miscellaneous ramblings

1. i think i'm turning into a neat freak.
One of my favorite things to do in the morning after getting ready is clean my room. Yes. You just read that right. Cleaning one's room isn't usually something that makes it on the favorite list of most people. 
But I've found if I clean everyday, the messes stay manageable. It's only when I've put off cleaning for weeks that it becomes a daunting, unpleasant task. (That's common sense, I know, but I've just discovered this truth. Bear with me, y'all.)

I'm a firm believer in the fact that a bedroom should be a place to relax, a quiet sanctuary all your own. If that bedroom lies underneath piles of clutter, there's a good chance you'd rather spend your time elsewhere. 

But if you devote a little time each day to tiding your bedroom, it will have a greater impact on you than you think. Don't underestimate how much can be done in ten minutes. 
Having everything orderly in my room clears my head, makes me feel calmer and more collected.

Sorry. I got a little deep there. ;)

2. this is my new favorite.
My new favorite photograph of MeMe, that is.

sweet meme

Doesn't her beauty just blow you away? I love this sweet sister of mine.

3. my one word.
Yes, I realize it's the middle of January. But it took me awhile to figure what my one word for 2011 would be. I've tossed around various words in my head since before the beginning of the year, but nothing seemed to really fit. I thought I'd found it, but while I was getting ready for bed the other night (Why is it that I get all my ideas then?), I discovered my real word. 


In 2011, I want to embrace. Embrace life. Embrace the little things. Embrace the time I have on earth. Embrace those around me. Embrace.

What's your word?

(Don't know what one word is? Click here to find out more.)

4. midterms are here.
And I'm terrified. Thoroughly terrified. I'm so scared that I'm going to fail them. I will force myself to study today. I need to stop this awful habit of procrastination. Seeing a big "F" on my test is something I can definitely live without. Eek.

5. etsy lovelies: the (mostly) camera edition.

etsy lovelies.

Top to bottom, left to right, starting at top left:
1. diana camera
2. camera love silhouette
3. a cute antiqued bronzed necklace, photographer, world traveler
4. point and click
5. bellissima
6. wooden spools

6. photography tip of the day.
Experiment with angles. From the side, above, looking up...the options are endless. A good angle can bring a photograph from boring to interesting. Spend several minutes with each subject, whether it be a flower or an unwilling family member, trying out different types of angles and composition. Don't be afraid to experiment!

7. bloom! magazine
I received an email a few days ago from KyAnn, the editor, asking me to add a little something on my blog to spread the word about Bloom! Magazine. Feel free to head on over and check it out their website!

8. i'm that girl.

i love my doorknobs.
project 365 photo [12/365]

That girl who falls in love with doorknobs. That's me! But really, how could you not love those beauties? My house was built in the 1930s, and even it underwent lots of reno I'm so glad we could keep these doorknobs. Sure, they're a pain sometimes (i.e., they get stuck, which sometimes locks you in a room...or they fall out), but to me, they're totally worth it.

8. text talk.
It's one of my biggest pet peeves. I admit that for awhile a couple years ago I typed in text-language, but I quickly stopped. If you know how to spell a word properly, then spell it properly. But typing lyk ths doesn't make you seem smarter. At all. Not to mention it's ten times harder to read. 

What's one of your biggest pet peeves?

9. my blog name.
Honestly, sometimes I wish I could change it. It's rather long and it constantly gets mangled because of all the apostrophes (i.e., pastor girl ponderings, pastor's girl ponderings, pastor girl's pondering, etc, as opposed to what it really is, pastor's girl's ponderings.). But I have a distinct feeling that it's probably too late to change my blog name to something simpler. I know that I should have made the change when I had less readers.
Oh, I don't know. What do you think?

Happy Saturday!


PS Get ready for a photo challenge that will be posted tomorrow! :)