{friday mixing bowl} shawarma + link love + weekly update

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Happy Friday, y’all! How was your week? Mine went by FAST!

– This week, I’m currently: –

Dreaming of…

The wrap-style shawarma I had for the first time at Laffa Meditteranean Cafe in downtown Tulsa. Tender lamb and beef with bright pickled vegetables and a creamy lemon hummus sauce. Yes. This was my first shawarma experience, and definitely won’t be my last.

Working on…


Finishing my revise & resubmit for an older project. I’m at 72% and just have to delete a little, reorder, and rewrite the very end. I’ve loved spending time with these long lost characters <3 After I hit send? I’m finishing the last ~25K of my third manuscript in the second half of my NaNoWriMo project.

Listening to…

I’m a huge fan of Ben Rector (random trivia: went to high school and led worship with him, so I’m a tiny bit biased)! He got to perform on The TODAY Show this week.




I have a huge author crush on Emery Lord, who writes YA. Confession: I bought this book solely because of her Twitter account. She’s one of those people who, if you met in real life, you’d probably talk to her like she was your best friend. Since that’s not creepy 🙂


Why I waited so long to get on the Podcast train? My #1 lifehack of 2016 so far is to make cleaning time podcast time. I have been setting my children up with projects (or Cheerios, for the baby) and washing dishes or scrubbing countertops while I listen. And I actually LOOK FORWARD TO CLEANING. How did that even happen? Now, rarely do I get to listen to one all the way through without stopping, but these are the podcasts I always come back to for more! {Click on the image for podcast page}


Thoughts on creativity, small business, and producing the work you’re passionate about from Elise Blaha Cripe. She has amazing guests, too!


Thoughts about intentional living from Tsh Oxenreider. Love her insights and the people of different experiences she brings on the show.


A creative kick in the pants from Liz Gilbert that — disclaimer — sometimes includes with a few *choice* words 😉 I have so many thoughts and so much inspiration from her and her guests.

– link <3 – 

Photo: chef-in-training.com

  • THESE peanut butter sugar cookies from Chef in Training blog. Perfect for your Valentine…especially if that Valentine is yourself 🙂
  • It’s no secret that Carla Laureano is one of my favorite authors! Did you see that she’s giving away a free novella to her newsletter subscribers? If you need to escape to tropical Belize for a romantic adventure right about now, be sure to check it out!

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So, tell me about your week? Hope you have a great weekend! 

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