What I'm Loving Lately (Coffee Sips and Lovely Links)

Friday, April 28, 2017 No comments

It's somehow already Friday again, peculiar ones! How? How does that happen?
Day by day we eat, work, sleep, and repeat and time goes by so stinkin' quickly. Because of #adulting, this is necessary to a certain degree, but we also have to take the time to relax, smell the roses, drink the coffee, and do the fun things.

I only work outside of my home Monday-Wednesday right now, and I am still on the hunt for another job. I've been really stressed about that lately, and it has been critical for me to make sure I am taking at least a little bit of time for myself. When I don't, I end up with a horrible migraine and high blood pressure. No bueno.

I enjoy a lot of different things, but right now my "me time" is either reading through the Harry Potter books, singing to Pentatonix as loudly as I can, playing Harvest Moon for Wii, taking Epsom salt baths, and just sitting and watching Netflix with the hubby.

Another way you can relax is by getting cozy, sipping coffee, and reading really good, helpful blog posts. Sure, I do that all the time anyway, but it's different when you have been wanting to catch up on your favorites.

So today, I am sharing a hodge-podge of posts that are only connected by the fact that I enjoyed them. My hope is that you will too.
So grab your favorite beverage (you already know what I'm having!), settle in your most comfy of chairs, and enjoy these posts that I've been loving.



DIY Industrial Shelves by Love Doing Life
If a project reminds me of Chip and Joanna Gaines, it's a winner for sure! And that's exactly what happened with these industrial shelves that Elizabeth of Love Doing Life put in her home. It's a great project!

8 Productivity Hacks to Totally Transform Your Day by Coming Up Roses
Anytime Erica of CUR posts about productivity or blogging I am interested in what she has to say. She is an absolute rock star when it comes to those topics!

Why I'm Still Boycotting Target (1 Year Later) by Small Town Soul
Clearly, this one will be controversial. Lots of awesome people have varying opinions on this, but I just loved that Abbey was brave enough to share this post articulately. I don't necessarily agree with every single thing she says, but I fully know where she is coming from and I support her bravery. This is NOT a popular opinion and I've been in her shoes.

Why I Want To Be Worth My Weight In Salt by Pretty Simple Ideas
Friends, this is my absolute favorite post by Sarah of PSI. The Bible says that we should be the salt of the earth, and Sarah does an awesome job of explaining what that means and why it's so important. Check it out!

DIY Macrame Herb Garden From Recycled Bottles by Craftivity Designs
This is a super cute project that Lora of CD created using plastic bottles from tea. I really want to make one!


Which of these links is your favorite? Comment below.



She Deserves More: A Mother's Day Gift Guide

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 8 comments

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When I think back over my childhood, I think of trips to the beach, reading fun chapter books in bed, playing basketball in the yard, riding my bike through the neighborhood, and lots of time watching Rugrats and The Wild Thornberrys. And you want to know what all of those things have in common? My mom was a part of every single one of those moments.

My mom didn't mind watching Rugrats- she laughed along with me. My mom didn't try to shorten our beach trip so she could go home and finish housework- she packed a picnic so we could stay longer. My mom didn't tell me to go read in my room- she let me crawl in bed beside her as we each read our own book.

Me and my mom's relationship obviously looks different now. I'm married and have my own house to take care of. Visiting my mom requires an hour drive instead of a quick shuffle into her room. My mom has a bazillion things on her plate. She's a farmer, she tends the garden, she runs an Etsy Shop, and she still takes awesome care of my dad, my brother, and my Nana. She cooks, she cleans, she tends to her farm animals, the farm dogs, the house dogs, etc.

But with all her busyness, my mom and I still talk every day. We see each other a couple times a month and that time is cherished. My mom is one of my very best friends and I am so thankful for her. And in all honesty, she deserves a lot more than just a gift from Amazon or  a local shop. She deserves more than I could give her. But when Mother's Day comes around, I always want to do my best to find her something she will love.

A good Mother's Day gift can be hard to decide on because not only do they depend on our mom's personality, but they also seem so feeble when we think of all our mom's have done for us. But I know our Moms appreciate it when we put thought into their gifts. I also know that it shows when we wait until the very last minute.

So with Mother's Day just around the corner (May 14th), I have put together a gift guide so you can get your shopping done on time. You're welcome! 😘

A Mother's Day Gift Guide for the Women Who Deserve More Than We Can Give


At Home Spa "Package"

If your mom is anything like mine, when all the work is done, the last thing she wants to do is leave the house. She would much prefer that whatever she do be within the comfort of her own, cushy chair. She just wants to relax.

So what about this: Instead of buying your mom a trip to a nail salon or an expensive massage session (my mom wouldn't even enjoy that), why not buy her a budget-friendly foot bath, a few essential oils to add to the water or an Epsom salt and Tea Tree Oil soak, and a nice, moisturizing lotion. She can sit in her chair while soaking her feet and breathing in the relaxing oils. When she's done, she can apply the lotion for the extra moisture.


Garden Cuteness

Mother's Day being in the Spring is pretty dang serendipitous if you ask me. A lot of Moms love to garden, love to spend time outdoors, and love decor in their homes that reminds them of the beauty they see in God's creation. Think things like herb and flower prints, farm-house-y, silk floral arrangements, or some adorable little succulents. You could even create her a little "garden basket" complete with cute gloves, a shovel, and a hat, all sitting in a pretty new flower pot.


Support Her Hobbies/Passions

Does your mom like to craft or DIY? Does she love making things with her hands? Why not support her interests by buying the supplies she needs for for projects. Things like buttons, lace, paints, brushes, or yarn. These are easy things to find, usually inexpensive, and if your mom is a crafter, I am sure she would appreciate you taking that into consideration!


Books

If your mom loves to read, adding to her library is a great gift idea. I know for my mom, The Magnolia Story is at the top of her list. But again, this is completely subjective. It depends on your mom's interests. If she hates non-fiction, then The Magnolia Story probably isn't the best choice. If she likes crime/mystery books, it's probably best to leave the rom-coms on the shelf. But there is so much out there to choose from and there is something for everyone.

Magazines

Another idea is to get your mom a year's subscription to her favorite magazine. You can do this by going straight to the magazine's website or you can go to places like Recycle Bank to earn points, which you can use to get free subscriptions to magazines, gift cards, and more. It doesn't take long at all to earn points and that particular website is dedicated to trying to care for the planet which is definitely a bonus!

Mother's Day Gift Guide

No matter what you do for Mother's Day, try not to stress. If you have a good relationship with your mom, I am sure that she wants to spend time with you more than anything else. Get her something special for Mother's Day, but don't get caught up in the gift. Remember that the reason you even care about her gift is because you love her and know that she deserves the world. And for that reason, the most important thing you can do this Mother's Day is let your mom  know how much you love and appreciate her. A present is secondary.






Being Present- The Benefits of Thinking About Today

Monday, April 24, 2017 14 comments

In the past month or so, I've hinted at the idea of being present and mindful. I talked about it in my post about being content, as well as in my newsletter. But even though there is a lot of overlap between contentedness and being present and mindful, it isn't exactly the same thing.

Contentedness is being happy with where we are and not wishing away our lives for something better". Contentedness says, "I may not like my situation right now, but I am going to accept where I am at and be okay with it".

Being present, on the other hand, says "I may or may not like where I am, but I am not going to waste the time I have. I will be available now. I will live life with passion now- not just when I like my circumstances. I am here and I will live well now, and I will enjoy the blessings in my life now".

Being present means putting down our smart phones to spend more time with our family. It means turning off the TV and having a real conversation with our spouse. It means calling our mom to see how she's doing instead of spending that extra 30 minutes reading a magazine. It means sitting down and working on that ebook now instead of saying we'll do it "eventually". It means budgeting our finances and giving to those in need now instead of just thinking that it would be a nice thing to do. It means getting off of Facebook and meeting a friend for coffee instead.

Being present is something that we need to grow in, because if we don't, we'll turn around one day and realize that we wasted a whole lot of blessings. We spend so much time dreaming of what's next, so much time doing "important things" on our smart phones, and so much time glued to Netflix that we miss out on what it's important in the moment. We miss out on the beautiful people, places, and meaning things that are staring us in the face right now.

If we continue on that path, we are going to wake up one day with a whole lot of regret. But if we choose mindfulness and being present, we will most certainly be glad that we did. So today, I'm laying out a few of the benefits of being present, in hopes that we will all be convinced to adopt the habit.

Being present is so important if we want to live life well. Keep reading to find out why we should be thinking about today!

Being Present Acknowledges the Blessing of Today

I touched on this a little bit already, but being present is partially about realizing that what we have now is a gift. When we aren't present, we are basically telling God that we aren't thankful for today. We don't care about the gift we've been given and we don't intend to use it well.

We may not think that that's what we are doing, but it is nonetheless. It's a slap in the face to God when we don't appreciate what we have and are wishing it away for something better. And it's a slap in the face to God when we refuse to enjoy and utilize the amazing things at our disposal now, just because we are distracted by other things.

Being Present Makes Us More Aware

Being present allows us to see the needs around us and the people who could use our help. It enables us to take the focus off of ourselves and work towards helping others and sharing the love of Jesus.

When we are focused on our own comfort, we are more likely to prioritize our workout, our mani/pedi, our bubble bath, or our Netflix time. Those things are fun, nice, and fine, but when we overly focused on the things that will help relieve the stress of the day, we suddenly lose focus of what really matters and how we can better the world around us right now.

Being present allows us to know the difference between when we need self-care or need "me-time", and when we are just being spoiled and selfish.

Being Present Allows Us to Progress Towards Our Goals

We may wish that we had already "arrived", but we cannot "arrive" without working hard at our goals and dreams. If we will remain present we can use the now to propel us towards our "arrival". However, if we aren't present, we won't be productive in the now, which will actually keep our "arrival" allusive.

Staying in the moment and being present frees us up to work towards the things we are passionate about, instead of just dreaming about them.

In order to live life well, we have to be present and mindful. Living in the clouds and living only for the future will get us nowhere.


It's okay to look towards the future and be hopeful for whats next. It's okay to make a general plan and work hard towards and end goal. But we can do that and be present at the same time. We don't have to give our entire being to the future-to dreaming of it, to working towards it, etc. We can also have our "me time" and our "chill times" without ignoring our loved ones and the things that really matter most. Spending time with loved ones in the now doesn't mean we can't have alone time, but having our self-care/alone time should not keep us from being present with those we love. We can work hard, work towards our goals, have "me time", and practice self-care while still living well in this present moment, still spending time with those that matter most, and still using this time that we have to the glory of God and for our own enjoyment. None of these things are mutually exclusive. So be present, be thankful, and be content.
















Living a Life of Simplicity: What I've Learned from Joanna Gaines

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 23 comments

Anyone who has known me or read my blog for very long at all knows that I love Joanna and Chip Gaines- the stars of the HGTV show, Fixer Upper. The power-house couple does everything from making decrepit, old homes look brand-new to encouraging my heart in deeper spiritual truths.

I know, I know. That sounded a little bit dramatic, right? But by golly, it is just oh-so-true.

The Gaines have taught me what it means to love your spouse well. They have shown me the beauty of hard work. They have reflected a sort of grace that I would like to reflect myself. Basically, they've modeled all the values that I was already raised with- both on-screen and off.

But what I've been learning most recently- just before I hopped on my laptop, actually- is that I am NOT living a simple life, but I need to be. And not only that, but a life of simplicity takes daily effort. Not sure what I mean, or wondering what this has to do with you? Keep reading to find out!

Living a life of simplicity is possible, but first we need to know what that means for our own lives. This is what I've learned about simplicity from Joanna Gaines.


The Truth About Simplicity

In the Spring issue of The Magnolia Journal, Joanna Gaines wrote a piece about how living a life of simplicity is something that is fairly complex. We tend to think that we can just say "Okay, I'm going to start living simply now..." and then everything is hunky-dory. But that just isn't the case.

When we really get down to it, living a simple life is a daily choice. It's a daily effort to choose the activities, the to-do list, and even the thoughts that matter most and produce true peace and simplicity in our lives. And yes, it is true that living simply is a personal matter. There isn't an easy answer that is one-size-fits-all. We each have to decide where we need to declutter in our own lives.

But Joanna says that if we take the time to look within and think about it, we will often intuitively know where the clutter is in our lives. We can usually realize on our own what is stealing our peace, our joy, and our simplicity. And, as she puts it so beautifully,

"...when I do choose simplicity and keep choosing it in whatever ways matter to me, I am different.  I have room to breathe. I have space to see clearly. My instincts are sharper and- to be really vulnerable here- my words are kinder." 
                                            -Joanna Gaines, The Magniolia Journal
 I am so thankful for that one little page in TMJ this Spring. I definitely know of a few areas that I need to declutter so that they stop encumbering me. I'd like to share some of them with you in hopes that it might encourage you to look within and see where you could use a good "Spring-cleaning".


Selfishness and Laziness

I love me-time. I love to do what I want to do, when I want to do it. And I don't want anyone or anything to try to stop me. Even when I have important or pressing tasks to take care of, I am far more focused on myself and my comfort. This is called laziness and selfishness.

Unfortunately, these are both human nature and will be the toughest to change. The biggest issue with these is that they go beyond the surface. They are actually a spiritual problem-one that can only be broken through the grace of God and His intervention. It requires being shaped by Him. And to be shaped by Him, I need more and more of His influence in my life. Less TV and music about making myself happy. More scripture, prayer, and positive TV, books, and magazines. More focus on God's will- less focus on my own. Those things are easier-said-than-done, but incredibly necessary.

My Thoughts

When I look at the things I think about, it's often there that I find many of my distractions and burdens. Whether it be a negative thought about someone else, one that's selfish, or one that is filled with fear, anxiety, or paranoia, many of my stressful moments in life are connected with my thought life.

But daily choosing simplicity means choosing thoughts that are productive, helpful, and good. It doesn't mean that I am blind to important issues, but it does mean that I filter things through God's word and reject thoughts that hinder me from the life I am called to live.

My Need to "Fix It"

Sometimes, living a simple life means relaxing, remaining silent, and staying out of people's problems. I always want to help fix problems for people and while that can be a good quality, it can also put me in a position of being far too stressed about issues that aren't even my own. When this happens, I accumulate more anxiety and less simplicity.

I have to realize that not only is it not my job to fix everyone's problems, but I am also not capable of doing so- and I have to be okay with that. No one expects me to fix all their problems for them, so I don't have to make my life more stressed trying to.

Cleaning House

Finally, I need to simplify by actually Spring cleaning our home. Cleaning our home well means that I have space in my mind that is free from stress. A clean home means I no longer having to wonder when I'll be able to "get around to" vacuuming. It means no more deciding whether I'll clean OR get my blog work done. It also means that I don't have to fear being embarrassed if someone drops by unannounced. It makes me feel organized, secure, and gives me more peace-of-mind. This feeling frees me to live a more simple life.

I hope this post encourages you to work daily towards a more simple life. I know it isn't easy, and I know that finding what works for you will take some time, but I believe that living a life of simplicity is healthier for our minds, our bodies, and our spirits. And if that's the case, then surely the effort is worth it!

Do you struggle to live a life that is simple? Where can you improve and where do you do well already? Comment below!


4 Things Every Female Blogger is Required to Do

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 56 comments

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Have you ever noticed that there are certain trends on blogs and on social media that seem like they are so prevalent that they are almost like an unspoken rule? Things that feel like they might be some secret right of passage into the "cool" side of life?

Trends fluctuate and change, but when a trend does come, you can bet it will be done and overdone on social media and the like. Most of the time though, that's not really too big of a deal because trends come and go in phases and one phase will eventually bid us farewell as it passes the baton off to the next trend on the scene.

But while these trends are occurring, it is critical that all of us lady-bloggers (and anyone who wants to be noticed on social media) pick up on these. Why? Because we have to be cool! We have to stick together and show the world that we can be awesome by doing the same things that everyone else is doing. Duh!

Thankfully, I have gathered this sacred list of trends so that every blogger and social media influencer will know exactly what they need to be doing in order to achieve awesomeness. You may not have known before that you were required to do these things, but now you do- and you're welcome!


There are 4 things that every social media influencer and blogger needs to do to be cool in the world. Here's your Guide. You're welcome.

Drink Coffee...Or At Least Drink Something from a Mug

If a blogger drinks coffee and forgets to post it on Instagram, did it actually happen?! I'm not entirely sure, and I suppose it will forever be a mystery.
It seems like if you are a lifestyle blogger, you HAVE to drink coffee (or at least tea, or wine from a mug, or at the very least, hot chocolate). I mean, come on- you can't seriously be inspired to create without that sweet nectar of life, right? 😅
That's why I make sure to post lots of coffee pictures on Instagram... how else will my readers know that my posts are gonna rock, unless they see that I have been inspired by my hot beverage?!


Use the Term "Bad-Ass"

Apparently, real lady bloggers call themselves "bad-asses". A term that used to be reserved for tattoo sleeves, bungee jumping, skydiving, and leather-jacket-wearing motorcycle-riders is now associated with sitting at a desk, typing out our hearts, and taking styled photos of us in pale pink sweaters and the perfect suede booties...Yes, that makes sense...😏

Photograph the Golden Trio

Have you ever noticed that us bloggers are constantly taking pictures of flatlays that include succulents, fancy paperclips, or a Macbook? And bonus points if it has all three, am I right?! I love taking pictures of succulents, and if I had any fancy paperclips, they'd probably make it in a few shots too. But that's just because I am a real blogger 😋

Everything Needs to Have Pineapples CACTI 

Scroll through Instagram for a few minutes and you are bound to see a cactus somewhere. For a few years it was pineapples- they were everywhere. And they aren't completely out, either. They still pop up from time-to-time on a coffee mug, a tee-shirt, or a fun pair of socks. But the pineapple isn't center-stage anymore (poor little guy). He has been pushed over for the all-important cactus. 

Cacti are now on everything: Mugs (so cute), lamps, cookie cutters, necklaces, rubber stamps...you get the picture. 

I think, if information serves me right, that you have to like cacti now, if you want to be taken seriously as a blogger. However, if you don't like cactus stuff, there's still hope! I believe that dinosaurs are inching their way back into the cool scene, so you could always get a dino mug instead! 


I'm glad we talked about this important issue today, friends. I mean, I didn't want to leave you in the dark. I wanted you to know that I do, in fact, qualify as a real blogger. And I also wanted to help my other blogger friends, just in case they were not aware of the rules. The rules are important, and should not be broken. And don't worry. If you aren't a blogger but still want to be cool on social media, you can still use all of these tips. Once you start doing these things, you are sure to be noticed and praise.











* You guys rock! Thanks for reading this silly post. I do love my coffee and succulents 😋

How to Help Your Friend Who's Grieving

Friday, April 7, 2017 21 comments

If you get my newsletter, then you probably know that one of my best friends lost a loved-one last week. I hated seeing her go through so much pain and I wanted to fix it right on the spot. But my friend was hurting and grieving. There was only so much I could do. It takes time to heal.

However, just because healing takes time doesn't mean that we can't comfort a friend who is grieving.

The problem, however, is that sometimes it's hard to know exactly what helping looks like in these situations. Is helping staying with them constantly? Is it leaving them alone so you aren't hovering too closely? Is it taking them out to their favorite restaurant and letting them drink an entire bottle of wine? Ummm, no. I don't recommend that last one.

But helping can come in many forms. Helping depends on your particular friend and their personality. Helping depends on what stage of grief they are in. And helping depends on what you are able to give of yourself. Regardless of those factors though, helping your friend as they grieve is extremely important, and today, I'd like to share some ways in which you can actionably help the one in your life who's hurting.

How to help a friend who is grieving, and a few extra resources on the subject.


Help Them Focus

Try to think of things that will set their focus right. For me, this meant sending my friend lots of songs dealing with God being with us, God taking care of us, and that emphasized us calling out to God in the midst of heartache. You can do this on Spotify if your friend has an account. My friend does not, so I found all the sounds on Youtube and sent them to her. She said they helped her calm down some.

This could also mean offering to pray for her, sharing helpful scripture, etc. The point here is to help your friend remember truth in the midst of her chaos.

Encourage Them Towards Self-Care

When people are grieving, they often forget to take care off themselves. Physical, emotional, and spiritual self-care are all very important and can make or break a smooth healing. It's not that our friends need to rush the healing process or anything like that. It's just that we would never want to see them hindering their own healing.

Suggest things like calming lavender baths, listening to mellow music, doing some breathing exercises, writing in their journal, Bible reading, prayer- whatever you know helps your friend remain calm and healthy.

Let Them Know You Are Available

At some point, the (well-meaning) suggestions, advice, and reminding of truth can only go so far. There comes a time where you just need to be there. Be present and be normal. Participate in the day-to-day, normal friendship you've always had and if your friend wants to talk about it some more, you'll probably be able to tell. Don't feel like you always have to be "helping". They probably don't want that anyway.

Let Them Grieve

Grieving- truly grieving- is important too. A person who is hurting can cover it up and try to smooth it all over, but it's still there, eating away at them. So let your friend grieve. Not so long that they become a no-pants-wearing hobo, but long enough for them to feel what they need to feel. Don't try to prevent that process or get in the way of that step.

Watching a friend hurt can be so hard. We want to make it all better and do away with their pain. But that just isn't how life works and we have to be okay with that. Just be patient, be available, and use the steps above to help your friend. Obviously, it isn't a formula. You need to use wisdom about your friend's specific personality. But as a general rule, I feel that the above tips can help you help your loved-one who's grieving.

Want more on this topic?

Elizabeth of Love Doing Life definitely has some insight into grief after losing her baby.

One Way to Wade Through Grief- Ernest Grant II (Desiring God)

John Piper's prayer after an entire family was killed in a car accident.


Do you have any tips that you think should be included? Or are you personally grieving or trying to comfort someone who is? Comment below. I'd love to chat!


Currently Loving: My current obsessions and life-happenings

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 24 comments

Hi there, my fellow peculiar treasures! I cannot believe it is already April! This year is flying by and I am learning that life really does go by faster the older I get. I used to hear other people say that when I was a kid and didn't fully understand, but now I totally get it!

I also feel like it's been a while since I have given you any sort of life updates or anything like that, so today's post is all about my life, what's happening, what I'm loving, etc. Enjoy!

April: What I'm loving, what I am hoping for, and what we are up to this month.

Listening to: Pentatonix

Guys, I am completely addicted to Pentatonix. I've loved their Christmas stuff for a while, but I haven't stopped listening to them since December. They create such beautifully crafted covers of awesome songs, write some of their own, and if I am completely honest, I swoon a little every time I hear Scott's voice. They are so incredibly talented and great for practicing your own harmonies, if you're into that.

Watching: The Youtubes 😎

Hubs and I have a few Youtube channels that we love to watch together when he gets home from work at night. To name a few: FailArmy, News Bloopers, Team Coco (Conan), Carpool Karaoke, and Worth It (by Buzzfeed). These are really fun and hilarious. A good way to end the evening.

Reading: Harry Potter

I started reading the first book in the Harry Potter series a while back, but didn't really get very far. About three weeks ago I started reading it again and ended up totally sucked in. I am now on the third book and really enjoying it. I have always been a slow reader, but it feels so good to get back into reading.

Learning: To Be Patient

Patience, unfortunately, is not one of my strong-suits. Whoops... Thankfully, I am married to a very patient man who balances me out a bit. And now that I am looking for a job, I am having to remember not to be hasty. I don't want to be so worried about money that I run out and get the first thing that presents itself, only to hate it immediately. I'm learning (very slowly) to be a little more patient.

Wishing: I was a Full-Time Blogger

Remember that patience thing? Well, this is an area that I have not yet learned the art of patience in. I want it so, so bad. I'm growing, I'm learning, and I am drawing nearer to my goals everyday, but I want them to come now, not later. But again...patience, young grasshopper.

Life Updates: Taylor's Seminary and My Job

After this semester (which will be over in a little more than a month), Taylor will only have one semester left! Part of me can't believe how fast it's gone, and the other part of me cannot wait for him to finish. I am ready to feel more financially secure, to be on a more stable schedule, and to actually get to see my husband at normal hours of the day. I'm so ready!

As far as my job goes, I will be leaving sweet Evie in a couple of weeks. I love nannying for her a whole lot, but her family wants to spend more time with her which doesn't give me enough hours to stay. That means I am on the job hunt again. I would love to be able to go full-time as a virtual assistant and have completely revamped my "services" page, so we will see how that goes.

Other than my job situation, there isn't much going on in the lives of the Cooks. We wake up, work, eat, sleep, repeat. Adulting at it's finest, right? 😉
But seriously, life is good. Yes, we are ready for the next season, but we are thankful for the over-all blessings of our current one.

How are you feeling in your current season? Is it all over the place and scary, or uneventful, like ours?

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