the joys of blogging

Blogging…ha, I feel like that’s all I do that is remotely interesting anymore…for some reason my social life has dwindled down to the bare minimum lately, and I’m about ready to turn into a crazy lady that talks to herself all the time and communes with the birds in the park. I’m pretty sure I’m about 78 percent there already. So yeah, while I’m spending this abnormal amount of time at home, I’m just blogging quietly away. And blogging is kind of like talking to yourself, right? So actually I’m probably at about 98 percent crazy lady…

Craziness aside, the past few weeks of blogging have been lovely. I’m feeling slightly worn down from it, which is why this post is late, and there have been times when working on a new layout has me about ready to pull my eyebrows out, but yes, it’s been lovely.

As a whole, the past few months that I’ve been blogging in this particular space have been filled with so many blessings. I’m so grateful to have this little corner to just write, write, write, and interact with people (because, you know, with my steadily dwindling social life, I need some contact with real people every once in a while). I have connected with some truly wonderful, talented people, and I am so grateful to anyone who has taken the time to leave a comment – I have been inspired and uplifted by the enlightened responses to many of my posts.

I’m also forever grateful to everyone that follow this blog, whether by email, or on Bloglovin’, or Twitter, or on WordPress. It may just seem like a simple click of a button, but it is a joyful thing indeed to know that someone out there believes in you enough, and enjoys your words enough to want to read them on a regular basis.

So yes, blogging has brought me joy. It has brought me friendship. It has brought me inspiration. And I sincerely hope that this blogging-thing has some sort of a future, whether it is big or small, just some sort of potential to become something great.


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twitter >>> @tessabrynnk

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pinterest >>> tessa kohler


inspiration // music lately

music, for me, is synonymous with inspiration. lately, my music preferences have gravitated toward songs that have bit of an off-tone to them…nothing too jumpy or pop-esque, but nothing too absolutely and totally monotonous either. when a song has a singing melody and a deep, real message to it – that, right there, is beauty.

anyway, here are the songs that have spoke to me the most lately. the moment any of these come on, it’s like an instant breath of peace and soothing, and they put me in my “writing mood.” this music speaks of hope, and love, and – most importantly – reality.

“Sort Of” – Ingrid Michaelson –

“Lovely” – Sara Haze –

“What If” – Five for Fighting –

“Boston” – Augustana –

“Demons” – Imagine Dragons –

“Beautiful Goodbye” – Maroon 5 –