November 23, 2011

2 Days of Thankful

Keep Calm and Write a Blog Print by Agadart

In between paper writing spurts today I spent a little time catching up on my bloglovin feed. I was about 1400 posts behind, most of which are from the last few days, but it all reminded me how much I appreciate the blogosphere and the people I meet there. Anytime I need a boost of creativity or want to discover new things, bloglovin and pinterest are my favorite places to go. 

Today, I found some great new recipes, lots of gift guides, and a few very special stories about triumphs and even heartache. It's amazing how close I can feel to people I have never met and how supportive and proud I am of perfect strangers. I find myself rooting them on in good times and bad, but most of the time I find myself inspired by what they share with the world. 

Today I am thankful for the millions of amazing and dedicated bloggers out there. Thank you for sharing your joys, passions, and struggles with me. I hope I bring even an ounce of that to those who check in to my little corner of the blogosphere. 


November 22, 2011

3 days of Thankful

Nourish the Soul Print by happymine

I had a great day today. With the day off of work I had time to have breakfast with my parents, mark a few personal to do items off my list, go shopping for Turkey Day, prep for my 2nd essay (only 2 more to go!), have a nice dinner, and still have time to relax.

Today I am thankful for personal time and home cooked meals. For months I have been craving meatloaf and mashed potatoes and tonight I was treated to both! There's something about sharing a home cooked meal with family that makes me feel cozy and loved. It was a fantastic treat. I can't wait to do it again tomorrow and on Thanksgiving! This is definitely going to be a nourishing week for my soul.


November 21, 2011

5 then 4 days of Thankful

Give Thanks Be Joyful Print by Henandco

Hi All,

Hope you had a lovely weekend. I found myself sans laptop on Sunday, so here I am with 2 Thankful items to share today. For those of you who have just tuned in...I am posting one thing I am thankful for, beyond family, friends, health, happiness, etc...each day until Thanksgiving.

For Sunday:
I was definitely thankful for my thoughtful boyfriend and the grande soy salted caramel mocha he brought me. It was a great surprise when my sleepy head arrived at his house for football Sunday. On this day I was also thankful for the HeyTell App and his adorable message that he "haaaaaadddd aaaaaa surrrrrrrpriiiiise" for me.

For Monday:
Today I am thankful for vacation days and a relaxing schedule. While I have a lot of homework to do this week, and a crazy schedule today, I am happy to have a few days to relax with my family and enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday. With Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday off this week - and a 4.0 on my first of four papers for my online English class - I am excited and ready to get down to business and crank out 2 more papers, as well as cook a heavenly meal on Thursday, and spend a few days with family and friends.

Hope you had a great weekend and you are finding your own little things to be thankful for this week.

See you tomorrow!

November 19, 2011

6 Days of Thankful

Today's item that I am thankful for...


For those of you who have a pinterest account...enough said...am I right? For those of you who haven't seen it yet...and have a passion for online browsing...I encourage you to check it out. 

Here's why I'm so glad it exists. With all of the glitter and creativity that is swirling around on the web it's hard to keep track of the things I see and want to be able to find again...creative projects to try, beautiful photos, inspiring words, delicious recipes and fashion ideas. Pinterest makes it so easy to bookmark these images all in one place and share them with friends. Sometimes it is just amazing to come across new things in the vast sea that is the internet. I find so much inspiration on pinterest. Not to mention I get to see what my friends are interested in, from famous faces to tattoos, hairstyles to decorating ideas, or humorous pictures to recipes. Whatever I am looking to find or don't even know I want yet...I know pinterest has something for me. 


November 18, 2011

7 Days of Thankful

Thanksgiving print by TheSalvagedSparrow

Turkey Day is almost here and I thought it would be a good exercise for me to list one thing I am thankful for each day until then.

Almost everyone, including me, has the normal - but still very important - gratitude for family, friends, health, happiness, safety, things that make us stronger, etc. I have been very thankful for those blessings in my life, especially lately, so I will assume them just a given in this exercise. I want to show my gratefulness for the fun stuff in my life, the little bits of spice, little things that might be overlooked, and simply the things that bring me joy during this week.

So...today...

I am thankful for happy hour. It might sound silly, but after a week that feels twice as long as normal I really am thankful for this bit of time to relax with a friend. The sun is shining, I am super hungry for cheap eats, and I get to spend time at a new restaurant with a good friend. Who wouldn't be thankful for that?

Monthly Mixed Tape x3

Great news! My slacking off on the blog has created something fantastic for you music lovers out there!

I present to you...The joyful.life Monthly Music Triple Album Set.

That's right! Three months of music in one post. Isn't that fantastic?

Just click on the playlist title to head to Grooveshark. en-joy!

Daring September 2011
1. Moths - This is the kit
2. The Persuaded - Faded Paper Figurines
3. Cliffs Along the Sea - Bryan John Appleby
4. The Balcony - The Rumour Said Fire
5. Already Fell - The Music Dept. 
6. Sit Down By the Fire - The Veils


Outgoing October 2011
1. Look At Miss Ohio - Blind Pilot
2. Freezing - Mozella
3. So Good - TM Juke featuring Alice Russell
4. What'll I Do - Lisa Hannigan
5. Lights - Ellie Goulding6. Blood Bank - Bon Iver


Never Say Never November 2011
1. Last Leaf - Lisa Hannigan
2. Brighter - Morgan Taylor Reid
3. We Are the Tide - Blind Pilot
4. You're the One That I Want - The Lennings
5. Afternoon - Youth Lagoon
6. Of the Heavens and the Earth - The Lighthouse and The Whaler