February came in with a bang and carried a nasty snow storm along with it. I don’t know what the groundhog had to say about that but I am pretty sure it’s a good sign that the snow is sticking around for a while. Though if you live in the Midwest near where I do, you know that there’s still a chance it could be 50 or 60 degrees the day after it snows. Talk about weather that can’t make up it’s mind!
Other than the addition of snow, this week has been a bit of an emotional roller coaster. I have been struggling with more fatigue and forced to fight with my anxiety a few times. But I am also feeling hope for the path that I am taking with many different areas of my life. It’s a new thing for me to feel a sense of confidence in myself but I like it. I am also rejoicing with some friends and their announcements of little ones but grieving for another who had to say goodbye too soon.
Links & Loves
I have been thinking for a while about doing a weekly post like this where I share links to posts I have been reading or just sharing some things I am loving. After reading some great posts that I knew needed to be shared, I decided that this week was a great time to start! So here’s my favorite links and loves for this week.
It’s Never Too Late to Set Goals…No Matter How Small by Ashley (that’s me!) on Young Wife’s Guide: Check out my newest post over on Young Wife’s Guide! I wrote this post in hopes to offer you encouragement if you are in a season of struggling or if you simply haven’t been good at setting or keeping goals in the new year.
Quit Being So Grateful by Becky Kopitzke: Gratitude is a wonderful thing but sometimes trying to be grateful isn’t always the best answer. This post really hit home for me and I hope it does for you too if this is an area you struggle with.
Put Down Your Sword, Sister by Holley Gerth: I am constantly amazed how Holley’s words have the capacity to speak into my heart when I need it most. I love her look into how we can often be our own worst enemy.
I am loving my slow cooker! Last weekend I planned out meals for two weeks and made sure to add plenty of slow cooker options as well as simple meals for busy nights. It has been a while since I was in the habit of regularly planning meals but I am determined to keep up with it! This week has been much smoother as far as meals go and purposely using my slow cooker multiple times is a life saver for sure.
I made these three slow cooker meals this week:
- Slow Cooker Zuppa Toscana – My recipe found here on Joyful Thrifty Home
- Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore – From Eat at Home
- Pulled Pork – From 100 Days of Real Food
I am loving Francesca Battistelli’s newest album, If We’re Honest. I love how it’s a perfect mix of joyful and contemplative but also speaks to my soul. Sometimes, I just let it play on repeat all day. I made the quote image at the top of the post from the song He Knows My Name.
Find a great article or have something you are loving this week?
Share in the comments, I would love to hear from you!
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