Friday, January 9, 2015

2015: Year of Action

Well here we are a little over a week into 2015. We've reached that cold and snowy part of winter - the part I love best of all. It is now in the snow and cold that we welcome the New Year. Did you make a resolution or two for this year? Maybe you like to have a motto or a bible verse that you use to shape your year. Personally I like words. A lot of people like to pick a single word to act as a guidepost for their year. You see words like: Hope or Brave, Peace or Purpose, Care, Authentic, Open and Joy. Every year I think it is hard to pick just one word. There are so many good options. In fact in the past I've chosen more than one. Last year I had four words I used as guides: Read, Walk, Make and Live - they were symbols for the way I wanted to live, I want to live a life were I learn and create and grow. I loved those words and going into 2015 I thought I'd just keep them around for another year.

But then as 2014 was fading I had this thought, a silly thought really, I decided I needed to get up and see the first sunrise of 2015. I just had to greet the New Year at it's first light. So I did, I woke up in the dark, pulled on a sweater and my boots and armed with a cup of gas station coffee I climbed a little hill at a near by nature preserve and I met the New Year at the break of it's first day. In the cold and the wind I shot up prayers like fireworks, prayers of thanksgiving and hope and peace and promise. My hands were red and my nose was numb, but my heart was full. In following through on this one silly thing I was so filled with joy. I had acted on this little thought and it was wonderful.

And then I knew. I knew that I wanted to have this be the thing that I chose to guide my year. I didn't pick a word for 2015, it came to me. Right there in that morning sun: Action.

When I take personality tests I am firmly in the "thinker" camp, never am I ever categorized as a "Doer". Ask me how to solve a problem and I can give you 17 options. Ask me to actually solve the problem and I can find 17 ways to distract myself from the task. I have a list a mile long or people I'm planning to call or email or get together for coffee with. I have selves of supplies for never started projects and stacks of half finished books. I So you see Action is a good word for me. I could use a little more follow through in my life. So maybe it's getting up to see the sunrise or actually getting that cup of coffee with a friend, it might mean taking a step out of my comfort zone or inviting someone new into my world. I know been writing much lately, but I think in a year being guided by the word Action I'll end up having a lot more to say. I'm not sure how 2015 will shake out, but I'm really looking forward to seeing it unfold!


P.S. I have a sneaky suspicion that part of why my word for 2015 is Action is because I've been reading Annie F. Downs book Let's All Be Brave. If your looking for something to read to help you with your 2015 goals, you might want to check it out!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

In Pictures: August 2014

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Monday, August 11, 2014

Ten Things . . . That Made Me Love Today

Today was one of those really good regular days, so I just had to record it.

  1. A latte & almond muffin from Sweetwaters to start my day.
  2. Rain that reminded me of the Rain, Rain, Rain song from Winnie the Pooh
  3. Taking the back roads out to visit my cousin and seeing all the beautiful farms out her way.
  4. Snapping green beans while visiting with my cousin.
  5. Natalie Merchent on the radio. 
  6. Watching my nieces and nephew play pirate ship in laundry baskets. 
  7. Picking bright green and dark purple tomatoes from my yard.
  8. Chatting with my sister in-law Lauren while we worked on ironing and folding clothes at her house.
  9. Playing a rousing game of peek-a-boo with Emmylou.
  10. A new Joy the Baker Podcast.
What made you love today?

P.S. Slugs

Friday, August 1, 2014

Ten Things . . . Totally True Facts About Me According To Online Quizzes

So I might have just justified spending an hour taking online quizzes by telling myself I would write a post about them. Yep that is all the thought I put into this. But you know what these quizzes were like totally 100% true so maybe they are on to something.

  1. My life is just like the classic novel Charlotte's Web, I'm just trying to figure out if I'm more like Charlotte or Wilber?
  2. I have a brand New Soul. Right.
  3. I'm an Independent Woman. Need I say more?
  4. I was meant to be a Writer.
  5. Zac Efron is my celebrity boyfriend. #backoffgirlshesmine
  6. Oh and went Zac and I finally tie the knot I'll be wearing an A-Line Dress.
  7. You guys must think I'm really Artsy
  8. This one says I should have been born in the 90s, but I think they mean I should have lived and loved in the 90s.
  9. I look like Pocahontas. Actually when we were kids my brother Andrew thought I was Native American, true story!
  10. And finally My 1990s Theme Song is . . . Spice Up Your Life!
P.S. An interview with Ryan Goslings from 1999. You are soooo welcome!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Ten Things . . . Making Me Happy

Way back in the olden days of blogging (2002-2006) I had a web log on Xanga, it was mostly filled with my moaning about homework and my fan-girling about music and books, so basically what I do now. I left the waters of Xanga for more "legitimate" blogging a long time ago, but I've decided to resurrect one of my favorite features from the old blog: "Ten Things". It will be a Sunday post with a list of ten items, maybe they will stick to a theme or they might just be random, that is all part of the fun.

To kick things of I'm making a list of the Ten Things Making Me Happy right now. Okay let's get started!

  1. That I'm back to these lists, I forgot how much I loved making them. And it is sure making me happy to bring them back!
  2. The video for Jenny Lewis' new song One of the Guys. I'm not sure why, but my sister and I can't get enough of it. The tune is so catchy and the video is so weirdly great! Watch it at least once just for the part when Anne Hathaway break dances.
  3. Speaking of Anne Hathaway, this list of 10 Things That Girls Always Do In Movies And Never Do In Real Life cracked me up. #4 is my number one Rom-Com pet peeve.
  4. All the Ticket to Ride game nights my family has been having lately, we all love this game and with all the expansions and variations I think it will be a long time before we tire of playing.
  5. Season Two of Orphan Black, I love this twisty and dark Sci-Fi show from BBC America.
  6. The Vintage Planter section of etsy. As a houseplant lover I like to think about what type of plant would look best in each one. For the record my taste swings more in the green pottery way than the orange and yellow mouse way, though there it a time and place for everything.
  7. Sunday Family Dinners. Just a wonderful way to end the weekend and start the week. If you ever check out my Instagram @elizabethpfink you will see lots of Family Dinner Fun. 
  8. I've been invited to a wedding with a Vintage Carnival theme and I've been having a great time try to figure out what to wear. Right now I'm thinking about either this Navy Star Print Dress or this Sassy Black Dress. Feel free to cast your votes!
  9. The wonderful book I mentioned in my last post, still in love with Pursue The Intentional Life.
  10. Tales of adventure from my friends and family traveling the worlds, right now I'm loving the updates from my friend Austin, who is photographing a trip to a hospital in Ethiopia and my bother Isaiah, who is in Thailand with the Army ROTC (Below is Ike meeting some of the local wildlife!).

P.S. This documentary about The Elephant Who Found A Mom.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Live: Summer 2014

I think I might be taking this slow blogging thing a little too far,a month and a half might be a little long. But I've been summering and it has been wonderful. So I thought I'd share my Summer 2014 Must List. I know the summer is already half over, but I think it is still worth putting pen to paper or type to screen and getting a little list going.

My first must do this summer is take advantage of all the great things happening in my own back yard this time of year. I've already made it to German Park and the Botanical Gardens and have my mind set on returning to both later in the summer. I also have plans to stroll around The Ann Arbor Art Fair and the Ypsilanti Heritage Festival, maybe catch a free concert, defiantly tour historic homes and I'm pretty sure my nephew is going to need a trip to the petting zoo. Basically find the fun right here.

For whatever reason I haven't being reading much these days. So I'm setting a five book goal for this summer. I'm already 1/2 way through two books so I think this is going to be totally manageable and I hope that it will get me back into the reading groove.

This one is self explanatory. And just a plea to get you to invite me out to your lake house!

Like reading I haven't been flexing my creative muscles as much. So I'm setting a goal here too, one crochet project, one sewing project, one painting project, one diy furniture revamp and one house project!

I've already taken a trip to the zoo and I spent a day traipsing around Boston with my sister in-law Kelsey. It was a great inspiration to fill the rest of the summer with Day Trips to a few Cute Towns and the Great Lakes.

Finally I'm really working on being more intentional in everything I do and this summer is a great time to work on it. To that end, I've been reading a wonderful book, Pursue The Intentional Life, with my sisters and have been really enjoying listening to The Lively Show podcast. I highly recommend both.

There you have it, just a few of they ways that I plan on getting the most out of my summer! And now it is fun ahoy!
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