Tuesday, February 9, 2016

25 Books in 2016

If you've been around my blog long enough, you know I don't read that often. My hope though is to read more this year. I'm following Val's lead after seeing her reading goal from last year, and now this year! I'm being optimistic and thinking 25 books might be doable! Considering I'm not a reader, I'm accepting this challenge. Owning it. This list isn't set in stone but each of the books listed below have been recommended multiple times, so they must be pretty good! 

1. The Finishing School : Valerie Woerner
2. Make It Happen : Lara Casey
3. The Happiness Project : Gretchen Rubin
4. The Best Yes : Lysa TerKeurst
5. Made to Crave : Lysa TerKeurst
6. Simply Tuesday : Emily Freeman
7. Unglued : Lysa TerKeurst
8. The Fringe Hours : Jessica Turner
9. Seven : Jen Hatmaker
10. Bittersweet : Shauna Niequist
11. Love, Skip, Jump : Shelene Bryan
12. Rising Strong : Brene Brown
13. The Untethered Soul : Michael Slinger 
14. Grace for the Good Girl : Emily Freeman
15. Restless : Jennie Allen
16. Sacred Singleness : Leslie Ludy
17. One Thousand Gifts : Ann Voskamp
18. Love Does : Bob Goff
19. You Are A Badass : Jen Sincero
20. Eat, Sleep, Move : Tom Rath
21. Girls In White Dresses : Jennifer Close
22. Barefoot : Elin Hilderbrand
23. The Antelope in The Living Room : Melanie Shankle
24. Satisfied : Jeff Manion
25. Wild and Free : Hayley Morgan and Jess Connolly

**other books that didn't make the list, but were super close!
The Rosie Project, If You Find This Letter, Girl Meets Change, You Were Made for A God Sized Dream, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, Big Magic

What books are you hoping to read this year? I'd love to hear! Open to all suggestions! xo

Friday, February 5, 2016

Hey There, Friday!

Friday, it's good to see you as always! Between slowly recovering from a killer sinus infection, workshops all day yesterday and an early start to the weekend (yay for days off & flex days) it's been a nice short week. Regardless, I'm still welcoming the weekend with open arms! Let's get right to this weeks favorites:

When I tell people I work at Coach, their immediate reaction is "I could never work there, I'd never bring home a paycheck!!" Me too. Me too. All about the self control. I'm really good at rationalizing my purchases...until I went in last weekend two things I wasn't expecting came in....hellllllo employee discount! I couldn't pass them up. Our store rarely gets jewerly in and when the ring came in my size, it was a no brainer....oh and the prices were fabulous. And that passport cover I was eyeing from retail came in...um yes!? I guess this means I should renew my passport asap...oops! Ring (sold out) | Passport cover (similar)

LOFT SCARF: Pink | Cream
My mama gifted me the scarf above for Christmas, I loved it so much that I went back and bought another. Luckily for me, they were on sale the day I went + I also had a rewards card....I paid $1.20 for the scarf #winning. Oh, and I've worn it almost every day everyday since. No shame. It's so cozy! 

You might remember when I talked about needing new bedroom lamps, well, the PB ones came!! It's safe to say that I love them so so much. Simply gorgeous in person! Just seeing them in my room makes me happy. I also love how versatile they will be in the future. 

I think it's safe to say that I'm probably one of the only people that has never watched Parenthood, until now. I know... you probably think I live under a rock. Nope. I knew I'd love the show so much and I didn't have the time to binge watch until now. I watched the first season in about two days...so I guess you could say I love it already?! All. the. feels. 
Following Emily Ley's Simplicity Challenge through instagram over the past month has been a huge blessing. Each day she would post a small task to help simplify. I'm happy to say I've completed most of them...here are some of my favorites: 


Linking up with: 5 on Friday DarciAprilChristina, + Natasha // Friday Favorites: A Little Bit of EverythingMomfessionals, + Grace and Love // Oh Hey, Friday: September Farm + The Farmer's Wife // Friday Favorites: Meet at the Barre

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

2015: Year In Review

Year in review posts are some of my favorite posts to read and look back on. 2015 had so many great moments, but it also came with a lot of struggle too. I want to be as transparent as possible but sharing those struggles is not something I'm fully comfortable with right now, especially with all of the internet :). I do, however, want to say how the Lord has taken those struggles and turned them into something wonderful. Thank You, Lord! 2016, I can't wait to see all that happens!

It might be February already, but never too late for a recap! Choosing imperfect progress over perfection, thanks Lara! Here's a few snapshots into 2015:
Other favorites include: 
favorite moments: GRADUATION! + getting a job! (more on that later)
favorite books: Nobody's Cuter Than You, Let's All Be Brave, Cold Tangerines 
favorite trips: Savannah, Outer Banks

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