What I’ve Learned About My Grateful Heart

Some may have noticed that this past weekend the blog had been quiet and not much going on. Well, it was and for a good reason. A few weeks ago I had an idea to fly back home to DC and surprise my best friend for a combined birthday celebration. Our birthdays are within a few days of each other and, prior to my husband and I moving, we had always wanted to do a fun combined thing with all of our close friends. But, alas we never got the chance since we moved across the country back in September.

One night back in the beginning of March I got this crazy idea and began setting things up with her husband, who did a fantastic job arranging, planning, and coordinating everything from my airport pickup to calling reservations for brunch, which isn’t easy for a part of 12+ people in DC (brunch is a THING there). I should also mention how amazing my own husband is for getting me the tickets to fly home since he’d be working all weekend.

I was so excited to surprise her but was equally excited to see all of our friends we left behind. It was an amazing weekend filled with lots of laughter, love, and good times.

So how does this relate to my gratefulness this Monday?

During my stay I encountered a hiccup (choosing to not go into detail because it’s well behind me now) involving friends of mine and, what I assume to be caused by jealousy (among other things). This is always uncomfortable and never something that anyone wants to deal with, especially when it is amongst friends. I love me some Real Housewives but I am in no way trying to live it out in my life. But, nonetheless it was something that I felt I needed to address because sometimes certain behavior is simply not okay.

What AM I particularly grateful for this week?

-I am grateful for my growth as an individual.
-I am grateful for my self-worth.
-I am grateful that I have found my voice and am no longer hesitant to stick up for myself.
-I am grateful for the friendships I have and how distance doesn’t affect their quality or value.
-I am grateful that I’m at a point in my life where I’m okay with the idea that not everyone is meant to be friends.
-I am grateful for the lesson that clarity can sometimes be achieved through conflict.
-I am grateful for the positive, supportive, people (and husband!) I have in my life and am reminded of that everyday.

I know this post seems to be quite serious in its nature but this weekend taught me many things both about myself and others. I hope you all have a wonderful Monday and a great week! Can’t wait to see who all linked up!

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Enjoying the Little Things

I am a huge believer in the little things and truly enjoy the simple pleasures of life and yet again I am reminded of the love I have in my life. I have many ‘little things’ that I am grateful for (you can see a few of them here) and one of them is soaking up as much of the beach life as I can now that the ocean is literally right outside my door. I mean, who can really say that? 

With my birthday just almost a week away and everyone asking what I’d like I finally decided what I wanted: patio furniture for our home. We have this lovely patio space and it never gets used because we haven’t put anything out there. So, today as I was walking home I saw my husband greet me with Murphy (as he does every day) but this time he was sitting on our new patio furniture thanks to his parents! My in laws are amazing and always do such sweet things for the both of us. I should also note that he spent his day off picking it up, assembling it, and even bought decorative pillows and an outdoor rug all by himself! I am so happy with our new furniture and I’m excited to begin decorating outside!

See what we got!

And here are some of the pinspirations that I have in mind for future decorating…

Have a happy hump day!

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My Grateful Heart

A case of the Mondays is often times difficult to bypass but starting out the week with a healthy and positive perspective is just what I needed to get through this Monday. I love Emily’s Grateful Heart linkup because it gives me the reason to speak (or write in this case) about the things I’m grateful for. I just feel like it is more meaningful when we make our gratitude known to others.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m grateful for A LOT of things but here’s what’s currently giving me the warm and fuzzies…

the joy and excitement of beginning our path to parenthood (no we’re not pregnant…yet…but trying sure is fun).
our crockpot. this magical tool has been super helpful in preparing meals with our busy work schedules.
iced caramel macchiatos. because apparently CA decided it’s summer already.
teachers pay teachers. this marketplace has provided me with income that I can finally contribute to my savings again.
easter break. because working at a private christian school has a week off dedicated to easter. yeah, that’s a thing.
tax refunds. because it’s allowing my husband and I to travel.
george. our tax specialist at h&r block. because he enjoys this stuff and I don’t. oh, and he got us a tax refund this year!
my husband. because he’s awesome and does all the things I don’t want to do. like taxes.

What has you grateful this Monday?

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What’s In a Name?

What’s in a name exactly? Well, today I am going to share with you just how my blog name came to be and am linking up with Kiki for The Circle’s March post: Sharing Your Blog Name Story and Bailey over at Brave Love Blog for her Blog-Tember Challenge!

When making that decision that you’re going to begin blogging one has to decide on a name. But not just any name. A name that represents you as an individual. A name that is simple, but direct and sets you apart from the millions of other bloggers out there. Surprisingly, coming up with my name proved to not be all that difficult.

 Primarily Inspired is quite literal and has somewhat of a double meaning.

 The Primary School Teacher…

Deep within my soul I knew that I wanted to work with children in some capacity. At a young age I realized I had found my purpose and that was in educating young children. Although I am not currently teaching since moving to CA, I do enjoy working as a teacher’s assistant at a Christian school. I remember telling God that all I wanted to feel fulfilled is to work with children; even if that meant I took a step back and wasn’t teaching. It was divine intervention that lead me to where I am (you can read all about that here) and now that we’re beginning a family it’s been even more of a blessing. Primarily Inspired reflects the constant inspiration I find through working with children and how often these little beings teach me more about myself than I realize.

for the most part; mainly
as if arising from some external creative impulse

The Blogger…

Primarily Inspired also reflects the inspiration I find myself currently obsessed with and a desire to share that with all of you. I constantly find inspiration in everything and I love those little flashes that stir up opinions, emotions, and creativity within myself and reading how inspiration influences others. Every great thing begins with an inspiration whether it’s an idea, an influential person, or a seemingly irrelevant circumstance. And the best part is, I love having my blog as the platform to share those stories of inspiration.

So, in the end Primarily Inspired combines my love and passion for teaching yet also represents what’s currently driving my soul in all facets of life. Inspiration fills one who has the eyes to find it and this space allows me to share what fills my life with inspiration with all of you out there. I began this blog as a means to tell and share my story and I hope you stick around and join me on this journey!

What’s the story behind your blog name?

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