"That Wasn't Me," Brandi Carlile

On a Roots N' Blues high and can't stop listening to Brandi Carlile. I didn't know this song before I saw her in concert a few months ago, and so glad I did. Quickly becoming one of my favorites.

She prefaced it by saying, "This is a song about who you are when you are not who you want to be."


On Loneliness

It's great getting to do whatever you want, whenever you want.

But sometimes, you wish someone cared about what time you were getting home, or where you were going after work, or how long you'd be out.

You wish someone cared about you.

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Am I Crazy?

Can someone from the PNW area tell me if this is crazy?
Day 1
Fly in to Portland
Day 2
Full day in Portland
Day 3
Drive 1 hr to Columbia River Gorge for the morning; 4 hr to Seattle for the evening
Day 4
Full Day Seattle
Day 5
Drive 3 hours to Rainier for the day; 3 hours back to Seattle
Day 6
Morning in Seattle; Drive 3 hours to Vancouver for evening
Day 7
Full day ferry trip to Vancouver Island / Victoria
Day 8
Full day in Vancouver
Day 9
Long drive w/ stops in Olympic Park and coast, to Astoria
Day 10
morning in Astoria, 4 hrs to Eugene for the evening
Day 11
Eugene / OR exploration
Day 12
Eugene / OR exploration
Day 13
Fly home out of Portland


On Rest

For a long time, I've been obsessed with waking up early. Every article you read about "successful people" says they they're up reading the paper, drinking coffee or working out by dawn. Even with a late start to my work day (9am), I have trouble waking up before 7:30am. And to be honest, sometimes the harder I try to start the habit of waking up early, the more I find myself dragging out of bed at 8:20am.

On weekends, I'm usually up between 6-8am. Granted, it's up for coffee and Girl Meets World and then back to bed for a nap, but still, I feel pressure to get up and seize the day. My ex-boyfriend would sleep until 11 or 12 most weekends, and I was always so mad that he was wasting our day sleeping in bed. (At least it gave me a chance to catch up on girly TV shows...?)

I'll admit that yes, getting up early on Saturdays and doing yoga and the farmers' market and being home before 11am feeling like I accomplished so much is awesome. I love that feeling. In fact, I've found myself wishing that yoga was an hour earlier so I could get even more of a jump start on my day.

But last week, my yoga teacher was talking about how she had just spent her day off sleeping in til after 11am, and never felt so good. She, like me, had always put pressure on herself to get up early. But sometimes, it is okay to sleep in.
"Slow down when you need it. Rest when you need it," she said. 
She was talking about life, and talking about yoga too, of course. Because sometimes seizing the day means seizing it from bed.


Looking Foward To {September 2015}

  • A (sunny?!) weekend at the lake for Labor Day
  • My favorite St. Louis weekend – Loufest – with the headliner being my favorite band – Avett Brothers
  • St. Louis Design Week – particularly the morning panels at KDHX, and hopefully the tours of the Arch and the Old Cathedral. Fingers crossed work doesn't get in the way! 
  • Speaking of work, the culmination of a couple big projects we've been working on
  • A nice, long weekend in Columbia to see Tim Gunn and my favorite festival, Roots n Blues
  • More free time for yoga at Southtown
  • Planning my late October trip to the Pacific Northwest (finally!)
  • And likely the last bit of patio weather before fall hits

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Choose Epic

“If you’re stuck between two choices, choose the epic one.” 
 - Jenny Chambers

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