14 things for february 14 (2015 edition)



a few weeks ago i started thinking about this post…my annual 14 for 14 post that’s all about love. or things related to love!

here is my list for this year! 

1. heart in pacific ocean rock


this past week i was in san francisco and witnessed the pacific ocean for the first time! look at the heart in the rock! how awesome is that! this is at lands end in california.

here is a video of it that i filmed on my iphone!

click here to view more pictures and videos from my san francisco trip on tumblr.

2. wild hearts can’t be broken 


i had the vhs version of this 1991 disney movie and of course that became obsolete so i bought the dvd version recently. LOVE this movie. forget 50 shades this weekend and rent this instead.

3. a langston hughes poem

Harlem Night Song

Let us roam the night together

I love you.

..continue reading

4. jane austen 

jane austen has provided unrealistic expectations for women everywhere for years, but gotta love her! the world can never seem to get enough jane austen products and spinoffs!

found this at the dollar store.

5. candy hearts by tofer brown

click here to view on youtube

6. alex and sierra 

if you wish to fall in love fall in love with this singing couple!

click here to view on youtube

7. romantic sappy movies might be in jeopardy…

this is heartbreaking! the author of the notebook, nicholas sparks, has recently gotten a divorce. not for sure what this means for the future of his sappy love stories!

8. waffle house 

if you have ever wondered exactly what is ghetto fabulous here is a prime example for you.


waffle house will be offering candle light dinners for valentines. what what!

9. unmade homemade cards


i bought all the supplies to make valentine’s day cards for my friends, but at this point it’s the thought that counts! right?

10. friday the 13th was yesterday 

but who even really notices such a thing when everyone has their sights on the 14th? 

here is a little history on friday the 13th. 

11. because He first loved us!


thank you God!!!

(image via faithwords)

12. my book #love

i have a quote book that’s all about love, but don’t buy this book for someone unless you REALLY are in love with them. otherwise, it will get awkward real fast.


available from amazon.com and b&n.

13. my dear – kina grannis (official music video / my wedding video)

i’ve been following kina grannis since the days of myspace and she made her wedding video into an official music video and it’s just lovely.

click here to view video on youtube

14. and to keep with tradition…

here is the list from last year!

3 things you can learn from taylor swift


my guilty pleasure this month has been rocking out to taylor swift’s 1989 album. it has increased my productivity by at least 50%! ;) taylor swift fan or not, the girl is a genius. you don’t accidentally be the bestselling artist of 2014, some intent goes into it. it got me thinking about some things i can learn from taylor swift.

1. don’t be afraid to reinvent yourself

my love for taylor swift goes back to album 1, a sweet little country teen singing about teardrops on her guitar. back when she had noodle hair. the first time i heard “shake it off” on one of my pandora stations i didn’t know who it was, and when i looked and saw the artist i was like, “oh wow, it’s taylor swift!”

change is risky, and not everyone will like the change, but it could pay off. big time.


2. people will pay for it if they really want it

i love my spotify and was quite disappointed when taylor swift music was pulled from the mix. i got over it and bought the cd. the deluxe edition from target for a whopping $17.99. this is expensive for a cd for someone who is thrifty, but i really wanted it so i bought it.

make stuff people really want, and they will open up their wallets.

3. be extremely nice

is taylor swift a nice person? oh i don’t REALLY know but from what i can tell from social media and the media she is a nice person. i do know she projects niceness. and there was that time when she invited real fans to her real homes and did showcases for them. sounds pretty nice to me!

as the famous saying goes…be nice and good things will happen to you!

headed into the new year with goals and plans



first, i want to say THANK YOU for all the support in 2014. i know i have been the world’s worst blogger this year, i can count on my hands the times i’ve updated. life has somehow gotten in the way, and that’s my story. however, it’s not one i want to stick to in 2015.

2014 taught me a few things, some of the life lessons i signed up for and some of the life lessons just happened. i had no say. tragically losing my cousin in the spring was one of those things, but it taught me some things about life, death, and family.

2014 has been pivotal professionally. it will be known as the year i walked out on faith and quit my job. the year i finally went back to school and started grad school. those things have created a shift in my life, someday i will look back at them as life course changers.

2014 had some fun things to offer me as well. in the summer i basically cut all my hair off! plus, i finally went camping! those were both bucket list items.

the other day i went through 20 reflective questions about the year with my sister and it was a good way to put the year into perspective. additionally, by looking back for a moment it offered up some clarity for the upcoming year. find the questions here at paulsohn.org.

i am excited about my goals and plans for the new year! one of them is 365devotions.com where you can help me publish a devotional book by contributing a devotional to the project. go. check. it. out! :)

this year my goals and plans will be mapped out according to the quarters of the year. i believe in the little by little concept, and it will provide a renewed since of purpose throughout the year.

once again, thanks for all the support! in the past month or so i have published a few new books and they can all be found at gloriamariebooks.com.

many blessings in the new year! if i can do anything for you please let me know.