Reader Feedback Survey for the New Year

Happy New Year’s Eve! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and are ready to ring in the new year either at a wild party or a quiet night at home. No matter what you’re doing, have fun and be safe!

As I prepare myself to kick-off 2014, I have been thinking a lot about my blog and where it’s headed. I am not one for new year resolutions, but changing my blog for the better is something I’m looking forward to accomplishing this year. I don’t know exactly what that means quite yet, but I do hope to get some help with the overall format and design, and hope to improve my posts with prettier pictures and more enticing writing.

Now here is where you come in. I put together a very short survey for you to take. I want to know my readers more and the answers to these questions will help me be sure I’m providing content you want to read. 

I would be forever grateful for each of you who spend just a few minutes taking the survey. Thank you in advance!!!

Blogger Chain Mail Survey

Happy, happy almost Friday! This Friday deserves two “happys” doesn’t it? It’s been a tough week.

You know, I was thinking…Do I ask too many rhetorical questions in this here blog space o’ mine?

Whoops, there I go again with the questions.

Let’s just get right into this. Christina tagged me in this fun little survey and I’m happy to oblige to my tagged duties. Please share your answer to one or two of these questions in the comments below!

Favorite flower: Until my wedding this past May, I wouldn’t have had an answer to this. I am not very knowledgeable about plants in general. After some Pinterest searches during my wedding planning days, I discovered every bouquet I was drawn to had peonies. They quickly became my favorite flower.

Obsession.

Most/least organized space in your home: This changes daily. One day I’ll go crazy cleaning dishes and putting them all away, only to let dirty dishes pile up for the next three days straight. One day I’ll go wild doing four loads of laundry, but let the clean piles of clothes sit on my bedroom floor for a week.

My mother would not be proud.

What book have you read recently that really moved you: The Walk by Richard Paul Evans, along with the next two books in the series – Miles to Go and The Road to Grace. There is even a forth (and maybe fifth???) book in the series, but I haven’t been able to keep up recently.

The books are about a once very successful guy whose wife dies and shortly after loses his entire business. He feels compelled to walk from Seattle to Miami. His thoughts and conversations with others along the way are so moving. I don’t read a lot, but these books sucked me in and had me emotionally connected to the characters. He contemplates his purpose in life and has some serious thought-provoking conversations with others addressing faith and God.





What dish are you most looking forward to at Thanksgiving dinner: Stuffing! Sweet potatoes! Corn pudding!

PUMPKIN PIE! APPLE PIE! COCONUT CAKE! MORE PUMPKIN PIE!!!!!!!!!!!!

How is Thanksgiving in less than two weeks? I’m not complaining, but…HOW?!?

How do you take your coffee: This varies a bit, but my perfect cup of coffee has a dash of cream and one or two packets of Splenda, depending on how big this said cup of coffee is.


What do you miss most about high school: Ohhhhh the memories. I actually really enjoyed high school. I have a lot of fond memories, but mostly I miss my friends, going to my brother’s basketball games, dressing up in ridiculous outfits for swim meets, living with my family and summer break. Oh, and eating whatever the heck I wanted.


Most memorable concert: I am honestly not really into concerts most of the time, just not my cup of tea. But Greg got me tickets to Rascal Flatts for my birthday this past year. The concert was on Valentine’s Day and we really enjoyed it. Yes, WE, Greg included. Spice Girls, NSync and Nick Lachey (during his short-lived solo career) were pretty awesome too.


How do you unwind before bed: Nothing exciting here. I usually have some dark chocolate or fro yo while I watch TV to end my day on a high note. On a weeknight, I’ll head up to bed around 10pm, spend a few minutes looking at Instagram then nighty night I go!


Dots or stripes: Stripes! But only with loose, flowy tops, otherwise they make feel wiiiiide. I didn’t realize it was happening at the time, but somehow over the past several months I have bought lots and lots of stripes. I have tried to make a conscious effort to look for different patterns these days to switch it up, but most of my favorite tops in my closest right now are striped ones.


Favorite U.S. and international cities: Favorites here in the States are Charleston and Paia (a small town on Maui).


I haven’t been out of the country much, so I don’t have many options when it comes to my favorite international city. Therefore, even though it’s not a city, St. Kitts has been the most amazing country I’ve been to. No matter where else I have the privilege of going (hopefully Italy!), St. Kitts will always have a special place in my heart, because that’s where Greg and I got engaged.


Now, I’m tagging Diane, Emily, Nadine, and Julie!

A-Z Survey

Last weekend, Erica did an A-Z survey for a blog post and I thought it would be fun to try it out too! I don’t think I have done a survey like this on here before so maybe you’ll learn something new about me 🙂 Please pick a letter or two and share something about yourself in the comments too!

A is for age: 23

B is for breakfast today: Overnight oats! (just made them for the first time and can’t wait to share them with you later this week!)

C is for currently craving: Chocolate. Gave it up for Lent and I just miss it so dang much.

D is for dinner tonight: Hmmm, that’s a good question. BFD maybe? Banana nut french toast has been on my mind.

Picture from here.
…okay it’s settled. BFD it is.

E is for favorite type of exercise: Outdoor morning run, temperature about 55 degrees. Perfect.

F is for irrational fear: Brain tumors. If I have a headache, you can probably catch me convincing myself it’s a brain tumor.

G is for gross food: Sauerkraut. Bleh.

H is for hometown: Columbus, Ohio, but Charleston, SC has been my home for almost 5 years now. Craziness!

I is for something important: My family and faith are the two most important things in the world.

J is for current favorite jam: Greg’s got me listening to anything reggae to get in the Caribbean spirit (were going to St. Kitts in 66 days! …But who’s counting?)

K is for kids: ZERO. But I do love babies.

L is for current location: On my couch, about to leave for work. I really don’t want to get up.

M is for the most recent way you spent money: Subway for Gregory on Sunday night. He’s high maintenance.

N is for something you need: A maid would be nice.

O is for occupation: Marketing Representative. Fancy, huh?

P is for pet peeve: People wearing sandals, jeans or board shorts at the gym. Seriously? Get out.

Q is for a quote: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will direct your paths.” –Proverbs 3, 5-6

R is for random fact about you: I’m kind of a math nerd. I used to love doing my math homework, even in college. Good thing I work for a math company now and get to work with a bunch of math nerds (Happy Pi Day, by the way!).

S is for favorite healthy snack: Sometimes I get really excited while eating apples. Ask Greg. I LOVE APPLES! I’ll shout it in his face, but not too closely ’cause he’s allergic!

T is for favorite treat: Ohmygosh. Do you really want to get me started? There are so many. Krispy Kreme Chocolate Iced Kreme Filled. Yes. I think that’s gotta be it.

Picture from here.

U is for something that makes you unique: I have what I refer to as a “flat ear.” The top cartilage part of my right ear is slightly flattened. There can’t be many out there with this same phenomenon.

V is for favorite vegetable: Just like Erica, I think I have to go with brussels sprouts (never knew there was a ‘s’ on the end of ‘brussels’ until I saw it on Erica’s post. Thanks for the grammar lesson Erica!).

W is for today’s workout: Exactly what I listed for my fave exercise- outdoor morning run, followed by some ab work.

X is for X-rays you’ve had: Ankle/foot, teeth…that’s all I can think of.

Y is for yesterday’s highlight: Greg joining me for my run for the first time in forever 😉

Z is for zebra your time zone: Eastern.