I am a chronic multitasker. Often times I’ll sit down to watch a TV show, and by the time that 30 minutes is up, I won’t even remember what the show was about– I was paying bills, blogging, doing work on my computer, or checking Instagram… and then I end up having to watch the show all over again.

Multitasking is great sometimes, but lately I’ve been realizing how much it takes away from being in the present moment. I need to work on doing one thing at a time, rather than trying to do everything at once.

This weekend, I tried to do that. I’d originally planned on making it a weekend full of deep cleaning and multitasking, in preparation for the Christmas decorating that we’ll do next weekend, but the rainy weather did nothing to help my energy or mood, and lounging sounded much better. I can clean after work tonight, right ;) ?

Focusing on one task at a time, I had a cozy weekend baking cookies, doing laundry, going to church, cooking chili, watching TV, and sitting/napping in front of the fireplace for a couple of hours.

I think that I try to multitask because I feel like I’m being too lazy if I’m not. If I’m sitting down doing “nothing,” I feel like I need to be doing something. But sometimes, a lazy weekend is just what is needed.

Now, I feel refreshed and ready to begin this short work week.

Thanksgiving is just three days away! Can you believe it?

Are you a multitasker?

What did you do this weekend?

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Remember how I told you that I came home to a broken furnace on Monday night? And that we were on the technician’s emergency list? Well, “emergency” is a loose term when it comes to fixing furnaces, I guess (one company told us they couldn’t get here until Thursday).

After spending all night on the phone, trying to get in contact with someone who could come out and fix our furnace, we decided that it’d be better to try to get some sleep, then deal with it in the morning. The fireplace kept us warm for a little while, and we thought that we’d be okay if we bundled up in blankets and wore lots of layers to bed.

Little did we know… in the middle of the night, we woke up with icy cold noses and hair that was cold to the touch, and it got scary. Jordan pulled our winter hats out of the hall closet, and we wore them to bed. I’m not sure that either of us slept more than a couple of hours at a time. By the time that we got up in the morning, it was 46 degrees in our house. Being a little chilly underneath the covers was one thing, but getting ready for work in a temperature that low was another. I’ve never left for work as early as I did on Tuesday.

Thankfully, by Tuesday afternoon, the furnace was fixed and we had heat again — and I’ve gained a much greater appreciation for it.

It makes me really sad to know that some families aren’t as fortunate. You don’t realize how scary it is not to have a warm house until you’ve experienced it firsthand — and for us it was just one night.

Today, I’m feeling thankful. For all of the little things that I sometimes take for granted, but shouldn’t.

What are you thankful for?


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Warm Your Heart on this Snowy Day

It snowed last night — enough to cover our lawn and make the roads icy. I love snow, but I’m not ready for it quite yet. Also, I came home to a broken furnace. The joys of being a homeowner ;) .

If you’re sitting at home, trying to warm up from the cold like me (our home warranty company is deeming our situation an emergency, thankfully, so a technician should be here soon!), here’s something that will warm you up — or your heart, at least.

My sister just got a sneak peek of her wedding video from her videographer, and it’s beautiful.


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My Girls Inc. Volunteer Experience

Last fall around this time, when I was mainly doing freelance writing and social media work,  I found myself with some extra time on my hands. I decided that it’d be a good time to start giving back, so I decided to search for organizations in my area. When I saw that Girls Inc. was looking for volunteers, I wanted to check it out.

After filling out the application and interviewing at their office, I was accepted into the program. The same day as my interview, I went through a required evening training session (it only lasted a few hours and included dinner), and then I was ready to begin volunteering!

My role as a volunteer is to teach a classroom full of middle school girls. Another volunteer and I teach the Girls Inc. program during the girls’ first class period of the day. Girls Inc. supplies the lesson plans and other necessary materials, and we prepare for the lesson at home and arrive ready to go.

In the program that I co-facilitate, we discuss how to make healthy friendships and maintain healthy relationships. There are other programs that discuss bullying, self-esteem, money management, and even media literacy — but all of the programs emphasize that in order to have healthy relationships and stay true to who we are as individuals, it’s important to love ourselves first.

Sure, there are some mornings when I wish that I could sleep in a little longer, but once I arrive in the classroom and get going, I’m so glad that I did. The commitment isn’t overwhelming– each session requires one hour a week for six weeks — and I know that I’m teaching valuable information to girls in their most awkward and vulnerable stage of life (or at least that’s how middle school was for me).

Girls Inc. is located in all 50 states and in Canada, and they are always open to new volunteers. In this program, you have the opportunity to work with girls ages 6 to 18 (you can choose the age group, program and school you are most comfortable with), and in the end, you will probably learn just as much as the girls do.

When you were younger, wouldn’t you have enjoyed participating in a program that is centered around positive self-image and self-esteem? I know that I would have!

I know that starting a new volunteer program can be intimidating, so if you are interested in receiving more information or have any questions about the program, feel free to email me or leave me a note in the comments section!

Girls Inc. did not ask me to write this, nor are they sponsoring this post. I simply wanted to share my personal experience with the organization.

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I Mustache You Some Questions

I’ve been nominated for this survey a couple of times now, so because it’s Monday and surveys are fun…

Four names that people call me (other than my real name):

  • Em
  • Emmy
  • Emma Lou (a nickname from my mom)
  • Goober (a nickname from my husband)

Four jobs I have had:

  • Babysitter
  • Camp Counselor
  • Editorial Intern
  • Proofreader

Four movies I have watched more than once:

  • How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
  • Something Borrowed
  • Elf
  • You’ve Got Mail

Four books I’d recommend:

  • Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) – Mindy Kaling
  • The Antelope in the Living Room – Melanie Shankle
  • Someday, Someday, Maybe – Lauren Graham
  • MWF Seeking BFF – Rachel Bertsche

Four places I have lived:

  • Michigan
  • Ohio
  • Indiana
  • Purdue University

Four places I have been:

  • Aruba
  • Hawaii
  • Arizona
  • Utah

Four places I’d rather be right now:

  • Mackinac Island, Michigan (it snowed there this weekend!)
  • Disney World
  • New York City
  • Somewhere warm, lounging on a beach

Four things I don’t like to eat:

  • Onions
  • Raw fish
  • Bananas
  • Mint-flavored desserts

Four of my favorite foods:

  • Strawberries
  • Ice cream
  • Chips and salsa
  • Oatmeal (for real…I could eat it for any meal!)

Four TV shows that I watch:

  • The Big Bang Theory
  • Parenthood
  • Modern Family
  • 19 Kids and Counting

Four things I am looking forward to this year:

  • Running a 5k on Thanksgiving morning
  • Decorating my house for Christmas
  • Seeing ‘Elf the Musical’ with my husband
  • Celebrating the holidays with friends and family

I don’t want to leave anyone out, so I’m inviting everyone to participate in this survey! Also, tell me in the comments section — what  four books do you recommend? I need something new to read!

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