Friday, January 18, 2019

Friday Favorites: Two Blogs, A Book, Netflix & Working Ahead!

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Happy Friday!  This week has felt both long and short, which is a total contradiction (but also totally true for this week), but either way, I am glad the weekend is here.

1.  A few years ago I shared a post called 'the blogs that started it all' (post here).  In it, I listed the first blogs I ever discovered.  Ultimately, they were the blogs that inspired me to start my own blog!  The very first blog of the bunch was IHeart Organizing.  Goodness gracious, when I found Jen's blog I would spend hours perusing her site, taking in her organization tips and tricks and all the pretty before and after pictures.  Her blog posts have been few and far between here of late.  But, it sounds like she is back and planning on more regular posting!  Already she has shared a super cute gift caddy (post here) that has me wanting to refresh the way I store all my gift wrapping items.  I can't wait to see what other content she has coming this year!

2.  Another one of my favorite bloggers (and close friend!) is Lindsay at Lindsay's Sweet World.  As I was pulling this post together, I realized how much Lindsay reminds me of Jen.  They both share a love of bright colors, crisp images, and all things organizing.  Anyways.  

This week Lindsay shared the most detailed post about how she organizes her life, using lists and her planner (post here).  And you guys...I feel like this is what my organization dreams are made of, haha!  For the past year or so, I have really wanted to set up more routines / schedules to keep me on top of things, and also just to remember one off things that don't happen very often (like replacing the air filter, or rotating the couch ).  The problem is that I have never actually taken the time to sit down and pull something together.  And honestly, I think that is because the whole idea of it all just overwhelmed me.  However, after reading Lindsay's post, I feel like I have the tools to become as organized as I have wanted.  She outlines everything very clearly, from the supplies she uses, to the lists she makes, and then how she actually maintains said lists.  While the whole process still is a bit overwhelming (the initial creating of lists will take some thought and time), seeing how it works for Lindsay is really motivating, and shows that it is doable, and in turn, very worthwhile.

3.  I ordered It's Not Supposed to Be This Way by Lysa TerKeurst last week, and while I was supposed to get it last week, the snow hindered that a bit (having Amazon Prime sure makes me impatient, haha!).  But it was at my house on Monday, and I was super excited to dig into it.  I was listening to Jamie Ivey's podcast, and her guest was Lysa, when I first heard about this book.  It really caught my attention, simply because of the title - it's not supposed to be this way.  I know that I have said that to myself once or twice (or many times), because let's face it, life is hard.  And let me caveat that - life can be super awesome and amazing and great, too!  But, it is also hard.  And sometimes when you do go through hard times, and life is so different from your expectations, your faith can be questioned or falter (fyi, if you aren't familiar with this author, this is a Christian book).

As I started to look the book up (while still listening to the podcast), I found out that Lysa wrote this book while she was going through one of the hardest times of her life, which stood out to me even more than the title.  It wasn't written after she had gotten through it, and was on the other side.  It was written while she was in the throes.  I thought that was really neat.  Often times it seems like people provide information on a topic when they have gotten to the other side of it.  Which makes sense, but I think in this case, I think it adds extra depth because she was feeling things in real time, rather than after.  I am only a few chapters in - I have been reading it in the morning in addition to my devotional - but so far, I have been really enjoying it.  Below is one of my favorite excerpts I have read so far...
Before I move on to my next favorite, I did want to say that I don't think you have to be going through something to appreciate this book.  I think it has the ability to touch everyone.

4.  I have been really into Netflix lately, and my most recent binge is The Blacklist.  I seriously could watch this show all day.  And I literally could, because there are so many episodes to a season.  It's kind of hard to explain what it is about because there is so much going on, but if you like FBI / criminal type shows, then it is right up your alley.  

5.  I had some time to kill between work and a dinner this week, so I put that to good use and got ahead on my blog planning for the year.  Guys - it feels SO good to have a rough outline for the whole year!  Previously I planned by month, but I think looking forward to the whole year will be even better.  

Here's what is on deck for next week:

  • Weekend Recap - a weekly staple!
  • A Look Inside My Bag - This past Tuesday I shared my top 8 Amazon purchases for 2018 (post here).  It was really fun to look back at my past purchases, and think about which ones were good, and how they are holding up today.  The items are all over the place, from leggings to an air mattress.  And, of course, included in the top 8 was my purse organizer.  Which inspired me to do this upcoming post - a look at 'what's inside my bag'.  And more specifically, how what is all in there fits in my purse organizer.
  • Work Wear for the Week - a look at what I am wearing to work for the whole week!
  • Day in the Life - I am switching things up from my usual five Friday favorites, and instead sharing just one favorite - a day in the life.  As a blog reading, this type of post is my absolute favorite.  While my days aren't anything too crazy, I find that reading about the normal, 'everydays' of others are so interesting, so hopefully you will, too!
I hope you all have a great weekend.  We are supposed to get another round of winter weather, so plans for the weekend are to stay in and get organized!  And watch Netflix.  A mix of both productivity and relaxation, I hope!

Linking up with Whitney and Andrea.                         


  1. I heart Organizing was one of the first blogs I read too! I used to want to be an organizing blogger like her!

  2. Can’t wait to see what’s in your bag and I love day in the life posts. What did we ever do before Netflix? I hope you have a super day!

  3. I love when bloggers share the reasons behind why they follow other people. It gives us a peek inside of the person recommending and the other blogger!

  4. I'm currently reading It's Not Supposed To Be This Way! It's AMAZING...I probably should read it every couple months until I start to live out a lot of those truths better! <3

  5. I am reading its not supposed to be this way and I am in love. Perhaps its because it speaks to deeply to so much of me and what I have gone through but I love Lysa. I did her devotional Embraced. Highly recommend it.

  6. I loved listening to that podcast! I pre-ordered the book so I have had it for awhile but haven't yet started reading. It's on my list to start soon! I seriously got way too excited yesterday...our new thermostat actually puts up a message when the a/c filter needs to be changed! I don't know why it's so hard to remember to do that. I'm thinking I should go ahead and set up an auto order somewhere that ships those suckers to my house!

  7. Aaaahhhh you are so sweet and I'm so so glad that you are finding the inspiration to get yourself organized, too! You know I"m just a text or call away if you have any questions or need any advice!

    And I cannot WAIT for your posts next week... the What's in My Bag posts are always so much fun! I love to see how people keep their bags organized. And you know I love a good Day in the Life post. I need to do one of those really soon!

  8. I need to check out blacklist. I need a new show to binge. I love Lindsay's organization posts. They are the best!

  9. I have a day in the life post going up next week!!! Those are the most fun to read!
    Sarah at MeetTheShaneyfelts

  10. LOVE how you gave an overview of what to expect on your blog next week! Day in the life posts are always a favorite of mine too, can't wait to check-in next week, have a great weekend!

  11. Can't wait for these posts Emily! Day in the life and what's in my bag/fridge are my favorite! It's fun seeing others daily routines.

  12. I just got Lysa's new book It's not Supposed to Be this Way for Christmas. Can't wait to read it.

  13. Planning out the blog for the whole years sounds like such a great idea! I'm going to look at the two blogs at the top because I'm not sure I've stumbled upon them before.

  14. You are the 2nd person in 24 hours who I've heard talk about Blacklist! I cancelled my Netflix but am thinking about bringing it back...if so I HAVE to watch that!

    Black Coffee Beautiful

  15. I've heard of that book -- all good things! I'll look forward to your review once you finish it. :)