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.