Thursday, November 27, 2014

I Am Thankful

(C) Disney Cruise Line
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 year. Having your best friend live two states away is hard work, and while we argue, we're human. I love her more than any other non-relative. She's my person. 

I'm thankful that an inexpensive gym opened up at my mall, which is two minutes from my house. It might seem silly, but I'm honestly thankful because if I didn't have a gym, I wouldn't make myself work out. It's amazing how much better I feel and sleep just because I work out regularly now. And people might talk smack about Planet Fitness, I love it there. 

I'm thankful for my church family. They accepted me with open arms, and I've grown to love them as extended family. 

Today, we introduce our family to our new home. It's small, and cramped, but warm, and we like it. It'll be interesting to see what everyhone else thinks of it.

I'm thankful that I've learned before I turned thirty that possessions don't make you happy. They weigh you down. 

Today is about being together with your loved ones, and appreciating what you have. Tomorrow is about shopping. Remember when you shop that retailers and fellow shoppers are people. Treat them with kindness and respect. No deal is worth hurting someone or being hurt, yourself. I would know. I've been pushed into a clothes rack before. 

Let us come to Him with Thanksgiving! Let us sing songs of praise to him!
Psalm 95:2

Happy Thanksgiving, Everyone!


Monday, November 17, 2014

Chick Lit Blog Tours: "The Right Design" by Isabella Louise Anderson

Hi, guys! I'm back with another Book Tour, this time, featuring one of my Author Friends. I'm so glad to have found this group that she started, where women authors can get together and share advice and tips. It's been a great learning experience for me to have this group, and I'll be forever Thankful for Isabella Louise Anderson for starting it.


Isabella's book, The Right Design, is the topic of today's Blog Tour, is a fun story about new beginnings, finding who you are, and who you're meant to be.

Carrie Newman is a Dallas-based interior designer who has been with her boyfriend, Roger, for six years. On their sixth anniversary, she returns home to see Roger starting the annivesary festivities...with someone else.

So begins Carrie's journey to find out who she is, what she wants, and who she wants. Moving to Palm Beach, she quickly finds a beautiful house on the beach, and a job at one of the best design firms in town, where her first job is to redecorate the mansion of Brad Larson, whom she had a less than ideal first introduction the night before, when they met at a bar, and he drunkenly tried to pick her up.

I guess what they say that no love is perfect is true for everyone.

I thought this was a fun read that would be perfect for the beach, or considering that it's November, and I got snowed in last week, perfect for when you can't leave the house. It's a quick read with a lot of fun characters, as well as a secondary story of Carrie's sister and brother-in-law's journey to get pregnant, and Carrie's concern over her sister's condition. They're a close set that reminds me of my own sister and me.

I really enjoyed this book, and can't wait to read more by Isabella. You can find her: