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

Join me for a conversation over coffee? #coffeedates

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

Join me for a conversation over coffee? #coffeedates

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

Join me for a conversation over coffee? #coffeedates

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.