Sunday, February 10, 2019

BEGINNINGS | Introducing February's Theme & Some Quote Love



Before we move any further into the already super-short month of February, allow me to introduce this month's theme: BEGINNINGS. It may seem kind of counterintuitive to post about new beginnings and fresh starts in the second month of the year, after all the New Year's inspiration for goal setting and reinvention has somewhat cooled. But that is exactly the point!

This February, I am finding myself in search of balance, rest, and restoration.

The Lord has shown me that with Him, I can begin again and again and again, and that He always has grace for my mistakes. If that looks like a fresh start on February 10, and not the super shiny January 1 #BestSelf I craved, then so be it. I am longing for that new life that the Lord can breathe into a familiar routine as He helps me navigate this season of life.

To start off BEGINNINGS, I compiled a list of inspiring quotes and lyrics about rejuvenation, time, beginning. As I feel refreshed and encouraged to move further into 2019 in God's strength, I find that I am still looking for my own words to share. So please enjoy these lovely little bits of goodness, in a new segment I'm calling Quote Love, woop woop, cheerio, pip pip and all that:

Quote Love: BEGINNINGS Edition

"To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance."
- Oscar Wilde

Oh dear, is this one ever true. Knowing yourself and prioritizing time to preserve the person that you are is vital. No one is perfect but working on yourself and learning and growing are the best steps to take in becoming who you want to be.



"For last year's words belong to last year's language
and next year's words await another voice."
- T. S. Eliot

I could snap, this is poetry in motion. Gone now are the words and the thoughts of even five minutes ago. So long as we have breath, there is always a chance for us to start over again. Now is the time to lean into a fresh goal, perspective, head space or moment of grace for ourselves.



"Because of the Lord's great love we are not consumed,
for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning,
great is Your faithfulness."
- Lamentations 3:22-23

There is nothing I could possibly add to increase the impact of this phenomenal passage,
so I write only to say that it's a promise, and we can cling to it. My heart!



"Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end.
But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning."
- Winston Churchill

I don't even know why but this one hit me so hard, I actually said "OOF" aloud. 
LIKE WHAT WINSTON?!



"Woke up in the corner store, someone saying my name,
Everybody moving around, acting like nothing had changed,
But something had changed in me."
- Bleachers, "Good Morning"

I will never cease to be amazed by this song, or Jack Antonoff's music in general. To me, that whole second Bleachers record feels like moving on, starting over, saying goodbye. It hits me in the heart. My fave, my fave, my fave.

What about you?

What kinds of things do new beginnings bring to mind? Does anybody else struggle to live up to the pressure of a January New Year's #BestSelf? And do you have any Quote Love to share with me?

This is the first post in the BEGINNINGS Series!
Stay tuned for more posts in the series coming atcha real soon.

12 comments:

  1. New beginnings -- I like that a lot! <3

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    1. Thank you so much Kara! :) I am so in need of a fresh start this February so I thought it'd be a fun theme to explore. Thanks for commenting, as always!! <3

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  2. #1. Those quotes are amazing.

    #2. What a great theme!!! I'm really looking forward to the other posts in the series.

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    1. GAH you are the sweetest Evangeline! So glad you loved the quotes, I know they inspired me and were super fun to compile for this post. :) Thanks so much for your continually kind words! I'm stoked to write up some more posts on the topic. <3 Hope you've been having a wonderful February!

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  3. That T.S. Elliot quote really speaks to me! One of my favorite quotes is "There is a life to be lived in the waiting," and it kind of fits with your theme! I love this idea of beginnings that happen in February (and also bleachers) because it's never too late to start new, right? ♡

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    1. I'm glad you liked it, it hit me in the heart when I found it. T.S. Eliot is infinitely quotable to me, and his work endlessly inspires me, my word! OOH I love that quote! I can totally relate to that from past (and current) seasons of my life. Thank you so much for sharing it!! It's totally never too late for a fresh start. Glad you can relate and that you also share the Bleachers love. Thanks so much for commenting, it means a lot! :) <3

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  4. I love the one by Oscar that one is lovely. I am wishing you the best with the start. If you haven't subbed to my newsletter you'd love it.

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    1. Glad you enjoyed it, Vanessa! All of these quotes are so rich, I feel like I need to meditate on them and think them over more in-depth because there is a lot of goodness there for sure. Thank you so much for your sweet well wishes! Oooh I do love your newsletter, I actually just read your most recent one about resetting yourself and it was GREAT. <3 Thanks for leaving a kind comment, hope the rest of your week is stellar!

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  5. Oscar Wilde hit me on the heart, man.

    I do struggle with the whole January #BestSelf thing and the goals... As much as I love them, it's hard to put that much pressure on yourself to completely turn your life around. Like, at some point, you're just going to have to be happy where you are.

    I know I am going to love this new series! Can't wait to see what else you have in store for this month. :)

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    1. Right?? It's a solid quote! A lot of these really took me aback with their impact and beauty.

      Oof, I completely agree, at some point we are just going to have to look at ourselves in every aspect of our lives and accept that we are doing our best. And like you said, just be happy and content with that. That's something I really need to meditate on and pray over and learn to do in my life GAH.

      Aw, you are so sweet Rosie! I'm glad you are excited for it. Thanks so much for commenting. It means a lot to me!

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  6. This is a tiny thing but I'm starting gym next week. Yay for the new beginnings!

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    1. Ooh, I love that! That is a wonderful step towards wellness and starting something new for yourself. I hope you enjoy it! I always know that when I make time to run in the mornings, I feel better and ready to start the day. Hope your February has been lovely!! <3

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