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How to Spend a Year Writing

Happy 1year birthday to amywatsonsmith.com

Well, today is the one-year birthday of this blog.

Happy birthday to me, happy birthday…

I don’t think that I ever really believed that I could actually spend a year writing on a regular basis. Okay, I use the term “regular” rather loosely. But despite my best attempts at procrastination, I still managed to write. No, I needed to write. And apparently I needed to write in this format (i.e., blogging).

The actual look and name and feel of my blog has changed several times as I learned more about blogging but the content has remained consistent. I have attempted to write about my life in an authentic way–not white-washing it as I hope many of my posts and photos demonstrate.

I have learned quite a bit about blogging along the way and even more about myself. I feel as if I am just beginning to hit my stride, so here I go. I am going to spend another year writing this blog. I do hope you will continue on this journey with me.

Below you will find links to my top ten blog posts from the past year. I invite you to read them again–or for the first time.

Thank you and God’s peace and blessings to you.

Amy

TOP 10 POSTS FROM THE YEAR:

1. How to Make a Spring Break Survival Kit

Spring Break Survival Kit

 

2. Lessons from Miss Frances: On Living, Loving and Laughing

"Lessons from Miss Frances on Living, Loving and Laughing" on www.amywatsonsmith.com

 

3. How to Silence the Voice of Doubt

How to Silence the Voice of Doubt: Just write

 

4. When Everything Has Gone to the Dogs

"When Everything has Gone to the Dogs," Chester, one of the "twins"--English Springer Spaniels

 

5. Game Day Done Right

Ole Miss Road Trip

6. The Love of a Dog

A dog's love

 

7. Bee Smitten: Banner Celebrations

Oliver's banner

 

8. Time Flies When You are Living Life

Daddy-daughter chefs in "Time Flies When You are Living Life"

 

9. How to Have the Perfect Vacation

"A vacation is having nothing to do and all day to do it in." -Robert Orben How to Have a Perfect Vacation on www.amywatsonsmith.com

 

10. Bee Smitten: A few of My Favorite Things

"Bee Smitten: A Few of  My Favorite Things / Photo of Judith Ann Entrican Kirkpatrick

How to Have the Perfect Vacation

"A vacation is having nothing to do and all day to do it in." -Robert Orben How to Have a Perfect Vacation on www.amywatsonsmith.com

“A vacation is having nothing to do and all day to do it in.” -Robert Orben

Spring Break is finally here. We have escaped our normal lives and gotten away for a few days to lie about on the beach in Florida. Unfortunately the weather has not cooperated as we had hoped. But I have a secret. I know how to have the perfect vacation regardless of the location or weather.

A vacation is having nothing to do and all day to do it in.

Brilliant.

As simple as that.

Well, at least it is that simple for me. I am perfectly happy doing absolutely nothing: reading, watching a movie, chatting, napping, snacking…there are a lot of of us out there.

But then there are also those of you who are like my husband–someone who prefers to have something to do or something to see (at least on vacation). The idea of doing nothing all day is torture to someone like that.

Our first day in Florida was beautiful so of course the girls (two teens and me) headed straight for the beach to soak up as much sun as humanly possible. My husband joined us but kept suggesting a walk. Eventually he left us to do some exploring. Two hours later he returned with shells and several interesting encounters to relate.

Day two at the beach was overcast and rainy. The girls were disappointed at first and frustrated but soon realized that without the sun they were now released to do the thing they really wanted to do: nothing all day long. I was thrilled as well (we had all gotten a bit too much sun the day before). Even my husband managed to enjoy it.

Once you realize that you really cannot do much of anything, you just have to relax and give in to it.

There it is.

Vacation.

Having nothing to do and all day to do it in.

Once you release yourself (or someone/something releases you) from the pressure to do and to see and to go go go, you can really enjoy doing nothing.

So regardless of where you are or what your situation is, it is possible to have the perfect vacation. You do not have to even leave your own home if you can release yourself from the drive to do things. You do not have to have a full day–even a few hours will do.

So block off some time, turn off your phone, grab a book or a magazine, find a comfortable spot and settle in.

It is time for your perfect vacation.

Enjoy!

 

Beach hat on a chair at the beach in "How to Make a Spring Break Survival Kit" on www.amywatsonsmith.com

How to Make a Spring Break Survival Kit

Spring Break is just around the corner and our family is heading to Florida for the week. Our seventeen-year-old daughter will be bringing along a friend and since this is likely our last Spring Break as a family, I wanted to make it a special time. We will be spending 8+ hours in the car, so I know we will need a survival kit.

I was inspired to do this project in part by the monthly product subscription services (like Birchbox) that I have been seeing lately. I love the idea of receiving a box of gifts and samples each month in the mail. How fun is that?

I wanted to do something for the girls that would be fun, practical and special. Here is what I did.

First I decided on the color combinations with which to work. It made sense to me to find out what everyone’s favorites were. Below is an example of one of the combinations: navy and green.

Navy and green Scout bag monogrammed, navy bath sheet with white monogram and coordinating cup. "How to Make a Spring Break Survival Kit" on www.amywatsonsmith.com

Navy and green Scout bag monogrammed, navy bath sheet with white monogram and coordinating cup. "How to Make a Spring Break Survival Kit" on www.amywatsonsmith.com

I found a Scout bag locally and it has lots of pockets on the outside perfect for suntan lotion and all sorts of items. I bought a navy bath sheet (bigger and softer than a regular beach towel) at Target for about $10 and had the bag and the towel monogrammed.

I found an inexpensive navy, green and white beach cover up and coordinating double-walled plastic mug with a top and straw–perfect for taking a cool beverage to the beach.

Turquoise and fushia monogrammed bath sheet and survival kit. "How to Make a Spring Break Survival Kit" on www.amywatsonsmith.com

The next step was to put together the “survival kit” portion of the gift (in the white box above). I cruised through the Target travel aisle and found a variety of things that teen girls might need for a vacation at the beach: razors, lotion, hand sanitizer, SPF lip balm, sunscreen, nail files, snacks, etc.

Navy and hot pink Lilly insulated bag and monogrammed bath sheet and coordinating cup. Also includes items from the Spring Break Survival Kit.  "How to Make a Spring Break Survival Kit" on www.amywatsonsmith.com

Finally I purchased color-coordinated plastic sand buckets and added some survival items for the long car trip to Florida.

Snacks and games for the car portion of the Spring Break Survival Kit. "How to Make a Spring Break Survival Kit" on www.amywatsonsmith.com

M&Ms had to be included as well as Twizzlers, but I also added a deck of cards, Silly Putty and a Disney Princess coloring book with crayons. You never really get too old to color, do you?

The only things missing? Sun, sand and ocean!

What would you include in your Spring Break survival kit?