Sunday, October 31, 2010

nov. intentions

(I am almost embarrassed to admit that I go to Starbucks so much the baristas there now start making my drink (grande', decaf, nonfat, no-whip mocha in a for-here mug) as soon as they see me walk in. And, a few weeks ago, one very talented barista even made me a heart!)

I love the month of November just as much, if not more than, October! Between my Birthday on the 17th (yes, I am a total Scorpio) and one of my favorite holidays, Thanksgiving--which we are able to host this year because with our new home, we now have enough room--it is a month I always look forward to!

Here are my intentions for my birthday month:

*fully enjoy my birthday month--celebrate my life daily
*host Thanksgiving dinner for the first time ever
*continue planning time with girlfriends
*go to a Yoga workshop
*go to Missouri School Counselors Association Conference
*finish knitting hot pink slippers
*get creative--make stamped cards to put on the table for Thanksgiving, start another hat, finish knitting J's scarf
*revise and update my 35 by 35 list
*get a massage
*take a personal day from work to reflect, create, and savor life
*listen more, try to fix less
*keep a daily gratitude journal (always oh so much to be thankful for!)
*practice really paying attention and being mindful as much as possible

What are your intentions for November? I'd encourage you to write them down. I truly believe that the act of writing down goals, dreams, and intentions really does help you make them come true!


Sunday, October 24, 2010

weekend in photos

Love the pocketbooth iphone app!
This is Sweet Husband's fake photo smile.
GameDay was in town.

Must admit, I didn't even know what GameDay was until last Wednesday...

Fun fall shots at one of my favorite parks.

Hope you had a good one, too!


Wednesday, October 20, 2010


"Tension is who you think you should be.
Relaxation is who you are."
--Chinese Proverb

Sunday, October 17, 2010

fall soup & wine tasting party

I love fall & home-made soup & entertaining. This weekend we put the three together and had a fall soup & wine tasting housewarming party. Here are a few photos from the evening:

I made Sweet Potato and Corn soup (I don't really like sweet potatoes, but this soup is YUMMY. It's also super healthy). My sweet husband made Winter Squash and Bacon soup (not so healthy--but very, very good). And, my step-dad made white chicken chili (Thanks, Tim). The soups were all a big hit. I also printed the recipes for each of the soups on fall colored card-stock, so those who wanted could leave with a recipe. Hosting a gathering can be a lot of fun. Choose a theme and go for it!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

10.10.10 favorites

Photo above: Picture of me last weekend right before eating my favorite big breakfast. Here are some of my other favorites:

Favorite movies: Love Actually, Pretty Woman, Little Miss Sunshine

Favorite sitcoms: Sex & The City, Ally McBeal, Modern Family

Favorite big breakfast: eggs (over medium), sausage, hashbrowns & biscuits & gravy

Favorite foods: sushi, mashed potatoes, pizza w/ pineapple, mushroom, & canadian bacon

Favorite Starbucks drink: Grande' Decaf, non-fat, no-whip mocha, in a for here mug

Favorite books: East of Eden, To Kill A Mockingbird, The Little Engine That Could

Favorite yoga poses: Triangle, Downward Facing Dog, & Tree pose

Favorite flowers: orchids, gerbera daisies, & zenias

Favorite musical artists: Madonna, Dido, Nora Jones, Coldplay, Jack Johnson, Nick, too many to list

Favorite things about fall: fall clothes, mums, apple cider, bonfires, yummy home-made soups

Need to brighten your day? Make a list of your favorites!


Thursday, October 7, 2010

hot pink slippers

I love learning.

Tonight I am going to learn how to knit hot pink slippers.

I think it's so important to stretch ourselves, and no matter what our age, continue to learn, grow and challenge ourselves.

What do you want to learn? What step can you take to move yourself in that direction?


Saturday, October 2, 2010

oct. intentions

Welcome October! (One of my all-time favorite months!)
Here are my intentions for this month:

*host fall soup & wine tasting housewarming party
*eat mindfully & exercise regularly
*thoroughly enjoy the fall weather
*get some good fall photos
*continue planning more girl-time
*learn more about life & wellness coaching using this book
*finish reading Wired For Joy & Catching Fire
*start reading Women & Money
*spend time with Grandma & Grandpa
*knit hot-pink slippers
*explore the brand new Marshalls coming to town (so. very. excited. about this!)
*try not to use the phrases "I'm tired, stressed, or busy," the entire month
*don fun, fall scarves, arm-warmers, & hats
*take at least 3 deep, full breaths every day

What are your intentions for the month?