Page 75: Checking in for March

March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb, they say. But so far, not so lion-y. Which I’m fine with. The wind is outrageous but so far no storms. They’re on their way, though, and there’s nothing that I love the way that I love a Kansas storm. So that’s something to look forward to, for sure.

Thank you for your patience as I’ve been a little bit spotty during the month of February. But we’ve moved! And I’m hoping to get back into a much more regular writing schedule. I didn’t write too much during February but there was so much activity due to the #XOXOSELFIECHALLENGE.
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Page 69: February Check In

What is your current favorite Instagram hashtag? Obviously, right now it’s the #xoxoselfiechallenge. We are having so much fun over there!! Go check it out. We’re making new friends and being awesome and encouraging. It’s such a fun group. And we’re only 8 days in, so far, there’s plenty of time for you to join. Here’s a link to instructions and what it all means.
Also, though, I’m obsessed with watching hand lettering videos on Instagram right now. It makes me really want to learn how to do it, myself. I get sucked into #handlettering really easily. Every day.

What was the last restaurant where you ate? …hold on. I’m thinking about it. We went to Applebee’s for Kat’s birthday but has it really been that long since I’ve been to a restaurant? Sometimes I get my brunch from Craft Coffee because their granola is bomb. IMG_6723

What was the last thing you binge watched? I wish I could say it wasn’t Keeping Up With The Kardashians but it’s still true. I’ve backed off a lot, though, because I find that after I watch that show, I put on lots of eyeliner and go online window shopping at ASOS. So I’ve been significantly limiting my TV time.

What’s your drink of choice? Last week I mixed tequilla and Naked Juice and it was completely delightful! It might be a while before I give that up. Not the cheapest cocktail but I don’t drink often, so we all win.

What are you reading?  Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert. I don’t have all that much time to read lately so it’s taking me a while to get through it but that’s good. It’s important to really digest inspiration. And if you don’t have all that much time for reading but still want to learn about the creativity that lives inside of you, check out Liz Gilbert’s podcast which will really get you excited.
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What was something that inspired you, today? Can I say “me” and not sound utterly conceited? But, dude, hustle begets hustle.
Also, Beyonce because always Beyonce.
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What word are you overusing? “Legit”. It’s legit driving me crazy.

 

What is your resolution for tomorrow? Start packing décor for the move. I am a little worried that it will make our apartment look sparse and sad but at the same time, I’m feeling a little suffocated by all of the stuff. Also maybe getting the place to look a little bit more bare will help to motivate us to keep packing.

 

What are you looking forward to? Saturday is Galentines Day! We’re having brunch! Send me an email or a FB message if you want to come and I’ll get you the details!

 

How are you doing, today? It’s Monday and I’m feeling good! I have discovered that you have to strike when the iron is hot and it feels hot, today, so I’m going to get as much work done as humanly possible.

What are you doing this week?
XOXO, Lib

 

Page 65: Introducing the #xoxoselfiechallenge

I say this every single year but just in case any of you are new and don’t know this about me, I just need to shout it from the rooftops: I LOVE VALENTINES DAY! Oh wait, before we go any further, you should be listening to this song while reading, to get the mood right.

I love all the hearts and pink and red and smoochy lips and glitter and bling that pops up in one of the most disgusting months of the entire year. Weather-wise, can you think of a more gross month? Ugh. This winter is long and our feelings aren’t doing great at all but at least there are roses in February.

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I’m also not one of those people who feels like February is for lovers. It’s not. It’s for love. It’s for love in the middle of the crummiest-feeling time of the year. Whoever invented Valentines Day knew what they were doing.

Because February is for love I’m making a point to celebrate all kinds of love. Yeah, I already got a smushy, mushy, gushy card for my husband but guess what else? I’m planning a Galentines Day Brunch for my girl friends, too (let me know if you want to come)! And I’m working to orchestrate something for all of you far and wide, too. But first let me back up real quick.

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Selfies get a bad rap. “She’s so vain.” “Look at her begging for attention.” “This guy’s just trying to get laid.” “She’s making the same face in every photo!”
To that, I say, “And?”
It feels really good to put yourself out there. It’s brave and vulnerable and fun. It’s easy, and not really all that fun, to criticize, though.

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I am a firm believer in selfies as a form of self-love. I don’t get mad when I see my friends posting photos of themselves, at all. I mean, in a world where we’re constantly being told that we’re too baggy, saggy, puffy, droopy, plump, wide, slim, young, old, or tired, any act of self-celebration is revolutionary. And I say let’s grab hands and march into battle, together, without apology!

So that’s why, for the month of February, XOXO, Lib is hosting a selfie challenge!
I wrote up a list of themes for each and every day to keep things interesting. We’ll post our selfies to Instagram with #xoxoselfiechallenge. Each week, with permission, I’ll grab a few from the hashtag thread to highlight and post here on the blog.
Some of these themes are pretty obvious but others are really vague—that was done by design. You can make this anything that you want it to be, really! Take ownership of your self(ie)!
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#xoxoselfiechallenge for February, 2016:
1. What I Like About Me
2. Action Shot
3. Feet First
4. Long Day
5. Bed Head
6. Nice Hair!
7. Celebrate
8. Twinning
9. Listen
10. Get Moving
11. Lunch Break
12. What’s up?
13. Best Friend
14. Sweet Treat
15. Guilty Pleasure
16. Full Frontal
17. Wake Up
18. New Perspective
19. Treat Yourself
20. Listen
21. Stre-e-e-e-tch
22. Angry Eyes
23. Hobby Time
24. Fake It (till you make it)
25. Morning Routine
26. Hard at Work
27. Clear Mind
28. Upgrade
29. Eat Green

Rules: Starting Monday, February 1st, anyone who wants to contribute can! You don’t have to do it every day—though that IS the challenge of it. You don’t even have to follow the list of themes. You make this into whatever works for you. But in the end, I want our community to come together over celebration of ourselves and each other!
The only real rule is that you take a photo that contains at least a little bit of yourself in it.
If you don’t have instagram, you can share your photos to the XOXO, Lib Facebook page or email them to me at libby(at)xoxolib.com and we’ll all get in on this together!
If you’re on board, let me know in the comments or on the Facebook page!! And if you want to share this with your friends to get them in on it, share this post!! The more people we get involved, the more fun that it will be. I’m so excited to get to know all of you just a little bit more and put a selfie to a name!

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Thank you, everyone, for giving me the opportunity to do what I really love to do. Just by reading and sharing you’re doing more than you know and I feel so utterly over the moon about it.

XOXO, Lib
Follow me on Instagram, too! I’m liblibby.

Page 56: I Don’t Do Resolutions, But…

This is the part where I tell you, like everyone else does, that I’m not really into resolutions, but…

Here’s the thing—I don’t need to make any resolutions. Did you read my last post?? Enough is going to change in 2016 on its own. Other years, resolutions have been important. This year though, the concept is utterly unnecessary for me.

That being said, however, I love a list of goals. I love a good bucket list. So instead of resolutions, I’m going to write a to-do list. And I want to encourage you to do the same! This is a list that only includes one-and-done items. There’s nothing (well, not much, anyway) about this list that encourages a habit. I think that’s the important distinction between a list of resolutions and a to-do-list.

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So here we go with my list of 25 things that I want to do in 2016:

  1. Have a pot-luck style brunch party with my friends.
  2. Take a long road trip with my husband.
  3. Really, really figure out how Evernote works.
  4. Monetize this blog.
  5. Bring a new plant into the house.
  6. Drink a Sazerac in New Orleans
  7. Send out gift cards randomly to people.
  8. Do a 30 Days of Yoga Challenge
  9. Have a BBQ.
  10. Interview my friends.
  11. Go to an Indian Restaurant for the first time ever in life.
  12. Meet Jamie for lunch ½ way between where we both live.
  13. Walk all the way from Wall Park to Lakeside Park on the walking trail (it’s not hard, it’s just something that I’ve always wanted to do and never done).
  14. Find a perfect lipstick.
  15. Donate a bunch of clothes.
  16. Explore cool things in Kansas.
  17. Explore cool things in Kansas (I want to do it at least twice).
  18. Put away all of the laundry in the bedroom (it has literally never all been put away before).
  19. Have my nephew, Owen, stay the night.
  20. Pay off my dental bill (this one might actually not be very reasonable).
  21. Paint—this time with watercolors, maybe.
  22. Finish a book (I didn’t finish many books last year and I mean to change that).
  23. Bake something with a kid.
  24. Make a really good homemade pizza.
  25. Make choux pastry.

Full disclosure: there are a few other things that I am going to do this year that I’m just not going to tell you about but they will happen and when they do you’re going to be so pumped! Probably. If I know you like I think I do, and I think I do.

What do you think? Are there any one-and-done things that you want to make sure that you try this year? Anywhere you want to visit? Any food you’ve been dying to try?

I really do hope that all of your most reasonable (and a few of your wildest) dreams come true this year.
XOXO, Lib

Page Ten: Summer Bucket List

Bucket. (Just say it out loud–‘s fun)

I don’t make winter or autumn bucket lists but summer bucket lists are a non-negotiable. For whatever reason. They’re totally unimportant and made up and no one has to have one. But it’d make the comment more section more fun if you had one. There are three whole items on mine. Here they are:

1. Make (and share) a batch of super good sangria. Preferably on a patio in the evening times. Kellory knows what I’m talking about. 

2. Random little tattoo without a lot of forethought. I’m talking, walk into a studio on an afternoon and pick some flash off the wall. 

3. Go sleeveless a few times. This is something that, swimming pool not included, has happened in public exactly one time. No one cares. It’s hot. Get comfy. 

What do you want to get did this summer?