Eastern Washington has been oddly rainy the past couple of days. For those of you who aren’t from Washington, you may be surprised to find out that we actually have two very different sides of the state with drastically different weather. The weather over here is actually dry and desert-y and not at all like the Seattle rain depicted in every Washington movie ever (I’m looking at you, Sleepless in Seattle). While I love the occasional rainy day when I can bundle up on the couch with blankets and hot soup, I’m not a fan of it when I have to try and be an actual functioning adult. However, one thing makes it much more bearable-which brings me to my first favorite!
The North Face
Like every PNWer, I live in North Face attire for three quarters of the year. One of my favorite two pieces is the women’s ‘Venture’ jacket. It fits over a sweatshirt and is super lightweight (I literally stuff it up and put it in my purse) and works great to keep out wind and rain. I am currently coveting the yellow one, but due to my funds (or lack of) I am making myself stick with the plain black version I have had for the past three years or so. Let me tell ya-best $100 I’ve ever spent on clothing. Ever!
My other NF favorite (do the cool people call North Face NF? Probably not…) is the puffy vest they have (I think it’s the ‘Nupsete’) in black. In the winter I wear it literally every day-over sweatshirts, long sleeve shirts, jerseys, sweaters, flannels…the list goes on and on. At $150 or so it’s definitely an investment, but considering I wear it at least four times a week fall through spring it is money well spent. See below pics if you don’t believe me about it’s versatility!
Okay, so remember last week I told you about how much I adore Nordstrom’s free shipping? Well…I have another shopping confession. I LOVE freebies. I mean who doesn’t, right? But it can be a serious problem. I will pop onto a website with no intention of buying something and end up with $50 of it in my cart because, FREE GIFT! This may or may not have happened recently. I can neither confirm nor deny that if you spend $32 on Clinique at Nordstrom you get an awesome make up bag stuffed with goodies. Okay, it’s true. And okay, I did it. I am actually stoked because the bag contains a few travel size products I’ve really been wanting to try. But honestly (you have to believe me!) I’ve been working on restraint when it comes to impulse purchase just because it’s on sale or because you get a free gift with it. Yes, the item may be on sale and you’re saving $20, but if you weren’t going to spend that $20 in the first place, is it really saving money?
My last favorite for now (because you’re probably already sick of hearing about my latest shopping escapades) is the devotional book Jesus Calling by Sarah Young. It’s not new by any means (I think it was published in 2004) but it’s new to me-I got it in the fall of last year. And seriously, if you get just one devotional book in your life, make it this one!
Basically, the book contains a short devotion for each day of the year along with corresponding Bible verses. What I love the most is that I can spend as much or as little time I have reading it and still get something out of it. On the Saturday mornings when I wake up early and do my devos on the porch while drinking coffee (ahh, can it be the weekend yet?) I can easily spend 45 minutes reading and writing and praying. And on the flip side, on the mornings that I wake up late or have trouble getting out of bed, I can spend 5 minutes reading through the day and saying a quick prayer. Now, I’m not proud of the fact that I don’t regularly carve an hour out of each day to spend doing my devos, but the reality is that some days I will spend more time and some days I will spend less-and this book works for both.
I can’t even begin to tell you how dang relevant they are either-a few weeks ago I had several meetings for work that I was particularly anxious over, and the devo for the day was “Do not be afraid for I am with you…No matter what happens, I will never leave you nor forsake you. Let this assurance soak into your mind and heart, until you overflow with Joy. Though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, you need not fear!” Um, what. It was like God handpicked that just for me. Anyway, long story short is that if you are a person just starting to test out your faith and need a good devo book-this is for you. And if you have been a Christian for 45 years and want something to read every day-this is for you. No matter where you are at in your journey of faith, I think you’ll love this book!
Well, that’s it for now! Feel free to let me know what you think in the comments, or if you have a devo book that you love, please share a recommendation with me! And PS, all of the pictures in this post are from my Instagram-follow along with me at @coteatracy (or don’t-let’s be honest, I usually just post pictures of my coffee and fat cat). And PPS, I’m not sponsored in any way by Nordstrom/North Face/Jesus Calling/etc.-the stuff I ramble on about is actually what I’m loving. Although, if someone were to want to give me free stuff, I wouldn’t be opposed. Wait, no-that’s supposed to be something I’m working on! Life is hard, friends. Happy Tuesday!