It's fall, ya'll

Sep 29, 2014

Well, it's starting. My feet are perpetually cold and I can't hop under the covers fast enough at night. There's a million photos of pumpkin spice lattes on my Instagram feed and that crisp fall weather that so many bloggers wax poetic over has finally arrived in Richmond. Fall is officially here.

Although I've never been a huge fall person, this year it seems like fall is going out of it's way to show off its perks. A few things I've been loving lately:

1. Candles from Target's dollar section.
2. Classic rows of orange pumpkins in every grocery store parking lot.
3. $3 wreath for our front door.
4. Pulling out the Mumford & Sons records.
5. Fall decorations (this is about as good as it gets in our house).
6. Cozy sweaters, washed and folded.

Weekend links 9.26.14

Sep 26, 2014

I am so excited about this weekend. After a gray, rainy, and downright frigid week that almost killed me (chronically cold people unite!), the sun has come out and it is just beautiful outside. This is my kind of fall. I am still wearing my scarves and sweaters while everyone else is back in shorts and t-shirts, complaining about the heat wave. Psh. I'm on a mission this weekend to find some mini pumpkins and those weird gray gourds for our doorstep. Wish me luck.

A list of simple things to do this fall.
I just recently started listening to podcasts. Excited to check out these recommendations!
"Enduring love is not found, it’s chosen, it’s made, it’s fought for..."
Love this modern house number DIY.
Oh, the lovely Oxford comma. My years as a journalism student have skewed my thinking on it.
A story about shoes (Elise always has the best blog posts).
Have you updated to iOS 8 yet? Here are 8 shortcuts to help you out.
Why are we so obsessed with Gilmore Girls?
A great post on intentional friend-making: "Friendships are too often at our fingertips (texting, Instagram, blogs we love to read)-- the easiest thing is to just let our friends live inside our phones."
Just discovered this lovely lady's shop and everything is so pretty!
I need this calendar.

Some thoughts on blogging

Sep 25, 2014

I've been thinking a lot about blogging these last few weeks and how it ebbs and flows and evolves. Not so much the industry, although it has evolved a ton in the last few years, but more so how our own approach to blogging changes over time. I know my approach has changed a lot since I first started.

I only started blogging on a consistent schedule for the first time this year. I planned posts out a week, two weeks, and at one point a month in advance and, if I'm being completely honest, I enjoyed blogging the most while I was doing that. Maybe it's the organization freak inside of me, but I loved the consistency and planning aspect of it. Then things got busy (as usual) and I slacked off. Eventually, I was going weeks without posting. I felt bad about it and tried to spend time writing posts that I could schedule out in advance, but we all know that forcing yourself to blog never turns out well. I gave myself permission to let the blog sit for a few weeks and it has felt really good. It's funny how we get ourselves worked up about things that "we have to do" when, in reality, those things were just for our enjoyment in the first place. We silly humans are pros at turning the fun things into duties and burdens and forgetting why we started doing them in the first place.

I've eased off on posting every day (although I would love to get back to it) and have just been aiming for 2-3 posts per week. I'm not supporting a business with this blog and I don't have a large pool of readers who are anxiously waiting for my next post. It's simply something that I love to do and I find it more fun when I can do it consistently. I've noticed a big shift in some of the other blogs I follow as well recently. This month, two really great bloggers that I enjoyed following online said goodbye to their blogs and readers. Their reasons for quitting their blogs were completely different, but it struck me how blogging evolves so differently for each one of us.

Elise wrote down some of her thoughts on blogging recently and they really struck a chord with me. Here's what she had to say:

"My blog is an old friend that I've known since college who I decided to go into business with. We've both grown a lot over the past nine years. Our relationship isn't new. Its lost its spontaneity (for sure), but (at least for me) it has not lost its spark. It's more polished (duh) but also feel comfortable. I like who I am with this blog. I like who this blog is with me."

When you think of blogging as a relationship, it makes total sense. Relationships change over time. Sometimes they get better and sometimes we drift apart. It's really interesting to me how my relationship with blogging has changed over time. It has definitely been a big learning experience and, although, I really have no idea where it will go in the future I'm looking forward to continuing this experience/experiment.

Have you noticed a change in how you blog? And please tell me I'm not the only one who has noticed blogs shutting down left and right lately. What's going on? 

What I'm Reading (and watching), Vol. Twenty-Five

Sep 24, 2014

Why it's impossible to make plans anymore (via Alex Cornell)
Once heralded as a firm commitment to an event in the future, a plan is now largely considered to be a string of noncommittal text messages leading up to a series of potential, though unlikely, events.

Our stories matter: Why we love Humans of New York (via Verily Magazine)
Many of Stanton's admirers -- established critics and intrigued web visitors alike -- note with amazement that his photographs expose the humanity of his subjects, as though to do so is something all too rare in daily life. But in many ways, street photography's most gripping attribute is how it can serve as homage to the infinite varieties of being and awaken us to the beauty in everyday life. Whether through portraits of lonely adults or cheerful snaps of children dressed in their mismatched finest, photographers like Stanton lend credence to the notion that those parts of life regularly deemed unremarkable are expressions of the universal human condition. Subjects chosen at random both celebrate idiosyncrasy and highlight our shared experience, reminding us that even those we would normally ignore are complex and worthy of wonder.

On Fall, My 4th Favorite Season (via Shauna)
When you fall-lovers get all excited about apple picking or football games or pumpkin spice lattes, all I see is NO MORE SUMMER. And in my opinion, those quintessential fall things pale in comparison to summer. Boots? I prefer sandals. Apple pie? I'd choose strawberry shortcake any day. Pumpkin spice latte? JUST GIVE ME SUMMER BACK! I don't like cinnamon & spice flavors, I don't wear orange or brown ever, no matter the season, and I don't want my house to smell like pie or nutmeg or leaves. I value all four seasons. I appreciate the theological significance of leaves falling, trees preparing to lie dormant before another season of new life can begin. Both my babies will be fall babies, and I do love honeycrisp apples. Fall's not all bad. But try as you might to change my mind, I'll always be a summer girl, and fall will always be my 4th favorite season.

Your life vs. your work

Sep 22, 2014

I read this quote recently on A Cup of Jo and loved it. It resonated so loudly with me and was a good reminder to be careful of what I'm pouring my time and energy into.

"Don't ever confuse the two, your life and your work. That's what I have to say. The second is only a part of the first...There are thousands of people out there with the same degree you have; when you get a job, there will be thousands of people doing what you want to do for a living. But you are the only person alive who has sole custody of your life. Your particular life. Your entire life. Not just your life at a desk, or your life on the bus, or in the car, or at the computer. Not just the life of your mind, but the life of your heart. Not just your bank account, but your soul...People don't talk about the soul very much anymore. It's so much easier to write a resume than to craft a spirit. But a resume is cold comfort on a winter night, or when you're sad, or broke, or lonely, or when you've gotten back the chest X ray and it doesn't look so good, or when the doctor writes 'prognosis, poor.'"

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