Monday, October 20, 2014

/1/ "Currently Listing"

1// "Currently listing…"
     Inspired by Tania of Joy Felicity Jane, as well as a number of other lovely bloggers like Sydney at The Daybook Blog (who recently had a beautiful bebe girl!), I am adopting the "currently listing" in an attempt to finally get back into blogging. 

Though I've had a blog (technically… though sporadically ;) for quite a while now, my blog has, at times, tended to be a point of frustration for me. How do I really get into blogging? How can I be a blogger if I don't have enough time to blog?! How do I find my voice? What do I share on my blog? But in the end, I've come to a point of clarity with it all. Start simple. A blog should not be a point of stress or frustration. It should be a creative outlet. A journal. A place to meet new people. 

So, with out further ado, I am currently… 

/studying/ this fall I started a grad program in boston to be a nurse practitioner in women's health. though it has been quite a transition leaving college and jumping headfirst into an accelerated program, i am enjoying this new field and all the great new friends I am making

/eating/ apples. apples. apples. I went with friends over the long weekend to go apple picking. Besides the fact that it was beautiful and rejuvenating to be outside in the hilly orchards on an exquisite fall day, I'm just so excited that now I have a heck ton of apples! A pie has already been made and apple sauce is coming soon.

/listening/ songza playlists that make me think of fall, specifically the 'Harvest Moon" playlist.  also NPR during my drives to and from school. needless to say, i feel very well-informed. 

/wishing/ I had more time to sleep and read. 

/reading/ outlander. I am less than 100 pages in (despite having had it for two weeks… my library ebook is about to run out!) so apparently I haven't even gotten to the good parts. 

/moving/ by running, walking, exploring my new neighborhood. 

/thinking/ sweetly of christmas! firstly because I'll get a break between semesters over the holiday (already looking forward to some homework-free evenings), and secondly because it makes me not dread fall quite so much. 

/dreaming/ of someday sitting by the fire in big white farmhouse of my own. I don't know if or when that will ever happen, but a girl can hope. alternately, this fall I've been missing London quite dreadfully, so there have been some serious daydreams in class. oops.

/walking/ for miles. we happened to go on a twelve mile walk around Boston this weekend. totally unplanned, but very glad we both wore sneakers on Saturday. 

/planning/ for all the things I want to do one day when I have some free time and an income! I want to try cross fit and pottery-making, as well as take trip to Scotland. 

/cozying/ up with a new paid scarf (that doubles as a blanket). this thing is going to get me through winter.

/drinking/ water? or trying too… how is it that the type water bottle totally dictates how much I can hydrate throughout the day. 

/trying/ to kick a newfound shopping habit. or at least a very time-consuming online window shopping habit ;) but the contents of my online shopping carts are a topic for another post.

/meditating/ for just a few minutes every morning. though I fell out of habit for a few weeks, this morning I left myself just a bit of time to sit quietly before I ran out the door.

/working/ towards regaining a bit of balance this fall. it has been a whirlwind thus far, and I am working hard to give myself both a bit of a chance for a bit of mental calm and a kick in the booty to get myself into gear for everything I need to do. 

Happy Monday, friends.

Friday, April 11, 2014


I've never had a huge 'thing' for clogs. But this season… my oh my.

First it started with my Danskos. All black, so comfortable, and now such a staple shoe. (Half for future nursing school and half for everyday).

Now Natalie's 'Spring Clog Roundup' on her blog today is really fueling my clog fire!

I'm particularly interested in the summer clog trend--can't quite get on board with the mule style yet--but I'd also love me a classic pair of Swedish Hasbeen boots! 

Monday, March 31, 2014


Last spring about this time, Leah and I went on an adventure in Italy. Between the food (mostly pizza, pasta, and wine/beer), the constant movement, the beautiful views, and the excellent company, it was, quite honestly, one of the best weeks of my entire life. 

Lately, as I've been feeling glum about the cloudy days (though it is getting warmer!) and caught up in thesis-writing, I've been daydreaming about that amazing week. 

< first stop: Verona > 

< looking European > 

< second stop: Lake Como >

< my all-black travel uniform >

< the surest sign of spring! >
side note: I've been painting this flower, so I've had a lot of time to look at it. It sure is getting me excited for the warmer weather and all the beautiful signs of life that it brings! 

< stop three: Cinque Terre >
makin' friends along the way 

< Riomaggiore >

 < one of the best views in the world! > 

This is honestly the European vacation I would recommend to absolutely everyone. Leah and I both flew into and out of Milan (each of us out of a different airport! talk about hectic) which was the perfect home base because of Milan's big train station. We first took the train to Verona for a day trip (about 2 hours each way, I believe) where we ate a lot and walked all around. Next we took the train to Lake Como for the perfect restorative two days. We walked a lot again (this time along the countryside and the lake) and made our own food for a few days. Lastly, we took the train through Milan to Cinque Terre. We spent our last four days hiking between the five towns and eating our weight in pizza! The views there are absolutely stunning--the blue ocean against the steep hills and the little colorful towns nestled right in… it's just perfect. 

Happy Monday!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Wide Eyed Legless

Lately I have been enjoying reading Madelynn Furlong's how-to on creating the perfect wardrobe.


The pictures of her home and wardrobe are stunning and simple. I love her neutral palette of creams, beige, grey, black, and leather--it is everything I aspire for my wardrobe! Though I've only pulled three items out of my closet to give away, it's all about the baby steps… right? 

Have a lovely Tuesday!

Monday, December 2, 2013

The Home Stretch!

The past few (and the next few) weeks have been complete insanity. Between papers, presentations, and applications (4 out of 5 in!), I have felt stretched pretty thin. Though I've managed to get enough sleep, fit in some workouts, and get everything in on time, I am starting to lose steam. I miss having time in the morning to slowly sip on some coffee and read a book (or watch Netflix… who am I kidding!), doodle in notebooks, and be outside.

But despite the craziness, I am trying for the next few weeks to remain inspired, treat myself right, both mentally and physically, and get rid of the feelings of guilt for not working every. single. minute.

My goals for the next 2 ½ weeks (before I head home on December 18th for Christmas!) are…
~ To do 10 minutes of yoga every morning to start the day right
~ To let myself stop writing papers or applications when I just can't do it anymore
~ Spend a little extra time outside
~ Release my negativity and remember just how amazing life is because, in the spirit of Thanksgiving, I have so many things to be thankful for!

Good luck!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Hair envy

So I have been dreaming of princess locks/Victoria Secret model hair ever since I chopped my own hair to shoulder length last winter. Now it's in that in between stage--not short, not long--but recently I have been positively lusting over Madelynn's hair over at Wide Eyed Legless. It's so cute and looks so easy to deal with every morning. Plus her adorable style and beautiful dog really just make the cake!

What do you think?

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Curried Pumpkin Soup

As fall is coming to a close, pumpkin is still in full swing! We have already tried pumpkin coffee, pumpkin pecan instant oatmeal (I love you, Trader Joe's!), pumpkin muffins, pumpkin bread, the list is practically endless. But one thing I have not made yet this year is pumpkin soup.

A Beautiful Mess has an amazingly simple recipe for the tastiest, easiest soup in the world! It's curried pumpkin soup and it is delicious. Also, it takes about 4 ingredients and only about 20 minutes of your time. I told you. It's the best.

Now back to grad school applications and final papers. Gross.

Happy Thursday!