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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Overcome Me!

This morning I went and had quiet time at a picnic table next to my favorite coffee truck in town. I was reading great words of encouragement and wisdom and half way through I realized in the back of my mind I was saying, “I can’t wait to share this on Instagram!”. I stopped for a moment to think on this and didn’t know if I should be sad for myself or grateful. Sad because what have we come to? Everything is posted online for the world to see and we go throughout our days counting the number of hearts, views, or likes we receive. I remember when Guitar Hero was a thing and I would have dreams about the color sequences (yes, I lived for some G Hero battles). Same thing. I have become so socially involved that even in my background thoughts I am looking forward to crafting my next post.

BUT, how amazing is it that now we have such a great platform to spread the word of Jesus? That we can use social media, the way of the times, to bring people to HIS feet and all gather, inspire, and be disciples. It is a sign of the times and we can either us it as a platform of vanity or a mountain to preach from.

While reading, I started taking bullet points of what I want and need to pray for.
  • Pray to use my gifts
  • Pray to be radical
  • Pray to do ANYTHING.
  • Pray that Mike supports me in my purpose and me with his. *If we are not on the same page then we both pray for patience and God’s timing.
  • Pray to jump
  • Pray that I can see/envision Heaven
  • Pray to be a servant of the Lord
  • Pray for scripture *note to self- read Luke 1:46-50

These are the prayers that my heart is bleeding out. Use me, Lord and don’t let me be afraid. I am ready and willing.

I have been going through the book Anything, and today’s chapter spoke of Mary. She saw that the birth of Jesus, the baby God placed in her, would save generations of humans. Wow. What can I do, Lord, that can bring people to you for generations to come? Or maybe it’s not even that grand. Maybe it starts with one and from there spreads like wild fire? Either way, take my pride and fear and let all that I do be for your glory and NOT mine.

I want to be a part of YOUR plan. I want to participate for eternity!

I feel so full and light today. I am happy, ready and willing to live for our beautiful God.

What are the prayers on your heart today? How can I help?  

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Our Family's Trip to San Antonio

This last weekend was such a dream! Mike and I have been wanting to host for so long and we were finally able to do so in our new house! My family has never been able to come to San Antonio and stay with us because we always lived in a dorm or a small apartment, so waking up with them here was such a blessing.

For the first time ever, I was able to whip out a majority of gifts we got from our wedding registry. My little sister kept asking me, "where is this from..." and finally she would just look at me and say "wedding?". It was cute.

We were able to show them around fun parts of San Antonio that they hadn't visited yet like The Pearl and The Quarry. The weather decided to cooperate, so we spent a lot of time outside. Mike and I are already counting down the days until we see them again:)

{Paleo scone by Fed & Fit}

I absolutely love to cook and I 100% got that from my mom. She is always making something new and sharing it with me. As a house warming gift, she got us this sweet little herb garden and I am dying to make a savory dish with these home grown spices! 

Monday, April 18, 2016

My Little Breath

Yesterday was a great day. We went to church and heard an amazing message then went to have quiet time at Local Coffee. I brought with me the book Anything by Jennie Allen and boy, oh boy was her message for me.

There have been a lot of things on my heart recently. I feel like I am filling too many cups with 100% of myself. I am running in circles and getting exhausted. All while this is going on, I am trying to seek out what my purpose is in this beautiful life (something I have been praying over for a while). Our lives are so short. Little breaths that come and go faster than we expect. My thought on this is what do I want to do with my little breath? How can I make my world so small and my God SO BIG in this short amount of time?

Everything I do and say needs to point people back to God. In reading Anything, Jennie wrote, "Time is almost gone. Our lives are only spent well on him and whatever stories he has written for us. What are we so afraid of losing?" You know when you read something and it was like it was written just for you?

So often I think, "Oh, I'll figure it out in a few years" or "I can't do that yet because of our bills, our house, our stability, etc.". I am so afraid of losing these Earthly things that I am creating road blocks for myself.

I have always known that my purpose in life has something to do with serving God. Let me rephrase. I have always known since college that my purpose is to serve the Lord in some shape or fashion. I have yet to feel like I am living it out, but what I do know is that I selfishly have made other things larger in my life.

I pray often, sit and be still when I think about it, and try to speak the word when I am around faith-filled people. I feel very exposed as I type this. Like I am showing a huge wound that has been hidden. I am so passionate about the Lord and serving him, but have not created the discipline to make him the largest piece of my life. It hurts so much to say that.

I am on a path of looking back on my life and asking, "what did I do with my breath?" This needs to change. My time needs to be devoted else where. I need to make so many things tiny, so that all I focus on, all I do is pray, serve, worship, and love our beautiful, jealous God.

I need your prayers, support and love. I need people to help hold the *rope with me. I know that that is the purpose of my life. To be the living, breathing Bible to all those who know and need Jesus. Jesus owns the entire world but yet has no physical address. He wants to make our hearts his home and he is chiseling away at other idols in our lives to make that happen for us.

He is there meeting me half way with arms stretched wide, just waiting for me to give up my Earthly desires. As Jennie wrote, "We are looking for this life to matter... So we keep busy, so distracted, so in love with everything but our invisible, patient, jealous God."

That statement makes me hurt because I know it's true. And it's time to make a change.

*In church this past weekend, Pastor Newton spoke on Mark 2. How four friends brought their paralyzed friend to the feet of Jesus. Jesus had just returned to Capernaum and a crowd had begun to gather around the house Jesus was in. These four friends wanted their paralyzed friend to see Jesus so badly that they dug a hole in the roof of the house Jesus was in and lowered him down to Jesus' feet. They all cared so deeply about their friends well being that they all held an end of the rope to help lower him down. We have to all help each other hold the rope. Our purpose in life is to help lead others to the feet of Jesus and spread His word. 

Monday, February 22, 2016

Here We Go Again

Of course my friends and I would start a Whole 30 on National Margarita Day. Just our luck!

I have had a craving for some good, clean competition and when I mentioned doing a Whole 30 to my girlfriends they eagerly hopped on board! We each have events coming up that are motivating our challenge and I am so excited that we are holding each other accountable. Today marks DAY ONE.

Each Friday we are getting together during lunch and discussing how our week went as well as planning for the next. For this round I will also be keeping notes on my moods and how I feel. I have done it in the past and it is always so encouraging looking back on what I accomplished.

We all met up yesterday to meal plan, grocery shop, and meal prep. It was so fun talking over what we can and can’t have and looking over all the fun recipes. This plan excites me and I love the structure. My friend Megan and I have done the plan together before, but this is our friend Morgan’s first go at it. I could not be more excited for her and I love that we can all experience it together.
{planning sesh}

Tips for success:
  • Let people know you are doing this plan to help keep you on track and hold you accountable
  • Meal plan- This really helps you get organized for the week. Plan out all of your meals and make a list for the grocery store. Each week can be different depending on your schedule, so meal planning is key. 
  • Meal prep- Life saver. I try to cook all of my food Sunday evening after I get back from the grocery store. It cuts down so much of my time during the week and I don't have to sit and cook something when I'm STARVED. Plan and prep... you won't regret it. 
  • Research- go over everything you can and can't have. Become familiar with different ingredients. Make it fun! 
  • Have fun! I never think of this as a diet. It's a mind set and this plan and turned into my lifestyle (Paleo). You can choose to make it daunting or you can choose to love it! Loving it is way more fun:) 

Follow along on Snapchat to see my progress {and day-to-day life}!! @ashasch

If you are interested in this plan it can be found in It Starts With Food by Dallas and Melissa Hartwig. Here is my first post about it.

Friday, February 19, 2016

Friday Thoughts

Thoughts. Got tons of them. One that has been on my mind lately has been confidence vs cockiness, especially with health and fitness.

I used to find myself watching videos of women or pausing during conversation to question “is she being cocky?”. Sometimes yes, sometimes no, but I’m learning now that there is a difference. Growing up, beauty was defined by stick figure models and having thin everything. I didn’t pay too much attention to these things (I was a tomboy and really only cared about collecting pebbles in my overalls), but a lot of girls grew up defining who they were based off what society told them. "Thin was in", so they said. It was and is sad and I mean that in a very sincere way. But just this morning I was talking to a friend about the women now (Demi Lovato, Ashley Graham, even Jennifer Lawrence) re-defining what beauty is. I feel like we are experiencing a shift right now. A shift from skinny and unhealthy, to strong, feminine and oh, so healthy. And from this comes confidence.

For all of my life I have shied away from compliments and froze while the kind person waited for my response. I thought that if I gave in to their compliment that they would think my response was cocky and that I thought so highly of myself. So I would bashfully say “thanks” are carry on by changing the subject. At the beginning of the year I really started to notice a change in my figure due to Crossfit. Happy changes; ones that I am proud of.  I was committed and dedicated and with that came an expectation of results. Someone recently gave me a compliment about my “flat tummy” and I stopped to pause on their words. Instead of blushing and carrying on, I soaked in their comment and was proud. I have worked hard on my fitness and am the happiest I have ever been. Before, I thought accepting a compliment and taking pride in my accomplishments was cockiness but now I realize that is confidence. Confidence comes with ownership and I can confidently say that I am owning my health. 

Basically this post is directed to my mind, and telling myself to give credit where credit is due. Too many of us are so hard on ourselves because we don’t match a picture in a magazine or have the body type of a famous celeb. We are all so differently shaped and there is no way in hell that I will ever look like 1990s Tyra Banks. Let’s all just be realistic, set real goals, and be confident and proud of the work we do put in. Also, if a woman shows off confidence of something she has obtained, let her own the moment and shower her. You create the line of what’s cocky and what’s not and if a compliment is directed at you take it graciously, and know your hard work is paying off. We’ve got this ladies (and gentlemen)!! Let’s all be confident together!

Monday, February 15, 2016

Looking Back On the Weekend- Valentine's Day

This past weekend was full of so much love and tons of PINK! I sure do love Valentine's Day. Since Mike and I are working on buying a house and trying to save as much money as possible, we made promises to each other that gifts were not going to be shared. I think a house is the biggest gift, besides kids, that we could give to each other:) So instead, we spent the weekend lounging, watching movies, and hangout with friends and family.

For a while now, I have been wanting to make chocolate covered strawberries, so I did just that! Thought this weekend was pretty fitting:) They turned out to be the easiest things to make! I used Enjoy Life's dark chocolate chips, and they were a huge success!

I decided I was going to cover our apartment in pretty pink flowers. Since starting The Petal Post, we have pretty much had a constant rotation of flowers in our apartment each week. It makes our place feel more homey and it helps get my creative juices flowing. I can't wait to shower our new home in them:) 

Family and friend time has become a weekend constant. There hasn't been a weekend in a while where Mike and I have just hangout on our own. Could be a good or bad thing, but at the moment, we are living for it. We stopped by his dad's Saturday to get his birthday present, went to dinner at our friend's house and watched the All Star skills, three-point, and dunk contests, and my dad's on Sunday for a little V-day dinner. It was perfect. 

{straight chillen while watching Spectre}

I hope you all  had a great Valentine's Day and have an even better Monday! 

Friday, February 12, 2016


Wow, this week has been full of emotions! Good and bad (aka stressville). But guys, God is so good. This week I really focused on bringing Him into the conversation right when it was happening, not after the fact. It seriously takes practice. But keeping that top of mind really helped me get through some low points this week. His grace IS enough!!

It has been a bit since we have done a “currently” post, so I thought I would catch up on what all we have had going on. Currently:

Listening: Bethel: Mercy. Wow, this song. Mike and I saw them in concert (worship nights) a few weeks back and they completely blew us away. We have loved their music for a while now, but it’s always so different in person. They lived, breathed, preached, and worshiped God and he was all around. So thankful for that night with them and Mike.

Loving: The blog Fed & Fit. My friend Megan showed me her Instagram the other day and I was instantly hooked! Her posts are super cute and her recipes look delicious!! She just recently had some secret posts with another one of my favs, Juli Bauer. It looks like there is a fun project in the works!! Fun fact: she lives in San Antonio!!! I would love to run into her one day. I can’t wait to make this recipe. My little sister said it would be fun to try and make Scones, and this one fits into my lifestyleJ

Watching: The Bachelor. I’m hooked. What’s new? BUT I’ve gotten Mike hooked!! He has watched a few episodes of past seasons, but it was always off and on, never a full season. Well.. I think I got him on this one. He starts saying things like, “oh I like the twin..” & “why does his hair look different in each scene?”. Haha, he is really paying attention and investing. I’m so excited! BTW: I feel like Caila or Lauren B. will win. Both are super cute. Even though I LOVE Becca, I don’t know if she will win. I would LOVE to see her as the next Bachelorette!! Who do yall think will win??

Excited for: Travel. Ah, I can't wait for May! We are headed back to the Big Apple, this time for my birthday. The last trip to NYC was for Mike's birthday (posted here, here, and here) and it was downright freezing. Going in May will be a nice change and a chance for Mike to see the softer side of the city. We are counting down the days, but need to really start planning cause it will be here before we know it! Does anyone have any MUST DO/SEE/EATs? Would love your advice!!

Reading: Nothing at the moment, but I still have a stack of books that I want to get to. I really want to read the book Me Before You. Wow, I saw the trailer the other day and was dyinggggg. Can’t wait to see it!!

Trying: Not to drink coffee after lunch time. I felt like I wasn’t getting good, deep sleep, so I decided to cut out some of the caffeine. I used to hit these 3 o’clock slumps and would need a jolt of coffee and to be honest, it kind of became a comfort/relaxing part of my day. But once I really thought about my sleeping, I figured the caffeine was still in my system causing me to not rest well. So, I have been trying this now for a few weeks and I feel great! Now we just wait and see how long it lasts J

Happening: Mike and I are buying a house!!! Ah, so exciting! We have been looking for a while, but knew we needed to be out of our apartment by the end of March. Once Jan 1 hit we knew we had to get movin’. We saw our house back in November, but wanted to see if there were any other options. When we went back to visit it in January we knew it was the one. Mike and I are so excited to have space!! Our one bedroom was/is (for one more month) caving in on us, so the timing if perfect!! More to come on this as it happens J

To cap off the currently post, I thought I would give a shout out to the Valentine's themed flowers outside. My besties, who happen to be my co-workers, and I walked the streets of downtown during our lunch break. It was so cute to see everyone out and about in their best reds and pinks. These flowers knew what was up too. Happy {early} Valentine's Day!

I'm always craving new inspiration, reads, recipes, anything and everything, so please share so I can make them a part of my "current" routine! 

Wednesday, February 10, 2016


It has been a few months since I have written here. Honestly, I never meant to take this long of a break, let alone a break at all. I would stop to think about the lack of posting and then life would just carry on, sadly putting the blog on the back burner. I miss this space and gushing all about my sweet husband, our adventures, and life.

At the beginning of this week I was reading this post and came across her 2015 resolution. I loved that she prayed over someone for a week, picking a new person each week. It made me want to do the same, but was discouraged that it was already February and I felt like I needed to start Jan 1. With Lent starting today, I thought it would be a perfect thing to do. Pray for a different person each day for 40 days. I am reaching out to them individually to see if there is a word they would like me to pray over them or specific details.

I am so excited to pray over my family and friends and to make that time for me and God. I used to think Lent was all about giving up something, esp. little things like chips, soda, fast food. As I have gotten older, my Lent days have changed more towards gaining things rather than giving them up. Gaining knowledge from Him, growing with family, creating quiet time. I am so excited to do this and feel inspired by what’s to come.

It has been a few months, but boy am I happy to be back here! Thank you to those who reached out and said they missed my posts. That was more encouraging than you know!

Happy hump day!