Intentions: 2015

IMGP0854 These are not resolutions, but attempts to get my crap together.

Let me be real, I'm not in trouble on any of these fronts, I just need to REEL IT IN a bit.

Let's talk about grocery shopping

Ah god. Groceries are expensive is what I'm learning. However, I'm not doing anything to be more organized on this front. I simply decide what I want to make, go out and buy the stuff. NO. NO. NO.

That is never good for budgeting.

Because I love to organize, I love making lists, and grocery shopping, this shouldn't be hard for me to maintain. I have even made my own meal planning/grocery list printable. I tried to find one online and didn't like anything I saw. If you want to use mine you're welcome to it, a free PDF link is available under the photo.

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FREE printable: yepindeedgrocerylist

Do you all out there have any tips and tricks? It seems like this kind of plagues everyone I know...


I've been wanting to get into Evernote for awhile. I think I might actually stick with it this time. I am in desperate need of one central note-taking spot. I think this is it. 


For example: send more snail mail to those I love.


Because it's not New Year's resolution time without me saying it. Will it happen? Hell no, but I'm going to throw it out there again.

Well. That's all I can commit to at this point.

My NYE plans consist of supper at home: salmon burgers, roasted potatoes from my new cookbooks, and a bottle of champs. Andrew and plan to stay in and watch movies. My kind of night.

Resolutions: 2015

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I'm reeling it in a little bit this year. Giving myself less resolutions with more specific parameters while at the same time looking at the year ahead in a broader sense. So I've decided this into two posts. First up we have my actual resolutions.

1. Little Free Library

We originally wanted to get it up this year, but it didn't happen. I will put up a Little Free Library in 2015! My dad built a great one and I've already registered it so we are well on our way.

If you aren't familiar with the Little Free Library organization, check it out here.

2. Read 52 Books

Almost made it in 2014. 2015, I'm coming for you!

3. Vacation

Not about to give this one any more detail. I would love for Andrew and I to get a big trip in this year.

4. Yin Yoga

I have been piddling with doing 30 minutes of yin yoga in the evening for about a year now. It's changed my practice in many ways. I want to do more of it.

5. Paint upstairs bedrooms

You've seen that paisley up there. Ouch. It's gotta go.

In addition to this list of resolutions, I'm pinning intentions and visions for the year ahead. I've invited many of my favorites around the internet to join me.

Check out our 2015 Vision Board:



how did I do?

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This is first year in awhile that I've slacked on my New Year's resolutions. Need a reminder of what they were? Click here.

However, I'm pretty happy with what I accomplished--it's not like I sat back and did absolutely nothing.

Did I read all the books I own, but have not read?

No. But I've read 42 and counting....that's decent.

Did I keep a clean car and closet?

No. But I honestly think I did better than before...

Did I get comfortable kicking up to the wall for handstand?

No. But I am doing pincha mayurasana! That's something right?!

Did I paint much?

No. I wish I had.

Did I finish my 52 poses blog project?

Kind of...not really. Here's an explanation.

This year, I plan to ease up on my resolutions...back off a bit.

Sorry to not post for a few days---will hopefully be back with regular posts soon.




photo 3 (1)2013 was pretty great. The studio kept growing, Andrew found a great job (despite a longer commute...thank god for Audible),  I made multiple trips to Asheville, completed all five of my resolutions, and I actually completed a weekly photo wrap up. Click here for snapshots of all 52 weeks of this year. Yeah I used my phone camera for most of the photos, but at least I did it! Other big highlights of the year: my brother had a baby! And he's about the sweetest thing ever!

We bought 8 acres of woods!

I can actually work on headstand now!

As I continue to keep this blog, I realize more and more it's for me as much as anyone else reading. And the more I realize that, the more readers I seem to acquire! I'm not sure how much longer I'll be able to keep it going, but right now, I still love sharing bits and pieces of my life and some of my favorite stuff.

My year in months can be seen through Instagram photos:

January February March April May June July August September October November December

2013 was a great year for new music...I always love looking back through my seasonal, dumping ground playlists:

Winter 2013:

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Spring 2013:

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Summer 2013:

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Fall 2013:

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With 2013 officially closed, it's time to get excited for all the excellent things ahead in 2014!

Possible vacations, a double dose of Christina Sell workshops, another new niece/nephew (Andrew's side this time), Winter Olympics, and I'm sure much more that I don't even expect.

Thank you so much for reading this blog!

Resolutions 2014

photo 2If you read this blog, you know I love resolutions. I explained why last year in this post. So, I'm doing it again...I completed all five in 2013, let's see if I got it in me for these five: 1. You know how you buy books and then they sit on shelves unread? In 2014, I will read all of those. I went through and rounded them up and was relieved there aren't too many: 2013-12-25 13.15.13 Because this is a really obtainable goal, I would also love to get at least 40 books read.

2. Keep a clean car. No more banana peels, scarves, books, fruit leather wrappers, dog hair (yeah right) and crusty coffee mugs. This is going to be HARD. Photo Jan 21, 7 23 01 PMI have also decided to extend this to my in, keep an organized and clean closet. I did a purge/reorganize yesterday so I'm starting from scratch...I'm willing to say that this will most likely NEVER happen, but I have to put it on here so I'm accountable.

3. Handstand...get comfortable kicking up to wall. Also, continue to work on getting headstand away from wall.

4. Paint. No specific goal except that I need to get my stuff out and paint more than I have in the past couple years. Also, this includes artwork using the iPad...I have barely scratched the surface of possibilities there.

5. Blog project: 52 Poses in 2014...stay tuned for more on this.

I'm also switching the blog up a bit just like I did last year. No more Camera Workout posts, but will still sprinkle about my "life is better with" posts along with monthly Instagram wrap-ups. However, I'm very excited about the new things I have planned for this little internet space. Do I dare try my hand at regularly sharing recipes?! By no means will this turn into another food blog (not needed in life), but I do cook a ton and usually make up my recipes...seems like a natural space to share them. And my new camera lens might make photographing easier for that kind of thing.

Also, stay tuned for the first post in my "52 Poses in 2014" series. This is going to be fun!

I thought I would a button of one of my favorite fellow bloggers, Melyssa, from The Nectar Collective. I love her idea for monthly, first Monday link-ups related to wishes for the year!

The Nectar Collective

right on track...

Well, it's June. That means we're pretty much halfway through 2013...(WHA!?!?!?!?!?!)

Checking in with these resolutions.

Three out of five are done and done. Yay! I'm on track to finish my reading goal of at least 30 books--I've read the books pictured above...some great, some truly awful. And I am trying...again, emphasis on trying, to conquer my fear of inversions in yoga. Little by little, it's coming along...

less is more

downloadYou might have noticed that I’ve made a few little changes around here. I had a blog epiphany several days ago. I realized that less is more. I have streamlined my post categories, pages, etc. I want to focus on quality over quantity and get organized in the new year. I still hope to bring you podcast recs, fictional characters, and nifty art, but will do so under the series “Life is Better With…” I hope to post more about yoga and news on the studio on Capitol Avenue. And lastly, I want to use this space as a motivator to paint more! (Etsy shop, Etsy shop, Etsy shop) I will also continue to obnoxiously celebrate Fridays and share my Instagram photos.

And tomorrow I will start a new series: Camera Workout 2013. I am doing a weekly photo project that will FORCE me to use the Pentax more and more. Week one will be up tomorrow!

Meanwhile, if you read this blog, I would LOVE to hear from you. What do you like? What would you like to see? Would you be interested in sharing some of your favorites things?

Get in touch with me in the comments section here, or email: or on twitter: graylinsample

resolutions 2013

DipticI have no idea why, but I tend to get into New Year's Resolutions. Last year, I made four and posted them to this blog. And lo and behold, I completed all of them (sort of)! Woohoo!

I really love self-imposed deadlines and structure...just ask Andrew, he'll tell you all about it. I have no idea why, but for some reason if I give myself an official task/goal/timeline/resolution, I'm able to follow's when I have no deadlines or guidelines that I flounder. I thrive in a structured environment...which I know now is why I enjoy working at the land of extreme routine: an elementary school.

Also, I think it helps that I like to pick obtainable goals that are specific with lots of detail. No abstract aspirations like "be healthier!" I need something concrete that allows me to chart my progress.

So here are some resolutions for 2013:

1. Watch  NCAA basketball pre-March Madness. I know this seems silly, but every single year I don't watch at all until the tournament. This year will be different! I've already started on this far, so good.

2. Read at least 30 books. Had this same one last year and just barely made it (I might still be working on one right now...whoops). However, this year I want to read at least 6 in this series, my 12 bookclub selections, plus my own picks. I want to be better on this one...always...

3. Set up an Etsy shop I have made an account, now I just have to take photos of my artwork/cards and get my stuff online. I have so many ideas for this, but have yet to actually DO any of them. Not anymore, it's happening.

4. If I get sick, TRY NOT TO BE SUCH A BABY.  This is honest, real talk. I need to get an attitude about not feeling well. I tend to complain, let it get me down, etc. I know this is a bit abstract, but I seriously want to try and be better about this.

5. Try to conquer my fear of going upside down (in yoga) Pay close, close attention to the wording in this last resolution. I have very purposefully set the intention to "try" to conquer this fear not that I will definitely. I have been practicing yoga since 2007 and while I can easily twist and balance in some seriously advanced postures, I am unable to consistently practice headstand, forearm stand, & handstand because of an irrational fear of getting my hips over my head. Part of me thinks this has to do with an inner ear issue I have inherited from my Dad, but I think it's worth another year of practice.

Also: I am going to switch up the way I blog (just a little bit). What I do know is that I want to use my camera more. So I'm thinking about a weekly photo blog a la Tracy Shutterbean. I'll keep you posted!

Halfway there...

Wow! Halfway done with 2012 already! Time to look and check on my New Year's resolutions...

Looks like I'm doing pretty well!

1. Finish yoga teacher training  I can definitely check this off--I graduate next Wednesday!

2. Be a better baker Yeah...this is definitely still a work in progress...Especially since I stopped buying a few things...

3. Read 30 books I'm right on track with this one. I just looked at my list of books read so far this year...13 with two in progress! Here's what I've read so far:

4. Keep blogging Yay!

5. Try to be more patient in daily life. Doubt I'll ever be able to cross this one off the list...