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Life Lately: Time is such a funny thing. I’m fully aware this is an age old discussion, but it blows my mind how one second the future seems so far away, and the next second, you’re here! Point in case: my first trip abroad is sneaking up on me. I am a flurry of emotion over here. The real world is going to be put on pause for ten days while I get to do nothing but EXPLORE. You should see the smile on my face.
What I’m Listening To: The Shins. They make me so happy and (I’ve recently discovered) productive. The Shins radio has turned out to be a wonderful playlist while I’m writing.
What I’m Watching: True Detective on HBO. It is shot so well, I feel as if I’m watching an award-winning film every episode. If you aren’t watching, catch up now. Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson are unbelievable, completely different actors.
What I’m Reading: Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese. Still. I didn’t finish in time for January book club, which is not to say the book isn’t wonderful. In fact, it’s flawless and enthralling and breathtaking all at once. It’s one of those books that requires your undivided attention because you need to be transported there to fully embrace every line. A perfect bath tub book.
What I’m Excited About: For obvious reasons, the fact that in eighteen days I’ll be in Paris and in twenty days, I’ll be in London. For less obvious reasons, I’m overjoyed that we are nearing the end of winter. I welcomed this season with pretty open arms this year, but I long for the feeling of the sun beating on my back, the weekends at the lake, the flowers and the smells. I’m ready for spring, I’m desperate for summer.
Who’s Inspiring Me: Emily Henderson. Watching her renovate her new home is so inspiring. She is my design crush to the max. Just picture white on white on white with a few bright/funky accents. My dream.
What’s Inspiring Me: pretty pinks, darling bikes, confetti balloons, dalmatian dots, secret gardens, and this quote.
January Was: Not what I expected. I need to stop making the mistake of imagining January as this ideal, organized, healthy, happy month for me. The holidays are such a unique time of the year, it’s not so simple to blink my eyes come new year and get right back on track. Especially all at once. It took me until January 31st to finally feel like I’m in a good place organizationally, and it took me until February 1st to finally do a lick of exercise. Emily has a great system of doing one new daily task every day for a month, then adding on another. Impatient me scoffed at that system initially (because I want to change and I want to change now!), however, it’s a pretty perfect construct. Planning on taking note for the remaining 11 months of the year.
February Will Be: The first half will inevitably fly by. The second half will be ten days of adventure.