New Things and Old Things

Isn’t it funny how you start off the year with new goals and new ideas and then halfway through, you’re in a totally different spot. There’s many reasons for this, one being outside life circumstances, but sometimes the Lord is simply calling to you and stirring your hearts in new ways.

That’s where I’ve been (as I’m sure you noticed with the lack of posting on both blogs). Part of it has been life (the summer was really busy – I bought myself a house for my 35th birthday. Yay for mortgages!! :)), but also the Lord whispering to my heart. A change of direction.

I promise the next line isn’t “I’m moving to Europe!” (Although, um…so game!), but a shift in my online writing. I’ve had two blogs for a while, but the past several months I haven’t been sure where I was going with each one. It didn’t seem like I should have two, but I still really enjoyed writing for each one. Did I just stop altogether? I admit, that’s where I was for several weeks, but I didn’t feel peace about that either.

I know it probably seems a bit dramatic to talk about blogs this way, but I truly wanted to be faithful to whatever the Lord was asking of me. So what’s the final verdict? One blog, but a combination of the two. Will I be blogging every day? Not quite. My goal is at least once a week and will be a variety of life posts and bookish posts. I’m figuring out other details (like my Inklings), but I’m ready for a change. I’m also slowly moving over popular posts from each blog to have in the archives, so you can still find them. Plus it’s always nice to have the reminders of early blogging days – sometimes it’s cringe worthy, but worth remembering. (Although true confession, sad to lose all the comments – there were some fun discussions!)

When I first started blogging back in 2012, my time and desire fit my blogging schedule. But, as life happens with new chapters, I don’t have the time (and no longer want to) spend several hours a week on blogging (how different my weekends with a house. Grass Internet. Grass. It likes to grow). I loved the years when I did that – it was exciting starting and pursuing something I loved. I still love it and am forever thankful it opened up doors to the career I’m in now, but I’m no longer in a place to spend my nights and most weekends working on the blog. And that’s okay. I’m excited to still be in the blogging and bookish world, but at a pace that is healthy for where I’m at now.

I’ll still have my newsletter and of course I won’t stop reading and sharing about my favorite reads on other social channels in addition to blog posts, but I’m excited about this new direction.

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Fun Finds For Everyday #11

Happy Easter everyone! I hope you have had a lovely week and that it continues on through Easter Sunday! Whatever you have planned, may the time with your family this weekend be full of laughter, joy and peace. I wasn’t raised in the church, but Easter Sundays still hold such sweet memories of family and fun. I wouldn’t change a thing.

Today is also a great day for some spring Fun Finds. Any catch your eye?

1. Hello Eco Stationery Set. I love getting letters and I love sending them (although I’ve been a slacker on that recently). How cute are these? Perfect for a quick note to send to family or friends!

2. Love Letter Garland. I’ve talked about Amani before, but as a reminder, I LOVE THEM. I love that they are constantly coming up with new and creative gifts. Isn’t this the cutest? I’ve fully jumped on board with letter garland of all types, so I might need to be adding this to the list. Plus you’re helping change the lives of women in Africa.

3. InstantFlex TL70 Instant Camera. I need to thank you guys for letting me use this as a way to be all dreamy about every camera out there. I may not do photography professionally anymore, but man, do I love playing with cameras!

4. Samuel Handwritten Address Stamp. Sticking with the letter theme, you can get your own handmade address stamp! So fun!! Plus if you need to get someone a fun housewarming gift? This is a great idea!

That’s what I got for now. Happy Easter everyone, may you have a blessed and encouraging weekend remembering the greatest gift.

Little Letters | Edition #25

Dear Chuy’s,
YOU’RE COMING TO COLORADO. You will never know how happy you made this blogger. Hurry up June.

Dear Community Library in Bogata,
You win. This gave my heart such joy!

Dear Professor Robert E Kelly,
You still win best viral video of all time. Your family is adorable and thank you for giving us a laugh we really needed.   Also, this gif.

Dear Spring in Colorado,
Well aren’t you a little different than what I’m used to?! At least you’re pretty.

Hello buried car!

Dear Big Band music,
I never get tired of you. Getting to hear all your hits at a recent concert reminded me of that….and growing up listening to it.

Dear Maximus,
I haven’t mentioned you in awhile, but thanks for being such a sweet (and kinda hot mess) of a cat.

Hope April and Spring are going well for you! What’s going on in your life?

Podcasts: A New List of Favorites!

My love of podcasts continues to grow. I’m actually kind of obsessed. I did a post two years ago of favorite ones, but since then many have changed (either people stopped posting or I stopped listening – none were for negative reasons), so I thought it was due time to update because I love all of these podcasts. I laugh, cry (seriously, some people need to provide a crying warning), am inspired and did I mention I laugh?

Relevant Podcast: Let’s just say I’m a little late to the game on this gem of a podcast. It’s been around for over 10 years or something close to that. It’s great to hear from authors, athletes, musicians and a lot of others. Plus so many laughs with the hosts (I’m pretty sure people at the gym wonder about me because I burst into laughter while working out. Legit LOLing). It’s good one y’all. Promise.

The RELEVANT Podcast features the creators of RELEVANT magazine discussing the stuff that matters to your life, with in-studio music performances and interviews thrown in for kicks. The weekly show is an off-shoot of RELEVANT magazine, which covers faith, culture and intentional living.

Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey: Y’all, I just love this podcast. I know the Lord is doing amazing things through this podcast. I usually want to buy every book mentioned or instantly follow the guests. I love the authenticity from the guests and Jamie. There’s some where you crack up, some you’ll cry your eyes out and some make you stop and pause the rest of the day because they were “whoa” (I’m looking at you Ann Voskamp). Also, I saw this meme tweeted about another podcast and it’s 110% accurate about this one – I can’t stop laughing!

The Happy Hour Podcast is hosted by Jamie Ivey, and each week she brings a guest to the show. During the happy hour they will discuss anything and everything just as if you were around the table with your own girlfriends. Jamie loves to connect with women and encourage them as they journey through life. These conversations will make you laugh and cry all in one. The Happy Hour will be something you look forward to each week. You will be encouraged as you listen to other women talk about the simplest things in life to the grandest. Grab a cup of coffee and enjoy the conversation!

A Great Story with Sam Collier: This is a new one to me, but I love it. The third one I listened to was Montell Jordan and my fandom was sealed. I’ve listened to four episodes and I have to stop myself from tweeting about every one I listen to. Don’t want to seem like brand new stalker you know? I have my rep to worry about people…. or something like that…..

Sam Collier interviews leaders, influencers and celebrities about the story that God is telling through their life. Six 5 minute interviews underscored by a unique soundtrack.

The New Activist: Want to be inspired to change the world and partner with people doing just that? You need this podcast in your life.

The New Activist gives all of us a chance to learn from other activists – some of whom you’ll know, many of whom you won’t. In every episode we’ll discover what makes that person tick, what’s beautiful/hard about the work that they’re engaging in, and how we can take a step – a little or big one – in pursuing our own activism journey. We hope you enjoy The New Activist – and thank you for changing the world.

The Big Boo Cast: I pretty much laugh the whole way through this podcast. They both crack me up! I love that I still enjoy even if some of the topics are ones I’m not into (i.e. This is Us. I stand firm in my refusal to watch this show). So trust me, y’all check this one out.

Authors / speakers Melanie Shankle and Sophie Hudson – also known as Big Mama and BooMama on their blogs – talk about all the important stuff: faith, family, friends, football, fashion, and food. Plus, of course, their hair.

Alright, which ones are you listening too?

Dead Poets Society | Movie Musings

(Moving Musings are some of my thoughts on some of the all-time greats in cinema. I love story and the power that comes with it, so I thought it would be fun to occasionally post about them. Also, there shall be spoilers. If interested in past Movie Musings, just click here!)


“Words and ideas can change the world.” Mr. Keating

“What will your verse be?”

Since I’m only three Movie Musing posts in, it’s safe to say all the movies I’ve shared about are all time favorites. Ones I have seen many, many times. I love to watch them with friends, because I like watching epic movies with people I’m fans of.

Except this one.

This one I watch alone.

Why? Because there’s no “blink away tears” kind of crying with this beautiful and powerful film. Nope, it’s more like “commence bawling and messy times two crying.” There’s no in between. I watched this a few weeks after Robin Williams’ tragic death, and y’all, only made it worse.

Yet, I’ll continue to watch it because there is such beauty in this film. In case you aren’t familiar, here’s the trailer:

It’s so beautiful and timeless. It speaks to the heart and our longing for beauty in the world. I love each of the characters (well, except for our buddy who throws Mr. Keating under the bus) so much.

Image Credit: Touchstone Pictures

I love Neil Perry for his passion, even if he crushes my heart with his final decision at the end of the movie.

I love Todd Anderson for being so young and naive, yet brave enough at the end to take a stand.

I love Knox Overstreet and his you-only-live-once approach to love.

I love Charlie Dalton for everything he is.

And I love John Keating because he represents all the teachers in my life who have challenged me, encouraged me and believed in me.

The scene in which you cry your eyes out. Image Credit: Touchstone Pictures

And because this movie is one of the most quotable, I had to share a few:

“We don’t read and write poetry because it’s cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for.”

“To quote from Whitman, ‘O me! O life!… of the questions of these recurring; of the endless trains of the faithless… of cities filled with the foolish; what good amid these, O me, O life?’ Answer. That you are here — that life exists, and identity; that the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse. That the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse. What will your verse be?”

“No matter what anybody tells you, words and ideas can change the world.”

“There’s a time for daring and there’s a time for caution, and a wise man understands which is called for.”

“When you read, don’t just consider what the author thinks, consider what you think.”

“Boys, you must strive to find your own voice. Because the longer you wait to begin, the less likely you are to find it at all. Thoreau said, ‘Most men lead lives of quiet desperation.’ Don’t be resigned to that. Break out!”

“Carpe, carpe. Carpe diem. Seize the day, boys. Make your lives extraordinary.”

May we daily live extraordinary lives and to the fullest because of the freedom we have!

“And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:32

Have y’all seen this masterpiece?

Fun Finds For Everyday #10


Happy March friends! Are y’all getting ready for Spring? I’m not sure what to think quite yet (expect I’m already angry at being robbed of an hour of sleep on Sunday :), but I’m ready for my first CO Spring, even if it will include much more feet of snow. #JesusHearMyPrayer

1. The Cord Taco. I think I’m going to order these soon. My headphones manage to go from organized to utter chaos as soon as I zip my purse pocket. It can be annoying spending time on the cardio machine trying to untangle the hot mess. Just give me my jams you know?

2. Record Player. I got a record player a couple of years ago and I love it. I have a few records and if I’m cooking or cleaning, I have my favorites playing. They actually are reasonable priced on Amazon and other places, but if you feel like bumping it up in design and style, Urban Outfitters always has some to choose from.

3. Thistle Farms Body Butter.
Winter in CO has taught me about dry skin on a whole new level. That’s been one of the hardest adjustments because my skin likes to go back to being 15 with any slight change. I think I’ve figured out the face lotion now, but I’m always on the book out for body lotion too! Plus buying this helps Thistle Farms. (Thistle Farms is a sanctuary for healing for women survivors of abuse, addiction, trafficking and prostitution)

4. Magic Wand Remote Control. Um. I’ll take two.

What’s something you’ve treated yourself to recently?

Little Letters | Edition #24


Dear Break Every Chain:
First off, I be crying every time I hear you! Any one with me? But it’s ministered to my heart in deep ways recently and I’m thankful for the Truth of the song. There is power in the name of Jesus!

Dear Remember The Titans,
I will never not love you. I watched you again this weekend and still laugh, still cry and you remain one of my favorites.

Dear Funfetti Cake,
Your calories don’t count right?

Dear Tampa,
Can we talk about the amount of humidity you have during winter? Why do you hate curly hair so much?!

Dear Blog,
I promise I didn’t skip the last two weeks on purpose. Some blog posts are hard to post (and write). People are feisty and a lot of topics have brought so much division inside the church, I’ve not only been shocked, but I’ve been grieved. I hope to post this soon though! There’s is power in God’s Word and that is what I’m turning to.

Dear Bill Paxton,
It’s always sad to hear of actors passing away. Especially when so young. You will be missed. I loved so many of your movies (Tombstone, Twister, Apollo 13, etc) and thank you for bringing your talent to make people laugh, sigh at a romantic scene in a movie about tornadoes, and remember the beauty of the human spirit.

Dear Academy Awards,
Speaking of great actors, DENZEL SHOULD HAVE WON. I’m still mad.