Saturday Small Talk

Yay Saturday! After days and days and days of cloudy, rainy weather, the sun is shining again in the northland. I’m thrilled. It’s amazing what just seeing the sun does to elevate your mood.

Mom, baby sisters, and I are in the Upper Peninsula this weekend. Mom is running a half marathon, I’m doing the 10K, and Naomi plans to do the 5K. Abby just had knee surgery, so she’s going to be our cheerleader extraordinaire. Wish me luck–I’m hoping to PR.

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The internet, as always, has offered a wealth of random and interesting reads the last couple of weeks. Enjoy!

After swearing I would never get an e-reader, I got a kindle, and I really like it. Apparently, though, reading a real book is still better for your brain than reading a screen.

Gilmore Girls is on Netflix! I don’t have Netflix, but if I did, I’d be stoked. Ever wonder, “Where are they now?

Iowa Girl Eats shared 20 of her favorite fall recipes. Brown Eyed Baker listed 14 of her favorite pumpkin recipes.

Want some inspiration to get out of the house? Here are 50 fun, cheap date ideas for fall. Take your boyfriend, spouse, friend, and/or dog, and make something happen!

Michael Hyatt writes about the 7 benefits of keeping a daily journal. I firmly believe in journaling, but definitely do not do so daily. I might have to give it a try!

From Kevin DeYoung: What We Won’t Regret. If you’re looking for a convicting read by this author, check out Crazy Busy. It’s well worth the $10 price tag (or the $7 kindle price, if you don’t care about your brain).

Enjoy your weekend, friends!

1000 bites of happiness

One of my goals for 2011 is to be more grateful. I want to adopt a habit of gratitude in the way I think and process my world. I want to observe my surroundings– the people in my life, my possessions, and my experiences–and consciously label them as blessings, evidences of grace and happiness.

So, I’m going to join my dear friend Emily in her quest to list 1000 blessings (thankfulnesses, happinesses, graces, etc). Because, you know, this world is pretty great. And our lives are full of grace and beauty, if only we take the moment to look up and notice. So look up. And take notice.

I, for one, don’t want to turn 24, or 47, or 73, and look back on my life, wishing that I had lived in the moment more. Wondering why I didn’t appreciate what I had while I had it. Regretting that I didn’t invest in myself and the people around me.

I want to be grateful. I want to pay attention. I want to revel. And embrace. And celebrate. Because I firmly believe that is what we’re here on this earth to do.

Want to join me?