Sunday, December 31, 2017

Monthly Reflections | December

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



"Every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end." - Lucius Annaeus Seneca

It's time to say goodbye to 2017 with my final reflections. I learned a lot this year, met some really awesome people and experienced growth in more ways than I could have imagined. I hope you all make the best of the last few moments of this year and have a blessed new year to come. Peace out, 2017!

Friday, December 29, 2017

Links to Love | 115

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



A quiet night in, a Star Wars marathon, and full heart... That's what this girl's New Year's Eve will look like. I'm finding it difficult to believe that the next time I talk to you guys, it will be 2018. What are your plans for NYE?

Thursday, December 28, 2017

One Little Word | 2018

Today I'm sharing the word I've chosen to be my beacon for the coming year. #onelittleword One Little Word | 2018 - A Simpler Grace



"Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing." - Pele

In the blink of an eye, another year flashed before us. What feels like just yesterday, when I sat down to write this very post for my 2017 word of the year, is three-hundred and sixty-five days in the past, and we are now preparing to jump into 2018 with both feet.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Dear 2017 | A Letter of Reflection

Dear 2017 | A Letter of Reflection - A Simpler Grace #dear2017



"She remembered who she was and the game changed." - Lalah Delia

Dear 2017,

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Simple Gratitude | 104

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



"Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it." 
- William Arthur Ward

Friday, December 22, 2017

Links to Love | 114

Sharing my favorite reads from the week. Come by and check out the one thing I think everyone needs to see! #linkstolove #fridayfavorites



This week, I went shopping for stocking stuffers for a very special someone. My cat! Does anyone else get their pets a treat for the holidays? Please tell me I'm not the only one! Years ago, when I was married and had a house full of fuzzy critters, I always did Christmas stockings for each of them. I put treats and toys in them, then they would get a "Santa gift" like a new piece of cat furniture or a bed. Basically, it was my excuse to purchase all the new animal things we needed but wrap them in festive bows. Yep, I am that girl.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

2017 Reading Wrap Up

Let's talk about our favorite books of 2017! I'm looking back over the year and sharing my favorites. #whatIread



At the end of last year, when I sat down and planned out my 2017 master reading list, I never thought I'd be able to read so many books in the year. I set a lofty goal of two hundred books and as the publication of this post today, I've read one hundred ninety-seven. With several books still in progress, I will meet this goal by the end of the month. 

Monday, December 18, 2017

Simple Gratitude | 103

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



"The mind that comes to rest is tended in ways it cannot intend; is borne, preserved, and comprehended by what it cannot comprehend." - Wendall Berry

Friday, December 15, 2017

Links to Love | 113

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



Give yourself a pat on the back, friends. You made it to Friday! What a week it's been. Hopefully, you have a nice, relaxing weekend planned. It's going to be super cold here, so I'm going to be staying inside, catching up on some reading, do some writing and work on plans for 2018. 

Thursday, December 14, 2017

If You and I Had Coffee | vol 19

Let's meet and have a conversation over coffee? #coffeedates



If you and I had coffee...

We'd meet up at the brand new cafe in town - the place where they serve their beverages in mugs with inspirational quotes and phrases printed on them and big workbench style tables to encourage socializing and a sense of community. We'd order our drinks - I would get a hot tea with lemon and a swirl of organic honey to soothe a sore throat - and we'd grab a couple chairs in the corner.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

ASG Creative Corner with Mia

ASG Creative Corner with Mia - A Simpler Grace



Good day, and welcome to the third installment of the ASG Creative Corner. With the coming holidays, this will be the last post in the series until the new year but fret not, there are plenty of spaces if you'd like to share your creative passion. Keep reading if you're interested in signing up.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Simple Gratitude | 102

Today I'm sharing my #gratefulheart on the blog. Come by and tell me what you're grateful for. #gratitude #feelingthankful



"The way I see it, every life is a pile of good things and bad things. The good things don't always soften the bad things, but vice versa, the bad things don't always spoil the good things and make them unimportant." - Doctor Who

Friday, December 08, 2017

Links to Love | 112

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



Happy Friday and what a week it has been. Is it just me or is anyone else feeling a little overwhelmed each time you turn on the news or scroll through social media? Between the wildfires out on the west coast and the politics and all the other things that dominate my feeds, I'm thinking it's time to unplug from all electronics and get away from it all this weekend. So, that's what I'll be doing. My auto-replies are set and I'll return emails and texts when I return. Hope you all have a wonderful weekend and get a little unplugged time yourself!

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

ASG Creative Corner with San

ASG Creative Corner with San - A Simpler Grace



It's Wednesday and it's the second installment in the ASG Creative Corner! I'm so excited that this series has taken off the way it has and I'm always looking for new creatives to feature. Keep reading until the end for more info on how to join in!

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

What I Read | November

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



Around here, the first Tuesday of the month is when we talk books. That day is today and I have all of my reads from November here to share with you. I read some good ones and a couple that weren't anything special for me, a few recommendations from friends and a new release that I've been counting down the days until I could get my hands on a copy. It was a great month for reading!

Monday, December 04, 2017

Simple Gratitude | 101

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



"Every job is good if you do your best and work hard." - Laura Ingalls Wilder

Hey friends! How was your weekend? Yesterday in my weekly newsletter, I asked if you were someone who needed to wait until the beginning of a new week or month or even the new year before you took the steps to make a positive change in your life. Or are you the type of person who begins right now.

Saturday, December 02, 2017

What I Learned | Fall 2017

I'm sharing the lessons I learned this fall. #whatIlearned What I Learned | Fall 2017 - A Simpler Grace



It's that time of the year where we meet up over at Emily Freeman's place and share the things we've learned this season. I've joined in on these fun seasonal prompts a few times now and I'm amazed at how much insight I've gained into myself, just by recognizing the lessons I've learned over the course of a few months.

Here's what I learned this fall:

Friday, December 01, 2017

Hello December | Goals

Tracking my goals for the month of December #goals



Here we are. The last four weeks of 2017. I am kicking it into high gear and hammering out some work over the next few weeks. I also want to finish up some projects I've been working on and spend some time working on me. Starting on the first of January, I'm going to give Whole30 another try. I wasn't fully prepared when I tried it last spring, so I want to do a lot of research this month and plan out some menus and give myself a good foundation to start from. If you have ANY tips, especially for GF/Veg survival tips for Whole30, please send them my way! Happy December, friends.