The Influence Conference 2014!

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Last summer I decided, kind of on a whim, to go to the Influence Conference. I went not personally knowing anyone and not really knowing what the weekend would hold. Little did I know that weekend would become a life changing catalyst. I know this sounds a little dramatic, but as I look back on this past year so much of my strength, determination, and confidence came from seeds that were planted back at the conference and then cultivated and encouraged by the Influence Network and the people I … [Read more...]

Why, Hello Again!

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As you can tell, I've kind of taken an unofficial break from the blog since May. I didn't really mean to, at first, but after not posting for a few weeks I thought maybe it would be good for me to chill out for a bit this summer. It's been nice to take a step back and slow down a bit. I've also had time to think about what I really want my blog to be for me and for you my internet friends out there. I was trying to think about when others thought about my blog, what words would I want to come … [Read more...]

A Sharper Focus Shop is Now Open!

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My new shop is now up and running over on Etsy! Click here and check out the art prints and necklaces I've been working on over the past few months. I hope each sale brings a little more joy and beauty into someones life. And, don't forget 10% of every sale goes to Living Water International for the month of May. … [Read more...]

3 Days Till A Sharper Focus Shop!

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This was my view yesterday working on new necklaces. On May 1st I'm officially launching my Etsy shop! I'm so excited to share prints, accessories and my art with all of you. I'm also really pumped to be able to use the shop to give back to organizations that are near to my heart. Each month there will be a featured charity, or group, that 10% of all sales will be donated to. For the month of May, Living Water International will be the shop's featured organization! I first learned … [Read more...]

Holy Week Listening

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As I've been preparing my heart for Easter over the last few weeks, these two albums have been on repeat. The Brilliance - Lent Sean and I had been listening to the Brilliance's Advent Album II during Christmas and I was excited to get their Lent album. It has been so good. I can listen to it over and over, and I do, and it reaches into my heart every time. Page CXVI - Good Friday to Easter I've mentioned Page CXVI before and I love their unique versions of classic hymns. … [Read more...]

March’s 30 Acts of Kindness Roundup!

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For this month's Act of Kindness I've started an act to coincide with Lent. Something close to my heart is pastoral care. With Sean growing up as a pastor's kid, I've developed a greater sense of gratitude for everything church staff members do. They are often spiritually and physically on-call at all hours to serve the members of the congregation. They end up working some long, hard and unconventional hours. And, they do all of this with such passion and care. I want to make sure … [Read more...]

New Photography Site!

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Oh, hi there! My poor blog has been neglected this month… but in other news I have totally redone my photography site. A Sharper Focus - Photography by Sarah Pope I was able to streamline and simplify the website, which I think better reflects my overall ascetic. I still need to add some details, but I'm much happier with it now! This year I am also focusing more on the product my clients receive after the session. This will help me make the business more sustainable and helps … [Read more...]

February’s 30 Acts of Kindness Roundup!

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This month I had fun doing my acts of kindness during National Random Acts of Kindness Week. I started out the week with a Starbucks treat for my Instagram and Twitter friends. I had seen some others do this before and thought it was a great idea. All you have to do is purchase a gift card, register it online with the Starbucks App, and then take a screen-shot of the barcode. Then post that screen shot on Instagram and you can gift coffee to your friends across the country! I really … [Read more...]

Weekend Brunch: Paleo – Grain Free Waffles

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I realize I haven't shared a recipe in a while. Ever since doing the Whole 30 Challenge at the end of last summer I haven't been eating like I used to. I've committed to being gluten free and Paleo when possible. I notice such a difference in my energy level and the positive effects on my emotional well-being when I eat this way. Because of this diet change, I kind of thought others wouldn't be as interested in my recipes. But, as I go through Pinterest and even look at the New York Times … [Read more...]

Random Acts of Kindness Week!

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Next week, February 10th through the 16th, is Random Acts of Kindness Week. What a great opportunity for me to work on my 30 Acts of Kindness! I heard about RAOK week over at Lil Blue Boo. I just love what she and her daughter did last year to spread joy and kindness in their community. Head over to her site to see the awesome video of what they did. Need some more ideas? Here are some of my favorite sites I've found that are inspiring me to act in kindness! Check out these 26 … [Read more...]

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