30 September 2013

#31 Days Discovery in Contentment and Simplicity

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I've done it. I've joined a blog challenge. It's been awhile since I've blogged consistently. This is a great challenge because I'm always thinking about my blog, but that's different then giving it the love and attention I want to.

Moving is hard. It takes a lot out of a person. Starting a new job is hard. It takes a lot out of a person. When you add the rest of life into the mix, there are many things that get left behind. I'm typing this, quite tired and exhausted from an extremely stressful week at work, but this is something that's just for me. Even if there was no one reading this, it can't be taken away from me.


I'd like to present 31 Days, hosted by The Nester! I stumbled upon this project from a blogger I regularly check up on and thought, "Why not?" No time like the present to blog more. I'm going to blog (at least try) every day, for the next 31 days. I will be blogging about Discovery in Contentment and Simplicity. I know it's a long title and I don't exactly know where it will go, but God has really put this upon my heart. I'm moving too fast, I'm desiring too much, and I'm leaving Him out of the equation. For the next 31 days, I'll be sharing about my obstacles, my goals, my fears, my passions, and by the end, I hope to have discovered some promises from God, found a strong contentment in being in this season of life, and simplified how I do everything. It's not going to be easy. It will actually be quite messy. I may shed some tears, I may get angry. Maybe I'll even write some songs? I have no idea. But I'm excited about the journey that is my life!

There were many categories of your own to choose from, or you could make up your own. Mine kind of falls between three: simplicity & organization, inspirational & faith, and personal endeavors.

What does Discovery in Contentment and Simplicity look like?
Maybe something like this:

- Refreshing in the word

-Realizing there is more than just here and now
-Spending more time with my family
-Honing on my passions and dreams

Again, this is a new arena. Will I have 31 days of content? Who knows? Am I excited? You betcha! Am I scared.... YES!

Stepping out and moving on. Discovery in Contentment and Simplicity.

25 September 2013


These are some of my favorite posts because I can clue you in on what's going on. And sometimes I even get a response!

How is everything? Busy on this end! But I can report that my room is almost finished. I receive my first guest next month, so I should be done with my room, minus some decorations. I have my eyes on some prints online, but need to put some money in the "decorate my room fund." 

Currently I'm....

Reading: It Starts With Food by Dallas and Melissa Hartwig. Very good. I started my paleo "diet" yesterday. It's a 30 Day challenge called the WHOLE 30. You should check it out!

Watching: Just caught up with Revenge and Scandal (what biblicial names...) Both very good shows. I like intrigue. Now, I'm back on the grind with The Vampire Diaries. This is one of those shows, that I hate to love, but, again the intrigue.

Listening: Nothing really. A little bit of Air 1 radio and NPR.

Wishing: I could make friends faster. It's hard. Work people aren't too bad, but once I settle into a church I'm sure I'll find friends. I've been praying for Godly ones.

Thinking: About all the challenges I'm working on! #30 Lists is almost over, I'm a tad bit behind, but will catch up tonight. I'm also thinking about my October challenge 30 Days. I'll have to blog about both of those. I'm almost done with a 1.5 year project. A crochet blanket for my mom and have bought my next stash for a blanket for my brother. I'm stepping into new territory for his, it's going to be a chevron blanket!

Praying: I'm turning the tables. I'm asking for prayer this week. For contentment. I'm always off and ready for the "next thing," and not living in the now. I need contentment and satisfaction where I am (not settling, but rejoicing in where God has me.)

Browsing: I've found a lot of new blogs, that I add to a list I never see. I really need to work on that. Of course, instagram and pinterest everyday!

Sipping: Tons of water and black coffee.

Eating: Whole 30 Diet

Loving: Arizona

What are you CURRENTLY doing?

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18 September 2013

This is how we do it

"It's Friday night..."

Haha. Not really. It's Wednesday night.

Right now, I'm waiting for my iphone to load the new ios software. It's taking entirely too long in my opinion. But, I'm pretty sure the wait is worth it.

Today I wanted to talk about wasted time.

I know I waste a lot of it...

1. Instagram
2. Facebook
3. Pinterest
4. Instagram
5. Pinterest
6. Hulu/Netflix/Amazon Prime

You get the idea! I'm forever not doing what I should or could be doing because I'm doing something else. That's a mouthful.

What could I be doing:

reading, cleaning, crocheting...

I've gotten better at not wasting time. But, I do have down time. I'm worn out at the end of the day. This week I really have been working on getting my "to do list" done! I even made a master list of projects I'm currently working on. Let's just say this list is massive.

What have been up to this week:
budgeting, cleaning, organizing, planning, reading... It's been good. I'm not at 100% but I'm much better than the nothings of yesterdays.

What am I trying to say? It's not bad to be on social media. But, there are times when being social is the last thing you need to do... You need to get your rear into gear, get your work done, so you can do those things you say you never get to do.

I dare you to try it for a week. Tell me how it went!

15 September 2013


So far I've...

Lived in two places.
Bought a car.
Started a job.
Made friends.
Found the perfect coffee shop.
Gained a little bit of weight.
Avoided swimming in pools - even our own.
Made friends with my brothers dog.
Supported a co-worker by going to his show.
Not read enough.
Blogged very little.
Enjoyed really good food and very bad food.

So far I've really enjoyed Phoenix!

10 September 2013

Why I'm Overloaded and What I Need To Do About It

Yeesh! That was a long title. It sums up my life. I've not prioritized this blog, thus, this blog has fallen by the wayside yet again. But, I can't apologize. Not this time.

I promised to do another book review, which the book has been read, I just haven't "gotten around" to writing the post. It's not that I don't want to, I just don't want to write anything right now.

My sister said she missed my posts. I miss writing, but I've learned as I read a new book "It Starts With Food", my food choices are making my cycle of barely sleeping, waking up groggy, going through the day grouchy, and passing out only to have a fitful night sleep is starting to take a toll on my body.

I've gained weight like nobody's business. I'm ignoring the budget -- And I dread opening up my laptop unless it's Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, or Gap.com. I'm obsessed with their cords. Of course the 40% ends tonight. But, I don't feel I can spend anymore money on clothes until I start eating better. Why reward yourself for bad behavior?

I've been sort of involving myself with Ali Edwards #aweekinthelife. It's basically a time to document your entire week. I do well except for the pictures part, since it's not a good idea to take pics of work and share them on social media.

There have been three constants in my life outside of work: devotions with #shereadstruth, listing with #30lists (this is the farthest I've gotten), and my daily Starbucks run!

Now Starbucks is a hard subject to talk about. I love it, even though those frou frou drinks are slowly killing me. Really, they are. I promise! But, somehow I reward myself for bad behavior with bad behavior... It's a vicious cycle.

My MANDATORY todo list is falling by the wayside. In order to change, I must be willing to change. And, I'm going to honestly blame it with my diet. In a couple weeks I'm starting the #Whole30 Paleo Diet (eating habits are changing not dieting!), this is from the book I mentioned earlier. I betcha almost everything starts with food.

It's 9:36 pm and way past my bed time and I still have to layout clothes for tomorrow! Have a blessed Wednesday! (HUMP DAY!)

08 September 2013


My sister said she missed my blog posts! So, I at least know I have one reader (I'm just kidding, I know I have 2).

So I thought I'd catch up with a currently post!

Currently I'm...

Reading: It Starts With Food. This book may change my life. I may also be doing a 30 day Paleo challenge... We will wait and see!

Watching: Revenge and House

Listening: Boundless Podcast

Wishing: My room was finished. It's almost there.

Thinking: I should get some prints for my room.

Praying: Continually for my friend Megan and for Cambodia. And my friend Alexa is doing much better! Let’s add my friend Melissa to this list!.

Browsing: Gilt and Nordstrom Rack... Definitely browser shopping... Can't afford what I want. :)

Sipping: You know what I'm about to say... PSL - PUMPKIN SPICE LATTES! <3 span="" starbucks="">

Eating: nothing special

Loving: Everything floral! and #30lists

What are you CURRENTLY doing?

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