Ads in January : Who are They?

Hello and welcome to the January advertisers!

Let’s chat about resolutions, debating vs. peace-keeping, comfort foods (YUM), and homebodyishness. That’s a word.

Deanna | Soul Like a Spider

Are you a resolution maker? Why or why not? If so, what’s your most important resolution this year?

I didn’t really used to be one because I always felt like they were just added extra guilt that I didn’t need. But last year I started making them and I have a set again this year. This year my most important resolution has to do with eating. I want to be more creative, cook at home more, be more prepared ahead of time, and pack my lunch consistently for work. They are a bunch of mini-goals to help me achieve the overall goal of taking care of myself.

Do you enjoy a good debate or do you prefer keeping the peace?

This severely depends on the group and the topic. If it’s politics, I will almost always keep my mouth shut. If it’s religion, I will almost always add my story. I have a close group of friends that I feel comfortable enough engaging in a good debate once and a while, but most of the time I like to keep the debates-turned-arguments to a minimum!

What’s your go-to comfort food?

Oreos, Kraft macaroni and cheese, and oatmeal.

Are you a traveler or a homebody?

Homebody. My husband is a great match for me because what we love to do is just stay in and clear out the DVR. However, I like to take big trips once or twice a year just to chance the pace and have something to look forward to. Last year was San Fran, and who knows what this year will be!
Deanna Ogle is a writer and web designer from the greater Detroit area where she works at a small software firm. A few of her favorite things are carnations, hair dye, peanut butter, and bluegrass. When she is not working she can usually be found curled up with her husband watching movies. She is published in the anthology “The Age of Conversation 2: Why Don’t They Get It?” by Gavin Heaton and Drew McLellan and has had articles featured in Provoketive Magazine.

Find Deanna: Blog | Twitter

Ashley | Photo Hut

Are you a resolution maker? Why or why not? If so, what’s your most important resolution this year?

I am a resolution maker, but I call them goals, because that sits with me better. My most important goal this year is to volunteer more – once a month to be exact. I’m currently signing up to work at a local church serving dinner to the homeless. I really do hope to make a difference, even if it only has a small societal impact.

Do you enjoy a good debate or do you prefer keeping the peace?

I’m all about keeping the peace. I was never all that great at debate, I think mostly because I’m easily swayed, so even my opponents make points that make me think both sides are right.

What’s your go-to comfort food?

Pasta is my go-to comfort food. Especially filled pasts like ravioli and tortellini. I recently made this slow cooker tortellini stew that was to die for :).

Are you a traveler or a homebody?

If I could quit my job and travel for the rest of my life, I would. Then I would have so many great pictures to post on Etsy!
I am a 20-something newlywed who is a social media marketer by day and a skydiver, yoga practitioner and photographer by night and weekend. I’m new to the Etsy scene and am loving getting my photo prints out there to share. Whether you want them on canvas, matted and framed, or the print alone, I’m confident one of my pieces will make a great addition to your home decor. I’m a big believer in the small business, so I figured why not start a little slice of my own.

Find Ashley: Shop | Twitter

Aleigh | Indigo + Canary

Are you a resolution maker? Why or why not? If so, what’s your most important resolution this year?
I used to be a big resolution maker and I’d make 100 resolutions in categories like “Work” and “Health” and “Person I Want to Be.” But then I realized it was just one more thing to stress me out, so I ditched the resolution thing entirely. Last year I decided to try something a little different, though: I made one resolution that’s more like a mantra. It’s to be good to myself. It’s broad enough that I can interpret it in so many ways, from seeking work/life balance, to mindful eating, to staying on track with my exercise, to nurturing my friendships…and it’s not technically measureable, so I can’t beat myself up if I don’ achieve it. It worked out really well last year, so I’m doing it again this year!

Do you enjoy a good debate or do you prefer keeping the peace?
Ha! Well, I’ve been told by more than one person that I should’ve pursued a career as a lawyer. So, yeah. I love a good debate, but only if it’s a true debate and not a fight or an attack.

What’s your go-to comfort food?
Oh, this is a tough one. I really, really love food. I think probably Thai or Vietnamese food. There’s something about rice and spicy sauces that can turn around any grey day or foul mood.

Are you a traveler or a homebody?

I’m both! I love to travel and I’m pretty adventurous—I’ve been trying to plan a trip to hike up to Machu Picchu for a few years now. My last big trip was a two-week exploration of Russia, and I completely fell in love with the people and the history there.

Indigo+Canary is a new beauty blog, where Aleigh writes about current obsessions, favorite (and a few not-so favorite) natural beauty products, along with DIY beauty recipes, and natural beauty inspiration.

Find Aleigh: Blog | Twitter | Facebook

Becky | What Bex Loves

Are you a resolution maker? Why or why not? If so, what’s your most important resolution this year?
Not really…I am constantly trying to better myself through cleaner eating, moving more, working on my patience (and bad language…), spending less, saving more.  Instead of waiting for December 31st, I try to let the previous day go and work harder on all these things with each new day.

Do you enjoy a good debate or do you prefer keeping the peace?
In my younger years I really enjoyed a good debate, you know, back when I thought I knew EVERYTHING.  But as I’ve gotten older (just turned 32!) I’ve come to respect the fact that everyone has their own reasons for what they believe and most of us aren’t going to be swayed from our views.  I mean, I still think I’m right about most topics, but I don’t need to convince others of that anymore ;)

What’s your go-to comfort food?
Well, I’ve recently had to cut gluten out of my diet, so this has completely changed this answer!  Before the diet shift, hawaiian pizza or twizzlers.  Ben & Jerry’s Cherry Garcia ice cream, however, has always had wonderful soothing effects.
Are you a traveler or a homebody?

I have literally been around the world.  China, Italy, Costa Rica, Iceland, Cabo, Bermuda, Napa. I *LOVE* to travel, but more recently a nice homemade dinner, a bottle of wine and a few friends sounds pretty amazing, too.  I’ll always have wanderlust, but it has definitely been toned down lately.

Hey there!  I’m Bex.  My tag line reads “wife. daughter. sister. aunt. godmother. friend. worker bee. law student. makeup addict. world traveler. lover of wine and tequila, although not together,” and all of these many hats I wear have led me to discover SO many things out there to love.  From beauty products, to books, to movies, to gifts, to experiences, to travel destinations to…well…maybe something I haven’t even discovered yet!  My theory is that there is enough negativity out there on the interwebs, so you’ll only read about things I LOVE on “What Bex Loves.”

Find Becky: Blog | Twitter


Erin | Reinventing Erin

Are you a resolution maker? Why or why not? If so, what’s your most important resolution this year?

I love me some goals. I’m not too fond of resolutions though. I like to start the year with 12 intentions I privately set for myself. It could be things like, “spend more time walking my dog” or “try new things” etc. I choose to use the word intention rather than resolution, because I feel like I set myself up for failure when I resolve to change things. I’d rather  intend to live my life healtier and happier by choosing smaller goals.

Do you enjoy a good debate or do you prefer keeping the peace?

Well, I really hate conflict. I don’t like to leave things unresolved, and I worry way more than I should about other people’s feelings. I do however love to debate- you know, those fun conversations with differing opinions- with friends or family. I have strong opinions. I try not to ever force those on people, but I also love hearing why some people feel differently than I do. We can all educate each other.

What’s your go-to comfort food?

Candy and ice cream
Are you a traveler or a homebody?

I am both. I love to travel and can’t think of any place that I DON’T want to go to. At the same time though, I love spending time at home. I’m not the type of person who needs to be out an about constantly. Part of the reason I’m trying to buy a house is so I can have more get togethers at my house, rather than always meeting friends out.

Erin is a happy, grateful, occasionally cranky young lady who prefers experiences over presents. She’s a graduate student studying creative writing and loves the #5, lowercase letters, alligators and ice cream.

Find Erin: Blog | Twitter | 101 in 1001 Blog

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About Ashley

Ashley is a web designer by day (and night). She blogs about her attempts to live more simply and pursuing happiness while juggling a job she loves and life with an adorable toddler and an academic husband.

Comments

  1. I’ll start. :)

    Are you a resolution maker? Why or why not? If so, what’s your most important resolution this year?

    I am a monthly goal-maker. Yearly resolutions overwhelm me and I don’t know where to start!

    Do you enjoy a good debate or do you prefer keeping the peace?
    BOTH. For the vast majority of the time, I am definitely a peace-keeper. But I will call you out if you say something offensive or bigoted. Fair warning. ;)

    What’s your go-to comfort food?
    Either cereal or potatoes. Not at the same time, of course. And coffee. Fancy coffee drinks are my treat when I am having a bad day!

    Are you a traveler or a homebody?
    Again, BOTH. I have lived around the world and Mike and I a lot together domestically (and want to live overseas together!), but on a daily basis? I like to be in my yoga pants and hanging out with my two favorite boys. :)

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