May | Settle Down With Me
PAST MONTH Reflections:
April has been a whirlwind of a month. First, I jetted off to Playa Del Carmen in Mexico to spend a week in warmer weather. Other than a bad bout of gastro, the trip went well and I successfully managed to relax. Though I must admit, I’m quite happy to be home and settling back into my routine.
Since winter is finally receding and the snow is melting, all I’ve had on my mind is how excited I am to be tending to my yard, planting a garden and witnessing my houseplants start to wake up. I spent last weekend settling some plants into their new soil and pots, fertilizing most of the crew and moving things around to maximize sunshine (and minimize sunburn).
I just love how much witnessing the new growth inspires me and encourages me to keep growing. Having a “green thumb” is about listening to the needs of your plants and being able to provide them with the adequate light, water, and soil in which they will thrive. And though each plant is unique, you always know when a plant is happy, because (for the most part) they’re growing and maintaining their beautiful foliage color.
In terms of reading, this past month I’ve fallen down the wormhole that is Joan Didion. I read two of her books while on vacation (The White Album and Slouching Towards Bethlehem), had read one a few months prior (The Year of Magical Thinking), am reading one right now (Where I Was From) and have one on my nightstand waiting to go (Play It As It Lays).
Reading Didion, for lack of better words, simply inspires me to write better. She’s a very intelligent writer with such a unique view of the world that it makes you want to get to know her. But more than anything I wish I could write more like she does. And so below are the books I mentioned in case you’re interested in exploring them more:
In the realm of writing, however, one important update from this past month is that I received an email the other day letting me know I’ve made it to Medium’s top writer category in the topic of relationships! So a big thank you to everyone who takes the time to read my thoughts and ruminations, it means the world to me!
Anyway I think that about sums up my month. I’m looking forward to warmer days so I can begin planning my veggie garden and flowerbeds, and reaping the relaxing benefits of gardening once again. That, and the fact that this winter has been so long and arduous that I never thought I’d see the day where Spring would be here.
The meaning of life is that it stops.
∼ when chivalry is more control than care
∼ what your therapist is thinking during therapy sessions
∼ this study that compares the cancer risk of wine and cigarettes
∼ the leafy love affair between millennials and houseplants
∼ john mayer talks about drinking and his two-year sober anniversary
∼ this op-ed about grief and how lonely it can be
∼ why millennials are getting sick of drinking
∼ joan didion’s list of books that changed her life
∼ nora mcinerny’s podcast called terrible, thanks for asking
∼ slowing down
∼ time outs
∼ quiet moments
∼ spring weather
∼ homemade chocolate fudge
∼ growing season
∼ setting down roots
∼ family traditions
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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