Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Monthly Reflections | January

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



Waking up to snow on the ground. Squishing lime green playdough between my fingers and hearing my nephew giggle. Baking not one, but two birthday cakes and not eating a bite of either. Pushing my laptop aside so my cat can sit on my lap and get cuddles. Reading stacks of books and screens of essays. In January, these have been a few of my favorite things.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

A Unique Valentine's Day Gift with Jord Wood Watches

A Unique Valentine's Day Gift (and giveaway!) with Jord Wood Watches



I would like to thank JORD Wood Watches for providing complimentary product for this post. They offer hand-crafted wood timepieces featuring raw materials and a refined design. As always, I only partner with brands that I love and truly believe in. All opinions expressed here are my own. For more information on these types of posts, please see my disclosures page.

I've never been good at Valentine's Day. I'm not a romantic person and receiving gifts is not one of my love languages. In relationships passed, I've always felt very awkward when partners have given me the traditional flowers, candy, or stuffed teddy bears and jewelry was always out of the question because I rarely wear any. My preference leans toward giving and receiving more practical gifts - things that have a purpose and will get good use.

Monday, January 29, 2018

Simple Gratitude | 109

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



"The ones who say 'you can't' and 'you won't' are probably the ones who are scared that you will." - Ziad K. Abdelnour

Thursday, January 25, 2018

In Love on Instagram | Winter 2018

I'm sharing four Instagrammers I think you should be following this season. #instagramlove



Winter is well underway and the days of January are quickly ticking by. That means it's time for me to share some of my favorite Instagrammers of the season with you. You all know I love introducing you to people and content that I'm currently enjoying and this is one of those posts that I have so much fun writing, not because I get anything out of it, but because I get to share the love and encourage you to check out some of the awesome friends I've made in the land of photos.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Simple Gratitude | 108

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



It's difficult to stay in a bad mood if you are looking for the silver linings in your life. When I started writing this post, I was feeling pretty crappy. I was discouraged about a few things, feeling pretty hopeless about a few others and wasn't feeling well, physically. After sitting down with my gratitude journal and reading about all the little joys I've experienced throughout the last week - some so small that they might not even be worth writing down - my spirit was lifted. 

Monday, January 15, 2018

Simple Gratitude | 107

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



"Pursue what catches your heart, not what catches your eyes." - Roy T. Bennett

Friday, January 12, 2018

Links to Love | 117

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



It has been a cold and dreary day. One of those days where it's tough to get out of bed. Which is precisely what happened and why this post is up a day late. Because it's been a nasty day, I wanted to share some articles I found encouraging, including one about a father who is teaching his daughter that it is okay to be and look strong. I love when dads empower their girls!

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

If You and I Had Coffee | vol 20

Join me for a conversation over coffee? #coffeedates



If you and I had coffee...

We'd find the coziest cafe with a real wood-burning fireplace and plan to meet there. The sub-zero temperatures outside make it hard to leave our warm homes, but I don't want to miss a date with you. We'd arrive bundled in our scarves and gloves, order our lattes and then settle in next to the crackling centerpiece that never fails to draw people closer together, even in flu season.

Monday, January 08, 2018

Simple Gratitude | 106

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



It's one of those two-cup mornings for me. How about you? I don't know if it's the bitter chill outside or the approaching winter storm, but I want nothing more than to curl up under the covers for a bit longer. Alas, there is work to be done. Hope you have a fantastic Monday and find a few things to be grateful for.

Friday, January 05, 2018

Links to Love | 116

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



I'm sitting at my laptop, listening to the wind howl outside and watching the real-feel temperature quickly drop into near negative double digits. The meteorologists are calling this weather event a "bomb cyclone" and from satellite images, it looks like a giant hurricane hovering off the east coast. Niagra is frozen over. The Outer Banks are covered in inches of ice. I read this evening that most of North America is colder than Mars right now. All this to say, wherever you are reading this from, I hope you bundle up and stay warm this weekend. Also, please make sure your pets are indoors. Cheers!

Thursday, January 04, 2018

What I Read | December

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



Last year, I set a really big goal for myself. I wanted to read a whole lot of books in the year and in December, I met and exceeded that goal. I read some REALLY excellent books last month and I wanted to share them with you. A few of them, I am waaaaay late to the game on (see my must read and noteworthy picks below as an example,) but I finally gave them a go and I'm not sorry.

Wednesday, January 03, 2018

Reading Challenges for 2018 | The List

Check out my master list of all the books I'll be reading in 2018! #books #reading #asgbookshelf



I can't lie... This is probably one of my favorite posts of the entire year. I get to sit down, pick out all the reading challenges I plan on participating in, then make a list of all the books that fit the prompts for each. I'm like a kid on Christmas.

Tuesday, January 02, 2018

Hello January | Goals

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



January is like pulling out a brand new notebook. Crisp sheets that snap apart when you separate the pages from each other. The smell of a fresh binding. The smooth glide of a pen on the freshly-printed lines. It's like a newly-opened box of colored pencils. The first turn of the sharpener hastening the points and leaving colored shaving swirls in its wake. Oh, how sad the world would be without the clean slate of January and the chance to set some goals.

Monday, January 01, 2018

Simple Gratitude | 105

Kicking the New Year off with a grateful heart! #gratefulheart #gratitude



I love waking up to a perfectly beautiful, cold January morning. I was up at the break of day and the sky was the most magnificent blue-purple-pink gradient and the sun was just beginning to peek over the mountains. What a wonderful way to start the new year.

Today is what they call the writer's "perfect beginning." When the beginning of a new month, and especially a new year, starts on a Monday, writers are inspired by the proverbial clean slate and are supposedly filled with many great new ideas. I think I'll test this theory today. Will you too?

I hope you have many things to be grateful for this first day of the new year.

This week, I'm grateful for:
  • A Star Wars marathon. I spent my New Year's Eve watching all of the Star Wars trilogies, back to back, and it was so nostalgic for me. I had forgotten how much I loved Ewoks as a child. 
  • That 1/1 motivation. Am I the only one who wants to bottle up this feeling and hold onto it for a rainy day?
  • Starting new projects and a few old ones. I'm certainly getting a jump-start on my word of the year, hustle, with some creative projects I had put on hold for the holidays and a few new things I'm trying in 2018.
  • A new skin care regimen. Winter is so hard on my sensitive, already-dry skin, so I decided to throw back to B.C. times and use some Frankincense essential oil along with coconut oil in my skin care. I'm already liking the results.
  • Hot cups of tea. One of my goals for the new year is to do a detox fast, one day a week. On these days, I can drink all the water and green tea and clear broth I want. Thankfully, I am a huge fan of green tea and I got a big tin full of holiday teas that I've been excited to try. (P.S. Let me know if you'd like an update on these detox fasts after I've done them for a while. I'm thinking about writing about the experience.)

What are you grateful for today? 

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