It’s been really fun living in the Midwest again for the autumn season. I grew up in a suburb of Chicago, but haven’t lived in the area for over 10 years. My two sisters and I are finally living in the same place again for the first time in forever, and it’s exciting to introduce Sean to elements of my childhood he hasn’t experienced yet. One of those places is my childhood pumpkin patch, Didier Farms. Continue reading
1 my e-reader
My sister gave me a Kindle for my college graduation, and in my year and a half of owning it, I have mostly chosen paper copies of books over the digital version. There’s something satisfying about the heavy hardcover in my hands that an e-reader simply cannot replicate. That said, Sean and I just moved to Chicago (!!) and since I was between zip codes and therefore between libraries, I didn’t have any books with me. My California library allows me to check out digital books, so the Kindle has been great! It was so nice to be able to bring a bunch of books in my carry-on without the bulkiness and weight of actual books. Even though I finally got a Chicago library card (!!), I still find myself bringing my Kindle to work every day. Continue reading
Yesterday was my 24th birthday! It feels like I was just writing my goals on my 23rd birthday, but at the same time, it feels like so much has happened in a year. The older you get, it seems, the stranger time moves. Everything feels so much faster than it used to, but I’m at this big transitional time in my life, so a lot is happening all the time. Since my last goals post, I: spent a year in LA, celebrated my one year wedding anniversary, moved to Chicago (!), and had 3 different jobs. I think I really stuck to a lot of last year’s goals, and now I want to make some more that will make this next year one that is full of positivity, peace, and rich and engaging experiences.
Goal #1: Spend the mornings outdoors as much as possible. It’s a grounding way to start the day off right.
Goal #2: Spend more time with family. Being in Chicago now and close to most of my family will really help!
Goal #3: Take better care of my skin. It’s a great daily self-care exercise, not only focusing on caring for my current self, but for my future self as well.
Goal #4: Stay of top of birthdays/anniversaries and be an early RSVPer. Who doesn’t love someone who remembers to send in their RSVP card on time?
Goal #5: Be more actively gracious. Start verbally expressing all the many things I’m grateful for, in a journal or out loud.
Does anybody have any yearly goals that have worked well for them? I’d love to know. Here’s to another exciting and ever-changing year!
All the best,
On our recent trip to Kernville that we took to celebrate our one year wedding anniversary (!!), we drove about 35 miles from the lodge to visit Giant Sequoia National Monument, home of the Trail of 100 Giants. Spoiler alert: the giants to which the trail refers are giant sequoia trees. Continue reading
I finally found a great plant-based banana muffin recipe to make with my ugly bananas. I wish there was a recipe to salvage any food that’s started to go bad, but sadly, it’s pretty much only bananas. Continue reading