October 2016 Wallpaper Downloads

Free October 2016 Wallpapers with Calendar | Thyme is Honey

I think September may have given me whiplash. I’m sure I’m not the only one who felt like this month went by in a flash. Since I know that October will be no different for most of us, I thought I’d get ahead of the game and get an October Wallpaper Download with October 2016 Calendar into your hands (and onto your computers + devices) so that we can all look forward to the shiny new month ahead. Click below to download the files. Oh, and HAPPY FALL!

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We Can Do It

We Can Do It

There’s one week left in August and I feel like we’re all probably in the same boat. August always goes so quickly. You’re hanging on to summer, trying to finish off that summer bucketlist, but also anticipating fall and all that it brings. For me, August is usually pretty wild with work, too, as clients start wrapping up their summer campaigns and direct their attention to the upcoming holidays. Thinking about Christmas when it’s 88 degrees outside can make for some strange afternoons.

Anyways, I’m here to tell you that we can do it. There’s still a week left. 7 days. 168 hours. Force yourself to sit down and make a list of the ten most important things you’d like to finish before the month is up. Make sure those ten things aren’t just work projects, or cleaning out closets. Include summer activities that you haven’t gotten to experience yet. Kayak on a local lake. Attend an outdoor concert. There’s still plenty of time! We can do it.

Image above was created with the iPad Pro and Apple Pencil using the Procreate App and Calligraphy Brushes from Saffron Avenue

You Don’t Need to be Tough

"If you are strong, you don't need to be tough." - Piper Kerman , author of Orange is the New Black

For the past few months I’ve gotten to enjoy monthly lectures as part of the Unique Lives and Experiences Series. My friend Claire and I purchased tickets as soon as we found out that Madison would be hosting the series, and it has been such a fun way to elevate our monthly ladies nights! The series kicked off with Lisa Genova (author of Still Alice), was followed by Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe (founder of Sewing Hope) and the latest speaker was Piper Kerman (author of Orange is the New Black). Each lecture has been so moving, inspiring, and well-done. Not to mention how fun it is to see the Overture Center filled with women of all ages, brought together by our common interest of learning through other’s experiences. It’s powerful stuff.

This quote is from Piper’s lecture. She talked a lot about her actual prison experience, what got her there, and how the book differs from the show. She was discussing how the women’s prison really had a sense of community, that the women took care of each other, and that if you were mentally and emotionally strong you didn’t need to be physically tough. I thought that was a powerful idea, and wanted to share.

Be sure to check out the Unique Lives and Experiences Lecture Series, mention it to someone in your city to see if they can bring it to a theater near you! The 2016 series will wrap up with Judy Collins and Diane Keaton! (*faints*)

"If you are strong, you don't need to be tough." - quote from Piper Kerman author of Orange is the New Black.

Travel Fosters Human Understanding

"Travel fosters human understanding, and empathy for people whose lives are unlike your own; it opens your eyes to otherness, including other cultures and religions. Serious travelers are among the most open and tolerant people I know; their frequent encounters with difference make them expansive in their thinking. Travelers are, ultimately, the enemies of terrorists, and what they believe works against terrorists’ aims, person by person and little by little. I am proud to count myself among these travelers and to work every day to inspire them—and to create more of them." - Nathan Lump, Travel + Leisure

It happened again. We were traveling during a terrorist attack. Is that weird? We found ourselves wondering if we have a knack for traveling during attacks, or if they just happen so frequently that it seems they always fall on our vacations.

Our return from Exuma was particularly humbling, as the crowd down there was a melting pot of nationalities. We actually encountered few Americans during our travels. On our last day in Exuma we woke up to the news of the attacks in Brussels, and as we watched coverage in airport terminals throughout the day I couldn’t help observing and listening to the people around me. As unfortunate as the situation was, I remember being struck by how interesting it was to be contained to a terminal watching a tiny cross section of the world’s population react to this horrific news.

As soon as I read this letter from Travel + Leisure I was struck by Nathan Lump’s words and how they resonated with my experience.  Not only my experience on that unfortunate March day, but my experience as a traveler of the world. Each trip I take opens my eyes and heart to the people, cultures, and values surrounding us. The differences are beautiful and they are worthy of understanding.

Please take the time to read Nathan’s letter, “Why Tuesday’s Terrorist Attacks Shouldn’t Make you Stay at Home” in it’s entirety here, and then please plan a trip to somewhere you’ve never been. Remember, the trip doesn’t have to be far or expensive. New cultures and experiences are literally next door to you.

"Travel fosters human understanding, and empathy for people whose lives are unlike your own; it opens your eyes to otherness, including other cultures and religions. Serious travelers are among the most open and tolerant people I know; their frequent encounters with difference make them expansive in their thinking. Travelers are, ultimately, the enemies of terrorists, and what they believe works against terrorists’ aims, person by person and little by little. I am proud to count myself among these travelers and to work every day to inspire them—and to create more of them." - Nathan Lump, Travel + Leisure

This Year 2016

This Year 2016 (a free printable) - nurture important relationships. eat more chocolate. travel outside your comfort zone. discover your own city in new ways. share your talent with others. make yourself feel significant. be selfish in all the right ways. love your body as it is. support small businesses. experiment in the kitchen. learn a new skill. chase adventure.

I have this little tradition each year of making a list of the things I want to hold close to my heart in the year ahead. I lovingly call them my annual to-do list. They are just things (big or small) that I want to be more conscious of in the year ahead and putting it down on paper (or into a blog post!) helps me keep it in mind throughout the year. You can view my list for 2015 here and my list from 2014 here. What’s on your heart for this year?

Want one to print and hang? Download the 8.5×11″ design here.