Writing A Letter To Yourself

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One of my favorite things in the world is receiving a note or letter from friends and family. For my birthday, I’d much rather receive a thoughtful card than a gift. I love words and I love paper goods.

The most wonderful thing about receiving a letter is that you can save it. It becomes a keepsake. And you can go back in time whenever you read it. It’s sorta like you’re transported to that moment, time, and place.

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With Valentine’s Day right around the corner (can you believe it?!), you’ll most likely write a few letters to friends, family, and a significant other. But before you start writing to others, how about you give yourself a very powerful gift? Writing a letter to your future self.

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Here’s why you should write a letter to yourself:
1. Motivation
Six months, a year, or even in 10 years, you’ll want to see how far you’ve come. In moments when life gets tough, you’ll want and need a reminder of all the good that has happened and all the progress you’ve made in life. And you’ll be reminded of how strong you are. It will motivate you to keep going.

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2. Thankfulness
As you look back and hear your younger self, you’ll probably be transported to that time and place. You’ll read the struggles and challenges you were facing at the time. You’ll be reminded of answered prayers. And you’ll be thankful for the way God brought you through it all.

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3. Laughter
I have letters and journals of when I was in high school and man, do I laugh my butt off when I read my teenage words. Looking back at yourself, even if it’s just six months, may make you laugh. Specifically, at how dramatic you can be sometimes (I’m talking about myself here).

So have I convinced you?

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If I have then here is what you can include in a letter to yourself:
1. Questions
Ask yourself questions about your life. Where are living? How’s your job or career going? How is your family? Do you have any new friends? What is your favorite thing to do on the weekend? What are you praying for?

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2. Life Lessons
Write a few life lessons you are currently learning. Maybe you can give your future self some advice or a reminder to keep working on the life lessons that mean the most to you.

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3. Prayer & Goals
Make a list of the prayers you are currently bringing before the Lord. You can also include some prayers that have been answered recently. Also, make a list of goals or aspirations you are working on and asking God to help you accomplish.

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4. Habits
Include some habits you are creating and habits you are trying to break. Perhaps you can briefly write how you’re working on this. It can be your eating habits, morning ritual, or relational habits.

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You can write a physical letter, put it away in a secure place you’ll remember about, and set a reminder on your calendar or phone to open it on a certain date. Another option is to do a virtual letter via FutureMe and you’ll receive the letter straight to your inbox on a specific date you select.

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So, will you be writing a letter to yourself in 2019? What are you looking forward to reading about as your future self? Comment below!

Christmas Wish List

At the end of November, I start asking all my family members to send me their Christmas Wishlists. I really love seeing what’s on their list because I want to give them exactly what they’re wishing for. But also because I like getting ideas for things I may need or want for myself or other loved ones. 

We can’t give our family everything on their list for Christmas but it’s a great resource to have for any other future occasion like birthdays, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, or Valentine’s day. 

So, I’m sharing my Christmas wishlist to help you get ideas for any last minute gifts you may need to get. It has alllll sorts of things. And it features some of my favorite makers, Amazon favorites, and some luxury items. And if you’ve bought all your gifts, then just add some to your wishlist 😉 

Let me know which items are your favorites? 

1.FOREO LUNA mini 2 2. Old Dutch Hammered Copper Teakettle 3. All Good Things Co. Daily Remain Journal 4. DeLonghi BCO430 Espresso and Drip Coffee Machine 5. Birdies Slippers-The Songbird 6. Rettel Roller 7. Aerie Flannel Top 8. Aerie Flannel Pajama Jogger 9. Artifact Uprising Floating Frame 10. The Art Bar Co. Monthly Calendar 11. Sigfus Abstract Hoops 12. Disney Sketch Hip Pack by Dooney & Bourke 13. Pat McGrath Labs MatteTrance™ Lipstick-Fever Dream – Peach Sienna 14. Urban Decay-Naked Cherry Eyeshadow Palette 15. Sonix Half & Half Sunglasses 16. Pandora Jewelry-Disney Minnie Silhouette Ring 17. Pandora Jewelry-Disney Mickey Silhouette Ring 18. T3 Whirl Trio Interchangeable Styling Wand 19. Vans Leather Authentic Platform 2 0 20. Madera Modern-The Breadboard-Walnut

Downloadable Valentine’s Day Greeting Cards

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This Valentine’s Day, if you didn’t find the time, or if it doesn’t seem like you’ll find the time, or if you simply want to save a few dollars, I’ve got you covered 😉 I created some sweet and FREE Digital Downloads just for you.

There’s a design for every single person in your life. Use the “XO” design for your friends, your kids, or parents. Give the “Hey, Galentine” card to your BFFs. And gift the “You & Me” design to your boo. There’s lots of love to go around with these greeting cards ❤

Happy Valentine’s Day, guys. Hope you enjoy these goodies! Snap some pics of them on Instagram and don’t forget to tag me @styldbygrace 😀

To download, just click on the images below. You can download all three design in one PDF or download your favorite in an individual PDF. Oh, and each PDF comes with directions on how to print.

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The Arrested Heart Prayer

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Life can change in a matter of minutes. Jesus was praised and worshiped on a Sunday and betrayed and killed by Friday. Somethings happen that don’t make sense. And even when life is going pretty good, we can grow weary and discontent. When life happens, I pray that our response would be to run to our Father.

Maybe you’re the midst of chaos, turmoil, and uncertainty. Or maybe life is okay but you long for more. Jesus knows it, felt it, and overcame it. No matter the turn of events, the bumps in the road, or the monotony of life, because of Jesus we are victors.

My prayer this Easter is for my heart to be arrested by God. To be taken over, bound up, and hidden in Him. By faith, I know that if my heart’s tied to His, I’ll be able to navigate all the storms, valleys, mountain tops, so-so moments, and dry seasons in life.

My Easter Prayer for you & me:

“Lord, when life doesn’t make sense and bad things happen, arrest my heart to your Word, that I may cling to it and declare it over my life.

Lord, when I’m hurt, tired, and worn out, when it seems like the wells run dry, arrest my heart to your presence, that I may come alive and be washed over by Your Spirit.

Lord, when I’m scared and anxious, arrest my heart to your peace, that I may sleep through the night and feel your presence all around.

Lord, when my hope has come to an end, arrest my heart to the hope there is in Christ, that I may be reminded of my purpose and the plan you have for my life.

Lord, when nothing can satisfy me and I thirst for more, arrest my heart to your Spirit, that I may have rivers of living water flowing from within.

Lord, arrest my heart to yours, that I may see things as you do, and walk in your will all the days of my life.”

I hope you have a wonderful Easter weekend, remembering Jesus. He is real, He is alive, and He’s coming back again. I pray you’d be reminded of the wonderful plan and purpose He has for your life.

6 Awesome ways to Celebrate Galentine’s Day this Year

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What is Galentine’s day, you ask? Well if you’re a Parks and Recreations fan, you might already know.

But if you aren’t, and this is news to you, like it was to me, Galentine’s day is the day before Valentine’s day and it’s all about women celebrating women. And I think we need more of that these days.

In the Latin culture, Valentine’s day is “El dia de el amor y la amistad”. Meaning, a day to celebrate love and friendship. And I grew up celebrating it that way. It wasn’t until I was passed my awkward teenage stage, that I started having a “Valentine”. So I’m all for celebrating with girlfriends on Galentine’s day.

Why not celebrate the smart, wise, and strong women in your life that make you who you are?

Here are 6 awesome ways to celebrate with your closest girls:

  • Send them snail mail
    No emails, no texts, no Instagram posts. Send them a nice note through the mail. Let them know you value their friendship. Something tangible is much more meaningful.
  • Give them flowers
    Do you have any friends that are single? Maybe this is the only gift they’ll get. And who doesn’t like flowers?
  • Make a collage
    A real collage not an app generated collage. Something she can hang on her wall.
  • Give her a framed artwork (like the ones on the Styld by Grace Etsy Shop)
    Frame a motivational, fun, silly, or inspiring word/quote that she can hang.
  • Volunteer to help her with errands
    If she has kids, she will thank you so much for this.
  • Organize a girls night in
    No makeup, no phones, no heels. Just the girls, messy buns, wine glasses, and some chick flicks. Oh, and popcorn.

Cheers to celebrating your gal pals this Valentine’s season!