Life Letter

Dear friends,

I have decided to give up Netflix for lent. Yikes, it has been rough. I’m not Catholic but I do usually participate in lent because sometimes its good just to take a break from something that consumes time. I kinda hat not having something to watch because Timeless is off air right now and I just finished Downton Abbey, which was freaking amazing! Therefore, I would only really be watching Bones, which is on Netflix! Clearly you can see that I am struggling. But, to sit and watch tv is such a waste of time and when I spend time with the Lord I am doing work for something eternal, not earthly.  On another note, I have recently started to read Northanger Abbey, by Jane Austen. So far, it’s pretty good and it seems to be a just a cute romance novel, but hopefully something interesting will happen. Speaking of new things, I have started to try to workout every other day,which is tough because I like my sleep.  I have been using the Beach Body on demand online courses and they’re pretty good and a great way to workout out if you are on a time frame.

I am hoping to try to go pescetarian part of this summer, so  if you have any good recipes let me know! Also (this is super off topic but I freaking love Disney so naturally I had to mention it) I saw Beauty and the Beast  and it was amazing! The original version was one of my favorite movies growing up, along with Anastasia, Peter Pan, and Mulan. The cast  did such an outstanding job portraying the personalities of their diverse characters. Plus, Dan Stevens was in Downton Abbey  and I love him on that so naturally I loved him as the Beast. I’m sure my fellow theater goers were a tad irritated that I sang along with every song, laughed loudly, and slightly yelped at the end -but what can I say? I am a dedicated fan. Sidenote: The scene where Belle goes atop the grassy hill and sings about traveling is the scene I tried to recreate as a small child. I would go in my yard and try to mimic Belle and the way she walks on the grass without smashing it. Needless to say, I was not successful.

Lately I have been struggling with finding joy in everyday moments, although it has gotten better. I have had to pray that God would show me joy in simplicity. And he has. I love that God is allowing me to see such things, it’s quite special. It’s also a great way to start your day. To live in today and not yesterday or tomorrow.

So, there it is. A small update on my life. My your life be filled with joy and Disney songs.

xo, Em

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Fall Favorites

hey friends! I haven’t done my favorites in a while, so I thought I would combine my favorite things with my favorite season! Honestly though, who doesn’t love Fall? Why wouldn’t you love Fall? Reasons to love Fall: cooler weather, pumpkins are in season, Thanksgiving, plaid, sweaters, apple cider, the list could go on…

Anyways, here are a few of my Fall Favorites:

Favorite Book: Where’d You Go, Bernadette   Ok, even though this book is a few years old, it’s one of the best I have read in a while. It’s quirky, funny, and takes place in Seattle/Antarctica how cool is that? Maria Semple did a wonderful job on this book!

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Favorite Movie: I think my favorite movie that has come to theaters this Fall has the be Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them . Although I am not a fan of the original Harry Potter series (go ahead and boo me), I thought this movie was really original and had great and interesting plot line. Plus Eddie Redmayne was in it, therefore I had to go see it!

Favorite TV Series: I am currently watching 10 TV shows (RIP me) but one of my favorites currently in Timeless on NBC. This show is about time travel; although I am not one for science fiction, Timeless is about history and I love history. Plus, all the period outfits are super cute! This show is easily engaging and leaves you hanging. (Other favorites I am currently watching: This is Us, Speechless, Call the Midwife, Downton Abbey, and Bones)

Favorite Song/Album: Ok, so this is kinda random but my favorite album currently is the Hamilton soundtrack. I am addicted. I listen to it non-stop (and if you have listened to the album then you may have just gotten my pun). It’s so good! Whats better than history and broadway combined? Nothing. You’ve got to listen to Hamilton asap. Plus, the Hamilton Mix tape is coming out soon with artists like: Regina Spektor (my favorite), Sia, Jimmy Fallon, The Roots, Usher, and more. (Other album to checkout is Remember Us to Life by Regina Spektor. It is greatness.)

Favorite Item of Clothing: My favorite clothing item currently is Old Navy’s Mid-Rise Rockstar Destructed Skinny Jeans . These curve hugging jeans can make any outfit look edgy and effortless.

Favorite Miscellaneous Item: I love Bath & Body Works Fall scents, especially the body mist. But, the best body mist scent this Fall was the Golden Pear & Brown Sugar. But alas, Bath & Body has already gotten rid of the beloved fall scents, so you can buy it on eBay in the link above.

Favorite Blog: My favorite blogs right now are Hope Engaged  and The College Prepster. I love both of these blogs and all of their content! Go read and follow both asap.

Favorite Picture:

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Dress:  Similar Here   Hat: Similar Black Fedora  Shoes: Sseko

Ok, I think that is it for all of my Fall favorites; mid-December I will post some Holiday Season favorites. I hope y’all will read, listen, watch, and wear some of my favorites.

 

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