Book List

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I love to read!  Always have and always will, but between working two jobs and working on my blog and trying to get back into painting and starting up my photography, I don’t have nearly as much time as I’d like.  I keep a list of books that I want to read and it seems to be growing longer by the day.  Below are a few of the books currently on my list.  If you have read any of these or have any recommendations for books you couldn’t put down, please leave them in a comment below.

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Spiritual Sunday – Search For Significance

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Happy #SpiritualSunday readers!  Today I have opted for more of a personal post about a hard time in my life and something that came out of it.  It helped me and if it helps even one person then I will feel like I have made a difference.

I went through a divorce about a year ago and after that I never felt more lost in my life.  I felt like I didn’t know who I was or what my purpose was on this Earth.  I was three hours away from my family and felt completely alone.  My aunt that lives in North Carolina invited me down to stay with her for a week so I made the drive to get away from my reality here and to see my family that I don’t get to see very often.  I hinted in some of my posts on my old blog page that the trip I made there was truly an eye opening experience and made me look at life in a completely different way; a positive way.  I can’t even tell you exactly what it was that changed me but I really believe that it was God’s doing.  While I was there we visited some quaint restaurants, drove the Blue Ridge Parkway, saw some gorgeous waterfalls, had an absolutely fabulous day at The Omni Grove Park Inn Spa, climbed the mountains and took in the most breathtaking views I’ve ever seen.  But the one trip that sticks out the most was the day we went to The Biltmore Estates.  I had been wanting to visit that place for a long time, ever since I took Art History in college.  I could have walked around those grounds for hours.

OK, I’m getting off topic here( I’ll post some pictures from my trip below)…during this trip my aunt told me that she had ordered a book for me that helped her and that she thought would be helpful for me.  The book is called The Search for Significance by Robert S. McGee.  (The cover image is above.)  By changing our thoughts, we can change a lot in our lives.  Our thoughts are a very powerful tool.  Positive thoughts bring positive outcomes.  This book also came with a workbook that helped me put a lot of what I learned and read down on paper and enabled me to actually change how I thought about things.  I used to think that when bad things happened to me, it was as a punishment for something and that the world and people were against me and had such a negative attitude. But after that trip and reading that book, I have changed my way of thinking and focus on the positives in my life and to be blessed for what I already have.  Someone always has it worse and I need to be grateful for what is already in my life.  I’m not focusing so much on trying to make things happen the way I want them, but I am enjoying life as it comes and not trying so hard to force things to happen.  Life is so short and I don’t want to spend it being unhappy or wishing things were different.  If you get a chance to read this book, let me know what you think of it or if you have already read this book I would love to get your thoughts.

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Arm Candy

I’m not a huge jewelry fan and tend to just go with a pair of earrings and a ring or two, but when I discovered these bracelets, I fell in love with them.  They’re simple and classic, yet you can layer them and get a really cool look.  My current collection is below, but I’m not stopping there.  I am hoping to purchase more so I can get my collection growing.  These are from a company called Alex and Ani.  Check our the story behind their brand here.  I love that they make Eco-friendly jewelry with positive energy that is all designed and made in America.

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The Air Force charm is self-explanatory as that’s what brought me to where I am currently in my life.  The anchor is a symbol for hope, tranquility and stability.  The Feather is a symbol of truth, light and virtue.  The paw prints are for compassion, optimism and appreciation and is in honor of my black lab, Max, that I no longer have, but was my baby.

I’ve also recently discovered bracelets called Mantrabands.  If you know me well then you know I’m a sucker for inspirational quotes and that’s exactly what are on these bracelets. There are inspirational mantras for happiness, love, peace, strength and journey.   I don’t currently have any of these bracelets, but that will change soon.  I’ll post a photo of some of them below.  Check our their page here.

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I should also include my bracelet and beads that I got from Brighton.  Check out their bead collection here.  They’re similar to Pandora and other beads that you find at other jewelers, but these are a lot more affordable.  Below is my current bracelet.

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New Painting

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I have loved art for a very long time and still have my sketchbooks from high school.  I have a lot of canvases and paints and brushes and my own easel that I asked for for Christmas years ago that have been sitting in their boxes just waiting to be used.  I  couldn’t get the creative juices flowing, but today I finally decided to paint something for my bedroom because it’s so much cheaper than buying something and finding exactly what I want.  I have this verse tattooed on my ribs and it’s one of my favorites.  Here’s my new creation.

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Old Blog Posts

I’m not sure how many of you followed me at the very beginning of my blog when I was on Weebly, but I want to leave you a link to that blog as well as a few links below of blog posts that I previously had on that blog.

In the beginning it was this page on Weebly.  Check it out to read some of my old posts.

Most Difficult Time in my Life is here.  (Most of these posts were part of a Blog Challenge that I was doing to get my readers to know me better).

Most Difficult Part 2 is here.  I elaborated on a topic that I didn’t have in my initial post.

Single Girl in the City is here.  Its funny to see how our thoughts and ideals change as we get older and as we experience life.

What I’ve Been Loving is here.  A few of my favorite things at the moment.

Here’s my original About Me page.

My workouts and running habits are here.

I hope you enjoy reading some of these posts from my old blog page and come back to read more here.

What’s In My Home?

Happy Tuesday readers!  Or as I like to call it #TUNEINTUESDAY.  I follow a lot of blogs and a lot of interior decorators on Instagram and for some reason I seem to gravitate more towards all of their gorgeous homes and decor hauls and photos.  So today I thought I’d share a little bit of what’s in my home.  I’ve had a slight obsession with the color combo of gray and white, but something was always missing so I decided to add one accent color.  Years ago I was always into more modern/contemporary home decor with it’s clean lines and simplicity, but in the past few years my tastes have changed and I love vintage decor and older looking wood on my furnishings.  I have a friend that owns The Purple Chateau and I bought my coffee and end table from her (which I helped paint).  I don’t like a lot of clutter so I try to keep things simple.  Below are some of my pieces that I’ve picked up recently to decorate my living room. image7This little birdhouse I found at Target in the dollar bins and was only $3.00.

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I purchased two indoor plants that really finished the space and the one above is a Schefflera plant, which is an air purifier, from Lowe’s along with the teal pot it’s in and the white, outdoor table.image2(1)

I am not a fan of Wal-Mart.  I will go into Target and spend extra on anything they have in there if it means not having to go into Wal-Mart, but I happened to stop in one day and found these pillows for my couch.  They came in a 2-pack along with a plain teal colored pillow in a 2-pack that is on my loveseat.  I don’t know about you, but I have the worst time trying to find the right pillows for my room that don’t cost over $20 per pillow.  These 2-packs were less than $20!image3(1) This cute little bird came from T.J. Maxx for $3.00.  Anytime I go into T.J. Maxx, Marshall’s or HomeGoods, it is hit or miss, but this little guy fit right into the color scheme I wanted and I just too cute.

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This ceramic lantern was a Lowe’s find for only $10.00.  It’s part of their outdoor line, but who says I can’t put it inside?image6

This lantern I actually made a return trip to T.J. Maxx just to get.  I had been wanting a rustic lantern to replace the black one that I did have in my living room and I saw this one when I was specifically looking for curtains (which I did find for $20.00 for two panels).  I think this was only $12.00 and you can turn it on to make it look like the candle is lit.

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This little tea candle holder was also a score from T.J. Maxx.  And yes, I happened to find all of this in one trip.  I think this one was only $7.00.

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These two beauties were from my talented friend over at The Purple Chateau (Check out her Facebook page).  She refinishes older furniture and sells vintage decor.  i actually helped her paint the coffee table and then ended up buying them from her.  I love the white color, the distressed paint finish and the adorable crystal knobs on them.  Check out her etsy store here. (I apologize for these photos; my computer and camera have a love/hate relationship right now).

Spiritual Sunday

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I hope you have all had a great weekend and are enjoying this weather!  I have done a lot of “blogstorming” lately and am trying to come up with a consistent schedule for posting and exactly what it is that I will be focusing on.  While I love beauty and fashion posts, I like to concentrate more on lifestyle and bettering myself spiritually and mentally, from the inside.  Today I’m calling it #spiritualsunday.

I subscribe to Mind, Body, Green which is a website about your health and posts articles giving you tips and ideas for ways to better your life and inspire you to live a happy and fulfilled.  I recently read an article titled So I’m Single, 40 and Childless…Now What? While I am not 40, this article really hit home for me because I am single and do not have any children.  I am in my 30’s and when I was younger I wished for nothing more than to be a mom.  While that has obviously not happened, that does not mean that I am unhappy with my life.  I truly do believe that everything happens for a reason and that God knows our path and puts us exactly where we need to be.

I struggled for well over a year to figure out my purpose in life and while I have yet to find my true passion, I have become more comfortable in my own skin and I am perfectly happy with my current situation.  Looking back on the last few years and what I thought I wanted out of life, I realize that I don’t want/need the things that I thought I needed back then.  Right now I am content with the fact that I do not have children and that my life is the way it is.  Being single, I often get asked/told,  “Why are you still single?” , “You’re too picky”,   “Don’t you want to have a family of your own?”, “You have to have kids.”  I don’t know if any of you that are reading this are in the same boat as me, but does that not get annoying?  Can’t I be happy being single?  Who said every person in this world needs to grow up, get a job, get married and have children?  I am not a traditional person and do not follow that type of thinking, but there is nowhere that says I HAVE to do that or my life is not complete.

I am in no way saying that those people out there that do have children and/or are married do not lead a happy life because I am sure they do and I know many that are very happy.  But that is not my current life situation so for all intents and purposes, that’s the direction my mind goes.

I encourage you to read the article because she explains that there are so many wonderful things that we can do/have in life when we are single and do not have children; such as traveling, financial security and traveling.  I also encourage you to check out Mind Body Green for some helpful tools on improving and inspiring your life.