Movers: Emma Grager

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I’m really excited to bring you a new series on the blog. “Movers” gives me the chance to highlight people who are living and moving in extraordinary ways. Let me introduce you to Emma Grager. She’s a singer-songwriter and an English major, a true creative. And as much as I love creative people, Emma’s creativity is not what inspired me to write about her. I’ve had the honor of sharing meals with Emma and I leave every conversation challenged because of her sincerity. Most people worry about having too little. Emma worries about giving into capitalism and having too much. It can take her six months to finally buy an item that she really needs. She gives away as much money as she spends on herself. She’s the embodiment of the phrase, “Live simply so that others may simply live.” And her life is all the richer for it. I encourage you to check out her music. More than that, I think Emma would want you to take a moment to consider your blessings, material or otherwise, and how you can use them to bless others.

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Taylor

P.S. Don’t forget to enter the giveaway!

Giveaway: It’s Bow Time!

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Happy Monday everyone! I hope I can brighten your week with a giveaway. I love wearing simple outfits with a pop of something fun. As a sorority woman, I’ve seen my fair share of bows but I had yet to try wearing one. That’s why I was so excited to team up with Shelby from the Small Grey Cat shop on Etsy to style one of her adorable bows. It’s the perfect dash of whimsy to an otherwise drab outfit. The good news is, you have a chance to win this bow! The contest starts today and continues through Sunday night. Click here to enter and come back to enter every day! May the odds be ever in your favor. And check out Shelby’s shop. It’s the perfect way to treat yourself during finals week.

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Taylor

Adventure is out there

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It is (almost) officially summer for me! There’s a small matter of a Spanish final paper due Tuesday, but I’ll be headed home on Sunday. This summer, more than ever, is going to be a summer of adventure. Here’s what I (and you!) have to look forward to:

-Two weeks in California for a mini-internship

-Summertime in Chicago

-Adobe Creative Suite (so many possibilities!)

-Free time

-Possibly studying for the GRE, in the off chance I decide to do more school…

-More outfit posts since I’ll have people to help me take pictures

– A month in South Africa!!!

I could not be more excited for all the adventuring God has in store for me this summer. Do you have any exciting plans?

Also, I’ve just started a Facebook page for Live and Move. Give it a like and follow along!

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Taylor

P.S. I didn’t forget the Friday song. Today it’s Youth by Daughter!

A Lesson in Economics

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Today, I take my Economics final. These are the two only concepts I plan to carry with me from that class:

Opportunity cost: Your next best option, what you’re giving up when you make a decision. I think about this a lot now. My time is limited. Where am I investing it?

Scarcity: Our wants are bigger than our ability to satisfy them. Whoa. I can’t help but think of a C.S. Lewis quote: “It would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.”  The truth is, we can’t can’t satisfy our desires. That’s why there so large. We were created to be satisfied in Christ.

That, dear friends, is the only useful knowledge you will learn from economics. Thoughts?

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Taylor

P.S. I have a penchant for bridge pictures this week. This one is a picture of Canada taken from Detroit. Trade… Economics… See what I did there?

Photo Shoot with Angela!

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Here’s one thing I realized when I started blogging: I’ve been so busy taking pictures of things and people that there aren’t very many pictures of just me, especially with my natural hair. When Angela mentioned she was offering portraits a few weeks ago, I was sold. As you can see, she’s a wonderful photographer. What you can’t see is that she has such a kind-hearted and passionate spirit. Check out the rest of her photography here. It’s well worth it! I’m so grateful to Angela for helping my blog look a little bit more like home! Enjoy your Wednesdays, friends.

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Taylor

Breathe

breatheBreathe is such a funny looking word if you stare at it long enough. Maybe that’s why it is so hard for us to do. It’s finals week for me. The tendency is to compulsively study and slouch and stay up late and stress. Literally, it’s hard to breathe at times. Then I looked breathe up in the dictionary and saw that the second definition meant, “to live.” Deep stuff. What does breathing look like for me this week? I plan to study hard but not feel guilty for taking a break or a much deserve bubble bath. More importantly, I’m going to breathe in these final moments of my sophomore year. What does breathing look like for you, friends?

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Taylor

P.S. I took this picture at Belle Isle, an island nestled in the heart of Richmond. It’s one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been and the memory of it is helping me breathe a little easier.

To live a creative life

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In case you forgot,this blog started as an outlet for creativity. Now that I’m actively pursuing creativity, I’ve realized how many thoughts just float around in my head. A lot of creative people seem to always have a notebook on hand. It works for them, so I’ve decided to give it a try. I bought a miniature Moleskine notebook and made it my own with a metallic Sharpie paint pen. I love having the verse that started it all on the cover. So far, my notebook has my goals for summer as well as a few thoughts for blog posts later this week. How do keep track of all of your creative thoughts and ideas? I’d love to hear.

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Taylor