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Your Story Is Unique. Embrace It.

Every decade of your life has a theme. I’ve come to the conclusion that the theme for my twenties is probably actually my life theme. Which is this: Your Story is Unique. Embrace it.

If you’re like me, every once in awhile you get in these “funks”. Where you think everyone around you is progressing in life and you are “lagging” behind. A couple summers ago I got really into running. Every night I had a date with the pavement. I treasured them because I always had life revelations. Usually I went running by myself because it was good thinking- I could run as long as I wanted without worrying about anyone. However, being the extrovert that I am one night I invited a friend to go running with me. The whole run we kept a similar pace, at points I’d be in the lead and then at other points she’d take the lead. I remember distinctly at one point in my run my friend was a couple paces a head of me– and I heard that still soft voice say “Your life is unique. Embrace It. Don’t look at where you are at in life and compare it to where someone else is at. Everyone’s journey is different.” The night’s run was an analogy for life. Just like that night’s run where there were times my friend was “ahead” of me or I was “ahead” of her  – we are two different people with different strengths and abilities. While the hill we encountered was a breeze for me, I watched her take a little bit longer to conquer it. Though we ran the same course- we were two different people who were having two completely different experiences during that run.

The same is for life. Yes, we are all on this earth together but each of us have different experiences. That’s what makes life so beautiful. Call it human nature or whatever you want, but for some reason we as humans sometimes get in the mindset that life is a race and treat it like competition. We get in the comparison game so easily. On the outside looking in we see someone’s life “taking off” and we wonder why ours seem so “stagnant”. Ever been there?

Lord knows I have. Living in Tulsa, Oklahoma for seven years it was easy to play that game. I’d see my friends leave Tulsa and head for big cities across the world and I’d wonder why on earth the Lord wasn’t re-locating me to some extravagant place like New York City. Often times, especially at the beginning and end of my time in Tulsa I questioned if God knew what He was doing. I’d question why I was “waisting” my time there. If you think about it– it’s kinda funny. I mean, I was questioning the creator of the Universe.

Time for a little Biblical side note:

I love the conversation that the Lord has with Job it completely applies to this.

Ready? This is what the Lord says:

“Where were you when I created the earth? Tell me, since you know so much! Who decided on it’s size? Certainly you’ll know that. Who came up with the blueprints and measurements? How was its foundation poured, and who set the cornerstone while the morning stars sang in chorus and all the angels shouted praise? And who took charge of the ocean when it gushed forth like a baby from a womb? That was me! I wrapped it in soft clouds, and tucked it in safely at night. Have you ordered every Morning, ‘Get up!’ told Dawn, ‘Get to work!’ Do you know where Light comes from and where Darkness lives so you can take them by the hand and lead them home when they get lost? Are you the one who gave the hours his prowess and adorned him with a shimmering mane? Did you create him to prance proudly and strike terror with his royal snorts? Was to through your know-how that the hawk learned to fly, soaring effortless on thermal updrafts? Did you command the eagle’s flight, and teach her to build her nest in the heights, perfectly at home on the high cliff face? I am in charge of all this – I run this universe!”

[Job 38-41]

Major conviction, right? We question God as if we know better, yet He is the one who came up with the blueprints for the world we live in. Lord knows, if Leonardo Da Vince were still on this earth I would never try to tell him how to create a masterpiece. art was his area of expertise. In the same way, God’s forte is intricately weaving all the details of our lives together in order to create a beautiful masterpiece.

So here is my challenge to not only myself but to you as well:

Let us begin embracing where we are in our lives. Let’s not miss out or discount our stories by comparing our lives to others. Let’s experience life to the fullest by embracing the fact that our stories are unique and trusting that our God, creator for the Universe, is working out every detail of our lives into a brilliant masterpiece.

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And These are the Moments I Love

Do you ever see photos and wish that you could just be in that moment? I grew up on Anne of Green Gables which instilled this dreamer part of me. Lately, I’ve seen so many beautiful photographs that I wish I could just jump in for a moment in time.

These are some of my favorites.

I see my path, but I don’t know where it leads. Not knowing where I’m going is what inspires me to travel it.

[Rosalia de Castro]

We should come home from adventures, and perils, and discoveries everyday with new experiences and character.

[Henry David Thoreau]

Diana Barry: I wish I were rich, and I could spend the whole summer at a hotel, eating ice cream and chicken salad.
Anne Shirley: You know something, Diana? We are rich. We have sixteen years to our credit, and we both have wonderful imaginations. We should be as happy as queens.
[gestures to the setting sun]
Anne Shirley: Look at that. You couldn’t enjoy its loveliness more if you had ropes of diamonds.

[Anne of Green Gables]

via Little Kay

Perhaps, after all, romance did not come into one’s life with pomp and blare, like a gay knight riding down; perhaps it crept to one’s side like an old friend through quiet ways; perhaps it revealed itself in seeming prose, until some sudden shaft of illumination flung athwart its pages betrayed the rhythm and the music; perhaps . . . perhaps . . . love unfolded naturally out of a beautiful friendship, as a golden-hearted rose slipping from its green sheath.

[L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Avonlea]

via The Sweetest Ocassion 

Anne Shirley: Would you please call me Cordelia?

[Anne of Green Gables]

True friends are always together in spirit.

[Anne of Green Gables]

The person who risks nothing, does nothing, has nothing, is nothing, and becomes nothing. He may avoid suffering and sorrow, but he simply cannot learn and real and change and grow and love and live.

[Leo F. Buscagilia]

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Finds from Bhldn

Bhldn. Have you heard of it? It’s one of my favorite websites. I should tell you that it’s a wedding website [by Anthropologie]. Which is funny for a couple reasons: 1) A wedding is not on the calendar for any time soon and 2) When a wedding is on the calendar it’ll be a destination wedding in the beautiful nation of Greece meaning that all the beautiful things on this website probably won’t be making their way into there too. Regardless, I love browsing on the website every now and then.

Recently, I found these items that I thought would be so fun to have for the home.

A metal hot air balloon. Perfect for holding all of the incoming mail. It’s decor and functional! What more could you ask for?

$58 at BLHDN

Right now, I’m a little bit obsessed with candles. I want them lit all the time! Day time or night time – I just love the atmosphere they create. I love the number candle holder. It’s simple, yet the trained vine gives it some beautiful detail. My favorite number is 3- so if you’re wondering what to get me for a present anytime soon– there you go!

$10 on Bhldn

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A Reminder for Self

Saturday afternoon I went on a little afternoon outing with my pops. After our coffee date I convinced him that we ought to stop by one of my favorite places: the bookstore. Without much thought, I headed straight to the “Self-Help” section of the store where I always find a treasure. This day was no exception. After browsing the shelves for something that stuck out, I found a little black book entitled “Steal Like An Artist” by Austin Kleon. As I was flipping through the black and white pages I was certain that this book had to become a part of my personal library.

Whether you are an artist, a student, a business person, or a stay at home parent– do yourself a favor and go buy this book. It’s a book about creativity that will inspire and challenge you to take life to the next level.

In his book, Kleon writes: “Take time to mess around. Get Lost. Wander. You never know where it might lead you.” I fell in love with this quote. It’s something that I need to remind myself of every now and then. I am a lover of creativity and thrive off it, however, at the same time I am the queen of to-do-lists. It’s easy to get caught up crossing things off the lists. Every couple of months I get in this place I like to call “The Funk”, where I feel completely uninspired and drained from work. When I take time to actually look up from my little computer screen and little black book of to-do-lists I realize that I’ve given myself no room to be inspired because I’ve been working to cross things off list and not allowing myself to get lost and explore. It’s all about balance. Structure is good and it’s needed to get things accomplished. However, I’m noticing that if I wanna stay out of getting in “funks” then I better be taking time to get lost along the way of my structured schedule.

I’ve always been taught to write things down and put them where you can see them to remind you of things. So, I decided that this quote ought to be no exception. I created a little poster to hang in my room to remind myself to allow exploring to become a priority in life.

So here it is.

Let it serve as a challenge to you as well.

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Love Does

Over the past couple months I’ve seen some buzz via Twitter about Bob Goff’s book Love Does. I’ve been interested in reading it, however regardless the countless number of trips to Barnes and Noble it always slipped my mind to pick up a copy. Monday, was the exception. After stopping by my office (aka Starbucks) and getting a few emails sent out and a Venti Iced Carmel Macchiato with a pump of White Chocolate Mocha, I finally found myself in the aisle marked “Christian Inspiration” of B&N.

A chapter into the book and I can tell that it’s going to be a good one. I mean the title alone is captivating and truth telling.

If I were to quit reading after that one chapter, I think I would have gotten the point of it…

And that’s this:

Live a fully engaged life. Choose to be a person who DOES instead of one who is always planning. There may not always be a “next time”. We are the means, the object, and the method that the Lord chooses to carry out His plan on earth. God can choose anyone and the beautiful thing is that He has chosen ordinary people. “We need to stop plotting the course and instead just land the plane on our plans to make a difference by getting to the “do” part of faith. That’s because love is never stationary. In the end love doesn’t use keep thinking about it or keep planning for it.”

Simply put: love does.

Find a need and do something about it.

So good. Right?

I have course have tons of thoughts floating through my head, but I’ll leave those for a later date. In the meantime,  if you’re wanting a good read stop by B&N and get a copy of this book otherwise I’ll keep you updated on what I think about the book!

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Lights Will Guide You Home

Lights will guide you home
And ignite your bones
[Fix you by Coldplay]

So to start off- If you haven’t heard “Fix You” by Coldplay- you need to get on that right away!! It is an amazingly beautiful song- but let’s be honest- anything that Coldplay produces is simply brilliant.

Moving on- lately, The Third Story Apartment has been fascinated by lights. So, I thought it’d be only be fair to show some of my obsessions when it comes to lights.

I’ll be honest- I have no words for this: other than “I LOVE”. I think it has to be one of the most unique light fixtures I’ve seen- and for that- I love it. Just maybe, I’ll try and recreate it. FYI: That’s a big maybe.
Via Hello Friend

Old milk bottles turned into a light fixture- what’s not to love? If I move offices any time soon – I’ll tell you one thing – these lights will be apart of the decor!

So very industrial- and anthro!

In the event that I had a little girl named Adelaide, this magical castle would definitely be in her room. And I think she’d simply love it. Simply magical.

This is so picture perfect. Farewell to your typical hanging lighting- and hello to a wax chandelier! Lovely, right?

Can’t you imagine these lights in your kitchen? I think if i lived in a modern-esk home I’d install these lights. They make everything seem so fresh. These lights definitely have my stamp of approval. A little DIY idea- just thinkin out loud here- but if you wanted to recreate this- but didn’t wanna spend the big bucks- get some light cords from Ikea and different size bulbs- and viola’!
Via Design Idesas Daily

It’s a little out there- and maybe a little unconventional, but these plastic milk gallon lights make for an eye catching light fixture. The possibilities are endless. Create a chandelier or hang them from the ceiling at different lengths. Now these lights may not be your first option to decorate your home- but for all you out there who design displays- this lighting idea might be the perfect option to grab attention!

One word (okay, maybe two): brilliant + phenomenal.
I just LOVE all the lights. There is beauty in the chaos. Lanterns, chandeliers, clear lights, small lights, big lights… It’s all there.

 Third Story Apartment has compiled a little playlist to go along with the theme of lights- enjoy!
Bight Lights _ Ben Rector
Turn Your Lights Down Low _ Colbie Caillat
When The Lights Go Down _ Ernie Halter
Gravity _ John Mayer
Leave the Light On _ Pricilla Ahn
Fix You _ Coldplay
Light My Candle _ Rent
The Light _ Sara Bareilles

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Rhyme + Reason

The Third Story Apartment is a believer in the fact that not everything needs to have a Rhyme or Reason..
With that said- here are some things for you to enjoy- they have no rhyme or reason.

Sidenote: I could live in a field of flowers…

I think once we realize that inspiration is everywhere- we will become better creators.

Speaking of simple: If you haven’t checked out Bon Iver’s new album yet- you must. It’s divine.

I LOVE this color scheme. Something about it is just captivating.

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Life in Teale.

One of the Third Story Apartment’s favorite colors is indeed: Teale. Life is simply grand in Teale. It’s elegant, vintage, and sophisticated.

Love  Love Love. A favorite part in this room aside from the Teale walls– is the frames hanging by ribbon. [Via Tudorks]

This dining room is divine. The mixture of yellow with teale is perfection. It’s bright, yet sophisticated. [Via: Tudorks]

What a dream! Waking up in this room every mornings has to be simply delightful. [Design by: Kendal Wilkinson]

And now for a little Teale at the office. I’ve been wanting a chalkboard for who knows how long. However, none that I stumbled upon seemed to have that “it” factor. It wasn’t long before I thought to myself, “I’ll just make one”… So a couple coats of paint later I have one of my favorite things. [Made by: Third Story Apartment]

Storage. Storage. Storage. It seems like you never have enough room for all the books and miscellaneous. My office space was getting pretty cluttered. I decided it was time to take action. So I got some drawers worked some magic and created cabinets out of drawers. Needless to say, they are now a favorite of mine, cute and functional. [Made by: Third Story Apartment]

So I wanted to create a little life in my office space. I found these cute little jars at Walmart and decided to fill them with Bubbles and chocolates. And of course… one must always have flower on their desk. My love for creme soda came in to play, as I used the old soda bottle as a vase. Viola! Life in Teale. [Made by: Third Story Apartment]

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Life is a Story.

I’ve been exploring a thought lately: that life is a story. We are all characters in one grand story, but each of us have stories of our own as well. We work alongside the Master Storyteller, playing a role in His story and creating our own. Each day we are presented choices, opportunity, and perhaps even conflict that carry our story on. While I could expand on the thoughts and theories of life as a story, I believe that it comes down to this:

We exist to live out a beautiful story.

I trust that we work alongside the Master Storyteller to co-write our story. Although some may think that only the story teller moves the story along, I’d like to think that the character also  has a vital part to play in moving the story along. You see, the character has a personality and therefore has the ability to make choices.

I am a character in my story. With the ability to shape my story. With that in mind, I want my story to be one of breathing life. I desire for my character to bring a piece of heaven to earth and to move with purpose.

So let the story begin.

January 2009 I boarded a plane with no idea where I was headed. I was a first year intern with Go International, getting ready to take part in one of the biggest adventures: The Mystery Trip. I suppose one could say its Missions meets The Amazing Race. For all I knew I was going to be heading to the land down under, Australia. In fact, I’ll be honest with you, I was wishing on the stars that Australia would be my final destination. After all, it is the dream land.

Our team landed in Seoul, Korea and a few of us interns were determined that we’d be hopping on the next plane headed for Sydney. I’d say I was secretly hoping that Sydney was our destination, but I’m not so sure I really kept it a secret. Through a series of questions and answers, Cambodia was revealed as our final destination.

Silence struck. My heart sank. Cambodia was not the vision.

I mustered up as much “excitement” as possible as I cheered with the rest of the interns that we were going to Cambodia.

As we took the next plane to Phnom Phen, Cambodia I wrestled with the thought of being in Asia. To be honest, I’ve never had the desire to go to Asia. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect.

What happened next was definitely NOT expected. I fell in love with the nation of Cambodia. All it took was one little orphan girl who held my hand and tugged on my heart. Her smile was contagious. Her beauty was captivating.

Everyday our team would go to the orphanage where this little beauty lived. And without fail, she would come and find me. It wasn’t long before I taught her how to take photos. She was a mini me. A mini shutter bug. She would get her friends to pose, position them, count “1 2 3”, then snap a photo. Her face would light up as she and I looked at the photo she took, and the most beautiful smile would appear on her face. She was learning how to tell a story through photography and in the meantime she was impacting MY story.

Not a day goes by that I do not think of this little beauty. She is only one. One of 163 million orphans in the world. 100,000 children in Cambodia have the same reality as this little beauty. Out of those 100,000 children many of them will go to sleep on the streets and are at risk of being exploited for sex trafficking. This reality breaks my heart.

My heart burns with this desire: “To do right! Seek Justice, encourage the oppressed, defend the cause of the fatherless, plead the case of the widow” (Isaiah 1:17). This June, I will be heading back with Go International to the nation that captured my heart, Cambodia. Not only do I hope to find the little beauty who impacted my story, but I will have the opportunity to create change in the stories and realities of orphans like the little beauty’s.

While in Cambodia, we will be working alongside the local government to rescue orphans off the streets and place them in an orphanage. Our team, will also be building a farm that will sustain the orphans that are rescued. This farm will provide the orphans with 3 meals a day, and create revenue in order to provide for clothing, housing, and an education. Our team will also be hosting a Night of Refuge, working with girls who are exploited for sex trafficking.

Every great story has several things in common. They all have a character who wants something, but must face some sort of conflict to achieve their goal. This story is no exception.

I am a character in a story. My desire is to change the realities of orphans and victims of sex trafficking. However, alongside this desire comes the obstacle: a price tag of $2,700.

I am asking you as my friends and family to come along side me and be apart of this beautiful story of changing the realities of the people of Cambodia.

This story is to be continued.

 

*If you would like to sponsor me on this journey back to Cambodia- Please make checks payable to Go International. *For more information on how to join me in Cambodia- message me or visit GoInternational.tv

Mail to: Lindsey Clark 5356 E. 81st Street #1338 Tulsa, Ok 74137

the romantics

i’ve stumbled upon the most divine soundtrack for spring.

“the romantics”

whimsical, melodic, and dreamy this soundtrack will leave you feeling completely refreshed and inspired.

on the album:

giggle stick  _  andrew willingale
ready, steady, flow _ andrew willingale
brutal hearts _ bedouin soundclash
preparedness _ the bird and the bees
we can’t be friends _ lorene scafaria
girls aren’t supposed to _ lorene scafaria
funbags _ rod thomas
gentle floss _ rod thomas
betray _ son lux
this will be our year _ the zombies