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Wednesday Thoughts

“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.

Threshold ad

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.

Happy Weekend!

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.)

Monday thoughts

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 …

Happy Weekend!

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.

Is it just me?

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]

Fall checklist

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?