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When I look back over the year, I have this really negative habit of seeing only the bad. Unfortunately, It's easy for me to do on days like today. No, it's not some anniversary of a nefarious happening. But today, on my way to work, I blew a tire. A tire I'd just gotten replaced not very long ago.

I tried to replace it myself, but I couldn't remove the nuts. I then called my dad, who drove out to 72nd and Grover to save me. Together, we got the nuts off, but then the tire had gotten frozen onto the car. Had to call a tow truck for help. $75 later, my car made it to Lyle's to be replaced, and the nice guys at Lyle's found a decently priced used tire for me.

While I was waiting for my dad, I decided to read Day 2 of my Bible Study, The One Year Bible, which I found on an app, YouVersion. I keep trying to read the Bible throughout the year, but I stop about a third of the way through the year. In order to keep a positive attitude and find God's plan for my li…

My Favorite Blogging Tools

I learned a lot about blogging in 2014. I wanted to be able to replace my job with a blog income by the end of this year, but I was honestly in way over my head. I had no idea what that entailed, but you all know that I believe in magic and fairy tales.

Some magic blogger genie was going to pop out of my computer and grant me three wishes, right?

After a lot of google searches, I discovered a lot this year, found new bloggers who were a fount of information that helped me gain experience and build my blog to what it is today.

Buying a Domain I spent a lot of my blogging time thinking that buying a domain was expensive, useless, and hard to set up. When I got serious about my blogging, I started researching how to set it up, and was directed to Dana's blog, I Can Build A Blog, where she has a step-by-step process in buying a domain and setting it up in Blogger.
I decided to stick with Blogger (as opposed to Wordpress) because it is hosted by Google. There are a lot of pros and con…

I almost made my mom cry this Christmas. How'd you do?

I have a hard time giving gifts. I love to do it, but only if I can really get a handle on what the person wants. I like to make an emotional impact on them, and give them something that makes them truly happy.

I think I did pretty well with my dad's and sister's gifts this Christmas. My sister got Chameonaire Jamberry Nail Wraps (I've recently discovered Jamberry and am positively in LOVE with them! Check out my Instagram for my "Jamicures" over the last few weeks!). I honestly thought my sister knew, because when I had a Jamberry party a few weeks back, I was trying to figure out what my Hostess wraps would be, and I knew I wanted to get my sister something, since her party didn't do so well. I called her into the living room, and asked her what she liked when she was looking, so I could get ideas (There are a lot of wraps. It's mind-boggling!). She was surprised this morning, and told me she honestly had no idea. We did our nails this afternoon.

I got …

Hanging with my Best Gal

This past weekend, we celebrated Christmas with our extended family, since my darling cousin, Laura, was leaving the day after Christmas for Disney World with her high school band. They're going to perform on New Year's Day at the parade. So exciting, and I wish I could be there to see them (though, seriously, I don't need an excuse to go to Disney World).

They came in on Friday night, and introduced us to their new puppy, a spotted dachsund named S'mores. She was adorable and loved giving kisses.

Saturday afternoon, we went to a local Game Board Cafe called Spielbound with my mom, her mom, and our aunt Janet and her kids. We played a game that none of us had ever played before: Mousetrap.

Surprised? Yeah. We were all surprised that none of us had ever played it, too. But it was fun.

After playing games, Laura and I went to ConAgra Ice Skating Rink, a temporary rink down by the Old Market at 10th and Harney, where all the proceeds (I believe) go to the Omaha Food Bank.…

We're Coming to the End of the Year!

Can you believe Christmas is almost here? Just a week away! As my best friend, Lauren, quotes frequently from the show, Community, "Crazytown Bananapants!"

As you've probably noticed, if you've been paying any kind of attention, things have been pretty sparse up in here, since Thanksgiving. I've been zonky and tired, and unwilling to do much of anything, which royally sucks, but it is what it is. I've been doing a lot of blog thinking, blog building, writing, and reading. I have a different plan for the blog than I did a few years ago.

The blog morphed into something that it wasn't initially supposed to become. It involved recipes, workouts, and became The Modern Jane Austen Works Out. Not what I had in mind. I'm wanting to get back to basics in 2015, and make this blog what I originally intended (though, I may not have known it at the time).

I want this to be a space where other authors can share their ideas, I can share my author process, and we can…

Cyber Monday Sale!!!!!!!! Courtesy of Samantha March of Chick Lit Plus

Looking for great deals on some amazing books this Cyber Monday? Look no more! Below are books that are priced at 99 cents or lower - get them quick before the sale ends! From chick lit to women's fiction to romance and more, we have something to keep everyone happy for this holiday! Find a special tweet at the end of each description and help us spread the word about these amazing deals! Chick LitPie Girls – Lauren Clark Princess, Southern belle, and spoiled-rotten social climber Searcy Roberts swore on a stack of Bibles she’d never return home to Fairhope, Alabama. After marrying her high school sweetheart and moving to Atlanta, Searcy embraces big-city life—Carrie Bradshaw style. But now, Searcy has a teeny, tiny problem. Her husband’s had a mid-life crisis. He’s quit his job, cancelled her credit cards, and left her for another man. Searcy returns to Fairhope, ready to lick her wounds. But when her mother falls ill, she’s thrust into managing the family business—only to dis…

I Am Thankful

I feel like I've gained a whole new perspective in the last year. I suppose that moving into a more modest home, and ridding yourself of 2/3 of your possessions can really make you wonder where your life is going. 
I'm thankful for many things: happy home, a moderately working car (that annoys me to no end), a job to pay for the repairs on the moderately working car, a loving family, loving fur-family, fabulous church family, and a bright political future. ;-)
Looking back on the year, I'm thankful for all of the blog education I've had. I'm proud of how much I've learned on building and growing blogs and websites. I'm even in the process of building a website for a family friend's business. 
I'm thankful that I got to see my cousin Jake get married. That kid is the little brother I never got, and being able to watch him pledge his life to his longtime girlfriend was heartwarming.
I'm thankful that I got to see Lauren not once, but TWICE this y…

LiveFit Week Six Complete! (And the future of MJA)

So, if you can believe it, I've finished LiveFit week six! I can hardly believe it, myself. In the past, I've never really gotten past week five. I usually get pretty burnt out. I've said it before, but I think having my sister doing LiveFit with me is really helping to hold me accountable, and get my butt to the gym.

My eating last week was pretty spot on, with only a few hiccups here and there. I've been eating my Egg White cups, with either spinach or kale, pumpkin protein bars (greatest protein bars ever), and I was trying to get my protein, carb, and veggie in for my lunch, too. Breakfast was oatmeal with natural peanut butter, and clementines (I LOVE that it's the season for Clementines!).

I did gain weight this week, but I was lifting a lot heavier, and I had two rest days (on Friday, laziness got the better of me, but I made up for it on Saturday and Sunday). Honestly, I'm so proud of myself for getting this far that a little water weight is nothing to …