Losing Steam

Hey everyone!

Ugh, is it Spring yet?

It’s been a while since I posted, so I felt compelled to write a quick update. I haven’t disappeared! I’ve just been hit hard with lack a motivation. I’ve been in a bit of a slump, mood wise, and finding it hard to push myself to do things, not just blog-wise. I don’t know if it’s the weather, or the way I’ve been eating, but I am trying to push past it. Life has it’s ups and downs, and now it’s time for me to push myself up, above and beyond!

I still plan on writing a post on Lent. This is an important time of year for me and I would like to share what it means to me with all of you. I will push myself to start posting B&W pictures daily again. I can’t wait for the weather out here to clear up so I can take my DSLR outside and capture some nice shots with some natural light. I also recently purchased a lens ball and a prism, so I’ve been dying to try both of them!

Thank you, readers, for sticking with me! Let’s welcome March in like a lion!

PS: Please comment any tips you have for writing posts even when you really don’t feel like it! TIA

Another Day, Another Bookstore – Half Price Books

Another bookstore haul!

This one isn’t as big – I only got three books (I honestly don’t know where I found the self-control). This was only my second trip to Half Price Books, but this time I got to spend more time looking around. I will definitely be going back, though! There were countless books I wanted to get (next time I need to remember to make a list!)

Starting from the right: I chose this book because what’s better than reading about how much authors love books?! I thought it was cute, and I’m thinking about sharing a quote a day from it.

The middle book I grabbed because I love C. S. Lewis and I love the book of Psalms. I’ve been wanting to read some of his non-fiction work, so I thought this book would be the perfect place to start.

The last book I grabbed because I have a weakness for clearance books. I saw the movie when it came out years ago and liked it, and you know what they say, the book is always better.

Once I get into one of these books, I’ll do another Currently Reading post. If you have any suggestions for books I should look for at my next bookstore trip, please comment and let me know!

In Reflection: 2017

I know it’s cliché, but I keep feeling pulled to writing about this past year. I mean, who doesn’t spend Dec. 31st in reflection? For me, this whole month has really been full of reflection. I’ve reunited with old friends and even begun a new tradition of Friday night Game Nights with them. This weekend my high school class had their five-year reunion, which was an interesting experience. It’s always strange gathering with people you haven’t seen in a while, then add alcohol and a dark bar basement, and you get a loud, crowded, crazy night. It was a good time and definitely had my husband and I reflecting.

According to the world of the internet, my opinion of 2017 may be an unpopular one. When I look back on this year, I overall feel pretty great about it. What did 2017 hold for me? First of all, my dear husband. We were married at the beginning of 2017. We had a wonderful honeymoon to the Lake of the Ozarks, then Honeymoon 2.0 in May to Florida. Also in May 2017, after one of the toughest semesters of our college careers, we both graduated with our bachelor’s degrees. Then August came around and we both were given great opportunities to start new jobs. In November we moved closer to where we work, our own space to really grow closer as a couple. We’ve been working hard at our jobs, on our relationship, and on ourselves. I personally had a great 2017. It presented many, many challenges, but we’ve overcome them all. I can’t wait to see what 2018 has in store.

Here’s to a year of happiness, health, and blessings. I hope everyone else has a great new year as well!

Welcome to December

It’s barely past 8 pm and I am so ready for bed. Instead, though, I thought I’d say hello to the people of WordPress!

It is only December 5th, but it seems like Christmas has been in full swing for about a month! December really came roaring in for me – there were three birthdays to celebrate the very first weekend. I do not have a single weekend not already filled in on the calendar. It is going to be nonstop for the next 5 weeks or so. The weather has been uncharacteristically warm, which just makes this whole month even more confusing. I’m not complaining about that, though! There’s nothing I’m dreading more than having to do recess duty in anything below 40°.

December is also the start of Advent, an important time of year on the Catholic Church Calendar. As December is such a busy time for me, and Advent is a time of waiting and reflection, I hope to use my free time to blog about what Advent means to me and to Catholics across the world. I wasn’t able to post last weekend, but maybe I can make it an every Friday thing. I’m also setting a goal for myself to post a photography blog by Wednesday.

I want to thank all of those that take the time to read my posts. I know I haven’t yet really found a direction in mu blog, but so far I’m really enjoying. I started this with the main goal to just get back into the habit of writing. While it’s not quite yet really a “habit”, I am definitely thinking about it more.

Stay tuned for another post soon and thank you for stopping by! Happy Holidays!

Baby Fever!

Ya’ll, I got it bad!

I mean, who doesn’t love babies? I first got baby fever real bad when I first started at a daycare. I know, it’s kind of backwards. Being around screaming and crying infants, and especially toddlers, would probably send most people running. I loved it, though. There is no moment more precious or calming than holding a sleeping baby in your arms. My baby fever eventually let up and there are even some days I know I’m just not ready for a little one of my own yet. But there is something about hearing the news that someone I know is pregnant that just gives me baby fever all over again!

I’m here at the daycare today, sitting in a dark classroom while 4 and 5 year olds are sleeping, scrolling through the baby department on Amazon and reading blog posts about cloth diapers. I probably sound like a crazy person, but I like to think I will be well equipped and prepared when the time comes for my husband and I to start our own little family.

I am so excited to watch those around me start and grow their families. Children are a precious gift from God. I love the work I do and getting to spend time with these little ones. Babies and children remind me every day to smile, laugh, and not take things too seriously. Life is about living in the moment and appreciating the little things. We have so much to learn from kiddos.

Yes, I have crazy baby fever. But for now I’ll have to get my fix in the baby room at work, and I’m totally ok with that.

About Me

The first blog post is the hardest, right? I’ve been putting off starting this blog because I honestly just didn’t know where to start. I felt like I needed to have a theme and a direction and a plan. I like to try to be one of those one-step-ahead, everything-is-all-planned-out, perfectionist kind of people, but it’s not my strong suit. I’ve decided to let this blog lead the way – I will start typing and see where it takes me. For now, I’m just going to start with a simple introduction.

My name is Julia, I recently graduated from Fontbonne University with a BS in Speech-Language Pathology, and I spent probably 85% of my college career wondering if I chose the right degree. I married my best friend in January of this year. He also recently graduated with a degree in music. He has been in the band Crystal Lady for almost 4 years. From high school to college, a lot of our friends have been musicians, which is a pretty fun crowd to be a part of!

As for this blog, I hope it will be a nice creative outlet for me. Before graduating high school, I had planned to attend Truman State University as a Creative Writing major. Instead of following my heart, I went with a practical major, one with job security (something you can’t be too thankful for these days). Now as a graduate with two part-time jobs and still no clue what I really want to do with my life, I’ve finally decided to dive back into writing. I don’t know where this blog will take me, but I hope to at least just have some fun with it.

I hope you’ll stay posted for more! I plan to blog about my photography and about events and concerts I attend around town with my husband. I’m excited to see where this journey will take me!