thanksGIVING party // I am thankful

I haven't written a post in quite some time but I was excited to write this one. I would take time to invite all my readers (who live close enough) to come to a thanksGIVING party. It's a combination of a blogger meetup + giving back!

Let me rewind. I work at Denver Rescue Mission. An organization that focuses on creating and providing an environment where homeless men, women and families can thrive in. And in my roll in public relations, I had a new goal: engage the Denver bloggers to what the Mission is doing. Within that week, Jenny emailed me wanting to be more involved. WHAT!!!? Amazing - I didn't even have to search her out!

Turns out Jenny knew Hannah, who I was already friends with! And then I met the lovely Sarah. And one night we sat at a table eating homemade pie (thanks Jenny) and talked about how we can help more men, women and families in our city for Thanksgiving.

Their hearts and passion to serve is inspiring. These women are full of joy and gifts that they want to use to help others. Seriously, I have made some amazing friendships in Colorado - I sit here two years later filled with GREAT friends in this new state. ((I thought making friends was suppose to be hard))

Living far from family, leaves you feeling insecure at times, but then God reminds me that He is at work! He knew what He was doing when He picked us up and dropped us in Colorado. I know full well that the people I am building relationships with in Colorado are for the best. They are challenging and life-giving friendships. And for that I am FULL of gratitude!

I wrote all of that to say, come and join the fun on November 14th at 6 p.m. Even if you don't know me or the other girls, or much about the Mission. Come anyways - to meet these inspiring women and to give a little back to our city - you won't regret it ((RSVP to

with JOY,
Aneta Nina

ps :: give with JOY is giving away items in the giveaway! 

It Doesn't Change God // It Changes Me

I kicked off 2013 with a commitment to prayer. Every year, I like to choose one word that I want to work on - to make a priority - and prayer came to my mind. ((you can read that here))

I wanted to make my prayer life stronger - for it to be without ceasing - for praise to outpour. Last night on my run (training for my half began, grr), I was listening to Rend Collective Experiment. When Alabaster came on, my feet stopped and I began to worship. And this quote came to mind: 

I need to posture my heart daily. To see life clearly so I can lift Him high and not myself. I can make this life all about myself. I am not perfect - I make mistakes daily - and I am thankful that God doesn't keep tally of my mistakes, but sends me His grace! That I am found in Him.

I didn't write this today to tell you about my life progress - but to share what I am learning and struggling with hoping that you will feel encouraged and inspired.

Before I go: Did you listen to Alabaster?? Do it and tell me what you think!

with joy,
Aneta Nina