I am thankful that I have been lucky enough to receive a college education and pursue a career in something that I am passionate about.
I feel that we often forget to be thankful for the small things that we are blessed to have in our life. We run out of gas, we get the wrong milk, our bananas go bad before we get to them, and so on. The little frustrations in life often get in the way of our being thankful for the small and large blessings in our life. In lieu of the new year, I want to remember to be thankful each and every day. I am starting a series called 365 Days of Being Thankful. Every day this year, starting January 1, I will post something I am thankful for, whether it big or whether it small. Follow along and even join with the hashtag #365daysofbeingthankful.
When looking for that special book that you want to steal your heart, make you cry, laugh, and yell at because you’re so frustrated because they’re just so darn perfect together! You need to check out the book Party Girl by Rachel Hollis. This book is by all means one of a kind. I have to admit that it has been a while since I have found a book that makes me feel the way that this one does. I like to have relationships with my books and I like to get to know the characters very well. I felt like Landon was talking to me and venting to me, and definitely making me laugh. When her heart broke, my heart broke. When she got anxiety, I got anxiety.
Rachel Hollis is an incredible writer and I cannot describe in words how her words touched me. I was so sad when finishing this book because I felt like I was so close to these characters. I feel like the story of Landon living out her dream in Los Angeles is one of a kind. I feel that Rachel using her own experiences helped to create reality to the story and definitely made it more personable and relatable.
This story is about a young girl named Landon. She is 20 something, witty, charming, and possibly everything a girl could want to be. Landon has finally gotten an internship with Selah Smith, a famous event planner. Landon finds that this woman that she has always idolized is definitely one of kind. Landon brings you into her life with her struggles and her exciting experiences that she is enduring while pursuing her lifetime dream. This book is definitely a must read!
1. To be thankful every day for what I have. I am hoping to start a series called 365 days of being thankful. (Starting January 1-Keep an eye out!)
2. To spend more time with my family.
3. To excel in my Scentsy business.
4. To finally write a book.
5. To graduate college with my Bachelors in Education.
6. To get my first teaching job.
7. To exercise at least 3 days a week.
8. To read at least 12 books (One a month)
9. To encourage others as much as possible.
10. To go to church more.
What are some of your new years goals?
Remember: New Years goals or resolutions are not to create a new you; they are to help you grow as the person you are.
Need some encouragement about your new years goals? Watch this video by Rachel Hollis
Cookies, cake, pie, mashed potatoes, and green bean casserole; you may have even tried my Devil’s Food Cake Cookie recipe. Do these goodies sound familiar lately? I know they do to me. After all of these holiday treats I know I have gained a pound or two…possibly 5. Hey that’s okay though, it’s part of the holiday season right? But now that the holidays are over, it is time to get back on the pavement. For some good motivation I always like to have a solid running playlist. I thought that I would go ahead and share mine with you.
When creating my running playlist I like to put music on there that is going to motivate me through my whole run.
Top 10 on my running playlist:
1. “Alive” by Krewella
2. “Love Myself” by Hailee Seinfeld
3. “The Way I Are” by Timbaland
4. “Hall of Fame” by The Script
5. “On my mind” by Ellie Goulding
6. “Talking Body” by Tove Lo
7. “Fight Song” by Rachel Platten
8. “Stand by You” by Rachel Platten
9. “Shower” by Becky G
10. “Shake it off” by Taylor Swift
I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas! I know I most definitely did. I had a lot of good food and spent a lot of time with my wonderful family and Barrett’s wonderful family!
We ate at a wonderful restaurant with Barrett’s family for Christmas lunch. It was all you can eat of any food you can possibly imagine and all you can drink champagne and mimosa’s. The best part was, no clean up after! We are truly thankful to be a part of such a giving family.
After a wonderful Christmas lunch we ventured back closer to home to have a delicious homemade meal at my parents. Mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, turkey, ham, and all the rest of your traditional Christmas dinner food. We had a lot of laughs and a lot of fun. My parents recently adopted a new little puppy, Rossie. He and Spencer played so great together and have become best buds, so watching them play was our entertainment for the night.
Christmas is one of my favorite holidays. I absolutely love it but I am also ready for it to be over. It is definitely exhausting. I am excited to get my little home back in order and organize for the new year. I am also going to be starting a “Project Downsize.” I am going to go through all of my things and donate what I do not need! We have way too many things for this itty bitty apartment. Follow along both on here and on Instagram!
What did you do for Christmas? I’d love to hear!
P.S. Don’t mind the quality of the pictures. I completely forgot my nice camera at home!
Merry Christmas Eve Eve from Sophie!
These last few days leading up to Christmas are always so magical and stressful at the same time. Magical because these are the days that you really feel that Christmas is near, but stressful because of all the last minute shopping, wrapping, baking and cooking.
Last night my mom and I totally went shopping for one thing for my dad and came out with five more things for Barrett, three things for my dad and three things for my aunt. The danger of Christmas sales my friends. We had so much fun though, which is what counts.
Today will consist of baking and shopping. I will be making my Devil’s Food Cake Cookie’s and The Chic Sites Easy Holiday Bark. I am looking forward to enjoying all of these yummy treats! I had all of my shopping done until I lost three gifts. Yes lost them. How? I don’t really know. They were gifts for my boyfriend’s mom, sister, and grandma. So today’s mission is to find new gifts for them!
I hope that your Christmas Eve Eve is magical. Enjoy these last few days of the Christmas season and make sure to enjoy the last bit of those Christmas movies…I know I will.
Is it really Christmas yet if you haven’t baked cookies worth a thousand calories? I think not! I have been using this recipe for at least 4 years now and I am so excited to finally share it. This recipe is great for any holiday party, cookie exchange, or even to put in a little goodie bag as a gift for co-workers, friends, and family.
The great thing about this recipe is that there are so few ingredients but the combination is incredible!
Devil’s Food Cake Cookie
YIELD: 28 Cookies
1 Package of Duncan Hines devil’s food cake mix
1/2 cup of vegetable oil
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
3 heaping tablespoons of crunchy peanut butter
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2. In a medium bowl, stir together cake mix, eggs, peanut butter and oil until well blended.
3. Fold in the chocolate chips.
4. Roll dough in walnut size balls. (Cookies 2 inches apart)
5. Bake 12 minutes.
6. Allow to cool 5 minutes and enjoy.