Adventures of lavender fields and coffee.

Today I went on a road trip with a good friend of mine. Went opted to go to Delaware, moreover because I have never been and one of my goals this year is to visit new states when I can.

Off we go to Delaware and within 15 minutes we stop for lunch because we are starving. Didn’t get that far, did we? lol gotta love road trips. I don’t know about you guys, but I just LOVE Chick-fil-a over most fast food places. They just came out with a new sandwich so of course I had to try it. Show of hands, whose tried that barbecue bacon chicken sandwich with the new watermelon mint lemonade? I promise you won’t regret it. Eating it made me feel as though I was sitting at a picnic eating chicken right off the grill. Perfect meal for the summer(you know, for fast food).

So we get back on the road and fight traffic here and there. Eventually we get to the Lavender farm- Lavender Fields at Warrington Manor. The flowers weren’t in full bloom yet, but they were still magnificent. And who knew that there were so many different kinds of lavender?

I even got to do a short little meditation in the midst of all that lavender and the fresh air.

After buying a few Lavender products we headed back home. On the way we stopped at a coffee roastery that was inside of a local art and antique gallery-anything from essential oil diffuser necklaces, to antique clocks, to Christian yoga t-shirts, to comics. After looking around and buying a few things I tried a coffee drink I’ve never tried before-affogato(ice cream and coffee).

After awhile we once again headed on our way home, this time not stopping anywhere else which was surprising knowing how ADHD we get.

From today I learned three things I want to share.

  1. Don’t get frustrated with small things: Traffic stinks no matter where you are. You get stuck behind a person going 30 miles in a 50 zone, or maybe that guy behind you is WAYYY too close to your bumper. I get it, I do. But, get upset and frustrated doesn’t help anything. Play some music, talk to God, or play a game in the car. Take a deep breathe and relax. Everyone else is probably just as frustrated as you are.
  2. You can find beauty in the simplest of things: Walk outside and find beauty in the sunrise and sunset. Find beauty in that field of lavender that is not fully bloomed yet but is still magnificent. Find beauty in each person you come across. Find different ways to see beauty  and embrace it.
  3. Live Jesus through your life: You don’t have to be a Pastor or minister to preach the Word of God. The coffee shop we went to today-Amity Coffee Roasters. They sold beautiful necklaces and bracelets that had simple messages about God and Christ. The space they share with the art gallery? Well the art gallery sold clothing like yoga shirts that went “Free. John 8:36”. They sold wall art with inspirational quotes and God. If you love coffee, then open a coffee shop and serve people and show them the love of Christ through your life. If you want to be a teacher, shoe Jesus through your life. Show Christ through your words and actions. Be an example of the love of Christ. Use your gifts and passions to reach people.

Elizabeth Louise

Finding your //tribe//

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about the type of people who I would like to surround myself with in life and who I have surrounded myself with. it has made me think. “What exactly should we look for in people who we want to be surrounded with?” and “how do we go about deciding the people who should make up that tribe?”. the people who we are surrounded by have a bigger purpose than to just be there when we want to hang out and have fun. they end up impacting our lives, for better or even sometimes for worse(if you aren’t careful). when finding YOUR own tribe, try to factor in a few of these points.

  1. the people that we surround ourselves with end up influencing our lives. i am sure at one point or another we’ve all heard the saying, “You become who you hang out with”. that’s true to a point. if we are surrounded by people who are constantly serving and helping others, we will be pushed to do the same.  if you can’t stand them or you have any kind of doubt in your mind about how they will affect your life, maybe take a little more time to get to know them before deciding to surround yourself with them.

2. the third thing about a “tribe” is that usually we seek out people with mutual shared interests. maybe they share the same values. maybe they share the same interests in books. or maybe they share a love for art museums and sipping glasses of wine.

3. the people who we surround ourselves with also become family. we look to these people as a “second” family. they help to lift us up when we are sad or angry. they’re there for us when we just want to celebrate. they are there for those 2 am phones calls(no matter how tired they may be). or maybe they know when you need to be left alone and have “you” time.  the point is, our “tribe” becomes like our family.

4.  Your tribe can be found anywhere. in almost any person. DO NOT limit yourself. these are just a few bullet points of what I’ve learned over the years on finding your own “tribe” or family.




Elizabeth Louise