Things I Want to Share With You

Hello. I have a bunch of stuff to share on my blog (baby shower details, maternity pictures, annual Halloween party recap) but today I’m planning to share some internet treasures that I’ve been loving.

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Sometimes on lazy blog days I share links from other bloggers that I gathered last minute in an attempt to provide content. That is not today.

I’ve been putting this list together as I’ve been reading these posts. All are SUPER well thought out, beautiful, hard, or important posts from very talented and caring bloggers. I hope you’ll visit each site and I hope you take something away from their writing.

Blog Posts I Think You Should Read:

None-Blog Stuff:

  • Have you listened to Lindsay and Christine‘s Influenced the Podcast yet? I can’t believe they’re 20+ episodes in already!! I love getting my weekly dose of them!
  • On IG a long time blogger friend shared the happiest news ever! Ashten has been super open and upfront about her journey through infertility & I’m so happy to hear she’s welcoming a baby boy next June!
  • We’ve been sucked into The Masked Singer, but even much better than that show is Almost Family which airs after it. We decided to watch the first episode one night and really liked it. Is anyone else watching it?

Tell me something you’ve been itching to share!

Nothing to Say (& Blogger Love)

I can’t seem to muster up the motivation to write much today.

I have a bunch of things in my drafts folder, but nothing feels right and I don’t have the patience or creativity to finish any of those posts right now.

We have a work event this weekend & my house is a total wreck (for no good reason at all) & I’ve been sleeping terribly. And that’s what’s new in my world, lol. (I hate when people whine and complain 24/7 and I realize that’s kind of what I’m doing…)

I’m also incredibly pissed and frustrated and saddened and outraged every time I open Twitter or Facebook… so there’s that, too.

I’m in need of a little hibernation (which I won’t be getting this weekend or next), isolation, cold weather (LOL), and relaxation. I’m anticipating none of those things, but I’m trying to chill a little each night after work to pitifully charge my little battery.

(Like on the SIMS when their “fun” bar is running low but between sleep, work, and socializing you just can’t find the time to let Susan stand at the easel and paint for a few gosh dang minutes.) (No? Just me with that wacky comparison.)

I feel like I’m a little derailed today. Sorry.

All that to say I actually have nothing to say. So I’ll leave you with a few other blogs to visit that will most certainly have better content than me today:

  • Emma visits the most beautiful places and Hever Castle might be one of my favorites. (Nothing at all to do with my Tudor obsession…)
  • Last weekend was sh*tty and heavy and so avoidable in my opinion. Lindsay says it well in her post this week.
  • Take a break. Cry it out. Anxiety sucks and Emelia‘s openness with her anxiety is such a brave testimony to the pressures we’ve all felt.
  • I am truly feeling Chelsea‘s lessons from July. She always shares a few lessons each month & encourages her reader to, too!
  • Julie‘s stroller reviews, Kristen‘s circuit tutorial, and Steph‘s wedding advice all win for “Most Helpful Posts Ever.”
  • I am still laughing SO HARD at Amanda‘s horror story from her most recent vacation.
  • And last but not least, Steph‘s take on her worn-in kind of love is so honest and beautiful. Definitely worth a read!

Tell me about your weekend plans!

Whine and Dash

Well howdy.

Let’s chat, shall we?

We got home from vacation Saturday night (from Arizona) and the hits have not stopped coming.

Enzo has a large mass on his back (under his skin) that we’re getting check out today.

I am sick with what I believe to be the WORST sinus infection known to woman.

We are working through this upcoming weekend with a business trip so TGIF doesn’t exist.

Sigh. I shouldn’t complain and I know it. With the exception of Enzo’s ailment (which does have us a little freaked out), everything is going to be a-ok and we’ll survive unscathed.

So today I’m deflecting & sharing some blog posts that have really inspired me lately:

See? Recommending some all-star blog posts (and bloggers) is much more productive than me complaining. So go see them and leave me to my wallowing. LOL. I kid- we’re gonna turn this week around… starting right now!

(But seriously, send some good vibes to little Enz. He’s had a rough few weeks.)

The Calm Before the Weekend Storm (FAVORITES!)

I have 11 drafts sitting in a folder but none of them feel *right* for today. I’m in a reflective mood; calm and mellow and ready for the weekend. I typically get this way before a busy weekend. My introvert brain needs chill-time and since I won’t be getting any this weekend, I need to soak it in pre-weekend.

Tomorrow night I’m headed to an Indian’s baseball game with my cousin and some friends. Saturday I’m boating with friends. Sunday I have a softball game and then K and I are headed to a Jimmy Eat World concert in Cleveland in the evening. Someone reserve me a nap pod on Monday morning, please and thanks. Not to mention soon we’re headed to Texas for business. Lord, help me…

So today I’m going to share some blog posts that inspired me or amused me or made me think.

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  • Lindsay is starting a new series called Whiskey in a Teacup and I am here for it. In her first post she shared a very real and raw struggle that she’s dealt with for years. I love her bravery and honesty.
  • As the mom to a very anxious dog, I love it when other dog-moms share tips and tricks that work for them. Taylor wrote about dogs & fireworks in honor of the 4th and I really appreciated the advice.
  • Chelsea is one of my closest blog friends. I discovered her site when I first started LaL and I love keeping up with her. Chelsea is a writer, entrepreneur, wife, mother, badass, traveler, and NOW she’s a TEDxTalk speaker!
  • In the same breath, Aubrey is one of my very best friends IRL. She’s slightly insta-famous and extremely talented. She shared it a while ago, but I love her post about starting over and healing and reclaiming her life after a devastating break-up.
  • I will never have the need or opportunity to do it (never say never?), but Carolann’s post about flying Space A is fascinating! The process and the plane and everything about it is so new and unique to me!
  • Emma does a monthly travel link-up and this past one was on kindness while traveling. Her stories are so so sweet! I love it when a stranger makes my day (or trip)!
  • I think most of Blogworld knows about Chelsea and her uplifting blog. Hopefully you didn’t miss her recent post on falling in love with your own life. She’s wise and optimistic beyond her years 🙂

I know this is a fairly lazy post on my behalf, but I genuinely love all the things these ladies created and put out on their blogs. I encourage you to spend your time there today ❤

Have a great weekend!

What It All Means to Me

I haven’t written a heartfelt post in a while and Emelia inspired me to share my thoughts on this…

I started this blog in October of 2014. Prior to that I’d tried my hat at a few other forums and blogs but this one has been my biggest success. (I consider it a success because a) you’re here reading it and b) I very much enjoy writing it.) I’m not sure what I expected when I launched into this world, but I formed an online friendship with Chelsea pretty quickly and from there my internet friends really picked up and expanded.

I think there’s a somewhat popular opinion out there that traditional blogging is dead. Unless you pay $1,000 for good pictures or spend all your time pushing new skin care products (a.k.a. “influencing”), your place in this world is fading. Like Emelia, I 100% disagree with that.

I think that if you’ve been doing this for a few years you know that readership dips in the summer. You know that less people visit on holiday weekends and January is reserved for self-improvement and ‘goals’ posts. You pick up on the patterns of this world and you go with them or carve your own path. I love that this environment nurtures BOTH options.

Here are some other things I love about blogging:

Ohio is not a typical target for natural disasters or attacks (fingers crossed) so it’s hard to imagine the terror or devastation or hope that people feel when faced with wildfires or bombings or floods. Reading this post from Carolann about the Hawaii false missile alert or seeing IG stories from Ashten during the CA wildfires was so eye-opening. I cried real tears for these girls, even though I’ve never been in a situation like that or experienced these events first hand. Even on a smaller scale, reading about postpartum depression or flight anxiety or adoption or weight struggles is easier to understand and empathize with because of bloggers’ vulnerability. I’m more informed about city life and the struggles of homelessness, gerrymandering, and even commuting because people choose to write about it. When I was growing up our closest neighbors were cows so it’s a benefit to see the world through the eyes of people with different experiences.

I could go on and on about the friendships I’ve formed with other ladies in the blog world. I often catch myself telling local family and friends, “Well a friend of mine did xyz…” and I’m 100% talking about a blog friend. (K knows most of you all by name and he definitely knows your pets’ names.) I participate in snail-mail exchanges and book challenges and film challenges with my friends. I send and receive care packages. We collaborate on posts. We swap book recommendations and even physical books sometimes! If I stopped blogging I feel like the biggest loss I’d suffer would be the amount of friends I have. I really truly hope to meet some of them in person some day because I feel like we’ve fostered such a unique and special friendship through our writing.

While there’s always the risk of comparing lives or feeling jealous rage over perfectly edited IG photos, I think this community is a healthy place for inspiration. I constantly feel inspired to clean out my closet, cook a new dinner recipe for K, treat myself to a bubble bath and a glass of wine, or just take a walk on a pretty day. The ladies that I follow are constantly reminding me to enjoy life and be kind to myself (and others) and keep my environment healthy and productive and personal. That message gets lost or muddled in the fast-paced world outside our blogs. I honestly find that keeping close to and reading the words of other bloggers helps me to stay grounded and focused. They spread encouragement and acceptance and change, and in return I find myself doing the same.

It’s probably the most superficial reason for blogging, but I love the recommendations that come out of this environment. Speaking specifically about the bloggers I choose to follow, I think all the women are genuine and honest in their reviews. I find so many incredible books and movies, make-up products and shoes, clothing sales and Amazon steals from this community. It’s incredibly helpful come Christmas or birthdays or a treat yo’ self day.

I’m not an influencer. I made my very first sponsored post a few weeks ago and I didn’t get any money- they simply sent me a canvas to review. (It was awesome and I loved the whole experience, by the way.) I’m not a sales person so you’ll never see something here that I don’t love. I love to talk about my dogs and life and marriage and travel and books so that’s actually what you’ll see here 95% of the time.

So no, I don’t believe traditional blogging is dead and I’ll be around this space for as long as it’s fun and rewarding and therapeutic. I hate when blog-friends fade away, but I understand. I see my blog as a relationship with friends across the globe and I truly wouldn’t have it any other way.

I’m grateful that you spend time here and I hope you get as much out of the blog world as I have and do. ❤︎