Wednesday, February 8, 2017

hello again.

I miss this space.

I created a new blog, have written on it spottily over the last few months, and still, I am drawn back here.

That means something, right?

There's something about blogging that makes me value and celebrate and experience joyfully all that goes on in my life. Why should I stop?

It's kind of like exercising. Every time I start, I can't believe how amazing it feels and why I ever stopped doing it. But, it takes time and effort, and when those commodities are running low, I feel forced to cut "non-essentials," and that is how I get to the point of not blogging, and, similarly, not exercising.

Since becoming a mother, I have read a lot about continuing "self care" and everything associated with that. I'd be lying if I said that this isn't something I've struggled with. However, a quote that really resonates with me is the following: "You can't pour from an empty cup. Take care of yourself first."  A quick Google search did not produce the author of this quote, but I find myself thinking of these words often.

Luke is 5 months old now, but I am still struggling to adhere to any kind of routine for myself. Showering, fixing my hair, getting dressed, and putting on makeup, among other self care activities, often fall to the wayside as I attend to his needs. I know that there has to be a way to have both, but I haven't found the magic time management recipe yet.

I figure I've just got to keep trying. If I keep these things at the forefront of my mind, eventually I will figure it out, right? I will say that the experience of becoming a parent has led me to respect parents who have it all together so much (and parents that don't have it all together). This is a big job, taking care of a human being. And right now, all I'm doing is the best I can. And that is enough.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

a recognition of myself.

i need to remember to write. 
not only is it like therapy to me, 
but i just don't want to fall 
out of the practice.
i already feel rusty at just 
simply writing my thoughts down.

i always have myself. 
i always have a pen and paper.
i always have books and stories
and movies and shows on netflix. 
i need stillness and quiet
and a recognition of myself.
to have those things
is to have peace. 

Thursday, May 5, 2016

a milestone.

listening to: beach house, specifically, the devotion album from 2008, which is probably my favorite. beach house has got to top the list of my favorite things to listen to on an overcast, rainy spring/summer day. you should try it sometime.

yesterday was my very last day of class. my last time to walk the halls of the allied health building as a classroom-only student. my last time to congregate with my classmates in that setting. true, in december, we will all be together again for graduation, but, you know, yesterday was kind of a turning point, a big deal, a milestone. 

and then, there's the fact that justin and i have a son coming into this world at the end of august. 

there is so much to celebrate right here in this moment. so that is what i am going to do.

photo: hydrangeas | lowe's home improvement | greenville, nc | may 2016

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

winter break.

chilled air
scarves, tights, boots
endless time spent wrapped in a blanket, on the couch
winter break

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

for twenty-sixteen: words.

As my mini series of goals, resolutions, etc., for twenty sixteen continues today, I thought I would share five words that I want to focus on for this year. These are words that I hope to embody as I make my way through this new year.

1. warm - having, showing, or expressive of enthusiasm, affection, or kindness. 
2. interestedshowing curiosity or concern about something or someone; having a feeling of interest. 
3. industriousdiligent and hard-working. 
4. resourcefulhaving the ability to find quick and clever ways to overcome difficulties. 
5. calm(of a person, action, or manner) not showing or feeling nervousness, anger, or other emotions.

What words do you wish to embody this year?

See my resolutions here.
See my goals here.

Monday, January 4, 2016

for twenty sixteen: goals.

Though I wrote about my resolutions on Friday, I wanted to share my more specific goals today. These are the five things I most want to achieve in the year to come!

1. get fit and stay that way
2. read at least 12 books
3. grow my hair out
4. crochet 5 scarves
5. purge my wardrobe

What are your goals for twenty sixteen?

See my resolutions here.

Sunday, January 3, 2016

the sunday currently, volume 120.

hello from the TSC headquarters

Hello and welcome to the first 2016 edition of The Sunday Currently! I hope you are all enjoying the remainder of this holiday weekend. In the coming week, I will be sharing more in my 2016 Resolutions Series, which I am excited about!

reading The Silkworm, by Robert Galbraith (aka J.K. Rowling). I devoured The Girl on the Train, by Paula Hawkins, while I was visiting Shreveport. It reminded me a lot of Gone Girl in style. I enjoyed it, and it was suspenseful, which is something I've realized lately that I like in a book.
writing in my travelers notebook lately. I need to do a post on it, since I got it for Christmas. I absolutely love it. Here's the one I got. I have four pocket-sized Moleskines in there now. One for lists/plans/notes; one for my journal; one for my gratitude journal; and one for my health journal. I'm really enjoying it so far.
listening to Justin Bieber's new album, which is part of my hello 2016 playlist, which I'm currently working on building. I will share it when it has been completed. I think I'm really liking JB's new album, actually. I've never been a big fan before, but I'm kind of excited about this. 
thinking and talking a lot about the future lately, with Justin. There's a lot on the docket for 2016, and I can't wait to share the journey here. 
smelling like one of my Christmas gifts from my parents and Kara, which is Chanel Chance. I'm a little bit in love with it, and a bonus is that the smell of it reminds me of Christmas in Shreveport with family. 
wishing to stop being so lazy! I've been really lazy ever since we returned from Shreveport. I'm planning to change that this coming week, as it is the last week before spring semester starts! I have a lot I want to accomplish this week. 
hoping to get everything accomplished on the list I'm forming in my head. I need to put pen to paper, because then it will be even more likely to get done. 
wearing workout clothes, since we just came home from the gym and the grocery store. Also, a very warm, black, puffy North Face jacket that I love.
loving all the time that Justin and I have gotten to spend together over the last few days. We've watched a lot of episodes of The Sopranos, and last night we watched Rocket Science, which was pretty good. We have also been slowly chipping away at the housework that I did not accomplish before our travels. But, like I said, this coming week, I'm going to be productive and get it all done.
wanting clarity on a lot of things. I need to pray more, as well as be more open-minded. 
needing to continue drinking water, and actually, drink even more. I'm getting back into the habit, thankfully.
feeling calm and rested after my workout. It is truly amazing how much better working out makes me feel.
clicking through my updated list of blogs to read. I'm excited to keep up these reads and draw inspiration from them throughout the year.

What are you doing? Link up & share below.

Saturday, January 2, 2016

for twenty sixteen: resolutions.

1. make - and maintain -  a home cleaning routine
2. make dinner at least three nights per week
3. put health first
4. read and write obsessively
5. love the best i can

Friday, January 1, 2016

for twenty sixteen.

here's to a bright twenty sixteen!

Happy new year! For the first week of twenty sixteen, I will be sharing a mini series about my goals, resolutions, words, books, and more. What do you have planned for the coming 365 days? What do you want to accomplish or read or write or listen to? Please do share. Here's to the brand new year!