Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Big Dreams, Better Blogs Link Up

Guys, it's finally the big day for our link up!

We've been so excited to host this link up and encourage each other towards our goals for next year!

Here are my big dreams!

1. Keep a blog calendar and plan out posts.
This is one I've been thinking about for awhile. Everyone says that keeping a blog planner helps big time and I'm ready to try it. I think it will help to keep everything more focused and consistent. Do you use a blog planner? I'd love to know your favorites!

2. Post two times a week.
Eeek, this one scares me. Typing it out actually means I need to stick to it, right? Sometimes I feel so lost as to what I could write about. But I'm going to use my new blog planner to help plan out posts and keep posting twice a week! Do you have any tips on how to stay inspired with new posts?

3. Learn more about sponsorships.
I really want to dive more into the world of sponsoring other blogs and potentially offering sponsorships on this blog. I really need to read some more on this. Do you have any advice for sponsorships?

4. Go through Blog Life by A Beautiful Mess.
I've been wanting to do this for awhile, so why not start now, right? I think it will definitely help me focus more on what I want to see with this blog. I think this will also help with my inspiration lulls when I get into those. Have you done this course? Thoughts?

5. Community.
I really want to create a community here on my blog. Obviously, it's easier said than done. I'm a part of a few online communities, and I love it.

So what are your goals and dreams for 2015? We want to hear it! Let's keep each other accountable and encourage one another!

Here are some rules to stick to when writing your post:
1. Share your posts about your big dreams for your blog in 2015. Please only link up the specific blog post. Entries completely unrelated to the theme or linked to your homepage will be deleted.

2. Link back to this site so others can get their big dreaming on, too!

3. You can link up your posts on any day until Monday, January 5th at midnight PST.

4. THE MOST IMPORTANT RULE OF ALL! You MUST visit the person's blog who linked up directly before you and leave them a motivating comment. This is such an important part of this link up! We are each here to encourage each other and to build a community of determined bloggers and friends! If you don't do this your post will be deleted. So let's remember to encourage each other :)

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

December Goals.

I know it. I'm behind on these, too. But better late than never, right?

So, my November goals went pretty well. Let's recap, shall we?
1. Finish Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and start Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
I did half of this one. I finished the Prisoner of Azkaban pretty early into November, but I have yet to get my hands on the Goblet of Fire. But! Plane ride is coming next week, so it'll definitely make an appearance in this month's goals.

2. Study over Thanksgiving Break.
Huzzah! I actually did this one. Maybe not a ton, but I did attempt to study over break, while my grades may not reflect that.

3. Save, save, save. 
This one is a little hard to quantify, but I feel like I did a better job of saving money over November.

4. Focus on being grateful.
I feel like this one was definitely accomplished throughout the month of November. We all definitely focus on what we're grateful for, and I definitely need to do this more often.

5. Work on being quick to listen and slow to speak.
I don't know that I'll ever get to cross this one completely off. This is such a hard thing for me. I don't really have a filter, and I need to create one. It's such a struggle for me, but by the Grace of God, I'm trying to work on it.

Now for December goals!

1. Start and finish the Goblet of Fire
I know I can do it. Once I start, I'll definitely finish pretty quickly. I'll actually have time to read once I go home! 

2. Spend time with the Lord, daily.
When I go home, I don't have a set schedule like I do at school, so its harder for me to plan out time I spend with the Lord. I really want to spend quality time with Him, daily and really strive to accomplish this goal.

3. Work on support letters for India.
I started writing my India support letters, but I need to work on wrapping them up and sending them out. 

4. Keep in touch with friends from school.
It's so easy to get caught up with the busyness of December, but I want to stay connected with friends here at school and catch up with them every so often. 

5. And because I can't have an even numbered, list: Enjoy December and enjoy each day as it comes.
I can so easily let the days go by without enjoying them for what they are. "I wish this work day would go by quickly" "I wish Christmas would just already get here." I tend to say these things a lot during December, but then before I know it, it is time to go back to school. So I really wanna just enjoy December as it comes.

I'd love to hear about your goals for the month!

Monday, December 8, 2014

How We Rock Our Christmas Sweaters

Christmas sweaters are so fabulous. Even ugly ones. So, Haley and I jumped on the idea of getting all Christmasy for a sweater party this past weekend.

Here's how we styled our Christmas sweaters.

I got mine at Goodwill over Thanksgiving Break and Haley went the cheater route and bought hers at Walmart. I guess we'll let it slide, though, cause she did win 1st place.

Bows are also a must have. We borrowed them from Haley's friend and my bow literally covered the whole side of my head. It was great.

Tinsel topped off our outfits for an extra Christmasy feel. It got itchy after awhile, but it added a little extra to the outfit.

And the last thing we needed to rock the Christmas sweaters was a little sass. This isn't hard for us, though.

Also, good friends are the best. Love you, Hay.

How do you rock your Christmas sweaters?

Join in for Tri Style & Co.'s challenge to style your ugly Christmas sweater!

Sunday, December 7, 2014

A day for thanks.

Wow I'm behind. But exams happen and that's important, too, right? Okay, good. I'm glad you agree with me.

Thanksgiving Break was much needed. I hadn't been home in like 5 weeks and it couldn't have come at a better time. I did have to work somewhere around 25 hours, but just being home and working was still so fabulous.

The week as a whole was super restful and amazing and full of work and people. But I loved it. And I loved watching Christmas movies with my mom by the fire and decorating the house and the tree and all the things.

Anywho, here are some pictures of our Thanksgiving. Dinner was fabulous, but mostly because I got to sit around a table with all my favorite people.

And what did we make, of course?
Balsamic Brussel Sprouts
Carrots with Thyme and other spices. I can't exactly find the recipe.
Deviled Eggs (my sister's special recipe)
My Mom's Famous Cheesy Potatoes
Classic Sweet Potato Casserole

Amazing Apple Crisp

How was your Thanksgiving?

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Big Dreams, Better Blogs

Friends! Two posts in two days! I'm as shocked as you are! But today is a great day!

I have the wonderful honor of hosting a link up with some amazing women! We are in a small group from The Peony Project (which has been such a huge blessing to me!).

Allow me to introduce you to Megan from Arroway Love, Ashley from the Ashley Davis Project, and Kendra from Kenji is Here.

Me // Megan

Do you have any big dreams for your blog for 2015? Do you want to see your blog grow and become better all around? Do you want to achieve these goals that you are gonna make?

Did you answer 'yes' to these questions above? Well we did too! So please join us! The link up will start on December 16 (so you have three weeks to think about your dreams!) and will close on January 5th!

Making goals is one thing, but writing them and hitting 'publish' makes them so much more real! We are gonna keep you accountable and we expect you to keep us accountable as well!

So here's the low down:
1. Come back here or on any of our blogs and link up your post about your goals for this next year!
2. The link up will be open from December 16 to January 5!
3. Share, share, and share some more! We want everyone to be included! The more the merrier!

Monday, November 24, 2014

That time Caroline took pictures for me.

Back in August, I had the ever so amazing Caroline Hopper take pictures for this little blog of mine and I have yet to give her all the credit for them. Seriously such a party foul. And I just haven't gotten around to writing the blog post that says how amazing she is. So here it is.

Caroline Hopper. You rock. I made a little pinterest board on what I was kinda looking for, and she thought of the location and helped me with what I should wear and all that good stuff. And it was HOT outside, and she even made me look like I wasn't about to pass out.

So, I wanna show you her amazing talent. And here is the picture overload of myself. Definitely an uncomfortable thing to post, but its about her talent, not me.

Go check her out. Right now. I'll wait.

Wow. That was way too many pictures of me. But really, do you see her talent? She's my age and oh so good. You should definitely go check her work out.

Wanna know what's also sick. That old suitcase? Caroline found it at a garage sale and it was the same one Allie used in The Notebook. I'm telling you, this girl is amazing.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Autumn Crushes

I've been wanting to do a post about my crushes for the fall, and now that we're almost done with fall I figured I should get it in before my time ran out.

I love scarves. A little too much. So naturally, on the top of my list are scarves.
Live Fashionable has been on the top of my life for awhile now, and I still don't own one of their scarves. I need to fix this real soon. My two favorites are the Mulu and the Eden.

I've also recently discovered Jacob's Scarves which is such an amazing company. It all started when the founder, Kiki, was living and teaching in China (I know, so great already) and saw a need to send a little boy to school. So she started this scarf company to help send him to school. And it's grown from there!
I love the Ben and Pula infinity scarves! They look so warm!

I also wrote a guest blog post for them today, so you should definitely check them out!

Music does wonders. It puts me in such a better mood and is so good for the soul. I'm super stoked for She and Him's new album which comes out December 2. I've only heard like one song, but I know it's gonna be so amazing.

Rend Collective is coming out with a new Christmas CD tomorrow, and that's gonna be fabulous, too. I just know it.

Also, Summer made an amazing End of Autumn playlist on Spotify that you should definitely listen to. I love listening to it while I study and go about my day.

On the music note, I've already started listening to Christmas music (please don't kill me) and its been so wonderful.

I've been getting into reading more lately and have really been enjoying it as a means of a stress reliever. Right now, I'm reading The Screwtape Letters with one of my friends. I've been wanting to read it to really get a glimpse of the war that's going on for my soul. I am so quick to listen to those voices inside my head.

I just finished the third book in the Harry Potter series and haven't started the fourth one yet, but I am so excited for it. I have been loving this series so much!

Yes Please by Amy Poehler has been on my list ever since it came out. I'm asking Santa for this one :) But in all seriousness, I really can't wait to read it.

Everyday I enjoy reading so many blogs! So here are some of my favorites that you should check out:
Heavens to Betsy
Oak and Oats
Arroway Love

And if you haven't already seen it, you should go watch our vlog. We had way too much fun making it. Happy Autumn, guys! And happy almost Winter! (eeep!)