The past few months have been a bit chaotic, mentally. As each day goes by I get more unorganized and more scatterbrained. Today I sat down to tackle some issues I’ve been procrastinating.

  1. Email inbox.
    Besides the usual (deleting those pesky newsletters & junk) I am terrible at keeping my inbox clear. I also lack responding to emails in a timely fashion. Today I manged to reply to Busy, an email six weeks in the making, and deleted items from my social/promotion tabs.
    How do you manage your inbox?
  2. Scheduling posts. 
    I have used this feature off and on but today I’m looking into a more solid plan to use scheduling for my blog. Usually each day I carve out an hour of my time to write an update. The post feels lacking or rushed and not from the heart. In the future I’d like to improve my content and post thoughtful updates.
    Do you use the schedule feature?
  3. Bookshelves.
    I used to be organized and I realize this every time I open up Goodreads. Years ago I discovered GR and the OCD side of me rejoiced. Now I am working on getting my bookshelves more organized and labelled efficiently for easy perusing. This will also help with reading challenges in the future.
    Bookshelves, to organize or not to organize?
  4. Memories. I take leisure photos but rarely manage to upload, edit, or review a batch before taking on a new project. This is a big task I need to get under control and it will take time but I am going to try to spend a small amount of time every day to get this done.
    What daily routine helps keep you sane?

That may seem like a lot to some and not many things to others, for me it is just enough for now. Time management used to be a strength of mine so I plan to remedy my current situation.

Do you have any tips for managing life, time, reading, self, etc.?


Just Do It.


July may be nearly over but that doesn’t mean I don’t have time to kick it into gear and get organized this month.

Things I am doing right:

  • updating daily here
  • participating in picture a day
  • writing monthly pen pal letter
  • getting small projects done
  • staying positive

Things I should improve:

  • diet and exercise
  • make the bed
  • get one large project done each month
  • the inbox needs purged
  • deep cleaning once a week

This is only a small portion of what I am trying to get out of my head to help motivate myself to accomplish the goals.

how do you stay on task during the month? are to do lists your friend or foe?
Just Do It.

Year One


I recently announced a milestone for myself and this blog. I have been on WP for a whole year now (and I’m nearly halfway through 2015 and still reaching my goal of updating daily). Today I bought myself a gift to celebrate the occasion. It is quite fitting since the traditional way to honor an anniversary in the first year is paper.

Happy Anniversary, Blog!
…or pencils.

Today was a good day and now I am off to color.

Year One

Spring Cleaning

Spring is in full swing and here we are still working on spring cleaning projects. I wanted to give a rundown of what is happening here (I am a newbie DIY’er) in case you get inspired for your own project.

I find that there are three types of projects: mini, day, and big. Mini projects are small, done in no time things that you can do in the evening or on a Saturday morning, for example. Day projects take a bit more time and planning but stay motivated and you’ll be done by dinner. Big projects are those involving more steps and more planning. These will need time and energy to complete.

Mini Projects

Day Projectsa0ab91a0-8e2c-4de8-a610-c5af168e82f6_400 (most of these are on my Craft Pinterest board)

  • DIY rain barrel
  • Spruce up a room with new paint
  • Baskets made from newspaper

Big Projects

  • Vegetable garden
  • Curb appeal, yard maintenance
  • Deep cleaning the home

what projects are on your to-do list?

Have a great weekend, readers!

Spring Cleaning

You’re Ahead of Schedule

My reading progress, at the present.
april book update

I decided to look at the details of my progress so far. It doesn’t feel like I have spent that much time reading but this number for me is something to talk about. We are one third of the way through the year and I am happy with my books so far.

Each year I participate in the Goodreads reading challenge (2011 was my best reading year). This year I decided to change my thinking about the challenge. I normally would pick a number and scramble to meet that goal by December. This year I chose to read books from A to Z where the author of the book or the title will represent each letter of the alphabet.

I have been stuck at the letter H for awhile so last week I gave myself permission to jump around the alphabet. There are a few books on my TBR pile that are itching to be read (I also have a few books needing reviews that will serve double duty).

Have a great weekend, and happy reading!

Are you participating in a reading challenge this year? How is your progress?
You’re Ahead of Schedule

ABC’s to a CBA

This is a bit overdue. I was nominated last month. Better late than never?


Thank you so much to Amanda and Erika for the recognition. I wouldn’t say I try hard to have creative updates but I do try to be pleasing to the masses.

I was recognized by the lovely Amanda over on her blog. Her wit and sarcasm got me hooked to her updates, a kindred spirit. Twelve days later Erika the Bibliophile nominated me. It says it in her name, she is a bookworm that has great insight into books I read or want to read. She is also a creative blogger. If you don’t follow them, I recommend you rectify that now!

You may be thinking, is there a way to be more creative?, and I will tell you yes (okay, maybe).

Always update, it forces you to get imaginative in what you want to say that day and it creates a habit of writing which in turn will help in the creativity department.

Be active which means engage with other bloggers. This will traffic in readers to your blog and help you become a part of the wonderful community of the blogosphere.

Creativity is not a finite thing and there is not a step by step guide to generate it, sorry. Just be yourself and express your ideas and thoughts how you feel is best.

The Rules

  • Nominate 15-20 blogs and notify all nominees via their social media/blogs
  • Thank and post the link of the blog that nominated you (very important)
  • Share 5 facts about yourself to your readers
  • Pass these rules on to them

5 Facts about ME

  1. I am an open minded person. My motto in life is “I’ll try anything once”. That being said I am also a procrastinator. Things will get done, on my time.
  2. I go through phases of being disorganized and utterly anal about organization never quite at a happy medium. I think this stems from the time I worked in a nursing home in housekeeping.
  3. I may be in my head too much, thinking and planning are hobbies of mine. I am a true introvert. “The quietest people have the loudest minds.” Time by myself = recharging my energy. Music helps me get out of my head and I often think of it as one of my closest friends.
  4. Amiable is one of my favorite words, a quality my friends often use to describe me. Also Austen uses it 36 times in P&P, probably where I picked up the word. For fun I like to read the dictionary and find word origins. Nerd alert!
  5. I work hard to stay emotionally stable. One trick I picked up was limiting my stress and worry time. I give myself only five minutes to worry or stress about a problem then I force myself to move on and when I try to worry about it again I remind myself that I already devoted time to it. Even though I don’t have my shit together I have been told I give great advice and problem solve like a boss.

That’s probably more than you wanted to know. I look forward to learning about my nominees (it says to nominate 15-20 blogs but I do what I want).


For my nominees, participate or not it’s up to you. Just pass on the love somehow.

Every time you update another blogger gets their wings inspiration from you. Keep posting, you creative cats! Thank you to Amanda and Erika and my nominees for spreading creativity.

ABC’s to a CBA

How to Celebrate

Five years! I really can’t believe the last five years have been meat free for me. I was curious about anniversaries and how to celebrate them so I found this list at the card seller’s website.

Anniversary Traditional Modern
1st Paper Clocks
2nd Cotton China
3rd Leather Crystal/Glass
4th Fruit/Flowers Appliances
5th Wood Silverware

I have yet to properly celebrate my lifestyle change but this year I’m going to get each of these milestones celebrated. I am so proud of myself for sticking to my convictions and educating myself more on vegetarianism. I am still a work in progress and continually learning to be a better cook (I used to suck bad). I hope by this time next year that I accomplish perfecting another recipe and that each of these anniversaries are celebrated in style.


How do you celebrate?
How to Celebrate

Many Thanks


Never in my wildest dreams would I imagine getting recognized for my ramblings on my blog. I am very grateful for the notice by Ms. J. Kristina over at


Bloggers write to satisfy their own needs first, and rarely do we write to please the masses. Which is why getting noticed is a bit shocking and extremely humbling. This award is a great opportunity to build a support system online and the cherry on top is more traffic for my little corner of the blogosphere. I still feel like a newbie when it comes to blogging so being nominated for this award has brightened my spirits and boosted my confidence. I wholeheartedly accepted my reward but a note to my nominees–participation is voluntary. Just because you are nominated does not mean you must join in (but why not, this is FUN).

Thanks again, Ms. J. Kristina for seeing value in my blog content. Your positive energy is contagious. Go check out this aspiring author’s work here. Paying it forward is such a huge, beneficial concept (did you see the movie?, one of my favorites) and I truly believe in karma. Like the famous composers said, “all you need is love.”

My Nominations*:
  1. Incessant Ramblings–random, yes, but with a bit of moxie.
  2. me and my words–insights into human emotion.
  3. Claire over there–has a way with words.
  4. Just Someone who likes Film and Books–the blog name got me hooked.
  5. The Gist of Life–her life to do list spoke to me.
  6. Amanda–a kindred spirit because I find myself nodding in agreement while reading her posts.
  7. Second Runnings–life commentary is intriguing to me.
Questions for my nominees*:
  1. Name one book, song, or piece of art that has touched your life and why.
  2. How do you feel about blogging? Name at least one thing you love and one thing you hate (be honest, we all have these feelings now and then).
  3. What hobby/interest do you wish you had more time for?
  4. Who has influenced you the most and how?
  5. What is your biggest weakness, how do you overcome it?
  6. Where and when do you feel most creative?
  7. When do feel most accomplished and why?
The Rules:
  1.  Thank and link the person who nominated you.
  2.  Answer the questions given by the nominator.
  3.  Nominate 7* other bloggers, who have less than 200 followers and link them.
  4.  Create 7* new questions for the nominees to answer.
  5.  Notify all nominees via social media/blogs.
  6. Celebrate this achievement.
  7. Stay motivated and keep blogging.
Questions for Me:
  1. What makes you unique?
    1. Everyone is unique because otherwise the world would be a boring place. I’m unique because I embrace the things that make me an individual and I celebrate/appreciate the individuality of others.
  2. What do you like doing, outside of blogging?
    1. One of my favorite activities is reading over a coffee or exploring new locations and photographing my adventures.
  3. Who is your biggest inspiration?
    1. Most would list a person when asked this question but my biggest inspiration is Mother Nature. I love to photograph the outdoors. When I need to clear my head I go for a walk. Most of my thinking is done when I’m wandering between point A and B. Nature also amazes me and my philosophical self surfaces when I spend time in nature.
  4. What is your favorite gadget/tech device?  Why?
    1. I received a Kindle two years ago for my birthday and it has changed my life and the way I think of reading. It makes traveling so much easier and I can read more, anywhere. I still love the feel and smell of an actual book but my Kindle has made my reading obsession much more manageable.
  5. What social media sites do you use, if any?
    1. I frequent most of them. I just started using Instagram (I’m trying to complete a photo-a-day challenge) and I wrote a post about Pinterest.
  6. If you had a theme song, what would it be?
    1. Float On by Modest Mouse, this song is my jam.
  7. If you were able to sit down with world leaders what would you say?
    1. “Can’t we all just get along?” or something similar.
  8. Who is one famous person you would like to meet or have met?
    1. I would love to meet Mindy Kaling. She is wicked smart, talented, hilarious, and a snappy dresser. In another life her and I were meant to be best friends.
  9. Which of your posts are you most proud of?
    1. I am proud of them all, each one is a small piece of me, but a favorite of mine is a recent post, Shutter Bug. I talk about photography, my camera, and include a few photos from the past. This post has inspired me to get back to my hobby because photography leaves me feeling content.
  10. What is one goal you have for your blog?
    1. I am currently trying to update daily and using a journal plan I found on Pinterest. I also do “photo-a-day” and would like to incorporate more of my photos into my blog.
  11. If you could visit any period in time, what would it be?
    1. I would visit England during the Arthurian age. I read this book in high school and this time period has fascinated me ever since.
      The Crystal Cave (Arthurian Saga, #1)The Crystal Cave by Mary StewartMy rating: 4 of 5 stars

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To everyone reading my blog, I’m sending good thoughts your way and my many thanks. The Liebster Award sheds light on undiscovered blogs and helps bloggers connect and grow through the blogging community.

*The numbers were changed in this post from my original assignment because seven is one of my lucky numbers and it is a more feasible option for me. Feel free to break the rules as well.
Many Thanks


Tomorrow I will_____

I will make a to-do list and get things done. I get behind staying organized when life gets busy, so tomorrow is my catch up day to get back on schedule.

The week is almost over and so is January. I cannot believe that the first month is nearly gone. “Life is what happens to us while we are making other plans.” (Allen Saunders)

Twenty-eight days into 2015 and it feels okay. I feel like I have kept on task, for the most part, and stuck to my resolutions. I do wish I had more reading accomplished but I am not rushing myself through my Goodreads challenge; it states that I am still currently on track which is good enough for me. I have changed a few goals and added others to balance the tasks I have dropped but in my mind it’s all “even-steven”.

Tomorrow I have the house to myself in the morning. This means I will get to listen to some 90’s music while I tidy up the living quarters. Tomorrow is also laundry day, one of my least favorite days. If I could buy new clothes and just throw out my used ones I would. That is how much I like doing laundry. My head would explode if I ever tried that tactic; I hate wasting anything.

Tonight I’m going to listen to my 90’s music radio station to prepare my mood for tomorrow.

Do you have a genre of music or particular artist/band that puts you in a good mood?