Christmas 2021 review:

Hey y’all! Ahh, well here I am. I ask for your pardon for just sorta disappearing the past couple days, and for completely just skipping over the last 2 days of Blogmas-

– wait, WAIT!!! Before you throw those tomatoes at me, let me plead my case. *crowd lowers tomatoes*

On Christmas Eve, which would’ve been Blogmas day #11, I plainly didn’t end up having time to sit and write. We went over to my Aunt & Uncles house and had dinner with them, and we had a great night with them! I got to see my cousins, we all played a game and it was a blast. We ended up staying quite awhile and by the time we got home, it was late and we were all exhausted, so I decided to just call it a night, and i’d post on Christmas morning.

Well.. there came Christmas morning, and once again I had no time to write. My family opened up gifts, and then had to get ready to head over to see family for lunch. We also had an amazing time over there getting to swap gifts and eat until we couldn’t eat anymore. I loved getting to spend time with everyone, and getting to laugh and smile so much. I figured i’d just sit and write when we got home that evening..

Well we then decided we were gonna go to the theaters and see the new Spider Man (which was INCREDIBLE!! Goodness, that movie was awesome you guys have to watch it!) So we went on home to drop off the gifts and leftover foods, get ready real fast, then quickly head off to the theater. I had such a great time, and honestly after all this, I won’t apologize for not posting. I had such a wonderful couple of days- so wonderful that I couldn’t sit to write- and I can’t apologize for that πŸ™‚

There are so many more happy details from this holiday season that I could never fit in here. I hope your Christmas was amazing as mine was, and if so, then I hope you understood my reasons for stepping away πŸ˜‰

Today I am going to be sharing with you the gifts I got this Christmas! I got so many beautiful things that I am beyond grateful for. I thank God for my family, and for His provision once again this season.

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button pins for pants, savvy minerals lip luxe & eyeshadows from my parents

a candle, & notebook from a dear friend

Starbucks gift card, and pocket size poo-pourie (i won it in a game 🀣) from my youth pastors

Snacky things from my parents & my Nanna and Papaw

necklace from my sister

(hehe i can see my reflection)

All vinyls from my parents

pencil organizer from a friend (i needed this so bad, took awhile to organize it all haha)

PoP figures from my parents and my Aunt & Uncle

high top vans from my parents

a plethora of hair clips from my brother, parents, and Nanna & Papaw

fuzzy socks from my parents, pjs from Nanna & Papaw

Sweater (AAAHH the mushrooms!!) and jeans from Nanna & Papaw

a new journaling Bible and MHN poetry books from Nanna & Papaw, a favorite read from my parents

art supplies all from my parents

paints and brushes from my cousin

(I also forgot to get pictures of the secret santa gift I got from a church friend, she gave me the SOFTEST blanket ever, a Christmas sweater, a devotional book, and some sweet treats! Many, many thanks to that dear friend!!)

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And that concludes today’s post. Thank you so very much for all the love you guys give, I appreciate you more than you know! I would love to hear about your Christmas as well, and any of your favorite gifts you received πŸ˜‰

Until my next return, i’m sending much love your way!

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a Christmas song cover: blogmas day #10

(2 days until Christmas..)

Hello and good evening my people! Merry Christmas Adam!! xD (yaknow.. the day before Christmas eve?)

Welcome to the tenth day of blogmas! πŸ˜‰ Today, (or tonight) I have for you a song cover:) I haven’t actually uploaded one on here in such a long time, so I was super excited to do another! I am singing “Joy to the World,” (probably one of the best Christmas songs ever) along with my trusty uke.

This is once again gonna be a short & sweet post; my Aunt and Uncle are on their way over to have dinner and open gifts with us. I always love this part of the holidays. Christmas is so close and the anticipation has built bigger than ever. I love being with my family more than I can express. (and I also love a good dinner πŸ˜‰ )

Thank you for checking out this post! I hope you enjoy, music is a huge passion of mine. 😊 Do you sing? Play any instruments? Oh, and what’s your favorite Christmas song? (c’mon lets get some convo goin *nods*)

Click here to watch! πŸ˜‰

Thanks so much y’all, I will visit again tomorrow;) Sending much love! ❀

moments of sunshine: blogmas day #9

(3 days until Christmas..)

Heyyy friends! πŸ˜‰ I hope your day has been absolutely lovely.. I’m very happy to say mine definitely has ❀

This morning, I felt heavy. For no specific reason really, other than I felt like everything in my life was moving so slowly. Like compared to the lives of others, mine was simply inadequate. I have these things run through my mind pretty often, and it’s a painful thing to feel. I feel as if my life is just so dull. Nothing to be truly happy about. Nothing I do, or say, or have will ever measure up. I don’t go enough places, I don’t take enough pictures, I don’t have enough. Like I have nothing to be proud of. Nothing to feel good about. I felt like I would never truly get what I seek. Like I would never truly feel the happiness I want. I felt as if I’m just misplaced.

But like most things, feelings pass.

God proved these feelings wrong later this evening by giving me some beautiful moments. Such as a night of sitting by a beautiful Christmas tree, listening to a sermon, sharing chocolates, playing an intense game of Uno Flip, holiday movie trivia, and just laughing until it hurt. And on the way home from youth, music played in the car as stars shone bright out the window, and a big golden moon hung in the sky. There is always something to be proud of. There is always something to rejoice in. There is always something to be happy about. And tomorrow, there is even more happiness to come.

small group tonight, but oh how happy they make me:)

Don’t base your idea of happiness off of what someone else’s happiness looks like. Do not compare. You are so lovely in so many ways and you are so unworthy of comparison ❀ You are exactly where you are meant to be. You are not misplaced, you have everything you need right now to thrive and rejoice. When I feel as if I have nothing, I remind myself of all the things I have been given. God has given me everything. Do not compare your life to another’s. Your life is so different, and God has you here for a reason. Life is what you make it. God makes everything beautiful in His time. There is so much more to come, some of the best days of our lives haven’t even happened yet. So give it time. Among all the lows, and wavering emotions, there will be moments of sunshine ❀

and so winter begins: blogmas day #8

(4 days until Christmas..)

I sit here once again at my kitchen table, watching out the window a big open sky with a sunset fading from blue, to pink, to orange. What a lovely first day of winter! 😊 It feels so peaceful here after a full day of being out and about. It hasn’t been extremely eventful, but I thought it’d still be worth it to sit and write about the kind of day I had:)

This morning I made myself a breakfast of sunny side up eggs (cooked a little too long but they were yummy *nods*) with some bagel seasoning on top which makes it soooo good. You probably don’t really care for what I ate this morning but it was a small detail that made my day brighter ;D (i had a real nice lunch too in case u were wondering)

I spent some time reading in bed with my new favorite blankie EVER. It was a secret santa gift from a friend and oh my goodness I AM IN LOVE. (i now know what it’s like to sleep on a cloud.) It’s by far one of my favorite parts of each day.

(me in my blankie)

Later in the afternoon, we went out on a search for a few more last minute (very last minute) gifts.. and I returned with no gifts for anyone but myself hehe.. It is dangerous for me to go shopping now, I feel whenever I do there is always just something I don’t want to leave without πŸ˜‚ My goodness especially at the mall, there were so many cute things!! I didn’t get many photos, but I shall share a few!

I bought these blue light glasses and I love them so much!! So much so, I ripped off the tag as soon as i left the store just so I could wear them the rest of the trip hehe. (oh.. yeah those are my siblings being weirdos in the back πŸ˜‚)

I also got a beautiful ear cuff! I don’t have a good picture of that, but it is rose gold and covered in pretty jewels. I still haven’t gone to get my ears re-pierced, so a cute ear cuff will suffice until then πŸ˜‰

We spent alot of time walking through stores and there were such cool things! It hurt a little to leave them behind, but they’d hurt my wallet even more. πŸ˜…

Such as this absolutely adorable backpack!! (y’all have seen “Up” right??) It has a bunch of Russel’s little badges all over it and oh goodness I wish I could have it so bad! But unfortunately, I do not think a backpack would be worth $80.. yeah I was sad:( But definitely still going on my future wishlist.

AHHHH this shirt! SO cute, my goodness I love Winnie the Pooh ❀

Here’s another random photo; I just thought this little pin was too cute! Box Lunch is crazy expensive, but UGH so adorable!

That’s about it folks. This post was quite short and simple, but I so enjoy making those kinds of posts! Thank you guys so much for poppin in and listening once again to my endless and slightly unamusing words. (seriously thank you, i’m so happy you guys have enjoyed blogmas πŸ˜‰ ) After coming home, we took time to chill, and now I hear my Nanna and Papaw are coming to visit! Sooo i’m gonna log off, and call it a day:) Have a wonderful evening loves, and I shall return again tomorrow!

what goes in comes out: blogmas day #7

(5 days until Christmas..)

Ah hello friend, please have a seat πŸ™‚ *pats chair*

I find when I have a thought that’s been swirling around my mind for awhile, I need a creative space to get it all out as soon as I can. And I’ve had one of those thoughts today, as I do pretty often. So here I sit. In a fuzzy blankie. With yet another blogmas rant that has really no relation to Christmas. (brace yourselves)

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I’m sure we’ve all heard the saying, “You are what you eat.”

No, that does not mean you’re gonna turn into what you had for lunch today.

I mean atleast you shouldn’t.. I think we’re safe if I haven’t turned into a walking potato by now. (wait, no.. I take that back I am a walking potato hehe. πŸ™‚ Okay back to the subject!)

To break it down more, you become what you consume. You are what you feed into your mind. What goes in always comes out, whether that be in you words, your actions, or your reactions.

Today’s world is constantly trying to feed us so many things from all sides. What you consume can build or break. It all depends on what you are letting into your mind. Not just social media, it can be the kind of music you listen you, the books you read, the movies you watch, even the people you let come near you, etc. It all has an influence. It all has an effect in some way. And you get to choose how it affects you.

First off, I think music today has one of the biggest affects on the human heart. There are so many evil, horrible things that are slapped on a pretty melody, and then basically celebrated by anyone who plays them. Music holds great power. Whatever you listen to, it will always influence how you feel. Music is a gift from God, and it evokes great emotion. Where did all the songs that lift spirits, provide hope and comfort and truth go? Filter what you listen to, watch what you are feeding your ears and putting into your heart.

Books. Oh how I love reading, with every little ounce of passion in my tiny body. Nothing can compare to a beautiful, exhilarating story. But there must be a limit. So many books out there that support and celebrate the impurity of this world. Stories have lost so many precious qualities, and they’ve lost what makes them meaningful. I am so disappointed when picking up such an intriguing book, just to find over-the-top profanity, suggestive themes, and so much support of what is wrong. I hate having to return to the library a story that held so much potential. What happened to the books that celebrate goodness, and show love, and help us to learn, and sway such deep emotions? Books that move us, and tug at our hearts to do something more. I’ve found that it’s often more about thrill and entertainment, which are great elements to any good book, but a story holds so much more than that. Careful what you are reading, books have great impacts on our lives. I can say all the same things for movies, films i’d say have an equal if not even more of an influence than books. The images you put in you mind have an influence.

That leads us on to social media. There are constantly pictures, and vidoes, and articles popping up just shouting for our attention. If we fix our eyes on some of these things too much, they can and will cause great damage. Comparison sneaks in when we get insight in someone else’s life, or when we see another’s success. Confusion or panic slips into our minds when we see all the chaos happening around us, and it becomes sickening.

There will always be some sort of influence in your life. Whatever you follow along with, you become. You are what you listen to, what you watch, what you read, and what you see.

It all has an impact on your thoughts and feelings, which then have an even greater impact. Fill up your heart with good things. Do not compare because you are amazing and unique and so much lovelier than you think. Be good to yourself. Surround yourself with good people who love and understand and follow what is true. Feed yourself good stories that teach and share viewpoints, enjoy music that comforts and brings joy, all of it. I think you get it by now.

We must set a limit for what we let in. Go to Jesus for answers, not to the world. Get in His word and see what He says. Let Him be the one to hold your heart. Let His truth and His love flood your soul. He is good. He is truth. He is peace. He is love. Cling to that, don’t let this world take it away.

Once you let Him in, people will see Him in everything you do.

*sings* these are a few of my favorite things.. blogmas day #6

(6 days until Christmas..)

Ahh hello there people! What a wonderful day it is to sit here and write πŸ™‚ I can hardly believe that we are already half way through blogmas 2021 here on Sunshine & Rain. Oh how I have enjoyed this! I get to sit here at the table 12 days in a row, listening to my playlist, letting all my writings out. (i feel i am in paradise)

Today I thought I might share some of my recent favorite things, whether that be holiday related or just something i’ve been loving recently. Of course I won’t be able to give my whole list, there’s alot of things that I love. Too many to fit in one post πŸ™‚ I love many of the simple things, as you will see here as I list them off. I find quite alot of my happiness there, and I wanted to share that with you today πŸ˜‰

  • waking up to sunshine on my wall
  • snow that sticks to the tree branches
  • listening to podcasts (my favorite is currently the Tim Hawkins podcast, absolutely hilarious)
  • sitcoms (current favorite sitcom is FreeLancers)
  • snackin on candy canes
  • gift shopping
  • painting (i’ve been making paintings as gifts)
  • seeing Christmas lights
  • reading the book of Luke for advent
  • wrapping presents
  • wearing my favorite jewelry pieces
  • hot cocoa w/ marshmallows in the evenings
  • burgundy reds & light navy greens
  • samples at costco (yeah.. today samples were my lunch. it consisted of cheese, pizza, jerky, croissant, granola, and lobster ravioli. and it was incredible. 🀣)
  • polaroid photos
  • snow flurries
  • butterfliesss
  • mushrooms (because they’re absolutely adorable)
  • sugar cookies
  • clear night skies
  • reading in the morning
  • opal & any other pretty jewel
  • making Christmas cards
  • ugly Christmas sweaters
  • flower bouquets
  • fuzzy blankets
  • the anticipation of Christmas being SO CLOSE
  • bundling up all cozy
  • cloudy days
  • peachy pink nail polish (and here comes the girly side)

Today I didn’t write out something super long, because I wanted to keep it short & sweet (hey, like me!) Thanks again y’all! I love ya, and I appreciate you all so much πŸ™‚ Please have yourself a nice day, and a merry little Christmas ❀

And so blogmas day 6 concludes. I shall return tomorrow πŸ˜‰

sparkly things, sitcoms, & searching for oysters: a daily log :) blogmas day #5

(7 days until Christmas!!)

Hiya hiya lovely people! I am happy to welcome you once again to another day of blogmas πŸ˜‰

Today I didn’t have a full plan for a post set in place, I just couldn’t think of a worthy topic that I hadn’t already set out for the next few days. But after sitting down and looking back in review, I see that this day was quite a worthy thing to be written about πŸ™‚ So, here I present a daily log! I hope you enjoy getting a small glimpse into the things life brought me today; it was quite eventful. I am very excited to tell you about it! πŸ˜‰ As each day passes by, many new blessings come through.

My morning started off very well. I felt well rested and took lots of time to read in bed which was absolutely lovely! (I am currently re-reading The Siren by Kiera Cass.. such a wonderful story <3) A couple hours later I began to realize how sucked into the book I had gotten and how long I had sat there. (this happens more often than you’d think hehe..) I forced myself out of the comfort of my bed and into the kitchen where I grabbed donuts and bacon only to return back to my bed where I continued to read for another couple hours.. yeah I know. It’s a problem.

No haha, I promise my morning was more productive than that. After my reading time was over, I decided to clean up for the day, put on a comfy outfit, and take some self care time. I recently fought off a sickness which wasn’t enjoyable at all, and I had just been so out of it. So today I went ahead and took time to make myself feel nice πŸ™‚ I started doing my makeup (for the first time in a couple weeks), painting my nails, and putting on some favorite jewelry. Seriously, it felt sooo good considering i’d looked and felt like a potato for so long before. *nods*

There wasn’t much that happened in between then and later this evening besides me munchin on pizza for lunch, so we’ll just fast forward through that *fast forward sounds* ( wait what in the world are “fast forward sounds”.. never mind you know what I meant 🀣)

My Mama and I went out on a trip later this evening to check off the last bit of my gift shopping list and goodness it was so amazing to be out and about again in the bustle of the holidays. I did find what I needed to complete the gifts, and I am so very excited to give them to my friends! πŸ˜‰ I have to admit though, it’s been awhile since i’ve gone shopping, and I couldn’t resist grabbing some small things to treat myself hehe. I get easily distracted by sparkly things hehe. (it’s a blessing and a curse)

I also did happen to pick up a small Christmas gift for my Harry (yes, that’s how much I love my ferret) I got him an adorable pink stuffed squeaky pig! (shhh don’t tell him πŸ˜‰ ) He seems to have a thing for piggy toys, so he’s my wittle piggy πŸ™‚ My doggo also seemed quite excited when he saw me come home with it, so I have to hide it haha! Tank may end up loving it more than Harry πŸ˜‚

After leaving on store and getting very distracted with cute sweaters, mugs, and jewelry, we headed over to Kroger where I was given the chance to show an act of kindness πŸ™‚ There was a woman there who approached me and my Mom asking for some assistance in searching for oysters in a can. Haha yes, quite an odd thing to search for but it was really funny the way she described it! She said she was looking “for a fish that was brown and round in a can but it wasn’t a fish.” We were as confused as she was on the search for something “round and brown in a can” that a family member had sent her to grab for the holidays. After lots of laughing, we finally figured out she was sent to search for oysters. Funny enough, they were on the top shelf.. all the way in the back.. and all three of us ladies standing there were under 5 feet tall. πŸ˜‚ I was able to climb into and stand in the cart to reach far back for a couple cans of oysters. This lady was the sweetest little thing ever, and it made my whole day being able to help her. ❀ Oh, the ways you can show kindness πŸ™‚

Once our adventures with oysters were over, we headed home and I got to sit and laugh with my family while watching a favorite sitcom. Now here we sit watching a Christmas movie, (any Home Alone fans out there? ;D ) snacking on candy canes. Well, I think i’ve summarized how wonderful this day was pretty well πŸ™‚ I could never fully express all the happiness it brought! God has blessed me in so many ways, and sometimes I cannot help but express my joy and gratitude through my writings.

So, that concludes day 5 of blogmas! Thank you for stopping by to listen to another one of my spontaneous rants that you all seem to enjoy πŸ˜‰ I love and appreciate you all so much!

I hope your day has been absolutely lovely, and I wish you the sweetest of dreams tonight ❀

I shall return tomorrow with most likely more adventure stories πŸ˜‰

Being open to beauty: blogmas day #4

(8 days until Christmas!!)

Hello people, I hope that you’ve been having a lovely day! Welcome back to blogmas πŸ˜‰

For today’s post, I have decided I want to write on a certain topic I’ve got to especially thinking about today. So, not necessarily oriented around Christmas, but just a thought I had that I now shall turn into a rant. *nods* I think it’s what I do best. πŸ˜‰

I want to write on being open to beauty.

Today I worked on putting together a video montage of basically my whole 2021 in review. I managed to find so many photos and video clips put together that still just barely seem to scratch the surface of what this year was for me. I looked back on all those, and actually forgot about the many blessings and memories I had. I was on the brink of tears as all these moments came back to me; it was all beautiful. It can be so easy to complain about all the disappointments and chaos this year brought, that we miss each of the good moments. Now looking back on all the good and all the blessings God gave me this year, it completely outweighs that.

Really, this year has been beautiful in every way, and so much more after learning how to be open to all the ways that this life can be beautiful. What I mean is we often put a limit on our own lives, on our own success, on our own happiness. We often put God in a box, also putting a limit on His works. We do this when we begin to compare our lives to the lives and happiness of others. We see what they have and the happiness they contain and suddenly, we begin to think the only way to be happy is to have the exact same kind of beauty their lives hold. All of this stems from comparison. Oh, what a misconception this is.

You see, God works in more than one way. God makes things beautiful in more than just one way. Oh how long it has taken me to really see that. But when we begin to put a limit in place, we close off our minds completely so that we are blind to all the ways that God has already made our life beautiful. We are too busy searching for the kind of happiness someone else has, that we miss the happiness that God has already placed in front of us. Our own selfish desires tend to get in the way of that. We are so set on what we think will truly fulfill our happiness, that we refuse to accept anything else.

Do not put a limit on God! Our God is limitless and works in wondrous ways. He makes nothing but beauty, so why would you think He would make your life anything less? He has given you everything you need to thrive right now. He has given you everything you need to find the happiness you seek. If you create limits and close yourself off to the many ways this life can be beautiful, you’ll miss it all. Do not put a limit on your happiness based on someone else’s idea of what that should look like.

God is a perfect provider. He knows exactly what you need to be able to grow in each season. He knows what to give you, and He knows when He must take things. Sometimes it doesn’t make sense. But it was never meant to. We will never completely understand everything; we are not God.

But He knows. He sees. He understands. There is no one kind of beauty. Beauty is in the little things, and now I can see so much of that. God can bring you such wonderful things, if you would just be open enough for Him to work in ways that you cannot imagine. Yes, the unknown is scary. Handing it over to Him and trusting Him with the outcome is a frightening thing sometimes. But there is no better person to trust than Him. The creator of all beautiful things. He is far more trustworthy than yourself. Yes we can create such big plans and in our minds they work out perfectly, but really that’s never how it plays out. Because God can give us so much more than our own imaginations. Be open, and you will see all the ways He is working even now. Be open to the beauty of the immeasurable amount of ways He works.

Collecting wildflower bouquets, watching a butterfly float past, dancing with friends to a blasting stereo, a beautiful summertime cloud with sunlight shining bright behind it, late night calls, golden sun on my bedroom wall giving its morning greetings, fireworks in a dark sky, watching lightning out on the back deck, listening to the music of a thunderstorm, being goof balls late at night, laughing to a funny podcast, hugs captured and to be kept, a family hay ride, and millions and millions of other moments that hold a kind of beauty that I cannot describe. This is where I am planted. This is my happiness.

This is beautiful.

gift basket inspo: blogmas day #3

(9 days until Christmas!!)

Hey y’all! And welcome to the third day of blogmas here on Sunshine & Rain! Ahh, where are all of my last minute gift shoppers at? I know there’s more than just me haha! With little over a week until Christmas day, I know there’s still some of us struggling to check off the last bit of our shopping list. Whether it be for a Secret Santa gift exchange, or maybe it’s someone you just have no clue really what to get for. I hope that I may be able to help with that! Today I have put together a simple list of gift basket inspiration! Gift baskets are perfect for last minute shopping; all you really need is a cute box, some confetti, and a bunch of small things to fill it with! There are so many cool ideas out there, and I thought i’d share them with you! Alot of these items are small and simple, and also work great as stocking stuffers.

Gift baskets can be made as big or small as you want them to, and fillers are super affordable and easy to gather. Anyone is sure to love a cute little package put together specially for them! πŸ˜‰ I hope that I can help you out with finding inspiration for a simply wonderful gift!

The options for gift basket fillers are basically endless. And i’ve compiled a list of some great ideas for just that πŸ™‚ It can filled with yummy treats, self care items, stationary or craft supplies, etc. Like I said, many, many options out there. It is really SO much fun getting to make an adorable package for somone, and it pays off seeing their joy when they receive a basket filled with all sorts of little surprises!

self care/girly package filler ideas:

  • bath bombs
  • scented soaps
  • scented candles
  • skin care items
  • nail polish
  • fuzzy slippers
  • hair ties
  • makeup brushes
  • face mask
  • ulta gift card
  • nail spa gift card
  • pretty jewelry
  • chocolates & small candies
  • perfume
  • lip balms & glosses
  • coffee & tea bags

for the writer/artsy person

  • note book or journal
  • erasable pens
  • washi tape
  • paint brushes
  • bluetooth speaker
  • colored pencils & coloring book
  • stickers
  • art supplies pouch
  • craft/stationary store gift card
  • watercolor paints
  • scrapbook kit
  • calligraphy makers

for the cozy kit:

  • fuzzy socks
  • a movie or movie tickets
  • fuzzy blanket
  • beanie hat
  • popcorn package
  • candies
  • cute mug
  • devotional or book
  • scented candle
  • insulated coffee tumbler
  • cute planters/pots
  • printed photos
  • collectible stickers
  • fairy lights

Of course there are sooo many more options to mix and match! Just find a nice box or basket at a near craft store, fill it with confetti, and tuck all your little surprises inside. I have so much fun each year putting together a package for each of my friends, and they always seem to love it!

Thank you very much for checking out today’s post! I appreciate you so much, and I hope you have been enjoying blogmas so far πŸ˜‰ Today was a fairly small post, but I loved making it all the same! I’m sending much love to you all, please have a wonderful rest of your day! See you tomorrow lovely people! 😊

my winter mornings: blogmas day #2

(10 days until Christmas!!)

Hello and good evening my friends! I am very happy to welcome you to the second day of blogmas πŸ˜‰ Ah, as I sit here at this table by the big window, I see the sun going slowly down to rest, leaving streaks of pink in the grey sky. I sit in the dim light of the Christmas tree, listening to the quiet bustle of the house, and I just think of oh what a wonderful day this has been. And oh how a beautiful evening this is.

It feels so nostalgic sitting here in the comfort of my home, as another Christmas season comes to visit us. The ever growing joy around us is able to be seen in the lights and decorations, heard in the cold winds and in the songs constantly being sung, and felt in each hug. What a wonderful Christmas season this is.

I want to share with you a bit of what my mornings look like in the winter time. Recently my usual habits have changed, and I’ve found much more peace in being able to manage my time better. When my morning starts on track, my day will continue to go well. πŸ™‚ Each time I wake I feel I have so much more motivation, because I know what I need to get done and when I will have time to rest and sit down for enjoyment. I used to actually stress over my routines because I could never keep it straight. I was so focused on keeping it in the exact same order every morning, and it took me awhile to realize I didn’t need to. So my mornings never really work out in the exact same way, my routine never really happens directly in order, but that is okay. As long as I put my priorities in front and do what I need to feel both motivated and at peace, it works out fine. Here is a glimpse of what my average December morning looks like πŸ˜‰

7:30 – 8 am

I wake up in between those times, I don’t have an alarm set on week days. If I don’t head off to sleep to late the night before, then I tend to wake naturally at a fitting time. Before I take a step out of my bed, I like to take prayer time. Talking with my Jesus starts off the morning in the best way, and gives me a sense of peace throughout the whole day. I sit in the still dim light of my room, and thank Him for waking me up once more, putting breath in my lungs ans giving me another chance with a new day. I ask Him for His guidance throughout my day, that He would guide me in each of my decisions and that He would give me wisdom to always do what is right. I wont go through the whole list of prayers for y’all, but just talking to Jesus in the morning makes an incredible difference.

I then get up and open my blinds to let in the golden sunlight of the morning. I then feed Mr. Harry (he’s my ferret, if you didn’t already know πŸ˜‰ ) and clean out his cage. It gives me the productive start I need to keep feeling productive through the morning. Once my little teddy bear is taken care of, I grab a cup of fresh water, turn on my fairy lights, and sit down with a fuzzy blankie to study scripture. This month I have been reading the book of Luke each day counting down the days for advent πŸ™‚ I like to do some Bible journaling as well if I find something that really stands out to me, and I highlight all favorite verses along the way. It has been great even just reading one chapter a day. Again, starting each morning with the Creator will have a huge impact on the rest of your day. While I am reading, I will also usually go ahead and have my breakfast. Often it’s something simple and filling like a bowl of fruit, or yogurt and granola. Along with that I will take 2 strangely delicious gummy vitamins *nods* (i can’t be the only one that actually loves those things… i’m pretty sure they’re magical. They EMPOWER me to get through the day! πŸ˜‚ Take your vitamins y’all.)

8:30 am

Sometimes I will stay in bed and do some extra reading with something picked from my bookshelf while playing one of my record vinyls; I just finished reading The Selection series the second time through and I fell in love all over again haha. ❀ If I don’t do that, then i’ll get up again and continue with more productive activities. I will let Harry out to run around and play in my room while I sit in do my schoolwork. Around this time of year, our schoolwork is cut down quite a bit more, so it only takes about an hour to finish. I’ll sometimes sip on some hot tea I made beforehand while I work through my school.

9:30 am

After finishing my schoolwork, I will pull my hair up and begin to clean up my bedroom. It really does bring me motivation preparing a clean and neat workspace. I am quite an artsy person.. so i’ll usually have some markers and paint brushes and crumpled up papers laying here and there. Maybe a pair of jeans I didn’t put away yet, or a decently neat pile of craft stuff I was finished with but didn’t clean up. Hehe, yeah i’m serious. I will also make my bed; straightening up my blankets and throw pillows and making it look nice and pretty. I’ve found that whenever the bed looks tidy, the rest of the room looks tidy too. πŸ™‚

Once I am content with the state of my bedroom, i’ll hop into a warm shower and get cleaned up. I’ll wash my face (i loooove it when my face feels clean and soft) and use some moisturizer because my poor skin gets so dry in the winter time. I’ll brush my teeth, (goodbye stanky breath) and put on a cute outfit that I will admit usually takes me like 20 minutes alone to pick out hehe… what?? I’m serious about my fashion game *nods*

10 am

By this time I am usually all cleaned up, prepped, and ready to take on the rest of my day! I would now start doing my chores and play one of my favorite podcasts through my headphones to keep me motivated while i’m doing a rather dull job such as laundry or cleaning toilets. (haha.. not fun) If I already completed some of my chores, then I will have some free time in between to sit and do whatever artsy or musical thing I feel like doing. Play some music, do some painting, call a friend, whatever my heart desires in that moment. πŸ™‚ And that would conclude most of my morning routine! Until lunch time it’s usually more chores and free time mixed in, but you guys have got to see into the more interesting parts.

Well hey there haha, you made it to the end!! Thank you and congratulations!! You won a cookie πŸͺ:D

But seriously, THANK YOU!! ;D I appreciate you all more than you know, and I hope that you enjoyed reading my bigger-than-originally-intended-rant about how my mornings go. (was this boringπŸ˜‚?? I thought it might be cool to read) I really enjoy seeing into other’s routines, so I thought I might do my own! Did you like this one? Would you like to see a winter evening routine?

I very much enjoyed putting this together, and I hope that it may have given you some inspiration for keeping on track with your own self care filled and productive mornings. πŸ™‚ It is so very important to have a good routine that feeds into your faith, mentality, and overall health.

Have a goodnight lovely people, I shall return tomorrow πŸ˜‰