My dream gift list for an end-of-year treat.
I know it's the shortest month to begin with, but February just flew by. It's fracking March! What's that about?!
Lotsa good things this month: I turned 24, worked on my apartment, spent lots of time with Michael and my friends, and ate A LOT of really great food.
Valentine's Day this year was one of my favorites so far: Michael and I ordered Chinese takeout and built a pillow fort in the living room and watched Redbox movies all night. I think it was particularly refreshing this year because not once did I open my laptop or check my phone; it was like a mini-vacation smack-dab in the middle of the week. Trying to channel that energy every day and remember that everyday life is a gift, not a burden.
Then my birthday! If you're familiar with New Girl, then you'll know the episode in Season 3 where it's Jess' birthday and Nick royally fucks it up. Yeah, I'm Jess. I don't know why I always romanticize birthdays, but I do. Ever since I was little I just expected surprises and magic and fun (and cake). As I get older I'm starting to realize that it's less about expecting things and more about making things happen for yourself. So, I took the day off to run errands, go shopping, have lunch with my momma, and just recharge and take some time for myself. Then that weekend Michael and I feasted at our favorite restaurants and went kitten hunting (!). Next year I'm going to do something big for my quarter-life crisis, but it was a great birthday and I was definitely feelin' that 24k magic.
Lots of flowers, cuteness, and pink; a perfect summation of February 2017. March and April of this year are jam-packed with lots of wedding activities and impending travel plans, but I'm so excited to get moovin' and groovin' through the spring! This month I'm trying to cut back on TV habits, start cooking with more local produce, and hopefully get to finishing Casa de Chan. I'm more than ready for a fresh month and calendar page! Happy March!
I made a thing! With tunes! For the year! Go listen! With your ears!
The first month of 2017 has come and gone, and it was a doozy. I could write a bunch of cheesy sappiness that says life is full of highs and lows, but who hasn't said that already? One part of getting older (I think) is realizing that there is no "end point". There is no point in time where you sit back in your perfect life and say, "Ahh, this is it. Life is perfect." You just take the good moments where you can and push through the terrible moments. For our country, this is a really, really terrible moment. But of course, it's always peppered with some good, and I believe the good always outshines.
My favorite moments this month were during my staycation with Michael at The Joule! It was my Christmas present, and it was perfect! We had a really yummy dinner at Americano, and I've never seen a restaurant with better branding. So gorgeous. Then we walked 15 steps to Americano for cocktails. Such a fun (and bougy) night! Plus I could live in TenOverSix, the hotel store. Other highlights in January include snow (SNOW!) even though it caused a colossal traffic meltdown all over DFW, an Aquarium field trip for work, studio days, finishing my bathroom, and getting a new haircut! I'm also right on track with one of my goals this year: reading at least one book each month. In January I finished Losing It by Emma Rathbone. Definitely not the best read ever, but it was captivating enough to finish and made me laugh a couple of times. Solid 3 out of 5.
The lows were low, indeed. Starting with layoffs and restructuring at work, lots of super cold weather, and of course political (emotional, moral...) turmoil in our nation. But you know what was brighter than all of that?
The Women's March on January 21st. All over our country as well as many others across the globe. Millions of people were fighting injustice with action, and it was a profoundly moving, inspiring, and radical act of defiance. It's just the beginning, though. It's also the beginning of a fight for me, and countless other men and women who have been silent and are just now joining those activists and justice-seekers who have been tirelessly, relentlessly pursuing equality for more years than I've even been alive. It's never too late to start, friends. Action might feel contrived these days, like it's the vogue thing to do and be seen doing. But ignore that bullshit – your voice is never contrived or forced when you finally wake up and use it. Be honest, seek the truth, and pursue what is right. Acknowledge your station in life – and then use that power for good. Together, we are stronger.
And now, on to February! My most favorite month. Pink pink errythang, my birthday, and lots of love. This Aquarius is ready to take on this month and create more fun, laughter and positivity! Stay tuned.