Living Outside the Stacks

Navigating through life away from the library

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Color Burst

Pink Cardi, Mustard Striped Tee, and Floral Skirt {Living Outside the Stacks}

 

Pink Cardi, Mustard Striped Tee, and Floral Skirt {Living Outside the Stacks}

Well, hello there! I hope your week has been fabulous so far. Mine has been great. I’m two days in to a seven day running streak, so yay! My muscles are sore but my mind and spirit are clear. And can you see the muscle definition forming in the front of my legs? I’ve always thought I somewhat resembled Sponge Bob Square Pants. giggle

So today I’m all about color and pattern. My theory on color is if you see it together in nature, you can wear it on your body. Really, isn’t God the ultimate designer? You are familiar with His work, right? Stunning! As for pattern mixing, I’m all about quirky. In my head, florals and stripes go with everything! Florals and dots. Stripes and plaid. Floral and plaid. Stripes and dots. It’s all interchangeable as long as there’s something in the mix that unifies the look.

For example, I use mustard as a neutral {you can see how I use it as a base color here as well}, so it’s a non~color color that just so happens to make the golds and browns in my skirt and shoes pop. The pink cardi is an add on piece that goes with {not matches} the cream in the stripes of my tee and the beige in my skirt. And the shoes? Well, they’re just a fabulous pair of buckled men’s wear inspired oxfords that I always seem to forget are in my closet.

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Daenel T {Living Outside the Stacks}

 

 

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Run

Run {Living Outside the Stacks}

I need help. I seem to have lost my running mojo. When I was training for the Run for God 5K with the group, I didn’t have any problems getting up and out. Now that I’m on my own, I can’t seem to stay motivated. My running has gotten sloppy and I get tired much more easily. I’m hoping this isn’t a reflection of my spiritual life, but I think it may be… Not good. Not good at all.

I’ve got to get back on track.

Run Streak {Living Outside the Stacks}

I’m not happy with last night’s run. It was too slow and I spent a lot of time walking. My problem is that I didn’t stay in the zone after race day. I started slacking off and now I feel like I have to start all over again. The only way I can get myself back together is to set another challenge.So I plan to will run 3 miles every day this week: Monday through Sunday, for a total of 21 miles. That’ll be a new record for me. I think the most I’ve ever done is 12 miles in a week. I will do this.

Run {Living Outside the Stacks}

My focus verse for the week will be the verse that we used while I was training for the Run for God 5K. The verse, in its entirety reads:

Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,

I know that there will be many things that will try to keep my focus off my goal for the week: fatigue, boredom, just don’t wanna, but I have to remember that I’m not running just for physical growth, I’m running for spiritual growth as well. The time I spend on the trail is time that’s dedicated to Christ. Anything that takes my focus off of Him needs to be laid down so that I can keep my eyes on the prize, eternal life with Christ, my savior.

How do you reconnect with God? Is it through physical training? Quiet meditation? A bit of both?

Daenel T {Living Outside the Stacks}

 

 

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Instagram Week in Review

Hello. How was your weekend? Mine was OK. I started watching two new shows: The Lottery and MANH(A)TTAN. I’m  not sure how I feel about them yet. For the record, I’m still trying to work out my feelings about Extant. I’m happy that these new shows require thought and emotional involvement. I don’t know about you, but I’m sick of the hot mess that is “reality” TV.

I haven’t been reading much. Usually, I try to read a classic novel during the summer but I have been so unmotivated this year. Not sure what the problem is but I need to get myself in gear, summer’s almost over. Every time I write one of these weekly reviews I’m reminded of how quickly it all passes… And how much closer I am to my babies going off to college. *weeps*

Instagram Week in Review {Living Outside the Stacks}

Photography experiment. I decided to try photographing the world in black and white. It makes for a lot of drama. It’s incredibly fun but it requires forethought. You can see the rest of the pictures by clicking here.
Instagram Week in Review {Living Outside the Stacks}

The Dome. A once in lifetime shot of the dome on Academic Hall at Southeast Missouri State University. Almost eye level. Cool, no?
Instagram Week in Review {Living Outside the Stacks}

Major score. Can you believe I paid $2.50 for this dress? Yep! I bought it at JC Penney off the sale rack. I’m a major fan of the dress over jeans look. I know it doesn’t work for everyone but it works for me.
Instagram Week in Review {Living Outside the Stacks}

New skills. My nephew is learning the fine art of hat spinning.

 

Instagram Week in Review {Living Outside the Stacks}

Coffee and Ssekos. I’m desperately trying to get one of my coffee pictures regrammed by coffeenclothes. If it happened to be one of the pictures with my Sseko sandals, that’d be a bonus.

 

Instagram Week in Review {Living Outside the Stacks}

Something new. Whenever we go grocery shopping, the girls and I like to try something new as a “reward” for surviving the trip. It tastes like bubble gum and some sort of incredibly sweet fruit. I’m not a fan.

If you’re on Instagram, don’t forget to follow {I’m 4daenelt} and give me a yell in the comments so I know you’re there and can follow you too.

What’s on your summer reading list?

Daenel T {Living Outside the Stacks}

 

 

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