Life Update

Oh, hello there! Long time, no write!

Disappearance

If you were wondering about my disappearance for the last few weeks – don’t worry. Life found a way to take over and pull me into it – so much so, that I found myself drifting away from blogging. Maybe even, burnt out at the sheer thought of writing.

Time and separation do funny things to a person though. Because here I am, typing away with a smile on my face from ear to ear. Ahh, it’s good to be back!

So, where was I the last little while? Well, there was Halloween preparations, James Bond fun, lots of cooking – and a ton of reading catch-up. So, here’s a life update for you!

It’s November?!

Happy November! Can you believe it’s November?! I’m quite shocked actually. I feel like it was just a few days ago that I was running around like a chicken with my head cut off preparing for final projects and exams in my last semester of college. In reality, I’ve been dancing the full-time dance now for, wait for it, almost six months. Phew! That alone has me falling over in amazement. Time certainly knows how to keep dashing along.

Speaking of dashing, it’s almost Christmas. That’s right, I said it. My favorite holiday is right around the corner, and I’m beyond excited.

Ashlee as a Flapper on Hallow's Eve

Hallow’s Eve

My other half and I put together a Hallow’s Eve shindig of sorts. It was spooktacular, of course. We went crazy with creepy (and just plain old silly) decorations. And had fabulous food on the menu as well! Homemade burgers, Macaroni Junk, Monster Cookies, and Homemade Pumpkin pie with candied cranberries on top. (I can’t take credit for the burgers and the pie though, it was all my other half).

Homemade Pumpkin Pie with Homemade Candied Cranberries on Top Courtesy of Other half

It was such a fun evening, filled with laughter, games, random dancing and lots of good conversation.

Other Half as Google Maps on Hallow's Eve

Close to one in the morning, everyone headed for home. I found myself quite wired, and for whatever reason decided that staying up till four (AM!!) tearing down the decorations and cleaning would be the best usage of my time. (Queue a really long, movie-watching, lay around all day Saturday). Why? My thought was that the sooner the Halloween decorations came down, the sooner I’d be able to veer directly into Christmas mode. Whoo!

This made me happy – and gave me the energy required to push on for hours 🙂

Christmas is Coming!

November 1, first thing, I started listening to my Christmas playlist – all the favorites. Oh, how I can’t wait to dive into Christmas literature and all the Christmas movie classics.

On top of this, Christmas decorating is a whole new realm of exploration I’ll be jumping into this year. Being that it will be the first Christmas season where I’m in my own place, out of college, I’m excited to see what traditions and festivities I can come up with. Speaking of which, anyone have any fabulous (budget-friendly) decorating ideas? Recipes? Or anything else Christmas related? Let me know, as I’d love to do a feature on your ideas this Christmas season!

Of course, I will be making ample time for Thanksgiving along the way, what with a few Friendsgiving’s and a few Thanksgivings to take part in, I’m certain my stomach will be loving me. 😉

What’s coming 2016?

Put all of this on top of my separation from blogging and much of the technological world and these past few weeks have really started my thoughts on a project for 2016. Of course, the details aren’t finalized yet, but I can ensure you, I have some big plans. Well, they are big to me. I can’t wait to share them with you all!

A Note

Lastly, a life update isn’t much without some piece of pondered wisdom I have to share – that’s relevant, I believe, to everyone…

I was recently in the midst of reading an email from Gretchen Rubin, and came across the statement that to live happier and have better relationships with others, one should work to “make the positive argument.” When a person decides to argue a point, it is then natural to search for and mentally obtain evidence that sides with that point. For example, I might tell myself that I’m a good cook because I received compliments for a meal well-done. However, I might also tell myself I’m a bad cook because I messed up and burned the bacon. Both statements are relatively true given the facts that go along with them. But, isn’t it easier on your mentality to stick with the positive argument, overall, I’m a good cook.

Now, if someone you know – whether it be your parents, siblings, partners, kids, co-workers is continually hitting your nerves, then the smart thing to do is to make the positive argument. Sure, they might be getting on your nerves now – maybe your partner isn’t helping manage the household chores or maybe a child is constantly asking “why, why, whyyy.” Well, you could look at it like your partner doesn’t care or the child is trying to bother you. OR, you could mentally approach the situation more positively – my partner has been really busy with work and he helped out while I was really busy last week, or my child is just trying to understand some concept.

Make sense?

The point I’m trying to make is that life is all about choices, and if we choose to assume the best and work towards taking the most positive approach to things that come our way, then life will certainly be more positive and overall more fulfilling. Plus, you won’t turn out to be the nagging one! Double awesome!

Make the positive argument. 🙂

  • I love the thought on making the positive argument! We are too hard on ourselves and other people, so this is a great way to change perspective! My co-worker actually said something similar today, so I guess this is a lesson I need to learn! I am SO excited for Thanksgiving/Christmas too!!!!

    • Hey Nina! Thanks for stopping by! I think making a positive argument is great advice to start off this holiday season right. Thanks for commenting and thanks for stopping by My Life in Snippets! 🙂