25 July 2014

Friday Favorites #001

Hello, wonderful readers! While I'm aware that nearly every blogger has some sort of "Friday Favorites" feature on their blog, I really do love seeing what everyone has been enjoying lately, so I thought that I'd join in.

This pretty pillow cover from ParrisChicBoutique on Etsy. Perfect for lovely ladies who, like me, prefer to sleep in.

"And I can really see Anna's eyes in 2003. Her ears. Her feet. This is what it looks like when she says, 'I love you,' in 2003. This is what it looks like when she cries. When she tells me there's always a new empty room waiting for her. They used to make her feel free. Now they make her feel the opposite of free."

I cannot stop watching the Beginners. Beautiful in all the best ways (think Amelie meets Big Fish). Wonderful storytelling, pretty cinematography, and a fresh perspective make this one of the best films I've seen in a long time. I've watched it three times this week. 

Oh, heavenly footwear! Have you ever wanted to earn my eternal love and devotion? It will only cost you $180 + shipping and handling. These Doc Martens feature Hiermonymus Bosch's "The Garden of Earthly Delights."

I like to identify as "Team Anything Jason Schwartzman Has Ever Done." I love him. Naturally, I also loved this interview with him on TheTalks.com.

Sweet, dainty, and delightful. This bee ring is available from Etsy seller, Lunahoo.

21 July 2014

Fresh Starts & New Beginnings

Michigan Bedroom

"A glorious something else awaits" - Cheryl Strayed

I have started this new blog, and left my old one behind because I felt that it only reflected the person I was, and not the person who I wanted to be. This blog is my hope that wanting to share a beautiful life will motivate me to create one for myself.

I am often impulsive, and have a hard time settling. I change my mind all the time, and over the past year, I feel as though I mastered the art of leaving. I left the longest relationship I've ever been in, and dissolved a few old friendships. My parents sold my childhood home. I moved across the country, only to move back. I have lived in five cities in the past six months.

Two months ago, I left Los Angeles to attend the creative writing MFA program at Southern Illinois University. As I drove back to the Midwest, I spent nights in hotels, reading Cheryl Strayed's Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar

The book was filled with so much wisdom. Every single piece of advice was something that I needed to hear during a time filled with so much transition. In one of her letters, she writes, "A glorious something else awaits." As I drove across the country, I heard the words repeating themselves over and over in my mind. I said them as I passed over mountains. I said them as I drove, dry-mouthed, through long stretches of desert. I said them at the edge of the Grand Canyon. A glorious something else awaits.

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I value how raw and candid I am, but there are parts of myself I want to refine. I want to spend my time cultivating kindness and developing healthier habits. As cliche as it sounds, I want to try and be the best version of myself.

For now, I am comfortable with becoming.