In four and a half years of blogging, I have never written a post like this. It’s 8:29pm on Monday night, and I still haven’t written tomorrow’s (today’s) post. I’ve been working on other projects all day–finalizing my Etsy fall line, communicating with mentees, prepping our home for our friends who are visiting this weekend. When I’m in this predicament (i.e. when it’s late and I haven’t written the next day’s post yet), which is about once a week, I usually spend the entire evening on the computer writing, editing, and finalizing a post. Not tonight! I’m giving myself 30 minutes to write something, and then I’m going to spend time with Riley. If you like structured posts, I can’t promise you’ll get that today. I can’t promise anything, really, because for the first time ever I’m writing without a plan of any kind.
It’s already 8:33pm, so I better jump in and start talking. Here’s a really random sampling of what’s on my mind:
I have fallen in love with essential oils. I can’t wait to share all my thoughts with y’all in a blog post soon, but my life is forever changed. I use them constantly, for everything–diffusing, cleaning, laundry, etc. Obsessed.
I stopped using my paper planner (which was a Simplified Planner) several months ago and haven’t picked it up since. Shocking, right? I wanted to be a planner person so badly, but it just didn’t work for me. It stopped suiting my needs, so I developed another system that does, which included the very tedious process of designing my own planner and having it printed and bound. I’ll have to share that soon! (This is turning into a list of post ideas.)
I am not usually a fall person at all, but this year, I can’t wait for fall. Neither my husband nor my fall-loving friends know what’s gotten into me! I’m usually trying to wear flip-flops and pretending it’s summer until the last possible day, but this year I’ve been making our home cozy, lighting fall candles, and drinking hot beverages in anticipation of the colder weather. I’m also decidedly not a pumpkin person, but I’ve been craving a pumpkin spice latte. Truly, I don’t know what’s wrong with me.
I’m eating Blue Bell Cookies ‘N Cream ice cream right now, and there’s a giant, fully-intact Oreo in the middle of the pint, so clearly I’m eating my way through said pint so that I can get to it. Winter hibernation diet starts now. (Update: it was worth it for the whole Oreo.)
My office is the only room in the house that’s a hot mess 90% of the time. I’ve heard that a messy office is the sign of a creative mind, and if that’s true, I’m the most creative person I know. There are piles of papers and junk and no real organizational system at all (which is the main problem). New September goal: get some shelves and get my office together. I spend too much time in this room for this mess!
Like I mentioned earlier, we have friends coming to stay with us this weekend. I can’t wait to see them, and I absolutely love prepping my house for guests. I love it. I love washing the sheets and towels, cleaning the guest room, setting everything out, and making our home welcoming. Something about nesting and anticipation combined speaks to me, I guess.
It’s 8:48pm. Gotta wrap this up so I can create a graphic and schedule this post. A few more thoughts…
I used to be a TV junkie, but I have barely watched any TV this entire summer. I don’t know if it’s the weather or what, but I only watch just a few hours spread out over the course of the week, whereas I used to love to unwind in front of the television nightly. I’ve been trying to convince Riley to get rid of cable altogether, but he’s not into the idea of missing football season. I respect that, so for now, it stays. (Hoping to ditch it in the new year, though.)
I’ve been really into making videos for my blog lately. It’s a fun way for me to mix up my content and filming and editing videos is a wholly different process than writing a post, which is a nice change of pace. (In fact, tomorrow’s post will be an updated Making a House a Home Vlog…) I’ve been thinking about filming a week in the life vlog (or even day in the life), but my life is pretty mundane, so that likely wouldn’t be very interesting.
ANYWAY, it’s now 8:57pm and I’ve successfully written something. A powerhouse blog post this is not, but it’s a sampling of my current thoughts. So we’ve got that going for us. I would love to hear what you’d write about if you had 30 minutes to spill. Fill me in! 🙂
…and finished! at 8:59pm. Personal record. Oh my gosh, I just realized that this will be posted on the 30th. It was meant to be.
// If you’re a blogger, I tag you to write a post start-to-finish in 30 minutes or less! GO!
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I love this! Posts with random thoughts are one of the best ways to get to know a blogger, I think. Also, I’d be thrilled if you did a week-in-the-life or daily vlog! I love watching vlogs. 🙂 So glad you are excited for fall this year…. I sure am too!
Grady Katherine Savage says
Uh oh! I am indeed a blogger and I guess my perfectionist self just got tagged in this wild post… Eek!
I LOVE FALL. It’s blowing my mind a little bit that you normally don’t, although how much of a true autumn are you used to experiencing? New Hampshire Fall cannot be beat, it really can’t, and I’m SO EXCITED for it. I am waiting until the first to light my fall candles and I’ve been so excited for it for the last few weeks.
Also YES to vlogs! All vlogs, all the time! Can’t wait to see what you have in store for tomorrow 🙂
Krysten Moore says
Awh I like this post! Looking forward to hearing about essential oils. I’ve been loving how my apartment smells lately – even just smelling the fresh towels as they come out of the dryer – so it will be great to read about something new.
I also wanted to be a planner person, but I just don’t find myself opening up my planner. My to-do lists don’t usually come to me while I’m sitting at my desk, so creating lists in my phone is much easier. My work calendar is through gmail, so I end up putting personal blocks of time in there too (workout classes, etc.).
All about finding the systems that work 🙂
Blair, look up the Danish term ‘Hygge’ (Pronounced something like ‘Hooga’) – I’ll post a link here: http://www.visitdenmark.com/danish-meaning-hygge
Essentially it means cosiness but actually it’s one of those non-English words that does not have a direct translation. It’s all about getting cosy and creating a great time with friends and family so your yearning for candles and cosiness is indeed hyggelig as the Danes would say. I’ve just ordered several books about Hygge from Amazon as it’s become very popular.
I live in Northern Scotland which has a real Scandinavian feel with some local words having a Norse origin. Anyway it gets dark around 3pm here in Winter just like in Denmark and everyone gets inside with soup and candles and family. Take care. Sandra x
Hi Sandra! I hope I am replying to your comment so you will see this. 🙂 I am so amazed that you live in Northern Scotland. We just got back from our first trip there and loved it so much. Where do you live? Were you born there? Can we be friends? 🙂 Emily
Hi Emily, Hiya! I subscribed just now to your blog so you should be able to get my email address from there. I was born in Dublin but now live in Aberdeen. My husband moved here to teach at a University and we have a little boy. Glad to see you made it to Dublin! all the best, Sandra
I love this post Blair! I am also a fall convert. I only started loving it after I got married. We fell in love in the fall and I guess it just stuck. Plus I love making the house cozy and all pumpkin things. Twinkle lights and soup for dinner are good. I can’t wait to see your planner! We got rid of our cable a few years ago and use the antenna for things like the Thanksgiving parade and Olympics. It works really well but I miss The Food Network especially around the holidays. 🙂
Blair Lamb says
I love that term, “fall convert.” That’s absolutely what I am!! 🙂 Thanks for reading!
I absolutely love your video posts and would love more. I’d enjoy seeing how you decorate your home for the holidays. Maybe cooking your favorite recipe or cleaning routines?
Blair Lamb says
Aw, thank you so much! That’s encouraging. I haven’t gotten much feedback on my video posts, so I never know whether or not they’re going over well! I enjoy creating them, but it’s encouraging to hear that at least one person enjoys watching them! 😉 Thanks for that!! I’ve been thinking about sharing some video recipes, and cleaning routines sound fun, too! Thanks for your encouragement and ideas!
Since you’re a fall convert and new to EO’s, you definitely need to check out Young Living’s Christmas Spirit oil. It is SO GOOD. Especially diffused with orange. It has that cozy fall scent like fall candles, but instead of putting harmful synthetic fragrances into the air, you’re diffusing so much goodness for you and everyone around! I think it’s out of stock right now (my team went crazy and everyone ordered their allowed 2 bottles/month! Lol), but it should be back at some point in September. Yay, fall!
Blair Lamb says
I have Christmas Spirit in my YL cart right now!!! I can’t wait to try it. Thanks for the suggestion with Orange, that sounds absolutely lovely! I don’t plan on cutting out candles anytime soon, even if they aren’t the best–I’m a diehard candle lover and a diffuser just doesn’t provide the same level of coziness! BUT, I’m substituting a diffuser about half the time! Baby steps. 😉 Thanks for reading!
Haha, this is sweet and fun and honest. I’m glad you wrote it the casual way you did. I felt like I was sitting on the couch with you with an ice cream carton in hand also. 🙂