reading: Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis. I’ve had this book sitting on my shelf forever, and I’ve started it a couple different times only to be distracted by some bright and shiny young adult fiction (I know, I know, I’m just not great at liking the grown-up books! Especially the non-fiction…). So, this time it’s going to happen. Even in just the first chapter, it packs a powerful punch.
playing: the All Sons & Daughters Live album. All day, every day.
watching: nothing to speak of, but Friends is on Netflix now (yay!) so that’s my go-to.
trying: to figure out what shade of white to paint the second floor bedrooms. If you follow me on instagram, you’ve heard my desperate pleas for help. I have no skills in this area. I’ve read all the blogs and asked all the people and held up all the paint chips. To me, the greenish-whites and pinkish-whites and grey-ish whites all look white. So, I think I’ve decided to just buy big buckets of plain white eggshell paint off the shelves and paint everything. Problem solved.
cooking: baked potatoes & veggie toppings with my hubby. Not my best ever Whole30 concoction, but let’s be real: some days you just have to use that microwave – you know – so it doesn’t feel left out from all the stove top and oven stuff that’s been going on lately.
eating: all the Whole30 things. I’m in a bit of a sweet potato/aidells chicken sausage/eggs over easy rut, but it’s day 9 & I’m still hanging in. And actually, I’m feeling great. The toughest part of the whole thing for me has definitely been the social aspect (having to bring my own food or having trouble ordering off of a restaurant menu when out with friends), but I’m finding it easier and easier each day. And I can honestly say my cravings for sweet treats are gone! (Cue hallelujah chorus.)
drinking: peppermint tea. My fave!
calling: my mom, if anyone.
texting: ryan. Five-thousand times a day. (Sorry, babe, I just have so many thoughts…) And Anna. We’re doing this Whole30 together and trying to get a workout in each day. Accountability is a must!
pinning: ideas for our house!
tweeting: gah, I don’t even know about twitter.
crafting: painting, really. Painting a linen cabinet to help with our lack-of-storage dilema. Painting our bedroom. Touching up the white woodwork around the house.
doing: the couch-to-5k running plan. I’ve always wanted to be able to run, but I’m terrible. I’m on week two and still going strong, so that’s something.
going: to start selling more things on ebay. I’ve noticed it even more since we’ve been moving things around to paint: We have way, way too much stuff. New motto: “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.” (William Morris)
loving: my essential oils premium starter kit from Young Living. I’ve been diffusing Peace & Calming before bed & putting a drop of lavender on our pillows – and now I’m sleeping like a baby. (If you’re interested in ordering your own starter kit, click here.)
hating: our power bills. I guess that’s what you get when you live in a big, old, uninsulated house in the middle of the midwest.
discovering: how much better I feel (physically & mentally) since I’ve started the Whole30 & an exercise routine. It sounds so obvious, but it makes a world of difference.
enjoying: being on the leadership team for a Christian girls’ weekend retreat. It’s been really uplifting to be spending time with a community of faithful, encouraging women.
hoping: to make an IKEA trip sometime in the near future!
celebrating: warm, fuzzy blankets.
smelling: my Fireside Yankee candle. The best.
thanking: my husband, Ryan. I’ve been reminded over the last days how deeply he cares about the people he loves. Their hurt is his hurt. Their joy is his joy. He’s a special guy. 🙂
considering: learning calligraphy. But I don’t know where to start. Any suggestions?
finishing: the talk about communicating that I wrote for that upcoming girls’ retreat. Maybe I’ll post more about that later.
starting: to make plans for my garden this year. We’re planning to build five raised beds this year & add some cool heirloom veggies to the mix. So exciting!
What are you up to these days? Any good books to recommend? Anything exciting going on in your life? I’d love to hear about it!