Monday, December 17, 2012

We Found Love

Do you ever listen to a song on pop radio and just instantly think, "This song is totally talking about my man, Jesus!"

Nope? Just me?

Well, I know this song is actually about drugs and sex and unhealthy relationships, but from pretty much the first time I heard it, all I could picture in my mind was Jesus on the cross.

The more I've listened to it, the more and more I picture the whole song talking about the life of Christ, and how we are just searching and yearning for his love.

So, what follows is as close as I can get to show you all what I picture in my mind when I listen to this song, which - crazy as it seems - I use to pray.

We Found Love

Yellow diamonds in the light

(Matthew 2:1-12)
Now we’re standing side by side, 
As your shadow crosses mine

(Mark 5:21-43, Luke 8:40-56, Matthew 9:18-26)
What it takes to come alive

(John 11:1-46)
The Raising of Lazarus by George Cattermole

Shine a light through an open door

(John 1:4-9, John 8:12)
Love a life I will divide

(John 6, Matthew 26:17-30, Mark 14:12-26,
Luke 22:7-39, John 13:1-17:26)
Turn away 'cause I need you more

(Romans 6-8)
Feel the heartbeat in my mind

(John 1:14, Luke 24:32)
Sacred Heart of Jesus
It’s the way I’m feeling I just can’t deny

(Matthew 12:22-33, Mark 6:45-52, John 6:16-21)
Peter Walks on Water by Philip Otto Runge (1806)
But I’ve gotta let it go

(John 20:20-23 and more)
We found Love in a hopeless place, 
We found Love in a hopeless place, 
We found Love in a hopeless place, 
We found Love in a hopeless place...

(Matthew 27:33-56, Mark 15:22-41, Luke 23:33-49, John 19:16-37)

**I've been working on this post for awhile to find all the right images, and now in light of the school shootings that happened last week, it seems even more fitting. Despite how tragic our world can be, we have to always remember that there is no tragedy where we cannot still find Love, there is no place that is completely hopeless because God is always there in our suffering. May those who suffer and cry out for hope feel God's presence, and may we all come to know and  experience Christ's undying love that he has shown to each of  us on the Cross.**

Sunday, December 16, 2012

What I Wore Sunday: Clearance Rack Edition

Well, this is embarrassing.

I had two - that's right two - posts not about clothes planned for this past week, and as we can see... that just didn't happen. Don't worry, they're coming soon!

But off to talk about more important things. Like what I wore today. Obviously.

Today is Gaudete Sunday, which means REJOICE! I especially love the readings today because they are definitely what I have been needing to hear - to not be discouraged and to not be anxious, but to rejoice and trust in the Lord. His will is what will bring each of us the greatest happiness here on earth... even if we have to be patient and wait for God's timing.

But, I have to say that I like this Sunday mostly because I love to see the priests rocking the pink rose vestments.


Black dress - Gap super duper clearance rack, bought many moons ago
Cardigan - TJMaxx clearance rack
Deep berry (aka "rose") scarf - Unique Thrift Store, brand new!
Black velvet pumps - Macy's how-is-it-possible-these-shoes-are-so-cheap clearance rack

As you can see, I am a clearance rack shopper!

Be sure to head over to Fine Linen and Purple to check out everyone else rocking the pink... I mean, rose.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

What I Wore Sunday: Emo Pose Edition

Another week, another Sunday!

Which means, of course, another reason to ogle at everyone's clothes!

You mean everyone doesn't take emo looking photos in their kitchen?
 My kitchen gets the best light, ok? I'm just thankful that the stove top is actually clean.

I feel like I ended up channeling a bit of Grace in that photo... Thanks for letting me steal your signature pose!

My attempt at looking more normal...
I'll get you, my pretty, and your little dog too!
...ends up just looking kind of creepy.

You mean everyone doesn't have a creepy finger pose?

Guess it's just me.

And a close up of the boots, because they just don't like to photograph well.

Más details:
Green dress - Old Navy
Jean jacket - Old Navy, courtesy of Unique Thrift Store
Brown opaque tights - from the "I have no idea where I bought these" store
Brown boots - Merona, from Tarjet

As I am a walking ad for Old Navy today, it seems, I welcome them to send me free clothing and accessories to model. I'd willingly do that.

Mass details:
We got a homily on confession and a walk through of an examination of conscience, which I think is a homily that should be given more often.

I also got to see the transubstantiation and say hi to Jesus.

My overall Mass grade for myself is a C, because I got there early and prayed and hard core prayed before and after communion and stayed after Mass and prayed, but I was distracted by other thoughts most of the rest of Mass - unfortunately, said distraction did not involve a cute baby sitting in front of me that I was trying to plot how to steal. I guess I can't always win.

Make sure you trot on over to Fine Linen and Purple to sneak a peek at everyone else's Sunday best!

Friday, December 7, 2012

7 Quick Takes (#36)

The past couple of weeks, I've actually posted about more than just my clothes! I know this is shocking because this is obviously a fashion blog...

You'll be seeing this on the runway next season... but remember, you saw it here first!
Anyway, check out the latest non-clothed linkies - the one I wrote for the lads and the one that I just copied and pasted into an organized-ish list.

I also hope you all got a chance to read the guest post I had this week from the B-E-A-Uuuutiful Mary with her reflections on the single life from her view as a happily married woman! I just love her insight!

Speaking of guest posts, Amanda and I were talking a bit about how we never want to actually be good at living the single vocation... so I know that I am totally excited to read her thoughts coming soon!

Changing gears. Eeeeeep eeeeeeerrrrrrr eeeeeeerrrrrrrr squeak stop.

Have any of you tried the Crackle overcoat nail polish? I have been wanting to try it out, and I saw it at TJMaxx today for a fashionista steal, so I snagged a couple of bottles... and I am kind of disappointed. It looks more like a glitter polish than a crackle effect - so my question for all of you nail experts - WHAT DID I DO WRONG?!?! Help a gal out, because I will feel so lame if I have to return my $2 nail polish.

I have to say that St. Nick's Day is probably one of my favorite Catholic celebrations. Not only do we find little surprises in our stockings in the morning, but it's also fun to see all the Catholics come out on Facebook with pictures and posts about their stocking traditions!

Since I've always celebrated this tradition with my family, I thought it would be fun to share this tradition with my work family! I was lame and couldn't find my stocking while I was home, so thankfully, St. Nick was selfless and let me borrow his sock so I could still get some fun treats. It was fun being able to laugh at and ogle all the fun things we all got... and eat lots of candy. Mmmm candy.

So I've been trying to eat healthier and work out more... trying being the operative word that is currently failing. Do you all have any great tricks to help motivate yourself to eat better and get active?

Throwing away all the chocolate? (Not even an option for me!)

Getting new cute work out clothes? (Could work, right?!)

Carrying around bags of frozen vegetables in your purse so that you have to eat them? (I currently use my frozen peas as an ice pack so...)

Really, how do you all get motivated to be healthy?

I love making mixtapes... yes I actually still burn it onto a cassette tape. No, I'm totally kidding.

I have a very methodical way of making mixtapes for people, and each one I make is a personalized playlist for that specific person. I'm often telling a story with the music - whether it's a story of friendship or love or prayer or just geeking out over some awesome music that I know that specific person will enjoy - I just love going through all my music to find exactly what I want to evoke that meaning.

Making a mixtape is one of my tasks for this weekend. Do any of you ever make mixtapes for those you care about? Do you have a special method when you compile your playlist?


This is the song that is currently playing on repeat on my playlist...

Tis a love letter to my future husband.

Have a great weekend! 

Thanks to Jen as always for hosting!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Reflections on the Single Life... from a Happily Married Woman (Being Single Series)

I've asked Mary to write a guest post for me more times than I can count... because I always value her insight into faith and relationships! I loved reading her thoughts on the single life because I know that she has been there and done that (note the “Ugh.” in the first paragraph!), but by prayerfully living her vocation as a single woman, she and her husband eventually found their way to each other. I hope you all value her insight as much as I do!


I think one of the things I hated most about being single, especially after college, was the staggering amount of cliches hurled in my direction at a fairly intense velocity. Of course, in a way, I sought out the cliches since I read Catholic blogs and books on being a Catholic single woman, but did they all have to say the same thing? They all exhorted me to “live your life now” and, “God’s calling you to follow Him now, not just after you meet your future husband.” Ugh. Unfortunately, the worst part about most cliches is that they’re usually correct. God does want you to love Him totally and completely now. Original sin will be there before and after marriage and we always want to be vigilant against that.

Still, telling a person who is craving to meet their soul mate to just distract themselves and keep pursuing the good in the present seems a tad harsh. Desiring to meet the man God has for you seems to me to be a perfectly natural, ordered good. The problem only comes when you let that desire overcome your entire life.

As my husband, John, and I celebrate our one year anniversary, I can’t help but thoroughly praise God for bringing him into my life. John is everything I hoped for, everything I always wanted. In a temporal way, John completes me. We go to Mass together, we pray the rosary together, and we challenge each other. We get into spats, anxieties and sin together, but I love having someone to face all of that icky, ugly stuff with in solidarity. We always eventually come to the conclusion that it’s our purpose to serve God together... sin gets in our way and so, as a couple, we need to fight that with all of our being.

Since I’m a blogger (and a woman), I naturally like lists. Here is a list of the things I wish I’d kept in mind before I met my husband
  1. There is absolutely nothing wrong with you if you’re into your twenties or thirties (or forties) and have never had a serious boyfriend. A dating history is an incredibly poor indicator of happiness in the future. Hanging out with friends or pursuing a fun hobby is a much more purposeful and excellent way to spend free time than dating a loser who you’d never see yourself marrying. Also, just because you haven’t dated anyone before does NOT mean you are not beautiful, fun, smart and a great catch. Having dated a lot is in no way correlated with your meeting an amazing man and living happily ever after.

  2. Standing up for what you believe in and what you want from the beginning is a really good idea. Not having sex before marriage, babies after marriage, etc. are good things that should be put on the table and pursued!! Don’t be afraid of the beauty of your faith and the purity of your dreams! Faith and purity are worthy goals to strive for... not aspects about yourself to hide! A good man finds these qualities attractive, so communicating these aspects about yourself helps you find out what kind of guy he really is.

  3. Know where to draw the line when it comes to unsolicited advice. Only seek advice from those who absolutely want the best for you. Dating is about discerning which man is going to lead you to heaven. Other friends and family will find it extremely easy to cut that down and distract you with shallower concerns. My sister thought John was geeky and some of my girlfriends thought he was awkward. I stressed out about those observations until one day I realized...I love those aspects about him!

  4. Avoid getting caught up in the 21st century “relationship trends”. By this I mean, worrying about being “Facebook official”, planning your future wedding on Pinterest, or spending a ton of time going out in groups and making everyone think you’re in a great relationship when you might not be. Dating is a time of serious discernment. Focus on the time you’re spending with this man. Do you enjoy the time spent together doing absolutely nothing? Does he make you laugh? Does he encourage you to pursue things that you know to be good (faith, acts of charity, relationships with your family, chastity, etc.)? It does not matter what the rest of the world thinks. You know the difference between right and wrong. You know how to tell when a guy is a good man and when he’s really just a boy. Trust your instincts!

  5. Spend time around people who help mold you into the person you want to be. Set high goals for yourself. Always be seeking ways to make yourself better, to accomplish things you set your mind to. Yes, dating is fun and it’s always nice to feel desired and wanted... but that’s really not what life is all about. Pray for your future husband (after I had a particularly ugly break up, I prayed that God give me a man like John Walker, the cutest, smartest guy I’d ever met but with whom I was stuck in the “friends zone”. God answered that prayer in the most incredible way!).

  6. Be wary of the “friendlationship zone”. I think this is one of the trickiest things girls face today when it comes to dating. They’ll start to be friends with a guy, fall for him and then be anxious about why he’s not moving things to the next level. I would say that if a guy has gotten to know you and is still not pursuing a dating relationship with you, it’s completely fair to ask him what his intentions are. You don’t have to reveal that you like him, but it’s unfair for him to drag you along and enjoy your company and send mixed messages about his feelings for you. A man who wants to pursue a relationship with you generally will without too much help!
Keep in mind that there is absolutely nothing wrong with being a single, beautiful, faithful woman... take pride in that!! You show the world that fulfillment comes not from another person, but from God Himself. When you get right down to it, that is one of the most important witnesses our society needs right now. We turn everywhere but God for fulfillment and it’s easy to think that people can only be fulfilled when they’re married. Insane rates of divorce, domestic violence and “open marriages” tell a completely different story. God is all you really need, let Him help you.

Please pray for me, as I will for sure pray for you!


Mary, once a single gal, is married to John Walker, a wonderful Catholic man and captain in the U.S. Air Force! Mary studied political science at the George Washington University and received a master's degree in politics from the University of Dallas.  She loves being a military spouse, playing the violin, and the talking/writing about the U.S. Supreme Court, among other things.  She is a regular contributor at Truth and Charity, so go check her out!

Mary and Liesl met through a mutual friend and are lucky enough to be friends in real, real life! They share a love of Yellowcard and Switchfoot, cooking, writing lists that end up being normal numbers (like five, not the above six), and lighting candles (which was discovered as they were the candle-lighters in said mutual friend's wedding!).

Sunday, December 2, 2012

What I Wore Sunday: Rough and Tough Edition

I promise that I will start writing less about clothes and more about not-clothes... someday. 'Til then!

Linking up with the ladies of Fine Linen and Purple once again!

Did you read my guest post with them yet? You should.

The digs:
- My new do, courtesy of Hair Cuttery ($22 for a haircut! How do I love thee, let me count the ways!)
- Black and white dress, unkown origins but courtesy of le thrift store and taken in by my momma
- Brown boots, Merona from Target (Target, feel free to send me gift cards or coupons or free clothes, whatever suits your fancy!)
Blue earrings for Advent, courtesy of the Kohl's clearance rack (Kohl's, my email address is in the sidebar if you want to send me free goods!)
- Jerusalem Cross Necklace, from the Kairos retreat I went on my senior year of college (any other Live the 4th-ers out there?!)
- Busted lip, courtesy of a blister I somehow got while biting my lip while sleeping... I really have no idea. But does it make me look rough and tough? That's the look I'm really going for...

Related but unrelated...

Are any of you single ladies plagued by how to get your picture taken each week? I use my computer to snap my photo, but it's always so dark in my apartment (even with every.single.light.on!!!) and so I feel like the pictures are not the best quality. I'm intrigued to see how you all manage!

As always, I love ogling at your outfits and poses (do you knee pop like me or go for the more model-esque approach?). And... Happy New Year!

*Being* Single (Being Single Series)

Some thoughts about being single from people who say things much better than me.

On the desire for marriage and the single person's fear of heartbreak and loneliness...
"The good thing is that our Father in Heaven, in Christ Jesus, shows us this great example through Christ about this suffering and how we need to embrace that suffering of maybe loneliness or the fear, but if we embrace it with Christ, He promises us resurrection, He promises us that fulfillment of those desires. The desire that we have in our hearts for unity and for love, He placed there! And so what kind of a Father would give us a desire that wouldn't fulfill it, and He wants to fill it abundantly and we have to trust that faith and we have to believe that our Father in Heaven desires that more than anything else, even more than we desire it. And so I guess it's a matter of the very foundation of putting that faith and trust in God and going with our Lord and place that petition before our Lord, and He will hear it and He will answer that prayer."
(Jason Angelette, on Catholic Answers Live, ~9:50 into the show)

On being worried...
"I am not at all worried about the future. I am sure God will do his will; it is the only grace I desire."
(St. Therese of Lisieux)

On the ache of singlehood...

God is the only one who can satisfy your heart. Another person doesn't complete you, only Jesus Christ can complete you! Place your trust in God, not in people. People disappoint, but God never does. 
Marriage is not going to fix you. The healthier you can be as a single person in your faith and in yourself, the better foundation that's going to be for your marriage.  Marriage isn't there to make you happy, it's there to make you holy! 
The more intimate your relationship with God, the less you will feel that ache for another person. The perfect man for you can't even hold a candle to God and His love for you. He fills that desire in our hearts.

On our desire for God...
O God, you are my God—
it is you I seek!
For you my body yearns;
for you my soul thirsts,

In a land parched, lifeless,
and without water.
I look to you in the sanctuary
to see your power and glory.
For your love is better than life;
my lips shall ever praise you!
I will bless you as long as I live;
I will lift up my hands, calling on your name.
My soul shall be sated as with choice food,
with joyous lips my mouth shall praise you!
I think of you upon my bed,
I remember you through the watches of the night
You indeed are my savior,
and in the shadow of your wings I shout for joy.
My soul clings fast to you;
your right hand upholds me.

On the invitation...
In the hidden recesses of the human heart the grace of a vocation takes the form of a dialogue. It is a dialogue between Christ and an individual, in which a personal invitation is given. Christ calls the person by name and says: "Come, follow me." This call, this mysterious inner voice of Christ, is heard most clearly in silence and prayer. Its acceptance is an act of faith.
(Blessed John Paul II, Homily, February 10, 1986) 

Do you have any quotations or reflections on being single you'd like to share?

*If you'd like to contribute a guest post to the Being Single Series, e-mail me at spiritualworkoutblog @*
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