Monday, January 16, 2017

10 books i want to read in 2017

As I was thinking about different things I'd like to accomplish in 2017, a stack of books hiding in my bed room came to mind. If you know me well, you know that I tend to take several months {err, years} to actually read and finish a book. And I tend to start more than one book at a time {can anyone else relate to this?!}. 

So I thought it would be a good idea to actually finish some of the books I started last year and read some new ones that I've heard about. Sometimes reading can be hard for me to actually focus and stick with it, but I truly love learning and being encouraged by what the authors have to share.

Here is my list of books to read in 2017:
1. Trust or Control by Dorcus Stutzman

2. Crazy Love by Francis Chan

3. Don't Waste Your Life by John Piper

4. A Young Woman's Walk with God by Elizabeth George

5. Girl Defined: God's Radical Design for Beauty, Femininity, & Identity by Kristen Clark & Bethany Baird

6. Lies Young Women Believe: And the Truth that Sets them Free by Nancy Leigh DeMoss & Dannah Gresh

7. True Woman 101 - Divine Design by Mary A. Kassian & Nancy Leigh DeMoss

7. Sacred Singleness by Leslie Ludy

8. A Place of Quiet Rest by Nancy Leigh DeMoss

9. Choosing Gratitude by Nancy Leigh DeMoss

10. Uninvited: Living Loved When You Feel Less Than, Left Out, And Lonely by Lysa Terkeurst 

I'll probably add more to the list. 

Please tell me if you'd heard of or read any of these books! What are your thoughts on them? What are some of your favorite books/authors? Also, do you have any kind of reading plan that helps you get books read faster?

~Tashia Nicole

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

the Yohes | family

I had the privilege of taking my aunt's family pictures last year and am excited to share them with you! This was my first extended family session and I'll have to be honest: I was pretty nervous! 

We had lots of pretty fall colors and a sweet family to work with!
Though we didn't get all the shots we wanted, I'm so thankful for the ones we could get!

Enjoy my favorites!
My favorite, for sure!
Loved their colors!
We were walking back to the car when I turned around and saw Nicole walking with her girls. Love how it turned out! 
Thanks, Mace, for asking me to do your family pictures! I'm so glad I could do them for you!

~Tashia Nicole

Thursday, January 5, 2017

REAL | my word for 2017

It's kinda hard to believe that 2016 is over. It was a good year -- filled with many joys and also many struggles. God was faithful through it all.
The months and years may change, seasons come and go, but God is always the same loving, faithful God. He doesn't change. How thankful I am for that!

As I thought about 2017 and all the new opportunities it may hold, I took time to pray and ask God for my "word" for 2017. Not long after I prayed He gave me my word: real. It may seem a little funny, but God has already been using this word (and the idea/thought behind it) to work in my life.

My desire with this word is to be that very thing: real, authentic. Seeking to 'live in the moment,' to be all there. I love the quote by Jim Elliot that says: "Wherever you are, be all there."
I think so many of us in our culture today are consumed with social media, checking text messages and watching movies. I really want to work on being fully present when I'm with people.  I want to be able to look others in the eye, show them that I care, truly listen to their heart, and remember what they said.

I really appreciate when people look me in the eye when their talking. It shows me that their focused on me and talking with me, not scrolling through Facebook or texting a friend while at the same time trying to have a conversation with me. And I don't mean this in a selfish way where I need other's complete focus because I have awesome things to say! I simply mean we need to be fully present and genuinely excited to hear what others have to say.
My prayer is that you, as well as I, would seek to be all there. To live in the moment. To cherish the times spent with family and friends. To take extra time in listening to God's voice.

May God bless you as you continue to seek Him and His will for your life in this new year!

~Tashia Nicole