On My Mind

Top Posts of 2018

This year was a big one personally and professionally. It was my first full year of working on Gold & Graphite which meant so, so much learning. Learning HTML, SEO, batch working, how to better spend my time in work, learning leaning learning. Personally, we moved to Texas after 7 years of living in Virginia, I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s, O started coaching for the AAF and I began homeschooling. I’m so grateful to have a blog when it comes to seasons of reflection because while my journals are filled with memories and ideas, seeing them with photos and formulated thoughts is such a gift that I wouldn’t have any other way. If you want to reflect with me, here are the top blog post of this year. 

Hashimoto’s Journey Part 2

This is part 2 in my three part series on my Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis Disease. These posts are very lengthy and extremely in-depth, but since battling thyroid problems I personally have found these types of posts to be the most helpful. I pray it would spark hope in you and not fear, but as a warning I do discuss a little bit about my miscarriage. If that may trigger any fear or trauma in you, maybe put a pin in this and come back at another time. Grab your coffee, friends. Here we go.

The One Tip to Simplify Holiday Gatherings with Littles

The Holiday season throws more curveballs and new experiences at our kids than a Disneyworld ride. One day we’re cozied up on the couch with hot chocolate, the next we’re all “no sugar! no television!” One weekend we’re at a party where they’re running around with kids and playing all the games, the next we’re at an extra church service where they can’t talk or move. It’s a bit unfair to expect them to adapt to every situation without a little preparation–thats where “the pep talk” comes in.

A Challenge for an Intentional December

December is the most beautiful month of the year. Sure, it has to compete a little bit with September and May, but between the joy laced into every single day of the month, the chilly weather forcing you inside with the ones you love and all the decorations and lights–December wins. I often find, though, I excuse much more in this month than I do any other time of the year. 

The Gold & Graphite Etsy Shop is LIVE!

Friends, I’m so excited to announce my Etsy Shop, Gold & Graphite Goods, is live! I’ve said every year I’d love to have a shop and yet every year I just said there wasn’t enough time. I learned this year that I’ll never find spare time, I had to make time. I gave up many things (mostly sleep) to borrow time to make this happen. Before I say anything else, I just want to say thank you. Thank you so much for your encouragement and support. Thank you to those of you who have ordered custom commissioned prints for the past few years. Thank you for putting up with me saying “hopefully” and “eventually” year after year. Thank you to my incredible husband for telling me every day that I can do this and helping to make it happen. I’m overwhelmed with gratitude. Truly overwhelmed.

November Favorites

1. I’ve watched the Great British Bake Off for years now and I can’t believe I’m saying this but Season 6 on Netflix was my favorite! I’m a bit of a purist and once the original crew left I thought I’d be done with the show. Season 5 wasn’t my favorite so my hunch seemed to be correct, but friends. Don’t give up! Season 6 was pure delight.

2. You know I’m loyal to Essie’s shades Ballet Slippers and Ladylike, but I saw Petal Pushers at the store the other day and somehow, it came home with me. It’s a grayish blue and I’ve never been asked “what nail polish are you wearing?” more in my life!

3. A speed drying top coat has been life changing. Dramatic, yes. True? yes. I rarely ever get manicures but in the wintertime I feel more put together with nail polish on but who has time to sit there and let nailpolish dry? Also, no matter how early I painted my nails, I’d somehow wake up the next morning with wrinkled sheets printed into the nail polish. Now, I quickly paint my nails right when I wake up before quiet time or right before leaving the house, put on a speed dry top-coat and i’m set. I’ve yet to have a single smudge or chip since using this. I use a different brand but I know Essie is the best of the best.

4. I read the book None Like Him in a two day span. It opened my eyes to areas I didn’t realize my heart needed to change in. Jen Wilkin is absolutely brilliant and the way she dives into the Word encourages me to do the same time and time again.

5. | 6. These two items, the collagen peptides and bone broth were phase 1 implemented by my nutritionist to begin healing my gut and helping to put my Hashimoto’s in remission. After going plant-based last summer, I had no intention whatsoever of implementing animal products back into my life (aside from the eggs we’ve eaten all along.) There are countless health benefits to both, namely healing the body from the inside out with their gut-healing and inflammatory properties. I’ve gotta say, this particular bone broth is not my favorite but I drink a cup of it warmed off and plain right now so I guess it’s not going to be pleasant either way! The collagen, however, is completely tasteless. I usually add it to my morning smoothie, but most people make a sort of latte by blending it into their coffee and if I were doing coffee right now, that’s for sure be my method. I’m so grateful to be on the right track to healing.

7. If you follow me on Instagram, you’re no stranger to these shoes. I bought them in two colors because they’re that comfortable and that great an addition to my closet. For all my fellow size 12 shoe ladies, these are a WIN. Not a 12 but really a 10, a legit 12. I talked more about them here but I just had to recommend them one more time for whoever wants to be fancy for this Holiday season without wearing six inch heels.

8. It’s pajama season!!! No shame in my game. I wear vintage style pajamas all winter long because it makes me feel like I’m in a movie and for that I’ll be forever loyal. I rotate through quite the plaid pajama collection all weekend and on cozy mornings when I can bear to pry my body from my robe.

9. My sweet neighbor in Virginia gifted me some Chamomile Lavender Paromi Tea when I was having a hard time sleeping in my pregnancy. I’ve had a lot of tea in my day but friends, this is my absolute favorite. The tea bags feel so special and the aroma coming from a single tea cup is enough to soothe you right to sleep! I also love their Chai and Sleepytime Tea too.

I’m so, so excited to welcome December this weekend, but reflecting on November I can see now just how wonderful it really was.