Thanksgiving 2016

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Happy Thanksgiving!  In the words of John Greenleaf Whittier, may “thy life be as sweet, and its last sunset sky / Golden-tinted and fair as thy own Pumpkin pie!”  Side note: mine is cooling right now.

Even though I am don’t enjoy 99% of traditional Thanksgiving fare, I’m 100% a celebrator of this holiday!  There should be a Thanksgiving every month, or even every week, because there is just SO so SO so much to be thankful for.  I would just like to name four things that right now I am incredibly thankful for:

  1. Faith- I am Catholic and having a faith to hold on to is my rock throughout this unpredictable Army life
  2. Family – my perfect husband is my best friend, and our darling baby is the apple of our eyes
  3. Health- there have only been a few times in my life where I have been generally “unwell” and I hated it!
  4. Memories- as a very sentimental person, it means so much to have years of memories that make me smile

I know Thanksgiving is not simply about being thankful.  It’s historic roots call to mind a sense of patriotism and honor among us.  The holiday also stands as a reminder to give, share, and nurture– both our own family, as well as the families in our world.  I don’t want to get preachy or cliche about it, so I will stop there.  But I would love to hear from you in the comments!  What does Thanksgiving mean to you, and how do you celebrate it?

Happy Thanksgiving!

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My 100th Post!

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“At the touch of love everyone becomes a poet.” – Plato

I simply cannot believe I’m writing my 100th post.  But I am!

To take a trip down memory lane, I started this blog in the winter of 2015, after an attempt in the beginning of 2015.  I had high hopes that this blog would provide me with a writing platform (of course!) and an ability to use my voice.  That’s exactly what it gave me…but oh so, so, so much more.

It challenged me to conquer things I otherwise would never attempt– Google AdSense, I’m looking at you!  Through it, I was forced to stretch my imagination and mindset (read: post when I had no idea what to say).  It encouraged me to practice patience and attention-to-detail.  I began taking photography more seriously, though my abilities hardly improved. 😀  My writing voice developed in a way I didn’t originally plan.  To create content, I had to combine creativity, research, and practical application to my work.  It’s all been part of the process, and a process that I truly like.

It’s funny how goals shift; as consequences reshape those goals into something new and better.  For me, there is one shining thing that has motivated my blog from the beginning.  So far, there has been one thing that has carried my blog through almost one full year.  I have high hopes it will remain the one thing that propels my blog into future glory.  That thing is love.

I started blogging out of love of writing.  My posts are all about things I love.  I look forward to creating and developing a blog I love.  Love has been central to my blog–whether the content or the process–and even in the concept itself.  I named my blog after  the heart, because it’s the center of love.  And I want this blog to center on things I love, on people I love, on love itself.

Hopefully you will be able to see that what I’m posting about is something I love.  And hopefully you can tell that I loved writing those posts.  I don’t always plan to write about serious things, as I’ll still be doing Ipsy glam bag unboxings and the like!  But that’s because I love the little things in life.  However, in my intention to focus on love, I want to create more content that centers on what I love most: my Army family.  In many ways, I think that will harmonize with focusing on the little things in life–after all, being a family is about experiencing life and it’s little treasures together.

So for my 100th blog post, I simply want to re-center my blog, my focus, and my passion on love.  In the end, it will be what propels my blog, as it does every other aspect of my life!  I can only have success here if I love as I go along.  And that’s what I plan to do.  I hope that in the next 100 blog posts to come, my blog is focused on, centered around, and built with love.  I would love that.  <3

 

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November 2016

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“But there is always a November space after the leaves have fallen when she felt it was almost indecent to intrude on the woods.” — L.M. Montgomery

I can’t believe it’s already November 2016…but that’s a good thing.  I feel like it was February last month!   It’s closer to being next February than this past February!  I don’t mind that the months are rushing by, because it means I’m enjoying them, and it also means we’re that much closer to Christmas.  Best day ever.  Before this turns into a Christmas post, let me pull in my own reins and focus on November 2016.  As usual, I drew up a list of hopefuls that I have (almost) every intention of completing.  This list may look familiar, as a third of it is last month’s to-do list (the things I didn’t do on it):

  1. Visit the local library with my baby.  She is already well on her way to becoming a bookworm!
  2. Make my house ready for holiday guests.  Just a few more touches of decoration and organization.
  3. Learn how to make pot pie.  I’ll probably start vegetarian so I can perfect it, and then add meats.
  4. Rework some of my Google Ads.  They are pretty much in place, but I could make some adjustments!
  5. Finish the first half of my knitting project.  I’m working on the back of a baby sweater.
  6. Celebrate Thanksgiving!  Any holiday is a good excuse to make memories.
  7. Start reading a new book.  Either a romance novel or a classic fiction.
  8. Make an autumn wreath for our front door.  I’m thinking fake leaves. haha
  9. Begin Christmas shopping–EARLY.  Last year, shipping time and costs were my enemies.
  10. Get half-way through my baby diary.  Even just writing her birth story would be a big step.
  11. Finish proofreading and send the last few chapters to my junior editor.  Time to start!
  12. Enroll in a class online.  Probably the Aromatherapy class I started a while ago, or a new one.
  13. Finish watching One Tree Hill.  I’ll definitely do this one– now I’m on the last season!
  14. Begin using Amazon Associates.  Just need to do this already!

There are a few more things I want to do, that don’t really need to make it on the list, because they are abstracts for daily life.  Ever since my car accident, driving has been a very scary reality for me–but I should clear my head when I drive, and continue to improve in my confidence and trust.  I also want to think more creatively–whether that’s in my music or in my writing–I want to experience passion again when I play and write.  I need to reminisce more on happy memories, letting my mind wander into nostalgia and relaxing in its comfort.  As it gets colder, and we cozy down more, I want to model my apartment after those den-like feelings: fires in the hearth, cozy music, folded blankets on the couch arms, and a lot of flameless candles.

As the month stretches out, more things mentally make it onto my list.  I’m looking forward to finding out what those are!  What made it on your list for November 2016?  Leave a comment below.  As always, thanks for stopping by!

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Round-up: October 2016

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“Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart.”

October is officially over in just a few minutes!  I really don’t mind.  It seems like every round-up that I say “this” month was my “favorite.”  So today I’m breaking the mold!  October was not my favorite month.  It was not a bad month.  There was actually a lot of really great moments.  But there were some downies too, to be real.  Looking at the glass half-full though, I got done exactly half of my monthly to-do list:

  1. A family trip to the mountains.  A long and fun day that included 3 pumpkin spice lattes.  A very good day.
  2. Do a family photo shoot.  Turns out professional photography isn’t always best.  We did our own afterwards!
  3. Finish reorganizing the spare bedroom.  I never thought the day would come.  It improved so much.
  4. Begin a knitting project.  I’m knitting an ivory cardigan for her…a mini version of my favorite sweater!
  5. Join a club.  I basically “re-joined” my local prayer/social group, and it was a lot of fun.
  6. Get half-way through my baby diary.  Not even close.
  7. Finish proofreading and send the last few chapters to my junior editor.  Big surprise.
  8. Enroll in a class online.  Next month?
  9. Finish One Tree Hill. Still on season 8.
  10. Begin using Amazon Associates.  Oops?

October’s good moments were filled with the usual autumn suspects: changing colors on the leaves (maybe cliche but literally the best part of autumn), pumpkin spice lattes (MANY), pulling out leggings and sweaters from their summer hibernation, and of course the first cold(ish) morning.  There were nature walks and lunch dates and a lot of shopping.  I even didn’t mind “the cold.”  (60 degrees)

But to address the elephant in the room, or what hasn’t been in the room, I haven’t been posting as much lately.  Much like music, my writing is rooted in the creative side of my brain and heart.  (And while I have unfortunately/fortunately learned how to play music and write under forced circumstances, luckily my blog doesn’t call for that kind of action).  Needless to say, my creativity has been sparse at best.  I can only attribute the lack of creativity to the fact that October had some tough times up it’s sleeve.  Some of the difficulty has just been part of adulting in the Army life–which is to be expected from time to time.  But the hardest time came with the loss of a very special family member, buddy, and furbaby.

“If love alone could have kept you here, you would have lived forever.”

Taking one day at a time, I just haven’t felt the kind of creative flow that my blog runs on.  In a time where the days haven’t been the best, it’s nice to have a baby-step to focus on, like getting my creativity back.  The surest way to recover from a creative slump (at least in my experience) is to usher in a new time with new creative outlets.  I think a fresh month will do just that for me!  And while I plan to resume my previous posting schedule, I won’t try to make up for lost time.  I do best by stepping right in where I left off, and picking up a familiar, favorite pace.  So please come back soon for my welcome-to-November post!  It will be up soon.  And as always, thanks for stopping by!

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October 2016

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“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” – Anne of Green Gables

I would like to skip straight to December, if I could.  But that would be a crime against nature.  Autumn is so nice, but I can’t help but wish it was winter the MOMENT it gets cold outside.  Two reasons for that: 1) I hate being cold and so it’s not worth it unless there is snow and things are visibly different outside and 2) I love Christmas.  It should always be Christmastime.

But in the spirit of forcing myself to enjoy October 2016, I am coming up with a list of things to do.  The list is just a starting point for me, and will mostly involve things I’m looking forward to.  This is kind of a tradition for me.

  1. A family trip to the mountains.  A hurricane can’t find us there!
  2. Do a family photo shoot.  I love those, and fall is my favorite seasonal background.
  3. Finish reorganizing the spare bedroom.  The decorating will be next month.
  4. Begin a knitting project.  Probably a hat for my baby.
  5. Join a club.  Either a social club or a Mommy and Me club.  Either way, baby’s coming with me!
  6. Get half-way through my baby diary.  Maybe a smaller goal will help me get it done.
  7. Finish proofreading and send the last few chapters to my junior editor.  Again, small goals.
  8. Enroll in a class online.  Free is good.  There was an aromatherapy one I haven’t finished…
  9. Finish One Tree Hill.  I’m on season 7.
  10. Begin using Amazon Associates.  It’s up and running but I have to plug it into my blog better.

Going off-list for a moment, there are a few other things I want to accomplish this month: listening to my baby, taking time for hairstyles, tidying around, cooking enjoyable things, posting here more regularly, and lots of phone calls.  Sometimes it’s easy to fall behind on the little things when focusing on the “big list” things, but the little things matter just as much.  It’s just that they are little.  Luckily, having an adorable baby around all the time helps remind me that the “littlest” things in life are the best!

Thanks for stopping by.  Leave a comment below regarding your aspirations for October 2016.  I’ll be sure to reply!

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