As we wrap up the first month of the new year, I thought I’d share some thoughts about some personal goals I’ve made for myself in 2018.

The new year always brings a lot of reflection and soul searching. I’m not huge into resolutions, but I did spend some time thinking about some things I’d like to change and accomplish in 2018:

  1. Unplug. I started doing this by putting my phone away when I nurse my daughter. This may not sound like a big deal, but it wasn’t as easy as I thought it would be. She eats every two hours for 20-30 mins at a time. Putting my phone down during this time allows me to enjoy every second of that time with her, instead of mindlessly scrolling through social media.
  2. Be warm. I don’t mean raising my body temperature. I started thinking about people who I love to be around and what it is about them that makes me want to be around them. I realized, they’re warm. Whether it’s their smile, the way they greet me, the way they hug, or their body language when we’re talking, there’s something about their character that’s warm and inviting. I think I have a tendency to come off as cold sometimes when I don’t really mean to. I want to be more aware of this so that I can make others feel warm when they’re around me.
  3. Read more. It’s pretty simple. Exercise my library card more!
  4. Journal. I’ve journaled on and off since I could write sentences. Every time I find an old journal entry, I think of how glad I am that I put that moment in time down in words, whether it was when I was 7 or 17. I journaled every week throughout my pregnancy with Emery and I recently read through it all. Reliving those nine months when I carried her in my belly brought up so many emotions! So, I dusted off an old notebook I used to jot down thoughts in college and started writing again. I mostly write lists: to-do lists, lists of things to read, movies to watch, or people to get a hold of. I also write down a “word of the week” at the end of each week. Just one word to sum up how my week went. It’s a quick, but good way to reflect on how I spent my time that week.
  5. Create. You’ll find this word on my “resolutions” list every year. I always want to continue to exercise and grow my creative abilities. I recently got a job teaching a photography class at our local arts academy. I’m also continuing my small business, Printed With Grace. I think this year I’d also like to find time to pick up painting again (:

I hope you’ve found time to reflect on some things you’d like to change or accomplish this year. Happy 2018, folks!



Rainy Day Reads

What is it about the rain that makes us want to curl up with a good book? That’s the effect it has on me anyway.

I woke up to the soft tapping of rain on our bedroom window this morning. The urge to burrow deep into the covers and pillows was a strong one, but I knew I had to get up. One. More. Work day.

As I stretched and rubbed the sleep from my eyes, I racked my brain for every possible reason to stay at home, in bed, with book or two all day. Oh how I took advantage of those lazy college days where I could do just that!

Throughout the morning, I’ve been compiling a list of books in my head that are perfect for a rainy day. I call it my, “Ultimate, Rainy, Lazy, Cozy-Up-With-A-Good Book List”. So, that’s what I’m going to share with you today. Hopefully I have some fellow bibliophiles out there (:



Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein

This is my all-time favorite book. Shel Silverstein was the voice of my childhood. I had the audio recording of Shel reciting, singing and shouting the poems and stories in this book. I loved reading along to his silly sing-song prose on rainy days when I was growing up. Actually, I still do (:51yVNePLRBL._SX319_BO1,204,203,200_.jpg

The Feather Room by Anis Mojgani

I remember stumbling across Mojgani’s work in college. I was immediately hooked to his one-of-a-kind style. His work is so raw and beautiful. His poems just fill me with all sorts of emotions. My personal favorite is “Shake the Dust”. It gives me chills. 

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