Living Outside the Stacks

Navigating through life away from the library


It’s the Little Things {In the Dark Room}

I realized this morning that it’s been a while since I’ve shared a photo from my 365 Project: 2013 Edition. Truth be told, I’m having a difficult time keeping up with the project. There’ve been times when I just haven’t felt inspired. I see my camera sitting on the end table and have no real desire to pick it up.

I keep looking around my house and saying “They’ve seen it all.” Which makes me wonder, who am I taking pictures for? When I started this project, I wanted to document my 4oth year. My life isn’t always fun and exciting.

Coffee {Living Outside the Stacks}

Sometimes the highlight of my day is making a perfect cup of coffee…

Nest {Living Outside the Stacks}

Other times, it’s overcoming my fear of birds to get close enough to the nest to snap a picture of a tiny blue egg…

Feet {Living Outside the Stacks}

Or walking on freshly vacuumed carpet. It’s the little things.

This is my life. And I thank God for each and every day that I have.

What are some of the little things you’re thankful for?

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Let’s Share Some Good News {In the Cafe}

With all the bad that has happened this week, I thought we all needed a little break and a reason to smile…

Spread Love {Living Outside the Stacks}

Please share your good news in the comments below.

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First Impressions {In the Closet}

For the most part, I’m comfortable with myself. There are days when I think I look like a big hulking figure clunking through the stacks at the library but then there are days when I feel like I’m strolling down my own personal red carpet. The times when I’m most unsure are when I’m meeting someone for the first time. First impressions are lasting impressions. So I usually try to wear something that makes me feel confident.

Cream Cardi Floral Dress Mustard Tights and Brown Mary Janes {Living Outside the Stacks}

And, believe it or not, short hair does it for me. I’d been wanting to cut my hair short for a long time but I’d been resisting the urge. Short hair makes me feel both funky and feminine.

Cream Cardi Floral Dress Mustard Tights and Brown Mary Janes {Living Outside the Stacks}

With short hair, I have to really work to keep from looking too masculine, so that means wearing girly clothes, fun accessories, and more makeup. Yes, Shontel, that includes lipstick. My sister is forever telling me that I need to wear lipstick.

Cream Cardi Floral Dress Mustard Tights and Brown Mary Janes {Living Outside the Stacks}

What makes you feel confident when you have to make a good first impression?

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