31 Days of Intentional Living: Setting Goals with an Action Plan

Good afternoon friends! I have to say, I am feeling pretty good about this 31 Days of Intentional Living Challenge. I am proud to say I have kept up with reading 30 minutes each day and have been reading much more than that on occasion. I called the bakery this morning and began a conversation…

31 Days of Intentional Living: Finding a Spiritual Mentor

Today I am doing Day 5 of the 31 Days of Intentional Living Challenge. I spent my weekend tidying up and simplifying and I definitely still have more work to do. Day 4 was about eating my “frog”. Although I didn’t call the bakery (they were closed yesterday), I did help my fiance with a project…

31 Days of Intentional Living: Eat That Frog!

Today is technically the fifth day, but I am doing Day 4 of the 31 Days of Intentional Living Challenge! It took me an extra day for Day 3: Simplify Your Life. A weird phenomenon occurred yesterday where I was up for 22 straight hours. After sleeping from 5 p.m. until 1 a.m. yesterday, I…

31 Days of Intentional Living: Simplify Your Life

“Simplify, Simplify.” ~Henry David Thoreau It’s Day 3 of the 31 Days of Intentional Living Challenge. Yesterday, I chose a healthy habit to implement in my day-to-day life. Starting yesterday evening, I will be reading for at least 30 minutes each day after I get home from work. Check out my previous blog to see how…

31 Days of Intentional Living: Developing Healthy Habits

“Habit is a cable; we weave a thread each day, and at last we cannot break it.”  ~Horace Mann It’s Day 2 of the 31 Days of Intentional Living Challenge. Yesterday, I worked out my priorities and goals. Ironically, we then did a development activity at work this morning where we sorted through value cards to…

31 Days of Intentional Living: Setting Priorities

“Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe I have failed in the past on these kind of “challenges”, but my world is absolutely crashing down around me (or at least that’s what my depression and anxiety are telling me.) After reaching out…

Step 1: Stop Using Plastic Shopping Bags

I love tote bags! I use them to pack-up during a move and I fill them with snacks and activities when I have a long journey. But I’ve never quite jumped in on the convenience of bringing them to the grocery store. That ends NOW. The Plan: At an event a few weeks ago at work,…

No Plastic is Fantastic!

Do you ever have that panic  inside that the Earth is turning into a giant ball of trash and that pollution will ruin everything living and beautiful? Well, my name’s Kirstin and I absolutely do! I’ve been wanting to make so many lifestyle changes lately and they have been mediocre in success. Am I going to…

Afraid

Fog. Mind jumbled. Face warming. Tingles and flushes. Eyes. Drooping. Welling? They can’t. Not here. I see his mustache. Hasn’t had it for maybe 10 years. Sitting on his lap in a recliner watching magic shows on late night tv. Riding in his car, listening to LeAnn Rimes. Taking an early train into Chicago. Waking before…

What Chores Can Reveal About Gender Roles

I have been on a lawn mower twice, to my memory. The first instance was a ride on Pappaw’s lap when I was young. The second was in a race at the county fair, which I failed epicly at, seeing as I had not driven one before. In my household, no one mowed the lawn…

One Ring…

“Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens.”                                                                                    -J.R.R. Tolkein, The Fellowship…

24 Hours of Camping

Here is a play-by-play of 24 hours from my weekend.   12:00 PM – I clock out, wave farewell to the office ladies and bust out the door! I am free, at last! This is my first bit of time off of work since I started here. It may be one afternoon, but it will give The…