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A Valentine’s Day Sonnet

 

 

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Photo: Brigitte Tohm

 

If only Valentine’s Day happened thrice,

on the darkest, coldest days of winter

when your body is still frozen from the ice,

and you need permission to reenter

the glorious life you knew you once had.

May every kiss act as a reminder

that the good will always trump the bad.

May every sweet word whispered be kinder

than the one before, so when the ice cracks,

and you heart starts beating more and more,

you will recognize its rhythm and relax.

You have heard this melody before.

The bouquet of flowers is your lover’s vow.

He’ll always love you, especially now.

 

 

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The Five Films I Watched in January

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Photo by Jeremy Yap

After spending about two years trying to convince myself that I could live without Netflix, I finally bit the bullet and rejoined the Netflix and chill crew. Although, let’s be honest, there has been way too many great shows and movies that I’ve missed, there hasn’t been time to chill.

Here’s what I watched in January.

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Goals for 2018

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Photo by Stephanie McCabe

Usually, when the new year rolls around, I’ll make a list of 20+ goals I want to accomplish that year, and then I get overwhelmed and not tackle a single one. This year I want to keep things simple. There are 3 major goals I want to accomplish this year plus few smaller ones. I’ll be treating these smaller goals almost like monthly challenges rather than year-long goals.

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Looking Back on 2017

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Photo by Pepe Reyes

Happy 2018 my beautiful internet friends!

For a second, I almost didn’t recognize you. As you know, new year, new you.

This year I thought about being Diane Keaton, but I can’t rock menswear like she can, so I’ve decided to continue to be little ole me.

But you, my friend, look great! Tell me how is 2018 treating you?

Before I start rambling about my goals for 2018, I wanted to take a moment to look back on 2017 and how this blog came to be. There will be a post about my 2018 goals going up on Monday!

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Tis The Season…

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Photo by Viktor Hanacek

With store advertisements saturating her daily newspaper reading, television watching, and internet browsing, she decided it was time to take a break from all things consumerism.

She knew from experience that money doesn’t buy happiness. Just take a look in her closet of barely worn “on-trend” clothes, and you’ll see that the number of expensive items in your closet doesn’t make you superior to others.

So instead of shopping, she decided to remind herself of the thing that truly made her happy, which she quickly realized were things that cost no money at all.

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20 Things To Do in Fall

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Photo: inspirationfeed.com
  1. Get your wardrobe fall ready by adding warmer layers, scarfs, and boots: if your wardrobe is looking a little boring, think about adding a few trendy items to your wardrobe. Just remember, you don’t have to buy something just because it’s in style. Yes, red is in, but if red makes you look like a tomato (guilty) then look for other ways to add color to your wardrobe.
  2. Drink apple cider: bonus points if you add extra mulling spice to it.
  3. Decorate your space for the cooler months: bring out the twinkle lights, candles, and other fall decorations. If you’re on budget, look to mother nature for decor inspiration. Place acorns and pinecones in glass jars for a cosy rustic look.
  4. Go on a drive to see the leaves changing.
  5. Treat yourself to a little makeover: Whether it’s treating yourself to a new bold lipstick, neutral eye shadow palette, or completely changing the color of your hair. It’s a new season, go crazy!
  6. Carve a pumpkin while listening to oldies.
  7. Bake your favorite apple dessert or challenge yourself to bake something new: You can check out the ol’ Pinterest or if you’re feeling really crazy (maybe you added more than just mulling spice to your cider) create your own recipe.
  8. Host a scary movie night: and yes, Young Frankenstein and High Anxiety totally count!
  9. Turn off the lights, light a candle or two (or three), put on your favorite record, and do nothing except lay there and listen to music.
  10. Gather up canned goods and drop them off at your local food pantry.
  11. Finally crack open that book you complain about never having time to read, and MAKE time to read it: bonus points if you read it while drinking a steamy cup of tea or cider.
  12. Spend the day at a fall festival/fair/carnival: basically any place where you can get candy apples and cotton candy counts.
  13. Make your bed even more cozy by adding thicker blankets in deep autumnal shades.
  14. Try wearing your favorite scarf in a new way: check out this video for some inspiration.
  15. Fall means that network television is back, baby! Instead of binge watching the season in one day. Watch it the old fashion way with the commercials included.
  16. Spend the afternoon picking apples at an orchard.
  17. Create a list of all the things you’re thankful for. Display it somewhere so that you can read over it whenever you’re feeling anxious or stressed.
  18. Have friends over for a bonfire.
  19. Challenge yourself to make a new dish using only in-season ingredients.
  20. Spend an entire weekend without being glued to your phone: no phone, no internet, no problem.