• Holidays,  Life,  Pet Related Posts,  Photography

    Happy (Very Belated) Thanksgiving!

    I hope you all had a lovely holiday! Ours was busy, but joy (and dog*) filled – and even though I’m still working through my 30 days of Gratitude and Reflection Challenge (I will finish it eventually – I will just probably start sprinkling in regular posts in between now that November is over and we’re on the lead-up to Christmas and New Years…) I really felt like the active effort I’ve been making to be present and grateful made a significant difference in my outlook. I was able to meet the demands of my “hell weeks” – the weeks before and after Thanksgiving when all my papers and assignments…

  • Holidays,  Life,  Magpie Writes,  Pet Related Posts

    30 Days of Gratitude and Reflection – Days 6-9

    I said at the beginning of this that I’d probably be doing some “catch-up” type posts as I work through this blog challenge, and I was not wrong. The middle of November is always crunch time at work, and my schedule makes posting truly daily pretty much impossible because of the time it takes to photograph, edit, and publish a post. But while I don’t have the time to publish daily, I have been making sure to take a moment of my day, everyday, to think about that day’s prompt. And so here’s the first catch-up post, with Days 6 – 10. ___________________________________________________ Day 6 Something From Childhood: My Dancing…

  • Holidays,  Life

    30 Days of Gratitude and Reflection – Day 4

    A Food Item: COFFEE Today I am thankful for coffee, in all its iterations. Coffee, espresso, lattes, coffee beans, coffee grounds, coffee flavored whatever. Just, coffee. It keeps me running, and keeps the number of civilian casualties as a byproduct of me continuing to function down to a minimum. I really don’t know how I’d keep my schedule up without it. And there would certainly be a lot more unhappy people around me as a result of my demeanor. Actually, I’m pretty sure I would just cease to function. Isn’t that the very definition of an addict? Yea. Oh well. COFFEE. What food item are you thankful for?

  • Graphics and Printables,  Holidays,  Life,  Lists

    30 Days of Gratitude and Reflection

    As you’ve probably figured out by now, I’m not usually one for making a blog post every day. I normally don’t really have the time or energy required to do that. And so a lot of “blog challenges” aren’t really something I ever take on or complete – particularly if they’re formatted in an “every day” kind of way. However, 2015 has been a rough year for me emotionally, and I find myself really needing to take some time and take stock of the good things in life. Additionally I desperately need to get back in the swing of regular blogging. So I’ve decided to combine the two needs into…

  • Holidays,  Life,  Lists,  Pet Related Posts

    I’m Thankful For…

    So… uhhh… I guess it’s a week and a half into December? What? When did that happen? But… uhhh… I haven’t even made my Thanksgiving thankful for post yet. Whoops. I SWEAR Thanksgiving was just yesterday. SWEAR. But anyway, this year I’m thankful for the little things. My schedule has made for a very overwhelming semester, and as we wind down I’ve had to try REALLY hard to remind myself to take joy in the small things. Because when I remember, oh boy does it help take some of the weight off. So this year I’m thankful for… … pink “kitten” noses.* …a good cup of coffee and a dash…