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Monday, November 28, 2016

Monday Moments

Hey, everyone! Happy Monday! I know this is a little late but it's still Monday :)
I actually didn't take any pictures this last week on my own phone except for the photo I took for the last post.

 Photo Cred: Ginger Snaps

These are my two sisters! This was our traditional Thanksgiving Sister Selfie.  

Photo Cred: The Captain

This was our Black Friday haul. Which I actually had no part in. I'm not a Black Friday shopper, but my dear Captain went out while I was sleeping and left this on the table for me to find when I woke up. 

Currently Read (ing):

By Julianne Donaldson

(Just finished reading this)

By Julianne Donaldson

To/dos and Goals:

  • Make a Christmas Shopping Budget
  • Start Christmas shopping
  • Make a new hot chocolate recipe
  • Schedule out some Christmas Dates
  • Write a little bit every day
  • Make gluten free donuts
  • Go to the Festival of Trees

Something to take away:

"Success is failure turned inside out--
The Silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems afar,
So stick to the fight when you're hardest hit,--
It's when things seem worst that you mustn't quit."

-Author unknown,

What are you reading? How was your Thanksgiving? Thanks for reading! I hope you're all having a great week!

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Friday, November 25, 2016

Don't Give Up

It all started on Thursday. Well, really it started with the beginning of the month. I had decided I was going to hand write my novel and it just seemed like all these things kept getting in the way. The novel itself has been fairly easy to write, but it has NEVER been harder to find time to write it.

Last Thursday I gave up my dream of handwriting my novel, all 50,000 words, this month. I just ran out of time. So instead of writing nothing, I deemed it a better trade to write the rest on my computer.

I didn't realize how deeply I'd been wanting to accomplish this goal, because the next 3 days ended in me bawling my eyes out every night before I fell asleep.

In fact, most nights this last week have ended with my bawling my eyes out.

This month has been HARD. I have never doubted my ability as a writer so much. I have never decided so many times that I was going to quit my novel and move on with my life. In fact, I'm not sure that there have ever been so many days when I just didn't feel like writing. 

I've sent the Captain so many texts this month that were pretty much me telling him that I was never going to amount to anything as a writer and that I might as well just give up now and stop wasting all of our valuable time together on this hobby that is worthless.

Yeah, its been that kind of month.

In spite of all that. I can tell you that I haven't given up. I may currently be 3000 words behind where I should be for today, but I haven't given up. This book may not be amazing when I'm done this month, but it will be complete. 

I will not give up. No matter what.

Maybe writing isn't your thing. Maybe things are really difficult for you right now. I get that. I SO TOTALLY get that. 

Don't give up.

We've got this.
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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Monday Moments

I know what you may be thinking. It's Tuesday. Yes, yes it is. This last week has been a doozy for sure.

More about that later this week. Probably Thursday.
Here are the moments:

On Tuesday (I think it was Tuesday) I fulfilled an item on my bucket list and wrote in a Cafe. I've been meaning to for years. So last Tuesday when I had the chance I went to the Rose Establishment and ordered myself a cup of hot cocoa and sat down and wrote a full page before I decided that I had fulfilled my goal.
To be honest, it was fun and I felt cool, but I'm not sure it's something that I could do on the regular. I get distracted pretty easily. Who knows, though, I'll definitely try it again sometime. 

Last week all of my makeup fell in the toilet. Or, maybe it was the week before. Anyway, all of my makeup was gone. Admittedly, I don't wear a lot of makeup. It was still sad. I resigned myself to not having any. Then, my sweet little sister offered to buy me makeup to replace the makeup I'd lost. I truly feel so lucky to have the family that I do. Especially my little sister who has been my partner in crime since our parents divorced when I was 14. 

I went out to a late lunch before going to Time Out For Women with my mom and little sister. Rumbi is basically the best.

You can't tell super well from the picture but there was totally a rainbow on a regular sunny day!

Sadly I didn't get any pictures with my mom and my little sister when we went! It was so fun to spend the weekend with them. 

Currently Reading:

Way of Kings
By Brandon Sanderson

Weekly Goals and To Dos:

  • Catch up on my NaNoWriMo Word count
  • Post a blog post later this week
  • Plan some fun December activities
  • Prepare my lesson for Sunday
  • Have a date with The Captain
  • Make my Christmas lists
  • Make a Christmas Shopping budget
  • Plan when we'll take our Christmas photos

Something to take away:

"Don't forget- No one sees the world the way you do, so no one else can tell the stories that you have to tell."

-Charles De Lint
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Monday, November 14, 2016

Monday Moments

Hey, everyone! Happy Monday! How was your week?
This last week was another busy week full of writing. As well as a few other things that came up.

So I literally took only 3 photos this last week. And two of them were basically the same picture of this salad.

I got off work early on Thursday so I decided to take myself out to lunch before I got down to writing. That's my Momma who so kindly joined me, sadly her eyes are closed in this picture, but she was so adorable anyway that I decided to include the picture.
Also without it you'd be left with a photo of Salad. 

With the election and everything I quit Facebook until about yesterday. I just couldn't handle that literally every single post was about the election and its results.
It gets old about three posts in. I kept trying to go back, but jumping right back off when I saw that things still hadn't calmed down. 

I did go see Doctor Strange for date night with the Captain! It was interesting! As I described it to the Captain right after we saw it, it's like Inception and a Kaleidoscope had a baby in India. But still good!

Anyway, let's just move on from here.

Currently reading:

The Way of Kings
By Brandon Sanderson

Currently Writing:

Sun Singers
20,000 words in :)

To Dos and Goals for the Week:

  • Plan an activity day activity. 
  • Plan Visiting Teaching
  • Plan a cooking date with the Captain
  • Type up novel
  • Write in my personal journal at least once this week
  • Run at least 2xs this week (I've been terrible with NaNo)
  • Make a thankful for list and letter it
  • Start designing family goals hand lettering project
  • Complete Bucket List item of writing at a Café

Something to take away:

"Inspiration usually comes during the work, rather than before it."
-Madeleine L'Engle

I hope you all have a great week! I'd love to hear about it!
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Thursday, November 10, 2016

Handwriting 50000 words

Why would I attempt this madness you ask?

Well, NaNoWriMo.
Also, my favorite author of all time, Madeleine L'Engle once said in an interview that she wrote all of her novels by hand and then typed them on a typewriter (I definitely fell into the rabbit hole of looking at typewriters on Amazon this week).
Then I recently fell in love with Rebecca Stead's work. The first book I read of hers references A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L' Engle and I recently found out that she also writes her books by hand. Or, at least she has recently.
This led me to deciding to try and write my book this year by hand for a couple of reasons beyond loving authors who have written their books this way. 
I wanted to see if I could do it. Last year was the first year that I didn't finish my 50000 words in the month of November. Mainly because I'd just gotten married. Before that, I'd participated for 7 years and won every time. I knew that I could easily type 50000 words, but I wanted to challenge myself, and see if I could write better another way.
Not to mention that the first book I ever tried to write I wrote in a notebook by hand. It was what made fall in love with writing and really believe that I could be a novelist.
However, handwriting comes with a few pros and a few problems.

Problem 1: Literally every pen hurts to write with at the end of my 2000 word goal for the day. (which I actually counted out the first day, but now I just approximate the number of pages that would equal 2000 words. 3 pages front and back if you were curious)

Problem 2: I actually think I write better this way. Which means that I have to do it forever. Yay.

Problem 3: It takes me around 2 hours a day to hand write 2000 words. As opposed to 40 minutes for 2000 words before.

Pro 1: I think I actually write better this way.

Pro 2: I almost never get stuck. I used to get stuck with writer's block. So far, that hasn't happened. Granted my method to get unstuck before was to hand write a scene or two and now it's all handwriting.

Pro 3: I don't get distracted as easily.
It's just me and the paper. There's no Pinterest or Facebook or anything else a handy click away. I don't have to do anything like turn off my wifi to keep myself focused, I just start writing and go.

I must say that I have been so impressed and so supported through this journey so far. After the first day, I decided that I needed some sort of pencil grip or something to help cushion my hand as I write and my dear Captain went out and bought some for me. He's also taken it upon himself to cook dinner almost every night and do his own thing whenever I'm behind on my goal for the day. He even went grocery shopping yesterday so that I could have a little more extra time to write. Seriously, the man is gold. I've always heard stories about spouses or families doing things like this for other people during NaNo, but I've never really gotten to experience it first hand. I have never felt so loved and taken care of. He's never complained or tried to convince me to type it on the computer instead, even though it would mean less work for him, less time for me to be away, and a meal ready and waiting for him when he gets home from work. Instead, he's planned his every day around the time that I need that day to write. 

I'm very lucky to have him. I'm also very lucky to have 3 Fridays off of work this month. All in all, I'm loving NaNoWriMo so far. 

Are you doing NaNoWriMo? If so, have you ever attempted hand writing your novel?

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Monday, November 7, 2016

Monday Moments

Hey, everyone! How was your week? Mine was pretty good!
I started NaNoWriMo last Tuesday and it has been... well good in some ways and really super hard. If you read my Monday Moments post last week, then you may remember that I decided to hand write my novel this year. That's 50,000 words. By hand.

Its been a time, I'll most likely have a post talking just about that later in the week.

This last week was also my anniversary! Which was just as good, if not better than I thought it would be. 

This was from Halloween. We went over to one of the Captain's friends' house to celebrate and ate so much good food. I was so stuffed that I didn't even get to TRY everything. We had dinner and it was probably the best Halloween party that I have ever been to.

The Captain went out and bought me pencil grips to help make writing easier. Basically, because he is the best. He's also cooked dinner pretty much every day this week.

I had a kind of terrible day in the middle of the week where I'd tried typing up some of my  for 40 minutes, only to lose all of what I'd typed up. Also, nearly all of my meager supply of makeup fell in the toilet off of a shelf. R.I.P. nice brushes. This quote made me laugh and made it seem a little bit better. We've been quoting it all week because sometimes it's so sincerely true.

For our anniversary I made the Captain pancakes for breakfast, and then made myself this gluten filled Pumpkin spice pancake from a mix we got on our first honeymoon. I've never tried it without ice cream and I don't want to. It's like eating dessert for breakfast.

Cupcakes from the bakery that made our wedding cake. They were so good that the Captain didn't even know that they were gluten free. 

We celebrated our marriage by going to the Draper temple where we were sealed and doing sealings. Before going inside we went around to the side and offered a prayer of thanksgiving for our marriage in the same place that we prayed together for our marriage right before we were sealed. 
I also had a letter that the Captain gave to me on the day we were married that I read inside the temple. It was the most perfect way to celebrate for us :)

For dinner we went to Longhorn Steakhouse where we had our  wedding luncheon. I got chicken tenders then and I got them again. Still super good. I've gotten pretty good at trying new things and loving other things, but I will probably always be a chicken tenders and fries kind of girl at heart.

Our server was so kind and gave us this "Birthday" sundae for free for our anniversary. We were both so stuffed by that point, but I really appreciated the gesture.

My Captain America T-shirt didn't last the week. Which I'm still kind of mad about.

Guys, I actually made the Captain brazilian cheese rolls or Pão de queijo. It's actually REALLY easy. I'll probably share the recipe on here at some point.

I'll end here! For those of you who are married, I'm curious, what do you do for your wedding anniversaries?

Currently Reading:

The Way of Kings
By Brandon Sanderson

By Dan Wells

By Kenneth Oppel

Because all of the books I had on hold decided to become available now. In the middle of NaNo. Een though some of them were put on hold in September. Such is life.

To Dos + Goals:
-Write 12000 words this week. By hand.
-Type up what I've already written
-Make a gratitude list
-Write in my journal more than once this week
-Plan an activity for Activity Days
-Do laundry AND fold AND put away all in one day
-Contact Visiting Teaching Sisters
-Try out a new recipe 
-Run three times

Basically, balance my life ;)

Something to take away:

"A self is not something static, tied up in a pretty parcel and handed to the child, finished and complete. A self is always becoming."

-Madeleine L'Engle

I hope you have a great week! I'd love to hear from you! :)

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Friday, November 4, 2016

One Year Later

One year ago today I married my best friend. I'm not really sure what I expected to happen in my first year of marriage, but I'm so grateful for the way that things have happened. I love that the Captain and I do things our own way, not exactly how we've seen it done. 
Some days we do absolutely nothing but watch Netflix, some days we go adventuring. Marriage has been beautiful and hard and absolutely fantastic. Sometimes I'm still amazed that I don't get sick of him. We daydream all the time about how someday we'll find a way that we can both work from home so that we can be together all the time. Sometimes we go and hang out with our friends by ourselves, and even though we enjoy that time with people we love and care about, we still miss each other. 
This past year has been such a growing year for me. I have found out so many things about myself that I didn't know. Good things, but also things that I wanted and needed to change to be a better person. Like learning to be ok with being late sometimes, or to go with the flow when things don't go the way that I thought they would (I have realized that I have a lot of expectations!). 
The Captain has been beyond patient with me. He's been so humble and willing to do whatever it takes to make me happy. In fact, since we got married the Captain has been writing me books. When I say writing me books, I mean that he takes a little journal and writes in it every day, something that I did that made him happy, or some sacrifice I made that he noticed. He always tries to make me feel like I am a good person, even when I feel like I am terrible. 
This past year hasn't always been easy. We've had our trials and our fights, but I love the security that comes from knowing that even when he's mad at me, he loves me. Even when he's upset, he's not going to leave. We both have chosen to stay in this for the long haul, and that makes knowing that when things aren't working  it's just another problem to work on together. 
I am so grateful for this past year. I can't imagine what life would have been like without him, and I'm glad that we have so many new memories together. I have loved the ride so far, both ups and downs. I can't wait to see what the next year holds.
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