Wednesday, June 18, 2014

summer so far.

Although the first official day of summer isn't technically until Saturday, the past few weeks have included their fair share of summer activities.  Nashville, cabin time, my first summer in St. Paul...it's all good and I'm ready for more.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

life lately.

Life these days has been crazy and colorful, the days flying by in a blur. It's been fully spring and then back to winter, teasing us and giving us a taste of the sweet summer to come. It's been enjoying moments at home, a wonderful trip to Florida (and Harry Potter World!), concerts, birthday celebrations, beautiful performances, sunset runs, and reunions with faraway friends. It's getting through days when things don't quite make sense and worry about the future starts to creep in. It's remembering that even on those days, life is so, so good. It's reminiscing about where we were a year ago, and how much has changed. It's laughing on the floor and shaking our heads at these ridiculous, complicated, beautiful moments that make up being 22.

Monday, March 3, 2014

over the weekend.

I don't think I will ever get over the sense of wonder that comes with seeing a favorite musician play a live show. There's something truly amazing to me that that person that I've only before listened to through headphones or seen online is there, right there!, in the same room as me. This happened Friday night when I saw Noah Gundersen and his band (including his amazingly talented sister, Abby) at the 7th Street Entry. I loved every minute, even though I had to try so hard to stifle my coughs (I've been sick this week) because it was that kind of concert full of hushed moments where I didn't want to be the one to break the spell.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

snow day.

 A post-blizzard morning walk through our snow-covered neighborhood.
I'm so over winter, but it has its moments where it almost wins me back.

Friday, February 21, 2014

friday finds.


Happy Friday, friends! Here's a roundup of some links I've been loving lately: 

Thinking I might have to join along on this 52 Lists Project.

These whimsical envelopes are inspiring me to write more snail mail. 

25 easy recipes that will teach you how to cook

I love the idea of using binder clips to put together an easy gallery wall

Enjoying the quotes and photos on the Conscious Magazine instagram account

Have a wonderful weekend! 

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

lately.

 A few things that make a long winter better: coffee, sunny days, good music and concerts, chocolate, tea, valentines, wine, friends. 

Spring, come soon. 

Monday, February 10, 2014

wishful thinking.

As winter drags on and sub-zero temps continue to greet us every morning, I am dreaming of spring and admiring these beautiful prints by artist Clare Elsaesser

Now please excuse me while I go sit by the space heater and add one of these prints to my birthday wish list (so what if it's still 4 months away?).
See more of Clare's gorgeous paintings in her Etsy shop

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

for my friends.

So often I come across something online and think "So and so would love this," and I send it her way. But when I read this post on one of my new favorite blogs, I realized it is something all my friends need to read. And it was a message I needed to hear. One of those pep talks full of things you truly, deep down know, but often forget. 

"Look hard. Listen hard. Watch the way people live and love. Be an observer of everything around you and all that you feel. When you are paying attention, the right paths and the 'plan' for which you were put here to charge will be revealed to you. Try to block out the noise of 'shoulds' that society or your tribe has prescribed for you. It’s your journey. " - Read the full, wonderful post here

Monday, January 6, 2014

thank you, 2013.

I'm a little late to the game with a look back on 2013, but better late than never I suppose. 
When I think about 2013, I will remember: 
A never ending winter
that we tried to make the best of. 
I'll remember being constantly surrounded by the best group of friends. 
I'll remember a week spent in Guatemala
full of surprises and new insights and time to reflect. 
I'll remember festive events, fun times 
and bittersweet moments. 
I'll remember taking a moment to appreciate the accomplishments of the past four years
and celebrating and saying goodbye and trying so hard to move on gracefully. 
I'll remember the sense of wonder I felt in Barcelona
and the freedom I felt in Paris. 
I'll remember seeing Trampled by Turtled in London
and some of the happiest days of the year on the Isle of Skye. 
I'll remember nostalgia-filled moments in Spiddal and Galway, Ireland 
and the adventure-filled days with new friends in Camp. 
I'll remember the care-free days of summer at home
and spontaneous moments like last-minute concert road trips.
I'll remember 10 days spent at the cabin
and the best meal of 2013 on a perfect summer night in Grand Marais. 
I'll remember a fall day trip back to campus
and settling into a new home, a new job, and a new city. 
I'll remember gatherings with friends
and visiting Nashville for Thanksgiving. 
I'll remember having time to properly celebrate the season for the first time in years, and to look back in amazement at all that can happen and all that can change in just one year.