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Sisterhood of the Traveling Bible

It's Friday, Friday, Friday! Wait.... it is Friday right? This week has been all over the place, and I've had SUCH a hard time remembering what day it is. I'm out of town for a theatre festival so my internet is a bit spotty, BUT I wanted to take some time to share about a reeeeeeeeeally exciting collaboration to THE Annie Wiltse.  

Did anyone read The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants books while growing up? Or see the movies? Before going their separate ways, four girls found a pair of jeans that magically fit them all, and they spent the summers mailing them back and forth, documenting their adventures. Well, we wanted to do something similar, only with our own creative spin. 

On Monday we launched the Sisterhood of the Traveling Bible! Yes, that's right! There is now a journaling Bible making its way around the country and YOU have the opportunity to join in today! We announced it on Periscope (catch the details HERE), and I'm thrilled to get to fill you all in here, too. 

We've already had quite a few sign-ups (many more than we expected!), and at this rate the Bible will be traveling for quite some time! All you have to do is:
  1. Follow this link and fill out the form: SISTERHOOD BIBLE.
  2. You will be contacted with the name of the person you will receive it from, as well as the info for who you will send the Bible to next. Please be patient as we match everyone up!
  3. When you get the Bible, create and date your page, sign the back of the Bible, and send it out  in 3-5 days.
  4. Snap a shot of your page and tag it #sisterhoodtravelingbible on Instagram so we can see the beauty you've created and keep tabs with where the Bible has gone so far. Don't forget to follow @sisterhoodofthetravelingbible to keep up with its journey, too.
  5. Lastly, this is not a requirement but a request, we ask that you make a donation of any kind to Shama Women. We want to bless not only the women in this Bible swap but also bless women around the world! You can read more about Shama Women HERE and donate HERE.

If you are new to Illustrated Faith, what a fun way to get started! The goal is simply to connect this community as we creatively connect with scripture. We would LOVE to have you join in! We added a page in the front with a little note from us and a brief introduction to getting started in the margins of this Bible. We would love to see YOUR style and hear about what YOU are learning from the Lord! 

Below is the page that I made before sending it off to Annie. I have loved spending time in the Psalms over the past year, and it is my favorite place in the Bible to illustrated my faith. I also want to emphasize DATING the page you create, be it in the traveling Bible or your own. It has been so cool to flip back through the journaling Bible I used in 2015 to see what I was learning at this time last year and what the Lord was speaking to me in different seasons. 

On this page, I used the mega date stamp by Studio Calico with a fun teal ink pad from Illustrated Faith. I also have a slight obsession with the mini heart doilies from Target's dollar section, so of course that had to be included, too ;) I finished it off with a tiny bit of journaling along the side, and VOILA! My page was ready to go! 

Illustrating your faith does not have to be overly complicated. Use what you have where you are to document what you are learning in this season. That's it. Look to Jesus for inspiration. Ask HIM what you should draw/do/journal. It's that simple.

I can't wait to see what you create! Follow the steps above to sign up, and we'll follow along at #sisterhoodtravelingbible on Instagram. 

Happy weekending, y'all!

Brave Love Vlog | 700 Voices Fewer

It's coming at ya late in the day, but better late than never. This week on Periscope I shared about how I got rid of 700 voices that were impacting my day in crazy ways, and today I'm telling you just how I did it and why. Enjoy!

What voices are impacting YOUR day? 
Who is encouraging? Who can go?
Take the steps to intentionally choose who gets to influence you!

Brave Love Book Club: February 2016

Welcome to month two of the Brave Love Book Club! February is going to be a big month in my life (opening and closing my show, traveling for a theatre festival, and submitting my thesis, AHH!), and I'm excited to share it with you. Most of all I am excited to dig into this month's book club selection together and get our creative juices flowing! I'm only a few chapters in and I'm loving it already.

This month we are reading Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert.
"So this, I believe, is the central question upon which all creative living hinges: Do you have the courage to bring fort the treasures that are hidden within you?"

Now find your way to a bookstore or the library (warning, I've heard this one flies off the shelf so fast!), or borrow the book from a friend if you can, and dig in with us! I wrote the outline of the Brave Love Book Club HERE, but for clarity below is the breakdown again: 

  • The FIRST Wednesday of each month I will share discussion questions, journaling prompts, extra resources, and Periscope dates for the book of the month. I will also announce the book selection for the following month so you have time to hunt down a good deal or check it out from the library.
  • There will be TWO Periscope dates one scheduled Periscope date on the 2nd  week of each month, to discuss the book, ask questions, and connect about what we are learning.  If you can't tune in live, they will be available for 24 hours after the initial broadcast, and I am hunting for a way to post them online as well. (Find me @baileyjrobert!) 
  • On the LAST Wednesday of each month we will link up our response/review in blogpost form (feel free to write about the book any time during the month, but this is the day I will host the link up with some added discussion questions for comments)!
  • I will be sharing thoughts and questions throughout the month on my Instagram, so follow along at @baileyjrobert and the hashtag #bravelovebookclub.

  • Here are the February dates you need to know:
    Wednesday, February 3 (Today!): Details, Prompts, + Dates for Big Magic
    Wednesday, February 10: Periscope #1 
    Wednesday, February 24: Review for Big Magic
    *Periscope time TBA.

    You may notice a few changes to the schedule. There will be ONE scheduled Periscope next Wednesday. Last month it I was unable to do a second due to some school conflicts. However I want to honor my commitment to y'all and I will schedule one scope for February 10th with potential for more throughout the month. I have also not posted a specific time for said Periscope because my schedule has a tendency to change on a dime. However the broadcasts will be available for 24 hours on Periscope then again on Katch for the rest of the month at least.

    Below are some questions/ prompts I've come up with to get us started, either journaling, Instagramming, blogging, however you want to respond! Also, feel free to leave your answers in the comments of this post AND to respond to others joining in! How fun would it be to get the convo going here?!

    February Prompts/Questions:
    • What does the creative life mean to you? What does it it bring to mind before you begin your reading and how did it change (if it changed at all) after your reading?
    • What in your life right now allows you to be creative? What hinders you? What worries you about creativity?
    • What are you afraid of? What fears hold you back? What would life look like if you could abandon those fears? Or how can acknowledging those fears propel you forward into courageous creative living?
    Like I said, these are starting points to get us going, and I am sure we will come up with more as we read through the book! I am truly so excited to journey with you all through Big Magic this February. I cannot wait to see what the Lord does in our hearts and lives through it!

    Before you go, it is my pleasure to announce March's selection:
    Dear Mr. Knightley by Katherine Reay

    Now let's get to reading, writing, and digging into Big Magic together!

    Believe in 2016: February Goals

    Oh, Monday. Hello beautiful! I never thought I'd enjoy Mondays as much as I do this semester. On Mondays I don't have class until 6:45PM which means I could sleep in if I wanted to and essentially have one more day of the weekend. However, that has yet to happen and Mondays have found themselves full of appointments and travel, but one of these days I'll really get to soak it in. If you're around midday, catch me on Periscope for week 20 of Make Monday Meaningful

    I'm also particularly thrilled when the first day of the month falls on a Monday. It's like two fresh starts in one! Below is a recap of January's major goals, followed by monthly, weekly, and daily goals for this February. We get an extra day this month and I can guarantee I'm going to need it to make what needs to happen, well, happen.

    Making January Happen
    Verse of the month: Matthew 6:19-21
    Monthly Goals:
    1. Spend a week prepping for the semester. Praise the Lord for a few days at home alone! I was so thankful for a few days to clean the house and prep for my final semester. Speaking of... I put graduation on the calendar last night. Ahhhhhhh!
    2. Visit Seattle for Erin & Ben's wedding. Another win! I spent three and a half days in Seattle, and it was absolutely glorious! The wedding was beautiful, and I even got quality one-on-one time with the bride over a luxurious mani/pedi. I saw so many sweet friends and the weather was actually pretty nice!
    3. Finish my thesis/creative component writing. Err... I'm finishing the first draft today. So... kind of? I'll mark it off partially just to make me feel better ;)
    4. Direct Almost, Maine well. We open two weeks from this Thursday! This first month back at it has been so much fun, and I am overjoyed at how it is all coming together! The new set is gorgeous, my actors are working so hard, and it's becoming more and more real every day!
    5. Make progress on my teaching certificate. I've applied and submitted everything I can online, and this afternoon I have a phone call with the company so I can keep moving forward.
    6. Actually attend/watch the Influence Network class I signed up for. Oops. Nope. That didn't happen. BUT I am ready to rock and roll with next month's classes. I need to go back and watch this. You know... in all my spare time...
    7. Host the Brave Love Book Club.  YES! Month one can be checked off! In January we read Restless by Jennie Allen, and check back this Wednesday for details about the February pick, Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert.  
    8. Read 5+ books. I didn't read the books listed on my January goals post, but I certainly met the mark! Last month I read The Heir, Red Queen, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, Restless, Living Well Spending Less, and Cruel Crown. 6/52 done for the year!
    9. Contribute to the Illustrated Faith team. Done and done! You can read my posts for the Illustrated faith blog here and here! Also, check out their Etsy shop to catch the latest stamp sets. They're so fun!

    Now that January is under wraps, let's move on to this month's goals! It's gonna be a jam packed few weeks, y'all. Wish me luck.

    Making February Happen
    Verse of the month: John 15:4-8 MSG
    "Live in me. Make your home in me just a I do in you. In the same way that a brand can't bear grapes by itself but only by being joined to the vine, you can't bear fruit unless you are joined with me. I am the vine, you are the branches. When you're joined with me and I with you, the relationship is intimate and organic, the harvest is sure to be abundant. Separated, you can't produce a thing. Anyone who separates from me is deadwood, gathered up and thrown on the bonfire. But if you make yourselves at home with me and my words are at home in you, you can be sure that whatever you ask will be listened to and acted upon. This is how my Father shows who He is --when you produce grapes, when you mature as my disciples."

    Monthly Goals:
    1. Direct Almost, Maine and survive the run of the show! We have one normal week of rehearsals left before we tech and then the show OPENS! I can't believe it's already almost here! I want to do well these final few weeks and end with a show I'm proud of. I'm already so pleased with it, but I know we can keep improving.
    2. Finish my thesis/creative component writing. For real this time. I'm tired of it hanging over my head. Today I'm knocking out a big chunk!
    3. Read 5+ books. This is a repeater, and I'm totally okay with it! On the list for this month is Prayer by Timothy Keller, The Siren by Keira Cass, My Fringe Hours by Jessica N. Turner, Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert, Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery, and Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard. 
    4. Study the Gospels. There are six weeks until spring break, and I want to spend intentional time each week in the gospels, re-familiarizing myself with the stories and truths I grew up on.
    5. Make progress on my teaching certificate. This is yet another repeater. Hopefully I can actually cross this one off next month!
    6. Simplify. Get rid of the excess and keep from bringing more in. I made great progress on this with going through my clothes, bags, accessories, and toiletries through the KonMari method last month, and I want to push it further. I am prepping an instagram sale of clothes, bags, and jewelry, but I'm honestly not sure when that will go live. 
    7. Attend KCACTF and learn as much as I can. I'm headed to a theatre festival at the end of the month, and I'm so eager to learn as much as possible while I'm there. Plus a week away from school will be nice.
    8. Begin the Naptime Diaries Lent study. The sweet NTD gals send devotionals to the Illustrated Faith creative team, and it is simply gorgeous! I have not intentionally studied or practiced Lent before, so this will be a first. It begins February 10th, so there are only a few days left to order in time to start with all of us! Also, use the code ILLUSTRATEDLENT for 15% off everything in the shop!
    9. Document January in One Little Word and Project Life. I started an album for this year, and I simply haven't sat down to work on it. There are some fun collaborations coming soon, so I want to make time to make this happen.

    Weekly Goals:
    1. Contribute to my creative teams: Illustrated Faith + another soon to be announced!
    2. Meet with my girls for discipleship.
    3. WRITE as He leads! Fiction, devotional, blogs, whatever it may be.
    4. Blog 2-3 times per week.
    5. Be an encourager.
    6. Track meals on My Fitness Pal.
    7. Catch up on inboxes/texts each Friday.

    Daily Goals:
    1. Bible study (Gospels / In the Wait / NTD Lent / Illustrated Faith).
    2. Homework DONE. 
    3. Make meals at home.
    4. No spending money.
    5. Get active.
    6. Read 20 minutes before bed (instead of scrolling social media).

    It's a big, big month but breaking things down in this way should help make it more bearable! I'll keep you updated along the way, don't you worry. And don't forget today's PERISCOPE!
    So what are YOUR goals for the month?
    What do you want to make happen this February?