Thursday, May 28, 2015

THURSDAY'S THOUGHTS


THINKING ABOUT: In a recent blog post Glennon shared one of the ways she adds magic to life—going off-script. "One of my favorite strategies to add magic to my life is remembering to go off-script with people. Sometimes I feel like I’m walking around in The Truman Show—like somewhere along the line, we’ve all agreed to stick to the script, to choose one of  six approved lines to throw at each other (Great weather we’re having! Love the scarf! I’m fine, and you?) and never, ever say what we’re really thinking. It’s like we have two voices: a juicy one in the back of our heads saying interesting, true, dangerous, delightful things and the other voice that shushes the juicy voice and sticks to the script. That voice is safe, but she’s also kind of a yawn-fest. And she doesn’t unlock people. She doesn’t wake anybody up. When we stay on-script, so does everybody else. When we jump off-script, others do, too—and things get interesting." Living off-script gives us an opportunity to connect. We have so much to learn from each other.

FEELING: A few weekends ago my mom and I were texting back and forth as we do. I confided in her and told her how I felt stuck in a lot of ways. While I aim to make the best of our current situation, I can't help but pine for new experiences. I feel like I'm caught up in the same shenanigans week in and and week out. I do the same two loads of laundry each day and spend the bulk of my time jumping from one Max-centric activity to the next waiting for Flyboy to get home so I can watch him eat dinner and then head to bed. When I wake up the next day, the cycle begins once again. I cling to activities like blogging and spinning to push myself creatively and physically, but even those outlets exhibit little improvement or change—or at least it feels that way to me. Time is passing by, but in most instances I don't feel like I'm moving forward. I feel guilty for harboring such emotions when I should be expressing feelings of gratitude, so I push these feelings to the side, but unfortunately that's getting me nowhere. I know the circumstances in Swell Rio won't change anytime soon, so I need to shake things up to get different results. I can't help but think I need a new challenge or goal. I'm not entirely sure what that entails just yet, but I'd like to find the confidence to try something new or work toward an end goal and not let failure be the reason I didn't give it a shot. All of this makes me think of Einstein who's credited with saying "The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results." 

THANKFUL FOR: When our anniversary rolled around on Monday, I couldn't help but feel grateful for the past seven years with Flyboy by my side. I honestly don't know what I did to get this lucky but I feel so blessed to experience life with him. While it's my instinct to say I adore his sense of humor the most, I think I treasure how patient he is with me above all. I honestly don't know how he does it. 

EATING: Angie's Caramel and Cheddar Boom Chicka Pop is one of the many goodies we brought home with us after 
visiting San Antonio last weekend. I've been on the hunt for this bag of deliciousness since early February, so you can only imagine how ecstatic I was to see it on the shelves at Whole Foods in all its glory. Flyboy suggested I grab a couple of bags, but I knew I could only trust myself with one and I'm glad I listened to my gut. This stuff is dangerously delectable.

LISTENING TO: Aw, the sweet sounds of Max. These days we hear lots of fake coughing and growling noises. If you stopped by our house you might wonder if our sweet child was being raised by wolves or sorely constipated with a mild cold. In fact, I felt like mother of the year at a recent appointment when his doctor asked if Max had been coughing and I responded earnestly. Of course my darling babe decided to show off and demonstrate his fake cough shortly after I answered no. The doc looked at me confused, so I nervously explained Max's Ferris Bueller stunt. Upon further investigation, the pediatrician confirmed the kid is definitely a faker.

WATCHING: Have you heard of The Try Guys? According to Vanity Fair, they're "Buzzfeed Motion Pictures' in-house quartet of dopes who try things that, typically, men don't do." Well, one evening after I put Max to bed, I read about their most recent endeavor in which they simulate aspects of pregnancy. As a seasoned pregnant lady who now joins the ranks of other moms who love to discuss those tormenting ten months, I poured myself a cocktail and didn't expect to laugh as much as I did. It wasn't just the gin talking because the next morning I showed part one of the series (pregnancy bellies) to Flyboy and found it equally hysterical.   

READING: I recently picked up a copy of the latest Darling Magazine. Not even three pages in, I knew I was hooked by the issue's overall theme of clinging to the bright and joyful things in life. Who doesn't love that?! The soul-filled articles and stunning layout filled my creative tank with joy. As I pored over the photography and sifted through the pages, this quote crossed my mind: "Better keep yourself clean and bright; you are the window through which you must see the world."—George Bernard Shaw

LOVING: I've been a longtime fan of the painter tee (a 3/4 sleeve boatneck is m' jam) so I was ecstatic to see a short-sleeve version join the mix. While I love the vintage cotton tees at J.Crew, I'm always looking for something that's a bit more structured with a slim fit to be paired with some of my favorite summer a-line skirts. As to be predicted, I opted for the striped option first, but I wouldn't mind adding these vintage purple and neon persimmon tees to my colorful repertoire.


Enough about me. How are you feeling today? What are you up to? Thanks for stopping by!!



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