May included: a time lapse of my 100 Day Project (progress pictures here), backyard blueberries, nighttime sewing, blooming succulents that live outside my front door, long hair!, shorter hair after a cut, the view outside my yoga studio, light after work, the sound of the trees outside my parking garage, using my Mom’s iron (the same one she’s always had) over Mother’s Day, laying out my blocks to date, squash blossoms in my backyard, more blueberry progress, spooky afternoon weather, Friday night concerts in the park, stillness, Trader Joe’s peony season, more sewing, neighbor’s sunshade in the wind, a wildly successful thrifting night for a craft project, Midtown sunshine after therapy, moving my apartment furniture around to better fit my Dinner Party, gorgeous roses near my place, breakfast at Bacon and Butter with my parents, my new rainbow tomato cages, Midtown flowers, frozen waffles in my toaster oven, lunch from Mother, my first 100 degree day, one of my favorite summer fruits: nectarines, and Fieldwork beers in Berkeley.
Wearing sandals! Oh, the wonderful possibilities that come with sandal weather. <3
Reading this article on the idea of not turning a hobby into a hustle. This concept is something I wrestle with, especially when it comes to my sewing work. “We don’t have to monetize or optimize or organize our joy. Hobbies don’t have to be imbued with a purpose beyond our own enjoyment of them. They, alone, can be enough.”
Playing catch up with this blog post! A few days late, but in 10 years when I read these posts back, I don’t think I’ll care too much.
Watching this sweet video! I’m sure it’s going to go viral if it hasn’t already.
Trying to read a book while I eat breakfast, instead of scrolling instagram. So far, it’s partially been because I can’t put down Nora McInerny’s latest.
Cooking with more veggies! Loving Trader Joe’s riced cauliflower + broccoli + onion mix paired with their sriracha tofu. Highly recommend the combo!
Drinking more cold water. I’m trying to be diligent about filling up and using my water bottles and it’s been working. Anyone have a favorite water bottle or system for drinking more water throughout the day?
Going to all the yoga classes! I even wake up early on my days off to get to class (a huge deal in the life of this sleeper in-er.)
Enjoying this article about the calming effects of sewing, for some.
Feeling grateful for a weekend in San Diego with extended family this month. I loved seeing some far away family and exploring a town that holds good memories for my brother. I was nervous to be there without him, but in the end, felt closer to him while visiting. What a huge gift that was.
Smelling palo santo and candles every night. Trying to remember how much hygee I can create with my ambience.
Starting #the100dayproject this week! (Here’s a great background article and here is the website.) Ack! But actually, very excited to get it under way. I’ve been planning and plotting for weeks, so I feel ready to kick this off. I’ll be sewing 1 quilt block every day, culminating in 100 blocks for a new quilt! I’m also toying around with a second project: making my bed every morning. I know I should be doing this one already, but it hasn’t been a habit lately!
And a reminder: That really good days, and really good things are always around the corner.
Joy is possible, and there will always be sunshine to follow.
Enjoying the blue skies between lots of grey, rainy days this month. I’m loving all the rain but excited for a bit of spring on the horizon too.
Playing new Carly Rae Jepsen songs.
Watching the brand new Jonas Brother’s video! They are BACK!
Eating Thai chow mein from Orchid Thai in Sacramento.
Going to events! I’ve loved participating in The Blog Bloc mixers, a maker’s mixer at Shelf, plus my local Creative Mornings talk, all this past month. I get pretty nervous before going to things like these, but the more I put myself out there, the more comfortable I know I’ll get. So much value in the practice of practicing.
Dancing to Florence Welch performing with Maggie Rogers.
Dreaming of my #the100dayproject for 2019! I’m hooked on the concept of one quilt block a day equalling 100 rad quilt blocks. Currently, thinking that this book by Tula Pink will be my guide. Lots of questions to answer, and ways to prepare, but I’m stoked on really committing myself to a big project this year.
Feeling a buzz of physical anxiety lately. Noticing and trying to ride the wave and not let it crush me.
Listening to a silly podcast called “We Need to Talk About Britney” and reminiscing on my Britney Spears fandom.
Doing a bunch of creative projects at work and enjoying the chance to stretch the muscle on a professional scale.
Celebrating daffodil season at Trader Joe’s.
Thanking my friends who came out to the art show I was a part of this month! What a thrill to have my work displayed next to other artists. The experience of creating these pieces was a great exercise on time management for me personally. So much to learn! Here is a picture of me with my pieces.