Journal Entry 019



Change has been the overarching theme this past month, and although it’s not a theme I’ve historically been very fond of, I can say that there’s always a silver lining waiting to be uncovered.

On the home front, we’re knee-deep in renovations, as the season is slowly transitioning into autumn (which is a great time since there’s no snow yet, but it’s also not scorching hot). Our house and garage are getting a complete facelift with vinyl board and batten siding, as the house had its original siding when we bought it. (It’s 65+ years old!)

I’m not wholly immersed back into my routine yet, but I think that I may never fully be. Some things change you so profoundly that you see everything differently, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing in the end. I’m making a conscious effort to immerse myself more into the present moment and focus on spending my time with those I love. Someone very close to me recently said (very wisely, might I add) that “work may have deadlines, but we forget that people do too.”

In terms of reading, I've completed book #12 of 2018, Mary Karr's memoir Lit. Prior to this book, I read Karr’s The Liar's Club and am now starting her newest book, The Art of Memoir. Karr’s storytelling is captivating - especially so since her stories are nonfiction.

The Liar’s Club is a book of secrets that so few dare to tell, and it makes us all feel a little less isolated and different, while we weave together the tapestries of our dysfunctional childhoods. Lit, on the other hand, focuses on the parts of ourselves we don't want to confess to. It's a compelling account of personal transformation that breaks down the real work that needs to be done to transcend our circumstances and move forward in life.

Since completing these two by Mary Karr, I've consumed Joan Didion's The Year of Magical Thinking in just over a day. This book was written to catalog the loss Didion experienced when her husband of forty years dropped dead from a major cardiac arrest, only a week after her daughter was admitted to the ICU in a coma. (Although not mentioned in this book, her daughter ended up succumbing to her illnesses just over a year later.)

Atop my to-read list are: Cheryl Strayed's Wild, Gail Caldwell's Let's Take The Long Way Home, and The Art of Memoir by Mary Karr. And so I've included my reading list below for your enjoyment - each book is linked so you can purchase a copy of your own.

Enjoy the rest of the month!




What I'm loving lately

how to stop perfectionism from ruining your art career
five life
lessons now that the dear sugars podcast has finished
two techniques to help you master your emotions
this article about
moving on after becoming a widow
how to believe you’re
worth more than always being busy
fifty simple
things you need to hear
the rules of
white bedding
how to
let go of the need for approval
the latest
advice column from dear sugars
song by the national on repeat
how to
live better according to Nietzsche
this new yorker article -
thoughts on my way to work



chilly fall mornings
lush lip scrubs
feeling calm & serene
turning over a new leaf
sprucing up the house
silver linings
unique penmanship
time well spent
being on the same wavelength
unbridled loyalty



The attempt to escape from pain, is what creates more pain.
— Gabor Maté


Insufferable: not to be endured, intolerable, unbearable;
Sartorial: of or relating to tailors or their trade, relating to clothing or style or manner of dress;
Falderal: mere nonsense, foolish talk or ideas, a trifle, gimcrack; 
Capricious: indicative of a sudden, odd notion or unpredictable change, erratic;
Impermanence: not permanent or enduring. transitory.

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