Half way through a social media blackout

On December 31st, I posted a New Year’s post on Facebook including a youtube video of ‘The Tenors’ singing Auld Lang Syne. It’s one of my favorite versions. Then I logged out of my account, took Facebook and Messenger off my phone, and haven’t touched them since. On December 31st, I systematically deleted over 200Continue reading “Half way through a social media blackout”

4 words to carry into a new decade!

I LOVE a new year. I’m all in on resolutions and fresh starts and getting after a brand new bunch of 365 (366 in this leap year!) days. 2020 is shaping up to be epic! We’re going to finish and move into our house. We’ve got the 2020 summer Olympics to look forward to. I’mContinue reading “4 words to carry into a new decade!”

Digital Minimalism – A Book Review Resolution

Sometimes the right book plops into your hands at exactly the right moment, which is how I stumbled into Cal Newport’s Digital Minimalism here in the waning weeks of 2019. Subtitled “Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World,” I found it of particular interest as I have recently been considering how to get moreContinue reading “Digital Minimalism – A Book Review Resolution”

Unpopular opinion? There is no "War on Christmas"

A preface: Sometimes, I know my opinions are going to be unpopular. After my Thanksgiving post, plenty of people approached me defending their green bean casseroles and canned cranberry sauce, and that’s fine. Similarly, last year when I wrote my Christmas letter post, I ended up receiving Christmas letters from people with little personal notesContinue reading “Unpopular opinion? There is no "War on Christmas"”

Holiday Repost – Unpopular opinion: Christmas letters are the worst!

This post originally was published Dec. 11, 2018. But since it’s still true, and tis the season, a friendly reminder… Two disclaimers: My husband cautioned this post was a bad idea when I told him what I was writing about. I’d write it, he suggested, and shortly there after we’d get a Christmas letter fromContinue reading “Holiday Repost – Unpopular opinion: Christmas letters are the worst!”

Unpopular opinion: Thanksgiving dinner isn’t all that great!

I like Thanksgiving. I like it a lot. It’s one of those really great holidays that exists for the mere fact of getting people together to celebrate that fact we can get people together. It’s about gratitude…not gifts under a tree, magic bunnies, roses and chocolates, or mailing cards. It’s simply about gathering together inContinue reading “Unpopular opinion: Thanksgiving dinner isn’t all that great!”

A social media hack for happiness!

There’s a lot that can be said about the effect of social media on mental health and overall happiness. Just take a look at some of these headlines: The more you use Facebook, the worse you feel! New study shows just how bad social media can be for mental health Is everyone happier than youContinue reading “A social media hack for happiness!”

Five podcasts for fall

About a year ago, I really went all-in on podcasts. They became my go-to entertainment in the car, at the gym working out, even just hanging out at home working in the yard or cleaning the house. They even replaced audiobooks, my tried and true preferred listening on long road trips, as something Josh andContinue reading “Five podcasts for fall”

Built to Last – What’s on the blueprint?

We bought our house plan off the internet. When Josh started to seriously consider whether or not we should build, and I told him I’d build if we could find a house plan that we both fell in love with, I Google searched “4 bedroom craftsman blueprints” and started clicking through options. I found IContinue reading “Built to Last – What’s on the blueprint?”

Built to Last – When you’re not “trending”…

I really really really didn’t want to have a Pinterest wedding. That is not to say that I didn’t go to Pinterest for ideas or inspiration to share with Josh and our vendors, but I did not want to have the kind of wedding that people looked at and immediately thought, “Oh yeah! I sawContinue reading “Built to Last – When you’re not “trending”…”