Recently I've felt the need to further embrace the way that I was created. I've always been a "deep not wide" kind of girl. I'm very relational, but I prefer to have a handful of really close, meaningful relationships instead of being the life of the party. Even more so, I wasn't created for the rat race that we so often fall into when we're chasing our dreams and pursuing our callings. I've felt convicted and called to be more present with the people in my life. It's easy to get caught up in to-do lists, making a name for ourselves, or trying to be everything for everyone, but I know that we're called to something much deeper, much greater than the rat race. We're called to be present, to love deeply, to meet people where they are, to show up, to invest.

Over the years I've fallen into a lifestyle that some dub as "slow living." Basically, it's getting away from the mindset that more is more and shifting to the mindset that less is more. It means handmade, homemade, thoughtfulness, intentionality, sustainability, and the list goes on. For me, it means making space to breathe and remember that my worth is not tied to what I do or the amount of possessions I own. I'm no longer distracted by the latest trends or fighting to have the latest and greatest item that the world tells me I must have. No, I'm simply living life with good people, indulging in things like DIYs, and doing little things that mean a lot to others. 

I'm giving you permission to slow down as well. Look at your life and get rid of the things you don't like. Invest in people more and in to-do lists less. Take care of the people in your home and in your community. Let's get back to a way of life that fills us up instead of draining us to our core. Let's choose to live more intentional, meaningful, slow lives.