My Favorite Indulgence + More {finish this}

It’s another round of Finish This! I can’t stress how much I enjoy writing and reading these posts. I love having prompts, because it makes me think. When I was in college, I took a creative writing class where we’d all start with the same first sentence, and then write for about 15 minutes straight. We could write about anything and everything, so long as it pertained to that original sentence. I loved hearing the different perspectives people got from that one prompt, because they were all completely different.

Granted, these are just prompts, but I still really like them,
because I sometimes have to dig just a little bit deeper to figure out
what it is I really want to say.

This week’s prompts are:
I don’t get enough
My favorite indulgence
I made a major change in my life when
You should read
____ is my secret ingredient in


I don’t get enough time with God. I did so well for a few weeks. I carved out some time after my husband went to work, but before the baby woke up, for my quiet time. But then life happened. I’d either spend extra time snoozing in bed or indulge in some Facebook and blog reading instead of digging into my Bible. Some days I only manage to say a quick prayer at dinner and before I go to bed, and I’d like to change that. I need to get back into the habit of focusing on Him before I start my day.

My favorite indulgence is (vanilla flavored) iced coffee. I just can’t get enough of them; specifically, I drool over vanilla macchiatos and a “cinnamon roll” combo of flavors from a local coffee shop. It’s definitely part of the 20% of my non-paleo splurges throughout the month. Also, plantain chips. I’m addicted to them, especially the chili lime flavor I found a few months back from TJMaxx of all places. 

I made a major change in my life when I left my job as an assistant editor of a magazine in New Mexico to move to middle-of-nowhere Georgia so I could be with a boy. I often wonder where I’d be today if I didn’t fall in love with him and uproot my life. I don’t mean that in a I-hate-my-life way, but it was a pretty drastic change to go from working full time to being a stay at home wife (now mom). I sometimes miss my former life, but I think that’s pretty normal when you’re doing something different from the norm.

You should read The Monuments Men” because that’s the next book I’m starting, and I like talking about books with people. My husband bought me “Saving Italy” for Christmas (by the same author), because I read the synopsis in a bookstore and it looked like something I’d be interested in reading (art, history, Italy, etc.), but then I discovered that “The Monuments Men” is sort of a prequel for it, so I’m reading that first. I’m not sure if I’ll see the movie yet; I’ll have to wait and see how the book is.

Love is my secret ingredient in every recipe. It’s okay if you’re rolling your eyes, because I’d totally roll them, too. But it’s completely true, hear me out: My husband and I made homemade flour tortillas one night while we were fighting; I have no idea what the argument was about, but I know there wasn’t much love floating around the kitchen that night. The air was thick with tension and even though we followed the directions exactly (and had made them several times before), they came out horrible. Love was missing. Now, when we make something (especially together), we make sure to “add the love.” (Also, if you’re not doing paleo, do yourself a favor and make those tortillas, because they’re delicious!)

Linking up with (Nicole {Three 31} Lisa {The Coastal Chicster}, and Becky {The Java Mama} Jen {The Arizona Russums}) for a weekly series called Finish This.


  1. I'm so glad you join us each week and enjoy this link up, that's what this craziness is all about!!!!! I'm disappointed to admit this, but I'm right there with you on the time spent with God. I started a BIble reading challenge for Lent (read the New Testament in 40 days) and I'm way behind. I did so well the first three weeks, reading bits here and there while I pumped (especially at 3 and 7am) but I've slipped and allowed LIFE and life's distractions to get in the way. A little social media here, a little blogging there, it's all catching up with me as I'm getting farther and farther behind on the reading schedule. I really, REALLY need to change this.

  2. Thanks for joining. I love the prompts too. I think they helped get me back into blogging after the postpartum fog! Also, I truly hope you start carving out time for the Word in the mornings again. It was truly life changing for me when I finally made it a regular habit! Of course, I struggled at first too! 🙂 And coffee + vanilla + cinnamon + honey… any of those combinations are amazing!

  3. Oh I may have to join this link up when my blog launches!!! So fun.

    I think it's hard to carve that time in His Word, especially with little ones and busy lives. I do better with a scheduled set of readings, and love my Treasury of Daily Prayer ( — It has a psalm, OT, NT, theological snippet and a hymn verse for each day — and special lessons for different seasons (like Lent, Advent, etc). We received a copy from our church, but it has been a major help in giving me that nudge to spend time with scripture. (There's also an app – Pray Now, I think – it's $9 or so, but I hear it's totally worth it.)

    And I just had my first vanilla macchiato this morning – super yummy!

  4. I have The Monuments Men book to read … and I love history, especially WW2 era stuff. But I'm kind of nervous to start reading it. The story sounds like it would be great, but if it's written like a long text book, I'll be sad! You'll have to let me know how it is!

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