Currently April {2016}

Currently {April}

I cannot believe April is almost over! This month feels like it went by faster than last month, right? Anyway, it’s time for another edition of Currently.  Here’s what I’ve been up to….

Currently April {2016}

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Thinking {Open tabs}

My Brain Has Too Many Tabs Open| Currently

Tab 1  I’m only 35, why on earth did I wake up with pain in my neck and back?!?! I did some yard work this weekend, but I didn’t feel anything on Monday.

Tab 2  If I’m feeling like this now, what’s the future going to be like?!?!? I workout! I think I’m quite healthy…

Tab 3  I’m truly excited for my daughter, today is her first track meet annnnd she’s getting inducted into the National Junior Honor Society tonight.

Tab 4  I need to make some celebration cupcakes!

Tab 5   I really need to hurry up.

Tab 6  I hope I packed enough in the kids’ lunches.

Tab 7  These thank you cards and post cards aren’t going to mail themselves. I have a stack sitting on my desk, they’ve been here for over 2 weeks!! #SlackerPants

You know I could keep going but let’s stop there. 😉


This Monday I spent some time doing the art docent thing with my favorite fourth grade class. 🙂

Currently| Art with kids

Currently | Art with 4th graders

I’ve been drawing a lot lately with a touch of watercoloring.

I’m excited to use my new watercolor postcards! Who needs some happy mail? 🙂


The Voice! Who else is watching? This season has been good thus far BUT they’ve already sent home such wonderful talent. 🙁

Currently Watching {April}: The Voice

(Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC)

Voice Fans: Do you think Miley will be a good judge? I think she was a wonderful mentor.

Currently Watching {April} The Voice

(Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC)

A few weeks ago I was watching Jimmy Kimmel and that show inspired this post.

Guest Post for Grammie Time| I Am Woman Series

Here’s a sneak peek of the post I did for Michelle’s I am Woman series.

About a week or so ago I was watching Jimmy Kimmel, which is usually a funny show, but that particular night it made me sad.  Jimmy sometimes has a person on the street ask odd questions to adults, which often times yields silly responses. On that night he asked children a question and he received disheartening responses. The question: Why are women paid less than men, the replies made me think somewhere, somehow, we’re not doing enough to break these stereotypes. Some of the responses from the kids….

Guest Post| I Am Woman series for Grammie Time

I’ve been listening to a lot of Oldies and Selena.

And this Selena and JB mashup, because the teen.


I’m always trying to learn, improve… progress ? My latest April library haul represents just that.

Currently Reading {April} | Art Books

Painting has always been soothing to me, but lately watercoloring has been my go to. I’m still a beginner when it comes to watercolor, I’m trying to get all the help I can get in that area. 🙂

Currently Reading {April} | The Art of Social Media

This book! I wasn’t sure if I was going to checkout  The Art of Social Media (Affiliate link), but once I saw Becca inside I had to check it out. I’m glad I didn’t pass up this book!

Currently Reading {April} Writer's Market & The Pocket Muse

I write, therefore I read, and sometimes I read books about writing or finding writing jobs. 🙂 I’m sticking to my Spring Goals. Stephanie gave me the best advice:

I say go for it. Submit your work. The worst that can happen? Nothing. But nothing is what’s happening anyway by not submitting it. Right?

Currently Reading {April} Make & Share Random Acts of Kindness

I HAD to get this book! There are quite a few wonderful ideas in Make & Share Random Acts of Kindness (affiliate link) . {Random Acts Of Kindness}


Well, I’m planning on ch-ch-changes! Nothing too big, just more focused content. However, because I’m trying to write more outside of blogging (lately) I have to find a way to balance time, here, there, & everywhere.

I’m also planning another side hustle, which I’m really excited about. I’m still in the planning stages, so I don’t have too much to share just yet.


I encourage you to fill mail boxes with love letters. (Don’t be like me and leave said love letters on your desk for too long.)

Currently Making it a point to fill people's mailboxes with love :)

Do something nice for someone.


Check out the links in this post.These are few of my favorite links this week.

I encourage you to join me for Thank You Notes. This week I shared our spring break photos. 🙂

Thank You Notes| A weekly link-up of gratitude inspired by Jimmy Fallon and hosted by Mrs. AOK, A Work In Progress| Fridays

Thank You Notes: Spring Break in Seattle | Ferris wheel in Seattle WA.

Follow your dreams!! Today is the best day to start 🙂

TWSS: The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. Eleanor Roosevelt |Quote| Women's Words| Linkup| Blog Prompt| Writers wanted

What are you currently up to?


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50 thoughts on “Currently {April}”

  1. I really want to try watercolors! I think it would be a fun and less stressful way for me to try my hand at painting (since the fine arts don’t come so naturally to me).
    I’ve always got way too many tabs open in my brain. I often have to really think to close them when I’m doing yoga in the morning!
    I always have a massive stack of books from the library 😉

  2. Maybe I can send Cassidy a love letter, but to his work mailbox since I’m the only one who gets the mail around here!
    As for neck and back pain, I feel neck pain today. It’s all related with allergies and I had a teeth cleaning last week and I swear that puts me off for a few days. I think I must clench my jaw while there!

    1. I bet Cassidy would love that! ?
      I’m a jaw clench-er. Sometimes I wake up with a tight jaw and a slight headache.

  3. I seriously need help with social media. I guess I have Pinterest down but who knows if I’m even maximizing it. But the others, I don’t get it and can’t seem increase my followers significantly.

    1. I would love too! Send me an email with you info, please 😉
      I try to remain positive, but eh getting older…. ?

  4. I loved how you presented this post! It is so like my mind! 🙂 I love watercolors, my shoulder is aching right now for some unknown reason, and I plan to do a bit of reading this weekend. Ha!

    1. Thank you, Terri. I hope your shoulder is better. Isn’t it weird how a pain shows up and goes away with no reasoning?
      I hope you read all the books your heart desires this weekend!

  5. I’ll start a class of watercolor painting soon. It’s an informal class though. I will see by then if I have the hands of talented artist (I’m so not..LOL). I guess everybody has these tabs open in their mind, but I love the fact that you put the tabs of your mind on a great post like this.

    1. Me too. Miley may be a little… different… avant-garde , but she does have extreme talent. I think she’ll make a great mentor to her team.
      Don’t you just love the way the paints dance together? (Was that a little too Bob Ross of me? ?)

  6. That is exactly how I feel, I feel like I have too many tabs open both literally and metaphorically. Sometimes it can be hard to keep track!

    1. Yes, Miley has certainly come along way. We love the Voice, it’s something we can watch with the kids and not worry it’ll get too raunchy. ?
      Thanks for stopping by. Wishing you a wonderful weekend!

  7. Sounds like you’ve been up to a lot! I’m not as busy as you are and I’m currently relaxing on vacation because I needed a break. Nothing like taking a break from the craziness that’s called life. 🙂 btw I love your artwork of the Powerpuff Girls. I remember watching that with my own daughter when she was younger. Just gotta love Buttercup!

    1. Vacation ? I hope you’re enjoying your break.
      Thank you! I’ve been watercoloring all sorts of random things. I love the Powerpuff Girls. ? Buttercup!

  8. Love this post, It’s such a great way to look at multitasking, since most our things now are on the copier or smart tablets having multiple tabs open is how we keep things organized. Super insightful post

  9. I’ve been listening to a lot of oldies lately too 🙂 It’s just more kid friendly so I don’t have to worry about playing it loud. You found a lot of great books at the library. I always find so many books at the library that I have a hard time reading them all.

    1. It’s hard to listen to music with the kids, some musicians aren’t very clever with their metaphors for grown up things like they use to be. Although, my parents did let me listen to George Michael when I was little, when I grew up and figured things out, I was like WHAT!?!?! I was singing some grown business type stuff. 😀
      I’m the same way sometimes, I pick up 50 million books and can only read half the amount because time.

    1. Art “docent” is a fancy word for volunteer. Sadly, my littles’ school doesn’t have an art program, so they rely on the help of volunteers to help with that. I enjoy it, I actually wish we would do it more often; my kids love art. We had the best time doing art when they were homeschooled.
      Thanks for stopping by!

    1. YES!! Adam! 🙂
      I think Adam looks like he could be related to my husband. I’ve been telling my husband this for YEARS. 🙂

    1. Yeah the tabs are never ending. Just so you know, oddly enough, I had a tab open for you this weekend. I was thinking, I haven’t talked, seen an IG post, or visited Echo for some time (or at least it feels that way). I was thinking it’s time to send mail. 🙂 AND LOOK, YOU’RE HERE! Thank you!

  10. That’s great that you’ve been exploring your creative side through watercoloring. I just recently bought one of those adult coloring books and I love it! I forgot how much I love coloring/drawing and it’s also a great way to de-stress.

    1. YES! I cannot agree more with you, creativity is always such a wonderful way to de-stress. I have a few adult coloring books, I love ’em.
      Thanks for visiting and commenting, Kiana. 🙂

  11. Oooo you are definitely one busy gal!!!!! I’ve been focusing on Pinterest a lot lately! I have one pin doing amazing and I want to keep
    This momentum going.

    1. I started to focus on Pinterest and then I think I just hit a wall. Sometimes it feels like we have so many different accounts to stay on top of as bloggers, right? Right? 😀 I’d love to see your pin and pin it. 🙂

  12. I love these posts you do. You are never idle. Thank you so much for linking at #overthemoon! I look forward to seeing what you share every week. Please come back for #WonderfulWednesday or #ThursdayFavoriteThings. Don’t forget to comment your link #’s so I can be sure to visit and get a chance to be featured! Pinned and shared.

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