The Art of Never Growing Up

pancake-767567_960_720I’ve always been a big fan of enjoying things, and it’s always frustrated me that kids get to have all the fun. Things always come in brighter colors for kids. They get to order pancakes shaped like fun things. They get to wear shoes that glow or have lights on them. They get all the cool character tees and pajamas. They get to color!

Who decided that when you become a “grown up” you should stick to serious colors and patterns? Who said pancakes should be eaten round, and even better, make them whole grain?! Who decided that adults aren’t supposed to color?

coloringbooksThat’s one of the reasons I’m so excited about the new adult coloring book trend! I’ve always thought coloring was a fun and relaxing activity. Any chance I would get to color with my niece and nephew, I always enjoyed! And, now…it’s perfectly acceptable, and even cool to color as an adult! Yay!

Not that I care what anyone else says or thinks. I’ll order fun-shaped pancakes if they’ll let me. I’ll wear fun and bright colors with cool characters on them!

I’m a firm believer that people should grow up and mature in the areas that matter. Responsibility, integrity, wisdom, discipline…etc…but I also think we should remain child-like in the fun ways!

I wish this was our house, but it was at the treehouse we vacation at!
I wish this was our house, but it was at the treehouse we vacation at!

All this to say, I’m absolutely obsessed with coloring! It is such a fun, creative outlet and wow, is it ever relaxing!! I also love that it’s something else fun to share with other people. My husband and I love enjoying a relaxing evening coloring together!

 

 

 

IMG_7137Here is a picture of my first finished project! I’m still learning about all the different techniques and coloring tools I can use. So far, I’ve tried colored pencils and fine tip markers, and I greatly prefer the colored pencils!

 

 

 

 

IMG_7221My newly acquired colored pencils, I’ve yet to try. Also, my new, adorable travel bag for all my coloring on-the-go!

 

 

 

 

 

Something I’ve learned recently is that there are people in this world who take life too seriously and purposely get old before their time. I don’t want to be one of them. I want to embrace life and all it’s simple pleasures! I want to look at each day and find reasons to laugh and to smile and to play! I’m not one to follow the trends (mostly because I make my own!) but, I’m very excited to embrace this new trend, and my hope is that other, more serious adults will catch on, and perhaps add a little childlike-fun to their day. They may be surprised by how much fun they have!

 

The Reemerging of ME

For a while, I’ve been hiding. For a while, I’ve been silent. For a while, I’ve been distant. For a while, I’ve been gone.

For a while, I’ve not been me.

In recent times, I’ve found myself withdrawn from the world around me. There are reasons for this, mainly relational. I chose to isolate myself. It was a colossal mistake, but it’s one I’ve been learning a great deal from.

I’ve learned that my identity cannot and should not be found in any person on this earth. No one has the power to reside over my life, except God. I’ve also learned that I should never compromise who I am, or what I am, in order to gain the acceptance of anyone else.

I’ve learned that I love people. I love being social. I don’t want to limit my life to one or two people and hide from the world. People might disappoint you, and not everyone is going to be your best friend, but we were created for fellowship. And, I love fellowship.

Over the last few months, I feel like I’ve awoken from a self-induced coma. I blame myself for my comatose and isolated state. There were definitely outside influences that cause a reaction in me, but my decisions are mine to make and I made wrong ones.

I’ve learned so much recently. I’ve learned that God restores. I’ve been reminded that God is merciful. I’ve learned that God can and will take the broken pieces of your mistakes and create something magnificent out of it. I’ve seen God’s hand in my life many times, but recently it’s been in a new and amazing way. I’ve marveled as God has brought healing to my emotions and my heart. He’s blessed me with his unconditional love, and he’s also shown me mercy and grace through others.

I’ve made many colossal mistakes recently, but I’m grateful for all I’ve learned. I have no regrets, only inspiration to do better and be better in the future.

I’m so excited for all of the amazing things that lie ahead. I’ve always loved life, but that passion had been held back recently and now that it’s reemerged, I feel like it’s stronger than ever.

I want to live every day with purpose and intent. I want to embrace every moment. I want to love with my whole heart. I want to smile every chance I get, and laugh all the more. I want to live a life filled with JOY. I don’t wanna miss a thing.

 

Blogging Anew

Recently I’ve been contemplating starting over with a new blog, but instead, I think I may just redesign this one and give it a fresh look. I’ve had this blog for a long time, and I don’t think I want to part with it. Instead, I shall breathe new life into this one!

 

Stay tuned for my new look! 😉

New Year, New Reading Goal!

Since I managed to exceed my reading goal last year, and my motivation to read has increased exponentially, I’ve decided to really challenge myself and set my goal to 75 books in 2016. I’m excited about this challenge. It’s higher than I’ve ever gone, but I know I can do it. In fact, I’m already on my second book of the year! How’s that for being ahead of the game?

61yqkcRNYWL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_ I’m just finishing up Brooklyn on Fire and I’m loving it! It’s the second book in a series, and it’s even better than the first. I would describe it as a cozy mystery with an edge. I love it! I reviewed the first book HERE. I’m looking forward to more in this series.

Goal Met!

Not only did I meet my goal of 50 books, I exceeded it by FIVE! Yay! I’m quite proud of this considering I was so behind just a few short weeks ago. My renewed passion for reading really kicked and and I was able to focus. Here’s the list:

The Maze Runner by James Dashner
Murder Tightly Knit by Vannetta Chapman
Be You by Heather Bixler
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
Bitter is the New Black by Jen Lancaster
Killing Spree by Kevin O’Brien
Food: A Love Story by Jim Gaffigan
The Cinderella Murder by Mary Higgins Clark
Ruby by Cynthia Bond
The Edge of Dreams by Rhys Bowen
Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver
The Scorch Trials by James Dashner
All You Want to Know about the Bible in Pop Culture by Kevin Harvey
Vintage by Susan Gloss
Ghost Boy by Martin Pistorius
Becoming Myself: Embracing God’s Dream of You by Stasi Eldredge
Becoming Myself Journal by Stasi Eldredge
The Friendship Pact by Tara Taylor Quinn
No Place Like Home by Mary Higgins Clark
The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
Murder Freshly Baked by Vannetta Chapman
Those Red High Heels by Katherine May
Center of Gravity by Laura McNeal
Driving Sideways by Jess Riley
Second Street Station by Lawrence H. Levy
The Curse of Crow Hollow by Billy Coffey
Malice at the Palace by Rhys Bowen
The Girls of August by Anne Rivers Siddons
Death Wears a Beauty Mask and Other Stories by Mary Higgins Clark
The Secret Hour by Luanne Rice
Friendship for Grown Ups by Lisa Whelchel
Room by Emma Donoghue
Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear
The Husband’s Secret by Lianne Moriarty
The Killing Lessons by Saul Black
Friendship: Iron Sharpening Iron by June Hunt
The Dinner by Herman Koch
Dietland by Sarai Walker
Boundaries by Henry Cloud and John Townsend
Friendship by Emily Gould
Girl Waits with Gun by Amy Stewart
Safe People by Henry Cloud & John Townsend
Murder, Plain and Simple by Isabella Alan
Best Friends Forever by Irene Levine
I Hate You, Don’t Leave Me by Jerold J. Kreisman
A Godward Heart by John Piper
Miss Buncle’s Book by D.E. Stevenson
Away in a Manger by Rhys Bowen
Sharp Objects by Jillian Flynn
Murder on St. Nicholas Avenue by Victoria Thompson
A New York Christmas by Anne Perry
My One Word by Mike Ashcraft
An Angel for Christmas by Heather Graham
Beyond Boundaries by John Townsend
The Christmas Joy Ride by Melody Carlson

Christmas Reads!

Enjoying some Christmas reads this December. I love Christmas themed books! Here’s what I’ve read:

 

Away in a Manger by Rhys Bowen
Murder on St. Nicholas Avenue by Victoria Thompson
A New York Christmas by Anne Perry
An Angel for Christmas by Heather Graham

And, I’m hoping to finish this one before the year ends!
The Christmas Joy Ride by Melody Carlson