Monday, September 1, 2014

Talking Less, Listening More, and the Wisdom of Rosalind Russell.

NaBloPoMo September 2014

I am so incredibly excited to be embarking on my first NaBloPoMo (or, "National Blog Posting Month") hosted by BlogHer! I just became a member not too long ago, so I'm still exploring the community. While I find my way, this seemed like a wonderful opportunity to meet other bloggers and get in the groove of writing every day. If you're interested in joining the party, you may sign up right here (make sure you specify the month of September!) until the 5th. If you miss the deadline, don't fret; you can catch the next NaBloPoMo in October.

Prompt: Do you find it more helpful to talk things out or to let things quietly rest?


I am a talker, through and through. I've always enjoyed discussing my feelings with others, finding that common ground through shared experiences. In school, I always received high marks, but when it came to the written comments, the message was always that I needed to control my inner chatterbox. 
As I've gotten older, though, I find myself wanting to speak less in order to create distance between myself and people I don't know well. What I've learned over the course of my 32 years is that not everyone is worth my time and energy, so I must choose wisely. Part of this shift is simply a byproduct of growing older and more mature, but a rather large portion of it can be attributed to my husband, whom I half-jokingly refer to as The Vault. He is the kindest, gentlest, most loving person I've ever met, but the man reveals nothing unless explicitly asked. When we first got married, this drove me batty, but over the last decade, I've grown to appreciate the logic of slowing down, observing, and reflecting rather than barreling into every topic, guns blazing. First, I find that I don't actually want to feel All The Things. As an empath, I need to take frequent breaks in order to keep from being overwhelmed by the constant waves of rage-inducing issues in this world. Further, I have found that quiet reflection allows me to see the circumstances more clearly and do more research in order to ascertain if outrage is even warranted. Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, when I speak less, I listen and learn more. Opening myself up to different experiences, opinions, and points of view has done wonders for my personal growth. I graduated from college quite some time ago, but I am committed to the challenge of being a lifelong learner and a global citizen. 

This is a little random, but go with me: I remember watching Auntie Mame (FYI, I adore Rosalind Russell!) with my mom when I was younger, this line jumped off the screen and into my heart:
Life is a banquet and most poor suckers are starving to death!    

Preach that good word, Ms. Russell. 


Friday, August 22, 2014

Foodie Fridays: Low Country Boil

The other day, my awesome husband--and classically-trained chef--decided to throw down in the kitchen and treat us to this Low Country Boil. Look, when I tell you it was good, I mean it was gooooood. This meal fed my soul, as well as my body. 

Scroll the pics to see how it all came together. 

One pound of fresh shrimp

Garlic-cheese bread

Old Bay is an absolute MUST when it comes to seafood. 

The veggies

I couldn't believe it either, Ike. 

I tried to fill up on veggies, but the Andouille sausage kept calling my name. 

Learning the finer points of shell removal.

Not for another 20 years, girly! 

Have a blessed weekend, everyone!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

#WordlessWednesdays: Ike's First Day of Preschool

Said to before and I'll say it again: The days are long, but the years are short. 

Sometimes, I feel like I just gave birth to this sweet boy. Other times, like today, I'm reminded it's been almost four years since he came into this world.

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

#WordlessWednesdays: My Little Ike.

I know this is technically a #WordlessWednesdays post, but I can't help but comment on this picture of my sweet 3 year-old, newly-middle child. He's right smack dab in the intense period of toddlerhood, challenging authority, pushing boundaries, expertly executing epic levels of passive aggression (Seriously. He could teach a class.). 

And yet.

He is simply marvelous in my eyes. That's motherhood for ya. 

He put his hood on all by himself...
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Best of the Web: My Favorite Fashion Blogs!

I know I'm a day late for this week's "Best of the Web" series, but I'm making up for it with fierceness! Folks, allow me to introduce you to three of the most stylish women from around the web. Each and every one of them inspires me to take my own look to the next level. Enjoy!

Best Overall Style: Fulake Huntoon of StylePantry
I adore the way this woman is unafraid to wear bold colors in a wide variety ways without losing her innate sense of sophistication. Her style is the perfect balance of vibrance and classic appeal.
Image via StylePantry
Chicest Mama: Andee Layne of The Honeybee
I randomly stumbled onto Andee's style on Pinterest; I was pregnant with my daughter and searching for tips on how to be fashionable while expecting (and beyond). That was over a year ago, and Ms. Layne continues to be a source of inspiration for me.
Image via Andee Layne
Best Risk-Taker: GabiFresh
In a world that seems to be hellbent on making everyone who falls outside of the very narrow definition of what is "appropriate" or "acceptable", Gabi reminds me that fashion is supposed to be fun and those so-called rules were meant to be broken. She inspires me to take risks in my own way, and I'm always better for it.
Image via GabiFresh
Do you have any fashionistas who inspire you? Feel free to share in the comments below!

Excited to be linking up once again with Mrs. Tee & Co. for the Mommy Monday Blog Hop, this week! If you're interested in joining in, please click here and leave a link to your post. See you there!