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Welcome!

Another day, another adventure.

Thank you for visiting The Curve and the Calling. This lifestyle blog will give you a glimpse into the beautiful mess that is my life. There will be laughs, there may be a few tears, but my hope is that you will always find something here that will spark your creativity, or at the very least, inspire a smile.

I live on the curve and I’m constantly finding and pursuing my calling. Through grace, creativity, and Christ I’ve found my happy place in my life, and I believe it is worth sharing with others. That’s how The Curve and the Calling was born.

In the past, I’ll admit, I’ve been a bit of a serial blogger…

Through college I created and briefly maintained a total of four blogs. Each with very different themes and content; A testament to how desperately I was trying to find my “way” during those four years of discovery.

But I’ve found it – the “way”. Or at least, I’m a lot closer to finding it than I was back then. I can’t wait to share with you the things that have brought me so much fulfillment, joy, and contentment, as well as all the bumps and messes along the way.

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Sweet Summertime

I L-O-V-E summer. It’s hands down my favorite season. I love the heat, the camping, the traveling, the swimming, the long days, the campfires, the crickets and cicadas singing their songs outside my window at night, the smell of grass and cornfields, the tan lines, the parties, the fireworks – I LOVE IT ALL.

Our summer has been a whirlwind so far! In June, my husband and I journeyed across the globe to the U.K. and France; spending some time in London, Oxford, and Bristol, and then in Paris. It was a non-stop adventure from the time our wheels lifted off of US ground. The time we spent together and the experiences we got to share were invaluable to us. For a couple of weeks, we got to take off our “mom” and “dad” nametags that we’d worn (very proudly) for the last 8 months, and simply be “husband” and “wife” again. It was a trip we will never forget.

Shortly after we got back, I left for my annual trip to good ‘ol Owensboro, Kentucky for the ROMP Music Festival (which I wrote about here last year). It was another fantastic weekend of music, dancing, and camping with my family. I always say, there’s nothing like listening to live music under an open sky, especially in the company of those you love most.

With a little time in between travels, I’ve been enjoying every second of the sweet summer heat with my little Emery girl. She’s at such a fun age where all the new sites and sounds of summer leave her squealing with joy. She loves summer just as much as her momma and has become quite the water baby. Our weeks are filled with lots of outside playtime, walks at the park, baby reading time at the library, and staying cool in the pool (:

In a few short weeks, we’ll leave for our annual trip to Missouri to go camping in the Ozarks with my family and friends (also posted about that here last year). Swimming, tubing, canoeing, horseback riding, dancing – it’s a blast! It’s a trip we look forward to all year long, and we can’t wait to see what baby girl thinks of it!

Well, I just thought I’d post a quick update about what’s been going on in my little world. I’ve been so swept up in sweet summertime, and it’s been a blast. I hope your summer is treating you well too!

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10 Things You Probably Don’t Know About Me

I’ve been so surprised by the following this little blog has accumulated. I’m having so much fun writing and getting feedback from you guys! You’ve shown me so much love and support with every post I’ve made. So, I thought I’d take some time today to share with you a little about me (:

I’m different, a little quirky, and I love to make lists. So, here’s a list of ten things you may not know about The Curve and The Calling’s author, Sara Grace:

1. I often forget how young I am.

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I’ve always been a bit of an old soul, but only in the sense that I have a taste for things that were “before my time” (ie. music, movies, fashion), and not in a hipster I-liked-it-before-it-was-cool kind of way. I’ve just always been like that. I preferred old scratchy records and Hepburn movies over Barbie dolls and cartoons even as a child. I’ve always related well to generations older than mine. A lot of this has to do with my upbringing; my parents were (are) pretty cool cats 😉

2. I once worked retail, and I HATED it.

I like to think I’m a good worker, a go-getter. You give me a job, and I’ll get it done. But when I worked in retail, I HATED it. I’m a people person, and I love shopping, but I was so miserable in my retail job. I only worked there for one year during college and I’m honestly surprised I lasted that long. I’m not even sure why, but it’s just not for me.

3. I’m currently working on…

Being more present.

Getting involved in my community.

Being more intentional in my marriage.

4. I don’t have cable or satellite TV, and I don’t need it.

Not a big TV gal. We have Hulu and Netflix and that works just fine for me.

Continue reading “10 Things You Probably Don’t Know About Me”

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Falling

Ever missed a stair? Hurrying with ease down a flight of stairs and suddenly your foot meets thin air instead of solid ground. In that split second you’re not sure whether you’ll catch your balance and play it off cooly, stumble until you face plant into the nearest wall, or just fall flat on your face at the bottom of the stairs. Will you be able to save the bag of groceries you’re carrying? Will anyone see you make a fool of yourself? Will it hurt?

So many unknowns. And it’s scary.

I felt like this after my daughter was born last year.

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My life was cruising right along. I got married, got a house, got a good job, and then I got pregnant. Then, my daughter’s arrival *step* lead me to the decision to quit my full-time job *step* so that I could spend more time with her *step*. But what now? *missed step–falling* Continue reading “Falling”

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How I decorated our home on a budget

“Oooh I love that turquoise lamp!”

“Thanks, I got it on sale at Kirkland’s, plus I had a 20% off coupon on top of that!”

“Oh my gosh those throw pillows match your curtains perfectly!”

“Thanks! They were only $15.99 at TJ Maxx and the curtains I found brand new at a second-hand store.”

I have these conversations every time someone comes to our house for the first time. It doesn’t take long before they get bored with my “it was on sale” or “I had a coupon” responses and quit asking questions.

When we bought our house, I spent many many hours browsing the aisles of places like Marshalls, TJ Maxx, Target, Ross, and Kirkland’s looking for the best deals on home decor that fit our style and personalities. I was talking with someone about this recently and they suggested that I write a blog post about how I decorated every room of our house on a budget. I’m not an extreme couponer, and I don’t really have any secret tips or tricks, but I will share with you how I save big $$$ on decorating our home. Continue reading “How I decorated our home on a budget”

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Hebrews 4:16

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“Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” Hebrews 4:16

Our worship leader read this verse at church last week. It really got me thinking; How confident am I in his mercy and grace in my times of need?

Often, I pray for his mercy; but I continue to live with shame and guilt. Many times, I’ve asked for his grace; but I’ve remained chained in worry and fear.

This verse opened my eyes to see that I need to go to him confidently. I can’t pray for his mercy and not expect it to be so graciously provided. I can’t ask for his grace and forgiveness and not feel the weight lifted when it’s freely given. I should be boldly and confidently living in the light of these mercies. I can’t give these encouraging words to someone else in their time of need if I’m not confident in them myself. If I’m gonna talk the talk, I need to walk the walk.

My God doesn’t fail me. He doesn’t leave me hanging in my times of need. He covers me with his mercy and grace. Of this, I need to be confident.

 

 

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I gave up sweets, and this is what happened

A month and a half ago I gave up sugary foods. I had noticed some unhealthy habits forming in what kind of food I was keeping in the house to graze on throughout the day: Oreos, chocolate pudding, ice cream. Not to mention all the baked goods I was making. I was a baking fool! Cookies, brownies, banana bread, cake. Honestly, I was making a lot of it for our weekly small group meeting, but there were always leftovers that we would take home and devour.

Saying you “quit sugar” can be misleading. I say “gave up” kind of loosely. I still eat bread and pastas occasionally. I still have a cupcake at the birthday party, and I still ate some jelly beans on Easter. I splurge every now and then. But, the difference is that now I don’t feel guilty when I treat myself to some ice cream on our date night.

This isn’t the first time I’ve given up sweets. Before I got pregnant I was on the keto diet, and while I was pregnant I had to monitor my sugar intake because I had gestational diabetes. But, this time I’ve noticed some unexpected and really great side effects from this change.

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#blessed

Man, it’s been a hot minute. This stay-at-home mom stuff is no joke! Little one keeps me busy 24/7 and I’ve missed my blogging time!

Just wanted to share with you all a little bit about my day so far. This morning, like so many of us do, I turned to social media in a time of frustration. Yup, I used good ol’ Snapchat as my whipping post/soapbox because my day didn’t get off on the right start. So, I threw on a “cute” filter (you know, the one that takes the tired out of your voice and the bags from under your eyes, maybe even adds some cute furry animal ears for added effect), and I unloaded.

Didn’t sleep last night because of the storm, internet was out so no morning cartoons to keep little one occupied while I got ready, Keurig decided to spit a load of coffee grounds into my mug this morning (which I drank anyway, because, well, momma can’t run without her fuel), the dog went through the bathroom trash to shred up some used tissues, oh and my hair…it’s a hot mess all of its own today. Blah, blah, blah, complain, complain, complain.

I posted my rant, and sat back waiting for the satisfaction to set in. Except, it didn’t. Continue reading “#blessed”

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Love is hard…work.

 

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There’s one phrase from Jonathan and I’s marriage counseling that will always stick with me: “Marriage, at its very best, is hard work.” I’d like to tweak that just a bit and say, “Relationships, at their very best, are hard work.” Let’s look outside of the scope of just love and intimacy. Take a look at the relationships you have with your friends, your parents, your coworkers. What state are those relationships in? How much work are both sides putting into it?

As I sat and though about Valentine’s Day this week I thought, “Man, I need to work on my relationships.” I noticed that I had begun to grumble about never getting to see my friends, not spending enough time with my parents, not having patience with my husband, and struggling to even tolerate some of the people I interacted with on a day-to-day basis. It wasn’t until I thought back to those words from our marriage counseling sessions that I realized I knew the reason these relationships weren’t growing; I wasn’t putting work into them – let alone hard work.

Continue reading “Love is hard…work.”

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#goals

As we wrap up the first month of the new year, I thought I’d share some thoughts about some personal goals I’ve made for myself in 2018.

The new year always brings a lot of reflection and soul searching. I’m not huge into resolutions, but I did spend some time thinking about some things I’d like to change and accomplish in 2018:

  1. Unplug. I started doing this by putting my phone away when I nurse my daughter. This may not sound like a big deal, but it wasn’t as easy as I thought it would be. She eats every two hours for 20-30 mins at a time. Putting my phone down during this time allows me to enjoy every second of that time with her, instead of mindlessly scrolling through social media.
  2. Be warm. I don’t mean raising my body temperature. I started thinking about people who I love to be around and what it is about them that makes me want to be around them. I realized, they’re warm. Whether it’s their smile, the way they greet me, the way they hug, or their body language when we’re talking, there’s something about their character that’s warm and inviting. I think I have a tendency to come off as cold sometimes when I don’t really mean to. I want to be more aware of this so that I can make others feel warm when they’re around me.
  3. Read more. It’s pretty simple. Exercise my library card more!
  4. Journal. I’ve journaled on and off since I could write sentences. Every time I find an old journal entry, I think of how glad I am that I put that moment in time down in words, whether it was when I was 7 or 17. I journaled every week throughout my pregnancy with Emery and I recently read through it all. Reliving those nine months when I carried her in my belly brought up so many emotions! So, I dusted off an old notebook I used to jot down thoughts in college and started writing again. I mostly write lists: to-do lists, lists of things to read, movies to watch, or people to get a hold of. I also write down a “word of the week” at the end of each week. Just one word to sum up how my week went. It’s a quick, but good way to reflect on how I spent my time that week.
  5. Create. You’ll find this word on my “resolutions” list every year. I always want to continue to exercise and grow my creative abilities. I recently got a job teaching a photography class at our local arts academy. I’m also continuing my small business, Printed With Grace. I think this year I’d also like to find time to pick up painting again (:

I hope you’ve found time to reflect on some things you’d like to change or accomplish this year. Happy 2018, folks!

 

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GO(ing)

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“Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations” -Matthew 28:19

The Great Commission. It’s the greatest command, yet one that most of us find so hard to follow. “Go and make.”

All my life when I’ve heard or read this passage of scripture, my mind has gone to people who I believe are really going and making: missionaries, evangelists,  preachers who uproot their lives to move across the country to share the word. I never applied it to little ‘ol backwoods-midwest-can’t-afford-a-plane-ticket me.

Recently, I had an “a-hah!” moment with this verse. I just finished the book Called to Create: A Biblical Invitation to Create, Innovate, and Risk by Jordan Raynor. In it, Raynor references Dr. Kennon Vaughan when talking about the Great Commission. Vaughan says this, Continue reading “GO(ing)”