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Confession

Carla

Here is my confession: I love things that are spray painted gold.  Love is either a strong or abused word though. Love describes our feelings for all things we have fondness for, right?  I love french fries.  I love my mom.  Same word, but different meanings.  When I say I …

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These Streets

Carla

From my car or on my feet, Oh Nashville. You are a gorgeous city. I like the whimsical and curious seed pods that flutter to your sidewalks. You are filled with such beautiful people who are from so many places! Oh, Nashville.I like you and all the wonder I find in your streets.  Sharing …

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Touching Abandonment

Carla

My devotional this morning was titled, “Abandonment.” Okay. So, I’m a tad ridiculous. I am.  And as I read my daily devotional I am automatically forming this to-do list in my brain. The day’s title becomes the task and beside it appears an empty box begging to be ticked. Mark 10:28 Peter said to him, “We have left …

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Waffle Sunday

Carla

One ritual that marks every Sunday at my parents’ house is a waffle breakfast. My step-dad wakes up before everyone, including Paddlefoot our dachshund. He mixes the batter. The waffle iron is heated up. The coffee maker gets plugged in so the beautiful brown stuff is ready. And when everything is …

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Vulnerable Thoughts

Carla

Recently the conversations I have had dance and twirl and spin around the topic of vulnerability. I am not referring to taking up a magnifying glass to inspect the actual definition of the word, but rather a whole hearted attempt at being open, honest, real. Why am I bothering with …

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Brene Brown: The power of vulnerability

Carla

) Hey guys! This is a fascinating and inspiring talk by Brene Brown. She talks about the importance of connection to others and how shame (the fear of disconnection) creates isolation in our lives. If you have twenty minutes I recommend giving her a listen.  Sharing is Caring 😀

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Selfie

Carla

If you’ve got eight minutes you should check out this video.  Why? Here are a few reasons… 1. The video is well made.  2. We’ve all taken selfies. Come on, we ALL have. 3. The focus is on celebrating insecurities and finding freedom(beauty) there. 4. God made us unique and …

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Nail Polish and Popcorn

Carla

That was the smell that met my nostrils as I struggled to push open my warped apartment door. I chirped, “hello house,” like I do each time I enter, appreciating this place, refuge, home. The night was dark and chilly as I walked my two pre-teen friends home. I don’t …

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Not the Nighttime Dreams

Carla

Our classroom-turned-art-studio was hot today; the room was a muggy sauna kind of hot. The the sun seemed like it was having an epic battle with our too-small-for-the-room air conditioning unit. The air-con unit put up an admirable fight, but our studio is just too big. The air con couldn’t …

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My Eyes Seeing Pieces of Nepal

Carla

Just a collection of photos that made up the art expedition to Nepal. God is amazing and we walked in the miraculous while we were there. The pictures never quite do justice, but “they” say they’re worth at least a thousand words, right? A photo of me. This was on our last …