3, 2, 1...Friday.

As I look ahead into the coming months, I see a lot of change approaching, much of which is fuzzy at best from this place in time. Change seems to be a regular theme in my life right now. In the midst of the change, writing has been a helpful way for me to process what is going on both internally and externally. And so, I'm trying to be more structured about writing as I enter yet another season of transition. 

So I introduce to you a new feature of the blog, a weekly post where I show you three beautiful things from my week, tell you two things I'm thankful for, and explain one thing I'm currently learning. (Or where I tell you the three animals I wish I could be, if I were an animal, the two countries I'd love to spend time in one day, and a book that has inspired and taught me. Or some combination [and varying amounts of ridiculousness] thereof, depending on my week [and  my mood!])

I hope you've had a good week, wherever you are and whatever you are doing. What are three beautiful things around you this week? What are two things you are thankful for? And what are you learning right now? 

Beautiful thing #1: This, my friends, is SUPER delicious grain-free banana bread. You should make it, pronto. Find the recipe here.  

Beautiful thing #1: This, my friends, is SUPER delicious grain-free banana bread. You should make it, pronto. Find the recipe here.  

Beautiful thing #2: Biking in the park in Valencia. I LOVE the public bike system that is super cheap and that allows me to ride all over the city while listening to podcasts or just thinking. And I get to see beautiful flowers like this, with the time to scoot off the path and get a photo.

Beautiful thing #2: Biking in the park in Valencia. I LOVE the public bike system that is super cheap and that allows me to ride all over the city while listening to podcasts or just thinking. And I get to see beautiful flowers like this, with the time to scoot off the path and get a photo.

Beautiful thing #3: A mountain-ish getaway in Catalonia. It was nice waking up and going to sleep with this backdrop!  The lack of humidity was a major bonus. I slept better than I've slept in months.

Beautiful thing #3: A mountain-ish getaway in Catalonia. It was nice waking up and going to sleep with this backdrop!  The lack of humidity was a major bonus. I slept better than I've slept in months.

Two things I'm thankful for: 

1. One year in Spain. Today marks one year since we arrived in Spain! I can't believe it. We've learned a lot, grown closer to each other in our marriage and individually we've grown closer to God, and are so grateful for the times we have been able to travel and get tastes of new cultures. This year has been challenging at times (cold winter with a super drafty, frigid apartment, I'm looking at you!), but we wouldn't trade this special time for anything.

2. Last month's Whole30 experience. I'm not gonna lie--last month was hard. I wanted to sit outside at a cafe and sip some wine. I wanted to eat ice cream. But we are so grateful that we took the time to cut some things out of our diet, let our bodies rest, and think about how we approach food and eating. It was a great experience, and one I'm pretty certain we'll repeat sometime in the coming year.

One thing I'm learning these days: 

I'm learning, for probably the first time in my life, how great it feels to get something done early. I am a procrastinator extraordinaire--I think it comes with perfectionism. The idea in my mind usually is, I probably can't do it perfectly right now, so I'll wait until I can do it perfectly...which will probably be never...but I'm sure I could do it better later. Ugh--so exhausting!! I'm taking an online class right now (History of Children's Literature) and have not been leaving things to the last minute. This is progress, people! In fact, I wrote my paper a week early, leaving myself time to revise and edit after sleeping on it. This is so abnormal for me, and yet it feels awesome.  Maybe this will stick with me as I continue classes in the fall!

Happy weekend, readers!