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Thursday Thankful List

Happiest of Thursdays to you! This is the 70th Thursday Thankful List post on my blog. That’s crazy and super exciting to me. It’s truly a reminder to me that the more you focus on and count your blessings, the more blessings will overwhelm your life. This quote from Shauna Niequist’s book Cold Tangerines is on my mind today: “When life is sweet, say thank you and celebrate. And when life is bitter, say thank you and grow.” There is always a time to be thankful and there is always something to thankful for.

Here’s a few things I’m thankful for this week. Now it’s your turn: what are you thankful for?

Sleeping through an entire flight
Learning something new
Peony season
Highlighter markers
A perfect pedicure
Laughter so deep I feel it in my stomach
A bowl of peaches and blueberries
Sore muscles
Afternoon pastries {this is from Abraco Cafe in NYC}
Thursday Thankful Lis
Super friendly people
JJ Heller’s music
When the not-quite-day meets the not-quite-night
Spiked lemonade
Watching old family movies
Jumping on a trampoline
Hand holding
An impromptu tapas dinner
Appreciating good friends – and learning to be one:
Be a good friend
Extra long yoga classes
Putting on my pajamas
Singing at the top of my lungs
Coffee dates turned lunch dates
Crossing items off my to-do list
Group texts with my sisters
Celebrating dad
Quiet mornings spent with my mom
Getting to meet Trotter recently!
Giving away clothes
Waking up and feeling refreshed and reinvigorated
Enjoying a good book {here’s one book I’m reading}
Writing with a good pencil
Sending surprise cookies in the mail
Walking barefoot
Breakfast tacos
Seeing the Lumineers live a few weeks ago {they left the stage to play in the crowd. Just. too. cool.}
The Lumineers


This quote.

why do you work out?


Lorna Jane is such a rad fitness apparel brand and I love how they encourage and promote a healthy and happy lifestyle. Their Move Nourish Believe blog is a go-to source for inspiration, workout tips and more. Once I saw they do their own Thursday Thankful, I was completely head over heels. The brand recently posted an article sharing twenty reasons to workout as decided by the Lorna Jane community. The illustrations were too adorable not to share and I was inspired to think about why I love working out too.

I love feeling stronger after working out. I love having that “me time” with my body where I can truly focus on how amazing we are as humans and be thankful for working legs and arms and more. I love that there are so many options: swimming and pilates and the elliptical at the gym and running through the park and hiking and playing soccer or tennis. I love finding that perfect balance in my life: relaxing and also being active, eating a huge delicious dinner and enjoying a big long yoga class. I love that I feel happier and more fulfilled after spending that hour or so sweating it out.

Why do you work out?



Happy Father's Day, Dad!

There’s one quote about dads that always reminds me of my own: “It is admirable for a man to take his son fishing, but there is a special place in heaven for the father who takes his daughter shopping.” We’ve had family trips and vacations that revolve around shopping. Just last weekend, my dad literally acted as a chauffeur driving the five of us girls to and from different parts of this huge outlet mall – with coffees to power our day. It’s not just shopping though; my dad would drop anything he is doing for us. Need me to drive eight hours in one day to pick you up from college? Sure. Want me to go back to the store to buy your favorite kind of hummus? No problem. Need me to spend my day off moving boxes up and down staircases to get you out of your apartment? Didn’t have any other plans.

He is always showing his love for us through acts of service – and always putting us above himself.  For as long as I can remember, people will go up to him and say things like “Wow! No boys? I’m so sorry!” or “How do you live with so many women?” Never once has he complained about it and he lives in our chaotic, messy, makeup-infested home peacefully {despite the occasional sister fight about who’s wearing what pair of shoes}.

I could go on and on about my dad. He is someone that I still look up to, still call weekly with questions or for advice, still miss having 7am coffees and breakfast together. Dad, thanks for being such a gem. Love you lots and happy Father’s Day!

dad and girls

 Previous posts about my dad here and here.


Lovely Links

Hellllllo and happy Friday! I haven’t been in San Francisco the past two weekends and I’m really looking forward to soaking up the pretty city and spending time with good friends. What are your weekend plans?

Here’s a few of my favorite things from the Internet over the past week or so. Lots of good articles and Internet fabulousness to catch up on – whether it’s in your bed Saturday morning with a cup of coffee or on the bus/train on the way to your next adventure. Have a good one!

How happiness changes with age. Fave line: “Your happiness has evolved, just as you have.”

Warehouse sale from Curly Girl Design. Stock up on those cards and canvases!

On making mistakes

Yay! Aimee redesigned her blog.

I’m still reading the Twentysomething Girl book. It’s seriously the cutest!

How to be a better {healthier AND happier!} person

Why you should have a mentor {or several}

Photo found here



Where's the Joy?

Today I’m inspired by this Huffington Post article by Laura Munson. I definitely recommend reading the full article, but here are a few of my favorite parts. The article was a refreshing reminder and crown polish that we need to seek the joy in our day-to-day lives, even when life seems uneventful or not so great. It’s not a one-time decision, but rather something we need to wake up every day and choose to pursue. Enjoy!

Our answers to “how are you” help influence the general pulse of the human heart and our society at large. I want to start saying, “Great” even on a crappy day. Because there is something great about even a crappy day and why not think about that! It just plain feels better. I want to feel better. I need to remind myself to see what’s “great” in my life and spread that around town. (And sure — at length because that’s the way I fly. Sorry, grocery line.) It’s almost a social responsibility, really. Community service. Spreading the joy.

I want to see the joy. And I want to find mine, even in the most mundane moments. And then I gave myself a challenge: think of five things you like about yourself. It was hard. It spun another half an hour or so of self-flagellation. Because every time I thought of something, I weed-whacked it. “You’re a good mother” quickly turned to “I haven’t taken my daughter to visit enough colleges yet and she’s going to be a senior this fall” and “you didn’t read enough with your son when he was little and now he watches too much TV.” Ugh. Five things you like about yourself, Laura. Finally, I got three and called it good. Three positive, thoughts about myself to stabilize and soak in, without whacking them. And interestingly, in order to do it, I had to think of myself from the perspective of the little girl I once was. She told me: You’re a good cook. You’re funny. You eat chocolate cake without apology.

We have to re-train ourselves back to that child in us who joyfully woke up to the possibility of the day. Who loved herself. Whose goal was to play. And be joyful in it. When you wake up tomorrow and see this blog post, take a moment and try it. Think of five things you like about yourself. Or maybe three. But please…at least one. And hold it close all day, saying it over and over to yourself. And when you’re in that grocery line, and someone asks you, “How are you,” think about that thing… and say, “I’m great.” Because you are.


Twentysomething Girl

I’m currently reading Twentysomething Girl by Melissa Fiorenza and Laura Serino. The lovely little book shares 1,001 “quick tips and tricks to make your life easier.” It’s jam-packed with short and sweet pieces of advice for gals in their twenties – from beauty and fashion to travel and etiquette and everything in between. It’s a perfect morning coffee or airplane {which I’ll be doing today} read. The book is accented with adorable illustrations from Kristina Hultkrantz.

Here’s a few of my favorites from the book:

  • Save the personal personal calls for your lunch hour. Outside. On your cell phone.
  • Gotten love dear old grandma – except when she asks you for the gazillionth time when you’re getting married (or having a baby, and so on). Answer: “I’m so enjoying my career right now, but I’m excited for that chapter of my life, too, whenever it begins!”
  • If you’re wondering if you’re too old [to wear] it, you probably are.
  • Keep your coffee in the freezer – it’ll last three weeks longer than if you stick it in the pantry.
  • Next time you spill nail polish on your wood floor or furniture, let it dry – then scape it off with a credit card or butter knife.

This is a perfect gift for any twentysomething lady in your life {or yourself, naturally}. You can buy the book here. Enjoy!

Twentysomething Girl

sisters function as safety nets

Andi and Hope

Andi and Hope

My baby sis Hope and I snapped these fun selfies while shopping over the weekend. She’s grown up so much since the little girl who drew me notes to hang in my dorm room! I’m thankful for the opportunity to be her big sister and that led me down the trail of searching for my favorite sister quotes when I really should be, you know, unpacking. The first one below is especially powerful to me because I’ve seen this quote play out in real life. Even though my three sisters are younger than me, they have all acted as my own personal safety nets. The simple, quiet {and most often, VERY loud} moments I have with them really do brighten up my days and years.Anyway, here are a few lovely quotes all about sisters! xo

“Sisters function as safety nets in a chaotic world simply by being there for each other.”
― Carol Saline

“We hang out, we help one another, we tell one another our worst fears and biggest secrets, and then just like real sisters, we listen and don’t judge.”
― Adriana Trigiani

“My sisters were the coolest people I knew, and still are. I have always aspired to be like them and know what they know. Boys seemed incredibly tedious and dim compared to my sisters, who were always a rush of energy and excitement, buzzing over all the books, records, jokes, rumors and ideas we were discovering together. I grew up thriving on the commotion of their girl noise, whether they were laughing or singing or staging an intervention because somebody was wearing stirrup pants. I always loved being lost in that girl noise.”
― Rob Sheffield


Finding Your Wings

Another one from Curly Girl Design that I absolutely loved. Happy Monday!


Happy Birthday Kerry!

Wishing the happiest of birthdays to my sister and best friend Kerry! She is someone who radiates peace and calmness, despite the loud and chaotic atmosphere my family typically lives in. Even though she is two and a half years younger than me, she is mature beyond her years and someone I look up to. There are only a few memories from my childhood that don’t involve Kerry and our ‘adult’ relationship now is something I cherish.

Her actual birthday was on Friday but began the celebrations early at The Lumineers concert Thursday night. Friday we spent the day out of town shopping and exploring Frankenmuth, Michigan. I’m thankful I have a few days left at home to spent with Kerry and the rest of my family – I’ll be soaking them up until Monday morning!

Enjoy your weekend! xo

More Kerry birthday posts here and here.