How Blogging has Made Me a Better Person

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Creative outlet

I haven’t held onto any kind of hobby for this long. Sometimes it doesn’t even feel real, that I get to just sit on the computer and put my thoughts and feelings down for others to read and enjoy. I cannot believe it’s truly been the best 6 years of my life! Aside from being married all that time as well, I’ve never been so proud for sticking with something before. I love to write,  I always have.

Improved my writing

My writing has definitely improved over these past six years. I’m still always learning and growing as far as typing and grammar go but, it’s been a journey. I have started to work on making my titles better and including everything in each post that I need to so it can be successful. Aesthetically though I have worked hard in creating a post theme and layout that works.

Built lifelong friendships

I’ve made and created some of the best friendships that will last a lifetime. I’ve bonded and shared with these new women in my life who are similar to me and busy following their dreams. Collaborating with like minded people makes you more creative and think harder than you do on a daily basis.

Sense of confidence and self-development

Blogging has done one MAJOR thing in my life and that’s helped me cut out negative people who always took me for granted/munipulated me. I learned to trust others around me and everything my gut tells me. When I have the slightest intuition it’s usually right. I’m much more confident in myself than I was when I began. In addition, blogging makes me want to be a better person in my self development-become a more well rounded person. And so far,  it’s working!

Living memory book

I love coming up with posts and personal stories to share with friends and family. Because I’ve been blogging here for so long and gone through so many changes and titles, it is literally a living memory book. My favorite thing is to go back, update and relive all the good, bad and the ugly times. It’s a comfort that I have every detail recorded somewhere.

Time-Management

This has been a difficult one because I’m not the best at scheduling things in my everyday life. I’m continually working on making a daily schedule and an editorial calendar so I can stay on track for my blog deadlines. Having everything happen on time is something I can really take pride in.

 

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BB #47+ a holiday announcement!

Bloggy Brunch linkup

Happy Weekend ladies! I’m working very hard on lots of things right now. It’s neat to have a hand in every bucket per say, I feel busy and accomplished. Like I’m meant to be a writer/blogger I really enjoy it and I’m glad I haven’t given up.

Speaking of upcoming events, I have a big one starting soon! Pamela from Hodge Podge Moments and I [The Petite Mrs] are going to do our second year of a holiday linkup we are calling #holidaybloggingchallenge 

(last year it was 12 days of Blogmas, see that here)  We had so much fun with that so we are recreating it with new simple rules like “leave a comment on 3 other links and be sure to include a graphic everyday”.

It will begin December 1st and run through December 25th (on Tuesdays and Thursdays).  There’s 10 DAYS worth of sharing posts on the linkup in the intro post on December 1st. You can always find it in the same place. This year we based the open ended prompts on  The Christmas Song by Nat King Cole. We have questions set up to get you started but feel free to write as much as you want about each one or you can take the line in a new direction. We have lots of linkup graphics to share and put in your posts so people know where to come to join!

More of the basic information along with the graphics to grab will be in the first post (on December 1st) if I’m currently missing anything here. I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving and a relaxing weekend. Thanks for continuously linking up with us and making our Sunday bright! 🙂

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Happy Friday 11/25/16

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Each week Krysten of Why Girls are Weird, Lindsay of The Flynnigans, Charlotte of My Pixie Blog, and I are hosting a link up featuring our happy lists from the week! Got a happy list of your own? Link up! Now onto what made ME happy this week!

  1. Working on my newsletter- to be out soon!
  2. Gilmore Girls: A year in the life
  3. Scarf season
  4. Hedgehog playtime
  5. Old movies with Marilyn Monroe
  6. staying up really late
  7. hibiscus  berry tea
  8. Cosmopolitan magazine
  9.  Thanksgiving food
  10. Flipboard app / Pigment coloring app

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Now it’s your turn- LINK UP with us!

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My Pet Peeves

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Everyone has pet peeves and some people let it get to them- I personally try to not let it get to me too much. However, I do want express some displeasure with these points below. Everyone has their pit-falls or viewpoints/stance on things, these are mine. I have experienced them all and I’m sure you have too… The little things people in our society do that rub you the wrong way. Things people do that make you wanna shout at them-but you don’t because you don’t wanna go to anger management. These are the ones that irk me like no other and I can’t stand about and just whine. So I’m writing them down in hope someone can relate and express their (ahem anger) feelings with me as well.

always being late.

If you are running late have the kind decency to text me, call me or send a carrier pigeon to let me know. So I’m not wasting all day waiting with a (cold) hot coffee in a Starbucks nowhere near where I live to come ‘meet you’. When we make plans-do not cancel the same hour we are supposed to be hanging out or doing something together. Should you need to cancel, please have a good reason and tell me at your earliest convenience (also so I’m not waiting for you to not show up). Don’t be late to be somewhere when you’re expected to, it’s not polite.

leaving your pup’s doo-doo anywhere it shouldn’t be.

Having a dog is a big responsibility (what you’re parents probably said) and it’s true after it’s cuteness wears off. And sidenote: if you don’t have money and time to care for a pet, you don’t have any reason getting one. It’s a living thing and deserves being treated as such like it matters to you. If I find you’re dog poop on the staircase, on the lawn (not picked up) in  the middle of the sidewalk or near my door step I will just lose it on you. It’s not cool and should be against city codes (it actually is, just not enforced by officers). I’m sick of seeing people not take care of their pets and all that comes with it. You should get a fine if you’re so careless and don’t have any respect for others and property. Just thoroughly annoys me is all- I can’t stand it.

annoying, slow, otherwise chatty cashiers.

Since when does it take you a million years literally to check out my items? Do you have to tell me your entire life story? The one about how you lived in NE and had a job waiting tables in a small cafe outside the city. Until you found out your were pregnant with TWINS and then they came early! So your mother in law moved in to live with you and you married a prince and lived happily ever after… It’s not anything personal honestly but I’d like to just get in and out and not listen to your very long, sad story. (This shouldn’t be taken out of context. I love talking to some clerks and cashiers but I get this one gal EVERY TIME I’m at Target and she talks for an hour, fiddling with my things… let me leave!)

bad customer service. ANYWHERE!

I don’t appreciate rude people on the phone, or in the restaurant  industry. I dislike bad service with crappy attitudes and not getting the food and bringing the food quickly and then ignoring our table. I will NOT tip you if you do not put any effort in. I’m not here to pay you- but I’ll reward you with extra if you’ve earned it. I absolutely do not like it when I have arguments with the “bills and telemarketing” people. Please just be kind and listen to my problem and if I ask for a manager- GET me a manager promptly.

assuming.

Everyone assumes from time to time-it’s a misunderstanding that we all occasionally do. But if you always assume what others are thinking then you have no idea when things are wrong. And it’s wrong because then you’re totally misinterpreting their intentions. It also kinda makes you look rude and like people can’t trust you. Plus it makes an (ass) out of (u) and (me)… ya know the “other golden rule”?

Well I hope you enjoyed my little mini rant if it was just that-I don’t know. Not entirely what I intended but ya know it is what it is and I’m not gonna apologize for having certain few things that really bug me. What are your pet peeves? The ones you cannot stand to watch or experience. Those ONES! Tell me all about it below and if you’ve written a post lately- drop a link below. 

If you’d like to I just started a newsletter so go sign up for it in my sidebar (to the right) and never miss another post! Thank you as always- love and appreciate each of you! 

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9 Low Key Date Night (or Day) Ideas

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How has your weekend been? Relaxing I hope however with the busy holidays coming up it’s easy to forget to spend quality time together alone and without friends, family or little ones around. So I wanted to share “9 low key date night ideas” before and around the holiday season. We’ve done a lot of these ideas, they’re a lot of fun. There’s a few ideas where you might think “that’s not a date..” but I assure you the minute you let go and start having fun together it’ll feel fun and romantic no matter what you’re doing. They are not holiday related at all but some of these can be adapted for the holiday season, I’ll explain. Here’s what I came up with and if you have any others please leave a comment below.

Bowling

I love going bowling! It’s silly, athletic but not difficult and fun if you do decide to go with a group. A group date for this is very acceptable. Even sometimes more fun and competitive when you’re challenging each other. Disco or Glow bowling is even more fun and sometimes even cheaper than a regular rate, it is later but unless grandma and grandpa are coming you’ll be able to manage. Either way I suggest a short game or two as it’s easy to get tired, hungry, grumpy or your hands will start to ache from throwing those heavy bowling balls. The loud music and black light in the fun of bowling just amplifies it for me- try it, if you haven’t ever been!

Go to dinner and a movie

Ah, the classic date, yes but don’t fix what ain’t broke. I’m not much of a movie theatre go-er so we will either rent, buy or stream a movie of our choice. Sometimes having a walk through a store on a special night is fun for us. Simply browsing together and seeing what is out new in,  say Best Buy,  because we are techy-people is a nice cap to the night. Also here’s where we aren’t as adventurous as others; we are picky eaters. So trying a new restaurant usually isn’t high on our list. But you sure could take this time to try new cuisine or have a fancier dessert (which is what we opt for) or drink (sometimes).

Explore

Go on a walk or run a trail you like or have seen before, head to the beach, mountains or desert (whatever is close to you) and enjoy being in nature. Here in the PNW I take it for granted- I think next year that’s gonna change. I love a good walk especially outside in a forest area along a river or stream. Walking our dogs out to a trail or place we haven’t been before to socialize them more if a good idea. They don’t get out enough and honestly neither do we, such homebodies. Fresh air is great for your lungs and makes your body feel new if you’ve been inside for too long.

Taking pictures on outings like this can be really nice by going making memories and getting each other and the scenery on film (digital) is a keepsake! So be sure to bring your camera, phone or other polaroid for taking pictures.

A large garbage bag or plastic sandwich bag (to drape over your camera in case of rain) less likely to get damaged by any rain or moisture. I suggest wearing good shoes (not flats) like tennis shoes, hiking shoes or boots. Downplaying the weather conditions can be easy to do but also will ruin your trip. Don’t hike anywhere you aren’t familiar (or at all) without a buddy. Also a day hike is better, so no hiking at night. 🙂 Be safe!

Cook together/Meal prep together

If you both love to cook then this is a great date night activity. Go to the store together-gather your ingredients, make something a little fancier, try a new recipe. Normally I’d want to follow a recipe if you’re like me, experiment and have fun. Meal prepping can be tedious but with a partner you can nearly cut your time in half! I don’t meal prep but I think this would be fun (also if we had a bigger kitchen). Depending on your kitchen, have your husband grill, fry or boil noodles. While you can cut, chop or blend whatever else you need. Once your done spend time together by having a glass of wine and talk about what the week looks like.

Rearranging your furniture

This is one I wasn’t sure I should include. I know that we really enjoy doing this together when we need to shake things up. If your selected room let’s you change the layout with your furniture-it’s fun to shape shift your living space. Usually in our bedroom we will put the bed on a different wall or move our dresser to a new spot. Living rooms are easy to do by moving or combining pieces in new formations in your open space. Just make sure you can still open doors and windows. Don’t cover any heater vents or wall heaters- be conscious of that! Safety hazard! I kind of believe in my own version of Feng Shui- just by moving things and vacuuming the floors, I feel newer in the fresh environment. It gives you a new mindset I think. This is probably most low key of all- but I enjoy it the most!

Create a playlist

Date night playlist? Travel mix? For special adult time? Select songs that you both like. For some couples that’s harder than others but it’s okay put a big mix of everything in there for each style. I think if you can handle each other day to day, you can handle a three minute song you don’t like. I have a few bands that I know we both like and he made me a playlist called  “in the car music” it was a sweet sentiment. A guy can also apply this idea to a girl/woman he likes- everyone loves a good mix tape/cd/playlist.

Play video games or board games/card games

This is a great idea if you’re a gamer like my husband is. Playing games together can be inviting and fun, challenging and innovative. Go buy a game together and have the stronger player help the other. Guide them through and have fun overall. Grab a variety of snacks (healthy or not) and enjoy spending time doing what the other enjoys. Board games can also work if you have friends or family nearby. Cards are a go-to staple when things are boring and slow. They are great for your mind as well, quick for wit so shuffle out the Gin Rummy or there’s always Go Fish!

Street fairs/Farmers/Saturday markets

Farmers markets are usually seasonal but can also open your mind to new food and produce or canned goods that you may not see otherwise. It nice to walk around locally on a spring or summer day looking through all the vendors. Saturday markets (like the one here in PDX) has a wide selection of food, goods and services as well as specialty things like face painting for young kids. Look up online under your city index and see if there’s one near you. They could be weekly, monthly, or during a particular season or sort of festival.

Mini Golf

Just another time to be goofy and silly with one another. Stay light hearted and have fun without being competitive. It’ll take her 25,000 times to get that ball into the lighthouse but come behind her and swing with her. Show her your sweet, helpful nature and be affectionate.

I hope you’ll try some of these next time you need a night (or day) out. Take pictures and make new memories. Never forget to nourish the relationship you’re in. It’s too easy and damaging to be too complacent. Enjoy each other especially when times during the holidays can be so stressful.

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