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i'm doing it again.

They said it couldn't be done.
Well, technically, I said it wouldn't be done... ever again. Remember?
But then, I went into one of the biggest blogging slumps of my life [I know... dramatic]. Throughout December & January, I took a much more casual approach to blogging, popping in with informal, often photo-free updates. I was ok with how it was going, but I wasn't loving it, & I realized I wasn't taking much pride in it, either. 
But it continued. March & April came & went, & I still hadn't found a way out of my writing rut. And then May came along, too, & two things happened:
1. One of my all-time favorite content creators, Organized Jen, said she was going to go back to her roots in regard to vlogging. I noticed a near-palpable difference. Suddenly, everything I always loved about her channels was back. Suddenly, I fell in love with her content all over again.
2. My sister graduated college. And suddenly, I yearned for my early blogging …

the sunday currently, volume 88.

a trip to our local sno cone stand. justin got tigers blood + watermelon. i got praline + cheesecake.
Happy Memorial Day Weekend to you all! Justin & I kicked off the long weekend with sleeping in very late on Saturday & having a movie day. There were sno cones involved, as you may have gathered from the above photos. Our plans for the rest of the weekend include a lot of the same. I also plan to do all of the laundry, wash some dishes, & just generally clean the house up. I may even start packing some of our things. What are you doing this weekend?
C U R R E N T L Y . . .
R E A D I N G  blogs more often lately. I've got major goals to start interacting more with bloggers I admire. I've been such a lurker in the past few months. W R I T I N G  posting schedules for my blog. I have exciting plans for this space. I finally feel like I'm in the right place to start posting regularly again. It's definitely been a journey getting back to this place mentally. I know th…

songs from wilmington: let's be happy.

Hello everyone. Thanks for your patience as I re-figure out my blogging rhythm. It seems to be a constant battle for me, doesn't it? I've been thinking very hard about blogging lately, & I have begun formulating some new goals, as well as a new mindset & approach toward this hobby of mine. I've also been working on a new design, which I'm excited about, & which I think will help on the motivation-to-post front. 
You may also have read via social media about my career news: I am going to OT school! I plan to share more about this, as well as our upcoming move, here on the blog soon. As expected, I am so excited! Not being able to share this news - I think - contributed in a large part toward the veritable silence in this space. Now that everything can be out in the open, I feel like I'll be posting a lot more frequently, which I feel will make me a whole lot happier.
As for today, I'm back with another playlist post! I love seeing other people's pl…

the sunday currently, volume 87.

Good morning, everyone! We've just dropped Kara at the airport on this chilly, sunny Sunday morning. We have had such a good time having her in town, and I was sad to send her off. I hope she'll come visit us again soon. 
One good thing about dropping people at the airport for early morning flights is that a Starbucks trip is almost guaranteed. And as I sit typing this, Justin & I are curled up on the couch watching Can't Buy Me Love, which I've never seen before. 
In short, it's shaping up to be a lovely Spring morning so far.
C U R R E N T L Y . . .
R E A D I N G  isn't really something that's happened a lot this week. With Kara in town, I was focusing more on spending time with her & showing her around Wilmington. I need to re-configure my reading schedule, that's for sure, but I also need to make a trip to the library this week for some motivation [and just because I want to, obviously]. As I've said before, borrowing books from the library …

dear blog...

dear blog,
i miss you. i really do. things just haven't been the same between us, have they?
i plan to change that. i want to go back to those days  of getting excited to share things through you.  photos, words, stories... life. i miss sharing it all. 
but most of all, i miss the thrill of simply running  a blog that i'm passionate about.  the thrill of putting together posts.  having something i can be proud of.  something that makes me happy when i think about it. 
you were once that thing for me, and i hope you will be again one day.  until then, i'll stick it out with you. i'll keep trying until i get it right.  i'll keep experimenting until i get the rhythm back down.
one thing is for certain: i will never give up on you.  no matter what. we are in this together, you and me. 
love, lauren

the sunday currently, volume 86.

i've been upping my motivation for early rising lately. this beautiful,  early-morning sunshine was my reward for getting up at 6:15 on thursday.
Hello, everyone! And Happy Sunday! Today, Justin and I are coming off the high of a family-filled weekend. We flew into Jackson on Thursday evening, because my sister, Kara, graduated from Millsaps College on Saturday! I am so, so proud of her. And I am also so, so glad that Justin & I were both able to attend. It means the world to me that we got to see her get that diploma.

As for today, we are traveling back over to Wilmington. Then, Kara will be arriving to stay with us for a week, tomorrow! Yay! Let's keep this party going!

C U R R E N T L Y . . .
R E A D I N G  Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, still. And I owe y'all a recent reading post. I didn't really blog much at all last week, which makes me sad, but it's the truth. W R I T I N G  a lot of blog posts in my head recently, on my daily walks. I need to…

someone is graduating college.

And just like that, we're off to Jackson. And just like that, my little sister is graduating college.
By the time this post goes live, we will have landed in Jackson, and we will be reveling in all the graduating-from-college glory that this long weekend holds in store. I still remember the weekend - my birthday weekend - that we dropped Kara off at her dorm on Millsaps campus. I still remember taking a zillion pictures, and the way that Kara acted annoyed, but I knew she really was thankful that she had a crazy older sister, snapping photos here, snapping photos there, commemorating the moment. And next week, you'll get to see one of those photos, because during this graduation weekend, I plan to recreate my favorite photo from that move-in weekend. And then they'll be juxtaposed, and then there will be a blog post about it, and then I'll once again be stifling tears as I realize how very grown up my younger sibling is. 
This weekend is a weekend for pride and for tear…

the sunday currently, volume 85.

well, it's one of those "day of few words" days... so bear with me...
C U R R E N T L Y . . .
R E A D I N G  Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. And since I finished The Light Between Oceans since we last spoke, that means a new recent reading post will be headed your way this week! I've really been loving reading lately. W R I T I N G  new schedule plans for the coming months. I LOVE schedules. I know that sounds nerdy, but it's the truth. I thrive off of structured, scheduled environments. Now, just to find the schedule that works for the interim - I NEED some structure around here. L I S T E N I N G  to my Spring 2014 playlist a lot this weekend - it'll be up on my blog this week, too. At this moment, though? I'm listening to Elliott Smith, who will, without a doubt, always be my favorite, favorite, FAVORITE. T H I N K I N G  that early rising sucks for the first few days, but then it starts to feel awesome, because you get to have this time of r…

may things.

WELL, I didn't set the bar very high for my April Things, as you may have noticed. In fact, there was only one item on that list of things that I resolved to do, and that was to RELAX. In March, I had some major anxiety flare-ups, and I really wanted to take the month of April to try to correct those tense feelings as much as I could. 
I drank way, way less coffee. I concentrated on exercising a lot, and drinking a lot of water. I also set my mind to eating more healthfully, incorporating as many whole foods into my diet as I could. 
And, you know, it did work. I felt so much better. I have felt a lot more relaxed, more present, and not so worrisome and distracted. I plan to continue down this healthy path, and I plan to get in with a doctor soon as well, just to check everything out and make sure everything is in balance. 
So, what do I plan to do in May? Well, I'll tell you...
1. Drink between 60 & 80 ounces of water every single day. 2. Keep up the healt…