Pinspirations- What on Pinterest Inspires You?

I love Pinterest. I mean, really LOVE it. (Along with the rest of the online world, I know). Here are a few things that have caught my eye this week (click on the photos for a link to the pin and source). Check out my other boards and follow me to share your pins with me too!:

Blanket Scarves

Typically I pin a ton of adorable outfits but this week I apparently was too cold to think about wearing anything other than sweats and hoodies. Needless to say my pins reflected that this week:





Yummy FOOD

I love to eat, so I will spare you all of the the recipes and pictures of delicious food I pinned while I was starving,, but here are two I can’t wait to try!



Travel/ Nature

So many places, so little time (okay, so little money!). My travel to do list grows faster than I can check places off, so the travel boards help me indulge in my wanderlust. Aren’t these photos gorgeous?

Hallstatt, Austria


Yellowstone National Park


Kayangan Lake, Coron islands, Palawan, Philippines


And one more pretty thing-



How great would it be to work in an office like that? I’m feeling inspired to write already!…

Follow me on Pinterest for more Pinspiration!

Have a beautiful day!








Blogging Because It Feels Right: Who I Am & Why I Am Here

Morning Coffee

I decided to jump on board the Blogging101 train, because I am realistic about where I am at. I have visions of grand blog posts dancing in my head (much like sugar plums, though the reference is about a month late!) and would love to find my niche where I can gain a following and have a place for creative expression. But realistically I am in need of a push to get started, and to do so in the right direction. So here we go!


My name is Mary and I am here (blogging) because I draw so much inspiration in all aspects of my life from other blogs and things I find online, and my goal is be a source for inspiration as well as I find my way as a writer and as an individual.

I have spent the past few years working constantly and not always taking the time to appreciate and find joy in the everyday. I started exploring freelance writing, and have since fell down the rabbit hole into travel writing as well as content creation and ghost writing. Writing is enjoyable for me, and I want to experience every aspect I can. I feel that a blog is the next step in the right direction.

A Bit About Me

I am passionate about travel, living a fun and meaningful life, and love beautiful and inspiring things. I am sucker for pretty decorative things that I don’t need but feel they will make my home and workspace more enjoyable. I am a teacher in special education, and am fascinated with the inspiring stories I see unfold within my students. I have two dogs that I take far too many pictures of (one of which is is at this very moment trying to climb onto my lab as I type).


Gather Moments is my attempt to collect and share inspiring stories and moments from everyday life and travel that help create a beautiful life. As a lifestyle blog, I am hoping to fill it with content relating to travel, home decor/life, food, and sharing found inspiration.

Join me on my journey to discover life’s greatest treasures and adventures, found in the simple and beautiful, such as some stylish office inspiration, favorite recipes, and travel topics.

Office Inspiration – Beautiful Places to Create

One of my goals for 2015 is do more writing, and to create a space where I feel inspired to do so. After finally moving our bunny out of the guest bedroom (which serves as my closet as well), I now have the space to create the perfect home office for writing, grad school, and general home organization.

I’ve been scouring Pinterest for ideas and have found so many beautiful spaces that would make me oh so happy to sit and write.





(Seeing a trend? I’m completed obsessed with Kate Spade inspired offices…)




 images via 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5  / 6 / 7

It’s pretty easy to tell what I am leaning towards. But while I would love to be able to sit down at any one of these desks, unfortunately one of the key factors is missing in my house – natural light. But they are a great jumping off point right?

What has inspired you lately?

A Place to Relax



This gorgeous patio came up on Pinterest today. Wouldn’t you love to just sit out there with a coffee and a good book?


Joss & Main
Joss & Main

Over the past few months I’ve been inspired by all of the wonderful things that fill my life on a daily basis. I’ve always been a sucker for that perfect moment- an espresso in a small French café, taking in the sunlight as it reflects over a completely serene lake, or finding a totally deserted street amidst the hustle and bustle of a big city. I live for those moments. Except in the reality of this world I often focus on what moments I can create, what I can plan for, or when in the future I will get to go out and explore and find those moments. Don’t get me wrong, I love planning for experiences as much as the next travel junkie. It took being in a difficult period in life to help me appreciate that those type of moments are all around me, filling my days with joy as long as I pause long enough to notice them and be grateful for them.

I started this blog as a way to express myself, and in the hopes that the more I do, the more I will pause and reflect on those moments on a regular basis. Now life isn’t just those moments- it’s a compilation of lots of different experiences, mistakes and lessons learned. And to me that is just as good.

Thanks for coming along on my journey with me.