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When Writing Goes on the Back Burner.

The last couple weeks have been: Crazy. Hectic. Insane. Nutso or one could say busy. I have failed at keeping up with my Blogging101 and Writing101 courses. Thankfully we are not graded on them. :)

So even though every one else are probably on day umm…. one moment as I look in my notebook….. Day 15 or 16. I am sadly on Day 6 or 7. Life does go on and yes we still can complete these out side of the time given. Right? (maybe I am just kidding myself)

When writing I MUST (heavy emphasis) have a few key components like:

1. Music. There has to be some sort of noise going on in the back ground or I will lose focus. Seriously, will loose focus like instantly.

2. Comfy Space. Currently this is my bed. It might sound slightly strange, but laying back and typing away is so much more enjoyable then sitting at a cold, stark desk.

3. Functioning equipment. Recently I bought a keyboard for my Kindle. THE best idea ever. And I bought a very handy device to download my pictures from camera to Kindle. Super pumped about this. Brace yourself for more photos! :)

It is basically as easy at 1. 2. 3. when it comes to my writing atmosphere. Lastly I will leave you with a photo of my writing space.

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Please ignore my mess. Between sewing projects, daily tasks, and getting back into blogging, my bed is less than neat looking.

Remember always let the simple things run your life. When life gets nuts and busy, don’t stress yourself out, do the things necessary – the simple things. All the rest will be waiting patiently for you when life returns to a normal pace.

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Introductions Please….

Hello everyone.

I am a twenty something, youngest child, Midwest Nebraska girl: who blogs to find peace and serenity in my life. Also, I use blogging to document and share the simple but fun things – activities, projects, spiritual growth and yummy food – of my life. It’s my way of sharing my passions without the judgmental glances of familiar faces.

You will find each post is nothing close to complicated (I hope). I am about simplicity I. How I cook, sew, and pray. One thing will be the constant thread – simplicity and embracing life’s simple blessings. My eyes those simple blessings bring the most joy.

My hope is you will tag along with me for this blogging adventure journey. I hope simplicity will spill over into your life! :)

Five Simple Steps to Bring Balance

The past weeks I’ve been  busy packing to move into my very own place.  A place I can call home. I am counting down the days left until the big move. I have found life hasn’t been balanced through the last weeks. As soon as routine and activities that bring my life into balance are disrupted….CHAOS!!! …..hits.  Here are some simple ways I stay balanced.

1. Faith, Prayer and God

This is number one because it is the  most important. If I miss one day I can tell. If I miss more than two days my whole life, attitude, composer, outlook, and calmness goes out the window as quickly as this {snap}.

2. Hobbies. Sewing. Crafting.

On some occasions my hobbies create stress, but other days they release me of daily tensions. Funny how that is, isn’t it?

3. Walking                                                                    

Some people say running relieves stress. I can’t get over the people who run. All ages!! Nothing against runners, but honestly it just isn’t “me”. Something about walking. That moment of being outside, the fresh air, being alone. Oh it is just wonderful! This then brings me to number 

4. Nature                                                            

God has blessed us with nature, why not enjoy it?! With fall quickly approaching the changing of seasons makes nature something very special. I love to see the leaves change colors and the air turns a cool crisp. To me nature is God’s way of plugging into each of us and recharging our battery!

5. Goals                                   

Goals can mean long term or short term. It really depends on the person. I am a short term goal person. I well lack in patience. I need to work on that.

Disclaimer:  I found these writings in my “draft” folder. My blog writing has let say … been slightly ignored the past weeks or rather months!!! Sigh. Like life I pick myself up and try to continue on. I will once again tell myself “Kim, you will do better. Just pull yourself up out of the ashes, the mistakes, the lack of discipline and continue on.” I believe God tells us the same. He values our attempts! Never has He asked me to be perfect!.

So like always I will continue on and try to embrace life’s blessings. I will continue to fall, make mistakes, but receiving those blessings in the moment they are the best received. :)

Fall Turned into Winter.

I have not figured out why time must be everything but slow. I mean it can whiz, fly, flash, and blink by. If any of you are like me, you still have beautiful fall photos in the camera. Fall photos that have not made it on the blog. (close your ears as I scold myself… again)

Fall photos that you had just HIGH hopes.  Sigh.

Between you and I, we will pretend that … well…. it isn’t a week until ….. well… you know that one holiday.

The one with the big round guy…..

Christmas. :)

So, please no laughing.  Here is a little fall in your winter.

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The above photos I actually sent through a photo editor. I did a Google search and found PicMonkey.

The following are unedited fall photos later in the season.

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And for giggles this is what it looks like outside today!

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Remember life is always about embracing the blessings of today and enjoying every simple moment. Those are the moments that bring us the most Joy.

Bedroom/Sewing Room Project – The Basket.

Thriftiness.

My mom instilled in me from little on how fulfilling it is to be thrifty. It showed me the happiness that can come from little and big things. Money does not equal happiness.

You could probably go on to say, we were a pinterest family, before pinterest was even dreamed up. You know before that time people thought it was “cool”. Long before this crafting and junk hunting craze. :)

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A few months ago, my sister and myself were attending a local household auction and found this rather unique basket.  It was bless with function and character. Double bonus!

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I am in the process of re-doing my room which also works as my craft room too. So I figured a couple bottles of spray paint I will have the perfect splash of color in my room!

First I decided to prime it, like any thrifty person I went searching through the stash of half used cans of spray paint.  No need to point out that it took probably three “cans” of paint to finish. Oh, the frustration having a full can of spray paint that will NOT spray! Talking nice to it, shaking it up and down, nothing. Nada. Zilch. Not even a sputter.

Oh yeah… I said there was no reason to point that out.  :)

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And one with the lid open!

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Now for the exciting part!!

COLOR!!

Who seriously in their right mind does not love a splash of color!?!

Drum Roll……….

Ta DA!

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Something wonderful is about to happen!

That something wonderful… is embracing life’s blessings. Allowing the little things in life bring me the most happiness. Don’t allow people to define your happiness. No, rather allow the small blessings, the simple things, let them define happiness.

Simple things like painting a basket. :)

I Knew You Were Trouble….

How many times in our lives do we ignore the still, small, quiet, and whispering voice? More times than any of us care to admit. Am I right? I know personally I rarely take full notice of the voice until …. after the fact.

For me the whispers come when choosing relationships. Instead of following my gut, listening to the whispers from Him, whom loves me very much. Oh, and acknowledging the red flags under my nose, I choose very boldly to push those all aside. I usually believe that “I” know best. Why must we be like that? Why do I have to act in that way?

Something beautiful, beautifully crafted by Him who yes loves me … some thing called … Free will.

I have a love/hate relationship with the out come of my bold/ stupid decision to ignored the silent voice. It never fails. when I’m laying in that heap of sadness, because my way didn’t work. We all know that feeling if we are honest. And in that despair, I will proclaim, “Next time I will NOT ignore the still small voice!” This determination and commitment sadly disappears as quickly as it came to be.

Isn’t free will wonderful?

A couple days ago while driving home from work, I found myself flipping through the radio stations. This very rarely happens more like never happens.

Providence?

Yes, everything happens for a reason. You see the few days prior I was struggling with past “garbage”. Rewind a year and half ago, there were many whispers I should have paid attention too. Our Loving Daddy is such a loving Daddy that He never stops the nudges, He just tries a different approach, so His precious children see the light.

That day in the car I came to the realization and made the choice to let go. Forget and let go of that “garbage”. To accept it as what it was and to learn from it, and move forward.

The song you ask that came over the radio?  I Knew You Were Trouble – Taylor Swift

It was so strange  such a blessing, because the song spoke directly to my heart. The moment was perfect, not to early and not to late. Perfectly planned.

From the song:

No apologies. He’ll never see you cry,
Pretends he doesn’t know that he’s the reason why.
You’re drowning, you’re drowning, you’re drowning.
Now I heard you moved on from whispers on the street
A new notch in your belt is all I’ll ever be
And now I see, now I see, now I see

He was long gone when he met me
And I realize the joke is on me, yeah

Well the joke is no longer on me. I will embrace my today, my now. I am happier today.

 

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Remember, life is the happiest when we enjoy the simpleness. Sometimes that means being 27 and single. Having your heart stepped on more times that you care to express.  And realizing you are the one holding onto the past. It is time to let go.

The beautiful can come from it, that embracing life’s blessings are possible.

Hello my name is… and I am a procrastinator….

Well, it has been proven… I failed at my Lenten duty. Maybe no one noticed that I only got to day…. Nine. Between, busy days at work, cold windy cloudy snowy gloomy tiring Nebraska days, sickness, and some more sickness… I just plain didn’t succeed.

Welcome to my world, I am a person with high hopes, but am a great procrastinator. A great excuse maker upper too.

So brace yourselves for the flood of posts, that should have been spread over the course of the last weeks, but will rather come to you via the next few days.

The weather is beautiful out, which means I should be able to generate some awesome posts (I hope) (cross your fingers)…

Remember… it’s the little things in life … That make us the happiest.

Day 6 – Oh My Darling.

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Who doesn’t love this wonderful fruit!?! It is easy to peal, so much easier than a normal orange and they are mighty tasty. So my day number  6 goes out to … Oh My Darling Clementine.

Day 3, Day 4 and Day 5 … Just a little behind!

Well, I know I am three days behind, but I think the wait will be worth it. I hope.

Day 3: Hot coffee! In a Christmas cup .. of course!

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Day 4: New clothes. Spring colors! Alleluia! oops… did I really say the “a” word during….. LENT!?!?

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Day 5: My Favorite! With the temperature finally many degrees away from below zero, I was very excited to wear shoes with out socks!

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Remember its the little things that bring the most joy!

 

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