9/11/14

INSPIRED

Today's promptHow do you stay inspired? Who inspires you the most?

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I am a visual person. Sometimes I get somewhere (like little boutiques or flea markets) and I feel like I'm on sensory overload!! Even with just everyday life, I am constantly inspired - and I find inspiration in all kinds of places.

I used to tear out images of magazines or save pictures I found online to look at later when I needed a creative spark. If only I'd thought of turning this idea into a social media platform! Ha. Love instagram, tumblr and pinterest. If I'm feeling blah or uninspired, I will just spend a few minutes perusing one (or all) of these. That usually does the trick! 

I still tear up my magazines. I love doing vision boards or pinning things that inspire me on my bulletin board or fridge. I will pick up menus that I like the design of, keep the cute sales tag from a purchase. I'm also kind of a hoarder... but that is probably not related. Right?

Other things that inspire me?
Pattern (polka dots, stripes, animal print)
Turquoise
Family pictures
Fresh flowers
Television (Friends!)
New office/school supplies
And...

Shopping! My favorite stores/inspiration stops:
Anthropolgie, Junk Gypsy, Kate Spade, Target, Homegoods, World Market, stationery stores, flea markets (Canton First Monday!) and local boutiques.

9/10/14

10 THINGS I LOVE ABOUT {ME}

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I am having "a day". I mean seriously. I don't feel that good and my mind is waging war on me today.

So, it would be SUPER easy to skip today's blog post for the challenge. Super easy.

But, it's also probably the day I most need to challenge myself to persevere.

Today's prompt: List 10 things you love about yourself.

HA!!!

I find it super annoying when people toot their own horn. I feel like your positive traits should be shown and not told.  I'm also not a fan of self-deprecation. Unfortunately... I'm really good at it. Way better at it then self love. And that needs to stop. I mean nothing good comes belittling others... or ourselves.

I realize I am not perfect. Not by a long shot. And, I don't strive to be. There are certainly areas of my life that need some BIG improvements.  I need to work harder on those areas. But... I also have lots of redeeming qualities. So... as awkward as this is... hopefully it will do my psyche some good today.

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TEN THINGS I LOVE ABOUT MYSELF

1.  I love my husband. A lot. I'd like to think I show my gratitude and love by being a good wife.

2.  I've been blessed with good hair (and LOTS of it). Granted, it's mostly in a top-knot or bun. But, on the rare occasion I do something with it... I love it.

3.  I love my friends and family. I don't show emotion well. But... you'll never have a bigger/better ally.

4.  I'm funny. At least I think and I'm funny. And my friend and family seem to play along.

5.  My memory and sense of smell are ON POINT. These are both a blessing and a curse.

6.  I know a lot about football. And I'm passionate about my teams (even though it's sometimes painful to watch).

7.  I think I have a good eye for design and I love being creative.

8. I think I'm a smart cookie. I am self taught with lots of things. Including algebra.

9.  I love to read. It makes me sad when people say they don't like to read. I don't understand!!!

10. I take my job as "cool Aunt" VERY SERIOUSLY. I love my nieces and nephews so much!!
silly faces work every time!

9/9/14

PERSONALITY

Today's prompt: Let's talk personality types. Introverted? Extroverted? Unsure-troverted? If you know you Myers-Briggs type, share it!

Before I took the test,  I thought I would just describe my personality the way I see it.

So, I'm Tricia and I'm....

-an introvert... unless I'm comfortable around you. 
-emotional, but very guarded. 
-not overly compassionate, I don't do "feelings" well. 
-a big day dreamer. 
-a believer in unlimited opportunities and that things aren't always set in stone. 
-a rule follower. 
-loyal to a fault.
-analytical. But also creative.
-a numbers fan and I over think just about everything. 
-a planner; love to-do lists. But, I need to feel motivated to actually do things.

Also, I'm fairly certain I have mild OCD. I took 4 personality tests.

One just ranked me as Rational (which includes ENTJ, INTJ, ENTP and INTP)
Two of them scored me as INTJ (both scoring me high on Intuitive "N")
And one scored me as ISTJ (but only marginally Observant or "S")

The last test (here) had a sliding scale to answer with...so that may have had something to do with the different outcome? 

Anyway... about INTJ

It's one of the rarest personality traits, especially with women (less that 1% of women) and they are "imaginative yet decisive, ambitious yet private, amazingly curious, but they do not squander their energy". (source

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This makes me laugh out loud. Don't make clicking noises around me (hahaha...ask my husband). Don't act stupid around me. Don't get emotional near me (that sounds awful...but I just get super uncomfortable!). Do not hug me. Do not surprise or scare me. SO SO SO me!! In a nice way...of course. Ha.

I think most women have a natural tendency to be a caregiver...I'm just not one of those. I am not touch-feely. I never really noticed it until a few years ago when I was in my first car wreck. A girl had managed to side-swipe an older lady's car and then rear-end mine. I never really got angry, but I just kept wondering how it had happened... like I was trying to reconstruct the scene and I kept thinking there is no logical way her car could have done this, this and this when it was just doing this. Meanwhile both the younger girl and the older woman were worried about everyone being okay/not injured. Obviously I wanted everyone to be okay. But, I guess since I was okay, I just never thought to ask the others? 

I did read that INTJ's have a tendency to be narcissistic... and I don't think I'm a full blown narcissist... but I do need to be careful not to get to that point. The good thing working for me is that I over think everything... so hopefully that serves as a good checks and balances for me! It's not that I want others to suffer, I just some times forget my manners to make sure they are doing ok. If that makes sense. 

Oh...and I looked up famous INTJ. Kind of depressing. Ha. Not very many women at all. Lots of scientists and well, geniuses (yay!) but also a lot of terrorists (?)! My favorite celebrity INTJ partners in crime are Ashley Olsen and Mark Zuckerberg.

Cha ching. 

9/8/14

MUSIC

Today's prompt for blog-tember is MUSIC. Who doesn't love music? Now, normally I listen to sports talk when I'm in the car. I don't even know how/when I started listening to this station... but it's stuck. C thinks it is crazy. I don't do as much driving around right now... so sometimes I feel like I'm not on top of my game. Ha.

Anyway... back to music...
Darius Rucker / Pat Green : two of my favorite live shows
I grew up listening to country/southern rock. We would listen to Waylon and Willie at my mom's house. And Stevie Ray Vaughan at my dad's.

In middle school, I thought I was "too cool" for country and just listened to whatever was popular then. Vanilla Ice, Boyz II Men, Madonna, Mariah Carey, etc. Funny story... Boyz II Men are playing in Vegas... and I am trying to talk the hubs into seeing them if/when we go in November. AND... Vanilla Ice is playing a local sports bar in our fairly small town. I feel so nostalgic!

So anyway, in high school I listened to pretty much everything. I still do, but I've returned to my roots. I'm a country girl at heart.  I like "Texas Country" a bit more than the mainstream stuff, but I'm pretty easy going. I will listen to almost anything (except Beyonce... I just don't get it). I LOVE Eminem. Go figure.

I love George Strait and Elvis. I shared my favorite new Pat Green song the other day. I've always loved him. I also like Jason Boland, Miranda Lambert, Randy Rogers Band, Eli Young Band, Stoney LaRue, Bart Crow, Josh Abbott Band, and Aaron Watson. I like Pink, Taylor Swift, Adele, Darius Rucker (love love love Hootie!) Aerosmith and Bruno Mars. My favorite Christian singers/bands are Third Day, Kari Jobe, and David Crowder.

When I work out, I'll put Pandora on Eli Young Band. I usually don't have to skip anything on that one. I had it on Pat Green but it kept playing Rascall Flats and Keith Urban..even after I would skip and thumbs down them EVERY SINGLE TIME?! Take a hint Pandora.

Some of my favorite songs of all time?
Wagon Wheel by Darius Rucker
If I had me a Million by Pat Green
Heavenly Day by Patti Griffin (our first dance at our wedding)
Always on My Mind by Willie Nelson (reminds me of my dad)
Somewhere Down in Texas by Jason Boland
Sweet Child O' Mine by Guns N Roses
Landslide by Stevie Nicks
The Chair by George Strait
Young Girls by Bruno Mars

C and I just really like live music. There is just something about sitting  on a patio listening to live music that is good for the soul. Unless it's 100 degrees outside... let's take that party indoors. 

9/7/14

BOOKS

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I love to read. I think it stems from my grandmother being the librarian at my elementary school. I just have always loved to curl up with a good book and read until I fall asleep.

I go through phases where I may read four or five books in a week, and then go two or three weeks before I finish one book. I figure it averages out to about a book a week. So... for the last couple of years, I've set a personal goal to read 52 books in 52 weeks. Of course... the last two years have been a mess, what with my dad getting sick and then passing last year. So, I only finished about 35 or so each year.

But this year... I'm feeling pretty confident. I think I'm one book behind schedule, but I should finish the four books I am currently reading this next week. I VOW to actually complete this task this year. Y'all hold me to it!

Currently Reading
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Janet Evanovich is a fun author. I remember reading One for the Money several years ago. I think at that time, she had published like 12 or 13 in the series, as well as some between the novels novels. I devoured them all in like a month. I've read each book since then, and haven't hated any of them. But, I do wonder how many more she will write. She has a couple of other newer series that I've also enjoyed.

Beth Harbison is one of my favorite authors. I've read all but one of her books... and usually really like them. This one seems good so far. 

I got an advanced copy of Women of the Word by Jen Wilkin through NetGalley. I am almost done with it. It's really challenged me... and I hope to write a blog post on this book soon.

The Ice Cream Queen of Orchard Street is another NetGalley book. It is LONG. I feel like I read on it almost every night and I still haven't finished it. I'm about 65% done...so I may finish it by December (kidding!). Other than it feeling like the hamster wheel of books... I do enjoy the story line. I just feel like maybe it could have been two books? Maybe I will change my mind once I've finished. 

What's Next?
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I read The Selection by Kiera Cass a couple of weeks ago. The Elite and The One are sitting on my desk so I will probably read those next. I really like The Selection. A lot of the reviews said it was cheesy... but I guess that just appeals to me.

Read (2014)
I won't bore you with the details on each of these. If you want, you can friend me on Goodreads to see my ratings/reviews/bookshelves.

Favorites of all time?
The Harry Potter series. Jemima J by Jane Green. The Shopaholic Series. The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes. Bitter is the New Black by Jen Lancaster (literally laughed out loud several times when reading this). Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston.

Favorite authors?
Maeve Binchy, Mary Kay Andrews, Sophie Kinsella, Sandra Brown, Jen Lancaster, Emily Giffin

What are y'all reading?

9/6/14

CURRENTLY :: SEPTEMBER


...Reading... I typically read several books at once. Right now I'm reading Beth Harbison's Driving with Top Down, Janet Evanovich's Top Secret Twenty-One, Jen Wilkin's Women of the Word, and Susan Jane Gilman's The Ice Cream Queen of Orchard Street. I want to do a book post soon. 

...Watching... Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders Making the Team (love that show!) and Big Brother (I don't like anyone left in the house!!)

...Eating... Awful. I can't seem to get motivated to eat healthy. I have been kind of obsessed with apples though. Excited about the honeycrisp apples coming soon!

...Excited... Football is back!!! I'm so so so very pumped about Sunday. Go Cowboys!

...Trying... To go to bed earlier. I'm not doing so good (it's 1:40 in the morning and I'm blogging for goodness sake). 

...Creating... My Vision board. I just finished it up, and I think it turned out great. 

...Listening... Mostly to sports talk radio (nerd). I'm loving this new Pat Green song.


...Thanking... God my car seems to be all better. We just did a whole bunch of repairs, and I'm ready to trade that baby in... before it breaks down again! Ha. 

...Waiting... For it to cool off. It's just gross outside. I'm tired of sweating as soon as I step out the door. 

...Wanting... To buy a house. C and I are in full on saving mode. We go through periods where we lose motivation... right now it's pretty serious!!

...Dreaming... Of vacations. Hawaii. Paris. London. Vegas. New York. Nashivlle. DC. I've got a case of wanderlust. Bad.

...Needing... To go to the dentist, orthodontist and eye doctor. Fun stuff. 

...Going... To the Ranger game tonight. I'm kind of bummed about the drama (and lack of wins) this season. But, the ballpark always reminds me of my dad... so I'm looking forward to that!

...Starting... Back to Weight Watchers. Well, I haven't quit going... but I haven't really been following the plan, and surprise... I haven't lost any weight. 

...Feeling... Restless. Seriously needing to make some changes. 

9/5/14

A DESIRED FIRE

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Today's prompt is "I'm passionate about________"
 
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Y'all this shouldn't be that hard of a sentence to answer, right? 

I just looked up the definition for passion and it is "a strong and barely controllable emotion".  That is pretty intense. I'm kind of ashamed to say that I'm not that motivated by anything right now. It's been a rough couple of years... and I think I have just become numb to a lot of things.

And honestly... I'm not okay with it. I want to be driven, I want to care deeply (even if it's about something as frivolous as a favorite shampoo). I want to be moved by my desires. 

I guess you could say I'm passionate about becoming passionate. 

I want/need to be passionate about Jesus.
I want/need to be passionate about my health.
I want/need to be passionate about my relationship with friends and family.
I want/need to be passionate about getting out of death/building my savings.
I want/need to be passionate about chasing my dreams (career, hobbies, traveling, etc).

One of my goals this month is to make a vision board. I know they are kind of cheesy...but I'm a visual person. I need a constant reminder of what I'm wanting/needing/dreaming of. I mean, I'm really good at just not thinking about things (especially things I need to do...what is that?). Anyway, a lot of the images I'm adding to my board can be plugged into one of those categories above. I guess that lets me know where I need to get to work!

What are you passionate about?