The Big Five

A while back I asked my closest friends to send me five words that come to mind when they think of me. I started out by writing down five of my own.

Energetic, Eclectic, Gregarious, Considerate, Fun

Here is what the others had to say. I put stars next to words that several people used.

Desiring harmony
Goofy as heck

At this point, I am merely putting this list out in the universe in an attempt to manifest/manage these traits. I'd like to return to these qualities from time to time, especially if I'm feeling down or confused. They could be a good starting point to get back to a state of joy or inspiration.

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A Few Things I've Recently Purchased

1. I finally caved and made my first purchase from Outdoor Voices. They've been spamming my feeds via style bloggers and sponsored posts for months. So congrats to their marketing team, all of your targeted ads have paid off. To be fair, it was a pretty good deal--$100 for a crop-top, compression pants and a put stuff in, I assume? Actually, I'm not sure what the point of the pouch is, to be honest.  - Outdoor Voices Warm Up Kit in Charcoal and Navy
2. My friend Nora found this budget option for a round mirror when we were looking for things to redecorate my room. It was only $49! #targetdoesitagain - Target Round Mirror in Brass.

3. I don't know if I've ever actually bought something directly from a Cup of Jo post, but her recent newsletter featured these Dipped hoops from J Crew and I just had to have them. 30% off $19--only $14.95 plus free shipping! Score!

4. I've been looking for a floor lamp for months. For some reason I just couldn't pull t…

Lola Kirke | EP

Right now I am listening to Lola Kirke's eponymous EP, which was recently released. The first song, Baby Butt, is super catchy--I seriously can't stop humming it. Her whole vibe reminds me of Jenny Lewis meets Neko Case, though it's sweeter and bit more demure. Her voice is breathy and the lyrics are heartfelt--in short, it's totally cute; I love it. This is perfect summertime driving music (even though it's the coldest February I can remember and I am currently under five blankets suffering a weeklong cold). There's definitely a 1970s-California/Southwest thing going on here, too. Her voice is rich, but delicate; haunting, with a folky stylization. I remember reading an article where she quoted someone saying, "I feel like I have at least 5 folk songs in me," which resonated with her deeply. Of course, now I can't get that out of my head. I wonder what 5 folk songs are lingering within me? 
Here's a little video for Tomorrow Morning, which i…

Scattered Thoughts

I began writing this post nearly a year ago. My poor, poor abandoned blog. It's been a whole year and, really, not much has changed. I can't decide if that's comforting or unsettling. Cunsettling? In any case, I'm just gonna go ahead and post this so it's out there in the open. Maybe then I will confront these long-lingering desires and issues.


There are always so many things I'd like to do or be.

I'd like to be proficient at the piano.
I'd like to learn French.
I'd like to watch less television.
I'd like to read more books.

How do I allot myself enough time every day to do all of these things? Are we as humans always striving toward betterment? Toward self-improvement? Is it an endless cycle? One which we will never attain?

It is unquestionable that I am a good person. A person who by all accounts, does more than one should. I exercise near daily. I clean up after myself. I present myself well and professionally at work. I have many fri…

Try to remember

“Happiness not in another place, but this place...not for another hour, but this hour...”

-Walt Whitman, Leave of Grass

Song of the day

You'll get your money
I'll get my friends
Hard living's forgiven
In the end

You got your troubles
I got mine
On a clear day I can
Read your mind

Oh it's like a battlefield inside

You got to
Give a little love
Give a little love
Give a little love
To get a little love
Give a little love
Give a little love

I know you better
Than you want me to
Inside your pockets
And walking in your shoes

Oh it can get better if you try

You got to
Give a little love
Give a little love
Give a little love
To get a little love
Give a little love
Give a little love

I hope you
Give a little love
Give a little love
Give a little love
To get a little love
Give a little love
Give a little love

Ah! That's me! Or: Another time my horoscope rang true

Honestly, I think we read horoscopes for selfish reasons. We just want to feel like that what we're feeling/thinking/emoting is validated by someone else out there. Maybe other people out there are neurotic like me! ::Reads horoscope furiously for anything relatable:: Ah, yes the universe gets me!

Anyway, this little ditty came up in my horoscope today and it's accurate as hell:

Warning: With Mercury retrograde until the 9th, you run the risk of spreading yourself too thin. Write down the top three goals (max!) you want to accomplish in October, and focus solely on those. After the 9th, you’ll feel the pace pick up at the office. Since this can get stressful, make sure you’re burning off steam with regular exercise.

I have been spread SO thin by social and personal obligations that I had a full-on meltdown last night. I was crying uncontrollably because I have so many great things going on in my life and I can't do them all. I want to be Wonder Woman! I want to carry the worl…