High Five for Friday!

It’s Friday! Time to go through the top 5 things of the week!

1. Fridays now feel like actual Fridays. I stopped working Saturday’s at the studio, and have really been enjoying a balanced schedule. Saturdays are awesome. It’s been 6 years since I’ve had Saturdays off, and I am thoroughly enjoying it.

2. Justin and I joined a new gym! I wish I didn’t t forget how great I feel when I work out. I sleep better, I’m not tired during the day. I end up eating better since I don’t want to make my workout worthless! It’s good to be back in the routine. 

3. The video showing the service projects of ServeRDU is up! You may notice someone very familiar a few minutes into the video. (00:58)

ServeRDU 2012 Recap from Josh Sliffe on Vimeo.

This was a week where people from The Summit Church served throughout the Raleigh-Durham area. My sister and I were both at the Global Hope India service event making little bracelets for the children at risk. 
It’s truly heartbreaking to think about the horrific circumstances that these children go through. And while making bracelets may only seem like a small thing, there is no reason to doubt that God can use it to work in these children’s lives. 

4. I was so encouraged by your comments on yesterday’s post! If you are challenging yourself to shut it down, at whatever time you choose, I wish you success! So far I have had 1 successful day. And that was yesterday. :)

5.  The drivers license arrived (click here for backstory) And it is pretty bad. Oh my poor hair. 

ALSO, can we talk about my eyebrows? Those are not real. I swear they photoshoped those eyebrows in there! They look like Nintendo Wii brows. 

How was your week? Link up with From My Grey Desk if you post a High Five for Friday post! 


  1. says

    So, random connection (SUCH a small world). I am in Murfreesboro TN & have been following your blog for forever it seems. I didn’t know you were connected to The Summit. I attend a church here planted by people who came from the Summit, namely Trevor & Keva Atwood & Jeremy & Tori Young. Know any of those people? I know The Summit is huge so maybe not but thought I’d mention it. Crazy small world.

  2. says

    Kate! Such a small world. I am going to take those bracelets to India with Global Hope India. We leave Tuesday. A big THANK YOU to you for serving! We serve an awesome God! :)

  3. says

    Still a cute pic…..you should see my passport, no smile, the lighting…..very grim. I just read yesterday’s post and was very moved. You express these ideas so well and give a lot of food for thought…. Thanks !!!

  4. Jackie Rachev says

    There are days that after spending an hour or more curling and styling my hair I end up throwing it back because it wasn’t behaving. So, if your hair looked like that on your day off without styling, you’re doing ok in my book. :)

  5. says

    Hooray for having Saturdays back and for joining a gym. Both are great :) Also, love that you made those bracelets. Your work will make some child very happy.

  6. says

    I was so curious what you’d look like w o make up. You look gorgeous with it, so I thought maybe you were hiding something beneath it:) but you are stunning!!! You should go for the natural look more often. You are truly beautiful.

  7. says

    They did something to my eyebrows when I got my license photo back too! They made them WAY thicker and almost unibrow-ish. I was not happy!

  8. says

    I can’t wait to have Saturdays off! I’m an online grad student so Saturdays and Sundays are always filled with homework and tests. So jealous of your new actual weekends, but after 6 years…I think you were due!!

    The Daily Distraction

  9. says

    Ok, as someone who is ruthlessly critical about my personal photos, I can imagine your horror at being told you were having your picture taken…but I promise you…your photo is not that bad!!!
    Now…who knew drivers license centers used PhotoShop!?! You think?? It’s hard to tell on my phone but is one of your brows “on top” of your bangs!?!? The Wii analogy made me lol.

  10. says

    I literally laughed out loud when you compared your eyebrows to a wii character. Not because it was true, but because it was totally random! LOL! Also- Working out is my addiction (which is great because while I’ve recently lost 40 lbs, I still have a ways to go on my journey!)

  11. Lydia says

    I had to get my license replaced in December. That day, I had my hair cut and blown out, had my make-up done at Sephora (both scheduled intentionally for the driver’s license), and I still looked like a total goob! I think the DVM get a laugh out of making us look as ridiculous as possible. Oh well, only another 4 years with that picture!

  12. says

    Great list! I agree with the working out.. I love how I feel afterwards and get so mad at myself when I get out of that routine! Everything seems to fall into place better when you’re in that routine. Happy Friday! Check out my Fab Friday Beauty Tip if you get some time :)

  13. says

    I love the 6pm shut down! Something I’ve done that has been a huge help is turning off my email notifications on the weekend. I still check from time to time but I’m not constantly pulling out my phone when we’re out having fun. It makes a huge difference in my time and helps me spend more time connecting with my fiance and family.

  14. says

    Ha ha, your photo looks so great for a bad hair day! I’m getting a new one in December and can’t wait to get rid of the horrid photo that’s on there now.

    I’m so glad you’re working out again! I, too, wish I would always remember how great I feel when I exercise regularly. I have been on the wagon for several months now, but I know I will fall off again someday. You’re right, though, I eat so much better and sleep better when I’m exercising. Such a great lifestyle thing to do.

  15. says

    I totally get your DMV photo issue! I happened to be lucky and get a really good looking photo done when I lived in Boston. But then I moved to Wyoming and had to get a new one – I don’t look nearly as cute because I totally ran in really quick and kinda last minute one day (so I could do my voter registration).

    Love the service projects! That’s so awesome!

  16. Anonymous says

    The ServeRDU video is a great inspiration to churches and communities throughout the country. I know that it inspired me to get involved within my community.

  17. says

    lol Your comment about the eyebrows made me laugh out loud lol. I didn’t even notice until you said something. Your picture is not as bad as you think it is!

  18. says

    That’s not too bad of a picture, really. Probably not what you wanted but I look like my MOTHER in mine…yikes! But yeah, those are not your eyebrows. Do you think they really drew some in for you…so weird. I think they have a goal to make us look as horrid as possible; at least you smiled. Our DMV doesn’t allow smiling so the facial recognition works!

  19. says

    Just out of curiosity – how do you manage to find all this cute stuff at outlet stores? You must shop a ton to be able to find all these items that look so good on you. What is your secret? Do you take a ton into the dressing room and keep trying on till you find something you like, or do you shop with specific items in mind you are looking for?

  20. Laura says

    Kate-I think your DL picture is nice, you are very naturally pretty :)

    Thanks for being my new favorite blog!!

  21. says

    Does anyone really have a fabulous license picture? When I was a teenager and had to update my license, I changed my weight from 125 to 127 (…oh those were the days…), but something went terribly awry and the weight listed on the license was 275! Hilarious!

  22. says

    God uses those bracelets in HUGE ways! That’s what He gives us talents for. And props for not working on Saturdays. It’s hard to give that up but for a more balanced life, I think it’s worth it. Wait til you have kids. Or til your cats start playing sports. You’ll want to be there! LOL

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