Adventures and Victories Week 6

Hi everyone! Can you believe Christmas is tomorrow?! I really can't. It does not seem real. Maybe because this year we didn't set up a tree--long story. But I'm looking forward to spending time with family... and my mom's fudge. Yum! What are you most looking forward to about Christmas this year?  Ongoing Adventure: I've been working on the outline for Sketchy Tacos 2. It's taking longer than I'd hoped with the holiday craziness, but yesterday, I started getting all 100+ index cards into story form. It felt really good. I'm getting super excited about it! Mini-Victory: I survived my last minute Christmas shopping experience. I've never been in the last minute Christmas shopping crowd before and it was nuts! With the [...]

By | 2016-12-22T19:15:12+00:00 December 23rd, 2016|Crafts & DIY, Everyday Adventures, My Journey|0 Comments

Adventures and Victories Week 5

Hello! And welcome back to Adventures and Victories Week 5! I can't believe we're already five weeks into this little experiment on the adventurous mindset. And guess what? It's working! Looking for the little things in my day and realizing that they're adventures and victories instead of just little checks off my list has made a huge difference in my attitude and my mood. Have you tried it out yet? Adventure: I'm taking a new course: List Surge by Melissa Griffin. Man, this course is kicking my butt! It's taking a lot of time to implement the suggestions she makes in this course, but I can already see a difference! Victory: This week's post 25 Goals First Quarter Update and [...]

By | 2016-12-15T11:21:21+00:00 December 16th, 2016|Books, Education, Everyday Adventures, Goals, My Journey|2 Comments

Adventures and Victories: Week 4

It's been a hectic week, where I've felt as if my wheels have been spinning non-stop, but I haven't gotten a lot done. This could be because I always over-plan my day and then when I can't accomplish it all (surprise, surprise) I don't feel like I've gotten enough done. I'll need to work on that. But that feeling is all the more reason that I'm glad I do this post. It's the perfect reminder of all the things that went right this week! Adventure: I've started bullet journaling! I'm so excited. It's been so much fun checking out all the amazing Pinterest pins and fabulous articles around the blog-o-sphere. I'm starting really simple, because those gorgeous, elaborate journals take [...]

By | 2016-12-08T22:39:57+00:00 December 9th, 2016|Everyday Adventures|1 Comment

Adventures and Victories: Week 3

I'd originally wanted to title this segment Everyday Adventures. My husband argued that wasn't the best title when my adventures consisted of visiting castles and wandering the streets of Europe, but now I'm back home and I see the appeal of the title once more. It's not as easy to identify adventures in my day-to-day life back in Indiana, but that's why it's even more important that I do so. Identifying the adventures both big and small in my life keeps my mind in a positive outlook. And it makes all the difference! Big Adventure: I'm beginning work on Book 2 in the International Adventures series! I've got a pretty good grasp on the main plot points. So now I'm [...]

By | 2016-12-02T08:18:57+00:00 December 2nd, 2016|Encouragement, Everyday Adventures, My Journey|0 Comments

Adventures & Victories: Week 2

My time in Europe is drawing to a close. I've loved being here so when I think about it too much, I start to get a little melancholy. So instead, I've chosen to think about all the adventures & victories I'm looking forward to at home: home-cooked meals, laundry in my own house, and no longer living out of a suitcase. Even more than that, I can't wait to see my family, friends, and of course my little pug, Pascal. God has blessed me with a great life, and I get to go back to it. There's nothing sad about that! Adventure: I got to go to Neuschwanstein Castle, otherwise known as Cinderella's castle. It was set against the background of snowy [...]

By | 2016-11-18T07:05:10+00:00 November 18th, 2016|Books, Everyday Adventures, My Journey|2 Comments

Adventures & Victories: Week 1

I'm trying something new. For at least the next 10 weeks, every Friday, I'm going to post 5 everyday adventures and victories. It's my version of the Thankful Thursday or the 100 Happy Days challenge. I am striving to change my mindset and see what might once have been a drudgery as an everyday adventure or victories. I came. I saw. I conquered the tiny European shower. As funny as this sounds, I am most proud of my victory over the shower. The first week I was here, I flooded the bathroom. Every. Single. Day. And I seriously mean flooded, wading through water kind of flooded. Now I am able to shower without getting a single drop outside of the [...]

By | 2016-11-11T08:24:40+00:00 November 11th, 2016|Everyday Adventures|12 Comments

Fall Blog Swap!

Card by Penny from Penny's Passion I have never participated in a swap before, but when I saw the Fall Blog Swap on Lindsay's site, I couldn't wait to try it out. Though I admit, even after signing up, I had no clue what I was doing. I was given a budget, a partner, and a missive to find out what my new blogger buddy's interests are. I reached out to Penny from Penny's Passion and we began! Penny is very excited about fall. She's looking forward to a family vacation, hoping to watch an ocean of turning leaves on their long drives. She likes baking and is looking forward to pulling out her favorite fall clothes. Oh... and [...]

By | 2017-04-06T11:55:21+00:00 October 15th, 2015|Everyday Adventures|17 Comments

It’s the Little Things: Home

What is home for you? I know when people ask me where I'm from, I tend to fumble. I moved more than once as a kid. I was born in Kentucky. I grew up in Advance, Indiana. I grew up a lot more in Ohio. Then I bounced from Bloomington to Mexico to Bloomington again. Home Sweet Home in Bloomington For now, Bloomington is home. It's where I went to college. Where I became an adult. Where I met and married the love of my life. Where I bought my first house. My first new car. Where I do my laundry and taxes and fight the colony of wasps that is trying to take over my porch. But [...]

By | 2017-04-06T11:49:34+00:00 July 31st, 2015|Everyday Adventures|0 Comments

It’s the Little Things: Pets

Paski sunning on the back porch. I have a pug named Pascal Ballotelli Iglesias. And yes, I am complete aware that it is ridiculous for him to have three names. My husband and I are--I'm sorry to admit--ridiculous pug people. Mostly he goes by Paski. He may be the most spoiled pupster you ever meet. This past week my husband bought him a memory foam mat to go under his bed. My husband also cuts up and microwaves food for Paski each night to set on top of his dog food. I refuse to do such things. And yet I bought Paski an "I <3 New York" bandana this past week, so... Paski on the night we [...]

By | 2017-04-06T11:49:50+00:00 July 24th, 2015|Everyday Adventures|0 Comments

It’s the Little Things: Travel

My friend Elizabeth and I have been dreaming of traveling together to New York since high school. This week we are making that dream a reality. Getting lost in the subway. Yesterday we flew into Manhattan and hit the ground running. We got lost on the subway trying to find Times Square. When we finall got there, we stood in awe of the hundreds of screens/billboards and the thousands of people pulsing through this city center. Then we traipsed a few blocks North to the heart of the fancy pants district—the Plaza. Due to our mutual and deep love for movies, having tea at the Plaza was high on our list of to-dos and I'm glad to say [...]

By | 2017-04-06T11:50:03+00:00 July 17th, 2015|Everyday Adventures, Relationships, Travel|0 Comments