One of those weeks…

Do you ever have one of those weeks where you’re still working on Monday’s task list and BOOM it’s Friday morning? That’s me today. It’s been a whirlwind and I’m not sure how I got here. I’m not GREAT at being flexible, but I don’t think I had a choice this week.

Between class, homework, lab, pick-up shifts, family time, groceries, meals, laundry, dishes, Etsy custom orders, and all the other stuff I do on a regular basis, I’ve spent a lot of time at the hospital with my dad who just had heart surgery. He’s doing great now, but it’s always emotionally difficult when someone you love is ill!

So, I guess really this is more of a reflection post than anything. My life is crazy sometimes, but I’m so thankful for everything and everyone in it. It would be easy for me to “whoa-as-me” about every little detail of stress right now, but I just wont do that to myself. I’m healthy and able, and it’s SWEATAH WEATHAH.

My poor planner has been quite neglected. I took a few minutes this morning to give it some love. I’m kind of just “planning as I go” for this week. Maybe next week will be more well-thought out. Just thought I’d share a little snippet. A little fall-inspired washi tape is all you need sometimes! Thank you Target dollar spot 🙂


Here’s also a few pictures of custom orders I’ve been taking. What do ya think?


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Purple Desk Designs – an Etsy Store!

I know it seems like everyone you know (and their aunts and uncles and cousins) are trying to sell you something… but not me. I absolutely don’t want to hustle my friends who work just as hard as I do for things and monies.  I just simply love my craft hobby and thought maybe others might like it too! Therefore… I’ve opened an ETSY shop – Purple Desk Designs

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I’m really into hand-lettering and calligraphy right now, and I’ve always been a fan of acrylic and oil paints. My hubby says I have to find a way to support my hobby because my craft “pile” is evolving into a craft MONSTER- it’s grown off my desk and onto the floor, and is slowly creeping onto the stairs and into the basement.

If you’re interested, please take a look! I’m happy to try and customize something for you. If you want to keep an eye on what I’ll be listing – feel free to follow this blog by subscribing by email, OR you can find me on Instagram by searching for “purple.desk.designs”.

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P.S. Use my coupon code “FBFRIEND” on any order for the rest of the month of September and you will receive 20% off! This includes custom orders. My gift to you for your support 🙂 . Here’s the link to my store again = Purple.Desk.Designs

Happy Sunday everyone!

7 Ways to Beat the Blues

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It’s been one of those days. Or maybe weeks (or for some of us, one of those years!)

I feel BLAH. There’s really no other way to explain it. The weather is gloomy, the apartment is a mess, there is a ton of stuff to do but I have ZERO energy to do it. This funk has really got me down! This tends to happen when I procrastinate and when I’m unorganized. Often when I have these days I have to find a way to snap out of it or else they day is finished before it even begins.

So how do I snap out of it? Here’s a few ways to beat the blues!

  1. Make a list. Any list. Write down everything that’s bothering you, or everything that’s circling your brain. No order, no category, just write. Getting it all down on paper helps me prioritize and time manage my day. I keep a notebook or a printable brain drain by my bed so at night or in the morning I can write down all my thoughts and get them out of my head.  It’s not hard, just try it! Don’t expect to get all your to-do’s done today. Just get them down on paper. By having them in front of you, you have at least made a step toward getting some of them done, right?  Try it!
  2. Take a shower. I’m a morning shower girl, because it wakes me up and makes me feel ready for the day. Think of the water “washing away your troubles” ey?
  3. Set a timer. Have some chores that need to get done? Set the timer for 15 minutes and get as much done as possible! Then after 15 minutes quit and find something else to do. Or reward yourself and set a timer to scroll through Pinterest or Instagram for 15 minutes. Alternating increments of 15 minutes of work and play are sometimes the only way I get things done – but HEY I get things DONE right?
  4. Pour yourself some coffee or tea. Caffeine is an obvious choice for us busy-bees. It’s not just the caffeine I like though, it’s the warmth and the mini-break I get while drinking it. It’s soothing to me, and a good way to slow down and just take some time to settle my thoughts. Obviously you need to be careful when consuming caffeine, know your limits! I try my best to drink Fair Trade coffee or tea when I can. If you live near St. Louis… Plowsharing Crafts has a wonderful selection of coffee beans!
  5. Go for a walk. Endorphins! Even a brisk 5 minute walk will get those wonderful little guys flowing through your body. Even if it’s nasty outside, go get some fresh air and when you get back in you’ll be happy to be inside.
  6. Put on some feel good music. My go to Spotify stations are John Mayer, Spin Doctors, and Coldplay. Dance music is always good too.
  7. Call a friend. Even if you’re not a talker, sometimes just having someone listen to your thoughts can brighten your situation. I usually feel that face-to-face conversation is best but when you have resources like Facetime you might as well use it if it helps! Maybe you don’t want to talk about your problems… ask your friend how they are doing! Listening can also be cathartic!

So – that’s just a small list of things that help me get my motivation kick-started. They don’t ALWAYS work, but they are a good place to start.

What do you do to get yourself together and going? Like and Comment below!

 

Faithbox Unboxing and Review

It’s finally here!

I love getting packages in the mail, so I’ve been doing some research on all these monthly box subscriptions everyone is doing. So far I’ve just done a Stitchfix box and this Faithbox, but I’m also looking into a scrapbooking box and maybe one of the meal boxes.

*Disclaimer – I was not contacted by Faithbox to do this review; all opinions here are my own and I paid for the box. There are a few links within this post that will take you to the Faithbox website with my referral. If you chose to try Faithbox and use my link, I’ll get credit toward my next box.

Okay now for the fun stuff…

A little overview about Faithbox:

Faithbox is a monthly subscription for a package filled with inspirational devotionals and merchandise that help you grow your faith. Christian based; the company will send you hand-picked items from companies and artists who produce eco-friendly and ethically made items. For every box purchased, it provides three bowls of rice for hungry kids through the Rice Bowl initiative.

Okay, now let’s see what’s inside!

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Impact Guide – this little book is a great guide to all the goodies inside the Faithbox you recieve. It’s got a nice overview of the goal of the Faithbox company, and descriptions of each item.

25$ Krochet Kids Online Store Credit – I have heard of Krochet Kids before, in my research of fair trade items. I never looked too far into it, but I’m glad I got the reminder! Krochet Kids is an awesome program. Basically, they help impoverished women in under-resourced regions by teaching them sewing and crochet skills, and then selling their hand-made goods to the world. Their model provides a job, education, and mentorship to ensure a sustainable healthy life for the women and children they are helping. I can’t wait to use my credit!


Everyday Faith – a 30 day pocket journal. This is what I was really interested in checking out from my box. I had read in the Faithbox website that in every box there’s a devotional (something I have been evidently craving for a while). Crave is a weird word to use, but it’s true. I’ve been so focused on academic material that I’ve completely put my everyday quiet time on the back burner. I’m hoping with this little booklet, I can keep it with me in my purse or backpack and find 5 or 10 minutes throughout the day to read it. Being mindful about my time with the Lord is a top priority for me.

Denik Notebook – It’s like they know me! I’m into all things paper and lettering. This awesome little notebook has “Can’t Stop Us Now” printed on the front in gold foil. This company uses it’s profits to build schools and help support the artist who designed the notebook. This one was made by Tobias Saul.

Get Stuff Done: Hustle Poster – This fun little print came inside the box too! I haven’t decided where to put it yet, but I like it’s encouragement to stave off my procrastination. I think I’ll use it starting next month since it has a 30 day check off printed on the back.


Smarty Pants Gummy Vitamins – I pretty much just tore the packet open and tried these as soon as I saw them in the box. For vitamin gummies they really weren’t bad! I like that they are non-GMO and eco-friendly sources of omega-3’s. I already take a prenatal vitamin most days, and I believe that your best source of vitamins come from the food you eat, but I don’t see much harm in adding a little supplement to your day (especially if your last few meals haven’t been healthy at all). I would give these a try!

Just Love Coffee Sample with free mp3 download by Tenth Avenue North – What a great combination! Coffee + free music = YES. This sample of Ethiopia Yirgacheffe Natural smells so good, I can’t wait to try it! I’ll have to wait until I pick up a shift at the hospital, so that I can share it with my coworkers. The Just Love Coffee company offers ethically grown and harvested coffee, and they do wholesale for fundraisers. Apparently Tenth Avenue North likes coffee too – they included a free mp3 download!

My overall impression of Faithbox is really positive. I love everything from the packaging to the motivation behind each item. The only downfall that I’ve experienced is their customer service has been kind of terrible. I’ve called twice and left messages to cancel my subscription (not that I want to, but right now I need to be budgeting HARDCORE). If I could, I would just buy a whole year’s worth but I just can’t. They don’t have an option on the website to cancel online, so you have to contact their services. It’s really frustrating – mostly because I want this box to succeed! My hope is that they’ve had so much business that they are way behind on other things – and that they’ll get back to me soon. I’ve just sent an email to them so I’ll keep you posted!