Currently | 03-14

I love these currently journaling cards that Kristin makes, so I’ll be sharing what I’m currently up to by featuring one at the start of each month! Get your own set and join the journaling challenge.

currently list march

WATCHING // Oscars recaps. The show was great last night and I’m continuing to relish all the glitzy moments (and fashion, of course) through recap shows.

READING // Someone Else’s Love Story by Joshilyn Jackson— it’s our book club pick for this month!

LISTENING // to the Beatles. Specifically the Abbey Road album.

MAKING // logo designs. Playing around with different font combinations has become fun this past week.

FEELING // content. Probably because it’s a snow day and therefore it feels like I have no worries.

PLANNING // to watch movies all day! I’ve got a Netflix DVD that’s been waiting for me.

LOVING // the fresh snow + another #30lists challenge! Follow along with my lists on Instagram.

What’s currently happening for you?

Things I Love Thursday

Heart shaped treats. I couldn’t get enough of Valentine’s Day treats last week… don’t sweets just taste a little bit better when they’re heart-shaped? Or is that just me? Thanks to Dunkin’ Donuts for being my valentine, and to my best girlfriends for celebrating with me.

♥ Starting the morning with a good book. My goal for the year is to read at least 35 books, and I’m well on my way. I’ve also been checking off squares on my reading bingo chart. Sometimes it’s a challenge to find books on my packed shelves that adhere to each category, but that’s part of the fun! (Plus, it’s helping me make a dent in the ever-growing list of “books I own but haven’t read yet.”) Feel free to follow my reads and reviews over on Goodreads.

Fuschia Currently lists. I’m loving the pop of pink of Kristin‘s new Currently cards. She’s also just designed square cards(!), which I can’t wait to get my hands on because they are adorable.

♥ Fresh flowers. My new goal is to buy a bouquet for the dining room table every few weeks. Seeing pretty blooms in the house instantly puts me in a great mood.

little loves:

♥ watching Olympic coverage (especially figure skating) ♥ warmer temperatures (a small taste of spring!)
♥ deliveries from ShoeDazzle ♥ pretty new coffee mugs ♥ helpful customer service
♥ gummy candy ♥ new recipes to try ♥ conversations about books ♥ shopping trips at Target

What are you loving this week?

This series is inspired by Kristin of My Life as a Teacup.

Celebrating Galentine’s Day

I used to be a bit anti-Valentine’s Day, but have grown to love it recently. There are so many ways to celebrate this holiday, rather than just being attached at the hip with your significant other. Once I heard about Galentine’s Day (thanks, Parks and Rec), I started a little VDay tradition with my best girlfriends.

We get together to eat dessert, drink wine, and watch a romantic movie (this year’s choice was How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days). And it’s a blast each time. This year, I tried my hand at decorating my sugar cookies with royal icing and LOVED the result— I can’t wait to make these cookies for every holiday from here on out!

Whether it’s curating my favorite love songs for a playlist or picking out the perfect greeting card, I really enjoy celebrating all kinds of love in February now. I’m looking forward to throwing these Galentine’s Day parties for many years to come.

How did you celebrate Valentine’s Day?

Currently | 02-14

I love these currently journaling cards that Kristin makes, so I’ll be sharing what I’m currently up to by featuring one at the start of each month! Get your own set and join the journaling challenge.

currently card february

WATCHING // FRIENDS, season 4. Making my way through the entire series!

READING // Night by Elie Wiesel. This book has been on my to-read list for a long time and I’m finally getting to it. It’ll help me check off a square on my reading bingo chart.

LISTENING // to raindrops hitting the window. One of my favorite sounds.

MAKING // website graphics. If you hadn’t noticed, this blog looks a little different!

FEELING // behind. Tasks on my to-do lists are piling up.

PLANNING // a girls-only Valentine’s Day party with my best friends from high school.

LOVING // wool socks. With the chilly temperatures and snowy weather, they are so necessary right now!

What’s currently happening for you?

The Perfect Valentine’s Day Card

I haven’t always been a fan of Valentine’s Day. Personally, I think we should focus on celebrating love all 365 days of the year. But it’s also hard not to get caught up in everything red + heart-shaped this time of year.

Last year, I hosted a “girls only” Valentine’s Day party with my best friends, and I’ll be throwing another bash this year to make it into a tradition! Since I’m also a huge fan of sending snail mail, I thought I’d share a few of my favorite Valentine’s Day cards from around the web. It’s so important to find the perfect card with the right sentiment— here are plenty of options for all the special people in your life!

valentine's day cards

ONE // Say with those three little words. End of story.

TWO // Write it out with 10 reasons why they’re perfect for you.

THREE // For the social media lover in your life.

FOUR // Your standard holiday sentiment.

FIVE // Sign it with x’s and o’s.

SIX // For whoever you consider your #1.

SEVEN // Add a little Southern flair.

EIGHT // Perfect for your new crush + your best friends.

NINE // For the single ladies in your life.

Things I Love Thursday

I believe that we can always use a little more gratitude in our lives, and research has proven that listing things we’re thankful for can make us happier. Inspired by Kristin of My Life as a Teacup, I’m starting this new series titled Things I Love Thursday.

recent loves:

• mugs of hot cocoa piled high with marshmallows • leopard print fuzzy socks • inspirational quotes
• email chains with close friends • baking chocolate cookies • setting goals for a new year
• organizing bookshelves • watching old seasons of How I Met Your Mother
• wearing brand new sweaters • moccasins • sparkly nail polish • a still-lit Christmas tree

What are you currently loving?

Hello, 2014: Plans + Goals for a New Year

planning materials for 2014

Setting goals for the year ahead.

I’m not normally a New Year’s resolution type of gal. I don’t sit down on New Year’s Eve and think of all the things I’d like to do differently in the year ahead. Whenever someone asks what my resolution is, I never have a good response. To me, resolutions are hopes for improvement. They’re made when you want to change your habits or your lifestyle. And whenever I tend to make any, I tend to break them two weeks later.

But New Year’s has always appealed to me because of the blank slate it brings. When the calendar pages flip back to January, I can’t resist imagining all of the moments that will take place over the upcoming 365 days. Since I’ve always been a planner, I’d rather go through my year with measurable goals rather small resolutions.

Let me be honest with you. For 2013, I planned to have a year full of progress by completing a Happiness Project a la Gretchen Rubin. Instead, 2013 became the year of worry. I spent too much time focused on what (I thought) I was doing wrong with my life and not enough time thinking about how I could change what made me unhappy.

It’s safe to say that I am fully prepared to close the door on 2013 and open up to a fresh start.

So when the creators of Brown-Dudley popped up in my inbox asking what my New Year’s resolution would be, I thought long and hard about how I wanted 2014 to be different. Here’s my overarching hope for the year:

“…to simply enjoy the present…I’ve realized that there’s no amount of worry that can change tomorrow and there’s no amount of regret that can change yesterday, so my goal is to smile more in the here and now.”

While I’m working on finding a little happiness in my day-to-day, here are some of the goals I plan to accomplish in 2014:

  • start writing a book
  • apply to graduate school
  • read (at least) 30 books
  • complete more arts + crafts projects
  • re-design + expand this blog

There’s no time like the present to get started on the things you’ve been wishing to do for so long. That’s my mantra this year: just start somewhere.

What are your goals for 2014?

* Pictured above are these great worksheets that I’m using to plan out this year’s goals:
goal planning sheets via kory woodard.
big things worksheet via kaleigh somers.