I’ll Do More of…. in 2019

First and foremost! I am SO excited for a new year! I am excited for new beginnings in 2019 and for new connections! The hubby and I will be back in the south (God willing – send us all the prayers y ‘all) and I will hopefully be having so many sister dates with my sissy, seeing my great aunt (Sister Celine, who is one of my very best friends) at the convent as much as possible,  lots of movie dates with my mama and cousins and having tons of coffee dates with my friends! To say I am excited would be an understatement!

For the new year, here are a few things I would like to do more of! Not listed in any specific order.

Reading My Bible:

 

My relationship with God hit an all new level in 2018 and I plan on growing into a deeper community with Him! That includes learning more and more about Him. I plan on diving more and more into scripture both individually and with my husband in 2019. Something we started doing this past year was reading a Proverbs chapter a day (there are 31 chapters – perfection), normally in the mornings while we sit and have our morning coffee. It has been a game changer for us! We want to go deeper into this habit and really start studying scripture and dissecting what we read in order to go deeper. We want to learn MORE about Him and His ways. We want to get to know our Father and who He wants us to be and what He expects from us. We learn TRUTH in the WORD! So, reading more scripture is a HUGE part of my 2019 goals.

P.S. If you are looking for a new Bible, I have reviewed two amazing Bibles that you would LOVE! You can check out reviews at my book review blog. The Spirit Filled Life Bible and the Minister’s Bible for pastors and ministers – both AMAZING Bibles!

Growing Spiritually With this Hunk:

 

Pouring into my marriage has never been something I lacked, but I def want to keep growing more and more into the wife God has called me to be, and the wife Darin deserves. Our marriage moved into a whole new spiritual level this year and I want to keep riding this spiritual ride with this handsome husband of mine. I have seen Darin grow more and more into the man of God he was created to be. He has taken the reigns of leading our marriage, me and this little family of ours in a way that awes me daily. He has always led us, but something shifted in a major way this year and it has been amazing! It wasn’t an easy ride, we had some struggles along the way BUT thank GOD for those struggles because He met us where we were. He met us where our marriage was and where we were individually and elevated us to a whole new level. I wouldn’t change any of our struggles or hardships for anything! God knew what He was doing when He allowed some mess to happen! The Addis duo has some AMAZING things happening in ministry. God is directing us to build the Kingdom together and I CANNOT wait for us to help shine HIS light and speak HIS truth! I am so ecstatic to do this with my husband! Doing ministry with my husband are prayers answered. Prayers that were prayed for many years before I even met Darin! God is so good y’all! If you are single and reading this, wait for him – he is out there! I promise!

Spending Time with Girlfriends:

 

Living away from TX and close friends has made me truly see the value of community and strong connections. I haven’t been on a coffee date with a girlfriend in SO long. I haven’t just sat and talked about Jesus and all the ways we are growing. I haven’t had a chance to encourage a girlfriend in an area of her life that she is struggling with and vice versa. I haven’t been able to go get Pho on a cold day and just chat about marriage, ministry and all that God is doing in our lives! I did not realize how important those moments were, until I no longer had them. My girls matter and I CANNOT wait to be back in the trenches with them, doing LIFE with them! Hold your tribe tight y’all! They truly matter!

Loving My Body and Taking Care of Her:

 

The past two years have been trial and error of finding the perfect PCOS and fertility diet for me. My body has been through the wringer with multiple miscarriages, cyst ruptures, inflammation, illness and so much stress! Since I FINALLY found the exact diet I need to be on, I plan on loving this body of mine SO MUCH BETTER in 2019. I want to work out more, stick to my strict diet better, drink more protein shakes that are packed with all the nutrients and goodness she needs, nurture her and honor her more than what I ever have before! She has been through some stress throughout her life, and I hope this is the year she can finally just be healthy and FEEL GOOD! I’ll be sharing more of this health journey throughout the year. I really wanted to get the diet I needed to be on before I started sharing a ton and I finally feel confident in that diet to start sharing more and more! If you have PCOS or trying to conceive, I hope to be a cheerleader and giver of knowledge for ya in this area!

That “Faith Requires Trust” T-Shirt from 4Kingdom Shirts in these pics is SO FITTING for my health journey and for the journey of trying to conceive! To order one of these beauties you can visit their FB Page, Call 806-441-4892 or email them at fdavila80@gmail.com – AMAZING company with a HEART FOR GOD!!!! You will be supporting a phenomenal ministry AND getting an awesome tee that fits and feels like perfection!

Drinking More Hot Tea & Just Relaxing: 

20181228_192051_HDR_1546057616951 I am a tea drinker through and through! I love to drink it daily BUT rarely will I just sit and have a cup of hot tea and do nothing. I am normally reading a book, talking with the hubby, scrolling through social media, reading a blog or doing business. In 2019, I want to simply drink a cup of hot delicious tea and just be in the moment. I want to take in every detail of the steeped flavors and sit in gratitude of this beautiful life I live.

 

Reading More Fiction:

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I am not much of a fiction reader. I tend to be drawn to self-help and faith based books. I guess the life coach in me likes to read about things that can help me or my clients in everyday life. I decided to join The Book of the Month Club last month and started reading Spinning Silver and FELL in love with this book! I forgot what it was like to just read a fiction book and get lost in fantasy land (without having to take notes because I am reviewing it). It has allowed my brain to rest from the busyness of life and just enjoy a made up character’s journey! By the way, if you haven’t read Spinning Silver, you gotta! SO GOOD!

So, these are just a few things I want to do more of in the new year! I def have more on my list, but that might be a really LONG blog post haha! I hope this helps you think of more things to do more of in the new year!

Please share with me what you plan on doing more of in the comments section! I can’t wait to hear from you and HAPPY NEW YEAR FRIEND!!!!

 

Home

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There is NO place like HOME for the holidays, this statement is so true! BUT since I can’t be home in TEXAS for the holidays, I will certainly enjoy the Pacific Northwest with the hubby. It has been a great time thus far and I couldn’t be happier to enjoy the holiday season with my best friend and handsome forever Christmas date! Life is grand no matter where we are! The Addis Adventures are for real y’all!

We kicked off the joyful holiday with the Christmas Tree Lighting event downtown. It was our first one to attend here in Portland, and it did not disappoint! Afterwards we enjoyed an AMAZING dinner at our favorite restaurant, Olympia Provisions. OMG – if you ever visit Portland, you HAVE to check out Olympia! It’s our favorite place to eat eVer! Christmas date nights are the BEST!

 

We also ventured out to Whidbey Island and did an early Christmas with two of our favorite little humans (and two of our big people humans too of course) a couple of weekends ago, and boy did we have a blast! The auntie life is for real one of the greatest roles I have ever been blessed with!

Aren’t they the cutest? Oh, my heart just swells every time I think about them and the joy they bring this family of ours!

Family is literally the most special thing in our lives y’all. Hug your loved ones close and always let them know you care! The holiday season can sometimes feel SO overwhelming and so stressful, but don’t let it be. If you feel the stress outweighing the fun, joy and laughter it’s time to take a deep breath and breathe. Remember who HE is in your life and remember that this time of year isn’t about the hustle and bustle, but it’s about Jesus and holding the ones you love so tight!

Darin and I won’t be doing much Christmas Eve and Christmas Day – we’ll be relaxing with Holly and watching Disney movies ALL DAY! We miss our family back home dearly and we are anticipating a much different Christmas next year! BUT until then, we will joyfully hold one another tight and be thankful for another year of growth and thankful for the love we have found in one another. This year was a major year for us; spiritually, physically and mentally. We experienced miracle after miracle and truly saw God’s thumbprint on so much! Was it easy? No. Was it always rainbows and butterflies? NOT EVEN CLOSE! But……it was GOD! It was all God and all beautiful, even in the mess, it was beautiful. God is good and we have SO much to be thankful for. Most of all, we are thankful for the birth of Christ!

Let me tell you Merry Christmas a few days early my dear friend! If you can’t be home with loved ones, close your eyes and remember the love……home is always in your heart.

 

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