Things I’m into right now:
Adulting like a professional. Doctor appointment: Check. Dentist appointment: Check. Naturopath appointment: Check. Getting serious about going to the DMV? Check.
I believe they call it crafting: I made a sweet felt garland for Valentine’s Day that included hand sewing a dozen cut-out hearts… and then I followed that up by making a valentine’s day banner. I don’t much consider myself an artist but when I think about it, I notice quite a few creative hobbies popping up in my more recent years…
Speaking of which: watercoloring is on the docket! I am looking for a free online art class for an introduction to the basics. A friend of mine recommended the art form to me as a companion art to my dream life… The ethereal, imprecise nature of watercolor would lend itself to connecting during waking life, she said.
Meditation practice. The more I think about it, the more I believe that this is the key to a happy, balanced me. This is not to say it’s easy, or that I’m doing it, but that I’m pretty convinced that it’s a key to my wellbeing. Lately I’ve been thinking about the sacred in the mundane. Sometimes I catch my mind drifting…
I’ve been drinking ALL THE TEA! My honey bought me a beautiful teal teapot for my thirtieth birthday and it’s gotten more use in the last six weeks than ever before. I’ve long been a fan of Yogi’s green and kava teas. Recently, I’ve been working through Gypsy’s green tea. Thank you, winter.
Building a wardrobe. Y’all this is easier said than done. So far, I’m convinced that any modern wardrobe should include the following:
- Dark tailored jeans
- Black skinny pants
- Oversized white button-up shirt
- French stripes
- Olive green utilitarian coat
- Structured handbag
- Ankle booties
- Cheetah print flats
For a long, long time my wardrobe was a result of my budget + my body size/shape. There was a certain scarcity to clothes shopping – like if I found something that was affordable AND fit, I would buy it. I generally only went shopping when I was flush with cash, or before an event that demanded a new outfit (see: graduation, job interview, etc.).
Building a wardrobe is a very different process for me. I hold a lot more intention, and I’m on a quest to buy garments that flatter me and represent my personal style. Things that are different:
- I’ve been using a secret Pinterest account to make a vision board of my style.
- I wrote down the Spring 2015 Pantone colors of the year and had them with me when I went to the mall.
- I tried on 9 things at H&M and bought none (despite many of them fitting and being affordable).
- I spent an hour perusing clearance racks and bought nothing.
- I spent $80 on a structured dress (with pockets!) from Nordstrom that is in a wild and beautiful orchid color.
- Last month, I snuck off to do some shoe shopping by myself and tried on a dozen pairs of boots before not buying any.
Snow driving and snow walking and snow digging and snow thriving? I am learning a lot about snow life. Things like how to dig a car out of a 3′ deep snow pile, the beauty of 4wd, what it looks like when very, very dry snowflakes fall (Diamonds! Glitter! SO SPARKLY!). I survived the fifth worst blizzard in Chicago history. I have managed to enjoy this, for the most part.
Planning trips to cross off more states! May: Louisana, Oklahoma, & Kansas. July: Minnesota and North Dakota. September: Michigan. If all goes to plan, by year’s end I will only have Alaska, and the Northeast remaining (Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Rhode Island, Connecticut)! This makes me feel explosively happy! I’m wondering if maybe to celebrate my final states, I should actually plan a weeklong sojourn to Puerto Rico. They must have all-inclusive resorts, right? Somewhere I could just lay down and not do much but swim and relax?
Buying frames. This is an ongoing struggle in my house. Some day, I swear I will frame my college diplomas.