Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Monthly Reflections | May

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

I cannot believe we are here already. Where has May gone? It's been a good month with lots of highs and a few lows but alas, it is time to say goodbye. I'm excited to jump into summer with a clean slate and lots of big plans up my sleeve. How was May for you?

Monday, May 29, 2017

Simple Gratitude | 79

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

Happy Monday and Happy Memorial Day to those who live in the States! I'm going to keep this short and share the best of the week from my gratitude journal, then I'm going to be hanging out with family and savoring the remainder of my long weekend. Hope you have a lovely day!

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

#Collaboreads | A Book That Became a Movie

Sharing my thoughts about our latest #collaboreads book! #asgbookshelf

Well, this week seems to be off to a bustling start and already I'm back linking up with Rachel and Kristin for another #Collaboreads party. This month, we are talking about a book that is or will become a movie. If you've been hanging around here for the past few months, you surely know about my author crush on Roxane Gay, an amazing short story and essay writer. In 2014, she published her first novel, An Untamed State, and has also written the screenplay for the forthcoming film, which is currently in production. So excited for this one!

Monday, May 22, 2017

Simple Gratitude | 78

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

"That very breath wherewith they utter their complaints is a blessing and a fundamental one too for if God would withdraw that they were incapable of whatsoever else either have or desire." - Richard Allestree

Oh hey, Monday! It's the last unofficial week of spring and we are going into the first holiday weekend of summer. Can you believe we are nearly halfway through 2017? Time flies when you're having fun... or when you're staying busy, in my case. Hope you all have a great week and remember to be grateful!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Dear Anxiety | A Letter in Honor of Mental Health Awareness Month

Dear Anxiety | A Letter in Honor of #MentalHealthAwarenessMonth - A Simpler Grace

Dear Anxiety,

My dear nighttime thief. It is 3 a.m. as I write this letter. You kept me up late last night, rolling under the covers, gasping for breath, not finding a comfortable spot in which to rest. Tonight will surely be a rerun of the last seven. I'm exhausted, not only from the lack of sleep but from fighting you. I have to keep fighting, though, because if I stop, I'll sink into you so deep, I may never come out.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Philippians 4:6-7 | Bible Journaling

Philippians 4:6-7 | Bible Journaling - A Simpler Grace #illustratedfaith #biblejournaling #shereadstruth

Happy hump day, friends. It's been awhile (around Easter) since I shared a recent Bible journaling entry, so I thought I'd take advantage of the day and share one. For the last week, my anxiety has been kicking in hardcore and I have been struggling to find relief from it. May also happens to be Mental Health Awareness Month (more on this in tomorrow's letter) so this passage is even more fitting. If you struggle with anxiety like I do, these should be your go-to verses to find peace.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Simple Gratitude | 77

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

"Piglet noticed that even though he had a very small heart, it could hold a rather large amount of gratitude." - A.A. Milne (Winnie the Pooh)

Oh, happy day! I've got my cup of tea in one hand and a plan in the other. I am definitely setting out to conquer this week and I have a feeling it's going to be a good one. What is your plan for the week?

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Creamy White Chicken Chili (Slow Cooker)

Creamy White Chicken Chili Recipe (Slow Cooker) - A Simpler Grace

There aren't many things I like better than making a big pot of soup or chili for a crowd of people, especially when the weather is crummy. Lately, we've had chilly temperatures and rain so I wanted to make a cozy meal to share with my family. They love traditional chili, but I wanted to try a new recipe I had been thinking up. Now, it's one of their favorites and they ask for it all the time!

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

If You and I Had Coffee | vol 12

 A conversation over coffee #coffeedates

If you and I had coffee...

We'd meet up at one of those movie-in-the-park nights where you toss a blanket on the ground, camp out under the stars and watch an old film that is being projected on the whitewashed wall of one of the local buildings. It's really more of a social event than anything. Everyone goes to chat with their neighbors from down the street instead of watching the movie, but its fun all the same. I'd order a freshly-squeezed lemonade from the concession stand because they are so good and one would be perfect right about now.

Monday, May 08, 2017

Simple Gratitude | 76

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

"There are two things that define you: your patience when you have nothing and your attitude when you have everything." - unknown

I have a feeling it's going to be one of those crazy seasons because our weather has been bouncing back and forth between warm summer temps and cool ones and it's been raining non-stop for weeks. Thankfully, the forecast shows sunny days ahead. Let's grab our cups of coffee and jump into a busy week!

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

What I Read | April

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

Another month passed and some more book reviews are in the record books. I didn't read as many books as I would have liked to in April, especially with Dewey's 24-hour readathon at the end of the month (I ended up sleeping through most of it) but I did read some good ones and I'm grateful for that. Did you read any good books last month?

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Hello May | Goals

A monthly series tracking the goals I've set both in my personal and blogging life. #goals

Hi, friends! Here's a scary thought: we are almost halfway through 2017... Let that sink in. One of my favorite series on this blog is my goal setting posts. I love being held accountable for those little projects I say I want to do at the beginning of the month that I'd usually end up forgetting the next day. Now, I have an entire system for tracking my goals throughout the month and reminders set up every week to work on them. I'd love to know, do you set monthly goals? If so, how do you keep track of them?

Monday, May 01, 2017

Simple Gratitude | 75

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

Hello, May! We had a hot weekend and it felt like we had skipped right over spring and into summer. The pool should be up and ready (hopefully) by the end of the week and I plan to get as much use out of it as possible this season. How was your weekend, friend?