I did the thing…

Despite every part of me being absolutely terrified to do it, I finally did the thing….I followed a few people on WordPress. A lot of people would laugh at this, but it’s actually a really nerve wracking thing for me … Continue reading

5 Ways to Ruin Your SEO on Your Blog [On Purpose]

Why Would you want to ruin your SEO? Because you don’t want to be found easily. Simple as that. I use my blog as a personal online journal that my boss or family can’t find. It’s personal therapy for me … Continue reading

Housewares Show: Chicago

Chicago is overwhelming enough for me. The sights, the sounds, and constant stream of voices and activity between people, technology, and landscape. It’s practically an artwork of it’s own, one that I have grown to love, but at a respectful … Continue reading

Imago Dei

I’ve been struggling lately with this concept of Imago Dei. For those of you unfamiliar with the term it’s Latin for “In God’s Image” and is a concept all Christians are taught at usually a pretty young age, mainly because … Continue reading

Sick Selfies

I’m not sure anyone else takes selfies when their sick, but I do. Mainly because I like faking health and wellness on social media. Here is the result:

I’m not sure why I started taking on this philosophy, but somehow I got it in my head that I needed to look healthy in hopes of it encouraging me either into feeling healthy or actually choosing to make healthy decisions.

So today I put on my comfy spaghetti strap tank top, threw my cotton blazer over to of it and put on my most colorful necklace I bought for $5 from a friend who sells paparazzi jewelry (yes, this is a supportive and shameless plug link, because the jewelry is amazing, inexpensive, and I love my friends that much). Put on a light layer of foundation, eyeliner, and mascara, and a little lipstick…you know. To make my lips feel pretty even when I’m coughing my lungs out.

While I know looking pretty doesn’t make the flu go away, it certainly helps to boost my confidence. I feel like less of a lump of sick and more like a human again. I feel like I’m clean instead of sweaty and feverish, and if I don’t look sick, it helps me to feel less sick psychologically. Of course I’m not going out anywhere, and all I’ve managed to do is dress up nice to push through laundry, throw dinner in the slow cooker, and nap in a little while with my kitties. Still, somehow knowing I look nice and seeing glances of those bright colors makes me happy, which I think helps considerably in the healing process (along with the green tea, Himalayan salt lamp, cough syrup, and fever reducer).

Work Is Killing Me

I’ve probably said this before, and it certainly won’t be the last time I ever say it, but being a creative as a living can really drain a person. Not that it’s more draining than other jobs, but it’s more … Continue reading

Raised to be the Husband

The look on his face told me that something was seriously not right, which is how even a minor crisis seems to be for him. “What’s up baby.” “My car won’t start.” I threw on my clothes and boots and … Continue reading

The Day After Christmas

It’s the day after Christmas, and all through the house…it’s just me a the kitties laying about.

My husband had to be back to work today, but I still get the day off. Which means I have a whole day to myself, and I’m super excited about it. It’s not often I get so much alone time.

What do I plan on doing? Working in the of course. When I got up to move my car out of the driveway so my husband could get out and go to work it was -9* outside. So after I kissed him goodbye I hurried inside and plan to stay indoors. I’ve already cut up some kiwi and strawberries and started them in the dehydrator for 20 hours.

I rested in bed to warm up a bit more after being outside to juggle cars, and while I did that I listened to a Sermon on the last half book of Ruth called “An Immigrant’s Courage” from a Podcast series my brother had recommended to me. I found it very encouraging and it really helped to change my attitude and perspective on the Holiday season, not because it was the Christmas story, but because it was reflective of the Grace offered to humanity through Jesus Christ and shows the unusual ways in which God chooses to redeem people. All of which is precursors to the events of the Nativity. I really just recommending listening to it yourself and letting it bless you if you have the time or a commute in which to listen.

In a little while I plan on doing as much house work as I can. Dishes need doing from the festivities yesterday. Some laundry could stand to be done. I got a new vacuum for Christmas and really could stand to do a little to get rid of the cat fur and dust in the living room if not to clean up the small bits of wrapping paper left in my carpet. Dinner needs making and I plan on using my new Slow Cooker I got for Christmas for that (my last one broke and I’ve been missing having one) so eventually I can either relax and read or get some at home hours for work by working on some thank you card designs our company owner requested I letterpress print for him.

In all I just wanted a day to relax from everything. To detox from the busy that was yesterday and really just invest some time into spending time getting to know myself a little bit. To think about the past year and who I’ve become since then and who I’m being lead to be in Christ, which is always a difficult question because I’m so aware of how much I want to fight what God wants in selfish pursuit of what I want. So today is my solstice reflection of days going from darkest to light again and progressing towards a New Year and renewed self.

I hope you all had a Merry Christmas and have a very prosperous New Year.

Another Christmas Eve

It doesn’t matter how many firsts we will be experiencing this year as husband and wife, Christmas really isn’t feeling very special this year. Then again, it really hasn’t felt very special since I was 13, and I began realizing … Continue reading