Wednesday, September 30, 2015

BLOG-TEMBER DAY 30 | A Farewell Coffee Date

We made it, friends! Thirty days of blogging, thirty days of connecting, and hopefully thirty days of making new friends. The 2nd Annual Blog-tember Challenge was such a delight (even though I know I've been abysmal at replying to comments...) and I'm already thinking of ideas for next year. Now for one final hoorah as we wrap this thing up.

Wednesday, Sept. 30: A farewell coffee date. Take some time to breathe, sip a warm drink, and share with your new blogging buddies. If you'd like a prompt: how did the Blog-tember Challenge go for you? Any surprises? What was your favorite prompt, or what would you like to see included next time?

I wish I could take each of you out for coffee. We'd camp out at the one Starbucks in this town, I'd order my first pumpkin spiced anything (I know, I know, I'm behind the times but I DO want to try one!), and the fun would begin. I have loved getting a glimpse into your days, reading your stories, hearing your voices on the vlogs, and growing alongside you during this challenge.

The beautiful thing about the blogging community is that you get to take it with you wherever you go. I carry you all in my pocket on the way to class, and I can check in with you in the middle of a crazy day at the office. When life picked up from Texas and moved me to Seattle, you followed suit, and you made the trek back across the country to Oklahoma just a year later. My community here is not what I am accustomed to, and my schedule makes for few opportunities to plug in elsewhere, but you have been consistent. You all have been my cncouragers, my sounding boards, and my delight. I am so so thankful for each one of you.

So the fun doesn't stop with the end of The Blog-tember Challenge. We get to keep going. We get to go with one another into whatever comes next. For me it's show month. My creative component launches in the middle of this month, eight weeks of hard work finally coming to fruition. Then the end of the semester looms and Christmas sparkles in the distance, with another move coming after graduation. Though all of those things hang in the distance, I am content where I am partially because I know you are hanging out at my side.

Once again, thank you all SO SO MUCH for joining in The Blog-tember Challenge! Whether you posted one day, ten days, or all thirty, no matter what capacity in which you joined us, I am SO thankful that you did! Let's get back together same time, same place next year, shall we? ;)

Happy blogging,
Bailey Jean

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

BLOG-TEMBER DAY 29 | Ten Terrific Topics

One day more, y'all! One day more! Anyone else have Les Mis stuck in their heads now? I know I do ;) Today and tomorrow are all we have left of the 2015 Blog-tember Challenge, and what a ride it has been! So may of you have said that this kicked you back into blogging gear, and that delights me to no end!  Hopefully today's prompt will help keep the ball rolling and give you inspiration for the month to come.

Tuesday, Sept. 29: Write your own list of 10 blog topics to inspire us next month.

Ten Bonus Topics:
  1. Tour your hometown (or current town). Share the highlights and hot spots!
  2. 10 __________  you need this season.
  3. A favorite family recipe. Get permission from grandma first though ;)
  4. What do you do when you feel overwhelmed?
  5. Something you recently accomplished and what you learned along the way.
  6. Your Top 10 _____________.
  7. Create a gift guide! What should we buy our moms, dads, boyfriends, etc?
  8. Tips & tricks other bloggers should know.
  9. Share the story behind a sentimental item you own.
  10. 10 things your readers might not know about you.

If you're looking for more ideas, I HIGHLY recommend the 365 Blog Topic Ideas book pictured above. It is GOLD!

Your turn. What 10 topics would you suggest?

Monday, September 28, 2015

BLOG-TEMBER DAY 28 | A Day in the Life

Oh, how I love a good routine! Thankfully many of my days, especially during the school week, have settled into one, and it really throws me off kilter when the routine is upended. Today I'm going to give you a glimpse into my day-to-day life here at school, and I can't wait to see what yours looks like, too.

Also, can you believe its the last week of the challenge?! How did October sneak up on us??

Monday, Sept. 28: A day in the life. Take us through it with you.

My typical day starts with an alarm between 6:00 - 8:00am, depending on how much homework I need to finish in the mornings. I am not an all-nighter kind of girl and would rather get a bit of rest and do the rest in the morning than stay up late to try to tackle it. I can almost guarantee you that's how this morning went too ;) I'll hit the snooze a time or two, and my alarm songs are either "Victory" by Tye Tribbet and his gospel group or "Joyful, Joyful" by Laura Hackett. 

Once up and at'em, breakfast is typically yogurt, granola, and strawberries, my favorite combination! Mornings are HARD, y'all, but we all have them, so I power through and typically put on some sort of upbeat music to keep me awake while showering, packing, and homeworking in the mornings. Luckily I'm close enough to walk to campus in under 5 minutes (depending on the traffic on one main road) so I'll pop over to my office before class and print any last minute papers.

I try to spend my lunch breaks either at the gym or at home, eating a lunch I packed over the weekend or sometimes cheating by stopping at the Chick-fil-a on campus. Lunch breaks area also my Bible journaling breaks, and taking the hour at home SO helps me decompress from the stress of the day. Often more homework happens here too, or a power nap before the afternoon work load. If I'm at the gym, I'm on the treadmill catching up on my favorite shows (can't wait to watch Grey's and Once Upon a Time this week!) or listening to a podcast. I'll take any of your recommendations, btw!

In the afternoon I am either in class or in the office, so I walk back over to campus and get that ball rolling. When I'm not house managing, I work as a communication's assistant for the theatre department, and that basically means lots and lots of phone calls. I get a brief dinner break before it's back on campus for rehearsal. I am in the middle of directing Almost, Maine as my creative component ("thesis show") and it goes up in October. Ahh! But because it's drawing so near, I am in rehearsal from 6:30-10 each night with even more projects to do for the show in my in-between moments. 

I should be better about staying on campus to finish homework and grade papers, but more often than not I head back to my apartment to get some shut eye, then start the cycle all overlain to finish in the morning.

What about YOU? How do you spend YOUR days?

PS. Find me on PERISCOPE @baileyjrobert today at 12:00pm CST for another round of #makingMondaymeaningful. Today we're talking tackling to-do's and how to make things happen!

Sunday, September 27, 2015

BLOG-TEMBER DAY 27 | Wishing for This

Ah! One of my favorite days! These lovely things can speak for themselves, and I must say that browsing Etsy is beating out Pinterest these days. Take a gander at the pretties below and maybe snag one for yourself ;)

Sunday, Sept. 27: What's on your wish list? Be sure to include links so we can shop too ;)

What's on YOUR wish list?

Saturday, September 26, 2015

BLOG-TEMBER DAY 26 | Read, Reading, Ready

Books, books, books. I wish I could spend all my time reading books. I have quite the tower of them, you know, and I'm in desperate need of another bookshelf. Last year I made the goal of reading 15 books in 12 months, and I surpassed it with ease! This year I set the goal of 100 Books/Plays in 12 Months and I'm just over the halfway point. Woohoo! I don't think I'll break 100 (#gradschool) but it certainly lit a fire under me to get me going.

Saturday, Sept. 26: What's on your to-read list, what are you currently reading, and what have you recently read? 

Recently Read
I picked up The Royal We at the beginning of the summer to be my airplane read on the way to Seattle... and that didn't quite happen. However, I DID read it on my flight BACK from Seattle and I couldn't put it down! It has moved into my top five with ease. I mean, come on! Isn't it every girl's dream to study abroad in London and fall in love with the Prince? Or just mine? ;) 

Simply Tuesday is another sweet read speaking to my soul, and I want to journal my way through it again. I love just about everything Emily writes, and it was no exception. 

Lizzy & Jane was a summer read that swept me up into the world of these two sisters, and it just so happened to be set in Seattle which was oh-so-fitting. A great read, chock full of beautiful imagery and a winding tale of sisterhood, you should definitely check it out!

Currently Reading: 
Wild in the Hollow is a sweet balm for my soul! Amber's writing pulls you in, and her truth-telling is bold and encouraging at the same time. I am only a few chapters in but I know it's going to be a rich read all the way through.

Hands Free Life is by the author of Hands Free Mama, a book that caught my eye but wasn't quite right for my season. I started reading this on the flight to The Influence Conference, and I hope to pick it up again this weekend. Goodness knows a hands free life is what I need and what I fight against, too. I'll let you know how it turns out!

I was sent Dancing Through Life this summer to read and review, and I can already tell you it's going to hit the spot. As a performer myself, the challenge to hold to your values and morals, and to speak them confidently, is quite difficult in the world of entertainment, and I have looked up to Candace Cameron Bure for quite some time in the way she appears to do this well. I can't wait to dig deeper into her story.

To Read
I first heard Jen Hatmaker speak at Hope Spoken, and man is this woman hilarious! She's got a flare for the dramatic and is so relatable, but she speaks truth and the Gospel with a fiery passion that is so inspiring. I pre-ordered For the Love this summer and it's next on my list of things to read.

I have to tell you, I don't know much about Girl Meets Change, but the title and tagline had me in a split second. I feel like I have been in a constant state of transition for the past two and a half years, and that it is going to continue for some time, and I want to be a woman who handles change well. You know I'm all about savoring your season, and hopefully this will encourage me along the way.

I'd seen The Selection Series floating around for a while, but it wasn't until Victoria recommended them that I jumped on the train (and put to use a great B&N coupon). The last fiction series I picked up was Divergent, and I'm hoping to disappearing into this world in the evenings before bed instead of social media. There's at least 3 (maybe 4?) in the series, so hopefully it will tide me over for a while.

Your turn. What are your reading recommendations?