Archives for January 2016

Finding my Word – One Little Word 2016


For the past few years, I have been participating in the One Little Word class/movement with Ali Edwards. Each year, the experience of finding a word is different. Some years, the word repeatedly knocks me in the head and I know just what to choose. Other years, I have to really look for it. This year, was more of the latter. I had to really reflect on my life and choose a word that aligns with my hopes. I usually panic as I approach late December, because I begin to doubt the word is mine a few days into my decision. This time, I began to feel doubt knocking on my door and I decided to use Leao as a sounding board. I expressed to him what some of my hopes are for this year and the word I wanted to choose. He helped me realize that the word I chose is, in fact, a good fit for me.

I recently was listening to a podcast and one of the participants talked a bit about their experience with their word and I realized that although we select one word, we don’t have to say goodbye to last year’s word or the year prior etc. That they all are still with us and still relevant. So this takes away that feeling that sometimes settles over me when I am selecting a new word. It reminds me that the old words still have a place in my life and that only my shift of focus will illuminate my new word for the new year.

What? Did you say, Belinda, just tell us the word? Oh, I thought so. One of my hopes this year is to journal more and that includes more words in my posts (Did I hear a collective sigh?).  It will allow me to go deeper rather than skim the surface as I have done often in the past. But I digress, my word I chose for this year is:


I chose this word because I feel like it will help me with areas that are lacking in my life. I feel like inviting this word will help me to continue to make my life more whole and satisfying. I feel it will help to guide my shift of perceptions towards true hope. I felt like this word easily translates over the many aspects of my life to help me a better being and 2016 more wonderful.

I hope you will join me on this journey. I will be posting my new album for the project next week so come on back!!


Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Places I Find New Books to Read


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. Every week, they post a new topic/top ten list and invite everyone to share their own answers.

The Top Ten places I find new books:

  • I browse the shelves at Barnes and Noble.
  • I read my emails of new releases from Amazon.
  • I write down recommendations from my book club friends.
  • I write down recommendations after watching booktuber’s videos.
  • I read lists based on genre on Goodreads.
  • I watch a show on TV called Well Read and write down their recommendations.
  • I watch Super Soul Sunday and write down lists of books written by the weekly guests.
  • I find great recommendations from other Book bloggers.
  • I find great books from publishers when I review books for them.
  • I find great books when I visit several used bookstores and thrift shops.

Happy Reading my friends!


Annual Girlfriend Craft Retreat!

Hello my people! I hope you all had a great weekend and for those on the East Coast, I wish you well and hope you find a way past all the snow that came down.
craftretreat2016Each year, as many of you know, I go away with my crafty girlfriends for four days of fun.  It is usually up in Jackson, New Hampshire at the prettiest Inn. But this year, I have a scheduling conflict and will be in New Jersey at my best friend’s wedding. So I quickly reached out to my friend Ashley and we decided to room together for the annual event that takes place in Sturbridge, MA.  Six of us met at the hotel and had so much fun.


We went out to the see the movie, “Sisters” on Thursday night and then off to dinner.

craftretreat2016eWe ate two times at the most delicious restaurant and then the rest of the meals were included with our craft retreat.


There are so many reasons why I stick to my annual retreat. For one, I believe it’s important for moms to have ‘away time’ to recharge. Just as professors have sabbaticals, all moms should have creative retreats.   I also find that time away crafting and laughing, resets my creative mojo. There’s something about the act of being around so much creative talent and having no one else but myself to care for that re-ignites my creative spark.


Ideas start flow more easily. I get inspired to try new techniques. For example, I often shy away from putting clouds on my cards for silly reasons but this weekend, instead of creating them with distress ink pads, I tried something new – I used a template I cut out myself and my Copic markers to create the effect on this card and I really like the results.craftretreat2016f

Crafting truly heals my soul and this retreat was no exception. I left with some completed craft projects and a sense of delight at all the possibilities.

craftretreat2016hIt was a fun weekend. Just what the doctor’s order for all moms!! I say moms but you don’t need to be a mom to benefit from a retreat with friends, you just have to have the courage to make the reservation! I will be back this week with some other fun posts so stop on by!

Have a blessed day friends!


Top Ten 2015 releases that I meant to get to


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. Every week, they post a new topic/top ten list and invite everyone to share their own answers.

This week is a list of the top 10 2015 releases I meant to get to but didn’t:

In order to respond to this request, I have to divide my responses into three categories (Books I own, E-books I own, Books I haven’t bought yet).


So for the books I own in physical form that I didn’t get to are:

1. Ten Thousand Skies Above You by Claudia Gray

2. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

3. At the Water’s Edge by Sara Gruen

4. Named of the Dragon by Susanna Kearsley

Books I own on my Kindle:

5. Invasion of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

6. Serpentine by Cindy Pon

7. India Gray by Sujata Massey

8. Silver Like Dust: One’s Family’s Story of America’s Japanese Internment by Kimi Cunningham Grant

9. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Books that I haven’t bought yet:

10. Black Dove, White Raven by Elizabeth Wein

My hope is to get to many if not all of these books this year. Are there any books you didn’t get to last year?



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