Journal Entry 016



These past few weeks have been wonderful as it finally feels like summer's here. My plants are growing, my yard is slowly shaping up, and there's sunshine cascading through my living room window almost every day. 

In terms of reading, just a little note first: I used to be someone who struggled with finishing books because the moment I became slightly disinterested in one, I'd put it down and never pick it back up. That is, until this past year when I decided to challenge myself to read at least 10 books in total. 

To motivate myself, I made a rule that I'm not allowed start a new book until I've completed the last one. Now, to be honest, I'd never really approached reading this way; I used to see it more as a leisurely activity, one in which I didn't have to try very hard and could benefit from whatever story captivated my attention long enough to finish.

But the problem was that I always got a little bored, and in doing so became overly selective with the books I'd read (in hopes of actually finishing them). But that didn't solve the problem, it just caused me to crack open fewer books to begin with.

So I started approaching reading differently; instead of expecting the book to always be wholly captivating for me, I now remind myself that there are important lessons in certain books that are harder to read. That, and not everyone writes in a style that speaks to me, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. 

And this new rule has proven itself fruitful in my quest to read (and finish) more books. This past month, I'm finished Book #8 of 2018: Quiet by Susan Cain, and have moved on to #9, which is Appetites by Caroline Knapp.

Quiet has helped put into words why I am so much more productive and energetic when I work from home, and supports the notion that introverts (like me) have a ton to offer despite the fact that we tend to fly under the radar. 

Appetites, though I haven't finished it yet, imparts the author's wisdom and experience beautifully. The book focuses on a women's quest to appease her appetite in a world that tells her she's either too much or not enough.

Having struggled with an eating disorder in her early twenties, Knapp is knowledgeable and empathetic towards the body image issues women face in society and the ways in which we try to cope with emotions such as unworthiness, confusion, and overwhelm. Definitely a recommended read!

Well, that about sums up my entry! Enjoy the rest of June, and until the next time. 




What I'm loving lately

carol dweck's mindset theory and how it can be applied to relationships
what to do when your child blames you for their unhappiness
the hidden cost of our obsession with luxury
this short story by stephen king about a man and his dog
vanity fair's version of the proust questionnaire
this interview in the hunter & gatherer series
this list of some great pet-friendly houseplants (and this list of toxic ones)
developing the skill of savoring and what it means for your day
john mayer and keith urban collaborate on this beautiful cover of gravity

a list of what emotionally strong people don't do
a how-to guide for a minimalistic home without spending too much money



budding trees
netflix marathons
homemade cr
shirley temple peonies
black cats
homemade spaghetti dinners

plant cuttings from friends
getting to the root

warm weather



Many of us live in denial of who we truly are because we fear losing someone or something-and there are times that if we don’t rock the boat, too often the one we lose is ourselves...It feels good to be accepted, loved, and approved of by others, but often the membership fee to belong to that club is far too high of a price to pay.
— Dennis Merritt Jones


Solicitous: anxious or concerned, anxiously desirous, eager, careful or particular;
Ebullience: high spirits, exhilaration, exuberance;, a boiling over or overflow; 
Invoke: to call for with earnest desire, to declare to be binding or in effect, to appeal to;
Devolve: to transfer or delegate (a duty, responsibility, etc.) to or upon another, pass on;
Fervent: having or showing great warmth or intensity of spirit,  enthusiasm, ardent, burning.

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