I’m in love. With a blog. I recently discovered A Beautiful Mess and I’ve been obsessively checking it everyday since. It has the cutest crafts, the best inspiration and pretty photos, so obviously I became a dedicated follower from the moment I laid eyes on it. It also features two personal blogs which are equally lovable! I borrowed Emma’s (originally Elsie’s) idea of 4 Simple Goals because I feel like I have so much to accomplish lately, none of which is getting done. It doesn’t help that both The Voice and Nashville are on tonight. Needless to say, I’ll be snuggled in my bed eating the cookies and drinking the hot chocolate my roommate picked up so we can cope with this blizzard. Big plans for tomorrow, though.
1. I have so many random recipes floating around that I basically have to go through every source (Internet, phone, random papers stuffed in my drawers) to find the one I’m looking for. I saw this DIY Recipe Book on A Beautiful Mess (naturally) and added it to the top of my to-do list ASAP! Craft + bookmaking + recipes = perfection. Plus, I’m hoping that if I have all my recipes in one place, it’ll be easier for me to cook after a long day at work. Wishful thinking? Maybe.
2. Speaking of bookmaking, I’m desperate to busy my hands again with anything artsy. I’ve done the occasional sketch and played around with my watercolor pencils, but that’s about it. I was reading the archives of Everyday Elsie (founder of A Beautiful Mess) today and decided I want to be her. Her artwork is so amazing and inspiring and I love the tone of her blog. She seems like a genuinely real person. Looking at her art made my need to create even stronger as I now have so many ideas floating around in my head that are dying to get on the page. For some reason though, I’ve never considered myself a true artist. Yes, I love making it, but I’m not one of those people who lives and breathes art. I look at others’ works in awe and think that I couldn’t possibly create things as good as theirs. I’m hesitant to approach art sometimes because I don’t want whatever I make to be a failure. But after looking at Elsie’s stuff, I’m completely inspired to spend a couple hours tomorrow just playing around with my brushes and pens.
3. I want to listen to more good music. My computer crashed over the summer and took my whole iTunes with it (RIP Dell). Ever since, I’ve just been making do with whatever I had left. I don’t even listen to 8tracks or Pandora half as much as I used to, and I really miss it. When my sister and I were younger (aka the years of Limewire), my dad wouldn’t let us download music illegally. Being deprived of this privilege, we were forced to BUY our songs off iTunes. Fast-forward seven years later and I’m still not downloading music illegally (thanks Dad). But my music collection has definitely suffered because of it (I’m also poor which means I can’t even afford music on iTunes). I’m hoping to compile a short list of songs so I can bite the bullet and download a few new ones. It feels like such a luxury when I have a new playlist to listen to. Current favorite: “Springsteen” by Eric Church.
4. I need to start taking more pictures. Pictures for my blog, for Instagram, for simple documentation of life! My sister is the queen of Instagram and I love looking through her pics – it’s like a visual story that brings you back to certain memories and jokes. Two months have flown by since I’ve been in NYC and I barely have any pictures to show for them. So I’m going to try to be better about remembering to capture the little things on my phone and taking my camera with me everywhere I go. I’m headed to Virginia this weekend so hopefully I’ll be able to snap a few there – Jack hates it but I can usually cajole one or two out of him. He secretly loves it.
What are your goals for the month of November?