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Thoughts On: All of Those Blogger Promises


I’d like to introduce all of my readers (read: my family and friends) to the huge rut I’ve been in. If you have visited my blog in the last few months or so you’ve probably already met, sort of. Like in one of those awkward situations where you should introduce yourself confidently to the new person you’ve just met, but instead you just make shy/weird eye contact. Yeah. But I’m glad I can finally and formally introduce you.

I’m not giving up on blogging. I’m not. I won’t. I’ve seen so many people talk about how so and so (blogger) should just hang it up already, quit while you’re ahead, etc. I’ve let so many little opinions on other people, which have nothing to do with me, trip me up and stop me from writing or sharing something I like or think. There are several posts that are 99% complete sitting in my draft folder. I’ve come into this space a thousand times promising that I’m “so inspired” and I have “so many ideas” and then I don’t post for a month. Some days I feel like, yeah – I could share anything here. I want to write my heart out, share experiences, and connect with others. Other days, it feels vulnerable and weird – feelings that I never truly experienced until recently. I’ve always, always been such a “heart on my sleeve” kind of person. I’m an open book and I have always liked that about myself. I still do, I’ve just become a little more guarded. I think it’s a good thing… I’m just working on finding the right balance.

I won’t make promises anymore regarding my “big ideas”. If I have them, ya know, I’ll just… execute them. There’s a big idea! I’m usually 4-5 steps ahead of myself when it comes to how inspired I feel. This is usually coffee induced excitement. I run to my blog and “shout it from the rooftops”, and then, well you know. You don’t hear from me for a month.

I will tell you what I want to do and what I hope to do: write, photograph, and document life with reckless abandon. It may be boring, imperfect, and unworthy of an audience. It may be a picture of something that someone else has already taken a similar picture of a thousand times. My thoughts and feelings may be repetitive and they will surely not be mind boggling genius. But they will be mine. I don’t have time to take a backseat to other people who are “doing it better” anymore. So keep an eye out on this space. No promises.. but I hope to be around more.

Goals in 2014

Photos By Erika Litton

I made a simple list of goals at the beginning of 2014 that I kept to myself. In the past I’ve made my list of goals for the new year well in advance and ready to blog; long lists full of big ideas that usually end up somewhat accomplished but mostly half-assed. I love making lists – so much so that I can’t keep up with all of them. This year I wanted to be more realistic and so far? Well, I feel like I’m on the right track…

1. Be kind to yourself.
2. Do the things that scare you most.
3. Spend your time on people who spend their time on you.
4. Accept that things don’t always turn out the way you want them to.
5. Be confident in yourself.

This past month I’ve done these 5 things more than I ever have. I’ve been kind to myself by thinking positive thoughts and taking time to myself when I need it. I’ve done some pretty scary (to me) things lately too, and I did them with confidence. I’ve been spending my time on the people who spend time on me. And I’ve really been focusing on accepting when things just aren’t meant to be – an especially important lesson this week. I know that this is all kind of a vague post – and that can be really annoying. But it’s just a little something I wanted to write down and put out in the universe: I’m doing better, I’m getting better, I can do the things I thought I couldn’t do.

Merry Christmas!

Well, it’s after midnight here and so it’s officially Christmas! After a crazy adventure in traffic, road blocks, and detours – we finally made it to Florida on Saturday. We have enjoyed hanging out with my family and friends so much and I look forward to the rest of our stay! Eeekk .. I’m feeling pretty excited for everyone to open presents in the morning! We have a big day ahead of us tomorrow- we are managing to meet up with both sides of the family. Since I don’t see them very often it’s a pretty big deal to squeeze in time to see as many people as I can when I’m home. It’s always a whirlwind! I just wanted to pop in and wish everyone a Merry Christmas! Time to snuggle with Nate and fall asleep to Christmas Vacation…

PS: How cute is Biscuit? He is obsessed with the Christmas tree!

Pieces of The Days + Weekend Links

This has been a busy but wonderful week! Nate and I traveled down to Huntsville, AL on Thursday evening so he could run in the Rocket City Marathon this morning. We’re taking it easy back at the hotel now, so I thought it would be the perfect time to share a little round up of Instagram photos and links I’m loving.

Feel free to follow me on Instagram – @Take_Hart! I’m always looking for new accounts to follow. =)

Pieces of The Days

Favorite InstaSnaps of The Week
1. This door is one of many pretty details from my favorite coffee shop – A Cup of Commonwealth.
2. Cooking up a cozy spiced cranberry drink on the stove (stay tuned for the recipe).
3. Anchor Brewing has the most gorgeous packaging. This festive seasonal beer is just perfect.
4. Nate and I, before the race this morning.
5. My new favorite mug.
6. Girl time!
7. Movie date to see Catching Fire.
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Favorite Links
♥ The coffee shop I mentioned above, A Cup of Commonwealth, made the national news this week!
This glitter eyeliner tutorial from Maiedae will show you how to glam up your holiday look with minimal effort!
♥ I’m obsessed with mulled cocktails this winter! This one looks particularly yummy!
♥ This cat wearing a shark costume while riding on a roomba will make your day.
♥ I adore finding new inspirational instagram accounts to follow. If you do too, you’ll want to follow my friend Erika – her photos are stunning!
♥ I’m obsessed with checking this blog for deals and reviews on drug store beauty products!
♥ I’m on the lookout for a pair of cat eye frames and these look pretty cute! I like that this website allows you to try them on before purchasing.

Please feel to share any links you’re loving in the comments! =)

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