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Courtney McLean  Married & LOVING it 💕 Virtual Assistant 💻 Writing all the words 🖊 Snappin’ all the moments 📸 Hoping to leave people feeling more loved by God.❣️

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What a WEEK. Here’s what I’ve learned: Ask God to use you, and He will - In immeasurably more ways than you could’ve imagined. Oh, & you’ll need His help to do ALL the things. 😭🙌🏾 But it’s all SO worth it! So ask Him! But then get ready. ‘Cause you never EVER know what’s in store...😂
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I guess that’s the adventure of being a daughter, right? Going on the coolest of trips with the best kinda Dad...Asking Him to hold your hand through the scary bumps and uncertain turns, knowing that wherever you get to go will be absolutely amazing - as long as you’re going with Him. ❤️

What you see here is us 5 giddily reunited! But what you don’t see here are the loads we’ve been bearing for one another. In the last month, three of us lost grandmas, a different three of us had parents hospitalized, and ALL of us learned to grieve together in the midst: with flowers and prayers and tears and sighs of relief for moments of rest from the weary. ❤️
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It isn’t just that these gals love God that tethers us together so tightly- it’s that they cling close to Him EVEN WHEN poop hits the fan- Even when they’re hit with unexpected difficulty. It’s in these hard seasons where they especially display a rootedness I admire so very much. ❤️
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Thanks gals, for reminding me that strength isn’t something to be mustered up, but to instead be received from the One far stronger than all our loads combined. Stronger than our burdens is the God who carries them. 🙌🏾

This is how we do #valentinesday! “Peanut Butter Freak Shake” for the WIN! @creamsugarcafebethel, you made my PB dreams come TRUE! 😂✨
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5th year being Drew’s valentine and SO SO grateful! ❤️

To all the newly-single, always single, or anywhere in between; to all the newly-dating, newly married, & those without titles; may this be an encouragement to you today: YOU ARE NOT DEFINED BY YOUR VALENTINE. ❤
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Newly single friends; I'm sorry you're hurting. Maybe you were expecting February 14th to look a lot different than it's panned out to be. That just sucks. & there's not much many could say to make you feel better. But if I could offer comfort, it'd be this: don't buy into the lie of numbing your pain. Your ability to let love in again is dependent on your commitment to healing. & I know the Healer! ❤
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Single friends; on a day when culture celebrates relationships & love, may you not feel left out, passed over, unseen, or not enough. The world says, with a 'someone' you'll be complete, but that's simply a lie. May today not be a reminder of what you're missing, but a resolve that you aren't defined by a valentine.❤
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Friends in relationships; may you treasure the gift you have in one another, & yet remain defined by something greater. While some may celebrate love from a heart of vanity, comparison, pride or entitlement, may you be motivated by gratitude alone. Seek to put the interests of your someone above your own today, 'cause THAT is love. ❤️
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No matter where you're at today; whether struggling in a relationship, or craving the existence of one; I can testify to the truth that God is able to fill up every corner of your heart with an abundance of perfect-love that people simply cannot supply. I've seen Him fill the hearts of SO many, I've witnessed Him do it on the DAILY for me, and I'll spend my entire life pointing people to experience the same. Cause' when you've encountered the surest way to satisfaction and contentment, how could you not?! ❤️
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Married I may be, but Drew does not define me. I'm grateful for him, but I'm not defined by his love for me. Holding tight to the God who's filled my heart abundantly! ❤️

Over a year ago, I met @nicolezasowski at the @influencenet conference in Nashville! We probably spoke for less than 30 minutes total that weekend, but her & her story surely left a mark on my heart.❣️Who would’ve thought we’d be meeting for dinner, over a year later, when I just happened to be in her state?! 🙌🏾
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Keep watch for this writer friend of mine. She’s working on her first book, and let me be one of many who’ll tell you: it’s gonna leave people changed. ✨
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Grateful for your voice, wisdom, boldness, and straight up TALENT, Nicole! So lucky to be in your corner. 😘

‘Twas my first time exercising since October. 😂 & I honestly don’t feel bad at all! The last time I exercised was right before Drew got mono, then we moved, then my job changed, and then a lot of our family members got sick. So, working out just wasn’t a high priority! I’m betting there were days it would’ve been good to do, but also feeling the freedom to have “a season for everything”- even one where exercise takes a back seat. 🙋🏽‍♀️
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To anyone else who feels like January mainly sucked and you’re behind on 47438937 things- take this official word of permission from me: February is the new January. 😂Because my “Happy New Year” feels like now instead of then, and that’s okay. 🙌🏾

never thought I’d spend a day at a place called “the mothership”. no regrets. 🙋🏽‍♀️

Firm believer that every day is a re-do; every morning a fresh start. You with me? 💛

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MY BESTIE! 🎉
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There is no one in my life quite like you, KT! From your hilarious snort laughter, the way you crack up at your own jokes before you’ve even finished the punch line 😂, & your freedom-bent ‘let’s lay in the grass and soak up the vitamin D’ spirit, to your incredible devotion to God, deep love for Kohl, bias for learning + remaining teachable, & heart for the hurting, I’m so stinkin’ grateful to know & be known by you! 💕 Thanks for always being up for a culvers date, life-decision chat, or even a spontaneous vacation! 😂 You’re an incredible question-asker, listener, rememberer, teacher, wife, sister, daughter, and friend to SO MANY. ❤️
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The second to last picture in this set is one of my favorites: You and Kohl praying over Drew & I as we were about to graduate college, get married + move. It’s such a testament to how you support and love us in the BEST kinda way! 🙌🏾 Hope you feel SO celebrated and loved today! 😘
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[We met in our freshman dorm, became Christians a year apart (exactly, to the date! 😭), were roomies senior year, mentored together by the amazing @joannapierri, got engaged a week apart AND married a week apart. Confident that our story has been so sweetly written by God!❣️]

TGIF! Let’s do some #fridayintroductions!💕
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I’m Courtney! Newlywed (can I claim that still after a year and a half?! 🤔), social-media guru by day and writer by night! I LOVE connecting with women around the things I care most about: Jesus, creativity, life stories, big dreams, & of course- chai tea lattes. 🙋🏽‍♀️
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The best parts of my week included being way too emotionally invested in the latest This is Us episodes (who’s with me?! 😭), gathering around tables & couches with gals in my city, filling my car rides with the @journeywomenpodcast + @marcopoloapp dates, & embracing my #babyfever by laughing with my mom-friends’ kiddos. 😂 .
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I’m looking forward to a full weekend with friends celebrating SO many things! @ifgathering tonight, @ktclements01 birthday tomorrow, + the OLYMPICS too!🎉 (Anyone who knows @_andge, KNOWS!! 😂)
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What were the BEST parts of your week?! And what are you looking forward to in your weekend?! 👇🏾

What do you have to cultivate? 🌱
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The lie of comparison is often manifested in sentences like these: “They look so happy! Finding good friends must be easy for them.” Or, “Wow! They always seem to meet their goals...they must just naturally be disciplined.” In reality, we probably don’t talk enough online about how many of the things we’re sharing aren’t things we’re NATURALLY excelling at - They’re often things we’re regularly cultivating. ✨ For example: .
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• It takes real effort for my writing to sound good. 🖊
• Without boundaries set for rest, I’m a control freak.😬
• There’s a lot of intentioned time spent building into my marriage. ❣️
• If I don’t meal plan, we eat quesadillas every night. 😂 .
• I have to make consistent investments in my friendships to see them deepen. 👯‍♀️
• It isn’t easy for me to capture a well-lit photo. 📷
• I’m learning that my relationship with God needs consistency in order to grow. 🙌🏾
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All these areas of life- ones I can easily share “finished” images of here- are things I have to nurture in order to see flourish. Most things don’t come naturally to me. Most things require my focused effort and pre-planned time. Most areas of my life need an outside source or two speaking in with wisdom. All the things need prayer, and I’m recently realizing just how much I under-value that reality. 🙏🏽
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All that to say, don’t get caught up in the #comparisontrap. We reap what we sow! Growth and fruitfulness require cultivation and patience. Don’t compare your un-tended soil to someone else’s well watered garden. Choose your tools and get cultivating! ☀️
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Tell me, what doesn’t come naturally to you? What do you have to intentionally cultivate in order to see success or fruitfulness? I’d love to know!👇🏾

stoppin’ traffic since 2013. 😏
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one of my most undeserved gifts is definitely Drew. still school-girl giddy that I get to be his for LIFE! 💕

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