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Where’s Kate?!

Helllloooo! Long time, no talk! It has been far too long since I updated my blog, so I wanted to pop in with some updates before the year ended. 

As many of you know, my full-time gig is working in higher education. August (and into September) is especially busy, so I made the decision to put my Etsy shop in “vacation mode” which means I stopped taking orders. As much as I love my shop and creating products, it never fails that when I am busiest at work, the number of orders I receive picks up too. You may be thinking, “but Kate, it’s NOVEMBER December, why the long hiatus?!” Great question! Long story short, I realized that unless my business structure changed, it was never going to develop like I wanted it to. I have spent a lot of time thinking about my business and I am just not quite ready to open it back up yet.

In addition to temporarily closing my Etsy shop, I also deactivated all of my social media accounts (except Pinterest, but more on that in a moment) around the same time. I keep saying it had a lot to do with politics (and me wanting to stay friends with people in real life), but honestly I realized what a huge time waster social media was for me. Social media use was also decreasing boundaries between my personal life and work life and I needed a reset before the school year started.

These two updates might lead you to ask…

What the heck of you been doing with all of your free time?! 🙂

Well, initially I used a lot of my free time to mindlessly watch 7 seasons of The Good Wife on Amazon Prime. Hey, I am trying to be transparent here! 

I also spent a weekend at a camp with 200+ freshmen and my co-workers;

Completed my first Whole 30 (thus the need for Pinterest – give me ALL of the compliant recipes!);

Traveled back to Kansas for the wedding of a dear friend and visited “the Disney Land of Quilting” with my Mom;

Finally saw Mumford & Sons live;

Spent Fall Break in Seattle, WA visiting not only the city, but also the capitol in Olympia and 2 amazing National Parks (Mt. Rainier and Olympic);

Listened to HOURS of true crime / criminal justice / wrongful conviction podcasts. LOTS more about this in a future post;

Served as a juror for a trial that lasted 15 days (over 5 weeks);

and traveled back home to Kansas for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

I keep joking that I am turning into a hippie, but what I really mean is that I have spent the last several months reflecting on my life as it is now and what I want my life to be like in the future. I have also spent the time relaxing and enjoying those around me. 2016 16 was a good year, but I am definitely excited for the fresh slate 2017 will offer!

Happy New Year, friends! See you in 2017! 

Friday Favorites // Oregon Edition

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Last week my boyfriend and I met up with my parents in Oregon for our summer vacation! My folks have been coming to visit us in Arizona annually since we moved out here and last year we hatched a plan to escape the AZ heat and visit my Aunt and Uncle in Oregon (my cousin and his daughter also joined us!). We had such a great time, that I thought it would be fun to share a special “Oregon Edition” Friday Favorites post!

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Words of the Week – Start TODAY!

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Happy Wednesday everyone! This weeks Words of the Week is a phrase that I have found myself repeating frequently this year – “Start TODAY or Start NOW!”. The older I get, the faster time seems to pass. My boyfriend gives me trouble, because I frequently say “I feel like it is either a Monday or a Thursday, the rest of the days just fly by!”

Start Today resonates with me in several areas of my life currently. As I indicated a couple of weeks ago, I am trying to lose weight this year. Start Today, may seem like a strange mantra, since once I start losing weight, I should just need to “continue” losing weight. I find these words motivating when I consider each day a fresh start towards my goals. Since I can’t go back in the past and prevent myself from gaining this weight, I find it more motivating to focus on the single day in front of me.

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Words of the Week

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This year I have been listening to and reading a variety of motivational and positive messages (both personal and professional in nature). I thought it would be fun to share a quote or phrase I am focusing on for a particular week each Monday with a little background about why the phrase is meaningful to me. This weeks phrase is “focus on the positive.”

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Friday Favorites // 10.16.15

Happy Friday (now Saturday), friends! It’s been awhile since I shared a “Friday Favorites” post (or any post for that matter, haha!), so I thought it would be fun to post today! These posts are a quick way for me to share things that I am loving currently.

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We recently traveled to Colorado (see Rocky Mountain National Park photo above) where everyone was carrying a Hydro Flask. I recently purchased the 40 oz. wide mouth bottle in “orange zest” and am waiting on my straw lid to arrive, so I can start using it. The biggest selling points for me are that the bottles don’t “sweat” and ice is reported to last forever in it!

I am loving Ryan Adam’s cover of Taylor Swift’s album 1989, specifically the song Bad Blood. If you are looking for some drama, Google Ryan Adam’s and read all about the controversy surrounding him covering her album. While I agree with some of the points made, at the end of the day, if Taylor is o.k. with it, then I am too. 😉

Another cover song I am loving is Chris Cornell’s version of Nothing Compares to You originally sang by Sinead O’Connor.

Speaking of drama, I am currently reading The Girl in the Spider’s Web – the next Lisbeth Salander novel. I loved the first three Lisbeth Salander books by Stieg Larsson, so I am excited to see the character continue with a new author. So far the book has been well written and very similar stylistically to the first three books.

As I referenced above, we visited Colorado in September for my boyfriend’s birthday. In addition to visiting lots of breweries (New Belgium and Avery Brewing were our favorites!), we also spent some time in Rocky Mountain National Park. Our “American the Beautiful” annual pass had expired, so we purchased a new one. Now our goal is to beat our record of seeing 9 parks in one year!

Your turn! What are you loving currently?! I would love to hear about your favorites in the comments! 

Gratitude Catch-up

Would you like to know one of my favorite things about blogging? That I can make my own rules and then proceed to break them – haha! As a first born, people pleaser, breaking rules isn’t really in my DNA, so this “perk” of having my own blog is really quite thrilling. 😉 The most recent example of this is when I introduced a new Instagram “photo-a-day” challenge and then proceeded to go “off the grid” for the long weekend. Never fear, I am back online and ready to play photo-a-day catch-up! As a quick reminder, I am trying to focus on positive things daily this month. You are welcome to play along by using #SPgratitude on Instagram, so that I can see your photos.

Lately I have been grateful for…

Trips planned for the holiday weekend;

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Trying something new (that I have wanted to do for years!);

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Time spent with great friends;

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Cooler temperatures and amazing views;

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Running water and a bed indoors; and reuniting with my favorite canine!

What have you been thankful for recently?!

All photos taken in the Black Rimmed Canyon area of Arizona. 

Welcome September!

Knock, knock! Anyone there?! It’s me – Kate the girl who formerly blogged! 😉

Where the heck did August go?! As you might know, I work in higher education, so August is always a busy time of year. Additionally, I started a new position at work at the end of May, so this past August seemed like it was extra busy, because I had the learning curve of a new position adding to an already crazy month. There were many days in the last month where my attitude was negative and I felt as though I couldn’t get everything done. Knowing that August was going to be hectic, I put the Sunflower Paperie Etsy shop in “vacation” mode, so that I could focus on my full-time job. While this was super helpful for my full-time job, I have found that I miss my creative outlet.

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With the start of a new month, I have been thinking a lot about my business and my life in general. More than anything, I have decided that I need to refocus on being positive and grateful. I also want to refocus on my business and be more intentional with how I move it forward. In support of these efforts, I am going to post something on Instagram daily that I am thankful for. Some of these photos might be part of a longer blog post, while others might just be a quick photo and caption. If you are interested in joining me in this gratitude exercise, feel free to use the hashtag #SPgratitude on your Instagram photos, so I can follow along with you.

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Today I am (extra) thankful for my partner. He also works in higher education as a professor, so he understands August more than most. I honestly couldn’t have gotten through the past month without him. Not once did he complain about me working late or on the weekends and any time I wanted to do something “fun” he quickly lined something up. He constantly listens to me and tries to get me to focus on the positive. He has also become quite talented at taking goals we have talked about and making them a reality (we started kayaking classes this past weekend and booked a fall trip that includes a new state capitol visit!). September is also his birth month, so hopefully I can come up with a gift that is fitting for someone who means so much to me. 🙂

Alright, your turn! What are you thankful for today?! 

P.S. The above photos are from Wyoming – where the landscapes are so perfect, they look fake!