Sunday, June 16, 2013

Hard Decision

Hey guys. This is going to be my last blog post.

I know this seems sudden...but it is and it isn't.

Yesterday I spent a couple hours working on pages in my SMASH book that I titled: "Why I Blog." Ironically, it was that project that served as a conviction to me that my blog isn't me anymore.

I think part of it is that I have changed a lot since being in a relationship and eventually getting married. And now being seven hours away from the home that I always knew. I have been struggling to find a place for this blog in the life that I am now building for myself here in Illinois with Andrew.

This isn't me quitting. This is me moving on. This is me moving forward and prioritizing what is really important in my life. I need to figure out who I am and who I need to grow into and I feel like this blog is really making me cling to who I was and not helping me move forward with who I need to become. I am sorry for that. I am sorry that I couldn't move this blog forward with my life...but it's just proving hard for me.

Guys, I have loved getting to know you all. I love reading your blogs. I have learned from your writing and from your friendship. I need to take a step away from the blogging world for a while so I won't be doing a lot of reading and following for now. That could change...but my decision to stop blogging will not.

However...if you want to stay in touch:
A new Pinterest account
Or send me an email!

I will miss you all!

God bless,
kt :)

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Seeing Thankfulness: Week Two

Once upon a time I was a good blogger. And then I got married. Since then I feel like I have had to figure out everything all over again. Including my writing.

And that is not a bad thing.

Those words are the words on my heart this morning as I thought about having to write that, again, this week's addition of Seeing Thankfulness has not gone according to plan. And this week we are talking plan A and plan B.

I am going to write more about what my adjustment to being married has been like this afternoon, hopefully to go live tomorrow. For now I just wanted to get this post up sans pictures...I will add some by 5p tonight to this post. I am really sorry for this happening again. But as I sit here and try to decide if I feel guilty or if this mars my thankfulness journey in some way I am determined to say that I am not going to let it. My goal in starting this project was to become even more intentional about thankfulness. What I have found out is that I have even further to go at that then I thought. And what I have also learned is how horribly awful I am at carrying around my camera. Seriously. Awful. I am VERY thankful I didn't commit to a higher number than 50 because this is proving even harder to me than I thought it would.

Pictures will be added to this post by 5p tonight. Sorry about this!

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Goals for this week!

Well, here we are. It's Wednesday and I am just now getting my goals out for this week. I don't know if I am going to link up every week, but I definitely still want to make goals a priority in my life. And my blog. :)

1. Blog at least four times this week.
Fail. I had a really rough week last week. It just didn't happen.

2. Create/Modify Post-Marriage Binder System
Fail. Again, bad week. 

3. Drink Four Bottles of Water Daily
Success! Thanks to Andrew reminding me, I rocked this goal! I couldn't have done it without him.

4. Read the Bible with Andrew every day this week.
We did...most days. I would want to call this a fail, but I can' definitely was a step in the right direction.

5. Write 15 Thank You notes.
Fail. Just fail.

This week's goals, starting today through Sunday.

1. Ride my sparkle-y new bike two more times! (Weather permitting)
We drove up to Champaign this week and found an amazingly awesome bike for me. Mine was dying so we opted not to move it all the way to Illinois. This week we finally went up and found me one. I am very excited to have it and can't wait to start riding it regularly. 

2. Fill up one page in my SMASH journal about why I blog.
I bought a SMASH journal this week. I was having one of those days when I just new that spending time in a craft store would help me feel better. I have been completely lackluster in the creativity department lately and although there weren't really any projects that caught my fancy at the store...I just couldn't leave without that SMASH book. I think it is going to be a challenge for me to fill it up, but I want to work at spending time being creative more. At the top of a page I wrote three words: WHY I BLOG. I want to fill the pages up with some brainstorming and help me recover some of my drive for my blog.

3. Read the Bible with Andrew every day.
Pretty self explanatory. And necessary.

4. Eat breakfast every day.
I am trying to make better choices with what I am eating. I think adding breakfast right now is a logical step. Especially because I get REALLY hungry at about 9a every day at work.

5. Write two more blog posts. 
I know. I did really bad last I am making this week's goal more "reachable" for me. Considering I have my Seeing Thankfulness post planned for Saturday it's technically only one more. Starting small, you know?

Hoping this week goes better for me!
Until next time,
kt :)

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Seeing Thankfulness: Redo

I found my camera! So here are the pictures I have for Seeing Thankfulness.
I'll explain it again at the end.

#1: Seeing these words as soon as I put my feet on the ground every morning.
(The wall hanging was made by my amazing sister-in-law!)

#2: Finally driving by this adorable antique store and having it actually be open! It's great! So adorable and LOTS of good stuff!

#3: My new necklace! Love it!

#4: Finally, blue skies after lots of rain!

#5: Spending cuddle time with my adorable niece...who happened to not like the flash on my camera!

#6: My brand new, sparkly Smash journal. Praying for the creative juices to start flowing!

#7: New life coming through dirt!

#8: Love notes on our new chalkboard.

If you haven't been following along, Seeing Thankfulness is my attempt to be even more intentional about recognizing the things that God has given me to be thankful for. My goal is to take fifty pictures this month of the things that make me happy and things that remind me of God's love for me. I actually created a link up for this that will be set up to go live for the second week on Saturday at 10am. I really hope you'll join me in being intentional in seeing the things the Lord gives us on a daily basis.

Until next time, 
kt :)

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Seeing Thankfulness: Week One

Does anything go according to plan? Seriously.

So sorry for not getting this post out earlier!! Last night I was all like "Eh, I'll be up early tomorrow, I'll do the post then."

Well, I was up at 9...and can't find my camera!

I will edit this post and add the pictures when I finish cleaning and inevitably find my camera. But I wanted to give you guys room to link up.

I am so sorry about this...I feel like my first link-up is off to a ROUGH start!

As a recap, this month I want to join with YOU my readers in becoming more intentional of seeing the things we are thankful for! My personal goal is to take 50 photos this month of things that I am thankful for, make me smile or serve as God smiling down on my heart. (This will, I think, make more sense when I actually add pictures to this post.) But, you don't have to do that if you link can take as many/few pictures as you want, start making a list or even how your days are different as you try to have an attitude of thankfulness. I would love for us to learn from each other about what it means to be thankful!

I am so sorry for the hiccup! Hopefully will add photos SOON!