A Love Story...

This is a love story, not a romance…

Max the Gentleman Poodle

Seventeen years ago on a girls’ road trip in college, I feel head over heels for a leggy, shaggy-haired ginger boy. I giggled while I snuck him into my hotel room, and we slept on the floor that night so we wouldn’t wreck the bed.

Today, we had to say our last goodbye. Anybody who loves a dog knows it’s always only a HFN, never a HEA. It always ends in heartbreak.

The Haughton Poodles

Max took care of us as much as we took care of him. There’s lots of tears at Haughton House tonight as he’s inducted into the Very Good Dog Hall of Fame and joins the two Haughton Poodles and many sweet Haughton Mutts who went before.

Love you bunches, Mister Max.

P.S. I hope your silver BFF welcomed you with a really big bowl of cheesy scrambled eggs. Y’all don’t have too much fun without us. 💖🌈🐾

P.P.S. Actually, go ahead and have a lot of fun without us. You deserve it. We never deserved you and your incredible heart.

2019 Planning: Word of the Year

Can’t just stick to one word…

Here I am again, just a girl, standing in front of a New Year, asking it to love me—

and, er, reveal its word to me.

And once again, I can’t come up with a single word. Looks like 2019 has another phrase of the year, and it’s “Anything can happen in a year.”

It’s pretty good, right?

I like to noodle over my word/phrase of the year during December as I wind down Q4, reflect back on business gains and losses, and identify personal successes and failures. And as I was noodling, Mantra Wellness Magazine posted this graphic on their Instagram feed and I was struck. (I regrammed it in my instastory and posted it in my HBIC Co-Founders Slack Channel and couldn’t get it out of my mind.)

Fast forward. It’s New Year’s Eve. I’m still out west at Haughton House. I’m doing laundry (wearing a totally glam outfit of buffalo check longjohns and a V-Day t-shirt that says “You got a BAE or nah?”) and getting packed up to leave tomorrow to hopefully beat the storm back to Big D. And I just can’t get that post out of my head.

So it’s settled. That’s my 2019. No deep dive and poetry like last year. Just a sense of this is so right for me.

But of course I made a pretty graphic for my desktop wallpaper. When I get back to the cozy cottage tomorrow to settle in and really do some pen-to-paper planning, that is what will guide me. #AnythingCanHappenInAYear

If you’d like the wallpaper for yourself—or a square image to post on insta—feel free to grab them here: https://haught.pub/Anything2019 Feel free to share the link with a friend and post where you desire. If you want to credit me, that’s awesome, but you don’t have to. (If you sell the image, that’s not awesome.)

xxoo

Lexi H.


A Fireside Chat with Alexandra Haughton

From my home in west Texas to yours…Happy Thanksgiving!

It’s almost nine o’clock on Thanksgiving morning, and I’m still in my pajamas, drinking tea. (It’s pretty wonderful.) My sister-in-law is hosting this year, so Mom and I are only responsible for a couple super-duper easy things. (Easy, but vital: GBC aka green bean casserole!)

Considering my mom was sick as a dog last Christmas, and I singlehandedly cooked and got the tablescape ready, I’m kind of enjoying doing next-to-nothing today.

My gratitude list is something I keep track of on a daily basis—y’all, I’m not a saint, sometimes all it says is “I’m really grateful for this long-wear nail polish and sweet Tia who always gives me an extra-long hand massage.” But today, especially, I’m filled with the warm fuzzies. If I sat here for three hours, I likely could still fill the list of things I’m grateful for.

Including you, especially you, dear reader. Thank you for bringing me into your heart and home when you read one of my books.

Speaking of readers, I sent out a missive to The A-List subscribers, and if you’re not behind the velvet rope with all the other VIPs, you should be. In it, they got a shot at two hundred free copies of Love is Here to Stay. (I know, right?!) It’s my Thanksgiving story (although it’s disguised as hot, grumpy, bearded rancher meets pretty Park Avenue Princess romance), so it just seemed like the thing to do. Annnnnd they also got an exclusive reveal about a new project.

All I’m going to say here is keep your eyes peeled in December.

Oh, one last thing: if you love that little graphic at the top of this post, you can grab a download of the hand-lettered “grateful” for your own images —> https://haught.pub/GratefulHeart <—

You can easily overlay the transparent .png image in apps like Union and Canva if you don’t have Photoshop. (And who does, besides graphic design nerds like me?)

Holidays can be tough, but I hope you enjoy a little slice of sweetness today.

xxoo

Alexandra