Journal Entry 010



With Christmas underway in just over a week, things have been pretty exciting over on my end. I've been working on finishing up some wood lettering projects for clients to give as gifts, and trying to organize my own gift-giving agenda.

This year, we're doing a Secret Santa with most of my family, and so that limits the energy that'll go into figuring out what to buy for everyone, allowing me to focus all my attention on one person in particular. My sister-in-law was the one who suggested it and she had us all sign up at this site. Once you register, everything is done online for you, and you can even prompt the person for anonymous hints as to what they'd like once you're assigned to them. It's really revolutionary and I recommend everyone try it.

We're doing our gift exchange and dinner at my dad's on the 23rd, then traveling to Sault Ste. Marie to do the same at my mom's on the 27th. Despite all the traveling, that means we'll be spending Christmas Eve, Christmas Day & Boxing Day at home which I'm so happy about. Especially given that it's our first year in the new house, and that work has kept us apart as of recent. 

As I reflect on the past year, I gravitate towards reading some articles I wrote months and months ago. I tend to write about what I'm experiencing at the time, so this is a great way to both chronicle and retrieve feelings and experiences. Take for instance January Is Calling, an article that encompassed a list of lessons that I had cultivated by the end of 2016. Evidently, a lot of my struggles at the time revolved around letting people go and becoming more comfortable with the whole ordeal.

It is not our responsibility to convince anyone that we’re worthy of their time and attention. When we are emotionally mature with others, it will be transparently clear to the right people.
— quote from January Is Calling

And while 2017 wasn't immune to any losses, I do admit that I've gotten much more comfortable with keeping my social circle small and enforcing boundaries around my friendships. Further to that, reading the article has inspired me to chronicle a list of things I've learned this past year, so stay tuned for that in the next few weeks. 

Now without further ado, Journal Entry 010: 



this live cover of the song girl crush that's been on replay since i first heard it
this book full of the type of advice we could all use a little more of
this hand lettering guide by Lauren Saylor, A Fabulous Fete
this new (and totally affordable!) serum foundation from Deciem that changed my makeup game
this glycolic acid toner (also from Deciem) that helps give skin that healthy glow  
i thought this was just a brand name gimmick but my goodness does it ever work
this article that discusses how most memories are a hoax of some sort
i wish i could wear these boots inside the house because they keep my feet feeling wonderfully cozy
justin trudeau on why raising feminist boys is just as important as raising feminist girls
this song about a difficult love that's absolutely haunting to listen to
one of my fav books of all time that masterfully portrays addiction
conversation that should be part and parcel of any adult, intimate relationship from the very beginning



currently into:



the kindness of strangers
compelling advice
quiet nights at home
reuniting with old friends
the courage to say no

pride in my space
speaking up & 
speaking out
family time
contagious laughter
the feeling of fondly reminiscing
a lack of volatility

wood-burning matches
deep, visceral understanding



Marred: impair the appearance of, disfigure, detract from, blemish; 
Beckon: gesture with the hand, arm or head to encourage someone to come near or follow, signal, motion;
Unassuming: not pretentious or arrogant, modest, humble, self-effacing;
Hard-pressed: burdened with urgent business, under pressure, beleaguered, troubled, in difficulties; 
Erode: to eat into or away, destroy by slow consumption or disintegration, to corrode



Recovering from suffering is not like recovering from a disease. Many people don’t come out healed; they come out different.
— David Brooks


Have a wonderful week!