I’ve been M.I.A. for a bit. I’ve missed documenting what I’m learning, what’s inspiring me and who I’m sharing life with. I decided earlier this month that I would take more time to do the things I love – the things that help keep me grounded. A few of those things include, journaling, blogging, traveling, photography, creating and serving others. Here are a few photos of what’s been going on lately.
I enjoy making lists. I like jotting down opportunity areas. I love making small goals and seeing myself grow. Every new year, I jot down 3 major things I’d like to accomplish. Whether they are accomplished or not isn’t the point. The point is to dream and look for areas that you strive to improve in order to live your best life. In addition to my 3 major goals, I keep my tiny monthly goals going all year long. Taping those suckers on my bathroom mirror are a nice reminder of the little things I feel would make me a better me. Truth is, when we’re at our best we can give our best to those around us, our jobs, etc.
For those who didn’t have the best 2016, put it behind you … learn from it … but move into 2017 with a new mindset. Find yourself, love yourself, be the best you.
Spent the weekend in Columbus, OH and I was not disappointed! My friend and I had been wanting to do a weekend trip for some time but never really got around to it until now. We spent Saturday with her family as well as eating our way through the city – thank you, food crawl! We got lost in a 32 room book store (so wonderful) and walked in and out of some adorable local shops.
Sunday we spent it at the first annual Columbus Coffee Fest. Here are some photos from our quick trip. I wish I would have documented more of the food but lighting was a real struggle in some of the venues.
- More moving
- Less complaining
- More creating
- Less scrolling
- More documenting
- Less spending
- More openness
- Less critiquing
- More kind words
“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity.” – Melody Beattie
From little things to bigger things, there is so much to be thankful for. In case you need a little help brainstorming some ideas, here’s a plethora to get you started.
2. Netflix Originals.
3. Your parents—because no matter how old you are, they can still solve any problem.
5. The local farmer’s market.
6. The time you get to spend re-reading your favorite books.
8. Sweater weather.
9. Summer Fridays.
10. Big piles of leaves that you’re never too old to jump in.
11. Sunday afternoons, with coffee and a good book.
12. Coffee. Coffee. Coffee.
13. Wine. Wine. Wine.
14. The best friend you can call after months apart, and pick up right where you left off.
15. Friendsgiving—the chance for two Thanksgiving dinners.
17. Quirky traditions that make your family special.
19. Girl’s nights.
20. Pizza. Pizza. Pizza.
21. Pints of ice cream.
22. Game of Thrones.
23. Your health—even on days when it isn’t perfect.
25. Every good book you’ve read that has helped you escape for a few hours.
26. The coziest spot in your house.
27. Garbage disposals.
28. Younger siblings you still get to protect, and older ones who will always protect you.
29. Meeting someone and instantly feeling like you met the boy (or girl) version of yourself.
31. Delivery food.
32. The presents you have hidden away, knowing they will make your loved ones so happy.
33. Friendships, new and old.
34. Your support system—be it at work, at home, or spread out all over the country.
35. Correct grammar.
36. Awesome vacations.
37. Messy buns.
38. Sleeping in.
39. Sweatpants. And elastic waistbands.
40. Cheese. Cheese plates. Macaroni and cheese. Grilled cheese.
41. Caller I.D.
42. Laundry machines.
43. The people in your life who have been stand-in mothers and fathers whenever you’ve needed them.
44. Color-coordinated office supplies.
45. Baby giggles.
46. Snail mail.
47. Family vacations.
48. Your nieces, your nephews, your grandchildren.
49. Wool socks.
50. The healing power of music. So damn good.
51. Freshly cut flowers.
52. Headphones on the subway, at work, at the airport, while shopping. Anywhere really.
53. Vacation days.
54. Fall leaves changing colors.
56. Minimally decorated, tidy spaces.
58. Spellcheck. (But not Autocorrect.)
60. Movies you can watch again and again.
61. Songs that hit the spot on repeat.
62. The Weather Channel iPhone app.
63. A day at the museum by yourself.
64. Sisters who you can run any dilemma by, personal or professional, and get answers that keep you grounded and grant perspective.
65. S’mores and campfires.
66. Solo dates.
67. Blanket forts.
68. The perfect playlist.
69. Hot sauce.
70. A continuous string of green lights when you’re already running late.
71. A good hike.
72. Pretty stationery.
73. A really good hug.
74. Long drives on open roads.
75. A heartfelt thank you note.
76. The last slice of pie.
77. A table full of people who can tell stories from a shared childhood.
78. A scenic running trail.
79. Essential oils.
80. Holiday sales.
81. Cozy sheets on chilly mornings.
82. Really good co-workers.
83. Cry laughing.
84. Saturday mornings.
85. Working from home.
My friend, from Miami, of 14 years came to visit me in Ohio. It was a wonderful time spent talking, laughing, signing, cooking, hiking, and just overall goodness. I love having those people in your life that just get you – they know what you’re thinking and feeling before you even do. Here are a few photos of our time together. Already looking forward to her next visit.