2019. My word.

December 31, 2018



Every year I choose a word and its a beautiful thing. I pray about it, I think over it for weeks and then once its chosen: to see how it is weaved through my year- it blows me away every time. If I look back on our story, each year has had so much of the word deeply in it. 

This year I kept praying for my word- and I kept hearing 
Fall. 
I was like, um thats not my word. 

But I kept praying all a few things kept coming up. 

Fall and RISE. 

1. Fall and RISE anew. 

2. Fall, falling full abandon into trust and growth and FREEDOM from things that have held me back my whole life. 

3. " Autumn shows us how beautiful it is to let things go." 
I kept thinking about this quote and the season of fall and what it can represent- and kept thinking of what this could mean for me. 


So Fall it is. 
and then Rise. 

I am excited for things that have already been stirring in my heart and what God is doing with this simple little 4 letter word. 

What is your word for 2019?

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Little snippets from previous years:

2018. 
Favor, Fruitful. 
producing much fruit.
to regard with favor.

You will recognize them by their fruits. 
Claiming & praying favor and fruitfulness. 

Over myself, my family, my loved ones. 

I pray and pray and pray and think about what word He is pressing on my heart. Each time I can look back at the year and the word and see EXACTLY why He gave me that word. Each year I have needed that word, it has been a theme, it has defined the year. 

2017. Soar:
fly or rise high in the air.
increase rapidly above the usual level.

SOAR was a theme for this past year absolutely...its incredible looking back and seeing it weaved perfectly throughout.


2016, was absolutely everything ABUNDANCE
I mean it was a life changing year in so many ways. Abundance in life, abundance in redemption.... it was literally the perfect word for the year. There was an entire life switch into abundance. 

"Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine according to His power that is at work within us."

2015. FREEDOM. 

"Little did I know how much I would need to embrace the word brave this year past year. So many things happened, so many hard roads, so much heartache. 2014 taught us much and I believe with my whole heart that 2015 is the spring after the long rain. It is the year of FREEDOM. My words for 2015 are BELIEVE & FREEDOM. I am going to claim them and let them take over every bit of me. I am claiming it now so that a year from now I can look back and say wow, those words were perfect for 2015.  

2014. BRAVE

For the past few years I have chosen a "word" for the year. 2014... my word is BRAVE. My whole life I have basically been the opposite of brave. I have been careful and I have been anxious. Ever since this post  I have been praying that I would be brave. I want my faith to be strong and to rest in His plan above my own...no matter what it holds. I have a feeling in my gut that this year is going to entail trusting Him a lot. 
I want to be brave. 
I want to take this one, beautiful, precious life and I want to live it well. 
I want to literally run towards the plans that He has for me. I don't want to hesitate, I want to soar... arms spread wide open. 

This morning I woke up and Aiden's arms were around my neck. I pulled back and the sunlight was perfectly shining in on his face. I ran my hands across his forehead to brush back his sweet hair and just  thanked God for him. Then I turned my head and Ainsleigh was there too. They must have crept down the hall in the night and snuck in beside us. Her eyelashes and pouty lips were perfectly still as her tiny little lungs rose and fell. I could hear Apple stirring nearby. My precious Appie. These babies are such a gift.... I mean truly a gift. And having open hands with their precious lives is such a struggle for me.
But this is my year...the year where I am brave. 

2013 was HOPE.

" I have tangible hope in multiple areas. God redeemed my heartache. Sometimes I wonder if we as humans encounter heartache, loss and sadness not only because this is a fallen and sinful world. An imperfect world. But also so that we can truly appreciate the joys as well. On a new level of appreciation. A new level of thanks. To balance out human perspective.This isn't heaven so we can't understand the whole picture. We must have hope to come out on the other side of tasting incredible sadness. I want to matter. and not in the "I am awesome and matter so much kind of way", I want my life to mean something. God has me here for a purpose and I am constantly seeking out what that is and what that looks like. I want my life to matter. I want to give hope. "

2012 was CHANGE.

"I have roots that run deep. 
The old me that I am constantly fighting... insecure, unforgiving, entitled....it's time to uproot and CHANGE.
 So this year I will keep the word peace as a daily mission and add the word change. 
Because it's time. 
Those poisonous roots have been in me far too long."

2011 was PEACE.

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God. Matthew 5:9 My all time favorite book, "A Beautiful Offering" has a chapter on peace... "When you decide to live out what you believe. When you decide you want peace in your possession, then you will find out what that looks like & feels like. You begin to pray for God to give you peace. You incorporate peace in your relationships. You decide to respond differently. You speak in love. Act in tenderness. You imitate what you know about peace until it becomes a reality for your character & your life." It is so convicting. Dying to your desire. Dying to your flesh. "He restores what has been broken & heals what has been wounded. I don't have peace because I figured it all out. I have peace because I believe in Christ."



New York.

December 30, 2018



When your best friend in the entire world hits a life changing goal, you hop on an airplane and surprise her in NYC!



"You’ll need coffee shops and sunsets and road trips. Airplanes and passports and new songs and old songs, but people more than anything else. You will need other people and you will need to be that other person to someone else, a living breathing screaming invitation to believe better things."



My bestie Danielle once said about me, " When people love on those you love - and see them for all that you see in them, is there anything better?" And now I am saying it back to her.... 



I would fly anywhere for you.



I once heard of friendships like that- people who would get on a plane and fly anywhere for a best friend...and now I know what that feels like. She has flown to Dallas and surprised me in the past and now to turn those tables!



Danielle has filled so many pieces of my heart that I didn't even know needed filling.



thankful

Candy Cane Playdough.

December 07, 2018



This Playdough pictured was made for us by a friend and includes Peppermint Oil! 

It smells SO. D R  E A M Y! 

And it is super easy to make!! 
This is the recipe that I have followed in the past:
All you need is:

+ 2 cups cornstarch
+ 1 cup Kidscents lotion
+ 8 drops peppermint oil

Mix all the ingredients together and let your kiddos play!


All Things Fall.

December 01, 2018

Royal Carpet Celebration.

November 13, 2018



A trip to remember. 

5 women who I have the honor of walking beside day in and day out, my best friends, women who I could never ever spill enough love and gratitude over. Not only am forever grateful for each of them, more than actual words can express- but that they represent sooooo many faces behind what I do. We flew to Utah to walk the Royal Crown Diamond Purple Carpet. Our team was recognized 😭🙏🏻❤️. 

As I paired with YL to plan these few days, I had them in mind at every moment. What they represent, what each of my team members represent. I would never be walking that carpet without each of their YES. For the daily showing up. Every time I experience freedom with my family, every little minute looking into my babies eyes- I see each of their faces. That is never ever lost on me. 


 Feeling seen, loved, appreciated- that’s why I show up day after day. That’s my heart. Thank you doesn’t begin to do it justice. Thankful for a changed story. Over time, they each said yes. Some from the very first month, some later on. We have been through so much together, they embody kindness, grace, love and drive. I will never forget this trip. 


Sweet friendships that are a sisterhood. Not only do they love me well but they love each other and lead their teams with everything and more I could dream and hope for. Stepping into a purpose of loving people well. A company I love and believe in with my entire heart. 


Thank you YL for how you truly see us and made us feel like the most special in the world. 


Just the opportunity you have given us is more than I could dream of but then you again and again go above and beyond to shower us with surprise and delight. 

Our gratitude spills over.


Some quotes from posts shared that I never ever ever want to forget, sealing them here and in my heart forever. 

"I’m a mess of tears in the very back of a plane surrounded by a bunch of dudes flying home from Utah . I’m so undone thinking about the past two days. Y’all. I’m literally just a girl who fell in love with oils, like how did that land me here ... I have no idea but my heart is overflowing. Sorority life was just the beginning for @caseyleighwiegand and I - now we get to run alongside of each other watching families find FREEDOM. and I mean freedom in pretty much every sense of the word: freedom to BE who they are & use their gifts for the good of others. Freedom to spend more time with their families & the people they love. Freedom to give beyond their wildest dreams. Freedom to know the products they are bringing into their homes are clean, safe, and effective. Freedom to not worry that their card at the grocery store won’t go through (something we both lived through for many years). And freedom in Christ. That last one, that’s the 🔥 in me . Casey & I (and many others on our team) have prayed for and loved on an incredible friend on our team & just this past week we cried, prayed and cheered she came to know God for the first time! So as you see all these pictures of us at Tiffany’s, mountain side mansions and fancy dinners asking ourselves “what is this life”, I PROMISE you even more than this trip of celebration & delight - we are looking at each other & crying asking each other how we got to be a part of KINGDOM work THROUGH our business. It’s forever an honor to stand beside my friend & fearless leader, Casey in this business and in life. Watching the entire corporate office erupt in cheers & praise for her and her entire team is a memory I’ll reach back in my files for on the days that are hard . We have ONE LIFE, y’all. What do we have to lose? Dream big. Go for that scary goal. Reach out and pray for that friend. Believe in yourself and in turn bring others into that circle of belief with you. You are sooooo much more capable than you think. The words they spoke over Casey were “Kind, positive, compassionate”. They spoke about our community that’s full of LIGHT 💡 and did you know we are also the fastest growing in the whole company ? Mind blown" - Wynne Elder

Katespadeny jammies. @tiffanyandco shopping spree. Mansion in the mountains with personal chefs. A bunch of moms turned businesswomen sitting around a conference table with the executives of a billion dollar company talking strategy. I wouldn’t be who I am today without the women in this picture. I love each of them so much. A little over 3 years ago Casey said “you’re going to be so amazing at this business” & I still think she’s crazy for believing in me so much. But she did. Her belief changed our lives, the lives of thousands. I’m just one in a sea of thousands. Thank you could never be enough. Without @younglivingeo none of this would be possible. So grateful for a company I can proudly stand behind." - Kristan Carroll

Building a business is hard but man is this business worth fighting for. I looked at Casey as we sat around a table with Young Living’s executives after she was applauded by the entire corporate staff for a solid ten minutes and told she was the fasting growing RCD in history and told her to lock that feeling so deep in her vault. The majority of what we do is uncelebrated and unseen but goodness was she seen this weekend and were we ever in the process!!!!" - Lesley Graham 

"A beautiful day celebrating an even more beautiful person @caseyleighwiegand and her team. These ladies are everything you would hope for in businesswomen. They are exceptionally smart, innovative, and talented, but equally humble, kind, and sincere. The culture they share with others is the kind that inspires us all to be our best selves. Congratulations Casey! This is the beginning of many more beautiful celebrations to come, but I’m especially grateful for this one! " - Ben Riley

✨Touching down in home sweet New York right now after a full and beautiful few days in Park City, Utah. ❤️ Once upon a time, seven-ish years ago, l got an email from a girl in Dallas asking me all about my blog (RIP blogs✌🏼). I can still remember opening that email and feeling that she was so full of excitement and possibility and that she was inquisitive and creative and so very beautiful. That email started a friendship that grew into a sisterhood and I had no idea that the Lord would give me a best friend that day. Someone I prayed for for so long. He wove her story into mine in the most beautiful and unexpected ways. He brought us through mountains and valleys and He brought us through them together. When I look at her I see one of the most faithful, incredible, devoted, hard working women I’ve ever met. I see someone who’s heart shines in all that she does and she does nothing, not one thing, without giving her full self to it. This weekend she was honored and recognized for all those things and more and I had the gift of standing by her side and championing her, just like she does for me. (Also non stop ugly crying. When people love on those you love - and see them for all that you see in them, is there anything better?) Here’s to you @caseyleighwiegand, and here’s to never giving up on each other and a hundred more laughs and cries and years and everythings together. You’re one in a million. 😭❤️-  Danielle Burkleo

Texas State Fair

November 08, 2018


Precious sweet memories at the Texas State Fair! 

* most photos by Beckley Photography (others my cellphone)