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This guy.

We have both learned, taught, and always loved. Before we met, I never thought I would know – or care – so much about golf and men’s casual shoes. He cooks delicious food effortlessly, and can always make me laugh. I am proud to be your lady(wife).

Happy Birthday, boo. I love you more than you love New Balance.

The July List

The July List

Oh my goodness, it’s July. How did that happen? Suddenly I’ve blinked, and it feels like summer is halfway over. So, in response to these speedy summer days, I decided it might be a good idea to set some goals for July. A bucket list of sorts. And if this goes well, I may even make this a monthly ritual.

My List for July:

Go to the beach at least once! A legit, toes-in-the-sand, spend all day on the beach, beach trip.

Read at least one book from this list. I made the effort to make the list, so it might be a good idea to crack one open.

Practice yoga at least once a week. I used to do so much more, but I am hoping this will help me ease back into it.

Try at least one new restaurant. Even it that means going out of town.

Play my violin at least three times. Seriously, I haven’t gotten it out of the case in probably two years.

Make a new green smoothie recipe. Again, a lapsed habit.

Get a new nephew. Though I suppose this isn’t *technically* in my control.

What are some of your plans for the rest of the summer?

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Inspiration: Light & Bright Spaces

I have never fancied myself an interior designer. But sometimes I think that’s really held me back from making places truly my own. I’ve always rented, and in the back of my head I’m always thinking, “eh, I’ll care more when we buy our first home.” More and more, however, I’m learning the importance of putting in a little extra effort to make my home feel more like…well, home. Now that I am married, it’s been so fun to learn how to decorate together, and to see how our styles often align. Of course there are always differences, namely my inclination towards bright colors.

Here is some of my inspiration for seamlessly incorporating bright colors:

1. I love this use of bright furniture, mixed in with neutrals. And the luggage? Amazing.

2. A few bright pieces against a mostly white background (the white lamp is great too!)

3. Britt Bass is known for her colorful aesthetic, and her home tour certainly does not disappoint. I love her color-coded display of books to subtly add some brightness.

4. A little color on pillows, in art, and even from flowers goes a long way.

5. I want all of this. Those textiles are just perfect, as is the entire studio tour.

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It’s Friday, Y’all

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I do love how Friday never fails to come around. It’s just so predictable like that. This weekend, we are heading here. Beautiful views and cooler weather? You have my heart.

To peruse:

Oh boy, honeyhoney has a new album out. So good. I know what I’ll be listening to on repeat.

5 Free Online Tools for Freelance Writers. Or any writers, really.

A short, but sweet, TED talk on success – and how not to achieve it.

Do it For the Process. Important reminder for creatives, professional or not.

The Onion’s review of Jurassic World.

Do yourself a favor: listen to this podcast now. Like, right now.

— Have a beautiful weekend!

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5: Non-Fiction Books I Want To Read

5-non-fiction-books1. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo. I have been thinking about this general topic for probably a year now. It all started by stumbling upon Caroline’s blog, Un-Fancy. I believe that is where I first heard about this book, and really began to explore what living more intentionally (and perhaps minimally) could mean for my life. I have yet to buy this book, but it keeps popping up everywhere – to rave reviews. Perhaps it’s time I bit the bullet.

2. It Was Me All Along by Andie Mitchell. This book that has been on my radar since reading about it here. This memoir chronicles Andie weight loss journey, beginning in childhood. I have not always been the biggest reader of memoirs, but this one really has my interest. Andie’s blog is really relatable, and I love her overall voice (and her great recipes too!). I would imagine that her life story would be no different.

3. So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson. I first heard about Jon Ronson, and his book, over on this podcast. It was so fascinating to hear about the world of people whose lives have been turned upside-down by mistakes they made on the internet. We’re living in such a digitally social world now, it’s easy to see how some take their sharing too far. This review from Forbes.com makes me even more intrigued: “I was mesmerized. And I was also disturbed.”

4. Daring Greatly by Brene Brown. Do yourself a favor: go watch Brene Brown’s TED talk on vulnerability: “The thing that underpinned this was excruciating vulnerability, this idea of, in order for connection to happen, we have to allow ourselves to be seen, really seen.” The talk spoke to me in such a real way. I realized that my struggle with vulnerability was not just my own – its universal. I have seen many recommendations for this book (her second of 3), as it dives even deeper into the transformative power of vulnerability. Yes, please!

5. Jesus Feminist by Sarah Bessey. On her blog, Sarah bills herself as a, “writer, speaker, recovering know-it-all.” Oh, I so get that. This book pushes back on what we perhaps think we know, by exploring the intersection of feminism and Christianity (an intersection that is often hotly contested). I have been intrigued for a while, especially learning more about her background, and the biblical focus of the book.

What non-fiction has been on your radar?

Read On!

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On Comparison

Sophia Amoruso

“Comparison is the thief of joy.” – Theodore Roosevelt

Oh my. I could talk about this for hours and hours. Days and days. Forever and…well, you get it.

For pretty much my entire life, I have compared myself to others. As a (painfully) quiet adolescent, the comparison centered on my friends, on my perception of what I so desperately wanted to look like/be good at coupled with the complete cluelessness of a teenager.

Now as a 27-year-old, the questions remain, they are just delivered in a different way. I see the lives of so many on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and on carefully curated blogs, and they look so right. Better even. As a self-proclaimed serial comparer, I should have steered clear of those platforms about 5 minutes after I joined. But my stubborn nature wants to beat this compulsion. I want to learn of social media and the larger digital community can be a help, not a hindrance. Like it or not, these platforms are not going away. This issue is not going away. So what can I do?

  • Simply be aware Aware that no one’s life is a perfect as it looks on Instagram. That no one’s marriage is as completely blissful as it seems on Facebook. Everybody struggles, probably daily, and those beautiful online representations may sometimes come from those struggles.
  • Realize there are two sides Comparing hurts everyone. I often build up resentment towards someone without any provocation. Why would I ever want to purposefully hurt a friendship, strain my marriage, harbor anger, when it all stems from my feelings of inadequecy? It’s simply not worth it.
  • Know your truth So often, these comparisons begin when I lose sight of my truth, of who I really am. As a child of God, I am loved. As a wife, daughter, sister, friend, I am loved. Life is never perfect, I will mess up a lot, and I will do things right a lot. I will have bad days and good days. I will feel beautiful and ragged. I will be positive and negative. And. So. Will. Everybody. Else.

For another beautiful look at the comparison thief, read here.

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