If anyone is still here, hello. Reading back over my last few posts, it’s hard to believe how much in my life has changed. New job. New apartment. New neighborhood. Same procrastination issues. Which brings me to the fact that it has been more than a year since I have posted anything on this blog. I’ve jotted down ideas and written and deleted a few drafts, but every time, I’d think, “What’s the point? Who would want to read these things?” Or the old, “It’s not going to be that good anyway. Why bother?” But when I’ve worked on this blog (and my previous travel blog, begun during a semester abroad) consistently, I’ve found that it brings me enormous satisfaction and happiness, and also helps boost my creativity. I have to keep reminding myself that the point isn’t the end result. It’s not about creating some perfectly packaged finished product. The point is to keep experimenting, keep pushing myself, and hopefully to inspire others’ creativity. So while it’s not nearly as polished as I’d like …
Are you excited for the holidays yet? With all of the craziness and uncertainty in my life lately, it has taken me longer than usual to get into the holiday spirit. I’m also not going home for Thanksgiving, so it will be a different kind of holiday this year. I’ve really been trying to make an effort to make things special, though, and it’s definitely helping me feel a bit more festive. This weekend we’re squeezing in as many NYC holiday activities as possible: the Macy’s Thanksgiving parade, department store windows, Union Square holiday market, and maybe ice skating in Bryant Park. I’m also making a pie crust from scratch for the first time, which should be memorable if nothing else (and will not look as good as the awesome pies above). Whatever your plans, I hope you have a wonderful, relaxing holiday with lots of good food, friends, and family. And safe travels to any of you hitting the road this weekend! (image via Style Me Pretty)
“Negative emotions like loneliness, envy, and guilt have an important role to play in a happy life; they’re big, flashing signs that something needs to change.” – Gretchen Rubin, from The Happiness Project blog I’m terrible at seeing things this way, but I like the sound of it. How about you? Do you let feelings like envy or guilt motivate you, or do you find yourself getting too caught up in them? Gretchen Rubin’s insights into personality, habits, and happiness always make me question my personal assumptions. Author of The Happiness Project and Happier at Home (both highly recommended), Rubin is one of my favorite non-fiction writers. For more from her on this subject, check out this short video.
Is anyone else as obsessed with that Threshold by Target commercial as I am? Who is this woman and can I please have her life (or at least her townhouse)? Sigh. Update: I just discovered that it’s Sara Ruffin Costello, former Creative Director of Domino. That explains it. Also, this is her actual house. Sigh again.
It’s Friday! This week was such a blur – where did the days go? No definite plans for this weekend yet, but I’m looking forward to getting out of the house for a bit and exploring more of the city. Hope you have a great weekend! – A fascinating video on aging (found via Jezebel). – Another incredible painting discovery?! – Smoothie hack. – A handy red wine chart. – Five tips for photographing interiors. – An amazing version of the song that’s been stuck in your head for weeks. – Finally, someone else agrees that the crispy cheese is the best part of a grilled cheese! – The pleasures of everyday life. (Instagram photo via Stitch & Hammer.)
It’s a rainy day in New York and I’ve definitely got a case of the Mondays. When I’m feeling down, there are a few things that usually help to remind me that life is ok (tea, reading, or going for a run, to name a few). Sometimes, however, you need an outside voice to reassure you. I first came across the poem below on A Cup of Jo last year, and have reread it many times since. It doesn’t fix everything, of course, but it does make me feel better. Do you have a tried-and-true way to lift your mood? … Wild Geese You do not have to be good. You do not have to walk on your knees for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting. You only have to let the soft animal of your body …love what it loves. Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine. Meanwhile the world goes on. Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain are moving across the landscapes, over the …
It’s Friday! What are you up to this weekend? We’re taking it easy, making a trip to Shake Shack and then watching the finale of Breaking Bad (the suspense is killing me!). Have a good one! Here are a few fun links for your Friday: – I’m looking for some everyday gold earrings – something simple, like this pair. – Did you watch the Emmy’s last weekend? I’m still thinking about these dresses on Rose Byrne and Taylor Schilling – I loved the solid colors and edgy cuts. – The Swoosh. – Best lip sync battle ever. – An incredible home in Tuscany.
Whenever I’m writing an important email, I get really paranoid that I’m going to hit “send” too early. I can’t remember where I first heard this tip, but it’s a good one: always type in the email address last. Simple, but lifesaving. [image via]
When you’re searching for a job it’s so easy to become a hermit. I’ve been reminding myself that breaks are healthy and will ultimately make me more productive – plus, we’re in New York! It would be a shame to miss out on enjoying this beautiful season in the city. To keep myself accountable, I made a list of things that I want to do this fall: 1. Explore a new farmers’ market each weekend 2. Have friends over for mulled cider and pumpkin bread 3. Try out four new recipes 4. Track down apple cider doughnuts (I miss you, Vermont!) 5. Have a picnic in Central Park 6. Host a Halloween-themed movie night (Hocus Pocus, anyone?) 7. Take more pictures 8. Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge How about you? Any fun plans for the fall?
…………………………… I’m so excited for fall in New York. As a kid growing up in Florida, fall was always kind of a mythical creature. True, I’ve been able to get my fall fix for the past few years living in Vermont, but I can’t wait to experience fall in the city. Meg-Ryan-and-Tom-Hanks-fall. Meg-Ryan-and-Billy-Crystal-fall. Yes. What are you up to this early fall weekend? Here are a few links from the interwebs for your Friday… – Great advice from one of my favorite writers (love this book). – Have you filled out your ballot yet? – It’s so cool to think that paintings like this are still hiding out there. – Glamorous fall decorating from Habitually Chic. – Guilty (see above). [image via]