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.