Musings | It Is Well

When I picked up a brush pen four summers ago, it was during an uncertain time in my life. Hubs and I were six months into what was supposed to be a long-term move to Taiwan. It had been a tough adjustment, though it probably didn't look like it from our photos. Sure, we had plenty of adventures but things didn't really go as planned, job-wise (amongst other factors).

So we decided that summer, that we'd return to New York at the end of the year. We didn't know what we'd do about work or living arrangements when we got back so I spent every day that summer lettering my worries away (or tried to, at least).

Lettering became my form of meditation and prayer. Meditating on positive quotes, and God's word got me through the rest of the year - from dealing with a scary vertigo episode (on my birthday, no less) to getting my wisdom tooth out while hubs returned home for job interviews, to coming back, apartment hunting, and readjusting to life stateside (reverse culture shock is real, yo).

The reason why I'm sharing all of this is because I want to get back to that. I want to get back to a place where I can sing these words in any circumstance. My heart, mind, and soul need it. And maybe, you need it, too.

They say it only takes a little faith
To move a mountain
Well good thing
A little faith is all I have, right now
But God, when You choose
To leave mountains unmovable
Oh give me the strength to be able to sing
It is well with my soul…

- Even If, Mercy Me

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Musings | Let Your Heart Be Light

 Lettering by Lillian Liming

Lettering by Lillian Liming

Let your heart be light.

When I lettered this phrase from the well-known Christmas song to share on Instagram a few weeks back, I didn't think I'd still be reflecting upon these words well into the new year. 

Maybe it's because my heart has felt more heavy than light the last several months as I maneuvered through a broken friendship, establishing my business, and as of late, some health issues. 

On top of that, where I once found light and joy in connecting/sharing on Instagram, has now become more of a burden.

I've shared my thoughts about Instagram before so I'm not going to repeat myself, but as we entered the new year, I knew something had to change. It has all just become too much. Too much noise. Too much monotony. Too much wasted time.

I've let my heart become heavy for much too long.

I contemplated quitting social media altogether, as Shanna Skidmore bravely did so for a year, but I don't think I'm ready to quit cold turkey just yet. However, like Shanna, I'm a bit of a rebel in the sense that I just don't want to be doing what everyone else is doing when it comes to social media. Not only on the business side of things, but personally, as well. 

Being self-employed and working from home can get pretty lonely - I honestly just miss everyday real-world human connections. Instagram just doesn't fill that void for me as it once did. The community aspect has gotten lost in the vast sea of non-chronological, stranger-ridden posts. 

 Camogli, Italy | Photo by Lillian Liming

Camogli, Italy | Photo by Lillian Liming

January is all about setting goals, getting organized, and decluttering. I'm on a mission to declutter my heart and fill it with joy, light, and love. I know that sounds cliché, but who says we can't Kondo our hearts? If something in your life doesn't spark joy, then thank it for its service and get rid of it, amirite? ;)

Ok, I may not go as far as getting rid of Instagram, but it's time for a refresh. As we entered 2018, more posts popped up from people/sources I respected, echoing my thoughts (see here and here -- love Jonas Ellison's writing, do check him out!). They confirmed my intention for taking a break from Instagram for an entire month, but obviously, I didn't want to leave my friends and followers hanging. Hence, this blog post -- and hopefully, more posts to come. 

I hope to be doing more connecting with you here in 2018. Thanks for following along!

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Giving Thanks

Give thanks to the Lord for He is good, His love endures forever.
— Psalm 107:1

I can hardly believe it's been almost three weeks since I landed back on US soil. It still feels like a dream that I was in Taiwan for a year, and it's even more surreal that I'm back in New York.

David and I are currently apartment hunting and living out of our suitcases so I feel a bit out of sorts. It's Thanksgiving, and I don't have access to my own kitchen or tools, which means no turkey thawing in the fridge or some baked good in the oven. We'll actually be going out to a restaurant to celebrate with family - something new and different. 

I'm not going to try and stuff this one post with everything that I'm grateful for - I pray that thankfulness is something that I can incorporate more into my daily life. But I will say that even though we don't have a place to call our own yet, I am thankful to have a roof over my head. I'm thankful for new friends and connections since I've been back - connections that I would not have made if I did not have my experience in Taiwan.  Friends. Family. You. Yes, you - the handful of you that take the time to read my ramblings. Thank you. 

Wishing you and yours a blessed Thanksgiving!

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