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MENTAL HEALTH: IT’S OKAY TO BE SAD

MENTAL HEALTH: IT’S OKAY TO BE SAD

I could feel it starting to sneak up on me. Just a heaviness that seemed to be stalking my every move, hiding behind corners whenever I turned around to see who’s there. Then it pounced. What started as a relaxing Friday of cooking turned into a night of drowning my anxiety and a sudden wave of sadness in chocolate ice cream and Meg Ryan movies from the 90s.  

Sometimes it’s easy to identify why you’re feeling sad, be it a bad week, a breakup, or the death of a loved one. Sadness, for me, usually comes in two forms: an overwhelming sharp pain in my gut accompanied by a stream of tears on my pillow, or a dull feeling inside without an identifiable cause.

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MENTAL HEALTH: IT’S OKAY TO BE SAD
READING PICKS {Spring ’18}

READING PICKS {Spring ’18}

Spring is here and I couldn’t be more excited. After a long winter, I’m feeling super thankful for the warmer temperatures and sunnier days. Flowers are popping up all over my neighborhood, and I finally got to get back into the garden and beginning planting for summer. It’s starting to truly feel like spring for me. The changing of the season also means a self-checkin on how I’m doing on my 50 Books Reading Challenge. At 11 books, I’m just slightly behind pace for my goal (this past month has been a little hectic and I just haven’t gotten as much reading done). I guess I’ll have to kick it up a bit this spring to make up for it.  I followed up my winter Harry Potter binge with a whole lot of non-fiction. In particular, I focused on a lot of autobiographies written by strong, inspirational women. (It was a very self-empowering book-marathon.) 

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READING PICKS {Spring ’18}

Spring is here and I couldn’t be more excited. After a long winter, I’m feeling super thankful for the warmer temperatures and sunnier days. Flowers are popping up all over my neighborhood, and I finally got to get back into the garden and beginning planting for summer. It’s starting to truly feel like spring for me. The changing of the season also means a self-checkin on how I’m doing on my 50 Books Reading Challenge. At 11 books, I’m just slightly behind pace for my goal (this past month has been a little hectic and I just haven’t gotten as much reading done). I guess I’ll have to kick it up a bit this spring to make up for it.  I followed up my winter Harry Potter binge with a whole lot of non-fiction. In particular, I focused on a lot of autobiographies written by strong, inspirational women. (It was a very self-empowering book-marathon.) 

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FIVE BLOGS I’M OBSESSED WITH

FIVE BLOGS I’M OBSESSED WITH

Anna Akana, an actress and YouTuber, posted a video four years ago call, “Yes, I’m Sexy.” The video is a follow-up to an earlier video in which she discusses how she doesn’t “feel sexy.” This video gives a piece of advice that I’ve applied to a few different aspects of my life: Find someone you think is the bomb and do what they do. This feels like kind of weird advice but it’s been a very valuable tip in my life: from finding hobbies I like and fashion styles that make me feel more confident to ideals for my blog and website layout. 

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FIVE BLOGS I’M OBSESSED WITH

Anna Akana, an actress and YouTuber, posted a video four years ago call, “Yes, I’m Sexy.” The video is a follow-up to an earlier video in which she discusses how she doesn’t “feel sexy.” This video gives a piece of advice that I’ve applied to a few different aspects of my life: Find someone you think is the bomb and do what they do. This feels like kind of weird advice but it’s been a very valuable tip in my life: from finding hobbies I like and fashion styles that make me feel more confident to ideals for my blog and website layout. 

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THE CLASSIC vs BELGIAN WAFFLE DEBATE

THE CLASSIC vs BELGIAN WAFFLE DEBATE

I’M A HOLZGANG.

For me, growing up, that came with some expectations for how I behaved and conducted myself in public. A lot of it was little things. Such as, when you’re a Holzgang you correct every single person who goes, “Oh! you’re German” to explain that “actually, I’m Swiss.” Others where a little bigger. For example, I have vivid memories of being told “Holzgangs don’t quit” on multiple occasions. Like that time in 5th grade when I didn’t feel like practicing violin and my dad made me practice Simple Gifts over and over saying, “Holzgangs don’t quit.” (I can still play that song by memory on every instrument I own.) Or the time in 7th grade when I’d been attacked by hornets (itchy, painful hornet bits all over my body) and I still had to go to volleyball practice that day because Holzgangs don’t quit. Or that time when I was 30 and decided to give up alcohol for 100 days but then got a really exciting job offer and wanted to have a sip of champaign to celebrate but couldn’t because Holzgangs don’t quit, and when I talked to my mom about it she laughed because apparently my dad quits stuff all the time…. wait, what?!

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THE CLASSIC vs BELGIAN WAFFLE DEBATE

I’M A HOLZGANG.

For me, growing up, that came with some expectations for how I behaved and conducted myself in public. A lot of it was little things. Such as, when you’re a Holzgang you correct every single person who goes, “Oh! you’re German” to explain that “actually, I’m Swiss.” Others where a little bigger. For example, I have vivid memories of being told “Holzgangs don’t quit” on multiple occasions. Like that time in 5th grade when I didn’t feel like practicing violin and my dad made me practice Simple Gifts over and over saying, “Holzgangs don’t quit.” (I can still play that song by memory on every instrument I own.) Or the time in 7th grade when I’d been attacked by hornets (itchy, painful hornet bits all over my body) and I still had to go to volleyball practice that day because Holzgangs don’t quit. Or that time when I was 30 and decided to give up alcohol for 100 days but then got a really exciting job offer and wanted to have a sip of champaign to celebrate but couldn’t because Holzgangs don’t quit, and when I talked to my mom about it she laughed because apparently my dad quits stuff all the time…. wait, what?!

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HOW TO FIGURE OUT WHAT YOU WANT TO DO IN LIFE — and then do it!

HOW TO FIGURE OUT WHAT YOU WANT TO DO IN LIFE — and then do it!

When it comes to career stuff, I’ve been pretty lucky… you know, minus the fact that I graduated college and entered the job market during a major financial crisis (considered one of the worst times in US history to be a college-educated adult looking for your “big break” of an entry level job).  It also didn’t help that I was a newspaper major looking to break into an industry that was in a period of constant flux and uncertainty (or even dying—depending on who you asked.) 

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HOW TO FIGURE OUT WHAT YOU WANT TO DO IN LIFE — and then do it!

When it comes to career stuff, I’ve been pretty lucky… you know, minus the fact that I graduated college and entered the job market during a major financial crisis (considered one of the worst times in US history to be a college-educated adult looking for your “big break” of an entry level job).  It also didn’t help that I was a newspaper major looking to break into an industry that was in a period of constant flux and uncertainty (or even dying—depending on who you asked.) 

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A DESERT LOVE AFFAIR {Inspiring decorating ideas w/ cactus}

A DESERT LOVE AFFAIR {Inspiring decorating ideas w/ cactus}

I have a love affair with cactuses and that beautiful desert vibe. See how my love of these beautiful plants inspire me to brighten up my Portland, Ore. home (bringing in a little color and sunshine on those rainy winter days). 

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A DESERT LOVE AFFAIR {Inspiring decorating ideas w/ cactus}

I have a love affair with cactuses and that beautiful desert vibe. See how my love of these beautiful plants inspire me to brighten up my Portland, Ore. home (bringing in a little color and sunshine on those rainy winter days). 

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