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I love brainstorming ideas! Even if these ideas will never come to fruition, I still absolutely love brainstorming. Brainstorming gives me energy and the thought of all the different possibilities makes me very happy. Four months after my boyfriend Caleb and I started dating, I brainstormed tons of different date ideas for us to do. Have we done everything on this list? Well, no. But I think all of these ideas are super fun and I would like to someday do everything more »

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When did you have your first crush on a guy? I remember this one time I had a  conversation with a boy in my homeschool co-op cooking class when I was in the 3rd grade. It was the last day of co-op before Christmas break and we had made marshmallow snowmen that day. After class, the guy told me he liked my snowman, and my insides felt like they could melt! I went home that day, thinking he was super more »

It can be hard to wait when we can't see what goes on behind the scenes. Here are four lessons about waiting that we can learn from going out to eat.

The following is a guest post by my friend, Bonnie For the past two summers and over my last Christmas break, I worked as a hostess at a steak restaurant close to where I live. I loved my job as a hostess: the community I had with my coworkers always filled me with so much joy, I never had to lift any heavy trays and I got to spend my shifts welcoming people in and talking to them. It was more »

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In July of 2016, I was asked out for the very first time. Having been single my whole life, I had no idea what to do! I had no idea what to think! I definitely had a bad case of first date jitters. During the days that lead up to my first date, I scoured Pinterest, looking for advice on how to handle my first date. I read article after article, wanting to know what to wear, what to expect, more »

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Around November/December each year, I like to take a deeper look into Joy Because Grace’s analytics to see which posts have done well over the year so I can continue creating similar content in the upcoming year. These last few weeks are no different :) So as I was planning out my blog’s calendar for 2018, I looked at the top ten posts from 2017. As I did so, I thought, “Hey, this could be a fun end-of-the-year post idea!” more »