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New Year, Same Me, Gets Me Every Time

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Mr. Gets Me Every Time and I spent the holidays in Florida, visiting my family and it was a great, relaxing few days away from work/chores/cold. Sunny skies and warm afternoons were just what we needed. I just ordered a print of this photo I snapped to help me get through the rest of the winter too.

We’re a full week and a half into 2016, so I thought I’d hit you with a few “new year” type of thoughts.

On Resolutions. I didn’t really make any. Each day I’m trying to be a better version of myself (i.e. having more patience with myself & others.) And each week I’m trying to do things that make life easier (i.e. cooking a huge batch of chicken on Sunday, or packing a lunch the night before.) Like the title of the post says, new year… same me.

On One Little Word. Lots of people pick a word for the year and use it as a type of mantra for all types of situations they approach. I’ve done this before, and I can never seem to stick with it, so I didn’t really pick a word either. I did think about it though and the word that came to me was “open.” I’m keeping it pretty open-ended, though.

On Goals. Again. Didn’t make any plans for this. Thought about things like organizing all my digital photos or finishing project x, y and z. But, I’m deciding not to make it official. I did buy a planner, and I am trying to write down things I want to do, just to have a running list. (I also set a goal on GoodReads to read 25 books this year. I made it to 21 last year, we’ll see how it goes.)

On 2016. Basically, I feel incredibly grateful for how 2015 turned out. It was a year to reevaluate and reset. I’m looking forward to what the year ahead brings and I’m looking forward to sharing some of it here.

When you’re unsure what’s right in front of you

JustKeepGoingI’m sitting in the family room, catching up on Dance Moms (yes, I admit it). It’s a breezy night so the sliders are open. It’s nice. It gets dark, but I didn’t turn the backyard lights on. Why should I? That’s rhetorical. But I should have.

We had a visitor. And Louise (the cat) was not too happy about it. Here’s the thing. Louise gets very protective of me. It’s to the point where she hisses and takes swipes at me. She wants me to stay away from the predator. It’s very sweet, really. Until she actually delivers on one of those swipes and then I have a bloody hand.

Like I mentioned, the lights weren’t on. I didn’t know what was out there. My guess? Another cat. So I took the cup of water I was drinking and launched it through the screen door.

I’m really lucky it wasn’t a skunk at our back door.

It’s tough. Not knowing what’s out there. What’s coming for you. Tough not being able to see something so close. Something that has such an effect on you. But that’s life, right?

The best we can do is keep going. Cautiously, yes, but keep going nonetheless.

You know what I’m talking about. For instance, a new job. You have an idea of what a new job will be like. What it entails. What’s expected of you, etc. But you can’t really be sure what will happen. You have to wait and see. You hardly know this new job.

You just keep going. Showing up every day. Finding out what’s right in front of you and what’s beyond that.

Or when life throws a crazy medical/financial/emotional curveball at you. We’ve all been affected by one of these things. Sometimes you don’t know what the next day will bring. But that doesn’t mean you will it away. You meet the rising sun and find out.

So what’s the point?

I’m not sure what the point is, but mine is this. We can’t know what’s ahead. Can we plan for what we think lies ahead? Yes. Can we make educated guesses? Sure. But in reality, you never know what will happen. Just do what you can to help you see what’s coming next.

My point is that you don’t know if something, good or bad, might happen to you today, so do everything you want today. Just in case.

And my last point is this. Always turn the lights on in your backyard. Who knows — it could have been the skunk.

Why I love Mondays.

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It’s Monday, you guys! And I gotta say. It’s my favorite day of the week. I know it’s not a popular opinion but it’s the one I got. Here’s why.

Monday: Awesome.
Tuesday: The worst.
Wednesday: Stuck in the middle, but not awful.
Thursday: Almost the weekend!
Friday: Fun, but filled with pressure to check off all the things.

Now, a little more on why Monday, gets that one word I hold so dearly, “Awesome.” Monday is a fresh start. A clean slate. On Mondays, I don’t have time to have a “case of the Mondays.” I come in blazing, riding that weekend high. Looking to stir up trouble. To make something. To start fresh.

My favorite thing about Mondays is the chance to begin again. Why wait for a new year to start something new? Make a new week resolution. Heck, make a new day resolution if you’re into it. As humans, we look for a set time to start or end something. Monday is a perfect time for that. It can be a small goal, say, I’m going to eat a piece of fruit with lunch everyday. Or a bigger goal, like, I’m going to start training for a 1/2 marathon this week.

Me? I’m doing neither of those things this week. This week, I have no goals. I just have a fresh week to start filling with memories, meals and moments, big and small. ( + it’s the week of my spring show, so I’m sure it will be filled with many sequins and smiles as well.)

Do you make weekly goals/resolutions/lists? I want to know how you make Mondays the best day of the week. Or, maybe it’s just me? Tell me what day I should consider giving another chance.

January, currently

reading Cat’s Cradle.

catching up on stockpiled DVR shows.

looking forward to the long weekend.

rejoicing that there hasn’t been too much snow to shovel. (Yet, I know, yet.)

writing every day.

baking up a batch of brownies (over the long weekend.)

slashing prices (in my Etsy shop).

keeping up with New Year’s Resolutions.

tracking my steps with my new FitBit (more on that soon.)

taking life one day at a time.

planning to see Whiplash.

listening to podcasts. (updated list to come soon.)

enjoying the daily grind.

I’ll be back with some links over the weekend. See you then, or catch up with you next week, lovelies.

Life Lately, in photos

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010915_photos_kellymcauleyYou guys know I’m a lover of words, but every once and again, even I need a break from them all. Here’s a look at the past few weeks in photos. Lots of yarn. A little beach. Cuddly cats. Toys. Christmas. New York. And back to work. I’m sure my weekend ahead will include some of the same. Here’s hoping yours is fantastic.

Hitting Refresh Gets Me Every Time

010515_refresh_kellymcauleyHappy New Year, world. My first post of 2015 may be coming on the fifth day of the year, but I’m still excited to get this new year kicked off.

For me, a new year hasn’t always been that much of a draw. The reason being is I think you can wipe the slate clean at any time you feel like you need it. At the beginning of the month. Or a new week. Or heck, any given Thursday morning that you feel like it’s time to start over again.

But this year, I’m right there will all you bell ringers and resolution makers. I’m all in for a fresh start. I’m planning on hitting the proverbial refresh button on a few things, but today I want to share a more literal refresh. It’s an online one.

Gets Me Every Time—aka, the blog you are reading right now—has been a great online home for me for the past three years. But, I’ve decided it’s time to switch things up just a little bit. So, I’m moving on up to KellyMcauley.com. You can head there right now to check it out, and starting tomorrow you’ll be automatically redirected over there if you land here instead.

So, go ahead and update your Feedly reader right now. I’m not quite sure how that BlogLovin’ thing works, but you should update there too.

Hitting Refresh Gets Me Every Time

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Happy New Year, world. My first post of 2015 may be coming on the fifth day of the year, but I’m still excited to get this new year kicked off.

For me, a new year hasn’t always been that much of a draw. The reason being is I think you can wipe the slate clean at any time you feel like you need it. At the beginning of the month. Or a new week. Or heck, any given Thursday morning that you feel like it’s time to start over again.

But this year, I’m right there will all you bell ringers and resolution makers. I’m all in for a fresh start. I’m planning on hitting the proverbial refresh button on a few things, but today I want to share a more literal refresh. It’s an online one.

Gets Me Every Time—aka, the blog you are reading right now—has been a great online home for me for the past three years. But, I’ve decided it’s time to switch things up just a little bit. So, I’m moving on up to KellyMcauley.com. You can head there right now to check it out, and starting tomorrow you’ll be automatically redirected over there if you land here instead.

So, go ahead and update your Feedly reader right now. I’m not quite sure how that BlogLovin’ thing works, but you should update there too.

2014 Gets Me Every Time

SugarPlanner2014Sometimes I am “over” a day… that’s typically every Monday.

Sometimes I am “over” a week… this crops up on Thursdays or Fridays.

But I don’t think I’ve ever been “over” a year. Until now. 2014 has given me so many experiences. Filled me with so many emotions. Tested me in ways I never imagined. And, I’m over it.

Here are 5 posts that are my, or your, favorites from this past year. If you missed ’em, catch up now and let’s put the year behind us.

1. I like crafts. If you do too, you should see The Craft House.

2. A story about a special little girl.

3. How we decided where to buy a home.

4. Crafts, remember? Like this little llama.

5. On achieving happiness. It’s possible.

Now. Please, stay to your right as we make our way over to 2015.

The Happiness Contagion Gets Me Every Time

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There’s this quote from John Cusack’s character, Lloyd, from the hit 80s film, Say Anything,

Get in a good mood. How hard is it to decide to be in a good mood and be in a good mood?

Happiness. It’s contagious you guys. This isn’t new, groundbreaking information. Think of how you feel when you’re smiling and someone smiles back at you. And how you end up feeling when you’re not smiling until you look at someone who is smiling. That. That feeling of happiness that comes out of nowhere and gets all up in your business.

So, “the happiness contagion” is actually something that I think about often while around others, say, in the office. You can either be the guy who’s usually a little grumpy, or you can be the person who when asked how your day is going, you simply respond, “best damn day of my life.” Because why not? You’re here. You’re alive. You’re employed.

Now, that grumpy person. Imagine they come bouncing into the office today in a good mood. You’d be surprised, right? But think of how that might affect your mood. It would probably make you happy. Or happier, if you were already drinking the sunshine-flavored Kool-Aid this morning.

In a world with so much bad—seriously, just turn on the news—it’s so much better to just choose happy. And if you think you can’t find anything to be happy about, hello, that’s what the internet is for. For instance, Real Life Emojis, seen above. Or baby animals. Or free overnight shipping on almost anything from any website ever… because that’s a thing these days, people.

No one can force you to be happy. Not me, not the baby animals and certainly not the robots that make shipping automation happen. But for today, and well, for any day, really, I’m going to ask you to get in a good mood. This is my way, today, of spreading the happiness through the written word. How else can we spread happiness today?