As much as I hate the transition of our unbeatable summers here in Seattle to our cozy fall with predications of rain until June it always puts me in a mood to overanalyze and sort things out. Most of my days are spent up in my office editing away, day dreaming, and drifting. This fall I found myself questioning what exactly am I doing and what direction am I headed? I have so many interests and pursuits how could I possibly narrow them down and become specialized in one certain thing. I think I have ran this question through my mind about 78 times this month alone.
I got a text from a friend the other day asking me “What makes you happiest” and “What are you most scared of?” Out of the blue I had to put my thoughts into words and immediately it answered my own quandaries. These are my best moments. The larger answer to this question is I feel most alive when I am inspired. It sounds vague but it really isn’t. I get inspired by the energy of cities, the momentum of people in each others lives, by the people I meet, their stories, struggles, and triumphs. I am endlessly inspired by the art of fashion, photography, the way people decorate their interiors of their homes, humor, oddities, space, compromises, kids insight, voice inflections, promises we make, careers people chose, the way people walk, shadows and sunlight. The list is endless.
In my travels being a lolly gagger on the internet I run across things daily I share with friends, family, and save to favorites. Recently I have thought about starting a more personal blog or tumblr or whatever is the freshest thing. But then, I’m like who needs another blog to read?! Aren’t they all starting to run together?
Well, I have some ideas in store and may be taking a bit of another route this year so stay tuned.
For now here are some fun things I ran across lately.
I read this advice today and immediately sent it to my dearest longest friend who is about to embark on mommy land. It’s straight forward and brilliant. I also think it can be translated into all our individual lives.
“When it comes to being a mother, don’t listen to anyone. Absolutely no one. Ignore all of it: the breastfeeding tips, the sleep-training dogma, the attachment parenting books, the wooden toys credo, food allergies hysteria, EVERYTHING. Being a mom is about developing your own style, just like anything else. Your kid is going to be complicated and tormented and amazing just like every other human being that walks this earth no matter what, so trust your instincts and drown out the noise. The only person who knows what your child needs is you.”
I read about ManRepeller in Fast Company earlier this summer. I google stalked Leandra Medine and knew her and I would be distant best friends. If her blog and book hasn’t found you yet PLEASE take a look. Laughs will ensue.
This just fascinates me Brain of Fire
Julia Child Rules; lessons on savoring life. Wildly inappropriate for her time and beautifully poised and successful. No explanation needed.
Truth! After reading this I purposely would leave my lifeline (iphone) at home while I ran errands or waslked to pick up the kids from school. Torture at first. As if I lost an appendage. I survived and it felt a little good.
Following your intuition.
Interesting article on an alternative to all our 30+ ladies skincare woes. :)
I LOVE LOVE this ladies philosophy on wedding land. It resonates in many ways. This is the best thing I read all week. I almost cried.
I realized this week I have a new liking for men’s scents on myself. I feel like I have a hot man following me around all day. It’s a good time of the year to try it out. Get some samples of these:
Acqua di Parma Essenza… It will curb your Italian dreams. :)
Anything by Creed Yum!
Total girl and hair crush of mine just got signed for a book deal.Can’t wait to scope this one out. I am still working on the balls to swing this hair.
I mentioned daydreaming. I just love these images and have looked at them 1000 times.
If you have any thoughts on the blog, tumblr, whatevs idea I would love to know what you think.