It's Been a While....

Oh hey guys! It's been quite a little while since I've updated you on my little life. A lot has been going on. A lot of stress. A lot of happy feelings. Only one mini meltdown. 

I decided I needed a change. A big change. So I up and moved to a house in Philadelphia where I'm just beginning to get my things unpacked and house put together. It's a big change and even though it's been hard on me, I know it's the right choice. I'm out of my comfort zone. I'm in a completely new environment. I'm closer to my friends and now have an entire house to myself with space to spread out and room for friend's to stay the night. It's still a little overwhelming at the moment, but I'm figuring things out and will hopefully have some new content for you all soon. <3

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Around Here

Thinking about maybe moving makes my head spin. I love this apartment like I've never loved any apartment before. I changed here. I figured things out here. I became a better me here. The windows are huge and the space is great and the wood floors are charming. Packing up boxes and looking for a new apartment is one of the last things on my list that I want to do right now. But sometimes you know that a change would be good for you down the line, even if actually making that change seems terrible at the moment. And that's where my head is at. 

I love change. I love the feeling of changing up my routine. I love figuring out how to be happy in a new space. But the amount in which I hate packing boxes and packing a moving truck might is really high. I have yet to come to any type of conclusion on this issue. Stay tuned.

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Let's Chat

When I was in Miami, I found myself sitting in a conference room with 100+ people who work in higher education doing social media, brain fried from learning and lack of sleep, and reading some random blogs on my iPad. And I stumbled on an interview with Jeni Britton Bauer in Food & Wine Mag, which I included in my last Sunday Thoughts post. And sometimes you're just in the most random of places, doing something you do everyday, in the right mood, and something hits you. And a quote from that interview hit me square in the face as I sat in that Conrad Hotel conference room.

"Your life is yours, and it's going to suck sometimes and be great sometimes. It's going to hurt so bad that you want to turn around and crawl into a hole. It's going to be so high and wonderful that you will wonder how to keep it there (and you'll fail at that). You'll make mistakes, but you won't ever give up—not because someone gave you that advice, but because it's way more fun that way. And you're good at it."

I've been spending a good amount of time by myself thinking about the changes that I've made in my life in the past year. Has it been amazingly high? Absolutely. Has it also had low points? Of course, every life does. But sometimes you just need a smack-in-the-face reminder that you need to feel a little low sometimes to fully be able to appreciate how good the highs are. You need to feel a little low to grow stronger and push through it. You need to feel a little lonely to know how good people can be. And you need to make mistakes so you can learn and move on. 

And sometimes you need the smack-in-the-face reminder that a perfect life couldn't be as fun as the one you have.

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DIY: Air Plant Hangers

Like many things in my apartment, my bathroom is a little quirky. My apartment is a large Victorian-era home that was split up into 4 separate apartments and I'm thinking that my living room and bedroom used to be two bedrooms with a Jack-and-Jill bathroom in between. If I lived with another person, it might be annoying to walk through the bathroom to get to my bedroom, but I'm a single person and I don't care. That being said, the bathroom has a large window that was looking pretty empty. I think want curtains because it's a tight space and a really large window with a large windowsill. So I decided some hanging air plants would do just the trick. 

I purchased my glass hangers at a local store that was going out of business because they were a good price, but you can definitely get some at most nurseries or off of Amazon. The neon yarn I had lying around and hung with some cup hooks that I drilled into the ceiling. Done. 

It definitely adds a little something to the space. They've been hanging there for a few weeks now and I'm loving the way the final project looks.

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Sunday Thoughts

Somedays you show up to hang out with a friend wearing a tiny dress and clogs and she tells you you'll be renting a Bike Share and riding across the city. Surprisingly there was only one small incident but no actually crashes. Because weekends are fun and the best are unpredictably fun.

Here are some bits from around the interweb:

Also, wishing my mom the happiest of Mother's Days.