Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Dear Comparison | A Letter of Resignation

A letter ending my life-long relationship with comparison. #letters - Dear Comparison | A Letter of Resignation - A Simpler Grace

"Owning our story and loving ourselves through that process is the bravest thing that we'll ever do." - Brené Brown

Dear Comparison,

Monday, October 16, 2017

Simple Gratitude | 95

Today I'm sharing my #gratefulheart on the blog #gratitude #feelingthankful

"We are called to meet Emmanuel here, in the nitty-gritty of our ordinary, surrounded by our actual circumstances." - Alexandra Kuykendall

Friday, October 13, 2017

Links to Love | 108

Sharing my favorite reads from the week.  #linkstolove #fridayfavorites

It's Friday and you know what that means... We are just a hop away from the weekend! It also means I've been hoarding all the best links to share with you today and there are some great ones. But first, I wanted to ask you something.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

If You and I Had Coffee | vol 17

Join me for a conversation over coffee? #coffeedates

If you and I had coffee...

We'd meet up on my back deck because it still feels like summer outside and the trees have only just started to change from their greens to the rich goldens, crimsons and oranges of fall. I'd kick my feet up on the wrought iron glider and sip on my frozen PSL - the ONLY one I will have this year. I'd tell you that I've never been a big fan of the trendy drinks at Starbucks but I grant myself one treat a year.

Monday, October 09, 2017

Simple Gratitude | 94

Today I'm sharing my #gratefulheart on the blog #gratitude #feelingthankful

Good morning, friends. If you live in the Northern Hemisphere, does it currently feel like fall where you are? The temperature here is about 15° warmer than it usually is around this time of the year. Is this the definition of an Indian Summer? I believe it is, although I hate that term.

Saturday, October 07, 2017

What I Read | September

 A look back at what I read last month. #ASGbookshelf #whatIread What I Read | September - A Simpler Grace

It was quite a month with quite a lot of good books to read. I haven't had this many four-star books in a long time, so I was pleased with what was on my bookshelf in September. Sadly, I did have to abandon one book, which I hate doing, but it leads me to a question...

Friday, October 06, 2017

Links to Love | 107

Sharing my favorite reads from the week.  #linkstolove #fridayfavorites

Happy Friday, friends. It feels like it's been forever since I've last shared a post like this with you, so I wanted to gather a few of the reads I've been enjoying and share them with you today. What are your plans for the weekend?

Thursday, October 05, 2017

Hello October | Goals

Tracking the goals I've set both in my personal and blogging life and reviewing how I did in September. Hello October | Goals - A Simpler Grace #goals

I'm getting off to a late start this month, but better late than never, yeah? September started off great then about halfway through, it quickly went downhill, so I decided to take a little breather. I did want to hop on and share my goals for the month because I wouldn't be me without a list of things I want to accomplish. Do you set goals on a monthly basis? 

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Monthly Reflections | September

What I've been up to in life and on the blog. #currently #takingstock #monthlyreflections

Hey, friends. I took a couple weeks away from the blog and social media to spend some time dealing with a few things and regrouping. It's good to do that every now and then, right? I'm back today to wrap up the month but I'm not sure that I'll be writing here in the coming weeks as frequently as I normally do. I'm hoping to be back soon, but only time will tell. Thanks to everyone who checked in. I really appreciate it. Hope you all have a great start to October. 

Monday, September 18, 2017

Simple Gratitude | 93

Today I'm sharing my #gratefulheart on the blog #gratitude #feelingthankful

"Sometimes we spend so much time and energy thinking about where we want to go that we don't notice where we happen to be." - Dan Gutman

Friday, September 15, 2017

Links to Love | 106

 Sharing my favorite reads from the week.  #linkstolove #fridayfavorites

"I have to be alone very often. I'd be quite happy if I spent from Saturday night until Monday morning alone in my apartment. That's how I refuel." - Audrey Hepburn

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

If You and I Had Coffee | vol 16

A conversation over coffee #coffeedates

If you and I had coffee...

We'd meet up for a paint night. You know, one of those places that outfits you with an apron, canvas, brushes, pigments and a big glass of wine? I've been all about expressing my creativity lately, so a night painting would be so much fun. I'd grab a glass of white zinfandel and we'd choose two easels near the back of the gallery so we could still chat without disrupting the class. I'd tell you that the smell of paint and the feeling of wearing a smock reminds me of being in primary school when we'd all wear an old button-up shirt (donated by the dads) to paint in and how that has always been a very nostalgic feeling for me.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Simple Gratitude | 92

Today I'm sharing my #gratefulheart on the blog #gratitude #feelingthankful

Good morning, friends and happy Monday. Today's post will be short and sweet because I have a lot to do and a limited amount of time to do it in. Hope you have a great day. Keep those coffee mugs full!

Friday, September 08, 2017

Links to Love | 105

 I'm sharing my favorite reads from the week on the blog today!  #linkstolove #fridayfavorites

Hi, guys. So lately, it's felt like the world is falling apart. First, it was Hurricane Harvey and now Irma, Jose, and Katia are bearing down on us. On top of that, there are the wildfires in the northwest states and Canada and flooding in India, Bangladesh, and Nepal. These are just the natural disasters. There are so many other negative headlines and bad things happening to people. In light of all this heaviness, I wanted to share some links that might be encouraging. Below, are things that will make you smile, bring you relief and give you hope.

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

What I Read | August + FREE Fall Reading List Printable

A look back at what I read last month. #ASGbookshelf #whatIread

Hey, bookworms! It's time to chat about the books we read in August. I have quite a list and there are so many good books on it, so I can't wait to share those with you. Also, since we are beginning a new season, that means I have a new colorful reading list printable as a special gift just for you. It's my way to thank you for being a loyal reader. There are more details about how to download your own copy later in this post. Now, let's jump into the books!

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

5 Things Driving Readers Away From Your Blog | Guest Post for Coffee With Summer

5 Things Driving Readers Away From Your Blog | #guestpost for Coffee With Summer - A Simpler Grace

What if I told you there were five things you could be doing to drive away readers on your blog and followers on social media and keeping them away? Today, I'm excited to be sharing five of my biggest blogging "pet peeves" and how you can easily change them so you can retain your readership and continue growing your online community.

Monday, September 04, 2017

Simple Gratitude | 91

 Today I'm sharing my #gratefulheart on the blog #gratitude #feelingthankful

Good Monday morning, friends. If you are in the U.S., I hope you are enjoying an extra long weekend on this Labor Day. If not, I pray your coffee is strong. :) For realz though, I hope you have a wonderful and productive day and that it kicks off a good week for you. 

Sunday, September 03, 2017

What I Learned | Summer 2017

Sharing lessons learned this summer in a linkup with Emily Freeman. What I Learned | Summer 2017 - A Simpler Grace

With every season of life, comes new lessons to learn. Some of them are good while others are difficult experiences but each is valuable in its own way. Today, I'm joining the lovely Emily Freeman (author and blogger) in her What We Learned writing prompt and sharing the lessons I've learned this season.

Saturday, September 02, 2017

Hello September | Goals

I'm sharing the monthly goals I've set both in my personal and blogging life. #goals

"You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream." - C.S. Lewis

It's Saturday and I'm working. This is how September starts. I can't complain, though. I had planned on working this weekend because I have a lot of writing and reading to do. So, hello September. Let's get to it.

Friday, September 01, 2017

Links to Love | 104

Sharing my favorite reads from the week.  #linkstolove #fridayfavorites

Happy September! If you stopped by to see my monthly goals post, you'll want to come back tomorrow. There was so much goodness on the internet this week, I just couldn't skip sharing my favorites with you today. In addition, I'm posting my contribution to Emily Freeman's What I Learned series on Sunday, so be sure to check that out too. It's going to be a busy weekend! Hope you have a great one!

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Monthly Reflections | August

What I'm currently up to in life and on the blog. #currently #takingstock #monthlyreflections

Well, the month is over and I feel indifferent about it. There were highs and lows and although it was a tough month for me physically, professionally, it wasn't that bad. I was in and out of the hospital having a lot of testing done and slept a good portion of the month away, but I read a lot of books too. There was the eclipse and then there was Harvey. August was full of lots of other things too, but I must say, I'm glad September is here.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Patterns of Evidence: The Exodus | A Review + Giveaway

Patterns of Evidence: The Exodus | A Review + Giveaway #patternsofevidence #flyby

A huge thanks to FlyBy Promotions/Propeller Consulting LLC for providing product for this post. My favorable opinion of Patterns of Evidence: The Exodus is all my own. For more info on these types of posts, please see my disclosures.

Today, I have something different for you. Different from any kind of product review I've done here on the blog and I'm really excited to share it with you. You all know I'm such a science nerd and I have a particular fondness for anything in the archeology field, so when I got an opportunity to preview this very cool documentary, I jumped on it.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Simple Gratitude | 90

Today I'm sharing my #gratefulheart on the blog #gratitude #feelingthankful

"Never give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn."  - Harriet Beecher Stowe

Friday, August 25, 2017

Links to Love | 103

Sharing my favorite reads from the week.  #linkstolove #fridayfavorites

So, I just looked at my calendar when I was writing this post and I realized that this is the last links post of August. Schools started this week in my county and it seems strange to already be in the hustle of a new academic year. Summertime flew by and I just know we will soon be saying that about the holiday season. Has anyone been able to locate the emergency break? I could sure use it right now! :)

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Go Big or Go Home

The secret to being an overachiever in an underachieving world. Go Big or Go Home - A Simpler Grace

I was born an overachiever. It's in my blood. Woven into my DNA. I grew up before the days of participation trophies, the days when you had to work hard for what you wanted. I have a type-A personality and I thrive on competition. So what's a gal like me to do in this new world of underachieving?

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

#Collaboreads | A Book in a Series

A bookish link up with friends #collaboreads

First of all, can I just share how I wish I was staring out onto blue water like the header photo above? That, obviously, is not the case... It's Collaboreads day and that means I'm linking up with Rachel and Kristin to talk about my book in this month's prompt - a book in a series. I had several ideas about the book I wanted to read, but a few of them are waitlisted at my library, so I decided to pick up a very popular author whom I have never read anything from, James Patterson. I know, I'm way behind the game, but keep reading to see what I thought.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Simple Gratitude | 89

Today I'm sharing my #gratefulheart on the blog #gratitude #feelingthankful

"Keep your face to the sun and you will never see the shadows." - Helen Keller

Happy eclipse Monday! Are you planning on watching the solar eclipse today? I will not be. I need to make a trip to Costco and the grocery story then I have a few projects I need to finish up. After all of that is done, I'll probably need a nap! Hope you enjoy your day!

Friday, August 18, 2017

Links to Love | 102

Sharing my favorite reads from the week.  #linkstolove #fridayfavorites

We are so close to the weekend, I can almost taste it! I'm looking forward to a few quiet days alone with nothing by some writing project outlines to work on and lots of books to read. What are your weekend plans?

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Life Lessons from 10 Years of Blogging w/ Lauren from Shooting Stars Mag

Life Lessons from 10 Years of Blogging w/ Lauren @shootingstarsmag #guestpost

I'm so excited to share that I have my friend, Lauren, on the blog today. She is celebrating her TEN YEAR ANNIVERSARY in the blogosphere. Can you believe it? She is a veteran in this industry and I love all the bookish posts she shares over on Shooting Stars Mag. To help her celebrate her big milestone, I've asked her to share some of the life lessons she's learned along the way. So, without further ado, I'll turn the reigns over to Lauren!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

If You and I Had Coffee | vol 15

I'm inviting you to join me for some conversation over coffee! #coffeedates

If you and I had coffee...

We'd meet up our regular little spot in town where there is never a long line at the counter and the atmosphere is cozy chic. We'd order our drinks off the hand-lettered chalkboard menu - I'd get a rooibos tea with a dash of cinnamon added to it - and we'd grab a few of the club chairs near the modern floor-to-ceiling front windows. I'd comment about how the natural lighting is perfect for an Instagram shot and we'd both playfully reach for our phones.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Simple Gratitude | 88

 What are you grateful for today? Stop by the blog to see what's on my #gratefulheart! #gratitude

"Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that." - Martin Luther King Jr.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Links to Love | 101

I've collected some of the best reads from the week and am sharing them on the blog today! #linkstolove Links to Love | 101 - A Simpler Grace

Hey, peeps! TGIF! I hope you've had a great week and have a fun and relaxing weekend planned. It's a work weekend for me because I was under the weather a few days this week, but I'm excited to prepare for a busy week to come. I have several posts scheduled next week, including a guest post from Lauren at Shooting Stars Mag! Stay tuned for all that and have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

8 Things I Do to Overcome Writer's Block

8 things I do to beat writer's block and start writing again! 8 Things I Do to Overcome Writer's Block - A Simpler Grace

Writer's block... That dreaded phrase. Kurt Vonnegut put it best when he said, "Who is more to be pitied, a writer bound and gagged by policemen or one living in perfect freedom who has nothing more to say?" If you are a writer, whether creative or literary, you've likely experienced this condition. I know I have many times and it's never any fun but there are some things you can do to reign your brain back in. Keep reading to see the eight steps I take to beat the block and get back to my writing.

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

What I Read | July

 A look back at what I read last month. #ASGbookshelf #whatIread

It's that time again when I review all the books I read last month. I didn't get as much reading done as I would have liked because I had a lot of other things going on, but I did manage to knock out a lot of the stack I had set aside. I also re-read several books, two of which were of the Fifty series. I see you rolling your eyes and I'm with you on that. I had a friend recently try to convince me how good the books were and I promised I'd give them another read... Let's just say my opinion of them was less favorable this time around than my first go. Hehe! I'd love to know, what are you reading this month?

Monday, August 07, 2017

Simple Gratitude | 87

Today I'm sharing my #gratefulheart on the blog #gratitude #feelingthankful

"Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work." - Stephen King

Happy Monday. I'm actually feeling excited to jump into this week. I have a lot to do but I'm motivated and can't wait to get some tasks marked off my list. But first, I'd love to know, what is one highlight from your week that you are grateful for?

Friday, August 04, 2017

Links to Love | 100

Sharing my favorite reads from the week.  #linkstolove #fridayfavorites

Hi, friends. It's been a week! I've been so busy but also so exhausted and I'm excited about a few quiet days this weekend. My family is celebrating my sister-in-law's birthday tomorrow, so I'll have to be on for a little while, but other than that, I will be laying low and doing some relaxing. What are your weekend plans?

Thursday, August 03, 2017

Dear Fighter | A Letter to the Depressed

This letter is in response to the recent suicide of musician Chester Bennington and is dedicated to everyone who fights an ongoing battle with depression and to those who could fight no longer.

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Setting Intentions for a New Year | Day Designer January 2018 Launch

Taking a look at the new Day Designer 2018 Flagship Collection launch! #affiliate #daydesigner @daydesigner

This post contains affiliate links. Using one of my links doesn't cost you a penny more, but it supports A Simpler Grace and allows me to keep doing what I love. As always, all opinions are my own. For more info on affiliate links, please see my disclosures

It's one of my favorite times of the year! I love when the days start getting cooler and school supplies come out and take center stage at my local Target. The best part of this season is when the new planners launch for the coming year!

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Hello August | Goals

I'm sharing my goals for August and reviewing how I did in July. #goals

Hellloooooooo August! I don't know about you, but July was a frustrating month for me. Nothing seemed to go right and I couldn't catch a break. I'm excited for the new month and, I can't lie, I'm getting really excited for fall to get here. This might prove how much of a nerdy foodie I am, but I actually caught myself daydreaming about Thanksgiving dinner the other day. It's my favorite holiday and this year, it also happens to be my birthday. Also, who gets excited when all the school supplies are on display at every store?

Monday, July 31, 2017

Monthly Reflections | July

What I'm currently up to in life and on the blog. #currently #takingstock #monthlyreflections

July is almost out the door and August crept up on us very quickly, didn't it? This month has been a roller coaster ride with lots of frustrations and celebrations alike. I can't wait to see what next month holds, but for the time being, let's take a look back at the last few weeks and recap what I've been up to.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

#Collaboreads | A Summer Read

I'm sharing about a #summer book in this month's #collaboreads post!

Last month got away from me and I totally missed the Collaboreads post. I was so upset about it but circled it on my calendar for this month so I wouldn't miss it again. This time around, we chose books that had to do with summer. I'm not usually the type of reader who chooses lighter "beach reads" during summertime. My reading list is filled with pretty heavy stuff, but I decided to break free from my reading list for this one and chose what I thought would be a summer thriller.... Keep reading to see what I thought of the book I chose for Collaboreads. (*denotes affiliate link)

Monday, July 24, 2017

Simple Gratitude | 86

Today I'm sharing my #gratefulheart on the blog #gratitude #feelingthankful

Morning, friends. After having a pretty rotten weekend, I'm not feeling the fact that Monday is here already, but alas, it is. I think, instead of an inspirational quote, I need an extra big mug of caffeine today. I know I can't be the only one, so I'll make a large pot to share. :)

P.S. Can you believe this is the last week before August?? So much to do, so much to do. I'm going to jump right into the post and wish you a lovely Monday!

Friday, July 21, 2017

Links to Love | 99

Sharing my favorite reads from the week.  #linkstolove #fridayfavorites

Hiya, friends. It occurred to me as I was writing this that next week will be my 100th Links to Love post! It's hard to believe that I started the series a little more than three and a half years ago and while the series has evolved a bit since those early days, I so enjoy sharing my favorites with you every week. Hope you have a lovely weekend!

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

In Love on Instagram | Summer 2017

Four Instagram accounts I'm loving this season. In Love on Instagram | Summer 2017 - A Simpler Grace

Who enjoys finding new and inspiring people to follow on Instagram? I know I do. I used to share my favorite accounts in a quarterly post here on the blog but haven't done so in a while and you guys have been asking for one. So... you're getting it! I chose the four Instagrammers I am loving right now and I hope you enjoy them too. Please click through to their accounts to see more of what they share because I can only share tiny snippets of their amazing feeds!

Monday, July 17, 2017

Simple Gratitude | 85

Today I'm sharing my #gratefulheart on the blog #gratitude #feelingthankful

"It's up to us to choose contentment and thankfulness now - and to stop imagining that we have to have everything perfect before we'll be happy." - Joanna Gaines, The Magnolia Story

Friday, July 14, 2017

Links to Love | 98

Sharing my favorite reads from the week.  #linkstolove #fridayfavorites

We made it to Friday! I don't know about you, but this week was a stressful one for me. Thankfully, that is all behind me now and I'm planning on relaxing and enjoying the coming weekend. I have a lot of books to read and review, swimming to do, sunshine to bask in and maybe some cooking to do too. What are your weekend plans?

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

If You and I Had Coffee | vol 14

 A conversation over coffee #coffeedates

If you and I had coffee...

We'd meet up in a little French bistro down on the corner in town and I'd order une noisette and a croissant because, when in France... We'd settle in a cozy table in front of the boutique window, listen to the accordion music playing in the background and laugh about how it reminded us of the episode of Sex and the City when Carrie was in France with Aleksandr Petrovsky and was feeding pastries to the mastiff in the cafĂ©.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Simple Gratitude | 84

Today I'm sharing my #gratefulheart on the blog #gratitude #feelingthankful

"Keep your face always toward the sunshine and the shadows will fall behind you." - Walt Whitman

Hiya, friends! Does anyone else think this is going to be a two cup of coffee kind of day? After having a short work week for the holiday last week, I believe this one is going to drag on, but it's all good. I have so much to do and I'm going to start tackling that list right about now. Hope you have a great Monday, loves!

Friday, July 07, 2017

Links to Love | 97

Sharing my favorite reads from the week.  #linkstolove #fridayfavorites

TGIF! It seems like it's been ages since I did one of these posts, so I'm excited about catching up and sharing some of the great reads I've been saving since our last round-up. What are your weekend plans? It's been raining - typhoon-like downpours - most of the week but it's supposed to be sunny today, so I'm looking forward to getting outside and enjoying some much needed fresh air. Whatever is on your agenda, I hope you have a wonderful weekend. :)

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

What I Read | June

A look back at what I read last month. #ASGbookshelf #whatIread

Hi, bookworms! It's time to chat about the books we read last month. Unfortunately, I was off my game and didn't get a lot of reading done, but I did manage to get through a few books and found some good ones. What was your favorite book from June?