Tuesday, June 11, 2019

If You and I Had Coffee | vol 36

Join me for a conversation over coffee? #coffeedates



If you and I had coffee...

We'd meet up for brunch at my favorite restaurant situated on a lake in the next city over. The entire outdoor seating area is a big deck overlooking the water and we'd choose a table so that we could see the ducks nesting under a nearby willow tree. I'd order a blackberry bellini and a plate of french toast with all the fruit on top.

Monday, June 10, 2019

Simple Gratitude | 149

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



Begin each day with a grateful heart...

Tuesday, June 04, 2019

What I Read | May

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



It's been a GREAT month for books. I spent a lot of time in bed reading due to some health issues, but I'm not sorry about it at all. Twice over the last four weeks, all of my library holds came in within days of each other, and I already had the maximum allowance of books checked out. Luckily, I was able to fly through so many of these and snatch those holds before I would have been required to forfeit them. I read twenty-three books in total, so this is going to be a longer post than I've written in a while. Keep scrolling to see what I read!

Monday, June 03, 2019

Simple Gratitude | 148

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



Knowing how to be solitary is central to the art of loving. When we can be alone, we can be with others without using them as a means of escape. - Bell Hooks

Friday, May 31, 2019

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



The shades are drawn, keeping the light low. The LOTR soundtrack is quietly playing in the corner. Yoga routines have turned more into stretching my compressed spine and meditations are running a little longer than usual. My water jug is being filled twice a day and I'm eating what my body craves. I'm learning to give myself grace when willpower isn't cooperating and my body feels like crumbling. Some months are better than others. May was not one of them.

Monday, May 20, 2019

Simple Gratitude | 147

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



The last few weeks have been full. I've been preparing for a packed summer work schedule, getting ready for my family trip to the beach, helping my bestie with his across-the-country home search, and cooking for lots of family gatherings, which includes our weekly Sunday dinner together. This time has also been a lesson in balance, as I've had to work through some more health complications (I'm okay - just adjusting to new med doses) and have prioritized self-care so I can keep myself in shape to maintain this wacky schedule

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

If You and I Had Coffee | vol 35

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If you and I had coffee...

We'd meet at my place, brew our favorite beverages at the kitchen Keurig, and then take them and a plate of pastries outside to the table on the deck. After two weeks of rain, the skies have finally cleared and the temperature is rising to what we should be having in May, and although it's not quite warm enough to open the pool, the mountain is springing forth with the bright colors of the season and I am here for it all.

Tuesday, May 07, 2019

What I Read | April

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



It was a great month for books. Not only did I get a lot of reading done, but I managed to check off quite a few selections from my publisher TBR. Let's be real - I've fallen really behind on the ones I'd signed up to review, so I was glad to get caught up. I've got some exciting book launches coming up in the next few months, so stay tuned for those both here and over on Goodreads.

Monday, May 06, 2019

Simple Gratitude | 146

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



Good morning, friends. I usually write this post on Sunday afternoon or evening, but as I'm typing these words, the clock just struck 2:30 in the morning. Yes, I've been known to keep some crazy work hours, but today, I can thank that burst of energy that comes from doing something so productive, it completely puts your soul at ease.

Friday, May 03, 2019

For the Love of Notebooks

Thoughts on intentional notebook collecting (from a self-admitted notebook hoarder) #intentionalliving #livingwell



"Officially starting a List Makers Anonymous group. Who loves well-crafted notebooks and the perfect pen?" Three years ago, I shared this post on Instagram and since then, my notebook collection has only grown. Confession: I have a slight notebook addiction. There is nothing more pleasing to my soul than opening the cover and seeing a fresh, blank sheet of paper and all the possibility that it brings.

Wednesday, May 01, 2019

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



Giant bowls of pasta salad. Standing room only in the kitchen. Four generations gathered around one table. Pastel eggs peeking from bunches of daffodils in the garden. Holding in surprises for a full month. Not a single soul spilling the secret. The smile on a face that finally realized he doesn't have to be ashamed of his past. Lots of chilly, rainy days. An abundance of tears. So many opportunities to learn and grow. I am grateful for all the moments that April brought.

Monday, April 15, 2019

Simple Gratitude | 145

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



Happy Monday. Hope you are starting a productive week and find lots of things to be grateful for!

Tuesday, April 09, 2019

If You and I Had Coffee | vol 34

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If you and I had coffee...

We'd meet up on the walking path that goes around my local lake. The weather is warm and breezy today, so we would be able to enjoy a nice walk with our coffees. I'd take you around the long way so we could go past the dam and see where the old lakehouse stood before it burned down years ago, and I'd tell you about all the fun I had growing up there.

Tuesday, April 02, 2019

What I Read | March

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



New month, new books and there were some great ones this time. Before we get to them, I want to know if you set a Goodreads reading challenge goal this year. If so, how are you doing with it after the first quarter? Have you committed to join any other reading challenges this year? 

Monday, April 01, 2019

Simple Gratitude | 144

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 written one of these posts and my heart feels it. I do keep a daily gratitude journal, but I always enjoy sharing a few things that blessed my life every week and hearing what's been blessing yours. My favorite thing about writing here on the blog is the wonderful community of people who come by to read what I have to say, and the gratitude posts are by far one of the most loved.

Friday, March 29, 2019

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



Let yourself be the person you've secretly always wanted to be.

They say that March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb. While the weather hasn't exactly followed that prescription this year, my personal life certainly did. It started out hectic and was lacking direction. Then I stepped back and remembered my word for the year. Since I started looking at things from a different perspective, the second half of the month has been a lot more intentional, measured, and peaceful. How was your March?

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Things That Scare Me

The ten things that scare me and using fear to navigate life. #fear



Fear is a powerful and primitive emotion that we all experience throughout our lives. Often times, it drives us to make drastic changes in our lives to avoid having to face the things that we fear. A few months ago, a writer I greatly respect - Kacy Boccumini - shared a list of ten things that scared her. I was inspired to write a list of my own, but after pondering on and researching the topic, I wanted to dig a little deeper.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

If You and I Had Coffee | vol 33

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If you and I had coffee...

We'd meet up at my place and settle down on the sofa next to the fire since the outside air still has a bit of a chill to it. I'd have some hot cocoa in my favorite mug that I like to call "Chip," because there is a little crack on the rim and it reminds me of Chip from Beauty and the Beast. I might even toss a blanket over my lap and plop a few marshmallows into my mug, all in the spirit of being extra cozy.

Tuesday, March 05, 2019

What I Read | February

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



Another month down and a few more books checked off my TBR. I didn't get to as many as I would have preferred, but I'm making progress on this little shelf of mine. One thing I've noticed over the last few months of reading is that my expectations for books are rising and therefore, I'm getting stingy with my willingness to give four or five stars. I'm turning into one of those "get off my lawn" readers and I'm okay with that. There are hundreds of new books published every month and I am here to be wowed. Luckily, there were a few such books below.

Thursday, February 28, 2019

What I Learned | Winter 2019

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



After skipping last quarter's post, I've returned and am joining Emily Freeman in sharing the lessons I learned this season. It certainly has been an interesting winter. I took some time away from social media and the hustle of the internet and spent it all with myself, listening and learning about who I really am. I've taken a few big chances - something that scares me - and have made some decisions about what I want my life to look like in five years. This has been a season of settling in and learning about the girl I've been hiding for so long.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

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



It's been pretty quiet around here these days. I'm hoping to change that soon, but my brain has not wanted to cooperate with my intentions to be productive. February has been a snowy month. We've had a couple smaller storms and one large one. That was my favorite. I spent the whole day riding around in a Jeep, having a blast. It's days like those that remind me to let loose and enjoy the little moments, the laughter, the double hand squeezes. More of this, please.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

If You and I Had Coffee | vol 32

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If you and I had coffee...

We'd meet up at the local donut shop for a Valentine's Day treat and a cup of something warm. I'd order my favorite - a Boston creme, because I can't resist the custard filling and chocolate glaze - and a green tea with a squeeze of lemon. We'd pull up a couple of chairs to the bar window station, and fully savor our pastries.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

What I Read | January

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




How can it be the middle of February and I am just posting my January book reviews? This year is seriously moving too quickly and I've not had enough reading time in my days. I spent most of my month catching up on the books that came off my hold list at the library - books that were on my 2018 to-be-read list. Now I can finally get to the books I have ready for this year. Let's jump in!

Thursday, January 31, 2019

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



January felt like a blur. Usually, I am pumped for the new year and have plans to rock the month, then break down by the end of it, having worn myself out with unnecessary tasks. Life has looked a little different this time. Much slower. I've been working on being patient, and still, and finding my breath, listening to my heart. Although I didn't get much writing done, my heart has been at peace, and that's exactly where I want to be.

Monday, January 21, 2019

Creative Projects | 2019

The creative projects I'm tackling in 2019! #creativity
"We have to continually be jumping off cliffs and developing our wings on the way down." - Kurt Vonnegut

Creativity has always been a huge part of my life. When I am unable to find the words to express myself, I turn to a palette of paint, my camera, music, choreography, a sketchbook, or a stoneware bowl and a wooden spoon. My creative aspirations have been there for me when I've been grieving or have felt lonely, and they've been what I use to communicate some of the happiest times in my life. Being creative grounds me. It gives me purpose. It makes me feel like I am contributing something good to a world that is often filled with pain. It allows me to grow.

Wednesday, January 09, 2019

What I Read | December

A look back at what I read last month. #ASGbookshelf #whatIread
New year, new bookshelf! Actually, I'm still working through a few last selections from my 2018 list, which were on hold at my library and became available on New Year's Eve. Typical... 

Tuesday, January 08, 2019

If You and I Had Coffee | vol 31

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If you and I had coffee...

We'd meet up at your favorite spot, someplace I've never been. I'd order whatever you recommended and we'd find a cozy spot to sit down for our chat. The weather has turned frigid here, so I'd keep my wool scarf wrapped around my neck and I'd warm my hands on the steamy mug that sits in front of me. It is officially winter.

Wednesday, January 02, 2019

Reading Challenges for 2019 | The List

Check out my master list of all the books I'll be reading in 2019! #books #reading #asgbookshelf
This is the post I wait all year long to write. Once it's live, I go back and visit it several times a month to update. Reading is such a big part of my life and this is my roadmap for 2019. This year, I'll be participating in six reading challenges, as well as reviewing books for publishers, working on book launches, and reading the extra books I pick up throughout the year.

Tuesday, January 01, 2019

One Little Word | 2019

Today I'm sharing the word I've chosen to be my beacon for the coming year. #onelittleword



"Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding." - Albert Einstein

What if I told you I did this one little word thing all wrong in 2018? I chose the word "hustle" and for the first half of the year, I felt like I was running in circles, trying to keep all these plates up in the air. I ignored my natural rhythm, denied myself balance and forced productivity like I was on a factory line.