It’s not your year.

The other day I was cleaning our storage room and found a box of old notebooks. I flipped one open and found a list of New Year’s resolutions from seven years ago: Lose weight. Improve menu planning. Save money. Funny. Those things are still on my list today and pretty much every year. I’m a…

Getting through or getting to? You decide.

When I calculated credits and realized I could graduate college in three years instead of four, I rolled up my sleeves and got to work. Graduating early meant one year less of student loans and one year closer to marrying my high school sweetheart. That final summer before graduation, my alarm rang daily at 6…

Daily watering.

As a full-time working mom, I put a lot of pressure on my weekends. I keep a list of weekend to-do’s on my phone that I add to throughout the week. Our weekdays are ruled by routine, so if I think of something extra to do, it’s probably going to happen over the weekend. Some…

Life isn’t a performance.

Can I be completely candid for a sec? Lately, I’ve found myself annoyed with seemingly perfect lives. I love social media, and I hate it. Some people’s lives just look too pretty and polished. Fake. Impersonal. (Sometimes, I wonder if my own doesn’t come off this way.) On Facebook, we only publish what we want…

My favorite things.

I had grand plans for my four-day weekend. You know, they don’t come around all that often. My original list included tasks like “clean the oven” and “organize the filing cabinet.” Fun spring break? I trashed the list and made a new one: my favorite things. We need room to play. Room to simply be,…

Utahhhh.

We just returned home from a quick road trip to Utah for a friend’s wedding. While 40 hours in the car isn’t exactly my idea of ahhh-inducing relaxation, it does provide plenty of time to listen to music, talk, think, read and write. All things I love. Plus, the scenery was anything but boring. Refreshed…

Summer 2012 bucket list.

I’ve always operated under the theory, “Work first, play later.” But, in the five months Annistyn’s been in my life, she’s taught me something else: Play comes first. Fold laundry or play with baby? Play. Wash dishes or play with baby? Play. Scrub toilets or play with baby? Definitely play. Play always wins. As a…

Graduation stages and life stages.

In May 2006, I graduated from high school as a mere 17-year-old. I was a planner then, too. Graduating stressed me out big time. I thought I had to have my whole life planned by the time the ink dried on my diploma. Boy was I wrong. Back then, I envisioned myself as a rich architect,…

A to Z.

So it’s been forever since I’ve filled out one of these silly surveys, but as Annistyn’s napping away the morning, I find myself wanting to write but feeling uninspired. Here’s a little A to Z survey about me, just because. A is for age: 23 (and a half). B is for breakfast today: I actually ate breakfast…

Favorite Christmas song.

Tonight I’m baking and enjoying the heavenly scent of buttermilk brownies (more freezer food!), all while being serenaded by Shane and Shane’s Christmas album on Spotify. Every time this song comes on, I pause, caught up in the beautiful harmony. It’s quickly becoming a seasonal favorite. My only wish is that it was longer. Might…