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WALKING ON WATER


Last week I was a wreck. The weight of everything was piling up on me. Wedding planning, work, maintaining the house, amongst other things going on in life that I will get to share in a month or two. I stepped back and realized I was drowning because I was going at it alone. I wasn’t seeking God, I wasn’t praying, I wasn’t going to others who are grounded in faith for guidance. I spent the rest of the night on my balcony, listening to worship music, praying to God, and enjoying the fresh Los Angeles rain.

A few days later I had a moment. I was reminded of Jesus walking on water. It was just like what I had gone through a few days prior. When you feel like you’re drowning, it’s cause you’re walking alone on the water. You ARE drowning. But, when you have faith and rely on God and ask for help, he pulls you up and you can “walk on the water.” But you can’t walk on the water without seeking God and having faith.

The night before Jesus walked on water he spent so much time, fully surrendered in prayer. He was alone all night on his knees, just seeking God for strength and guidance. Jesus was headed towards the disciples, walking on water. When the disciples saw someone on the water, they thought it was a ghost. (Can you blame them?) Peter told Jesus if it was really him then Peter should be able to walk on the water too. As he stepped on the water, Peter got scared looking at the wind and rocks. Jesus pulled him up though. Together they walked on water.

And together we can “walk on water.” We can’t do this life alone. We can walk through anything if we just seek the kingdom first. When we doubt, we get pulled under. When we spend time in fervent prayer, going towards God first, and surrendering all to him, we can walk on water too. (Hypothetically speaking, please don’t go try to walk on real water and then come at me when you drown.)
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PERFECT LA GETAWAY & PROPOSAL STORY

PERFECT LA GETAWAY & PROPOSAL STORY


Sometimes you just need to get away! This is something I really needed in January, when I was feeling overwhelmed with work and life. My boyfriend and I started planning a couple day getaway for Martin Luther King weekend, and felt that the mountains were calling us! We looked into Air BnBs and various resorts in Lake Arrowhead and Mammoth, finding that most places required us a three night stay since it was a long weekend. However, we stumbled upon a quaint little town called Idyllwild, which neither of us had heard of, and booked a two day stay.

Idyllwild was the perfect weekend get away from Los Angeles! The drive was only about two hours, but had us feeling like we were in a completely different world. Idyllwild is in the San Jacinto Mountains, just past Riverside and Hemet. It is a tiny town, with limited cell service, no Ubers (well maybe 1 Uber, but that's a story for another time) and beautiful views.

We rented a cottage on Air BnB and absolutely loved it the moment we walked in the door. This was my first Air BnB experience and everything about it was great. There was a large backyard, with seating and a jacuzzi, a reading nook made just for me, and a massive kitchen. Before getting up to Idyllwild we stopped at the bottom of the mountain to pick up some groceries, wine, and cheese. Since neither of us had been to Idyllwild we were not sure if there were would be a grocery store with full access to what we needed for the weekend.

Idyllwild has a small village area with boutiques, trinket stores, a brewery, a winery, and a pizza shop. We spent some time there enjoying the tastes of the town, and especially loved Idyll Awhile Wine Shop, where we watched football, enjoyed wine, and listened to live music. Idyllwild Pizza Co. was another highlight of the weekend, with delicious pizzas, pastas, and calzones. We went twice during the weekend and enjoyed it just as much both times.

While Idyllwild had a ton to offer, my favorite thing about it was the hiking. While I love to hike whenever I travel, this excursion was particularly special because WE GOT ENGAGED!





Within a couple hours of getting into town we decided to go for a hike. Prior to getting into town I had looked up a few hikes. I really liked the Ernie Maxwell Scenic Trail because of the length, views, and pictures others had posted on Instagram. Halfway up the hike we found a stunning view and stopped to admire it and take some pictures. While engrossed in the scenery, Jared started talking to me about his love for me and his vision for our future. Before I could even process what he was saying, he was down on one knee with a ring in front of me, asking me to be his wife. Of course I said YES!

This proposal was the PERFECT way to start our weekend getaway. While Idyllwild is a stunning trip for anyone in the Los Angeles area, it will always be a special place to us because it is the place where we started forever together.
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I'M BACK! [life update]


I’M BAAAAACK! But where have I been!? I haven’t written since September 3, and I actually wasn’t sure at that time if I would ever write again. Looking back at why I wasn’t blogging anymore, I think it became a chore for me. It was something I felt pressure to do and the passion for writing wasn’t there anymore. Between working full time and going to school full time, I decided it was time to just walk away. However, the last month, since completing my Master’s (Whoop! Whoop!) I was able to revisit some old passions. I have been able to start reading for fun, playing tennis, and realizing that I missed writing!

So here I am, back on the blog. I don’t think it’ll ever be what it was. I want it to just be a passion project. Something I come to when I have something to say or need a creative outlet. The ideas for blog posts have been brewing the past couple months, and last week I created a spot in my Bullet Journal (new obsession, BTW!) to keep all these ideas when I feel like writing.

So this post is just a catch up post, to tell you where I have been. In the last four months I have finished both Master’s Degrees, including my teaching credential, visited New York and Washington D.C., and got ENGAGED! Yup, I am marrying the love of my life this year. I can’t believe my prayers have been answered by God and I found my soulmate. I can’t wait to share the wedding planning journey here as well! Although, I promise this won’t become some bridal heavy blog.

Life is really good right now and I know it is only getting better from here. I will be back, soon, with a post about how to “Ball on a Budget” as the cool kids say.
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GO READY MADE REVIEW

GO READY MADE REVIEW


Now that summer is over and I am back to teaching, I am having to really plan ahead to be successful and stress free each day. One thing I do to stay ahead of the game is to make my lunch the night before. However, I have found when I am in a pinch, I love being able to grab a quick, healthy alternative that I can throw into the microwave on my lunch break. I learned about GoReadyMade, a meal delivery service, and they offered me a week of meals in exchange for a review. I couldn't pass up on the opportunity because I am always looking for services to make my life easier.

GoReadyMade makes fresh, delicious, ready-made meals that are delivered directly to your doorstep each week. The meals are healthy and individually packaged for your convenience. For 4 meals per week, GoReadyMade charges $49.99 with free shipping. However, there are a number of plans available for whatever size your need is!



When you first join, you can select which meals you'd like. Some of the meals include Smoky Chicken Fajitas, Beef Steak with Peppercorn Sauce, and Soy Glazed Chicken. My favorite of all the meals I tried was Orzo and Tomatoes with Mozzarella and Spinach. Meals come on ice so that you don't have to worry about their safety while in the shipping process.

GoReadyMade separates themselves from other meal subscription companies because the meals are already prepared. Just a note, be sure to read the directions on the packaging BEFORE planning on eating. Day 1 I assumed everything was microwavable. However, the steak I brought to work with me required pan-searing! Whoops!

To get $25 off your first order with GoReadyMade, use code JWKX5 at checkout!
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BACK TO SCHOOL NECESSITIES & TARGET GIFT CARD GIVEAWAY

BACK TO SCHOOL NECESSITIES & TARGET GIFT CARD GIVEAWAY


Back to school shopping is my favorite time of year. Even as an adult, I love the brightly lined aisles of Target full of college-ruled notebooks, #2 pencils, and locker decorations. While the key of back to school shopping starts with the perfect backpack, the most fun is found in filling it up. Here are some of my back to school backpack necessities:


1.) Cute, but reliable backpack
2.) Blotting Paper to help control the oil and shine when your crush sits next to you in COMM101
3.) BB Cream
4.) Lip Balm
5.) Snacks, protein bars, popcorn, and other healthy alternatives are great to keep on standby
6.) Planner
7.) Hair Bands/Bobby Pens
8.) Fun Writing Utensils

To fill your backpack for back to school, I am giving away a $50 Target gift card!
To enter: 
1.) Follow me on Instagram @kickbackwithcate
2.) Like the Back to School necessities Instagram post
3.) Leave a comment with how you are feeling about back to school

Winner will be announced on Monday, August 20th at 6pm PST.

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