Living Outside the Stacks

Navigating through life away from the library

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Happy New Year!

Welcome to 2013! I’m so excited about the possibilities that come with a new year. It’s almost like life is giving us some sort of cosmic do over. And boy do I need it! I missed some of my goals for last year but I’m pressing forward and not dwelling on the past. I hope that you’ll continue to share this journey with me and that you’re just as excited for 2013 as I am…

Morning Coffee {Living Outside the Stacks}

I began today much like I do any other day, with a cup of coffee. This is how I prepare myself for the day’s activities: a cup of coffee and a few minutes of silence. And with this being the beginning of a new year, I used my quiet time to think about all the things I will accomplish.

This year I’ll be turning the big 4~Oh! This is so hard for me to believe. There are days when I feel like I’m barely out of my twenties. And a lot of days when I look at those four teenagers living in my house and wonder why they’re calling me “Mom”. You’d think after nineteen years I’d be used to them by now. I’m not sure what I’m going to do to mark this milestone birthday, but I know I have to do something big.

I’ve joined not one but two photography challenges for this year. Like last year, I’ll be joining in the Photo A Day Challenge hosted by fat mum slim and posting the pictures on Instagram (be sure to follow me there). The second challenge is the one I’m most worried excited about because it requires that I use Nikki (my Nikon D3100). Poor Nikki hasn’t been getting out as often as she used to since I started working. Mostly she’s been relegated to taking outfit pictures but we all know she’s capable of so much more. So I’ll be stretching my creativity and, hopefully, learning some new tricks along the way. You can view my photos from  365: The 2013 Edition by clicking here.

At church I’ll be busy with the women’s group. Pastor Z asked me if I would help lead the women’s group. squee and eek I agreed because I thought it might be fun and since I’m not reading the Bible in 90 Days this year, I thought this would be a fun way to engage myself with other ladies in a study of God’s word. Our first study will be True Woman 101: Divine Design by Mary Kassian and Nancy Leigh DeMoss. I’ve already run it by the ladies and they’re all kinds of excited about the study and the discussions that we’ll be having.

I’ll also be doing some product reviews, sharing some of my favorite books and, hopefully, hosting a whole lot more giveaways. As always, I enjoy reading your comments, so please don’t be shy, leave a comment whether you agree or disagree; life is all about learning and sharing.

And I look forward to sharing 2013 with you! Be blessed and be happy!

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June Photo A Day {Photography}

May’s Photo A Day Challenge was a bust. I’m not even sure when, where or how I fell off the wagon, I just know that I did. But I did enjoy seeing everyone else’s contributions. It really is a lot of fun getting a glimpse into the lives of others. Just seeing what’s going on in other parts of the country and, in some cases, other parts of the world can be so inspiring.

Chantelle at fat mum slim has released her list for the June Photo A Day Challenge, which starts Friday. Will you participate? Leave a comment below letting me know where I can find your pictures, I’d sure love to see them.

Photo A Day June {fat mum slim}

Would you like to participate? Here are the rules:

  • Starting 1 May take a picture using the inspiration from the prompt.
  • Once you’ve taken your photo, share the picture on your blog, Facebook page, Twitter, flickr or other preferred social media page. If you’re sharing on Twitter or Instagram, use the hashtag #photoadayJune so others can find your photos.

If you’d like to see my challenge submissions, please click here.

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May Photo~A~Day Challenge {Photography}

I had so much fun with last month’s photo~a~day challenge! Did you see my photos? I think I’ll post a few of my faves over the next few days, or you can check them all out by clicking here. Did you participate? Leave a comment below letting me know where I can find your pictures, I’d sure love to see them.

May Photo~A~Day

Would you like to participate? Here are the rules:

  • Starting 1 May take a picture using the inspiration from the prompt.
  • Once you’ve taken your photo, share the picture on your blog, Facebook page, Twitter, flickr or other preferred social media page. If you’re sharing on Twitter or Instagram, use the hashtag #PHOTOADAYMAY so others can find your photos.

If you’d like to see my challenge submissions, please click here.

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