paragraph that really struck me. “The only people whose soul can truly magnify the Lord are people like Elizabeth and Mary – people who acknowledge their lowly estate and are overwhelmed by the condescension of the magnificent of God.” This is my prayer this month, for you and for me – Lord make us like Elizabeth and Mary. Make us people who acknowledge our lowly estate and are overwhelmed by Your magnificence.

December Goals

Be present and enjoy all that comes with the Christmas season
Goal setting for 2017

November 2016 Goals

November 1, 2016

calliedavis-holbox-1008 (Image from our trip to Holbox, Mexico)

And just like that October came and went in the blink of a eye. It’s hard for me to think that it is already November and in just two months, we will be entering into a new year. I’m already beginning to think about my goals and dreams for 2017, but I have to remind myself that we still have two months left in 2016 and it’s important to finish this year strong.

A lot has changed for us this month. Jamie got offered a new job and our marriage and faith in the Lord has been strengthened more than ever through this process, as it was probably the biggest decision we’ve made so far in marriage. I’m so excited for him and his future, and I can’t wait to cheer him on as he embarks on this new adventure! To celebrate, we took a trip to Tulum, Mexico. Yes, as you are reading this, we’re probably laying on a beautiful beach or eating delicious tacos with chips and guacamole. I promise to blog about our trip later! One of my main goals for 2016 was to love Jamie well and know him deeper. Each time we take a trip together, we leave feeling more alive and connected, which is definitely what we need after the full month of October. I’m looking forward to getting away, turning off the distractions and spending a whole week of quality time together, just the two of us.

Finish reading The Nightingale
Read Present Over Perfect
Spend 1 week in Mexico with Jamie (!!)
Shoot 2 rolls of personal film
Blog about our chicken coop
Add “Our Home” page to the website
Finish needlepointing my Christmas stocking (didn’t quite finish this last month)
Enjoy and rest in our weekend(s) with no plans
Celebrate Thanksgiving with both of our families

October 2016 Echos

October 13, 2016

With the extremely hot and humid summer that we had this year, I have been anxious for Fall;  the cool weather that calls for boots and sweaters, and the warm tones that go along with Thanksgiving season. Right now I am loving layering and transition pieces – midi skirts, long sleeve maxi dresses, booties and bold accessories. I am also loving anything that is the color wine and dark florals!

Lost Valley Bootie | Choker |  Lace Midi SkirtGold Flatware | Fur Stool
Garden Maxi Dress | Paisley Bandana | Teal Tassel Earrings | Finge Purse

October 2016 Goals

October 4, 2016

calliedavis-farmersmrkt-1004 Fall has arrived! I’ve got my mulling spices simmering in my mini crock pot, my cozy sweaters anxiously waiting to be worn, and my gardening tools ready to switch out the flowers on our front porch with mums, pansies and cabbage. The weather is slowly beginning to cool down here in North Carolina, and I’m looking forward to curling up with a good book and hot apple cider in front of our gas log fireplace.

Begin reading The Nightingale
Shoot 2 lovely weddings
Serve on the Encouragement Crew at Making Things Happen!
Celebrate Olivia and Andrew‘s marriage
Run 3 times a week / Begin training for the 8K Turkey Trot
Celebrate Jamie and a big milestone
Shoot 1 roll of personal film
Spend a girls weekend (#thefivecinques) in Greenville, SC
Finish needlepointing my Christmas stocking

October, you are full of so many things that light my heart on fire! I like you already.