themed days & beginning the 52

So my dear friend & fellow blogger, Katie, at her site Runs for Cookies, introduced me to the concept of “themed blog posting days.” The basic concept is to post various themed writing for different days of the week. That way, if (when) I’m uncertain of what to write about, I can just say, “Oh it’s Tuesday, I should write about such and such!”

So I came up with my own themes and I’m going to introduce them to you now! Also, I might not stick to this 100% all the time. But it’s just fun to have something to refer back to for ideas.

If you hadn’t already guessed, Mondays will revolve around the mental health realm. Gotta love it! Just another manic Monday!

Tuesdays will sometimes be about tacos, but it will more so revolve around anything fitness, nutrition, low-FODMAP, health, weight, anything physical or food or whatever might seem appropriate for that genre in my bread, I mean head. Haha!

Wednesdays will center around anything “wellness” related, whether that be social, emotional, or heck, even organizational — because in my mind organizing things helps make me well. And my social work life would probably fall into this category as well.

I kinda love this one. It took me a hot second to come up with this day, but Thursdays are essentially a miscellaneous “catch-all” day. A day where anything goes, or perhaps I will have guest writers if there comes a day when someone wants to share something. Or perhaps some day someone has a question for me! Or maybe I will post inspiration articles or links to things that I like. Who knows. Thursdays is where these sorts of things belong.

Gotta love this day — Fridays are so fun! Haha. All things girlie: hair, make-up, jewelry, fashion, relationships, all that good stuff. The word fabulous kind of used to annoy me, which I find comical. I thought it was “too girlie” and cheesy and I dunno, now I just embrace it and love it. So yay for being fabulous!

One of my favorite things used to be sleeping in on Saturdays. Now I can’t really sleep past 7:00. But I love the fact that I can! And I love to laze around in bed and read books, and watch movies and TV shows, and listen to great podcasts. So Saturdays are dedicated to those topics.

Last but certainly not least, my faith and relationship with God falls to Sundays. I think that makes sense, don’t you? I will write about my thoughts, questions, love-affair with God, and yes, doubts too. I’ll be as real and honest as I can.

So there you have it! My themed days! And as today is “Throw-It-Out-There Thursday” — I want to share with you the beginnings of the 52 in 52! Last night I had dinner with some great friends (shout out to Liz & Kevin!) and stuck to my two drink limit, so that was good. But wait! There’s more.

I also started today with a #makeupfreeface — and there’s photographic evidence to prove it!

And after scouring the internet, and not wanting to spend much/any money, I found the best way (for me) to organize my nail polish. I used an old jewelry organizer that I had laying around that I wasn’t using. I laid out my nail polish in ROYGBIV fashion, and then snaked them, row-by-row, to give a pretty nice looking effect! Here’s the proof hanging on the back of my bedroom door! Snazzy is the descriptor I would use. Perhaps I will put some cotton balls or q-tips or something in those larger bottom pockets. Or even nail clippers, files, or heck, even put some nail polish remover into little travel containers, haha! The possibilities are endless. Welcome to my at home salon and day spa!

I am excited that the 52 in 52 has begun and I can’t wait to see where the rest of the year takes me! Hope you follow along and enjoy the journey. There’s still time to make a list for yourself, too!

Until next time, love to you my friends,
emily alma

fifty-two in fifty-two

fifty-two tasks in fifty-two weeks! That is my new thing. Huzzah!

So I know I just wrote last night that I didn’t want to overwhelm myself…but then today I read someone’s comment online how every year they write a list of fifty-two tasks, challenges, goals, or things to accomplish in one year, i.e. fifty-two in fifty-two. And a new vision was born for 2018. Anyone who knows me knows I love a challenge.

In the past I have done the 101 Goals in 1001 Days and I was quite successful at that. But 1001 Days was a bit too long for me. And I like the idea of one calendar year being my time-frame. So today I sat down, hit play on Netflix, and drummed up a list of 52 things to work on this year! Here goes!! Feel free to join me on my journey, follow along, and/or create your own list!

emily alma


<food related> (8)

make sangria.

make cardamom bread.

try three new recipes.

learn to make decent pour over coffee.

go on a picnic.

eat fondue.

find a favorite recipe for overnight oats.

limit alcoholic beverages to two drinks per sitting.


<creative> (7)

throw pots with dad.

paint a mini with John.

sew two projects.

complete one woven tapestry.

learn the Chattanooga Choo Choo on piano.

write 30 blog posts.

make a bookmark with pressed flowers.


<movement & travel> (6)

bike all or part of the Kal-Haven trail.

go camping.

take a trip.

go to a drive-in movie.

play tennis.

go on a hike.


<brainy> (5)

read in my hammock 3x.

read 30 books from the list.

go to a museum.

earn 30 CEUs for social work license.

read Cinderella in English/Spanish side-by-side book.


<social> (12)

meet my (currently) unborn niece.

send out a group of holiday cards.

host a dinner party.

mail 10 birthday cards.

create a proper address book.

write my family tree.

write John’s family tree.

go on a father-daughter date.

go on a mother-daughter date.

create a “date-night-jar.”

pay for a stranger’s coffee.

go on a thrift store date with John.


<financial> (5)

pay off my credit card.

create & utilize a budget.

donate $1 for every task I don’t complete.

tip 50% or more for a service provided.

save $1000 emergency fund.


<miscellaneous> (8)

complete a puzzle.

organize my bathroom closet.

invest in return address labels.

complete 12 make-up free days.

complete 12 social media-free days.

deliver a surprise gift (in person/via mail).

whiten my teeth.

take 12 “me-time” baths.

organize my nail polish.

savor & beloved

// past & future // moving from savor to beloved.

Have you ever heard of choosing one word as an “intention” or purpose word of the year? I’ve heard people mention it these past few years, but I’ve never jumped on board myself. Yesterday, I wrapped up reading “Savor” by Shauna Niequist — a daily devotional that was and is absolutely amazing. All of her books are absolutely incredible and I highly recommend them. As I read the last day’s text, I reflected on how the word “savor” is such a powerful word and instruction. It commands us to enjoy each and every aspect of life. As I thought back to the trials and joys of 2017, I wish I had thought to make savor my word. Looking forward, I began to ponder my new devotional for this year and I am indeed taking the hint this year.

“You Are the Beloved: Daily Meditations for Spiritual Living” — my devotional choice for 2018. It was gifted to me by my Mom and the first post was inspiring. But what I love most is the word “beloved.” That is my word choice for 2018 — “beloved.” Quoting Merriam Webster, beloved means: dearly loved and dear to the heart.

That is something I have struggled with and continue to struggle with: feeling loved. I have a few internal lies that continue to run through my head like songs that get stuck and never seem to leave you…only these internal lies kinda kill my soul. One lie that I constantly tell myself is that I am unloved and unlovable.

This year, 2018, is the year of “beloved.” I am claiming it.


Looking forward to this new year, I always like to make goals. In the past I have made categorical goals and I often do quite well with them. I achieved almost all of my 2017 goals, so that was pretty exciting! But I don’t want to overwhelm myself this year, so I am limiting myself to three goals.

>> 1. Read more. Keeping in mind my last post, I have a long way to go in working towards reading those 100 books and I want to get started!! I also want to keep track of them on GoodReads. Then I won’t forget my thoughts on them.

>> 2. Move more. One of my 2017 goals was to reach my goal weight (that had been on my goal list since I gained the weight in 2007…) and now that I’ve reached my goal weight, I want to gain some strength & muscle tone!! I want to move my body, spend some time outside, and better myself (and take advantage of my aaptiv app that I aapsolutely love — haha!).

>> 3. Save more. I need to budget. I need to spend less and save more. I want to pay down my debt, be wiser with my wallet, and be a good steward of the gifts I have been given.

I realize it’s important to set goals with concrete and measurable indicators. I will work on those in the coming days, I promise. But at least I’ve got something to start with!

Until tomorrow,
love to you my friends,
emily alma