The little moments from fall. // dreams-etc.com

Little Moments // September – November 2018

Hello, friends! Happy Friday. 

It’s been awhile since I’ve talked about something other than books, but that is going to change. I’m not going to stick to a schedule… yet. A schedule is in the works, but for now I want to ease back into blogging and incorporate it back into my life again.

This year has been a whirlwind. I worked a lot and there were times that I felt like I was hardly ever home. And while there were times Dreams, etc. was far from my mind, it’s actually been something I’ve thought quite a bit about throughout the year. Back in February I attended a conference in New York and the entire conference was helpful, but there was one session in particular that made me think about what I want Dreams, etc. After almost a year of having these thoughts circle around in my mind, I’m finally solidifying my vision and why for this space and I’m so excited to dive back into everything. In some ways I’d like to say I’m disappointed that it’s taken me this long to think everything through. In some ways I am, but… I’m also not. If I had moved forward with everything in spring my logo would have looked different than the one I’m working on now, because the design I’m going with now came into my life in July. If I had jumped into everything earlier this year I wouldn’t have had as much time to sit with these thoughts and really work through them. And I probably would have burned out pretty quickly.

But now… now is definitely the time to get back into it. So keep an eye out for a new logo and a new layout. I’ll also share more about my vision for this space soon.

Until then, let’s take a look back at the last few months and the little moments that filled them. What were some of your little moments this fall?

I have an assortment of shapes and sizes for this. Some of them aren’t event the best, but… it is what it is today, I guess. 

 

The little moments from fall. // dreams-etc.com

I have really gotten into plants this year. I’m not necessarily the best with them all the time, but I’ve kept quite a few alive. Two of the plants in this photo aren’t around anymore and one doesn’t look as great (I moved it to a different location and it started to drop leaves, so I moved it back), but the other two are doing well!

The little moments from fall. // dreams-etc.com
The little moments from fall. // dreams-etc.com

There was a family wedding, so we traveled to Wisconsin. This drawer kept opening, so obviously I assumed it was haunted. 👻

The little moments from fall. // dreams-etc.com
The little moments from fall. // dreams-etc.com
The little moments from fall. // dreams-etc.com

I spent the last night of the weekend at my brother’s so that I could soak in the peace and quiet. And drink coffee by the river in the morning. 💙

The little moments from fall. // dreams-etc.com

If you follow me on Instagram, you might remember that I was obsessed with this hibiscus this fall. It grew so so so tall and had the most gorgeous leaves. It was obviously healthy, but hadn’t bloomed for awhile. We cut it down a little bit, removed some of the branches, and it started to bloom. It was so beautiful and the blooms were a different color than last year. After all the blooms opened, we cut it back down and brought it in for the winter.

The little moments from fall. // dreams-etc.com

My bro-in-law and I attended a weekend conference in Minneapolis and Francis Chan spoke on the last night. It was fantastic!

The little moments from fall. // dreams-etc.com
The little moments from fall. // dreams-etc.com
The little moments from fall. // dreams-etc.com

And then I was off to Colorado. This was actually a work trip, but I went a day early and spent the afternoon touring Denver. I almost skipped it, but I ended up touring the Molly Brown House and I’m so glad I did! After the tour I walked to the capitol.

I had a great time touring Denver, but the highlight of the trip was definitely the work I did while I was there and meeting someone IRL who I had been working with for over a year.

The little moments from fall. // dreams-etc.com
The little moments from fall. // dreams-etc.com

The second highlight was visiting the aquarium after the capitol. I got to pet and feed stingrays and it was the best thing ever!

The little moments from fall. // dreams-etc.com
The little moments from fall. // dreams-etc.com

And then it was back home to this one. 💙

The little moments from fall. // dreams-etc.com
The little moments from fall. // dreams-etc.com

October started off with a Hocus Pocus bar crawl with a friend of mine, because… Hocus Pocus! It actually didn’t have quite as much Hocus Pocus activities as we thought it would, but we still had a good time.

The little moments from fall. // dreams-etc.com

V.E. Schwab came to Minneapolis on book tour, so I went to the signing with my critique partner and his book club. She is amazing and I loved everything she had to say.

The little moments from fall. // dreams-etc.com
The little moments from fall. // dreams-etc.com
The little moments from fall. // dreams-etc.com

A friend of mine has always wanted to go to the Museum of Historic Torture Devices in Wisconsin Dells, so we decided to sneak away for a few days and go. However, Google is not always accurate and the museum is closed on weekdays and we weren’t able to stick around for the weekend, so… she still hasn’t been there. But we decided this is probably a story we’ll tell when we’re older.

And we had horses to visit! We stayed at my friend’s in my hometown, so I finally got to meet the baby Emmie. And I got to see Taz again. Look how big he is! 😭

The little moments from fall. // dreams-etc.com
The little moments from fall. // dreams-etc.com
The little moments from fall. // dreams-etc.com
The little moments from fall. // dreams-etc.com

The next day we called ahead of time to make sure the hours listed online were correct and then drove out to the House on the Rock, also in Wisconsin. I still have no words to describe this place, but my critique partner did a great job when he described it as a “fever dream” and something that you look back on like a hallucination. Definitely a must-visit!

The little moments from fall. // dreams-etc.com

I needed some time by myself and felt like I was long overdue for another solo travel trip, so I spent the week in Maine and it was a dream come true. I’ve wanted to visit Maine for as long as I can remember and it was amazing.

The little moments from fall. // dreams-etc.com
The little moments from fall. // dreams-etc.com
The little moments from fall. // dreams-etc.com
The little moments from fall. // dreams-etc.com
The little moments from fall. // dreams-etc.com
The little moments from fall. // dreams-etc.com
The little moments from fall. // dreams-etc.com

And then it was time to leave, which was so sad. For awhile I wasn’t sure I would actually make it home after some flight delays. And apparently our plane almost blew up. 🤷🏻‍♀️

The little moments from fall. // dreams-etc.com

But I made it home to my pup.

The little moments from fall. // dreams-etc.com

My critique partner hosted an Edgar Allen Poe vs. Alfred Hitchcock party a couple nights before Halloween and it was the best party ever.

The little moments from fall. // dreams-etc.com

Can you have too much Mina?

The little moments from fall. // dreams-etc.com

November was a great month, but apparently I didn’t take a lot of photos. It ended with a talk with four female entrepreneurs in Minneapolis. I loved hearing what each of them had to say and left feeling inspired.

Tell me about your fall! What were some of the highlights for you?

13 Comments

  1. Cara Owens-Kindly Unspoken

    December 14, 2018 at 10:15 am

    What an awesome fall season! It sounds like you’ve been busy but still had time to get in some relaxation as needed. Love that stained glass- super pretty!

    Reply
  2. Trish

    December 14, 2018 at 2:09 pm

    I loved reading about your favorite fall moments and especially seeing these fabulous photos! Your plants are beautiful! I have never been good at growing plants unfortunately!

    Reply
  3. Catherine

    December 14, 2018 at 3:49 pm

    Ack! A haunted hotel!!! Looks like your life was full of ups and downs, like everyone’s life, but that you made the most of it.

    Reply
  4. Beth_Daily_Dog_Tag

    December 14, 2018 at 7:10 pm

    It sounds like you had a great fall! I’m excited to see your new logo and where you take your blog. (And no, you can’t have too much Mina!)

    Reply
  5. Lecy | A Simpler Grace

    December 14, 2018 at 9:19 pm

    I can’t wait to see what changes you make! I’ve also been taking a little break and am just easing back into a rhythm. Looks like you had a lovely fall. Hope you enjoy the holiday season!

    Reply
  6. Aishwaryaa

    December 15, 2018 at 4:06 am

    It sounds amazing reading and seeing your favorite fall moments. Beautiful pictures and well captured..🤩

    Reply
  7. jillconyers

    December 15, 2018 at 5:02 am

    You have a lot of great shots in this post. I love the variety of colors and perspectives.

    Reply
  8. Pink Caboodle

    December 15, 2018 at 12:33 pm

    Wow! Seems like you had so many great moments! Isn’t Francis Chan amazing!?

    Reply
  9. Clair

    December 15, 2018 at 12:47 pm

    Love your recap! So much fun had and the pictures are great! We were just busy with fall festivals and pumpkin carving:)

    Reply
  10. Sheila

    December 15, 2018 at 3:21 pm

    Wow! You have had quite an adventure! Your pictures are gorgeous! Unfortunately, I had parathyroid surgery in Tampa, but at least I was able to go to the beach for a few days afterwards. We had a great time renting a cabana and chilling by the pool. 🙂 I love Francis Chan! He is one of my favorite pastors of all time. I’m a Stephen Furtick fan too!

    Reply
  11. Jasmine Hewitt

    December 15, 2018 at 5:16 pm

    I love hibiscus flowers! I dont have any growing though

    Reply
  12. Jackie

    December 17, 2018 at 8:44 am

    I love that you stepped away a little and now have a strong vision for your blog! Sometimes that’s so necessary!

    Reply
  13. Chelsea Jacobs

    December 18, 2018 at 9:17 am

    oh my gosh that halloween party sounds amazing!!

    Reply

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