Currently... // June 2015

Currently... // June 2015 Playing / pickleball as an activity course for summer school. It's a cross between tennis and ping-pong, and super easy and fun to play!

Going / on walks at Pioneers Park! This place has gorgeous trails and places for concerts.

Wearing / my new favorite sandals from American Eagle. They are super comfortable, match with anything, and easy to slip on and off.

Sipping / some refreshing water.

Reading / The Goldfinch. I saw it at Barnes and Noble last month and decided that it's my book to read for the summer.

Missing / Caleb :( While we've always spent the majority of summers apart because we live in different cities, this is the first year where we're in different states and can't visit quite as often.

Cultivating / meaningful relationships with Lara Casey and #FruitfulSummer. I'm so excited to get real and grow in my friendships with others! Sign up to get the Fruitful Summer Guide with beautiful printables , fruitful conversation starters, free summer wallpapers for your phone, and much more!

Working / out! I'm on the thinner side, so cardio isn't what I'm focusing on. Instead, I'm focusing on improving my flexibility and getting stronger through weight lifting. I started on Monday and have routines set up for the rest of this month. Wish me luck!

Craving / ice cream. If you were to ask me what my guilty pleasure is, it's ice cream. I really want to get into making homemade ice cream too, and I found these cute ice cream containers from Williams-Sonoma to hold it in.

Setting / up Caleb's website for his business, New-Tech Tooling!

Pinning / super pretty watercolor paintings. I want to be able to paint like that!

What’s currently happening in your life? What are you playing / reading this month? Come linkup with Jenna and Anne for the currently linkup each month! :)

Currently... // May 2015

Currently... // May 2015 Designing / websites and newsletters for final projects in my classes. It's been a lot of fun learning new tricks and tips!

Enjoying / sleep? I've been stressed this past week with finals and all, so I haven't had much time to relax :(

Ordering / my Today and To-Do from Whitney English! I actually received it a few weeks ago and it's amazing. Perfect for a person like me who has a list of things to remember and a very predictable day.

Celebrating / the fact that I'm finished with my sophomore year of college! Where has the time gone? Sadly, this joy is short lived. I start summer classes on Monday and don't finish all of them until July 24 :(

Tasting / these Toffee Cinnamon Oatmeal Cookie Bars. I need to make more of these ASAP. They are unlike anything I've ever tasted before. Literally PERFECT.

Loving / Lennon and Maisy! You have to watch their latest video, In the Waves. It's adorable! Especially the ending :) My favorite songs by them are That's What's Up and Love.

Needing / to catch up on my blog roll. I've been so busy these past few weeks that blogging has been put on the back burner. I currently have 418 posts to go through on Bloglovin', and I'll most likely have 30+ more after new ones get posted today.

Getting / back into the habit of making my to-do lists on I love the fact that you can now categorize lists and share them with others. Caleb and I share so many lists; it's helps us stay organized.

Discovering / places all over Lincoln. Last Saturday we drove to the Glass Chapel and found our new favorite park. The Glass Chapel is absolutely gorgeous, especially on a sunny day.

Packing / my clothes for the summer so I can begin my capsule wardrobe! I'm so excited to embark on this journey.

Wanting / to travel to these lightbulbs placed all over Lincoln. There's one on the corner of campus, and I've spotted a few as I've been driving around.

What’s currently happening in your life? What are you enjoying / celebrating this month? Come linkup with Jenna and Anne for the currently linkup each month! :)

Currently... // April 2015

Processed with VSCOcam with t1 preset Wearing / a sweater, my Bean Boots, and a very heavy winter jacket.


Just kidding! April Fools! :) It's springtime now, so bye bye winter clothes, hello sunshine!

Sipping / some nice refreshing water. It's basically the only thing I drink.

Wishlisting / this print for my wall. I love the saying so much.

Writing / the next Flourish linkup post! I created the Flourish linkup as a way to help you discover how to be successful, prosper, and thrive – in your own way. I invite you to check it out and join in on the fun! You can read past linkups and get all of the details here. The next linkup goes live on Friday morning!

Surprising / Caleb by asking him to the Sadie's banquet! I drew a hand made map with landmarks around town – the Clocktower on campus, Holmes Lake, etc. – and had him go from place to place until he reached the X...which was me! I held up a large, red X with the word "Banquet?" written on it. The photo we took afterwards is the one up above.

Exploring / the Air and Space Museum! This was the location of the banquet. It was travel themed, so each table was a different country, and we had lots of international food. Caleb LOVED looking at the planes. We're planning on going back again sometime too!

Wishing / my roommate a very Happy Birthday! :)

Seeing / buds bloom on trees!

Remembering / how much I loved watching Storm Chasers with my dad every week when I was younger. It was my absolute favorite show. We even said that someday we'd chase tornados ;)

Sharing / this cute, funny video of "goat parkour" with everyone I know! I just think it's hilarious how it jumps on other goats and knocks them over! I hope it makes you smile :)

Reading / Darling magazine! I had to recreate a magazine cover for graphic design class, so I used that assignment as an excuse to order a copy. And I love it! No more Glamour magazines for me. I wholeheartedly believe in their mission that, as women, we must embody virtue, wit, modesty, wisdom, and love. I highly recommend getting a copy, even if its on sale from last year! You won't regret it.

What’s currently happening in your life? What are you writing / exploring this month? Come linkup with Jenna and Anne for the currently linkup each month! :)


Currently... // March 2015

Currently...March 2015 Dreaming / of spring! I'm really looking forward to next week. I'll be on spring break, the days will start to get longer, and the weather will be in the 50s and 60s! I feel so much more energized and productive when the days are warm and long.

Planning / something special for a special man who reads my blog. Let's just say it has something to do with the word Hawkins. Can you guess it? ;)

Making / a really cool photo background! It's going to help make my photos look great indoors!

Baking / my favorite blueberry muffins. I got the recipe from my teacher back in high school when she brought a batch of them to class one day. They're soooo good!

Watching / The Wonder Years every day with Caleb. It's become our tradition to watch this series while we eat supper every night. We're almost done with it though :(

Feeling / a little frazzled. I have so much going on this week before I go home for break. I have multiple tests, meetings, projects, and events to attend. The good news is that it's Wednesday and I'm almost through the week! :)

Hearing / the birds chirp outside in the morning!

Appreciating / my best friends :)

Needing / a lightweight jacket for spring. It seems like all I have are big coats and sweaters. I'm thinking of getting this one from the North Face, because what Minnesotan doesn't own a North Face jacket?

Discovering / my love for graphic design. I just signed up for the student rate of Adobe CC on Sunday and now I just want to spend my days messing around and creating things!

Chuckling / at this tweet I posted on Sunday. When I read it again the next morning, I realized that I needed the tweet for myself more than I intended to share it with others. It's been a busy week :)

What’s currently happening in your life? What are you dreaming / planning this month? Come linkup with Jenna and Anne for the currently linkup each month! :)


P.S. Don't forget! The Flourish linkup is this Friday!

Currently... // February 2015

Currently...on The Kardia Hearting / pretty, simple desktop wallpapers. Kory made one perfect for Valentine's Day, and the one I'm currently using is the "It's cool to be kind" one found here on Design Love Fest.

Reading / HGTV Magazine. I love anything that has to do with home decor!

Pinning / fashion ideas, blog tips, home decor, and Valentine's day ideas! Haha I'm going to be sharing stories of our three previous Valentine's Day and how they didn't go as expected sometime next week. Storytime!

Eating / super yummy almond praline crunch ice cream! Read more about why down below :)

Anticipating / the very first Flourish linkup this Friday!! :) I'm really looking forward to reading everyone's post on how they plan to flourish in different areas of their lives. I encourage you to join in! The more, the merrier! :)

Disliking / getting stuck in the parking lot due to snow. It rained a lot then snowed on top of it, causing the college to have a snow day (yay!) but it also meant that digging out your car took 20+ mins.

Wishing / I had an unlimited grocery budget. Caleb and I went to Whole Foods the other day and realized that we couldn't really afford to much of anything. So we bought a pint of ice cream and ate the whole thing instead :)

Wanting / a puppy. So cute!

Designing / a logo for my (soon-to-be) business! I'm creating it for my graphic design class, but I'm using it as my own personal project. I'm so excited and can't wait to share more about it in the coming months!

Realizing / that friends come and go. People who you thought were some of your closest friends sometimes hurt you in a way that can't be fixed.

Beginning / the first steps to minimalism! I really want to be begin living a simple, more intentional life.

What’s currently happening in your life? What are you hearting / pinning this month? Come linkup with Jenna and Anne for the currently linkup each month! :)


P.S. Meet Caleb, a.k.a the man behind the blog!

Currently... // January 2015

Currently...January 2015 Planning / posts for my new series Blogging Basics! I've had a lot of people ask me recently about tips for starting a blog. These tips cover some lesser known things that really make a blog stand out. The first post will be on Monday!

Hoping / that I'll finish my to-do list today! I've been very bad and have procrastinated all week. Things are piling up and today I want to get them all done!

Baking / some oatmeal cookies with my dad! Granted, we were just the ones who scooped, rolled, and put them in the oven, but still :) Yum!

Wearing / lots and lots of layers. The high temperature for today is -6. You read that right. Negative six degrees. Brrrrrrr. (note: the picture in this post is from last year haha but the temps are pretty much the same!) But even sub-zero temps can't keep Minnesotans down! We fight through it :)

Resolving / to become healthier and stronger this year. I want to improve my flexibility and eat whole, natural foods. That's one reason why daily yoga is on my goal list, not the meditating part, but the stretching!

Enjoying / my last few days at home. Time goes by so quickly :(

Discovering / my old yearbooks from high school. Caleb and I went to a boarding school and I found some old pictures of us!

Needing / to do my laundry. Thankfully, laundry at home is free! My sister got me $20 worth of quarters for Christmas though. That will help a lot!

Writing / in my new Day Designer and Lara Casey Powersheets! I feel so good about this year. A little pretty organization doesn't hurt either ;)

Feeling / motivated as I read Make It Happen! I'm only on the first chapter, but man is it inspiring! She writes as if she's sitting right there in front of you having a conversation. I highly recommend it!

Learning / patience. Waiting is difficult sometimes.

What’s currently happening in your life? What are you planning / hoping for this month? Come linkup with Jenna and Anne for the currently linkup each month! :)


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Currently... // December 2014

Currently... | The Kardia Blog Making / a piece of art for my Arts and Ideas class. It's inspired by the Andy Warhol modern art exhibit in the Joslyn Museum of Art in Omaha that we went on a field trip to. Let's just say, this piece of art includes lots of Photoshop and colors :)

Listening / to Blank Space by Taylor Swift. I don't even like her that much, but I fell in love with this song before I even knew who sang it! I've also been listening to my creativity boost playlist on Spotify. It has songs like Hear the Bells by Naomi Scott and Madness by Muse on it!

Wrapping / my gift for The Great Christmas Exchange! I can't wait to send my gifts to my partner! Other than that, I haven't even gone shopping for Christmas Gifts yet...

Watching / hilarious parodies on YouTube! Bart Baker and Barely Political make the best!

Anticipating / the end of the semester a.k.a. Christmas break! I am so excited to be able to go home for a month and not worry about any projects or homework assignments. I just have to get through these two weeks of crazy.

Needing / some L.L. Bean boots! I hate going all winter walking through snow and slush with my nice shoes. Plus, L.L. Bean boots are made to last for years!

Liking / these speakers from Aether! They are so classy and modern :)

Hearing / Christmas music being played everywhere! I love this time of year and hearing Christmas songs like Mistletoe by Colbie Caillat play at night while the snow falls outside is absolutely perfect.

Giggling / at this video I saw on Facebook of cats trying to jump...and failing! Poor kitties.

Realizing / that this year is almost over. I can't believe it's December already! It must be true that years go by faster as you get older. I'm not sure I like that either.

Planning / for 2015! I'm a very futuristic person, so thinking about my dreams and goals for the future are exciting! I feel like 2015 will be a big year :)

What’s currently happening in your life? What are you making / wrapping this month? Come linkup with Jenna and Anne for the currently linkup each month! :)


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Currently... // November 2014

Currently - November | The Kardia Blog Reading / college textbooks. I really wish I could say I was reading something creative and more interesting than microeconomics.

Wishlisting / some warm L.L. Bean boots, a big dreams notepad, this lovely wall print, and this mug that every blogger should have!

Loving / greeting cards, christmas cards, birthday cards, any type of card! I really want to start a box full of cards for every occasion. You never know when you'll need to write someone a special note. I especially love the cards from Rifle Paper Co. So if anyone wants to send me some pretty cards, I'll be more than happy to collect them ;)

Appreciating / daylight savings time. I really needed that extra hour on Sunday to finish everything I needed to do. Although, I'm not very fond of the sun setting before 5:30.

Creating / business cards and a website for Caleb's business! I'm so, so proud of him for all his hard work :) I mean, how many other college students pay for their own house and run a business before they're even 20!?

Photographing / things for my photography class. In the beginning of December we have to turn in a personal photography assignment where we focus on a theme. My theme is on shutter speeds, both slow and fast. I have some great ideas for photos and hope to share them on here in a few weeks.

Drinking / lots and lots of water! Cold and flu season is just around the corner, and I'm not going to be a victim!

Following / the freeway home for Thanksgiving in a few weeks! I can't wait to see my family again and relax back home.

Waiting / for my wifi to reconnect...again...and again. Is it wrong to get frustrated with a first world problem?

Dreaming / about so many things! I have so many hopes and goals I want to accomplish. And I'm going to do all of them :)

Looking / forward to our 3 year dating anniversary! :) It's next Friday and I can't wait! Hard to believe it's already been 3 years since we were little 16-year-olds. So much has changed since then, in a good way of course! Oh, young love...

What's currently happening in your life? What are you loving / creating this month? Come linkup with Jenna and Anne for the currently linkup each month! :)


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Currently... // October 2014

Currently - October 2014 | The Kardia Blog Loving / these last few warm, sunny days. As summer draws to a close and the fall chill sets in, I've learned to savor the moments outside before I'm bundled up for the next 5-6 months.

Smelling / petrichor. The smell after it rains. The scent reminds me of spring and new beginnings, even though it's autumn.

Planning / my blog posts for the next month. I have so many ideas and things to share! One of the major things I'm going to be starting is adding more date idea posts. I'm super passionate about having a weekly (or at least monthly) date time. I hope that by sharing some of our dates, you'll be inspired to go on more with your significant other. October is going to be a great month!

Celebrating / the fact that Caleb is here in town! He arrived here in Lincoln last Wednesday and moved into his own house. It's small, but super cute! Going to school without him was actually pretty hard. Ever since we started dating we've always gone to school together, so September was a big change in my daily routine. I'm already planning a little housewarming party / get together with our closest friends so we can all catch up.

Baking / nothing :( but now that Caleb has a house I really want to go apple picking and bake a fresh apple pie. Yum! Any tips for the baking the perfect apple pie? I'd love to hear them!

Feeling / relieved, relaxed, and happy that I finished my homework for the whole week on Sunday. No more staying up super late to study! :)

Opening / my first VoxBox from Influenster that I received in the mail! It's filled with so many amazing products that I can test and review. I'll be writing a post on it in the upcoming week, so stay tuned.

Bookmarking / lots of home decor and fashion inspiration! My Pinterest is full of ideas and inspiration that I love. I've also been saving some cool wall art on Etsy so I can begin to build a gallery wall. The first print I bought was this one from She Reads Truth. Do you have any favorite print shops you can share with me?

Wearing / a raincoat. It's been a wet week so far, but thankfully most of my classes are in the same building. I've also had to break out my fall clothing, although I'm still hoping there are some nice warm days left to wear sandals and dresses. I can't wait for cooler weather though! My go to fall outfits consist of sweaters with leggings, warm socks, and boots.

Listening / to anything by Sam Smith. The acoustic version of Latch is my favorite! I love it so much that I made it my ringtone. Another song that I've been listening to nonstop is Cheap Sunglasses by RAC. It's so happy and cheerful! I listen to it as I get ready because it puts me in a great mood for the rest of the day.

Wondering / who all these new faces are that I see on campus. I go to a small, private, Christian college with around 1,000 students, so I can usually recognize most faces and can name a lot of people, but lately I keep seeing people I've NEVER seen before. It's a little weird.

What's currently happening in your life? What are you loving / celebrating this month?


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