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Going Home

Looking at posts and photos from a year ago, I was reminded of our wonderfully magical drive home form last summer’s road trip.

Road tripping is always a bittersweet thing; you start with so much hope and excitement for what is ahead of you and as the days progresses, that excitement never dwindles, but instead, your heart begins to long for home. 

By this point, even though I would've loved nothing more than to take a month and drive around, I think my body knew it was ready for home; for a familiar bed and familiar faces. As we left Conner Prairie, all that was between us and our driveway was a stretch of highway longer than we could see. Passing through central Indiana, we were blessed with the most beautiful and surreal sunset. If you look, you can see individual "fingers" stretch out as the sun bid us adieu.

The Season for Slowing Down

Can you believe we’re already in the 10th month of the year? It feels like just last week that I was waiting for summer blossoms to open themselves to warm sunshine and now the clouds are settling in. Gone are the afternoons of basking in the sun, swimming in crystalline waters, and walking hand-in-hand in the heady embrace of a sultry evening. Fret not! While I love a good lazy day in the sun, there are so many wonderful things to look forward to as my favorite month of the year begins.

Cozy sweaters? Absolutely. Warm drinks under thick blankets? Check. The warm, brassy colors of the surrounding woods? Need I say more? Countless, splendid lists have been growing on my desk of experiences and recipes and ideas for the coming weeks. Pinterest is a bottomless trove of treasures for your “Top 10 Must Autumnal Dos” and I wholeheartedly recommend checking out some of these lists to plan yourself the most fantastic autumnal time.

Why Titles Shouldn't Matter

Back in college, I can remember friends and I picking out what our career paths would look like and how exciting it would be to have a proper title on LinkedIn. (For some reason, "Aspiring Photographer Currently a Student" never had the right ring to it.)

In my mind, I always felt like I was racing colleges and friends to some sort of magical finish line where we'd all spit out what our job titles were and the best and coolest sounding ones would win some sort of golden, glittering prize. I can tell right now, at the prime age of twenty-six, NO ONE CARES but you.

Allow Overwhelming Emotions Just a Moment and Nothing Longer

I remember this world religion class I took in college. While at first, I was just happy to be in a theological class that wasn’t the predominant practice of my school—I attended a religious college that wasn’t my family’s denomination; that’s a story for another time—there are a lot of fundamentals that I still lean back on nearly five years later.

I can still picture us sitting in a large lecture hall, about one hundred or so seats, waiting patiently for our professor to come in. (We’d learn later that his level of leisure was turned down so far to chill, it was lucky our class had time constraints at all.) When he finally did appear, he sort of swooped in: picture Gilderoy Lockhart, Kenneth Branagh-style. He held a beautiful Tibetian Singing Bowl in one hand, a ginormous stack of books in the other.

The Fear of Fear

Scrolling through Instagram as I'm wont to do in the late evenings before bed, I stopped by one of my favorite corners of the internet. A wonderfully wild, raw corner by a lovely young woman, @katy_who. It's no surprise to her followers that she always speaks candidly and veraciously about life and its ups and downs. I found her most recent post definitely inspiring and her message stirred a thought in me.

Why is it so much easier to find the excuses than to find the reasons? 

Being True

As I'm sitting here in linen shorts, literally on the floor in front of my air conditioner, I'm thinking about the new job I'll be starting next week. I'm thinking about how I get to "start over" and re-create who I want to be. However, it's as soon as I get to that line, "how I want to be," that I start wondering, why am I always trying to create something new? 

I can remember when I started at the hospital, how I wanted to be cool and smart, and how I wanted to nurses to like me. That charade honestly lasted about two weeks before I started showing my true colors. I found bookworms and nature lovers, people who wanted to sing out lyrics from RENT when the clinic lobby was empty. 

Happy Mother's Day from Papier

A few months ago, @christinalynncreative was hosting a giveaway on her lovely instagram account. Her prize? A beautifully crafted card from Papier just in time for Mother's Day. I entered her contest—because duh, what a pretty card!—seeing as the two ladies on the front seemed to resemble both me and my momma so closely. (Me with my bangs and her with a sweet smile.) To my absolute delight, I was announced as the winner! I happily accepted my prize and held it dearly to me until this morning when I gifted it to my mother.

JORD Watches — Your New Fave Piece

It's probably no surprise to some of my internet friends, but I was starting to get curious as more and more guys and gals were posting their collaboration stories with JORD Watches. I first noticed them about three months or so ago when it seemed like everyone was sporting their absolutely gorgeous wooden watches. When one of their marketers reached out to me to do a collab, I almost screamed. I was so honored and excited for the chance to work with them! 

I've now been wearing my gorgeous Frankie watch for over 10 days now and I've received so many compliments. Whether busy at the hospital or hiking through humid forests in the northwest, this beautiful watch keeps me on track and on time. I love that this watch is up for any weather and anything.

Variations of Self Love

As 2017 sailed off into the sunset (or limped in some cases), it's become time to look forward to newly created hopes, dreams, and plans for 2018. A new year brings new challenges, goals, resolutions, plans, and more. We buy planners and bullet journals, new calendars, and lovely stationery to prepare for everything we need to get done; small and large tasks alike that we can systematically check off our lists. While I'm not disagreeing—considering I, myself, have my own "to do" list just to the left of me as I type—I've also made a semi-silent and internal promise to myself this new year: to do what feels good. While I, like so many others, am vowing to lose weight, it's more than just watching the numbers from the scale drop. It's a gently and lovingly wrapped portion of a larger package: to love myself.

While thinking about self love the other day, I started to mentally compile ways that I can show myself physical, verbal, and mental love. Below is a small list of ways that you too can bring a bit more of that "treat yo self" mentality to your everyday life.