enjoying just starting.

i’m just sitting here, clicking away down the rabbit hole that is the internet. don’t you love it?

sometimes i love it. sometimes it’s the end of me. on a typical weeknight, i look up at 9:30 pm wondering where my evening has gone. wasn’t i supposed to make dinner? i could probably use a shower. why are my feet asleep? have i moved at all in the past four hours?

but then sometimes, i leave after all this great stuff people are writing and creating and sharing, feeling so inspired or uplifted or just lucky to get to see all of this in my lifetime.

this isn’t all i’ve done on my good friday off. i’ve been printing photos for some projects, and updating project life. i’ve watched a couple of good movies, and i’ve slept (which is definitely worth noting). and this morning, at 9:15, i dragged myself to a yoga class for the first time in at least eight months.

after the yoga class, i also hung out with my mom for the obligatory easter egg afternoon. this year we cheated and used washi tape for some hilariously simple eggs.

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this mindless internet time suck leads me to thinking about time a lot. enjoying my time, fitting it all in, not zoning out and forgetting what i’m doing… there’s a difference between relaxing & enjoying the nothing, and completely not acknowledging that time is passing & not enjoying the nothing. i think realizing it’s happening and that i want to change it is one of the biggest steps.

it also makes me think about getting the things done that i want to, and just diving in to projects and plans that i think i will enjoy. i keep going back to elise’s blog post about this. she said a while ago that she is not an expert in any particular thing, except “making it work.” my favorite idea from that post is to just start. apparently she says it all the time. but it’s my favorite thing about her. though, i probably could not be more different from her in this regard.

and that might be my biggest downfall right now: just not starting. when i’m interested in doing something new, instead of jumping in, i read and research and pour myself into it. except then i struggle with ever turning that into reality for me. and i end up feeling discouraged or exhausted or like it’s just the worst idea ever.

which is silly.

so tonight, instead of thinking about what to do with my blog, and how to work on blogging more… instead of reading my favorite blogs for inspiration, and then feeling frustrated and walking away to get a bowl of ice cream… i decided to put it down on “paper.” right? because that’s what it will take to blog more. to just blog more.

it doesn’t hurt that i found a 6-month old (still good) pumpkin cider in my fridge and am celebrating friday night blogging.

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this is earth shattering information, guys.

and i’m feeling like it’s true everywhere today. how should i start to take care of my body again? no, it’s not researching on the internet and watching documentaries and taking notes. it’s changing out of pajamas and getting to yoga class at 9:15 am.

right! done and done.

my cider is empty, and it’s time to go try out the first episode of “girls.”

happy long weekend to us. what are y’all up to??

project life 2014: week 04.

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it’s week four of project life 2014!

wow, this was a long time ago. i have, surprisingly, stayed very up to date with my second project life album through this year! i have photos printed through last week, and sticky notes for the journaling i want to include. it feels awesome to stick it out with such a gigantic (and rewarding) project.

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week 04: january 20 - january 26.

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this week: the majority of my time was prepping for, and driving several hours to, a big work meeting. looking back with this much time passed, it was overall uneventful. i remember the icy, scary car ride. i remember missing e.p. i remember being stressed but not overwhelmed. i remember one very nice hibachi dinner out, and one great black top i picked up at loft. then i remember having a movie date when i got back, which included lousy hot tea, but was absolutely perfect.

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nothing, at all, remarkable about this layout. i used one button, and some extra jade filler cards, since i didn’t have much to say. the beauty in this project is definitely just sticking with it. it’s all the small pieces of life that i love having documented. and sometimes, that includes sort of lackluster, work-filled weeks.

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there are always a few things i leave unfinished in my layouts for a few weeks, and i like to wait until they feel finished to photograph the spreads. so here i am looking back through week 04 for the blog. i guess the fun in this project is just that: looking back and having this impressive photo journal of my extraordinary ordinary life. (i’m not that much of a sap… but that’s a quote from a recent favorite movie.)

to give you a timeline, i’ve currently got week 13 in the book, waiting for some words.

happy 2014.

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about project life | project life is a memory-keeping system created by becky higgins. i choose to document life weekly. you can see all the posts from 2013 here and 2014 here, and details about my album here.

{loving} april

here’s what i’m digging this month.

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1 instagram // maybelline elixir in mandarin // 3 about time // 4 canon pixma pro-100 // burt’s bees almond milk hand cream // clairefontaine notebook

so this is the stuff of this month. they’re all pretty obvious, but i’ll comment on a few.

this hand cream is my new favorite. i wash my hands all day long. and in the winter, they are dry and cracked and painful. this stuff is awesome. it’s a little oily, but eventually gets rubbed in. and i love the smell.

my other new “health & beauty” section love: orange lip gloss. maybelline elixir is the best lip gloss i’ve used. and i have no idea why i so desperately wanted orange lips (except that zoella made it look so amazing), but i haven’t looked back.

i still adore my fancy, ridiculously heavy printer. i’m thinking up all sorts of random photo projects and things to print with it.

and this movie: about time. see it. i know, it’s hokey: it’s about time travel. but it is beautiful. the images and the characters and the words. i may have cried. and wrote down some of the best quotes. like this: “i try to live every day as if i’ve deliberately come back to this one day, to enjoy it, as if it was the full final day of my extraordinary, ordinary life.”