This is a big day. Ever since I started my new “adult” job, I’ve been looking for one slightly extravagant thing I could treat myself and splurge on. My dad is a financial planner and trained me well, so I’m generally pretty responsible with my money. I get what I need and budget for fun little luxuries every month, but I generally try to avoid the truly unnecessary purchases like say, a fancy new Coach purse.
So long story short, today I splurged and bought myself the above leather beauty. I’ve been scheming about getting a new work bag for a while, this one was on sale, and it it just seem like the right time for an indulgence. I was torn between this lovely brown and a light pink color, but after extensive discussion with a few of my girlfriends, I went with my gut and picked the more classic option. As fun as the pink is, the brown is a little more timeless. Now I’m just waiting for it to arrive so I can admire it in person!
She wanted to crawl into his pocket and be safe forever.F. Scott Fitzgerald
Streetlights on this rainy night.
I’ve been having trouble sleeping lately, so sometimes I just stare out the window until sleep arrives. The late-night city noises are strangely comforting to me; it’s like a weird downtown lullaby.
Fact 1: Reading can make you a better conversationalist.
Fact 2: Neighbours will never complain that your book is too loud.
Fact 3: Knowledge by osmosis has not yet been perfected. You’d better read.
Fact 4: Books have stopped bullets - reading might save your life.
Fact 5: Dinosaurs didn’t read. Look what happened to them.
Don’t lament so much about how your career is going to turn out. You don’t have a career. You have a life.
Happy Father’s Day to the best dad in the whole wide world… Not like I’m biased or anything. I love you Daddy!
“Upon first falling in love, couples surge with enthusiasm for each other, with dopamine highs and and the immense desire to never be apart. This is often referred to by their friends as the unbelievably-annoying stage. But if this enthusiasm is not followed by ritual, captured and solidified in the day-to-day routine of communication, touch, gift, encouragement and sacrifice — from flowers, to phone-calls and favors — their love will fail.
Enthusiasm is followed by ritual or death, it is our choice to decide which it will be.
The day-to-day is not mundane! It is life.”
This article by Marc Barnes is definitely Catholic, so it’s cool if you’re not into that, but I love what he says about the importance of ritual in day-to-day life and think that’s applicable to lots of us, regardless of faith.
There’s this great doughnut shop in Chicago called The Doughnut Vault. They open at 8 a.m. on weekdays and sell doughnuts until they run out of them; they’re usually sold out by 10 a.m. It’s an adorable little place, with a different “special” donut each day, and it’s less than 5 minutes from my work… My office has quickly become regulars there and it’s kind of a problem. A really great problem, but still.
Strawberry shortcake old-fashioned was their special of the day yesterday! So good.
At fifteen you had the radiance of early morning, at twenty you will begin to have the melancholy brilliance of the moon.F.Scott Fitzgerald, This Side of Paradise
I found these vintage Smirnoff ads at a neighborhood festival over the weekend and I’m pretty excited to add them to our kitchen decor.
“The really important kind of freedom involves attention, and awareness, and discipline, and effort, and being able truly to care about other people and to sacrifice for them, over and over, in myriad petty little unsexy ways, every day.”
This Is Water
I spent my Friday night reunited with some of my best friends. We drank sangria out of mason jars, grilled dinner on their beautiful balcony, played Cards Against Humanity and had a ridiculous amount of fun.
It was one of those nights where I was just bursting with happiness the whole time.
Your soul doesn’t care what you do for a living - and when your life is over, neither will you. Your soul cares only about what you are being while you are doing whatever you are doing.Neale Donald Walsch