A Lazy Friday


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I’m a workaholic. I work most of the time and have to keep myself from squeezing in a task in my spare moments. Yet, today I’ve decided I’m not going to do anything, except rest, relax, and recharge. And, you know what? So far, it has been great.

My day has been filled with laying on the coach, watching T.V., and eating leftovers. The only “work” I have done has been online shopping. The beauty of being lazy is that it helps a person become a better person, because you are able to refuel and ease some of your stress. It is a type of self-care that everyone needs to do.

While you may be spending hours in store lines today, make sure to take some time being lazy and enjoying the day. Trust me, you’ll feel better and stronger to take on the holiday chaos.

xoxo,

Megan

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Give Thanks

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I hope you have a great Thanksgiving! Stop and give thanks for your many blessings. Thank you for following along on this journey with me!

xoxo,

Megan

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year?

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This past weekend, we decorated for Christmas. Our trees went up, wreaths were hung on doors, and music played through the house; all to welcome in the season. I love this time of the year! The colors, the sounds, and the smells are all a part of what makes it…wonderful.

After all, who doesn’t love spending time with their family and friends, shopping for the perfect gift, or baking their favorite holiday dessert? Yet, during all of this merriment, I can’t help, but feel sad. Is the Christmas season really the most wonderful time of the year?

For me, the time between Thanksgiving and Christmas is bittersweet. There are many things that make me happy, but there is also a somber feeling in the air. Maybe it is knowing another year is almost over and that I’m year older. As I reflect on the past 12 months, I think about the loved ones I lost and the loved ones I gained; the good times and the bad; and the struggles I overcame. While Christmas decorations do bring a smile to my face, they are also melancholy. The various ornaments, garlands, and more remind me of past trips, special moments, and childhood.

Christmas may be bittersweet, but the season gives me a chance to look back and reminisce. In addition, it is a sign that we survived another year and that we are stronger, braver, and hopefully more caring. To me, Christmas will always be the most wonderful and saddest time of the year.

xoxo,

Megan

Giving Tuesday: Helping Others During the Holidays

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Every year, a lot of people spend the days after Thanksgiving shopping ‘til they drop and checking items off their holiday gift lists. Of course, turkey day is on a Thursday, then there is Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday, but it doesn’t stop there. The Tuesday following Thanksgiving is now known as “Giving Tuesday” with the purpose of giving back to others. Since originating in 2012, this day has gained popularity and support with every passing year. This year, Giving Tuesday will be celebrated on November 28th, this upcoming Tuesday.

Giving Tuesday was created by the 92nd Street Y in New York City and the United Nations Foundation as a way to kick-off the charitable season through holiday and end-of-year giving. According to givingtuesday.org, the internationally recognized day brings individuals, communities, and organizations together for one purpose: to celebrate and encourage giving. On this Tuesday, the hashtag #GivingTuesday, is used around the world on various social media platforms to promote change and volunteering in one’s community. This hashtag inspires people to donate their time, resources, and talents. In addition, online donations are encouraged. Giving Tuesday exemplifies the influence families, individuals, nonprofits, organizations, and businesses have in turning small acts of kindness into powerful change and making the world a better place. According to USA Today, in 2016, over $168 million dollars in charitable donations worldwide were made during Giving Tuesday, breaking the 2015 total by 44%, and online donations increased by 31%. Lastly, since 2012, the popularity and presence of Giving Tuesday increased by 317%. Sounds like this day will continue making a greater impact on everyone as the years go by.

Looking for ways you and your family and friends can give back on this Tuesday? Read below to get inspiration.

Online Donations:

If you are in a pinch for time, online donations are one of the quickest ways to participate in Giving Tuesday. Most charities and nonprofits have links for donating on their websites and many will have special Giving Tuesday campaigns. Another way to give back is by choosing your favorite charity on Amazon Smile. For every eligible purchase you make on Amazon, 0.5% will go to the organization. Visit smile.amazon.com to learn more.

Volunteering Your Time:

One of the best parts of volunteering is actually spending time at the organization. This is a chance for you to meet the workers and sometimes the people receiving the charity’s assistance. Set aside a portion of time during Giving Tuesday to volunteer. This could be done in the morning, lunchtime, afternoon, or evening. Maybe it is helping serve dinner at the local soup kitchen or playing with the animals at the Humane Society? Again, decide on an organization that is personal and impactful for you and contact them to see the best way you can serve them. Volunteering doesn’t have to be an all-day adventure; it can only be a few hours. Get your family and friends involved and see all the ways you can make a difference.

Volunteering Your Resources and Talents: 

Maybe it’s through having a bake sale for the hospital or knitting blankets for hospice; whatever activity you choose to volunteer, you are using your resources and talents. Think about your hobbies and skills and how you can turn those into helping others. Other ideas include having a donation/collection drive for supplies, food, books, and more, writing cards to veterans and active military members, delivering special treats to police officers and firefighters, or running errands for elderly neighbors. A simple Google search can bring up multiple ideas for ways to volunteer your resources and talents.

Spread the Word:

The power of social media is huge in today’s world. Every day, there is something new going viral. One of the quickest and biggest ways you can make an impact on Giving Tuesday is through promoting it on your personal social media accounts. Send out save the date reminders using the hashtag #GivingTuesday. Then, on November 28th, use your voice to get others participating in the movement. Share how you are giving back and ideas for others.

Giving Tuesday doesn’t have to be a one-day only event; it is something that should happen every day of the year. Mark your calendars and start planning on how you and your family will help others in your community on this important day. For more information, visit: givingtuesday.org.

xoxo,

Megan

Article published in Forsyth Woman Magazine. 

Creamy Tomato Tortellini Soup

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Still stuffed from yesterday’s feast? This delicious recipe is perfect for a light lunch or dinner.

Ingredients:

2 Tbs olive oil
2 tsp minced garlic
2-3 Tbs sun dried tomatoes, chopped
1 tsp onion powder
1 Tbs Italian seasoning
2 (10 3/4 oz) cans of condensed tomato soup
2 cups half and half
2 cups chicken stock
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1 whole 9 Oz package of cheese-filled tortellini
1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese

Directions:

1. Saute garlic with the olive oil and sun dried tomatoes, onion powder, and Italian seasoning in a large  pot over medium heat.
2. Add tomato soup, half and half, and chicken stock. Bring ingredients to a simmer.
3. Once simmering, drop tortellini into the soup.
4. Cook according to the tortellini’s package directions.
5. Top soup with Parmesan cheese.

Enjoy!

xoxo,

Megan

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Thanksgiving is a beautiful time. We are given a designated day to express gratitude and reflect upon the many blessings we have been given. I am grateful for my family, friends, and of course, my dedicated readers! Be sure to stop and give thanks today for what you have in life and celebrate being with those around you.

From my family to yours, a very happy Thanksgiving! And eat everything you want, because after all, this day only comes once a year.

xoxo,

Megan

Thankful Sunday

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What better way to start the new week than with being thankful? This past week has had its ups and downs, like every week does. However, I’m happy to say that the ups outweighed the downs.

Neither my grandmother nor mom has cancer (Hallelujah! Can I get an amen?)! Just this news gives me the strength for the next seven days. My wish for you is that you experience new adventures, laugh more, and forgive easier this week.

Life is about having fun and making memories. Enjoy this upcoming week. It is a blessing you have been given, so make it a good one!

xoxo,

Megan

Giving Thanks

Tomorrow, family and friends will gather and give thanks for everything in their lives. In addition, we will eat until our hearts’ are content. But, why does giving thanks have to happen only on Thanksgiving, one day year? Why not the other 364 days? Why do people only post what they are thankful for on Facebook during November?

Let’s make it a goal to be thankful for at least one thing per day for the next 365 days. Write it down, say it aloud, make it a family event. Whatever you do, give thanks all year long. As the saying goes, the things you are thankful for, someone else is praying for them.

Happy Thanksgiving!

xoxo,

Megan

My Fall Bucket List

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Fall- my favorite season of them all! We are TWO days away from the start of the season and every year, there are several things I MUST do before it ends, so here is my fall bucket list:

  • Tailgate at a football game.
  • Go apple picking.
  • Buy school supplies.
  • Watch Halloween movies.
  • Decorate with tons of pumpkins and DIY fall crafts.
  • Travel through the mountains to see the leaves.
  • Visit the county fair.
  • Carve a pumpkin.
  • Make an apple pie, apple butter, apple pie, and homemade apple sauce. (Can you tell I like apples…alot?)
  • Stuff myself during the holidays.
  • Go on a hayride.
  • Eat s’mores at a bonfire.
  • Wear a hoodie, while snuggling up with a cup of hot chocolate.

It’s fall, y’all!

xoxo,

Megan