April | Change Is In The Air


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PAST MONTH Reflections:

March was a month of slowing down - and getting sick. But not just catching a cold, I came down with a case of shingles and a bad bout of acid reflux. I seriously don’t get it - I haven’t had a flu in years, and yet the moment my immune system takes a hit I come down with the most random illnesses. But I know it was 100% due to being so stressed for so long (fight or flight) and then suddenly, and finally, slowing down. So I took it all in stride because in a weird way, it meant that things were getting better.

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If you’re not familiar with John Mayer’s episodes of Current Mood, I highly suggest you check them out. He goes live on his Instagram most Sunday nights, and the episodes get reposted on youtube shortly thereafter. What started as a little experiment of sorts has garnered him thousands of loyal listeners each week.

Anyway, speaking of John, at the 11:20 mark of this episode, he discusses his dreams. Now in typical John fashion, he can talk about something so common and trivial as his dreams and find a way to make the conversation surprisingly entertaining.

John recalled having dreams about cutting coupons, moving a suitcase from one hotel room to another, trying to unfold a lawn chair and attending couple’s therapy - alone. He wondered out loud whether that had to do with aging, or maybe that his waking life was interesting enough that he had nothing exciting to dream about.

I can relate to this pretty deeply. I had a rather strange dream the other night - it revolved around finding plants of the hoya genus and strategically trying to take cuttings without anyone noticing. I was in some sort of conference building and was acutely aware that there could be security cameras recording my plant crimes, but despite what you’d think - that didn’t dissuade me. I excitedly placed the cuttings in my pocket and planned to root them once I get home. I’d also love to say this is the first time I’ve dreamed of acquiring hoya plants, but then I’d be lying.

A couple nights later, I had a dream that I was brushing my teeth, but the toothbrush wasn’t working. So there I was, frantically brushing and brushing without the token minty taste or smoothness you feel from a good tooth brushing. It frustrated me beyond measure.

How wild it was, to let it be.
—Cheryl Strayed

Anyway, I’m looking forward to April. I can’t wait for the snow to start melting here, so that I can begin planning my garden and reaping the benefits of more sunshine.

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Plus, I’ll be taking my very first all-inclusive trip! We’ll be heading to the Mayan Riviera in Mexico for a week and I’m so excited - it’s given me something to look forward to for months. Just a week of reconnecting and disconnecting from digital devices. Oh and another new thing: I’ve finally invested in a better camera, so stay tuned for some of my own photos! I’m also thinking about introducing a new blog post where I’ll do product reviews, sort of like an expanded version of my “loving lately” section below. What do you think? Let me know in the comments below!

I hope you all like it! Happy month ahead :)


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LOVING LATELY

∼ lena dunham explores alone time after a break-up
∼ how the art of
macramé has resurfaced as a beautiful craft
∼ if you focus on
control, you have lost the battle
∼ this oil to foam
face wash by holika holika
∼ what
shrill can teach us about the bare-minimum boyfriend
∼ this basic
guide for macramé knots
∼ this 1885 cincinnati shotgun
house is an office and an oasis
∼ west elm’s design
blog full of home decor inspiration
∼ this washi tape I’ve been using for macrame and wall hangings
∼ the pearl brightening
mask by lapcos that I’m totally obsessed with
∼ on the
daily routines of joan didion, patti smith, and more

 

 

GRATEFUL FOR

∼ hard work done well
∼ small renovations
∼ trying new things
∼ natural sunlight
∼ new hobbies
∼ leaning in & reaching out
∼ opening my heart
∼ nature walks
∼ switching things up
∼ vacations
∼ new music
∼ walks on a frozen lake
∼ spring cleaning

 

 

Writing UPDATES

My most recent article is about all the ways this world can break your heart that have nothing to do with romantic relationships. I hope you can relate, but I also kind of hope you can’t. 

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ON GIVING ADVICE

And the merit of learning things the hard way.

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10 SUBTLE SIGNS YOU MAY NEED A VACATION

This is the year to book that trip you’ve always longed to take.

 
 

 

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