January somehow managed to be both the longest and fastest month ever. There’s something about the fall-off after all of the holidays and celebrations are over that’s both mildly depressing and wildly satisfying, making January a month of recovery (I’ve said “I need a nap” more in the past month than I have in the past year). The week directly following New Years holds my mom and best friend’s birthdays, both of which somehow blindside me every year and make the first week of the year a continuation of the seemingly never-ending celebrations (which is both exciting and exhausting). The rest of the month, however, feels endless. While that seems like a good time to focus on your projects and your people, the winter blues are in full force which sets my ambition at an all-time low. All of that aside, I’ve come to love January (specifically this year) for the feeling of new-beginnings it brings. If you read my New Years Resolutions blog post you’d know that I set out to accomplish a lot of things in 2018 that I’ve been thinking about and chewing on for a while. Some have gone very well, some have started off slow, but I’ll be damned if I’m not still infatuated with goal-making and up-keeping. All of that being said, I’m excited to share with you my “five” favorite, can’t-live-without things for January.
One of my favorite quotes comes from poet Paul Thomas Berkey: “I can say with great certainty and absolute honesty that I did not know what love was until I knew what love was not.” It’s a favorite because it’s a few words that you can think on and dissect and make your own (the same reason that the entire book of Milk and Honey is my favorite (still not over that)). It’s simple: you cannot understand or experience love if you don’t know what makes love, love. In other words: You have to lose in order to win. While this post is not exclusively about romantic relationships it’s easier to understand this with that in mind: think of all of your ex-boyfriends or girlfriends. The temporary ones, the ones you were sure were your husbands. The ones you went to dinner with, the ones whose families you met, the ones you cried for. Think about that first break-up, and that end-all feeling; think of your teenage world crumbling.
Every year I’m the one that has no resolutions and thinks they’re dumb, or tries to make one broad one and doesn’t accomplish it/never believes I was going to in the first place. This year, however, I’ve caught the resolution bug. Not only am I making resolutions, I’m asking people what their resolutions are AND NOT ONLY THAT, I actually care about other people’s resolutions (who am I). For some reason, 2018 just seems like a really promising year for me and everyone around me. That being said, I’m also all of the sudden a firm believer in writing things down to accomplish them (see my love for lists in the last blog post) and therefore I am here to share my goals and resolutions with you all in hopes that I’ll feel even more obligated to accomplish them (and also in hopes that you’ll share yours with me).
*pretends like I haven’t been AWOL from the blog for three months (but ohmygodhaveimissedyou)*
It’s been a hot second since I’ve done a favorites (aka however many hot seconds are in nine months since that’s how long it’s been since I’ve done one (I’m sure anyone that’s pregnant/has been pregnant will tell me that there a lot of hot seconds in nine months (completely off topic (no I’m not pregnant holy shit this took a turn)))) and so here I am. These are the things that I’m currently obsessed with and I’ve continually shoved down my friends and family and even some strangers’ throats for the past month, and for some reason even that isn’t enough for me so now I’m blogging about them! Woo!
And that paragraph has either made you happy that I’m back on the blog and made you realize you missed me too *sniff* or made you realize you never really liked this blog anyway and you’re already gone LOL but if you’re here for the long haul then grab a coffee because I have exceeded my usual limit of five and we might be here for a while. That being said, let’s do dis thang.
I, as I’m assuming many people do, have a tendency to focus on the bad and the ugly and forget about the good. I’m not saying that I’m a ball of negative energy but I’m certainly not a ball of sunshine and rainbows 24/7. That being said, what better time to embrace the good than Thanksgiving?! My friends in high school and I used to go around the table and say what we were thankful for before every meal we ate together and I loved that; it forced us all to take a minute and consciously be thankful for something in that moment. I’m annoyed at the fact that it has to be a holiday for me to write down what I’m thankful for since then but hey, self improvement has to start somewhere.
So I’m still not on track with blogging (lord help me) but I hate going weeks without a post so here’s a lil’ something for you 🙂
Alyson and I filmed a challenge video earlier in July that I’ve been meaning to share so here it is! We had a ton of fun doing it and I laugh every time I watch it (you’ll see why– she’s hilarious). I hope you love it! I’ll be back soon with something you can actually read LOL
Leave me a comment and let me know what you think!
The beach. The pools. Wine. Delicious food. That’s right kids, we went on vacation! My family and I headed south to Florida for a week on our annual family vacation and it was a damn good time. I’m not going to type anything else about it because I put my heart into this video and I want you to watch it so do that and let me know what you think! Also I’m falling in love with video blogging (vlogging) so stay tuned, I’m sure there will be plenty more where this came from 🙂 I’ll be back soon with a regular post! Thanks for sticking around!
I know that there’s now a huge grey area around men and women, and a biological man can be a woman on the inside and a woman can be a man if she wants to be, etc. but let’s face it: you are what you identify as. You’re either a man or a woman, no halfsies. And let’s face another fact: men and women are very different creatures. Women are often called “crazy,” and “confusing,” and “moody,” and “psychotic” and you’re not wrong! I myself have been all of the above multiple times in my life, in fact I am often a combination of those things. And guess what? I don’t owe you an explanation for it (and not just because I don’t even understand it). I’m writing this for the ladies to know that no, you’re not the only one that has a small existential crisis every damn morning when trying to choose an outfit; and for the men to know to shut up when we’re being “crazy.”
Two best friends. Selena Gomez. Beer and a vegetarian menu. Cincinnati. A kitty at a cafe. What more could you want out of a weekend?! This past weekend my two best friends and I left for Cincinnati on Sunday for the Selena Gomez Revival Tour, and I had the best time. I drank delicious drinks, ate delicious food, and danced my booty off all night all with two of my favorite people by my side.
I celebrated my birthday this past weekend (I’M 21 BABY!) and it was a damn good weekend. I drank, I gambled, I spent quality time with my best friends and my family, and I smiled a whole lot. I can already tell that 21 might very well be my best year thus far, but that doesn’t mean 20 was a waste. I feel like I’m barely the same person I was this time last year because I grew and learned a whoooooooole lot in the past 12 months. Here’s 20 of the most important things I’m taking from 20 to 21: