Morning Commute Playlist

I’m slowly but surely becoming a morning person, y’all. I look forward to cozying up with my cup of coffee to slowly wake up each day. Since I have not yet mastered the 6 o’clock wake up time, my morning routine typically continues during my commute as well. As a result, I’ve realized that my morning commute playlist has helped turn the drive to work into a novelty in my day. Rather than defaulting to auto-pilot mode in the morning, I now look forward to and truly enjoy my drive. As we step into a new week, I’m sharing my playlist with you this morning!

my morning commute playlist - kyla mary

Rhyme and Reason by Alexandra Wolf Photography 

Simply click here and listen on Spotify. Happy Monday, y’all!

What songs would you include in a morning commute playlist? Share your favorites below and I might add them to my list!



Cubicle Decorating Ideas for Adding Color and Cheer

Fun fact, y’all: I’ve been working in a cubicle for the past several weeks. I can hardly believe I’m typing those words because never before did I think I would consider such a thing, but I’ve been making it work! I dream of someday working creatively in a sun-strewn office. But in this season of laying a responsible foundation for marriage, I have been called to a different job for now. In additional to having a steady income, I am also growing professionally and becoming more adaptable. This time has been stretching for me, and it’s incredible to look back at the growth that has occurred through it.

With this job came the new experience of working in a cubicle instead of in my workspace at home. From the start, I have purposed to infuse as much joy and cheer into this experience as possible. Because I know I’m not alone in being stretched by the cubicle life, I want to share my ideas with those in similar situations! I’ve pulled together some of my favorite sources and products to help you take whatever workspace you’ve been given and add some color and cheer to it. Enjoy!

cubicle decorating ideas for adding color and cheer - kyla mary

lettered mug / desk calendar / desk cards

gold garland / polished binder / chalkboards

mouse pad / bright washi tape / monogram mug

cozy throw / document holder / metal sign

I am so thankful that God saw fit for me to have a job right now that allows me to make a positive impact on the lives of others. I come to work every day and get to have meaningful conversations with people who have big goals and dreams for their life, and I get to cheer them on as they make them happen. How fun is that?!

How do you personalize your workspace? Share your ideas in the comments below!


2017 Reading List

I am excited to share my 2017 reading list today for two reasons: posting a reading list is one of my 101 in 1001 goals, and I’ve already finished my first book of the year! I have never been a habitual reader before but want to instill the discipline of reading a little bit each weekday for the sake of personal growth and edification.

My reading goal for 2017 is to read 12 books and I plan to cover at least one book from each of the areas below, inspired by this post from my friend Nancy. There are at least 20 books on this list because I haven’t yet decided which 12 I will read, but they all look so good!

2017 Reading List - Kyla Mary


Practicing the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence
Renewing Your Mind by R.C. Sproul
Weird by Craig Groeschel
Crash the Chatterbox by Steven Furtick
The Best Yes by Lysa TerKeurst
Present Over Perfect by Shauna Niequist

The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey
Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert T. Kiyosaki

Linchpin by Seth Godin
How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
Good to Great by Jim Collins
Start with Why by Simon Sinek

Marriage & Family
His Needs, Her Needs by Willard F. Harley Jr
The Power of a Praying Wife by Stormie Omartian
The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman
Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts by Les and Leslie Parrott

Personal & Intellectual Development
The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy
The One Thing by Gary Keller
Margin by Richard Swenson
The Finishing School by Valerie Woerner
Manage Your Day to Day by Jocelyn Glei

Hungry for Change by James Colquhoun
Wheat Belly by William Davis
Eat Move Sleep by Tom Rath

The Magnolia Story
Grace Not Perfection
Cultivate by Lara Casey

Have you read any of the books above? Share in the comments below!

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