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fridays and possibilities

i’ve marked 2014 was the year of possibility. to me, possibility means: being open to whatever comes next. it means being okay with the potential of what might happen. it’s anticipating, it’s being hopeful. it’s not being being obsessed with guarantees or plans for the future, and instead taking it all as it comes. and then being okay with that. it’s embracing that i don’t know what’s going to happent tomorrow or the next day or the next day, but i can be ready and welcome each moment with open arms.

with that, comes embracing the possibility that comes with every single morning we get to wake up to. the sun shining through the windows, the first cup of coffee or tea we get to enjoy, the people we interact with, whatever is to come that given day. mornings always remind me of how much possibility i have with that day, but also with my life in general as a whole. i hope your friday – and weekend – and every day – is full of possibility at what’s to come.

happy friday and enjoy your weekend, friends!

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it's peony season!

guys! it’s my favorite time of year…peonies are back! i’ve shared about my love for the gorgeous flower before here {plus my favorite mary oliver poem about peonies}, but absolutely needed to bring it up again. last week, i passed an adorable coffee shop near my apartment and saw peonies in the window and did a happy dance. something about the beautiful flower just makes feel so excited and cheerful. i can’t wait to buy them weekly and turn my room into a peony paradise! sounds weird, but seriously – they brighten my space and immediately make me feel so happy. do you have a favorite flower? what is it?

ps – if you love peonies as much as i do, check out my peonies pinterest board! so much colorful and beautiful inspiration.

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for the bloggers

One of my favorite blogs, Gala Darling, posted this awesome article that just stuck with me. She talks about blogging – why we do it, why it’s okay to have ‘off days’, why it’s important to do it for fun. I was having one of those why do I blog in the first place? questions running through my head and her blog post was a breath of fresh air. Here’s a few of my favorite bits and pieces from her post below. Looking forward to digging deeper with my blog, switching a few things around and sharing my pieces of life with you more this year! xo

“Over the last seven years, I’ve been struck down with writer’s block several times. Sometimes I can go a couple of weeks feeling utterly uninspired. The only common thread between those moments is that they seem to happen when it feels like all the fun has been sucked out of blogging.

When I get overly scheduled, start to feel obligated with sponsored posts, or am looking at other people’s blogs too often, that siphons the joy out of blogging for me. Often, the best way to bust through the blocks is to do what feels most fun or silly in the moment, as opposed to following your editorial calendar, doing what is expected, or sticking to your routine.

Think back to when you first started blogging. I bet that if you dig back in your archives, despite the many cringe-worthy moments, you will see flashes of genius and glimmers of brilliant creativity. It’s when you’re first starting that you’re thinking with no limits, because anything is possible.

We all get lazy at some point. It’s natural, it’s normal. We start to take shortcuts. We stop innovating. We think, ‘Well, I’ve been posting my outfits for years… I guess I should keep it up.’ But the truth is that if you’re bored by it, your readers are too.

Even if you’re not bored to tears, you should keep switching it up. Continue to challenge yourself! Keep pushing! Never be in “maintenance mode”. Always continue to strive, do better, go bigger.

A blog isn’t just a blog: it is a chronicle of your life, and just like your soul, it is constantly evolving. If blogging is getting boring and it’s starting to feel uncomfortable or constricting, maybe the subject matter doesn’t fit you anymore… And that is perfectly okay. Think of your blogging the way you think of your art, your cooking, your parenting, or your style. These things are always changing, improving on themselves, getting incrementally better. Your blog should do the same.”

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have a great weekend

Just because Christmas was a few days ago, doesn’t mean the holiday season is quite over. I loved this print from Curly Girl Design about the holidays and reminded that this is a season, not just a few special days. I hope your weekend embraces the in-between time from Christmas until New Years. I hope your weekend is full of cheer and celebration and laughter with the ones you love the most. I hope your weekend is spent warmly near the fire wearing cozy socks and cuddled next to someone. I hope your weekend cherishes the full holiday season, not just fizzle out after one day.

I know I’ll be spending mine in my Hunter wellington boots! Happy Saturday!

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Advice for today.

Brene Brown, you’re just fabulous. Thanks for this.

peony season

it’s my favorite time of year…peony season! peonies just seem to make every atmosphere or situation a little sweeter. i also love rereading mary oliver’s “peonies” – here’s an excerpt from the poem:

all that dampness and recklessness
gladly and lightly,
and there it is again–
beauty the brave, the exemplary,

blazing open.
Do you love this world?
Do you cherish your humble and silky life?
Do you adore the green grass, with its terror beneath?

Do you also hurry, half-dressed and barefoot, into the garden,
and softly,
and exclaiming of their dearness,
fill your arms with the white and pink flowers,

with their honeyed heaviness, their lush trembling,
their eagerness
to be wild and perfect for a moment, before they are
nothing, forever?

enjoy your thursday! xo

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{all photos my own except #4 via Apartment 34}

A Prayer for Oklahoma

Yesterday hurt. After hearing about the tornadoes in Oklahoma and reading the news and seeing the photos, I felt weak and weary and very sick to my stomach. Why do bad things happen to good people, to innocent people, to children? I couldn’t think about anything else and I did what I try to go in good times and absolutely have to do in the not-so-good times, like late Monday afternoon – I pray. Here’s the prayer I wrote down as I lifted up those affected by those forty-something minutes of destruction yesterday. My words rambled on and on and most of the time, I didn’t even know what to say so I just sat there and listened and meditated and did my absolute best to surround these hundreds of thousands of people I don’t know personally with love.

Dear God,

My heart hurts so much thinking about how much pain and hurt and hard things are in our world. Newtown shootings and Hurricane Sandy and the Boston bombings and this Oklahoma tornado and my heart can’t hold it all in. I feel so sad and terrified for the children unsure where their own parents are tonight and for the partners who won’t get to tuck their sons and daughters into bed tonight. My stomach dropped and I feel sick thinking about it all, God. It’s so hard, but at the same time I’m reminded you are so good. You take ashes and turn them into beauty and you turn crying into dancing. You rebuild and restore and redeem even when it’s hard to see it all clearly as I sit here teary-eyed on my bed.

I circle your promise in Isaiah 54. ‘Oh storm-battered city, troubled and desolate! I will rebuild you on a foundation of sapphires and make the walls of your houses from precious jewels. I will make you towers of sparkling rubies and your gates and walls shining gems. Terror will not come near.’

I pray desperately for the old and weary and the hurting ones tonight – whether hurting in mind, body or spirit. I pray that they seek you God – and turn to you as their source of comfort. I pray they cast their cries and their cares on you – that they take the weight of pain and questions and hurts off and give to you. I praise you for the power of transformation, for making all things new.

Thank you that in moments like this when my stomach drops and my heart hurts that the only thing that brings me comfort is meeting with you here. I’m so thankful I can crawl into your arms for safety like a little girl. I’m thankful you take my fears and sadness – and the fears and sadness of everyone here – and circle them with peace and safety and warmth.

Terror will not come near. Amen.

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