Warmest Wishes

I hope everyone has a beautiful day filled with love and joy and smiles and yarn.
Happy Christmas everyone!

With Love, Rebecca  

Top Five Christmas Albums

One week guys!
It's the most wonderful time of the year! Angels sing, sleigh bells jingle all the way, and all is calm and bright.

So I thought I would share my favourite Christmas Albums with you. 

5. Bing Crosby
-For when you want something a little jazzy
Jingle Bells by Bing Crosby on Grooveshark

4. Andrea Bocelli
-For when you want something beautiful, slow, and probably in Italian
Adeste fideles by Andrea Bocelli on Grooveshark

3. The Barra MacNeils
-For when you want something Celtic (aka, all the time) 
Christmas in Killarney by The Barra MacNeils on Grooveshark

2. Boney M.
-For when you want something Disco and awesome.
Mary's Boy Child/Oh My Lord by Boney M. on Grooveshark

1. Pentatonix
-For when you want a range in quirky to breathtaking, but always harmonic. Mary, Did You Know? by Pentatonix on Grooveshark

What do you like to listen to this time of year?


Taking Stock: Volume Two

I think this was one of my favourite posts to write (which was inspired by Pip of Meet Me At Mikes). It will probably get done every few months. Like end of summer, end of the semester/ new year, my birthday in May. Something to chronicle the little things of the season. 

Making: “To Make” Lists and “To Do” Lists
Cooking : potato farmer sausage soup. 
Drinking : coffee. Blame exam studying hours. 
Reading: Nothing now that school is over! 
Wanting: more snow and colder weather
Looking: forward to graduating
Playing: with WordSwag
Wasting: tape when wrapping presents 
Fixing: holes in my clothes and pockets of aprons
Learning: That no matter how hard I try, I can’t get away from last minute Christmas crocheting
Wishing: I had known about the Goody Goody Gift Swap early enough
Enjoying: the cold weather
Waiting: for Dowton Abbey to start up again!
Wondering: what I should pack
Loving: the Christmas season
Pondering: options for after graduation
Considering: if I have the sewing skills to alter my jeans. 
Watching: all the Disney movies 
Hoping: Bloglovin adds a small blogger feature 
Marvelling: at how early it gets dark! 
Needing: an extra week or two of school break
Smelling: chai tea latte 
Wearing: hats at least 8 hours of the day 
Noticing: my snoring Murphy
Knowing: anything you will ever need to know about Social Psychology or Drugs and Behaviour
Thinking: that I should bake more
Feeling: so free now that exams are done!
Buying: cozy sweaters
Getting: used to sleeping in
Bookmarking: my to make patterns with alpaca shaped sticky notes
Opening: christmas cards
Giggling: at my dog play in the snow
Feeling: overall wonderful

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Five Guidelines to Journaling

Here we are.
In December. Woah. Didn’t I just start the school year?
Life is just moving so fast. But at the same time, the next week and a half of exams are going way too slow.

This fast/slow movement of time is one prime example of why I picked up journaling again. 
I have tried to journal in the past, but end up months later with a misplaced journal with 3 pages filled out.
This time, I have some very loose guidelines. 
And so far, 2 months into journaling again, they are working.

1. Don’t put so much pressure on it. 
It doesn’t need to solve problems. It doesn’t need to hold every lost memory. Just write when you feel you need to. After all, no one else will see it. Just write for you. 

2. You don’t need to write every day, you don’t need to write about everything that happened to you. 
Write about that “aha” moment.
Write about something that made you smile today.
Write your crazy dreams and goals down. 
Write about your frustration of the day. I find writing it down makes it so much easier to let go of.
Write about something that confused you. 
Just pick up the pen and before you know it, the page will be filled.

3. Always date the new entry.
This is my only strict rule. That extra second of writing wont hurt anyone. But I am sure it will be a nice touch when future you reads it.

4. Keep the book and pen in sight. 
Don’t let it become forgotten. I keep mine on my bedside table, because I like to write right before bed. If you keep it in the foreground, less chance it will become forgotten and lost. 

5. Get a pretty book. 
Because it makes you feel good to be using something that makes you happy to look at. I use this Leather Bound Journal from Chapters/ Indigo/ Coles.

Let me just tell you, it is kind of awesome what I get out of writing my thoughts down. It forces me to stop and think about seemingly unimportant moments and helps me organize my thoughts. 
I always feel better after I write things down. 

Do you journal? Do you follow any patterns?