It's been a bit! Fall has officially arrived in Nashville and I'm straight giddy about it!
I'm not kidding-- this morning I woke up around 7am and immediately started washing/organizing my sweaters. I'm sure it will be, like, 90 degrees again next week but I'm stubborn and will continue to wear all things fall.
Anna's surface-level life in 5 sentences:
I am headed to Michigan this weekend for a wedding as well as visit friends who live in the area. I'm launching my Kickstarter campaign by the end of the year. I'm taking a fall road trip with friends to Asheville, NC in November before I head home for Thanksgiving. I am about one month into our second session of women's small group, continuing to co-lead with my friend, Chandler. I'm on the hunt for a new place to live here in Nashville come January (5th house is the charm?).
Anna's not so surface-level life in 5 sentences:
Rest defined for me is spending hours with friends, hiking, cooking homemade meals, and writing on the blog. My rest barometer has been on empty the past few weeks and it has slowly metabolized into a constant state of distraction. And when I'm distracted, I use my free moments to internally control what seems chaotic in my life. Distracted + Anna= a sub-par version of Anna. I'm saying no to responsibility that can be put on the backburner and yes to fun activities with friends for a good 'ole heart refresh this week.
Best moments of October:
This past Friday night I went out for tacos with a fun group of gals I've gotten to know in the past year. The community thing is constantly evolving and, boy, does it take a whole lot of effort! With living in Nashville for almost four years, it's easy to convince myself I should have a set-in-stone group of friends at this point with minimal effort. I had a moment the other day when I thought-- even my best friends of 20 years need me to put in effort, why would it be any different here? (Queue lightbulb moment)
A sermon at church on David & Goliath. It was a fiery and wonderful reminder the Bible is not an instructional manual for what and what not to do in life. We wouldn't need faith if that was the case! That the root of all our fear is that God will abandon us in our time of need. Yet He never has and never will. There was a lot of hope in the room this past Sunday, and it was beautiful.
Weekends this month without an agenda. I cooked a new recipe this past week from my favorite local chef, Laura Lee. You can see the recipe here! PSA: For any of you Type A personalities out there who would potentially want to cook with me, it might be best you avoid it. I hate following recipes. Rebellion!
A visit from Peter and Morgan. They flew down to Nashville and we spent the first few days of October together! We attended a "Movie Under the Stars" event out at Bloomsbury Farms (about 30 minutes outside downtown Nashville) and it was magical. Food trucks, string lights, blankets. The documentary addressed the state of the American agricultural system. It was so, so fun!
Books I've been reading lately:
Love That Lasts by Jeff and Alyssa Bethke (see last post)
God Has A Name by John Mark Comer
A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
Free of Me by Sharon Hodde Miller
The Nordic Theory of Everything by Anu Partanen
My October so far in a nutshell. Love you all the most!