13 Reasons Why I Keep Going Tag

This past weekend I was fortunate enough to enjoy a mini vacay with my husband and two of our closest friends. Where did we go? Las Vegas.

It was H-O-T, hot. We spent the majority of our time in the pool. We also watched Shrek 1, 2, 3, & 4, because they kill me. Rarely do movies make me laugh out loud, but those movies get me every time! My in-laws also live right outside of Las Vegas, so we were able to enjoy some family time too.

Recently, I was nominated for the 13 Reasons Why I Keep Going Tag by my friend Denny. I do not struggle with depression, nor have I ever experienced suicidal thoughts, but I do think it’s important to reflect on those things that make life meaningful. To switch things up a bit, I thought I could incorporate those aspects of my recent trip that really refreshed my spirit.

Here we go!

  1. Outdoor patios. They are great for reading, thinking, and eating breakfast sandwiches.
  2. Water slides. Who knew sliding down a dark tunnel could make you feel 10 again?
  3. Books. Right now I’m reading the chronological Bible and a book called The God Conversation by J.P Moreland and Tim Muehlhoff. I highly recommend both.
  4. Water. There is nothing as refreshing as water. Fun fact: I don’t drink soda, and I never have.
  5. Food.
  6. Friendship. This one is new for me. I come from a large family, so I’ve always joked that I never needed friends, but they’re pretty cool.
  7. My husband. I’m just amazed that someone, who is not my parents, can love me as much as he does.
  8. Shrek 1, 2, 3, & 4. Must I say more?
  9. Time away. I haven’t told anybody here on WordPress, but I was recently hired as an Adjunct English Professor for two different college campuses. I’m SO excited to start, but as I’ve said before, having this summer of blissful nothingness has been life-giving.
  10. WordPress. I have not been as active on WordPress as of late, but there are so many of my WordPress friends who show me patience and understanding, and I am just absolutely grateful for YOU. The fact that you are reading the words I’ve typed is just unreal.
  11. The Bachelor/Bachelorette/Bachelor in Paradise franchise. The finale of the Bachelorette was this past Monday. The irony is I don’t necessarily watch to see a love story, and I certainly don’t watch to see the drama. For me, it’s like going to an airport to people watch, but I don’t have to leave the comfort of my own home.
  12. My dog Dobby. Home just isn’t home when a furry face doesn’t greet me when I walk through the door with luggage in hand.
  13. God. Truly, He’s number 1-13.

I hope y’all enjoy this short list and have a happy Wednesday. 🙂

T. Shaw

An Attitude of Gratitude (Week 1)

Last week, I mentioned that I wanted to start a gratitude series, where I would be able to take time every week to reflect on the good in my life. Welcome to the first installment!


The day I graduated with my M.A. in English, I told my husband that I wanted my first act as a graduate to be visiting my local, public library, so I could apply for my very own library card. Even though I have studied literature for several years, I have rarely found time to read for pleasure. Finally, I was going to be able to make my own reading lists! However, when we got to the library, it was closed. Ha, just my luck. But ya know, I persevered and went again the following week.

I haven’t had a public library card since elementary school. I remember going there often with my mom and picking out picture books. One of our absolute favorites was a book called A Five-Dog Night. If I remember correctly, it’s about a grumpy old man that an old woman befriends. She happens to measure the temperature by how many dogs she snuggles in her bed every night. Now that I’m talking about the plot, it sounds a little creepy, but I promise it was a cute, heartwarming story, but I digress.

Over these last couple months, I’ve checked out a few books.

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I truly can’t explain how much I have loved this summer post graduation. I feel undeniably free. Perhaps that is why I haven’t been blogging as much. I have enjoyed living with very few responsibilities. Life has been relaxing, especially when I’m in the arms of a good book.

That is why this week I’m most grateful for my library card. I’m reminded of Ray Bradbury’s admiration for libraries and his belief that those who have access to a library have access to a free education.

Happy Wednesday, everyone!


T. Shaw