Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Monthly Reflections | July

Wrapping up the month and sharing what I've been up to in life and on the blog. What is your favorite moment of July? #currently
We are now well into the second half of the year. Yikes! I won't make another cliche comment about how fast time is going. I'm sure we are all thinking the same thing. What I will say is this. Because there are just five months left in 2018, I'm trying to be really intentional about how I use my time. I have a lot of things I want to accomplish and big changes coming early next year, so I need to sop up every ounce of time to prepare myself for what's to come. What intentions are you setting for August and the remainder of 2018? 

Monday, July 30, 2018

Simple Gratitude | 133

I'm sharing my #gratefulheart on the blog. What are you grateful for today? #gratitude #feelingthankful
"You must do the things you think you cannot do." - Eleanor Roosevelt

As the month of July comes to a close, I find myself thinking about the new season ahead. Even though summer is not yet over, I often think of August as the beginning of a new season, the turning of a leaf, as students return to school and the slow pace of summertime winds down. I've been thinking about the last seven months of 2018 and all the things I have to be grateful for, but also about the future and what it might hold. I'm going into this new month with purpose and drive. How are you embracing the new month?

Friday, July 27, 2018

Links to Love | 135

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



"Maybe happiness is this: not feeling that you should be elsewhere, doing something else, being someone else." - Eric Weiner

Here's to weekends where we step away from the hustle and embrace the peace and quiet, enjoy the sunrise or sunset, hug the ones we love, and make the most of every moment. Happy Friday, friends.

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Confessions of an Introvert | vol 1

The secret thoughts of someone who prefers to be alone. #introvertproblems
It's no secret that I have the social graces of a hermit crab. I tend to spend more time inside my shell, doing my own thing, than out interacting with the public. Over the years, I have come to fully accept my introverted personality, even when it means that I'm awkward in social situations, I don't engage in small talk, and there are very few people who are close enough to know intimate details about me.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

In Love on Instagram | Summer 2018

I'm sharing my four favorite #instagram accounts this summer!



Well, I missed last season's post and believe it or not, I received concerned emails and texts asking if I decided to discontinue this series. Fear not. It's back! Today, I'm sharing four amazing women who have Instagram accounts that will inspire you, make you laugh and give you all the feels. Keep reading to meet my favorite Instagrammers this summer.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Letting Go of a Goal

Letting go of a goal (when it's no longer in line with your dreams) #goals
A gourmet chocolatier. A jewelry designer. A bookseller. A cookbook writer. A portrait photographer. What if I told you that at one point in my life, I was all of these things? I am the dreamer of big dreams. There are also a handful of other aspirations I've had where I've tucked away little to-do lists for each, hoping that one day, I'd be able to check that particular dream off my list as accomplished. 

Monday, July 23, 2018

Simple Gratitude | 132

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



It's been a long time since I've been excited about a Monday. It was a great weekend - one where I unplugged my electronics for most of it - and enjoyed time alone and with my family. Today would have been my brother's 32nd birthday, so everyone got together to do lunch and hang out. Most of my siblings are moving a little further away, so it's so sweet to be able to get everyone together under one roof. There is a chance that I'll be moving to Georgia this winter, so I'm trying to soak up every last drop of family time. Don't ever take it for granted, friends.

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Links to Love | 134

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




Can you believe we made it to the weekend? Has it been a long week for everyone else? It dragged by so slowly for me and I'm treating myself to a spa weekend. Hanging the "do not disturb" sign on the door and signing offline for the weekend. See you Monday!

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Five Things | What I Love About Summer

Five things about my love affair with summertime. #fivethings



I have a love-hate relationship with summer. It's a combination of the insufferable heat and humidity of the Mid-Atlantic region where I've spent my entire life, and the mental furlough I feel among the students breaking from school and neighbors dawdling home from vacation. The repose is too much for this type-A, in-the-saddle kind of gal. 

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

If You and I Had Coffee | vol 26

 Join me for a conversation over coffee? #coffeedates



If you and I had coffee...

We'd meet up by the pool with our favorite iced beverages - the only relief we'd have from the heat and humidity. I will have laid claim to one of the big canopy umbrellas and we'd stash our stuff under it before moving to sit at the edge of the pool and dip our feet in the water.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Simple Gratitude | 131

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





My horoscope this week was so spot on, it's scary. It read: "Things in your life have been at a standstill, and you've felt stuck in limbo. There's a decision that needs to be made, but you were having a difficult time deciding what you wanted to do. Your heart was pulling you in one direction while your mind pulled you in the other, and instead of merging them and making a choice, you've allowed things to remain stagnant. July will push you to make the best decision for you, and this decision is one that will have longevity. This month is about trusting your intuition and allowing it to guide you in the right direction."

Monday, July 09, 2018

Simple Gratitude | 130

I'm sharing my #gratefulheart on the blog. What are you grateful for today? #gratitude #feelingthankful
"There's nothing more beautiful than the way the ocean refuses to stop kissing the shoreline, no matter how many times its sent away." - Sarah Kay

Friday, July 06, 2018

Links to Love | 133

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



When a national holiday falls in the middle of a week, the few days after the holiday, before the weekend feel SO. LONG. Thank goodness we finally made it! What are your plans for the weekend?

Thursday, July 05, 2018

5 Things I Learned on my Yoga Journey

I'm sharing 5 life lessons I learned on the yoga mat. #yoga #health #wellbeing #5things


The very first time I stepped off the mat, I remember feeling exhausted, overwhelmed, and defeated. I started the yoga class thinking I'd find peace and enlightenment, all the while growing stronger in my body, but I did not find what I'd come looking for. 

Tuesday, July 03, 2018

What I Read | June

A look back at what I read last month. #ASGbookshelf #whatIread
"The reading of all good books is like a conversation with the finest minds of past centuries." 
- Rene Descartes

Monday, July 02, 2018

Simple Gratitude | 129

I'm sharing my #gratefulheart on the blog. What are you grateful for today? #gratitude #feelingthankful
Yesterday, I was in the pool, laying on a float and staring through my sunglasses up at the sky. The clouds looked like they were close enough to touch. While I was watching them swirl around, the glasses occasionally deflecting a ray of sunshine, I was transported back to when I was ten years old, on a blanket in my backyard, staring up at the very same sky. 

Sunday, July 01, 2018

Hello July | Goals for Quarter 3

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



Back in May, I flipped the script on how I was going to manage my goals and decided to switch to a quarterly tracking instead of doing these posts every month. This will (hopefully) give me more time to complete the goals, but also allow me to diversify a little bit and add some things that I normally wouldn't have time for in just thirty days. So, buckle up. Here comes the third quarter of 2018.