Sunday, January 15, 2017


This week was full of unexpected happenings. It was the first week back at school after winter break. The entire valley has been declared in a "state of emergency" due to the multiple feet of snow. Basically, my version of a nightmare. Ice everywhere, that won't go away, just trying to make me fall. One day of school was cancelled, a joy and a nightmare wrapped into one, and I also got some unexpected news that I'm doing my best to be positive about. Here's to next week being a bit better. This week's ten things:

1 / 17 modern house exteriors.

2 / Famous female leaders on power.

3 / Slightly obsessing over these sunglasses.

4 / This advice from the Bush sisters' letter to Sasha and Malia is for everyone.

5 / Horrifying but fascinating true crime podcasts.

6 / How to freeze EVERYTHING.

7 / A few book recommendations.

8 / Still lusting over this leather jacket.

9 / "Wear sunscreen. It will make a difference later on."

10 / Before the Fall is next on my reading list. 

Have a good rest of your weekend.

Image from here.

Thursday, January 12, 2017


I tend to fall in love with the most expensive clothes. Whether walking into a store or browsing online, I find myself drawn to the most expensive things, which can be disappointing. That's what happened when I discovered Dusan, and immediately fell in love with every single piece.

Shop the collection here.

Sunday, January 8, 2017


As we end this year, much of the focus seems to have been on how 2016 was a failure and everyone couldn't wait until 2017 for the fresh start. Who doesn't love a fresh start right? A good rain, a new notebook, a clean house. But reflecting on 2016 is important for me and even though life is difficult, this has been a growth year for me. I was accepted and started nursing school, moved into my own place, started a new job, and have spent a lot of time on self growth.

However, this first week of 2017 has not been my friend. My computer broke and I had to wait a week to get it fixed, my car broke down, and to top it off, Idaho is having the largest snow storm/freezing cold year on record. They're calling it "snowmaggedon". This week, each night it got done to -15 and some days only warmed up to 4. The good news is, it has convinced me how much I need to focus on school so when it's over, I can move to warmer climates. 

This year, I'm focusing on continuing to grow, to focus on the good and let go of the things that I can't change. A few concrete goals for this year:

1 / Health. My goal is to be healthy and strong, to feel good about myself. But the focus is more on the journey. Eating healthy and exercising and using those tools to improve my anxiety.

2 / Save. My bank account got low in November with some unexpected expenses and Christmas to top it off, so I'm determined to save a little each month so that when these unexpected expenses pop up in the future (as they always do), I will be ready.

3 / Connect with others. I'm introverted as they come and if I had the right house, could easily see myself never leaving it. Putting more effort into my relationships is a priority for this year.

4 / Read, just a bit each day, for enjoyment. I go through phases of reading and always find myself happier and more centered when I do.

5 / Stay organized. For the sake of not wasting time, I want to make sure I am on top of my to do list and my schedule for the week.

Happy 2017!

Monday, December 19, 2016


Sadly, my reading habits have suffered over this last semester. I used to read every night before I went to bed but by that point in the day, I was exhausted and out of time. Today Will Be Different was the first book I had picked up in a while. Written by Maria Semple (author of Where'd You Go, Bernadette?), it's the story of a day in the life of Eleanor Flood. Eleanor knows she's a mess. But today, she will tackle the little things. She will shower and get dressed. She will have her poetry and yoga lessons after dropping off her son, Timby. She won't swear. She will initiate sex with her husband, Joe. But before she can put her modest plan into action, life happens. Today, it turns out, is the day Timby has decided to fake sick to spend the day with his mother. It's also the day Joe has chosen to tell his office-- but not Eleanor-- that he's on vacation. Just when it seems like things can't go more awry, an encounter with a former colleague produces a graphic memoir whose dramatic tale threatens to reveal a buried family secret.

Today Will Be Different is the perfect escape from any holiday and family stress you're currently feeling. A quick read that you'll want to devour in one sitting.