26 Things Learned In 26 Years

26 Things I’ve Learned In The Last 26 Years

26 Things I’ve Learned In The Last 26 Years Today, I’m the oldest that I’ve ever been, and well, you are too. Trying to come up with something to say about another year seems next to impossible because how can you sum up a year…but really? Life has not been what I expected. It hasn’t followed the map that I colored into being with crayons and backyard grass stews. Nope, not all. But, when I sit back, and truly take...
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11 Christmas Gifts for the Traveling Reader

11 Christmas Gifts for the Traveling Reader

Finding the perfect gift for your traveling reader can be as easy as an Amazon giftcard, but if you want to get more personal than that, allow me to offer you a Christmas gift springboard of ideas. And yes, I’m using Amazon affiliate links (this means a tiny profit for me and no extra charge for you). I’m not an affiliate of Etsy, but I love it. 1. Animal Travel Pillow If you’ve ever been in an airplane, you know...
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What Should I Read For Christmas?

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Cozying up under a thick blanket with a cup of tea and wonderful book is undeniably one of my favorite things about the Christmas holidays. And the best thing is that Christmas reading has become so much easier, whether it’s a quick Amazon download or a library borrow. Unlimited Christmas reading options. Last year was my very first Christmas away from home. It was weird. But, that’s when I discovered Christmas novellas. If I couldn’t be with my family, I...
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Connecting With Family While Traveling: The Stone Lion

Connecting With Family While Traveling: The Stone Lion

Traveling far from family and friends can be difficult (adventurous and exciting, yes). But there are days where you just want to tackle-hug your brother or cuddle up on the couch with your sister for a cute movie. On those days, you need a way to connect with your loved ones, even when you’re far away. I don’t know what that will mean for you, but I can share what I did. It all started with a photo that my...
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20-Something and Grieving Process

20-something and grieving

To be 20-something and grieving is hard.   20-Something and Grieving Some don’t experience grief, sadness, or loss until later in life while others face this emptying too early. Sorrow is the part of life that doesn’t usually show up on Instagram or Facebook. After all, those platforms are for contrived and perfect photos. Good vibes only. And if someone does post their difficulties, there will always be at least one comment (and a hundred others thinking), “Is Facebook (or other...
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The Search for Identity

The Search for Identity

For the world. For my friends. For this website. For my life. For anyone who’s ever searched for their identity. I’m not going to go on and on about how I’ve chosen that my identity is Christ (because I have). That’s new news every day (to me anyway). And it’s my favorite thing to remember on every good day, but especially the very-bad-no-good days. but This is my blogging story. If you’re not interested, make sure you enjoy the photos (I’ve chosen the...
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12 Stages of Book-Lovers Grief

12 Stages of Book-Lovers Grief

Readers know it. If you read an amazing book or series, when it’s finished, you feel like the richness of life has drained away…full out grief. What. Is. Life. And suddenly I’m grappling with the twelve stages of grief. What? It’s only five? Well, it sure as heck it feels like TWELVE. Book-lovers grief is no joke. denial, anger, bargaining, depression, acceptance? HA.   12 Stages of Book-Lovers Grief 1. Reading slower because you can feel that the pages are becoming...
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Book Recommendation: 6 Books on Writing

The life of a writer is lonely. I’ve heard it said by so many people and even written by other authors. I used to believe it. Sure, writing is something that you have to do alone, and yes, you often rewrite and edit alone, too. But I’ve learned that my writing improves when I release it to my community for their opinions and skilled edits. They challenge me to take my writing through another edit when I’m ready to be done...
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7 Souvenirs for Souvenir-Haters

I’m against souvenirs. They’re usually cheaply made items that tourists will throw away after the first showing to all their friends and family at Christmas. If it’s not the stress of buying a souvenir for everyone, it’s the frustration of trinkets upon trinkets. Will it fit into the suitcase? Does it fit in the budget? Will the receiver like it? When I first began traveling, I bought souvenirs for everyone. It seemed like the thing to do. But then, my dad didn’t...
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6 Books You Should Read This Summer

My purse always has room for a book. It’s a life standard. I’ve read a lot of good books recently, as you may have seen on Instagram @cordiallybarbara. I thought I’d share 6 books with you as you’re updating your summer reading list. A Table by the Window by Hillary Manton Lodge Enter Juliette, a woman with her own version of My Big Fat Greek Wedding Italian French family. She loves food writing, but she also loves the restaurant business (she...
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