Heart-Warm-Ing

For those who have been checking this site for updates, well I’m sorry and bless you for still looking.

Contrary to what it might look like, I haven’t been struck with a severe case of writers block, nor have I just been too busy to post anything. In fact, I just have been too busy with another writing project.

I wanted to fine-tune my writing to something more accessible than the types of posts you would normally see here. Something shorter. Something sweeter.

I’ve been wanting to hold off on sharing this blog until it was perfect. But I just can’t. Perhaps it will never be perfect, but I want you to be able to see this new thing I’ve created, this new thing I’ve been spending my time on.

We’ll call this a soft launch, a special preview for all you loyal blog readers.

www.heart-warm-ing.com

Modern day fables and stories to warm the heart.

Heartwarming capture

I will still be keeping .Steffany. active, for those pieces that don’t fit into the Hear-Warm-Ing market.

Feel free to get in touch with any feedback you have about this or my new site.

You can do that by emailing me – steffanywillis@gmail.com

LOVE TO ALL.

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Birthday No. 17

Did I tell you it was birthday month or did I tell you?

Today Tegan celebrates her first birthday as a Swanborough and her 17th birthday since we have been friends. However she is actually 23 years old. For approximately six months we are the same age and I’ll presume she agrees but these are probably the best 6 months of the year.

Reasons why Tegan Swanborough is worth a full post on her birthday:

  • She is my No. 1 blog supporter so it is only fitting that she gets mentioned here. We like to discuss stats, new features, how many drafts, the difficulties of photo arrangements, tagging, where our viewers come from and how often is it actually appropriate to spam everyone about each other.
  • She is no longer with me. That sounds morbid but actually, she’s just in Melbourne for a long weekend with Blaine. However it’s still a little bit sad because this is probably the first birthday since her 18th that we haven’t spent together. Sad. We shall make up for it soon.
  • She is the MOST consistent person. That’s my favourite quality in people and she has it down. She is the same person, with minimal changes (apart from the good changes) as she was when I first met her.
  • She’s so talented. You should check out her blog My Favourite Colour is SHINY to see some of the things she can create. This isn’t even the half of it.
  • She did the best thing possible to preserve our friendship even further, she married my other best friend Blaine Swanborough. Hanging out with both of them is basically like hanging out with Tegan on her own. Which is awesome.
  • She knows me. Like actually knows me and still loves me. WHAAT?
  • She’s been a part of every big moment of my life, good and bad.
  • She is a babe. And that can be made clear by the following pictures.

All the best in friendship,

STEgan. xo

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One blog at a time..

Yeah, I got a new blog.

I know right? Whaaat? Like I need another blog, I can barely keep up with this one.

I started a new 365 grateful style project entitled ‘The Best Part‘ and I’m eager to share it with you. Essentially it’s a photo of the moment in my day which I stopped and thought ‘This is the best part of my day’. I’ve got a fancy new iPhone now so hopefully the picture quality will be better and you’ll enjoy a little snapshot into my life.

Go ahead and add www.alittleamour.blogspot.com to your list of blogs to follow. It will at least be more consistent that this old thing.

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Follow Friday

Blogs you should check out.

Miss Pinches.

My lovely friend Hannah is an amazing blogger. Now that she has an amazing camera by her side, her blog has been ever better. She’s a brilliant list maker and pulls insight out of the smallest things. It’s wonderful to read because I know her and is a great way to keep in touch with her life, but basically, Miss Pinches is for the masses. I laugh and appreciate this blog so much.

My Favourite Colour is SHINY.

This girl can’t be stopped. Like literally, we are looking at a post every single day. So many people start blogs and then stop posting after ooo.. 5 posts. Tegan is getting set to hit 100 already! People who love design and beautiful images will get a kick out of this blog along with some personal insights as well. Hands up if you never want the blogging to end? *both of my hands literally went up*.

William + Laura

I’ll be honest and say that both William and Laura are individually great bloggers. But perhaps not as consistent posters on their own blogs as they are on their couple blog. This blog is pretty darn cute and I think every couple would read it thinking ‘I wish our lives were cool/photographable enough to warrant a couple blog’. Lately they’ve been showcasing their wedding shots which are pretty amazing. I even feature – so you should head on over there and love a little on that blog.

Sarah Starrenburg

If you’re looking for intelligent writing, prose, theological thoughts and other wonderous things I wish I could come up with in my head. You should read Sarah’s blog. She posts daily which for a pure writing blog – is AMAZING. I wish I could write like that. I think everyone does. Except Sarah, she probably wishes she could write better. Sarah is one of my longtime favourite people and is one of the most consistent people I know. Her blog is equally as consistent.

Kendi Everyday

This is my favourite fashion blog. Kendi reminds me of friends I already do have and makes me wish I could be her friend and steal things from her wardrobe. She posts a daily (get it!) outfit and other miscellaneous things thrown in. I think her style is wonderful, realistic, classy and I’m super envious of her hair. Ladies, you won’t regret subscribing to Kendi Everyday.

Girl Removed

This blog belongs to Gemma Bird. It’s a newly created, freshly, regularly updated travel/devotions blog that centres around Gemma’s recent move to Canada. I love travel blogs, they are always filled with funny little stories and tidbits of wisdom. I also love and miss Gemma, so this blog is perfect.

Katie-Lou.

Kate Fraser is one of my favourite people. You might recognise that name from various other posts which mention her older sister Laura Swanson (nee Fraser). I met Kate through Laura, was then her youth leader and now we are good and proper friends.

On Tuesday night, I went on a special Valentines Day date with Kate. To be honest, I’m surprised she was free as she’s single handedly the hottest person I know. We both wore red (MATCHING) and ate our dessert before our dinner cos we’re rebellious like that. We talked about family, boys, friends, Hart of Dixie and other important issues. I had a really great time.

Kate is smart, grounded, funny, quirky, sporty, genuine, easy-going and loyal. Oh and did I mention she’s seriously good looking?

This post was basically just to brag about how lucky I am but it’s also to brag about Kate new blog endeavour, Katie-Lou I do Love You. Kate inherits serious blogging skills from her older sister but has her own little unique twist that I super love. I’d be stoked if she posted something new everyday.

Check her and her blog out NOW.

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Grace Davis.

Mid last year I met a girl. Her name was Grace Davis and quite suddenly she became a big part of my life. Canadian and on a working holiday visa, her approach to life and her drive to meet new people was how our little friendship began.

Our relationship works because I like to make people laugh and Grace really likes to laugh. Mostly we laugh a lot. We also talk a lot. We talk so much that it wears us out. We share a mutual love for writing, discussing social media and how it affects culture, books, TVD, coffee and having an all around good time.

Grace is temporarily moving back to Canada to sort out a few things and the time she we will be away is uncertain. However I am not uncertain about our friendship or the connection that we share. Steph and I will sorely miss Grace and will now be severely outnumbered in the gender department. I think we shall probably make a cardboard cutout of Grace and we can take turn saying classic Grace phrases and make the ‘Grace Face’.

This post is an ode to Grace Davis. Thank you for 6 months of laughs and love. I look forward to an exceedingly sweet reunion.

Swalisswasen

Last night I went out for dinner. I ate Vietnamese. I poured a bit of my heart out. I laughed. I threw threats and tantrums due to insane heat. I walked around West End. I sat on a balcony and learnt about sleep patterns.

I did all these things with three of my favourite people. Mrs Jensen, Mrs Swanson and Mrs Swanborough. Three people who get me, love me and want to spend time with me. Freindship like this is valuable.

Introducing..

I feel like I’ve been waiting for this blog post my entire life, which is why it’s odd that it’s taken me a few weeks to get around to it. Maybe it’s the hype, you’re worried it won’t be as you imagined it would.

Getting onto the point. If you didn’t know that my best friend ever is Tegan Swanborough. Then, let’s be honest, you are pretty stupid. I like to brag about her constantly, so I’m stoked to announce that this babe has a brand spankin new blog.

The best thing about it is that I normally introduce a friends blog.. give them a bit of publicity.. and then they never ever ever post. Tegan has to be the most consistent new blogger that I’ve met. Averaging at least a post a week, you’ll enjoy this blog if you like interior design, arts and crafts, DIY, a giggle or if you simply love and adore all the cute and quirkiness that Tegan Swanborough – then check out My Favourite Colour is SHINY.

Meet Mrs S x and all her goodness now! Go go kids go!

 

Looking up

Lately I’ve been checking my blogroll and haven’t been finding a lot of friends who’ve been regularly updating their blogs, I sort of got a bit frustrated and then realised my hypocritical sentiments, as I hardly ever update this blog. Sure, 365grateful – every day. Sure, Sweet Nothings – more than once everyday. Poor little old tried and true .Steffany. – rarely ever. I think that’s because this blog is more about writing, it’s easy (ish) to snap a photo every day, it’s very easy to reblog other people’s beautiful pictures. It is much more difficult to think of something honest, interesting and inspiring, even on a weekly basis. But if I consider myself someone who enjoys writing – then it’s something I want to become better at. Learning to recognise, remember and record poignant moments in one’s life is a skill I want to have.

Lately I’ve been coming across a lot of milestones, or moments in life where it has been very appropriate and necessary to stop and reflect. Every 6 months I have an exam for uni, and I take it as a good opportunity to re-assess my life and see where I am and what has changed. These are some of the thoughts I’ve had recently.

This year. It’s been 6 years since I graduated high school. In four years time I will have my 10 year reunion. How crazy is that.

I’ve been at this new job for just over 3 months. Normally at the 3 month mark, I start to really hate my job and want to quit and get a new one. Yet to experience this moment, and if anything, have received a fresh new boost of enthusiam for work.

6 months ago I had long blonde/red hair. I now sport a blunt fridge and rock a almost black/purple brown colour.

One year ago I moved into the Homestead with Tegan and Nicole. Since then, they both got engaged and I have important roles to play in both of their weddings. Living with girls can be really amazing.

One month ago I knew exactly what was going on with my life. One month on.. I’m a very confused individual, and grateful for grace and the opportunity to figure myself out.

23 years ago I was inside my Mum’s tummy.. and making her fairly fat. I’ve come a long long way since then.

2 years ago I lived in a big breezey beautiful house in Bunya. I realised now what a magical place that was to live. Every now and then I dream about the wardrobe I had there and it makes me sad. Life does indeed move on though. One day I hope to be able to store my shoes like I could then.

9 months ago. I had a very different set of friends. Not that I ditched friends, but I’ve welcomed some people into my life that I hardly had any contact with, and now see on a pretty regular basis. I love old friends and new friends, but what I love SO much at the moment, is new friends who feel like old friends really quickly.

6 months ago I’m pretty sure I wasn’t a mother. I adopted a little Indian girl at some point earlier this year. And while, of course we have no biological relation to each other, and I technically am more of a “big sister” rather than a “Mumsie”, she brings light into my life like I’m sure my children will. She’s a babe and makes me feel like a babe. The ideal kind of relationship really.

I think we need to stop and reflect more. I’m going to do it all the time. Maybe even weekly.. or at least monthly. It could be time to reinstate the Monthly Summaries I used to do on this blog.

ALSO – Definitely check out Laura Hughes new blog, Love Letters to Life. I’ve been waiting in anticipation for her to start this one up and it’s lived up to the expectation.