The Illusion of Better + My Word for the Year

A few years ago, I saw that a lot of bloggers I follow had chosen a single word to define the upcoming year. This word would be something they could focus on and remind themselves of as the year continued. I've never chosen a word before, but as 2014 drew to a close, I felt one word impressed upon my heart over and over: I'm ashamed to admit this, but as I look back on 2014, I realize that I spent a lot of time being jealous of other people and not being content with the many wonderful things I had ....more

Things I Like Doing (When I'm Not Blogging)

If you were to ask Jordan what I normally like to do on the week days after I get home from work, he would probably tell you I blog. A lot. And while that is true, blogging is not the only hobby I enjoy, nor is it (if I can toot my own horn) the only hobby I am good at....more

I Do Believe in Turn Signals. I Do Not Believe in Aliens.

Happy MLK Day to my American friends, and happy Monday to everyone else! Today Megan and I are hosting a little linkup called "I Believe" in honor of one of the most famous believers in American history. Check out what I believe in and then write your own post and link up! ...more

Blog Talk #7: Using Social Media to Promote Your Blog

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Never Have I Ever...

Today I'm excited to be cohosting the Circle Linkup with...more

Dreaming of Warmer Weather: California Wine Country

Since we're all freezing in our respective states, I thought I would share some pictures of my trip out to California that I took back in December. You know, where I could wear a short-sleeved shirt and not get instant frostbite.You may remember Day 1, where we took the full tour of San Diego and saw the sun set over the ocean. Later that night, we awkwardly changed in the fitting room of a Marshall's and headed to Del Mar for the Electric Run 5k ....more

Why We Tithe

Writing a post on the topic of tithing is something that's been on my heart for about two years now, and I've started and stopped a draft of this post numerous times. It's a hard topic to write on for many reasons, but mostly because this post could easily come off as bragging about how awesome of a Christian I am because I tithe. So hear me with I tell you: that is not my goal ....more

By the Numbers: 2014

Books read: 30Pages read: 10,868 Book reviews written on the blog: 4//Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald//The Paris Wife//The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains//Gone Girl *Check out my favorite and least favorites of 2014 Miles ran: 582 Time spent running: 88 hours and 8 minutes Donuts burned while running: 370 Races completed: 4...more

4 Dos and Don'ts for New Year's Fitness Resolutions

*This post was originally a guest post on Samantha's blog. I'm just going to be honest: As someone who regularly works out, January is the most annoying month of the year. I have my regular gym routine through the winter months, which includes my favorite treadmill and my morning TV shows ....more


*Project 12: A photo on the first day of every month in 2014* January...more