Friday favorites

(This is a tree I came across on my walk around the pond. I love that someone took the time to hang ornaments and bows from it.)

I haven’t slept well this week which means that I’ve been complaining and way crankier than usual. I’ve always been sensitive to sleep and if I don’t get enough, my mental and emotional health really suffer. I took Tom up on his offer to go grocery shopping for me yesterday and had the intention of trying to sneak in a quick nap, but of course I did everything but nap. I’ve also been lacking in Christmas spirit. It just doesn’t feel like Christmas is right around the corner. I’ve watched no Christmas movies, we didn’t put up a tree this year, and I haven’t listened to hardly any Christmas music. But I have eaten my fair share of gingerbread cookies. So…that may count for something. How is your Christmas spirit? What has helped you get into the giving, Christmas mood? Let me know please!

Before the week is through, I wanted to share a few small, noteworthy things…

Walks with this playlist in the background have been lovely.

Modern Mrs. Darcy’s 2018 reading challenge…I am going to try this out! What do you think? Do you need inspiration to read more?

Alex’s newsletter and her free audiobook–I just started listening to this last weekend on the road to my parents’ house and really enjoyed it. The stories are incredibly relateable and a great reminder and message always follows.

When I read stories like these, I feel a pull to move somewhere new and do something completely out of the ordinary. What about you?

Trader Joe’s gingerbread coffee-I’m not sure if this is a new item this season or not, but it was my first year picking this up and I love it. I look forward to drinking it every morning.

I took a look back on my 2017 goals/intentions and I was motivated to start thinking about 2018. I already have a few things that I want to work on, like establishing a healthier morning routine (I hate that I immediately look at my emails) as well as banishing some very limiting thoughts I keep telling myself. Do you like to take time and look back on your year? It’s been a tradition of mine for the past few years and now I can’t imagine not doing it. It has been helpful for me to recognize patterns, accomplishments, struggles and start to set my sights on what I’d like to change, work on, and areas I’d like to improve on. I will do a post on some reflection questions for your year in the next week or so. Stay tuned!

What have you been enjoying lately? Have a wonderful weekend!

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