Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Tuesday Tea // 51 Simple Pleasures


Oh, the resurrection of Tuesday Tea! Although this post has nothing to do with tea other than the fact that I'm on my second cup of earl grey for the day, haha :)

But I recently found a list that I wrote during high school about 51 things that seem small that give me great pleasure. It can sometimes be hard to find beauty in every day life, but I know that life is a whole lot better if I slow down and give thanks for the simple things. I've already listed these 51 things on a previous blog post, but I thought I would update it with 51 new things, with maybe a couple repeats.

1. squishy, gorgeous yarn
2. Gilmore Girls re-runs
3. big cups of hot tea
4. tall glasses of iced tea
5. re-reading a favorite book and getting something new out of it
6. Anthropologie candles
7. paychecks
8. old recipes
9. sinking into bed after a long day
10. thank you notes
11. rolling the money in your change jar
12. this beautiful print
13. crocheted flowers
14. good hair days
15. salt water taffy
16. getting magazines in the mail
17. dressing up for no reason
18. rooftop dinners
19. dandelions
20. my favorite mug
21. using loose leaf tea instead of teabags
22. Milano cookies
23. my Kitchenaid stand mixer
24. finishing a Rubik's cube
25. maxi skirts
26. finishing an amazing book
27. grace
28. dahlias
29. kitty cats
30. banana babies
31. card games
32. a fresh haircut
33. compliments
34. spooning
35. ceiling fans
36. dishwashers
37. hand-me-down clothing
38. blog comments
39. knowing you're going to spend the rest of your life with your best friend
40. Etsy stores
41. an intricate cross-stitch
42. snuggles
43. looking at baby photos
44. perfectly clean and organized living spaces
45. guitars and ukuleles
46. clean slates
47. waking up early by accident
48. good guacamole
49. good Mexican food in general
50. ceiling stars
51. dreamcatchers

Monday, July 20, 2015

The Surrender Experiment // A Blogging for Books Review

Although I thoroughly enjoy the ideas in this book by Michael A. Singer (author of the wildly popular The Untethered Soul), my main issue with it was its repetitiveness. I loved to hear about his story, but that's really all the book was about--it was essentially Singer's autobiography, which was not what I was expecting. I was expecting more of a guidebook, a set of rules to follow, to help me along my own journey to saying yes and surrendering to fate.

But once I accepted the book as more of his life story, I really enjoyed it. Michael Singer has lived a fascinating life, and it was amazing to read about his experiences as he said yes to essentially everything and all that life threw at him as he strived to live his life according to a higher being's will.

I received this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Yarn Along

Happy Wednesday and Happy Yarn Along Day! Linking up with Ginny from Small Things :)

I'm on a flower making roll! These purple colors are so amazing, and I love these yarns so much. More flowers to follow in subsequent weeks, I'm sure :)

Monday, July 6, 2015

On My Bookshelf: July

What a month it has been so far! It feels like my life is been going full-speed ahead right now, and I'm loving every minute of it :) As such, many of the books I'm reading are mirroring my desire to enjoy every second of life and to gain new perspective from everything.

Cold Tangerines by Shauna Niequist
This book is about celebrating the extraordinary nature of everyday life, and the way God infuses every aspect of even the seemingly mundane aspects of things. It's about slowing down and being aware and about how unspiritual things can be spiritual.

Pope Francis: Pastor of Mercy by Michael J. Ruszala
Pope Francis is such an extraordinary man who is transforming modern Catholicism. As a Catholic myself, I'm drawn to learn more about his life, how he grew up and his calling to the priesthood, and this short biography will give me more insight into his life and what makes him so captivating.

The Surrender Experiment by Michael A. Singer
This memoir of sorts is about the journey to enlightenment, letting go of worries, and transforming your life into what you've always desired. The book is the newest Blogging for Books read that I have received, and I curious to maybe learn a new way to live in the moment and maximize my happiness.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Yarn Along

Happy Wednesday and Happy Yarn Along Day! Linking up with Ginny from Small Things :)

I've been crocheting lots of flowers recently for a very special project that I have in the works (details to follow, but I haven't decided when). These particular flowers are being made with scrap yarn from my Halstead Shawl (which I finally got to use this past weekend in Door County, Wisconsin!), and based on their weight, I should get 11 of these "crocodile stitch" flowers out of what little yarn I have left. That's the good thing about making flowers--they don't take very much yarn!