Episode Eight- Being Picky About Friends

Episode Eight: Being Picky About Friends

Welcome back to another episode of Hasta la Pasta! Today I am talking about healthy vs unhealthy friendships and why we need to be intentional in picking who is in our inner circle or village.

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General- Our house is completely restored! Our floors are completely done after spending most of the month being out of the house in order to let the guy work in peace. My living room, kitchen and dining room all look fabulous and I’m just all heart-eyes over it. 

We are still adjusting to our changing schedule. I think for this month, we’ve had two different schedule changes. With hubby’s new job I’m really learning to put the theology of “go with the flow” into action. Every week has something different with hubby’s job so his schedule is always changing. 

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Devotional Thursdays- Remembering Who Christ Is

Remembering Who Christ Is

Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved. Acts 4:12

A lot of the time, I forget who Christ is. I get caught up in myself, my day, my to-do list, the world, the negativity, whatever is it, I usually find myself caught up in it. I get panicked and scared and worried and all these emotions. I worry about things I have zero control over. I worry about what I’m doing- am I doing the right thing? Is what I’m doing enough? 

Truthfully, no. What I am doing is not enough to save me from my sin. The things I do will never get me into heaven. You don’t get to heaven because you’re a super, duper good person. Morals are great but morals don’t get you into heaven.

Christ does. Christ, who came down to earth, became one of us humans, and took on all our sin to cover the cost we could not pay. Christ bridged the gap we put between us and God. 

In my crazy need to be perfect, I think that Christ’s sacrifice wasn’t enough. There has to be more. It couldn’t be that simple. Christ died for me and just like that I’m covered? Really?

I am not trying to negate the significance of what Christ has done for us, but for me, believing in Christ and taking him on as my savior is simple. It’s a simple choice. It’s a choice I need to remind myself of daily. I need to remind myself that Jesus was enough to cover my sins and he willingly died for me. When Jesus was on the cross, he said “it is finished.” 

Not “it is finished as long as Ashleigh is perfect and does all the right things.” Jesus did not say “it is finished, just as long as Ashleigh keeps her cool.” 

My salvation is in Jesus, not in my works. I have to remind myself of that though because sin runs deep and habits tag along. It isn’t about me or what I do. It is about what Jesus has already done. 

Remember that. God sees you. Jesus choose to die for you. That is how deep his love goes.

Write it Out

  1. Where do you get caught up? Where do you start to lose focus on what Jesus did for you?
  2. How can you remind yourself of what Jesus did? Maybe try memorizing a specific verse. 

Episode Seven: Big Plans VS Little Plans

Episode Seven: Big Plans VS Little Plans

Welcome back to Hasta la Pasta!

In this episode, I’m talking about mom gut, big dream like plans and the little plans it takes to get there.

Thanks for listening!

Until next time,

Hasta la Pasta!

NaNoWriMo & Preptober!

If you know what November is and how NaNoWriMo (link) is, then you might currently be in prep mode for Preptober!

For those who are wondering what I’m talking about and why I am changing the name of months, let me explain. 

NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month where writers across the world all challenge themselves to write a 50,000 novel in November. Thirty days to write an entire novel. Granted, not all novels are 50,000 words, in fact, a lot of novels have a significantly higher word count. This is supposed to be a draft. This is your starting point. NaNoWriMo is a great way to challenge yourself to put your creativity at a higher number on the priority list. (Which is always my problem, let’s be real.) 

This is my second year really attempting to do NaNoWriMo. The first year was a complete flop and I couldn’t keep up with the word counts and I eventually got so far behind that I gave up. Life got in the way and I wasn’t prioritizing writing. The first year I did NaNoWriMo I found out about it like a week-ish before November 1st and decided to just jump in. I’m a pantser type writer so I thought I could just wing it. 

Based on year one, you cannot just wing it. You need some preparation. You need to have a little more than just an idea for a book to do NaNoWriMo. The first time around, that is all I had really, an idea.

Books are not just ideas. There are plot points and characters and development and all the things that make it up. It starts with an idea but that idea needs development. 

Which is why this year I am working on Preptober. Which is the month of October, prepping for NaNoWriMo. I’ve made a little word count tracker that I stuck in my notebook to help keep me on track with my progress. I’ve also been keeping up with NaNoWriMo and all their Preptober activities. There was even a quiz to help me figure out the best way to add writing time into my schedule and so far that has been my favorite thing. You can take that quiz here.

I’m also working on an outline so I actually know what I’m writing about instead of going off the last thing written. I have a huge problem with editing as I write instead of just working on the next part. I am hoping the outline will help me keep moving forward instead fixing what I already wrote. First drafts need to be first drafts and I need to let them suck and edit them later. 

I am so excited to start writing my next book with National Novel Writing Month. I might even be more excited about the results of the schedule quiz and implementing it. (The results were really helpful!)

Oh! If you want to snag my word count tracker, I’m gonna share it with you for FREE! Who doesn’t love free things?

(This PDF is for a 4×6 size tracker, it should print out in the middle of the page for cutting. If you want a full page version, reach out to me!)