Monday, June 18, 2018

Simple Gratitude | 127

I'm sharing my #gratefulheart on the blog. What are you grateful for today? #gratitude #feelingthankful
There are some days when life seems like a bright, open road and then there are others when we're creeping along a dark, narrow and shaky bridge. The paths we choose aren't always going to be well-lit or straight and narrow, but if we follow our hearts, we will find our way.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Links to Love | 131

Stop by to see my favorite links from the week!  #linkstolove #fridayfavorites



Howdy, friends. TGIF! The weekend is almost here. Just a few more hours... What are your plans? I'm going to be doing a little bit of working, a little bit of playing, and a whole lot of reading. Hope you have a great one!

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Heart to Paper | A Daily Journaling Routine

A peek inside my revamped journaling routine. #journal #gratitude



"The habit of writing for my eye is good practice. It loosens the ligaments." - Virginia Woolf

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

If You and I Had Coffee | vol 25

 Join me for a conversation over coffee? #coffeedates



If you and I had coffee...

I'd meet you at an outdoor cafe in town. We'd snatch a table on the corner of the big patio under the ivy-covered trellis, and we'd both agree to the daily special when the server suggested the customer favorite to us. We'd enjoy the warmth of the sunshine, but smell the rain in the air and would cross our fingers that the poor weather would hold off until later in the day. Gotta love those pop-up June thunderstorms.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Simple Gratitude | 126

I'm sharing my #gratefulheart on the blog. What are you grateful for today? #gratitude #feelingthankful



"You learn a lot about someone when you share a meal together." - Anthony Bourdain

It's Monday again and this one is bittersweet for me. Last week was a tough one with the loss of two talented creative souls as well as some sad news in my own life. The last seven days have been emotionally draining and I'm hoping this week is a little kinder. I'm intentionally starting the day off on a positive note with a bit mug of tea. Hope you have a blessed Monday.

Friday, June 08, 2018

Links to Love | 130

Stop by to see my favorite links from the week!  #linkstolove #fridayfavorites



It is a GOOD day to be alive. My local hockey team, the Caps, are the Stanley Cup champions. This is the first time we've ever won the title and I am a very happy girl. I'm wearing my red today in celebration and will be cracking into a bottle of wine later today. Go Caps! What is something you are celebrating this week?

Tuesday, June 05, 2018

What I Read | May + FREE Printable Summer Reading List

A look back at what I read last month + a #FREE summer reading list printable. #ASGbookshelf #whatIread
It was a busy month for books and I managed to meet my goal and read twenty-one books in May. I will say that I felt a bit underwhelmed by a lot of the books on my list. Many of them had rave reviews on Goodreads or were classics that "everyone" loved. Welp, not me. How does it make you feel when you don't connect with a book when it seems like every other reader on the planet has? 

Monday, June 04, 2018

Simple Gratitude | 125

I'm sharing my #gratefulheart on the blog. What are you grateful for today? #gratitude #feelingthankful
Good morning, all! It appears, from the local forecast, that the sun could peek out today - something it hasn't done for nearly a month, and boy, have I missed it. I really hope it does because I need to get outside and re-pot my kalanchoe and two herb plants I got over the weekend. Cross your fingers for me and have an awesome Monday!

Saturday, June 02, 2018

Links to Love | 129

Stop by to see my favorite links from the week!  #linkstolove
Happy Saturday! It's another rainy weekend here, so that means another weekend indoors catching up on work. What are your weekend plans?

Thursday, May 31, 2018

What I Learned | Spring 2018

Today I'm sharing the lessons I learned this spring. #whatilearned



Every season, we gather over at Emily P. Freeman's place and share the lessons we've learned. When I think about the seasons of life - the season of rest, of growth, of pruning and of harvest, I sometimes have a difficult time distinguishing the one I'm currently in. It can be frustrating when life events don't come with a label like the little seed packets that line the shelves at the garden center. It's only in retrospect when you realize how much pruning or growth or harvesting you've been able to do.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Monthly Reflections | May

Wrapping up the month and sharing what I've been up to in life and on the blog. What is your favorite moment of May? #currently
I woke up one morning a few weeks ago and had this resolve in my heart. I was DONE with all the bs. I was tired of the childish games so many people like to play. I was giving myself permission to walk away from the drama. I tend to get bored in situations that don't seem to be going anywhere. It's the Sagittarius in me. I need progression. It doesn't have to be linear, so long as I'm moving. 

Monday, May 28, 2018

Simple Gratitude | 124

I'm sharing my #gratefulheart on the blog. What are you grateful for today? #gratitude #feelingthankful
"The legacy of heroes is the memory of a great name and the inheritance of a great example." - Benjamin Disraeli

Monday, May 21, 2018

Simple Gratitude | 123

I'm sharing my #gratefulheart on the blog. What are you grateful for today? #gratitude #feelingthankful
"Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius, and it's better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring." - Marilyn Monroe

Monday, May 14, 2018

Simple Gratitude | 122

I'm sharing my #gratefulheart on the blog. What are you grateful for today? #gratitude #feelingthankful
"You will learn a lot about yourself if you stretch in the direction of goodness, of bigness, of kindness, of forgiveness, of emotional bravery. Be a warrior for love." - Cheryl Strayed

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Detox Dieting | The Lowdown on my Intermittent Fasting Routine

Detox Dieting | the Lowdown on my Intermittent Fasting Routine #health #diet #detox #intermittentfasting
It's been a LONG time since I posted anything diet or weight management related here on the blog. Did you know that I used to have a weekly series all about healthy living? Most of those posts aren't around anymore, but when I started talking about detox dieting in some posts over the last few months, I got so many requests for the deets, so today I'm going to share my process and why I do it. 

Friday, May 11, 2018

Links to Love | 128

Stop by to see my favorite links from the week!  #linkstolove #fridayfavorites



Happy Friday! We made it to the weekend and I think it's going to be a busy one, so we'll jump right into the good stuff. Happy Mother's Day to all you mamas and future mamas out there. <3

Wednesday, May 09, 2018

If You and I Had Coffee | vol 24

Join me for a conversation over coffee? #coffeedates



If you and I had coffee...

We'd meet up at our favorite cafe, the one with the outdoor seating in the gorgeous blooming spring garden, but we'd have to take our coffees inside this time because everything outside is coated in a yellow film. Thanks, pollen. Instead, we'd perch on a couple of barstools at the large glass window and look out on the flowers, grateful to be allergen-free for our visit.

Tuesday, May 08, 2018

What I Read | April

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



Hi May. Although I'm excited to jump into some great books for this new month, I need to wrap up the month of April first. I read a whole lot of books last month and I had some very strong feelings about a lot of them. Some I loved. Some I hated. Some stirred some deep emotions in me and made me delete the book from my Kindle and then write an essay in response. Let's jump in!

Monday, May 07, 2018

Simple Gratitude | 121

I'm sharing my #gratefulheart on the blog. What are you grateful for today? #gratitude #feelingthankful
After a tease of summer, the sun went away and the temperatures dropped, bringing cold, dreary weather for the last few days. As I'm writing this, the rain is pattering on the rooftop and making me very sleepy. Since I've been stuck inside, I spent the weekend working to get some tasks marked off my to-do list and completing a few freelance jobs. One productive weekend in the books. How was yours?

Saturday, May 05, 2018

Links to Love | 127

Stop by to see my favorite links from the week!  #linkstolove #fridayfavorites
Did that first week of May fly by or what? I'm sharing my favorite links a day late this week. I was bombarded with some side work and needed to complete a big project before I was able to break away and do some writing here on the blog, but it is done and here I am. Hope you all have a fun weekend!

Tuesday, May 01, 2018

Hello May | Goals

I'm starting the month with some good intentions and a few goals. What is a goal you've set for this month? #goals #goalsetting



Happy May! If you read yesterday's post, you already know that April was a bad month. I've spent the last few weeks battling incredible brain fog, which is one of the lovely side effects of my adrenal condition. To give you an idea of how pathetic this situation was, I could sit in front of a simple email, reading it several times over, and not be able to comprehend what it was saying. I was having trouble forming complete sentences and was sleeping non-stop. It was scary.

Monday, April 30, 2018

Monthly Reflections | April

Wrapping up the month and sharing what I've been up to in life and on the blog. What is your favorite moment of April? #currently
"Some birds are not meant to be caged, that's all. Their feathers are too bright, their songs too sweet and wild. So you let them go, or when you open the cage to feed them, they somehow fly out past you. And the part of you that knows it was wrong to imprison them in the first place rejoices, but still, the place where you live is that much more drab and empty for their departure." - Stephen King

Friday, April 20, 2018

Links to Love | 126

Stop by to see my favorite links from the week!  #linkstolove #fridayfavorites
I always try to pick the best of the best for this post, but this week, that was a difficult feat. There were so many feel-good moments on the web, that I nearly made this an extended post with twice as many links. Somehow, I managed to narrow it down to what I thought were the best of the bunch. Hope you enjoy your weekend, friends! :)

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Self Care Practices | Daily Rituals for Living Well

Self Care Practices | Daily Rituals for Living Well #selfcare #livingwell



What do you think of when you hear the term "self-care"? These days, when I scroll through the hashtag on Instagram, I find women posed in bikinis on sandy beaches, or in spas, wrapped in fluffy bathrobes with goopy masks on their faces. While some might hear this phrase and imagine a pampering sesh, my interpretation is quite different.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Dear Little Boy | A Letter to My Nephews

A letter I wrote to my nephew about my hopes for his future. Dear Little Boy | A Letter to my Nephews - A Simpler Grace #letters



This letter is dedicated to my nephews and all little men everywhere.

Dear Little Boy,

I remember holding you when you were just weeks old, your eyes aglow with wonder. Every sight and sound, new and fascinating. Exploring every new texture, reaching out to knit your chubby little fingers into it, all the while learning the concept of soft and wet and cold and squishy.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Simple Gratitude | 120

I'm sharing my #gratefulheart on the blog. What are you grateful for today? #gratitude #feelingthankful
Has anyone tried to unplug spring and see if it works after ten seconds? 

A friend of mine posed this question on Instagram over the weekend. It seems that most of the east coast went from sun and summer temperatures on Friday and Saturday to cold and stormy on Sunday, with the yucky weather pattern trending through most of this week. We are definitely needing a spring reboot and I move to do it soon. By a show of hands, how many are in favor of this?

Friday, April 13, 2018

Links to Love | 125

Stop by to see my favorite links from the week!  #linkstolove #fridayfavorites
I'm writing today's post with the windows open. The birds began chirping long before sunrise, but other than their sing-songy voices, the world is still and quiet. I can smell the sweet aroma of the hyacinths in the garden below my window and can feel the pollen from the budding trees as it strangles my airways. This weekend should be a gorgeous one, with much time spent outdoors exploring the rebirth of all that died during the long, cold winter. Wherever you are today, I hope spring finds you.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

If You and I Had Coffee | vol 23

Join me for a conversation over coffee? #coffeedates



If you and I had coffee...

We'd meet up at this cute lodge-inspired coffeehouse, one with a big craftsman style screened-in porch where you could sit on cozy couches next to a wood burning fireplace but still feel the cool spring breeze drifting in, bringing the scent of fresh rain and blooming daffodils and hyacinths with it. We'd pour ourselves mugs of coffee from one of the carafes on the wooden table, then settle in for a chat.

Monday, April 09, 2018

Simple Gratitude | 119

I'm sharing my #gratefulheart on the blog. What are you grateful for today? #gratitude #feelingthankful



"There is a hidden message in every waterfall. It says, if you are flexible, falling will not hurt you." - Mehmet Murat Ildan

Friday, April 06, 2018

Links to Love | 124

Stop by to see my favorite links from the week!  #linkstolove #fridayfavorites



"Make sure everyone who leaves a conversation with you feels better about themselves than they did when they entered it." - CW

Thursday, April 05, 2018

What I Read | March

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




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Nothing makes me giddy like coming to the end of a month and having a difficult time choosing just two books that stood out to me. March was such a month. There were five or six books that were winners for me, and each of them could stand in the "must read" category. Some of these books were heartbreaking, others humorous. All of them had messages or themes or lessons that I needed at this particular point in my life.

Tuesday, April 03, 2018

Hello April | Goals

I'm starting the month with some good intentions and a few goals. What is a goal you've set for this month? #goals #goalsetting
These posts always come due faster than I'm ready for them. I write one, and then before I know it, the month is over and I feel like I haven't made any headway on some of these goals. That was the case for this month. March started off well, but I had so many things I wanted to do and then I ended up picking up some freelance work and all my personal goals went into the gutter. Many of them will be carried over into this new month because I do want to tackle them and maybe check a few more off. 

Monday, April 02, 2018

Simple Gratitude | 118

I'm sharing my #gratefulheart on the blog. What are you grateful for today? #gratitude #feelingthankful



I don't often find myself pining for the days of my childhood. I've come to love the life I live with all the experiences I've had and the lessons I've learned over the course of my becoming an adult. I like the wisdom that only comes with having grown up. I enjoy the idea that I can go to bed whenever I want and eat whatever I want, but I also like that I now know the consequences of bad choice made, especially those involving my diet and bedtime.

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Monthly Reflections | March

Wrapping up the month and sharing what I've been up to in life and on the blog. What is your favorite moment of March? #currently
At the very last moment, I decided to take this week off. I stepped away from blogging and my other writing projects, worked on plans for the coming months, did some spring cleaning and reading, and I mentally regrouped. I felt guilty about this decision at first. I am extremely hard on myself when I don't follow through with the plans I set at the beginning of the month, but that is unrealistic and I need to stop that way of thinking. How do you deal with a change in plans when you need to take some time to regroup?

Monday, March 26, 2018

Simple Gratitude | 117

I'm sharing my #gratefulheart on the blog. What are you grateful for today? #gratitude #feelingthankful



There is nothing like sitting down to work on writing some blog posts and doing a little transcription work and realizing that your internet connection is complete and utter crap. I mean like, taking a photo twenty seconds to load, kind of crap. Because of this delay, I will keep this post short and sweet and will be calling Comcast asap to see about a fix. Hope you have an awesome Monday!

Friday, March 23, 2018

Links to Love | 123

Stop by to see my favorite links from the week!  #linkstolove #fridayfavorites



This has felt like the longest week in history. Not only was my area buried in up to a foot of snow, but the days have been dreary and tedious. I'm glad that Friday is finally here and we are just a hop away from the weekend. I have been clicking on a lot of feel-good content this week, so that's what I have to share with you. If your week has been as anything like mine, I hope you can find a few things here that make you smile.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Estival Living with Jess from Just Jess Debanne

Some thoughts on simple living with Jess from Just Jess Debanne #guestpost #simpleliving



I am so excited to have my new friend, Jessica, here on ASG today. She is the gal behind the blog Just Jess Debanne and she has a beautiful writing style that I think you will really enjoy. One of the things Jessica and I both try to pursue is simple living and how we can achieve that in this engaged and active world. Today, Jess is here to share some thoughts on this topic and introduce you to an idea that you might not be familiar with - estival living.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Simple Gratitude | 116

I'm sharing my #gratefulheart on the blog. What are you grateful for today? #gratitude #feelingthankful



It was one of those weekends that seemed to take place in the blink of an eye. I wish I could have rolled over and hit the snooze button a few times. Just a little bit longer... but then my eyelids flutter open and Monday rushes in.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Links to Love | 122

Stop by to see my favorite links from the week!  #linkstolove #fridayfavorites



Another week has flown by and we are so close to the weekend. I'm keeping this post short and sweet today because I have a lot of work to do before taking the weekend off for some much needed time with my loves. What is your weekend going to look like?

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Lessons from My 7-Year-Old Self

Life lessons I'm learning from my 7-year-old self.



"It's never too late to have a happy childhood." - Tom Robbins

I very distinctly remember the year I turned seven. I remember how simple life was, when my only care in the world was how long I'd get to stay out catching fireflies on summer evenings and how far I could ride my bike down the steep cul-de-sac without needing to grab the handles to stabilize myself. Life was perfect and I never once thought about needing to look back in thirty years and remember some of the important life lessons I was learning.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

If You and I Had Coffee | vol 22

Join me for a conversation over coffee? #coffeedates



If you and I had coffee...

We'd meet up at my place for DIY shamrock shakes because we both recently read this article and we just know we can make a healthier (and probably tastier) version ourselves. We'd gather around the blender with our mint flavored ice cream and maybe even a splash of Bailey's to booze them up before camping out on the big cozy couch in the living room and gazing out at the snow that is gently falling outside. This is what March looks like in the mountains of West Virginia...

Monday, March 12, 2018

Simple Gratitude | 115

I'm sharing my #gratefulheart on the blog. What are you grateful for today? #gratitude #feelingthankful



"I've learned that it is not what I have in my life, but who I have in my life that counts." - unknown

As I've gotten older, I've become less dependent on owning stuff and more interested in collecting memories and this has been ringing true even more now in the age of social media. I relish my weekends when I can shut my phone off and spend time with the people I love. Not only do I find that I'm not drowning in depressing news updates and the constant buzz that comes with being on any of these social sites, but I find that I'm able to better understand what my priorities need to be in life. Because of the shift in my "most important things to spend time on" list, lately, life has been good.

Friday, March 09, 2018

Links to Love | 121

Stop by to see my favorite links from the week!  #linkstolove #fridayfavorites



We made it to the weekend and it's going to be a great one. I have plans to spend the next few days hanging out with my man and his sons and I smell a lot of video game tournaments in my future. I couldn't ask for a better weekend! Hope you all have a lovely one. <3

Thursday, March 08, 2018

What I Learned | Winter 2018

I'm sharing the lessons I learned this winter. #whatIlearned



The seasons are streaming by faster than I can process them. Yesterday, it felt like the beginning of fall and now the trees are starting to bud and spring is peeking around the corner, teasing us all in the Northern Hemisphere. A change in season means it's also time to share what I learned over the last few months and link up over at Emily's place. P.S. If you want to see some of the things I've learned in seasons past, you can read those here.

Tuesday, March 06, 2018

What I Read | February

A look back at what I read last month + my FREE reading list printable. #ASGbookshelf #whatIread



Let's chat about books, shall we?

I decided to revamp this post a bit and instead of sharing reviews for just two of the books I read in the month, I'll be reviewing them all. In previous What I Read posts, I got a lot of questions about my thoughts on books that didn't make my "must read" or "noteworthy" categories, so as you continue to scroll down, you'll notice I still have two highlighted favorites from the month, but I also share more about all the books I read. Sixteen this month. Let's go!

Monday, March 05, 2018

Simple Gratitude | 114

 I'm sharing my #gratefulheart on the blog. What are you grateful for today? #gratitude #feelingthankful



The beginning of March is always such a tease in the mid-Atlantic area. You get those hopeful whisps of spring that make you believe winter is almost through, then a giant snowflake shows up on your forecast and Mother Nature says "Ah, ah, ahhhh... Not so fast!" In this particular case, there are three snowflakes - one in a few days and two this weekend. Might the snowstorm that I've been wishing for since November finally make an appearance? Only time will tell.

Happy Monday, friends. How's the weather where you are?

Thursday, March 01, 2018

Hello March | Goals

I'm starting the month with some good intentions and a few goals. What is a goal you've set for this month? #goals #goalsetting



February was a wonderful month, but it wasn't a super productive one. At least the first part of the month wasn't. I kicked it into high gear in the last two weeks, but the beginning of the month was full of sickness and distractions, albeit happy ones. All that to say, not many goals were completed fully, but it's about progress over perfection, yeah?

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Monthly Reflections | February

Wrapping up the month and sharing what I've been up to in life and on the blog. What is your favorite moment of February? #currently



February isn't normally one of my favorite months. It is usually very cold. It has my least favorite holiday. It only has twenty-eight days, which completely screws up this girl who loves the dependability of a thirty-day month. There have been some not-so-good events that happened in Februaries of the past, leaving me feeling a tad bitter. This month... This has been a good month. Hope it was for you too. :)

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

NY Times By the Book | vol 2

I'm doing a #bythebook tag and sharing what writers have inspired me!




I love a good book. I also love The New York Times. Combine the two, and you've got gold. The Times does this little series called "By the Book" and it's one of my favorites. They ask someone famous (author, political figure, movie star, etc.) some bookish questions and the responses are always enthralling. Some of my favorites are from the likes of Chelsea Clinton, Anthony Bourdain, and my favorite author of all time, Roxane Gay.

Monday, February 26, 2018

Simple Gratitude | 113

I'm sharing my #gratefulheart on the blog. What are you grateful for today? #gratitude #feelingthankful



"If you want to be happy, do not dwell in the past, do not worry about the future, focus on living fully in the present." - Roy T. Bennett