Wednesday, April 18, 2018

{Wordless-ish Wednesday} What Book Limit?


It's probably a good thing that our public library has a book limit because I can't control myself. I went into the library last week to pick up two books. That's it. After just a few minutes of looking around I walked out with those two books, plus eight more and two dvds, a total of twelve items. You can't let me in to a library unsupervised...I just can't help myself. Now, it's time to get reading!

Are you a book lover too? What are you reading right now? I love to hear about it in the comments!



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Monday, April 16, 2018

{Poetry Corner} Ready, Steady, Safe



I am a rock --
Steady, Constant, Reliable,
A foundation to sit on.

Stable, Enduring, Set,
Yet I can be moved.
Hard, Firm, Solid,
Yet I can yield.

Throw me, Beat me,
Cast me in flames...
I endure your torment.

Remaining Steady
To hold your weight.
Safe, Reliable, Secure,
Able to bear your burden.

I cast no judgment,
I speak to no others,
yet I absorb your pain.

Certain, Constant, Steadfast,
Lean on me and rest --
Then go face the world again.





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Friday, April 13, 2018

April Goals 2018



I started this Goals series because I needed a way to plan out my intentions and then be able to follow up with how I did. This also allows me to adjust and move forward.

I believe in the power of setting intentions and also the ability to adjust those intentions within any given time frame. It is amazing how much can change in a month. When I am trying to build habits, that is about the amount of time it takes to make it happen and actually stick.

I encourage this exercise because it will help you plan out your time and priorities as you go through the daily grind of every month. It has helped me.

March 2018 Review

1. Write March Goals for the Month and Log Process

I did this with my post last month: March Goals 2018. This was really just to get the habit going. The logging process has also worked out nicely. I use a private blogger account for my daily journaling and two apps on my phone for other progress updates.


I use Journal It to keep up with progress on my novel, my blog and my homeschooling research. I also use it as a gratitude journal, affirmations lists and a quote log. It has been a great addition to my productivity.

2. Get through four chapters on my novel

I started last month working on Chapter 8. It took me an extra week, but I am on chapter 12 now, so that is still good progress.

3. Go to my yoga studio 8 times

I did well in this area. I went to my normal studio 8 times and I tried a new studio as well. I enjoyed the quieter, more meditative flow of the new studio. However, I also enjoy the energy and workout of my usual studio. I was excited to try something new and reach my goal of being active in yoga.



4. Make an effort to have more family time

This spring is bringing lots of transitions for our family. We have done a good job this month about spending time together and being supportive of each other.

5. Figure out my goals for my blog.

Honestly, this is the one that hasn't gone as well. I haven't been writing on my blog much at all the past couple of weeks. I'm not really sure why, I suppose I just don't have much to say. There's also lots going on in life right now as we set ourselves up to move across town over the next month.

I am setting a posting schedule so I have two original posts and then my Wordless Wednesday meme. I really enjoy networking pictures on Wednesday, so I am keeping that routine. Then I will additionally post on Mondays and Fridays. At least that is the plan.

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March went pretty well by all measures. I think this idea of setting goals just might work. It is a very personal thing, but I share it because the act of making goals and sharing them holds me accountable to myself. I also hope that this will inspire you to be intentional with your life. Several goal making posts have inspired me to try it myself. So here we are.

April 2018 Goals

I realize that the month is already half over, but it is still important for me to sit down and make some plans. On April 15 we will have the keys to a new apartment across town. I'm so excited for this move, but it is always a process. Thankfully, we have a month and a half to get everything sorted out.

1. Go to yoga 8 times

This might just be a constant goal. If I go to my studio 8 times, the membership I have will pay for itself. Besides, doing yoga twice a week is a good balance of time and energy. I am always so much more capable of handling situations when I go to yoga often. That is my goal. It should be interesting this month with Spring Break happening in the middle.



2. Meditate Almost Everyday

I do not like the idea of daily tasks. I tend to journal, meditate, and do yoga at home everyday, but I don't like the stress it brings if I miss it for any reason. So I say "almost" everyday.

I'm finding a great sense of peace and purpose in my meditation. I like the feeling of calm and clarity that comes when I meditate regularly. It is slowly becoming a natural part of my day and I'm really enjoying the strength is brings to my mind because I can handle things without the stress and anxiety that has been with me most of my life.



3. Write new things

This includes blog posts, poetry and stories. I wonder if the reason I have had nothing to say to publish on my blog is because I haven't been writing out ideas lately. I've been editing my novel, but that is different from writing. I need to figure out what I have to say again, it is a process that I want to put intentionally in front of me.


Also, I want to edit at least two more chapters this month. I'm giving myself a low amount so I can actually get it done with everything else going on with the move and such. I am hoping to make my novel a bigger priority in upcoming months.

4. Move Necessities and Start sorting our things

As I mentioned before, we are moving starting next week. We have until the end of May to be completely finished, so I want to take the time and really go through our stuff. After we get the necessities moved over, it will be easier to see what is left to sort through.

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I've been working on being more minimalist in these past couple of years. We moved way too much from our house in South Carolina when we moved to Seattle four years ago. We moved from a small apartment where we had gotten rid of many things to a big house again where it didn't really matter if we kept it or tossed it. It is harder when there is no reason to part with it. Now however, we are moving into a smaller space again and letting go of the excess will really help us out in the long run.

Even more than just being in a smaller space (which we are happy about), it is about removing the physical clutter to have more peace of mind. When we aren't tripping over things and wondering what to do with things, I find I have more clarity and find balance easier.

5. Read books so I can return them 

I borrowed several books from friends and my mom over the last few years. As we look to move, I find I no longer want to have the extra things. However, I still want to read them. So my goal is to read through as many books as I can in the time I have before we move so I can return the books. It will be about 8 books or so, thankfully, I'm a fairly fast reader. I don't mind making reading a priority. It is one of my favorite things.


April has been a roller coaster so far. Now we are faced with the logistics of moving. I like that a lot better than figuring out where we are going to move. That part is out of the way as of this past Monday and it is a weight off my shoulders. I am very excited about this new place and I think we will have a great time living there.

Though it is still very wet and rainy here, at least the temperatures are slowly increasing. I don't mind the rain so much when I am not freezing. With spring also brings planting season, an activity the entire family enjoys. I am looking forward to our move and all of the transitions we are experiencing. It will be a good month.

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Do you set intentions or goals for yourself? Is there anything in particular you are working on? I would love to hear about it in the comments. Also, do you have any good moving tips? I could use all the help I can get when it comes to getting everything moved easily and as quickly as possible.



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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

{Wordless-ish Wednesday} Life in a Hazy City


It is spring and thankfully getting a little warmer here in the Pacific Northwest. We are getting a lot of April showers, so I expect the May flowers to be beautiful and plentiful.

While coming down from the hill last week, I captured this photo of Seattle covered with fog. It was like that for a good part of the morning. It is a surreal feeling descending into a cloud, more like a dream. 

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Happy Wednesday! May your week be creative and fulfilled!



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Wednesday, April 4, 2018

{Wordless Wednesday} Happy Easter!


We made colorful sugar cookies during Easter weekend. Did you do anything special to celebrate?



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Wednesday, March 28, 2018

{Wordless Wednesday} I Painted A Thing...


I painted a thing...

I don't really consider myself a painter, but I do love getting out my brushes and paints once in a while and being creative. I love the "paint n' sip" studios that seem to be everywhere these days. That is where I got enough confidence to do, basically, the same thing at home.

I created this piece the week leading up to St. Patrick's Day. I call it, "Cat Overlooking a Clover Field." Not that original, but still, I had fun painting and that is really all that matters.

Do you paint, draw, or do other creative endeavors? I'd love to hear how you let your imagination run away! Happy Wednesday!



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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Finding Inspiration After a Tough Week


Last week turned out to be a heavy week for me, nothing tragic or anything really bad even happened, but there was a lot going on. It was a week full of "adulting."

I like that word, "adulting." It isn't actually a word. I know that, but it perfectly describes the tasks that require extra planning, meeting with people and often involves some sort of financial transaction.

Last week contained a lot of "adulting."

Like taxes. I know they are joked about being the only other responsibility besides being born and dying, but they are a headache. I try so hard to keep it all straight and make the numbers add up, but I end up asking the same questions I did when we went through this last year. At least that is done now.

My family and I also have a lot of big decisions coming up. We are considering moving, just across town, but it makes a big difference. There is a lot to consider, cost being only one of many. We are also contemplating homeschool for our daughter next year. This would be a big decision for our family because it would completely change how our daily lives function.

I never know how in depth to talk about things like this. It seems boring to hear another drone on about mundane decisions and circumstances. I don't even really know why I'm going on about it other than it is taking up pretty much all of my brain power these last couple of weeks.

Do you ever have this problem? Where upcoming events or something happening in your life uses up most of your creative inspiration. I keep trying to think of topics to write about, but my mind just goes blank.

I usually write this kind of stream of consciousness in my journal. That is my one place where I don't have to censor myself. I use my journal to understand my own mind and try to figure out what to do next.

It's nice to share too.

I didn't write or post for a couple days and I have to admit, I felt a little lost. Writing is something that helps me process the world around me. Being able to share these thoughts is one of the main reason I blog. It is nice to open yourself up and connect with others who share similar interests.

Connection is what we really want in life. We want to feel relevant, like a participant in the goings on of the world we live in. That thought was inspired by Neil deGrasse Tyson when he answered the question, "What is the most astounding fact?" for Time magazine.

The YouTube video with the overlay of Tyson's voice is amazing. It is complied with the song "To Build a Home" by the Cinematic Orchestra:



Tyson also says, "When I look up in the universe, I know I'm small but I'm also big. I'm big because I'm connected to the universe, and the universe is connected to me."

This is the kind of inspiration I seek out when I am having overwhelming days like what happened last week. I want to remember my purpose, why I do what I do and why I want so badly to connect. The secret is, we are all connected--to each other and to the world we live in. 

When I can focus on that thought, that the universe is in me, I feel confident in my ability to make important life decisions and take care of "adulting" tasks. Though it still feels like it sometimes, I am no longer a child in my room playing house. 

I am strong. I am confident. I am capable. I am loved. I am at peace. 

That is also my desire for you. 

You are strong. You are confident. You are capable. You are love. You are at peace.

Thank you for the opportunity to share my thoughts and remember my purpose. I'd love to hear what you think of Neil deGrasse Tyson's quotes, what helps you get through a tough week, or what inspires you to write and share. Have a wonderful week!


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