Contentment Challenge – I am finally doing it.

I am finally doing this. I have been half way doing it with no improvement for the past couple of months. Of course I never actually considered doing it until it was on paper and in my blog- which i have been procrastinating in doing.
I am doing it for 4 months so September , October, November and December.
During this time  hope to learn to get a better handle on my finances and pay down my credit card debt and work on paying off my student loans.

The Guidelines:
• Until  September 10th, your homework is the following: prepare your heart, organize your closet, and make any necessary purchases that you might need during these months. (This is not a last minute shopping spree! This is one final trip to the store for items you will need.) For me this also includes looking closely at my subscriptions and getting it down. Right now I am in a lot, including- FabFitFun Box, Half Blood Prints Monthly, The Community (with Maxie McCoy) , Influencenet , and She Reads Truth AutoShip.
• Choose 1-3 inspiring books to read during this time. I am choosing Looking forLovely by Annie Downs, Loving my Actual Life by Alexandra Kuykendall, And Wild and Free by Jess Connolly and Hayley Morgan. These books do not include other Book Clubs I am in or may join. I am thinking about completing the In The wait Study during this season also.
• Gifts are okay! If someone gives you a new dress or piece of decor during that time, receive it graciously! If you need to buy someone else a gift, by all means, do so. The point is not to be rude, but to learn more of ourselves and the Lord. It’s not the time to be legalistic.
• Necessities are okay! Please buy groceries. If you drop and break your phone, please go get a new one! If you lose your glasses, buy a new pair. Just don’t start justifying new purchases for items that you already have. (“I really NEED this bathing suit, even though there are 8 in my closet already.”)

• You must actively pursue something – anything – that replaces your tendency to buy stuff. Begin thinking about something you love or a hobby you’ve always wanted to do, and make preparations to actually do it. I am torn between writing, drawing / coloring, exercising and working on learning Funnel Hacking , Microsoft and how to type better during this time. 

2016 Word of the year – YES YES YES

If you saw my post on Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert, you have seen how i stumbled upon my word of the year, ok maybe not stumbled but got reaffirmed it was my word.

I had been thinking about what I wanted to do this year, what I wanted to accomplish. I did so by using Powersheets and just plain dreaming. This has also been a hard time medically so I have been low on both inspiration, energy and just a general blah feeling. 
Two Words: SHONDA RHIMES 
I am big #TGIT fan. My favorite is #Scandal and I like #HowToGetAwayWithMurder. Basically Scandal inspires me in my dream of wanting to get to Washington DC to affect people that have rare diseases that no one has heard of. 
AND I LOVE TED TALKS 

And she also has a book by the same name

Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person 

It is also my word of the year because I have let fear run my life and I am tired of being in this blah feeling. I have been afraid of doing it and have been just making plans and not acting on those plans , and I didn’t like how ACT sounded. 

Rare Disease Day 2016

I bet you haven’t heard of Rare Disease Day, that’s OK because i am going to tell you all about it and what make me RARE. And this post is not sponsored in any way , I just feel really strongly about today. 

What is a Rare Disease ? 
A Rare Disease is a disease that affects less than 200,000 people in the US 


Why is this so important to me ?
I have a Rare Blood Disorder. It is called Diamond Black Fann Anemia, DBA for short. It is something i have had my entire life. There are only two ways to treat it either by steroids, prednisone, or by chronic blood transfusions. Most of my life it has been pretty well handled until a couple of years ago.

I was on chronic steroids for 18 years and just recently switched to chronic blood transfusion , because believe it or not the side effects are mostly less. All of that being said it is important to me that rare diseases get their time in the spotlight per se. I know not a lot of people know about DBA and now one of my goals is to get it out there along with the importance of giving blood. There are lots more like me who need blood every 3-6 weeks in order to live, actually around 500 people in the US.

I won the genetic lottery.
So heres to all the #spoonies and #chronicillness people I have decided to use my blog to talk about my everyday life, and that inevitably will include stuff about DBA.
I am #DBAstrong


This is one of my Awesome DBA friends. She is telling you what DBA is. enjoy.

Big Magic, Permission and saying yes.

So I read Big Magic with the Brave love Book club because it was actually one of my goals this month to read 4 books. Well I didn’t make 4 but I did read 2. So that is an improvement from last year and hardly reading any books.
Oh k so back to the book.
The main thing i learned is that you don’t need permission to create , just being alive is enough to allow you to create. This is the truth that hit me like a ton of bricks. I have been wanting to blog and write and do all these things but I didn’t feel like i was enough and good enough. And my word of the year is “YES” , i decided it back in January but wasn’t brave enough to post onto my blog.

You don’t need anyone’s permission to live a creative life.” 
“You will find people who   spent there lives making things. This is where you come from.” , 86 
  “I am a child of God, just like anyone else. I am a constituent
 of this universe. I have invisible spirit benefactors who
 believe in me, and who labor alongside me. The fact that I am here at all is evidence that I have the right to be here. I have a right to my own voice and a right to my own vision. I have a right to collaborate with creativity, because I myself am a product and a consequence of Creation.” 

Another topic I found interesting was how she talked about her relationship to fear. She acknowledged it and said it can come along for the ride but it will not be making any decisions.

Your fear will always be triggered by your creativity, because creativity asks  you to enter into a realm of uncertain outcome, and fear hates uncertain outcome.” – Big Magic, 23 
She basically summed up how i want to live this year, and forever as one without fear. Fear is what holds you back from creating. It holds you back from a lot of good things in life. She also talks about curiosity and how it is better than passion because there is less to live up to. It hit me again, if you have a inkling of wonder go after it and see where it goes. It’s also another reason i am finally writing in my blog. Being curious made so much sense was how one should try to curious instead of waiting for inspiration to strike. If you wait for inspiration you may waiting a long time because you don’t know when it will , only that you need to be ready when it does. Because why the heck not. 
“I don’t want to be afraid of bright colors, or new sounds, or big love, or risky decisions, or strange experiences, or weird endeavors, or sudden changes, or even failure.” 

“For me, a lifetime devoted to creativity is nothing but a scavenger hunt — where each successive clue is another tiny little hit of curiosity. Pick each one up, unfold it, see where it leads you next.
Small steps.

Keep doing that, and I promise you: The curiosity will eventually lead you to the passion.” From her website. 


“A creative life is an amplified life. It’s a bigger life, a happier life, an expanded life, and a hell of a lot more interesting life. Living in this manner—continually and stubbornly bringing forth the jewels that are hidden within you—is a fine art, in and of itself.”
She gave me inspiration that i need in a time where life is hard, well its hard because of #spoonieproblems. Thank you Bailey for starting this book club and keeping me accountable.Its something that has helped me for the better. 

Monday Motivation

This hit right in the feels. It applies to everything i have been felt like i have been told to say yes and just do it. My word of the year is ” YES” Yes i am going to write this blog even though i am kinda afraid to put my writing out there. And then there is Shonda Rhimes  ” The Year Of YES” just came out and she just had a TED TALK.  

Blogtember Challenge- Post Ideas

          Favorites : App, Disney Movie , Drink
          A skill you want to learn
          What Podcasts do you listen to?
          Your Top 5 Played Songs
          Letter to Freshman College Self
          Favorite Places to visit in your state
          A moment that changed your life
          What do you want to be when you grow up?
          Tips for beginner bloggers
Favorite Twitter Chats , #hashtag , Day and time 

Blogtember Challenge- WIshlist {Lilly and More}

First, My Lilly Wishlist:

Pink Tusk In The Sun Buttercup Shorts and Delia Dress I could just find a picture of the Dress. Then Next up is another Elsa; I love the one i have , which also happens to be Elephants, and in Georgia you can wear them all year around. Then my final item[I think] is the Marlowe Dress, I have lots of her other Tshirt dresses and I love them. They work for all seasons are normally just the right length for my 4’11” self. 
Pink Tusk in the Sun Delia Dress 

Pack Your Trunk Elsa 

Toucan Play Marlowe Dress 

And now for the Not Lilly Stuff…………….. First Off A prayer journal by valmariepaper

I have had my eye on an american flag scarf for months now. Here’s one from Esty. 
And this awesome incredible Maruader’s Map Infinity Scarf 
#fangirl #HarryPotter #HarryPotterForever #FandomOfTheMonthClub 
And as always I will gladly take a new pair of cowboy boots and books. That is another post though. 

Blogtember Challenge- Books are my Friends


Well when it comes to books I have to say be prepared for a long list. 
Oh and they are Color Coded: 
Green Is Religious 
Purple is Fantasy/Fiction 
Blue is Political/ Economical 
Currently Reading:
Just Rise Up By Sarah Francis Martin
The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel: The Alchhemyst , The Magician , The Sorcerress by Michael Scott
Restless: Jeanie Allen
Game of Thrones By George R. R. Martin
Have read lately:
Seventh Son Books 1 &2 by Joseph Delaney 
Make It Happen by Laura Casey 
To Read List:
Plunder and Decit by Mark Levin
The Paradox of Choice by Barry Schwartz
Throne of Glass: Sarah J. Mass
All Creatures Great and Small  by James Herriot
The Fringe Hours Jessica N. Turner
Lets all Be Brave By Annie F. Downs 
Zen and The Art of Happiness by Chris Prentiss
The Selection: Kierra Cass
John Adams: David McCullough
Bitterweet by Shauna Niequist 
Wild and Free by Jess Collony 
Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
Warm Bodies by Isac Marion 
Lean in by Sheryl Sandberg
This Town Mark Leibovich
Rand Paul: Taking a Stand 
The Shock Doctrine: Naomi Klein 
The Founding Conservatives  David Lefer
The Presidents Bankers by Nomi Prinz

The Best Yes by Lysa Terkeurst

Blogtember Challenge- Quotes to Inspire, Remind and Describe me

Quotes 
To Inspire 
To Remind 
Describe Me 

To Remind

To remind to that I am my own worst enemy. Its not others who have a tendency to question your ability, It is yourself. So stop overthinking it , second guessing yourself and just do it. 

To Inspire Me
Its easy to forget this and judge people prematurely not only that we all have days in which we all believe we are bad, But we must remember we are what we decide to act on. 

Describes Me
INTJ , Me in a nutshell,

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