9/2/14

happy girl

I like to think I'm a happy girl most of the time. I try to always surround myself with people and things that bring me joy. Today's prompt for the blog-tember challenge is all about sharing things that make us happy.
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the little things
making lists, leopard print, cats, sleeping in, rainy days, turquoise, texas, bookstores, worship music, good mail days, nail polish, cherry coke, pearls, cowboy boots, shopping, fall, cinnamon scented candles, chips and salsa, little boutiques, clouds, football season, ripped jeans, the color pink, long country drives, decorating my apartment, sparkly things, fresh washed sheets, live music, elephants, good hair days, freckles, sunflowers, social media, sonic ice, men's cologne, going for a walk, christmas decor, all things design, and bubble baths

the big stuff
being a wife, our home, my sweet family, loving on my nieces and nephew, memories of my dad, accomplishing goals, traveling to new places, and church

I could probably go on and on. Once you get started talking about the things that bring you joy, you can't help but see more and more. I think if you have your eyes & heart open...you can find happiness in just about everything. I mean...I'm staring at the vacuum I just pulled out to use once I get this posted. While I'm not overly fond of the act of vacuuming...I find lots of joy in a freshly vacuumed casa!
Brave Love Blog

9/1/14

about the author

Happy September! We spent today driving around looking at houses...as we are gluttons for punishment. Hey...one of these days we may see our dream home marked down 60%. Ya never know. 
This is the country road that leads to my (current) dream home.
Anyway...today is day one of the blog-tember challenge and the prompt is: "Imagine the front sleeve of a hard cover novel. Give us your "About the Author" so we can get to know one another, and for fun tell us what your imaginary novel would be about." 

I would love to actually see my name on the cover of a novel...so you'd think this would be easy. Turns out...talking about yourself in third person is très awkward. 


I'm Tricia. I'm a Texas girl married to my Texas boy. I graduated Dallas Baptist University with a degree in communication. I'm an avid reader, freelance graphic designer, and wannabee teacher/author/professional shopper. I love Jesus, my husband, country drives and live music. I am obsessed with Cowboys football and Rangers baseball (this season is a stinker!). I'm on a mission to lose weight, get organized, and basically...save the day. I usually get sidetracked by Pinterest or the Real Housewives of Wherever (Melbourne is my new favorite). One of these days I'll have it all together. Probably. 

I love to read, and think it would be fun to one day attempt to write my own book. I'd like to write something about a thirty-something girl whose life hasn't turned out quite like she imagined. She'd set out on a mission to dust off those old dreams and chase after the life she thinks she wants. Surely there would be some heartache, drama and hilarity along the way. That's the way journeys work, right?  

Brave Love Blog

8/31/14

weekend wrap up


I can't believe it is the end of August. Sometimes a month feels like it is DRAGGING...and other times, I feel like if I'm not careful...I will blink and miss it. This month definitely zipped by.

We drove out to East Texas yesterday for my Uncle's surprise party. It's about a 2 hour drive...and C and I had the best time just listening to the radio and watching the Texas sky put on a show. I'm a cloud girl...I just love them. And...with a view like that...how could you not?

Last week, I set forward a list of things I wanted to complete in the last 10 days of August. I then promptly managed to do everything in my ability to NOT complete them. So me. Oh well...I did have a great last week of August...so I guess that counts for something.

I am going to try it again for the month of September...and see if I can't do more with 30 days than with 10.

September Goals
1.  Hit the 15 pound lost mark (only need to lose about 5)
2.  Organize my  paperwork (I did manage to somewhat organize the student loan stuff)
3.  Excercise at least 5x  
4.  Read 5 books
5.  Blog more 
6.  Redesign my design site 
7.  Get me a spirit shirt (buy or make) for Dalton's football season
8.  Go to church (we are trying new churches)
9.  Complete a vision board
10. Help C empty storage
11. Refinish media cabinet
12. Get curtains for living room
13. Finish paperwork for school
14. Make calendar of important dates and mail cards/get gifts
15. Do something about my hair (cut and color?)
16. Backup photos from phone (I've NEVER done this..eek)
17. Get/make a fall wreath
18. Picture a day 
19. Make 2 new recipes
20. Watch the Cowboys WIN (I'll need help with this one!)

Okay...so I'm going to try and actually mark some (or, hopefully ALL) of them off this month.


To help with the blogging more...I'm excited to participate in Bailey's blog-tember challenge. I love her blog...and all the prompts look really fun. So, that should be an easy goal to accomplish!

8/22/14

august: the final ten

I've always been a list maker. But, every once in a while, I go through a stage where I don't really feel like making those lists. Of course, this is also a stage where I accomplish very little. Coincidence?

I usually always have a mental list of things I want to accomplish, sometimes I even get them documented. Occasionally, I complete those tasks. In an attempt to get some things in my life in order, I'm going to try (really hard) to be more diligent with daily/weekly/monthly goal setting. 

I won't bore ya'll with the daily/weekly lists. I'm going to share my monthly goals (hopefully that won't be totally boring). And...since there are only 10 days left in this month...I'm going to take it really easy on myself. Yay!

SO...here are my goals for the final 10 days of August.

1. Hit the 10 pound lost mark (only need to lose .8)
2. Organize my student loan paperwork (why is there so much paperwork?)
3. Excercise at least 5x (and I did one today...so only 4 more to go)
4. Read 2 books
5. Blog 5x (and I did one today...Ha...so only 4 more to go)
6. Redesign my design site 
7. Get me a spirit shirt (buy or make) for Dalton's football season
8. Go to church (we are trying new churches)

8/19/14

101 in 1001

About 8 or 9 years ago, I saw this challenge to make a list of 101 things you want to do in the next 1001 days. Being the dreamer/list maker that I am...I was instantly intrigued. I whipped up my list one afternoon and over the next three years managed to mark many things off. I think I still have the print out somewhere in all my paperwork. I want to find it and see how much I have marked off in the last several years.

Since then, I have done similar lists...but usually just monthly goals or birthday to birthday goals. I recently stumbled upon the 101 in 1001 idea again here and here. I've been thinking about it a lot...and decided that now's the time to try it again.

Oddly enough..it's been a lot more challenging to come up with 101 goals this time around. I'm not sure if that means I lack ambition or that I am ultra comfortable where I am. Pretty sure it's not the latter. Ha. .

So anyway...technically, I started my 1001 days on August 13, 2014 and if I did my math correctly...1001 days from then is May 10, 2017. (Which just happens to be my birthday!!). 

Here is my list. And...here's to fun times!

  1. Finish the list of 101 things (8/1914)
  2. Read the Bible entirely
  3. Hit goal weight 1
  4. Hit goal weight 2
  5. Hit goal weight 3
  6. Hit goal weight 4
  7. Hit goal weight 5
  8. Hit goal weight 6
  9. Hit GOAL and become lifetime at weight watchers
  10. Become a mommy
  11. Buy a house
  12. Go to Hawaii
  13. Get a new(er) car
  14. Get teaching certification
  15. Decorate my own classroom
  16. Finish my MLA
  17. Teach a college class
  18. Get connected at church
  19. Get family pictures done every year 
  20. Send out Christmas cards every year
  21. Organize photos (digital/print/phone)
  22. Organize scrapbooks and start Project Life
  23. Go to a Dallas Cowboys game
  24. Get new glasses and contacts
  25. Get braces (I dread this)
  26. Learn Spanish
  27. Meet an author
  28. Read 10 classic books and watch 10 classic films
  29. Do a women's Bible study
  30. Run a 5k
  31. Give up coke for a month
  32. Refinish media cabinet and buffet
  33. Make a quilt
  34. Fancy date night with C
  35. Set monthly/weekly/daily goals and to-do lists
  36. Cook thru a cookbook and document
  37. Get a new cookbook every year
  38. Volunteer
  39. Visit Europe
  40. Become a morning person (have "normal" sleeping hours)
  41. Sponsor a child
  42. Pay off student loans!!!
  43. Set up and keep a budget
  44. Have an emergency fund
  45. Memorize 101 scriptures
  46. Go to NYC again and see something on Broadway
  47. Take a Zumba class
  48. Take a yoga class
  49. Take a dance class
  50. Get published in some format
  51. Met up with three social media/blog friends
  52. Make a list of 101 quotes that inspire me
  53. Go to gym 3x a week for at least a month
  54. Get a pair of Corral boots (this is a major weight loss reward)
  55. Got to Disneyworld (Harry Potter World too)
  56. Get a new camera and take more pictures
  57. Clean out storage (simplify!)
  58. Be a financial blessing to someone else
  59. Attend a conference
  60. Host a Christmas party 
  61. Go to a college football game
  62. Go on a road trip with C
  63. Go to lake and stay with Gin and Papa
  64. Operation Christmas Child 
  65. Angel Tree gifts 
  66. Go to Round Top
  67. Take Dalton to Stock Show
  68. Upgrade cell phone (back up all pictures on my iPhone)
  69. Find a new signature perfume
  70. Go to 5 concerts
  71. Meet up with 5 people from high school
  72. Go to one event at Levitt Pavilion
  73. Play Top Golf
  74. Throw C's "BIG" birthday party!
  75. Go to Vegas
  76. Visit Jenn in DC/ do the touristy thing
  77. Visit 5 museums
  78. Get passports
  79. Go to drive-in movie
  80. Get picture made with a Dallas Cowboy
  81. Adopt a new fur baby
  82. Take a painting class (girls night out)
  83. Eat a Sprinkles cupcake
  84. Attend a midnight premier of a movie
  85. Try 10 new local restaurants
  86. Get a professional cut/color
  87. Get a blowout
  88. Get new everyday dishes
  89. Complete 30 day photo challenge
  90. Learn to play a song on the guitar
  91. Host a Super Bowl party
  92. 1000 Gifts journal
  93. Go to a Ranger game and a Mavs game every season
  94. Participate in NaNoWriMo
  95. Write a book
  96. Send cards everyday for Lent one year
  97. Get wedding pictures put in album and some framed for the house
  98. Keep a prayer journal
  99. Update my address book (birthdays and anniversaries too)
  100. Do the 30 Day Shred
  101. Collect 10 coffee table books that are special to me. 
I actually finished my list as I was typing it, so yay for marking 1 thing off. I'm feeling super motivated...I even got C to create his own list. He has lots of fun things on his...so I may celebrate his success along the way as well. 

8/14/14

begin. again.

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I started blogging (way) back in 2005. I didn't even know what a blog was, or why I was doing it. But it was fun, and everyone else seemed to be doing it... so, like the good twenty-something I was... I followed along.

My blog evolved a lot over the years. I graduated college. I got married. I moved... several times. I changed hobbies, traveled a bit, got jobs, lost jobs, became an Aunt (several times over). I'm so glad I started blogging when I did. It's so neat to go back and read through all those old posts. 

But, recently... I have felt sort of weighed down by my blog. My husband and I have faced our fair share of heartache the last few years, starting with the loss of my father in 2013. I've tried several times to sort of revive the "blog love"... most recently by signing up to participate in the 100 happy days challenge. I thought focusing on the happy would help overcome some of the sadness... and then maybe I would find joy in sharing my story... or at least documenting for myself to look back on later. 

I started my happy days on June 1 of this year with this picture:


The next day, my sweet baby Aslan (pictured above) passed away unexpectedly. The next day we found out my mother in law had cancer. She died 3 weeks later. 

And so began a two and a half month break. A break from a lot of things... especially blogging. 

Several times over the last few months I've considered trying to compose a post that did the recent events justice but also gave me a chance to move on. I just couldn't seem to do it. 

When I looked up synonyms for the word revive, I saw the phrase breathe new life into. This is exactly what I want to do. With myself, with my job, with my relationships...and yes...with my blog. 

One way I'm challenging myself to do this is with a new blog. 

And...so here I am...trying to begin... again (again).  As for my old blog and my old posts? They are safe and tucked away for me to revisit. But this is a new stage of my life, and there is a certain freedom in a clean slate. And... I'm excited to start this new journey.