Monday, September 29, 2014

torn out: from in style

 (Oh, Fall issue, how I love you! You know an issue will have a lot of good stuff to browse through when the magazine is so thick it doesn't fit in your mailbox or stay confined in its rubber band.)

(Of course, it's even better when a favorite actress is on the cover.)

(I like this quote about featuring a person who "consistently leads a life of grace and elegance." What a lovely way to describe life...maybe even something to strive for?)

(Sometimes I like the ads for their slogans...even as I recognize the irony.)

(This tote. Beautiful and perfect in its simplicity!)

(This blue bag was pretty eye-catching, too...minus the cross-body strap.)

(Again, the ad. Not a fan of the product, but this copy is delightfully inspiring. Awesomely phrased.)

(I've been wanting another pair of oxford-esque heels. After really liking the Clarks heels my mother-in-law got me for Christmas, these are a possibility.)

(Pants = gorgeous. I will always like a good wide-leg pant.)

(I've been very proud of myself for not buying new shoes. But then I see pumps like this, and the temptation is strong!)

(Seriously. This quote from the magazine's interview with their cover star - about her response to "how do you do it all?" - is spot on. Way to keep it real, classy lady.)

(I also like this quote from actress Charlotte Le Bon. It reminds me that love is a powerful and positive emotion.)

Source - September 2014 issue of InStyle magazine

Sunday, September 28, 2014

this week was good because of...

...a visit to a local cider mill with my love and our friends.

...small moments that added up to a great weekend.

...cinnamon sugar doughnuts and fresh apple cider.

...a good yoga practice on Wednesday evening that felt simultaneously challenging and soothing.

...finishing the Book of Proverbs.

...the opportunity to have genuine conversations with my students. peaceful Gru looks snoozing in the sunshine.

...laughter and conversation while we watch the season premiere of a favorite show.

...the gorgeous, vibrant colors that are spreading across the trees here.

...preparations for our upcoming vacation.

...the way my rings sparkle in the sunshine after they've been cleaned.

...a pumpkin pie smoothie from the campus cafe.

...the rewarding feeling of how well this month's budget has gone.

What made your week good?

Sunday, September 21, 2014

this week was good because of...

...the first sighting of Honeycrisp apples in the grocery store!

...a supervisor who understands that sometimes, going home early is the most productive choice one can make, especially on a frustrating, tiring day.

...the experience of showing grace and kindness to myself in the midst of personal challenge.

...a going-away celebration for dear friends.

...enjoying a Michigan Honeycrisp apple with a local Michigan caramel sauce.

...the patience to stick with the yoga classes available at the Rec Center (taught in a style I find frustrating), and the recognition of the learning value of this experience.

...homemade chicken tortilla soup.

...another football win for my team!

...the realization that, even with winter on its way, I genuinely like living in the Detroit area. (To paraphrase this mirror quote, it has definitely started to move me!)

...the opportunity to complete Safe Space training.

...that moment when the barista at my local Starbucks cafe asks if I've been there before. (I only go once a week...but that is apparently enough.)

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

two-page tuesday: the baby gift

After a bit of a break from making cards, I stumbled upon another opportunity to make a card this past weekend. I had been invited to a baby shower; and when I went to Target last week to pick up the gift itself, I realized that not only did I have just the right wrapping paper, but also I had good "ingredients" for a semi-coordinating card.

So Friday evening, while enjoying a fun movie on TV, I got to work assembling a simple, but delightful little card.

For some reason, the coordination of polka dots on the wrapping paper and on the card was incredibly satisfying. Perhaps that speaks to the lack of creative endeavors in my life right now...or perhaps it's a reminder that life is all about the little pleasures.

Either way, I was happy.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

this week was good because of...

...a Saturday spent at the Michigan Renaissance Festival with my own knight in shining armor.

...laughter, singing and conversations on our two small weekend road trips.

...a celebration for friends as they await the arrival of their baby boy.

...the opportunity to serve as a faculty adviser to an interest group that would like to start a chapter of my fraternity.

...all the lovely little creative details I noticed throughout the week (even the ones I wasn't able to photograph).

...interesting conversations with students that draw on unexpected previous experiences (hello, composting).

...the sense of accomplishment I felt after two very challenging yoga classes as the semester schedule gets underway. truck becoming a Michigan resident with its new license plate.

...sirloin stirfry, eaten with my awesome chopsticks.

...recognition of what I find frustrating in working with my colleagues. discovery that there are not one, but two nearby Paper Source stores. (My budget just got very nervous!)

...a win for my football team.

What made your week good?

Sunday, September 07, 2014

this week was good because of...

...the opportunity to do some great reading about leadership.

...having the support of my bosses in pursuing difficult conversations.

...coming across this quote (a longtime favorite) in my blog feed right when my soul needed it.

...the awesome season finale to my favorite dance show.

...another great hair cut from my new stylist here - and enjoying him as a person, as well.

...a gentle emotional nudge to remember that some challenges are two-way streets.

...the fun of watching college football on TV...even when my team loses.

...a beautifully written reminder of the importance of and value in taking care of myself first.

What made your week good?

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

lessons from august

Oh, August. What a month you were! I learned...

...that my tendencies toward planning, organization and detail are being put to exceptionally good use in my professional role. (Also, I'm reminded that these are not skills everyone has in their arsenal.) The confidence from these realizations and recent experiences has brought me some useful comfort as I shift my focus to the next big projects ahead. useful my new smart phone is. I still am not 100% comfortable using it, nor am I using it to its full potential. But in various moments throughout the month, I was super-glad I had it. rhythms and routines as Wildcat Guy settled into his new job and we figured out new ways to make things happen around the house. And truthfully? I also have treasured the opportunity to have large chunks of weekend time to do with as I like.

...that, sometimes, there is nothing more satisfying than a day spent working with photos and catching up on episodes of a favorite tv show. cut myself some slack. Not in the theoretical, "suuuurrre, of course I'm being kind to myself" kind of way, but in the real, genuine, "I am human and flawed and working at a pace in life that makes sense to me" kind of way. I want and need to maintain this.

(inspired by Emily Freeman's "What We Learned" invitation)