I’m taking a page out of Kristin‘s book and updating you on current events in a coffee date format. I have so much to catch up on and this way is fun. I have plenty of posts in the pipeline – including lots of posts that would traditionally come at the end of the year! – and a catch up post is a great way to get started.
If we were on a coffee date, I’d tell you that I had the very best time in Ireland over the last two weeks. I was ready to come back, but man do I miss it. I haven’t relaxed so much in a very long time. I got to see almost all of my family, I sent a lot of nights catching up with people over drinks and a lot of mornings catching up over tea, and we had the best weather. My granny always says that my dad gets the really good weather when he’s there, and I’m starting to think that there must be some truth to it.
If we were on a coffee date, I’d tell you that I started a newsletter! I’d love for you to sign up HERE. It’s called Three Things on Thursday, and in it I share three fun things I’ve learned, read, or watched recently that I think you should check out. I’ve wanted to do a newsletter for a long while now, and it’s so fun to actually make it happen.
If we were on a coffee date, I’d tell you that I fell short of my 2018 books goal by 18 books, and I’m strangely okay with it! I can identify some of the reasons I didn’t read as much as I wanted to, but at the end of the day it just didn’t happen, and that’s fine. I can tell you that I’m shooting for 100 books again this year, in an attempt to redeem myself. I’m on my third book of the year already, which is progress! Stay tuned for more thoughts about books.
If we were on a coffee date, I’d tell you that my roommate Bri and I watched the Reputation tour video on Netflix last night and relieved seeing Taylor Swift live last summer! I’m listening to it again now as I type this. We saw her in May (I’m planning to write a post about 2018 in concerts, because I went to a lot) and she was incredible. The tour video is great, PLUS she sings All Too Well, which is one of my absolute favorite songs.
If we were on a coffee date, I’d tell you that my mantra for 2019 is ‘less useless shame.’ This is something I’m already putting into practice. For me it’s about caring less what other people think and putting worries aside to do whatever I want. It’s not about being perfect, but rather about not feeling bad for being myself. I’m trying to become a person who allows herself to feel things fully and does what she wants, and this is helping, four days in.
If we were on a coffee date, I’d tell you that I’m reading a great, sad, heart wrenching book right now: The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai. My friend Rachel recommended it to me. I keep thinking that the title is “Beautiful Ruins” and I have literally no reasons for that. (I actually think that’s a different book entirely.) It’s set between two time periods, and one in 1985 Chicago and the other in 2015 Paris. I’m only halfway through, but I definitely recommend it so far.
If we were on a coffee date, I’d tell you that I finally decided that I’m going to do a 6×8 album for Project Life in 2019. I had grand dreams of completing a 9×12 album, because that’s my favorite layout, but I just don’t think it’s realistic. The 6×8 album is the one that I’m most likely to complete. It’s a smaller, more manageable size, and I’m going to make the most of it. Project Life is something I’ve always wanted to blog about, so I’m hoping to make this happen in 2019.
If we were on a coffee date, I’d tell you that I bought AirPods yesterday with my Christmas money. They’re definitely an investment, but I already feel like they’re worth it. They connect instantly, the sound quality seems great, and somehow they work well when you’re on a call even though they’re nowhere close to your mouth. I think my favorite thing about them is that I don’t feel the need to be attached to my phone. I’m trying to get better about putting my phone down and being a bit more unplugged. I’m hoping this helps. I already can see myself using them while I cook or clean or read, and I won’t need to be attached to my phone.
If we were on a coffee date, I’d tell you that I’m really excited about my goals for 2019. Oddly, this is the first January that the first of the year hasn’t felt like a big old restart button; it just feels like I’m carrying on with my regular life in a new month! Not sure what that means but also not really into trying to analyze it. Just gonna roll with the punches!
If we were on a coffee date, I’d tell you that this is my first weekend off in two months (barring vacation, obviously). I get both days off from the store and I am thrilled to get to sleep in and take things a little bit slower. December especially was an incredibly hectic month, so two days at home is just what I’m looking for. What are you up to this weekend?