Raise Your Hand If You Had a Good Weekend

*raises hand*

ImageBetween Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, I actually had two days off – not in a row – but two days off. And I was as productive as I could be between crazy rain and snow. (Yes, snow. Yes, I still live in Charleston. Yes, it’s crazy. Yes, it melted upon contact with anything else.)

Anyway, what you see displayed here (sorry for the poor photo skills – I
wasn’t thinking about sharing it at the time…) is a light fixture that I updated in our dining room. It was once gold with frosted, flower shaped, shades, but is now silver with seeded glass. What a difference $30 and some spray paint makes! I also changed some light switch plates and Nate updated another outlet into one with USB ports. And we had our tub re-caulked… And I’m really excited by it! #thingsyousaywhenyougetold

On Saturday I worked and (despite the snow) I was still quite busy. But the best part was being able to go to the Muddy Waters Christmas Party with Rachel. The coffee business is an early morning beast, but you get to work with some of the best and most sarcastic people who really do care about pulling espresso and building community (once they’ve had their own caffeine). I miss it. I really do.

Also, not to be forgotten from this weekend, I forced Rachel and Nate into binge watching (and finishing!) The Office with me. The last season is SO good. And I just love them all so much at the end.

I didn’t travel to any faraway places or do anything exotic, but this weekend was filled home improvement, friends, cozy clothes and blankets, and lots of la croix. What more could a girl even ask for?

“I wish there was a way to know that you’re in the good old days before you’ve actually left them.”  – Andy Bernard

A few more things…

Read this sweet article about Today’s Letters.

Watch this exciting trailer for Neighbors 2 – hooray!

And (if you’re into editing photos on your phone) – A Beautiful Mess has a new app called A Color Story! It’s free to download and you can buy all available packs for just $7.99 right now. You know I did it!

Sitting Here Tonight by the Firelight…

you can do anythingThe end of my day off is drawing near and I didn’t do everything I wanted to do… But that’s ok.

My house isn’t perfectly beautiful or perfectly clean. I didn’t make any zoodles for dinner like I said I would. I didn’t stick to a meal plan and I haven’t prepped any food for the week. I didn’t drink eight glasses of water and I had a cocktail. I spent a lot of money on myself, on my people, on my house. I didn’t work on any of the spreadsheets I brought home to work on.

But that’s all ok. Because I’m learning that perfection is not what it’s about.

“But I also wondered if he wasn’t right, that we were designed to live through something rather than to attain something, and the thing we were meant to live through was designed to change us. The point of a story is the character arc, the change.” – Donald Miller

… it reminds me that I already have more than I should.

New Year. New Rules.

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This is what two residents and I decided. New Year, New Rules. You can throw out the things that didn’t work for you in the past and begin again. And, if you find out in a few days/weeks/months that these rules aren’t working for you, then you haven’t failed – it’s just time to adjust and that’s ok.

It’s ok to try new things and for them to not work out. No one is judging the person who tries – only the person who does nothing.

This year, I am trying to be more grateful for the amazing life I have. My husband is the best – he takes care of me and loves me hard in all the ways he can. My friends and family are getting married, having babies, chasing professional goals, and traveling to visit us and other parts of the world – and I get to be a part of those stories. Plus, Mr. Bear is learning to come find me for snuggles every morning – in a way that only our little Bear nugget can.

This year, I am trying to be more healthy, so I can keep my amazing life going for a long time. I used to workout like a crazy person and eat so fresh and so clean clean. Well, with marriage comes love (handles) and now I’m learning to get back at it. Starting with… a Clean Eating Challenge by my friend Megan Greb! And likely a 3 Day Refresh from Beach Body. Because baby steps are good for me and I need to learn to curb my crazy cravings again. (Also, I’m looking for a gym and even a trainer to visit once or twice a week, so if you have any suggestions throw ’em at me!)

Those are my goals for the new year. Be Grateful. Be Healthy.

The rules I follow to reach those goals may change from month to month, but that’s ok. I’ll keep my eyes on the prize. I’ll create some good habits for a good life. I’ll (hopefully) be sharing this journey here with you all – because I’m really grateful for the gift of my very own website 🙂


So This is the New Year

happy nye neil

There is certainly something magical about a new year – a brand new round of 365 days to “get it right” this time. But do we really ever achieve that? I mean, what is “right” anyway? I spent a few hours today running around and cleaning and scrubbing and organizing and then I read that a perfectly kept house is the sign of a life misspent. So, there’s that.

Neil seems to have it together, so I’m going to say he knew what he was saying in the quote above. That is my wish for us all in this coming year. Find some mad magic in 2016. Go after those goals – big or small, personal or professional – and surprise yourself. It will all turn out “right” in the end.