12/31/2017

Goodbye Her Free Spirit

This blogpost is long overdue. I have decided to close down my blog, Her Free Spirit. It takes time and resources to maintain and it is no secret I haven’t found time to blog regularly in quite a long time. Still, it’s bittersweet.

When I started HFS, I was looking for an outlet to hold myself accountable to achieving life goals. If I’m honest with myself, I think I was preparing the ground for it to turn into a travel blog while living abroad somewhere in Europe. I was single, and I prayed and prayed for my future husband. In prayer, I sensed my husband was not here (in the States) and that he was not American. After receiving these words, I was able to lay the deepest desires of my heart aside and channel all that energy into forging a path into a new life on the other side of the Atlantic. A place I was sure to find my husband.

It wasn’t long until I realized that my “forging” was actually “forcing.”

While I was dreaming of a life more exotic than my own, I slowly learned that God had other plans for me.

2016 was a year of growth for me. I learned how to open myself up and surrender what I thought was best for me to trusting in God’s Providence, even though I am not the world’s most patient person. In December 2016, I met who would become my fiancé and my life was changed as I know it.

In 2017, my mantra, or guiding word, was “Love.” I had no idea how God would use that to fulfill His Promises. It turns out, my fiancé isn’t American, like God told me back in the fall of 2016, but I didn’t have to leave the country to find him. He was in the same town, and who knows how many times our paths have crossed without our knowing (we’ve already recounted a few times we almost were at the same place at the same time).

This year I’ve been humbled. I’ve learned that I actually don’t know s*** when it comes to relationships, despite my not-so-humble opinion that I have enough experience to write a book on it. I’ve learned that God is always sovereign, and that Love is always more important than being right.

I’ve also learned that relationships, platonic or romantic, take time. They take energy. You have to invest in them, treat them like a little seedling that needs water, sunlight, and good soil to take root in. It may sound cheesy, but that is the reason I haven’t found much time to blog. I journal when I find time, but I’ve been putting my energy and resources into other things. Things in the real world, not in this screen. I guess it just isn’t my season to build an online platform.

I’ve also realized that I love writing, but I don’t love oversharing. Despite what social media teachings tell us, the world actually doesn’t need to know your business. Close friends and family will know the details of your life, because they will ask about it. That’s all I will say on that.

Moving forward, I would like to use my time and talents to write both for myself and for other blogs where you can find my writing; right now that is Be Love Revolution, a ministry for young women that is doing great things in a world that so desperately needs it.

This blog, this space, was everything I needed it to be in a time I needed it. But as the leaves of summer come and go, it’s time for a new season.

Thank you for reading and being my listening ear, I appreciate you.

2018, I’m ready for you.

08/28/2017

the wild atlantic way is calling, and i must go.

Good morning friends! I have news. I'm going to Europe. In 32 days 9 hours 6 minutes and 35 seconds. But who's counting? The reason: meeting my beau's family at his mother's wedding in Germany. And the cherry on top of the cake: We are lucky enough to spend time in the wild Irish countryside of my forebears. I'm so excited I could pee. But before a big trip, a slow but steady panic descends until I am suddenly drowning. I have a … [Continue reading...]

08/16/2017

New Projects

I fought tooth and nail to convince my parents to send me to piano lessons. When they finally conceded, I was very motivated and diligent, practicing many hours a week before my Monday lesson. But eventually, I became more interested in learning popular and folk songs rather than the mechanics of scales, chord progressions, and technical exercises. So I skimmed over them. I discovered that I could get by with sight reading those unfavorable … [Continue reading...]

06/28/2017

30 Day Clothing Spending Fast

Good morning! I'm writing to you today from the sunny east coast in Maryland this morning. I'm here on business, but it is one of my favorite places to travel. When I have a few (very few) spare moments, I like to enjoy the backroads surrounding the (many, and circular?) highways that wind through old horse farms and historical estates, just beautiful. If I was up to running speed (feet + ankle physical therapy right now), I'd be out there this … [Continue reading...]

06/20/2017

All the Things I Thought I Wanted

If we take a quick look around the internet and social media, it is not long before we find something that catches our attention, causes us to pause through the scrolling, if only for a second. We see someone's post from a beautiful location, another person sporting a perfect six pack on the beach, the fashion blog writers with their on-point outfits wearing the latest trends (seriously, do those people re-wear an outfit, EVER?!) many more with … [Continue reading...]

06/13/2017

Scaling Down Time Commitments: The Final Tidying Frontier?

I know it's been FOREVER since I released a blog post, so I apologize for the hiatus and the more-than-likely informality of this post. I want to get my feet wet with writing again; I've still been journaling, pondering, meditating. Yet somehow nothing has ended up here. It could be because my work firewall blocked my blog ? so I can't multitask anymore. Which is probably a good thing, but... hey. Give a girl a break. Some people take real lunch … [Continue reading...]

03/28/2017

Creating a Minimalist Pantry

My latest tidying project involved finally tackling my pantry... It has been through many phases of "organized", but I started fresh with a new goal in mind: simplifying my dietary choices, streamlining my meal prep/cooking each week, and keeping track of what I really enjoyed eating and what didn't make the cut. My strategy is simple: one binder where I print & save recipes I like, with the end goal in mind to have a rotating meal plan. … [Continue reading...]

03/28/2017

My Laughing Heart

As I journaled through my thoughts this morning, it became clear that a ray of sunshine has parted the clouds of the last few months. God has poured out blessings and abundance into my life, such abundance I couldn't have imagined as I scaled down again and again the amount of "things" in my life. Creating more space for Him, and slowly, He is filling up those empty spaces, empty moments. He is turning my perceived "lack" into "more than enough." … [Continue reading...]

03/21/2017

The Ongoing Magic Of Tidying Up

It seems as though there is one flaw in all the minimalist writings I have stumbled upon: the lack of emphasis on the ongoing nature of the minimalist lifestyle. I'm not even sure I like using the words "minimalist lifestyle" because it implies I've joined some sort of cult. Okay, maybe I have. In that case, I counter my own argument by saying that Jesus would also be in that cult (he had no possessions besides the clothes on his back and his … [Continue reading...]

03/16/2017

Finding Peace

Meditation Mount in Ojai, California It's been over 3 months since I've made use of any sort of social media platform.  That sentence is the first thought I've given it since I decided to give it up.  It's strange to think that a year ago this Lent, giving up social media was a real struggle for me, I was addicted.  It makes me wonder, how did I have time for the mindless scrolling, the carefully curated posting, the "keeping up with the Joneses" … [Continue reading...]